Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Total Confusion & Getting My Blog Back on Track

Hello everyone. I have been away for awhile, but this time I'm back and going to try and be faithful to stay. The last time I posted I messed around with my FOLLOWERS LIST and was in the process of moving it and lost it. My own fault, grrrrr!

What have I been doing, plenty, and I do have so much to share with all of you. I suppose you are all so tired of my promises to return and post, and I should be ashamed. Now that the colder weather has arrived then I will have more free time. I just don't think people understand the life of a widow and how busy it can be. I remember back when our daughters were growing up and all the things I had to do, but back in those days my husband was still alive and we shared the load. The kids have grown up and been gone from the nest many years. They have jobs and homes of their own. In January it will be 6 years since my husband Roger passed away and my life changed drastically. A widow often has to depend on the kindness of others to do the work that is impossible for her to do. Basically you need someone with brawn and muscle. You are often waiting to get things done because you can't do it yourself. You really don't understand this unless you are a single woman or a widow.

I'm going to end this post for now. I have some work to do on my blog. I will return. Hope all is well.

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 :)

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