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  1. Hi ladies. Hope you are all well. I am still working on my UFOs but no more finishes.


    Judy, those are cute hats. Looks like a good way to use up yarn and give you a sense of accomplishment

    no thread for this girl....although I wish I could crochet with it.  Those little hooks give me terrible hand cramps.

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  2. 7 hours ago, NeutralGround said:

    Good morning everyone!

    New here. I love reading all your posts! This winter is weird here in NH, but since there is only 3 inches of snow on the ground I won't complain! I know that Feb will wallop us. It always does. 

    So a little about me: I work in a hospital lab, sort of in charge of chemistry, though I do have a manager above me. We just got a new instrument for testing auto-immune diseases and such. Today will be testing the tests themselves to see if when I order them in our lab information system (LIS), if the instrument recognizes the test order on the bar code, and then sends the result back to the LIS. 

    My two DDs have another day off of school today. Hopefully they won't kill each other while DH and I are working.

    Welcome. What are you working on?

  3. 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!


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  4. 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.


  5. 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.



  6. 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.

  7. 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.  

  8. On 11/18/2019 at 1:30 PM, NCcountrygal said:
    On 11/17/2019 at 12:28 PM, greyhoundgrandma said:

    Following our desire makes for enjoyable crocheting 😉

    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. On 11/17/2019 at 12:03 PM, NCcountrygal said:

    Goodness are you using any sort of gauge. Bwg How are the stockings coming along?  Cold and windy here Finally found my Amy Gaines Christmas pattern now don’t feel up to starting it at the moment (items like snowman)😊😜

    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.

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  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

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  11. On 11/13/2019 at 1:40 PM, NCcountrygal said:

    Finished son’s c2c. Then started on a simple snowflake pattern Will make a batch of these then stiffen Still yoyoing with feeling better than worse.  Sugar pretty high too. Hope I’m better by Thanksgiving.  Love that fire dept lapghan 



    Those are beautiful projects. I love the colors in the C2C.

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  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.  



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  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 

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  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. 


  15. Hi ladies. Finally feeling better. Of course, once I felt better I decided to craft. I guess the cleaning and laundry will wait for me. 

    For a while, I’ve been thinking that we need new a Christmas stockings, something neutral and all co-ordinating so that it will look like once in my life I had a plan!:). I like the looks of burlap stockings so I put a trip to the fabric store on my to do list. A couple of days ago, I stopped by the nearby thrift store.  They had a couple of yards of what they said was wool tweed, although it looks like burlap.  (It does feel like wool, but I can’t imagine anyone sewing clothes out of it!). It was only $2 so I bought it.  

    Then for my next brainstorm, I decided it would be a good idea to embroider names, using the monogram attachment that came with one of my vintage sewing machines. The attachment works well, but I discovered that I lack the patience to arrange all those letters in a straight line and keep them centered. I will do the first letter by machine and hand embroider the rest.  That will take a lot less time, plus it will be portable.  I have two out of 13 started.  I would at least like to get the ones for the grandkids done this year  


    I have also pulled out several yarn WIPs, a knit scarf, a crocheted hat and an afghan.  At least I have my craft mojo back!



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  16. Hi ladies. It’s definitely fall here. Dreary, rainy and chilly. I have been down for at least a week with an awful cold/sinus infection. It’s finally starting to let up.  At least today I did something besides lay on the couch.  I took a good look at my UfOs and actually frogged a few. I knew that I would never finish them.  I also worked a bit on those two scrap afghans that I have going, plus I crocheted a bit on a hat that I found in the pile.


    Hopefully tomorrow I will feel like doing laundry. I think that “feeling like vacuuming” :) is too much to hope for! But hopefully I will do it anyway!

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  17. Hi ladies. You know for a retired person, I seem to be awfully busy. I’m hoping that nothing much comes up the rest of the week.  I have barely been here for the past three weeks.  My house needs work, and my pantry is looking naked. We won’t even mention my flower gardens.

    Brenda, your new place sounds like a dream.  I know it’s a lot of work, getting moved in and organized but it certainly sounds like it will be worth it.


    Marisa, hope Troy really likes his new job.  Sounds like your nieces and nephews keep you busy!  

    Mona, hope things slow down for you, and I’m glad you got some me time.


    Mary, I’m goofing off this afternoon. I’ve been really tired. I am just too old to be out running around everyday.

  18. Hi ladies. We spent the week camping. Perfect weather, warm in the daytime, cool enough for a fire at night.  I did nothing but read and walk. I managed to read 3 books in 4 days!  Time to get back to regular life now though.


    Judy, that’s a great looking afghan...but ugh, all those ends.....



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  19. 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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  20. 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.)

  21. 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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  22. 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!

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