Monday, December 31, 2012

Bye Bye 2012!

Welcome 2013!!!

Gosh, it's hard to believe that the year is almost over.  It's been an interesting year.  I'm thankful for many things.  I'm also glad to see it ending for many reasons.  Let's not go there.  Let's stay happy!

We got SNOW!!!  About 6 inches came in during the night a couple nights back.  I was so excited to see it in the morning.  I actually stood on our deck looking out at the pristine white with tears in my eyes.  It was so beautiful.  The girls are doing just fine.  Seems they don't like their blankets much and would prefer not to wear them.  Mom makes them most nights though - just cause it makes me sleep better.

After today I am off until January 7th!  I have started another scrap throw and I have a new scarf in mind.  We will be taking down the Christmas decorations and also getting the DH's train room in a better condition for him to start his train!  Very exciting!!!

No plans for tonight other than homemade pizza and kicking back!  I plan on trying to blog more often during my time off!  I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Almost that time

I think my new nickname should be "intermittent".  That seems to be how I am blogging these days.  And really it's not because I don't think about it or want to; it's all about getting on a computer once I leave work.  Just isn't happening.  The closest I get is my iPhone and I am not going to blog from that thing.  My eyes are already bad enough and the DH is already pissy enough about my connection to my phone.  I'm just not going there.

That being said, here I am for another post!  Aren't you all thrilled?  Hey, no eye rolling!  LOL  Things are going well.  Christmas was a lot of fun.  We celebrated twice really; once with the daughter and her bf. They made the drive up from the Lone Star State and we had fun hanging out and even tooks turns firing the shotgun.  We went out to eat 3 of the 4 nights they were here, so that was awesome!  The second Christmas was with my sister and her bf and my two nieces.  I made pulled pork and mac & cheese.  We sat around our table and played a game.  Had a blast and laughed!  It was awesome. 

I have spent a lot of time crocheting during my time off.  I haven't taken any days off from work - just working the regularly scheduled days.  A friend of mine asked if I could make her husband an actual sleeping cap.  He loves the one in the car commercial the woman pulls out of the box.  You've probably seen it; green and white.  She says something like, "It's what I've always wanted."  Anyway he is bald by choice and often complains about his head getting cold at night in their big, old farmhouse.  So she asked if I could make him a cap.  Of course I jumped at the challenge and put my scrap afghan aside to start.  She didn't want it by Christmas, but I actually got it done Christmas Eve and she came over and picked it up.  She was beside herself she liked it so much.  Apparently he did as well.  He wore it all day Christmas and then into the evening.  For a first time attempt I think it came out alright.  Here's a pic of my DH modeling it.  My friend's husband has a huge head, so it probably fit him perfectly.  I also did put a pom-pom on the end.  This pic shows before I got it attached. 

The girls are doing well in the barn.  They seem to be warm and staying dry from the rain and sleet and little snow we have had.  We have had a few challenges with the barn.  The biggest is the water in the center aisle.  It seems the water comes off the roof and then drops down beside the barn, seeps under the hay side and floods the center.  So we are having a seamless gutter put in the first week of January and we are digging a trench and filling with gravel and then laying straw along the length of the outside of the barn.  We hope this takes care of the water.  The other issue is that one end is still open, so we are going to get the temporary wall up that same week as well.  I think after that we will be set for anything January - March might bring our way.  All in all we are both very happy with the barn. 

From everyone's blogs I see you are all doing well and surviving the holidays.  I got some more catching up to do.  Take care and best wishes for 2013!  May all your crocheting dreams become a reality!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Where's the snow?

We had a day of rain yesterday and it was so relaxing, even from my work space.  Although I am not close to our floor length windows, I could catch a glance every now and then and it made me smile.  It was almost 60* yesterday while the rain was coming down.  In December.  I want to know where is the snow?  :) 

Got the yarn to make a messenger bag with a flap for a friend.  She asked for burgundy and tan, so that should make up for a nice bag.  I am using Red Heart mostly because of it's durability for my bags.  I picked up a pretty fabric for the lining, too. 

Monday night I started a dishcloth and now I've gotten into that mode for a bit...  After the sale I went through quite a bit of those and my DH took a few as gifts so they have been disappearing! 

The next signature blanket is about 2/3 of the way finished.  Here is a pic of it:

Hope everyone is having an awesome Hump Day!