Friday, January 23, 2015

Five on Friday

Here we are at the end of yet another week. I know I say this every week but time is just flying by. Here is what is happening with me this week.

1) Since Monday was MLK Day Clark did not have school and I took a vacation day. We went to lunch at the mall and he played in the play area. Needless to say it was quite a zoo.

2) I am wondering why it seems like short weeks always seem to go so slowly. All day yesterday I kept thinking it was Friday.

3) In my effort to get Clark out of the house and more involved I signed him up for a math club at the library. It is for 6 weeks and last night was the first meeting. He did not want to go but had a blast which made me very happy.

4) I am still a month behind on my TV shows and the DVR is getting dangerously close to full.. I need to stay up late this weekend and get some things watched.

5) Almost a month into 2015 and my goals are going pretty well. I have tweaked a few but for the most part they have stayed the same. I am such a nerd I even created an excel spreadsheet and have been tracking my progress. 

Here are some pictures from the week.

I finished the left front of Clark's sweater

 A boy and his solar system

Running like a maniac at the mall

 My son has become obsessed with taking selfies. I am a bit concerned.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FO: My Fingers Are Freezing Mittens

Presenting my first FO of 2015 – the My Fingers Are FreezingMittens. I only had fingerless mitts – which are falling apart anyway – and my fingers were freezing when I would go out to clean off the car and take Clark to the bus stop. I decided that I needed some cozy mittens to keep my fingers warm.

Pattern: Simply Chunky Mittens by Marla Holt

Needles: Size 10-1/2 bamboo DPNs

Yarn: Highland Handmades Basswood Bulky in Heather’s Dilemma 

Modifications: The pattern called for size 10 needles but I used what I had 

Comments: This was a very easy and nice pattern. Using bulky yarn they knit up quick – I started these on January 6th and finished them on January 15th.  I won the yarn in a contest through the Knit Sip podcast. It was very nice to knit with and I love the color. I am loving the final product and am glad to finally have warm fingers .

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: The Happy Edition

The topic for this week is 10 Things You Are Happy About Right Now. Here we go.

1) Clark and I had a great day yesterday. He had the day off for MLK Day so I took a vacation day and we hung out.

2) We also had a good morning today. He got up and ready very easily. 

3) Since I was off yesterday this is a short week for me!

4) My knitting mojo is coming back. Of course now I want to knit all the things and must hold myself back a bit.

5) I won some patterns in different giveaways over the past few weeks. This is great but contributes to the issue in #4
6)January – my second least favorite month – is almost over

7) Knock on wood the weather has been decent. It was in the 40s over the weekend which was nice. 

8) My anxiety and depression has been really well controlled the last few weeks. I know this is because my blood sugars are under control for the first time in a while.

9) My reading mojo has also returned.

10) I have found some new to me podcasts – including Invisibilia, Criminal, The Natural Needler and Moonbeam Makes

Until next time ….

Monday, January 19, 2015

FO: Miss Buller's Star

Here is my final FO of 2014. This was a Christmas gift for Clark's teacher Miss Buller.

Pattern: Stuffed Star
Needles: size 3 bamboo
Yarn: Paton's Kroy Sock in Flax
Miscellaneous: fiber fill
Modifications: none
Comments: this is a very quick and easy pattern. It is great for a fast gift. For me the sewing up is always the most tedious part.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Five on Friday

Another week is over and it is time for a week in review. I cannot believe that it is already the middle of January. Where is the time going? Anyway here it goes.

1) I decided to break up with American Idol. I have not been happy with the talent the last few years and even Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr cannot save it for me. Plus I am a month behind on the DVR and need to catch up.

2) While "dusting" last weekend Clark noticed that if you push the buttons on the thermostat it lights up and the number change. Finally on Monday night I looked at it and it was set at 83 degrees. No wonder I was sweating.

3) My son asked me the other night what impervious means. He still hasn't told me where he heard the word.

4) I have been trying to write again and it is true what they say - use it or lose it. The stuff I wrote was pretty bad.

5) Last night Clark and I went to a kid's book club at the library. He got up and told everyone what his book was about. I was so proud because I knew he was nervous but he did a great job.

Now here are some pictures from the week.

A lazy Sunday playing Chutes and Ladders

I finished a mitten. Bulky yarn sure knits up fast.

Sitting at my desk when I really want to be at home in my PJ's with my book and knitting

French Onion Chicken Noodle Casserole. Not healthy but oh so good

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: The Winter Blues Edition

With the extremely cold temperatures we have experienced the last week or so the topic for this week - 10 Things You Do to Make Winter Less Bleak – is very timely.

1) Plan a tropical vacation even if it is only in my head

2) Open the blinds and let in the little bit of natural light we have in

3) Declutter – if you are stuck inside who wants to see piles of crap everywhere

4) Use bright and obnoxious colored yarn

5) Get out of the house – I have a tendency to hibernate

6) Watch TV shows and movies that take place in warm climates (I love Hawaii Five-O – McGarrett is some serious eye candy as well)

7) Make summer like meals – I like my Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad as it does not require items that are no longer in season

8) Have a pina colada

9) Snuggles with my DH and Clark to keep warm

10) Remembering that this too shall pass

Monday, January 12, 2015

Books Read December 2014

As I previously noted I missed my goal of 52 books in 52 weeks again in 2014. Knowing that I was not going to meet my goal lead to a lack of reading mojo in December. I managed to read only 2 books for the month.

1) Starry Night by Debbie Macomber - Carrie Slayton is tired of writing the local society column and wants to be a serious journalist. Her editor states that if she can land and interview with elusive writer Finn Dalton she can have her pick of assignments but she never thought she would also find love. 

2) Christmas at Timberwoods by Fern Michaels - Angela Steinhart has had horrible visions since she was a child. Unfortunately no one believes her when she has them. Now she has visions of an explosion at the local mall at Christmas and must find someone who can help her stop the act before it is to late.