Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Musings

Here we are at the start of another week. This has been a bit of a rough one around here so this is what I am thinking about.

1) The pinky finger of my right hand is bothering me. It almost feels like I pulled something but I am not sure how that would have happened.

2) We had an issue at school last week. Clark took something from another boy, pushed him when the other boy confronted him and then lied to his teacher about it.

3) It actually snowed yesterday. It did not stick but still snow on May 15th is ridiculous.

4) I am really in need of a vacation but I am not sure it is in the cards this year.

Here are the pictures for the week.

My Mothers Day cast on

Happy Mothers Day from little man and I

Two more ornaments for the tree

The look I gave my hubby when he asked me if I had any yarn

My handsome guys at Lunch With a Loved One

Enjoying a bomb pop at the school open house

This will be great blackmail material in a few years

Joy is having the playground to yourself

The beginning of a baby blanket design

Star Wars bag from The Turbo Knitter

Monday, May 09, 2016

Monday Musings

Here we are in May which hardly seems possible. Here is what I am thinking about this week.

1) I hit a car in the parking lot at work last week. Nothing makes you feel stupider than hitting something that is not moving.

2) My reading mojo has seriously decreased. I have been reading my current book for 10 days and am only halfway through.

3) However my knitting mojo is in full effect and I have knit quite a bit the past couple of weeks.

4) The guys went out of town over the weekend so my Mothers Day gift was a weekend to myself.

5) I am not sleeping well and this is really starting to get on my nerves.

Here are some pictures for you.

Preemie hat #9 complete

 Paved boot topper #1

Pretty flowers on our walk

Taking a walk before the rain came

Dalek dishcloth for hubby's Doctor Who blanket

Star ornaments for my tree

Pretending to be a dog

Christmas bell ornaments

Terzetto hat for charity

Preemie hat #10

I love that he loves to read

Dressed up for the Mothers Day concert at school

Trying to determine how to big to make my market bag

Another square for the Doctor Who blanket

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Books Read: April 2016

April was another good reading month for me. I finished 4 books for the month but that still leaves me 4 books behind on the pace for my 52 in 52 challenge. For the month I finished the following.

1) On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah - this was not one of my favorite books by the author. It was a bit to melodramatic for me and the main character bothered me.

2) Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel  by Debbie Macomber - another enjoyable book in the series. While it is becoming somewhat predictable I am still enjoying the books.

3) An Unexpected Guest by Anna Korkeakivi - this book was unexpected to use the title. I kept waiting for something to happen but it never really came to fruition. It was not bad just a bit boring.

4) Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice by Maureen McCormick - I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting look at how the public looks at a celebrity and sees their famous character but there is so much more behind them. She did not seem to hold back all the ugly parts of her past which was nice to see.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Ten on Tuesday: The Home Cookin' Edition

The topic for this week is 10 Favorite Foods Your Mom Used To Make. Oh my mom was such a good cook and I miss so many things she made. Even though I have many of her recipes they just don’t taste the same. 

1) Tuna salad – hers was the only tuna I would ever eat
2) Chicken Ranch pasta salad
3) Her homemade pizza
4) Chicken and stuffing casserole
5) Lasagna
6) Pannu kakku (Finnish pancakes)
7) Her appetizers (bacon, mayo, parmesan cheese and green onions spread on party rye bread and broiled for a minute)
8) Nut bread
9) My birthday cake (chocolate cake with chocolate frosting)
10) Potato salad
Bonus entry: Better Than Whatchamacallit Cake. The story behind this is that the original name of the recipe was Better Than Sex Cake. My grandpa hated the name so we called it Better Than Whatchamacallit Cake instead.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 Goal Check In

Since we are now a quarter of the way through the year I have decided to do a check in on where I am on my 2016 goals.

1) Learn to crochet – have not attempted yet
2) Learn color work – have not attempted but I do have yarn and a pattern to do so
3) Learn to sew – I am looking to buy a sewing machine soon
4) Finish our blanket – still need to block, sew together and add border (I want to complete for Stash Dash)
5) Make Clark's 5 year blanket – have not started
6) Learn to cross stitch – have not attempted
7) Knit every day – I am doing pretty well with this one
8) Knit 24 ornaments for our tree – I have made 5 so far
9) Knit 52 preemie hats – I have made 9 so far
10) Hat for Clark - done
11) Doctor Who blanket for Jerry – working on this project now

1) Lose 1lb per week – some weeks yes some weeks not so much
2) Work out 3 times per week - nope
3) Cut out sugar – big no on this one
4) Go to knitting at least 2 times per month – so far so good
5) Read 52 books – I have read 12 books so far so according to Goodreads I am currently 4 books behind schedule
6)Write in a private journal daily – doing ok on this one
7)Study a language on Duolingo – have not started yet
8) Post a picture to Instagram daily – again doing pretty well on this one

1) Save $20 per month - nope
2) Less unnecessary spending - nope
3) Start savings account for Clark – not yet
4) Allowance for Clark - nope

1) Special event once per month – so far so good
2) More educational activities with Clark – working on this one
3) Restart Clark's chore chart - nope
4) Eat dinner together 3 times per week – we do this most weeks

1) 15 minutes decluttering per week - nope
2) Deep clean one area per week - nope

1) Open Etsy shop by end of 2nd quarter – working on it
2) Work on knitting designs – have my shawl and baby blanket I am working on
3) Blog 3 times per week – this one is hit or miss
4) Buy domain name - nope
5) Podcast every two weeks – so far so good with this one

1) Be kinder to myself – trying hard on this one
2) Realize I cannot do everything – again trying hard
3) Don't be afraid to do new things – see above
4) Remember that I do not have to complete everything right away – see above

I feel like I am making some good progress towards things. I will check in again sometime in July to see how things are progressing.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ten on Tuesday: The Movie Edition

The topic for this week is 10 Movies You Have To Stop & Watch When You Come Across Them While Channel Surfing. My hubby often makes fun of me and asks “how many times have you seen this movie?” when I do this.

1) 16 Candles
2) The Breakfast Club
3) The Way We Were
4) There’s Something About Mary
5) Steel Magnolias
6) Any of the original 3 Star Wars films
7) Grease
8) You’ve Got Mail
9) The Blues Brothers
10) Gone With the Wind

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Musings

Here we are at the last Monday in April. I know that I say it all the time but I cannot believe how fast time is going by. Here is what is on my mind this week.

1) We went to the Tiger game on Saturday. We had fun even though they lost 10-1.

2) There is a bird in our parking lot who is trying to build a nest on my car. The hubby is determined to beat him and I find it hilarious.

3) Like most people I am shocked and saddened by the death of Prince this week. 2016 has not been a good year for so many celebrities.

Here are the pictures for this week.

Working on the second version of my Bumpy Road shawl and testing my pattern writing skills

Two more ornaments for our Christmas tree

Little man and I at the game

Miggy at the bat

Taking a walk on a nice Sunday afternoon