Wonderful But COLD Day!

It’s like nothing I’ve ever lived through. Temps in the mid fifties and low sixties in JULY!!! I swear I wore long pants and two shirts out of the house today and took a jacket with me just in case! And one of the kiddo’s snitched the jacket before we made it home too! CO is like being on some weird and wild planet some days! LOL

Looooong trip out today! Three dr’s appointments to get Cassies (15 yo dd) red card renewed for the next year! The dr’s were very impressed with her weight gain. She still has about 25 pounds to go before shes “back to normal”, if you can call living with nerve damage normal. :-/ But overall they were all very happy with her progress! Yayy!

Since we had a four and a half hour round trip car ride, I got lots and lots of things made for the hospitals. Two baby hats are now done, and I got the edging crocheted on to two 30 inch blankets, and then started putting together two more blankets out of group squares. And when I ran out of that to do, I started working on a new set of fingerless mitts for myself. I got a new to me color of yarn from Hobby Lobby in the colorway Firecracker and the mitts are looking beyond fabulous!!! I think I’m going to get a few more skeins of this yarn because I would loooove to see how it looks weaving it! These will replace the mitts that I made for myself about six years ago. The grey ones that when anyone sees me from a distance they think I broke both my arms. /rolls eyes Yeah, I neeeed to get rid of those. I’m tired of the remarks. LOL

For the rest of the week I’ve got to work on finishing up the home school evaluation paperwork, and get all of that submitted and mailed off. Then I need to rebuild all of my files for a new school year, and get the attendance sheets set up again too! Soo messed up that I have my four kiddo’s here, but they want me to keep attendance, like one of them isn’t going to show up for school one day…. derp! They’re *right here*!!!! Oh well, I guess if they come a calling and neeeeeed to see the paperwork, I’ll have it ready to show!

TTYL 🙂

 

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Ninja Pictures!!!

Or where there’s a will, there’s a way. So I haven’t been able to do my regular picture posts because my computer went kablooey, and then I got this one here that dh put together for me. Two years ago when my computer went out and he reloaded all my stuff back on to one of his old work computers he added a lot of good stuff, but didn’t load my music back on to it. So I only had my iPod for music for a while. Eh, I’m easy to please I guess, so long as I have music in some way shape or form. So now this computer is loaded, and I have my iTunes back, but I don’t have my scanner or my PhotoShop stuff loaded to work with pictures (I did get my printer back a couple of days ago though, thank goodness). BUT I have now found a way around that too. I can take a one shot (no flash, no editing, or color fixing) pic, and post it to my Facebook, and then pull it back to my desktop from there (drives dh crazy), and load it to here! Yaayy! It’s not going to work well for getting anything listed on my Etsy shop…. but it’s good for fast ugly pics of what I’m doing.

So yesterday I was looking up short stranded color work, and found a couple of items that had color work that I liked. One was a leg warmer, and one was a set of mitts, and then a grand thunderstorm rolled though the area, so we all had to shut down all of the electronics, and there I was with my sticks and string, and ideas in my head! A quick shuffle through the book shelves, and I found a notebook of graph paper, and I sat down in the near darkness and worked out a pattern. Then while everyone else played Monopoly and some card games, I sat there knitting away on this hat!  Of course when the patterning got tough on a couple of rows I was mumbling it out saying, “dark, light, light, dark, light, light, dark, dark, dark, light, light, light”  Drove my kiddo’s NUTS!!!! LOL At one point I was sooo freaking worried that I sectioned the pattern off wrong, and maybe it was a seven repeat and not a six repeat, but then I looked it over for like 20 more minutes, and in the end begged myself to TRUST the Pattern!!! And it all worked out pretty! 🙂

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So last night as I was drifting off to sleep I started thinking of more and more patterns, so this is what I came up with today. Knitting the black is going to be a bit of a challenge, but I think it will turn out the most beautiful! But there is a dark purple I might try this with, and I was also thinking of adding another row of zig zag, and doing like a fire thing with this. The multi being the embers at the bottom, and then switching to a red zig zag, and then a yellow zig zag, and then an orange zig zag. Might be more color work than I want to handle though. And things always look better in my head then they turn out like in real life. 😀

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And then these colors are for Cassie. She fell in ~love~ with the purple hat up there, but I know as soon as she sees it in the variegated blues shes gonna toss the purple back at me, and snitch up the blues.

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What ever the kiddo’s don’t snitch up will most likely end up on the Etsy shop in August or September! I’ve got three packages for hospitals and NICUs sitting here with no money to mail them out yet. Blah! But I have hope that these will sell like hotcakes. I’m enjoying the color change stuff so much I might work on a few baby hats with designs in them also. Besides that I also have a pile of trivets done for the kitchen. I’m going to work on matching dishcloths and sack sacks (those draw string bags you put your plastic grocery bags in because you didn’t buy one of my reusable shopping bags/totes ;-)) to go with them, and hope they sell for Christmas gifty type things. If they don’t, they’ll be going to some Visiting Nurses I know of to cheer up some shut ins with perky bits of color for their homes. One way or another, all these things will get to someone somewhere.

In other news… we found an easy peasy home school evaluator! Thank goodness CO is only every other grade level, so I don’t have to write up four evals this year. Just the girls this year, and the boys next year. Then one more round for the girls, and then Cassie will be graduating the year after that. Then one more round for the boys, and Benny will be graduating the year after that! All down hill from there just having two kiddo’s to do every other year will be a snap!!! Now I’ve gone and made myself feel old. LOL

Bad Blogger

Hey, what can I say. Summer has gotten a hold of us here! LOL Let me try and catch you up on things since the 4th of July!!!! Well, this years fourth was a whooooooole boodle better than last years. Last year we were packing that moving truck while watching the fireworks over the top of the roof in FL. Then the fifth we were still packing, and had to go sign the papers for selling our house. This years fifth was just lounging around at home. Nice looong weekend! I think we had residual tiredness left over from last year when we just kept packing for like 60 hours straight, with only a 4 hour nap caught here or there on our bare floors. LOL

In knitting news the past week or so has been wonderful!!! I’ve gotten several adult hats made. I’m trying to do one for the Etsy shop, and then one for giveaway to keep things evened out. I’ve also gotten three neck warmers or infinity scarves whipped up. I lived in mine last winter, and now I *know* the need to keep your face, as well as your head covered when you are going to be outdoors for a stretch of time when it’s below freezing!

In weaving news… still working on the same strap that I was last time. Once that’s off the Inkle Loom I have just one more to make like it, and then I’ll have enough yardage to make up a pouch/small bag. My first attempt at using my weaving to make a useful item (I mean besides a belt or a curtain tie, ya know)

In Air Conditioning news… we had one of our AC’s go out at the beginning of the month, and then two days later, kapow, 101 degree heat! Blah! Luckily the day after that it rained, and was nice and cool in the mid 70’s most of the day! Nice porch sittin weather! Now we have AC back again, and I am freeeeeezing to death. But everyone else is much happier. So I’ve decided that since it is so cool now I am going to start back up working on the bigger baby blankets for the hospitals in need! I have a boodle of friends sending me squares, and I’m still working on the edges to those blankets that I put together in June. I need to get them finished off and mailed out, and start on this new round of squares!

Aaaaand, I am working on getting the home school evaluations done! CO law says only 3rd 5th 7th 9th and 11th grades need evals, so only two kiddo’s this year, and it looks like all the evaluators do the evals online, or over Skype! Easy peasy!

So, that’s about all from here. I’m going to be getting pictures of the stuff I’m working on, and hopefully get a picture blog up in a day or three. Still missing some things from the big computer switch over. Got my music back, but now Photoshop isn’t here. Got a way to look at .pdf’s now, but I’m missing some other little things. I gotta make a list of the things I need back on here I guess, and tack it up somewhere.

Anyway, off of here to watch a few toobz while I knit for a bit. Weekends coming up quick. I feel like I should have more to do around here, but I don’t. Summer is weird like that.

TTYL 🙂

My favorite produce stand!!!

So last year when we first got here, within a couple of weeks we made friends with the lady and her husband that runs one of the many produce stands around here. It’s easy and convenient to stop there and get our fill of vegies and fruits, and at better than store prices, that can’t be beat! Last weekend they opened the stand up for the season (they have a store/bakery three blocks over that’s open all year too)! It says on the website that they open the stand on July 1st, but we popped by just to check on Sunday, and there they were getting things set up and ready for the opening, and yep, they’ll sell you what they have even though they weren’t totally set up! So we have had vegi sandwiches for lunch every day this week, and zucchini for dinner every night, prepared one way or another. Yum yum yum!!!! As of last night we were out of most of what we bought on Sunday!

So today we went on through again! We got our tomatoes, and avocados, and a couple of apples, and Cassie wanted sweet potatoes (with lots of butter that’s better for her to gain weight then candy or a bag of chips any day!), and I got a few lemons because I love them in my tea! And of course we got a dozen or so zucchini to get us through til the weekend again. Whatever we don’t use by the weekend will be sliced and popped into the dehydrator, and we’ll get fresh again for the next three or four days!

So we’re checking out, and shes telling us how good Cassie is looking! Up another 8 or so pounds since Christmas! Yayy! And we’re talking about all the work we’ve had to do on the house, and all the work we have yet to do, and she swings around and gives me a couple of big ol bags of seconds. Fruits with bumps and bruises, and things about to go bad that they just can’t sell. Altogether 14 apples, 8 peaches, 11 plums, 7 nectarines, and three apricots!!! So I have got my afternoon cut out for me! Slicing away the bad parts, saving the good, and then I have coleslaw to make also!!! Yep, it’s summertime! Time to keep those fresh fruits and vegies flowing through here, and keeping an eye on it all to get it put up quick if it sits too long! Life is good!:-D

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