Thursday, April 30, 2009

50 Years of Sunshine!

Life got a little complicated for me for awhile - and took me away from the things I like to do. But things seem to be somewhat back to normal. If you can call dressing a skeleton in a black gown and a pink feather boa normal . . .
My friend and co-worker turned 50 this week. She often greets people - "Good Morning Sunshine!" - which explains the sign. We had a great time decorating and a wonderful potluck to help her celebrate!
. . . and 50 cans of Pepsi. That should last her a few days anyway.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ugly - but I figured it out!

I don't like this yarn - I don't even like this pattern now that I am knitting it, but I am doing it!!!
I am knitting, purling, yarn over, actually following the pattern, and I still have 23 and only 23 stitches on the needle! I don't think it is going to be very pretty - I used this old yarn that I had until I was able to figure out what I was doing. So I may get out the pretty purple yarn that I have and start over. It is very simple I know - but I am so proud of myself for figuring it out. I even was able to un-knit some stitches when I made a mistake and I no longer want to throw the needles and yarn across the room.

Monday, April 13, 2009


One of my favorite blogs to visit is - A FancifulTwist
Vanessa created these adorable egg huggers. They were perfect for Kasey's Easter gift.
A few more photos of Lily from the other night.
She so makes me smile!
We tried taking some pictures of with her tutu and wings - but she was not in the mood and the lighting was terrible. I did manage to get this one.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Never Too Old - or Too Young

Here they are - all grown up, but still coloring Easter Eggs!
Well . . . not everyone is grown up.
Both the boys are very big on traditions - which may explain why they still do stuff like this. It is very different from when they were small. There are girlfriends involved, the conversation has changed, the cups of dye don't get spilled - I just love it when we are all together.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Grrr... knitting

I finished my squiggle scarf. I am sure it is riddled with mistakes (one nice thing about this kind of yarn). But I finished the scarf, used up some stuff that I had, actually tried something new by using the circular needles, and I am determined to continue knitting until I get it. Always look for the positive - right? I know these pictures are dark - I am hoping sunshine is in the forecast for tomorrow. This little bag contains a pattern and yarn for a lacy scarf. It was a gift from my cousin Amy. I told myself - not another scarf, but it is such an easy thing to practice on, and I am trying to use some of the stuff that I already have. I started it three times last night. What is with me and knitting. I know what I am supposed to do. I was getting pretty good at it a few years ago, but I seem to make mistakes no matter how hard I try not to. Amy - I need to live closer to you so you can help me. I think I get the most frustrated - because when I do make a mistake - I have not idea how to fix it. When I crochet - a mistake is so simple to fix. I'll wear the yarn out simply by ripping out the first four rows so often. I finally decided I was tired (it was 2:00 in the morning) - so I will start again this morning. I found these little crocheted carrots in a gift shop that I walk by nearly everyday - but rarely go in to shop. I probably should have just walked by this time too - I keep telling myself that I don't need any more "stuff".
This Easter basket was mine when I was small. Made out of plastic, it somehow has survived all these years. It is one of my favorite decorations this time of year. I am going to go pick up my knitting needles again - hopefully with more success today.
"You can do it. It's only one stitch at a time." ~ Myra Hansen

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Simply Knitting

I am really trying to use up some of the supplies that I have. I have been cleaning out and organizing - and when I look at how much stuff I have - I don't need to go out an buy anything (no matter how fun that is). I have been wanting to knit something - so I needed to find a pattern that I already had yarn and the needles to use. This isn't probably what I would have chosen to knit otherwise - but it will be a fun scarf - and the squiggle yarn definitely hides any mistakes I may make. And I am trying something new - the circular needles. I am going to try something a little more difficult next.
We had a thunderstorm last night. Usually when they forecast a thunderstorm - it doesn't amount to much. Last night was the real thing.
My house is clean, I have errands to run, then I am going to work out - after that I will be picking up this squiggle yarn and finishing my scarf. Spring Break - I love it!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Lily and I went for a walk yesterday.
She is such a happy baby - it does me good just to be with her and see her smile.

Another beautiful day here today!

"Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God." ~ Barretto

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring Break At Last!

I have been away from here for so long. I had the flu - and then simply have been busy - busy - busy! This week I am on vacation - so I will be busy still, but hopefully with some things that I like to do - including getting back into posting something regularly. I want to work in the yard, read, work out, and I have been looking for something to knit. I am not very confident in my ability to knit, so I want to do more of it. I am going to make a visit to the yarn shop hopefully tomorrow.
Today I am babysitting Lily. It is supposed to get up into the 80's - so we are definitely taking walk. She has changed so much - I will have to take pictures after her nap.