Friday, April 21, 2017

Hannah"s Monday

As you can see Hannah had a really hard day on Monday.  She just couldn't find the perfect place to sleep.  She was in a few more places I just didn't have the time to keep photographing her.  I had to get some work done. lol  This is what she is VERY good at doing, that and stealing the other fur babies food.  She is the littlest doggie but she seems to eat the most.  
I tried taking her for a walk today to try to start trimming her down but she was having none of it.  We went out the back door at the office and when we made it around to the front door she was ready to go back in.  I made her keep walking and when we got back around back she tried to go in then, but mean Mommy that I am I made her make the trip around the office building again.  I made her go around twice!!  Wasn't that mean of me?  Luckily for her it was a raining day Tuesday so she didn't have to walk.  Then I was out of town on Wednesday.  Yesterday I just forgot.  Guess if it quits raining today we will have a go at it again.

 This is what my Wednesday looked like.  D had to go to Mineral Wells, WV today to get some of his continuing ed in.  I opted to go on the "road trip" with him.  I sat in the dining area of a hotel most of the day.  I did go out to eat lunch (D's was provided by the continuing ed program). 
 I went down the street to a Wendy's and had a chicken sandwich.,  Now, I am not the most confident of drivers when I am out of my comfort zone so I was being really careful of what I was doing.  I got into the center turn lane and waited for traffic to clear and then promptly turned into the Wesbanco parking lot which was beside the hotel but of course did not have a pull through. 
So, I circled the building and managed to pull out on the roadway again, stayed in the turning lane and promptly pulled right back into the Wesbanco lot AGAIN!!  Good grief!  I laughed at myself, circled the building and tried again.  This time I made it out again ok and went down the street just a tad further and pulled into the hotel parking lot.  
I was beginning to think that I was in Parkersburg, WV.  I was going to meet D and had to go through Parkersburg and I circled there 3 times before I got into the correct lane. This was 20+ years ago but D still teases me about it.  
I was going to take a walk around the outside after lunch but it had started to rain so I waited in my van until it had slowed down and then went back inside and spent the afternoon playing Farmville Country Escape and working on my blue shawl.  I am not sure if I am on the 2nd or 3rd skein of yarn.  Whatever it is I still have a ways to go before it is finished.  I think it is about 18 inches and I want it to be at least 48.   So I will be knitting on this for a while yet. 

I frogged a summer top that I started several years ago.  I was never that happy with it and when I pulled it out to finish it I finished it in another way by frogging it.  I had used too large of a needle and it was all loose and floppy.  I may do it again with a smaller needle and see how I like it.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter in DC with Good Friends

We made another whirlwind trip to DC for Easter.  The Masonic body of Commandery does a beautiful sunrise service at George Washington National Masonic Memorial.  Since Dale is in Commandery we have gone to it several years.    It is a tiring trip but a fun one.  
We have gone on buses, in my Mini-van and this year we rented a 12 passenger van.  We always have a good time.  
I am about the worlds worst to take pictures.  I used to be behind the camera alll the time taking pictures of what we saw and did and then one day I just stopped doing it.  So I have a little over a dozen photos to show for the weekend.  Oh, well.  I had fun and that is what really matters.  (All those pictures that I took in the past are packed away in a bureau and I never get them out and look at them.)
Here are a few of the few I took:
 This is the Grand Commander of Ohio.  He and his wife are good friends of ours.  They are fun to be with.
 This is the Sir Knights (which is what the men of Commandery all called) that came to our laying of a wreath at the Ohio WW2 Memorial.
 This is Dale and I standing either side of the wreath.
 Some art deco jewelry at the Smithsonian.
 Now why would I take a picture of knitting?  lol 
 The Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz.  I guess they are going to be taken off display soon to be cleaned, studies and stablizied.
 My tired feet at the end of the Smithsonian visit.  Saturday we walked about 8.5 miles.  We took the Metro but it was about 5 blocks from our hotel to get on it and then 3 or 4 from where we got off to the National Mall and then back to the hotel then back to the Metro to go to the Smithsonian and then back again.  We were all tired out.

 This was supposed to be a nice shot of the Ohio Knights marching up Shooters Hill but I was not tall enough to get my phone high enough and the sun was in my eyes and I was beat so this is as good as it got this year.

We made the trip home safe and sound, got all the people delivered back to where we picked them and came home ourselves and just crashed out for the night.  Dale just got back from taking the van back to the rental place so now we start to work.  (I am supposed to be working now but I have an understanding boss, my hubbie, so I'll get started when I get started. As long as I get my stuff done, it is ok.)

We are talking about taking the train to DC next year.  Since we have learned how to use the Metro we don't need a car or bus to get around.  I think it would be a really neat trip.  Of course I want to go on that cross country trip by train and hope to convince Dale of going one day.  I want to have a bedroom car but not sure that will happen.  Depends on the availability I guess. 

I did finish the knitting of my Cable and Lace Cardi and got it blocked and it went to DC with pieces, and came back home with pieces.  I'll get it done up this week or I will lay it aside and forget all about it.  I know me.  

Now that I have finished the cardi knitting I need to find my next big project.  I have a few in mind but just haven't settled on one.  Right now I am knitting up a pair of socks that I only bought 1  60 gram skein of yarn for. I  don't know why I only bought one but for some reason that is all I got.  I can make a short pair of socks for myself. I think they are just going to be a 2x2 rib top, nothing fancy. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thank you, Son....

Thanks to my wonderful son I think I now can get my pictures from my phone to my PC.  He has helped me several times but I think this time it finally clicked as to what I am to do. (Forget about iTunes and go straight to photos. :) )  Well, I got them to the PC but they came over as little blocks and I can't see what they are until I try to upload them on here.  Drat.  Back to the drawing board.
The doggie above is my little mini dapple daschund.  She spends her day under my desk in her cozy little bed. She is a tad bit on the tubby side.  She scarfs down her food then goes grazing for the other 2 dogs and the 3 cats leftovers.  Poor baby, guess she and I need to start taking walks to thin her down a bit again.  She really is too heavy right now.  

 The two pictures above are some llama that I spun up.  It was fiber from pets that my kids had at one time.  When I finish I will have 2 BIG bobbins of it.  Not sure of the weight right now or the length.  When I put it on the niddy noddy I will count the strands and figure it out.  It is soooo soft. Depending on where you look at it it is between a sport and a worsted.  I am not totally consistent with my spinning just yet.
 These are a pair of fingerless mitts that I knit for a little friend of ours for Easter.  I'll be giving them to her this weekend when we see her.
 Socks made out of Sockotta in cotton, wool, and nylon.  Not crazy about them and the pic is really pretty lousy, but there you have it.  I made the toe bed too wide and I messed up a row (the stripe you see about 12 rows into the design).  I used the Decathlon Socks pattern.  An easy pattern to do but I was knitting them in dark brown in dark light and just messed it up  Decided it would be inside my shoe so not worth ripping back.  It will bug me forever now. lol

The fronts of the Cables and Lace Cardi.  It is all knit up now.  I blocked it last evening and am waiting for it to dry.  I'll probably be sewing it up on the road.  Oh, well.   
My beautiful little Coley.  Just playing with a dish scrubby that I just finished crocheting and he took off with. 
Mitts for another little friend.  They are sisters so the color is the same just different pattern and size.