Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Moving week

We are moving this week sorry I haven't posted at all. I have been busy, busy, busy packing all our junk up. I never realized how much stuff you can fit into a tiny Townhouse. I am giving a lot of the junk to Goodwill and my mom. They can have it LOL. I probably won't be posting any more this week I have so much to do and so little time to get it done in. Have a great week :).

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Frizzled Frazzled

Tom left today to go with the kids and his mom down to Kentucky to visit Grandma C. for a couple of days. I'm pretty bummed about it. Tom and I haven't spent one night apart since we started dating about 5 years ago. I know! Not one night. I am missing him so much right now. I know he'll be back but that doesn't mean I don't miss his wonderful Tommy smell, or his goofy sense of humor. I love my Tom.

I have been busy cleaning finishing my projects for birthdays. This is Bonnie B!
I had so much trouble making her ears just perfect. They kept coming out all silly. I used I love this Yarn that I got from Hobby Lobby a long time ago. I didn't like crocheting it. It was really snaggy. But I fell in love with her. My daughter C. wants one now. I am thinking I could get away with making her a mega Bonnie :) I can't wait to tackle that project. C. also likes the Booga bag I made for my mother in law so I am going to make her a small version soon. So many projects and so little time.

I need to clean more and get packing. Have a great day :)

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Ok well it has been a few days since the last post but really nothing much has been going on. I have been working on my projects a lot and wanted to get my work done so I can be ready for birthdays and up coming swap stuff.

New information on the ongoing saga with all the Grandma's and such. First off Granny H. is going into assisted living. Her daughters are moving her into her new digs in 2 weeks. So this has left me open for changes in my life. Tom's mother called and said she talked to Grandma C. in Kentucky. It's official We are Moving!! Wooohooo!!!!! We are so happy. Neither Tom or I have ever lived outside of Indiana. This is a big move for us. The house we are moving to is almost 6,000 sq ft. We will pretty much have our own wing of the house with a huge bedroom and a bathroom with a jacuzzi bath! OMG it has been years since I have a had a bath to relax in. This awesome!
Next up we will have our own balcony so cool. We will also be right on the lake! I know water right out back and a pontoon boat to cruise around on. Where we live now there's no lakes around so this will be heaven on earth for us. Tom will be able to ride his bike everywhere now and I will get to garden in bigger spots. I also get to finally be able to cook in a huge kitchen where we live now it's no bigger than a closet. Grandma C. and Grandpa E. are so happy and relieved. He can barely take care of her and he can't get any more time off work. So they are so open to free in home care and I'm someone they obviously know and trust. We are all benefiting from this move. I am so happy my Mother-In-Law asked us if we could do this. I am starting packing this week (UGH) it's the only part I hate about moving. I am also doing a very deep clean as I go along so that when we get the moving truck it's just a straight up easy going move.

I'm off to work on some projects so I can show you pictures.
Have a great day. :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Projects, Projects, Projects

Hi it's been a couple of days since I last blogged and I left off with all the stuff swirling around. No decisions as of yet.

I have been working on my projects but I forgot to take pictures of them all. I will tomorrow though. Bonnie Bunny is coming along beautifully but her ears are giving me a problem. So hopefully I can work them out. I am going to sew her up a wardrobe and some little things to go with her. I need to finish up my Swap On a Budget secret gifts, I am also working on a the little fishes, and my Mom's birthday gift. Oh and I am waiting for my Hammy Cookie Swap info also. So as you can tell I am busy,busy,busy!!
Well I'm off to work and watch some boring T.V. I MISS CABLE!! There I said it. LOL.
Have a great evening.

Monday, July 14, 2008

One Odd Day

Today was down and up for me. First off I woke up and luckily turned on the coffee pot for our morning cup of bliss. I was in the kitchen and heard a noise out back and it was the Electric Meter Guy messing with our meter. I thought something was wrong with it so I poked my head out and asked him if everything was o.k., he said he was there to Shut it Off!!!! I asked him why because I had assumed (yes I know never to do that) that we had a few more days until it was due. Now the scoop here is we are usually behind on our bill. I know, I know! But we kinda forget about it and we usually don't realize it's due until they show up and want their money. Anyhow they never gave a notice this time. At all!! I asked Mr. Dufus if we could pay it this afternoon but he said No, and he was kinda rude a little bit about it to. Anyhow off went the electric, it didn't effect me to much because it wasn't to hot out and since I keep the doors and windows closed the cool air from the air conditioner stayed in. We have problems with our electric going out during storms so we are pretty use to the no electric thing. Well Tom payed the darn thing and on went the electric. I spent the day working on knitting and listening to my battery operated radio.

Part Two. I have been on vacation for like 4 weeks or so due to Granny H. (Great-Grandmother on Father's side) falling off her sofa. Yes, she had decided that the air conditioner needed to be turned off (which was off) and she climbed onto her sofa and fell off and cracked her pelvis. This woman is 99(as of yesterday) and she doesn't tend to listen to anyone. She is stubborn to the core. But anyhow her daughter came to visit for a few and ended up staying to take care of her. So that left me out of a job. I am starting back up on Wednesday though which is great. But I don't know how long I will be taking care of her, they are putting her into a nursing home. It's sad because she loves her apartment and likes her freedom but she won't listen to anyone and keeps falling. So I might be taking care of Tom's Grandma D.(Father's Mother) we found out about 6 weeks ago that she has cancer again this time it is in her bones and has traveled to her brain. Now they said Chemotherapy and radiation will possibly eradicate it but we aren't sure if her body will be able to handle it all again! Yes this is the second time she has had cancer within 2 years. She has also been through a Quadruple Bypass and 2 strokes. This is one heck of a strong woman let me tell you. Anyhow right now she needs lots of help and I might be called to take care of her until she pulls through.

Part Three. O.K. onto the next chapter of this day. Tom's other Grandmother(Mother's Side) has ALS she has had if for about a year now and is slowly losing her muscle use. Well we were asked today if we would consider the possibility of moving down to Kentucky to take over the care of her. Her husband is doing it now and there is no way he can do it all on his own and work a job. So Tom and I have been talking about it and we are probably going to do it. I am ready for a change and it will mean that his Grandmother will have someone to help with the household day to day stuff and to take over her care. So we'll have to see what happens in the coming up month or so.

Oh and I also saw a Monkey. Yes, I said a Monkey! We were driving to the gas station to get a Icee and saw this Dude on a bike with a monkey hanging on his arm. My mouth dropped open and Tom did a double take. It was one of those little guys. How cute :)

I'm going to bed! Have a great evening. :)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hop Along

Well yesterday was a interesting day. First off I woke up and checked my mail and I got Two packages!!!! One was from my Swap on a Budget Spoiler. Wooohooo!!! Her name is Julia or juliebie on Ravelry.

I can't believe how lucky I was to get such a wonderful and talented Spoiler. She handmade the stitch markers. How? I don't know but they are so cool. I love the ones that have my dogs names or nicknames on them but I love the "butt nuggets" one the best. It's my favorite saying. I also love the Linen Handkerchiefs. I am going to try embroidering them soon. The Tea is wonderful I had a cup as soon as I opened the package. I love the Black Cherry Berry. I can't wait to try the Country Peach Passion. She also sent some beautiful Flower seeds. The one packet is from her state and next year I am going to make sure those are in the front of the garden for all to see.
On back of the Linen Handkerchief's there is a Recipe Card on "Basic Socks Recipe by Stephanie Pearl McPhee" I can't wait to try it out and make some awesome socks from the two skeins of Pink Patons Kroy Sock yarn she sent. There was also a skein of Noro Silk Garden Lite Colorway 2010. I have never used Noro before and I got a few sample type sizes from a RAK (soknitpicky)
but now I have a whole skein to myself and I am not sure what I want to make yet. I am thinking either a Calorimetry or a cabled hat. Hmmmm. I just love the fact that I have a choice here with this yarn. Lastly she also sent a very lovely card and I plan on framing it with all the other cards, or postcards people off Ravelry have sent me.

Next up I received an awesome RAK from pretywtch or Jeannie from Ravelry. I am still in awe from her generosity.

She sent me 5 different fabrics. They are gorgeous and I am in love with the Lime Green satiny type stuff. The yardage is amazing on all of them. They will all be awesome as needle rolls or
purse linings. Next she sent 2 vintage crochet magazines. I collect these when I can find them. I got a whole butt load from a thrift shop a while back for cheap and I have been collecting them ever since. I think they have the neatest patterns in them and it doesn't take much to make them into a more up to date design. She also added in some really neat Knitted Sweater pattern booklets and there was also a postcard from her that I am going to add to my photos on the wall.

I don't know how to express the fact that all of these People that have RAK'd me or have been so caring with their Swap packages have made a extreme impact in my life. I have always been one of those people that believe there is wonderful and good Karma in life. I have always treated others how I would like to be treated and I am a very polite and kind person. I give my love and prayers to those that need it. I Thank each and everyone who has treated me with such generosity and kindness deeply from the bottom of my heart and soul. You have enriched my life more than you can ever know.

Onto a new topic Frogs! Yesterday I went out my patio door to look at the sky as it was churning from a storm coming in and I left the door open a bit. I turned around to go get my camera and I saw something dark on the floor by the table. You see I am SCARED to death of spiders! I can't handle being around them and I a freeze up if there is a huge one near me. I have been known to just avoid a room if there is one in there. Well anyhow I thought what was on the floor was a spider. I wasn't sure so I poked it a bit with a piece of paper and it Hopped! It was Ted the Frog or Toad(this is what I named the little fella). Ted decided he wanted to join our household and hopped under my table. I chased him down and caught him. I wanted to get a picture of the little guy so I went over and grabbed the camera. As I was turning it on Ted hopped out of my hand and landed on my chair. Ted must of had to go potty because he whizzed all over it. I then had to chase Mr. Ted for about 5 minutes while he tried to make a break for it once again. I caught him again and he whizzed all over me this time. I took Ted outside and took his picture and released him back into the wild (or into my garden). I washed my hands thoroughly afterwards. He's a cute little guy huh?

Well I am off to do housecleaning Daisy has left a pile of fur from her rolling all over the carpet.

Have a great day :)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Home Again

Well we are home again. My vacation was nice and long the kind where you can just lay around and not have to do more then cook and watch T.V. I wish we could have went up to Michigan but it was still a nice couple of weeks. My poor apartment needs an overhaul though. I realized when we came home how small it is. I think we are going to look for a new place very soon. I did get some sunshine on my skin and I am a little darker than I was. I'm Mexican/Caucasian so I have a lighter skin tone, more than a full blooded Mexican so I do tan. I love that feeling after you come in from the Sun and see the redness around your cheeks and on your nose.

I spent the last couple of days watching Re-Run episodes of Project Runway. I love it. What a fun program and I can really get into the outfits each one of the designers produce. I will have to wait awhile to watch the next season due to no cable but I can satisfy myself with just getting old re-runs or watching America's Next Top Model. Not the same thing I know but I like it just the same.

Well I am off to put things away. Tomorrow I need to clean Yay! Have a great evening:)
Best Wishes.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Squared Away

Not a whole lot going on here just working on all the Fish still. I'm needing to go get more yarn for this project as I have went through two skeins already. So far I have 24 Fish it's coming along Swimmingly (LOL). I'm also working on a Birthday gift for my Mother and my Niece Betty Spaghetti (I call her this be cause she's all wiggly and skinny). For my mom I am making a Afghan Blanket in Plum Purple and Ivory. I am using one of those light up hooks (which are awesome) in H. I'm just making a regular granny square.
It's coming along pretty great. The other project is for my Niece Betty Spaghetti is a crochet bunny. I am making the pattern up as I go along and I am only at the head but so far I like it. I'll post pictures when I get more done on her. I think I am going to name her Bonnie. Bonnie the Bunny. I plan to make her a bunch of little stuff to play with also.

On another note. I received a wonderful surprise last week aand I am so moved at the caring of others. I was picked as a receiver for a Random Act of Kindness for Karma Swap on Ravelry by Madcraftermom on there, and I got this in the mail.
It's a beautiful 100% Cotton 300Yd. In a really pretty blue and gray mix. I really like it and I am not sure what to make out of it yet but it will probably be a scarf.
I also received a secret RAK from Pichincha on Ravelry. It's a gorgeous Linen Handkerchief with the initial B on it. It has a sticker that states it Irish Linen.
I love old things. I like knowing that something has a history to it and can be passed to other's for their enjoyment or use. I have never owned a Handkerchief and this one will be treasured always. I love surprises and gifts and when I receive something that someone put thought into just for me I feel moved and humble to be cared for.
Have a great evening :)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Super Dog

Today I decided I wanted to spend the day out in the pool. We needed to clean it really well and I was using the pool vacuum. As I was minding my own business, I look up and see the neighbors Yellow Lab Luke standing at the top of the ladder. Now this dog is a hoot. He comes over at least twice a day to visit us and whiz all over the place. Isabelle (chichi) likes to think that she can take him on but so far when he comes near her, she takes off screeching and yelping. She's such a baby. Anyhow the first time I met this lovely goof we were driving up the drive and I got out to catch him and take him back home. Well he keep running behind me and trying to jump up and pull my hair tie out. He's a pup or at least only a year old and like I said He's goofy. Yesterday I was walking up the drive and he came out of nowhere and jumped up and bit me on the boob! It wasn't hard just a love nip. :) Well today when I say him on the ladder I told him to get down. He was trying to turn around and I walked over to help him onto the deck, he jumped onto the deck and then decided that he needed to swim with me. He jumped into the pool and was swimming around with me. I had to grab him by his collar because he can't swim to well. I had to yell for Tom to come out and help me get him out of the pool. His owner came by and got him a few minutes later. Needless to say he escaped about an hour later but this time I was ready for the little bugger. We pulled the ladder up! LOL He still tried to jump over the rail but he wasn't tall enough. Yet!! Here's a photo of Luke wondering how to get into the house.

I love goofy animals and he's a big goofy butt.

Have a great evening :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Living with Cable

I have been watching a lot of cable these last few days. I'm on cable overload. We don't have cable at our home so when I get a week or two to watch some of my favorite channels I go all out. I have been addicted to Food Network, Discovery, Travel Channel, and cartoons. At our home we get 3 channels that come in downstairs and we get possibly 5 up stairs. At home I watch a lot of CW needless to say, the rest of the channels are MyNDY(?), and 2 of the regular local channels. So now that we are on vacation I am overloading on cable.

Today Tom and I went to the crazy world of Pain-In-The Butt*Mart. OMG was that placed packed! I hate the one we go to. It's dirty and it smells like arm pits EWWW! Any how we needed a few items for dinner and we parked right in front of this car with this cool vanity plate.
How cool is this person :) I want a vanity plate that says "Smell My Yarn!" instead of "Eat My Dust". I like to smell yarn.

This is what we had for dinner tonight.
Two different Chicken Wings. One was Buffalo Chicken from Franks Red Hot Sauce with Butter mix together and the other is Teriyaki. I make my own Teriyaki Sauce.

Teriyaki Sauce:

1/2 Cup Granulate Sugar
1/2 Cup Lite Soy Sauce (You can use regular if you like)
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Clove of Garlic, Minced
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger ( I use McCormick)
Shake of Red Pepper Flakes to Taste
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon Cold water

Mix the First 6 ingredient's in a bowl. In a smaller bowl or cup wisk Cornstarch and water together until combined. Add to the other ingredients. Wisk all together. Add to a sauce pan and cook until sugar dissolves(medium to low heat). Please be careful this will be hot. Put onto meat or veggies and let sit for a few until cooled enough to eat. You can also sauté this with all your meats and veggies in a pan/wok. You can double,triple, quadruple this recipe. I usually double and it's plenty for a 5lb bag of wings.

With Dinner we had Homemade Potato salad, and Fresh Green Beans. It was a delicious meal. The reason for the two different Wing sauce's are that Tom loves the Buffalo Wing Sauce and I can't eat it at all. I have extremely bad Acid Reflux. So I figured I loved Teriyaki and that's what I make for me :).

OMG! Have you seen that show called BBC America-Britain's Worst Teeth? I have good teeth, I brush my teeth 2 times a day (I know, I know 3 times but I always forget after lunch) and check constantly for any problems. This show had me scrubbing my teeth for 20 minutes and swearing never to eat sugar again after watching it. UGH!!!! My mouth is killing me today from such a scrubbing, but I don't care I feel better and I know that I have clean teeth. I know some people can't help it but I can make sure that I take care of my mouth and believe me after watching that show I am going to be my Dentist's number one customer.


Well now that I have spread some love I am off to oogle some more Cable T.V. If you see a chunky Mexican Chick stumbling around with wide open eyes you'll know it's me from being CableZombified. Have a great evening :)