Saturday, December 31, 2022

Day 365 of 2022

An old house calls for an old light fixture, in a closet no less. 
I think it's so pretty, fancy and appropriate for New Year's Eve.


Friday, December 30, 2022

Day 364 of 2022

Now that the puzzles are done, 
I've started something new with my Christmas yarn from GB#3. 
Any guesses as to what I am making?


Thursday, December 29, 2022

Day 363 of 2022

I started this puzzle late yesterday afternoon
 and finished it before I went to bed (1:30am). 
I've already dismantled it so I can take the temporary table down. 
I love this one because the sidewalk looks like a crazy quilt. 
At a fast 500 pieces, I can see myself doing this one again.


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Day 362 of 2022

It's wool sock wash day. 
I'm really enjoying the warm feet I have when I wear these. 
I can't wait to make another pair.


Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Day 361 of 2022

I finished the succulent puzzle a few days ago. 
While I was putting it away I was able to roll the entire puzzle over 
so I could get a photo of the back.
 Since I was not a part of the original puzzle piece flipping process, 
I had no idea these letters were here until late in the construction process. 
Once I figured it out, there was no way to un-know this secret. 
It made the puzzle completion easier. 
 It was still not simple, but it was easier. 
I'm moving on to a new puzzle tomorrow. 
Below is a picture of the entire back. 


Monday, December 26, 2022

Day 360 of 2022

This year I did an advent calendar from Olive & June. 
I had fun opening all the windows 
and can't wait to try out the new colors and products.


Sunday, December 25, 2022

Day 359 of 2022

GB#3 gave Fireball and me Christmas gifts that he selected himself. 
He knows that Fireball loves donuts and I love yarn. 
He is such a thoughtful young man.


Friday, December 23, 2022

Day 357 of 2022

We didn't get as much snow as initially predicted, 
but it is certainly as cold as it looks here. 
The temperature was about negative 9 degrees Fahrenheit 
when this photo was taken.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Day 355 of 2022

Christmas is Sunday,
 and there is a big snow and extreme cold temperature event 
beginning tomorrow. 
I thought it would be a good idea to get all the food in the house 
that we will need for the next several days. 
Everyone else had the same idea.


Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Monday, December 19, 2022

Day 353 of 2022

Today has been more games and more pie. 
The pies have been a big hit. 
Well, so have the games.


Sunday, December 18, 2022

Day 352 of 2022

We had our family Christmas exchange today. 
Other activities included food, games, a puzzle and more food.


Saturday, December 17, 2022

Day 351 of 2022

Paper crafting is happening this evening. 
I've been selecting the paper, tracing the templates
 and cutting out the shapes for the last few days. 
Tonight I got to the folding and gluing. 
These are to become money holders with envelopes.
 I've been making them for the last few years and it's a project I really enjoy.


Friday, December 16, 2022

Day 350 of 2022

Winterlights at Newfields was gorgeous as usual, 
but I went for a different than usual picture this time.


Day 349 of 2022

Earlier in the month while Little E was in town, 
she crocheted a dinosaur chicken chunk for M. 
Tonight M found it under the tree. 
She loves it. 
I realize this may be confusing for some
 but it represents a fun family memory.

(photo taken 12-15-2022)


Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Day 348 of 2022

I'm making use of some random things from around the house
 and things that never made it back to the attic 
for a little more Christmas decoration.


Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Day 347 of 2022

We've got company coming tomorrow so it's time to break out the phone
 and check my "Chalk the Chalk" board on Pinterest. 
I found a couple designs to combine and duplicate. 
I have neither the time nor energy to think of anything on my own right now.


Sunday, December 11, 2022

Day 345 of 2022

Little E left me a note telling me how to do the ribbing on this sweater. 
It looks like I'm about halfway there. 
It took me about 12 minutes to do one round tonight. 
If my calculations are correct, I could finish this re-do in about two hours. 
I wonder how many days it will take me to sit down for two hours and knit.


Friday, December 9, 2022

Day 343 of 2022

When Little E was here
 she agreed that the sweater she knit for Fireball is a little too long. 
We decided upon the desired length and she tore it back
 and got it all set up for me to re-knit the ribbing. 
The needle we found for this job is slowing me down
 as it is grabbing the yarn and not letting it slide nicely. 
I found a new needle and knit the next round onto it. 
Things are going much smoother and faster now.


Thursday, December 8, 2022

Day 342 of 2022

Now that the green socks are done and before I start another pair of socks, 
I wanted to knit up a quick cowl. 
 I have a super cute pattern and some left over yarn from a hat I made for Fireball. 
Well, you guessed it. I can't remember where I stashed the yarn. 
In the process of looking for it today, I came across a bag.
Inside the bag is a magazine dated Holiday 2004 
and all the yarn for a cute cardigan with cables, 
that still seems stylish in 2022, that appears in the magazine. 
Obviously, I have started swatching for the sweater. 
I'll have to make the cowl when the yarn for that project reappears.


Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Day 341 of 2022

I finished these socks last week and upon the suggestion of GB#3,
 I made the toes different than the main sock color
 and different from each other. 
I decided to add the opposite color stripe
 to make the two socks feel more connected. 
I've already worn them and they are drying 
from the hand wash and blocking I did today.


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Day 340 of 2022

It's time to change the dishes again.
 I'm going quite traditional on the colors this year. 
Colors used: 
scarlet, peony, white, shamrock, meadow, evergreen, slate, black


Sunday, December 4, 2022

Day 338 of 2022

We saw this Christmas display today and had to go take a closer look. 
This is only about twenty-five percent
 of the decorations that covered this double lot property.


Friday, December 2, 2022

Day 336 of 2022

With other things on my mind and to-do list, 
I forgot to start my advent calendar yesterday. 
I opened two doors today.


Thursday, December 1, 2022

Day 335 of 2022

We lost another good one today. 
(Great Grandpa H - Fireball's dad)


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Day 333 of 2022

Despite what it looks like, this is not a sock post. 
This is a post to illustrate my anticipation
 of painting some small Christmas trees on this blank canvas.


Sunday, November 27, 2022

Day 331 of 2022

This sock is ready for its toe and the other one will be ready soon. 
I found this magazine that explains different sock toe variations for different feet 
and how to calculate for them. 
I have short toes with very little taper 
so I am excited to try a different type of finish for my pair of socks.


Saturday, November 26, 2022

Friday, November 25, 2022

Day 329 of 2022

Now that we are past Thanksgiving, 
it's time to start thinking about decorating for Christmas. 
I'm starting with some easy stuff. 
First up, change the bedding.


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Day 326 of 2022

We are hosting Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday 
and are responsible for several dishes. 
I was able to complete the grocery list 
with the exception of a couple things 
that we picked up later at another store. 
The trick after filling my cart was finding the best line 
and then waiting for my turn at the checkout.


Saturday, November 19, 2022

Day 323 of 2022

Sock progress. 
Both socks have completed gussets. 
I've started the foot on the sock on the right. 
This part should go much faster with no decreases to keep track of.


Friday, November 18, 2022

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Day 321 of 2022

I found this in the closet where the puzzles reside the other day
 while I was straightening things up.
 It looks like I bought it on clearance at the book store last year after Halloween. 
I forgot that I had it so I forgot to work it. 
I remedied this oversight tonight. 
I started it too late to finish but surely will tomorrow.

I have also updated yesterday's post to include a link to a picture of Fireball
 in the sweater I mentioned in the post.


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Day 320 of 2022

I realize now seeing this picture that it's hard to tell what it even is. 
Little E is an excellent and speedy knitter. 
The one thing she doesn't like much about the process is weaving ends in. 
I, on the other hand, don't mind at all. 
This piece is a pullover sweater she made for her dad, Fireball, 
as a surprise for his birthday. 
I had some time today while a service tech did furnace maintenance, 
so I have now woven in all the ends 
and Fireball can wear the sweater to work this week.


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Day 319 of 2022

The last thing on my list for the day 
was a sewing project that I've been dying to start. 
I finished the rest of the things on the list 
so I was able to spend a little time getting this project going. 


Sunday, November 13, 2022

Day 317 of 2022

When Monday, laundry day,
 is booked with appointments away from home, 
I do laundry on Sunday night. 
I did pretty well. 
I got all but one load done,
 and I am confident I can get that one done tomorrow.