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  1. It’s snowing here, there’s an inch or so on the ground and a winter storm warning for tonight. Luckily, we got our leaves and garage cleaned up yesterday.  Guess who has to work tomorrow?  I hate driving in snow!


    Judy, the baby surprise jacket is knit. That’s why I think it’s such an amazing design.  I don’t understand much about how knitting stitches work so I was doubtful about it turning into anything when I saw how it was turning out.  I. Fact, I considered frogging it.  The only thing that deterred me was all the hours I had already put into it.


    The Hitchhiker scarf is very simple.  Straight knitting with increases at one end and you bind off five stitches every 8th row to get the “teeth”. I have the pattern memorized.  



  2. Hi ladies. Home from vacation. Now I need a rest from vacation!  It was very busy!


    I finished the baby surprise jacket, except that I haven’t sewn it together yet.  I want to show it to my mother in law before I do that.  It really is a marvel of engineering and I am in awe of the designer, Elizabeth Zimmerman.  While we were gone I started another Hitchhiker scarf.  It’s also an easy knit.  I am a super slow knitter, so I often choose a knitting project for vacation because then I only need to bring one or two skeins of yarn at the most.  If I crochet, I can get through a lot of yarn in 12 hours on the car!


    It has been cold and rainy here since we got home.  We had  dinner at church tonight and people were saying that we are supposed to get accumulating snow by the weekend.  Hopefully not....but I guess it’s coming.



  3. Hello ladies. Very definitely fall here!  However, it’s been nice and sunny for the past few days. 


    We are leaving for the Smokies tomorrow bright and early....well early anyway. I’m not sure how bright I will be. Dh is a morning person. He will be ready to get moving at the first sign of dawn.  I  all packed except for a few things that will need to go in at the last minute.  Hoping that the fall color is good down there.  I read that it’s late this year.  


    Hope everyone one is having a great week.



  4. Good morning.  Heavy frost here yesterday, but not today.  It’s been very windy as well. We cleared leaves off the grass last weekend, but it needs it again.  (A drawback of living in the woods.). 


    Our grandsons birthday visit went well. He really enjoyed himself.  He had a soccer game at 6 and we just barely got to the park on time. Traffic was just awful. His mom, DD was late and she said traffic coming from their house was the worst she had ever seen.  They live about 5 minutes away and it took her nearly 40 minutes to get there.  Not many players were there yet though, the traffic seemed to have slowed everyone down.


    I have to work this weekend and then I have the next 19 days off. I’m looking forward to it!

    Joanne, I’m so glad you had a great birthday.  


    Have a a great weekend.

  5. Hello ladies. Definitely fall here. Our temperatures got down to freezing last night.  


    Nothing much going on here. I have the next three days off. I have a dental appointment tomorrow and a grandson coming for his birthday visit on Thursday. We hope to go to a corn maze with him.  


    Have a a great evening. 

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  6. Hi ladies. Cold and very gloomy here with frost in the forecast. Not to mention the drizzle that has been falling all day, making it feel even colder than it is.  At least the dust doesn’t show!


    I have had two overly busy days at work, so I’m beat. I have the weekend off and work again Monday and a Tuesday. However.....it’s less than two weeks before we go on vacation!  I feel like I need to get away, but I think a lot of that is just anticipation.  


    I am working on a lap blanket for charity. It’s part of my effort to use up stash. It calls for bulky weight yarn, and I have a fair bit of that in my stash. 2 of 4 skeins are done.  


    hope you all are having a great evening. 

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  7. Good Monday morning. It’s supposed to be to 80 here today, after yesterday being in the 40’s.  Still raining off and on.  


    Nothing exciting happening here. I am still working on stash busting. I made three chemo hats last week, and now I’m working on a lapghan.  Plus I sorted out my two shelves of pattern books and got that down to less than half a shelf.  I’m not sure what I was thinking when I bought all of those.  I’m much more likely to look online for patterns, and buy a digital one.  Dd met a mom at soccer who loves to knit and crochet, but can not afford to buy yarn unless she finds it at thrift stores or yard sales.  Despite this, she gifted Dd and our oldest grand daughter with scarves that she made for them.  Dd says she is going to gift her with some yarn, so I am going to go through mine and give it to Dd to give to her.  I’m going to give her the pattern books as well.  She can donate what she won’t use.  Now if Dd would just meet a quilter.....l.


    I'm expecting the youngest grand kids and DD pretty soon.   They come over for a few hours nearly every Monday, while the oldest boys take a math and a gym class at a nearby church.  (Our grandkids are homeschooled, but they take a few formal classes as well.)  


    hope everyone one is having a great day!


  8. Hi ladies. Cold and rainy again.  Guess fall is really here!  


    Brenda, sending good thoughts for your sister.


    I made a hat today to donate donate to a cancer charity and in the process I also made a golfballs for my blanket!  (so much for working on WIPs ).   Actually, I can’t find my crochet hooks.  Well, that’s not strictly speaking true.  I found 11 size H hooks and 7 size G hooks, plus a few stragglers. I probably own at least 75 hooks in various styles.  None of the ones I found are my favorite hooks though.  I can’t figure out what happened to them. I have looked everywhere with no luck. Guess I will buy more.  I’m sure the old ones will turn up then.  


    Dd has invited us over for pizza tonight, so I have brownies in the oven to take over.  She is making apple crisp, but the grandkids don’t care for it.  


    Here is the hat.  (my photography skills suck!)





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  9. Hello ladies. I’m done with work for the week.  I even went grocery shopping on my way home, just so I could stay home tomorrow.


    Mary, sounds like an emotionally trying several weeks for you. I’m glad Dd was able to drive to this last funeral.  I hate traffic and avoid it if I can.  Unfortunately, it’s pretty much unavoidable here.  Grand Rapids is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and it’s infrastructure isn’t keeping up with its growth.  My twelve mile commute can take over an hour in the afternoon.  It used to take 20 minutes.


    Colette, good luck with the craft show.  It always looks like knitters and crocheters do pretty well at the craft shows here.  (I don’t sell, but I buy!). One of DD’s friends sells stuff she sees and she does very well.  


    I need to dig dig out a WIP to work on. I have to “make” some more little yarn balls for my knit blanket! :)

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  10. Hi ladies. Hope you are all doing well.  I have over scheduled myself again and it seems all I do is run from commitment to commitment.  It seems I never learn!  I think it will settle down after next week.   Meanwhile, I am just about keeping on top of laundry and the bare minimum of housework.   


    I have managed to use up all my all my “golf balls” on that blanket I am knitting. It’s only about a foot long. I will have to make a few things so that I have more leftover yarn, I guess.  Actually there is probably lots more in the bags and boxes in my sewing room.  


    Nothing much to report here.  My shingles vaccine symptoms took nearly a week to settle down.  I hear that those things were nothing compared to shingles though.  

  11. 2 hours ago, Avon Lady said:

    Be VERY careful getting out--spray yourself for skeeters!!!  i just saw a warning yesterday on T.V. that said they've had several cases of West Nile Fever this summer in our area--stretching all the way down Indiana from Michigan--so you're probably in that area too!!

    Thanks.  Last year a guy from our church had a really bad case if it, and so did a former co-worker.  West Nile is no joke.  I have been staying inside. Usually mosquitoes don’t care much for me but this bunch does.  


    I got the second shingles vaccine yesterday and I have nearly every side effect listed.  Sigh. The first one wasn’t near as bad.  Every part of me aches, my arm is red and swollen, it hurts to walk and all I want to do is sleep.   However, the pain actually keeps me awake.   This has not been a very productive day.  Still, it’s better than getting shingles!


    I am scheduled to work tomorrow, but if this keeps up I will be staying home.

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  12. Good morning.  It’s starting to look like fall here.  I noticed yesterday that the leaves are starting to turn. However it’s been extremely hot and the mosquitos are the worst that they have been all summer. We can’t be outside for more than a few minutes at a time.


    Mary, yes, we will be going to the mountains at the end of October.  We are looking forward to it.


    Nothing much to report on the crafting front, just working on WIPs, but nothing close to finished.  


    Hope you all all have a great day.

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  13. Hi ladies.  It’s been so busy around here lately.  Dr appointments for routine stuff mostly.  Also very busy at work.  Plus, I am trying to deep clean the whole house.  And... a lot of extra educational stuff at work eating up my time.  We are going on vacation in 5 weeks.  I am so ready!  I keep telling myself to quit volunteering for so many things.  One of these days I might even listen to myself!:)


    Happy anniversary Brenda. Hope your recovery continues to go well.  It will be 39 years for us in October.  The years have certainly gone by quickly!


    Judy those colors in that blanket are wonderful!



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  14. Good morning. After a few very hot and humid days, we are enjoying a nice cool day. It’s gloomyand threatening rain.  We have had a fair bit of rain over the past couple of weeks after no rain to speak of for a couple of months.


    Brenda, hope things are going well.


    Mona, safe travels.  I hate driving in rain, (although it’s ok being a passenger, unless the visibility is pretty much zero, then I am an annoying passenger!)


    Brenda and Mary, I have heard of Sprouts but I haven’t ever even seen one.  I’m not crazy about grocery shopping, so I don’t generally go to more than one store.  It’s usually ALDI or the independent grocery store that is less than a mile away.  About once a month I make a special trip to Meijers for things that I can’t get at either of the other stores.


    Here is my ugly knitted throw that I am making to use up my yarn bits and pieces.  Lots of scraps left to go still.  Dd commented that it would have worked well as a scarf.  It’s about 9 inches long and close to 48 inches wide. It won’t be done for a long time, since I knit so slowly, but it’s mindless and easy.


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  15. Good morning. The day started out gloomy and rainy here, so we cancelled our plans to go to a flea market.  Of course...now the sun is shining brightly.  It’s very humid though, we probably would have given up walking around there within an hour.  Anyhow, that means no plans for today.  However, dh got up at the butt crack of dawn and got in the shower. I assumed that that meant that he wanted to go, despite the weather, so I got up too.  I’m already thinking about a nap!


    Brenda, we remodeled our kitchen 3 years ago.  I still can’t find some stuff!  My dh is very good at reheating leftovers and grilling. He actually likes to cook, but he isn’t always very good at following directions.  Plus, he could never cook more than one thing at a time.  Whenever I make a meal that freezes well, I make double and freeze the leftovers. That way, we have easy meals on the days I work.  

    Joanne, have fun with your brother and sister in law.  


    Enjoy the day, ladies.

  16. Good morning.  Rainy day here.


    Joanne, so glad to see you check in.  Such a difficult time for you. Hugs.  Enjoy those grandsons!


    Brenda, hope the cataract surgery goes well.


    Last Monday morning, a good friend died, somewhat unexpectedly.  She had been seriously ill, but she was improving.  The funeral was Saturday.  There were so many people there that they had to open another section of the chapel, and even then, they put out more chairs and some people were still standing.  It was an indication of the kind of person she was.


    I’ve been running around every day for a week and a half, mostly stuff to do with work, but also a few dr appointments.  I taught a class yesterday, and have to go to one today.  Then I plan to grocery shop.  Tomorrow I am staying home all day!  My house is a mess, my laundry is behind.....  and I am so tired.  I’m one of those people that need some downtime here and there.


    well, I’d better go get ready to leave the house, I want to pick up prescriptions before I go to work.

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  17. On 8/24/2018 at 10:12 AM, bgs said:

    We have a had a week of off and on rain and cooler temps.  One day with the north wind blowing I almost felt a chill in the air.  Now its supposed to get hot again with heat indexes in the hundreds.  Dh is going to have to mow as things are starting to green up a bit but we havent mowed since June 3.

    Its been an emotional week as today is dh's last day.  After 30-+ years he went in this morning to turn in his id badge and parking disk say some more goodbyes and then be escorted from the building by his manager.  Its been bringing up the feelings I had when I left after working at the hospital for 20 years and some of the people I had worked with at another hospital for 5 years.  I have said quitting my job was one of the scariest things I ever did and at the moment dh retiring is ranking right up there.  

    This past week or so I have been working on mindless potholders just to calm my nerves and avoid bouts of severe anxiety and panic.   So far I have 25.  Dont know where they will all go but I have never had a problem finding them homes.  

    Dh will be home in a bit and take me to run some errands as he banned me from driving until we get my eyes fixed in the upcoming weeks.

    Hope you all have a great weekend.  We will spend tomorrow with my sis and niece and are going out for my nieces birthday.


    Retirement is a huge life change for sure.  Do wants me to retire, but I’m not quite ready. My target is next summer, but we will see.  DH has no plans to retire for a few years yet, unless something forces him to.

  18. On 8/25/2018 at 11:56 AM, Skysmom said:

    Good Morning. :)

    Mona ~ I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!  There are some days/weeks I'd just like to forget. Lol 

    Brenda ~ You have so much to deal with right now...sending lots of hugs to you. :hug   You will feel so much better after your cataract surgery, though!  Do you have a date for the surgery? 

    Luke (8 year old grandson) called me yesterday and he was very excited because he's getting glasses. DD was worried that he would throw a fit, but he thinks it's very cool. :lol

    Time to finish up the laundry and chores so I can crochet this afternoon!



    I was excited to get glasses too....of course I changed my mind a few years later! :)

  19. 1 hour ago, judianne said:

    Hi, my friends...

    we had to say goodbye to our Sparkie one week ago today and he took a piece of my heart with him...he was my boy, and so very attached to me.  I was able to have the vet to the house and was able to be calm and peaceful as I stayed with him till the end. He was 12 year and 8 months old, and is very much missed.


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    Oh Judy, Im so very sorry. I know how much Sparkie was loved by his people.  Is Lucy doing ok?

  20. Good morning. We came home Saturday, and today it’s back to normal life.  I was ready for my own bed, but I wouldn’t have minded staying away a little longer!


    I need to grocery shop today.  We have lots of meat and veggies in the freezer but no bread or fresh produce.  We managed yesterday, but sh will want bread for lunch.  I suppose I could bake some, but I don’t feel that ambitious today.  


    I’m still working on using up stash yarn. Current project is a chemo hat.  It’s just about finished.  I’m using this pattern:



    The stitch pattern is really nice and the hat looks good.  I don’t have enough yarn to make the turned up piecewith the button.  I haven’t decided yet if I will do the bottom edge and that part in a contrasting color or if I will just finish it off as a regular hat.  

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  21. On 8/7/2018 at 9:07 PM, Skysmom said:

    Thank you, Cindy! ♥

    Have a wonderful mini vacation!  Are you taking the camper?

    No, hotels. Hubby didn’t want to bother with the camper, although the UP is a great place to camp. Our view at the moment


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  22. Mona, that’s a beautiful blanket.  Brenda, your fingers have been busy, busy, busy!  Thanks Mary, I plan to give the vinegar treatment a try.


    Nothing much to report here.  Heat and humidity are back, but I guess I can’t complain.  We haven’t needed our A/C in at least a week.  


    We went out out for dinner yesterday to a lakeside restaurant. It’s about 2 minutes from our house but we never go there.  Generally we drive into Grand Rapids which is in the opposite direction. However, traffic in the city is generally horrendous and it’s worse than usual on Friday evenings, so I suggested this place.  We had an excellent dinner on the lakeside deck and we will go back there again.  


    I made another potholder, bigger than the other two, and used up another ball and a half of cotton.  Now Im making a chemo hat that I will donate.  I have a bunch made already, but I want to fill the box before I mail it in.


    We have a wedding to attend this afternoon.  Hopefully we won’t get home too late.


    Enjoy the day....

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