Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend Crochet


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Hexagon Floral Afghan
Pattern By Afghaniac on Crochetville
Pattern HERE.

Isn't this a pretty blanket?  I saw it a couple of days ago on Crochetville, and then today noticed that Afghaniac had posted the pattern.  I think it's just so pretty and feminine-looking.  I made my first hexagon earlier today, but then I had to leave for some family time.  I'm going to be making a few more during the race tonight.  Mine are coming out to be 10 inches across at the widest points of the hexagon (corner to corner).

Barnaby has instructed me to make all the flowers the same color (yellow middle with white petals) and the edging and border the same as the flower petals (white). He rarely ever chimes in with an opinion, so I'm taking his advice on this one.  I'm using up more of the Red Heart yarn I have tons of for the rest in various colors.  Here's the first one:



I just realized after posting this picture that this "hexagon" has 7 sides!  I screwed up.  Oh, well.  You get the idea.  I guess I'll be starting over though.  I see the flower has seven petals too.  I guess that's where the trouble started.  Dang it.  :(

I also have the new Ripple blanket to work on, but I like to have several things going at once so if I get bored or tired of the repetition, I have something to pick up.  Here's a picture of the beginning of it. 


I think I'm going to call it Butter Rum Ripple.

The lightest yellow is ILTY in Cream, the darker yellow is ILTY in Banana (it's more the color of a canteloupe than a banana though, and the rusty-brown color is Vanna's Choice Something.  I can't remember and don't feel like digging out the wrapper.  It's a speckled rusty-brown and cream.

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I hope you're all having a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Some Talk & a Free Pattern!

I'm having a Giveaway! Go here for the info: http://scottys-place.blogspot.com/2010/05/giveaway-extravaganza.html

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So I'm an idiot.  Yes, I am.

I was sitting here crocheting on my new ripple blanket (more about that later) at about 9:15 this morning, and someone rings the doorbell AND knocks loudly.  It startled me so bad I nearly fell off the couch and Fletcher went nuts barking.  I couldn't imagine who it could be.

I looked through the peephole and there stood a Fedex man with a box.  What in the world is he knocking and waiting at the door for?  I haven't ordered anything that should need a signature.  So I step out onto the porch, sign for the box, and take it inside.

The return address is from Amazon Japan.  But I just placed that order the night before last!  Of course, I couldn't read anything because it was all in Japanese so I really didn't have a clue what I was doing.  Mostly I just took a wild guess and clicked on the buttons that looked vaguely similar to the ones on their American site.  Well, evidently I ordered the book to be delivered "International Priority Mail."  I paid 3 times the cost of the book to have it shipped!  GAH!

I am the proud owner of the most expensive book EVER.  And it's entirely in Japanese.  Um, yeah, did I mention I'm an idiot?

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I broke a tooth yesterday.  It's the second tooth that's broken in a month.  WTF?  Luckily I had some of that tooth putty you can buy that will temporarily fill the hole until you can get to the dentist.  I refuse to go right now while I'm on vacation and my sister is here visiting.  It doesn't hurt as long as that putty is in there so I'm not going.  I'm sure I'll drop a cool $1500, at least, to get those two teeth fixed.  And that's with insurance!  DOUBLE GAH!

I don't want to talk about it anymore.

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I started a new Ripple Blanket last night!  Yipee!  All of us girls (me, my sisters, and my mom) went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and I bought some yarn.  And I absolutely love the colors I got and the way they look all crocheted up into a Buttery Ripple (hint-hint).  I want to get a few more rows done before I give you a peek.  I just love the way the Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn feels.  It's so much softer than my last Ripple, Dreamweaver, that was done in Red Heart yarn.  And my nose hasn't itched once!

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I came across this photo on my computer this morning.  I had totally forgotten how much I liked this afghan I made a couple of years ago.  I gave it to my sister.  It's a super-simple pattern, and it's not copyrighted that I'm aware of.  Another blogger gave me the instructions, and I'm sharing them with you below.  When you're finished here, leave me some love and then go check out her PHOTO ALBUM.  It is amazing how many blankets she has made, and she's very fast.  Look on the right-hand side of her flickr page at the two sets of blankets and afghans.


Indian Blanket

Hook Size:  K
Yarn:  Worsted Weight yarn in Black, White, solids of your choice, and variegated of your choice.

Chain 160 or more with black yarn, depending on the blanket size you want.

In all single crochets:
*1 row of  black
1 row of white
1 row of black
3 rows of solid
3 rows of variegated
3 rows of solid*
Repeat from * to * using different solid and variegated with each repeat.
End with the black, white, black rows.

Note:  If single crocheting is too slow for you, try using half double crochets instead.

I just edged mine in single crochets all around with 3 sc in the corners.  This was before I got into crochet borders.  I wish I had done a cooler border!  I think I'll make another one of these very soon.  I love this and it goes quickly and is really a gorgeous pattern.  It's a great gift for males and females.

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Gotta run.  Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

She's a Beauty


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This was me last night trying to read a Japanese chart...


LOL
Yes, I am a beauty...
And a blind one at that!

I really took this picture today, but I was wearing the head gear last night trying to read a freakin' chart I had downloaded on the Innernets.  I never could see what it said.  Stupid charts.

I would have worn some lipstick for this picture, but Eli used it all last week, remember?  Don't be jealous of my photogenityfulness.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I'm having a Giveaway!  Go HERE for the info!

Blah, Blah, Blah...

Does anybody know where I can find this thread heart pattern?  Please say yes.


I got this picture from THIS BLOG, but I couldn't find a pattern there.

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I had to go buy a new mattress yesterday and I really, really, REALLY didn’t want to.  But I got ready and went to Sleep Experts.  I walked in and hollered across the store at the sales lady, “How quick and painless can you make this?”  (We were the only two people in the store.)

She just started laughing and hooting.  She really did make it quick and painless and I thought she gave me a good deal.  She even called around and got me a floor sample box that goes with the mattress so I got that for really cheap.  They’re being delivered today.

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I must get to work.  Today is my last day before a week-long vacation starts for me.  Yea!  I can’t wait to have some time off.  My sister is coming for a visit from San Diego, and we have our yearly family reunion picnic next Saturday.  I’m sure lots of shopping days and gabbing will be had also.

Vaya con dios, amigos.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CRACKer Ho


I've been trying to find a round pillow insert so I can sew my latest pillow together, but I can't find one.  This one was made using a combination of Red Heart, ILTY, and Vanna's Choice Baby yarn.  It'll be slightly bigger, but I need the insert to know exactly how many more rows I need to do for the front.


I had forgotten I had pre-ordered this awhile back from Amazon before it was published yet.  I had seen a review on it in one of the crochet magazines I get.  I can't remember which one.  I can't wait to sit and look through it tonight.



And this is another one I ordered the other day.  I'm giving a bunch away, ya know, so that means I get to replace some of them, right?  ;)



These are some cute little buttons I picked up today at Wal-mart while looking for a ROUND pillow insert, which are apparently extinct now.  Did y'all know there is no longer going to be round pillows on the planet Earth?  Me neither.  Anyway, I digress.  These cute little flower buttons will look cute on a crochet chain with a little crochet birdie, don't you think?


I hadn't bought any Fruit Loops in at least a year to eat dry for snacks.  I love eating cereal as snacks.  Even though it's mostly pure sugar, it makes me feel like I'm being healthier because they all have vitamins and folic acid, which we all NEED.  Ah-hem.  They are so good!  I already had a small cup of them this afternoon.  Alright, alright, it was a MEDIUM cup.

I also got more of those Wheatables Pecan crackers I told y'all about a few days ago.  You would be horrified if you knew how many boxes I've eaten.  No, I'm not telling you.  I'm ashamed of my cracker addiction.  Do you know why they call them CRACKers?  I'm just sayin'...

Monday, May 24, 2010

What's For Dinner?

(See picture at bottom of sliced roast)

I got this recipe at All Recipes a few years ago.  This is one of my hubby's favorite beef recipes.  He's a meat & potatoes man.  He likes this roast recipe because you can slice it into perfect slices of beef and they stay intact, unlike the roast you make in the crockpot that falls apart.  I like the latter better, but to each his own.  They're really two completely different dishes.

This is easy and will make your man happy.  While you're at the grocery store, grab an Eye of Round Roast (approx. 3 lbs), a packet or two of Beef gravy mix, a can or two of French Style Seasoned Green Beans, some potatoes to bake or boil & mash, some crescent rolls, and you're a hero at dinnertime, girlies!

All American Roast Beef

This is your basic, everyday Eye of Round roast beef, simply cooked to perfection. Serve it to family or company. The secret is in the time cooked: 20 minutes per pound at 375 degrees, uncovered.  Tent with foil for 15 minutes after removing from oven.  This makes a perfect, juicy, Medium-Rare Roast.  I can't tell you how to make a perfectly-done Well-Done Roast.  You're on your own there.

3-lb Eye of Round Roast
Salt, Black Pepper, and Garlic Powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place roast in a pan or baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Season with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder and rub it into the meat with your hands.  Roast in the oven for 1 hour (or 20 minutes per pound).  Remove from oven and cover loosely with foil.  Let rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Giveaway Extravaganza!

HAPPY 4th BLOGIVERSARY
TO ME!


Giveaway Rules

1.  To be eligible you must be a Follower of this blog.

2.  You must send an email HERE with your mailing address, email, and blog address (if you have one).  Please let me know which Giveaway Packages you'd like to be entered for.  You can enter for all packages, but you will not win more than one.  Each package name is listed below the corresponding picture.

3.  A mention of my blog with a link would be very nice of you, but is not mandatory.  (After all, it is YOUR blog!)

4.  The deadline is midnight on Friday, June 4, 2010.

5.  I will draw the names of FIVE different winners!

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GOOD LUCK!

LET THE GAMES BEGIN...


Package #1 (Above)
Three Crochet Books


Package #2 (Above)
Five Crochet Books/Pattern Pamphlets


Package #3 (Above)
Eight Crochet Pattern Pamphlets
Most are for Quick Crochet Afghans



Package #4 (Above
Six Mile-a-Minute Pattern Books/Pamphlets



And for my sewing friends...
Package #5 (Above)
Two Sewing Pattern Books

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Another Try


There's still a wonky spot, but not as bad.
This is Lion Brand Cotton Ease Yarn.



The red yarn is Red Heart Sport Weight in Jocky Red.
The last two rows of the red one are
H.L. Snowflake Yarn in Autumn.
I used a Size F hook.

I think maybe the secret to keeping it from going wonky is to finish off every round and start the next round in a different spot each time.  I'm not sure what else I could do that I haven't already tried.  Next one will be done that way.

Wonky


It appears my Pretty Petals Potholder had a stroke and is drooping on the lower-right side.  Oh my...don't slobber, Dear.


Between the two black lines is where it's all gone terribly wrong.  That's where each round began and ended.  I must figure out what I've done wrong so the next one can be perfect.  This one is off to the state hospital for some therapy and rehabilitation.

Pretty Petals

Aren't these gorgeous?


Pretty Petals Potholders
(Pictures from Ravelry.com)

Knit-Cro-Sheen is a #10 thread. Although the pattern calls for Knit-Cro-Sheen, I saw several people say that they would use sport-weight yarn for a thicker potholder and wouldn't have to crochet two of them together, and others used plain old Peaches & Cream Cotton yarn.

I HAVE to make one just so I can sit and stare at it.

Here is the back that one person made, which I like better than two sides of the same pattern:






Pretty Petals Potholder 9378
The Complete Book of Crochet
The Spool Cotton Company, 1948
 
Materials: KNIT-CRO-SHEEN, 1 ball

Steel Crochet Hook No. 7
1 bone ring.


Starting at center, ch 6. Join with sl st to form ring.


1st rnd: Ch 1, 15 sc in ring. Join with sl st in 1st sc.


2nd rnd: Ch 3 (to count as 1 dc), dc in same place as sl st, 2 dc in each st around (30 sts). Join with sl st in top st of 1st ch-3.


3rd rnd: Ch 1, sc in same place as sl st, * half dc in front loop of next st, 5 dc in front loop of next st, half dc in front loop of next st, sc in front loop of next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. Join last sc in same place as 1st sc.


4th rnd: Ch 3, dc in remaining loop of each st of rnd before last, increasing 15 sts evenly around (45 sts). Join.


Repeat 3rd and 4th rnds alternately until piece measures 6 1/4 inches, ending with the 3rd rnd. Break off.


Make another piece same as this, sew these 2 pieces together along outer edges of last dc-rnd, having petals on outside. Sew on bone ring.


HOW TO PAD POT HOLDERS ... If pot holder consists of two pieces, one for each side, cut flannel, muslin or any soft material slightly smaller than crocheted pieces. Tack to wrong side of one piece. Complete according to directions. If pot holder consists of only one piece, cut a lining, allowing 1/2 inch all around for seams, turn back seam allowance and sew neatly in place on wrong side

Friday, May 21, 2010

Gross, Graphs, and Giveaway

GROSS

I'm sorry to have confused some of you with my American slang.  Let me be more clear...

Turd = n Slang. 1. a lump of dung; piece of excrement.  Eeew.

Turd Floater = So much rain that the water will rise and turds will float.  Eeew again.

Pammy Sue = No class whatsoever.  (Unless I have to, and then I can fake it.  But here?  Not so much.)

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GRAPHS

Well, the thread project is taking longer than I thought, but only because I haven't had time to work on it.  I am sorely missing my crochet time.  Working is for the birds.  I hate having to work all day every day during the week.  Don't people know I have crocheting to do?  How rude.

And when I have had time, like last night, I spent it printing out free crochet graph patterns from the Internet.  I am determined to learn to crochet by using a graph only.  I have ordered a Japanese crochet book and want to be able to make some of the things in it.  Japanese crochet books are all the rage, don't ya know?  Why does it seem like they have much better patterns than we do?  Is it just because we don't have easy access to them and most of us can't read them or follow a graph?  Is it the, "You always want what you can't have," thing?  Probably.  But I don't want to get left behind if that's the way crochet of the future is headed.

I saw where someone on the Internet had written, "Do you remember the way crochet patterns looked to you the first time you tried to read one?  How the abbreviations and symbols looked totally foreign to you?  Well, it's the same thing with crochet graphs.  The more you work with them and use them, the less foreign and intimidating they are.  Soon you'll be reading them as easily as written patterns."

That was very helpful in changing my mindset about crochet graphs, and I decided I would dive right in and learn it.

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GIVEAWAY

I just realized I had my FOUR-YEAR blog anniversary this month!  That definitely calls for a giveaway, don't you think?

I'll get it together and make the official announcement over the weekend.  I have lots of pattern books, crochet magazines, and yarn to give away!

Stay tuned.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Turd Floater

It looks scarier than it is...I hope.


Yikes!  I've got to make this fast.
This was taken about 10 minutes ago...


Fake flowers in my hanging baskets

More fakes.  What?  They're easier!
And they look pretty from the street.

Drip, drip, drip...


I'm lovin' it.

I hope you love your day too!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Baby Got Back

Okay, that was lame.


Here's the back of my pillow.  I forgot to take a picture the other day when I finished it.  And since I have no other pictures to show you, there it is.

I was looking through Flickr pictures this morning and came across a little crocheted somethin'-somethin' that I just HAD to have.  The only information on it was that it was a pattern from a 2003 Crochet magazine.  So on to Goggle I went in search of it.  I did find one copy on eBay, but it was $4.99 for the magazine and $4.99 for shipping from Canada.  Um, no thanks.

So then I found a link with the names of all the patterns within that paticular magazine and put the one I thought was it into Google.  It popped up as a free pattern on FreePatterns.com.  Yipee!

It shouldn't take me too long to finish it...maybe a couple of days.  It's thread, but it's not a doily.  It's so pretty and girlie.  You'll see it when I'm done.

I went to the grocery store yesterday to get the ingredients for that Tortilla Stack I gave you the recipe for on Monday.  But I made a fatal mistake and didn't take a list because I didn't even know I was going to the store when I started out.  Sure enough, I screwed it up.  I forgot the green pepper and got corn tortillas instead of flour.  Dang it!  So I just made an enchilada casserole instead by layering the ground beef & onion, corn tortillas, enchilada sauce, chopped green chilies, and cheese.  It'll be good, but it's not a Stack like all the cool kids are making. 

That's all I've got.  See ya.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Flower Pillow #3

Woo-hoo!
I'm rockin' these out, aren't I?
And I'm not sick of them yet!



Are you a cracker lover like me?


Pammy Sue = Cracker Lover

These are SO FREAKIN' GOOD!
You're gonna hate me for telling you about these.

For real, y'all.  I love crackers.  I buy at least one box a week.  My staples are good old Ritz and Premium Saltines, but another blogger I've been reading for years recommended these last week.  And OH MY STARS and GARTERS, they are too good!  Run out and get you some.  You won't be disappointed.  There are other varieties, like almond and I can't remember what else, but they can't be any better than these.  Buy some.  And keep buying them so they will keep selling them!  Unless you live by me, then don't buy them because they are all mine!  I'm not kidding.  I just might flatten the fool who gets between me and these crackers.

How ridiculous is it to be so excited over a day-um cracker?
People are being so stupid and annoying today, I think I've lost my will to work or do anything for that matter.  Gah!

It's nothing a couple hours of crocheting won't cure...I'm on it.

Tortilla Stack Recipe

From my momma...

Tortilla Stack

Makes 4 large servings

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium-size onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, seeded & chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 jar (16-oz) black bean & corn salsa (Newman’s Own)*
5 flour tortillas (8-inch)
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend


*May substitute canned black beans and small can of corn mixed with picante sauce.

Heat over to 350 degrees. Heat oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, green pepper, and cook 6 minutes; drain. Stir in the cumin and cook 1 minute. Stir in salsa and heat through.

Coat a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 tortilla in bottom of pan and top with a heaping cup of meat mixture. Sprinkle meat with ½ cup cheese, top with another tortilla, pressing down gently. Repeat layers three more times. Place springform pan in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let stand five minutes before slicing and serving.

Serve with salsa and sour cream if desired.  (I'd also add cilantro to this recipe because I love it!)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Weekend Junk


We tried this this weekend.  It gets five stars for being a quick and hot meal that tastes good, but it was salty.  Neither of it really realized how salty it was until later in the day when we were both really thirsty and drinking lots of water.
I made it using the microwave directions so it was SUPER-quick.


The first half of the back of my third Grandma's Garden Pillow.
I really really like this one, and I'm claiming it as MINE!
I should be finished tonight.  The front is done.

The next three pictures are crochet pattern books I got at Half-Price books.









I've looked through all of them already, but I'm going to look at all of them again tonight.

I didn't do anything this weekend except crochet, and we made a trip to Half-Price books and the grocery store on Saturday afternoon late.  I also made cookies with Peanut Butter M&Ms in them instead of chocolate chips today.  Num-num.  Those are the highlights of my weekend.  Yes, I'm a party animal.

Barnaby is in there watching the Survivor finale.  I'm gonna go take a bath, look at my crochet books again, and then read a book.

Ta-ta!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Stormy Friday


It's been threatening to storm all day long, but hasn't quite made it. There's been some thunder and rain and darkness, but nothing major.

So before I get myself and my computer blowed up by lightening, here's a picture of my second pillow (the one in front).

Boon Pappy is on his way over for a visit tonight, and Barnaby is playing poker.  Have a great weekend.  Bye!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Book & Movie Ramble


This book is SO WEIRD!  It’s almost too weird for me, and I like weird.  It starts out so very macabre.  (Fancy word alert)

My favorite line so far:  “Sometimes I feel like a bone being worried at by a dog.”

There are lots of lines like that in the book so far.  I find myself thinking about something I read a page or two back and going back to read it over again.  Isn’t it weird that you can be thinking of other things while reading?  Seems like that would be impossible, but I guess it’s not.  Don’t you sort of see a movie playing in your head as you’re reading a book?  I do.

Anyway, I don’t have an opinion on this book yet, other than it's weird.  I switch back and forth from wanting to throw it across the room and forget it and wanting to keep reading.  I’ll keep you informed as I get into it a little further.

I watched the movie Twilight yesterday.  The book is SO MUCH better than the movie!  Isn’t that always the way?  If I had seen the movie, I would have no interest in reading any of the series, so I’m glad I didn’t see it beforehand.  The movie seemed to be geared much more towards teenagers.

When my sister was over here on Mother’s Day, I mentioned that I was reading the series.  She said, “Well, the book must be a lot better than the movie!”  She had watched it while on an overseas flight and her words were, “It was so dumb!”  She said she was surprised I liked them so much and I asked her why.  She said, “Because I don’t think you’re that stupid!”  Ha-ha-ha.  Now I know what she was talking about.

I really have to get back to work now.  I'm avoiding it because I'm transcribing a Japanese lady with a heavy accent.  Ugh.  It's annoying and difficult.  Plus, she's talking about international tax regulations, so it's boring to begin with.  Envy me.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

He's Flirty Nude


"Stop it, Momma!  Nooooo!"
"Don't show everybody!"



"Okay, fine."

Mr. Shithead got into my make-up this morning.  That's Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain in Flirty Nude.  I guess he wanted to be Flirty Nude today.   Well, now he is.



Working on Grandma Garden pillows...



This is the same pillow as in the other picture, just different lighting.  Amazing how different they look.


I'm starting this book tonight.

I'm still waiting for the fourth Twilight book to arrive.  I need a break anyway, so this'll be something different...ghosts instead of vampires.  Hee.

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I've lost my cooking and baking mojo.  I have had no desire to cook for a very long time.  And lately I haven't been.  It's just every man for himself around here at dinnertime.   My mother-in-law just sent me a big box of old cookbooks not too long ago.  I should dig into those and see if it'll stir something up within me and get me back in the kitchen.

I was just in the kitchen buttering the cups in the egg poacher so we could have poached eggs and toast for dinner.  That's the most effort I've put forth in awhile.  Anyway, while I was buttering the last one, Barnaby called and said he had no idea when he'd be home tonight because they're staking out a guy and can't leave until they get him.  He said if they didn't get him within a few hours, the guys in the Burglary Division would relieve them and they could come home, but he has no idea when that will be.  That's what happens when you threaten the government.  They will come get you or order someone else to.  Idiot.  He sounds like a maniac from what Barnaby said.

So anywho, no gourmet poached eggs and toast tonight, at least not for Barnaby.  I may go ahead and make a couple since I've already buttered the cups. I wanted to go to Wally's World tonight, too, because I need two pillow forms to finish my pillows.  I'd just make a run up to Hobby Lobby but they haven't restocked them in months for some reason.

*Update at 6:15 pm:  They got him.  Barnaby is on his way home.  Yea!

Bummer:  I think most of the grass in our front yard died over the winter.  It's all ugly and brown.  Everybody else has mostly green.  Hmpf.  Somebody come till the soil and plant some new, will ya?  Thanks.  Oh, and put in a sprinkler system while you're at it.

That's it.  Buh-bye.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Dreary Monday

Since I have nothing new to say...


Here is the worm sack I made for my head last week.  It's Cat-in-the-Hat goofy-looking.  It looks even worse from the front.



Do you ever buy this candy at Hobby Lobby?  It's my favorite cinnamon hard candy.  It's not real strong and doesn't burn the first two layers of skin off the inside of your mouth.

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I've got nothing else for y'all because all I did was work today.  I got up at my normal time around 8:00-8:30, brushed my hair and stuck it up in a ponytail, got dressed, turned on the TV on my way through the living room, fed the dogs, made a pot of coffee and while it was brewing, I put the clean dishes away, let the dogs out to pee and back in again, then I took my first cup of coffee to my desk. 

That's how every weekday starts for me.  There may be a variation on what I do with my hair, but that's the only difference from one day to the next.

I drank my coffee and sorted through work email and got everything organized.  Then I worked for about 45 minutes when I was interrupted by my drooping eyelids.  I was extremely sleepy for some reason.  So I marked my spot and got up and made a bowl of cereal and took it to the living room and ate it.  That made the sleepiness worse, so I announced to the dogs that we were going back to bed, and they all happily got up and followed me to the bedroom.

We sorta-kinda, half-assed napped, and then I got up and worked until Sammi told me it was time for their lunch at 3:30.

I will stop there with the details lest you go hang yourself to make it stop.

I'm going to go crochet more flowers for my second flower pillow.  I need to make my mother one too now, so I'll be alternately making flowers and working on that GIANT doily for a while.

Hope you had a good weekend and your day was just as exciting as mine.

Friday, May 07, 2010

I Have an Ugly Head

I would like to know why I look like such an idiot in a hat.  It doesn't matter what kind of hat it is, I'll look dumb in it.  Bandanna?  Nope, looks REALLY bad.

I say this because I just finished crocheting a slouch hat and was going to model it and show you a picture.  But you can forget that.  I just put it on and looked in the mirror.  First I laughed, and then I was disgusted.  THIS is the hat I made...same colors as the picture.  It looks cute in that picture, no?  On me, not so much.  It looks like some kind of worm sack on my head or something.  I think I must have a GIANT head or a GIANT face.  I don't know.  But there's definitely a problem somewhere.  Maybe it's the two chins.  Ha.

I'm about to lay down and take a nap before Barnaby gets home.  I slept like crap last night, or should I say a didn't sleep like crap last night?  But that makes no sense.  I didn't sleep a wink, okay?  I think I'm delirious and need some serious shut-eye...the kind where you get all slack-jawed and slobber on your pillow.  Is there anything better?  I think not.

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Friday Part 1


The two happiest dogs in the world, Eli & Fletcher


Tubby Sammi
She's happy too.  It's just harder to tell.
Look at that pig tail.


Between Meals Centerpiece
(Half of it anyway)

By request, here's a picture of the doily centerpiece I'm working on.  It's hard to see details in this picture, but I didn't want to spoil the big Tah-Dah when I'm finished anyway.  This gives you an idea.  I'm on Row 31 of 60.  It's going to be huge, and I'm really enjoying taking my time with it.  I'm using Aunt Lydia's size 10 thread in Wood Violet or Wood Lavendar; I can't remember which.
 
I may be back to ramble a bit more later.  Angelica is here cleaning my house.  (Yea!)  I always go hide in the bedroom when she's finished cleaning in there to keep myself and the dogs out of her way.