This and That

So last week we stopped by GoodWill again, and I got another bag on yarn for $6. I’m beginning to find the most dumped off colors are the hot pink, bright yellow, and baby boy colors.ย  Yarn is yarn, is yarn, is yarn. And I am having fun mixing and matching from my stash too.

So here’s what I’ve been working on this week. I had a skein of Bernat Pop cake yarn in my stash, so I pulled that out and wondered how much I could make out of it. I usually make those long triangle scarves out of the cake yarns, but this one, Scarlet Sizzle, the color combos were so close it was hard to tell where one started and the other ended, so I decided to make a neck warmer first, and then I made a hat, and still had a good deal left, so I used some of the fluffy white yarn that came in the GoodWill bag to make a brim, and then I used every last bit of the Bernat Pop and changed to a light rose color Red Heart yarn to finish the top of the hat. So a five dollar skein of yarn and a wee little bit of scraps can make three very warm items! I love that!

So here’s the neck warmer. Plain simple 33 stitches on size 8 needles, knit sideways til it’s a little wider than a hat, and seam up the side.

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Here’s the first hat. It started out as just a regular hat, but then I decided to do some purl bump rows, and that morphed into a five (or ten depending how you look at it) row repeat. 70 stitches on a size 7 needle, ten rows of k1p1 for the brim, and then four rows plain, and then a purl row, then two knit rows, and then a knit one purl one row, two more rows of knit, and then another purl row. Repeated three times, and then do the decreases. Wah-lah! Pretty patterned hat!

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And then the last hat from that same skein of Bernat Pop. If I would have done 60 stitches instead of 70 I think I would have been left with about 3 yards of yarn leftover. But 70 stitches, I came up just a little short, so I grabbed a rose color pink for those last 5 or 6 decrease rows. Not too shabby, and it’ll keep a head warm!

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Life in general here is slowing waaaaaaaaaayyyy down. I actually had three days this week without appointments, and how weird is that sitting around thinking you should be going somewhere? lol I have made soooo freakin much progress in therapy this week!ย  EDMR is an over the top a Lifesaver! I am processing through so many years of crap, and beginning to feel like normal ol Me again! But I guess better than normal ol me, because normal ol me was still hurting. I wish I would have tackled this years and years ago! No time like the present though, right. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and in other sadder news. My dear Buzzy Bird died earlier this week too. All of the kiddo’s were bawling messes for about a day or so. Buzzy was six years old when I got him, and I have had him for 21 years!!!! I haven’t ever had a pet for that long before, and I don’t think I will ever have another pet for those many years again! So, I’m a little down about that, because I keep catching myself talking to his cage, and then he’s not there. I will miss him greatly! โค

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On a brighter note… the geese are flying south for the winter, and just about every time we step outdoors you can hear them everywhere! I love that! Anyway back to knitting and such for me. Best crochet/yarny video of the week for me… https://youtu.be/4b9F2s6YjZU

TTYL ๐Ÿ™‚

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Easy peasy hoodie scarf

So, I mentioned making this on one of the knitting groups, and everyone was asking for pictures, so here they are. I got this pattern off of one of my yarn labels. I think it was a Big Twist label. The pattern called for two rows of knit, and then two rows of purl, but y’all know I am awful at following directions. So, I did three rounds of knitting and three rounds of purl. The pattern called for knitting it flat, and then doing a seam with a half twist to make it an infinity cowl. Yeah, I didn’t do that either.ย  I cast on 120 stitches on one of my shorter circ needles, and just knit it in the round.

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Here it is laying flat. I seamed it not quite halfway down the back to make the hood area.

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Here’s the back of it. I guess if I were more professional I would have made the purl bumps meet up more, so it wouldn’t have a weird ridge down the back. I’m not. I’m just fudging things. ๐Ÿ˜›

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I’ve been thinking of maybe adding a hanging tassle to the back of it, so it would make the hood part rest more like this than with a point up in the back.ย  And the tassel would hide the weird ridge a little more too.ย  I like it either way though because the knit and purl ridges make it soooooo freakin waaarmmm!!!!!

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So, there it is. I hope it inspires, or at least makes you look at doing things with patterns a little different-er. So many ways to keep warm in the winter, so many patterns I’d like to try this with.

TTYL ๐Ÿ™‚

Yeeeah, I’m just not a blogger :-P

I want to keep up. I really do. But guess what? I’m not. Things are just too busy, and if anyone even reads this anymore it’s just going to be totally sporadic until life levels out a bit.ย  But here’s the update as things stand now.

No hip surgery for dh until he sees a neurosurgeon for his back and neck.ย  It took us four months to get into pain management, and now he finally has a little relief. It’ll probably be Springtime before we get anywhere with surgeries, because the white death is upon us. Half of our dr’s are taking the month of December off (must be nice), so we just get to sit tight and be in pain. Blah.

In around the home news… I’ve been doing the brunt of just about everything. Chickens are buttoned up for the winter finally. I’m learning how to use power tools better. I’ve put the garden to bed for the winter. We’re going to try and over winter the kale, and onions, and cabbages. Just about all of our herbs are indoors now. The cats are loving whats left of my chamomile! Not letting them get the mint this year! I am enjoying my mint teas too much! And it’s nice to have some greenery on the book shelves.

I’ve been doing some knitting for the local hospital, and for my shop. I’ve discovered free audio books from our local library. Just get the Hoopla app and put in your library card info in, and from our library they give us 15 books a month. I’ve listened to three myself this month, and as a family we’ve listened to two 12 hour books just going to and from appointments this month.

Appointments are usually stacked out the roof, and a few months back I was wishing for just as many appointments as there are days in the month. July was like 43 appointments. I thought August would be better, and it was slightly. 37 appointments. Then September we hit 47 appointments, and now October we had a whopping 54 appointments, but we’ve had to cancel 3 now, because our van is on it’s last legs. Hopefully getting it repaired this month, and maybe it’ll hold out for another year. *fingers crossed and knocking on wood*

In good news… Cassie is going to probably going to go to college for some work studies, and our dear chaplain knows of some job openings for teachers aides in a charter school nearby, so wooo hooo for working adult children making better than fast food pay! Sooo happy she is finding her niche!

In good news for me… I am having wonderful success with my PTSD therapy! I have learned several techniques such as EFT, and have been doing and will be getting more into EMDR in the next few weeks. There are also a lot ofย  bilateral movements that I have been able to do to decrease anxiety, and that is working wonderfully!!! So, I am feeling a lot more like regular ol me!!!! And that’s a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, over all we are healing as a family!ย  Things are moving forward, even if it’s slow, it’s better than just being stuck. And we have made so many good friends over the past six months! A lot of them might even be reading here now! So maybe I might post more here just because there will be more interest here than on Facebook. We’ll see.

Anyway, snow is coming to us tonight. Just a few inches. The next three nights will be in the 20’s. I’m working my butt off to get things ready, and make the house warm. We’ve been living in this drafty ol place for five years now. I guess I’m up for the challenge of the next few months. Never give up, never give in, right? That’s all I have for now. I might do a picture post here and there soon. I’ve got gaboodles of pictures to share.

TTYL ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, I’m alive!

Oh, hi! Summers gotten me a bit busy, but I had a few minutes to spare, so I thought I’d jot stuff down. 43 dr/dentist/therapy/PT appointments in July! And that’s not even counting the yoga classes, and the library trips, and the farm stand on the weekends. Is that crazy!!! Most days were stacked two and three appointments, and then we usually had one day a week with just one appointment, and there were two days in July when we had no appointments! Thank goodness for those down days.

Troy’s hip replacement is coming up soon, and I am still reeling from all the tests and imaging and stuff they are having him do. He’ll be in the hospital for a number of days for that too, which means I’ll be holding the house down all by myself with running to town each day (that’s why I’m being vague about when the date actually is, ya see)! Holy moly, so much to worry about!

In knitting news… I counted up the child/adult hats I’ve been making for the hospital for winter, and I am up to 38 right now! Each one takes around three hours to make, so it’s amazing to me I have so many in just a couple of months! But the hospital has helped us so much these past four or five months, I just felt the need to do something to give back, especially to the volunteers, and quite a few of the workers. I’ll let a couple of the good people we know there do the doling out, because they know where/who will need them the most.

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And here’s a picture of some gnomes I’ve been working on too. These will go off to charity, or to people I know here locally. This is Bev’s pattern from here if anyone would like to make a few of their own. I’ll have a few more for sale on the shop soon too. And see that fifth one from the left? I learned how to make French knots for it’s eyes!!!! Yayyy, for new skills! Here’s the video I learned that from.

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In around the yard stuff… the gardens doing good. We have zucchinis, and our cabbage is actually growing good!ย  Woot! Our kale has taken off! We’ve gotten a few good tomatoes! Peppers didn’t do so great this year. Cucumbers got taken out by crickets. On the other hand the chickens are eating good. They like crickets! They don’t get too very many though, but when they do, it’s a feeding frenzy! And we’re getting about a dozen eggs a day now too! Gotta love that!

And August is shaping up to be just as busy as July was, so I don’t see any signs of stopping til dh is done with all of his surgeries, and physical therapies. So, if you wonder where I am… I’m probably sitting in the van knitting, waiting for people to get out of their appointments. I saw my dr again this month too. She agreed that I prolly don’t need to come back in, except for the prescription food program blood draws and health checks. I’m just as healthy as I ever was (knock on wood). Well, besides the anxiety of everyone else having all of their issues, and people at dh’s work being such asshats! Anyway, that’s about all from here. I really will try to update more often, even if it’s just a quick knitting or spinning pic here or there.

TTYL ๐Ÿ™‚

Falling behind a bit again, but things are really really busy. Just take yesterday and today for instance. Two days, four appointments, then stopping at a total of six different stores, and the eye drs on top of that. Along with all of that running, there is still regular work to do for four hours a day in the afternoon, both Troy and me, and then gardening and animal chores after we’re done with that.

In good news… the gardening is recovering and looking a lot better!ย  We had to replant a bit, so some of it is behind by a month or two, but coming back strong! I was so worried we had lost the potatoes and most of the onions, but we only lost about half of the onions, and we didn’t lose any potatoes, so yayy!

In other good news… Troy had his knee surgery last Tuesday, and the first few days home were painful, but now he’s going to physical therapy two and three times a week, so things are getting better slowly. But better just the same.

Even more good news…. I got my new glasses finally!!!! It kinda sucks because we finally have the insurance to do all these things like eye exams, and dentists, and surgeries, but since we had to go to Troy working part time so he could get the surgeries and other things taken care of, we don’t have the money for things like the actual glasses, or the crutches, or temporary dentures. So three months later we saved the $200 to get the glasses. The ER gave us the crutches, but they’ll be billing us. The actual dentures are covered, I just have to go three months without the temporary ones. So life is horribly tough right now, but things are getting taken care of.ย  I never actually thought a family of 6 could live on $1600 a month, but we’re making it work! It helps that we set ourselves up so good over the past 20 years making sure our home was paid off, and our van is still doing ok. But it just sucks that things we used to take for granted and just dropped a few hundred dollars on (like glasses), is just not possible any more. You get the eye exam and then there’s nothing for months, because you have to set a little aside here and there.

So anyway, my glasses are bifocals and I am LOVING them!!! I can see my knitting and what I’m reading when I look down, and then I can see everything else when I look up. I get a little woozy and unsteady on the stairs at first, but I am taking my time and blinking a lot more to get used to them. I tried bifocals once before when I was in my 20s, but I couldn’t stand them! I guess it took getting older, and my eyesight being so bad that I needed to do the shuffle and take my glasses off to read, and put them back on to see, and then get handed something else and ~have~ to take them off again! Doing that a whooooole lot makes you appreciate the dual lenses! ๐Ÿ˜€

And then the most wonderful news of all!!!! So we went to the local hospital here, and then our whole family ended up at the big dr group in the building right behind the hospital. Well, the whole hospital and that dr’s group works with the Catholic ministries, and they have what they call a “food prescription plan” that runs from June 17th thru Oct 19th. It’s a whole study thing, where you show up every Saturday at the produce stand, and they give you 21 meals (3 meals a day, 7 days a week) for each member of your family that goes to that dr group. We all qualified for the study! So, you go in and they take your weight, and blood pressure, and heart rate, and any testing you would need, like diabetics get their sugar tested, and people with digestion problems, like Cassie, can get other testing done, and every month they take blood panels to see how you’re doing there. Supposedly this is the third year they’re doing it, and they’re teaching it at other hospitals across the nation.

The food is all farmers market stuff from local farmers in a tri state area. Some of it is donated, and some of it is bought through a fund set up by the Sisters of Mercy(?) through the Catholic Diocese.ย  So not only did we jump back into trusting dr’s again, we’re part of a research study too! Yeah, it makes me queezy too! But to find dr’s that will tell you to your face to eat fruits and vegis, and stop drinking soda, and believe it so fully that they set up a way for you to do just that so they can study the effects!!!! Ok ok, I don’t believe it either, but I am trusting that these are those kind of dr’s!!!!ย  Did I ever mention how much I love CO???? It’s full of all the weirdest and bestest people. LOL

Ok, I have more things to share, but I gotta run for now, because there’s chicken chores and housework to do.ย  We had a grizzly chicken death last week also. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I’m not too upset to kill them for meat anymore I guess, so there’s that. Damn vicious birds. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Anyway…

TTYL ๐Ÿ™‚

Recovery

It’s been a wild week so far! Tuesday the skies opened up, and we could hear it on the vent pipe that goes out the roof. Hail!ย  Two inches worth by the time it was all over. Here’s some of the pictures I posted on FB…

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Everything took a hit! So we’ve been busting our butts out there clipping away at the damage, and seeing what’s saveable, and where we have to plunk in more seeds. I lost about a dozen onions out of over a hundred. I waited til today to trim them back and see what was what. Most started sending out new shoots, so I’m doing better than I though I would be doing at first.

Broccoli is shredded. Cabbage is done for, except maybe three of them Might make it. Kale is shredded, but about half of them are trying to send out new growth. Beans took a hit, but they are putting on flowers, and some are sprouting new leaf buds. Not sure how it’s going to grow a bean when they barely have any leaves. But they’re trying, so we’re going to leave them and probably make new beds to do more, just in case these start heading south.

Potato plants are shredded too, but dh says the crickets ate them up worse last year, and he thinks they’ll rebound.

We lost every apple on every tree. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ And all of the tomatoes that had already set were knocked off. Same with the pepper plants. We hadn’t even gotten to see that they had set yet, but there were two wee little peppers on the ground. Those plants might be ok, because they’re still only around knee high.

Pumpkin starts we just got in the ground from peat pots the day before. Each of them had the two start leaves on them, and one had the second set coming on… out of all eight of them there was only One leaf left.

So yeah, big lesson in you can’t count your chicks before they hatch. And speaking of chickens…. at least we still have eggs coming in. *knocks on every wood surface near and far* I don’t think this would be half as devastating if we weren’t counting on this food for when dh is going to be out of work this fall for surgery. I just gotta keep telling myself, we’re going to be ok. We’re going to be ok. We’re going to be ok.

On a brighter note, we went metal detecting last Saturday. Just around the yard, and driveway.ย  Here’s what we ended up with. Classic. lol The kiddo’s found the fork in the ground pretty funny. Not sure what to do with it all, but it’s fun to keep a photo journal of the stuff at least.

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Now everyone tell me something happy that happened this week! I need happy thoughts!

TTYL ๐Ÿ™‚

New Adventures!

Two years ago for Christmas we got a metal detector! Today we put the thing together and got batteries for it! Are you ready for all of the pictures of the stuff we’ll find around the yard, and around town, and we’ve even checked into metal detecting at the parks! Gotta replace your divots! ๐Ÿ™‚

And today dh (and I, in a way) started some therapy/counseling. I like the counselor a Lot! That’s about all I can say though. I am very happy it is happening, because he needs to talk to someone.ย  I’m mainly support, and story line filler inner.

Besides that I finished knitting on a Boom Shawl!ย  I came across a blog where the lady did it in Cake style yarn, and when the color changed she did a row of yarn overs. You can find it on Ravelry in the 407 projects, link to the pattern is here.ย  And besides that I am working on a crap ton of knitted dishcloths for the shop, and some for charity, and then I started knitting on some children’s hats. We are going to be getting help from different churches, and I want to be able to give back, so I am making hats, and mittens, and scarves, and dishcloths, and stuffed animals. No one at church will be cold this winter!!!! And I greatly appreciate their help while Troy is going to be laid up from his hip replacement!

And that’s about all from here!ย  We’ve gotten a great bunch of yard work done yesterday! Troys knee surgery is in the next two weeks, so we’re getting as much done as quickly as we can! The mower started up again for the 8th year in a row on the second pull!!! Woo hooo! I love that mower!

Hope everyone is doing well.ย  What are some of the projects everyone is working on??? Inspire me!

TTYL ๐Ÿ™‚

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