Saturday, December 31, 2011

December 31, 2011

Another year has come to an end.  We had lots of new stuff in our lives.

The little guy tried snowboarding this winter, and of course he loves it!! No surprise there, he also loves skateboarding and they are similar. Second grade has been good for him too! Had the fall conference and learned some good new things about my boy!!  He continues to thrive in school.

I also started school. It was huge for me to step out of my comfort zone and actually go to school. It was even harder for me to stand up in front of 30 people and give an oral report, but I did it and I am glad I did!! I am taking two classes starting January 9.

My husband continues to do well at work. He is active with the boy scouts, and I volunteered to be popcorn mom next year! I'm sure he'll help me. Hubby and the boy are still trying to go up north ice fishing at his brothers house, but, surprisingly, it's not been a cold even winter yet to get any safe ice.  Maybe in January or February.

My daughter is doing well, though I wish she were closer. She comes to visit when she can though.

My mom continues to do well too.  She is getting older and stairs are a bit hard for her with her knees, but she's doing well. I continue to go at least twice a month to clean her house. Sometimes we run errands too. We always go out to eat lunch on cleaning days.

As I reflect back on 2011, it's really been a good year for us.  We are all healthy and well.  Trying new things and just going on with life.  I think of friends from my past, as I always do, and wonder how they are doing.  Hoping all is well with them and their families.

I hope 2012 is good for all of us!! Enjoy the new year!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! 

We went to the candlelight service last night and it was beautiful.

Yesterday we had my family over to celebrate and today my mother in law was over.

The little guy had fun!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter Solstice

It's that time of year again. Today is the shortest day of daylight of the year.

From now on til June, the days get longer.

We have no snow here in Minnesota and none in the forecast through the new year.  The last time we had a brown Christmas was 2006.  I'm ok with that since I know we will not go through the whole winter without snow.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

School update

I finally received my grade for my History class. I got a 93 on the final and an A for the class. I am very happy with that grade.  It was a great first class to take to get back into the swing of school.

I registered for the Math and Writing classes and bought the books. Unfortunately they were not rentable. What a scam college book prices are!! 

So, I start school in January two days a week.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Six years and counting!!

Today marks SIX years that I have been a non smoker!!!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

I got a new toy this week......

Oops, I mean a new phone!! In my life, I think the greatest invention has been the iPod. And now, the iPhone!

When I was a teenager, there was no such thing as a cell phone. I listened to a transistor radio, later an 8-track and tapes, and finally  stereo instead of mono records!

To have this thing called a cell phone, that isn't just a cell phone is wonderful. It has all my music on it, games, GPS, and it has texting! Oh, and it's a phone too. I can finally text people now and I am thrilled with it.  It may seem silly to some, but to me, it's just great.

And I do love my iPhone as much, if not more than my iPod!!

Thursday, December 01, 2011


I'm here with a belated Thanksgiving update.  We had a quiet Thanksgiving this year, just our moms were here with us. Hubby smoked the turkey and I made all the fixings.  It was yummy.  Made a homemade pumpkin pie again this year and it was so easy and tasty.  We will be hosting about 20 for Christmas dinner and gift opening.

School is almost over for me. I received my final test last night and I will turn it in next Wednesday. I am glad I have a week to complete it.  I also signed up for Spring semester classes, two of them this time. I signed up for a basic Math class and a basic Writing class. I need to take more than one class at a time if I am ever going to finish.  But I am glad I started with History. It was a fun, easy class and I actually learned a lot.

Our new windows are all in and they all have new coverings!! We especially love the bay window, it really opens up our house!

For the second time in about a year, my mom was thinking of moving. Mostly because the stairs up to her condo are becoming an issue. So, we looked at another place that she really liked. Until she figured out her finances and decided she didn't really want to move. I don't care what she decides, I just want her to be happy!!  So we have been looking at Stair Aids. It is a chair thingy that attaches to her stairs and it brings her up the stairs. Her building management allows these in the buildings and it isn't that expensive. I think it will be the perfect solution for her.

I got my hair cut a few months ago, a little shorter, then I went and got it cut even shorter. I wasn't sure at first, but I really like it shorter. I think I'll keep it this way. And, in May, I quit dying it, so everyone can see my gray now!

I also went for my 5 month dental hygiene appointment and I need another root canal. The dentist fixed the tooth a year ago and was skeptical that it would work. It didn't and I now need a root canal. The silver lining is that the tooth already has a crown! Yay me. So, I now will have NINE crowns and FIVE root canals in my mouth. The dentist told me some of this is genetics (thanks dad).  Because I do brush and floss every day.  Meh...............

My little guy is doing well in school. He likes school a lot and is a quick learner. Thankfully he loves to read too!  He keeps busy with boy scouts and Awana during the week. He's busy, but not too busy, which is perfect.

Husband is doing well too. He has done a lot of Christmas shopping and between the two of us we are done. I just need to wrap, and I will have my little helper helping me!!

The daughter is doing well too. Keeping busy with her job and cats and going to school.

I think that's about it. I've been crocheting, though not as much lately. I have a few things to post and I'll get to that soon.

Have a happy December!!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Today is Veterans day.  I've made posts about this day before, and there isn't much left to say other than "thank you".

There is one new Veteran to add to our family list. My husbands nephew is currently serving in the Air Force.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

More Dishcloths

The ones above are just plain white dishcloths I have made over the summer and am just posting about now.  I think plain white is pretty!

The ones below are colored dishcloths. I never think about which color to crochet, I just grab a ball that looks pretty and crochet!! I have cotton yarn in a lot of different colors and sometimes I crochet the same colors.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Well, OK then..............

This about sums me up.

Portrait of an ISTJ - Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging
(Introverted Sensing with Extraverted Thinking)

The Duty Fulfiller

As an ISTJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things rationally and logically.
ISTJs are quiet and reserved individuals who are interested in security and peaceful living. They have a strongly-felt internal sense of duty, which lends them a serious air and the motivation to follow through on tasks. Organized and methodical in their approach, they can generally succeed at any task which they undertake.
ISTJs are very loyal, faithful, and dependable. They place great importance on honesty and integrity. They are "good citizens" who can be depended on to do the right thing for their families and communities. While they generally take things very seriously, they also usually have an offbeat sense of humor and can be a lot of fun - especially at family or work-related gatherings.
ISTJs tend to believe in laws and traditions, and expect the same from others. They're not comfortable with breaking laws or going against the rules. If they are able to see a good reason for stepping outside of the established mode of doing things, the ISTJ will support that effort. However, ISTJs more often tend to believe that things should be done according to procedures and plans. If an ISTJ has not developed their Intuitive side sufficiently, they may become overly obsessed with structure, and insist on doing everything "by the book".
The ISTJ is extremely dependable on following through with things which he or she has promised. For this reason, they sometimes get more and more work piled on them. Because the ISTJ has such a strong sense of duty, they may have a difficult time saying "no" when they are given more work than they can reasonably handle. For this reason, the ISTJ often works long hours, and may be unwittingly taken advantage of.
The ISTJ will work for long periods of time and put tremendous amounts of energy into doing any task which they see as important to fulfilling a goal. However, they will resist putting energy into things which don't make sense to them, or for which they can't see a practical application. They prefer to work alone, but work well in teams when the situation demands it. They like to be accountable for their actions, and enjoy being in positions of authority. The ISTJ has little use for theory or abstract thinking, unless the practical application is clear.
ISTJs have tremendous respect for facts. They hold a tremendous store of facts within themselves, which they have gathered through their Sensing preference. They may have difficulty understanding a theory or idea which is different from their own perspective. However, if they are shown the importance or relevance of the idea to someone who they respect or care about, the idea becomes a fact, which the ISTJ will internalize and support. Once the ISTJ supports a cause or idea, he or she will stop at no lengths to ensure that they are doing their duty of giving support where support is needed.
The ISTJ is not naturally in tune with their own feelings and the feelings of others. They may have difficulty picking up on emotional needs immediately, as they are presented. Being perfectionists themselves, they have a tendency to take other people's efforts for granted, like they take their own efforts for granted. They need to remember to pat people on the back once in a while.
ISTJs are likely to be uncomfortable expressing affection and emotion to others. However, their strong sense of duty and the ability to see what needs to be done in any situation usually allows them to overcome their natural reservations, and they are usually quite supporting and caring individuals with the people that they love. Once the ISTJ realizes the emotional needs of those who are close to them, they put forth effort to meet those needs.
The ISTJ is extremely faithful and loyal. Traditional and family-minded, they will put forth great amounts of effort at making their homes and families running smoothly. They are responsible parents, taking their parenting roles seriously. They are usually good and generous providers to their families. They care deeply about those close to them, although they usually are not comfortable with expressing their love. The ISTJ is likely to express their affection through actions, rather than through words.
ISTJs have an excellent ability to take any task and define it, organize it, plan it, and implement it through to completion. They are very hard workers, who do not allow obstacles to get in the way of performing their duties. They do not usually give themselves enough credit for their achievements, seeing their accomplishments simply as the natural fulfillment of their obligations.
ISTJs usually have a great sense of space and function, and artistic appreciation. Their homes are likely to be tastefully furnished and immaculately maintained. They are acutely aware of their senses, and want to be in surroundings which fit their need for structure, order, and beauty.
Under stress, ISTJs may fall into "catastrophe mode", where they see nothing but all of the possibilities of what could go wrong. They will berate themselves for things which they should have done differently, or duties which they failed to perform. They will lose their ability to see things calmly and reasonably, and will depress themselves with their visions of doom.
In general, the ISTJ has a tremendous amount of potential. Capable, logical, reasonable, and effective individuals with a deeply driven desire to promote security and peaceful living, the ISTJ has what it takes to be highly effective at achieving their chosen goals - whatever they may be. 

Careers for ISTJ Personality Types

Whether you're a young adult trying to find your place in the world, or a not-so-young adult trying to find out if you're moving along the right path, it's important to understand yourself and the personality traits which will impact your likeliness to succeed or fail at various careers. It's equally important to understand what is really important to you. When armed with an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and an awareness of what you truly value, you are in an excellent position to pick a career which you will find rewarding.
ISTJs generally have the following traits:
  • Value tradition, security, and peaceful living
  • Will work long and hard to fulfill duties
  • Can be depended on to follow through on tasks
  • Loyal and faithful
  • Stable, practical and down-to-earth
  • Family-minded
  • Dislike doing things which don't make sense to them
  • Dislike abstract theory, unless they see the practical application
  • Natural leaders
  • Prefer to work alone, but work well in teams when necessary
  • Extremely observant, they take in facts via their senses and store them internally
  • Vast, rich inner store of facts which they rely on to understand problems which they encounter in their lives
  • Profound respect for facts and concrete information
  • Make decisions objectively, applying logic and rational thinking
  • Dislike change, unless they are shown it's benefit in a concrete way
  • Have strong opinions about the way things should be done
  • Appreciate structured, orderly environments
  • Have very high standards for their own behavior and the behavior of others
  • Not naturally in-tune with other people's feelings
  • Able to accomplish almost anything if they put their minds to it
  • Community minded "good citizens"
ISTJs have one character trait which puts them at a definite advantage in terms of career success - Perserverance. An ISTJ can do almost anything that they have decided to do. However, there are areas in which they will function more happily and naturally. An ISTJ will do best in a career in which they can use their excellent organizational skills and their powers of concentration to create order and structure. ISTJs seem to fit extremely well into the Management and Executive layer of the corporate business world.
responsible, planner, private, loner tendencies, perfectionist, organized, detail oriented, organized, would rather be friendless than jobless, realistic, observer, clean, focused, does not talk about feelings, finisher, punctual, private, does not appreciate strangeness, not adventurous, not spontaneous, follows the rules, dutiful, avoids mistakes, conventional, likes solitude, insensitive to the hardships of others, prepared, anti-tattoos, things rules are important, cautious, security seeking, prepares for worst case scenarios, logical, analytical, does not accept apologies easily, hard working

favored careers:

data analyst, scientist, researcher, engineer, financial planner, statistician, office worker, government employee, lab technician, nuclear engineer, office manager, biomedical engineer, account manager, ceo, investment banker, analyst, academic, systems analyst, pharmacy technician, network admin, genetics researcher, research assistant, strategist
disfavored careers:
entertainer, artist, filmmaker, musician, actor, fashion desinger, singer, music journalist, comedian, massage therapist, photographer, dj, model, author, bartender, painter, school counselor

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mid-Term exam

I got a "B" on my mid term exam.  

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My paper..........

I received an "A" on my report. I'm so relieved.

Had the mid-term exam this past Wednesday and I feel good about that too! I was prepared and knew all the information.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

School and stuff

School is going well. I gave my first oral report in a million years. I was a bit nervous, but it went ok.  I also wrote a five page report. It took me forever to write the outline and all day to get to the final, turn in paper.  I think it will be ok. I will find out on Wednesday how I did.

Wednesday is also my mid term test. Lots to study for, but I will know the information by Wednesday.  I will be prepared.

My boy is selling popcorn for Boy Scouts again this year and doing very well at selling.  He will outdo what he did last year, and then some. He loves getting the "credit cards"  which are really just gift cards.

He is doing well in school again this year.  I am so thankful that he likes school and I hope he continues to like school!!  He thinks it's funny that we are going to school at the same time and that I have a backpack now too!!

I have some crocheted stuff that I have made over the last few months. I need to put the trim on a shawl, and there are piles of dishcloths to post about.  I am giving those to my Sisters-in-law for Christmas.  Then I am making a few blankets for another dRaffle.  A woman I know husbands passed away about two months ago from cancer. She and her little boy are alone now and I donated two baby afghans for the dRaffle.  I am almost done with one of them.  I find that I don't have as much time for crochet, since homework comes first. There is a lot of reading.

  We are getting new windows, and a bay window in our house, that should happen any day now. They are much needed and I hope to see improvements with the sound, and with our utility bills. When we got our new roof, we noticed a huge difference.

We also redid our one bathroom. Took off the border, repainted, got a new sink cabinet and counter top with sink.  It looks nice.  The only thing in the entire house we have left to re do is the master bathroom sink, cabinet and counter top. Otherwise we have redone everything in this entire house. Floors, carpets, walls, cabinets, roof, windows, patios, driveway and yard.

Hubby is doing well. Mostly working straight days with some weekends thrown in there. I sometimes miss him having a few days off during the week but we make it work.

We bought my mom an early Christmas present. We got her a flat screen TV for her den and a small flat screen tv for her kitchen since she likes a tv in her kitchen. I told her she would LOVE it and she does!!! I'm so glad we got them for her early, I just knew she would like watching tv on them with HD.

I tired my hand at canning this year and I think it went well. I did applesauce and some tomato sauce. Hubby helped and I am grateful for his help!

That's about all I have for now.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

September 24..............


Today is our 17th anniversary. I'm so glad that God put me and my husband together.

I love him just as much, if not more, today than the day we were married!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Speaking of school...................

There is a group on Facebook from my hometown. Just reminiscing about the town we grew up in.  It's fun and interesting and a great way to reconnect.

There was recently a thread talking about Kindergarten, and how some people didn't go to K, or went to a private K, or in someone's house, or church.

This wasn't too surprising to me but some people didn't even go to Kindergarten!!!  In my town, it was not required to attend K until 1970!!  I am one of the people that never attended Kindergarten.  But I remember learning to read in first grade with the Dick, Jane and Spot books.

A couple of my older siblings went to private K,  but my parents had to pay for them to attend.

It was an interesting memory for me about my very early school years.


Second week of school and so far it's going well.

Little guy starts next week, then we will really be busy.  He will have Boy Scouts one night and every Wednesday he has Awana at church.

Monday, August 15, 2011


Here are some more dishcloths I've been working on. 

They are easy to work on.  I've been bringing yarn and hook to the little guys swim lessons and sometimes I can finish a whole dishcloth~!

More baby blankets from summer

These are all more baby blankets I made this summer.

Most of them,  except the big blue one,  are going to the NICU charity.

Getting caught up

These are some baby blankets I have made over the summer.

They are called Round Ripples and they are fun to make and they work up quickly.

These blankets are going to an NICU charity.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


I am ready to start school on the 24th!! That is really soon.

I bought my books last week. I just need three books, but I was shocked at how expensive they are.

I am shocked about how expensive three credits of a college class is too.

My daughter has told me what to bring in my backpack so I am all set to go.

I'll update again after school starts.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Slump...........

I've been in a huge slump this summer.

I'm not sure why either. Maybe it was my birthday this year?

I find myself reminiscing a lot lately. It sure doesn't help that there is a facebook page from the city I grew up in full of nostalgia. Memories of my teen years. And highschool.

My mom getting older and needing more help doesn't help either. Then the guilt if I can't help her right away.

The daughter living in a different state is pretty rotten too.

Starting school is scary again. I was pretty confident when I was talking about it but now it's really going to happen. What happens if I do poorly??

I'm taking my trip soon. Just for six days. I know I will enjoy myself. I always get a bit of anxiety about flying though.

Loss of friendships. I know it happens in life and it's certainly happened to me. Sometimes I just wonder why. Did I say or do something. Wracking my brain trying to figure it out sometimes drives me nuts. Trying to get in touch with people again and not succeeding. It's sad to me.

The upside of that is finding long lost friends again through facebook. People that new you back when. It's fun to catch up again.

I have a bunch of crochet work that I need to post. Every time I go to post it, I think, "why bother". I know other crocheters are interested in my crochet stuff, but most of the people I know don't crochet.

I am in a rut. Hopefully I'll get out of it soon.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Happy Birthday!!!

Today is my birthday. And my daughters birthday.

Happy birthday Daughter!!!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Something to think about

1. There are at least two people in this world
that you would die for.

2.. At least 15 people in this world

love you in some way.

3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you

is because they want to

be just like you.

4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone,

even if they don't

like you.

5. Every night,
SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

6. You mean the world to someone.

7. You are special and unique.

8. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.

9. When you make the biggest mistake ever,

something good comes from it.

10. When you think the world

has turned its back on you

take another look.

11. Always remember the compliments you received..

Forget about the rude remarks.

Good friends are like stars.........

You don't always see them,

But you know they are always there..

"Whenever God Closes One Door He Always Opens Another, Even Though

Sometimes It's Hell in the Hallway"

I would rather have one rose and a kind word

from a friend while I'm here

than a whole truck load when I'm gone.

Happiness keeps You Sweet,

Trials keep You Strong,

Sorrows keep You Human,

Failures keeps You Humble,

Success keeps You Glowing,

But Only

God keeps You Going

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June Blankets

More baby premmie NICU blanket that I have made with a variety of yarns. Most of the same stuff I've been using.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


One of my Facebook friends posted this on her wall and I copied it to my wall and received some interesting responses.

Something I've pondered over a lot. I wonder what makes some people so supported in everything they do or happens to them? A virtual endless outpouring for some folks. Where as there are some who are no less needing or wanting and yet no matter how much they reach out they are virtually alone. This doesn't relate to anything in particular, just a thought I've had over the years.

I've seen this happen in real life and I've seen it happen on message boards.

Here is one reply:
"Some people don't connect as well to others. Introverts no matter how nice may never have the QUANTITY of supporters, but they may have QUALITY support of a few. Maybe what looks one way to an outsider isn't true at all."

It makes sense to me. But I wonder why the same people receive the outpouring over and over??

And again, perspective is everything. We never know fully what is going on in someone else's life. Sometimes it's hard to not rush to judgement.

It's an interesting topic.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer solstice......

It's that time of year again. The Summer Solstice. Yay.

That means summers has officially begun.

Except that is cool and rainy here. Meh......

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Leaving on a jet plane....

Sort of. But not until July.

We have a busy summer with some trips coming up.

The hubby has a business trip to St. Louis that he will be going on. We were invited along but I declined for the little guy and myself. Too much involved with all of us going away. Dogs to Kennel etc.

Then later in August the boy and hubby are going to Boy Scout camp. That should be fun for them. It happens just a couple days after I get home from my trip.

I've been going to see my cousin once a year. This is the same cousin that is my Aunts daughter. The Aunt I used to go see ever three months. Well, not just my aunt, but I really went to see my Grandma. But now I go see my cousin. We've always been close and we have fun. The little guy is old enough now to stay home with daddy without mommy, so I am going!! Hubby bought the ticket last night!

Then the little guy and hubby are going on a day fishing trip. Just a daddy and little boy thing, and I'm ok with that!!!

They will also go to hubby's brothers house for some fun. That's just a weekend thing and I will stay home with the dogs!!

So, in between our regular summer stuff, we have the trips. It's really not as busy of a summer as it sounds. My goal was to not be sitting around the house everyday and so far it's been good.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June 14

Not only is it Flag Day today but I have several friends who were born on this day.

So, happy Birthday friends!!

It's also my cousins anniversary. The only reason I remember is that I was taking care of my grandma so my aunt and other cousin could attend her wedding. My one cousin laughs at me because I remember these obscure dates in the family.

The same cousin needed to know when my grandma had started a medicine and I was able to tell her. So, a lot of times she calls me and asks me about family history. Most of the time I remember the date!!

Flag Day 2011

Today is Flag day, here is a link to more info on it. It's an interesting read.

Friday, June 10, 2011


I am officially a college student!!

I have a college ID card, and I have registered for my first class.

School starts in August. I am very excited.

Orientation was last night and I was able to register for my class.

I didn't realize how expensive college it, plus I will need to buy books for classes.

It feels funny to say I am a college student.

My little guy is done with school til fall.

There will be some sad changes at his school. One of the teachers left to be a stay at home mom. We all expected that but she will be very much missed in the fall.

The other teacher had been there for twenty-five years. She was also the principal. She will be greatly missed. The only thing I can say about her leaving is that it was handled poorly for the students and parents. It's a small private school and more like family and I know a lot of people are hurt by how it was all handled.

My husband is starting a different position at his job. No more rotating shifts, which will be nice in some ways. I think I will miss him having days off in the middle of the week!!

The hubby and boy went to an amusement park yesterday. Season tickets were purchased and I can't wait to go with them next time.
They played mini golf, rode bumper cars, rode roller coasters and many other rides. There is a water park there too, but they did not participate in that this visit.

That about sums up what I've been up to lately.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May Blankets

This blue blanket and washcloths are for a woman I know having a "surprise" baby!! And it's a boy!

The blanket is made with Bernat Baby's Breath and the washcloths are made with 100% cotton yarn.

These three baby blankets are made with Bernat Baby Coordinates.

They are smaller than I normally make for baby blankets since they are for NICU babies that are generally smaller than full term babies.

Sadly, some of these smaller blankets will be used for memorial blankets too.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Today is the day we remember our fallen service personnel.

They gave their lives in service to our country, for our freedoms.

Thank you to them all!! And for their families left behind.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May Blankets

This pink blanket and washcloths I made for a woman having her fifth baby. And it's a girl. She has four boys already!!

It's made with Bernat Baby's breath and the washcloths are all made with 100% Cotton yarn. She loved it!!
This pink blanket I made for a friend to give to her friend.
It's made with Bernat baby Coordinates.

These four blankets I made for a friend. Except she only needed three of them.

They are all made with Bernat Baby Coordinates. All the baby blankets I make are approximately the same size and that would be a baby afghan size!! LOL

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


I'm still here. For some reason I just haven't felt like blogging much.

I have a bunch of blankets to share. I will post them soon.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!!

Today is Mother's day.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

I have had a great day today. I am fortunate to still have my mom here too.

Two people I am missing today are my dear Aunt and my sweet Grandma. They died about a year apart and I still miss them every day.

I am thankful for my two children that made me a mom. My daughter first, then my little guy.

Moms, aunts and grandma's are very special people.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ugly Cat Blankets

These are two cat blankets I made for my daughters two cats. They seem to like them she says.

They are made with mostly Red heart leftover yarn. Some people call this a scrap blanket.

The idea (my idea anyway!!) is to make the animal blankets with the leftover yarn and have them be as ugly as possible. These two aren't too bad.

Memorial Blanket

This is a small memorial blanket I made for a woman who recently had a miscarriage.

The blanket is white and it is made with Bernat Babys Breath. It is very similar to the Homespun I use and I like it.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

April blankets

This is a baby blanket I made for a friend to give to her friend.

It's made with my new favorite yarn, Bernat Baby Coordinates. I like this yarn because it has a silvery, sparkly strand running through it and it makes a pretty blanket.

I didn't measure it but it's a typical baby sized afghan.


It snowed here Friday night!! I couldn't believe it. But it is all melted today. We got about 1-2 inches here.

We got the little guy signed up for soccer this spring. Then he starts baseball in early summer.

He will have swim lessons all summer too.

Plus, we attended the auction and won some fun tickets for fun activities. We will be going to the Childrens Museum here and two different water parks. The little guy loves the water parks.

And, there are the dollar movies on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the summer.

There are also a couple of day camps through the YMCA that he is interested in.

My goal is to keep moderately busy, while not running from activity to activity, which I believe I have achieved. I don't want to sit around inside all summer. I need to stay motivated to do some fun stuff this summer.

The little guy did well in his speech contest. And the school, except for Kindergarten, all had SAT tests. I talked to the kids at school throughout the week and they all sounded positive about the testing. My little guy thought it was easy, as did a lot of the other kids. He especially liked the math portion.

I signed up for college, and sent away for my transcripts, which I received so I am assuming the school received their "official" copy. Now I need to call and get an advisor meeting set up so I can get my classes sorted out. I will be attending part time and starting in Fall. I am excited!!

Been busy crocheting and reading too. I'll post some pics

We finish up this years Bible study in a couple weeks. It's been a great study and I will make a separate post about that!!

Oh! We won a bagels for a year from Panera at the auction. We receive 13 bagels and 2 cream cheese tubs per month! We were all excited about that win. And we won it at a great price!!

That's about it for now. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

One last March Blanket

This is another baby blanket. It's made with Lion Brand Baby in Carnation.

I didn't measure the blanket but it is baby sized. LOL

We were cleaning out a closet and I found a bag of this yarn. I was surprised to find it because I thought I had used all of this yarn in this color.

About six years ago we had a nice dollar store in town and they had this Lion Brand baby yarn on sale for a dollar a skein. That was a huge discount and I bought a lot of this yarn.

I have some of that yarn left and even a few skeins of the carnation.

It makes such a nice baby blanket.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

March Blankets

This is a baby blanket made with Lion Brand Chunky. It's yarn I bought at the dollar store!! I was shocked when I saw it there.

This blanket is made for a woman having a little boy.

March Blankets

This is a white baby blanket and three white washcloths I made for the Auction at school this year.

The blanket is made with Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn. It has a shiny thread through the yarn and I thought it made a pretty baby blanket.

The blanket measures about 30 inches wide and about 40 inches long.

The washcloths are made with miscellaneous white cotton yarn. They are so soft and get even softer with use.

I also included a white baby toy and two white onsies for the basket this year!

Last year I made two baskets, one blue basket and one pink one. This year I decided to just make one white basket for the auction.

A decision...

Hubby and I were talking last night about many things.

I decided that it's time for me to go back to school and get my degree.

Degree in what you might ask?? Well that's a good question and I haven't decided yet, but I am leaning toward two subjects.

I am just at the beginning of this journey so I have a lot of looking into before I begin.

Before I got pregnant with the little guy, I had thought about going back to school. Obviously the timing was not right.

I am excited, nervous and scared all at the same time. But it helps to have a very supportive spouse, and a spouse that is excellent at math so that I can have my very own tutor!!

I'll keep the blog updated on my decisions.

Pinewood Derby day...

This is the little guys Pinewood derby car.

It's really a Spongebob skateboard and I hope it does well today!!

The little guy is very excited about the race today!

Update: He won for BEST SHOW in his whole pack, and he didn't even vote for his own car!!
AND, he won third place in his den.

I'm so proud of him!!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

March Blankets

This purple blanket is made with Bernat Baby Coordinates. I didn't measure it so I don't know how large it is. It is baby sized.
This blue one is made with Lion Brand Chunky. It's a thick blanket too.
This baby blanket is made with Bernat Baby's Breath and the yarn is very very similar to the Lion Brand Homespun that I love so much.

The washcloths on top of it are made with 100% cotton yarn. They are so soft and will make nice washcloths for a baby.

Friday, March 04, 2011

A birthday

Today is my little guys birthday.

He had a good day. No big party or anything.

He brought Dinosaur cupcakes to school and he had a dinosaur cake again this year. I haven't downloaded the pics yet but I will soon.

Sister is coming in a couple weeks, and we celebrated with the Grandma's on Sunday.

I can hardly believe that my little 5 pound baby is now 7 years old!!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A book

I finished this book yesterday.
It is what is called "Advanced Reader Copy" and it is an uncorrected editors version of the book.

The book is coming out on March 29th and I couldn't wait til then to read it. This is the last book of the series.
About ten years ago, the fifth book came out and I told my hubby to order a copy from e-bay. He did and I was able to read that book about six weeks before it came out.

I thought I was going to be disappointed with this book, but that wasn't the case. I enjoyed this book.

There are some unanswered questions and I imagine we won't find out the answers since this is the last book of the series, but I am ok with that.

When these books first came out, I didn't know about them. My mom had read them from the beginning and some people at work had talked about them. I really had no interest, until I started reading the first book.

It was nice because I was able to read the first four books of the series right away and had to wait for the fifth and six, sort of. It's been nice to read the last two before they actually were out in the stores.

Monday, February 14, 2011

February Blankets

These are six preemie blankets I made for the NICU charity project.

These are two regular sized baby afghans I made for friends. On the pink blanket I attempted to make a scalloped edging, but wasn't successful. I didn't like how it looked. I think I need to investigate further how to do that type of edging.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Healthy self image

Some wisdom I picked up along the way from a great motivational speaker

1 Take inventory of yourself.
No one can male you feel inferior without your permission

2 Make up - Dress up - Go up.
Your outward appearance affects your image and performance

3 Read the life stories of men and women who used what they had and got a great deal out of life by making contributions

4 Listen to the speakers, teachers and preachers who build mankind

5 Build a healthy self image step by step - exercise

6 Join the smile and compliment club

7 Do something for someone else

8 Be careful who you associate with

9 Get in your own corner. Be your biggest fan

10 Make a victory list, from childhood to present to remind yourself of the things that you've done right. This will help you see the big picture

11 Avoid whatever does not build up your imagination

12 Learn from the successful failures

13 Join an organization with worthwhile goals that requires you to participate by speaking

14 Look you - and them - in the eye

15 Alter your physical appearance when practical and desirable

And finally...



Something worth trying


1. I REFUSE to be shackled by yesterday's failures.

2. What I do not know will no longer intimidate me, it will inspire me

3. I will not allow other people to define my mood, method, image or mission

4. I will pursue a mission greater than myself by making at least one person happy to have seen/met me today

5. I will have NO TIME for self-pity, gossip or negativism...from myself or anyone else

Word Cloud

Time for another word cloud.

I like these and think they are fun.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


All of us in the house are sick.

The little guy and I have been sick on and off since December. He had mono, I think I had it and now we are both sick again.

The little guy has walking pneumonia. I have a nasty sinus infection and daddy is currently at the doctor seeing what's wrong with him.

We even had a dog that was sick and had to go to the vet!!

We are generally not a sick bunch of people, but it's been a rotten few months here.

I am so over not feeling well. I hope this is the last of it and we are all feeling better soon.


I posted HERE about the yarn factory closing.

I felt I needed to order some soft cottony yarn from them before the move.

Got the order today!!!! This picture is what 76 skeins of cotton yarn look like!! I got some pretty colors I have never seen before.

After receiving this order, I actually want to order more yarn!! But I don't think I will be ordering more.

Sunday, February 06, 2011


We are watching the Superbowl tonight. Not going to any parties.

I am making some yummy stuff to munch on for the game.

I am so glad we have Tivo and can pause the game when we have to put the little guy to bed!!

And part of the fun of watching is seeing the new commercials.

This year it's Green Bay vs the Steelers and I will be rooting for the Steelers!!!

Spelling Bee

This past Friday my little guys school had it's Spelling Bee with all the other area private Christian schools.

We had two first place winners from our school. A first grader and a third grader. That's pretty good since our school is pretty small.

My little guy was an alternate for his grade. So, at just our school spelling bee, he was second in his grade!! I'm so proud of him.

I was also a judge at the spelling bee and it was very interesting to learn what each of the five judges actually do in their positions. The only position I would not want to do is the Master Spelling judge. This is the judge that gives the word to the spellers. In the group that I was in, we had 8 spellers from first grade. It was so fun to watch the little ones spell.

I volunteered to be a judge next year too!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Revelation Song

This song is incredible. First, you have to turn off my music over on the right sidebar, then listen to this awesome song!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yarn factory selling to Canada

This is the article about the Yarn factory.

This story makes me so sad on many levels.

First, people are losing their jobs.

It's a family run business.

It's leaving the USA.

It's being sold to a Canadian company, which is really ok. But the Canadian company already makes a cotton yarn, and I dare say it is not as soft as the Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing company makes. I have some of the Canadian made cotton yarn too, because I buy by color and not necessarily country of origin.

Most of the yarn I buy is made here in the USA or Canada.

It just makes me sad that this company is packing up and moving out of the USA.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


I made THIS shawl back in June of 2009.

I'm sad to report that the woman lost her battle on Monday, January 17, 2011.

She had gone into remission, then the Leukemia came back. She fought a long tough battle and now she is at peace.

It is very sad.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Dishcloths again

Ten more dishcloths. I'm making them throughout the year to give as gifts at Christmas.

I'm taking a break for now because my hands and wrists are sore from the repetiveness of dishcloths and cotton. Working with cotton always makes my hands and wrists sore.

I love the weird patterns some of this cotton yarn makes. The one brownish colored cloth on the left is self stripping. I have a few more balls of the self stripping. It will be fun to see what they all look like!

Sunday, January 09, 2011


There was a post going around on Facebook. "pay it forward in 2011". If you post that and "I will make something handmade and send it to the first five people that comment", people would make a comment and in turn, post it on their wall.

I was disappointed with the outcome. My cousin and I concluded that people just don't really make things anymore, or don't have the time. even a simple card would be fun to receive.

I knew immediately when I saw the post that I would be participating. I only got four people to play along, and these are some of the dishcloths I made and am sending out to people.

They are made with 100% cotton yarn and they are fun to make too!!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Baby hats

These are 44 baby hats that I made in December. I also made two adult hats and a baby blanket but I don't have pictures of them.

These hats will be going to this organization. I have made for them before.

Baby hats

Hats are so quick to make too. I used mostly baby yarn that I had already. Some of it was Red Heart and other brands of yarn.

A dog blanket

This is a little dog blanket I made for a woman I know. She has a Daschund/mix.

It's made with mostly scrap Red Heart yarn. After I wash it it should be soft for the doggy.

It's about 23 inches wide and 28 inches long.

I've made dog blankets for my dogs and they really like them. So much in fact that when I am crocheting something on the couch, if I don't move my project, the dogs will try to lay on it. I never realized that they don't know the difference between a dog blanket and a crochet project!! My daughter pointed that out to me this summer. She just told me that the dogs think it's another dog blanket!!