Monday, August 31, 2015

8-31-2015 Current Reads

Had fun learning a new stitch pattern!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

8-30-2015 GGN Sleeves Started

Now that the body of my first ever adult sweater is knitted,
it is on to the sleeves
which are knit cuff to shoulder.
I spent 3 hours going over the 5 pages of 
math worksheets and an Excel spreadsheet for the sleeves
to try and figure out the increases, stitch counts and shaping.
I even wore my LuLaRoe "bunnies" skirt
because I figured that bunnies are good at math, right?
At least they are good at multiplication!
Anyway, after 3 hours of not being able to get the numbers
to come out right,
I drafted my math genius (MIT grad) hubby 
to help me out.
He found two mistakes in the excel spreadsheet itself
and 2 mistakes in the math worksheets
(not MY mistakes, but mistakes in the pattern)
and after a few quick calculations
he had me back on track with the correct numbers!
Thank you so much, dear hubby!
I plan to knit the sleeves two-at-a-time 
so they are both identical in row and stitch count
as well as tension.
I'm super excited to have the cuffs started now!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

8-29-2015 GGN BODY DONE!!!

Finished knitting the BODY/TORSO
of my GGN Norwegian Ski Sweater KAL sweater today!
I love how it is turning out!

Also finished up this VEST
for "Freckles" the PIP KAL.
Now its on to his COAT!

Friday, August 28, 2015

8-28-2015 Beet of a Different Color

 DH pulled this beet from our garden for dinner tonight...
we were surprised it wasn't solid red when we cut into it.
I think this seed must have sneaked into the seed package!
Isn't it pretty?!?!?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

8-27-2015 Cool Day at Zoo

Yesterday, DH & I took advantage
of our cooler than normal temps
and took the GDs to the zoo
for maybe the last time this summer.

After a train ride around the zoo
we fed the fish, geese and ducks.
Then we fed the goats and sheep
and headed to the carousel.

Next we fed the giraffes.

Then we fed the colorful Lorikeets
who were very hungry and feisty!
They bit us!

Next we rode the ponies.

And finally, we rode the Lions
at the Zoo exit,

 Afterwards, we had lunch a a 2+1/2 hour nap!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

8-26-2015 Acorns

This little peanut is
helping mommy pick up acorns.
The tree in their back yard
drops several hundred pounds of them
every summer!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

8-25-2015 Hiking

Lovely day for a hike at the park!

The GDs found a caterpillar.

Makes me miss all the many hikes DH & I took
over the 30 years we lived in Missouri.
The Ozarks were such a wonderful place to hike!
Iowa cornfields, not so much.

Monday, August 24, 2015

8-24-2015 Shawl from Poland

Received this beautiful Shawl
from a friend in Poland today!!!
Thank you so much!!!
I love it!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

8-23-2015 Zentangle

Spent yesterday
at one of my fave places,
for a Zentangle workshop.
Here are a few of the Zentangles I made
during the workshop.
You can click on the picture to enlarge it.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

8-22-2015 First Boat Ride

The girls went for their first boat ride
on the Mississippi River
in the Channel Cat today.
When I asked them about it,
they told me it was scary!

Friday, August 21, 2015

8-21-2015 Desk

DH just finished building his desk
for the basement.
I think it turned out great!
I wonder if the kids will be able to find
the secret compartment!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

8-20-2015 LuLaRoe Dresses

Wish I looked this cute
in my LuLaRoe dresses!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

8-19-2015 Charlie Horse

riding "Charlie Horse"
that Papa made.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

8-18-2015 Not Too Sure...

Pictures from my grandsons' recent trip to the zoo...
not too sure about these kangaroos!!!

...or these goats!!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

8-17-2015 Rain

Some rain is headed our way!!!
Wish we could direct it out west
to put out the wild fires
and relieve the drought!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

8-16-2015 The Bottle Fairy

The Bottle Fairy (trash can)
came and took away the baby bottles
this weekend.
It makes Oma very happy
but the girls are a bit fussy about it!
It's now time to move on to sippy cups...

Saturday, August 15, 2015

8-15-2015 Mary Poppins

Today DH & I headed back over to Prospect Park
to attend a production of the play
"Mary Poppins"
with our dear friend John 
starring as Mary Poppin's sidekick, Bert.
May I just say, he was AWESOME!!!!
You knocked it out of the park, friend!
I knew you had an amazing voice,
but who knew you had such
tap dancing skills?!?!?

Friday, August 14, 2015

8-14-2015 Pip Gets a Top Hat

He now has a Top Hat
to which I need to add a Chicago Bears logo!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

8-13-2015 Street Party

My youngest GS at a recent street party...

Our new neighborhood used to have a street party
once a year in the summer.
As the neighborhood grew to 3 blocks
it became a neighborhood outdoor movie night
once a month during the summer months.
Now, we don't do anything.
People are just too busy
and don't want to go to all the work.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

8-12-2015 Exploring

Today DH & I went exploring
Prospect Park
and it's 100+ year old pavilion...
it had 3 walking trails
designated "easy, medium, and difficult"
and a beautiful pond!
It was the setting for the play "Mary Poppins"
we are going to see this coming weekend.

Yesterday, the girls and I
explored a nearby park...
they loved running across the bridges!

And, I wanted a pix of my DD 
in her cute LuLaRoe sailboat skirt!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

8-11-2015 Raindrops

Tried knitting two different 
"Raindrops" stitch patterns the other day...
just to learn some new techniques.

Monday, August 10, 2015

8-10-2015 Matching LuLaRoes

Ready to face another week of
babysitting the GDs (ages 3 and 1)...
today they are sporting their matching
LuLaRoe dresses.
Just another day at the park.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

8-9-2015 Art Show and Library Book Sale Lake Geneva...

Took a pix of this silly hotdog
squirting catsup on his head
and texted it to the grand babies...
thought they might get a kick out of it! 

A much needed weekend get-away!
Thank you sooooo much, dear husband!