Friday, November 9, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Believe it or not, that pile of wreckage at the almost end of the boom was our truck. When I first downloaded the pictures I did not even realize that the pile of mangled metal was the truck. One of our employees was sitting on the tailgate. Now tell me just how lucky he was!
This picture shows that it really was our truck.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I have a few FO's to show but I have to wait until tomorrow when it is daylight again to take pictures of them. Our knitting group at the Markay is doing a Christmas sell to make money for the Art Theater here in town and we have almost sold everything so we are all knitting our fingers to the bone to make more stuff. I have a baby shrug and cap, a baby sweater and 1 or 2 pair of fingerless gloves and a helix cap that I need to do I cord on and finish off. That will be the end of my contributions as I have already give a baby bunting and 4 scarves. I need to get busy on my own knitting for Christmas now.
Last Thursday (Oct 4) we had a truck get smashed. It was one of our work vehicles and it is a total loss or as our son said, "It is destroyed, Dad" when D asked if we could drive it home that evening. I'll post a picture of it tomorrow. It is just impossible to describe it. I could not believe that it was as bad as J said until I saw the pictures. We had an employee sitting on the tailgate of the truck and luckily God was watching out for him as he only sustained some bruising and a few little puncture wounds. If he had been sitting only 4 or 5 inches to his right he would have been killed. God is good.
A couple of weeks ago D, J, M, MIL and I all went down to a family winery in Gallipolis. We did a wine tasting and when we had finished I had a buzz on (I seldom drink) and I did not even try all of the wines. I did have D get me a bottle of Pink Catawba. I finally opened the bottle just a bit ago and I am having a glass of wine and eating pizza rolls with it. Quite a combination!
Well back to the knitting, I want to finish the cap.
I'll try to post more often.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I got a Comfort Zone with Feliway for my kitty babies while we were away. One of them has scratching and marking issues. I had read a lot of good comments about this so I decided to try it. Hope it works. I'll try to remember to post progress.
I should have mentioned on the last post that that is not our Harley. It belongs to one of our employees. I am not a motorcycle person. I rode on one with hubby once and it scared the crap out of me When we would go around a corner I could not lean. I just knew that if I did we were going to fall over. Needless to say it made it very hard for hubby. Thank goodness he is not into street cycles either. He did go through an enduro phase shortly after we were married but it did not last that long. He rode when most of the riders did not have the big fancy boots, pads, and such. Old clothes and a helmet was pretty much the norm. Of course I am talking about 30+ years ago.
I found a store to go in and get a size 12 steel crotchet hook on Friday evening so I did start my MS3 but I only got about 10 rows done. I need to find or make some system of keeping track of the rows other than just using a row counter. I'll work on that this week. What little I did was fun but no pictures so far.
Have almost finished the first Sept Sockamania sock. I seem to have almost lost my knitting mojo. A short time ago every chance I got to sit down I would grab my knitting and go to it. Now I just sit and think that I should be knitting. Maybe I have made it a MUST so I don't want to do it. Hope it comes back again.
That is all for now.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
This is the baby that started the current round of pets at our house. She is MY baby. When we went to look at the puppies she came over and sat down at my feet. When I picked her up she wrapped her paws around my arm and would not let go. She hasn't let go of me yet. Katie is 8 years old now and has mild hip displasyia. She is a beauty and well behaved. I take her to town with me quite often. She walks at heel beautifully. In December when I have to purchase her new dog tags she goes to the court house with me to get them. I didn't take her one year because there was a lot of snow which meant a lot of salt on the walks and salt is very hard on their pads. I really got into trouble for not bringing her in. LOL.
This was the next baby. Our cat of nearly 20 years gave up the good life and was replaced (that is not the correct term since a pet cannot be replaced) by Erica. We went down to our mail man's house on Memorial Day several years ago to get a "kitten" from him. The cats were over a year old. Oh, well. The first two cats would not come close as I had Katie with me. They had to get along or no cat. Erica looked at Katie and then just settled down in my lap. This was the one. Erica was with kitten when we got her but we did not know that. I have a few pictures of her kitten but it did not live long. Sooo, we let Erica have another litter. These are the twins. The one on top of the box is Munch and I still have him. The other is Podie and he lost a fight with a car on the highway.
They have another litter mate that I still have but Belly is not as outgoing as his brothers. I will have to look on my other computer to see if I can find a picture of him. He is another beauty. He is black with stripes.
Then along came this little holy terror. He was a drop off stray that actually came to my son's house but followed me home one evening when we went down there for dinner. When we got back to the house and I let Katie out, Coley stood up on his back paws and began to swat at Katie's nose. Katie just looked at him. It was so funny. Coley weighed about 2 or 3 pounds at the time and Katie weighs 165 or so. Coley is long haired cat but fortunately he loves to be combed. I keep "his" comb on my bedside stand and as soon as I pick it up he is there to be combed.
At Christmas time in 2005 Coley discovered the Nativity set and decided to lay in the creche. He did this when the figurines were still in it. As soon as I took them out after Christmas to put away he immediately crawled into the creche and lay down. It was so cute. After seeing him do it the other cats all had to have their chance at it. Never a dull moment around here. This is Munch in his usual position catching a few zzzz's.
I will have to get pictures of Belly and Susie from one of the other computers and put them on here. That will be all of the babies then.
Monday, September 3, 2007
The pattern is called Rainbow Set as it is in a variegated yarn although I chose a solid pink. It is a variation on the feather and fan stitch. The designer is Margaret Jones of Port Alerni, British Columbia, Canada. I got the pattern from a knitting calendar that my son and his wife got me for Christmas last year. It is a really quick knit. I started it this past Thursday morning and finsihed it today, about 4 days to finish, not bad.
The yarn is Bernat Baby Softee, I used US size 4 Hiya Hiya circular needles I did change the pattern in that the front edge was to be all in garter stitch and on the first repeat I forgot and did stockinette. So I did every other repeat in stockinette. Oh, well, it looks fine. Also, when I finished I did not like the unfinished look so I did a 5DC scallop all around the front two sides and the neck edge, the hem edge has a scallop from the feather and fan.
Now to start on my Sept Sockamania socks as soon as I print out the pattern.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Just came on to post a few words before going off to work. I thought if I tried to make it a daily habit to post on here maybe I would do so more than twice a month. LOL
It is 8:12 and I really should have been out to the office 12 minutes ago but I am nursing a throbbing headache and am waiting for the meds to take effect and make me all better. HMMMM, I think I will need more than Excedrin to make me all better, I am told by my family that I am a little bit loony. Can you believe that my loving family would say such a thing about me?
I started a sweater for my nephew's soon to be baby. The pattern has you start by knitting the sleeves first, so I did. They are done and are on stitch holders and I have cast on for the body of the sweater. Maybe I will get some pics at noon and add them to this post. The pattern is a feather and fan and really goes fast. It is a 12 stitch and 10 row repeat. I made some pretty stitch markers so that if I mess up a repeat I will know which one it is.
Well, guess I had better get off of here and get on to work.
You all have a great day!!
Sissy, have you come and had a look see yet? Leave a comment if you have. (Sissy is my older sister that I am not allowed to call anything else but Sis or Sissy. If I call her by her given name she just ignores me until I say the magic name. LOL)
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
So much has happened since I last was here. Most importantly I had a birthday!!Yay!
It has been really hot here. So hot that I called our boys out in the field to make sure that they were drinking enough water and being careful. It really surprised them that I did that. They are all around my son's age so I guess I just mother them.
The bags that I showed awhile back have inspired me to do more. I have a "sister" in PA that has a birthday next month and she loves hand made things from me. I went the other day and got some floral upholstery material and a satin stripe upholstery material and I am going to make her a bag for her birthday and a pair of socks if I can get them done.
On the sock front I am finished with the first sock of the August sockamania and have turned the heel on the second and am ready to pick up the gusset stitches. Five days have passed since I tried to post this and the socks are done. As you can see I have quite a bit of the yarn left over. Maybe enough to make a pair of socklets. I have to do some weighing and see. This yarn is a silk and alpaca blend and is really sock feeling. I love it. It was made in Springfield, Ohio which is not that far from me. Maybe I can get some more.
Hmmm, same socks just different time of day and look at the difference in the color. The one on the bottom is most like the socks really are.
I have started a baby sweater for my nephew and his wife's expected baby. The baby girl is due in September so I had better get cracking on it. It seems to be a pretty easy pattern. It is a fan and feather pattern and those go pretty fast.
It is 4:01 in the morning and I can't sleep because of an upset tummy. Must have been what hubby and I had for dinner as he just joined me downstairs and said that he is sick also. At least I did not cook dinner, LOL. We went out to eat.
Tracy, I had a snake visitor also. Back in July I took pictures of this little garter snake. Of course I live out in the country so snakes are expected. He was just crawling down our deck. I had not seen a garter snake around here in quite a long time. When our son was little we had them a lot, or maybe since he liked snakes he would just find them. And yes we taught him early on how to tell a poisonous snake because he was not a bit afraid of them and if he saw a snake he HAD to pick it up and bring it to show to his Daddy and I. Gotta love the little booger. He is now 30 and still likes snakes and loves to aggravate anyone who is afraid of them. Such a lovely child, LOL.
I think I have mentioned in the past that I have a commercial embroidery machine and had a business for about 10 years. I was trying to do some much needed embroidery work about 2 or 3 weeks ago and I broke a belt on the machine. I ordered the piece, got it in in about 3 days and then had to wait on my hubby to install it. He did after about a week, only thing is, he put the machine back together backwards. So I had to wait until he had time to fix it again. We finally did it tonight so I am back up and running. Now I need to get a bunch of shirts for our workers done. I plan to start on them tomorrow afternoon.
Friday, August 10, 2007
They came on Monday and started the install but the installer had an appointment at the VA hospital and had to leave before he finished. So he was back Tuesday morning to finish the install. Okay, now we have internet but our email is not set up to come through the new provider so we have to keep the old until it is.
Then, low and behold, Tuesday afternoon our network started acting up. DH could not print to any of the printers in the office and some of the other offices could not print either. So we had our computer person come out to check things out. He was here until about 10 that evening and did not know what to do to fix things. So he called another man who is said to be a real whiz at networking and they came out around 1 on Wednesday. They were here until 7 that night and still did not have everything up and running, so they were back out here Thursday morning at 8:30 and stayed until sometime after 5 and so far things are still not fixed. It has been a real madhouse around here. They even took DH's computer back to the shop to try to fix things up. He was in a real bind today without his computer. So he and I more or less shared mine.
I hope they get everything fixed up soon. We can't get all of our work done. Of the 5 computers in this office, mine seems to be the only one that is really working ok. Let's just hope that it doesn't go blooey too. If I dissapear again, you will know where I am, in computer limbo!
Things have been so hectic around here that I have not had a whole lot of time to knit. I did manage to finish the baby afghan for DD's friend and I finished the July sockamania sock with a very short top. I am almost to the heel of the first August sock. I like this pattern a whole lot better.
We have been in a bit of a heat wave also. So we have been spending evening out in the pool. Yesterday evening the kids, MIL, DH, and me all went swimming. The pool was 90 degrees!! It was almost like bath water. It has been so hot that the water level is down and we need to put some water in so it will cool it down. Since it is supposed to be hot until sometime late next week we may have to add water again. Oh, well.
Hope to have some pics to add before the weekend is over and I hope to not be gone so long again.
Everyone have a great weekend!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Can anyone tell me how to avoid all these spaces left in my post? I can't seem to get rid of the dang things. I tried "help" but could not find what I want. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
I know I said that I would have pictures to post over a week ago and I have not come through with them yet. Well, the projects are done and I have taken the pics and now if I can get them to upload they are here.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Here is some fabric that I saw and just had to have. The floral on top is the one I made the skirt and bag out of.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Used to they all got canned food for breakfast and then dry food in the evening. When they had all that scare about the pet food I took them off of the canned food and put them on home cooked food for breakfast andFlintRiverRanch food for dinner.
Their morning food is a mixture of boiled chicken, rice, and mixed vegetables. I start out by buying a whold chicken and boil it for about an hour and a half. Then I add the rice to the broth while I am letting the chicken cool enough to pull from the bone. When the rice is almost done I add the vegetables and let them cook then add the chicken and voila' we are ready for the week.
They all love it. The dogs just wolf it down and Belly one of cranky momma's boys would rather eat the chicken and rice as to eat his dry food.
How can you even suggest that my babies are spoiled! LOL, they are just very well loved.
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I am about 2/3 of the way done with my June socks. I still hope to finish them by the end of the month. I had better get busy.
Have a good evening.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
This is Erica, as you can see she fits in the box much better than Munch. She is Munch's mama and she doesn't let him and Velcro forget it either. She can be a real crank when she wants to be and a real sweetie if she wants to be.
Maybe tomorrow I will post photos of my other two cats.
That is it for tonight.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Around 6 this evening our son called to tell us that the truck had a flat tire (our son is 30 and works for us surveying). Dale had a meeting this evening at 6:30 so he loaded up the floor jack in his pickup and was going to take it to our son. I reminded him that it was after 6 and that he had a meeting so I would take the jack and a rain coat to our son. Oh, did I forget to mention that it was raining and storming? Well it was. Anyway, when I got to Josh he was already soaked since he had been out in the rain trying to get the spare off of the truck. We had just gotten that truck last week so we ( and by we I mean Dale and Josh) were not familiar with the way the spare was released from under the truck. When I got there I got out the book and began to try to figure it out for him. I was trying to read the book and not get it all wet from the rain. Both of our trucks are Chevy's so he tried to get the spare out from under Dale's truck, but could not figure out the way. I called Dale on his cell phone and it began to ring --- beside me in the truck. Oh, well. So I called Dale's brother and asked him as he also has a Chevy. I got the trusty book out again and started reading it out loud to Josh. Finally he got the tire thingy on Dale's truck to work so we got his spare out (again, by we I mean Josh). pretty soon Dale's brother showed up behind my truck. He and his family were on their way in town to eat and he stopped to see if he could help. By that time Josh had gotten the spare from the one that I was driving to drop down so he could use it. The tires were not the same size but since we were only going about 3 miles it was ok. He finally got the truck all put back together and we both headed down the road. We had only gone about a half mile when it began to rain so hard that you could barely see. Now that is timing and I said Thank you to God for letting the rain hold off.
We are both at our respective homes and both are dry and comfy now. It was an exciting evening. In the morning Dale and Josh have to figure out how to get the spare off so they can put the spare back on Dale's truck so Josh can drive it to work. And we have to get the tire fixed.
I need to take some more pictures and put on my blog. Just lots of words can be boring.
Everyone have a good evening and a peaceful sleep.
Monday, June 11, 2007
I knit some socks out of SWTC Bamboo that I bought from The Yarn Grove and Jane posted a pic of my socks on their FOG(Finished Object Gallery).
I would add a link to their site but I don't know how. Anyone willing to give me a lesson on this I would appreciate it.
More later tonight, I hope.
www.theyarngrove.com (This is not the correct way, but it will work.)
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
1. I have been sewing since I was about 4 or 5, my GreatGrandma taught me how. Knitting since I was 9, my best friend's Mom taught me how. Crocheting since I was 17, my GreatGrandma tried to teach me as a child but never could do more than finger chain until around 17 when it just clicked.
2. I have 2 children. My son is 30 and my daughter is 25 (people say she looks like me. LOL)
3. I live just 3 miles down the road from where I was raised.
4. My road name is the same as my last name.
5. I am a chocoholic. LOL
6. My current "babies" are an 8 year old Saint Bernard and a 2 year old little black kitten (he will never be a "cat" since he is a "baby")
7. I am fairly short, only 5' 1" tall.
8. I have a warped sense of humor that I seem to have inherited from my husband's family!
There you have it.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Also, the Saint Bernard in the picture on the other side of the table is my dog. She will be 8 on June 6. She is a joy and the best house dog I have ever had. She has never chewed up anything or broken anything by being rowdy in the house.
The doily is one that I crocheted. I would love to knit one but am not brave enough.Maybe now that I have mastered socks I will give it a try someday.
Is anyone out there going to the Knitter's Connection in Columbus in a couple of weeks? I am going up Saturday to buy some more yarn. (I have been saving my money up so that I can go on a spending spree that will more than likely have to last me at least a year! LOL)
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Anyway, I am on a trip with my loving hubby and while he is in classes I am in the hotel room with time to "play" on here and knit.
I plan to get my second sockamania sock done since I am on the toe and down to 15 stitches on each needle. Should have it done in just a little bit of time. I brought the camera with me so I can take pictures and post it. I got the first sock done fairly quickly but have just been too busy to work much on the second one.
I am in Morgantown, WV and have found 2 or 3 yarn shops around here that I plan to go to. I am hoping to get some number 1 ebony sox stix today or tomorrow. I made my first pair of sockamania socks on #2 bamboo needles and they are too big so my daughter-in-law gets them. Now to make two more pair so that I can have a pair (my daughter also wants a pair).Really I am glad that my girls want them.
Well, back to knitting for now. More later and hopefully a picture.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Had knitting guild last evening. There were only 5 of there, but that is about normal for the warmer months. Last winter we had 13 or 14.
I worked on the ribbing of my second sock for Sockamania. I have 12 of the 18 rows done. May get it finished up before the weekend, but not sure.
Was just looking at an old post and realized that my picture of my first socks was really horrid. You can't even tell what they look like and it was a really pretty, lacy pattern. I really need to do them justice if I am going to post them on here. I will have to retake the picture and try again. So check back for an update photo.