Sunday, July 24, 2016

YOP Week #4

 Well, things have slowed to a halt on my Giant Granny.  I have to order more yarn....oh, darn! LOL!
So, the last yarn order brought me the cream color I needed to finish my Maybelle Flower Baby blanket.  I've been doing about 2 per night....but my nights are starting later and later as the clock ticks faster to my family arriving.
I only have 7 left and then they will get joined by Join As You Go method in the same cream color.  There might be a border too but I can't remember now.  These are fun to work on.
As for sock knitting.....I have a was not the Phildar 50 Folk yarn....I think the yarn was just "tired" from me casting on so many times.  Granted, it is not an expensive yarn but like wine, you can find some good ones that don't cost a fortune.  This one seems to be just that! 
Is that all you've done you ask?
Well, no, as a matter of fact..........
I am following what I first heard on a  Little Bobbin's podcast and I am working both socks concurrently on different needles.  I divide it up just like the sock steps are divided.  I did both cuffs and now I'm working the leg on sock #1 and when that is done (a total of 5 repeats of a 12 step pattern and I am on the 5th repeat now) then I will start knitting on the leg of sock #2.  I like this method so far and it's so easy to just continue what you were doing with the 1st sock and then go on to the 2nd sock.  Plus, when you're done you have a pair without that 6 month vacation between them.  Oh, I'm sorry, is that just me?  So yes, to the Phildar 50 Folk yarn as I am having no more problems with it and it is amazingly soft considering it is such a reasonably priced yarn and I imagine it will be even softer after washing.  The pattern is Sandra Paul's (Cherry Heart on my side bar) and is the first patterned sock I've done and I am loving it!
The only acquisition I made this week was a new sock pattern that is out by Susan B. Anderson.  My picture does not do them justice as I took a picture of the pattern in the plastic sleeve in my notebook.  She used Must Stash yarn in a gorgeous colorway (please visit her website to get the really nice view of them.  She is also on my sidebar) and the pattern in on sale until tomorrow, I think.  This will definitely be one of my Box of Socks (12 pair...I'd better get going) for this year.
I'm not sure how much or how often I will be blogging this next month but I will try!  I especially hate missing YOP Sunday! 
This will not be a restful Sunday but I do knit when I take breaks which the older I get the more breaks I take! LOL!  There's washing, ironing, making up the beds for company and there's a meal to cook and cleaning galore!  Have a great week!  I'll be by later to catch up with you.
Happy Trails!!!
P.S.  I will be ordering some yarn today and it may involve yarn for a's on my list!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Busy, busy busy..............

"The hurried I go the behinder I get!"  So true of me lately.  But I keep moving along and hopefully making some progress.  It's been so hot here that this morning I got up early and outside to water about 6:00 a.m. and then I sprayed weeds (poisonous ones) after the girls were out and back in.  Yesterday was bills and I went through a bunch of old paperwork that was no longer needed and filled my garbage in the kitchen!  I always feel I am doing well if my garbages are full and if there are cleaning
rags in the laundry! LOL!
This is after I got done paying bills and cleaning it all up......the tea towel on the table was made by a friend several years ago.........the fabric strawberries in the bowl were made by me........
The boys toys that I ordered have all arrived and just need to be wrapped now.  I have one more thing I need to order from Amazon today and that will be it.  Their birthday toys were ordered from a great place that I highly recommend.........

They have the "approval" of several parent and teacher organizations and encourage learning yet also fun.  They have all kinds of categories which was a big help to me as I don't see the grands but once a year.   You can search by age, sex, interests, price and bestsellers.  There are reviews and their service and shipping was fast and efficient.  I picked out some things and then consulted my daughter who is a mother and a teacher and I had actually picked one toy that one of the grands had been wanting!  Bingo! (No, he didn't want a bingo game...just an expression).  The other ones she was sure would be a success and she said she had heard good things about the company.  I think Grandma Sam scored!  Now, the real test will be when they open them and I see their reaction! LOL!  I can't wait!
I  found that lawn edging I was looking for and lo and behold it is carried at Walmart although it has to be shipped to my house.  There is no delivery to my local Walmart store.  But there is free shipping over $50.00 so not a problem.

It's on sale right now for $52.00 for 20 feet which seems pricey since it's plastic but my neighbor's has been in for many years and has held up well.   I  haven't made up my mind yet.  I'm thinking maybe the kids could help just put rocks there as those are free and plentiful down here! LOL!  I have a riding mower and I'm not sure that the space for the lawn mower wheel would fit on there.  My neighbor weed whacks around theirs.  Oh well....we'll see but now I know where to get it if I want it and also to share it with you as several of you expressed an interest.  Here's the link to it
That's all for today.  I'm off to renew library books (by phone), iron, bake,  cook and clean...all the usual stuff and more!  Have a great Saturday...see you tomorrow for YOP!
Happy Trails!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hopefully useful Tips on Tuesday!

Okay, I went to Wally World today and yes, I know, it's a terrible place to shop but for certain items that is the only game in town unless I want to drive for and hour and a half.  Anyway, I went and got some new sheets.   Not exactly what I would have chosen print-wise but they were the nicest ones  I could find and I need them.  Why is it you notice these things when you have company coming?  So, here's the sheets....I guess the tip would be (TIP #1) don't wait until you are forced to buy something you don't care for that much just because you need it.
 TIP #2 (you're going to love this one!) I found a new search engine instead of Google. This new search engine does not track you or anything you do or buy or logon to which I thought was great!  I have nothing to hide but Google is like Big Brother!  Duck Duck Go
is the name of it and guess what?  It's like I have a new computer!!!!  I kid you not!  It is so fast now it's like I got "turbo-boosted". I can now have a zillion windows open (Okay, so maybe not a zillion but at least a billion!) and my pc is fast, the search engine is just as good as Google, if not better!  You need to try them.  You will be shocked!  All that "Google Tracking" was using up MY precious resources on my pc....not theirs!  Google was always running even when I had no window open for them.  When I cleaned my computer with CClean (free and I highly recommend) it would have to force Google to close as it was always running in the background even when I had closed all programs....and again using MY resources.  I am getting nothing for saying these things I just like to share good things when I find them and this one is a winner!

TIP #3 When it's hot outside pin your ears back! LOL!  It is very hot here and Annie was outside and when she came in this was what I saw..............she had both her ears fliped back over her head! LOL!  What would I do without my girls to keep me smiling?  They are a hoot!
TIP #4 and Tip #5 aren't really tips actually but new products that I have tried and love! If you love guacamole like I do but hate it when it turns dark before you've eaten it all...have I got a product for you!
 Yes, little individual containers of guacamole!  Brilliant and just right for one person for a little snack in the afternoon with some blue tortilla chips like I had....YUMMO!  They have different flavors too....spicier if you like that and chunky if you prefer that.  I found it in the vegetable refrigerated section.
Isn't it cute?  You'll never have to eat guacamole from "the dark side" again! LOL!
 This next product I had heard about but I could only find it on Amazon and it was a bit pricey for a bag of cookies but "lo and behold" there it was on the shelf at Wally World!  I couldn't believe my eyes!  As most of you know, I don't buy processed anything very often and try and grow some and buy organic and cook almost everything from scratch as much as possible.  But there are times when I wish I could buy something already made that didn't have bad ingredients.  Today was the day!  In case you weren't aware of it, most European countries are much stricter about their food products and their makeup products and the ingredients they are allowed to put in them.  This country....not so much!  Anything goes here it seems.  These are made in Belgium with real ingredients....imagine that!  Like sugar and butter and things I would use if I was chemicals!
 They are delicious and I can understand why they are so popular.  They are great with a cup of tea or coffee and just right before bed!
That's all the tips for this Tuesday.  I hope you are staying cool or warm depending on where you're at and that you had a great day!
Happy Trails!