Showing posts from January, 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. A…

Knitted Towel Topper

Here is a towel topper I knitted last week. It was fun to make!

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…

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…

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

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 …

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 a…

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 t…