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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two Tuesday

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Two Things I'm Grateful For:

1. Better health. My cold's finally on its way out; I just have some sniffles left. Alex is still sneezy and sniffly, but at least she's happy.

2. Getting back to a normal schedule. On top of being sick for most of the month, we had a huge anniversary celebration at church that required a lot of prep work from everyone for several weeks. That's over, so I'm enjoying the small breather between now and the holidays.

Two Patterns I Think Are Neat:

Round blankets are so pretty. The bright colors in this sample are gorgeous, too. I'd love to host a crochet along with this pattern if anyone's interested??? If you prefer thread to yarn, you can follow the same pattern to create a doily instead.

2. Grumpy Cat
I LOVE Grumpy Cat! Michaels sells a stuffed animal Grumpy Cat, but they want $22! Crazy. Although I hate amigurumi, I may have to make this. A friend at church has offered to sew the pieces together if I crochet them. Tempting...

Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Still Here, Still Sick

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I don't quite sound this bad because I'm overloaded on cold medicine. And I can't stay in bed all day because the baby has a cold, too. But you get the point.
I hope you're a lot healthier than we are :-)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Musings

Thanks for the well wishes. I'm feeling better, but I've reached what I call the Grumpy Sick Stage. I feel well enough that I want to get back to normal activities (teaching school, cleaning, cooking, crafting, etc), but still sick enough that when I try, I get tired very easily and have to rest. That irritates me.
I did get a lot done on the doily. I'm getting ready to start round 22. The DAL (Doily Along) is being hosted by Pammy Sue at Scotty's Place.
In January, I'll be joining Debbie's Super Duper Ultimate Crazy SAL hosted by Linda at Stitchin With My Furbabies. I chose the cross stitch patterns I'll be stitching (a new project to be started each day in January and February) and I've been gathering the rest of my supplies a little bit at a time. 

I'm going to take a nap now.
Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

And the Winner Is...

Six entries to win the yarn.
And the winner is....
Charlotte from Charlotte's Web!!
Yay! Congratulations!!
Thanks to everyone who entered.
Charlotte, please email me your mailing address at

I joined a Doily Along hosted by Pammy Sue at Scotty's Place. I'm using Aunt Lydia's Bamboo thread in Zen Green and a size 4 hook. I'm just about to start round 9. 

It's a gray rainy day today, and my husband was kind enough to share his cold with me. I'm going back to bed. Have a good weekend.
Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

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Friday, October 10, 2014

I Love Yarn Day!

There's a holiday for everything, isn't there? Well, according to the Craft Yarn Council, the second Friday in October is I Love Yarn Day. So, besides playing with yarn all day, the best way I can think to celebrate is to have a giveaway.
How would you like to win four skeins of Red Heart yarn? Two in Shades of Brown, two in Carrot. All you have to do is leave a comment on today's post letting me know what you would make with it. I'll draw a winner at the end of the day. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

1+1+1= & State Fair Part 2

What does
      1 cranky, teething baby,
        1 sick husband,
         and 1 broken casserole dish lid (my favorite one) equal?
 A stressful start to the week!

Oh, well; today's a new day :-) Enjoy some more pictures from the Texas State Fair.
We made a stop at the aquarium on the fairgrounds; Hope's friend volunteers there and we wanted to say hi. These moray eels are so creepy!
Hope enjoyed petting the stingrays. We used to do that at Sea World in Orlando all the time.
Alex had an intense stare off with a grouper.
Outside the aquarium was a sculpture garden. My favorite was this cactus with the faces.
Tim and Hope liked the bucking horse made of wrenches, pliers, locks, hammers, etc.
Of course, I had to spend a little time in the Creative Arts barn. There was a lot to look at! I only saw a small portion, but I took pictures of my favorites. This doily is gorgeous! Hope asked if I could make one like this; I told her yes, if there's a written pattern not a diagram. I still can't read those things.
I love the colors in this cross stitch piece. And all the different kinds of birds.
This mosaic is amazing! It's made of painted rocks and shell pieces.
Of course, we had the standard fair food of corn dogs and cotton candy. But we always try to find something new and different. These are Amazeballs (no, I'm not making up the name!). They're chocolate cake balls sprinkled with bacon bits and powdered sugar. They were so good!!!!

So that was our trip to the fair. It was great fun, and we're already looking forward to next year.
Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

State Fair Part 1

We had a lot of fun at the State Fair yesterday. It was our first time going, and we were amazed at the sheer size and amount of things to do. I took a lot of pictures, so I'm breaking them up into two posts.
Of course, we had to see Big Tex.
I love the paintings on his boots. He talked and waved, too; that was cool.
 Tim and Hope rode a few rides together. 
Alex was in a good mood all day. Her shirt says "Don't Mess With Texas Babies" :-)
She played her first carnival game and won a little stuffed fish. Unfortunately, it fell out of the stroller some time during the day.
 We saw the dog show (see the little blur in the arch? really fast little dog!),
the pig races (Dale Swineheart Jr won this one),
and the ostrich races (weirdest thing I've ever seen!).
More to come tomorrow!
Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)

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