Monday, February 29, 2016

2-29-2016 Happy Leap Year Day!

Oooo...what to do with an 'extra' day????

Sunday, February 28, 2016

2-28-2016 Fun Nails

Love the fun things my dear daughter does with her nails!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

2-27-2016 Testosterone

I need some testosterone in my life...

Miss seeing my grandsons!
Hope to make it back to Chicago some day soon!
Oma and Opa love you!

Friday, February 26, 2016

2-26-2016 Yarn Bombing

Last night,
while knitting at my LYS,
I learned that later next month
there are plans to do some
Yarn Bombing
at our local yarn shop's (Knit & Knot) new location!
So, I decided to join in the fun and participate
by making some 12" granny squares
for the front porch posts!

It will be a great way to do some 'stash-busting'
and use up some of my odds and ends/leftovers
from other projects
(which will make room for NEW yarn in my closet!).
My plan is to make one or two squares per day
for the next month.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

2-25-2016 Irish Meadows Alpaca Farm

Some of my knitting friends organized a day trip
and I was invited to come along!

And yes, I did end up buying some yarn
harvested from these amazing creatures!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

2-24-2015 Holden's Evening Prayer

Love, love, love
using Holden's Evening Prayer
each Wednesday evening during Lent!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

2-23-2016 Patterns

Now that I have started playing around with Zentangles,
(my latest:)

I am seeing patterns to inspire me


Monday, February 22, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

2-20-2016 What Does the Fox Say?

In our friend's backyard.
Thanks for texting us the fox pix, S-I-L.

Friday, February 19, 2016

2-19-2016 Spring-like Temps

Grandsons outside enjoying
the spring-like temps...

Thursday, February 18, 2016

2-18-2016 Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday
to my high school sweetheart,
 my dear husband
of 42 years!
You are my heart!

At his request,
we went out for lunch to celebrate his birthday
at Boozie's Grill downtown
(our first time to eat there)
for a burger...

 and then we went to the Chocolate Manor
for a piece of chocolate for dessert. Mmmm...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2-17-2016 Front Porch Smile

Looks like daddy has 2 little helpers
when it comes to shoveling snow!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

2-16-2016 Heels Turned

Today I got the heels turned
on my MKAL socks.
I wish the cable panel was centered directly 
down the front of the sock
instead of being twisted to the side by a few stitches.
(I think if I make a next pair
the cables will go down the center.)
However, I haven't tried these on yet
and they may be cute as is...
so will have to wait and see!
That's the thing with MKAL (Mystery Knit-a-Longs)...
you don't know what it will be like
until you finish it!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

2-14-2016 Happy Valentines Day

Remember this style of valentine card back in the day?
I'd tear the cellophane to open the box of valentine cards
with their small white envelopes
and then carefully read each card
and decide which one I would give to which classmate.
Ah, good memories!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

2-13-2016 Embroidered Socks KAL Progress

Finished the knitting part of Clue #4...
(still need to extend the embroidery)...
ready to start Clue #5...the heel.
Wish me luck!!!

Friday, February 12, 2016

2-12-2016 Cookie Monster Sugar Cookies

 GDs mixed,
rolled out,
cut heart shapes,
and decorated
Valentine hearts for mommy today.
We used the recipe in our Sesame Street Activity Book
which is the recipe mommy used when she was growing up:

Cookie Monster's Sugar Cookies
Cream: 3/4 c. butter or margarine and 1 c. sugar
Stir in: 2 beaten eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla
Stir in: 2+1/2 c. flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt
Refrigerate overnight.
Roll out on floured surface, cut shapes.
Bake at 400*F  for 6-8 minutes.
Decorate as desired.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

2-11-2016 Step Stool

DH made this step stool
for changing lights and smoke detector batteries
and other odd jobs.
Love it!
 And here's a toy in the making...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2-10-2016 Marbled Nails

Saw this pix my DD posted today...
love the marbled nail polish effect!
Might have to learn how to do this!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

2-9-2016 Finished Yellow Hat

It fits my 2-year-old GD perfectly!
with baby yarn (#3/sport/D.K.) and size 6 needles.

Monday, February 8, 2016

2-8-2016 Happy Chinese New Year!

Year of the Fire Monkey!
My New Mah Jongg Card!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

2-7-2016 QCSO

DH & I attended the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra performance
last night and may I just say, OMG!!! The SuperBowl halftime show's
got nothin' on these folks!!! This was amazing!!!
Neither of us had heard the first one by Edward Grieg before...
may need to find a recording of it to play at home.
It was LOVELY!
The Samuel Barber piece was bizarre, and thus...'interesting.'
And Beethoven's 7th Symphony
got a standing ovation!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

2-6-2016 It Fits!

Now baby sister wants one too,
so I've started a yellow one for her...

Friday, February 5, 2016

2-5-2016 Finished...

Hope this earflap hat
 fits one of the GDs!
If not,
I'll donate it.