Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Another huge storm heading our way starting tonight. They are expecting 12-18 inches of snow again in our area, with the snow starting tonight and last from 24 to 36 hours. I'll be heading in to work tomorrow, but bailing early if it looks really bad.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Bad Day In Crochet-land

Tuesday was Donut Day – the day before Ash Wednesday. I know that it’s actually Fasnacht Day and that there are very special donuts made for the occasion by bakeries, but I went the cheap route and bought a dozen Dunkin Donuts for the office. I also splurged on a large white chocolate latte.

I had my little round ripple with me to work on at lunch, and when I got out of the car at work – disaster! Trying to juggle my purse, my crochet bag, my coffee and the donuts and trying to lock the car, I managed to nearly drop the donuts, spill my coffee all over the crochet bag and drop my car keys. When I got inside to my cubicle, I saw that my little afghan had coffee stains on it. The coffee also found its way inside the bagged white and lavender yarns. I am heartsick. I crocheted with it a bit at lunch time anyway, even though the yarn was getting stiff to work with where it was coffee-soaked. If I finish this little afghan, does anyone think the coffee will wash out? If not, I guess I’ll continue to add rounds to it and use it on a bed or something. Any recommendations on what may remove the coffee when I’m ready to wash it? I can probably finish off what I have done so far, wash, and start adding rounds again to it. I’d appreciate your input.

In the meantime, I’ve gone back to my Sweetheart Ripple afghan – this has been a long time in the works. I want desperately to finish it because this is a keeper. I usually give away my afghans, but not this one. It’s a single crochet afghan, so I don’t get too many rows worked in a single hour at work.

Please say a prayer for me now and then. I look back at all the items I’ve had so much fun making over the years and I feel like a big part of me is missing right now. The giraffe blanket for my little punkin, the crocheted chimp, endless afghans, Christmas ornaments, dinosaurs for my boys – I felt proud to start out with a skein of yarn and end up with these finished items. My heart just isn’t in it lately. The more I dwell on it, the worse I feel. I should be working some crochet now while watching TV, but I can hardly keep my eyes open.

By the way – for Lent I’m giving up exercise and healthy eating – anyone with me?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Too Cute For Words!

Justin watching the snow during the blizzard - isn't he sweet in his little jammies?

I've spent the morning printing out free patterns. My yarn is at the ready and I'll be picking up where I left off with my round ripple afghan today, as long as I have enough flexibility in my fingers to hold the hook. We'll give it a try. I'll update later with a photo if this works. Looking forward to getting back to crocheting again.

Check in with Beansieleigh on Beansie Babbles - she is celebrating her "blogaversary" and is holding a giveaway on her website.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

More Snow and We Have Nowhere To Put It!

It's another whopper of a storm! Not all the snow from the last blast left us, before this one added another 18 inches or so to the heap. AND I hear there may be another on Monday. If we get more snow, I'm not sure where it will go - we'll have to eat it!

Yes, it's true. Paula Deen actually has a recipe for snow ice cream. It's here. And to be sure that your snow is safe to eat - put some in a coffee filter and let it melt. If there are no particles left in the coffee filter after the water runs through, your snow is good for eating. Needless to say, stay away from the yellow stuff - LOL!

DH just saw a big green flash in the sky - someone might have hit an electric pole and blew a transformer. I hope that, if that's the case, no one was hurt. DH took a walk around the block a while ago and said the roads are really bad. He's about to go out to clear the driveway and sidewalk for the third time today.

The photo above was taken not long after the second cleanup session on the car and driveway.

And I heard that Captain Phil of the Cornelia Marie, from the TV show "The Deadliest Catch" passed away. The Deadliest Catch was one of my favorite shows. Those fishermen worked so hard for a living - they are rough and foul-mouthed at times, but they are an interesting bunch. Captain Phil was one of my favorites. My condolences to his family and friends.

My 'puter has been really slow the last couple of days, and I got the "blue screen of death" this afternoon. Hoping it doesn't quit on me.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Another Snowy Weekend With More To Come!

We have survived another snowy weekend, with an official total of 26.7 inches of snow at the Philadelphia airport. Being north of the city, our totals were ONLY 16 inches... According to our local meteorologist, since 1888, 78% of the snowstorms in the Philadelphia area have hit on weekends. For those who occasionally enjoy a snow day from work, that’s a bummer. For those of us living in this area who have been in the habit of praying for a white Christmas and being constantly disappointed, we have been socked with nor’easters a-plenty this year. Same goes for those along the coast. I’m sure that those of you living in the Carolinas, Washington DC and other coastal states can attest to that fact.

And guess what? News reports say that we can expect anywhere from 12 – 18 ADDITIONAL inches of snow starting sometimes on Tuesday night and possibly ending Thursday morning. We had 16 inches in our little backyard on Saturday. The sun came out on Sunday and by this morning, it looked to be only 4-5 inches of snow on our lawn. Thankfully, that means we won’t be living with 3 feet of snow all at one time.

Let’s throw a crochet note in here this morning. I haven’t kept at it regularly for a while and I brought my lavender and white round ripple to work on at lunch time. I will give it a try. Not sure how it’s going to work. I suffered a kitchen injury on Sunday. I really have to stay out of there! I’m dangerous! I was cooking a pot of split pea soup and ended up with a second-degree burn to my finger in the process. Last night I had a dime-sized blister on my finger, but when I woke up this morning I found it had tripled in size. It’s huge! I’m trying to protect it as they say that is the best way for it to heal. Why am I such a klutz in the kitchen? Anyway, I’m not sure how holding the hook is going to work out, or if the blister will prevent me from being able to work stitches. I’ll try it. If not, I have my Kindle to read. I’m currently reading “Dear John”. It’s wonderful so far. Nicholas Sparks writes a great love story. I read “Nights at Rodanthe” and I’ve since downloaded some of his other novels.

Back from a trip to the doctor's office for my burned finger. After "de-roofing" the blister and wrapping it, the doctor also game me a tetanus shot.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road

Stinkin’ to high heaven! (Louden Wainwright III)

For a residential area, I'm surprised at how much wildlife we see. (Not the human, champagne-poppin’, livin’ it up kind of wild life), but the “Aw, isn’t that cute!” kind. More rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs and skunks than I’ve seen even on my in-laws farm. I looked out my door one evening when the motion detector turned the light on in my carport to see a skunk there checking things out. I was going to open the inside door, leaving the outside door as a barrier between us just to get a better look, when I realized he wasn’t alone. He had a date! I decided not to interrupt.

Well, I’m not sure if it’s mating season now for them or not, but if it is, they’ve been lookin’ for love in all the wrong places. The middle of a well-traveled highway isn’t it. My son and I passed 3 of the deceased just on our travels to work. I see the little remains on the side of the road and think “Someone lost their poor loved pet kitty-cat” until I get close and that telltale odor tells you “Uh-uh – not a kitty-cat”.

I'm sure skunks have their place in the food chain and are beneficial in their own way, Needless to say, I’m all for people slowing down on the highways and giving nature a fair chance.

Strange post today, I know. I’m in a loopy mood, I think.

We’re in for some more snow on the weekend again. If it must snow, I wish they’d get the timing right. I want a snowstorm that keeps me out of work! We got about an inch of light fluffy snow last night – just enough to make the drive to work sort of Christmas-y, with an occasional scent of eau-du-skunk instead of bayberry and gingerbread. It's gone already...

Speaking of gingerbread, I had to trash a lot of my Christmas cookies this year – no one ate them. I figured the afore-mentioned wildlife would enjoy them, even though my family did not. I should have known not to bake the store-bought slice and bake kind of cookies. My internet friend Tina is always baking and her creations look wonderful. Check out Beansieleigh’s blog. My oven sees dessert action once in a while at Christmas time, and I buy birthday cakes {GASP}! Shame on me. I’ve never been much of a baker though.

Well, I think I’ll make plans to do my grocery shopping on Thursday. Saturday the stores will be crowded with people looking for bread, milk and eggs. Why does everyone want to make French toast when it snows?????

Monday, February 1, 2010

Baby, It's C-O-L-D Outside!!!

Forgive me for not posting anything in a while. It’s been so cold my fingers don’t want to work! Did I tell you how much I hate the cold weather? To our neighbors up north in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, or even upstate New York - please don’t send me any e-mails or responses telling me “You think you have it bad!”. My blessings to you if you can survive in the cold and the snow. It’s just not for me. Here where I live you might find it balmy, but I’m a warm-weather girl at heart, I guess, and wind chill factors of 6 degrees doesn’t do it for me. I can’t imagine anyone finding enjoyment in getting out in the snow and cold to ski or snowboard or even spend a little time ice-skating. My idea of a winter sport is the 2 yard dash to the closet for another comforter! Saturday was so bitterly cold when the wind cut right through you. I am praying for the spring’s arrival soon. I spend my days off huddled under a blanket and my days during the week wearing jackets at work.

For some dessert to go with that whine: My husband and I are celebrating our 30th year of marriage this year. For something special we’ve booked a cruise to the Southern Caribbean for 11 nights! 11 nights at sea! Now that’s for me – turquoise waters, sunny days, watching sunsets from the deck, watching sunrise on the balcony of your cabin while sipping your breakfast coffee…I’m there already. Now to turn in my vacation request here at work.