Photo blog! The Shop stuff!

So I thought I would break this up into shop stuff, charity stuff, and da cats! Because apparently I haven’t posted photos since Halloween-ish. Yeah, I have photos of two out of four of the kiddo’s dressing up and trick or treating, and Halloween hats for the hospitals. You really didn’t wanna go back that far, did ya? Didn’t think so. An no we never even got around to carving the pumpkin. About that time was when dh started his grand obsession with everyone getting bikes for Christmas, and we ended up running two or three extra nights a week to town, to either try bikes, or pick up bikes, or swap bikes, or something bike related. Last week all of that settled, and all the bikes are finally home. That’s a whooooole nother blog though. :-P

So here we go with photos of my Etsy shop things. You can look over the things that are left here.  Yeah, there’s still a lot left, even though I sold a whole lot of things over the past three weeks. :-)

So first we have the beards!!!! A nice lady I know sent me a couple of pictures, and asked me if I could make something like them. I told her they were crochet (everyone knows my crocheting ~sucks~), and they were bobbles, and I had never done bobbles before, but I would give it a try. And then I bobbled, thank you Youtube!!!  I found three different free patterns for these things, and every one of them had something I didn’t like about it in there. So, I did what I do best. I fudged together my own pattern. Don’t ask me to write it down, because I don’t even read crochet myself. But I can tell you how I did it! The main row is 36 stitches, and then 18 bobbles. You have to put a half double between each bobble, so that sucks up the extra 18 stitches. Most patterns had you reverse bobbling the next row. Mine looked too sloppy. So I chain stitched back across, and just forward bobbled the whole thing. Second row of bobbles, you bobble six, and then chain 12 for the mouth opening. Then go to the other end of the beard, and count back 12 stitches for the six bobbles on the other side, and skip over all those middle stitches. After you do your six bobbles turn and single stitch back but I half doubled when I got to the 12 chain stitches to give the mouth area more sturdiness. Then turn and bobble all the way back 18 stitches. Turn and single chain all the way back and do that two more times for a totally of three bobble rows below the mouth. And you’re done!  Then came the attaching of the strings for the ears. Ok so first we tried buttons to button it to a hat. There was mention of velcro also but we didn’t try that. There are some patterns that just do like a 12 or 15 chain and attach it to both top and bottom of the beard and then you get what you get. Loop it over your ears but it doesn’t always fit good and snug. So I started looking over other designs for face masks and talking to friends and came up with this idea to just attach the crochet chain to the top of the beard (I crochet a chain of 40 for each side) and then just run the bottom of it through the stitches in the bottom of the beard. So you can loop it over your ears and then draw it up for a nice snug fit! Works soooo wonderful!!!

So here’s the ones I did for that first order. That’s after successfully making another white one, and a brown one (the prototypes) that the kiddo’s are still wearing everywhere!!! I had to stop them from snitching up any others. Austin questioned whhhhyyy. I told him, no one wants a beard with strings you’ve rubbed behind your ears dude!!!! To which he has now been cleaning behind his ears a whooooole lot more. :-P


After those on the original order I’ve made about three more of each beard, and then I made these for a friend…


One for him and a smaller red one for his grand child. :-)  Then after that I made another one for my oldest son in FL, and then made another white one for another friend who mentioned she really liked the white one, so I thought I would surprise her. She is here in CO with her daughter for medicine like we are, except her family is split and her husband is living in another state working. We know a lot of families here like that. :-( So, I thought this would give her a little perk to her holidays.  :-D

Then this is a bigger version of that other CO earflap hat up there.  The prototype so to speak. Once again a pattern I hadn’t used before, but I wanted to try it before I made the actual hat. And it worked out wonderfully, so I made the other hat in the size she needed. Now this one is going on the shop. Kitty not included. Nothing like photo bombing cats, eyeballing the tassels!!! LOL


Then we have a whoooole lot of flowery hats! People keep ordering them so I keep making them. The first set…


Then there were these…

The purple hat had all different colored flowers on it.

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Then the blue hat had just purple and aqua flowers on it. Kinda fun to make so many different varieties. Loads of work adding all those flowers and leaves though. But I am getting better at it the more I make, so it’s an added skill.


Then there was this mega flowery hat! Yep, someone wanted it like this, and I’m sure if I would have added more flowers they would have just loved it more!!! :-D Bright and pretty and fun and I got to see a pic of the little girl wearing it and I have to say I could probably be talked into making more of these. Simply because adorable little children look really really good in these! :-)



And last but not least… soon to go up on the shop, one of every bodies new favorites…


And that is all I have for photos of all the projects I’ve been working on for the Etsy Shop!  Next… yes, there was time for charity knitting also!!!

TTYL :-)

It’s not that I don’t want to blog….

It’s just a matter of finding the tiiiiiiime to blog! So, here’s whats been going on. December 6th was my birthday, and I got all of my house in order, and busted my butt for two days so I would have no dishes, no laundry, no nothing to do on my actual birthday!!!! Dh took care of a lot of the “Mooooooooom!” stuff, and the cooking, and then we went out to dinner at Wendy’s. He offered the Texas Roadhouse again. But I had just ordered yarn, so felt I really shouldn’t go big fancy on the restaurant. Plus Wendy’s has a Portobello Mushroom burger that is sooooo good!

The yarn I ordered… That was on the second of the month, and I know with the holidays and Cyber Monday and such I probably wasn’t gonna get it ~on~ my birthday. I did not expect it to turn into a giant fight with KnitPicks, and turn into an 18 day fiasco. But I watched the tracking.  Took them from the 2nd til the 8th to get it packed and to the shipping place. That’s not bad, I know they’re busy. I intentionally did not order any back order/out of stock yarn though, so it could have been a weeeeee little faster. But I was ok with it. It’s the holidays. I’m not gonna push.

Then it sat in FedEx Ground in OH til the 10th. Two days, and it didn’t move. Then it started to go. I had hope.  By the 11th it arrived in FedEx Ground Denver facilities, and was marked for delivery on Friday, and then Friday that got pushed to Monday! So it sat, and sat, and sat in Denver. Not moving for four days. I logged my complaint with KnitPicks that this was crazy, and now outside of the 5-10 days time frame they said I would have it in. Three days later they got back to me, and informed me they were overwhelmed, and they were sorry, and gave me the second $5 off coupon for the store (the first one came when it took them six days to pack my order, and they said, “why not make another order. Here’s $5″ :-/),  and tried to tell me the time frame was 5-14 days, BUT I had screen captioned my order page, and it clearly states 5-10 days, not business days either. So at that point we were at day 13 (the 15th of the month) and I’m betting she only got back to me because she thought I would seriously have my package by then, and be all cool about it. She was wrong. It’s Monday, and my package is still sitting in Denver. Ha!

So then she gets back to me on Tuesday telling me it’s highly unlikely that it takes more than fourteen days to get the package.  Ummmm, here we are Day 14, and my package is still in Denver, clue phone.  Just now, it is in the hands of the Denver Post Office! Now I have no tracking because Fed Ex Ground doesn’t provide that info after they turn it over to the PO! So I wait. Wednesday Knit Picks contacts me back again, now agreeing with me that this is outrageous, because she got answers from the PO and they found my package, and it’s supposed to land at my post office on Friday this week. 18 solid days later. Outside of both their 10 and 14 day window! Ha! So they graciously refunded 30% of my order.  Nice! Now we’re getting somewhere!

The other thing that made me bonkers, was on day 16 I get an email from them saying, “get it in time for Christmas! Orders $75 and over get Free two day delivery!” My order was $77+ change. It felt like they were rubbing salt in my wounds. Yeah, yeah, I know they had no way of knowing that their ads would wound me so.  But if 5-10 day shipping is gonna take 18 days how much time is going to be added to 2 day shipping? I have no faith, that whatever carrier they choose, is going to be able to live up to their expectations. Pretty sad.

So on the down side, I lost a $40 sale for diaper soakers. On the upside my Etsy shop is still going bonkers with orders coming in! Wish Lists really really work, just so you know. I have had more people tell me in the past three weeks that they “had no idea what to get them, but this was on their wish list!” Yaayyy! That makes me happy!

This past week I got some Weaving Cards and an instruction booklet on how to use them, so over the weekend I am going to give card weaving a shot! Loads of pretty new designs. And yep, I still have so many pictures to show y’all also! I really need to get on the ball and post here at least every other day or so, or I am never gonna catch up! Blah!

TTYL :-)

Overdue photos

Yeah, I know I know I am just letting time slip away from me again. But I am jumping in, and making lists, and knocking a little bit off everyday and getting caught up. What’s that ol saying about eating an elephant? You can do it, one bite at a time. Anyway…

Loom pictures!!! Remember back a couple of months ago, and I was so happy because I went to Table Rock all prepared to spend bucks on two looms, and then found out they were on auction that day.  Here’s they are (ignore all that fluffy fiber and stuff on the floor back there. The girls were spinning while watching a documentary, and they tend to drop stuff and run when the camera comes out :-P)…


So here’s the very first blue square off of the 3 ft loom. I’ve made about four more of different colors so far. And I can wield this one at my desk while watching things on my computer. The five foot loom though, we went back and got the easel for. I need to get weaving on that soon too. Knitting and crocheting for the shop has gotten in the way though. Hopefully after Christmas there will be time!


Here’s the pretty baby colors skein of yarn on the three foot loom also! I’ll have to get some more of that next time I spot it! Bernat Softee Chunky, the new stuff. It weaves up beautiful on this loom, where the old Softee Chunky weaves up much better on the Hazel Rose Looms but the new stuff is too tight, and I have to skip nail spaces to make it work.


And what is keeping me from all the good weaving and stuff I wanna be doing, you ask? Beards! Yep, a friend sent me a link, and said, “could you make something like this?”, and I looked up patterns, and made up prototypes, and waffled here and there, and then fudged up my own pattern, and we’ve come up with these…


And people are loooooooving them! I’ve just finished four, and now have eight on order, and I don’t even have them listed on the shop yet!!! And I need to make another three or four for for my own tribe of kiddo’s once the orders are out the door too! And of course most everyone wants them by Christmas! But I am loving the bobbles! They make me giggle! AND we wore the prototypes out bike riding in the 32 degree weather, and boy oh boy, do these things really keep your face warm!!! I might have to see if the owner of the bike shop would wanna keep them stocked there! So for the first time, I am looking forward to Christmas being over, so I can relax!!! I am sooo grateful I did my mitten and hat knitting for the homeless shelter during the summer months, and then did the Santa baby hat knitting on Fridays and Sundays! At least I had things stocked up and ready for mailing out, and could focus a boodle on my shop!

And now I am going to go edit several more pictures, and then it’s off to bed. I need to run to the post office three out of five days this week, and that means getting packages done up just about every day also! I guess I finally feel like I am in business! Now lets see if that just keeps rolling on into next year! More pictures over the next few days, so stay tuned!!!

TTYL :-)

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

So much to be thankful for today!  So in the last month we’ve been doing this thing again. Two years ago we found the perfect bathroom spray freshener, and a few months ago it was suddenly discontinued, so we have been on a search for a new smell we can all stand before we run out of the spray we have on hand. Generally it has to be in a vanilla something, because that’s about all the flowery smell dh can take. :-P So we’ve been trying this and that, and half of the sprays we’ve tried have gone right back to the store, because they are just disgusting, or they have some kind of chemically after burn yuck that leaves about half of us nauseated.  Earlier this month dh found a Glade automatic sprayer thing, that you put batteries in, and set the dial, and it keeps up the smell good, but once again we went through that nose burning after effect, and returned the whole damnable contraption to the store!!!! I had about given up, and was just going to work on inventing something myself to keep in a mister like spray bottle.  Arrrrghhh!  And then we’re going through the store a couple of weeks ago, and there it is…. another auto smell freshener this time by Air Wick!!!! Butter Cream Vanilla Cupcake!!! For the holidays, I’m figuring! Everyone is so into the automatic battery operated sprayer now, so I cave and grab it, and figure if it’s another bomb we’ll just return it too.  But we get it home, and it’s pretty niiiiice! Waiting for a reaction from anyone. Waiting. Waiting. No one is gagging, and two days later we take a family poll and decide this flavor is nice enough to keep! One canister is supposed to last around two months, so I am off like a shot and add it to my list to get six or seven more canisters of this stuff.  Which leads up to our Thanksgiving day wonderfulness!!!

So yesterday we were in the store. Dh is gloomy, and depressed. Another year with no stove means we’ve got to get something that fits in the toaster oven. Blah, one day of turkey, with one turkey breast, over priced at that, and one little cook top that we cook on our dining room table with cranking out the dishes one pot full at a time. I really don’t mind, because damn, it’s more than most people have got, and it’s THANKSgiving!!!!! Duh! But dh is really in a funk, a third year with no turkey cooking. :-(

So I go looking for the smell good Vanilla Cupcake in the cleaning aisle of the store, and only find two there tucked in the back. I grab them. We need to go to the bathroom at the back of the store (seriously we’ve only been away from the house for 45 min. whhhhyyy do you have to go to the bathroom? I don’t work like that. harrumph) So dh comes out of the bathroom, and I tell him while he waits on the kiddo’s I’m going to quick run up the middle of the store, and see if they still have the Air Wick stand of smell goods up by the registers so I can grab more of the Vanilla Cupcake smell if they have it.  And yeah, I about sprint up there and back, so he doesn’t get more grumbly. Damn Thanksgiving funk he’s in. :-(  And as I’m coming straight back (all they had up front now is gobs of Christmas stocking-y stuffer crap) there it sits on the end cap (for the record I avoid buying end cap crap, and stuff at the register. It’s POP stuff. Point of Purchase crap, targeted at people to make that one more sale for the store, just so you know) It only caught my eye because it had a big ol cooked turkey on the box, and the words “20 pound turkey” right there bold as sunshine hitting you in the face!!! I look up, and they are only $25!!! I was like, that can’t be right!  Then I was like, it’s a warmer. It can’t ~cook~ a bird! I picked it up. I looked it over.  It ~cooks~ a Bird!!!! It. cooks. a. bird! I grab it an ~run~ the other half length of the store back to dh with a smile on my face! I place it on the cart, and the kiddo’s gasp! I’m like, “it cooks a bird!” The dh goes through the, no it doesn’t, it’s just a warmer! And I’m like, look at the dial! It goes from 200 up to 450! It cooks a bird!!!! We neeed to get a bird!!! No bigger than 20 pounds though, but then I can’t remember ever but once getting a bird that was 21 pounds. But this 14 quart table top thingie will cook a turkey! :-D  We still have our doubts that it will do good, but it is sooooo worth a shot!

So last night, for the first time in two years, we got to go through our Thanksgiving ritual of cooking! I made the macaroni for the macaroni salad. (we bought the pumpkin pie because dh was in his funk and didn’t feeeeeel like baking pie fresh, in the toaster oven no less. blah), and then I started the meats for the sausage and pork and beans dish, and then at midnight I melted the pound of butter that we coat the turkey with. And there we goooo. The table top cooker has two little vent holes in it though that my roasting pan did not, and we are at a higher altitude, and the weather here is much much dryer than FL. So we kept a constant eye on the bird every few hours throughout the night, and had to add water here and there for the steam escaping. But I cried as we were going to sleep, and then again as we woke up, to the smell of turkey cooking!!! Yes, we slow cook it all night at 225 or so, and then at noon time today we turned it up to 350 for the last hour of cooking! And yes, we take temps to make sure it’s done properly (years and years of cooking for the public, and following state standard hot and cold temps kick in any time I cook big meals :-P).

Oh my goodness, we have a real sit down Thanksgiving meal, complete with the whole turkey, all the fixings, and I didn’t turn my oven on once today! Hahahaha! Life is good! Hope everyone is have a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

TTYL :-)

Business and Busy

So the stories I’ve heard are true! The Etsy stores start hoppin around this time of the year! The orders started flying fast and furiously when the weather turned cold! I’ve only had time to weave three of the three foot triangles before all that started happening.  So everything was set aside so I could whip up more hats for the store, and more items for people that all of a sudden neeeeeeeeded warm items! On top of getting shop things mailed out, I’ve had orders for special mittens, and hats, and flowers, and I even got a special order for some more CO hats, but I have several weeks to work on them yet! Next year I think I’m just going to concentrate on making a mega boodle of things for the shop, and  starting Nov 1st til Jan 15th No Special Orders! I need to concentrate better on just getting what I have, mailed out, and still have some free time for all the things we have to do around here for the holidays. But for this year I’ll keep squeezing things in.  I think part of me finds the sudden rush of business odd, because I started thinking about winter things months ago. I guess that just comes with making sure we have enough food, and knitting our warm stuff early, so we have it ready. Seems like loads of people are like, oh it’s cold this week, better run and buy something. I can’t think like that!

So other things that have been going on here… we took a little field trip. A friend of ours bought a historical place up north of here called Hammer House. It was built in the 1800’s by a guy who ran a quarry, and he built the house out of all the best stone he could dig out of the quarry. Our friends are renovating the house, and it is looking beautiful! I loved the kitchen especially, and they had a beautiful walking wheel (spinning wheel) in the parlor. The family used to own a sheep herd also, and there are stories about how they were kind of outcast, because the other ranchers had cattle, and the sheep used up sooo much grazing land! Very interesting stuff, and the kiddo’s had so many questions. They especially loved the stories about the window pane glass, and how it was made back then, and that’s why there were imperfections and waviness to it. I looove old glass!!! :-)

Other than that, we’ve been dealing with the cold weather. Five days of below freezing temps both day and night here!!! We went on a mad spree of taping up the windows, and adding plastic covering to most of the bigger windows to hold in the heat. We cover all the vents to the old furnace with plastic too, because drafts come down the old chimney and blow right through the pipes. And all of our water pipes survived the five days, so I don’t think we’ll have any problems this year at all with anything freezing (:knocks on wood:) if we survived that! Altogether we had about a foot of snow already, but never more than four or five inches actually not melted on the ground at any given time. Now it’s just a wet muddy mess out there. Yuck!

For school, for the month of November we kinda started our own version of NaNoWriMo.  I’ve been doing some writing, all in .txt files. I have three different stories going right now. I don’t think I’ll make any one novel, but three big short stories combined adds up to almost a novel. Yes?  Maybe not. So then I gave the kiddo’s spiral notebooks, and I’m giving them writing prompts every day, and having them practice their hand writing and storytelling, and they are ~loving~ it!!! I am actually surprised how well they are all doing at it, and they are enjoying it!!!

So yeah, a kinda long update, and that isn’t even half of what’s going on around here, but it’s the basics! But I hope to get back to blogging soon. I have a bazillion pictures to show! Might take me a week of photo blogs just to get caught up with all that. :-P AND to tell you just how busy it’s all been… we still haven’t carved the pumpkin we got for Halloween! Is that crazy, or what? LOL It’s a beautiful big pumpkin though, and with the cold weather it’s just holding up lovely! I think in FL it would have been mush by now. We’ll at least get the seeds out of it sometime this week, and get them toasted up. It shouldn’t be weird having a pumpkin on the Thanksgiving table, right? :-D  Anyway, off and away!!!

TTYL :-)

When The Waiting Pays Off… in a BIG way!

Soooo, back in early September I went on the Yaaaaaarn Crawl!!! I went into Table Rock Llama and even though dh says, “$200 limit for the whole yarn crawl” I think in the back of my mind, oh surely he jests, and I pick out like $35 worth of stuff, and then ogle a 3 foot tri loom on the wall marked down to $75 and swoon a little, and then there’s the 5 foot tri loom marked down to $125, and I’m like, if I put back everything, and just get these two… that’s $200 plus tax… tax shouldn’t count for the actual purchase, riiiiiight? Ohhh, but he’ll kill me!!! Kiiiiilllll me!  So, I decide to just get my little bit of stuff, and just wait a while. Two days later I told him about the tri looms, and he was like, “you should have got it!!!’ And I was like, “but it’s $200!!!!”, and he was like, “how much would it be without the discounted price if you were to just buy them brand new somewhere and had them shipped here?”, and I was like, “probably around $450-$500″

So then a plan was set. And we talked about it, and I put myself on a yarn diet (which I kinda broke, but really not, because technically I DID go more than 35ish days without buying yarn, BUT the deal I made with myself was for the month of October, but the yarn was under $5 a pound and that’s like 60% off… and see how I rationalize things? :-D) Soooooooo, anywho… today is technically November, and it’s payday, and I have saved over $45 in money in the past 6 weeks using the Savings Catcher thingie, AND I had quite a few Etsy sales, and now is the time!!! If the  tri looms are still there, I want to go get them!!!

We ~almost~ made the trip north last weekend to go get them, but then Cassie was having a bad week, and I ended up with Aunt Flo from Hades again, and how rude would it have been me walking in there looking like someone just shot me (ok ok, tmi).  But I also decided to wait, because I knew that today was Table Rock Llamas 10th anniversary, and they were going to have door prizes, and discounts on lots and lots of things!!! And who doesn’t like a nice discount on yarny/fibery goodness!!!

So I walk into the shop, and go all the way back to the workshop area, where the looms are still there, still hanging. Swoon!!! Oh my goodness, And the 5 foot one has a tag on it for $155 now, but I don’t care, I would like both! If it’s over $200 by a bit I don’t care, I will make it up somehow!!! So, I go and ask the shop owner if she could get them down for me, I’d like to purchase them. And she’s like, “oh, no no! These are on auction now!” And I think I gasped a little! I was like, “but, but, but, I’ll pay full price! Don’t auction them! Who’s winning? How Much? Who do I gotta buy off? /cry” And she takes me over to the table, and points out the sheets of paper, and she’s like, “yep, the auction ends in a half hour, and it looks like we’ve only got one bid on one of the looms! You could out bid her, shes not here now. Guess how much the bids were for? Staring bid on the 3 ft loom $55 (no bids)! Starting bid on the 5ft loom $55 (with only one bid on the sheet for the $55)!!! Can you feel me melting through the floor, as I got them both for $115? OMG! And then I felt a wee little bit bad, because I outbid the other lady, but there was no one else there wanting any of the six items they had up for auction. And OMG, I can really USE these items. And as a matter of fact, they are both in use right now!!! Yes, yes, pictures really really soon! I promise.

And then on top of that I got more fibery content. Dh said I could spend $200 and I wasn’t not gonna do it this time! They had some pretty colors in, so I got some beautiful Merino Top in blues and purple tones, and then some wonderful Merino silk blend that is gorgeously soft!!!! AND Emily spotted some rainbow dyed Corriedale roving, so I went ahead and got her six ounces of that! She bought her own spindle when we were there for the yarn crawl, and she has been using it quite a bit since then, so having bright fun colors to spin is the next best thing! So when she got home she started spinning it up, and can we say Willy Wonka loveliness!!!! I might might might just make dh go out that way next time we’re up in the Springs just to go get some more of that!!!! Because after all was said and done I spent only $165 out of the $200. We did stop and get pizza and a Philly cheese steak sub for dinner tonight and with gas money I reckon I could tally up that that’s the $200 total (see I can rationalize in the whooooole other direction!)

If we do go again though I’d maybe like to see if they still have the easel stand they were trying to auction off with the big tri loom.  I figured I’d give it a try hanging off the wall first. But a few more bucks for an easel might be worth it too. We’d get more use out of it then just my looms being on it! There would be charcoal sketching, and zentangle, and watercolor paintings galore that could be done with it! So, we’ll see. But yeah, it’s been a pretty incredible day! /squeeeeeeeee  And yeah, this totally counts towards my birthday and Christmas presents also.  I mean really…. I don’t think I could be much happier this year at all the fibery goodness I’ve obtained. I can’t think of another thing that I could possibly want. Maybe boots?  But really, I have no need to go outdoors.  All the good stuff is in the house. LOL

TTYL :-)

Fall Kitchen Stuff

So since we are all pulling extra hours around here we have been super drained on energy.  So dh and I were talking it over last week, and what’s the best way to feel better?  Well, to start eating better of course!!! So when we went to the store, more than half of our cart was loaded with fresh vegi’s and fruits, and a lot less of the processed crap foods!!! I got four stacks of bananas, and what we don’t eat up in the next two or three days is going into the freezer for smoothies in the morning, and maybe a loaf or two of banana bread!  We also got three bunches of kale, and yesterday I dug the dehydrator out of the bottom shelf, and as bonkers as my stripped down kitchen is, I stacked it on top of the microwave (yes, dh had to have a microwave. I still refuse to use it, but he heats things up in it, and the kiddo’s make those awful bags of popcorn in it. Yuck) Today we had a wonderful bucket of crunchy kale chips for, oooh an hour or three. They got munched up pretty quick! Looks like I’m going to have to get two or three batches of kale every time we shop now for the next few months.

I also spiralized a couple of potatoes and added them to the dehydrator to fill up that one last tray.  They turned out pretty good too. More potato-y than  a potato chip and no grease but I seasoned them so everyone is loving munching on a handful of them at a time. Austin told me it was kind of like a crunchy potato pretzel!

And I am chopping up loads of carrots, celery, onions, and potatoes for popping in the pressure cooker! Sometimes I’ll make it with chicken flavor, other times with beef flavor. Something nice and tasty and easy to digest with loads of vitamins! Good to keep everyone fueled up and going! And lately with six mostly full grown people a gallon and a half of soup in the pressure cooker leaves hardly any leftovers! Maybe one or two bowls of the soup and if I add more water more seasonings and some noodles to it and serve with a side of bread or biscuits I can get a second quick meal out of it! It’s going to be weird when the kiddo’s all grow up and leave home and dh and me are going to have to learn to scale back our cooking. LOL

Also, now that we have the new oven, I am going to attempt to start making fresh loaves of bread again! It’ll be nice to have warm bread on a cold day! And yeah, I’m just happier overall, because I haven’t really been cooking like this for over a year now, because, well, my kitchen sucks! But it’s slowly getting better. If I had my way I’d rip it all out and start fresh with some used counter tops or whatever I could scavenge off Craigslist. But dh has this thing about getting things used and me using power tools. Pssshhh! I wish we could just make a deal of, don’t ask, don’t tell, where I could just go get things, and do it my way. :-P But that’s not gonna happen. So I’m just shifting things around, and that’s as good as it gets.

Oooh, and on a crafty front… Lookit what I found yesterday while surfing the Facebook fiber groups! Pendleton Woolen Mill.  They sell their scraps, and just look at all the cool things people make with them!!!!  I’m thinking of getting ten pounds of the Wooly Worms and two or three pounds of the Blanket Headers!  Imagine all of that warm woolen goodness to make into useful items!!!!  Makes my crafty heart soar!!!!

Now I am off of here to go do mundane ol housework! I printed the kiddo’s up some wonderful chore charts and it’s been helping out a whole lot around here but there is still so much picking up and around the edges stuff to get done! Never ending story! :-P

TTYL :-)

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Care Packages for U.S. Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, Wounded Warriors and Military Children

Missy's Crafty Mess

Knitting, Crochet, Crafts, Recipes, and my journey through Grief and Loss.

Hazel Rose

My Life in the Country

Good to be Home

"It is a happy art, the art of living together in tender love." JRM

Face of cannabis

This is what medical marijuana looks like. Click on the faces below to learn more about these kids. Their stories just might change your mind.


Knitting, Spinning and Dyeing - As long as there's yarn I'm happy


Just stuff I want to share.

Funky Air Bear

Traditional & Experimental Knits

A Homeschool Mom

Inspiration for Learning, Living, and Life.

hungry and fit

A young couple focused on great workouts and feasting well -- all on a low budget!

Chocolate Covered Race Medals

Where I race to the chocolate bar


Just another site

Knitting, reading, photography, and maybe more

Explorations, procrastinations, imaginations...

Loom Knitter's Classroom Blog

Welcome to our virtual classroom where loom learning is fun!

A Way With Words

Writing for Well-Being


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