02. January 2012 · Comments Off on Happy New Year! It’s Resolution Time….Again…. · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , , ,

Happy New Year everyone!  Our family had a fun weekend celebrating with friends and some folks from Dave’s squadron.  One of his senior NCOs was promoted this week, so he had double reason to celebrate!

As usual, it’s time for everyone to come forward with their resolutions.

“I will eat less and exercise more!”

“I will stop using foul language!”

“I will stop spoiling my children!”

I’ve tried ’em all.  Yet here I am, seemingly no different at the end of the year than I was at the beginning.  One of the very first posts on this particular blog was about the New Year’s resolution.  Why use January 1st as an excuse to institute change?  If you want to change, just start changing, right?

This year, I resolve to better manage my time and stop wasting evenings.  I have started vegging in front of the TV and computer more and more after the kids go to bed, when that ought to be more valuable time to get productive stuff done.

In 2008 I had started knitting and crocheting more after the kids went to bed, and since we moved to Florida I’d been doing less of it — I think the warm weather has something to do with it, but it’s now wintertime and I need to get going again.  It’s so much more productive than just staring at a screen all evening.

Who else made resolutions?

09. September 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

I haven’t done too much blogging this past week, things were crazy with Dave having a medical procedure last Friday.  Then we were stuck in the house for 3 days straight as tropical storm conditions and tornado warnings dominated the Florida Panhandle.  It was challenging keeping the kids entertained, but we came through it just fine and are now greeted with low temperatures in the upper 50s!  It’s been nice to open up the house….

I was happy to catch up on my Handmade Afghans to Thank Our Armed Forces Project work over the weekend, too.

I get the rectangles sent to me with the design plan and I assemble them into twin-bed sized afghans.  They’re then shipped to military hospitals worldwide.

1. My plans for Labor Day included renting a giant inflatable slip n slide for a unit BBQ at our house, but what really happened was we were inundated by a foot of rain and tropical storm force winds all weekend as Tropical Storm Lee made landfall just west of us over the weekend.

2. Call me crazy, but sometimes I just need to just sit and play some Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook.  I’m so addicted to that game.  It’s all my sister’s fault, she was always my #1 challenge since 2008 or so.

3. One of the funniest things I’ve seen lately is an older episode of Fox’s Family Guy, a show that I love (perhaps that’s a better answer to #2?).  The Emmy-winning episode is titled “Road to the Multiverse“.  Stewie (baby) and Brian (the dog) invent a machine that takes them to assorted parallel universes.  It was incredibly clever and creative.  In fact, there’s 3-4 minutes where the Family Guy characters were all drawn like Disney animation.

4. It’s strange, but folding laundry drives me crazy while vacuuming is perfectly fine with me!  I will vacuum 4-5x per week, but unfolded laundry will sit for nearly a week while I do all the other housework first.

5. One, two, buckle my shoe… three, four _open that door!  In the wake of Tropical Storm Lee, I can happily open up my house and turn off the air conditioner for the first time in about 10 weeks!  It’s magnificent!

18. August 2009 · 4 comments · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

I just received this afghan in the mail today to put together. I do this in support of The Handmade Afghans to Thank Our Armed Forces Project.

I love the colors on this one!

17. January 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: ,

Jake had some fleece mittens (Megan: you remember the ones we got in NH w/ the paw prints?) that have become so stretched out and grubby, it was time for a new pair. I got a bit ambitious and attempted to crochet him a pair. The good news is that they actually look like what they’re supposed to: mittens. Bad news: they’re huge! But Jake really likes them and is wearing them anyway…isn’t he sweet?

I tied a chained length of yarn to them to thread them through the sleeves of his coat. It’s going to be COLD here this weekend, so I got them done just in time. It was about 5 hours worth of work.

From 2008 01 16 Ja…
From 2008 01 16 Ja…
13. January 2008 · 4 comments · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , ,

So…how many of you know that I knit? A show of hands…don’t be shy.

A few of you — probably those who received some of my handiwork as Christmas gifts or baby shower gifts, right? What you probably didn’t know is that my dear Mom taught me to knit when I was about 10 years old, and I was happily making baby doll blankets and pot holders for a couple years. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out casting on/off, or any other stitches besides the basic knit…so I didn’t keep the interest much beyond age 12 or so.

“How the @#$%^& do you find the time to knit???? You’re keeping up with 2 kids, working part time, blogging like mad, making Whoopie Pies and bad potato dumplings!”

Easy, I ONLY knit when I’m either (a) sitting on my ass in front of the TV in the evenings after the boys go to bed or (b) sitting on my ass in a moving vehicle. I did an entire baby blanket (Faith!) on a round trip on Amtrak between Cary, NC and NYC.

So why the recent resurgence? My church started up a Prayer Shawl Ministry summer 2006 and thanks to mill end 1lb. sacks of yarn at A.C. Moore, I was able to quickly make up about a 1/2 dozen or so simple shawls in the latter half of 2006. Before we knew it, the 10-12 ladies contributing were up to our ears in shawls and ended up slowing down our work. In the meantime, I was working on other projects to train myself on all those techniques that I didn’t have the motivation to learn as a teenager. The book “Knitting for Dummies” (again, thanks to my Mom) was great, too! I made up about 10 shawls and simple scarves for friends for Christmas in 2006.

I think 2007 was the year of the baby…I ended up knitting 7 baby afghans in 2007, they’ve ended up all over the place! Let’s see if I can recall: Steve and Heather B., Will and Casey B., Rich and Naomi W., John and Bethany H., Joe and Keri T., David and Dawn H., Paul and Faith T. I have two more in the queue…I hope to start on my next one next week for Baby Girl Courtemanche in St. Louis. I’ve my pink and purple yarn all ready to go.

What am I working on currently? Well, for the first time, I’m making something for my family. Dave asked if I could make up a simple afghan that would match our couch. Poor Dave, I’ve been squeezing the afghan in between all these baby blankets and plastic bag crochet projects (see below about the crochet). With this pattern, I’ve been practicing making cables (i.e., a pattern that looks like twisting rope). Here I am sitting on the couch with the almost-completed afghan. I think I have two more days worth of work. Now, in the lower right you can see a clump of the same pattern…I have two edge panels that will be attached to the final product that will make this pretty big when all’s said and done: about 48″ x 66″. Definitely my largest project ever!

I even started crochet recently — but that was in enthusiasm of a cool project I learned about back in October. The recycled plastic bag bag:

This is the last one I’ll be making for a while…unfortunately, each of these bags takes 100-125 plastic shopping bags from Target or Walmart or Food Lion, but I think it’s the ultimate message when it comes to recycling. It was unbelievable how quickly I cleared out my piles and piles of plastic bags and started soliciting friends for theirs. I was able to do 3 of them for this holiday season, and thanks to Maryann G. and Wendy W. for your bag donations. Megan H., Maryann and Lisa C. are the recipients of my first 3, and if I accumulate enough bags to make another one, my sister will get the next one for sure! These 4 ladies are my favorite reusers/recyclers!

This bag was also the first non-blanket/scarf/shawl I’d done. As the title suggested, I’m most comfortable with simple patterns — I’ve yet to attempt a sweater, hat or anything fancier. I’m part-way through a sock and lost interest in that quickly. Meanwhile, my Mom is putting together matching sweaters for all 5 of her grandsons once a year! I remember last Christmas she said “I think I’ll make some mitten ornaments out of leftover Christmas yarn.” One hour later, she had a little pair finished! I’m not that good, but I really enjoy it.