Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What a Great Buy - Again!

Here is a link to a kit (patterns and yarn) for a headband and boot cuffs!  For under $3!  Check it out!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Score! A Great Walmart Find!

I went out yesterday - day after Christmas - to take advantage of half-off Christmas items.  I needed gift bags, having used the last of them this year, and unable to save too many that were recyclable.  My dad was the original recycler, and I remember when we were kids we had to be so careful unwrapping gifts, because Dad even folded up the used wrapping paper and we used it again the next year.  LOL!  You just had to be sure to cross out the previous recipient's name so that the gift went to the right person.

Anyway - the item I scored?  I found solid white foam balls in the clearance aisle.  Similar to these:

The good part is that they already have ornament toppers and ribbon hangers attached.  I use these to crochet puppy and teddy bear ornaments.   The best part is that they were only 24 cents a piece!  I bought nearly a hundred.  Yes, that's a lot of crocheting ahead of me.  I plan to give as Christmas gifts next year.

Here is a photo of one of the ornaments I make:

Project for the new year!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Question for Parents and Grandparents Out There

My son and daughter-in-law recently had a new baby boy.  This makes 2 lovely boys for them.

Both parents are working, although my DIL is currently on maternity leave.  She will be going back to work at the end of  next month.

I am going to be watching the baby 3 days a week in lieu of their having to use a daycare worker, and they will be paying me (less than they would pay a daycare worker for those three days - I insisted on that).  I was curious to see if there are a lot of grandmothers like me who accept payment for watching their grandchildren.  There is a lot of negative feedback toward grandparents who accept payment.

I love my grandsons dearly and often watch them for their mom and dad at no charge when they are running errands, needing time away for dinner or dates, or I just stop by to visit and play with the baby to give mom or dad a break to nap, watch tv or do household things if they want to.  My older grandson loves to spend the night at least once a week.  I don't ask for payment - just the pleasure of his company, playing games and reading books.

I was forced from a well-paying job into early retirement six months ago, and payments by the kids (who offered, by the way - I did not request) will help to supplement my lost income. Had I been able to continue working I would have worked until 65 and been able to collect my full retirement.  From my point of view, I am locking myself into a schedule depending on when the kids need me to be available.   I am also available on those three days to watch both boys when my older grandson doesn't have school, at no extra charge to the kids.  This option is not available through an outside provider - they have to pay per child per day.  If the kids are off from work on one of my scheduled days, I don't ask for payment that day as a daycare provider would.  If you sign up to pay a daycare for 5 days a week, you pay for 5 days a week, whether you're there 5 days a week or not.  I don't have 5 or 6 other children to keep an eye on as well.  My kids don't have to worry that someone else's kid might be mean to their child.  What would I be doing if not watching my grandson(s)?  Crocheting, for one thing.  It's my passion, outside of my family.  That's not possible when all of your attention is on the precious baby in your charge. 

Of course, I spend quality time with my grandchildren.  It's something that I hope they will remember all their lives once I am gone.  But why does the fact that I accept remuneration for that privilege make me a bad grandmother? 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Precious Baby

My new grandson Nathan - wonder what he's dreaming?

His big brother is crazy about him and a big help at home.