Sunday, February 19, 2017

Forever sorting junk

Honestly I think I should have named my blog An Abundance of Laundry and Messes.  The poor washing machine has been in use nonstop all weekend.  When I wasn't washing clothes I have been either pulling out junk to sort or piling it up to take to the charity shops.  I have sorted things from my childhood and from when the kids were little.  There are not many things I would do over in my life but one thing would be to NOT save everything!  Ok, maybe I didn't save everything but it sure feels like I did.  The basement bedroom really is looking better.  The goal is to have one bin for each of us. I currently have two.

I only have a few more things on my sewing table that need to be sorted or pitched.  FYI, the weird thing on the back of the left side chair is my Halloween costume.  Those are my book fairy wings, I work in a library.

Another pending project is to straighten up the yarn drawers.  I'm hoping my current Cozy Stripe blanket will help use up quite a bit of this yarn.  I buy yarn faster than I can crochet.

Having Cats and yarn in the same house can be interesting.  My craft room does not have a door. This makes the kitties very happy.  They are forever trying to snag a skein of yarn for a toy.  My basket of cotton yarn is always covered.  

When I first started crocheting I loved using cotton yarn.  I haven't used it as much recently.  I probably won't get rid of it but I'd like to lessen the amount.  I have been thinking of making some pot holders or coasters.

The Cozy Stripe blanket hit a bit of a hiccup, stitch count was off.  I had to frog two finished rows.  I thought about leaving the mistake but it bothered me so out it came.

It's that time of year again, Girl Scout Cookies!  I loved being a Girls Scout.  In fact my sister unearthed my sash with all my badges this weekend, she's in Arkansas sorting junk too.  The new S'mores cookies are rather tasty.  I'm glad they are only available for a short time.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Have a lovely week, Lisa

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Avoidance Tuesday

Tuesdays are for avoiding all the grown-up things I should be doing.  The list of things to avoid is long - answering emails, making doctor appointments, cleaning a messy kitchen. The list goes on. There's nothing special or particularly hard about the things that need to be done.   I know I'll feel better when all the tasks are done, but for now, I'll just sit and think about them.

The cups and mugs will eventually make it into the dishwasher.  There are dirty dishes in the sink, but you don't see them because of the magic of cropping.  The Crock Pot is not waiting to be cleaned.  It's working it's magic on a pork roast.

The craft pile in the family room needs to be tidied.  I want to reorganize the current projects so that hopefully I can start making progress toward some finishes.

One goal for this year is to thin my magazine hoard.  I love magazines.  When I need a pick-me-up, I look for a magazine and chocolate.  The chocolate is long gone, but I still have a shelf full of magazines.  I will keep some of them.  The "What if's" of all the potential projects haunt me.  I'm trying to let go of the ones I know have projects that I'll never make.

This is the to-go pile. I hope to add more to it this week.

I have never taken a picture with our DSL camera.  Learning to use this camera has been on my goal list for several years.  I'll have to wait a few more days.  The manual in the picture will be of no help for me.  It's ALL in Spanish.  Of course the English version is nowhere to be found. Thank goodness for Amazon.  I was able to order one.  I know I can download the manual, but I find for task like this, I do better with a physical copy.  

We've had some chilly nights.  Binxy enjoys the fireplace as much as I do.  The wood and bricks look very uncomfortable.  I've tried putting a blanket down for her, but this is the way she prefers to lay.

I've been watching too much news.  I'm letting the outside world influence my inside world.  These days I'm finding it hard to tune out the bad.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.   Lisa

Sunday, January 22, 2017

And we marched

I probably would have never attended the Women's March in Washington D.C. if it had not been for my mother-in-law.  To say she was disappointed in the out come of November's election would be an enormous understatement, heartbroken and devastated would be more accurate.  It was shortly after the election she started to hear rumblings of a protest that would be held in D.C.  We live about forty minutes from D.C.  Then in December she let us know she would be coming and going to the march. She made it clear to us she would be happy to go alone and stay at a friend's house if needed.  She just wanted to go to the march.  Crowds are not my favorite thing, in fact I try to avoid them at all cost. The thought of going to D.C. to be in a huge crowd and have to use a porta-potty for a restroom did not excite me.  The weather could be freezing or snowing, there were a million reasons why I really did not want to go.  The one big reason to go - not letting an 83 year old woman go alone.  So we decided Dan would be in charge of the kid's Saturday schedules and I would go peacefully demonstrate.  Once we knew this would be happening I started to crochet my p_ssyhat.

Yesterday was amazing.  We could tell as we approached the metro station this was going to be BIG! There were cars, busses, and massive amounts of people and we weren't even in D.C.  The metro ride can only be compared to sardines in a can.  Sardines may actually have more room in the can than we had on our train car.  Once we made it to the march we quickly staked out a spot to listen to the amazing speakers.  If you are familiar with D.C. we were standing close the the Smithsonian Castle.   Luckily there was a short wall close by and a very nice lady willingly gave up her spot so my mother-in-law could sit.  The crowd was immense, a sea of bodies.  The people we met and the ones that surrounded us were so positive and polite.  It is hard to believe I am using those terms to describe a crowd in D.C., sometimes that city isn't the most pleasant.  It was an incredible experience.

One of the best things about the march was seeing all of the pink hats.  I proudly wore mine.  To all who sent hats for others to wear I send you a BIG THANK YOU.    Your time and efforts were appreciated.

Dee and I at the beginning of the day

Dee marching with her sign

Me - backpacks weren't allowed, fishing vest worked nicely.  Thanks Bernadette for the idea!

sea of people

She's smiling so maybe she's not such an angry granny : )

There were all kinds of signs

a simple sign but meaningful message

I am proud to be from the United States of America.  As hard as it is to say I know Donald Trump is president. I do not agree with the agenda he has outlined for our country.   I marched in hope that someone in Washington will take notice of the vast group of people who are deeply concerned with his plans for our future.

As always thank you for visiting.  Have a lovely week.  Lisa

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Random stitching

The crafts I make usually follow the pattern, even my color choices are similar to the original.  There are always some errors, nothing I do is perfect.  I enjoy the process of creating and having a finished product. This past year I started to notice others engaging in slow stitching and stitch journals, both have intrigued me.

There is something to be said for not following a pattern, permission for randomness.  At the beginning of January I gathered floss, needle, an embroidery hoop, and linen.  The piece of linen is from a thrifted shirt my sister sent me.  The floss is a combination my own stash and bits of skeins I've collected from charity shops.  For this project there are no rules.  I will try new stitches and use ones I know by heart.  The colors will be ones I find pretty and some that are ugly.

This isn't a mindless project.  I have to tell myself that it doesn't have to be perfect.  Knots and messy backs are ok.  I'm not committing myself to stitching on it for an entire year.   Although I do try to work on it daily.  So often I get caught up in following the rules and how I perceive that things are suppose to be.  It's nice to have a project with no clear right or wrong and allows me to just stitch.

The guest room is looking less like a storage closet.  The things that remain are two boxes of books that will be taken to the library for their used book sale.  There is a box of empty bags.  Those bags will hopefully hold other items to go for donations at a later date.  My daughter has a pile of clothes on the bed.  She is listing them on an on-line consignment site.  I wish I had a never ending supply of  energy and motivation.  We'd have a clutter free home!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  Lisa

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year

Forget the bottle of champagne I'll take a bottle of candy any day of the week.  For me this was the perfect way to ring in the new year.  Don't worry, I'm not a teetotaler.  I still have a few left and I'm willing to share.  

My new year's goal are much the same as last year's goals.  I want to finish projects, use up yarn, and not have too many projects going at the same time.  

The projects that I am currently focused on are The Cozy Striped blanket by Attic24, a R2D2, and the never ending Springtime quilt by Wildolive blog.  My daughter requested a R2D2 be made for a friend of hers.  The Springtime quilt is never ending because I fail to work on it.  That is going to change for 2017.  My plan is to work a little on it constantly.  I find a little goes a long way.  Maybe this will be the year it is completed.

My other goal for January is to take back the guest bedroom from the mountain of clutter.  All but a small fraction of that pile-o-junk should be boxed up and sent to the charity shop.  The room is treated like a dumping ground.  I hope to end that practice this year.

Well, I better go get busy I have lots to do.  Bru and I wish you a Happy New Year.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, Lisa

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The week in between

Christmas morning was all smiles and a little bedhead.  The anticipation may be a little less than when they were small but it was still a fun morning.

I always love seeing pictures of the aftermath or the unwrapping.  I think Santa managed to find most everything on the wish lists.  

Santa even remembered to bring Bru a little something.  I was sure he was on the naughty list for barking excessively and pestering the cats.  Santa must have forgotten those infractions.

Dan and I walk Bru most every night.  These past few nights have been especially fun as we've been doing a bit of Christmas blow-up character safari.  Our neighborhood has done a great job of getting into the festive spirit.  I do think there is a slightly quirky vibe going on with some of the homes.

No, Santa is not being burned at the stake.  This is jet-pack Santa.  I guess he got tired of the slow reindeer.

Spider-man looks like he's sitting in a meditation pose on top of the chimney.  It's a shame he forgot his santa hat.

The skeletons holding Santa's bag is one of the more odd displays.  It's nice to see the Halloween decorations getting a second life.  I'm all about using what you have around the house.

Of course, what is Christmas with out Santa Yoda.  There was a Darth Vader but his photo didn't turn out so well.  He was hiding on the dark side - he he he.

My sister gave me this awesome mug for Christmas.  Being from Arkansas the Boggy Creek monster will always have a special place in my heart.

This is just a random funny picture of Binxy.  This cat will contort her skinny little body into most anyplace it will fit.  Baskets and boxes are one of her favorite places to sleep.

The cats decided they have had enough of the amaryllis.  This mishap took place the day after Christmas. Honestly I'm surprised it lasted so long.  

I am off to work on my list of New Year's goals and plans.  I always have so many things I want to try and do.  I'll also be watching the Razorbacks play in the Belk Bowl.  It's Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas.  I do love Virginia but I can't help but hope the Hogs win.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit and Woo Pig Sooie!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Counting down the days

As with most things in my life I started this post but wasn't able to complete it in one sitting or even on the same day.  The pictures show a sunny day.  Today however is again grey and as of right now icy outside.  The forecast calls for the temperature to warm up as the day progresses.  I do hope that is the case.  I'd love to make a trip to Barnes and Noble. I so love browsing a bookstore.

When the kids were little they would take turns moving the gold candy cane to count down each day till christmas.  Now that they are older I'm the one that moves the candy cane each day.  I find it rather stressful.  It's like an "in your face" reminder of how little time you have to do an enormous amount of stuff!  At least Santa is cute to look at as we tick off those days.

The amaryllis is also helping me mark the passing of each day.  It continues to lean but the blooms are lovely.

I finished the Squidge Shawl. (pattern can be found on ravelry)  It has been wrapped up in pretty Christmas paper and sent to its intended recipient.  It's nice to have a finished project.  I've been in a crocheting lull.

It's not all lists and things to do, Dan and I had lunch at a local pizza parlor on Thursday. Their decorations were so pretty.  I love paper snow flakes.

After lunch we ran a few errands.  I should have brought home two boxes from Costco.  The cats have been taking turns sleeping in this one.  Avi is on the floor waiting patiently for her turn.

I guess it doesn't matter the size of a dog.  They all think they will fit on your lap.  Bru is about five pounds over the comfortable lap dog size but we try to make it work.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  I'm off to hopefully get a few more items checked off the     To-Do list.