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Saturday, September 27, 2014

AND THE WINNER IS.......


 I had 18 people enter into the drawing for my giveaway. I wish you could have all been winners. I know it isn't much of a consolation prize but you are all WINNERS in my book. Everyone of you are special. I don't say that to win brownie points with you, people only need to go to your blogs and read.


Don't lose heart though, I would like to have another GIVEAWAY by the end of the year to celebrate 4 years of blogging, so hang tight and keep watch.


As per the usual drill, names were written and papers folded, then placed in the bowl my daughter made in her art/pottery class in college.


I close my eyes and swish the papers around, pick one and the winner is........


TA DA..........PAMMY SUE!!!!
Pammy Sue has a wonderful blog at "SCOTTY'S PLACE".
Go visit her sometime.

Pammy I believe I have your address somewhere, but just in case please send it to my Yahoo email. I will also leave you a message on your blog. 
*If Pammy does not respond in 48 hours then I will draw again for a new winner.*
Thank you all again for entering and being followers.
Hope to have another GIVEAWAY in December.
♥♥♥

Friday, September 26, 2014

Giveaway Ending Today

Hi everyone. Just a quick reminder that my giveaway will be ending tonight at 11:59pm EST here in Ohio. Drawing will be on Saturday. So, if you still want to get in on a chance to win then leave a comment on my last posting. I am also planning on throwing in a couple more things that I did not mention or picture, so they will be BONUS items. I think no matter what you like to do that there is something to please everyone. I thank those of you who joined in and once again, GOOD LUCK!

Friday, September 19, 2014

GIVEAWAY

Once again I am finding myself so far behind. Folks, just know that I am not being a slacker. For over 2 weeks I was dealing with a painful left foot as a result of a dining room chair leg (at my daughters) jumping out to hit my toes. Bruised and swollen, it was difficult to put on a shoe.

Then I went to a class reunion for the first time (#45). It was a two evening affair, the football game Friday night followed by a tailgate party at the F.O.E.. The second evening there was a dinner at the same location. One gal and her husband (they had come after being at the game) claimed to have come and left on Friday because they had colds, felt ill and complained that the room was way too hot, her words "it was 200 degrees". Nice to know this after she gave me a nice big hug and insisted on sitting next to me. Then on Sunday I went to a family reunion. On Monday (48 hours incubation period for a bug) I woke up with a sore, scratchy throat, coughing and sneezing. Blowing my nose and hacking up a bunch of nasty stuff. Two boxes of Kleenex and a roll of toilet paper later (Thursday) I knew this was not good I needed to see the doctor. When I called they told me they were booked till next Wednesday. She said she would put me on the list if there happened to be a cancellation. By 11am she called and told me they could see me at 1:30 and thank goodness. I am now on an antibiotic, nasal spray and some Mucinex. On Tuesday I had no choice but to babysit my grandson. Two days later guess who has a runny nose and a bit of a cough. Try watching a 2 and a half year old and have them not all over you from the time they get up till you lay them down for a nap. I tried not to breath on him and to not cough around him. All these years one of my pet peeves has been sick people out and about running around unsuspecting well and seemingly healthy people, spreading their germs like they don't have a care in the world, or don't give a crap who they infect. As a nurse I took care of a lot of sick people and not once brought anything home to my family, but then, I knew the patients were sick, and they sure weren't hugging you.

Okay, I've got that off of my chest and enough about it. Let's get to that GIVEAWAY.

It is open to ALL of my followers whether you live in the US or elsewhere. There are 2 requirements ( I will make this easy peasy) you must be a follower and you need to leave a comment on this post only. It can't get any simpler than that. What follows is photos of the items with brief description:

Wonderful, new & never used ( I had 2). There are 128 pages of instructions plus diagrams. Back of book has all kinds of ideas for using snowflakes.   



New and never used (I had 2). There are 128 pages of great ideas and projects. Perfect for the gardener and craft lover.
This book is another duplicate, gently used, published in France 1970. Has both knit and crochet stitches with instructions. This book belonged to my mother. My book is falling apart, but this one isn't, has 154 pages.
Knook Dishcloth Book. Another duplicate for me. New, unused. There are 48 pages.
New, uncut, 2009 Simplicity Pattern using Yo Yos. Another duplicate. Cute baby projects.
Lion Brand Bon Bons.
New, sweet, little red colored embroidery scissors with heart shaped finger holes.
Now the last thing is this new, darling fox shawl pin with inlays. Whether you knit or crochet this would be perfect with that favorite shawl.

I hope you participate in this giveaway. You only need to be a follower and leave a comment on only this post. That is all that you really need to do, but if you happen to mention this giveaway on your blog (not required, unless you want to) I will put your name in twice for the drawing. Giveaway will end on Friday September 26th. I will post the winner and you need to send your address to my yahoo email address located near the top of the page in the right hand column. The winner will be announced the following day on Saturday. Thank you for being a follower, have a great weekend and GOOD LUCK ♥

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Knock Your Socks Off Giveaway

Hello Dear Friends. I'm sorry I don't have any pictures to share with you on this post but don't dismay, I will have some to share the next time. I have been busy as usual. There seems to be no time for idleness and that is okay, it keeps me out of trouble. I did want to touch base with you though and let you know all is well. As a lot of you faithful readers know, I have been doing some organizing of the sewing/craft room. It is taking awhile because I work on it as time allows and sometimes that means big gaps in the progress. One thing that seems to eat up a lot of time is the sorting of hundreds of downloaded patterns. I am organizing them mainly because I spend way too much time hunting for a specific pattern and when you have no rhyme or reason to the mountain of papers then you are wasting precious time and that isn't good. Personally, I got sick and tired of it and out of frustration I decided to remedy that problem.

Now for the good stuff.....in my quest I discovered I am a bit crazy. I am organizing books and what do I discover but that I have a few duplicates, yeah, I bought 2 of some of the same books. A couple of the books were actually quite pricey and I'm sure I could be rid of them easily on Amazon or Ebay. Instead I have decided on doing a GIVEAWAY. Why on earth would I want to sell new books to strangers when I could do something to make my followers happy. The happiness doesn't stop with just the books, there will be other goodies included in the package. I will be posting pics leading up to the time I announce when it will start and end. I can only say to check in now and then as I will be posting specifics. I will say this, the giveaway will only be open to followers, so if you aren't a follower and want a chance to win then feel free to click the FOLLOW button and join in for the fun.

Hope you all have a good and safe weekend. God Bless You All ♥

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lunch With Friends & Sally's Church


It has been over a year since I have seen and had lunch with these 2 characters, Sally on the left, Sandy on the right. I have known them both for about 40 years. They are sister-in-laws, they married brothers. Originally they are from a little town outside of Dayton Ohio. When their husbands found work in NW Ohio they moved north. I got acquainted with them when our husbands all worked afternoon shift at Whirlpool Corporation and the men bowled the Night Owl League after they got off of work. Sally was trying to get pregnant and so was I. She was married about 10 years before she had her first child and I was married 6 years. We both named our first born Rachael (I swear she stole my baby name, lol). Sandy is quite the  trooper. She became a widow many years ago and single-handedly raised her 3 children. Life has not been easy for her, yet she is so sweet and kind, always a friend to everyone.

 

We met at Twin Lakes Golf Course for lunch on Wednesday. I was really proud of myself for remembering to take my camera along, leave it to me to forget to take a pic of the outside of the place, but of course I had no trouble remembering to jump right in and dig into the food. Then it dawned on me that I had the camera and this Chef Salad was so yummy to look at and the poppy seed salad dressing was very good. Do you know that if you are to be tested for drug use, like a urine test for a job, that if you have had poppy seed dressing you will test positive for drugs? I learned that years ago when going to Weight Watchers. They had a delicious poppy seed dressing and the instructor warned us about it. I thought it was worth mentioning even though the subject might not be so appetizing when discussing food. But nurses never have a problem eating and discussing things that would turn a normal person's stomach while eating....guess I'm not normal.


Now forgive me on this one, both the friends had the tossed salad and before yours truly had enough sense to put down her fork she remembered that she needed to snap a pic of their salads. It was rather senseless to take 2 pics of the same salad. I think you get the gist of the thing. It did look a lot prettier when it arrived at the table.


Sandy had the Pulled Pork Sandwich which she said was really good. It did look scrumptious.


Sally had the Lake Erie Perch sandwich. I was so busy cramming my salad in my mouth that I realized I hadn't taken a picture of her sandwich, so she rearranged her food to make it look better, not that it wasn't good mind you, it just looked a little worse for wear after she had been eating on it. We were laughing about it, and I told them if someone comes and asks me why I was taking pictures of the food I would tell them I was a food critic for a magazine, lol. I will say we got in many laughs and had a wonderful time. We are all so busy that time spent together is precious.

 
Now for the conclusion of this post. Sally is taking art classes and I believe she said they are working with water colors now. She is really quite good from what I have seen of some of her work. She loves this stone church, and brought pictures of it along to our lunch. When she saw my camera she asked me if I would do her a favor and go take a picture of it for her. I did, but mind you, I was standing on the other side of the State Route (4-lane highway, truck route) to get these shots.


Her next painting will be of this church. So I got these 2 photos and got them developed at Walmart. The pictures turned out so dark it looks like an overcast day and gloomy. One would never guess they were taken on a bright sunny day. I was so disappointed. She will be coming this morning to get the pictures. I told her how they turned out and I have no clue why, that they were a disappointment. But when I downloaded the pictures to my pc and added them to this post they look pretty good.....now go figure. I am going to try and print them off for her and if it works will she be surprised. I know I sure was.

Hope all of you have a safe and great 3-day weekend. Can you believe this is the end of August already? Where has the time gone? God Bless You All. Keep the Faith ♥

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Claudia Scarf 3&4, Cookout, Rose


Another Christmas present finished, Claudia Scarf #3, for my sil Panee. This one was done in Lion Brand Heartland Tweed medium 4 weight, color number 389 Isle Royale Tweed. A total of 3 skeins was used. I used a Boye size G crochet hook.


Now I will tell on myself, I screwed up. If you have been reading my last posts about this scarf I told you it was worked in 2 sections, the right and then the left side (after the yarn is reattached at the base starting chain)........well, this old gal was just crocheting away and moving right along.


Yeah, I was doing my usual, watching a little tv, minding my own business, I was just about to join the 3rd skein and knew I was on the home stretch.....I was thinking about the next one I was going to make.....

 

next thing I knew I realized something, the light bulb above my head came on and my hook came to a halt.


I never stopped to join the 2nd skein to make the opposite side of the scarf! Now you may think, "well what is the big deal?" It kinda is a big deal cause every row when completed kinda leaves a nice little scalloped edge. If you keep going and don't do the other side you will have a flat edge where the starting chain is. There was no way, absolutely no way I was ripping out a whole skein of yarn, so I kept on going, finished up the 3rd skein and then I hand stitched the ends together and made that scarf into a cowl.....it actually turned out pretty good. No one would have known had I not told them, but you guys know because the Claudia Scarf Pattern is a scarf not a cowl, ha, ha, ha! I did the 4th one that way too, only I did it deliberately.


This one is the 4th and for my sil Faith. Once again I used Lion Brand Heartland Yarn. This one has only 2-5 ounce skeins of medium 4 weight, color 109 Olympic. I used the size G hook. I won't bore you with any more chatter about it but I will show pics on some ways it can be worn. They are so much fun to make and wear.






 I guess I have pretty much finished up with my scarf making for now. I won't be making any more unless I get an order for another. Now I can mark off my Christmas list the ones I made for the 3 sils.


On Monday I mowed grass. I usually mow on Fridays so that the yard looks nice for the weekend and it also frees up the weekend from the bulk of the yard work. I try very hard not to work on Sundays. It is my day of rest. Anyways, on Monday as I was running around using the push mower to trim, sweating my butt off, literally, it was around 90 degrees and humid, I spy something kinda red up near the chain link fence gate on the side of the house.


My poor scraggly climbing rose bush that I trimmed back 2 weeks ago, that hasn't had a bloom all spring or summer, had this one red rose. It looked kinda pathetic but it nearly brought me to tears because the past few days had been kind rough, missing my guy. I know it isn't a deep red, but any gal that ever received a rose from a guy knows what the meaning of a single red rose stands for. So there I stood, thinking how beautiful that silly rose was and wondering if someone was trying to tell me 'I Love You". Maybe God was sending me a message from my guy, I don't know, maybe. Who else makes the rose, only God. I did go get my camera.


Last Friday my youngest daughter Meghan called and invited me to her Saturday evening cookout. I have to admit Meghan is not Martha Stewart when it comes to entertaining (forgive me Meghan). The fact alone that she calls me the day before to let me know she is planning something speaks volumes, but I have to admit that she is getting better at dealing with the preparations than what she use to be. I use to say that Meghan goes out jogging, comes home and throws some nuts in a bowl and 10 minutes later people arrive and she calls that "a party", lol.


I will also say that she is like me in one aspect, she tries to do everything single-highhandedly and that is how I have always preferred to do things. Years ago I did 2 graduation parties by myself, only I started planning 2 months in advance. I know we had at least 80 people at our home for the first one which we had a hog roast. I started serving the food at 2pm and never sat down to eat anything myself till 7pm that evening. It started at 6am when the man came to roast the hog, he finished at 2pm when the guests arrived and it lasted till 5am the next morning. I was never so ready to be rid of people in my entire life, heavens! they just didn't know when to go home, lol.
 

I'm not going to explain who all these folks are in some of the pictures. The pic below is my oldest and her family. The rest are Meghan's friends and several had children and it was near impossible for any to sit or stand still long enough for me to get a picture. I am not the greatest at taking pictures.












Above is my sil Chris watching the kids swing from the climbing rope. The gal in the pic is Meghan's friend Mary. She works at a photography studio. She has taken wedding pictures for my daughter. I should have given her my camera, I'm sure she could have done a better job with it.


Meghan's friends Mary and Tiffany. Both brought their children.
 

Sheryl and her husband Bob. She is a real estate appraiser and does a lot of charity work. They own  properties on Lake Erie and rent them for the seasonal tourists. He spends a lot of time keeping their properties in working order. They are the nicest people.


 This was great, Meghan had strung her lights above the patio area, but half of them went out. We all agreed it was probably because moisture had gotten in where the strings hook together. Electrical tape! Need I say more.


And below, Meghan with our little guy. She and her friends Mary and Tiffany did the Warrior Dash 2 years in a row. They are all 35 years old and in pretty good shape. She can climb that rope. It creeps me out just thinking about it. I wish the pics were better. There was a few other people who I never even got a picture of. You know how it is when everyone is all over the place. I think everyone had a good time, and I will say the grilled hot dogs were pretty good and the fire was nice when they roasted the marshmallows and made smores.


And so, that is what is going on lately in my little corner of the world. I plan to set my crochet hook down for awhile and do something different. I'm still working on and off organizing my sewing room and can say I have gotten plenty done. I have been organizing patterns that I have down loaded over the years. There is nothing worse than having several hundred patterns all stacked up and then spending hours looking for a certain one. I found a solution for that and I will share it with you. Until then, have a good and safe week. God Bless You All. Keep the faith and thank you for stopping by to visit with me ♥

Friday, August 22, 2014

Second Claudia Scarf


Short and sweet post......Christmas present for my sil Sharon. 
I can post these on here because none of these sil use the internet, in fact 2 do not have computers. 
Once again the Claudia Scarf pattern here.
I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn color 4001 Red Tweed, 3 skeins. 
This yarn is a 4 medium weight. I used a Boye crochet hook size G.
Scarf is worked in halves, one side then the other. After first side is done you re-attach yarn for second half on the opposite side of the starting chain. 
I did 76 rows each half totaling 152 rows. 
The following are just more views and ways to wear it.






This last photo is kinda washed out looking, sorry. 
I wanted to get a close up of the yarn to show you the little flecks of color that make it a tweed.
I might have gotten a better pic had I turned off the flash.
Now I will be starting another scarf in a shade of purple.
Gotta get these presents done.
I don't want to be doing anything this year at the last minute.
Have a safe and good weekend.
God Bless You All ♥

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