New year, New garden

It’s getting to be about that time again. Yeah, I know it’s freezing and snowing outside, but I can’t help myself. I am looking at seed catalogs and scribbling down where I would like everything to go this year. I am even collecting recipes for things I Know we are going to have, and I would like to can! We have been in this house for almost six years now, and the soil is getting just about as good as it’s going to get with all of the wood chips we’ve been putting down the past three years, and all the awesome planting areas we have now.

So last years boodle of different tomato types failed a bit, so this year we are going to go back to a whole lot of paste tomato types, and then just four or five of the beef steak types of tomatoes. Maybe three of the sweet 100 cherry tomato plants also.

I have my potato starts ready for sure. I have garlic in the fridge that is going to go into the ground in the next eight weeks. And around the end of Feb I will be getting as many onions in the ground as I can also! I can basically put those anywhere at this point, because we’re going to be expanding to the second lot this year for our squash plants, and then lots of sunflowers for the chickens!ย  And I have a wonderful plan for beans, and carrots, and turnips this year also!

In flowery news… I’ve brought my roses indoors, and I’ve started giving them a wee little water every three or four days, and they have sprouted!!!! Same with our lavender. So, woooohoooo for the minute it stays above freezing out, I’m going to have the most beautiful flowers blooming!!!!

I can’t wait to get my mint and chamomile going also! I’ve been drinking so many herbal teas lately, and I never have enough of my own herbs to make it through the winter! I need to change that! I have started drinking some dandelion tea with ginger lately also, and that has been a wonderful boost during the winter! It’s almost like gingerbread frosting if you put a drop of vanilla in it!

And in other news… my leg cramps are horrible again, so I’ve started drinking molasses and almond milk again. I don’t remember when I stopped doing that, but it has been helping a lot! Especially when sleeping gets interrupted so much. With all of these neurosurgeon appointments we’re going to be having for dh in the next few weeks, and then potential surgeries on his back throughout the next couple of months I am going to neeeeeeed my rest! Once again I will be shuttling everyone everywhere! But the good news is there will be lots of hospital and dr office time for my knitting and crocheting! Just today I got one and a half adult hats done, and started a neck warmer too! Pictures soon! Only had two appointments today, but one of them took around three and a half hours, plus about 20 xrays of dh’s back and neck! Gah!

So, I’ll be on here more, but the posts I make might be kind of short! Gotta run now and get the chickens in for the night!

TTYL ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy 2018!!!

So, I’ve heard from a few people and they are really encouraging me to write more, because they have been missing my blogs, and seeing my knitting, and all the things I’ve been up to! So, I reckon I should try and blog more. I really do miss sitting down and writing about my family, and my crafting, and for a while I thought I was getting repetitive, but when I look back on my blogging it really was good for me, and now that I’ve been doing so much journaling with my therapy, maybe I should do some of that here as well.

So, the new year started with, what else, but new pets! You remember last year our Buzzy bird died, and that cage has been sitting empty for around three months now. Youngest dd, Emily, seemed to start saving her allowance immediately, and had a goal that she wanted to get a bird for her birthday! I was resistant for a while, but she was persistent. Then I kept throwing in the fact that birds are flock animals, and even Buzzy had a mate, many many years ago. So she agreed, and started saving for two parakeets!

Of course the week before her birthday we had to go get cat litter, and when we went into the pet store all the stars aligned, and there was thee most beautiful white (albino) parakeet, and she melted! I made her wait though. Three whole agonizing days!!!! She was soooo worried that it would be sold by the time we got back. So was I really, but going to town is 25 minutes each way, and we weren’t going to make an almost hour round trip *just* for birds! Plus there’s the whole, “wait 24 hours before making any big decisions”, thing we implemented a couple years back. But when we got back to the store there the birdy was, sitting just as beautiful, right in the middle of the whole flock!

For her second choice she knew she wanted a blue one, so we looked them all over and there were a couple with really ratty black tails and there was one that was a gorgeous color blue, but he looked a little sick, and I wasn’t taking home a problem case! And then there was the one she settled on. Beautiful blue, with a gorgeous ebony blue tail!

So, those are the ones we ended up with. Say hi to Snowflake (it’s a millennial thing) and Bluefish! The cats haven’t been allowed to meet them yet. lol

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This was their reaction to hearing birbs…

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Yes, birbs is what we say when we’re using our cat voices. ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, that’s how our new years began! Just one more birthday for January tomorrow, and we’ll be done til oldest ds’s birthday in April! He’s gonna be twenty-freakin-five! Yes, that’s how I’ve been saying it! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll work on getting a knitting post up tomorrow after church. (Yes, we’re going to church now also! The healing in the past year has been awesome! More about that later also!)

TTYL ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Never Stop Learning

So, in the past two weeks I have learned three new crochet-y things. One of them being the corner to corner afghan and how to make pictured afghans. Thanks, Mikey!!!!

So what do I go and do right after I figure that out? I go to Pinterest, of course!!!! Where I found a gazillion ideas! One of them being just plain ol plain ol changing color, and doing corner to corner stripes. Of course I can’t just do plain ol plain, and even though sitting around with a big ol blanket on my lap while it’s so dang cold seems like a wonderful thing right now, we are still neck deep in appointments, so I want something portable. So I came up with this…

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I’m going to make four of them, and either make a bulls eye blanket or some kind of funky pinwheel look. Then I want to attempt something cooler with a picture on it. I’ve already been all over Craftsy and Ravelry looking at patterns galore!!!! So there will be more interesting things to come.

In other around the place news… two days ago a neighbors home burned to the ground. Both of the people in the house were taken to the hospital. But they no longer have a home. So we’re going to get with some other people in our little town and see if there is anyone taking up items for them or donations or something. So sad to have fire hit our small neighborhood twice in the past two months. Once was just the people across the street setting their yard on fire with a burn pile, and now this. Be careful out there folks!

TTYL ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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™‚

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™‚

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