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.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

2018 begins with cold! The low today was 7! I'm tracking temps because I'm doing another temperature afghan. This one will be low temps, ripple stitch in the back loop, with a G hook. I have the chain made, and part of the first row. I stopped so we could go out to the diner for a late lunch/early dinner. Cheesesteak for Ralph, turkey dinner for me, with enough left over for both of us to have another meal. 

I also pulled floss for my first cross stitch project of the year! and I totaled up my yarn usage for 2017, only 4.1 pounds. I spend the majority of 2017 working on cross stitch projects, Lakeside Cabin and Winter Moon.

In 2017 I read 87 books, of which 37 were on the Kindle. That's a low number for me, but I basically lost October and part of November to doing estate things and cleaning out Mom's house.

It's nice and sunny today, even if it's bitter cold.

Friday, December 29, 2017

A Birthday

It's Heather's birthday! Our oldest daughter has a birthday today!
Of course I can't find a good pic of her, but here's a partial one of her with Julianna. I'd just finished Jul's campfire cardigan and delivered it to her. She picked the colors, and specified the length of the sweater and the sleeves.

It's been so cold that I haven't set foot out of the house for 3 days! Yesterday I transferred birthdays and such to my new pocket calendar, and found my temperature chart. I'm going to make another temp afghan for 2018, but way smaller. My one for school year 2015-16 covers my king bed! This one will be more single size, and possibly ripple. 

We may have snow tomorrow! Yikes!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

I'm still alive and kicking!

I just really got out of the habit of posting to this blog. Getting it back up and running is a goal for 2018.

2017 has been interesting, to say the least. Retirement is wonderful.

The end of the year has been bittersweet. My mother died the end of September, which is just surreal. She was 87, and hadn't been getting out of the house except to go to the doctor's. She had some chronic health issues, as do most people that age. But it was still a shock. She didn't come to any festivities last year- her choice- so it did and didn't feel like the first Xmas without her. 

This was the other day, before I ripped out half of it. It's a campfire cardigan, and I royally messed up the neckline, which meant that I spent an hour pulling out stitches. I'll get it going again today.
The gift that made me cry! We gave Heather a cricut, and she's been making amazing things! She gave us this, because her sisters live 3000 miles away. I love it so much! 

So my goal is to post almost daily. We'll see how that goes!


Sunday, June 11, 2017


So here we are, it's June! Next week I'll be retired for a year- that sure flew by!
Winter Moon is coming along. I messed up a row on the bottom right, and had to rip out about 40 stitches, or the whole thing would have been off. 
And Sly is continuing to be a lap cat! He comes and paces til I put everything down and he jumps up. If I stop petting him, he nibbles on my arm! He's too funny.

We have a diner that we really like for lunch. They always have a quiche special- quiche, salad and soup for $9. This was quiche lorraine. Ralph got a western omelet sandwich and scrapple. 

My permanent tags came in, and I love them! J is for Julianna, 23 was our first street address, and who wouldn't love HUG!

A little over 3 months til our cruise! We make the final payment next week. I have to get on and look at excursions. Boston, Bar Harbor, Portland, Halifax, and one more port. A great fall itinerary! And Anthem is supposed to be an awesome ship. 

We've had a cooler than normal spring, which ended yesterday with temps in the high 80's. 90's for the next 3 days, so the AC went on this morning. 

We tried to see Wonder Woman last week, and it was sold out except for the first row- at noon on a weekday! So we'll go this week. 
Eddie graduates middle school this week- how amazing is that!

Life is good!