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  1. Here is the completed baby surprise sweater.
  2. Hi ladies. cold here and lots of snow on the ground. The grandkids came by this afternoon to go sledding. I actually finished one of my UFOs! It’s a knit baby surprise sweater. It just needed to have the sleeves sewn together, a single crochet row around the neck and 5 buttons sewn on. (I will get a picture in daylight, hopefully tomorrow.) I probably won’t ever make another one. It took me forever! I also finished one of my mother in laws projects, but it was just a dishcloth. I have put all my WIPs on a shelf and. I plan to work on them and get at least some of them finished. I’m embarrassed to say that even after frogging some and throwing away a few, there are still at least 15, mostly crochet, but a couple of knit projects as well. Plus, it is quite likely that more will surface...... Things seem to be settling down for a bit here. Dd is pretty much settled into her new house and although she still technically has possession of her condo, she gave the keys to the buyer on Saturday. BIL was hospitalized for chemo again last week, but was discharged yesterday and may be in remission. He is still debating the pros and cons of a stem cell transplant. Who knows....I might even find time to grocery shop this week!
  3. Hi ladies. Sorry to be missing. My mother in law passed away on Thursday ( funeral was yesterday) and my bachelor brother in law, who is newly diagnosed with leukemia, just started going through the work up process for a stem cell transplant. This will require a huge time commitment from the entire family. I’m not sure that I’m up for it, but it is what it is. Just for starters we need to go through at least six hours of various appointments. Hopefully one of his brothers will be a match, which again, will require many hours, not to mention a lot of discomfort. He will require 24/7 supervision for at least 4 weeks after discharge. Those people will need to learn how to change the dressing on his central line, and a whole host of other things. I obviously know most of these things, (all the nurses in the ICU that I worked in were stem cell transplant certified), but I am not going to volunteer to be the primary care giver. I just don’t have the energy for it at the moment. He has four siblings but I’m pretty certain that the responsibility will fall on my hubby and his next younger brother. Hubby’s sister has already said that she isn’t helping and his oldest brother will be willing to help, but he is not in the best of shape himself.
  4. Hi ladies. I have the day all to myself! Dh is painting at Dds new house. He says he is staying until the main floor is finished. I’m going to read, sew and crochet all day. I took some spaghetti sauce from the freezer just in case he is home by dinner time. He told me to go shopping, but I would much rather just relax at home! All our children and grandchildren were here for dinner yesterday. On Friday they will all be here again to open gifts. Dd like the kids to have their gifts spread out a bit so they aren’t overwhelmed. We haven’t done anymore on my brother in laws house. He will be back in the hospital for more chemo when his blood counts come up. Maybe then..... Brenda, I’m sorry the move has been difficult for your hubby. I always find change hard too, and it takes me awhile to adjust. Hopefully he will come to love it! Marlene, lots going on with you. Hope you enjoy your time in a Texas. And yes, I retired in June. I just decided that I didn’t want to work that hard anymore. My hubby had been after me to retire for a few years already. Really, the only downside is that I have to buy health insurance.
  5. Hi ladies. Busy, busy, busy is how it goes around here. Between Christmas, mil and bil, there’s always something or someone who needs something. But I do finally feel better. We spent all day today cleaning at bill’s house. It’s so dirty, cluttered, etc. He will be immunosuppressed when he gets to come home from the hospital and he can’t go home in his homes current state. It will probably mean weeks of work in our spare time. In happier news, I got the Christmas decorations up, including the tree. Anything that doesn’t get used this year is going to be donated. Christmas shopping is done, except for my son in law. I delegated that to Dh. About half the wrapping is done as well. Hope you are all doing well.
  6. Hi ladies. Hope you all enjoyed your thanksgiving day. We had a good day, but it was somewhat overshadowed by dh’s youngest brother being diagnosed with leukemia on Wednesday. Chemo started today. Dh has gone to visit him, and it sounds like treatment is off to a somewhat rocky start, emotionally speaking. (Bil has severe psych and anxiety issues). He copes well when things are normal but the unexpected throws him for a loop. I am having issues with intermittent dizziness. I suspect I picked up a virus, and this is a lingering effect. I was sick for a couple of days last week, but other than the dizziness, I feel fine now. I had this once before after a virus. It lasted a couple of weeks. Nevertheless, I still managed to finish 5 stockings and get the house vacuumed today. Mary, sorry you have had to add yet another doctor to the list. Sounds like seeing a neurologist is a good plan for your Dh.
  7. Here is a finished stocking. None of the rest are finished but all of them are partly assembled.
  8. Yeah, this is what gets me into trouble.....I desire to start a new project every few days. Luckily I resist most of the time, but I still have at least 20 WIPs.
  9. Well, to be honest, The pattern is super simple and didn’t have a gauge. It’s just a rectangle, and I assumed that the starting chain would be too short, so I increased it. Then I didn’t like how firm the fabric was. I ended up finally following the pattern, but with a K hook, rather than an I. I have about 20 inches done and it’s about 46 inches wide, so I’m making progress. Stockings are nearly to the sew together stage. Two more names to hand embroider. Once I finish the afghan, I may make stockings for the adults too. I will have to see if I can find some burlap that is similar to the thrift store fond, as I am getting to the end of that.
  10. Hi ladies. well, I have restarted DDs afghan three times now. My first attempt would have been over 7 feet wide. My second attempt was way too stiff. I think it might be a case of third time lucky, but I put it down to work on stockings. otherwise, nothing much happening here v
  11. Those are beautiful projects. I love the colors in the C2C.
  12. Hi ladies, I know I’ve been sort of AWOL. We went on vacation and when we got back, I decided to really knuckle down and get to some neglected chores. I’ve been busily cleaning drawers and cabinets. My goodwill pile has become a mountain and there’s more to go. I figure if my kids still have stuff here, they don’t need it anymore. The youngest one has been out on her own for 7 or 8 years already. It has snowed all day here, and I must say that not having to go out in it was wonderful! I heard the roads were really bad. Ds said he was 30 minutes late for work. He has a pretty long commute though. i started an afghan for youngest DD. If Judy can make a graph-ghan in a month, I ought to be able to make a simple one row repeat blanket before Christmas! (I hope....). Of course I have those stockings sitting on my craft table too......but they are more than half finished if I only make them for the grandkids. I have made afghans for Ds, oldest Dd and DSIL so I think it’s time youngest Dd got one too. I know she will appreciate it. Maybe I will finish one of UFO afghans for Dh. I have one that only needs a few more squares, but it’s not really DD’s style. Dh has been hinting that he needs one. .
  13. Hi ladies. Coming to you from the beautiful Smoky Mountains. It is gorgeous weather, sunny and in the mid 70s. Yesterday was lovely here in the valley but apparently there were high winds in the mountains that caused road closures due to downed trees, electrical outages and a campground evacuation. Things seem back to normal today. We were in the park but we didn’t notice anything going on. We heard it later on the news
  14. Hello ladies. Beautiful fall weather here today, although it was pretty rainy and stormy Monday and Tuesday. The beaches and dunes along Lake Michigan have been really affected by the storms. In some cases more than 30 feet of dunes have been washed away, leaving some lakefront homes vulnerable to damage and destruction. And of course, those property owners aren’t allowed to do anything to avoid further damage. It seems you need the governments permission for that....and that takes six months or longer. I understand the necessity of oversight by authority, but I do feel sorry for those homeowners. Some will lose their homes if any more storms assault the shoreline. I saw one picture where the deck had broken off the house and the area under the house foundation was visible. Thanks Judy and Mona. The stockings are fun to work on. I have a third in progress. Grandson #3 is nicknamed frog for reasons which escape me at the moment, so I am trying to create a frog in a Santa hat. I found a few patterns and sort of mashed them together. I’m not quite getting the festive look that I’m going for, but I think I will just go with it. We leave tomorrow for a week and a half in the Smokies. I am packed but Dh hasn’t started yet. It always takes him a long time to pack. He brings a lot more than I do! We will have a washer and dryer in the condo we rented, so I figure I can always do laundry. I even have laundry caught up and the house clean. Just a little vacuuming left to do.
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