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  1. Hi ladies. The heat and humidity have temporarily left us and it is absolutely gorgeous outside. I sat outside reading all morning. Then I went to lunch with a bunch of friends. Now I’m working on laundry. I cannot find one of my UFOs. It’s Sophie’s Universe and I can’t figure out where it got too. It’s in a huge bag because there are 7 or 8 skeins of yarn in with it. It’s not like I don’t have plenty of other UFOs......... I am grateful for our neighbors. Actually, we have new neighbors across the street that I haven’t met yet. There were some fireworks here and there but the only really loud ones were the display over the lake, and those were an official celebration. Wow, Judy, you are really churning out those blankets. Very nice!
  2. Hi ladies. Hot and humid here lately. Thankful for air conditioning! However, still working on UFOs. I need to borrow a little of Judy’s ambition. Seems like she finishes a lot of things. Nice blanket by the way. Mary, don’t worry about me. My mammogram is abnormal, and still changing, but the likelihood of malignancy is actually decreasing. I wouldn’t mind so much if I could go to the office in the little town near here, but I have to go to the cancer center downtown for special pictures. I was hoping to not deal with downtown traffic ever again once I retired. The usual summer road construction just adds to the congestion. I also had a bit of a chuckle over the asparagus locked in the oven. Welcome, Shani. Your blankets are lovely. I am a long time critical care nurse, but I retired a few weeks ago. I am Canadian by birth, and I live in Michigan with my husband and Sophie the Brittany. We have three children and seven grandchildren. I am a serial project starter. This wouldn’t be so bad, but I dabble in a lot of crafts and I have UFOs everywhere! Our son son is in Norway on vacation and his two Brittany’s are here. One of them is terrified of fireworks. She’s had a rough couple of evenings and I hear them again now. They don’t bother Sophie at all.
  3. Thanks for posting this. I do better with written patterns too.
  4. Wow, you snooze for a few days, and there are a ton of new posts. Judy, love that blanket pattern. I will have to take a look at that tutorial. I am better with written patterns though. Brenda, how wonderful that everything is falling into place fo your move. All the work and research is paying off. Mona, fingers crossed that dh continues to get good reports. Sorry to hear about the dental issues. I had a mammogram upyesterday, ( my fourth one this year, 😞 , and the technician said she would rather have one of those than go to the dentist, I’m not too crazy about the dentist either. Every time I go, I am reminded of some line in a poem by Ogden Nash: “some tortures are physical, and some are mental, but the one that is both, is dental.” and it ends: “And you totter to your feet and think. Well it’s all over now and afterall it was only this once. And he says come back in three monce. And this, O Fate, is I think the most vicious circle that thou ever sentest, That Man has to go continually to the dentist to keep his teeth in good condition when the chief reason he wants his teeth in good condition is so that he won’t have to go to the dentist.” if you want to read read the whole poem it can be found here: https://m.facebook.com/notes/bds-bachelor-of-dental-surgery/dentists-poem-by-ogden-nash/193146887392780/ I am still plugging away on UFOs.
  5. I found this square in with another project. Not sure where I was going with this. There is a lot of the burgundy yarn left, (although I’m not totally onboard with burgundy), so I think I will just keep going until it’s gone, add a white border and call it done.
  6. Another leftover yarn project. I’m not sure about this one. I’m out of yarn for it as well.
  7. Hi ladies. We are finally enjoying some springlike weather, (although it’s cool for June). I think we are going to go out to Lake Michigan this evening and hike. Dh wants to take sunset pictures so we won’t go until after dinner. I am really enjoying retirement, although it still feels odd, not having to go anywhere first thing in the morning! I overdid things a bit last week, and my back and knees let me know about it. I got a lot of weeding and tiger outside work done though. I have lots more to do, but I am waiting for my new garden kneeler/bench to arrive. That will make things easier in both my knees and my back. Surprisingly, I don’t really miss work, although I do miss my co-workers. I have had lots of time to sew, knit and crochet. Hopefully, I will finish a few UFOs! I’ve also done some deep cleaning that I haven’t gotten to in a long time. Here is one one of my leftover yarn projects. It’s a blanket, straight knitting, I just grab a ball out of the bag and knit until it’s gone. Right now I am out of leftovers for this one.
  8. Hello ladies. First day of retirement. I’m trying to work out a bit of a routine, so that I don’t fritter my days away. I started out bright and early this morning with a visit to the lab for a blood draw. ( those are back already, and all normal). I then spent 30 minutes exercising, 15 minutes weeding, ( all my back could do) and did some laundry. I think the weeding and exercising will become part of my daily routine, unless it’s too hot to weed. It’s chilly here today, so I started soup in the crockpot for dinner. I’m on a mission to use up all the leftovers in the freezer. We used to eat them on days I worked, but we won’t need them for that anymore. That took up my morning. Since lunch I’ve been sitting around, crocheting, knitting and reading and telling myself that I would get back to work after the next row or chapter. So far I haven’t!:) My boss hosted a retirement tea for me on Friday . Many former co-workers as well as some retired ICU doctors came. It was really fun to reminisce with them as well as visit with my current co-workers. I received a lot of gifts which was totally unexpected! Brenda, so glad you got all those issues straightened out. You would think that things could move faster, since it’s all computerized. (No dreams about work yet!) Mary, it’s good to hear that dd’s shop is doing so well. Those kittens are adorable and I bet the boys just love them. iPad is warning me that it’s about to quit...better push submit....
  9. Hi ladies. I too am sorry I’ve been MIA, just had a lot going on, but it will soon be at an end. I resigned from my job, (last day is next Thursday), and I am going to enjoy the life of a retiree. It’s kind of bittersweet. I love a lot of things about my job and I will miss it. However, my back, knees and hips are telling me it’s time to go. I did read through the posts I missed. Brenda, you granny ripples and the stockings are great. It was my plan to make a bunch of stockings for this years drive, but I haven’t got to it. Judy, love your afghan. Mary, ds’s doctor told him that everyone in Michigan is vitamin D deficient. I never had my levels checked, but my doctor told me I should take it, so I do. Luckily it’s not a high dose, so it doesn’t bother me. Hope the lower dose works for you. Oh....the kittens are adorable! I bet the boys are thrilled with them. And congrats to Zach! I have pretty much used up all my “golf balls” of leftover yarn on a knitted afghan. Just a few to go and I can start making more golf balls. Say, maybe I will actually get things finished when I retire!
  10. Good morning. It finally looks like spring here. Leaves are out and the grass needs mowing. I have been so busy running around that I haven’t done any crafting of any sort for quite a while. However, I think that things will slow down a bit soon. One of my co-workers taught another co-worker to crochet, and she turned out a baby blanket in just a few days. She also taught her to knit, and for her first project she is doing socks. She is clearly a lot more ambitious than I am. Wonder if I should warn her about stash acquisition syndrome? She has ordered two of the Attic 24 yarn packs already, and has discovered more yarn shops in the area than I knew existed. Guess it’s too late to warn her! Re-downsizing. I think it’s hard for almost everyone. My parents solved the problem by simply choosing a 3500 square foot condo in a senior complex. (Bigger than their house). My in-laws simply waited until they were too frail to take care of it, and both ended up in a nursing home. (Let the kids do it!). I have never seen more useless stuff in one small 2 bedroom apartment. My mil saved absolutely everything. Even her old worn out underwear got washed, folded and boxed up for storage in the basement. Luckily my fil was not a pack rat, so it could have been worse. Judy, pretty blanket. I always struggle a bit with edges. You sure are busy making things. well, better get going on housework. 😞
  11. Hi Marlene. Glad you made it back safely.
  12. Hi ladies. 75 degrees out there today. Just 7 days ago we had 6 or more inches of snow on the ground! The daffodils are blooming and Dd has 5 baby robins in the wreath by her front door. I guess it’s spring! i has one of those weeks. Every day was filled with obligations. I have the next three days off still and have no plans. I’m looking forward to doing nothing for a day!
  13. Hi ladies. Snowing hard here. There’s at least an inch on the ground. We are supposed to get up to 5 inches, but hopefully it will stop soon. We were supposed to have grandkids over last night, but they are sick so we went out to the lake instead. It was cold out there, but we were bundled up and walked along the boardwalk for a bit. Nice blanket Judy. Mary, so glad the worst of the storm missed you. Mona, continued good thoughts for you and hubby.
  14. What a cute way to announce their marriage!
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