Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Let It Snow

Yesterday afternoon I came down with a horrible headache while at work.  A coworker gave me some Excedrin Migraine and although it took care of the headache it made me really loopy.  Although I had intentions of finishing up the purple and gold scarf, I barely managed to complete a few rows.  With that my evening was spent in La La Land.  On top of that, the drizzle of rain we had finally turned to snow flurries around 9:30pm.  I was so thrilled!  The DH was asleep on the couch, snoring away.  I was in my nightgown and not anywhere close to being dressed for a visit out in the flurries.  I picked up Dumpster and held her so she could see the flakes falling through the glass of our mudroom door.  She was actually a bit frightened by the flakes.  Every time one hit the glass she would jump.  The flakes were huge, too!  They melted as soon as they hit our deck, but it was still lovely to see. 

I went to bed feeling loopy and suffered through a horrible night's sleep.  This morning getting myself going took more effort than I've had to dish out in a very long time.  However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel -- I am leaving work at 3 and going for a 2 hour massage at Massage Envy!  I cannot wait!!  Every once in awhile my body starts to talk to me.  It tells me it feels like the only thing to provide relief is to be run over by a steamroller.  That's when I know it's time for my massage.  I always go for two hours because one is just not enough time for me become fully relaxed. 

SONG OF THE BLOG "Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Scarves! Let's hear it for progress!

Sometimes I feel like I don't get anything accomplished with my crochet.  Last night I didn't feel that way.  I was able to finish up two scarves.  One is for a friend in SoCal.  Big USC fan, so the red/gold scarf should be a hit with her. 

It worked up so quick and I am really happy with the way it turned out. 

This second scarf is for the craft sale.  Since we'll be in Northern Ky I thought perhaps Wildcat colors would be popular so I made this one:

I used that Lion Brand suede in blue and then Caron white.  Love this scarf.  So tempted to keep it myself if I didn't already have 50.  LOL 

Dumpster is feeling a bit better these days.  We are slowly getting her levels under control and she looks better than she has in a few months.  This pic makes her look so chunky, but really it's just her fur.  Okay, she's big boned and fluffy.  She's still my baby!  I <3 her!

The forecast calls for snow flurries tomorrow and I am so excited about this!!!  Okay, I know it's crazy and all, but for me having lived in SoCal for 25 years having snow flurries will be monumental.  If only I could retire and stay home and enjoy the weather and crocheting and our ranch.  Le sigh. 

SONG OF THE BLOG "Winter Wonderland" by Rascal Flatts

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday, Monday and a whole new chapter

I am not a negative person by nature.  In fact I despise negative people and strive to always be positive.  With that I have decided to stay focused on CROCHET and other positive things in my life.  I am a Libra and if any of you are as well I'd like to know.  Striving for that perfect balance in life is really what my whole is made up of.  So at times I get caught up in this vicious circle and when I find myself unhappy I usually realize it's because I am not living towards harmony.

My DH and I had a productive weekend.  He was so frustrated with the state of the garage he finally made the decision to start his organizing and built some shelves. 

As you can see, he's good at what he does and they really came out great.  He's going to basically line two walls with this type of shelving.  The garage looks so much bigger now! 

I was also quite productive.  I decided I could no longer tolerate the brown plaid in the kitchen so I primed it:

(sorry for the oversized pic.  I can't figure out to reduce it...)

and then gave it the first coat of it's new color!!

Talk about feeling better already!  Both the DH and I are loving the new color.  It's given us a whole new idea about the kitchen and has made our decisions on the new appliances, cabinets and even the backsplash behind the stove.  Now all we need is MONEY!!  LOL

I did manage to do a bit of crocheting.  I finished up the second scarf Christmas gift and also finished another for the craft sale - a pretty white and blue suede.  I will try and get a pic of them and put them up for you to see I've not abandoned my crochet for interior design (thankfully!!). 

SONG OF THE BLOG:  "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano.  I love this song.  And I have no idea why. 


Friday, November 25, 2011

I'm still here

You aren't getting rid of me quite that easy.  I think along with everyone else these days are super busy.  I think we'd all LOVE to be blogging but there are just other priorities.  I have been crocheting - mostly because I have a few gifts to knock out for friends and I am on a time crunch.  And of course the craft fair is coming up fast (dec 10th).  From the sound of it we are going to have a lot of inventory.  I ordered soap samples today to pair with our washcloths.  They always make a neat gift idea and people tend to look closely when they are in a neat little package. 

Our Thanksgiving was a good one.  Small; just me and the DH, mom and her bf (sounds weird to call him that but I don't know what else to call him) and my sister.  The meal was amazing.  My Mom outdid herself this year and it was kind of funny because at the end she told me it was now falling on my shoulders from here on out.  LOL  Now I don't mind this duty, but you have to understand something.  You see for the past 8 years or so I have spent Thanksgiving alone - by choice.  The DH goes on a 4x4 trip to AZ and I get the house to myself for about four days.  This is heaven to me and although it's a holiday meant to be shared with family I thoroughly enjoy the alone time.  We laugh because my DH buys me a bottle of Crown Royal and I buy a pie for myself.  So it is with some regret I take on the responsibility of Thanksgiving. 

Yesterday I got in an irritated mood.  You see my DH's ex is always a pain in my side.  Admittedly I allow her to take up space in my head, but it's for good reason.  She is a pathetic loser and enjoys making our daughter feel like sh*t.  Anyone that knows my daughter knows that her relationship with her bio mom is a terrible one.  And what makes it so funny is that she will comment on our daughter's fb posts and make it sound like she is just so chummy.  Our daughter says she laughs about them all the time with her friends and bf.  Her bio mom thinks everyone is reading them and thinking, "Oh what a great relationship they have!  What a wonderful Mom she has!"  So not the case!!  The sad part is that now our daughter basically ignores the posts.  She says they are wildly embarrassing and acknowledging them would only make her bio mom worse.  But my problem is this -- for years (over 21) I've been exposed to her crap and no one ever calls her out on anything because they say they don't want the argument with her.  I say why not??  She continues to do it because no one challenges her and she thinks in her warped mind they don't because she is right.  She has no clue everyone is talking behind her back saying how stupid and pathetic she is.  Why can't I let this go??  I guess because our daughter really struggles with her antics at times and she comes to me to vent.  I have seen over the years the harm this woman has done to her own daughter with absolutely no regret or responsibility.  Everyone keeps saying karma is a b*tch and she's going to get hers.  I say she is experiencing her karma NOW and is just too stupid to know it.  50 years old and still single.  Not even one decent relationship to speak of in 21 years.  She has this world in her head where she is in relationships but really they are just booty calls.  Okay.  I'm done.  Really.  I know that no matter how much I think about this she will never be forced to face reality.  I know that truly my justice is that she is an unhappy and pathetic person that everyone makes fun of no matter how much she pretends otherwise.  It's her with the problem.

If you haven't already made the purchase, now's a great time.  DAUGHTRY's new CD is OUT and it's amazing.  The deluxe edition has 16 amazing tracks.  Right now my favorite song is......


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Where have I been?

I didn't realize how long it had been since my last post.  It's way to easy to drop this, isn't it?  It's really a matter of making the time for it and making it happen.

Let's see...  First off I was really down sick starting the middle of this past Friday thru Monday morning.  It literally came on me in a matter of hours and by Friday afternoon I was heading home early.  I felt bad all weekend long.  That meant I didn't do much of anything.  Saturday was a horrible day.  I got up with the intentions of staying home and not doing a darn thing but resting.  Then we got the call that my Uncle was being moved from the hospital to hospice and only had a short time.  The DH and I got ready and headed to hospice where everyone else was meeting.  We arrived second only to learn that my dear Uncle had not been in his hospice bed for a minute and passed.  Very sad.  My Mother and her Sister took it hard as he was their last living brother.  Now it's just the two of them.  We said our goodbyes and after getting something to eat finally headed back home.  I took all kinds of meds but nothing seemed to relieve my constant dripping nose, watery eyes and dry cough.  After a sleepless night I woke up Sunday knowing we had to make a drive to see the horses and give them a worming.  So we headed out and what should have taken us 3 hours took almost 5.  Getting home Sunday was so nice.  I crashed on a bed I made on the floor with the sounds of football games putting me to sleep.  I didn't sleep well again Sunday night and was thankful for a follow up doctor appointment where I could have my symptoms looked at. 

Allergies.  That's right - I have allergies.  Something I have never had in my entire life.  After one Benadryl I felt like a million bucks.  Go figure.  According to my doc the harvest of corn and soybeans, the number of mold spores in the air and this time of year brings it on.  I am still having to take the Benadryl and find the worst thing about it is fighting the drowsiness while at my desk.  In the past I have used it as a sleep aid.

Sadly my kitty doesn't seem to be doing well on the insulin.  Well, let me rephrase that - she's not the same cat she was before.  I'm beginning to think her quality of life is deteriorating rapidly.  I think it's our duty to know when to let them go.  I have known her for almost 8 years and she is a far cry from the delight she was only a year ago.  We have another vet visit tomorrow and I will see how her numbers are, etc. 

I have managed to unpack my yarn.  Right now I have a lot more yarn balls than I do skeins.  Here is a pic of my current skein stash, minus the chenilles, boucle, Christmas colors and a few other 'different' types of yarns.

I should take a pic of my yarn balls.  I have two containers full of those little suckers.  My inventory for the sale is at a good place right now, so next I'm going to make two scarves for friends of ours back in CA.  Afterwards I'm thinking about a granny afghan to use up some of the balls I have and maybe some of the light yellow - since there is a lot on that particular shelf!

Thanksgiving will be at my Mom's this year.  There will be her, her companion Price, me and the DH, my sister and her daughter.  I get to have Christmas at my house this year.  I'm excited about decorating for Christmas!  We have opened up several boxes and it was like Christmas pulling things out we had forgotten we had.  You see, we started packing 4 1/2 years ago in the hopes of one day being in Ohio.  So here we are and the boxes contain so many wonderful things!!  It's easy to see the theme for our house...westerny/old farmhouseish.  With rustic thrown in for good measure. I've also decided on the color for my living room, dining room and kitchen --- white and red.  Yep.  Just that simple. 

Okay, enough for today. 

SONG OF THE BLOG:  "Red Solo Cup" by Toby Keith.  If you haven't heard it, I recommend you do.  It's a great song and reminds me not to take life too seriously. 

Friday, November 4, 2011


Finally found a minute to post.  Work has been keeping me very busy and when I get home getting on the computer just has no appeal. 

The house is coming together nicely.  As all houses do ours has it's little quirks.  We are learning to live with some and realize some will need to be changed.  All in good time.  I don't know how many of you live on a septic system.  We do and let me tell you it is quite a change from having a sewer line. 

My craft area is about 2/3 of the way done.  I have a lot of yarn left to unpack and get on the shelves.  That's always fun.  Soon I will be thinking about getting back to my pen friends - I think I have 4 or 5.  They probably think I have dropped off the face of the Earth since I've not written to them in so long.  I hope when I finally do pick it back up they are still interested in corresponding. 

I started a red scarf for the sale.  Here are a couple of pics:

It's a pretty color - far more than this pic shows.  I'm thinking the fringe will be a sparkly white in honor of the upcoming snow. 

I bought some cotton yarn (3 balls) and JoAnn's had their Vanna yarn on sale 2/$5.00.  So I picked up two each of a dark red and mustard to make two friends scarves.  They are USC fans.  I'll get those done as Christmas gifts. 

After work today I have to take my oldest kitty to the vet.  She is not doing well.  She is showing signs of being diabetic; constant thirst, hair loss, dandruff and not using the litter box.  Her urine is different, too - watery and sticky - not yellow.  She is almost 8.  I have never had a diabetic animal so I am not certain of the prognosis.  Let's hope for the best.  I hate to see her suffering.

SONG OF THE BLOG:  "Womanizer" by Britney Spears.  Why?  Because I love this song.   

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Chapter

Starting today it's a whole new chapter in our life.  The DH got in late Friday night/early Saturday morning.  We had the whole family over Saturday to unload the truck and trailer.  Then he and I spent all day Sunday and Monday just getting some things set up and taken care of.  The cats survived alright.  My older cat didn't take to the commotion of the move in with all the people so well and was having trouble making it to the litter box, but I think she's alright now and doing better.  I think they "get it" - that the furniture and stuff is now in this house and the two humans that care for them are once again back in the same location.  I think they just need some settling in time and adjustment period - like the rest of us.

The DH and I spent Sunday getting the kitchen unpacked.  We felt like we really needed to make that happen.  We put out a good amount of trash on Monday morning and got rid of a lot of boxes.  I started my craft area, but it's not finished.  The family room is good to go and so is the master bedroom/bath.  We got our W/D delivered Monday morning and finally that pile of laundry is gone.  Love my new W/D.  My DH is the Laundry King and I was a bit worried about him at first working the new set as they are computerized, but he is managing rather well.  We got such a deal on the set!  We feel so fortunate. 

We also have TV which is really nice.  Although I don't "watch" a lot of TV I do listen to it and that's the only time the DH can sit still is when he has the remote.  I thought I was going to have to hit him over the head with something to make him sit the heck down and chill.  We promised ourselves we wouldn't kill ourselves by unpacking but he seemed to not really abide by that rule (as is norm) and was driving me insane.  I would just sit down with feet up and hook in hand when he would demand my attention in another part of the house.  Usually it was something silly and that could have waited but he's just that type. 

So last night I managed to crochet two dishcloths (one for me and one for the sale) and start a red scarf using the V stitch or cross stitch as me and my cousin sometimes call it.  I will take pics tonight and get them posted. 

It's getting chillier here.  This morning there was frost on the porch which made for a slippery walk to the garage and it was actually colder at work (35*) then when I left the house (43*).  I can't wait until the first snow flurries!  I know - becareful what you wish for!  Those people in the northeast without power are NOT enjoying the weather one bit. 

Okay, gotta get back to the salt mine.  Have a great day Ladies!!

SONG OF THE BLOG:   "Someone Like You" by Adele