Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gratitude

Everywhere I'm seeing how we need to be grateful and thankful.  It's that time of year with the US celebrating Thanksgiving.  I saw an article where some celeb gave away 1000 turkeys for the holiday - my first thought was where was this celeb the rest of the year since poor people need food year round.  This was harsh of me as it is possible the celeb does help out year round but with the holiday it got noticed.

I'm not going to lecture about being grateful etc.  It's everywhere and nothing I have to say will mean much.  I do want to acknowledge though that everyone can get focused on the me-centric aspect of life.  Everyone struggles and sometimes the struggles overwhelm to the point where you forget to see how others are struggling.  All you can see is how hard your own life is.

I'm not a holiday person.  I find most of them annoying and shallow.  The only good thing about them is I usually get a day (or two) off work.  However, I like the idea of a holiday where people are supposed to remember the good things in their lives.

Today is one of my nieces' birthday.  My daughter's birthday is tomorrow.  These events remind me how blessed I am to have these strong and amazing women in my life.  I know they've learned lessons from me but I've also learned from them.  They've helped me be humble, silly, loving, and so much more.

There are struggles in my life, sometimes I feel like life is only a struggle.  However, I know I can rely on those nearest to me to help me see past the struggle of the moment and into the good things.  This is what I'm most grateful for - the people who matter in my life.  You know who you are...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Craft Organizing, Crafting Weekends

With the weekend snowstorm, we've started the winter season.  We got slammed with just under a foot of snow.  I've heard grumblings and complaints but really it will probably all be gone by mid-week.  We were lucky it came on a weekend so for the most part we could curl up inside and not have to go anywhere.

For me, I did a lot of crocheting.  I cleaned and organized some of my craft stuff but mostly I worked on projects.  I can't show many of them because they're presents.  I do have one, which turned out better than I expected.  I've had the supplies to make this for a while but thought it would be tough with attaching it to the hardware and working it to fit but I was wrong.  It was actually a breeze.  It's made with Lion Brand Bon Bon yarn and was simply a matter of sewing it to the closure.  I might have to make more of these.  I might even try to make my own pattern.

I've got a four day weekend coming up and I'm looking forward to spending it crocheting.  I have a large list of small projects I want to work on.  I'll post pictures when I'm done.  However, after this weekend, I have to focus on finishing up the gifts I need to make.  Those pictures won't go on here until after I've handed them out.

Once the presents are done, I've got two larger projects I'm working on that I'd like to complete and get out of my craft basket.  This is of course a prelude to me picking new projects to put in my crochet basket.  I reach a point where I look at a project and say - all right I just want this one done.

I sorted through several baskets of yarn and as I did, I wanted to set aside a number of things and just pull out certain yarn and work with is.  This is my current work in progress.  I came across the yarn and couldn't resist starting a blanket for my daughter.  I made up a pattern which took a bit of trial and error but now I've started, I'm loving it.  I want to go buy up a bunch of this yarn to make a bunch of projects with it.  It works up quickly and is warm and soft.  I'll have to see how things go and hopefully will be able to work with more of this yarn.  I can see in my head all sorts of options and projects.  I love it when a product inspires me.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Crocheting and Charmed

Last night after Ken went to bed, I watched Charmed and crocheted.  I spent the night watching the season with the Avatars.  I've been rewatching this program because it was a good program and I enjoy it.  While I watched, I worked on a wrap for Virginia and a blanket for Stephanie.

The wrap turned out beautifully as you can see.  I spent less than $5 on the materials.  I spent a few hours creating and it is gorgeous.  I hope Virginia likes it.

I'm still working on Stephanie's.  She wants an eight row border which I got through half of last night.  When I'm done on the computer, I'll be working on it this afternoon and evening.  I'm hoping she'll be able to take both with her when she goes home.

This morning I made garbage soup for lunch and I'm hoping I'll have enough left to take for lunches this week.  Ken went grocery shopping so we've been doing this Ibotta app where you can get rebates based on your purchases.  For us it isn't a lot of money but I'll take what I can get.  Ken also saved over $8 in coupons.

Ken's watching football.  I'll be crocheting and watching Charmed.  It isn't an exciting life but I'm not complaining.  It will be peaceful and calm and quiet.



Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Calm Weekend - Hopefully

Stephanie came home on Thursday.  Ken, Stephanie and I went to Paint Nite and had a good time.  It was a long day for all of us but particularly Ken.  Stephanie spent the morning with Ken while I worked.  They came to pick me up and we all went to lunch with Beth.  She and I went to Joann's and did a bit of shopping.
She went to visit friends in Ripon.  Which left Ken and I to our own devices.  We caught up on tv shows and I worked on prepping a bunch of fleece I'd bought.  I have about half of them prepped now.  Last night I started a throw for my oldest daughter which I hope to finish today.  I have a blanket for Stephanie which I want to finish before she goes back to Georgia.

It's the first week of registration where I work.  This means I've been working longer hours and my legs are swollen and sore.  I'll be spending most of today in the recliner and crocheting.  I'm hoping to get a number of projects done.  Work has been incredibly busy and a bit too stressful so this weekend is about being mellow.

With the terror attacks in Paris, I'm hoping Stephanie has no problems flying back on Monday.  Like most of the world, these baffle me.  If you don't want to be alive and feel the need to take your own life, do it but don't hurt or kill others.  It doesn't make sense but then again, I'm not a disenfranchised person involved with a terrorist group.

Since my gout is flaring again, I'm going to spend my weekend being as quiet and calm as possible.  I'm going to enjoy my daughter being home and spending time with her as much as possible.  This means I'm doing things I like to do and trying to shut out the chaos of the world and the frantic pace of my job.

I can only hope some semblance of sanity returns to the world.  My job will be crazy for another couple of weeks before it calms down a bit.  While it is so stressful, I'll be crocheting and relaxing as much as possible.

Monday, November 2, 2015

A Pox on Daylight Savings

I have a friend who has been grumbling about the dark mornings.  I'm going to heartily disagree.  I drove to work this morning and the sun was in my eyes again.

On top of the inconvenience of daylight in the morning again, I was awake at 3:30 this morning.  It's not uncommon for me to have sleeping issues but really I'd only had about four hours of sleep and would have appreciated another couple of hours.

We play with time.  It's ridiculous because time doesn't change it just ticks on - second by second.  It's a matter of what we do with our time.  Are we wasting it or are we making the most of it?

With my six hour limit on sleep - yes I literally wake up after having been asleep for six hours - I have to be careful how early I go to bed.  Too early and I'm up early again like today.

This is one area where I think we need to stop messing about and just let time tick tick tick rather than swapping forward and backward like a very slow drunk.

Unlike my friend, I like the dark of the year.  It's peaceful and comforting.  It wraps you up.  The darkness is soothing.  No need for all that light, all that sunshine annoying you first thing in the morning when no sane person should be up.

However, the sunset tonight was spectacular.  There were all these orange, red, and yellow streaks.  It was gorgeous.  Now if we could have that in the morning, I wouldn't mind so much.  Obviously I'm not a morning person nor do I like the light when I'm grumpy about having to get up.  However, the time is all messed up.  So we have light now in the morning for a short bit before it doesn't matter a bit and it's dark all the time... except a few hours during the cold days of winter.

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