Friday, January 18, 2013

Finally! Got some batteries for the camera!

Remember the battery charger I told you I bought from QVC?'s going back!  I charged batteries all day yesterday, twice in fact and they didn't work but 1 minute either time.  They were Energizer's, had only been used once before, I followed the instructions on the charger to a "T" and they charged for like 5 hours, it stated they were fully charged and nada.....they were not!  So, back it goes but meanwhile I had no batteries for my camera so I couldn't take any pictures and what's a blog with out pictures?
Meanwhile, I had baked bread............

made more yogurt...........
This recipe was the "crockpot" variety with a gallon of milk and 3 cups of powdered milk and stated that it was foolproof and turned out just like Greek yogurt WITHOUT straining was thicker than the last recipe but it was NOT Greek style yogurt and there was the added expense of powdered milk.  It tastes good but it's soupy and I don't like soupy so it will have to be strained.  Maybe I should just make cheese and be done with it! LOL!
 I also finished a book that I loved.  It may not be for everyone because I like "outdoor" nature books and violence or sex or horror so some may find my choice of books boring but I truly enjoyed it and had wonderful dreams when I went to sleep!  I also like "older" books and maybe the 2 are connected because I think it's easier to find these "gentle" books in the older generation of books written.  This book was published in 1967...the year I graduated from high school! I pick them up at the thrift store, garage sales and library sales much of the time.  This book is about a young boy being raised by his Grandmother after his parents are killed and covers his entire youth growing up in the wilds of British Columbia.  The author was born in New York but after marriage moved to the Northwest where she raised her family.  She herself loves the outdoors and you can tell by her writing she is very familiar with it.  The story was good and the characters were well developed......I wish there was a sequel!  
I also crocheted another row on my Blackberry Salad blanket.  This is a fun project for sure!   

I'm going to be changing my blog and organizing RECIPES, BOOKS and REVIEWS and I'm going to be adding buttons for all the groups I've joined and a list of all my blogs that I enjoy.  If you have any suggestions let me know and I may be asking some of you how you accomplished those things on your blog! LOL!  Once I get that situated I will be having a drawing...I know, FINALLY!  I was waiting to have 100 followers but I may not live that long! Ha! Ha!  I think I have 97...close enough!  So stay tuned for further developments!  Thank you all for your comments and visits....I so appreciate you all!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

We had snow today!!!!!

 Yep...once again and the town up North where I am from was warmer and sunny.....go figure!?!?
Yesterday was laundry and ironing..........

I started my blackberry salad blanket/throw......oh, look at the heart!  I didn't notice that until I downloaded the picture....honest!

And lo and behold my Gerbera Daisy is blooming in the house!  I drag all my annuals in every year and try and keep them alive...I know...why?  It's probably cruel but I can't help myself....I have a hard time letting go!  LOL!  So, I place them in a sunny window and look at that gorgeous flower!  Plus, there are more buds! 

I finished a funny, funny book by Garrison Keillor.....Leaving Home.   I loved reading it because I always read before going to sleep and I swear I went to sleep smiling every night I read it!  I laughed out loud many times and the girls looked at me as if to say "settle down, it's bedtime". LOL!  Each chapter is from his Prairie Home Companion radio broadcasts specifically his stories about his hometown (fictional?), Lake Woebegone in Minnesota.   I used to listen to him every Saturday night on the radio when I was up North.
Sorry for the lousy has a pretty dust jacket but do you think I could find it for the picture?  I take them off when I read the book.
Today was pay bills and I made bread and a big pot of rutabaga and turnips for supper to go with the rest of the corned beef I have.  I had more pictures to take and then the camera batteries went dead and of course i haven't used my battery charger yet so I'm out for now!
I've got a nice fire going in the fireplace and plan on watching a PBS special and doing some crocheting.  I need to learn the new "bobble" stitch (dc5tog) for my throw and one of these days I need to learn how to read crochet charts too as the You Tube videos aren't always specific enough for me.  Wish me luck and I hope you had a wonderfully productive and cozy day whatever you did and where ever you are!  Hugs!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

YOP Update

Busy week for Grace (my new cat I adopted...just booster shots), storms in 2 installments and NFL playoffs yesterday and today.....I turned around and the week was gone!  But here's my update for what it's worth.  I did finish my covered stones and now have my 2 smooth stones covered in crochet.  The first stone I used a thread type and this one was a Rowan cotton thread but it was much thicker and harder to work with considering the hook size I had but I managed.

Okay, now I spent a lot of time trying to pick my next project.....first was going to be this cowl and I downloaded the pattern for $9.00 from Spud and Chloe.....

But when I read the pattern I discovered it would cost me $70.00 in yarn!   I didn't like it THAT much!  So, I went and looked at my other projects for this year.........

Another Spud and Chloe pattern which I also bought for $9.00 and then  discovered it called for #9 DPN's which I don't last but not least I chose this project next..........

Free pattern and I have the yarn we're talking!  Meanwhile, I can slowly gather the supplies for the other projects.  Is Spud and Chloe yarn that good?  $15 a skein?  I love great yarns but at this rate I'll go broke! LOL! 
Needless to say I spent so much time trying to figure this all out that I didn't get it started yet but by next week hopefully I will have some progress to show you!
P.S. I'm also casting on a second pair of socks like my first ones before I attempt to make a pair using really nice sock yarn in a more regular type sock pattern.  A second pair was not on my YOP list but I need to keep going so I don't forget how to do it! Ha! Ha!
I did finish the middle design on my cross I just need to do the little side flowers.
  Hope you had a great week and good luck on this next one!