Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday JAN.8

I spent the weekend on the couch reading Fire and Fury..... WOW! Frighting, boils my blood, some great laughs and exhausting!  Let me just say: 'it's worse than I ever thought.' I realize this author does not have the best reputation, but so much in the book has already been reported on by both the papers, the news stations and was information I already knew. It's the chaos that got to me! I can say :'I am so grateful for the 3 generals that work closely with the White House.' And Bannon-one scary dude!

Now on to real life- my day today is filled with getting the house into better shape, ( only willing to spend a couple of hours in this category), then on to quilting and knitting, (depending what I am watching and need for my brain to be working). I am loving getting back into hand quilting, it has been so long since I have hand quilted, I forgot how soothing this slow process is to my mind. A couple of hours a week that can add up to about 10 hours total weekly, gets a lot done. 

My Elizabeth Zimmerman sweater is my current challenge. Trusting my math skills, re-knitting the same row no less that 7, yes, SEVEN times normally would have sent this project to the round bin. In all my being this was war! and I intended to win! I ended changing my stitches reducing by 2 stitches and using only half of the graft pattern in the instructions guide, then making up a pattern to fit it all together...whew! You worked! In the round knitting has commenced.

We had the Grand kids for a day and it went off great! Walked up to a small pizza parlor for lunch then doughnuts for dessert at home. Little B insisted on caring the bag cute!
Yes, I am playing around with text this month!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Yarn Along 1-2018

Hello Yarn Along, how I have missed you! Thank you Ginny, for bringing back a favorite group for sharing and meeting other people who like to read and knit!

Here is some of what I have been up to -

Reading: Cold Hearted River by Keith McCafferty. It’s a murder mystery involving a fly fishing guide in West Yellowstone Montana. I got hooked on this author while camping in YSNP and this guy can’t write books fast enough for me.

Listening to: Prairie Fire. This book was on the top ten in the New York Times paper. I'm not sure I like it. The author spends a lot of time blaming the Ingalls, (Little House on the Prairie) for many of the problems caused by the west ward expansion. I believe those problems, and their were many, were caused by the US Government horrible treatment of the American Indians, not because the Ingall's family.

Knitting: Elizabeth Zimmerman’s  Guernsey sweater using the EPS. It is a challenge, having to trust my math and measurements, oh dear. I am at the arm gussets and have had to refer to two  books on how to do these gussets. I wanted a challenge and now I have one.

Looking forward to see what everyone else is reading and knitting…oh happy day, what a great way to start off the New Year!

Linking up with Ginny and Yarn Along. Please join will not regret it ;-}

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

FORWARD into 2018

We have been enjoying a very slow quiet Holiday week. I put together a 2018 list of UFO's I want to complete with a small list of projects ( knitting and quilting) I would like to start. This list at first was long and impressive, though not reasonable. I reworked the list to appropriate achievable goals, why set up a situation only to fail before the month of January turns to February. One project I am excited to be working on again is the Amish quilt I started years ago. I forgot how much I enjoy hand quilting, even though truth be told, I have to use a larger needle with a bigger eye. Aging, something not worth fighting, but worth learning how to work around changing physical needs.
Finished Betty's sweater to match the sweater I made Caitlin for Christmas. They were here for New Years eve dinner of White Bean Chicken soup, ( it was amazing ), and Mom/Daughter, when time to leave walked out of the house in matching sweaters. I know, why didn't I get a picture, oh yeah, getting a one month old and 19 month old out the door and all buckled into car seats is no small job, even with four adults! 
No fuss Gus is growing and doing well. The crud is gone! He is such a happy little guy with eyes that say:' I'm here for the great adventure called life.'

It's been cold and windy here! Hard to complain when my daughter Erin in Minneapolis is experiencing -20 degrees and frozen pipes! She had no water on New Years day, but lots of quilts and a line up of movies to watch! That's my girl! 

I completed the scrap quilt top above to the pattern instructions and yet, it doesn't feel complete to me. Borders, at three to four borders are calling to me for this quilt. Half square triangles, two rows with two rows of the dark blue print, this is what I worked out in my head last night before sleep!

Happy New Year!! What plans do you have for 2018?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

27 DECEMBER 2017

December you have kicked our butts. RSV invading Caitlin's home, first Betty getting sick. The day she was taken to doctors and antibiotics given ,  baby  Gus was showing signs of congestion.  Off to the peds with him and yes, tested positive for RSV. Mom staying up with him for several nights but Gus continue to get more congested and coughing. He was admitted to the hospital for 5 days, then home on O2 for 3 more days. Everyone on the mend now and staying close to home to avoid those nasty germs out there in public. 
Christmas Eve dinner was here and it was fun to have children in the house for the presents. Forgot to take any pictures, I think I was still on auto pilot and the camera never crossed my mind. Christmas Day we spent by ourselves, eating left overs, watching movies and knitting. We also took NAPS...for 
2 days! 
Due to staying up at night so Caitlin could get some sleep, ( poor thing had gone 4 nights no sleep), and helping with Betty, I missed some fun get togethers during the sickness time. Sorry, my old quilt group and friends from the hospital dinner. Lets try again, I miss everyone!

Monday, December 11, 2017

11 DECEMBER 2017

Sunrise on the Foot Hills

This time of year is always busy, but this year with the Christmas gifts mailed today to family I feel a huge EXHALE! I drove over to a little town just north of my home to mail my boxes and 1) had a lovely drive through the foot hills, 2) saw plenty of wildlife and 3) had a very short wait at the tiny USPS, helped by some very pleasant postal workers. I strongly encourage people to seek out small Post Offices, well worth the trip.

Have been spending lots of baby holding time as well as walking my girl. Love having 2 Grandchildren.  If not with the Grand kids, I am working on a half square triangle quilt. Very excited to put this quilt together, love love the colors. I bought the fabric in Wisconsin at one of my 3 favorite quilt shops west of the Mississippi.

I truly hope the rest of this month remains calm and SLOW!  I no longer enjoy the business that often is a mark of Christmas, some of the business is our own making and some is the hype around the Holiday Season. Lets slow down and be aware of the season as well as those suffering this December-California Wildfires. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017



Where I have been.......


knitting (185) quilting (129) ME (94) Garden (79) Family (78) Things I love (67) Home (66) Sewing (61) Gratitude (44) simplicity (44) Reading (40) Winter (38) Home Making (37) flowers (32) Photography (28) Holiday (27) Christmas (26) crochet (26) Vacation (23) cooking (23) SNOW (21) Machine quilting (20) Camping (13) China (13) canning (11) Clothes line (10)