Sunday, January 31, 2010

Einstein and Jane

The other day I got a ride to my knitting group since Nick was driving the bus. When my ride appeared I walked up to the door and looked down to see a dog named Einstein* curled up in the seat.

I started to reach for the back door handle thinking that was where I needed to be, when Jane* motioned for me to sit up front.

I was hesitant to open the door worried that he might bolt out as our previous dogs were in the habit of doing. To my surprise, he remained calm. Jane told Einstein to be a good boy as I sat in my seat. Remembering him from past visits to Jane's house, I recalled how he liked to protect his territory and bark ferociously. I sat with caution.

However, it had only been a few seconds before he slowly made his way to me sniffing my hand and letting me scratch him behind the ears. By the time we arrived to our destination, he was practically sitting in my lap!

When we got out of the car, Jane told Einstein to be a good boy, take a nap and that she would return shortly. Again, I half expected him to try and get out of the car when we both opened our doors, but he just sat there.

I looked back after we crossed the street and wondered if I'd see his little face peeking out of the window. I did not.

When it was time to go home, I went outside and listened. No whining or barking could be heard. When we approached the car, Jane got called away after I had already opened my door so I decided to go ahead and sit in the car. I wasn't sure how Einstein would react to me sitting alone in his car but he let me pet his head.

Jane herself seemed surprised that Einstein allowed me in the car without so much as a bark. Then he greeted her with a funny sort of noise as he rolled over on her lap and got his belly scratched. He let out the cutest sounding yawn and when he did I realized he really had been a good boy and taken his nap!

I remarked to Jane about how impressed I was that he was a good trustworthy dog. No stuffing appeared to be pulled from the seats, no sun glasses chewed to pieces as our dogs were in the habit of doing.

She said that he was just happy to go along for the car ride.

*Please note that names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Peaceful sleep

Wow! I can't believe this week is almost over. It's been a good one too.

Wonder what good things will come my way next week.

I've been sleeping so peacefully at night. There's nothing like a great night of sleep to jump start your day!

Watched Sweet Home Alabama this morning and I like that movie.

Made more chapatis to last the next few days. Sandwich roll ups we've been having in town. Tonight, we'll add pickles and tomatoes to them.

Got some knitting done yesterday. Moving right along in getting rid of last year's yarn stash. I can't wait to be rid of it all!

A few weeks ago, I got out the yarn my sister gave me to make Tori a hat. I started to make Tori's hat but that yarn is so hard to work with! First of all, I need the right sized needles. I thought I could use a smaller size, but that yarn is too flimsy and fluffy to use anything smaller than a size ten. I ended up having to take it all out. I had really hoped to finish it last year, but if I'm lucky it will be done before winter season is over this year. I never made a hat before, and not quite sure what I got myself into! But I WILL get it done!!!

I do like challenges which is one reason I like to knit. Plus, it's so peaceful and relaxing to knit away. The washcloths that I've been working on are in the garter stitch. No thinking about rows and counting nothing. It's great! And the ripples seem to help scrub the food particles away. I know, I finally got to making myself one and it works really good.

Isn't that crazy? Here I was selling and giving dishcloths away and I hadn't even made the time to make one for myself! So, I sat down a few weeks ago and made a brown variegated one. I love that color scheme I bought.

I also taught myself last week to make a knitted towel topper. They are quite fun and easy to make. Once you get the towel prepped and poked with all the holes. That is quite a pain to do! but worth it because after that it doesn't take too long to make one. I still haven't figured out how to poke 67 holes in the towel. That's just too many holes in a tiny bit of space! I consider myself lucky if I can get 40 holes poked in!

I've been going in with Nick to work to save a trip to town. I take along my knitting and a book to read and keep myself busy in the car. Sometimes I'll walk around Walmart and look at e-v-e-r-y thing. That is fun once in awhile, but most of the time I'm happy as a lark to just sit and settle down in my comfy spot and knit the night away.

I've been working on bible verses that I started in high school and WILL get done someday! I recorded my voice on my camera and then play it back while I say it aloud. I wasn't sure how well that was working for me, but so far I think it's going good. It's hard to tell because I don't have a person to hear me when I recite them. I wasn't sure if I was saying it from memory or if the recorded part was "helping" too much. But when the camera batteries die, and I don't have any way of checking myself, I just say it aloud as far as I can go without stopping. So far so good!

Next time I won't bite off more than I can chew. But again, I like challenges so when I picked Psalm 119 to memorize I was looking for a challenge! Not only that but I've tried to memorize it two different translations over the years. Finally picking the one I liked best and not getting it all confused with the other translation has been difficult. But not impossible.

Until next time!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Be thankful.

Today (Sunday) is a beautiful day. The sun was shining and I was able to do a nice sized load of laundry which is always nice. I like to do smaller loads every day rather than one giant load a week.

I was grumbling earlier about having to dump out my dishpans after washing dishes since the grey water tank is still not able to drain properly. But then I remembered of the people in Haiti and I remembered to count my blessings.

I set up a water station outside with the hose to fill up our buckets and quite pleased with the results. Now, we just have to turn the water on at the street and not have to go inside the house to crank up the water. Nor do I have to remember to shut the door to the house. I often will forget and realize it's wide open three days later! Oops!

Yesterday was a drizzly day but I spent most of the early morning and afternoon playing card games with my neighbor's kids. They even taught me a couple new ones. The day seemed to go by fast while I was with them. Nick came home and we had lunch together. Then we went to Mcdonald's to check our email. We're both glad that they have free wi-fi now. No purchase of food necessary. Yeah! We ate dinner at almost seven o'clock because of Nick's weird work schedule. I made Nick a stir-fry with noodles and I had a couple fresh spring rolls. I have really been enjoying those lately. I made a peanut tamarind sauce to dip them in. I bought some tamarind pulp and was going to make a juice with it, but enjoy sour things so much, that I just eat some of it on the side or mixed in with the sauce. I sure like that stuff!

Today went a little more slowly because it was Sunday. No running to the post office or playing games with the neighbors. I had a sinus headache this morning, which I found odd, so I went back to sleep after Nick left for work. I did manage to cook some beans in the slow cooker before I went back to sleep. Woke to the smell of the beans cooking. Yum! It made me hungry! Then I got up and washed my dishes, cleaned the camper. I love how it doesn't take as long to clean the whole place as it did in the house! Then, I filled up water jugs outside for the next few days.

We enjoyed beans and rice for a late lunch with cornbread after Nick got home at two o'clock. While Nick napped, I finished hanging up the laundry and made some chapatis. They are so yummy! Then, I joined Nick for a quick nap. I slept so peacefully that I thought it was the next day when I awoke!

We headed over for our usual email checking at Mcdonald's where I am now writing this post.

Well, until next time!

Are you wealthy?

I saw this quote in a pocket calendar and loved it!

You aren't wealthy until you have something money can't buy! -Garth Brooks

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Yarn and Hats

I was blessed this week with a large bag of yarn. Most of it was my absolute favorite yarn in the world: Plymouth Encore!

My friend also gave me a super easy knitted hat pattern to try. She wasn't kidding when she said how easy it was.

I took the yarn home Tuesday night and started knitting a hat. Wednesday morning, I called to ask her for some help on the pattern and by mid morning completed my first hat. I have only previously made hats on a round loom.

I didn't have the right sized circular needle so I ended up using a longer one which just means I have a side seam to sew up.

Nick's been waiting for a knitted hat from me for a year now since I knitted him a scarf last year with Plymouth Encore worsted weight, dark grey. So, after looking at the pattern, I decided to use a larger needle hoping that it would fit his head of 24 inches. The pattern said it was for a 20 inch diameter.

I forgot to take into account though that I was using Plymouth's bulky yarn instead of the usual worsted weight, so it turned out quite a bit larger. It still fit him but there was no need to make it that big. It should have stretched. I can only assume with the bulky yarn it was made larger because of the bigger fibers.

He liked it but not the color and also said that he wished it was all ribbed. I knew that these were just practice hats so I didn't mind. Wednesday afternoon I started knitting a pink ribbed hat. I used the right sized needles and it turned out a lot smaller than the first one. But it stretched and even fit Nick's head!

Now, I'm working on another hat with some yarn I had leftover from knitting my sister her hat. It's Plymouth encore worsted weight brown. I'm actually following the pattern this time. I can't wait to see how large it becomes when I'm done.

You can find the yarn online. Another favorite place to find used/new yarn is on Ravelry. Search the yarn at the "yarn" link and then click For trade or sell. You can find some pretty good bargains there! Buy at your own risk though. There are chances to buying online from strangers, but so far I've not had any problems.
I hope to post some pictures soon!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Beans and rice, Rice and beans

So, we've made quite a few changes to our diet and have incorporated a lot of beans and brown rice to our diet. I'm quiet pleased with the new menus, I might add.

I've been having such a great time trying new recipes and finding out different ways to cook these two simple ingredients. I used to dread the task of figuring out what to make for supper because I was always afraid to try new recipes. What if we don't like it? But I've found our tastes have changed somewhat and so far everything I've made we've loved!

I plan to post up a menu in the upcoming months showing the different meals we've eaten. Most of the days what I make is enough for leftovers, so keep that in mind. I'm also trying to cut our food budget in half and I think I'm coming close to doing that.

I just joined a local food co-op and very excited about being able to buy in bulk again. Now, if I can just find a place to store all our yummy food!

We eat meat about once a week if that and I find I don't miss it as much as I thought I would. Our diet consists of black beans, northern beans, pinto beans, red, green, and brown lentils (which by the way all taste and cook differently) and split peas. Whole wheat pitas or tortillas and brown rice.

I am drooling over the thought of adding fresh vegetables to this mix but for now will be content with frozen veggies and selected few fresh vegetables from the store. I am trying hard to eat in season. Which is why I want to save up for this cookbook.

I am still trying to keep my possessions down to a bare minimum but I will have to make an exception with this cookbook. I checked it out from the Kansas library and I just fell in love with it!

Until next time!

Washcloth and sudsy sack sets

Blue butterfly
Pink hummingbird
Yellow bee skep

Snow, Snow Go away!

So, we've had our share of snow. I'm sick of it! And the sad part is, this is just the beginning. How will I ever manage!!

I've been spending more time in the camper and if I didn't have my knitting hobby I'd have gone crazy long ago!

I'm glad I still love to knit because at one point, I was worried that I had burned out knitting too much. I am kind of getting tired of dishcloths but I don't feel that I'm ready yet to make anything new.

I did buy some sock yarn and I'm excited about the idea of learning to make socks, but I'm not sure if I have the ability to make them yet. It sounds so complicated.

When I joined the knitting club in Kansas not many in the group liked to knit socks. I was opened to the idea of making sweaters, blankets, dishrags and more. It wasn't worth the time and trouble to make socks. But the knitting group here, many of the members knit socks. It's always fun to watch them knit them and see their finished products on their feet. I love the designs the yarn makes too.

So, yes, I'm ready to start branching out. I think.

The weather is supposed to get much colder today and tomorrow with gusty winds. But if the weather forecast is correct next week we'll be having some warm weather indeed! In the 30's! It's going to feel like summer! Yay!

Be sure to keep posted on my other blog to see my knitted creations:
I'll post up pictures from time to time.

Cell phone zippered pouches

Last week a friend asked me to sew her a cell phone holder that she wanted to give to a friend. So I took out my supplies and started to d...