March 29, 2007
Sock yarn? Like you can ever have enough sock yarn from Astrid's. Some Fortissima, Meilenweit MultiEffekt, Regia, and Trekking XXL. I already know that 5 pair of socks will be made for D1 from this purchase of yarn because she told me which yarns were hers. I'll make a couple pair for my sister in law, my daughter's friend, my hubby, and of course some for me too.
Knitpicks gossamer in Sweet Peas and Leprechaun. I think the Sweet Peas will be used for the shawl I'm planning for my ISE4 pal. The Leprechaun will be a shawl for D1's birthday. Every time I knit lace she eyes it so I'll just make her something. Needles, books, magazines, etc don't count toward my yarn purchases because they are tools for my hobby. I just LOVE these options needles. I picked up sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10.5 so now I have a complete set.
March 28, 2007
Then a dog.
And a turtle too.
"Diane, I hate to tell you this but the cotton thing you put out on the bed is a little small. My furry butt barely fits on it. If you would kindly make the next one larger I would appreciate it. After all, I'm a bit on the large boned side," says Joey.
What's wrong with this picture? Two things. The town has a leash law and there are no dogs allowed in the beach area of this park. Guess these people don't think they have to follow either rule. At least most of the ice is off the pond so spring is definately in the air.
March 26, 2007
And started a shawl for the ISE4 .
I'm not sure if this one will go out to my pal or not. I've got some yarn on order that might be more to her liking. We'll have to wait and see. I love how this is coming out. The lace knitting seems to be easier this time around. I finished a secret project. It's blocking as we speak. Loved knitting this one! It's cool looking and an easy pattern to remember.
D1 and hubby spent the weekend working on their new house which means someone had to watch the little ones. This is little missy A discussing how she really would like to live at my house with me forever.
Meanwhile, W and N were outside playing in the last of the 8" of snow from last weekend. Supervising the snowplay was my dad and their dad (before he hopped in that red truck and left for the weekend).
W decided that it takes too long to drive to gram's house (10-15 minutes right now) so he told his mom that they should buy a house nextdoor to grams so they could just run there quickly. Wonder how he'll feel about being over an hour away?
March 21, 2007
Today was a fun packed day of laser gum surgery. I procrastinated this as long as humanly possible. Now, 6 hrs later I can honestly say it's not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. It only took 1 1/2 hrs (although he had scheduled 2) and I was home and back to work in no time at all. The worst part was actually the novicane injections before he started.
I'm on motrin for 2 days to reduce swelling and an antibiotic for a week so there should be no infection. It's just a little uncomfortable; not really painful. Just amazing.
My hubby had the traditional surgery about 10 yrs ago with all the cutting and stitching. This is nothing like that at all. The only down side is that I'm on a soft diet for a while. Just when this heals I'll have to go back in 2 weeks to get the left side done which means another 2 weeks of soft diet.
So if you know anyone who is looking at gum surgery I'd recommend a little research and laser if possible.
March 20, 2007
Moving on ... 30 balls of bernat cotton; 10 each of Newport print, apple green and sea print. This is actually the reason for my trip over to the Smiley website. I'm knitting a ton of washcloths for my oldest daughter. She's been using the store bought ones and boy they wear out quick. The hand knit ones hold up so much better. Thinking of knitting designs into them like sail boats, bunnies, etc. The grandkids will get a kick out of them.
And 6 skeins of cotton ease to make some bibs for a pregancy center in town. Again, the hand knit ones are sooooo much better than the store bought bibs. 3 skeins each of popsical and candy blue.
For anyone keeping track we're up to $241.47 so far this year in yarn purchases. And there's another order of sock yarn coming in a while ..... but that's another posting for another day.
March 19, 2007
These are my dreaded back stairs leading from the deck to the backyard. They may not look dreaded but they are. Friday morning at around 9 I decided to bring in a couple loads of firewood before it started snowing. I took one step and before I even had time to grab the railing I was on my ass at the bottom.
First thought in my head "Crap! I sure hope I'm not hurt." because no one was around and my son ... the only person home .... was probably going to be sleeping for another 3 hrs.
Luck would have it that the only damage was a HUGE bruise on my ass and a few splinters and cuts. Thank God I'm not a supermodel because I'm sure without that ass I would have suffered more extensive injury.
Saturday the grandkids were coming over for the day. Plow guy didn't show up so I ended up digging out one driveway with a shovel and unburrying 2 cars in case I needed to go somewhere. D1 and son in law showed up with the boys and little missy. My dad .... with his super baby tracking working perfectly .... showed up 5 minutes later. My dad LOVES babies so he spent the entire time holding missy A. My mom showed up a couple hours later so we had 4 grown ups watching 3 children. Pretty good odds.
We had a great day of watching the Fox and the Hound, playing games, reading, and nap taking. N wore up but told me him frog and dinosaur were still tired so this is what I found when I went up to bed that night.
I ordered chinese food for my parents, D1 and hubby, the little men, S1 and myself. What I ordered vs what I ended up with are 2 different things. I think they almost do that on purpose. It's like a mystery!
Sunday everyone came home from vacation filled with stories and chatter. I've been doing laundry ever since. They would have done their own laundry but everyone has school in the morning so lots of scurrying around to make sure all assignments are done and books are ready.
Current secret project in progress. Believe it or not it's not a sock! I love how it's coming out and can't wait to share pics in a couple weeks. I'm also working on a sock in Opal Zebra but that's been put aside until this secret project is completed.
March 18, 2007
Teenage girls tend to look for cute guys. They don't necessarily have to be nice, just cute. Of course cute only carries you so far in life before the fact that your personality sucks outweights your cuteness and you are gone.
So today I picked up D2 and D3 along with hubby after their vacation. Their plane was about a half hour late which was good since I had a terrible time at the airport trying to get to the parking garage. I FRIGGIN' HATE NY AIRPORTS!!!!!
We had quite a snowstorm Thursday into Friday and the plow guy didn't show up until Saturday around noon. I had shoveled one driveway so I decided not to have him plow the rest. The second driveway had D2's car, hubby truck, and my old stationwagon parked in it. So hubby and D2 would have to work getting the 2nd driveway cleared to get their vehicles out.
We had been home about 30 minutes when D2's new guy, Ed, pulled up with shovel in hand. He was there to see her and help dig out her car. What a nice guy. Cute is always nice but thoughtful and caring wins hands down.
March 15, 2007
So they drove up to the new house and were met by a sign on the door posted the day before by the building inspector "Unsafe structure. Entry is barred." News to everyone involved in this sale. It was too late to contact anyone Friday so we all spent the weekend worrying.
Monday they got ahold of their lawyer and he said, "Sorry once you sign the paperwork it's a done deal. The only thing you can do is hire a litigation lawyer and sue. It'll take time and money." Called the real estate guy who wouldn't return their call. Wonder why?
Being a small town the building inspector only works Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 12. They called him on Tuesday and he told them the list of stuff that needed to be fixed before they would be able to move in. Most of the stuff we already knew (my hubby is a builder) and were planning to repair before the move in date even without the inspector's observations.
The building guy keeps office hours from 7 to 9:30 pm every 3rd Wednesday so he told my daughter to come in and they could go over the list again to make sure nothing was missed and he would issue the permits on the spot.
So they've spent time up there gutting the bathroom, taking up dog urine soaked carpeting and stick down tile, and scrubbing every surface of the house. Next will come weeks of repairing, replacement and renovations which will hopefully go better than the first weekend's suprize.
Once they get settled in they'll file a complaint against the real estate guy who should have stayed on top of everything to avoid this problem. You would think Century 21 would have a better support for their agents to make sure they were following correct procedures but apparently they don't.
Of course there is an upside to all this hard work in the coming weeks ....... someone has to watch W, N, and little missy A while their mom and dad work on the house. Maybe if they twist my arm I'll volunteer.
March 12, 2007
A craptastic shot of 2 5 hr baby sweaters I'm working on. Just need to seam them and decide between a hat or booties to go with them since I don't have enough yarn for both. These will go to my daughter's friend who is having twin girls next month.
And I'm plugging along on these wonderful red white and blue socks for someone very special who deserves all the hand made socks I can knit ..... me again ......... greedy knitter.
I knit every night usually 2-4 hrs depending on work and family. I also knit all friggin weekend every weekend for hours on end. If I'm sitting I'm knitting. If I'm waiting for water to boil in the kitchen I'm knitting. Watching tv or a dvd, knitting. Somewhere along the line I crossed hobby to obsession but everyone around me seems fine with it ..... as long as they get hand knit socks, scarves, etc.
This weekend was a flurry of things but I haven't put them all in perspective enough to talk about. The only thing I'll say now is that I had W, N, and little missy A for a sleepover Friday night and it was wonderful. Little ones in a house can't help but put a smile on your face. Messy house with toys everywhere = happy gram.
March 08, 2007
D1: What kind of juice would you like from the store?
N: Yellow grape juice.
D1: You mean white grape juice?
N: No. I want the yellow grape juice. I want the juice that's yellow not white.
D1: Ok, I'll put it on the list.
**She write white grape juice on the list that's on the fridge**
N: W Wh Wh ..... hey that doesn't say yellow!
**D1 is now wondering "WHY THE HELL DID I THINK IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO TEACH HIM TO READ?"***
March 05, 2007
W and N slept over Friday night. We watched one of the Land Before Time movies, ate popcorn, had chocolate milk, and told bedtime stories.
You don't have to wait long before you get a bite.
There's only one thing I've always wondered about.
Who is more silly? Charlie for attacking the string over and over again? Or me for dangling the string for 5 or 10 minutes laughing?