Wednesday, April 02, 2014
So as a member of March's stash busters team, I actually busted some stash and more than just knitting too.
These are finished but I have these that need fiberfill. However I'm turning all in on Thursday. Someone else can stuff them.
I also finished my second prayer shawl...
and another chemo hat
Today I finished something I started in December, that's a stash buster and it's clearing some clutter too. Here is my DGD Ellie's "Sensory Circle"
Her mama asked me to make her something for her to touch, finger, and play on/with. Well just after I bought, and gathered some fabric dear DGD decided to start crawling, so I had to do something besides a mat. She is now walking pushing the chairs around the house but will be spending several hours during Spring break in the car-I think this will give her shapes, colors and textures to play with and it's easily portable too.
Lastly since Ellie's big sister likes to dress up, I took a fancy scrap and made her a "necklace" I think I might make a second one for her.
Here is the first...
I'm now finishing two dresses for these two angels, and am going to cut our Lauren's dress next. Oh and I have to get organized for our vacation, keep the yard up, work on the garden, catch up with paper work and clean the house. I think I need a nap m
Daddy always told me there was no rest for the wicked. I must be really wicked.
Happy April everyone!
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Okay I do need to relax and de-stress, so here is how I do it. In order not to eat, I make things. Mostly the knitting keeps my hands out of the food but it relaxes me too. Sewing and crocheting edges on receiving blankets helps to keep me from eating too, however none of these activities are helping me exercise.
Here are some things I've made in the past few weeks to show what I do! First I have two different sets of animals I've made for the hospital. Forgot to take pictures of the first few.
My pictures are off color because I keep relying on the flash and need more light.
Here is my first effort at a prayer shawl made from left over bits of baby yarn. It's warm and soothing looking. I'm making another from a variegated blues and navy yarn.
And lastly here are two of the striped chemo hats I've made this month, the third one needs to be sewn together.
So, Phebe my friend, I'm not reading much but I'm calming my jangled nerves while clicking away on the knitting needles.
I'm starting on the spring dresses for the five grand-daughters too, but Lauren's gotten too big for my pattern. So now I either have to enlarge the pattern or find another one that is similar so that the girls are alike.
YIKES!! Oh and 12 scoops of mulch is arriving tomorrow(woohoo exercise), backyard needs mowed ( more exercise), taxes have to be picked up Tuesday, EriK goes to the podiatrist Tuesday too, I have to file for Senior/retiree Homestead Exemption Wednesday or Friday and Volunteer Thursday(plenty of walking) -Let me get my knitting needles to relax a bit my friends.
Hugs and have a good week
Love & Prayers
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
When it rains here it pours and I'm not talking precipitation although we've had our share of that lately.
I've been very busy with different things, some of them should give me great pleasure and some of them did but the stress factor has been rising here.
The rain & cold outside meant that the concrete contractors cannot come fix the slope of the patio yet. The water is running to the foundation wall of Erik's room-not good. I shoveled snow off, I've swept rain water away and I've contacted the Site foreman as well as the company in charge. Now I just have to wait for better weather. It's see-saw-Marjorie Daw with the weather around here.
I planted some of my garden, then the cold snap came back, and the wind and the rain. I'm protecting a garden I should have waited two weeks to plant. I pray I don't lose what I put out.
When the sun was shining and it had warmed up I tried to mow my lawn, even though I needed to clean house-I'd rather mow the lawn. Well the lawn mower wouldn't start so my neighbor and I put it in my trunk and I took it to Ace's to get it tuned up and running. 4-7 days the guy said, well it's been longer than that! I called yesterday-day 8 and it was fixed but not back at the store yet. My HOA will be sending me another nasty gram, I already got one, they want me to spread mulch. Okay, it's been raining, it's been muddy and I've got a pool in my yard where the water and melting snow collects-I really feel that is a priority.
OK! Ginie enough griping, put on your big girl panties-as your sister would say-and get on to something else.
From Thursday evening to Saturday morning I was inside and cleaned house-except for my office-my house was mostly cleaned. Oh and I worked on the stuffed toy animals for the hospital, and the prayer shawl too.
My eldest DGD and I went to the ballet Saturday at 2PM, timing was difficult but we had fun, she liked it and I needed to get out of this crazy house. "Mary" was delightful, part of Mary Poppins and some other works, decent entertainment for a Saturday afternoon. I rushed DGD home so she could enjoy her aunt's birthday party. Picked Erik up and I came home to clear of the tables ,and put on the tables with lovely shamrock cloths-sorry I forgot to take pictures. I baked two Chocoroon pies, waited until they cooled and then went to bed at 11:30. At 4:30 I was up cleaning onions, and carrots, putting the corned beef in the roasting pan and getting ready for church. I went to church, stopped at the store for butter-I forgot I needed some for the Irish bread and to make the Lemon Meringue pies. Thank God my DIL helped clean the potatoes and took over with the vegetables, my DD made the Irish Graham flour bread and we had dinner on the table by 12:15. I will NOT do that to myself again. I was trying to accommodate my youngest son and his wife by having dinner so early and was so tired I barely could eat (that couldn't have been too bad). We were 18 for dinner, my one DIL had to work, so we sent goodies home to her.
My week was filled with failures and successes. Things I planned did not come out the way I had hoped and in other ways things worked out. We all had a good time Sunday, my children and grands nearly wiped out the chocoroon pie, but left me with 1 and a 1/4th lemon meringue pies. O well, next year, if I make it there will only be one of those.
So what have I learned?
1 don't plan so much for one week. I cannot clean an entire house, mow the lawn and spread weed killer, prepare a dinner for 19 and take a DGD to the ballet in 4 days.
2. If the house isn't perfect who cares, it'll be dirty by the time the 9 month old, two 3 yr olds, 5 yr old and 9 year old get done with it-oh and don't forget their daddies traipsing in with muddy feet.
3. DON'T EVER PLAN A DINNER FOR NOON AGAIN! 1:30 is early enough.
There, I've learned something. Now I have to get back on track with everything I dropped to get that done.
Monday, February 17, 2014
SORRY I DID NOT GET TO SEND EVERYONE OF MY DEAR SF A VALENTINE-my keyboard froze up when I was of a mind to do it. What a trip.
Okay as a widow, I'm not too enamored with Valentines. Being half European means that I see the day for lovers, spouses etc. Having lived the most part of my life in the USA, I know that it extends to parents, children, grandchildren, friends and even church staff...so I sent Valentine's cards to my six grandchildren, my MIL, made one for Erik, bought a special candle for one of my DIL's who has been under the weather. Thursday child number four, Aaron called me saying he was being released from his overtime work at the hospital. He's an electrician and Tuesday after work, he stayed, slept ate and was paid overtime. He called me around 3:15 Thursday to say he was leaving work and was taking Friday and Saturday to be with his girls. His wife had to work, since she could only do some things during the storm (minus the 4+ hours they were w/o power). I found out they pay some of their staff $3.50 an hour to sleep there & they are fed-just so the hospital has some staff. Aaron works for an independent agent so his pay was different.So Friday morning my Aaron called and asked what I was up to.. my usual answer 5'2 1/2 " came out. I told him I really hadn't planned anything. Erik and I had gone out Thursday late afternoon 4ish to have dinner out of the house. So he said he'd like to come over with the girls for a while, but he was stopping at one of our friends on the way as the DH/dad has been in a hospital for several weeks. I said cool and continued my vacuuming and bathroom cleaning-it was on my list. He called again and said should I come now or go see Ma F first. Since I was still in pjs and I knew from talking to Ma F that she would be headed to the hospital-since she hadn't been there since Monday, so I said go see her and your buddies first and I'll see you in a bit. He arrived around 11:40 with my two middle granddaughters a home made valentines from the eldest and a card from his family. They saw Erik's room, I gave the girls their little t-shirts saying "My sister is totally Awesome", which they put on immediately as there were a few pink hearts on them.
My two middle boys-not asleep here.
My Valentine's table!
Erik asked me "what we doing for lunch?" Aaron said he was taking us out. He tried to get the eldest to do her snow days homework, he wanted her to work on it for 10 minutes. I said "bonne maman" and Natalie will work on it after lunch. So the girls played for 10-15 minutes then we went out for "good burgers" with sides other than fries! as my daddy son said. We had lunch, came home, put the 3 yr old down for a nap, and my two boys went in the sunroom and napped in the recliners. Natalie and Bonne maman worked on her homework, three worksheets and we had to read a Bible story. After that we quietly read a few books that I have in my children's library that they don't have at home. When daddy heard me reading, he said let me take a picture of the books you read mom, she gets credit for sitting and being read to-a kindergartner. In between times I went and checked Abbie, who was singing and playing with my old Valentine's bear from a long time ago. I said, I'm glad you like bonne maman's bear but you are supposed to be sleeping! She then hid her head under the fuzzy blanket -I just said: with your eyes closed Abbie! 15 minutes later she was out. My son was going to go in and be "daddy" and I told him, I've spoken to her, if she's not asleep in 10-15 you can address it. He went back to his chair and slept some more. I'm guessing the cots at the hospital were NOT conducive to sleep.
Erik and I were both Happy with our day, we enjoyed the visit. I don't see Aaron too much as he's always working and when he's not his wife is. The day was truly beautiful.
Saturday, my eldest and his wife came over and took us out to lunch. Sunday I had a Cenacle Companions Meeting with food we brought. I made The Spinach salad with strawberries, toasted almonds and a home made vinaigrette minus the Agave syrup-I'm allergic to that, so I use honey. It's one of my favorite Spark recipes.
So a week that started a bit shaky ended on a high note. I was remiss in logging my food though. My fitflex logged my steps, but I did not get in enough-but # 14 is "start over" so I'm going for my walk.
Happy mid -February!
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