Sun up til sun down, and then some! Today we woke up, got the van loaded at the crack of dawn and went to Good Will to drop a bunch of stuff off. Yeah, I know they’re crap and pay ceos boodles of money, and short change their workers, and blah!!!  I needed stuff out of here that wasn’t landfill ready, and they’re the only ones in town that would take all of it in one swoop. They were more than kind, and gave us a boodle of cold colas, and water, and then we went and dropped Cassie off at her appointment. From there we went to do a quick grocery shop for end of the month stuff, bread and milk and whatnot. Went and filled the van as full as we could with wood chips (buckets and feed bags work awesomely), and then went to pick Cassie up (her appointment went well. Yayyy).  From there we went and filled propane, put gas in the van, and picked up prescriptions.

Went home, dumped wood chips, put the buckets and bags and shovels back in the van. Went in made lunch, and started dinner all at the same time. Dinner was 15 bean soup, so it required occasional stirring, which meant more up and down the stairs than I wanted to do. Dh got off of work, and we went for round two of wood chips!!!  This time with only three of us, so we ~stuffed~ the van good and full!!! Holy moly the gardens looking sooooooo freakin good! Gotta remember to do a picture blog soon! Here’s us with wood chips in the van.


So yeah, my day ended at 9:30 sitting down to dinner. I’ve had a wonderful rest at my desk now for about an hour and thought, if I wrote it all out, would it feel like I got much done? Because I don’t feel like I got much of anything done at all today, because we were out and running like maniacs today. Oh, and I’ve gotten three dishcloths knit today too. Gotta list a boodle on the Etsy shop soon. Tis the season for all things summer!



Yep, falling behind again. But I have a few minutes, so I’m writing. Here are some of the knitting and crocheting projects that have been in the works over the past two months. Kind of for charity, but also a great giving back for all of the help we received when Cassie had her allergic reaction. The group that helped us when we were getting here to CO, setting up dr’s appointments, and helping us navigate everything from drivers licenses to MMJ laws, and everything in between, has a golf tournament once a year and I think this is the third year. Well, they also have an auction/dinner thing at the golf club to help raise money, and here are some of the things I’ve made for them this year.

The big thing is this shawl! One of a kind, never to be duplicated by me! Used Sweet Roll yarn. I forget the colorway, but three skeins of it. Tah-dah! I hope it brings in a bit of money, because I think it’s the best thing I’ve sent in… sometimes people don’t think what I think is the best thing, is the best thing at all though. So, we shall see.


Then I did a womens CO hat/mitt set and a guys set. The girls really like the newspaper type brim hat/cap. I have no idea what they’re called. And for the guys hat I just did the basic Elizabeth Zimmerman Maltese Fisherman earflap hat.



Then two sets of these purple and green fingerless mitts. Purple and green seem to be the the ribbon colors for epilepsy awareness, or at least the colors I see that most of our friends identify it with. So wah-lah. Mitts!


And then little stuffed hearts. I don’t mind if they hand the mitts and hearts out as door prizes of some kind, or something. I know children ~Love~ the hearts, and one lady even has me send her a few for physical therapy type things, because her child reaches and gets a good grasp on them. So I hand them out all around to people anyway. But if they auction them, and/or can raise funds with them, all the better.


And I would say that’s about all, but this week I ventured more into the Bridget’s Cradles group and I actually made a couple of the 10 inch cradles, and they came out pretty nice. I’ve also made about a dozen more prayer squares for them, because those are easy and quick to stash away in my purse in a zip lock baggie, and work on anywhere we end up, weather it’s at the dr’s, dentists, counseling, or the ER! Sooo freakin many appointments coming around again.

And the kicker in it all… another tech dude at dh’s work just quit. Now they are crunched for tech people to work on call on the weekends, and they’ve asked dh to come in two mornings next week, so now that he’s part time for health reasons, we’re being barraged again where they’re pushing him to work, even though he has surgeries coming up. They really expect him to just take One day off for total hip replacement, and be back to work the next day “because you work from home. It’s not like you have to drive to work”. Really! So yeah, everything sucks. And We are expected to do it, because, “if you’re going down to Half the time worked, you’re only getting Half the pay!” ok fine… until ~you~ Need Us! Then we’re still expected to work the over time, and the mornings, and every third weekend, and do allllllll the extra for ~You~… for the same amount of half the money.  If it were my job I would have quit months and months ago. Dh is still hanging on to loyalty to them. :bangs head on desk: Thank goodness I have knitting, because if it weren’t for that little bit of peacefulness…. I’d be stark raving Mad!!! lol


Still not coming up with any titles for the blogs off of the top of my head, and I think that’s one of the big thing that stops me from blogging, so I guess I’m just going to not stress about it, and just write stuff. 😛

So, I am having so much fun working on another scrappy scarf!!! I always start it and by the time I’m about five colors in I think… this is going to be horrible!!!! But now that I am 42 balls of scraps in I am loving it sooo Much!!! I dunno if I want to attempt to put it up on Etsy as a OOAK never to be duplicated item, or just keep it! 😛


I have a bunch of other photos I want to share but I’m waiting on the people to get the box, so they don’t see it on here first! In the meantime here’s a few other things I’ve been working on…

I’ve been making little three and a half inch Prayer Squares for a group called Bridget’s Cradles that give bereavement pouches and squares to moms/dads/families that have suffered miscarriages. But that got boring so I switched to making crocheted hearts while at dr’s appointments. Here are my first few. Don’t mind the messy desk. 🙂


Here are a few hats I’ve made over the last two months for different hospitals. I’m thinking about giving some to St Mary Corwin here locally! I have to get in touch with the volunteer coordinator though to see if they need them!


And here’s just a random ol picture of PuppyCat. We brought a whole lotta boxes home from storage over the weekend to save a ton of money cleaning all of that out. Here he is as king of the boxes. lol


And here’s one of Cassies projects. She’s using up my safety eyeballs that I think are way too small and shes making these little Marshmallows! Too freakin cute!


Alright, I guess next blog is either going to be more knitting and crocheting stuff or it’s going to be a health update!  We’ll see what I can come up with!


Yes, yes, I need to squeeze in an update, don’t I? So it took all of that snow two days to melt, and the garden came out of it better than it was! So good to have a nice big snow  drop all that water, because it is soooo stinkin dry out here!

Now it’s been raining pretty good for three days, and everything is really popping!  Just about all of the beans have second and third leaves popping. The broccoli is doing fabulous!  We clipped the first leaves back on the kale, and fed them to the chickens. We have about 22 or so zucchini plants in the ground from our own seeds from last years plants.

For the zucchini we saved seeds two ways last year. We harvested some from the last zucchini out of the garden, and let them dry on a paper plate, and then we just let some get tremendously big on the plants, and then when they felt all woody and the plants were dying off, we cut them off, and then stored them like we did the potatoes over winter. We get those cardboard flats from the store, like PowerAide and Coca-Cola come in, and you just lay them out so they aren’t touching, and then keep them in a cool place.

Our whole house stays pretty cool over the winter, so mostly I just kept them in the kitchen. Next year we’ll save shelf space under the basement stairs though, because some of the potatoes we saved were near a heater that we turn on in the kitchen on below freezing days, and they started sprouting in January, but then we moved the heater, so they grew really really slow for a couple of months. They are in the ground now, and coming up just fine though!

But, back to the zucchini… the seeds on the paper plate we’re horribly horribly dry, so we haven’t test sprouted any of those yet. BUT when we cut open the woody zucchinis that we saved, the seeds in there already had a wee little white shoot coming out of them so we got them into some dirt!!!! Three days later we had 22 out of 24 plants coming up! And we still have three big woody zucchinis to cut open, and aren’t even half way through the first one!  It’s all a grande experiment though, so we’ll see what they produce, and we’ll tell ya how it goes. I think we might be buried in chini soon! 😀 That’s good news for the chickens, because I hope to cut their feed cost down to next to nothing when we have zucchini, sunflowers, and pumpkins and other squash to feed them. Oh, and the crab apples too! The guy at the nursery told us if we had a crab apple tree it would pollinate all the other apple trees wonderfully!  Then I found out from another source that they have two crab apple trees, and that helps feed their chickens! Win win!

The Pi Day chickens…. are getting BIG!!! We are going to introduce them to the Memorial Day Weekend flock this weekend! Should be interesting! I’ve gotten lots of advice on how to do that, so they don’t go all crazy and try to kill each other. The Pi Day ones are white though, so the Reds are gonna know somethings up. They might be dumb, but they ain’t that dumb! So pray for a happy pecking order!

Ok, tomorrow (or the next day) will be a knit and crochet blog. I’ve been working on special projects again!  I am so excited!!!! Kind of happy to be finished with the big projects, and we have dr appointments for most the rest of the week also, so I’m going to go back to baby hats and small little knits for a bit of a break!



Two weeks later… or Bwhahahahaha!

Spring Garden 2017! The broccoli, kale, onions, and beans might make it. We brought the strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, and rhubarb indoors. Potatoes and cabbage are gonna be our long shot. Might have to replant. But snowballs that actually hold together…. priceless!!! 😀




Pictures of knitting soon. ❤


Gardening Spring 2017

Been working in the garden this week between appointments, and hospital visits. Yeah, it’s been another one of those kind of weeks. Could use a few prayers for dh if you feel so inclined.  Best part of having animals and gardening things to do is, it gets me away from all the troubles and crap that’s been going on.

So, here’s what we did this week… First we pulled back the wood chips to see what everything was looking like. Beautiful beautiful dirt under it all! I am Loving the wood chips!!! Must get more!


Then we had left all of our tomato and pepper plants in the bed from last year, so we had to pull up all of those, and then the kiddo’s and I got our five gallon bucket and pulled all the green already coming up.  We bucket them so we can take them to our very brown compost pile. Living in a desert sometimes sucks. 😛


But We’re not pulling up these greens yet!!! We already have six onions coming up that didn’t take off last year!!! How cool is that! So now, next Fall I am going to be dumping onion and carrots starts/seeds in a couple of the beds to see how they over winter, because if we can get a big ol jump on those, then I can start canning and dehydrating right away in the Spring, and then we’ll have more room for other plants as the over wintered ones come out of the garden!


And here are some of the apple trees already putting on so many blooms!




Then on Thursday, before another big Emergency Room day, dh saved the day, because I almost planted some of our over wintered potato starts into last years pepper bed! Dh says, “I think potatoes and peppers are in the same family!” So we did some looking up, and yep, they are! So I got potato starts into two and a half beds, and then since I couldn’t plunk some into the holes I had already dug… we planted bush bean seeds there instead! They should take a week to ten days to come up, and that puts us beyond the last frost date! *Fingers crossed* there is no late frost this year!

And it looks like my rhubarb is going to seed!  Whhhhhhaaaaaaat! Yep, so we’ll see how that goes and then maybe see if it’ll do well or not. Sadly I’ve never grown rhubarb before, so we’ll see if I can do this or not.


And I trimmed back all of the rose bushes. Dh was happy to see when we stopped by Pueblo court house that all of the rose bushes there (and they are Amazing when they are in bloom) look just as poorly as ours do right now. I kept telling him they probably won’t start growing for another month and a half, and they won’t bloom til around the end of June, but he doesn’t hear me. He has to hear it from others, or see it himself, to believe it. Blah. Just like it took him confirming with two other people besides me to get him to go to the ER. Men. lol

So, that’s a little update from here. Hope everything is going well with everyone else. I keep hoping things slow down here, so I can read blogs, and watch Tubes, but it’s just not happening. It is, what it is!

Random garden heart! 🙂



So this week began with eye appointments for everyone, and ended with dentist appointments. Cassie is super happy because even though she needed reading glasses when she was little, she is the only one now that doesn’t need glasses! Two of us need them for reading, and three of us need them for all the time! I said I was going to get pictures when we all had our glasses, but everyone wants to wait to show them off to their friends in Colorado Springs first. So I might not get to post a picture for a few weeks until we make time to make a trip north to go visiting!

At the dentist Friday Ben got his one tooth that was bothering him looked at, and now that’s all good. His wisdom teeth are pushing in too, and that’s been giving him some crowding pain. Dentist is working up a plan for that.

I got the last of my top teeth taken out, and I’m preparing for dentures. Sad thing is now we can afford the health insurance, but we’re not going to have enough money to get my temporary dentures. Same with my glasses. Yayyyy, we can now afford the health care, but the glasses are going to be $204 for me, so I have to wait a month or two til we can actually pay for them! :-/ The temporary dentures are around $400, and by the time I can save for that, it’ll be almost time that my gums will be healed enough for the regular ones. So I’m just gonna go toothless til mid July! I have no one to impress anyway, and if people talk, they talk. Blah.

All the waiting around in dr’s offices has yielded some new pretties. I’m making dragon scale pouches. Here’s the first one. Green, so Austin ninja-ed it for his dice and card decks (it could fit about six regular card decks in it, and a set of D&D dice too)…


and here’s the bottom of the bag. I thought of sewing it flat across the bottom, but this will make it more roomy…


and here’s the second one. It just needs the draw string now. Each of these about took up a whole skein of Sweet Roll yarn! I’ll be putting some on the shop as soon as I get the sewing machine set up, and figure out how to put linings in them…


Besides that, I got three more baby hats done this week also. Seems like I’ve been slowing down on that for a while now. I need to get motivated, and just crank some out. Maybe I’ll do a lot of white ribbing brims on my circ needles, so if I have a beginning it’ll push me to work on the hats more.

In other news… we’re going to start some seeds this weekend, so we can get out in the garden soon. I trimmed back my rose bushes too. And all of the apple trees are leafing out and blooming like crazy!  And the new baby chickens are doing soooooo well. Emily caught some pasty butt on one of them too, so now she knows how to take care of that if it ever happens again! And that’s about all from here. We’ve got a full line up of appointments next week. Dh is getting ready for his next round of surgery I guess.  It all keeps happening so fast. See the dr, and boom, a call that the insurance accepts whatever, and whammo, you’re hooked up with another dr or a surgeon… it’s amazing how together this group of drs is. I love efficiency!!!! But it’s making my head spin! lol


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