I told you that the next few posts would be about FOs, and so far they have been. Today's is the last - no my last FO ever (God forbid!), but the last one that is a gift for a family member for Christmas. This one is for my niece Liz's (she of yesterday's post) husband Greg. Probably one of the best people on the planet, hands down. He is a social worker for the State of Maryland, and part of his job is removing children from dangerous family situations. He is so dedicated to his work and his family, and so knitworthy, that once I decided to knit something for Liz, there was no way I wasn't going to make something for him!
30 November 2021
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26 November 2021
Happy Day After Thanksgiving! I hope yours went well, and that you were able to spend it as you wished. Ours got a bit derailed when The Tim got a phone call on Wednesday afternoon from his work, calling him in on Thanksgiving Day from 7-3. So that was disappointing, but at least he could be home for dinner and for an evening together.
Everything for our holiday dinner was delicious, and topped off with pumpkin pie later in the evening, it all added up to being a good day. This morning for breakfast I had some raspberries that we had in the fridge and that was plenty, since I still feel full from yesterday! I love raspberries, but I was hoping I'd feel like having pumpkin pie for breakfast, since that is one of my most favorite day-after treats of all. 😀
How lucky am I that something like that is my biggest problem??
Ending November, I'll show you some FOs that I knit as gifts, and finally got around to photographing.
25 November 2021
24 November 2021
23 November 2021
22 November 2021
19 November 2021
You may or may not have noticed that I didn't post yesterday. I meant to, but I got wrapped up in preparations for The Tim's birthday, which was yesterday. It turned out to be a really busy day, but it all went just the way I hoped it would.
In our house when it's your birthday, you get to request what you would like for your birthday dinner, and what kind of birthday dessert you would like. The Tim chose stuffed peppers and a cheesecake. So yesterday morning I walked over to the market to get the green peppers, and then spent some of the morning getting the ingredients ready to go into the crockpot. I've made stuffed peppers for a long time, but the first time I tried them in the crockpot, I decided that was my favorite way to prepare them - the peppers get softer, but not mushy, and the flavors seem to blend better.
Then it was time to get the cheesecake made and baked, and I was happy because it was one of my most successful attempts. The Tim being the way he is, he had bought a couple of things himself for gifts, but I also had a couple of things I'd bought, so I wanted to be sure things were wrapped and ready to go.
It was a great dinner and celebratory evening, and it was fun to have some things that he hadn't bought, and were actually surprises. The kitties and Hamlet enjoyed the singing, the wrapping paper, and some treats, so I think it's safe to say that a good time was had by all. 😊
Now of course, for the next four months, The Tim will be dismayed because we will be the same age - he loves being able to tell people that I'm older than he is! So for the next four months, I'll be sure to work into any conversation that I can the fact that we are the same age. Because that's how I roll ...
I hope you have a good weekend. I'm hoping to make some significant progress on the Musselburgh Hat, and get the shawlette I knit for my niece blocked so I'm not doing it at the last minute. Today I plan to clean up some things around the house, and get out our few but nonetheless festive Thanksgiving decorations.
Take care, and have a good weekend!
17 November 2021
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11 November 2021
Around the middle of last summer, we received a notice from our mortgage company telling us that our mortgage would be paid off as of January 2022. We had known it was coming to an end, but were THRILLED to know when the exact date might be. And knowing it was at the start of the new year seemed like a lovely holiday gift.
10 November 2021
Hello! Since it's Wednesday, I decided to write a post for Unraveled Wednesday, and join Kat and the others to talk about knitting and reading.
I am currently reading two books - one is my "regular" book that I read at home whenever the spirit moves me, and the other is my "lunch hour book" which I read at work during my half-hour lunch break. Often the lunch hour book comes home at the end of the week so I can finish it, but it's easier to leave it locked in my desk drawer than carry it back and forth every day.
Here is my current regular book, borrowed from the library, which I just started reading last night:
09 November 2021
Not that every minute of life has to be fun, but colonscopy prep has to rank pretty high on the list of things that are not fun at all. Especially when you have to do it for two whole days. But my extra long colon and I both survived, and now are free for three whole years. I'll take it. I'd like to be free for five more years like most people, but at this point, three sounds good enough.
So as you can imagine, my weekend was full of ick for the most part, though I did finish two books I had been reading, and got a chunk of knitting done, so all was not wasted. But not eating and having to drink disgusting stuff gives me a killer headache, so I couldn't do a lot of what I'd wanted to do, either reading or knitting.
Yesterday I got home around lunchtime, ate some lunch, and then fell asleep until just before dinnertime. So that was kind of a lost day as well. But the whole thing was exhausting, and I'm still tired today. I only look *slightly* better than this woman.
05 November 2021
04 November 2021
Do you laugh at things that shouldn't really be funny? I have to confess that this is one of my biggest problems - I often find things incredibly hilarious that I know intellectually are not only *not* funny, but shouldn't be seen as such by anyone.
Since today is Three on Thursday, I'll share some with you. I apologize in advance to anyone who is offended, but by the same token, you've been warned.
1. Signs like this just make my day.
03 November 2021
The title of this post tells the story. My latest knitting project is not nearly as far as you'd think it might be, based on when I started working on it, and the fact that once the initial part is done, it's just a whole bunch of stockinette.
My current project is the Musselburgh hat, which is something that apparently everyone but myself and about twelve other people in the world have made. I wanted to make one for my niece's husband for a Christmas gift, because I thought it was a good choice for someone with a bald head who spends lots of time outdoors. I also decided to make it with two different colors, since it is a reversible design.
So I got my supplies together and sat down to watch a tutorial about the pinhole cast-on. I followed that and ... it didn't work. After about five tries in an evening, and then four more the next evening, I had something that kinda/sorta resembled what it should be, and knit for a bit. But after knitting some more, I decided it just looked bad. So I decided to try again with the other color and see if that worked better. So I ripped out what I had, and started again with the other color, and after a few tries and a few more episodes of unravelling, it finally worked. Well, it worked a lot better, I'll say. However, now I've put it in a brief time out because of my overall annoyance at how frustrating it all was to start. I have no additional photos at all to show you, you'll just have to take my word for it.
To use one of my mother's favorite sayings, "Oh for God's sake!"
I did recently finish two cozy mysteries of varying interest, so I have been reading even if not anything overly involved. On my way home from work tonight, I'm stopping at the public library to pick up one of the holds that has arrived for an actual physical book.
02 November 2021
Before I go on about The Tim, I have a funny story for you. The year that we got married, the time changed on that weekend. We were married on a Saturday evening, and didn't have a honeymoon since The Tim was on his fall break from grad school and so we were making our way back to Notre Dame. Anyway, we left to make it at least a couple of hours into our trip, and had planned to spend the night at a motel in Cambridge, Ohio. Because we were fancy that way, and who doesn't long to spend their wedding night in such exotic environs?
Anyway, the next morning we got up and it was about 11:30 ... or was it 10:30? We knew the time was changing, but couldn't remember if we were in an area that changed the clocks (as some places in the Midwest do not). We had planned to go to McDonald's (again, fancy!) but knew they stopped serving breakfast at noon (at least back then). This was long before clocks and other items automatically changed time due to computer chips, etc. So we decided to look for a phone book, and call the front desk to make sure what time it was, when checkout was, etc. Because the two things you could count on being in the drawers in a motel or a hotel at that time were a) a Gideon bible, and b) a phone book.
Not so fast, though. We opened the drawers in our room and found the Gideon bible, but not a phone book. Instead, we found an paperback book with color photos, and the charming title "Young C*** F*****s." (Rhymes with Young Punt Tuckers, fyi.) I have to tell you that we were surprised but also horrified, because after seeing just a few of the images, it was ... a lot. But one of my favorite things was that The Tim said, "Did you see how much eyeliner those women had on??" And that has become a regular thing on our anniversary - at some point in the day or evening, one of us will say, "Did you see how much eyeliner those women had on??" and then we kill ourselves laughing. And then we also remember how for a couple of minutes, we considered taking the book with us, to pass along as a prank gift to a friend; but we decided against it, because we convinced ourselves that with our luck, we would be in a terrible accident, and the police would return that to our family with our personal effects. Not worth it, you know? 😜
(We decided we would just pack the car and stop somewhere to eat once we were on the road, for anyone wondering what we did. We found out the time once we turned on the car radio.).
OK, there is your funny story which comes to mind every year at our anniversary and when it is time to change the clocks. Except, at some point (I think it was George W's idea), the time change in the U.S. got moved to a week later.
This past Sunday, I got up and was doing something, and looked at the clock and thought that something was off. Because it was showing the time and it was *very* confusing. It didn't work, based on how long I had been up, and what time I'd gotten up. I looked and the time on my tablet was an hour different. And I just could not figure out what happened.
Once The Tim got up, he asked me why I didn't remind him that it was the weekend we changed the clocks, because he had remembered right before he went to bed the night before, and had changed all the clocks then. I said I had not reminded him because it wasn't this past weekend. He insisted it was, and referenced something he had read online. Which was in an English newspaper. Because they DID in fact turn their clocks back this weekend! I pointed out that we would be doing it this coming weekend instead. He was so disappointed, because he had been so pleased with himself because he "remembered."
Then he said, "I don't know why you let me think that it was this weekend." And then *I* said, "I don't know why we've stayed married for 43 years."
And then we laughed ourselves silly.