Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, another great day!

I had no internet connection this morning and discovered I wouldn't have one until about 1:30 so.....I decided it was a good time to install my new modem which I did and now all is up and running fine.  I made some dough for apricot foldover cookies that I'll be making tomorrow and Ive been busy, cleaning out, packing a bit and contacting people in my home town to recommend a realtor there.  I plan on moving in September and I'm making a timeline of what I need to do before then.
I received a "care" package the other day from my son and his girlfriend and my grandson Uriah.
No reason whatsoever so it was really a wonderful surprise!  This is what they sent me..........
  a very nice "hoodie" that I won't be wearing for awhile as it's been in the 90's here all week!  But I will definitely be needing it when I go up North!

Some tasty treats.........
and a darling antique jelly jar and needle threader.......they know how I love the "old" stuff!
Thank you so much Uriah, Amanda and Ben!  You are too thoughtful!  
 I'm still reading a few of the same books but a new one too and a new magazine.  I'll have reviews of the finished ones on Monday.......
Gladys Taber's The Stillmeadow Road - so heartwarming and peaceful
I'm learning a lot from this book............
I finished Debbie Macomber's The Shop on Blossom Street so I started reading this one again........
The library doesn't have the 2nd book in the Blossom Street series so I'll have to order it.
And I got another ROL magazine in the mail so I'll be reading that...........
My hydrangeas are really doing great this year with all the rain we've had.  They don't call them hydrangea's for nothing!  That's just 2 stems...they're huge!
 As for crochet.....a few more granny squares added to the stack........
 I got to the first stripe on my Hudson Bay socks..............
 and I'm almost to the middle of Uriah's quilt in hand is hard on my hands though so I can only do about 2 rows at a time.  I think I'm getting some calluses so that should help.  This is the back of the quilt as I had it all folded up.
And last but not little Mr. Peeps ...............
She's got a fat little tummy now and runs around all over the place and then "crashes" I'm about to do! LOL!
She's so cute I can hardly stand it!
Happy Trails!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Home Sweet Home?

Could this be my next home?  I have realized that I have got to move now if I am ever going to "live my dream" back in my hometown before I get too old to accomplish it.  I have certain requirements that I listed for my next and probably last home and although all of them don't have to be met some are pretty important.
My list is as follows (in no particular order):

Two story
Great views
Central air
Hardwood floors
Attached garage
Claw foot tub
Old with original fixtures not modernized
Fruit trees
Room for girls and garden
Clothes poles for hanging clothes outside

I have found several houses but this one meets most of my requirements. It does not have a claw foot tub or a clothes pole nor is it 2 story.  It does not have a fireplace or a wood burner.  But it is in my price range.    It's not on a busy road and I can get a wood burner installed as I did in my last farmhouse.  The decorating is not good but I can paint and take care of that.  It has fruit trees, a garden space and all original woodwork and hardwood floors.  It has great views of the hills and countryside and there are not many rural properties that are within my price range.  I'm thinking this may be "the one"!
I want a house I can pay cash for without needing to sell this one as I don't want to wait any longer and I have tried to sell this one several times with no luck.  Things don't move very fast down here.
Oh, it also has a huge pole building with electric which I am thinking would be great as I could move stuff there while I paint and decorate each room.  Meanwhile "back at the ranch" I am furiously going through things and made great progress yesterday.  I am off to recycling, library and pharmacy today and then "back at it". 
    It is not on my time table though...there's a higher power that will make it happen if it is meant to be and either way I will enjoy each day!  But I do feel I have to do my part.  It's wonderful to dream and it's even more wonderful when those dreams come true!
Happy Trails! 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

YOP Week #49

I am so bad this time of year to be getting anything done fiber-wise so please excuse the lack of YOP progress. It will probably be this way for awhile as I have presents to make, company coming in July and August and a new baby (for you bloggers that only visit on Sundays)...........I introduce you to Mr.  Peeps who is actually a girl but I didn't know that when my daughter started calling him Mr. Peeps.
She's too cute for words and you can check back on this week's posts if you want to know how she "showed up" on my doorstep!  She is quarantined for another week on my porch until she gets her shots.  The vet figured she was 4 weeks old last week when I took her.  Babies are time consuming!  But so fun.

 My Canadiana yarn showed up from Fishknits Yarns and I could not help myself but cast on and that's about all I've had time for....maybe tonight I can get some cuff work done.  I can't wait to get to a stripe!  I am so bad because I have the second Kristin Nicholas sock to knit.
I've been so tuckered at night I just mindlessly crochet granny squares but at least I managed to weave in the ends.........
Here are the latest colors and you can see the "granny" part...........
I hate to admit it but this quilt for my grandson is still hanging around! I am going to finish for when he comes in July.  I have wasted so much time on it.  First I tried to machine quilt it and I'm not sure if it was the machine or the operator but I took it out and then I tried hand quilting but I'm not very good, didn't have the right needles and it was taking forever!  So, my seam ripper has been working over-time.  I have decided to hand-tie it.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it! LOL!  The kid will be graduating from high school before he gets it!
 For me this should be YOP Year of Shame not Projects! LOL!  I looked at my lists (on the right hand side of my blog) and it has been a pitiful year of little progress.  I went rogue!  I haven't even finished projects from the 2 years previous!  Shame on me but I must admit I am far better in the skills department.  I will try and do better and reference my projects as to what YOP year and whether they are even on the list.....the 2 above aren't.  Although, I think I might have referenced an ongoing sock knitting from now until forever.
I hope you are all doing great on your YOP's and maybe someone could mentor me in 
Happy Trails!