Sunday, June 24, 2018

Finding Time

Summer is here and so am I.
I feel like the movie "Ground Hog Day" mainly because my life has become like a routine happening.    Since warmer weather has rolled around I find less and less time to do the things I do for enjoyment. I keep thinking about this blog, how I have on several occasions come back only to promise over and over again to once again return to posting. Summer brings more work for me and I'm barely finding time to do it all. When I'm outside working then I'm thinking of all the work needing done in the house and vise versa. I have been doing the work, that use to be shared by two people, for the last 7 years. I take care of a house and a little over an acre of land. People suggest I sell the house, but I have lived here 38 years now, and my husband built the house for the two of us. We raised our children here. There are memories, not to mention 43 years of belonging and the usual stuff one accumulates for living a life. It took me a few years to work up the courage to start giving away my husband's belongings. I'm still not done with that task. There is a woodshop, with the tools. I have done some knitting and crocheting these past several years, mainly because it has been my salvation, my healing therapy to help with the heavy feeling of loss. I had to keep my sanity through it all, the overwhelming indescribable feeling of loss that dogged me from sunup to sundown. I can make it through my days now without constantly breaking down in tears. 
 I can focus now on tasks and not so much on my grief. 
I have been able to get more work done. 
And so I hang onto my blog, hoping to be able to once again sit down and share with all of you interesting doings instead of sharing sadness. I believe the human spirit craves happiness, and I want to bring all of you some sparks of it. 
I also want to start my quilting again. I burned myself out with the yarn and my hands are feeling the ache of arthritis and occasional cramping. 
So once again I'm asking for everyone to have patience with me.

I still care and hope you do too.
God Bless Us All. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New Year, New Knit & Crochet Scarves, Lap Blanket & Frogging



First off, let me wish all of you a very Happy New Year!
I'm late, as usual.
It might surprise all of you to know that in my personal life I am never late.
I wanted to post a bright spot in my winter days so I am sharing a pic of my Christmas cactus.
It has been blooming for weeks, and when I think it is finished it surprises me with a few more blooms.

This year has started off rather rough. There was a death in the family of my beloved Uncle Gene who was 90 years old. He would have been 91 on March 1st. Then if that wasn't enough, today I found out that his youngest (and only living brother) has a spot of cancer on his skull and they will be treating that with pills. These two men were the brothers of my stepfather who passed in August of 2011.
They had lost another brother who was killed in the Korean war way back in the early 50's.
Sorry to start my post on a down note, but that is life and we all have lost loved ones.


 Now I share some fun stuff. 
I bought this Mary Maxim kit back last fall and got busy right around Christmas time. 
This one was for me.

 
 Love this yarn, it feels heavenly soft and works up great.







 I do have a pic of the finished cowl but need once again to figure out how to get it off my phone onto my pc.


 I found this pattern on Pinterest. It is called WindowPane Scarf.
The pattern shows a cowl, but I made mine into a long scarf. 
It is a simple, easy pattern and works up quickly. I made it for my youngest daughter Meghan.
She loves purple.
To find the pattern just do a search on Pinterest and the pattern will come up and just follow the 
info to download the free pattern.




Then I used up some more left over yarn and made it into a large granny square lap blanket.




I ran across this little knitted hat and it is now a Christmas ornament for 
Meghan's Christmas tree. Don't remember where I found the pattern, probably my go-to place, Pinterest.


Below is the headache frogging project that took me several days.


Turning a previous work into this:


and eventually this:


I had a whole plastic container full of these little balls of yarn and used them for another afghan/blanket.
I will share that pic soon as I figure out how to get that picture from one place to another.

 I am not very savvy anymore with all this technical stuff. Just keeping the cords straight to what belongs to what is a feat. I will have to one day sit down and put tags on them all. Some days I am proud of myself for figuring things out and on other days I get frustrated and walk away from it. My biggest problem is that I don't do the task on here often enough to really get the hang of it and then weeks go by and I'm back to square one. I can understand now why older people get upset when taken out of their comfort zone of ignorance. Can you believe it, I have 5 younger brothers and 2 of them have never had a computer in their home. They just recently got cell phones. 
It annoys me that they won't move up a notch or two into this computerized world, but on the other hand 
they aren't sitting in front of a computer that at times makes me want to rip out my hair.
They just don't know what they are missing!

I love comments and want to thank the friends that take the time to continue to read my blog and 
post a comment. We live in a busy time and I know from personal experience how demanding life can get.
I still need to get that "Followers" list back up on my blog. Heavens, maybe when I was adjusting it I might have lost it? Sometimes a person just needs to leave well enough alone.

Until next time, be well, be safe, and keep the peace.
And, by all means pass on some kindness. It doesn't even need to cost you a penny.
Even a smile is free :)
♥♥♥

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My "Scrappy Coat of Many Colors" Afghan


My, how time just slips away. I feel like it is slipping right through my fingers and I can't slow it down. 
I looked to see when I last posted and it was in late October. Has it really been that long?
I didn't mean to be absent for longer than a week, but then the leaves started to fall and I spent several days cleaning them up. One day it was so windy that it was pointless in trying. 
Since I have posted I have been busy with yarn. 
I kept looking at the bag of scraps and racking my mind on what to do with them. 
I am a hoarder when it comes to waste not want not. 
I save every scrap of yarn and fabric. 
So, I share pics of the last project because there have been 2 other things and I will post them next time.


I call this "My Scrappy Coat of Many Colors Afghan"
The only other one that I know of is the first one I made 41 years ago when I was expecting my first baby.  
I still have it in my living room and it is still going strong despite all the abuse it has suffered over those years from family and my one little dog. It has been wadded up and used as a pillow, the girls use to hide under it and peek through the tiny openings between the dc clusters. Everyone has covered up with it and also wrapped themselves in it on chilly days and evenings. 
It has gone through the washer and dryer more times than I can count, yet it endures. 

 
So I grabbed my crochet hook 3 weeks ago and started another one.
There is no rhyme or reason to the color scheme, only to try and keep similar colors from being too close.
My biggest headache came when it was time to weave the yarn tails in because you see, I hate doing that and kept putting it off. Next thing I knew there were hundreds of tails. I hate myself when I do that, I really should know better,


About halfway through I thought to myself I should have counted all those tails, or at least saved the pile.
It took me almost 4 days on and off to get them all done. One day I spent 12 hours straight working on them while marathon watching Hallmark Christmas programs. 
There were tails to do on both sides and on both edges and for a long time I was not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
I am happy with the results and sent my youngest daughter some photos of the finished blanket.
It was a wonderful way of using up short and long pieces of leftover yarn.
She said it looks great. It is for her.

Next time I share with you the scarfs I did, one a knitted kit,  
the other a crochet pattern I found on my favorite site Pinterest.
Take care. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Blog Frustration, Frogging, & Grandson


Good Monday morning? Let me start out by saying I am so stinking frustrated with Blogger, so if you don't want to read my gripes it might be smart to visit another blog. I want to apologize to all my followers because last week I had to edit and remove the list. It came about with a GOOGLE ERROR #502. I put up with it a couple days thinking it would take care of itself, but we all know how that turns out. So I took an hour messing with instructions to go in and do all kinds of things including getting history/cache cleaned out and of course that worked real good, NOT! Let me say, it is never good to be gone from one's blog for any length of time because things change. I go to the layout page and it isn't anything like it use to be. I will go back and deal with their error when I have time to waste, say about a week when I have nothing to do.

Then it brings me to the above pic of the jigsaw puzzle blanket. Dug this out during the weekend and the more I looked at it the more I absolutely hated it. It will take days to frog it, but that is exactly what I intend to do. I also found the start of a granny square blanket (arthritis be damned to hell), I'm gonna get my crochet hook out and work on that while I sit and watch some tv now and then. Nothing worse than watching television with idle hands. I've had enough of that these past few months.  

Today I go visit with my grandson Holden at his 1st grade class to have lunch, recess and go to the book fair. My daughter has instructed me to not buy him any books because he has a ton at home and besides that, they bring books home from the library.....since when did she become my mom and tell me what to do? Anyways....if he wants grandma to buy him a book, grandma will do it. Can't spank grandma, lol.
Have a good day,
Susanne

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mt. St. Helens, Holden and Happy Yarn Blanket


Good rainy and cold Saturday morning. 
I don't have much to share with everyone this morning.
So, I went through some of my photo albums.
In backing up a few months I ran across these pics of my youngest daughter 
Rayanna Meghan and her friend Chris.


They made a trip to Washington state to visit with Chris's brother and his wife.
Meghan has a bucket list. One of the things she wanted to do was climb Mt. St. Helens. 
Chris has done this before.
 

It doesn't look all that scary from this vantage point, but Meghan says 
the higher they got the scarier it became. Of course they weren't the only ones on the mountain.
If you check out the photo below you can spot people in the background.


I wish she could have sent me more pics. 
She told her sister when she got to the top she started to cry, 
it was so beautiful and because she was able to make this dream come true. 
You see, over two years she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
Conditions like that make you aware that things change, and not always for the better.
her dad started out with RA.
The drugs you take lower the immune system.

 
Love this pic of my little grandson Holden. 
Enjoying some fun time in Toledo with his dad at a Mud Hens game.


And, since I know most of you followers love yarn and love happy projects,
 I will share some photos of some happy yarn and the happy results from another time.








 There you have it, a happy blanket in happy colors. 
If you are interested yarn is double knit "Special" by Stylecraft.
It is 100% premium acrylic, 295 metres/322 yards. 
The pattern is just one large granny square, 
starting at the center with each row around being a new color.
I didn't have any specific color pattern, I just picked what I thought 
would look good next to the previous row.
The yarn can be found at:
www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk
I believe these yarns were in a packaged deal although you can 
buy skeins separately. I just went with something cheerful to work on during 
the winter months.

Thank you for stopping by, comments are welcome.
Have a good, safe weekend.
❦ Susanne ❦


  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

My Little Guy Holden, Fire Bowl & Missing My Guy


 Halloween typically comes on the usual day of October 31st, but for my little grandson Holden, it came on Saturday October 14th at the campground.
My oldest daughter Rachael searched around on Pinterest (we love that site) for a different kind of costume to make. She didn't want the run-of-the-mill Walmart standby.
This is what she found and made. It took her 9 hours, but well worth it.


He won the trophy for the best costume in his age group (5 year old). All his mother's hard work paid off, and he loved his costume.


One of my friends at the campground is a dog groomer, but she has a passion for crafting. One evening we were all sitting around and she brought over this neat fire bowl she made. I had never seen or heard of one before. She had painted hers with a Mexican/Indian sort of design. There is a can of Real Flame Premium Gel Fireplace Fuel that is down in the center covered by a round piece of screen mesh surrounded by small decorative river rock topped with fire glass. There are decorative red gem stones embedded in the top rim. The bowl itself is made of concrete that she molds. When it dries she seals it, then puts on the base paint using your color choice, then  puts a design on that you want, it is all sealed again. My color choices were to go with my Old American colors of a federal blue-gray base and old gold colored stars. I did not weigh the bowl but I would say it weighs a ton. After all it is made of concrete and the rocks and stone all add to the weight. I ordered it from her and when I went to pick it up she told me it was already paid for....what a surprise!
Thank you Rachael for the early Christmas present. I love it!


I know this is not a very good picture but the round candle holder says:
"In Memory of a Life so Beautifully Lived."


 You don't erase 43 years.
Love and miss you Roger ♥
Susanne

Freeze Warning Tonight


Right now it is after midnight here in NW Ohio. We are suppose to get freezing temperatures so I went out last evening drained my water hose and put it away. I gathered in all my pots of flowers I wanted to save. My geraniums were my main concern, I have managed to keep these now for a couple of years.  


I never knew about these flowers till my electric co-op published an article about some people saving them for years, some even 20 years. The article said you can remove the plant from the soil before the first frost, then you cut it back to where there is just some green above the soil line. Then store the plants in a paper bag in a cool dry place, like your basement. Well last fall I set all those plants in my garage and never bothered to remove them from the soil. Even though I was in and out of the garage with my car all that winter the plants remained green and when spring came I trimmed them back and they were just as pretty and healthy looking as the year before.


Here are the plants before I got to dead heading the spent blooms. I love geraniums because they can tolerate a bit of dry soil and like sun and shade.


Cannes are a perfect patio plant and they do well in big pots. When my mother passed she had a flower pot on either side of the overhead garage door. She always had smaller flowering plants in the them but I thought they were the perfect place for the Cannes a friend gave me. They were pretty red when they did bloom and the hummingbirds loved them. I love the large green leaves.


If there is a weed I love it is this one. I think it is called a corn flower. It grows wild along the road. I love the blue color and I just had to include it in this post.

 
Then of course there is Queen Anne's Lace. I always marveled at the very center where that tiny little bit of color is always located. If you ever picked a bouquet of wildflowers you have to include some of this in the bunch. They are such a delicate flower.


My trumpet vine. It has become a monster and got a good trimming back this summer. The hummingbirds, bees and unfortunately hornets love this vine.


It is an evasive plant. See all the little new ones sprouting in the yard surrounding it. I keep them mowed down. Over by gate post you can see the long seed pod. The vine will be loaded and I usually pull them off to try and keep the seeds from scattering once the pods dry and crack open.


A pretty volunteer petunia.


The farm field across the road from my front yard. See my pretty weedy bank. Well if I were to stand out there the bank would come up to my chest. My husband always kept it trimmed down with the weed eater. The state came along with their mowing equipment and made a pure mess of it, so from then on I hired my neighbor to keep it trimmed down with his weed eater. It looked wonderful all this summer.Nice and clean.


I feed the birds all year long. I usually have 3 feeders going and a couple of suet blocks. Then of course the raccoons become pesky and so I had to use shepherd's poles. I would come out in the morning and the sunflower feeder would be on the ground and those critters were smart, they could get the bottom off the feeder. In May when the hummingbirds come back the raccoons would go after the nectar in those hummer feeders. 


Love my hens and chicks.These came from my mom's house.


More hens and chicks only these were given to me from my mother-in-law years ago. They are a different variety than the ones from mom. This summer I had to tear the little wooden barrel apart and replant them in other containers. I hated losing the barrel but it was falling apart and squirrels had planted corn from the bird feeders in it. 


My cone flowers come up every year. They look a little worse for wear. The bees and butterflies love these.


Love them. They are such a low maintenance plant.


I forget what the name of this one is, but t also comes back every year and requires very little care. It has such a delicate little yellow flower with a bit of orange red around the center.


And, last but least one of my day lilies. They also come back every year.

Well, there you have it, Just a bit of the flowers in my yard. I had some impatiens too, but no pic to share. I put some of those pots in garage. I know you can root their cutting in water. 
The cold weather has set in and so that will mean growing season is ending. 
I have leaves to look forward to raking soon as they all turn and fall.

Take care 
Susanne :)

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