Thursday, January 31, 2019

Day 31 of 2019

I'm about to cut into a very favorite canvas fabric of mine. 
I'm not 100% sure about the pattern I intend to use.
I'm a bit nervous. 
Does this happen to anyone else or is it just me?

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Day 30 of 2019

This is one of the best "tools" I've purchased lately. 
A little over a year ago I discovered that I could check out audiobooks 
from my local library without ever leaving my home.  
This has been the best thing. 
(I use the "Libby" app.) 
I have probably listened to more books in the last year 
than I have read my entire life up until this point. 
I listen all day long while doing all the things I do 
unless they involve understanding other words,
 like reading directions or texts or working on a blog post.  
I can sew or do laundry or clean.  
I even raked leaves last fall while listening to a book.  
I used to listen with my ear buds, but they were always falling out.  
Enter the headphones and everything changed.  
I can get so much done and they almost never fall off.  
Ok.  I'm done with my ranting endorsement for real headphones 
and free audiobooks from the library.  
Both are wonderful. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Day 28 of 2019

It's winter. 
There is an arctic blast coming. 
I guess that means we should go out for some ice cream, right?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

Day 25 of 2019

A last minute change of plans for dinner
 has left me with a welcomed head start on breakfast. 

For those of you who were still wondering, 
yes, the answer to the question "what is it?" from Monday was indeed pecan pie. 
It was delicious.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Day 23 of 2019

This is the table where my Christmas houses reside during the holidays.  
I finally got them taken down today, 
specifically so I could put these boxes here.  
The table is six feet long.  
The boxes are stacked two deep and up to three high.  
They are filled with Mom's books.  

Monday, January 21, 2019

Day 21 of 2019

The urge to bake is still here. 
Today I am going to do a sort of "what is it?" picture. 
Here are the main players. 
I have baked something with them.
What is it?

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Day 20 of 2019

GB#3 and Grandpa (Fireball) 
crack me up when they crack each other up.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Day 19 of 2019

The prediction was for five to seven inches of snow beginning at 4:00 in the morning. 
The snow finally began eleven hours late. 
About four hours later we had accumulated one and a half inches of snow.  
After another four hours our snow had stopped
  and our total was not quite two and a half inches.  
I have to say that I am a bit disappointed 
as I was prepared to be stuck in for a while 
but I'm sure the frigid temperatures and fierce winds we are expecting now 
will make up for it.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Day 18 of 2019

Found with Mom's things, 
this was made for her by a great niece she never met 
but kept in contact with through the lost art of letter writing.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Day 17 of 2019

Crisis averted.
Fireball accidentally found my recipe this morning 
and now I am all prepped and ready to bake cookies. 
Yes, that third egg did not separate well, 
but it won't make a difference in this recipe.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Day 16 of 2019

I really wanted to bake some cookies last night. 
These are the major players. 
The major problem with this plan is that I can't seem to locate the recipe. 
It's hand-written, handed down. 
I hope I find it soon.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Day 13 of 2019

My caption here was going to be 
something to the effect of how I was liking my new pattern
 in the pink yarn until I looked at the pictures I took
 and noticed the last visible cable on the right.  
I guess I am glad I took pictures of this tonight.  
I have no idea if I would have caught the mistake on this row 
where it was easily fixed
 or way later down the road when I would have been sad to find it
but would have torn it all out anyway to make it right.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

Day 11 of 2019

Date night. 
Homemade gluten-free pizza. 
Movie we recorded last August.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Day 10 of 2019

I have featured Mom's knitting here before. 
This tapestry is also her handiwork.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Day 9 of 2019

My puzzle crew has long gone back to their respective homes, 
but I worked hard on sorting Mom's things today
 so I thought I would reward myself with a little puzzle time.  
Before dinner I started one of Mom's small puzzles (150 pieces) 
and afterward I finished it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Day 8 of 2019

I got into my studio for a few minutes today and found 
that GB#1 left me her heart.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Day 7 of 2019

I swatched my two patterns today and have decided to do a combination of the two. 
 Both are on this same piece with three rows of stockinette stitch between them. 
I know it's hard to tell.
I will try using a needle somewhere between these two sizes, 
work the top pattern with the cables but add twenty-four more stitches 
so I can get one more pattern repeat and create a slightly denser fabric. 
Wish me luck.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Day 6 of 2019

Well, this happened today. 
I'm hoping the dentist can work me in tomorrow. 
I also hope it can just be put back in my mouth where it belongs.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Day 5 of 2019

It has become more clear to me in the past year 
that there is no time to work on things I don't enjoy. 
I have not been pleased with the feel of this project 
since very early in the process.  
I believe the yarn and needle combination just didn't make
 the fabric I had expected.  
So, today I have selected a couple new potential projects.  
My plan is to make swatches of both new patterns 
and choose based on those results.  
It's a new year. 
Let's frog that project and work on something enjoyable.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Day 4 of 2019

With one last chance to play together before GB#1 goes back home, 
the girls (GB#2 and GB#4) came up for the evening. 
Thanks to T-Bone for the photo prop.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Day 3 of 2019

I was right. 
I was definitely not done baking yet. 
I baked last night and then again tonight. 
I just might have a few more things I'd like to bake and then, maybe, 
things will get back to normal around here.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Day 2 of 2019

This girl.
So strong.  So brave. 
And look at those pointed toes.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Day 1 of 2019

I think it's time to start thinking about better options for real food. 
This is a good start, 
but I'm pretty sure I'm not really baked out yet.