Monday, April 27, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things I Did Last Week

This is, you understand,  assuming I can even remember what I did last week.

1. Miss Mew's foster kitty had babies- 4 healthy kittens born to Ruthie, who is a rock star.
They are so cute I feel like crying- it's beyond adorable (we don't know if they're boys or girls.)

2. Baked some chocolate chip banana muffins (or was that the week before....?)

3. Helped out someone who found themselves up a certain creek sans a certain paddle, and was glad to do it.

4. Made a crock-pot dinner- that was really good and insanely simple.
1.Crock Pot 2. Sirloin Roast 3. Cut up onions, parsnips, potatoes and some carrots. 4. Can of tomato soup (I didn't add water or beef stock). Set for 6 hours, and Robert is your father's brother.  It even makes it's own gravy. 5. Happy FC.

5. Made a doctor's appointment (this is more of an accomplishment than you realize.)

6. Watched many episodes of Kenny Vs. Spenny, and laughed my head off.

7. Finished a knitting project of doom.  I will briefly explain after the list.

8. Made some calls on my new Smart Phone- I have always had a phone, but didn't text or blab on it. I can now do both.  The ringtone is a bleating sheep, and I ordered a case for it.  I have a big crush on Etsy.

9. Came to the conclusion that I am not really ready to have gray hair, and will be remedying this situation when FC gets home and he can do the back part.

10. Just about froze to death because it's so cold I cannot believe it.

See this? It does look like a yarn cake, but it is a representation of the 5th ring of knitters hell.  It began so well.  I have had the yarn for years, and it was in my Ravelry queue since forever.  It's called Hummingbird Charm- what's not to love? It's even a gradient with silk and cashmere- who could fail?

I spent more time ripping back and tinking than I spent knitting it. I'm not sure why, because the pattern isn't that difficult, just something I couldn't get the rhythm of.  The cast off bombed, and I had to redo it, but this time I did it from the front, that stretchy one, and ran out of yarn, having tossed the remains in the garbage.  I know.  Poor long-suffering FC braved the garbage, old weiners and all (smells just gross me out)- and it's done, albeit a little redolent of rotting Oscar Meyers.   I'll give it a soak, block it and find a victim to gift it to-if I can be that bloody-minded.

I hope you are getting a giggle out of this- because this is what happens in my life.  Pretty par for the course here.

This week will be better- fleece out.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ten On Tuesday-10 Everyday Things That Delight You

I have tried to arrange my life so that there are things around me that I can take pleasure in. After you read the list you will have a clearer idea of what I'm on about.

1. Having tea in one of my Emma Bridgewater mugs.  Anyone who reads this blog or knows me is aware of my passion for lovely dishes and tableware.  These are the things we use everyday, and you are worth it- tea is my drug so why not have beautiful paraphernalia.  Don't just drink or eat from plastic or melamine- go out and get yourself something beautiful that makes you smile.

2. This sounds totally demented, but I have a huge thing for tea towels. I cannot resist them and I have a large collection. My everyday ones are from Williams-Sonoma (bought on sale)*and I have others that I have picked up from all over.

3. I came to the conclusion that I was better off buying things like sheets and towels at higher end stores, and they last so much longer.  I splurged on some flannels and Egyptian cotton ones at L.L. Bean, and they can be washed hundreds of times and still look new.  The lesser quality frays and rips- so I do think it's better to have fewer things that I have spent the money on.  In the long run, you don't have to replace them as often- just make sure you LOVE them, and you will always be happy.

4. I love my Birkenstocks, and am happy that it is coming up to "Arizona" weather.

5. My cats- these 2 completely crack me up.

5. My friends- they are all people I can have a laugh with. We do talk about the serious side of life too, but there is always humour there.

6. My family- sometimes we laugh so hard we get stomach aches. You can't be around here if you can't take a joke.  That's how we relate.

7. Of course, my yarn, fiber and fabric stashes give me pleasure.  I have really not purchased anything lately, because I have enough to keep me going for a long time. What I have in my stash I really love.

8. Nice knitting needles- my favorites being Addi Turbos and Chiao Goos.  I have been collecting a long time and now I think I better mention these in my will.

9. I love my car.

10. The satisfaction of knowing that I have all I need, great family and friends, and that life is good. You can't ask for more than that, and I am grateful every single day.

*this is the art of living well- wait for the sales. I stalk the higher end stores, and there are bargains to be had, and it's all part of the fun.

On Friday night, FC, Miss Mew and I went to see Dame Edna Everage's Farewell Tour in Toronto. My face was hurting from laughing, we had such an amazing time.
I have been busy sewing- this is for a dear friend who happens to be a kitty pusher.
There is soon to be another addition to our ranks, and I found this cute pattern on Ravelry for free.  There are Peter Rabbit buttons on it- which I have had for ages.

This week I will also be picking up my new progressive eyeglasses- I guess it had to happen at some point, but I'm not worried.  Nothing to do with my age......

Fleece out and have a good week.