Monday, November 30, 2015

Lighting of London Bridge and the GREEN Blanket

We live in a truly lovely place. Unlike Utah where there's now about 10" of snow in our old front yard, here there are only rocks and cacti. Lake Havasu is where the London Bridge was rebuilt and every Christmas it is lit up with a grand ceremony. This is us on our way. Mom is being pushed by Rob and his wife, Amy and I'm driving my little scooter. Mom wouldn't use it. Too scary she said. LOL! I will admit, however, that after a trip to K-Mart where I talked her into using one of their mobility carts she took out an entire shelving unit. I didn't argue with her when she said "No, I'll just walk." Well, it was too far for her to do that so we borrowed a transport chair from a friend and very reluctantly she used it. She was glad in the end because it was quite a long walk from where we had our picnic by the lake to the bridge. Also, it was kind of chilly. Now our usual warmer weather this time of year. It was still a lot of fun and so much fun having friends and family there.

The Saga of the Green Blanket

I wanted to do something special for The Hubster this Christmas so I decided I'd make him a blanket. He's always got something over him while he's watching football (yuck) and instead of a traditional blanket I thought I'd do one in the round. My only problem is the going around and aorund and around. I feel like I'm going in circles. Well, I guess I am. Anyway, the pattern is by Julee Foot and it's the Round Ripple pattern. I'm using Red Heart Love yarn and the photo really doesn't do justice to the colors. They are really nice together and it's very very soft. I sure hope I get it done in time for Christmas. He thinks it's for someone else. Tee hee!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's all about FAMILY for me. I love it!!! This Thanksgiving, while different from most in the past, will still be a wonderful holiday. We will share it with our friends, Gary and Sheri, my mom, my son Robert and his wife, Amy, and our kind neighbor, Jack, from across the street. I was incredibly lazy this year though and decided rather than wear us all out I would order it all from the local supermarket. I know -- lazy, right???? I feel kinda guilty about it -- but only for about 5 seconds -- then I think of how nice it will be just to heat it all up. It might not taste as good but there will be plenty of it and no one worn to a frazzle with their backs (mine) aching. LOL! It comes with a turkey, a ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, rolls, cranberry relish, cinnamon apples and two pumpkin pies. I might make an apple cobbler -- we'll see,  My friend is bringing some "fake" champagne and a chocolate pie.

I hope yours is fantastic!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Comforting Cocoons and Blankets

My BFF is stockpiling some baby blankets as she's becoming a great grandma in leaps and bounds the last few years. She has a sweet little granddaughter graduating from high school this year and when she saw the other blankets she said she wanted one too. So I made this little cocoon blanket just for her grandma to put away for her.

There was no pattern. I actually started this blanket and then realized that as big as I was making it I likely would run out of yarn. Normally that's not a problem but this is some OLD OLD yarn that I got at a garage sale. Odds are it would be impossible to find more (and I wasn't inclined to search for it to be honest). So, I turned it into a cocoon and made a little hat. I think it turned out kind cute.

Amberley is probably a little ways away from having a baby but Grandma might as well have it on hand, right?

I'm also working on a blanket for The Hubster for Christmas. It's a pattern by Julie Reeves called Ripple Ridge. It has you doing your slip stitch to join going around one of the front post stitches. I didn't like the way it looked so when I changed colors I moved the beginning stitch to one of the points and I like that a lot better. This is RedHeart Love yarn and is better than their Super Saver stuff. My preference to use is I Love This Yarn but this was on sale.

We are getting the pergolas up in the backyard today. The Hubster got them up yesterday but now they have to be anchored. It was supposed to be a 2-man job but He Man did it all by himself. He's such a stud -- however, one of these days the ladder may not be so kind of him. He's not getting any younger. I hope this is his last "getting on a ladder" type job.

Speaking of getting old, I know a few Seniors this applies to.

A group of seniors was sitting around talking about all their ailments. "My arms have got so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee," said  one. "Yes, I know," said another. "My cataracts are so bad; can't even see  my coffee." "I couldn't even mark an "X" at election time because my hands are so crippled," volunteered a third. "What? Speak up! What? I can't hear you, said one elderly lady! "I can't turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck," said one, to which several nodded weakly in agreement. "My blood pressure pills make me so dizzy!" exclaimed another. "I forget where I am and where I'm going," said another. "I guess that's the price we pay for getting old," winced an old man as he slowly shook his head. The others nodded in agreement. "Well, count your Blessings," said a woman cheerfully . . .
"Thank God we can all still drive!" 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Crockpot Kung Pao Chicken!!!!

Author: The Frugal Girls
Serves 4-5
Cook for 3 hours

4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed
1/4 c. pineapple preserves
1 bottle of Panda Express Kung Pao Sauce (18.75 oz.)
1 red pepper
green onions, chopped (optional)

Cook chicken in crockpot on HIGH for 3 hours (covered). After 3 hours, drain juices from crockpot. remove chicken, chop into cubes, then return to crockpot. Chop red and green pepper and set aside. Mix together preserves and Kung Pao sauce. Pour sauce mix and chopped peppers over chicken, stir well and cook on high for 30 more minutes (covered). Serve over cooked rice and garnish with chopped green peppers, if desired.

So yummy!

I'm working on two new blankets. Once is a round one and one is a baby one using some old baby yarn. Baby yarn just takes forever to make a blanket but it's so pretty and delicate. Pictures to come when I get a bit further on them.

Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving? We are having some friends over and my son and his wife are coming from San Diego. Can't wait! I love Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday of the year. I will miss the rest of my family though. Makes me sad to think of it but I'm still thankful they are healthy and happy wherever they live.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Midnight at the Oasis Scarf

I found a pretty scarf pattern on the Internet but I didn't like the four row repeats so I took two of the rows and combined them for this scarf. I also changed it and put in the bobble stitch. I'd like to give the author credit but I have no idea where it even came from. It was one of those Pinterest patterns that just has the charts.

Approximately 12" x 60"

Berroco Vintage DK (2 Skeins)
H crochet hook


Ch. 50.

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook; * ch 1. Miss next 3 ch. [(1 dc. ch 1) twice; 1 dc] all in next ch; ch 1; miss next 3 ch; 1 sc in next ch; repeat from * to end of chain. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch 3). Miss next dc. 1 sc in next dc; * ch 3; 4 dc bobble; ch 1; ch 3; miss next dc; 1 sc in next dc; repeat from * across, ending with 1 dc in last sc. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1; 1 sc in first dc; * ch 1 [(1 dc; ch 1) twice; 1 dc] all in the next sc; ch 1 ** 1 sc in top of next bobble; repeat from * 4 more times, then from * to ** once; 1 sc in 3rd ch of ch 6.

Repeat last 2 rows for pattern until 1 full skein has been used.

Finish off. Making sure scarf is facing you work pattern from the bottom of the scarf to the end of the 2nd skein. In other words you will start the scarf over again in the beginning row (Row 1). This will make the pattern end with either a row of shells or a row of bobbles. (I like the row of shells better myself). When you finish the second skein you are done!

It's a lovely pattern and a lot of fun to crochet. Requires a little bit of attention but easy to memorize the pattern.

I also recently finished these shawls. It's Ice yarn and I really like it. Both are nice and squishy and warm.

Living with Mother -- or Mother Living with Me

Either way it spells fun and laughter (most of the time). When The Hubster finally retired last January we moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona full-time. It was hard to leave our home in Utah. We loved our condo there and all our friends. Leaving family was the hardest thing to do but the warm weather beckoned us to go South. There are days when I want to pack a bag and move back but then there are days when I'm glad we are here. Today was one of those days.

Mom is spending the winter (or longer) with us. We brought her down around the 20th of September and she plans to stay until April 1st. She will be 90 on the 16th of December. I'm so happy we will get to celebrate it with her here in our bright and sunny Arizona home. The thought of her spending another lonely winter in cold old Idaho was just too much for all of us. For the past six months we have been remodeling the house, putting another bedroom on the back and finishing a family room. The bedroom is just perfect for her and has a door going directly into the bathroom and another out to the family room. She's steps away from the kitchen -- which is still the hub of activity in our little home.

Mom's been crocheting house slippers. It's an old pattern she's been making for years and years. She can make them in her sleep but for some reason is having trouble. We are certain it has to do with her vision as she has both glaucoma and macular degeneration. Today we had to take her for some injections behind one of her eyes because of some bleeding that is going on. It's been really hard for her to lose her vision and her hearing. She's a fiercely independent woman.

This is mom with my brother, Marvin. I'm sure he is missing her as he lived only about 30 minutes away and now it's much too far to stop in on their way to town. When we go to church or shopping together people always comment, "Boy, you can tell you two are related" or the other day a guy says, "Whoa, two peas in a pod!" Mom said thank goodness it wasn't "two pees in a pod". She's so funny. Shockingly so at times. LOL!

In any event, it's good to have her here. I try not to get frustrated when she is slow or doesn't hear me. I try to remember how valuable this time will be with her. Sometimes I feel selfish that I pulled her away from her friends and other family members but the warm weather has already helped her health immensely. Could be she'll just stay here. This pea doesn't mind being part of the same pod. She's a pretty terrific lady and I truly do love her. (I should get The Hubster to take a picture of us together. I'll do that tomorrow and post it here.)

I hope tomorrow to be able to post a new pattern. It's just a simple scarf/shawl pattern but I love the way it turned out. Watch this space!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Welcome (back)!

I hope you will enjoy my blog. I used to love blogging but it seemed everything was going to Facebook so I thought I'd try setting up a site there and found I just didn't enjoy Facebook all that much. Oh, it's nice to be able to keep up with family members and close friends but it's hard to get too personal with them. I felt much closer to my blogging friends so I hope to rejoin their fun community.

I have been busy crocheting. So much that it hurts -- literally -- sometimes. I'm starting to get arthritis in a couple of my fingers and boy, that's miserable, as some of you probably know.

I'm not doing much Christmas crocheting this year. I went the easy route and have purchased mostly gift certificates, etc.

What's going to be under
your tree this year?