Friday, February 16, 2018


It feels so good to not have to bundle up to go outside! But it's only mid-February, so we could still get lots of snow. Boo.

Tina in her chair, and on Ralph's lap. She stretches out and purrs, until he does something unacceptable like move. 

Steph's fire house is coming along nicely. The aida cloth is actually a light blue, to represent the sky. 

The temperature scarf! I spent an hour yesterday weaving in all those ends, so it looks a little different today.

And the temperature afghan! I'm so happy with how it's coming along!

I just finished the new JD Robb, Dark in Death. Really good, as are all of hers. Nothing on TV, since I don't watch the Olympics. So I'm binge watching Midsomer Murders on Netflix, a British mystery series. 

I had a really nice birthday. Talked to all my people, and had lunch with Ralph and Heather. Heather brought me a bunch of purpley pink mums, which I love. Manda and Steph sent me chocolate from Godiva and See's, always a hit! And Ralph got me a box of chocolate covered cherries, and a bag of Swedish fish. All wonderful gifts! 

This morning I had errands to do, so Ralph went along with me and we started with breakfast at the Lamp Post. Then quick stops at the library, mailbox, and bank.

My mom gets so much mail! Everyone asking for contributions, if they enclosed a postal paid envelope, I write deceased across her name and send it back. Florence still gets the occasional mail, and she's been dead for four years!

The plan for the rest of today is to do my temperature rows and work on the cross stitch. I read for a half hour to an hour before I go to sleep at night. 

And that's retired life! It's great!


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

It rained all day yesterday, it's raining cats and dogs today, and rain is predicted for the next two days! But, it's better than the snow that other parts of the country are getting! 

I've been watching Last Tango in Halifax on Netflix, and I was sad when I got to the end. It's a British drama. 

Almost every day, Sly decides he needs to sit on or with me and get some loving. If I stop petting him, he nips me! Little toad!

Temperature afghan is coming along! It's folded in half in this pic.
Temperature scarf is also coming along. I'll weave in the ends when it's finished.

Steph's fire house is moving right along. I hope to be finished when she comes home in May/June.
And a FFO, the granny afghan made with 5 cakes of Saturday Sundae from Hobby Lobby.

This week is my birthday! 65! Medicare time! It's so weird.

We listed Mom's house with the realtor. Pix were taken Friday, and it should go online tomorrow. What an ordeal- Mike has been up there so much, finishing cleanup and touchup. I just have dreams of people I know moving. 

And that's what the past week has been!


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Still Cold!

It was 13 degrees this morning! Yesterday it snowed off and on, but didn't really lay, which is fine. Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow for the Super Bowl, which the Eagles are in. We're invited to Heather and Ed's for a party, in which only the half time show will be watched. It's a very select group, just us and Ed's parents.
I forgot to post this when I finished it. It's baby blanket sized, and was done with caron cakes, or something similar. 
Then I started this one, with Hobby Lobby's sweet rolls. The colorway is called Saturday Sundae. I have one or two more rolls to add to it.
The temperature afghan is coming along! It looks smaller here because I put it on the floor to get the whole width in the picture.
Th temperature scarf is also coming along. 40 stitches wide, single crochet with a G hook, picking up the back loop only to add texture to it. 
And last but not least, and I don't know why it's showing upside down, is the counted cross stitch fire house for Steph. I work on the temp afghan and scarf every day, and kind of alternate the granny and the cross stitch. 

I read 14 books in January, 3 on the kindle. I'm working my way thru Jill Shalvis' books, with some miscellaneous library books in between. 

Ten more days and I'll turn 65 and be on Medicare. How did that happen? But it's better than the alternative. My friends Linda, Linda (Sam) and Doris died before they were old enough to collect social security, so I'm happy to have the opportunity to grow older. 




Thursday, January 25, 2018

The cold is back!

We had a  few nice days, and got spoiled! Then 2 days ago the temperature dropped as the day went on, and winter is back. 
The temp afghan is coming along nicely. I like the width and the colors. Same colors as the one I did for 2015/16 school year, my last year of being employed.

I've got  a granny afghan going, made of Hobby Lobby sugar wheels in Saturday Sundae colorway. 

I've also got a counted cross stitch project going, for Steph. It's a firehouse. 

And I've been reading my way thru Jill Shalvis. I finished her Lucky Harbor series, and just started the Heartbreaker Bay series. 

Today we went to Hobby Lobby- all yarn on sale 30% off! Then to Bertucci's for lunch, and Pet Smart for Tina food.
She loves the chair I brought home from Mom's, and cuddles up to Mom's teddy bear. She's so funny.

I also started a temp scarf, but just frogged the whole thing as it was crooked. I have to get that going again. Tomorrow we're having lunch with Heather at an Italian restaurant near her.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

First finish of 2018

Campfire Cardigan! A free pattern. I made Julianna one during the summer.

Her cardigan was made to her specifications! She picked the colors, and wanted the sleeves short, and didn't want a hood. The hood on mine was a pain- I followed directions, and ended up taking out several rows, as it was way too tall. 

I am happy with how it came out, and it's nice and warm. Not warm enough to wear outside today- it's about 13 degrees right now! 

I'm glad to have it done, I feel like I've been working on it for years! One person commented on facebook that it looks like s'mores! I take that as a huge compliment.

Steph has been here and gone. We didn't see enough of her! Yesterday she left for Heather's, and will spend time with them before leaving to go back home today. She'll be back in May, and hopefully Dan will be with her for part of that trip. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

A heat wave!

After the first week of January not getting above 20, the low 40's is wonderful. 

The temperature afghan was looking real boring for that first week! This year's is a ripple stitch, using the back loop, with a G hook. The hook is a Furl's that Manda gave me for my birthday 2 years ago. Very comfortable to use.

Steph is home for a few days after a meeting in north jersey, and I just mended a pair of slacks for her, and hemmed a pair of jeans for her. 

Yesterday Ralph, Steph, Heather and I went to Brio's for lunch, then to LL Bean and Plow and Hearth to browse. 

I'm still working on the Campfire Cardigan. The hood is done, I just have to finish the sleeves, then do a finish row around the whole thing. I'm resisting starting another project until I finish it, and I even leave it on the ottoman at night so I see it first thing. 

Ralph and Mike are doing some cleaning up at Mom's. We're hoping to get it on the market really soon. 


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Another cold one!

3 degrees this morning! We should get a break this week, up to 50 by the middle of the week.

With Sly's dubious help, I've been working on the campfire cardigan. If I hadn't ripped it out so many times, I'd be long done. It really does pay to follow instructions. 

My temp afghan is really boring so far, all the lightest purple, except for the white day- we had snow all day Thursday. It was incredibly nice to not have to worry about whether or not school would be open! As it turns out, most schools were closed Thursday and Friday, after just having gone back after the Christmas break.

This morning Ralph is doing a photo class/shoot. I didn't feel too great this morning, so I cancelled lunch with Frank and Charlotte, and went back to bed for a few hours. 

I finished binge watching this season's Outlander. Now we have to wait til 2019 for both Game of Thrones and Outlander to return. 

Yesterday I cleaned out the big freezer, and discarded a few things, and Ralph defrosted it. It was colder on the porch than in the freezer, so he put the contents in an ice chest on the porch. 

And nothing else exciting going on.