Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

Take time to remember those who died in service of their country, and the veterans who were fortunate enough to return to us. Bless them all!

We are in the middle of a 3 day weekend. It's been lovely so far - hamburgers on the grill, baked potatoes and macaroni salad! Yum! This evening, it will be shrimp and scallop kabobs. Staying home this holiday weekend was a good choice. I have family at the Jersey shore, and would love to have spent time with them, but I haven't had much time with DH lately, and it's nice to have him home for a change.

I have plans to take DS to fill out a job application today. I sure hope he gets full time work soon! I also want to take time to crochet - I have that sweetheart ripple afghan to finish. It would really make a great grange fair entry. And I just received 3 new patterns in the mail. I've been wanting to make some Kathleen Early dolls for a long time now. I ordered the patterns and will be digging through my stash soon, looking for the yarn I need. I'm sure I have some stockpiled, left over from my doll-making days.

Time to get going here. Hope that you all have a great holiday weekend!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sunny Saturday - Sunnier Disposition

Good morning!

I just retrieved the lavender and white round ripple from the washing machine and the coffee stains are gone! It's in the dryer now and will come out soft and clean and will be able to find a new home with a patient in a NICU in California. I'm so happy!

I've started a new baby blanket, a blanket that is just one big granny square. That will also travel with its lavender buddy to CA when it's finished.

It's a sunny morning and I'm feeling so good today! Anyone who follows this blog knows that things haven't always been sunny for me, and at times seemed downright dark. But things are so much better now - seeking medical treatment was definitely the thing to do. Depression doesn't have to beat us.

I'm searching my stash of projects for something to make for the upcoming Grange Fair in August. I haven't missed a year since I first entered a project in 1993. I wasn't a winner that year, even though I was so very proud of the doll in a ballerina tutu that I made (entirely crocheted). As it turned out, someone else made the exact same doll that year - hers had black hair and mine had reddish gold hair. What are the chances? LOL! Neither of us won, but it was the start of a tradition.

I have some household chores here to do today, and some painting that I hope to finish this weekend. But more crochet is definitely on my list.

I'm enjoying the bright sunshine this morning, the windows are all open, and I can hear the birds singing. My family is healthy, my garden is growing, and my doggies are at my side. All is right with the world...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Finished Baby Afghan


I'm happy to say that I finished the little lavender and white round ripple I started a while back. I've picked it up here and there and only accomplished a few stitches before putting it down. But I stayed with it and here it is - in all its coffee-stained glory. You may remember an earlier post in which I described a miserable day involving spilled coffee and my little blanket. I decided to finish it and wash it afterward - I'm hoping the stains come out. I think they will. Once it's cleaned up and nice and soft, I'm going to find a good home for it.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Good Morning! It's the Weekend!


Hi, everyone. I've been away from blogging for a while - my apologies. I've been working through some issues since moving from one job site to another. I'm starting to feel better about things, feeling a little more comfortable each day. I work for 2 bosses now, and both say they are glad to have me there. My poor self-esteem at this time keeps me from believing that fully. But I hope to work through that issue as well.

My son, his girlfriend (hereafter referred to as DIL)and my beautiful grandson will be leaving on a cruise vacation tomorrow! They are going to Bermuda. Dear DIL"s family will be sailing as well. I'm not sure how big the group is, but I'm guessing at least 15 people. I hope they have a fantastic time. I wish I could have gone as well - my DH and I were invited. But my heart was set on a special 30th anniversary cruise later this year.

I'm going to be missing them all for the week they will be gone. I hope they send lots and lots of photos!

Last night I had dinner with dear DIL and baby Justin. He was so cute! He put his sunglasses on and ate dinner with them on. Every waitress came by and oohed and aahed at him - he sure is a handsome little man. The kids are lucky - he is a very good little baby and has been from the time he was born. I told DIL that the baby just lights up my heart and he has since the day I first held him in my arms.

My garden has been planted. We put in more potatoes this year, along with two tomato plants, some corn, string beans, peppers and swiss chard. I need to take a walk up to see if there are more potatoes showing yet. I only saw one the other day.

My two SILs are coming down today. I hope to have a nice visit, some lunch and then a chance to stop by to visit the kids one more time before they leave tomorrow.

It's a beautiful day outside, so I think I'll take a walk to the garden. I find my mind turns more and more to wanting to pick up yarn and hook again. I hope that means my recovery is right around the corner.