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  1. Hi ladies. After a couple of weeks of downright chilly weather we are back to hot and humid again.  


    It’s been a busy few days here  plus my sister in law’s dad died and that took an afternoon for visiting the funeral home, plus the funeral this morning.  We went to lunch with dh’s sister and her hubby and mil afterwards. The first restaurant we went to had no electricity, so we had to choose someplace else. And traffic was awful for a Wednesday morning.


     Youngest Dd and I are going away this weekend with my sister, sisters in law and nieces to a spa.  It’s about a four to five hour drive each way. Then on Monday we are leaving to go camping for the week.  Luckily Dh doesn’t want to leave until after lunch.  It’s not as rushed as it sounds.  We have an RV and we keep everything we need in there all summer.  We just pack our clothes and some food and we’re good to go.  But now I have a dilemma....should I clean the house tomorrow,more leave it.  It’s not like I’m going to be here to enjoy it for the next week or so.......:)


    So, nothing especially exciting going on here. I’ve been crocheting Barbie doll clothes. Our grand daughter is getting a Barbie for her birthday. Those little clothes don’t take long, but they are hard on the hands. Plus, they need to go on easily since she is just turning 5.  So far I have a jacket and a dress.  Most patterns call for size 10 thread, and I just can’t crochet with that.  Too much old age in my fingers and hands I think. Not to mention the faltering vision.....




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  2. Brenda, I think Dh figured out that it would require more time than he had available. Our local botanical garden has a bonsai show in the summer and has a few on display all year. They are so beautiful.  BTW, my idea of taking it easy doesn’t involve laundry or mowing!


    Back to normal life here today after a really busy weekend.  You know....a little laundry, a little housework, a little weeding.  Next thing I know, it’s dinner time.  Oh well,  I’m retired, whatever I didn’t get to today will be there tomorrow.  


    Marisa, I’m kind of lukewarm about board games too, but We often play games with our grandsons and they like me to join in.  There are a few games that I don’t mind. I’m not really into making puzzles either, but Dh likes them.  I have to say that they are growing on me.


    Dh, ds and dsil took concealed carry classes a few years ago.  I can hit a target, but I’m not at all into guns, so it’s rare that I get talked into going to the shooting range.  (And it’s even on our property.)

  3. Happy Labor Day, ladies. It’s a gorgeous day here, sunny, breezy, and warm.  We went to a huge flea market this morning.  I didn’t buy much, but youngest Dd bought a really cute little table with a couple of matching chairs for her front porch.  I bought a bunch of produce.  It was all super cheap compared to the farmers market or the grocery store.  We had everyone here for lunch, and now Im out on the patio, alternately reading and crocheting.

    Brenda, thanks for sharing the bonsai pictures. Dh was interested in trying that for a while, but he never got started, and now he isn’t so interested anymore.  

    Judy, as usual, your projects are great, and that was certainly a great compliment from your neighbor.

    Diana, I like that c2c.  I’ve never made a doily, the very thought makes my hands hurt.  I have a dresser scarf made by my hubby’s grandma, that is made out of very fine thread  I can’t even begin to imagine how long it took her.  She died when my Dh was a child.  When my mil went to the nursing home, it was destined for the thrift store, if I didn’t take it.


    Collette, sorry to hear about your accident.  I’m glad you’re ok.  Vehicles are replaceable but people aren’t.


    Marisa, hows the deck project coming?  Restraining our deck rails was on my to do list for this summer, but I haven’t even started on it yet.  I think I am going to touch up the trim on the house this year though  I painted it all last spring, so it’s in pretty good shape.  I missed a few spots though!


    Mary, are you ok?  Seems like it’s been awhile..


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  4. Maria, no, we ended up eating inside. We got there at 4:30, (they open at 4), and there was already a 45 minute wait for outdoor seating.  Our 18 month old grand daughter was with us, and we knew the wait would be too much for her.  When we left a little after 6, the wait was 2 hours for outside seating and about an hour and a half for inside seating.  I wouldn’t wait that long, but there were lots f people waiting.  There are plenty of good restaurants nearby, including several other waterfront restaurants.  It’s just that this particular one is less than a mile from our house.


    I spent the morning clearing out stuff from the basement. There’s actually not as much down there as I thought, but it’s really unorganized.  At any rate, I can use the treadmill now if I work up the ambition!

  5. Good morning. Beautiful day here, a bit cool, but clear and sunny.  I have finished my chores and the last load of laundry is in.  I intend to read and crochet the afternoon away, probably out on the patio. 

    Tomorrow is youngest Dd’s Birthday.  We are all going out to dinner at a local lakefront restaurant tonight to celebrate. Hopefully we can get there early enough to eat out on their deck.

  6. Marisa, good to see you again!  Congrats on your marriage.   I have some storage cubes a lot like those you have with the doors. I have them in our master closet for folded clothes.


    I went shopping and out for lunch with oldest Dd and my grand daughters today.  No time for crafting. I did bake banana and pumpkin bread this evening though.  I was going to make cookies, but they are a lot more work.  We are having dh’s siblings and their spouses over tomorrow and I wanted to have some snacks stuff for that.


    Mona, that is crazy hot. It only got up to 75 here today, and right now it’s around 60.  My idea of perfect weather! 

  7. Hi ladies. Wow, take a few days away from here, and it explodes!  I’ve been working outside and cleaning in the basement storage area.  There is so much stuff down there!  Lots of it either belongs to Dh or mil brought it over and it has dh’s name on it.  Our children have all been out of the house for years, but they still have stuff down there as well.  I need that space......for my stuff!


    Really, nothing much going on here. Everyday I knit or crochet or sew a little but I haven’t finished anything.  

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  8. On 8/11/2019 at 4:58 PM, NCcountrygal said:

    Thank you, Cindy.  The one in the background was made in the 70s and gifted to my mom.  She gave it to me a few years ago.  I made a similar one but not as nice as the one by her friend.

    The one my Grandma made was pretty much the same colors as yours.

  9. 15 hours ago, greyhoundgrandma said:

     I have a coke in the freezer getting slushy and cookies in the oven. That ought to cure anything.

    Sounds like that’s exactly what the doctor ordered!


    so here I am.....procrastinating on the housework once again.  It’s another gorgeous day here.  Warm but breezy, low humidity.  I don’t want to stay inside and clean. However, I also want to come home to a clean house after next weeks camping trip.  Guess I should clean the camper a bit as well.  It’s been 2 years since we went camping and Dh has been working in there.  It didn’t look too bad when I checked it out, but I’m sure a bit of elbow grease won’t hurt it.


    We had a lovely evening at the beach. We ran into friends while walking to the lighthouse, and ending up sitting and talking for quite a while.  The sunset over the lake was pretty, but not as spectacular as it often is.  Clouds obscured a lot of it.  There was a huge ship making its way through the channel while we were walking.  It’s only the second time I have seen one going through there and both times were this summer. Dh grew up going there and said he never saw one before this summer either.


    enjoy your weekend.

  10. Hi ladies.  Lovely weather here, warm but with a nice breeze. As soon as Dh gets ready we are going to the beach.  Not to swim, but to sit and people watch and watch the sun set.  Maybe we will watch the musical fountain as well. https://ghfountain.com/   We will pack a picnic supper.  It’s too nice to be inside.  It’s better for my weight loss program too!


    Welcome NCcountrygal.  I always visit Crochetville on my iPad.  The newest version actually looks a little less cluttered to me. I don’t visit every forum by a long shot  sometimes at night in bed, I look at all the pretty projects, but otherwise, I mostly just come here.  I don’t spend much time online in the summer, so I’ve not been very active lately.  That will probably change when I spend more time indoors.


    Its been such nice weather here that I have been outside all week.  My housework has suffered, but Ive been crocheting, gardening and reading.  Next week we are going camping for a few days  hopefully the weather stays like this.


    hope you are all doing well.


  11. So, I am on a mission to cut down my craft supplies stash.  Yarn and fabric are my downfalls, especially yarn.  When I was sorting through the yarn, I came across the square that makes the center of this throw.  I don’t remember why I made it, and of course there wasn’t any matching yarn to be found, so I just grabbed a few skeins of yarn that I hoped wouldn’t clash, and simply crocheted around it in DC.  When I ran out of the colored yarn, I finished it with reverse HDC.  


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  12. Good morning. Not terribly hot here, but quite humid.  Rain is in the forecast and we need it.  Seems kind of bad to say that, since Lake Michigan water levels are dangerously high and there have been quite a few drownings there since the beginning of summer.  


    I finished the small throw finally. Now I am busy knitting the leftovers from that project into my leftovers blanket.  I attached a picture, but I was too lazy to take it upstairs, so it’s draped over my ironing board.


    Mary, I was wondering where you were!  Hope you get to enjoy a quieter week!


    Brenda, I am tired just looking at your plans for the week!  If hubby drives, you will have lots of time to crochet though!




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  13. Hi ladies. Still beautiful weather here, warm, sunny, not humid at all.  I am nearly finished a “leftover yarn” Afghan. It’s a good size for a toddler or a lap blanket. The yarn I pulled out to use in it is nearly gone. A couple more rounds and then the leftovers will go into the scrappy knit blanket.  


    Brenda, I would think the idea of moving is bittersweet.  It’s hard to leave what’s familiar for the unfamiliar  it does sound like things are all falling into place for you.


    iI have a lunch date, so I’d better get moving.


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  14. Hi ladies. The temperatures have been much better here for the last couple of days, high 70s rather than high 90s.


    Nothing much going on here. I’ve been sewing and crocheting off and on, but I haven’t been sleeping well, so I haven’t been overly ambitious. Also...I am sick of my UFOs and I told myself that I have to finish two projects before I can start a new one.  I finally did locate my Sophie’s Universe project though.  It was in with my fabric.


    Hope you are all enjoying your summer.

  15. Hi ladies. It’s been so hot and humid here...just bringing in groceries is enough to work up a sweat. We were without power for a good part of the day due to severe storms.  Supposedly more are on the way.  Hopefully our power stays on!  It went off at around 2 AM, and I couldn’t sleep after that. Not sure why. It was back by noon, so I quickly did laundry, ran the dishwasher and vacuumed....just in case.  Now I am sitting on the porch crocheting.  (Temperature dropped to 70 with this afternoons storms.). 


    Hope you are all all having a good weekend.

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  16. 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!



  17. 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.







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  18. 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:



    I am still plugging away on UFOs.  

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  19. 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.


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