It’s been a rough week….

and none of it was even caused by election anything. Blargh! But we did get out on Tuesday and take our ballots in. I crammed like a final exam on Monday looking everything up I had to to understand the things on the ballot and vote for everything with my conscience. Even down to the school board and judges stuff. I did as good as I could. After that I tried not to watch anything about any of the elections. But…

FL voted in MMJ by an overwhelming majority!!!! So of course my facebook messages blew up with “you can go HOME!!!!” Sadly, no we cannot. We could not afford that move twice and we knew it was a one way trip when we made it. But I am over the top happy that all of the people I have met over the past four years that needed to get here to CO or that were considering the move do not have to make it now! And three or four FL families here in CO are already planning for the move home! I am sooo excited for them!

And on top of all of that last week our van crapped out so we threw our savings at it and actually found a wonderful mechanic in the process! And at least it wasn’t the two problems that the dealership were pointing out to us and it was a much easier fix than we expected!!! But now we’re broke again and no wiggle room for shopping. But we’ll be ok because I already have almost all of the Thanksgiving day food purchased from over the past three months. I have several Christmas projects already stashed away. So things are going to be slim but they’re going to be ok.

So then dh had a BIG blow up at work. I don’t even want to get into it here but I think he’s through it now and they understand we neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed freakin health care. So they’re working with him/us on that. It’s not going to cover the whole family but dh has some slipped disk issues and a hernia that is not doing good. If he goes down, we go down. If he goes down stuff he’s doing at work will be halted also. So it’s not good for anyone. Now they see that.

So we’re working through a crap ton of crap lately. Things that are saving my sanity….

The chickens!!!! Five eggs a day for the past three days. Monday we only got two eggs but we think it’s because it got too cold for them. We’ve had the heat lamp on at night now when it goes below 35 degrees and they’re right back up to laying five eggs every day. One day last week we got six!!!! So I’m really close to getting seven eggs from the seven hens!

Pumpkins!!!!!! We scored some dollar pumpkins at Wally World! I picked the biggest they had. We got home and the rind/skin was so thick on the one bumpy pumpkin we couldn’t cut through it so I just had Miss Emily throw it down on the cement slab to break it up. The kiddo’s laughed and laughed over that. And then we fed it to the chickens over three days. If WalMart or the farm stand we go to have any more left over I’m going to go get some more to cut up/bust up and put it all in the freezer for them to have good snacks over the winter months.

Knitting!!!!! I pledged myself to make three pairs of girl youth slippers and ten washcloths for the Pink Slipper Project to be mailed out by Nov 24th!!! I’m going to try and get all of that done up by Tuesday next week. I think it’s totally doable!!! After I’m done that I need to reload my Etsy shop because Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are huge for me!

And that’s about how the week has been going so far.Β  I feel exhausted but I haven’t really Done any physically exhausting stuff… holding things together around here so they don’t blow up has been hard though. But so far so good I guess. Now if I could just un-clench my jaw so I don’t end up with migraines over the whole mess of everything. Grinding teeth over stressful situations sucks. I wish I were a nail biter or something. πŸ˜›

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a better week than us. But looking at the protests and riots I figure it’s going to be a while before things settle. It’s just a blargh-gy kind of month. Thanksgiving seems like it’s just going to bring families together to argue over elections so I’m giving it til the middle of December til things start to feel normal again.

TTYL πŸ™‚

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New Shawl

So here’s what you can make with Caron Cake yarn (yeah, my picture takin still sucks :-P)…

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Youngest dd has already swiped this one, so nope, it’s not for sale! But I do have another skein just like this one, so there may be a chance one might be for sale by Thanksgiving or so.

So,how I made this… Here is the pattern.Β  The Caron Cake color is Rainbow Sprinkles. One ball Alllllmost made a full shawl. That purple on the edging is Red Heart in the color Amethyst. I was thinking of maybe doing the edge in white or black, seeing how rainbow color would go great with both of those. But then looking in the yarn bucket I saw the deep purple and just went with that! No need breaking into a whole nother skein of Cake yarn when I only had eight rows left to do.

Now I’m working on one in Lemon Lime colorway. This morning I saw that JoAnn stores have a new yarn line called Sweet Rolls! Just like these, but so many colors! I don’t think they did as great a job as Caron at their colors though. Theirs go like peach, pink, cream, and not as much of the wild range in the colors as Cake. But still a wonderful bunch of new choices of color combos!

Anyway, off of here to cook dinner. Cream of broccoli soup tonight! The weathers gettin cooooooold! Not going out of the mid 60’s for the next five days, and a couple of nights in the low 30’s coming up! Glad I have my yarn and pointy sticks! πŸ™‚

TTYL πŸ™‚

Halloween!

Halloween was good and bad. I got up and did the whole breakfast thing, and then Emily took over the kitchen to make a Halloween cake, and some cookies. The cake was so much fun, she never got to the cookies. LOL Here was kind of the idea…

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and here’s our hysterical “nailed it” version. πŸ˜€

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The cake kind of stuck to the sides of the pan, so the edges came out horrible, and unfrost-able for the most part. It did look like graveyard dirt though.Β  We didn’t have fancy cookies to make into tombstones, but Benny suggested cutting candies in half, and I painted the ghosties on them with white icing after we figured writing R.I.P wasn’t going to look like letters at all! And at the last minute she put the M&Ms on like they were graveyard creepy crawlies. And it tasted sooooooooo freakin goooooooood! Emily is getting really, really, really, good with her baking! And I told her I would happily eat all of the mistakes!Β  πŸ™‚

In other news on Halloween, I got the tragic news that one of the families that moved to CO around the same time we did, lost their son yesterday. πŸ˜₯Β  Epilepsy is just so horrible and sad, and it just swoops in when you don’t expect it, and whammo! They’ve lost their child. There are two more that need prayers right now also. It just breaks my heart to pieces every time we lose one of our Realm children!!! So, I cried for most of the day yesterday along with many of the other parents.

For any new people here, if you read far enough back on this blog you will read about our move to CO four years ago to save our daughters life!Β  She had an allergic reaction to antibiotics, and couldn’t keep food down, and had extensive nerve damage through her whole body. We moved to CO for Medical Marijuana for her, and it worked! She was 13 years old, and went from 105 pounds, down to 65 pounds in less than six months. It took a couple of years til we got to where we knew she wasn’t going to die, and now, four years later she is up to 122 pounds, and finally back on the BMI scale for her height! I should just do a whole nother post on that with pictures later.Β  About 75% of the parents of the group we’re with here in CO though, are here for seizure children, and it sucks that every now and again oneΒ  dies, and our hearts break over and over again. 😦

Ok, enough of that, because I don’t want to get sad again. πŸ˜₯

Knitting projects… So, I worked on some mittens for a nice lady here in CO (her son is one of the Realm children too) and she has the hardest time finding mittens for him, so I whipped him up a few pair. And we’re on FB, and she knew that I couldn’t find Cake yarn down here in Pueblo, and I was going to have to wait until we went to the Springs to get Cassies meds to see if Micheal’s had any Cake yarn left up there. So in thanks for the mittens she went out and got me six skeins of Cake!!!! Ooooooohhhhhhhhh, was I ever over the top happy!!!! πŸ˜€

So right now I’m finishing up a shawl in Cake color Rainbow Sprinkles. I’ll probably have a picture of it off the needles tomorrow. Right now it’s so squished up it looks like a Rasta hat! LOL The skein was almost enough to do the whole shawl, so I’m doing the last six rows in Red Heart color Amethyst just because it looks better than black!

In other crafting… I made a bunch of these angels for Christmas. All the ends are already done on about 15 of them, and I just have to glue magnets to their backs.

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And I have now made three of these guys!!! I am in Love with the pattern!!! So this one was for my newborn nephew, and then I made a medium blue one for Emily, and then if you look behind the angels in that other pic, you can see the purple legs for the one I made for Austin! I’m gonna have to make more, and get them up on the shop soon.

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Ok, that’s about all I have time for today. I’ve got three loooooong rows to do on the shawl, and when that’s done, I have this big ol comforter zipper bag of all the things I need to weave in ends for to get things on the shop for Christmas sales. Procrastination at it’s finest! LOL

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TTYL πŸ™‚

 

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