Where am I?

July 7, 2009 at 9:21 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I don’t plan to close my blog- I do want to get back to blogging someday.    But I only have so much time and I can usually be found on Facebook.  I would love to see you there if we’re not friends there already!

I have been keeping the list of books I’ve read this year updated (for the most part) under the 2009 Books Read tab if you’re interested in that.  I’ve read some excellent books this year.  I’ve been knitting like crazy!  Some day I’d like to share more about that again.  But for now, this is all you get. 🙂

Hope you’re having a great 2009!

2009 Knitting Resolutions

January 2, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Last year I made some knitting resolutions.  They were:

  1. Make 4 pair of socks.
  2. Learn to cable in the first half of 2008.
  3. Learn to do either intarsia or fair isle, sometime in the second half of 2008.
  4. Knit at least one item for charity.
  5. Learn to use dpns, at least do one project with them.
  6. Knit 5 times a week (would love to knit every day but I think that’s impossible).
The results:
  1. I made 2 complete pairs and one sock that I have no intention of doing the second one.    Goal accomplished?  2/4
  2. I made a mini-messenger bag with cables on the flap of the bag, nothing complicated.   I enjoyed it and am looking forward to doing another cable project at some point.  Goal accomplished?  Yes!
  3. Have done nothing toward meeting this goal as of yet.  Goal accomplished? No!
  4. I started a wheelchair blanket (it’s smaller than a typical blanket and buttons around the person so it stays on them and doesn’t get caught in the wheels).  I plan to donate it to the nursing home where my dad lived his last 2 months.  Goal accomplished?  In progress
  5. I had to use DPNs on the felted gift bags I made for my sisters for Christmas, just for the last 4 or 5 round  when thy got too small to work with the circular.  Goal accomplished?   Sort of, I did use double points but my intention was to make a whole project with them.  From the little bit I used them I don’t think I like using them very much!  So whether or not I ever fully accomplish this goal is up in the air.
  6. I did fairly well with this goal for the first 3 or 4 months of the year but then my dad got sick and passed away and immediately after that summer hit and then the holidays and I’m just too busy or tired many days.    The past month I’ve knit once a week or less.  MUST.CHANGE.THAT.  Goal accomplished?  No, sigh.

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So now for this year’s goals.  They are taken directly from my 101 Things List.  I am listing them as they are written for that list – I don’t have to finish everything on that list until May of 2011, so I won’t totally complete most of these goals.  But my goal IS to at least make some decent progress on all of them.  They are:

  1. Learn 2 color knitting.
  2. Knit 10 pair of socks.
  3. Knit 3 items for charity.
  4. Take a how to knit a sweater class and finish one sweater.
  5. Knit something from each of the 5 knitting books I owned when I initially made my 101 Things list.
  6. Knit 10 projects from my 2008 Knitting Pattern a Day calendar.
  7. Teach someone to knit.
  8. Organize my knitting patterns binder.

November/December 101 Things Update

December 31, 2008 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Due to the holidays and not feeling well the past few weeks, I haven’t been able to focus on the list much.  I hope to remedy that in the new year.  I *was* going to pick one or two things to focus on in November and it didn’t happen.  Here’s my little bit of progress:
#4 Knit 10 pair of socks. – I’m working on a pair of socks for Lindsey using Cascade Fixation.  Cute little sock!  I also bought myself 2 skeins of sock yarn, but I probably won’t start a pair for myself for awhile.

#5 Knit 3 items for charity. I started on the wheelchair afghan for maybe 20 minutes at Knit Night one time.  LOL

#9 Try 5 new recipes. Made some awesome broccoli soup.

#10 Save $100 in change.I think I actually added more than a few bucks. 🙂

#16 Print pictures from 2nd China trip and put in an album. – I bought a tub to put the pictures in as I print them.  Maybe this will get me motivated to start getting them printed!  I think I have the first 2 days of our 14 day trip printed so far.  (The reason I don’t print them all at once is $$$$$.)  We’ve been home over 2 years!!!

#32 Completely declutter bedroom and make it more warm and inviting.
What do you know, I decluttered it!  Okay so most of it is now just cluttering up the basement, but our room sure looks better (and bigger!)  As far as making it more warm and inviting, well decluttering helped with that some, but we won’t be repainting and/or decorating it anytime soon.  We hate the wall color and the quilt and…..the whole look of it.   But for now it is somewhat better.

In process of cleaning up:

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After:

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#42 Declutter:  Sell or give away 101 material items I own. – I’m sure I got rid of a few things I’m forgetting but yesterday morning I found a tub of cross-stitching and stenciling supplies in the closet.  We’ve lived in this house almost 13 years and I’ve never touched this!  I stenciled a few rooms in our last house but never did any here and have no intentions of ever doing it. 🙂  I also have no intention to ever cross stitch again (would much rather KNIT of course!)  I packed up everything in the tub to go to Goodwill.  I am going to count this at 2 items, the stenciling stuff (paint, brushes, stencils) as one item and the cross-stitching stuff (needles, floss, patterns, etc.) as one item.

#47 Photograph girls on the 30th of each month.

November:

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December:

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#54 Knit something from each knitting book I own as of date of the start of this project.
I made each of my 3 sisters a gift bag for Christmas using the Felted Gift Bag pattern from One Skein Wonders – 101 Yarn Shop Favorites.

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The socks I am making Lindsey are from my Getting Started Knitting Socks book by Ann Budd.  (no pic at the moment)

#64 Send 10 cards in the mail “just because”. My SIL is pregnant with her 6th child and has been sick most of the whole pregnancy so far.  She didn’t make it to our Thanksgiving gathering here at my house because she was sick.   I sent her a card letting her know she was missed.   So I didn’t sent it totally “just because” but on the other hand it wasn’t her birthday or anniversary or anything like that.

#65 Buy something for a child from the WalMart tree every Christmas. – They didn’t have a tree to buy from this year!  I did put together a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child to donate through our church so I’m going to count this.

#83 Subscribe to a knitting magazine. – I got a subscription to Interweave Knits from my brother-in-law Steve for Christmas!  Woo hoo!  Thanks Steve!

#99 Finish reading through The Message Bible. – I just finished Ecclesiastes.

Fall Into Reading Wrap-up

December 22, 2008 at 7:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Popping back in quickly to post my wrap-up – then back to getting ready for Christmas!!!

Here are my answers to  Katrina’s suggested questions about the books for the wrap-up:

  • Did you finish reading all the books on your fall reading list? If not, why not? – I read or at least tried to read every book on my list except A Midwife’s Story by Penny Armstrong.  I always check to make sure my library has a book before I put it on my To-Be-Read list, but I guess from the time I put it on my list until the time I wanted to check it out, they got rid of the book.
  • Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along? I didn’t change any of the books on my list.
  • What was your favorite book that you read this fall? Least favorite? Why? Favorite fiction (I read 3/5 on my list) is a toss-up between Winter Haven and Summer Snow – I think I would give the edge to Summer Snow.  My favorite non-fiction (only read 2/5) is definitely The Non-Runners Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais.
  • Did you discover a new author or genre this fall? Dawn Dais is an author I didn’t know about.  I never read a book about running a marathon. Did you love them? YES! She is so funny.
  • Did you learn something new because of the Fall Into Reading challenge — something about reading, or yourself, or a topic you read about? – I learned a lot about how to prepare to run a marathon and how to laugh about it. 🙂
  • What was your favorite thing about the Fall Into Reading challenge? – Probably getting myself to read a few books from my 2007 TBR list.
  • Would you like to participate in another challenge here this spring? – YES!

The books I finished:

Winter Haven by Athol Dickson 5/5

Summer Snow by Nicole Baart 5/5

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult 4.5/5

The Non-Runner’s Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais 5/5

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman 4/5

The ones I couldn’t get into:

The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall (sorry Jane! I don’t know if I wasn’t in the right mood or what, but it was just so slow and didn’t grab me – I’m sure it’s a wonderful book!)

The Year of Living Biblically by A.M. Jacobs

The one my library didn’t have:

A Midwife’s Storyby Penny Armstrong

I Went to the Packer Game!!!!

December 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Football, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
(but they lost, sigh)

However I had a great time!!!  Ben got tickets from his boss and he paid for mine as my Christmas present!   He only found out about the tickets Saturday afternoon so I found out I was going on short notice.  I had to run out to Fleet Farm that night to get some warm boots (I needed them anyway).  This is the third time I’ve gone to a Packer game (the other two were in the mid-90’s and they won both of those games).  I think the other two times I found out  I was going at the last minute also!  One of them for sure, I think I found out about 10 p.m. the night before (refresh my horrible memory Ginny!)

It was so much fun and we had pretty good seats.  We were in the corner of the south end zone above the tunnel where the Packer players run out onto the field.   We were about halfway up – the other two times I went I was almost to the very top in the end zone.  I think the temperature at kickoff was 5 degrees!  Yes FIVE.  But I wasn’t all that cold, and I didn’t even wear a coat!  I did have 6 layers of clothing on top though. 🙂  I had an undershirt, then a long sleeved shirt, then another long sleeved shirt, then a turtleneck, then a hooded Packer sweatshirt, then another Packer sweatshirt over the top of it all!  I had 2 pair of long johns and jeans, wool socks and boots on the bottom.  I think that was better, more comfortable, than less layers with a coat.

Things didn’t start out too good but then the Packers somewhat pulled it together, tied it up and we were hopeful.  But the defense was horrible and they gave away the game at the end, a field goal for the Texans to win it by 3 with no time remaining.   That kick was in the opposite end zone from us – all of the Packers scoring was in our end zone!  In fact they were first and goal at the opposite end zone for their last score, but then they switched sides for the start of the fourth quarter and scored on our side on the very next play.  They also downed the ball on the 3 yard line in our end zone for the Texans last possession but then if you know anything about the game they took it all the way down to the other end for the winning score.   DANG!

It was a blast anyway and you know how I feel about being at Lambeau Field! I couldn’t wipe the big fat grin off my face for awhile after we first sat down!  Love it, love it, love it!  THANKS BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mosaic Me

December 5, 2008 at 10:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Thanks a lot, Jane! 🙂 When I should have been cleaning the house/playing with the girls/doing laundry/working on my Christmas letter, or a zillion other things, I did this instead:

1. Type your answers to each of the questions below into the Flickr search engine (www.flickr.com)
2. Pick an image from the first page only.
3. Copy and Paste the URLs for each image into Mosaic Maker (http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php)
4. Save your mosaic to your computer and upload it into your own post.
5. Don’t forget to credit the photographers!

QUESTIONS:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. What is your favorite drink?
7. What is your dream vacation?
8. What is your favorite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. What is one word to describe you?
12. What is your flickr name?

Here’s mine:

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Photographers:
1. Eileen Donan evening light, 2. 365 Project – day 65, 3. Menasha, Wis., 4. Rosy Button ~ Page in my Happy Quilt Journal ~ for no particular reason other than I can, 5. Girasoles acariciados por el viento …/ Sunflowers kissed the wind … (Dedicada a mis 7500 visitantes/Dedicated to my 7500 visitors), 6. coffee & the city, 7. Gingerbread House – Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, 8. Blueberry Cheesecake, 9. Tender Love and Care, 10. A True Smile, 11. a chronicle of obsessions, 12. Kunstman

Better…

November 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

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What 2 little girls can do…

November 14, 2008 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments

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This is our basement playroom.  At the moment it’s probably even messier than when I took this picture a few weeks ago.   I need to get down with the girls one of these days and clean it up (again).  It’s been cleaned up and re-messed up so many times….

I have to laugh (or cry?) when I read comments about my 101 Things list, how productive or ambitious or whatever I am.  HA HA!   I feel like my life resembles the above picture.  My house is a mess, my To Do list is a mile long and I rarely make a dent in it, I’m so unorganized, it’s pathetic.   One of these days I need to get my act together….maybe tomorrow (yeah right).

HELP! 🙂

EDITED TO ADD: Thanks for all your comments!  I agree with spending time with the kids and not worrying so much about the house!  I do spend lot of time with the girls and believe me, I am not overlooking them to clean the house!  BUT…when your bedroom is a totally uninviting place because there is crap everywhere, when you can’t find something you really need because the piles are too big and there are too many of them, when you neglect to do something you were supposed to do because the piece of paper that tells you about it is buried somewhere, when things are just a bit dirtier than they should be for sanitary purposes (i.e. the dust bunnies are piling up high because you can’t get at the surface to dust), well let me tell you it is not fun to live that way!   If things were more in order and I was a little more organized, it would free me up to spend more time with the kids!  So there is a balance there that I am looking for and I am losing the clutter war.

Election Day!

November 4, 2008 at 11:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Personal opinions contained in this post!    I respect your right to disagree with me but I won’t debate or argue here…

Ben watched the girls this morning while I went to vote.  I don’t have any problems saying who I voted for – McCain/Palin.**  Not a perfect candidate (who is) but the best choice in my opinion.  I used to be a “one issue” voter and that issue is abortion.  I would not vote for anyone who is pro-abortion.  I now have mixed feelings about that – I feel like abortion is a matter of the heart and changing hearts is the way to prevent abortions rather than by legal means.  Then again if a law stops even one woman from having one….  But just the same it’s God changing hearts and not laws that is the most important thing.

So I don’t know that I wouldn’t vote for someone just because they are pro-abortion.  On the other hand, I think it would be very hard to do so!  Because I think their opinion on abortion says a lot about the rest of their beliefs.  So while I will never say never, I doubt I will ever vote for a pro-abortion candidate, especially for president.

Ben voted for the first time today!  I still can’t believe I have an adult child!  I remember voting for the first time with my dad.  It was 1984.  We voted at a school.  I voted for Reagan.  🙂

All that said, I really don’t like politics.  I especially hate all the political ads!  They are almost comical in a  way.  Each side acts like the other is stupid or pure evil.  They act like voters are stupid.   We’d have to be to believe all the stuff they say in those ads!  I just can’t wait for this all to be over!

**I don’t know if I completely understand what is so secretive about who you vote for….someone enlighten me if you want!

Halloween

November 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Now that everyone else has posted about their Halloween and moved on to the next thing, I’m finally getting around to writing about it.  Story of my life now, always behind!

Halloween is not my favorite holiday by any means.  For years we wouldn’t participate in it at all.  I’m just not crazy about all the gory, icky decorations and spooky costumes.  And all the candy!  I have such a sweet tooth and I have a hard time resisting – I can’t believe how much candy I have eaten in the past few days.  It’s awful.  And of course, my girls do NOT need candy either!  Lindsey has thousands of dollars of dental work in her mouth (2 crowns, 1 bridge, lots of fillings) and we don’t need Allison to follow in her sister’s footsteps that way.  But oh well, we have softened our stance on Halloween as far as not participating at all, but I’m still not super crazy about it.

That said Lindsey had a blast and both girls looked darling in their costumes.   And the weather!  It was warm!  Yea!  Many years it is so cold, or even snowing, and all those creative and cute costumes get covered up by winter coats!  But this year it was beautiful outside, no coats required.  (And it’s supposed to be 70 degree tomorrow!  It’s warmer here right now as I write this than in NC where my good friend Tamara lives – shout out to Tamara and family!)

Despite the gore and the candy and the hecticness (is that a word? LOL) one really great thing came out of the holiday this year – Allison learned to say “thank you”!   After me and Lindsey saying thank you a bunch of times as we left each house, all of a sudden I hear Allison say “sake you!”  It was so cute!  I have been trying to teach her to say thank you for a long long time.  Her speech has really been improving by leaps and bounds lately.  She still has such a long way to go but she is progressing!  She has been perfecting her “Go Pack Go” too, although it was of little help yesterday. 😦

Back to the candy…..I was so proud of myself that I actually had my act together and planned ahead.  I bought a whole bunch of candy early in the month to give out on Halloween because last year I ran out of candy.   Then I found out Jay would be coming home from a week out of town on Halloween night.  So no one was here when I took the girls trick or treating, then when we got home we had to go to the airport to pick him up.  By the time we got home, the mad rush was over and we  only got 3 sets of trick or treaters.  Which means I have a TON of candy left over!  Sigh….

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