30 June 2014

I'm Still Here...

I know I haven't posted lately but life has been a bit chaotic. We decided not to buy the Florida townhouse. I loved it but because it has a flat roof, the insurance was going to cost up to 150% more than a comparable home with a traditional roof. Since the plan is to ultimately move down there when I'm eligible for Social Security, we're just getting a manufactured home in a 55 and older community and taking what would have been a down payment for a townhouse and pay cash for a manufactured home. That way, we can save more money, and easily sell it or rent it when time comes to permanently move down there. When that time comes, we'll sell out here in Kentucky and buy a house down there. Hopefully by downsizing, we won't end up with a mortgage. We're headed for Florida sometime next month to do a quick move in and maybe paint some walls and that sort of thing. We had a home inspection done and it was in very good shape although needs a little tlc to make it pretty.

I have accomplished a few crochet projects and I have an afghan in the works. Here is an afghan that was supposed to be for a baby but I got a little carried away with the size.

No pattern, I just graphed it out on graph paper to use a variety of sizes of traditional granny squares.

Here are a few more dishcloths that I made from a pattern found in the Leisure Arts book Dishcloths (12 Designs).  This is pattern #8 by Barbara Clark. I picked this book up at WalMart and I think (not sure) that it is one of those Walmart exclusive things. 

I love this dishcloth pattern so much, that I am using it as the basis for the afghan I am making for our Florida place. Here's a little glimpse at it.

The green is a mills end that I picked up at Joanns in Tavares, Florida earlier this year. The red and white are Red Heart Super Saver. This afghan is a bit slow going because it is made completely of single crochets. Not sure how big it's going to be--all depends on how long the yarn lasts.

Take care everyone! Hope you are enjoying your summer.



18 May 2014

So Very Sorry--

I have been neglectful to some of you and absent for some time now. I have been rather busy but that's no excuse.  First, let me show you what I received from a giveaway hosted by Debi. I love the color of the yarns and I think it will make a pretty scarf and hat for a special young lady. I love the hook--seems as my hands become more arthritic, these thicker-handled hooks make a difference. Thank you Debi, I am so sorry for being slow about thanking you.

We have finally finished our bathroom remodel! 13 months ago, we started collecting/assembling/purchasing what we thought we needed and/or wanted for it. Hubby gutted it and everything from ceiling to floors was replaced with the exception of the bathtub and we had that refinished by a "tub guy." By saving, getting things on sale and getting everything a little at a time we were able to keep the credit cards in our wallets and not use them. Husband did most of the work himself and his buddy helped a bunch too.

I went to Florida again. I went there to go house shopping for a winter getaway. I did a whirl wind week of looking at places that didn't need much work, were in a safe neighborhood and met my minimal budget. I found a townhouse that I liked and seemed to meet most of our criteria. I did a walk-through video that I ended up having to post on youtube because the file was too large to email to my husband. We are scheduled to close on June 13th (Friday) but there is a very good chance that we will close sooner since we scurried around hither and yon and got all the paperwork/red tape taken care of. Here's the video I sent to hubby.

Of course after all of this running around I had to get sick. I'm recovering from another URI--scary since I recently came back from an area close to Orlando, FL where that new MERS disease has infected people. Slowly recovering and now hubby has it--poor guy.

I want to stress the point that we are not rich, both of our houses cost less than what many people commonly pay for one. This year we paid off our house and we're also into the sweat equity thing. This place in Florida is very dated as you can tell by the appliances and cabinetry. It's in very good repair though and I'm not in a big hurry to change everything out. This place is our get away from the winter place to go and it is a perfect size if one of us should be end up a widow(er). That's really a gruesome thought!

I am finishing up a baby blanket that I'm late getting done and it has grown to a small afghan. Maybe I should use patterns instead of winging it!

I hope you all are well and that signs of spring-time are warming you up and putting smiles on your faces.

Take care my friends....

05 May 2014

Monday's Link to Free Crochet Pattern (05 May 2014)

Today's link is for a pattern for mini plant hangers. The designer uses hers for growing herbs.  I remember my first apartment and one of the few decorative touches I was able to afford was a plant in a similar (but larger) hanger hanging from the ceiling. Ahh, the memories this pattern brings back. :)


24 April 2014

Thursday's Tricks (24 April 2014)

 With a Piece of Chalk

Use chalk to remove grease stains from clothes. Simply rub white chalk on the affected area and wash as normal - the chalk will absorb the grease and be washed away in the cycle. Has anyone tried this one? It sounds like an inexpensive way to get the grease off.

Wrap rubber bands around the ends of a hanger to help keep clothes from slipping off. This is another good idea. I've started switching over to velvet hangers (they work very good too) but this is worth a try before I spend money on more hangers.