Thursday, March 30, 2017

Middle of the Week Surprise...

Happy Thursday, peeps!!  I seem to have napped through last Saturday, a little fuzzy about what I did on Sunday, and POOF!, here it is Thursday morning.  LOL

I finished a project.  Please, no applause, really...well, maybe just a little. My little bird sampler is done. These buttons are a bit larger that in the original pattern, but I think they look okay.  Yes? No?

I am going to take it with me to my finishing retreat and make it into a drum.  Or not.  Who knows what I'm going to do.

The pattern is starting to show on my throw.  It is going to be nice and heavy.  It is slooooow going.  I thought it would go faster since I'm using a bulky yarn.  Nope.  Once again, I've misjudged the time necessary to complete a project.  Though I'm pretty sure that I'm not the only one to make that little mistake.  LOL.  I was going to do stripes, but now I'm leaning toward BIG blocks. The other two colors are cream and teal.  This is a deep black.  I'll see how this first skein goes.

My roses are so happy, they cannot contain themselves.  They keep growing and growing and growing.

My first rose.  Love this color!

I have a baby oak tree that is growing under some bushes in my yard.  It is on a growth spurt this year. These leaves look so tiny and perfect.

Okay, it's after 5 am, I am off to work.  Today is my Friday...tomorrow is a state holiday.  A three day weekend will be nice.  I've always got "stuff" to do.  Have a wonderful day, be kind to one another.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers...and an Unknitted Shawl

Good morning, peeps and peepettes!!  Happy, happy Sunday!

The weather here continues to be beautiful.  It gets down to the 40s at night, but hits the low 80s during the day.  My flowers are going crazy.  I've got orchids out on the patio, freesias and lilacs out front.  And my irises are so tall and sturdy, I'm hoping for lots of blooms this year.  There is more rain on the horizon, this week or next.  That would be great, I don't want to have to water...

My double-whites...the first picture shows how many blooms I've got waiting to open.

My patio cymbidium.  I only have one spike, but I'm hoping for more next year.

And here are my grape irises from Wisconsin.  Waving to Vickie!!  They're looking very healthy.  I love these irises.  They smell so good!

My freesias have lots and lots of blooms.

I picked a few to enjoy inside.  I love this color.

On the stitching front...NOTHING!!

I started working on my wrap/shawl last night.  Got all of the yarn into balls, settled down on the couch. Pulled out a very simple pattern. I just want to do a rectangle and have it be warm.  Here are the directions:  K1 *YO, P2tog* K1.  Hmmm.   Looked easy enough.  Except somehow, I completely read this incorrectly.  What did I do?  K1*YO, P2tog, K1*.  After three rows, it looked more like a moth-eaten blanket than a beautiful wrap.  Read the instructions again...and again...and again.  The holes did not seem to match the picture.  Oh, darn, I think I figured out the problem.  So, pulled it all out and went to bed.  I will be trying again today. Absolutely NO pictures were taken.

My dad continues to lose weight.  His eating has become erratic.  Some days are good, some are not so good.  Last week, the nurse told me that his lungs sounded a "bad".  The diagnosis was possible aspiration pneumonia.  I know that the time with my father is getting shorter.  It is very odd.  I know that it's time, but this life on hospice with my dad is MY normal. My father would have never wanted to live this way, but the end still scares me.  

So I am off like a herd of turtles.  I did most of my inside chores yesterday, but I need to take a trip to town this morning.  Hug your loved ones tight, be kind to one another.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

This and That....

Good morning from the rancho.

I am on my second cup of coffee and am still waiting for the caffeine to kick in.  I didn't sleep well last night.  Between my ancient bladder and the dog and cat wanting to go outside every hour, not much rest went on.  I know that the clock says 9:30 am, but my body is saying "Oh heavens no, that can't be possibly be right".  I see a really long day in my future...

The past week has been so beautiful here.  It's been in the 70's and 80's.  This is my favorite time of year. Everything is so green and shiny.  My irises look like it is going to be a bumper year for blooms. Amazing what some rain will do!  Here is a picture of my patio cymbidium.  I've had it for a few years, but this is the first time it's bloomed for me.  LOL

I've been super busy at work.  By the time I get home, all I want to do is sit in the chair and let my mind rest.  We have my old job out to hire, so hopefully we can get someone in the next two months.

I finally finished my Brach's Candy scarf.  I've got it washed and am blocking it now.  I hope that my hubby's friend likes it....

I am off and running.  Wishing you all an amazing Sunday.  Be kind to one another.