Thursday, March 7, 2019

Books, cleaning and knitting...........

Yesterday was Walmart again.  It seems like I was just there.  I probably would have waited until Friday but it was supposed to rain again today, tomorrow and Saturday.  It is raining right now.  While I was at Walmart I picked this up...........I have never bought one of these coloring books for myself.  This one intrigued me because after you color the picture it is 'peel and stick'.  I could use them on envelopes, stationary, a picture to frame and who knows what else.  Fun times ahead!

 I also had to drop off some books at the library so I picked up a few more as long as I was there! LOL!  Actually, this one I got last time but haven't read it yet.  Mama Pea have you read her?  She's wonderful if you like 'the old days' and pioneer times.  There's no order to reading them; they are all unique stories and so good!
Mama Pea (BTW she is A Homegrown Journal on my sidebar) also mentioned Nancy Thayer who I had never read so I picked up the one and only book they had by her.  I can't wait to try a new author.  I love recommendations from friends as we seem to travel in the same circles and usually enjoy the same things.
I have heard of Ann Patchett for years but have never read anything of hers so I decided it was about time.....

and then this book caught my eye............I read the first chapter and it's accompanying recipes last night.  This is a great cookbook to read as it is based on Southern food that is brought to funerals.  She includes actual obituaries too.....some are hysterical.  The author is from Memphis and most of the obits are too.   Great recipes although there were no cookie recipes.  Southerners seem to be cake eaters.  I can't wait to read the next chapter.

 It was nice to stay home today.  It seems like lately there have been outings of some type of errand every day. I finally got the kitchen and laundry room floors vacuumed and step-father built this house and there are big rooms with lots of floor....same in the kitchen but hardly any countertop space and designed by someone who did not use a kitchen!  I think he was a wanna be architect.  That's Annie eating her supper.  The girls eat at 3:30 and then when the time changes they will eat at 4:30.  I really wish they would stop that time change business.....who ever thought of's crazy.
I sat down a few times to knit.  I had made a mistake and had to tear back so I put in an afterthought lifeline and it worked!  I was so proud of myself  and then I did it again as I misunderstood the directions for the gusset.  Hopefully I am doing it right but this toe-up has me confused.  That doesn't take much though.  The stripes really made the tear back easy.

 I hope you had an enjoyable day.  I am off to warm up some supper, get my jammies on and curl up in bed with books, handwork and the remote! LOL!  Oh, and my coloring book.  It's a cozy rainy night so I'll probably light a candle too.
Happy Trails!!!
P.S.  Thank you for the prayers.....they worked!  Amy and Uriah both went back to school yesterday but now Sam is sick.   Isn't that the way of it?

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Book Date a day late....again.................

Okay, I know, it's Tuesday but I am still behind so please forgive me.  I have not blogged about any books in 2019 yet so I have to catch you up.  I wasn't sure if I was going to do the Good Read's Challenge this year but if anything it is a nice journey through my reading adventures.  Last year I said I would read 75 books but only got to 69 but that was better than the 53 out of 52 the year before.  I decided I would once again try for 75.  Here's my start.

I started this book before Christmas but finished in 2019 and although good it didn't get to their Christmas until after mine.  I like to read "holiday" themed books during the appropriate holiday but this one didn't really fit the bill.  It was a delightful story though.  
 Lots of Janette Oke books.  I'm so glad she was such a prolific writer as I love her books and there are lots more to read!
I also read this book on the Pandemic of 1918.  I was very interested in it since my stepfather's parents both died in it when he was only 3 years old.  They were immigrants from Italy and had other children who all got farmed out to relatives after their death.  Very sad but a very enlightening book.

I read this as I bought it years ago when it was a best seller........his childhood was terrible and very sad but I didn't care for it as he gave intimate details that I thought detracted from his memoir.  TMI
Last but not least there was this little gem!  A great graduation present and just a wonderful book to be read by anyone and everyone..........
Right now I am reading this non-fiction....very interesting although it seems a bit far-fetched in places but what do I know?  They're making a movie out of it if that gives it any credibility...probably not.
For my fiction I am reading another Janette Oke book.....what can I say...they are such delightful books and calm, gentle stories...what better way to end the day and drift off to sleep.
I finished reading this magazine and they are entertaining magazines.    They're old magazines but the stories are still interesting....I need to go get my next magazine to read.

It's slow going here on my little 'homestead'.....cold again, I made some peanut butter cookies yesterday and I'm putting my budget into a spreadsheet which should save me some time each month.  My daughter, the teacher has been sick with a flu bug since Saturday and she had a flu shot.  Then my grandson, Uriah called me and he is sick with the flu but has not had a flu shot.  I wish I could be there to take care of them all but then I would probably catch it.  I have had a flu shot.  I hope you all stay healthy and say a little prayer for my daughter and my grandson if you get a chance.
Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

YOP Week #36

1) 5 tissue box covers (sung to the tune of 5 Golden rings as in the 12 days of Christmas) -  all finished and all my tissue boxes in my house are covered and no longer 'naked'!  I feel so much better and I think they do too!  I think I may make some for Christmas gifts as I still have lots of leftover yarn!  The first one I made was all solids but the next ones I altered every other round with a variegated as I have lots of those yarns too.  I also added one extra row as the first one was just a wee bit short on my tissue boxes which are Great Value from Walmart.  They are each unique not a one of them is the same.

WIPs (works in progress): 
1) I got about 2 rows done on the pink C2C blanket
2) I did work on the Button Eyed cat on Witchy Wednesday
3) I worked some more on Hawk Run Hollow January.  I've renamed Merry Monday to Monthly Monday so I can work on monthly items and there is now Thanksgiving Tuesday for Thanksgiving items.....not sure what I'll do for Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day........ 

4)   I dug out my toe-up socks and plan on working on these this week plus I need to plan knitted items for when I move up North....I have not knitted any hats or mittens for myself and I have a feeling I will be needing them!  These are toe-up socks and I am using a tutorial on You Tube by far so good!

Future Plans:
1) a new Holiday ornament pattern.....but I can't find that cute polka dot fabric.....yet!  LOL!  Or I could just paint some dots on the fabric after I'm done.
2)  This is the next patriotic xs I'll be working on and it is the very first SAL that Priscilla and Chelsea had on their podcast "The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch".  I have a long way to catch up with those 2!
These are my project containers.  There are nine there but I'll dig up another one and as I finish a project and empty the container I will then choose another project to fill it.  I find that having a closed container (especially with Miss Peeps around) is much safer and none of my supplies go 'missing'.  Everything that I need for that project is in the container so no running around the house looking for supplies when I'd rather be 'doing'.  Trust me, these containers do not reside on my bed.  I was organizing my projects and ensuring they each had what they needed. 
This was the weather this morning...snowing like crazy.  Then it stopped and was melted in about 10 minutes then the sun came out and it was about 46 then it went away and clouds came in and the temperature dipped down in to the low 30's!  Huh?!?  Crazy, crazy weather!
BTW, for those of you who do not read my blog except on YOP Sunday....Nitty is back home safe and sound!  Someone had picked her  up and taken her to the animal shelter which was closed but you can put  a dog in the outside kennel.  The employees didn't find her until Monday when they came in.    You can read my past blog posts if you want all the details.  It was a MIRACLE!!!!  Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes!  She is doing fine and is not allowed outside 'unsupervised'! LOL!

TOP 10 (or more) WIP's:

1)  Pickle Dish
2)  Stars and Stripes Saturday - America x-stitch - done but needs finishing
3)  Amy's Frido Kahlo basket (July birthday) - done but needs to be sewn together
4)  Pin's embroidery
5)  Toe-up socks
6)  C2C blanket for Grayson (July birthday) 
7)  Monthly Monday - HRH January
8)  Witchy Wednesday - Button-Eyed Cat
9)  Fall Friday - Pumpkin Spice Far
10)  Santa Sunday -

 Finishes so far in 2018-19: 
1.  4th of July cross stitch pillow/ornie
2.  Hitchhiker shawl
3.  Felici Hibiscus self-striping socks
4.  Felted wool loafer slippers with leather soles for me Sam
5.  washcloth (extra large) and back scrubber for Christmas or birthday for SIL
6.   Iowa Hawkeye hats for Sam and Grayson
7.  Techniques learned so far this year: a) knit cast on, b) reading a knitting chart, c) lace work, d) inserting and using a lifeline e) charting a graphghan
8.   dishcloth(s)...I need to count them
9. Cubs hat for Uriah
10. 12 days of Christmas Advent gifts
11. Cowl for Ben
12. Cowl for Tracy
13. Cowl for Natalie
14.  # 2018 Collectible ornaments for the grands
15.  Cowl for me or gift basket
16.  11 scrubbies for gift basket
17.  1 pot handle cover for gift basket
18.  Ben's Bear's hat
19.  Falling Leaves Scarf
20.  Tissue Box Cover - 5 of them!
21.  Granny Square Shawl

Please stop by and see all the other fantastic projects that other  YOP'ers are working on.
Happy Trails!!!