Saturday, May 31, 2008

What to do with a Saturday...

Well it's Saturday. If I was a child living home with my mom this day would be devoted to CLEANING the house. Yep Saturday Cleaning is what we called it. We would dust, vacuum, sweep, mop, clean bathrooms, change beds, you name it we did it. It would take all day, no playtime for us kids on a Saturday. Even today if I want to clean bathrooms or dust no matter what day of the week it is I still call it Saturday Cleaning. Now my house is definitely ( I always spell that word wrong and the red spell checker line shows up, geez) in need is some major Saturday cleaning in fact I bet it needs a full week of Saturday's at this point. But am I going to spend the day with rubber gloves and Lysol? Yeah right.

Fact is I got a package in the mail yesterday so today is already spoken for. Yep I won a prize on the WhoDuKnit yahoo group, I correctly solved a mystery murder question (the only one out of 4 I even had a clue at solving) and the prize arrived yesterday. It's two 3 1/2 oz skeins of Pattons Classic Wool Merino in colors... and this is the best part... "That's Pink" and "Leaf Green" as well as a pair of Susan Bates size 8 knitting needles and a pattern. I won't tell you what the pattern is of (Jane don't tell either OK?) as i want to surprise you when the felted project is finished. But you can at least see a picture of the goodies.


So anyway my day today will be spent working on this project. As well as finishing up the one I started for the final contest prize. I am ready to attempt the felting process on that one. Still a little nervous that I will goof it up but I have to try right?

Also something else will have my attention today.

ADAM IS HERE.... HOORAY

He came running in too excited to speak to show me his new shoes. Aren't they the cutest. Then I asked for a kiss and he leaned his head to me so I could kiss his Fuzzy head. LOL. Is it possible he is getting too big for Nana kisses already, say it isn't so. Then he went straight for the computer. Yeah he's not a baby anymore is he?

Aside from the felting projects I also have two other things I want to work on. One is my own design (not knitting or crocheting though) and the other is an idea I saw on another blog months ago. So I have plenty to do, guess those cobwebs can sigh in relief they have some time left to live. LOL

Here to hoping you can enjoy the weekend too and not have to spend it cleaning. However, if you have a stuffy nose I bet that PineSol will clear it out for you. Hahahahahahahaha

See you Sunday with more pictures of Adam and maybe my hair cutting ceremony and God willing my finished first felted project.

AK
Psa 113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, [and to be] a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Find Time For Friends Friday

Wow it's Friday already? How did that happen?

I ended up not letting Adam come yesterday, I really wasn't feeling good. I think i am a little better today so he should be dropped off here shortly.

I didn't knit a thing yesterday. Just couldn't wrap my brain around it. I HATE being sick. I do plan on knitting today and through the weekend though. I have to finish the surprise part of this weeks contest prize.

Speaking of contest stuff... below you will see a couple pictures of what I do with my scrap yarn, the pieces range from 2" and longer of pieces of left over yarn tied together and wrapped into a ball, then I make these crocheted hot pads out of them. it's worked in the round so all the tied end just disappear inside, no end tucking needed, can it get any easier then that? Nope.




They come out with such random color schemes, no two are exactly alike and they are double thick to keep the table tops safe from those hot dishes. I love making these.

Now onto today's CONTEST STUFF.

It's search my friends blogs day...

See who posted this picture on their blog and tell me who you thought it was in the comment section. Of course while there read the blog too, you might find some fun and interesting stuff there and hopefully a new blog friend as well.

Even if you don't have time to blog hop leave a comment anyway, that's really all you have to do to get the entry in the final week of the May contest. Of course I will still count any comments made over the weekend and Monday I will announce the winner. I hope it's YOU. Wait it probably will be YOU, look at that I am psychic, or psycho, whatever.


Well so far the paperback swap is pretty great. They do also swap hard cover and audio books too. I listed 27 books and have already sent out 3 and ordered 1.

Good news though I cleaned off the bookshelf behind my bed and now I have a place to put the laptop when I settle down for the night. This is the real bonus.

I am thinking maybe Adam and I will go to the park today, the weather seems to be pretty nice so far. And Lord knows I can use the exercise.

The Dr's keep telling me to get in touch with my body. Mine isn't all that communicative but I heard from it the other day after I said, "Body, how'd you like to go to the nine o'clock vigorous toning class?" Clear as a bell my body said, "Listen, dummy, do it and you DIE."

Have a great day everyone.
AK

1Ti 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thursday, Tried and True

I am getting a later start today. My fault totally. I found a new thing to make my life easier. Well I think it will make my life easier, lol. I have oh maybe about 1 million books, some read, some not read yet, some I will never read. Jane told me about paperback swap and I am hooked. I joined this morning and already listed 27 books and mailed one out already. I have a new mystery on reserve for me for the WhoDuKnit group. I am so excited. I finally can start de-cluttering my stash of books.

CONTEST STUFF
Yes the answer to my riddle yesterday was Scrap Yarn... speaking of scrap yarn...

Todays Contest Assignment...

Below you will see a picture of my scrap yarn. Can you guess what this will turn into or be used for in the near future?
Post your answer in the comment section to receive another entry in this weeks contest. Remember you don't have to be correct you just have to comment to receive the entry.

Ok can a person go to prison for murdering a FLY? There is a HUGE fly zooming all around me and it's driving me crazy. The fly swatter is missing, actually I had to hide it because Adam wanted to play with it, he thought it was a flag or something and it was too close to his face, eweee, can we say germs!!! Well I hid it so well now I can't even find it. So I am frantically waving (I wanted to cross out this word like I see others do on blogs but I don't know how to do that, darn), no swinging is more like it, my little blanket at it. I haven't hit the fly yet, but I have knocked over the fan, the lamp and my bowl of knitting needles and pens. Can we say more messes to clean up then I wanted to deal with today.

Speaking of Adam they called today and he wants to come see me. He didn't go to school cause he was also sick, but she thinks he is good enough to come here. I told her I was sick but she wasn't concerned. I guess he will stay over night and got o school tomorrow from my house. I do miss him and I am relieved to see he still wants to come see me. I was worried about that. I know it was silly, but I was.

I do need to get groceries though. I can go without eating but I have to have something for Adam.

Ok time to catch a fly... hmm I wonder if I have any HONEY

AK
Isa 7:18 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the LORD shall hiss for the fly that [is] in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that [is] in the land of Assyria

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Weezy Wednesday, Whine Whine Whine

Yep, it's official. I AM SICK. I thought by going to bed early and resting during the day and drinking my water I could avoid the inevitable. As usual I was wrong. I think I have used up 3 boxes of Kleenex in 2 days, crazy huh?

Of course sleeping with a fan blowing directly at my face for 2 days didn't help much, but come on now, breathing is not an option, right? At least the humidity has broken and I am not too hot to handle. Ok maybe I still am, but at least I am not sweating.

It occurred to me today that after this weekend the contest is over. What oh what will I do for the month of JUNE? I guess I better use the month to plan for JULY and AUGUST, looks like there will be a two month in a row contest and it's just around the corner.

Speaking of contest stuff, yesterday we did a new stitch... Waving Rib stitch. Here is a picture of my swatch... actually a small square that I will use in one of my charity afghans. Hey don't you just LOVE the color, you know I do. LOL

First the front of the cloth

And now the back

But now let's get to today's CONTEST ASSIGNMENT

WELL ANOTHER RIDDLE ARE YOU READY TO GO
TELL ME DO YOU THINK YOU ALREADY KNOW
WHAT CAN THIS RIDDLE BE ALL ABOUT
IF YOU KNOW SPEAK UP SHOUT IT OUT
ACTUALLY I HAVEN'T YET GIVEN A CLUE
BUT NOW I'LL REVEAL A COUPLE FOR YOU
WHAT I AM IS A SMALL UNIQUE THING
I COME FROM ALMOST ANY PROJECT YOU BRING
USUALLY MORE THEN ONE OF ME COMBINED
A USE FOR ME A CRAFTER CAN ALWAYS FIND
YOU KNOW IT'S ME WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH
TO FINISH YOUR PROJECT, MAN THAT'S SO ROUGH
MOST THROW ME AWAY AND THEY SAY "DARN"
CAN YOU GUESS MY NAME I AM CALLED SCRAP ????


Post your guess to this riddle in the comments section to receive another entry in this weeks contest. You don't have to guess correctly you just have to try. This si the last week to play so make sure to get your comments in daily.

I ordered some buttons from a seller on ETSY almost 2 weeks ago and I still haven't heard from the seller or received the buttons. I guess I should convo her, huh? I really need these buttons. I have several projects that will be finished once they arrive. I think I already left a positive feedback too, oh well.

Tonight is church night but not sure if I will go if I am not feeling better. Actually I know I will go, I always feel better after being in God's house.

I guess I best get to the dishes, they are overtaking the kitchen. How does this happen? It's like they multiply.

AK
Mat 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday, but it feels liek a Monday

Is anyone else mixed up after the holiday weekend? I can't get my mind around the fact that it's Tuesday already.

Maybe it's all the humidity here in NY. I can't breathe. I actually went to bed at 10pm last night, I had to. I figured maybe if I was asleep I'd forget that I was so uncomfortable. Of course I sleep with a CPAP mask, and that just kept sliding all over my face making me feel even hotter. Grrr This guy looks like he is sleeping so peacefully, lol

Believe me if I was sure I wouldn't die in my sleep last night I would have gone without.

OK enough complaining I know there are others much worse off then me, I really am blessed and need to act that way.

Let's move onto CONTEST STUFF shall we?

Tuesday is learn or try or talk about a NEW stitch day

Here is this weeks new stitch pattern

Waving Rib Stitch

Works on multiples of 6 plus 2 stitches. (ie: CO 38 {6x6 +2})

Rows 1 and 3: Purl 2, *knit 4, purl 2. Repeat from * across.

Rows 2 and 4: Knit 2, *purl 4, knit 2. Repeat from * across.

Rows 5 and 7: Knit 3, purl 2, *knit 4, purl 2. Repeat from * across, end knit 3.

Rows 6 and 8: Purl 3, knit 2, *purl 4, knit 2. Repeat from * across, end purl 3.

Repeat these 8 rows for pattern.

Post your thoughts etc in the comment section today to receive another entry in this weeks contest.

My sister just came over, she brought me some left overs from her BBQ yesterday and a grapefruit for breakfast. Thank God for Dayna. But she has a bite on her neck, probably a spider bite, It's swollen and hurts but not red. I told her to take some Benedryl. I researched a little about spider bites and this fact came to my attention...
"Spider bites – these are the largest type of bite, often creating a large, raised, circular area with a visible pinpoint bite mark in the middle. They can grow in size and redness for several days, and tend to be quite painful. They can number from just one to 5 or 10, often in a straight line or confined to one body area. Spiders often travel across a body part at night, snacking along the way. The initial bite is often painful, but not always."
EWEEE...YIKES... EWEEE... Snacking along the way. God help me, we get lot's of spiders in this house.

I'd throw up a picture of a spider here , but NO. Can't bear to look at one. Eweeeee

Guess that's it for me. I am going to go research how to keep spiders out of the house now. Gosh they are even in King's palaces... is there any escape?

AK
Pro 30:28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday Is Memorial Day


Memorial Day Weekend

I guess I am patriotic. My birthday is November 5th and often falls on election day. I remember my mom dressing us in red white and blue on all the flag holidays. But sometimes I wonder how much about these holidays I really understood then or even understand today. I have been blessed to never have known or lost a loved one in a war. Yet I do think that there is a special place in heaven for those who give their lives to help another.

It's not all about a day off from work or a parade or a family cookout. Today is the perfect day to pray for those who serve and those who love those who serve. And for our country, and for our leaders. The Land of the Free, One Nation under God.

Ok can I say day 4 with my husband underneath me is driving me CRAZY. God help me when he reitres, I think I'll have to move out. LOL. I have a system, a routine and well let's just say it all goes out the window when we have days off. His time schedule and mine just don;t match anymore. He likes to rise early and I like to sleep in. He likes to watch hunting and home improvement shows and I like game shows and movies. He doesn't eat breakfast but eats non stop from 1pm to 9pm. I like breakfast at 9am, lunch at 3pm and dinner at 8pm and then I'm done. I stay up until past midnight knitting and he wants the lights off at 8pm. Yeah you get the picture.

CONTEST STUFF

CONGRATULATIONS TO JANE

Please email me your mailing address and I'll get the sock yarn right out to you. I hope you enjoy it and make sure to show us all your finished project sometime.

This week contest prize will be a pair of stitch markers made by Andi at Things Stitched and a surprise to be revealed at the end of this weeks contest.

Mondays Contest Assignment

Have you ever knitted or crocheted something with a Patriotic theme? What was it? Tell us about it.

Post your answer to this question in the comments section to receive an entry in this weeks contest. It's our final week so make sure to play everyday to increase your chances to win.

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{{{sigh}}} I haven't heard from Adam since I brought him home on Saturday. They finally got the Internet over there he may never want to come here again. Oh what will I do without the Bubba here? Technically he isn't supposed to come again until Friday but they always call on other days. I guess I am worrying for nothing. He just makes my days so bright, Grandchildren are most definitely Gods way of bringing Joy into our lives.

Ok I guess I better go fold some laundry or some other mundane household chore while I am being watched... Thank God for the IPOD and VOLUME control.

AK

Psa 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday, I once was blind but now I see

Woke up this morning with the hymn Amazing Grace running through my mind.

Last year I watched a movie about the composer of this song. It was called "Amazing Grace" it was a very interesting movie not one I would have normally watched but my mom was pretty convincing. It took place in London I think and was about ending slavery. The writer of this hymn lived during that time and he was a slave trader and it was the things he did during that time haunting him that turned him to God and led him to write this awesome hymn. Even without the tune the words are HOPE.

Amazing Grace (How sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snare,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall profess, within the vail,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be for ever mine.


Adam went home yesterday. I took him to my moms first to play on her swing set. She gave him $2.00 so I could drive thru Old McDonald's (as Adam calls it) for french fries and chicken nuggets. Adam had the dollars in his pocket. I had ZERO cash on me. I drove through and ordered and when I got to the window I asked Adam for the dollars and he didn't want to give them to me. Uh oh panic... I already ordered and I have no money. "Nana, I keep my money, ok?" NO Adam I NEED that money. I finally got it and he was happy with the food, but next time I will make sure I hold the money LOL.

Well I am off to church in a few minutes. Need to get a small breakfast then brush my teeth, I have already showered and braided my hair.

Have a wonderful day, I intend to.
AK
Psa 84:11 For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Saturday, Dazed and Confused

Yeah I have to admit it, I am easily confused these days. If it weren't for me putting the day in these Blog titles I'd really be lost. I was sure yesterday, all day long, was Saturday. Maybe it was because Adam was here, and my husband didn't work yesterday or there was nothing on TV... yep sure sounds like a Saturday. But then to make matters even worse, I was sure it was May 28th yesterday too. That means I lost 5 days somewhere.

Hmm it is possible to have Memorial Day weekend and not have any memory?

I'll tell you who does have a memory... Adam. He has been asking to go back to Crocodile Lake since he's been here. I'd love to take him but it's a little bit of a drive and honestly with the gas prices jumping up another 15 cents this week who can afford to take a leisurely drive?

I do, however, remember when gas prices were under a dollar, and thinking it was outrageous when it climbed to $2.00. Now I think a gas station would sell out in minutes if the price was $2.00 again. We actually have a car dealership out here that is offering gas (for a year or 3 years, I forget, not a surprise huh?) at $2.99 a gallon if you buy a car there. They may actually go broke doing that if gas continues to spike like this.


Now for those of you enjoying a weekend of sun at the beach or poolside this cartoon is for you, LOL

I sure wish it was me. Those are memories I won't ever forget. I will always be a California girl. I will never be a New York Yankee.

Have a wonderful day, i'll check back tomorrow, if I remember that is.

AK
Deu 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Finally Friday... Find the FO

It's the weekend and a Holiday weekend at that. So does anyone have any plans? I remember back in the day when my kids were young we were at the campgrounds in our travel trailer for the long weekend. Yeah a vacation for everyone except ME. I had to unpack everything, make up all the beds, stock the frig, wash up the dishes from storage, clean the bathroom you get the drift? While I was doing all this my dear husband would be starting up a campfire and watching the flames from his camp chair. The boys were running around looking for other children, wanting me to get them their bikes, find their missing toys blah blah blah. Oh and now it's almost Noon and they are all wanting me to fix lunch. I haven't even sat down yet. {{{Sigh}}} tell me again why we stopped camping, it was so relaxing. But what I did love was when we stayed there for a week or two continually, we got into a routine. And there were three, yes THREE, large built in swimming pools. That is almost HEAVEN to me.

This may be blasphemy but I would almost give up YARN if I could have access to an in ground pool year round again. I swear my mansion in Heaven will be underwater. Growing up in California I believe I am 60% fish and now living in New York I am a fish out of water.
There just aren't enough warm days to swim out here, and if it's warm enough there is probably a thunder storm lurking around the corner to ruin it.

Can you tell I do NOT heart NY???

All that said I find it amazing that I am actually thinking of taking Adam camping sometime. yeah I must have brain damage.

Adam did not come yesterday after all but he called me a few times on the phone. And he IS coming today, he just called again.

CONTEST STUFF:
Yesterday was a guess day... I hate to admit ti but there were 77 balls or skeins of variegated yarn and that doesn't include the specialty yarns like my Strata self striping. I have some serious stash to use up.

Today is Friday time to find the FO posted on the blog of one of our friends who commented this week. The picture is below. Have fun searching the other blogs and remember to leave a comment to tell them you were there, if you are anything like me it really brightens up your day when someone comments on your blog.

Here's the picture



Post your answer in the comment section to receive another entry in this weeks contest. Remember Saturday and Sunday there are no contest assignments but if you happen to check in and comment over the weekend I will include those comments in the random drawing for the winner.

I found my notes on the slipper sock pattern I lost yesterday so I already knitted up one and a half slipper socks. I will finish up the pair today and hopefully finish another one as well. I also need to make about 30 more fish to finish the afghan, and then I can work on the squares I have left into one more. That will give me a total of 8 completed blankets for VJG and I believe I have one more coming from a friend in the mail. I was hoping for 10 by June 1st. I am hoping for a miracle. But even so, 9 donated blankets is still GREAT. I have wanted to donate for years and never follow through, this year it's getting done.

Well Papa just left to get Adam so I better get ready.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
AK


Jhn 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Thursday- Turn on your Thinking Cap Day

Well I just heard some sad news this morning. Steven Curtis Chapman (a Christian musician) had an accident yesterday, his son accidentally ran over their 5 year old daughter in the driveway and she did not survive. I know these things happen all the time, no one is exempt. But this really hit home to me as my nephew was killed in the same way when he was only 2. It was such a sad time and it's been 10 years now and there are still wounds that have not healed in some members of my husbands family. It saddens me so and so I will be praying that the faith this family has will carry them through and not allow the anger and resentment and sadness and guilt to break them apart. If you are interested there is a link to the article here

Well the phone just rang... guess who's coming over again today after school? Yep Adam. There is no school tomorrow so they figure why not have the bus drop him off today instead and I can bring him home Friday instead of Saturday. He's a good boy, but this Nana is tired. Oh well, this means I have the weekend free to KNIT something. Right?

Yesterday was Adam's mothers birthday. So when I drove him home yesterday afternoon we stopped at the local flower shop on the way and I let Adam pick out a flower for his mommy. I should have brought the camera he was so cute in the store. He loves flowers. He picked out a beautiful dark red carnation. We had made a card before we left and he brought that into the shop with us. He took the flower to the counter and handed it to the lady and showed her is card too. He was so excited. She wrapped it up and put a red ribbon around it and charged me a whopping $1.00. Can't get any better then that.

I took the band aid off yesterday, the bleeding had stopped, no red lines running up my arm I figured it was all good. This morning I started a pair of slipper socks on circulars... guess how many times I poled that stupid hole in my thumb? Too many...OUCH. So I am sporting another bright red Dora band aid once more. A knitters gotta do what a knitters gotta do, right?

OK CONTEST STUFF
Yes the answer to yesterday's riddle was FISH
(am I making these too easy, lol?) I tell you though I am running out of riddle subjects.

Today you need to put on your thinking cap... I have a picture, actually 2 different views of the same thing...

Your contest assignment is to GUESS how many balls or skeins of variegated yarns I have waiting to be used in my stash.


PICTURE 1
PICTURE 2

Post your guess in the comment section to receive another entry in this weeks contest for the burgundy Knit Pick Essentials sock yarn... actual prize yarn is pictured below. Remember your answer doesn't have to be correct you just need to try.

Well I guess that's it for me today. I have two hours before Adam arrives and I guess I watch something I have DVR'd since once he gets here NOGGIN is the only channel my TV will find.

Hoping you all have a wonderful Thursday. Life is too short for us to not find the miracles in each moment. My prayer today is that you all see the wonderful miracles in your life and smile.

HUGS and PRAYERS
AK
Psa 73:25 Whom have I in heaven [but thee]? and [there is] none upon earth [that] I desire beside thee.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wednesday- What's Going On?


That is only about 1/10th of the backyard at my MIL's house it's beautiful up there and Adam had a ball. It's hard to even remember now but this time last year he was in a full body cast. Amazing how fast they heal, children. I wish I could heal that fast now. Can you see that slide in the upper portion of the picture, they call that area "The Witches Forrest". Hmm maybe that's why Adam is running away? They also had a play house there and Adam said there was a giant spider in there that wanted to EAT him. Yeah he has no imagination.

Well I got in my workout yesterday. After 10 hours sitting in uncomfortable chairs working at the polls I came home expecting to rest and relax. I got home and since it was late I thought I'd help DH by bringing in the dog with me. That was a fiasco. First I noticed the gate was open so I had to walk to the gate first and close it, then back into the garage maneuvering around the two cars and the motorcycle to shut the garage door, then back around the vehicles to get to the back door to shut that, all while tripping over a yelping overweight beagle that wanted to go inside. Then I unhooked the dog, again around the vehicles to the side door, and out we go. I have a duffel bag and a HUGE water mug (see picture on yesterday's blog) in my hands, I walk to the house and climb onto the back deck, but I still need to latch the gate as the dog can push it open, the dog is still barking quite loudly and frequently and the cat is sitting in front of the gate not bothered in the least (he's deaf now)but I am trying to latch the gate and it won't line up and the dog won't shut up and I am getting frazzled, out of breath, tired... blah blah blah. I yell at the dog to shut up as I poke a hole in my thumb with the rusty hook. My DH comes to the door as this all finally ends yelling at ME. Come on!!! I had his dinner cooking in the crock pot while I was at the polls and one of my children unplugged it, {{{sigh}}}} I planned on cereal for my dinner but there was NO MILK. Nighttime eating wasn't as planned but today is another day right? But the rusty nail hole in my thumb now that’s another story aall together, lol. How does one knit successfully with a Dora The Explorer bandaid on her thumb?





I did get a little knitting done at the polls, mostly though I was helping a co-worker there re-learn how to knit. A couple more pieces to my current blanket, the swatch from yesterdays pattern and a hot pad.

Contest stuff:

Yesterdays pattern the Blanket Rib was pretty easy. Wendy to answer your question I made a small swatch by casting on 21 (20 for the even number +1 more) It made maybe a 4” swatch. I gave it to my co-worker so when she practiced at home she would know what it was supposed to look like so I have no picture. It is a very think sturdy stitch and would make a nice scrubber or dishcloth.

Wednesday is RIDDLE DAY

Well if you’ve been reading my blog then you might know

What I’ve been knitting and watching them grow

They are the same but yet each one different too

Soon I hope to share a final picture with you

I have many but not enough to make my goal

But there are too many to fit into a bowl

A hint it’s for the VJG kids, and it’s my wish

To make them an afghan with all knitted ???

Post your answer to this riddle in the comment section to receive another entry into this weeks contest. You don’t have to be correct you just need to comment. I’ll reveal the correct answer on tomorrows blog.

Angie called today and Adam is coming off the bus here today. I knew yesterday she was going to ask and after yesterday I planned on saying NO. I really need to rest can’t risk the foot to hurt again but I am weak, I said OK.

Well I went to blog this and I have no Internet, what is going on??? And what is it with the loud, very loud cricket sounds coming from the kitchen, and why does the cat think my personal bedtime pillow is his special place to sleep, and last what's going on with the 30 missing dinner plates??? Does anyone have a clue as to why these things are happening? WHAT'S GOING ON???

AK
Psa 71:1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday Try A New Stitch Day

Morning everyone.

It will be a quick blog post for me today as I will be working the polls for our school board election and I MUST decide what yarn and needles and projects to bring, plus plan and pack food for the day, I won't be home until 9:30pm tonight.

What's up with the Spring weather? It's 38 degrees in NY this morning, burrrrr.

Here are a couple pictures of Adam from the weekend. I love him in his Iron man glasses, what a ham, huh?

This picture is funny to me because Adam has NEVER wanted anything to do with stuffed animals. The closest he ever came to the was these past couple months when he wanted to sleep with a yarn ball. LOL But here we are at a party and one of the girls had a Care Bear left on a chair, Adam sat there and next thing I know he is holding the bear as if it were his favorite toy.
Ok onto Contest stuff

Tuesday is try a new stitch day and today's featured stitch is...

Blanket Rib Stitch

Works on multiples of 2 plus 1 stitches.

Row 1: Knit in the front and back of each stitch. You will have twice as many stitches as when you started.

Row 2: Knit two together, *purl two together, knit two together. Repeat from * across. You will be back at the number of stitches you cast on.

Repeat these two rows for pattern.


So there you go, give it a try today and let us know what you think in the comments section. If you are already familiar with this stitch tell us how you've used it in the past. Don't want to do either, OK... just post that in the comment section. Basically any comment gets you an entry in this weeks contest.

I guess that's about it for me today. I have so much to do before I leave.

Have a wonderful day everyone.
More tomorrow.
AK

1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Make Room For Monday

Yes God is always working on our insides and that's what matters, right?

Now who is that behind that humongous mug of ice water? Why that's Adam of course. He loves ice water as much as I do now. My boys love water too. I guess it's true your kids develop tastes that are similar to yours. At least with water it's been true in my life. Isn't that mug awesome? Shelly sent it to me, she got it for a bargain price of $1.50.


Water is such a good thing to wash out the insides, don't you think?

So on the inside theme here is this weeks CONTEST question?

I am sure you have a lot of stash, what is your favorite way to de-stash?
1) Knit or crochet it up
2) Give it away
3) Hide it so your SO won't notice when you buy more, lol
4) Stash? What is Stash? I am in a drought. :(

Post your answer in the comment section and receive an entry in this weeks contest. The prize will be 2 balls (231 yds each) of Knit Picks essential fingering weight sock yarn. Here is a picture only the color is Burgundy not green. I didn't have time to take my own picture yet so I used the one from KnitPicks web site.
Now for the winner of last weeks contest. I wish I had enough money to give you all a free pattern for playing, maybe one day I will win the lottery or something and for those who have stayed with me through it all I will for sure be blessing you all. You make blogging so much fun. Thank you

But I digress... the winner last week was MELANIE. Melanie email me with your pattern choice and I will let Rachel know and she will email it right out to you. CONGRATULATIONS.

Thank you everyone for playing and sending over your friends too, I hope you are all enjoying the contest and will continue to play. I saw some new faces this past week and that's what keeps me going.

Love you all
Have a wonderful Monday.

AK
Phl 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sneezy Sunday

Maybe it was being outside most of the day yesterday in the country with lot's of trees and stuff that's causing the sneezing. Yeah I'd like to blame it on that but I was sneezing before yesterday so probably not. It could be I am too old and am starting menopause and sleeping with a fan blowing on me every night is the culprit. Who knows, but I can say Kleenex is happy because I think I have increased their stock value by thousands, LOL.

I got a zillion pictures yesterday, Ok I exaggerate I uploaded 53 pictures, Now don't panic I won't show you them all today. I think I will show you three pictures from Crocodile Lake aka Tomhannock Reservoir. Or should that be the other way around. Anyway... we stopped on the way to the party and Adam and Papa tossed several rocks into the water, Papa's skipped Adam's plopped. It was so cute. The scenery is beautiful and I knitted and took pictures and just watched them. When we left he started crying but we assured him we would stop again on the way home. He did not forget that we made that promise 5 hours later.
This is Crocodile Lake first visit.


Now in between we had a blast at the party. They had a DJ and everything. All my husbands brothers have girl children ranging from age 2 to 11. There is one boy and he is 13, so basically Adam had his pick of pretty girls, lol and he was right in there with them all day. I didn't know it but Adam can dance!!! It was so cute. I didn't have my sons new camera that takes videos so I tried to take some with my cell phone. I emailed it to myself but I still haven't received it yet.

The food was OK No Vegetables though and I need veggies. Adam wasn't interested in too much food but he did have some meatballs and some chocolate cake. He'd take a bite and go "MMM dee...licious!!"

Finally about 7:30pm we headed on home but wait we have to stop at Crocodile lake one more time. I told Adam it was going to get dark so he could throw 5 rocks and then we had to come home. He said "how about 10 rocks, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10" We agreed but said no crying this time we have to go after 10 rocks. He cried, and then fell asleep on the way home. But he had fun.
Here's the evening pictures of Crocodile lake

This was the waving goodbye

I took some really pretty scenery pictures too but I'll share those another day. Right now I need to go blow my nose AGAIN!

Contest stuff starts up again tomorrow and the winner of this week will be announced. See you all then.

AK
1Ch 29:11 Thine, O LORD, [is] the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all [that is] in the heaven and in the earth [is thine]; thine [is] the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Saturday we go to Crocodile Lake

It looks like we will be bringing Adam with us to the surprise party today. And he is thrilled because we have to go around Crocodile Lake aka the Tom Hannock Reservoir. We told him about it last night and so far this morning it's all he has been talking about.

I sold a pair of socks from Etsy last night and Adam, well suddenly he is taking an interest in my socks. I couldn't get him to even try on a pair last month. I told him the pink socks were for a girl and he was a boy, whew that worked. But he found another pair he liked and had to try them on, now I can't get him to take them off. Am I going to have to buy these socks myself???? Guess I need to hurry and knit up another pair to replace these ones in case they sell too. Oh man...I have to knit socks. Hahahahahaha what punishment, NOT.

Oh my TV is starting to die. The picture is starting to squeeze in from the sides, right now it looks like a fat hour glass, but it's getting trimmer each day, pretty soon there won't be any picture to be seen at all. What will I do with ADAM and no TV... oh I don't even want to go there.
He may not want to come to Nana's anymore without Blues Clues... guess he will have to watch the shows on the computer. But I am gonna miss the TV too, at least most of the shows I watch are having the season finales by next week. I hope it lasts that long.

Well I guess that's about it for me today. Need to shower and get Adam's bag packed so we have what we need when we are out.

Contest winner will be announced on Monday, but remember any weekend comments will go into the draw as well.

Have a wonderful day, hopefully doing at least one thing that makes you happy.

AK
Pro 3:13 Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Can You Find It Friday

Well Friday is here. Are you all TGIF people or is Friday just another day for you? I never really was a TGIF girl, even when I worked full time outside the home. I LOVED my job and still miss it most of the time. Friday's just meant I was going to have to do a zillion things over the weekend, like laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, cleaning, opening the mail from the week, paying bills... yeah you get the picture. I actually looked forward to Monday's instead. I guess I am a backwards person. Actually the better word would be peculiar.

I guess one good thing about not working is I can basically knit whenever I want. However yesterday I didn't want to very much. Can it be possible I have had too much of a good thing? NO it can't be. I think I was just feeling a little off yesterday. I did work on the mystery KAL and still have no clue what this will be, but it's pretty. Guess what color I am using? When it's finished I'll post some pictures... maybe I'll post progress pictures and see if you can guess what it is from the different stages. If I remember to take pictures that is. We all know how my memory has been these last couple months.

Oh I was blog hopping yesterday and found a couple funny stories you might enjoy... One was a fellow knitter getting super glue in a very odd place here's a link to the blog Shut Up I'm Counting

Another blog had an opening statement in her blog header that I just loved. You can see it here Glamour and Grit

There were more but I'll save them for another day. Don't want to overload you especially with todays contest assignment, LOL

So that said here is FRIDAY'S CONTEST ASSIGNMENT

I like to take Friday and remind you that those who comment here have some great blogs too and if you haven't visited them yet this is a good time to check them out. I have been to all the blogs that have left comments on Monday through Thursday and chose a picture of something being knitted or already completed by that blogger.

Your assignment is to find where this partial picture came from. Post your answer in the comment section and receive another entry in this weeks contest.




Now as you know there are no contest assignments over the weekend, but I will continue to blog daily anyway because of my commitment to being a 365'r blogger. So when I do the random drawing any comments received over the weekend will also be counted.

I will announce the winner on Monday's blog as well as the next prize to be won. So make sure to come back Monday as the winner might be YOU.


Well Adam comes again today. I wonder what we will be doing, I haven't a CLUE, lol.
Tomorrow we have a surprise birthday party for my sister in law, she's turning 30.
I might also get the gray color out of my hair and maybe even a hair cut too.
Saturday night is the NASCAR all star race (my favorite driver who retired this year will be in it)
Sunday is church (this I am looking forward to)
Sometime in between there I need to get groceries, do dishes and more laundry. My bed needs to be changed and where is the vacuum???

Yeah tell me why again we are supposed to look forward to weekends?I don't see a whole lot of relaxing there, do you? Yep I am peculiar.

AK
1Pe 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thursday Time to Tell

Good Morning-
Well I should have titled today's blog, TIRED THURSDAY. I am exhausted. I think it was chasing Adam around yesterday looking for all those clues. LOL Oh if you could have heard him, he was so cute. Singing the words to Blues Clues while he walked around the house and then saying "A CLUE" and then you'd hear him say " A CLUE, WHERE?" then he'd call me to come and find the clue. I wish I could have video taped it, It was priceless.

The message at church went well enough. They all laughed when I handed out the clue magnets and said "Looks like someone misses Children's church" Yeah several of us do, but at the moment all of our children have grown up and no new additions yet.

Speaking of new additions looks like Adam's mother (Angie) might be expecting again. I think she's CRAZY. I bet Adam though might like having a new baby around. This news though really upsets my son Joe (Adam's daddy) as he still thinks he and Angie should be together. Kids, sometimes you wonder where their brains are at.

OK onto CONTEST STUFF

Yep the answer to yesterday's riddle was "STITCH" I love making up the Riddle rhymes but honestly I am running out of Knitting subjects to make them about. If you have any ideas please let me know. I can make a rhyme about anything most of the time.

Today's CONTEST mission is to think up a CAPTION for the picture you see below.

Post your caption idea in the comments section for another entry in this weeks contest. Come on, don't be shy, tell us your thoughts.




This is one of my favorite contest missions, I love to laugh and you are always so creative.

Well I guess that's about it for me today. Nothing really interesting. I think I'll leave you with the closing scripture from my message last night.

Eze 34:11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, [even] I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

AK


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wednesday, Who, What, Where, Why? It's a Mystery

What's up with these mystery cuts and scrapes I have appearing out of nowhere? It's not like I am outside playing, I am basically house bound and sit in my bed most of the day. The latest scrape is on the back of my heel from the bottom to the top. And WOW does it hurt. I can't for the life of me imagine how I managed to cut it. It's a MYSTERY? Hmmm maybe I should ask my new crew over on the WhoDuKnit blog... they re always up for a mystery.

Tonight is my night to teach/preach at church. I haven't spoken in a month or two. Had to miss my last time because of the gout episode. I haven't worked on the message yet on paper, just in my mind. But I know it's going to have something related to "getting a clue" and I have made little Blues Clues paw print magnets to had out to everyone there. Here's a picture of them.

Now if I could just get a clue as to what I am exactly going to say. This happens often though, thank God He usually gives me something to say when I walk up to the microphone.

Speaking of Blues Clues Adam is coming over after school today. I got the call this morning. Woke me up from a weird dream. He's a good boy though. Might be hard to get in my shower before church though, can't leave him unattended, who knows what he might get into with me in the shower. How did I do this when my kids were young? I don't remember. Geez another Mystery.

Speaking of Mysteries and stuff let's get on with the contest stuff today.

1st- I did start the sample swatch of yesterdays pattern. I had a cone of white cotton on the shelf behind my bed so I used that. I started late so only did a few rows but I do like the stitch. If I were to describe it I would say it looks like a seed stitch border except instead of every row in seed stitch there is a knit row in between so the bumps are spaced out a little more. Here is a picture of what I got done.



Now Wednesday is RIDDLE DAY-

OH THERE ARE TOO MANY OF ME TO COUNT YOU KNOW I LIKE TO BE KEPT ALL NEAT AND COLLECTED IN A ROW DEPENDING ON THE SOURCE I CAN BE SEEN IN A NEW WAY WITH WAYS TO USE ME A DESIGNER WILL DEFINITELY PLAY BUT ANYONE CAN USE ME WHEN YOU GET THAT KNITTING "ITCH" CAN YOU GUESS WHAT I AM YET, OF COURSE I'M A ????????

Post your guess to this riddle in the comment section today to receive another entry in this weeks contest. Your answer doesn't have to be correct, you qualify just for playing. Have fun and remember to send your friends over to play too, the more the merrier right?

Ok now that that is done I better get to the task at hand. If I get it done early maybe just maybe I can get a little knitting done today too. That is if I don't find a mystery cut on my hand or fingers or something to keep me from knitting. Really now how is this happening?

Have a safe, injury free day everyone. LOL
AK

1Cr 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Welcome to Tuesday, It's Tried and True

Greetings friends...

I am glad to see that you were all blessed on Mothers day and were also able to bless another as well.

Well I did get half of my chores done yesterday, hopefully I can finish the rest today. My legs were killing me last night, I might have over done it just a tad. For some reason every Monday I seem to get it in my head that I MUST get the housework done and then Tuesday and Wednesday I am practically of no use to anyone. Hmm now that I think about it I do most of my knitting on Tuesday and Wednesday, maybe I secretly plan this. Wow the things you find out about yourself while blogging. LOL

I was able to browse around on Ravelry yesterday and found a few new friends and a couple new groups that got my attention. I am almost afraid to browse around on there too much because I find so much on there I could spend days, months even years. Yikes the housework will really be out of control if I did that. Yeah I need to discipline myself.

If you are not familiar with Ravelry and you like to knit or crochet among other crafts you need to check it out. Here is the link to Ravelry there is a waiting list to get in but it really doesn't take that long.

OK Onto CONTEST stuff.


Tuesday is Try Something New Day

Here is a new stitch to learn today
( I am trying to pick some of the easier stitches so we don't stress ourselves out, lol)

I suggest knitting up a small swatch so you can see what the stitch works up like and then you always have a reference for future projects. Of course if you are like me you will probably do a whole dishcloth or something... I find it hard to do bits and pieces, I am often an all or nothing gal, lol. But I am working on this fault.


Anyway post in the comment section if you are familiar with this stitch, if you love it, hate it, can't be bothered, whatever.

If it's new to you tell us if you thought it was hard or easy and what did you make with it?

Basically just post something in the comment section. Heck you can even post about the weather.

It doesn't matter... a comment will get you another entry in this weeks contest for a pattern designed by Rachel.


Ok that said here is this weeks new stitch pattern

Dot Stitch also known as Spot stitch

Works on an even number of stitches.

Row 1 (right side): Knit.

Row 2: *Knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across.

Row 3: Knit.

Row 4: *Purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.

Repeat four rows for pattern.

The wrong side of this stitch, where the purls are prevalent, is known as Sand Stitch.

Okay before I sign off and publish this I just have to brag about Adam's latest achievement. He learned how to type and spell several words yesterday on the old Apple Laptop I gave his mom this weekend. He can type ADAM, MOM, DAD, NANA, PAPA and JAMMA. He just had to call me and tell me over the phone yesterday. He was so excited. Yep, there is no doubt Adam is a genius and I am not biased or anything. Hahahahaha. I can't believe he will be 4 in September, it seems like just yesterday that he was born but then again it seems like he has been a part of our lives forever. Was there really any life before grandchildren??? Now there is a question to ponder.

Ok I am leaving now, got lot's to do, fish to knit, mystery KALS to figure out, yarn to think about buying... oops and laundry. Who said that?

AK
Pro 9:9 Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday Make Room for another Contest Week


Good Morning everyone. It was pretty quiet here over the weekend, I am guessing that's because you were all spending time with your mom, children, grandchildren, grandparents etc. I did.

Saturday I went to a mother daughter luncheon with my mom. I don't have a daughter so I didn't bring anyone with me. My sister Dayna was there with her two daughters as well. My sister Erin (who by the way is doing so so so good now. She looks alive again and smiles again and thank You Jesus is free from the bondage her new husband was enforcing on her) was supposed to come but at the last minute had to go home because of discipline problems with my nephew Colin. They had delicious food, lots of fruit for me. The desserts looked almost sinful LOL. I did have a couple, it was Mothers day after all.


Sunday I went to church, and my husband took Adam to the circus. I didn't go it was just not happening with recovering from the gout and other female issues in full swing. Church was nice, our worship leader is in Israel, so we sang along with an old CD that reminded me of our early church years before we had live music. It's hard to believe I've been going to this church now for 20 years. After church my mom stopped by and brought me some lunch. Then later that afternoon Adam and his mom Angie come over to visit me. They stayed until about 9pm, mostly because we ordered them a pizza to take home and the delivery took longer then we hoped. But it was a nice visit.

This ended up being quite a busy weekend for me and I was TIRED. Went to bed early last night and it felt good. And that's why this blog is started so late. Oops.

OK Now to do the random draw for last weeks winner... And the Winner Is...............
MARYANN
The generator picked number 22 out of 33.
Congratulations. You will be getting to pick out a set of stitch markers from KatieO's Etsy shop. Can't wait to see which set you choose.

This weeks prize will be a dishcloth pattern of your choice from Rachel's site. You might want to visit her site often this week, she has so much to choose from it might be hard to decide. LOL. Only one though, LOL.

OK Onto CONTEST stuff for today...

Monday is QUESTION day

Did you give or receive anything for mothers day that was knitted or crocheted related? What was it? This can include new yarn or needles etc.

Tell us about it in the comment section for an entry in this weeks contest.

Well I guess I have babbled on long enough today, it's after 9am and you are all probably wondering why I haven't blogged yet.

Have a wonderful Monday, and remember Jesus wants to carry those burdens for you, why not let HIM?

{{{HUGS}}}
AK
Psa 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day MOM



A Mother's Day Poem
by Kathleen Brundige May 11, 2008

When I think of my mom
And who she is today
I SMILE

She's come so far in her life
And given so much to me
I'm BLESSED

With discipline and faith
She's shown me that she cares
I'm LOVED

Never giving up, she's always there
A pillar of strength, my MOM
I'm THANKFUL

A blessing from GOD above
My mom forever and ever
I'm a DAUGHTER



(ME, Dayna and Erin, your three girls 1971 ages 9, 7, 2)

Happy Mothers Day Ma
Love you lots

Exd 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Saturday Something Smells

Yeah I thought that title would get you over here looking? LOL, hmm should I have a surprise contest today to guess what I am smelling? No that wouldn't be fair because I am pretty sure you wouldn't guess in a million years.

Let's see a few hints...
1- It's NOT a dirty diaper
(Yesterday Adam actually stayed in underpants all day right up until bedtime and only had one accident, it's a real breakthrough)

2- It's NOT cookies baking
(Wish it was as I am craving sweets in the worst way this week. Besides I need a new cookie sheet if I want to bake something like cookies, my cookie sheet now is so old it needs help, lol)

3- It's NOT fish
(Yep DH has once again been spending every waking moment that he is not working down at the river fishing, but he never brings home any fish... hmm should I be worried? Nah no one in their right mind would eat a fish out of the Hudson river these days, LOL)

So what pray tell is left for me to be smelling? Are you closer to figuring it out?

What you want more clues??? Oh Ok

4- It's NOT a cleaning product
(But there is a hint of a Christmas tree pine scent to it)

5- It's NOT lotion
(But there is a softening effect from the source of the smell)

6- It's NOT fruit
(Even though Adam has some apples right in front of me, I really can't smell them at all)


Go ahead take a guess, you have until tomorrow.

One last hint, there are three distinct smells to this scent, the first initial of each scent is
P, E, & P.

The first P you should be able to figure out pretty easily.

Honestly though don't fret over it, just take a guess if you feel up to it.


I added a couple contests again to the side bar one is ending today so head on over there, you might just win.

Adam's new word of the day is ridiculous. Isn't that just the coolest thing? Now he wants to go outside and catch falling leaves, how do you explain to a three year old it's not the right season to do that?



Off to play, have a wonderful day everyone.
AK
Psa 104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

FRIDAY Find The Mystery Picture Day

Well it's Friday finally. I feel like this week has put me through a ringer. Today was just CHAOS. I am thinking I should have stayed in bed. LOL

My sister Erin came by tonight, she made me some dinner just because she loves me, she said. All I can say is she looks like a different person already and her husband has only been gone 2 days. I am so so happy. Now as long as he doesn't charm his way back again all should be good.

I sold another pattern from Etsy today. What a fiasco, I can't access the patterns from the laptop and couldn't find it on my old computer. So I had to re-write the pattern up and then get it on WORD, and of course I didn't trust my quick write up so I also had to quickly knit it up to make sure it was right, lol. Yep that's how my morning started. Bet you wish you were me huh?

I saw the cutest pattern on Ravelry today it was a change purse made out of the mini knitted socks. I saved it in my queue but I'll probably never get to them because the pattern is $10.00 but I can dream right?

OK CONTEST STUFF

Below is part of a picture of a finished project completed by someone who commented here this week. See if you can remember who it was or what the picture is of and post it in the comment section to receive another entry in this weeks contest.



Remember Saturday and Sunday are free days, so to speak, I will still blog but no contest stuff to do. However any comments made over the weekend will get you an entry. I will do a random generator selection and reveal the winner on Monday's blog.
I hope YOU win. {{{smile}}}

OK that said I am going to get ready for bed. Looking forward to a better day tomorrow, God knows it can't get any worse.

AK
Lam 3:22-23 [It is of] the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. [They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.

Thursday Take a Guess Day

Wow can you believe it's Thursday already, where did this week go?

I made it to church tonight and I am glad I went. I really miss it when I can't get there. The message was are you comfortable in captivity? It sure gave me some things to ponder.

Update on my sister I believe she has told her husband to leave. Hopefully he will stay away, she made him leave once before and then let him back. She is back to work so I think she is feeling better. Thank You Lord for a quickly answered prayer.

OK CONTEST STUFF FOR TODAY

THURSDAY TAKE A GUESS DAY

Below is a picture of the fish I have knitted so far for the next VJG afghan. Take a guess at how many I have knitted to date. Post your answer in the comment section and receive another entry for this weeks prize, stitch markers handmade by KatieO. Remember you don't have to be correct you just have to guess.



As you can see they are all of different shades of blue both solid and variegated. I can't wait to start sewing them together, I am still a little confused at the method used to put them together, CBBC or something like that. This is the reason I haven't made an afghan already, I get frustrated because the seaming confuses me. Oh well, I am trying to vision it in my head, if I see it I can DO it, right?

Well this blogger is feeling a little sleepy, no nap today and I am feeling the sandman calling my name already.

Have a great day everyone and remember God never causes confusion, His way are always true and bring peace.

AK
1Cr 14:33 For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Wondering Wednesday



Well I made it to the Dr, I actually drove myself. That was a miracle in itself. So far though no relapses so hopefully that is a good sign. DR really didn't seem to concerned. He made a few suggestions for over the counter stuff for the nose dryness and sent me on my way. He did say something about my weight being a factor, geez, is weight the answer to all my problems including a stuffed nose. This is why I hate going to DR's. Oh well it's done.

I haven't tried the Bamboo stitch, it got a little crazy around here and I just couldn't get to it but I will make my swatch today. I really want to see how it works up.

Onto today's CONTEST STUFF

Wednesday is Riddle day

I am fairly new and in a BETA state
You can still join me it's not too late
I'm free and fun and full of good stuff
Once you've been here you can't get enough
I'm growing and expanding I can't be stopped you see
Do you know who I am? My name is ......????

Post your answer to this riddle in the comment section today to get another entry for this weeks prize. Remember your answer doesn't have to be correct you just have to try.


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The circus is in town... I think we are going to take Adam thins year, and by we I mean Papa and not me. Yeah I can barely walk to the bathroom much less around the arena where the circus will be. I don;t think i have ever been to a real circus, I was at Circus Circus in Vegas several times when I was a kid, but that's all. man was that always fun. I hear it's changed now and nothing like it was in the 70's.

Oh yeah before I forget I added a couple more contests I found in the sidebar... some of the prizes are pretty great so check them out while there is still time.

I guess I am going to sign off for now and I think I'll sign off with a joke to make you smile today.

Three sons left home and prospered in life. When getting back together they discussed their success and the great gifts they were able to buy their elderly mother.

“The first son said, "I sent mom a Mercedes."

The second son said, "I bought mom a mansion.”

The third son smirked and said, "I've got you both BEAT! Remember how mom liked reading the Bible when we were young? And you know she can't see very well anymore?... Well, I sent her an AMAZING parrot that recites the ENTIRE Bible! It took elders in the church 12 years to teach this parrot. He's one of a kind!! Mom now just has to name the verse and BAM… the parrot recites it!"

Soon after this meeting of the sons, mom sent out her thank you letters.

"Andy,” she wrote, "the house you built is so big and even though I live in one room, I still have to clean the whole house."

"John," she wrote, "I am too old to travel and spend most of my time at home, so I never use the Mercedes.

"Mark," she wrote to her third son, “You are my favorite son. You have such good sense to know what your mother likes. The chicken was simply delicious!!"



AK
Gen 21:6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, [so that] all that hear will laugh with me.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Tuesday is Try something New Day



Well today has been a weird day for me. I can't seem to get my head screwed on straight. I forgot to do a whole bunch of things I normally do each day, like go to Ravelry, breathe, etc. I think my brain never woke up.

I did get a few more fish finished for the latest VJG afghan, I now have 78 fish completed, only about 22 more to go.

I got a package from Shelly today with a blue blanket for VJG and some squares to piece together some more blue yarn (thanks Shelly) and a few personal items for me. I love the new SHREK mug for my water it's awesome. I have informed my kids that the mug is off limits, it is for MY use only or they have to face the wrath of Shelly. When I get the camera from my oldest son I'll work on posting some pictures for you all.

OK onto CONTEST STUFF

Tuesday is try a new stitch day... If you have the time why not try a new stitch today, maybe a small swatch to keep to remind you of this stitch for use in future projects. I read somewhere that someone makes a small swatch of all the different stitches she has learned in a scrap type book and lists the number of stitches needed for the pattern etc. I LOVE this idea and am going to also try this. When I get organized that is, LOL (Right Cat?) Oh by the way CAT is having a contest over on her blog asking for help on getting organized so pop over there and see if you can help her out.

Here is the Tuesday Stitch

BAMBOO STITCH

Works on multiples of two stitches.

Row 1: *Yarn over, knit two. Pass the yarn over over both knit stitches. Repeat from * across.

Row 2: Purl.

Repeat these two rows for pattern.

Making a yarn over at the beginning of the row can be a little tricky. Just drape the yarn over the empty needle and make sure you've wrapped the yarn around the needle before working the first knit stitch.


To get an entry in this weeks contest make a comment on how you like this stitch, if you've ever done this stitch before, if you thought it was easy or hard... whatever. All you really need to do is comment to get an entry.

I guess that's it for me tonight, maybe I'll even get a chance to check blogs before bed, if not I definitely will in the morning.

I see the ENT DR today too so maybe he can fix my nose.

Hope you all have a great day, take a minute to smell the roses, or the freshly fallen rain or whatever fragrances that make you smile.

AK
Sgs 7:13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates [are] all manner of pleasant [fruits], new and old, [which] I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Momday Means Contest Day

Well not much to blog about, it was a pretty blah weekend. I was home with Adam alone most of Sunday, so it was filled with NOGGIN on TV and on the computer. Adam has learned how to turn on the speakers so he can have sound and he is almost able to find the bookmark link to find the websites he like to go to. It's actually a little scary how fast he learns what I do.

My sister Erin stopped by today and I am very concerned about her. She looks horrible. Her hair looks like it's falling out and all ratty, I bet she barely weighs 90 pounds, her eyes are sunken in and haughty looking. I hate what her new husband is doing to her. I just don't know how to help her, all I can do is pray. She is young, beautiful, smart and all those things seem to have vanished.

Anyway... let's just get onto the contest stuff for the day...

Monday Make it Matter

I was wondering do you set rules before you knit/crochet? For instance do you make it a rule to finish a certain chore before you start etc. Or do you just knit first and worry about housework later?

Post your answer in the comment section to receive another entry for this weeks prize. No answer is a wrong answer so feel free to tell us how it really is, LOL.


Oh and thanks for the suggestions on the soy/rice milk I tried the mixing of the two and he still noticed... I'm not sure what they are doing at his house. But we will keep trying. He has never been a fan of flavored milk so not sure if he will drink the chocolate.

Well it's almost midnight here so I am going to start getting ready for bed. I'll be looking forward to reading your responses today.

AK
Pro 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

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