Saturday, February 28, 2015

ATC's and family callers...

What a nice evening it's been. I spent a few minutes visiting with my little brother, Mark, from Texas. Just small talk and a few chuckles. As soon as we hung up my other phone rang and it was son Josh. He wanted to give me a heads up that they may be moving back to the area because his wife, Jess, plans to go back to school for her RN or LPN degree and the best school for her would be about 1-1/2 hours from here. We would be so excited to have them so near! (They live in Kentucky right now.)

Other than family news I've worked on tax stuff a bit (just gathering forms), sorted and planned some photo album pages, worked on an ATC, and did a little computerizing. Here's the first of four ATC's I'm doing for a Bible Verse swap. It's the second one I've done with this verse. Deja vu!

Time for a cup of tea and maybe I'll do some knitting and watch something on TV. God bless you all and shalom!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Knitting challenge! :)

That's it! Come on knitting grandmas. How can you resist? (I can, because I won't reach this level of expertise for another hundred years! I would if I could, but I can't so I won't.)  Just had to share. :)


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

He's Alive!

That's the name of the Easter swap that I made these for...

Four similar, yet different, cards.
I'm a little bit on pins and needles. Micah sent me a FB message, which I got 10 hours later after I got home from work. She said she felt "funny" last night and today, so not to be surprised if she calls me at work and needs me to come watch the girls while she goes to have a baby!! She didn't call me at work, but did have her sister-in-law come and spend the day with her in case she needed help. It's getting closer! I would appreciate prayers that the baby (Adele) would arrive safely and that Micah would get to the hospital in a timely manner and that everything will go smoothly. :)

Hope everyone is warm and dry tonight. Take care of yourselves and much shalom to all of you!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Time to check in...

Six days since my last post? Where have I been? :)

So many things to do, so little time!

Today I've been puttering around doing a variety of things. I started scrubbing on the shower before even having breakfast! Then I had breakfast, answered an email from Dad Glenn concerning tax matters (what would I do without my tax guru?), then I started designing some ATC's for a new swap. This is a practice piece of paper. I was determining whether or not watercolors would smear the printer ink. Not too bad! So, I'm going ahead with the four cards below.

The swap is called "He's Alive!" and we're making cards about the Easter story. I couldn't say no to a swap like that!
Each card has a photocopy of the Matthew 28 story of the resurrection. I'll make a cross shape out of painter's tape on each card then paint over it with watercolors. When I remove the tape there will be a white cross like in the practice example. Then I'll do some lettering, maybe in gold marker or white gel pen. I'll see what works best. I'm also in another swap where you illustrate some of your favorite verses on cards. Should be great! I've set aside my big painting for now. It seems like I don't do as much art when I go bigger. So, it's back to some ATC swaps for now. I really enjoy them if I don't put too much pressure on myself!

I'd also like to get another square finished today for Adele's baby blanket...

...and I've started reading Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray. I had heard of this author before, but my son, Josh, gave him a high recommendation, so I bought 21 of his works on my Kindle for 99 cents.
It's a gorgeous, sunny day outside. Only 15*, but that's pretty good for us right now! The wind is blowing like crazy, and swirling the snow around. Good to see the sun, but I think I'll look at it from inside!
Stay snug...
...and think springy thoughts.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Scattered thoughts...

Just a few quick thoughts before my bedtime bowl of spumoni! :)

My painting is not progressing very quickly, but that's okay. I'm enjoying making small, spontaneous additions to it. I'm working on the seedy middle of the flower. Then I'll add some detail to the petals. Lastly the sky will be messed with. I painted this canvas blue a long time ago, thinking I would paint something colorful for the grandgirls' bedroom, but never got around to it. So, the blue of the sky is brighter than I would like. I'm thinking of something Van Gogh-ish. I will have fun trying things!

Since I worked today daughter Micah didn't have a babysitter for her week 34 baby checkup. So, she packed a lot of snacks and improvised the best she could. Audrey and Hazel behaved themselves admirably, though Audrey did ask a few too many questions about the goings on. :)

It was -25* this morning. Thank goodness everyone's cars started! Micah and Adam's outdoor woodstove went out during the night, so it was 58* in their house early this morning. Adam got it started again but Micah ran to Walmart to buy a heater to speed up the reheating process. I invited them to come stay at my place, but they toughed it out. That's life in the north!

I'm thinking of eliminating gluten from my diet. Is anyone else doing this? I saw something on Facebook listing ten symptoms of gluten intolerance. I had most of them! Any tips would be appreciated. I'm looking for a good list of practical foods that are gluten free. I will replace my wheat bread with Ezekiel bread, which I've developed a taste for. Unprocessed, whole foods seem to be the way to go.

And now, in the interest of better emotional health...spumoni! :D

Have a good night! Tomorrow I'll catch up on the latest episode of Downton Abbey!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Exciting knitting progress...

Well, it's exciting to me to actually finish something, even if it is only a 9 x 9 inch square!

My first experience with binding off! I have scrounged up a needle to weave the ends in, but haven't done that yet. I did, however, complete ANOTHER square. That took about an hour.

Why am I making a bunch of squares? Because I'm too chicken to try knitting something large in one piece. My plan is to make nine of these squares and then sew them together. Is that allowed? Well, whether it is or not, I'm doin' it! :) It will be my attempt at a baby afghan/blanket/thingy.

I have a question for you knitters out there. When one actually knits a baby blanket in one piece on round needles, why on earth do you begin with 3 stitches and keep increasing each row until you have 154 and keep decreasing until you get back down to three?!? Why can't you cast on 154 stitches in the first place and just knit it so the rows are horizontal instead of diagonal in the finished blanket? The answer is probably obvious to someone with experience, but I don't get it right now. :-/
Here's the blanket I'm speaking of...
Well, that's all I've done so far this morning. I think I need a nap! ;) Still planning  a visit to dear daughter's house later, and some other projects. Happy Valentine's Day to all. Wish I could send you all chocolates!


Friday, February 13, 2015

A restful evening...

Got home from work with weary legs and feet. So, I've been vegging out in my favorite chair with my feet up!
Anyone remember these little pizza kits? This is how we made pizza when I was a kid. I saw these at the store while I was shopping and decided to make a "childhood memory pizza" just to see what they really taste like! I'm glad I added some pepperoni and shredded cheese, because the fixings in the box make a pretty basic pizza. It turned out okay, and it was a fun little project. These went by the wayside when we discovered Shakey's Pizza! :)
I'm working on the photo album project. Remember the albums I'm making for my three kids? I have three bags full of old photos to sort through. I think I'm going to start by categorizing them according to where we lived. Then by year. Then I'll pick a few from each pile and make a collage which I can photocopy for all three albums and a copy for my "master" album. These are old photos that have been through a lot, but I just wanted to give the kids something to spark some memories. Since the early 2000's most of my pictures are on my camera or computer, so these are mostly younger pics of the kids.

I've been looking through some Pinterest photos. Mostly Ireland, but I see there are some English photos in there as well. This is a little cottage that would be fun to live in!
 And, hopefully, this room would be in that cottage. Doesn't it look like a splendid place to read or knit?
I came across this picture of the Dark Hedges a couple of times. Weirdly beautiful, don't you think? I believe they're in Northern Ireland somewhere. Mags, if you should stop by, maybe you could tell us why kind of trees these are?

 Doesn't this look cozy? I'd love to see the inside. It's in Finland.
 Hazel and her mom had an ice cream date on Wednesday night while Audrey was at AWANA. Hazel wants so badly to go to Cubbies, too! Next year she'll be old enough. But she thought ice cream was a pretty good idea! I'm going to visit her and the family tomorrow. It seems like ages since I've seen them!
This little picture reminds me of a poem I came across while going through some of the kid's homeschool papers. I had written this little poem on the inside of the cover of someone's spiral notebook.
For All Those Who Love Midwinter
Then blow, winds, blow!
And rave and shriek,
And snarl and snow,
Till your breath grows weak--
While here in my room
I'm as snugly shut
As a glad little worm
In the heart of a nut!
-From Winter Fantasy
by James Whitcomb Riley
I'm looking forward to a nice weekend of sorting photos, painting and knitting. Stay snug, little worms! :)