Thursday, September 29, 2016

Photos : Lake Geneva

 You know this face....
 Cute beach pup 
 On the lake walk last night

 For Channon.  This gal wears and loves LuLaRoe tights.
My toes are cold.  It's fall!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gifty Yarn!

 Kim totally spoiled me with my Runner up 
Win from Hunks and Chicks.
That's koigu in purple, adorable cat rescue yellow yarn,
Regia in blue and a fun multi in non wool. 

She also gifted me the linens below. What???
I know.  Right? 
(that's what all the young ones say?
"Iknow.....Right?" )

Oh and there were more goodies, including
Stitch markers
and wool wash. 

all for Kirsten Bell who FIREMAN told me I should nominate. 
I'm fairly sure she was my winning nominee.

So, in the moving department, 
We have been trying to help our forest. 
We have been covering up, spraying our clothes with Deep WOODS off and chopping down buckthorn. 

I want a healthy woods.  
How can it be magical if its full of buckthorn?
We let some light in to an Oak Tree sapling. 
We also gave some space to some Concolor Firs.
There is a HUGE tree I have to show you soon from the woods. 

How do you keep your woods healthy? 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ordinary Thoughts ....and a knit FINISH

I'm wondering:  if Zach is eating enough in Mexico.  His face is thin.  (Fireman said I needed to stop feeding him baked goods  when he lived at home, but what's a mother for? ) 

I'm thanking God: that Zach is having a fantastic time in Chiapas.  
 I'm grateful for: the barnwood and here's the finished headboard. (My pillows look sorry.  But we do sleep in our bed it is not just for show!)
 I'm seeing: how the corn changes as the fall begins. (this country business is as if I walked through the door in the Wizard of OZ) There is beauty on a vast scape everywhere. )
 I'm Comparing the size of Beatles next to Fezzik.  10lb difference.  (The neighbors who have come to our door are astounded at his size, we are just used to living with His Giantness)  

I'm hearing: the leaves in the wind having a big old party as they hang on for a few more weeks before they fall. 

I'm planning: to make my own tomato soup this week. 

I've finished: 
My very own Peruvian alpaca hat. (gift yarn from Abby S. who trekked it back from Peru for my birthday)   This was a dream to knit.  The yarn was so dang soft.  I added some aqua to the neutrals and I like the finish. 
Note:  I used size 1 needles for the ribbed brim.  Someone had said you cannot use small enough needles for your brim and by golly they were right.  The hat was knit on 4s.  

Monday, September 26, 2016

Our 39th Monday q and A ....13 weeks left to 2016

Hope you are still finding Monday Q and A to be fun and light!

*Do you work better in groups or alone?
I am horrible in groups. I grew up in a dysfunctional group of 9.   I would much rather work alone to accomplish anything.  

*Butter or margarine?
Butter. because it's worth it

*For a day : no phone or no computer?
Easy: no phone

*Gym shoes: wear them out or replace regularly?
Wear them out.  Hurts to spend money on them!

*More likely to find in your couch cushions: money or needles?
Needles of course

*What kind of knitting hurts your hands/arms/fingers?
Knit two together hurts and too much circular knitting hurts

*How do you feel when someone asks you to knit for them?
Burdened.  Isn't that awful?  
*I choose my patterns based on : 
-the designer
-the difficulty
-ability to use stash on hand
The difficulty ....I'm such an easy knitter

*I store my yarn in :
-plastic bags
-project bags
-bins and pots and pans
Plastic bags 

*Last company you called customer service .....
Hughesnet.  But I'm about to call DISH.  and I kill them with kindess.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Chewy's Cat Treat Review for September

 Sydney at Chewy sent us cat treats to review this month. 
As you know we do not get money for this but we get free products to honestly review. 

The Fancy Feast Variety packs are not in any of my stores yet. 
We tried them.  The cats devoured them quickly. 
I thought they were smelly.....
a yes for them
a  no for me.

The Honest Kitchen Wishes treats were a hit too.
Below you see a blurry action photo of Beatles sneaking away with a Wish treat in his mouth. 
Again, the cats loved this type of treat. 
It is like a dog bone for cats. 
But the smell of the dried fish was overwhelming to me. 
It permeated the cabinet . 

I worry about cat smells in my home. 
This will be an occasional purchase for me. 
Have to give the cats the treats they love that are nutritious, but I have to keep the house smelling great too. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thank You Needles'n Pins Yarn Shoppe

Today's Saturday post is a huge thank you to Gordon at Needles'n Pins Yarn in Delavan, Wisconsin.  

Do you know where this is going?

Al and I were busy as country bees inside the knit shop last week. 

Fireman was patiently petting the spaniel outside. 

Needles'n Pins has a huge selection of yarn in a warm inviting environment.  No need for shame, you'd feel comfortable bringing in your garter blanket for them to pick up the stitches
without a raised eyebrow. 

Doreen has apparently written several books on knitting. 

When AL and I left the shoppe, I wont' mention time transpired,
Fireman and Gordon were chatting it up. 

Gordon hadnt' met us before so he politely asked the questions. 
Once he heard Al was a nurse he was telling us his rather miraculous country 911 rescue. 

I had this notion that I wanted Fireman to make me a simple headboard for the new house bed. 
I asked Gordon, if he knew any farmers who sold barnwood.

By golly, Gordon had an entire barn of the wood. 
He told us to take our pick. (of cherry and white oak) 
TAKE,  is the operative word. 

Not just random wood thrown about, his
cherry and white oak wood was carefully stacked between palates to dry to perfection. 

Fireman was enchanted. 

We left with yarn and 4 lovely pieces of wood.
All Gordon asked was that we spread the word about their yarn shoppe. 

I have a new headboard. 
It is almost finished.  I'll show you it finished soon. 

Is there a yarn you are hankering for?
I'll be happy to take orders.
I'll go to the shoppe, and I'll pay your shipping. 
Or just order from Doreen and tell her I sent you. 

I'll be buying her books and having a contest/raffle soon. 

Happy Saturday! 
Happy Needles n Pins

Friday, September 23, 2016

Infectious Autumn


Ready, set AUTUMN.

I get all sentimental about fall.
It feels like our shortest season.
How can I not be in love with crisper,
comfortable air masses and leaves turning colors?

Yarn and fall just go together like naps and blankets. 

My broken butt is healing.  I can feel some improvement. 
Alas, no bike rides for me this fall. 
Lots of walks, though.

Have you caught the Autumn bug yet? 

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