Friday, August 7, 2020

If it keeps on raining


Trying to get a little fresh air while I knit but there's lightening in that dark storm cloud.

Good grief!  The thunderstorms that keep rolling through are wilder and more intense than the hurricane was.  Literally!
We've had so much rain over the last 24 hours the pool is about to overflow.  Again.


It wouldn't be Friday if I didn't share a photo of Hayden. 
 

She looks so little in her highchair.  She's almost five months old and wears her baby food just like her daddy did.  


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Three on Thursday - Isaias

To celebrate today's Three on Thursday, I have three random hurricane facts for you.

1.  As hurricanes go, Isaias didn't throw much of a fit.  Locals can probably thank me and my over-preparedness for that.  I fully believe that hurricane preparedness is like having a car warranty or fire insurance.  As long as you have it, you will never need it, but within 24 hours of it expiring or canceling a policy.... Bam!  Your car is on the side of the road and your house is in flames.  That theory applies to making what I lovingly call "protection payoffs" to the fire department and rescue squad too.  I make a donation every year and have only needed them twice - the two years I failed to donate.


2.  That giant puddle was the extent of our damage.  Mostly.  We did loose power for about twelve hours and the basement had two feet of water in it because it took us a few hours to remember to run the generator to the sump pump.  No real damage done though.  Just a lot of empty buckets and my spare Tupperware were floating around.

3.  The tornado didn't get us.  Thank goodness!  At 4:25 a.m. our phones did the Beeeep, Beeeep, Beeeep thing that signals a tornado warning.  Mike got up and looked out the windows and didn't see anything (like he would in the pitch black dark and POURING down rain...) and I decided I would rather die in my bed than go sit in the cold, dark basement with a dead mouse on the floor so I rolled over and tried to go back to sleep.  

Three minutes later, the power went out.  Yikes!  Staying in bed may have been a bad decision.

And then the power came back on.  Yay! 

A few minutes later, Sarah came in to announce there was a tornado warning.  The beeping of her phone hadn't woken her but her ceiling fan failing to circle had.  I suggested she to go to the basement, I was going to die in my bed under my comfy covers instead of hanging out with that dead mouse.  After all, it was 4:25 a.m. and the warning was going to last until 5 a.m.  Thirty five minutes is a long time to hang out in a dark, dank basement with a dead mouse.

She went down stairs, looked out the window with her dad until dawn and I lay in bed for hours thinking every noise was a tornado. 

Luckily, the tornado missed us by a couple of miles.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Will we or won't we?

Will we get hit by a hurricane or not?  It makes me a little crazy not knowing.  If  Mr. Weatherman can tell me within a 15 minute window of when it's going to start snowing, why can't he tell me if 1) Isaias will be a hurricane or a tropical storm when it passes by and 2) Will it pass by or hit us directly?

By the time you read this, I will probably know the answer to that question, but I'm writing this post on Monday afternoon.  Don't get me wrong - I LOVE a good storm.  I love the ferocity of wild weather.  Absolutely love it!  In fact, I get a little manic right before a big storm hits.  But I'm a little worried about this one.

Back in the day, my Go Bag would consist of my purse, my knitting bag, a book, my toothbrush and if I wasn't pressed for time, a pair of clean underwear.  But now that I'm older, I'm a little more needy.  I'm realizing I'm going to need a whole bag just for the medications!  Good grief!

And there's my mother-in-law to worry about this time around.  I really, really hope we don't have to do the tornado drill or worse, evacuate entirely, with my MIL in tow.

And while those two things run through my mind, I can't help but be reminded of Hurricane Isabel.  We were living about two miles away from this house when Isabel hit.  Isabel was supposed to be a tropical storm and no big deal at all but...  After Isabel passed through town, we didn't see the first Rescue/Aid/Responder for nine days.  We were cut off by downed trees, downed power lines and flooded creeks and rivers.  If my husband and some of the neighbors hadn't cleared the trees out of the roads themselves, we'd probably still be trapped there 17 years later, still awaiting rescue.  And despite the first Responder showing up on day 9, we didn't get our power back on until the morning of day 14.  And this time around, we're even closer to the river and have much larger trees surrounding our house.

I'll admit, I'm a little concerned.  

Oh, and then there was Gaston.  We were actually living in this house while we built our own house when Gaston hit.  Gaston dumped ten inches of rain one afternoon and left us with ten feet of water in our house and no electricity, water or a septic system for six weeks.

They are saying Isaias may dump eight inches of rain on us.  And the rivers are already full.

I'm a little bit freaked out.

Torn between knitting, finishing a book and storm prepping.

But it's okay.  As long as the husband remembers to bring home an extra gas bottle for the grill and a bag or two, or ten, of ice, we'll be fine. 

We'll be fine as long as the we don't loose power for 13+ days.  

Honestly, if we loose power for more than an hour or two, I may only be F.I.N.E.  Say a little prayer for us please.

To everyone else in Isaias's path, stay safe and dry!  And fine, not FINE.  :)

By the way, I finally started reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness and I can't put it down.  I am SO glad I got the whole trilogy on my Kindle.  At least if the power goes out, I'll have something to do in the dark.


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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sunday Supper - Easy Peach Cobbler

I've been craving peaches.... And I think I mentioned I got scolded at the doctor's the other day because my A1C hadn't budged and I'd gained one pound.  (Mean old doctor! She refused to believe it was the weight of my mask.)  

Anyway....

#cookingfromscratch, #recipes, Diabetic Fresh Peach Cobbler
Easy Peach Cobbler from Julia's Simply Southern

Introducing Easy peach cobbler.  Not only does it use the fresh peaches I've been craving but it also calls for coconut sugar rather than refined white sugar so it's better for diabetics.  

Now the big question - can I find coconut sugar in my local Food Lion or Walmart?  Probably not but I sure hope so!

Okay, okay, let's be honest and correct about that last sentence.  Can Sarah find coconut sugar at our local Food Lion or Walmart?  Sarah likes to grocery shop and finds it relaxing while I rate it one step above scrubbing toilets.  Am I not the luckiest mom in the whole wide world?


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Friday, July 31, 2020

What??

I got nothing to talk about knitting wise.

https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1584216&u=1446317&m=59159&urllink=&afftrack=
Timeless Pullover knit with Aloft from Knit Picks

I'm still working on the Timeless Pullover knit with two stands of mohair held together.  I think ten years from know I will still be knitting the body of this thing.  I don't understand.  The yoke knit up so fast and the fabric grew in length quickly.  I expected that the body would fly off the needles once I'd removed the sleeve stitches.  But that's not the case.  Not the case at all.  I knit and I knit and I knit and I knit some more.... and I swear, I think the fabric is getting shorter rather than longer.  Maybe it's the fact that I'm knitting mohair in 89% humid, 100+ degree weather.  

What is wrong with me??

I'll tell you what's not wrong with me - my vitamin B12, D and cholesterol.  Well, okay, my cholesterol is still terrible but it's no where near as terrible as it was eight weeks ago.  

What's still not okay is my A1C, or blood sugar.  It didn't budge.  And I do not understand that at all.  Not at all!  I haven't even been worrying about my cholesterol.  I've been focusing on my blood sugar and eating healthier, lower sugar/carb foods.  I haven't had a potato in two months and I've only had rice once or twice.  I've learned to almost enjoy wheat bread.  I've even cut out dessert.  But that ^^$%#% blood sugar has not reacted one single bit.  It's still sitting there at the exact same number it was eight weeks ago.  And eight weeks ago, I'd had breakfast and was chewing sugary gum when they drew my blood.  This time around, I'd been fasting for 14 hours.  Argh!

It's okay though.  They've now doubled my medication.  By the time I take all those pills, I won't have room for any food in my tummy.

Oh, and you know what else?  Okay, this is getting kind of personal but...  I haven't shaved my legs in six plus months.  And a few months ago it dawned on me that if I didn't need to shave my legs anymore, maybe I didn't need to shave my armpits either.  So I stopped that too.  But suddenly, my legs are looking ape-like.  Like, over night, I grew an inch of leg hair.  I don't even own a razor anymore.  Good Lord!  Apparently, now that my vitamin B levels are back up where they are supposed to be, I'm not only growing fingernails (Yay!!) but also leg hair. Argh!

Health rant over.  Back to knitting...

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Three on Thursday - Adult Popsicles

This past Sunday's post where I shared a recipe for gin and tonic popsicles was a hit with many of you.  But a few of you commented that you'd prefer boozy chocolate popsicles.  

So...

#cookingfromscratch; recipe for homemade adult chocolate popsicles
Fudgesicles from pudgefactor.com
These fudgesicles are made with Godiva liqueur but there are suggestions for substituting kahula, burbon, rum, or......Well, there's lots of options.  There's even a non alcoholic version.

#cookingfromscratch; recipe for adult popsicles made with Baileys
Boozy Chocolate and Coffee Popsicles from kitchenstories.com

These popsicles are made with Baileys for the chocolate and coffee lovers.  Honestly, I don't think there's anything in this world that would be better than a Baileys popsicle!

#recipes; homemade adult popsicles made with Nutella and bourbon.
Boozy Nutella Popsicles from foodfanatic.com
Or, how about these?  I'm not a huge Nutella fan, I mean, it's okay, but I don't go crazy for it like lots of people do.  But Nutella and bourbon, frozen on a stick?  Oh yeah!  The recipe is here.

You're welcome.

Hope you'll join me for today's Three on Thursday gathering.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

TNT

Look at me - two Tiny Needle Tuesday's in a row!


I finished the beach chair cross stitch, although I've been informed it's not a beach chair.  It's an Adirondack chair.  Perhaps it is, formally, but when you paint them fun colors and put them on the screened porch or dock, they become beach chairs.


My question for you is, is that frame too big?  I think it might be, which is a shame because I planned to cross stitch three chairs in various colors and I just happen to have three of those frames.  Sadly, I think a smaller hoop would look better.  What do you think?

Can I even call an embroidery hoop a frame?

For posterity and in case I ever want to recreate this chair, I used three strands of DMC floss #3843 and #3846 on 14-count fabric.

On a totally different and fun note, I typed this last night.  And there's a ^%^$^%#$%#^ tree frog somewhere in my room croaking his fool head off!  

How do these things always happen to me?


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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Sunday Supper - Gin and Tonic Lollies

Yeah, it really is too hot to eat.  

Recipe for homemade gin and tonic popsicles
Gin and tonic lollies from bbcgoodfood.com

We are all adults here; I think we just may drink our dinner tonight.  Actually, they are frozen so we will have to chew.  Or at least bite.  That classifies these as a meal, not a drink.  Besides, there's cucumber in there.  We're just having salad!  Frozen boozy salad on a stick!  Yeah, that's my kind of hot July meal!

Oh, I guess you'd like the link.  Gin and Tonic Lollies can be found here.

Enjoy!

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Friday, July 24, 2020

On the Needles


Timeless Pullover

I'm still plugging away at Timeless and will probably still be knitting on it this time next month.  I knit and I knit and I knit and I knit some more... and it seems I make no progress what so ever.  And that's weird because with the two strands of mohair held together, I'm getting gauge at five stitches to the inch.  I think it just feels like it's taking forever because I can't read while I knit all this stockinette. Well, I can, but I find myself only grabbing one strand too frequently to bother.  

Despite not being able to read while I knit, it's still a fun project.  The yarn is just so light and soft and it hasn't shed all over my clothes a single time.  

And, the sweater fits!  Actually, it might be a little bit too big.  I was in between sizes so I opted for the larger size because I'm not into body hugging clothes these days.  


And for those of you interested in the tank....  I have a new addition.  Meet Herman.  He's a Mystery Albino snail and he is going to help me with my algae problem.  Apparently I can't count.  I had the timer for my lights set on 10 hours, not 8.  Oops!  A big, giant oops actually.  Everything was okay until I got Viviane, the second female Emperor Tetra.  She came from a shop that specializes in plants rather than fish and her tank wasn't the cleanest.  Two days later, Bam!  I had a Massive algae problem.  I'm blaming Viviane's water but I know my light timer miscalculation may have been the cause.  Anyway, I've been fighting algae ever since and hopefully Herman is going to help.

Now, if I can just resist the urge to get Herman a girlfriend....

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Three on Thursday - Still only July?

Well, I'm still suffering from fall fever.  On top of wanting to wear jeans and flannel and sit around the fire pit sipping hot spiced tea, I'm also starting to crave candy corn.  I may not survive August at this point.

The fall fever may send me completely over the edge, but at least I can knit fall things while I wait for cooler weather.  Today's Three on Thursday is three mitten patterns.

Hand knit cabled fingerless gloves
Kindling Mitts by Helen Stewart
First of all, I love fingerless mitts.  Second of all, I Love cabled fingerless mitts.  And third, I LOVE the yarn used in that photo.  It just looks so soft and warm and I adore the tiny flecks of color.  These mitts are Kindling Mitts by Helen Stewart.  I've been on a Helen Stewart pattern kick lately.  I discovered her designs last month and Wow!  She's got so many wonderful designs.

Hand knit mittens with a floral fair isle design; free pattern
Mittens Nomen by Dela Hausmann
I'm fascinated by how different the pattern in these Nomen mittens looks depending on the colors used.  I'm also obsessed with the color scheme on the left.  Oh, and this pattern is free on Ravelry.

Hand knit women's mittens with elephants; fair isle knitting
Mittens that Never Forget by Elizabeth Lubowitz
I just love the elephants on these mittens.  Besides being adorable, they remind me of Hayden.  Her room is decorated with elephants.  I wonder if I knit a pair for her now, could I keep up with them until she was a teen and big enough to wear them?

Hope you'll join me over at Carole's for Three on Thursday.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

TNT

Finally!

Tiny Needle Tuesday (TNT)
A tiny little beach chair cross stitch

I finally get to have a TNT (Tiny Needle Tuesday) post!

Doesn't look like much yet plus I forgot to take photos for today's post until late last night so the lighting is horrible.  Even more horrible than normal!  Some of the bad lighting might be karma coming to get me.  I'm feeling a little bit guilty about the pattern.  

I'm not even sure what magazine I saw it in, but it was one of those 'Ladies' magazines about decorating, cooking and  old age face creams.  Anyway... In one of the photos of a beach house, there was a simple little cross stitched beach chair hanging on the wall.  I thought it was adorable and that it would be so cute to have a set of them in different colors... So I ripped the page out of the magazine, scanned it into the computer, enlarged it and hand copied the pattern onto graph paper.

And twenty minutes after I sat down to start stitching, Hayden came to visit so I didn't get very far.  But that's okay.  I have a few stitches done.  It counts as a TNT!

Icicle Aloft from Knit Picks https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1435475&u=1446317&m=59159&urllink=&afftrack=
Timeless Pullover knit with Aloft, a mohair and silk blend

The Timeless pullover is coming along, slowly, but surely.  Actually, I'm astounded at how much progress I've made considering the sweater is knit with mohair, it's July in Virginia, and we've had a week of 95+ degree days with 'feels like' temperatures exceeding 105 degrees.  

Timeless is obviously way too big for my mannequin, but that's a good thing.  I am also much bigger than my mannequin.  I haven't had the nerve to try the sweater on yet.  Did I mention that it's been 95+ degrees with 'feels like' temperatures exceeding 105?  Yeah, I'm sticking with the "I can block that out" theory until it cools off.  Cools way, way off!

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday Supper - Cheddar Broccoli Salad

It's just too hot to eat.  Okay, it's never too hot to eat, but it's definitely too hot to cook.

No cook summer side dish salad recipe
Cheddar Broccoli Salad from tasteofhome.com

Cheddar broccoli salad to the rescue.  Okay, you do have to cook the bacon and I steam my broccoli just a tiny bit in the microwave but there's no oven involved.  Despite having to cook the bacon, this is a very doable dish on a hotter than Hades day in July.

Enjoy!


Friday, July 17, 2020

Timeless

Can you believe - we had nice enough weather the other day that I was able to sit outside on the deck and knit on my mohair Timeless sweater.  In July!  How crazy is that?

Timeless Pullover

I've got two rows to go before separating the sleeves from the body.

As exciting as that is, it's not the important news.

The view from the screened porch

The important news is that my sister and I spent yesterday at our cousin's house.  On the river.  It was fabulous!

Believe it or not, it was my first full day away from my mother-in-law since moving in with her on November 1st.  That's a looooong time to go without a full breakfast-through-dinner day off.  

It was the first time I'd visited my cousin and his wife at their river house but it won't be the last.  I know where they live now.  What a gorgeous old house they have, what a gorgeous view they have, and what a gorgeous day we picked to visit.

The shore was covered in muscles that had washed up for unknown reasons.

My sister had gotten a new car the day before so she had a good time driving us to the river.  Once there, we had a fun "ladies' lunch" that, thankfully, did not involve take-out pizza or sub sandwiches.  Besides the fabulous food and the wonderful company, what made it so fun was that the table was set with old family silver and china.  

What's so special about eating off old family china?  Well, if I understand how it works correctly, my cousin is both my first and second cousin.  My mother's brother married my dad's first cousin.  And the cousin we were visiting is a product of that marriage.  What it all boils down to is that all the 'stuff' from from multiple generations of two family lines got split between my sister and I and my two cousins.  There is a Lot of family history there.  And my cousin's wife is into genealogy and relationships as well as history, so she's full of stories of where things came from and the stories behind the items.  

Wow!  That was a long winded way to say we had a really nice lunch.  

And then we hit the water.  There is something so incredibly special about swimming in salt water river water.  And we had gorgeous, perfect weather.  I didn't want to leave.


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Three on Thursday - Hayden

I'm taking the easy way out for today's Three on Thursday.

Three recent photos of Hayden:


Have you ever seen anything any cuter?  I just can't get over those big, blue eyes.  I'm so happy she seems to be keeping them.  I'm also very surprised because her dad comes from a long line of dark brown eyes.


Hayden with her Great Grandma.


Hayden may love her mama but she's definitely Daddy's Girl!

Hope you'll join me today for Three on Thursday.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Not Reyna


Garter and mesh striped triangular shawl knit with fingering weight yarn from Organized Chaos Yarns
Not Reyna

Well, I'm going to have to rename this shawl Not Reyna.  I got a little carried away with the previous lace/mesh section and continued to knit mesh instead of switching back to garter.  Rather than pull it out, I'm claiming artistic license and making my own garter/lace mesh stripe pattern.

Besides the fact that I think you are looking at the back side of the shawl in that photo, I wish the yarn's true color showed up better.  It is The prettiest greeny-blue I have ever seen in real life but no matter how much editing I do to the photo, I can't seem to get the color right.  And of course, it's way too dark to retake the photo now.

I feel like I haven't spent any time knitting recently but Not Reyna is a tad bit past half way complete and my Timeless sweater is coming along too.  

I'm pretty excited about Timeless.  I'm past the second pearl row and knitting with (1) mohair in Virginia in July and (2) two strands of mohair held together is much easier than I expected.  And yes, I did mean "pearl" not "purl."  The sweater has bands around the  yoke that are supposed to represent strands of pearls.  You know, it's a timeless, classic sweater and if you're wearing a timeless, classic sweater, you must also wear your pearls.  Or is that just a southern girl thing?