Monday, May 30, 2011

Enjoying the weekend and holiday

We've had gorgeous weather this weekend!

Yesterday Phil and I drove to Warriorsmark and met up with a couple of his buddies from the Shenango NAVHDA chapter to train dogs.  It was so hot out.  Brenda L and I sat out in chairs while the guys worked the dogs.  I knitted and she read magazines.  She got tan and I got burned.  Thank goodness I was lathered up with SPF30.  Could have been worse.

I ripped out the yellow bamboo/cotton cardi I had been working on. I had asked an online friend to critique my knitting because I haven't been happy with the tension on my projects for some time.  Thankfully she noticed right off that my purling technique was incorrect and pointed me to YouTube for knitting videos.  Voila!  I'm on the right track now!  Here's a photo of the back of the cardi using Sirdar's bamboo/wool yarn.


Today Phil bought donuts and also stopped at McD's for biscuits and a Diet Coke for me.  Yum!  Saved biscuits for tomorrow's breakfast.

I washed towels this morning and have them hanging on the clothes line.  A load of white clothes in the washer to be hung up later.  Chickens are out enjoying scrounging for bugs, seeds and worms.  Ducks happily splashing in their turtle pool and goats fussing at me to be fed.  :)  Phil took Bella, Elsa and Leja to swim and do water work at the lake.

My sister and her family are north of Pittsburgh camping this weekend.  I'm enjoying the pics she's sharing on FB.  Haven't heard from my boys although Ralph did stop over yesterday for eggs.  Mom, Dad and my bro are in WV visiting with family.  Sure do wish I was there, too!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Knitting

How many of my blog entries have been about knitting?  HA HA!!  Yes, I started yet another lace knitting project for my granddaughters.  Oh joy!  I've almost gotten through the back section of a cardi for Dixie-Lee.  I have the project up at Ravelry.  I guess it's just me but I seem to be having a difficult time maintaining tension with size 4 needles and bamboo/cotton yarn.  And, quite frankly, I'm not pleased with the way it's knitting up.  The yarn is soooooo soft so "it" can't be the problem!  So, what is MY problem and, more importantly, how do I correct it?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Dog Day

Phil had a dog handler's clinic today and I tagged along.  We got up at 4:45 a.m. (EEK!) and got home about 6:15 p.m.  What an incredibly long day.  Gorgeous day but long.  There were 15 people attending the clinic which was being taught by NAVHDA senior judge Al Harmeyer.  They did class work and field work.  Phil said it was very interesting and that Al was an excellent teacher.

Joanna handled two of her dogs in the AKC Master Hunter test today while Chris was at the handler's clinic.  Ranger passed while T.C. did not.  It was nice to see her arrive with an orange ribbon!  Being a handler is a lot of work!
To keep myself busy today I started on a summer cardigan for Dixie-Lee.  The yarn is a bamboo-cotton blend in a very light yellow.  I love the color and the yarn is so soft.  Just hoping by the time I finish it she still fits in it.

We watched Doctor Who tonight.  It was part 1 of 2 and I thought it was just awful.  There have not been very many episodes that I actually have not liked.

When we got in this evening I sat on the porch relaxing and knitting.  Phil got his hunting gear together and went turkey hunting out back of the house.  He heard a gobbler but none came in.  I got bit up by skeeters on top of the sunburn from today.

Phil's asleep already and I'm headed there.  'Night!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

What a Fantabulous Weekend!

Had a great visit with my parents this past weekend.  They were in for Jassmine's 4th birthday party.  Attended the birthday on Saturday then got up early on Sunday and went to breakfast with Ralph, Jess and Lilly.  Joe and Chrystal were out four wheeling. Afterwards, Phil took me and Mom home and then he went out to the trap range while Ralph and Dad went fishing at Greenlick Dam.  When Phil got back in he caught up with Dad and Ralph while Mom and I went to my Children of the American Revolution society meeting.  When we got back in I fixed pork chops, rice pilaf with almonds, brussell sprouts and corn for dinner.  Ralph, Jess and Lilly also joined us.  Mom and Dad left early Monday morning and I pouted the rest of the day.  :(

Monday was the dreaded beagle club meeting.  I always leave there with my blood pressure up and wanting a stiff drink when I get home.  Tuesday I worked at the office all day.  Invited Joe, Chrystal and the kids over for spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.  The kids were so good.

Yesterday was nice because I could sleep in.  :)  Phil called later to let me know he took my truck to work because the Jeep wouldn't start.  Ugg.  I had it towed to the mechanic and am waiting today to hear back from him.  Wondering if it's the same thing as back in January.  Some of the wires had corroded and the wiring harness was replaced.  I'd like to get rid of it even though it's only 2 1/2 years old.  There have been so many things that have gone wrong with it plus it has over 100,000 miles on it.  If we traded it in we wouldn't get much of a trade because we still owe on it.  What to do?

Looks like the guys will be over next week to finish up on the kennel building.  We are looking forward to the day it's finally finished!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What's Up

Enjoying life.  Enjoying working from home.  :) 

I sewed all day on Thursday.  I made a dress and bloomers set for Lilly.  Here is the pattern
 
Jess and Ralph loved it.  Yay!  It's an 18-24 month size and looked to be a bit large for Lilly but she'll grow into it.  I have fabric set aside to start on outfits for Dixie-Lee and Jassie.
 
Mom and Dad are up.  They came in yesterday morning.  Called me at 8:30 and woke me up.  Said they were in Meyersdale and would be getting in around 10.  I sprang up out of bed and started trying to pick up the house!  Managed to get a load of clothes hung up on the line, put in another load in the washer, put dishes into the dishwasher, cleaned the kitchen and did a general pick up before they got here.
 
Mom and I left around noon.  Stopped at Ollie's then over to Tractor Supply, then grocery shopping at Giant Eagle.  Used my 13% foodperks along with coupons and saved $40 on my grocery bill!
 
When Phil got in from work he and Dad were going to go fishing but it was storming.  We ended up watching some tv.  We went to bed around 11:30 and I tried to sleep but kept tossing and turning.  Had restless legs.  Ended up getting the laptop out and sitting in bed until 3 when I finally was able to sleep.
 
Phil and Dad went fishing this morning but the only thing they caught was a 30 lb snapping turtle.  They came back home as Ralph, Jess and Lilly were getting here.  At 1:30 we left the house for Joe and Chrystal's to celebrate Jassie's fourth birthday.  It was a nice cookout and Jassie received a lot of gifts. 
 
Chucky and Dixie-Lee both have bad colds.  Poor Dixie, I don't know how she can drink a bottle right now.  Hopefully it will pass soon.
 
Stopped at Tractor Supply on the way home.  I forgot chick feed for Phil's quail yesterday when I bought feed.  Getting out of the car at home I looked at the gravel and there was a baby snake about six inches long.  Dad and I thought it was probably at copperhead.  I had Phil pick it up and move it because I was afraid it would get stepped on or run over.
 
Pouring the rain again.  Phil planted the pink dogwood tree I bought yesterday and also peony tubers, and a grape vine.  The peach tree he planted for me a couple weeks ago is doing really well.  I wonder how long it takes fruit trees to bear fruit?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Knitting and Sewing

For the past two years I've been sewing and knitting, first for Jassmine, and then for Lilly and Dixie-Lee as they've come along.  I took a month off from knitting because I was bored.  I love starting projects but I tend to get bored and if it's not a quick knit I end up putting it away and before I know it the intended recipient has outgrown it!

I came across a really special blog yesterday called Little Home Blessings.  At first I was looking for free knitting patterns and happened on by but I ended up spending three hours reading her blog.  I was in awe with her accomplishments as a mother, a teacher, a knitter and a seamstress.  Today I decided to get out my container of sewing patterns and look for a project for the girls.  I opened the box of fabric my cousin Linda Ruth sent me and found two pieces of fabric to match with yardage I had.  I rewashed the fabric and can't wait to start cutting it out tomorrow!  After this outfit is finished I'll have two more to do.  Can't make something for one granddaughter without making something for the others.

I managed to do laundry today and the weather was so nice that I was able to hang out two loads of clothes on the line.  I'm hoping we have more of the same tomorrow because there's at least two more loads to do.

I turned the furnace off today.  It felt so good to be able to do that.  The propane tank was filled up three times since December and each delivery was over $1,000.

Mom and Dad are coming up this weekend for Jassmine's fourth birthday.  She was only four months old when we found out I had Colon Cancer.  God blessed us and granted a miracle by taking away my cancer.  I thank him every day for my life.  I am overjoyed to have three beautiful and healthy granddaughters, two wonderful sons and daughters in law, my kind and loving husband, a great mother in law and two energetic parents who make me feel old!

God is good.