30 November 2008

Xmas Present for Son #2 Crocheted

My son told me that all he wanted for Christmas this year was for me to crochet him a red scarf. I made him one with black accents on it. I used this pattern with the fringe added to it. Adding fringe was a way to not have to weave in all those ends. The hat was from this pattern that can be purchased or may be free if you are a member of the the site. Hat's a little large and I hope it fits him ok. It took less than a full skein of the black yarn and less than a full skein of the red yarn to make both of these items. As you can see, my little boy Opi had to be in the middle of things. He's my little sweetie! Hugs to all...

Still More Slippers for Christmas...Oh Yeah, and Barney!

These are slippers made from the same pattern I've used many times before. I have tied each pair together that's why you see the little strings on the back of the slippers. I really need to calculate how many of these slippers I need and compare to how many I have. I tend to get carried away when I start making these. The black and pink pair on the bottom in the middle are child sized. The royal blue and black on the top middle are man-sized. All the rest of the slippers are for the ladies. Earlier this month I posted the link for the pattern for these if you happen to be interested.

As I sat at the dining room table crocheting, Barney climbed into one of the little chi's beds. She's a tad bit big for it but she stayed in it long enough to take a nap! What a character she is :)!

27 November 2008

I'm Having Problems Here

I remodeled my blog and my list of links disappeared. I'm in the process of reconstructing it but a few may be lost. For some reason I can't rearrange all the modules so please bear with me while I try to figure this out.

Thanksgiving Greeting

Best wishes to everyone on this special day.

26 November 2008

George Washington and Thanksgiving

On this day in 1789 President George Washington proclaimed this date (Thursday 26 November) to be the first national Thanksgiving Day holiday. Over time, National Thanksgiving days were periodically proclaimed by presidents, until in 1863 Abraham Lincoln inaugurated the practice of annually setting the fourth Thursday in November aside for Thanksgiving Day. To see Washington's proclamtion click here . To read a little more about the establishment of an "official" day of thanksgiving go to this page. To read about the year there were 2 Thanksgivings, visit this page.

23 November 2008

Round Ripple Afghan for Friend Laurie on W. Coast

I love this afghan I just finished for my dear friend from high school(ca 1970s). I'm almost sad to have it finished because the last half of the afghan was really cozy crocheting because it was nice and warm on my lap! Opi, my little chi "son" liked it too. Never fear, I have washed it and Laurie's "baby" shouldn't pick up the scent of another fur baby. Anyway, back to the afghan talk, I made this out of double strands of ww yarn from Caron and Vanna White. Originally, my df sent me the Vanna White yarn to make a sweater for her little fur baby. I don't know what was going on but I just couldn't get one to turn out. GRRRRRR! If you're a free member at Bernat website you can see it here. Anyway, I decided to add the Caron yarn from my stash and make her this afghan. I figured it would be something the two of them could cuddle in together and stay warm. I hope you like this Laurie. It's going in the mail to you on Monday-Tuesday timeframe.

22 November 2008

Kitchen Appliances Go Kaput

This week I was reading on one of my favorite websites and a lady wrote in that when a kitchen appliance dies that you should beware that it usually happens in 3s. Well, I'm almost there. This week, the door on the dishwasher wouldn't open. Finally, it did and a small piece of plastic popped out onto the floor. Luckily (I guess) it is still under warranty. We bought it in December last year. OK, repairman was here this morning and he has ordered parts and will be back in a week to install them.

Appliance #2, the microwave, started making a grinding noise reminiscent of a rock tumbler! I decided it might not be wise to use it (duh, ya think?? lol). We happened to mention it to the repairman and he said that it would be better to get a new one. DH is on the way to Lowes to pick-up one that is on sale. Folks, we are spoiled. I have been totally at a disadvantage this week with meal prep. I really admire my mom and other ladies who managed to put three hot squares on the table everyday and did it with only the ol' kitchen stove.

The repairman did give us a few helpful hints about maintaining our dishwasher. He said that no matter if your dishwasher has a built-in garbage disposal or not, never put dishes in that have food chunks stuck to them. He said that the commercials that show someone putting a cake in the washer to demonstrate its effectiveness will cause the pump to bog down and end up costing the consumer for repairs or replacement. Another good hint was to every now and then run a cup of bleach through an empty washer to kill germs and molds that grow in all dishwashers because the drainpipes contain water that breeds these evils. The third tip he gave was to help minimize the build-up of minerals on the heating element, every now and then run the dishwasher (empty) with a cup of vinegar in the bottom. It's the same principal as using vinegar to clean a coffee maker. Hope these hints and my rambling on has given you some good advice or entertainment! Hugs to all of you...

17 November 2008

Christmas 2008 Crocheting Continues...

Here's some pictures of what I've finished since the last update on my crocheting. I've also been working on a round ripple afghan and a hat. I tend to jump from one project to another --middle age lack of concentration kicking in lol. The squares (29 so far) I've been making when I just need a mindless project to keep my hands occupied. I'm going to make a bunch of solid colored ones in the off-white yarn so that I'll be able to use color-coordinated squares in each afghan because not all the colors I have look nice together. The squares will be assembled into lapghans for the VA hospital here. The slippers are, of course, from the pattern I've mentioned in previous posts. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to take up the hook for fun and maybe a good cause. Hugs to all my readers...

16 November 2008

Mom's Birthday

mom in wedding finery

JoAnn F. (nee Jungles) French
16 Nov. 1936 - 14 Dec. 1969
Rest in Peace
Today is my mom's birthday. Sadly, she passed away many years ago. My brother and I still miss her more than words can express but we know that she has moved on to a better place.

11 November 2008

EM1 Sharon M. Gardner
(formerly HM2 Morgan/ HN French)
On this Day In 1918 - World War I came to an end when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice. This day became recognized as Veteran's Day in the United States. Click here to read about this last day of WWI. If you go to this page you can read the text of this armistice. Today is Veterans Day. Originally it was known as Armistice Day. If you go to the Veterans Administration page you can read about the history of this day to honor veterans of our military.

08 November 2008

Baby Turns 29 Today!

That's my ds Justin in the blue shirt. Today is his birthday and my baby is 29! Here he is with his dad last month working on Justin's ol' Mustang. They're quite the twosome when they get started on projects together. I really enjoy watching them work or play together. It is great to see a father and son so closely bonded. I love you Sweetie and "Happy Birthday."

07 November 2008

Update on Crocheting for Christmas

I'm working on a round ripple afghan in double strands of ww yarn for a friend. It's coming along beautifully if I may say so myself! I work on it a while then I pick up something quick to do like make a pair of slippers. This friend is on the Internet quite a bit so I'm not going to post a picture of it until it is finished and received! I am also making a kitchen set of dishclothes, towel with hanging thingie on it and a potholder is planned. This is for my aunt and I'll put a pair of slippers in the present for her too. Slippers, slippers everywhere I look there is a need for slippers so I am churning them out. Here you will see the pattern for them. If you've been reading my blog, this is a link to the same pattern I posted before. The round potholder was made by crocheting a circle and the edging was single crochet, chain 3 and skip 1 stitch then single crochet in the next stitch.

06 November 2008

How to Use the Words "Well" and "Good"

Sometimes I have confusion over when to use the words "well" and "good." I know that I am not the only with this problem, I hear these 2 words used interchangeably quite often. Here's the lowdown on how to correctly use each of these words.

  • good-- is an adjective. It modifies/describes a noun. Now most of us can probably remember from elementary school that a noun is a person, place or thing. OK, then we have good girls, good schools, good parents, good food and that sort of thing. "That is good fried chicken."

  • well--an adverb. Well is used to describe a verb, you know an action word. He swam well. She did well on the test. Well is a word that may be used to describe health such as "I feel well after the operation."

05 November 2008

Crochet Projects Finished While Watching Election Results

The pattern for the dishcloth came from here. http://jahodnett.tripod.com/id78.html It is a freebie!

Here is the pattern I used for the slippers. http://www.knitting-crochet.com/crochet/slisoc.html I am "hooked" on this pattern. I have used it off and on since it first came out in the late 70s. This pattern also includes the sizes for men and children too.

I hope you have enjoyed today's post! Hugs to all...

04 November 2008

Get Out and Vote!!!

Have you voted yet? If not there is still time to do it today! Get moving and have your say in how our country is run.

02 November 2008

Halloween 2008 at Our House

On Halloween evening, I put Nellie Belle in the family room with a kiddy gate in the doorway to keep her contained. She's a bit ADHD if you know what I mean. But she made the "Great Escape" anyway!
I'm sorry Mommy; I didn't mean to break the gate!

Opi got all dressed up for the event and was loved and petted by many as we sat on the front porch handing out candy to all the ghosts, goblins and princesses!

Opi was really worn out after the evening's excitement so he "crashed" on one of my crochet projects afterwards!

Hope you've enjoyed the pictures today. Hugs to all...