Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mid March

I went to bed too early- 11PM, so I've been up since about 4 a.m. Laid in bed for an hour, then got up and have been on the computer. I can't do anything else because I don't want to wake up Ralph.

Lakeside Cabin is done, framed, and up on the wall! The larger mat is actually a light yellow, it didn't photograph too well.

This is my new work in progress- Winter Moon. It's my souvenir of the Alaska cruise last year. I bought the kit in a quilt shop in Skagway. I thought it would be difficult to work on the navy aida cloth. Luckily, my various cross stitch groups had lots of hints.
I couldn't resist buying this chart of Ghosts in the Forest. I found it totally compelling. It will be huge, and I'm not sure when I'll start it, but I had to have it.

We got no snow in February, and the weather was great. March is another story! Last Friday we got some snow, just a few inches. This week we had storm Stella (cue Marlon Brando!) and it was to be a terrible northeaster. We got about half the snow the guessers called for, maybe 8 inches, with a lot of slush. I stayed in for 2 days.

We're getting connected to the county sewer system. We've had septic for almost 30 years, and it was here before we were, and it was having issues. Because we're down a little hill, the county initially didn't connect this house, but the technology has improved, and it can be done. The cost is about $20K, but cheaper than a new septic, and permanent. Definitely a factor in eventually selling.  The plumber got half done, then the snowstorm. Then he got the flu, and is sick in bed. He thinks he'll be able to finish next week. We have water, which is all I care about. The big pile of dirt in the driveway keeping me from putting my car in the garage is annoying, tho.

Comcast came out and updated all our equipment yesterday. Now we have the new remotes, and can pause a show in one room, and restart it in another! And we can watch Netflix on all the TV's!

Retired life is grand!


Saturday, March 4, 2017


A brand new month! We had some strange weather in February, way warmer than normal. March is back to winter, with lows in the teens last night!
 I started Amary's poncho. It's slow going, trying to get into it. We took Lakeside Cabin to AC Moore and left it to get framed. 

Yesterday Mom turned 87 and Julianna turned 10! We went to the Amish Market and got Mom a lot of goodies. She doesn't need any more "stuff" so we get her consumables.

We went to Heather's last night for dinner to celebrate Julianna's birthday. Heather made chicken pot pies and mashed potatoes, with birthday cake for afterward. We had a really nice visit, sat around the table til after 9pm chatting. 

This morning we stopped at Perks so Ralph could get lottery tickets, went to the library, and to the diner for a late breakfast. I had scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns and toast, with iced tea. Totally yum!

And now we're in for the day, because it's cold out!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February is ending!

February as been so warm! We had a few nights when we slept with the windows open, then it got cold, then today it was 60! Strange!
 Lakeside Cabin is now finished! I can't get the pic of the finished project to come up in my pix. I'm taking it to AC Moore tomorrow to get it framed. 

Ralph has a terrible cold, and is trying to rest. He sounds terrible. 

I got the new JD Robb, Echoes in Death, at the library today. I also have the yarn all ready to start Amary's poncho. I ripped out the first 3 rows about ten times! And that was after watching the video! 

I've also got my next counted cross stitch project picked out. But I want to get the poncho going well, and the afghan for the farm fair started before I start another cross stitch.

I'm on several facebook groups, for quilting, cross stitch, and crocheting. Some of the people have 50+ projects started! There's no way I could do that, I'd get totally confused.

I did 3+ miles on the bike yesterday. I start the exercise playlist on the iPad, and off I go! 

So life is chugging along nicely!

Friday, February 10, 2017


Another week passed! Retirement is amazing. No set bedtime or rising time, no having to leave the house before it's light outside, no putting up with work people! 

A funny thing is that I'm reading less! I used to read everyday during my lunch break, and after student dismissal. At home, there are just too many fascinating things to do! I have to make an effort to read. I try to read when I go to bed, but it's now making me sleepy. 
The bottom is done! I had to take it off the frame to do the top right section- being a lefty, my left arm isn't long enough to comfortably do the top area, and my right hand isn't coordinated enough to do it. I was hoping to finish the project by March 1, but don't think that will happen. New goal is to be done by March 15. 

After this project, I want to take a month off from counted cross stitch. I have a few crochet projects I want to get going- a poncho/sweater thing for Amary, and my yearly lap afghan for the Burlington County Farm Fair. 

We had snow yesterday, which didn't stick much to the roads or walks, but was a mess coming down. Ralph swept off the steps, and I stayed in all day. Today it's really cold- 23 at 10 a.m., so I may stay in again. Another retirement benefit- I don't buy gas nearly as frequently! I go out almost every day, but rarely go more than 10 miles away. All the places we like to eat, and all the craft stores I go to, are less than 10 miles away. 

Last month we took a morning and went to Thrift stores! We skipped the local Goodwill, because it's a hot mess. We went to 2 church run stores, and a huge store. I got 2 paperbacks at one. At another I got a bunch of small counted cross stitch ornament kits in a bag for a buck! Ralph got 2 pair of pants, one looks brand new, and 2 bike helmets. We decided to make the rounds once a month, then go to lunch. 
 It only took one day for this pattern to be posted online! There's also an Alt US National Park Service pattern up, which I printed out. We live in interesting times.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


I've been retired for 6 months, and have never been busier! I considered stopping the blog, but I enjoy doing it, so my goal is to post more often. Easy goal to keep!
This is one of the things keeping me busy! Lakeside Cabin, counted cross stitch. I'm enjoying it, but it's a lot of stitches!
We had a snow squall the other evening, that reduced visibility a lot, and dumped about a half inch in a half hour. 
I got bored with my plain green comforter and got this one. I had to buy more pillows for the shams, and have to take another picture. Ralph, being a guy, doesn't get the concept of shams and decorative pillows. Heather could never have this comforter, because it's asymmetrical. I think it makes a nice change.

I got Ralph an echo dot for Christmas. Alexa is very handy when we need to spell a word! She's also great for getting weather reports. 

Cookie Swap is trying to get together every month. Last month we went to the Franklinville Inn, which was very nice but pricey. This month we're going to a pizzeria to make up for it! 

I've got a lousy head cold, and I'm hoping it runs it's course soon. I have things to do!
I watched The West Wing on Netflix. Fantastic show! Now I'm watching Madame Secretary, which is also fabulous. 

So we'll see how well I do keeping up with the blog!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Retirement is wonderful, and I've been so busy! The summer was really way too hot. In August, Ralph caught bronchitis, and was too sick to go on the Alaskan cruise. My first instinct was to stay home with him, and I should have done that. But he was so insistent that I go, so I did. I had a wonderful time. 

We were on the Explorer of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship.

Alaska was amazing. Our group was Steph and Dan, Ben, Manda, Amary and Garrett, me, and Polly and Randy. We did things together, and we did things in smaller groups. 

Skagway was so cool! We took a train ride up 2200 feet! Then we toured the town, most of which is part of a national park, so they have to keep the old west look. 

All to soon the week was over, and we were back to Seattle. I stayed a day at Manda's, and flew home Sunday. Much as I love to travel, it was good to be home!


Sunday, August 7, 2016


It's August! It's been so hot this summer. We had a few nice nights this week when I turned off the AC and opened the windows, but we're back to hot.
Ralph decided we needed to show our appreciation to our local police. So he got a hoagie tray and a case of coke, and we delivered it to the police station. They were very appreciative, and took our picture with the staff that was in the station at the moment, and put the pic on their facebook page. 
I'm so excited to see Manda, Ben, Amary and Garrett in a few weeks. Garrett is taking a few steps! He'll be a year old on the 12th, sharing Ben's birthday. They're both taking swimming lessons. I just saw them in April, but that seems forever ago.

Steph arrives here in a few hours- she's in for meetings at her home office. And we'll see Dan in a few weeks when we meet up for our Alaska cruise. He calls the cruise ship a floating coffin!

I have to have Ralph figure out why all the pix I take on my phone don't show up here. I have others that I want to share. 

I finished up a big cross stitch piece- one of those pix that doesn't show up- and now I'm itchy to start another. I have two that i want to start- one that will stay here, and one that will go on the cruise with me. And I want to start a crochet piece, but have to figure out what pattern- I have the yarn all ready. 

This week I need a haircut and a pedicure for the trip. I need cruise toes! And I need to start my "don't forget" list. 

When I wake up in the morning, instead of wanting to stay in bed, I start thinking about all the things I want to do each day, and I get up and get to them. If it's a recumbinent bike day, that gets done first, or it doesn't get done. Today was a go to the grocery store before it gets crowded day. I love not having to get up and go to work!