Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Margaret Randolph

Looks as crooked as a dog's hind leg in this picture.

Margaret Randolph
The Scarlet Letter

And there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it. I feel like something the cat dragged in and just don't feel up to fiddling with it. I had promised pictures of some of my recent stitching acquisitions, but they will have to wait. Our crazy weather wheel stopped on 87 degrees today which has only added to my misery. And part of my day was spent trying to toll these two back home.


They (Victoria on the left and Rio on the right) are firm believers that the grass is greener in the neighbor's field. They also like to visit their old stablemate, Sally. Sally decided that she had a thing for a little pony that lives down the road and left home one day never to return. The neighbor says she is no bother and doesn't mind having her there. 

My sweet son found my book list and ordered the top two on the list. He says they are a gift in return for my chauffeuring him around when his truck was in the shop. I know several people recommended the audio version of The Tsar of Love and Techno, but well, you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. I guess I will just have to struggle through the pronunciations. 


Some recent library loot.


I've finished After the Parade and am currently reading Mink River, which seems to either rate five stars or one star - heavier on the five stars, though. So, I guess I will either really love it or maybe not so much. 

Now I'm going to crawl back in bed with my furry cuddle bug Lola and hope to feel better soon. Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Springtime Frolicking?

Well, it has been more like wintertime frolicking. Frolicking being what you need to do to stay warm lately. These two bunnies are doing the only springtime frolicking around here.
Spring Frolic at Bunny Hill
With thy Needle & Thread

I think these bunnies are a lot cuter than the ones I see in my yard. Going back to my son's fear of spiders - I've been known to act just as silly over rodents. And for me, rabbits are just big ole constantly chewing rodents. Before we move on to knitting, I want to assure you that I am not crossing over to the other side (knitting) completely. In fact, I have been quite active in adding to my stitching acquisitions recently. : )

One knitting finish to share
Stockinette Stitch Shawlette
Purl Avenue

Not the most exciting knitting but I found it to be very relaxing. Tassels were optional, but I'm not a tassel kind of person.

I'm currently working on a couple of other things.
Churchmouse Classics Basic Socks

This pattern was recommended to me by Mary as a good first sock to knit. And she was right. I always let the heel put me off of even trying to knit socks but found it to be a lot easier than I thought. And I'm just as excited about my heel as I was about thumbs. I will definitely be using this pattern again. Maybe not on size 1 needles, though. : ) The good thing about them is they make beautiful, tiny stitches, but the bad thing about them is they make beautiful, tiny stitches which make me feel like I'm knitting and knitting and not getting anywhere.

I've also been working on 
Linen Chevron Cowl
Purl Avenue

Right now it just looks like a wrinkled mess. I'm using the suggested yarn, Shibui Linen - I'm not really loving it but getting more used to it. I've been listening to the Serial podcast season 1 while working on this which has been helpful in ignoring the yarn. I want to finish this so I can start this
Rosewater by
Janina Kallio

I may be in love with the color of this yarn - Composition Book Grey. Not at all well represented in this picture.

On the reading front, I'm glad I stuck with 11/22/63. The ending was one I can live with. And I didn't realize it was a mini-series until a couple of you pointed it out. I'm content having read the book and probably won't watch it, though. Currently, I'm reading the second book in the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache series. Interesting to find out that the first two books have been made into movies. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Jane Austen mysteries by Stephanie Barron. Thank you, Vickie, for recommending these.  I'm so behind in my reading - not sure why and not happy that Goodreads points out just how many books behind schedule I am. I think that I might not set a reading challenge goal next year. I want to enjoy my reading even if it is at a leisurely pace. : )

I've been having some issues lately - (1) medical...the kind that makes you put on your special going to the doctor/hospital undergarments...and (2) computer...the kind that makes you want to pull your hair out, so I'm a little behind on my blog reading. Hopefully, I can catch up in the next couple of days. I appreciate those of you who follow along with my little blog! Hope your days include some fun and some springtime warmth! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Little Bit of This A Little Bit of That

Stitching
I recently finished Count Your Blessings by La-D-Da. This seemed a  very appropriate piece to stitch - while the year has had a few rough patches everything has worked out in the end. I thought we were getting ready to go through another rough patch the other day. What do you get when you mix my son (the child who inherited the fear of spiders gene from his father), a shower, and a spider. Well, I will tell you. You get a ripped shower curtain, a crashing sound that makes you think something really big has hit the house...something really, really big and a busted knee. We spent the better part of 2015 getting my son through a torn MCL...and of course, it was the same knee. Thankfully, just a little bit of swelling and pain but nothing incapacitating.

Knitting
Malabrigo Hand Thingies by Anne Sahakian and seen on Mary's blog. I started these sometime in December and finished them a few weeks ago. I knit them using Malabrigo's Velvet Grapes - they go with my winter coat and I may just get the chance to wear them in a few days as we continue on this wild weather roller coaster.

They aren't perfect - and I know there are a few mistakes here and there. I thought of my grandmother while knitting these when -
a. I had to lick that calf over again...and again (Lick that calf over again was an expression she used when someone had made a mistake and needed a do-over). Especially on the second mitt. I was ready to bind off the hand when I decided to compare it to the first one. I wasn't thrilled to discover that I had left out two rows . So of course, I had to rip it all the way back and more or less start over again. I could knit these in my sleep. : )

b. I cut myself a caper (If someone cut a caper it usually meant they had acted like a fool over something). This happened when I discovered my mistake on mitt number 2 and then again when I was finally finished with both and realized I had actually made something with thumbs. Lots of ridiculous jumping around while repeating over and over again "I made thumbs!!!" My husband and son just didn't get it and the cats all ran for cover.

I also discovered that it is possible to knit inside out. Fortunately, this is easily fixed. Caper averted!

Reading

It's a big one at 849 pages. I'm halfway through and have been having too many late nights because I can't put it down. Maybe a little concerned that it won't have a happy ending because...well, it is Stephen King. On a side note - my husband has been told by many people that he looks just like Stephen King. 

Wanting to try
TRIPLE BERRY WINE SLUSH
  • (2) 12-ounce bags frozen mixed fruit (raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
  • 1 (750mL) bottle of your favorite red wine
  • 2 cups ginger ale
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
I love the pretty purple color! I may just have a thing for the color purple. : )

Appreciating
The beautiful sunset a few days ago. It seems like every time you turn around a little more of the countryside has disappeared. Fortunately, this little piece is still just around the corner from us.

Thank you, everyone, for reading along! Hope everyone is enjoying some lovely spring weather! Take care ~

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Pre-Spring Walk In Old New Castle

I used to think that crazy up and down weather was limited to our little corner of the U.S., but I know we all experience crazy up and down weather sometimes. After a couple of snowy days, we were treated to a couple of beautiful warm and sunny days with temperatures in the lower 80's! Weather like this makes me feel hopeful and happy!!! And when you have weather like this at this time of the year you have to get outside and take advantage of it. So I decided to take a walk in Old New Castle - one of my favorite places.





William Penn right before the blizzard

William Penn happy to shed his scarf on this beautiful warm day







And finally, a teeny, tiny St. Patricky finish

A few weeks ago, I got a call...my son telling me he had been involved in a head-on collision. Thank God he walked away with minor injuries. The same can't be said of his truck. He is still pretty shaken up over it, so even though he was eligible for a rental while his truck is in the shop, I've been his chauffeur. I'm not complaining but I'm beginning to add little touches to my car to make it more homey since I have been spending so much time in it. :) 

Hope spring has shown signs of springing where you are. Thank you all for visiting ~ take care.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The "S" Word

Well, my family room no longer looks like a convalescent's room. Although my husband could probably have used a little longer to recuperate, he is finally back at work. I think there is a permanent impression on my couch where he whiled away many contented hours watching television. I can't tell you all just how much your caring inquiries and prayers meant to me. I'm really hoping we don't have to go through anything like it ever again. 

Now, the "s" word - I almost hate to say it - slump. I have really struggled to get into anything over the last several months. I don't know how many books I've started and then put down. Some I have been quite a way into and just thought why am I reading this? Same thing with my stitching. I do have one small finish 

Handprint on My Heart by Heartstring Samplery

And I have made a little progress on Margaret Randolph from The Scarlet Letter


Such a pretty sampler and I think I could have finished by now if it weren't for... the slump. I attribute it to the winter. I just don't function well when the sun is limited. It really is amazing what a difference a sunny day makes. I tell my husband that someday when we aren't working I would like to live in the southwest - he says he wants to live in the northwest. I say well, we can meet up a couple of times a year.

Three samplers I would love to stitch this year. The threads for them are beautiful.




And it was close...number 5 or new grandkitty. Thankfully, I can say meet Naya, the new grandkitty. : ) She is sweet as can be!


Well, hopefully I can get back into a more regular posting schedule. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to visit and those of you who keep in touch even when I disappear for a while. And I apologize for leaving such late comments on your blogs. I mark them to go back to and read and comment on and before I know it days have passed. Speaking of time passing - hard to believe it is March already! Take care and I hope to be back soon.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Recuperating

Well, the pain medicine has kicked in and the patient is fast asleep. I just wanted to let everyone know that the surgery went well. Of course, the recuperation process is no fun! It is really tough to see someone you love in so much pain. I'm hoping that things will settle down in a few days and maybe I can find some time to do another post - not that I have much to show. : ) These words sound so inadequate, but I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of your kind words, prayers, and encouragement!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Holly

I'm happy to say is finally finished!

Christmas went by in a blur. My parents have required quite a bit of my time lately resulting in some very long days. I'm afraid I had a mini meltdown the other day. I just feel physically and mentally worn out. Hauling 50-pound bags of horse feed and maintaining two homes has taken a toll. And of course, I'm worried about my husband. All of your kind words have really meant a lot to me. I'm literally bleary-eyed by the time I read email and comments and hope I haven't missed responding to anyone. I'm hoping to carve out a little time to think about my plans (stitching, reading, knitting, etc.) for the coming year. After a brief hiatus from school, I will be going back in February. My focus for the year is to finish - after all I don't want to take the mature student status too far. 

Just a few Christmasy pictures

Lola thinks we put the tree up every year just for her and was very indignant when I had to put the gifts under it.

And my husband and I many moons ago

And I guess I need a disclaimer after being informed by a helpful soul that I'm not a writer. Well, I'm not a writer. I'm a math and science person. :)

Again, thank you, everyone, for your kind words concerning my husband and for taking the time to visit! Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year!

P.S. We have been given a date of January 14th for my husband's surgery, so continued prayers and good thoughts are much appreciated!