Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wally World and a beautiful day in the Ozarks!

When I go to Walmart I take Peace Valley Road which is named after this lovely valley that you drive through.............the trees are all bare but the grass is greening....the black in the picture almost looks like a river but actually is a field they burned............
I bought a couple pansies to add some color to my front porch.........I really didn't need much but dog food and cat food...........
I made the potato chip cookies this afternoon and did some knitting while waiting for the cookies to bake.......
I just finished the cuff and I'm starting on the pattern for the sock from Cherry Heart's My First Sock pattern on Ravelry.  I doubt if you'll be able to see the pattern as the yarn is a bit busy but I love the texture and the sock it creates so I'm doing the pattern anyway.  I'm loving the Knit Picks fingering weight yarn.  It is soft yet has a sturdy feel to it which I love.....I am not a 'lace' gal! LOL!  I like hardy, solid knits pretty much, especially in my socks.
 I've done laundry and run the dishwasher so that's better than most Walmart days.  Plus, all the groceries are put away and cookies made.  I'm proud of myself! LOL!
It's supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow but I haven't seen anything yet.  I hope you had a nice day and enjoy your evening!
Happy Trails!!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Moving right along.......but very slowly

Another gorgeous day and I was actually warm working's 65 right now.  I got chores done in the  morning inside and then went outside this afternoon.  I got the last of the mulch put down but it didn't go very far.  I guess I will be making a trip to Mountain Home next week sometime.
I also cleaned a small corner of the garage.........still not sure if I'm having a garage sale or not...we'll see..........
I found this old BIG mailbox that I need to clean and paint and either use as a mailbox or a planter.  I need a new mailbox and my mailman would love the size of this one! LOL!  The blue container above with all the saws and plastic pipe is from the last garage sale.  More of my step-father's stuff.  Some of them are definitely antique saws and one has an ebony handle....I guess he collected them....out in the!
 I found some grape hyacinth growing in the middle of the lawn.   They are healthier looking and with more buds than the ones I planted!  I should probably transplant them.
I planted up a pot of kale but need to mark it still. 
I went to the store uptown and got some maple syrup (organic....couldn't believe our local grocer had!) and some potato chips as I was going to make potato chip cookies.  I used to make them when my children were little. It was a good way to use up the crumbs or if they got stale.   Have you ever made them?  I lost my original recipe but found one on All Recipes.  Actually, I think I'm too tired to bother with them tonight.  Tomorrow I'll go to Walmart mostly for dog food....that's where most of my food budget goes! LOL!  It's supposed to rain Friday which will be nice as I have been watering my peas every day and now the kale.  Isn't it supposed to rain in the spring?   Plus, a rainy day gives me an excuse to not have to work outside.  I love to be outdoors but after all winter I'm still getting in shape and working out the kinks!  All that fresh air makes you tired. LOL!
I hope you are enjoying Spring where ever you are!
Happy Trails!!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A little bit of everything...........

In the Spring I wait until the afternoon when it warms up to go outside but in the Summer it's just the opposite....the earlier the better to avoid the heat.  This afternoon I went out and finished laying the mulch in the NE corner of the house............
I'm thinking of putting a big planter there with any one or more of the following plants that like shade or partial shade.  I did some research but whether I can find these around here is questionable......
blue begonia
coleus (this one I can find but it's not my favorite....I want color and flowers)
geranium Cranesbill -  This has a purple flower and doesn't mind the heat plus my landscape colors were purple, white and yellow/orange
impatience is another I can find but they are usually red or pink which really doesn't go well with the orange brick
I might look online and see if I can find them but I'm sure it might be pricey but then driving to Mountain Home is not cheap either.
Here's the next area I need to work's a little bigger and I will probably need more mulch.  I need to look and see if Walmart carries it....wouldn't that be great!  
 My trellises for my clematis finally came loose plus the string I had attached for the vines.  The containers were a nice green but have gotten bleached out by the sun.  I'm thinking maybe 2 nice ceramic ones but I bet they cost a lot.  I have a clematis on each side of the garage.  I can just hear them saying "Where's our support?  What's happened?"

The little grape hyacinth are blooming.......they're so sweet...........the only problem is I love their scent but I can't get down that far to smell them! LOL!  I better plant some in pots at a level I can reach!
I hand wound my yarn today.....that took about an hour but I got the sock going!  I'm on round 4 of the cuff.  In starting projects or gathering the materials, I like to do that in the morning when my brain is functioning better as opposed to evening when I am more likely to mess up.  I'm good to go now for the cuff of the sock which is 15 rounds.  So happy to be sock knitting again!
I started a new book last night.  Mama Pea had recommended the author...Nancy's called "An Act of Love" and so far so good!  The story took off right away!
  I'm off to search for flowers, mulch and ceramic planters online and then eat my supper and off to bed where I will do any number of crafts while watching t.v.
Happy Trails!!!


Monday, March 25, 2019

My treasures arrived!!!

I was so happy!  I got the Knit Pick's crochet book which I already love and will make all the things!  I was going to wait until July for the new YOP but heck no!  I went right in and got some worsted cotton and started on the first pattern...a dishcloth.  I couldn't wait. 
I also got my sock yarn to make my Blueberry Waffle socks but when I printed off the pattern it calls  for DK weight  yarn not fingering.........dang it!  Oh well....maybe generic is best for me.  I'll probably use my Cherry Heart sock pattern which is my favorite.  But here's the gorgeous yarn!
My floss also arrived........all the pretty colors..........there is DMC, Weeks Dye Works and Gentle I have some "fancy floss"!  That's what they call the hand-dyed floss.
  And look at baby tomato plants were born..........amazing!  I only put one seed in each little hexie pot and it looks like the germination is very successful............
I finished The Last Midwife last night and it was very good.  I was surprised because it started off a little slow but then it picked up speed. 
Today I went to the pharmacy and then took the boxes full of automotive stuff to B&J's and they took it all and I didn't have to pay anything.  Now, some of it they can use but some of it was old and probably of no use to them but they will dispose of it for me at no charge.  They are so nice!  It made me feel good to get rid of it all!  Yay Me!
I did laundry, changed sheets and that was about it besides regular daily chores.  It spit rain off and on and was cool and overcast all day.  My corned beef dinner turned out great last night and I will be having more of the same tonight!
Happy Trails!!! 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

YOP Week #39

1) a dishcloth, although I need to weave in the ends.  I plan on making a loaf of bread and delivering it and the dishcloth to my new neighbors as a welcome gift.
 2)  I finished stitching my Primitive Santa but now I have to deal with the tear on the left side....I'm thinking I will zigzag it closed and then make a little wool 'present' to place over it or a charm....we shall see.......I also need to put a bell on his technically I guess I'm not really 'finished'

WIPs (works in progress): 
1) I worked on Hawk Run Hollow January.  Just some more of the white fill in on the skirt.
 3)  I managed to get my fabrics cut for my Pickle Dish and made a few hexies......
6)  I worked on my new patriotic 'Bless Our Home' but I'm waiting for some floss to arrive....really enjoying working on the's stiff which makes it much easier to stitch in hand.........
6)  I worked on my Turkey Tuesday project.........
7) and my new Seasonal Sunday project "Spring".  I'm enjoying working on something for Spring and this one is easy and cute and it was FREE from Glory Bee Designs.  I put a link to it in one of my recent posts and it is also on my Spring Pinterest board..........
It's supposed to rain so it is very 'dark' outside.....I apologize for the bad lighting.........loving the bright Spring colors!

8)  I finally dragged out my Fall Friday Pumpkin Spice's almost finished!!!  Just need to finish the bottom border.....maybe this week?

9)  The Button-Eyed cat for Witchy Wednesday even got some attention..........

I ordered floss and a crochet pattern book and sock yarn but none has arrived yet but I did get some beautiful sea glass progress markers from Liz over at the Highland Heffalump blog.  I love them Liz, and to think they are from 'your side of the pond'!  They are so light and they will be used for my new socks when the yarn gets here!
It's time to start thinking,planning and purchasing for YOP 2019-2020 and for me Stitchmania too which starts in May......I love this part!  Have you started planning or 'kitting up' for the next YOP season?

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)  socks
6)  C2C blanket for Grayson (July birthday) 
7)  Monthly Monday - HRH January
8)  Witchy Wednesday - Button-Eyed Cat
9)  Fall Friday - Pumpkin Spice Farm
10)  Santa Sunday -Old St. Nick
11.  Turkey Thursday
12.  Seasonal Sunday - Spring

 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!!!