Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday Update

Thanksgiving was a nice day with lots of good food and company.  Hope yours was good too!

Doc at 8:45 Monday morning to hear the plan for my shoulder/arm. The MRI report isn't good, and I'm about 99% sure it needs surgery. (Pisser!) I went up and got a copy of it because I knew I wouldn't hear from the doc until after the long weekend.  Will update when I know.

Thank you for all of your sweet comments! I needed them and you all came through, as you always do! There's no way to express how much they mean.

I'll update Monday on the verdict from the doc.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Klutz Strikes Again

Well, I've done it this time. Fell and broke my shoulder and ripped it up good. MRI today, and hope to find out if it'll need surgery to fix before the long weekend. What am I, 80?

The good news is when I was on my way down, all I could think of was DO NOT land on your hips or back!!  So I automatically tucked my shoulder in and it took the entire blow of my body weight. My back is fine. No damage done to the hardware there. Thank you, Lord!

Needless to say, no crochet or anything else happening here for a while. I'll let y'all know the deal when I know something. The Captain has taken off work and is taking good care of me, as he always does.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Crack Ho Doily and a Bread Recipe

I say "Crack Ho" doily not because it's so fantastic I just can't quit working on it. I'm calling it that because the person that wrote it must have been one. Jeez! It's so convoluted and annoying with a million stitches per round and is nearly impossible to memorize at this point, and it will only get worse as the rounds get bigger. I'm getting so fed up with it. It's a gonner! I would be a mad woman by the time I finished it. I hate it when that happens. Crochet is supposed to be enjoyable, dammit!

Big breath and then frog, frog, frog. I'll use the thread for another one.

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Aren't these pretty? I made them on Monday using a new recipe. It's the simplest and easiest recipe for homemade rolls I've made yet. I was a little suspicious when I saw that the recipe had no milk and no eggs, but I gave it a try anyway. WOW...they are really good! They turned out so light and fluffy.

I got the recipe from Faith HERE. (I added a 1/4 cup of sugar in addition to the 2 Tbsp called for, and only 1 tsp of salt.  We like our rolls slightly sweet.)

Thanks, Faith!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Made a Hat

I made the brim two stitches wider because I have a big forehead.

Other than that, I followed the pattern.


Rolled the brim in this picture.

Pattern:  Trinity Hat Beanie (Free!) on Ravelry HERE
Yarn:  I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby, Cranapple Stripe
Hook:  I and J

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Hello, Autumn...

'Bout time!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Puny & Sad

I saw this hat at Target the other day and didn't buy it because I know I can make something similar so easily with yarn already in my stash, blah, blah.  Of course I won't, and now I wish I'd bought it, even if it was priced too high. I would never line it with fleece either, and this one had a nice, creamy, soft lining.  I only saw one this color so I'm sure it's gone now. I did get a pair of black Ugg-type boots so now I have black and brown for this winter.

I've not been participating around blogland much lately because I've been about half sick with something -- cold/sinus/stomach bug/malaria/whatever. And it came the night before we started a big project with work. Shitty timing. 

So unless something earth-shattering or completely hilarious happens that I simply must share with you, I'll be over here with a headache, wiping my nose, pooping, wiping my sore ass, sneezing, and typing.

Just so I don't leave you with that image in your head, I'll show you the new cookbook I got from Amazon the other day. I've had it on pre-order for a while now and was happy to see it on the porch. It did not disappoint and was a fun read, not to mention the good recipes I saw that I want to try. I've bookmarked at least a dozen...

P.S.  I lived on Clark AFB on the island of Luzon in the Philippines for about 5 years of my childhood because my daddy was in the Air Force. I feel so sad for those poor if they didn't have it bad enough even on a good day with the poverty over there. I'm saying prayers for their devastated lives and country. I hope you do the same.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

A Walk

I guess the book I've been reading got me in the mood to walk yesterday, so I did.  Come with me. I couldn't have picked a shittier day, but it was fun.
It was overcast.

And windy, and cold, and it even rained on me.

I saw all kinds of things, like this newly-stained fence.  It even smelled good.

If not for the ugly trash and recycle bins, this was a pretty shed.

One last flower (hibiscus?) for the year in someone's back driveway.

A very Texas-proud whirligig wind thingy.
What do you call them? A weathervane.


A little dude on a roof.

A wild garden.

Roses withering in the cold in a mailbox planter.

This white iceberg rose is in my side yard, also blooming for the last time this year.

By the time I got home, I was thoroughly frozen.
It felt GOOD. I felt GOOD.
For the first time in days.


I fixed myself a hot cup of tea, sat down with my Kindle Fire, and I finished the book. I hate the feeling you get at the end of a book, when you turn the page and there's nothing left. Boo-Hoo! What'll I do now? I want it to keep going!

You know how when something not particularly good happens and you immediately say, "Are you kidding me?"  My very favorite excerpt from the book:

"One thing I've learned is the universe is never kidding. It takes what it wants and it never gives it back."

You got that right, sister.


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Good Stuff

Been reading this book for a few hours each night the past three days. I should finish it tonight. I have to make myself stop reading at midnight so I can get enough sleep. I love these kinds of adventure books and have read many of them. I admit I have bawled in a couple of places in the book, which I usually don't like. Who needs extra things to cry about? Not me. But anyway, I'm really liking it and just thought I'd share.


Pammy Sue

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Birthday Stuff

My sister that does mosaics made me this dog for my birthday. Isn't it cute? I love him. He's hanging on the wall on one end of my kitchen.

My other sister gave me this cookbook.
Of course, I had to try something...

So I made this Kahlua Cake.
It was kind of a flop though...

It stuck to the bottom of the pan and ripped off the whole top of the cake when I turned it out. So the looks of it aren't great, but OMG, it tastes so good. I'm definitely going to make it again, changing up the instructions a bit. You split the cake mixture into two separate bowls and add the Kahlua, 1 cup of brown sugar and pecans in one of the bowls. The instructions say to start with 1/2 of the Kahlua brown sugar mixture and layer it that way in the pan, but I think that was a mistake. I think the regular part of the cake mixture should go in first to prevent the sticking. We'll see. I went out and bought more Kahlua today so I could make it again. It's too good of a cake to write off. The flavor is so good!

I'll let y'all now how it turns out when I make it again.

A cat in a box.

I still haven't crocheted anymore on my kitty. In fact, I haven't crocheted anything at all. I've been in a funk. All I've been doing is sleeping, watching TV, and reading. That's it. Since I'm no stranger to these regular "funks," I know the doom and gloom will lift in a few days. I'm just on the downswing of the mania that overtakes me on a regular basis. 

See ya.