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  1. Hello ladies. Today the sun is shining and my new stove was delivered. However they broke one of the oven doors. It has been temporarily replaced with a slate colored door, until the new stainless one comes in. So, maybe my new Kindle will show up today too. It was supposed to be my birthday present, but the tracking keeps saying it’s been delayed. It was shipped via UPS and I saw the truck in our neighborhood yesterday, so I know they were out delivering things. just in case it doesn’t come, I thought I’d buy myself a few things, so I did a little online shopping this morning, plus somewhere I saw that Herschners has a huge yarn sale tomorrow. Probably a good thing that I have to work I certainly don’t need yarn! Last night I made Dh a ski mask to wear while shoveling and so forth he said his face got cold right away.
  2. Still in a deep freeze here. More snow falling. Today the Tanger outlet Mall is closed and there is no mail delivery service. However, our son said his 45 mile commute wasn’t the worst he’s seen. We did see the sun for a little while this morning. Still cleaning and purging in the basement. Might even get rid of some yarn!
  3. Dd says she saw a grand total of 3 patients today. Her office will be closed again tomorrow. I’m beginning to think that this would have been a good week to go south! It isstill snowing hard and blowing. Most area freeways are closed due to accidents and slide offs. Ds has about a 40 mile commute and he went to work today. I hope he makes it home safely. The city where he works doesn’t usually get snow like we do, as they are much further from the lake. Oldest Dd said her dh worked from home again today and plans to do that tomorrow too. Back on Dec 18, I ordered a new kitchen stove. It was supposed to come within two weeks. Well, they finally tried to deliver it today, but called and said they couldn’t make it up our driveway after three attempts, so we would have to wait at least a few more days. Well, I would believe that, except that there is no evidence that anyone attempted to enter our driveway. Why couldn’t they just say the roads were too bad to come out here, instead of lying? After all, I wasn’t really expecting them to come out in this weather.
  4. News flash....still snowing here in Michigan. Winter storm watch that started Sunday has been extended to Thursday afternoon....): Dd said 4 of her patients have already cancelled today and so far one was a no show. Sounds like she is having an easy day. Mona, I haven’t actually donated those books yet....but I have boxed them up for donation. Mary, good luck to your Dd with her business. My youngest Dd has a friend who runs something similar with her sisters. They seem to be doing quite well.
  5. Hi ladies. It’s been a very snowy day here. My daughters office ( she’s a nurse practitioner) was closed today, as were all other out patient offices in the system. It’s the same system that I work for, but of course I would have had to go to work. All told we probably got a foot of snow today. Plus it’s bitterly cold. I am off until Thursday. I spent today weeding through books. I got rid of a lot, but there are still a lot left. Dd is going to go through the kids books before I donate those. I kept a shelf full so the grandkids would have some to read when they are here. I even managed to reduce my huge cookbook collection to one 30 inch shelf! On Friday, the day before my birthday, they had put up a big sign at work saying “happy birthday, Cindy”. I never noticed it, and could not figure out why so many people were wishing me a happy birthday. I must have been wearing blinders when I came in. On Saturday, our children and grand children brought breakfast over. Dh took me out for a nice dinner and then we went to dd’s House for birthday cake. Hope everyone one is doing well.
  6. Hi ladies. Thank you for the birthday wishes. I had a great day!
  7. Good morning. It’s been mostly bitterly cold here for the past few days. We have had snow and ice, and then yesterday afternoon it got warm enough for some rain and ice mixed. Glad I got to stay home yesterday. It’s back to bitterly cold again with snow on the way. I have to work tomorrow, hopefully it’s not much snow. I made more premie hats hats this weekend. What a good way to use up yarn leftover from other projects. I ought to be working on UFOs though. Still, I can now say that I have 9 finishes for the year!:) Brenda, I can’t imagine making 100 thread ornaments. Just the thought of it makes my hands hurt! Mary, yes, we got out to dinner on Saturday. Mil is doing okay physically, they are working on allowing her to walk without staff standing by. Mentally, she is failing. She seems more confused every time we see her. Dh and I think that the private room that we are paying extra for is part of the reason. She pretty much refuses to leave it, except for meals, so she is always sitting in there by herself. All that isolation can’t be good for her. Judy, that must be a wonderful scene when there are lots of boats. It looks pretty nice when it’s mostly ice! Mona, my brother in law has MGUS. His vision has really taken a hit, and his numbers are getting worse as well. He had a negative bone marrow biopsy in December though. Fingers crossed for your Dh.
  8. I used this pattern for those hats. The bigger ones have an extra increase round. http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/teresa-hat.html There is a hat sizing guide on this site too, so you could even make up your own pattern. I often do the first two rounds of this pattern and then use a different stitch pattern to finish the hat. http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/size-chart.html#hat I have also used this one: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shell-stitch-preemie-hat-archived and this one: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/preemie-hats
  9. Good morning. Snowing here and very cold. Our snow isn’t supposed to amount to too much, 4 to 6 inches. Around here that isnt enough to affect most peoples plans. ( except mine, if I don’t need to get out in it, I don’t!) We do have plans to have dinner with friends tonight but I won’t have to drive. The snow should be finished by then. Not much going on around here. That virus I had a week or two ago really hit me hard and it’s taken me all this time to get things caught up around the house. Thursday was the first time I went grocery shopping since before Christmas! Luckily I keep a full freezer and pantry. We didn’t go without! Dh picked up fresh fruit and some veggies once as well. On Thursday evening we visited mil and we cleaned up her yarn. She had a lot of project left overs that she wanted to get rid of. I took them home with plans to either discard or donate. I ended up making 6 premie hats out of some of it yesterday. Hope you all have a great weekend.
  10. Last night I cleaned up my mother in law’s yarn collection. I made a few premie hats out of some of her bits and pieces.
  11. Judy, that’s a beautiful afghan. Great choice of colors.
  12. Judy,, the hoodies will be sewn. It’s way faster than crocheting!
  13. I’m back! Hopefully this will be the year that I finish that log cabin afghan. I also got the bright idea of making all 7 of my Grandchildren a zip up hoodie. I even bought the pattern already. I also bought the pattern in both adult men and women sizes. If I finish the grandkids, I want to make them for hubby and my children as well.
  14. Good morning. I’ve been missing, had the worst sinus infection and it took forever to resolve. However, it’s mich better, finally! Judy, Im so sorry that you were so sick and had to be hospitalized. It’s great that you have a doctor you trust, and that cares enough to be thorough. Its been the oddest weather here so far this winter. Hardly any snow and temperatures that are above freezing most of the time. Usually we have had several feet of snow by this time. I’d be surprised if we have had even a foot so far. Currently there is snow on the ground but it’s supposed to be 45 here today, so I think most of it should melt. I have not done any crocheting or any other crafty thing for at least two weeks. Actually, I have done pretty much nothing. I did get all the Christmas stuff put away last night though. Today I hope to catch up on laundry. We had planned to go to DDs for dinner, but something came up for them, so that was cancelled. We are considering driving out to a Lake Michigan later this afternoon and walking the boardwalk. We will eat dinner out there someplace. It’s supposed to get sunny. (Also unusual for winter in Michigan!) Have a great weekend!
  15. Hi ladies. Christmas madness is finally over here, I still don’t feel well. I went to work on Wednesday and that seemed to start it up all over again. I think it’s improving, but very slowly. I haven’t done much of anything to speak of since Wednesday except sleep. Today I have to do laundry though. It’s piling up! Hope everyone else else is well.
  16. I won’t get the log cabin afghan finished for Christmas. I’ve been sick for the past week, and just couldn’t summon up the energy to do anything. I’m working this weekend, so there just isn’t enough time left. Oh well, I bought enough gifts for Dd as it is.....
  17. Hello ladies. I’ve been sick all week, finally feeling a lot better today. Other than a quick run to the grocery store, I am set for Christmas. This is my weekend to work, so it’s pronably a good thing I’m ready. We cleaned out mil’s room at assisted living yesterday. She won’t be able to go back there. She’s a bit sad about that, but she isn’t able to do much for herself anymore. Most of the cleaning involved purging her clothes. I don’t know where she got all those clothes because she has no money and hasn’t been able to shop in at least two years. She went from a 5 foot wide closet and a huge dresser in assisted living to an 18 inch wide closet and five small drawers in the nursing home. I took a huge boxful of spring and summer clothes home and will exchange them for her fall and winter clothes when needed. Despite that, though we had four huge boxes full to donate, plus several giant bags of trash. That did not include her desk drawers, which were so full that we could barely open them. We boxed that all up and my brother in law will sort through the stuff as he has time. Chances are good that it’s mostly trash. Mil saved everything she got her hands on. I must say....I now have the urge to purge! Judy, so sorry about your friends death.
  18. Hi Marlene! Are you still crocheting? I bet Maya and Geremiah are growing up fast!
  19. Hi ladies. Nothing new here. Christmas gifts are being wrapped as they arrive, the tree is up, and I think I have everything under control. Mil is doing somewhat better, especially mentally. I haven’t seen her in a few days, but my sister in law said she phoned her on Sunday. It’s been awhile since she called anyone. We are hoping she is well enough to come for Christmas dinner. Mary, I’m sorry Dh is injured....but it is kind of funny that he exaggerates it if he thinks you are watching! Mona, I thought those princess afghans were adorable. A lot of young girls , (and some Oder ones too) would love those. Brenda, that’s how I buy yarn too, just sort of randomly and rarely with a specific purpose in mind. I was hoping to go to another Christmas concert this weekend, but my family Christmas party was moved from Friday to Saturday, so we will miss it. I guess Dh has humored me enough....although he told me he actually really enjoyed the concert last weekend. I’ll turn him into a Christmas music lover yet!
  20. Hi ladies. Mil was back in the hospital again this week. Currently she is in the nursing home section where her assisted living place is. She is very weak, and although she says she wants to go back to assisted living, she’s not all that motivated to work with the physical therapists. She’s never been very ambitious. Brenda, I think we’ve had a lot of snow already too. Mona, so sorry about the fall. My hand still hurts if I move it wrong and it’s been at least two weeks since I fell in the garage. And poor DH, I just had a colonoscopy in November. The day before is no fun! Mary, I made an afghan using that vintage stripes pattern a year or two ago. I really liked how it worked up. WTG on your Etsy success! Judy...ugh...sewing squares..... However, I’m sure they will look great when you’ve got them together. On Tuesday evening we went to the local Botanical gardens to hear their strolling carolers. They were great, but wow, was it ever busy there. The carolers are going to be there every Tuesday until Christmas. Tomorrow we are going to a Christmas concert. (I love Christmas music, Dh is just humoring me!). I just did most of the rest of my Christmas shopping on Amazon. Plus I wrapped what I have already bought. I think that the only thing I still need to get is a hostess gift for my sister in law. She has a sit down Christmas dinner for our family every year. Typically she has about 60 guests there. ( they have a huge house, her kitchen dining area easily seats 20 or more people, plus another 8 or 10 at the island. Then they have a formal dining room, and she also sets up a table in the family room.). She has enough matching dishes for that many people too. She does it twice every year, once for our family and again for hers. Her side of the family is even bigger. She loves to cook and entertain. We bring appetizers, salads and desserts, but she also makes some of those things. I’m tired just writing about it!
  21. Thanks Mary Jo and Judy. Mary Jo, I think I will sew rows together as I get squares finished. Then it won’t seem quite so overwhelming at the end.
  22. Good morning. Still winter here. freezing rain in the forecast. Luckily I have nowhere to go today. Mil is making slow progress. Still confused but not quite as bad. They finally figured out that she has pneumonia. Hopefully she can go home in a few days. (She lives in assisted living in a nursing home.) I think her confusion will improve faster if she is in a familiar environment. Mona have fun at your retreat. Hope you get a lot accomplished. I’m franticallly trying to finish an afghan that I started years ago, as a Christmas gift or DD2. I don’t know why I always have to wait until the last minute...... I also had big plans to make a quilted denim throw for ds. He wanted one that his dogs wouldn’t destroy. Hope everyone is well!
  23. Hi everyone. I haven’t been around, because I haven’t finished anything except a few charity hats. Well here we are heading into December and guess who decided that a crocheted afghan would be a perfect gift for DD2? That’s right....me....sigh....I don’t know why I do this. I did this last year too. At least I already have several afghans started, (I had 8 blocks out of 25 done on the one I chose to finish), so I’m hoping this is doable. Here is one of the blocks it’s a log cabin afghan, all the blocks are the same I will probably do several at a time, assembly line fashion. Sewing blocks together is not one of my favorite things to do, but I think it will be a great looking afghan. Plus, all yarn is from my stash.
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