Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sittin' and Knittin' Mittens

One of the mittens I've been knitting this past week. It looks gigantic.

But when you throw it in the washing machine? It felts to just the right size. Not too big, not too small. Just right, Goldilocks.

 Felting is magical.
These are super thick and warm mittens.  They are going to keep my hands very toasty during the cold winter.

I'm really enjoying knitting these - they are portable and quick to knit.

K and I traveled hither and yon to a knitting shop to get some more wool.  Now I have lots of lovely colors and lots of pretty combinations to make.

If you'd like the pattern, click here.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Think, Think, Think

A vignette from the front porch.

It has been a wee bit busy around here and I have not had time to get the camera out. It's too dark by the time I get home and honestly, it has been too cold. 

I worked extra hours last week. A team of four of us went to a three day training seminar on a new way of thinking.

Whatever that means.

I hope it works. Sometimes my thinking needs a boost.

I was very tired after working all those hours and doing all that new thinking. It was all I could do to come home, collapse into a chair, and knit a little while to relax. I finished a pair of mittens and I love, love, love them. They are felted mittens and are super thick and oh-so-warm. I'll show you pics next time.

I think you'll love them too.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Crazy Cold

Can you see the temperature on that thermometer? It is crazy cold. I was shooting through two panes of glass with a zoom lens. That explains the muddled photo.

I was NOT opening the door to get the shot. That would be crazy.

Seems to be the theme for the day. Crazy.
I had to run a few errands yesterday. It was crazy out there. I made a stop at a local building store and ran into several strange situations. The first was I was backing out of a parking spot. I was about a third of the way out of the spot when a mother and small child literally stepped right in back of my vehicle. I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting them. I don't think the mom saw me moving at all.  She certainly didn't seem like she was paying attention to her surroundings. I know they weren't there when I started moving because I looked both directions a couple times. I'm super paranoid about backing up so I look multiple times each time I have to do it.

After they went past me, I successfully got out of the spot and headed for the exit from the parking lot. Four people, two men and two women, were walking in the middle of the road. Looking up at the sky, at the big sign, at anything other than the road. The middle of the road. Where they were walking. They looked like zombies, wandering around, unaware of their surroundings.

It made me think of flies in the fall. When colder weather starts to set in, flies get very slow and sluggish. They get stupefied. You can catch them with your hands they are so slow. And they walk around, not even bothering to fly.

That's what these people reminded me of and I had an epiphany. They were stupefied by the cold. Just like the flies.
Once I got past those four, I decided to go to the car wash and clean the car. It was filthy from all the road grime from the past few storms. When I got to car wash, I was the fourth car in line. There was a car in the wash bay, the four of us waiting, and people coming in behind me. 

We waited and waited and waited. And waited some more. It took forever for the wash cycle to end and the car to drive out. The next car went in. It was a large SUV. It pulled in and I could see the green "pull forward" arrow blinking so I knew the SUV wasn't properly situated on the tire track.

I don't think the SUV knew it. It just sat there for a while. Eventually the driver realized they were going to have to move the vehicle.

Back up. Move forward, turning the wheel a little bit. Back up. Move forward, turning the wheel a little bit more. This happened about a dozen times. And the little green arrow just kept blinking.

It took about ten minutes before the SUV was properly situated on the track and the door to the wash bay closed. The wash took a very long time. A very long time. So long that I started wondering exactly what was going on in that wash bay.

The door started shaking. I've been through this car wash before and the door doesn't shake. Something was definitely going on in there. The fellow in front of me got out of his truck and took a look at the wash bay door. He stood there for a little while and then got back in his vehicle. The woman who was next in line for a wash got out of her car and went back to talk to the fellow in front of me. They spoke for a few minutes and then looked in my direction. He nodded at something she said and then she came to talk to me.

"The SUV is stuck in there," she said. "They're crashing into things trying to get loose. I want to back up and leave," she added. 

"Okay, I'll back up as soon as the car behind me backs up," I told her. She took off to talk to the woman behind me. She had to make this speech several times because we had a line of seven cars waiting for this wash bay. It took a little maneuvering but I finally got myself out of line and drove off. No car wash for me.

Side note - When I went by the car wash today the bay door was still closed. Yikes. I wonder if they're still in there?

I was very happy to get home and away from all the cold craziness.
I've been making homemade hot cocoa the past few weekends. We had some New Year's Eve because it was crazy cold that night and my father and uncle wanted hot cocoa when we got back from dinner. I'm not a big fan of the packaged cocoa so I thought I'd try my hand at making my own.

I started out with milk and hot fudge sauce. That was okay, but as my niece said, "It tastes like chocolate milk."

Can't have that, can we?

So she looked at a few recipes and we tried one. It was pretty tasty. Everyone seemed to like it.

We had some friends over last night and I tried it again. But I couldn't find the recipe. I found one similar and modified it a bit.

Homemade Hot Cocoa

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
Dash salt
1/3 cup boiling water
4 cups of milk
1 cup of half and half
Miniature marshmallows or whipped cream for topping

In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt. Add boiling water and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and half and half and bring to serving temperature. Do not boil. Remove from heat and enjoy!

*I find this to be a pretty sweet cocoa mix. I think I'm going to try cutting the sugar next time. Or I may add more milk/half and half.

Stay warm and stay safe. It's crazy out there.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Snow Day

Today was a snowy, blowy, stay-inside-and-knit-with-a-cup-of-hot-coffee-beside-you kind of day.

The wind was whipping the snow horizontal with the ground. Drifts collected on the porch, beside the barn, on the steps, near the vehicles and against the sides of the house. We did not see many cars go by, only snow plows. It looked a bit treacherous out there.

I snuggled up in my cozy cardigan and picked up my knitting. I binge watched a new show and kept my coffee cup filled with hot coffee. And I did not have to shovel.

A perfect snow day.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Honey Badger Don't Care

J and honey badger.

Honey badger don't care.

Honey badger is a standing joke in our family. J watches lots of animal documentaries and one of his favorites is about the honey badger. In case you don't know much about them, they are ferocious and will take on all comers. They've intimidated full grown lions and chased them away. They don't care how big a predator is, they'll take it on. They're kind of frightening. I'm glad they only live in Africa.

This is a short video about honey badgers. They are crazy.

As soon as Dan found a stuffed honey badger he had to get it for J for Christmas. Biggest smile of the day when he opened that package.

Found some red flameless candles for my table centerpiece.

You can never have enough candles.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Merry Christmas, Brady!

The Man made a dog dish in the shape of a bone for K.

Well, it's not for her. It's for Brady. But you would think it was for her judging by how excited she was to get this gift. 

The Man had been fussing about making it in the shape of a bone. He wanted to make a rectangle. But K really wanted a bone shape.

I had to remind him that if he was going to make her a gift, it should be a gift she wanted. Not a gift he wanted.

That must have made sense to him because he found a way to make a bone shape.
Brady seemed to like it.

Of course, it had food in it. That may have helped.
I have a Peanuts ornament with Linus on a stage telling Charlie Brown about the real meaning of Christmas. I pressed the button on the ornament as I walked by and as soon as Linus started talking, Brady stood in front of the tree and just listened.

He stayed and listened for the whole message. Amazing.

"And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" Revelation 5:13

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve

All the girls.

So much love in this photo.
Yummy cookie tray that my sister and niece put together.
Cousin love.

I love this photo.

And Lucy's face as she looks straight into the lens. She's a good girl.
My sissies and I.

We were very color coordinated tonight.

Just a few photos from Christmas Eve. And a few tears for those that aren't here.