Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's Wednesday - Again.

Gee, it's been a whole week since I last posted. What has happened...hmmm..oh yeah...

IT'S SNOWING IN HOUSTON!!! Can you believe it? Yesterday it was in the mid-to-upper 70's and today - snow. Mind you it isn't sticking but hey, we'll take what we can get. The last time it snowed was Christmas Eve four years ago. If I had batteries for the camera I would take a picture.

So here is what I'm working on for Christmas: Triangle shawl (still); lapghan; socks. I'll post pictures as I finish them, and I will get camera batteries so that I can do that.

Until next time, keep hooking.


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

It's just a Wednesday

So we're moving right along to Christmas. Who's ready? Not me, that's for sure. But Louie is getting in the spirit. Hee hee hee.
I am trying to finish up a couple of crocheted gifts for Christmas . Although it's going kinda slow I think I'll make it. As long as I stay in my groove, that is. I'm working on the triangle shawl (STILL!) and it's coming along pretty good. I plan on doing another Lion Brand Homespun afghan, this time in the Waterfall. I sure hope it comes out even, unlike the first one I did.
That's about all for now. Keep on hooking.
Until next time,

Sunday, November 30, 2008

The last day of November

Well alrighty birthday, which was two days ago, ended without a big bang. The Mr. hadn't been feeling too well most of the week and after dinner that night he decided he just couldn't go out. Since we were 5 hours away from home and staying in a hotel, and we were going out with his sister and his cousin (who said sister was staying with), he told me to just go out with them and have a good time. But since Cousin lives about 20 minutes from the hotel and would not be driving that far after a night of drinking, therefore I would have to stay the night at her house, I decided to be the dutiful wife and forego the night out and go back to the hotel with him. After all, he hasn't been feeling well and of course my place is with him, right? Right? I thought so, too. But you know, I made the right choice. I would have just worried about him anyway. And I would have had more fun with him there anyway. was still a good birthday.

Now on to Christmas...

Keep hooking. Until next time,


Friday, November 28, 2008


We had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday. The whole family was there. It was good. We decided to skip the before-the-crack-of-dawn shopping frenzy and sleep in this morning but we will brave the crowds a little later to see what's out there. But on to more important things...TODAY'S MY BIRTHDAY!!! Time to go out and have a grand time. We are still out of town so not sure where we will end up for the festivities but I'm looking forward to it.

So tomorrow I will share what went on this most festive of days. I might even have pictures that are decent enough to post here. LOL

Until next time,


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Turkey Eve

Tis the day before Thanksgiving and we have traveled to my brother-and sister-in-law's for the Big Day. We're in our hotel just relaxing because tomorrow will be hopping with all the family getting together. We had a nice, uneventful drive up here, except for the stop at a Rest Area. We get there and I really, really gotta go so I jump outta the car and walk really fast to the ladies room only find the gate shut and locked. It's temporarily closed! The Men's room is up and running and I really thought about rushing in there but there were men in there. Couldn't get Kevin to go in there to empty it out and then stand guard so Bethanie and I could make use of it.

Another lady went up to the locked gate and I guess she had to use it worse than I did because she thought she could twist the padlock off. Then she got pissy with the man in there who was cleaning it. Didn't have a sign saying it was closed for cleaning, just that it was closed. I saw him then and said that he didn't need to sweep up every single crumb for us. Then he decided he was finished and unlocked the gate and got the heck outta the way. There was quite the crowd by then. And no, I didn't get any crocheting done in the car. I read instead.

Until next time,

Prince Louie IV only looks innocent.

She thinks she's Rambo-ette.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Just another manic Monday...

Hey, I've always liked that song (see title above). Yes, it's Monday, the one before Thanksgiving.
Louie (the dog) seems to be on a fiber diet. The scrunchy slipper sock I was working on...well let's just say that one day recently when I came home the sock greeted me at the door and the two balls of yarn (two colors of Wool-Ease Thick N Quick) were halfway unballed in another part of the room. And then he took a new ball of the same kind and undid half of it. It was found in the hallway. My scarf I was working on out of the Lion Brand Homespun...he frogged it. I thought I had it all put out of his reach because he is such a little dog but apparently not. The little $%#@. I am being very diligent about keeping the triangle scarf way out of his reach. I just attached the third ball of the Jiffy and I only have about 14 more rows to completion before starting all that fringe.

So, we are getting ready to travel to my brother-and sister-in-law's home for Thanksgiving. The guys plan on skeet shooting this Saturday. Poor skeet. Know any recipes for skeet?

Keep on hooking.

Until next time,


Louie and Bethanie like to swim.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A day late...

So yesterday was my son's 21st birthday. He's legal now but he's also in Iraq. When he comes home for his two-week leave we will celebrate then. I miss him so much and I can't wait for him to get back home where he belongs. Well, that's the mom in me because he belongs whereever he's needed. I'm proud of him.

It's time for me to get really serious about starting a "life-style make-over". By that I mean diet and exercise but I'm sure you knew what I meant. I think I also want to get my hair cut and styled a whole new way but I dunno...Of course along with that there should be a highlight involved, don't you think? Wow, I just realized that I'm planning all this with New Year's on the horizon. year, new changes. Well, we shall see.

Okay, nothing much has been going on lately except that my hubby got us a new washer and dryer. It's a front load and he seemed fascinated with it. He did most of the laundry last Sunday and watched it go 'round and 'round. Yesterday I decided it was way past time to wash the dog's pillow and he got distressed about that. He put his paws up on the washer door and whined and watched his pillow go 'round and 'round. I was going to take a picture but the batteries decided to die and I didn't have anymore. He showed his displeasure by going into my yarn stash that was out in the open and took off with a new ball of Wool-Ease. I found it in the hallway. He didn't look shamed, either. Sheesh.

Ahh well, such is life. Keep hooking.

Until next time,


Bethanie, Louie and our kitty, Miss Lilly. What a bunch of sleepyheads.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Random thoughts

This Monday after the time change was different. When the sun was going down I felt like I should already be almost home instead of it still being another hour at work. I do not like walking the two blocks over and two blocks up to the bus stop downtown at dusk. Not fun at all. I'm sure, though, that a well placed crochet hook to the eye or nose could do some damage, or at least stun someone enough so that I could make a getaway. Umm yeah...running in heels on brick sidewalks. I don't think so. I'll just stick to slipping out 15 minutes early. Shhh...

Anyhoo...on Saturday I decided it was time to wash the ol' Jeep. So off to the carwash I went. I normally use the drive-thru and let the touchless carwash do the job but this time I decided to use the one where I had to use my muscles, such as they are(n't). It seemed like a good idea at the time being a beautiful day and all. So I put the windshield wipers up so that I could wash the windshield. No biggie, right? Well, when I finished I put the wipers down and guess what...the driver's side wiper had somehow come off the metal holder thingy. Now how could that happen, you ask? I don't know but it did. And of course the only thing I accomplished trying to put it back on was getting my fingers black. So I put it in the car and let Kevin put it back on. My hero!

Here's Bethanie. It appears she's getting over her shyness.

Louie likes to show his pearly whites sometimes.

Keep hooking.

Until next time,


Sunday, November 02, 2008

Plugging right along...

Time to give an update on my WIPS. I haven't gotten very far on the scrunchy slippers but here is what I have so far. I am just starting on the gussett. I have a long way to go if I want to give Bethanie the slippers for Christmas. Well, there is always her birthday in January if they're not ready in time.

Here is a picture of Bethanie. In case you can't tell she's shy.

Now Louie, however, is not shy. He's a mixed breed; can you tell which is which?
Keep on hooking.
Until next time,

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm not setting the crochet world on fire these days

I wanted to share how my one-skein project came out from the weekend. It was a scarf pattern using Lion Brand Homespun yarn.

Are you ready to be amazed? Because here it is...

Didn't get very far, now did I? But I did start my first sock pattern. It seems simple enough. It's the Scrunchy Slippers using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. I started this this past Sunday night and haven't actually had time to work on them again. But as soon as I finish up here I plan on it.

So on that note, here is a picture of my puppy, Prince Louie IV. He is a Doxieshire, or as I prefer, a Dorkie.
Until next time,

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Well, okay, I only have one FO for now. But I am going to be doing some simple one skein projects this weekend so we shall see what I can get done. For now, though, here is my first attempt at an afghan. It's made with Lion Brand Homespun, which I think is soooo soft. I actually made this a while back for my sister-in-law, but it didn't come out very even so I kept it, intending to make another one., which hasn't happened yet.

And now for my WIP - it's a triangle shawl that I, ummm, started Labor Day weekend...ummmm...2007. I'm about 1/3 of the way finished with it. My Mother-in-law makes jewelry and she was going to try her hand at making shawl pins, but she hasn't yet, at least she hasn't told me if she has.
Alrighty now...I'll get busy on those projects and maybe I'll have some more FO's tomorrow.
Until next time,

Friday, October 17, 2008

My Soldier is leaving - again

My son, Paul, told me today that he and his unit (Army) are leaving for Iraq on Saturday night. This will be his 2nd tour. He is only 20 (he will be 21 in less than a month) and he has seen a lot for his young age. What makes me even madder about all this is that he was only home for four months before he was called away again.
Paul, just remember this. You don't have to be a hero. Come home the same way you left. I love you. Be safe.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

October happenings

Well, my oldest daughter had a birthday yesterday. She's 23 years old. Where has the time gone? I'm sure I only blinked one eye...but she still grew up on me. She is married (an Army wife) with two beautiful little girls. This picture is about 6 months old as my granddaughters are now 1 and 3. Guess it's time for a new family photo. Too bad they live a day's drive away.