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Monday, January 12, 2015

Knitting the bizarre!!

Today is not as cold as last week when it was in the single digits but nevertheless, it's 30 and has been snowing all night.

I have a couple of things saved I received by email from a couple of different knitting resources. I saved them because I just think they are so bizarre and I knew I wanted to post about them one day soon. Guess what? Today's the day LOL!

First we have a new craze called Arm Knitting. I know it has caught on and a lot of people love it, it's quick, it's well-I don't know what else it is but quick. You don't even have to have knitting needles! Ok-Ok. I know you're just dying to see what it is so without further ado;

Serously? I'm not a fan. I could never wear something that I think may strangle me one day!

And then..I have the creepy gnomes. Don't get me wrong, my whole family LOVES gnomes, including myself but not these little buggers;

Yes, they creep me out! Can you imagine giving one of these as a Christmas gift? Maybe to someone you didn't care for. And don't forget to include the pins, as in Voodoo doll pin!!

Okay, I'm done making fun of my craft. Although the other day on Facebook I watched a video and read an article about this chick that actually knits from her vagina! I won't even go there as that wasn't funny to me, it was more like disturbing!!!

Have a wonderful day my friends and as always....

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

I can't believe another year has gone by. I'm pretty okay with 2014, although it wasn't a fantastic year it was far better than 2013 with so many people in my family passing away. I'm actually looking forward to the new year. I love this quote by Brad Paisley:

Yes, write a good one. Kind of makes it sound like we have control over that (insert sarcasm smiley)..but when you really think about it - WE DO! It's not WHAT gets thrown our way but HOW we react to it. One of the things I'd like to concentrate on for me is my reaction to things. My reaction to strangers misfortunes. My reaction to things I have absolutely no control over. My "quick" reaction to negativity and negative people. I need to breathe.

I'm looking forward to the new year although resolutions aren't in the picture. I have "plans" lol. Plans to start the 21 Day Fix tomorrow. I bought it in the beginning of December and for Christmas Paul bought me a month's worth of Shakeology. I'm super excited about it. The 21 Day Fix isn't about losing weight in 21 days. That's how long it takes for the average person to break bad eating habits. Eating fresh veggies and fruits and not all the chips, dips, cookies, chips, fries, cakes, chips...well you get the idea. I did try out the exercise video the other day and haven't walked straight since! But I'm feeling better and tomorrow is the "official" start day and I plan on only doing 50% of the workout. Not the time but the weights and duration etc.

Tomorrow we're having our annual New Year's Day barbecue. Paul has made his macaroni salad and I made a pecan pie. (I WILL have a sliver). In the morning I'm going to make an old fashioned potato salad.

So, I will update my blog on my progress with my new healthy lifestyle. I wish you all a very Happy New Year! Here's to 2015...BRING IT ON!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

After Christmas...

Well it's just a couple of days after Christmas. I had a great one. A bit different from years past as the grands weren't here for the first time and Paul and I also had an empty house. Still, it was nice just the two of us.
I was so busy over the holidays I didn't get a chance to post some of my baking. I baked a lot! I made the regulars; peanut butter crinkles (with the Hershey kiss), chocolate walnut puffs, & magic cookie bars. This year for Sue's party I decided to make some cupcakes. They're made with peppermint oil and crushed candy canes. I also bought some sugar sprinkles to spruce them up a bit..

I've also been knitting Christmas gifts. Now that I've given them to the recipients, I can post pictures! Yay!

Here's a keyhole scarf I made for my daughter in law with a little headband to match..
The headband has a few beads in it. 

This is a keyhole scarf and some fingerless mittens I made for my friend Bev. The gloves I made with hand dyed yarn from our trip to NY. I LOVE the yarn. Hopefully I have enough left to knit a little something for me :)

And my last knitted gift was for the coffee drinkers in my life, a coffee mug sleeve for my sister and sister in law.

We went to the Christmas Story House in Cleveland on Christmas Eve. Paul and I took Jennifer and her bf Dan. All of us except Jenn had never been. We do LOVE the movie though and I came home with an awesome leg lamp that fits perfect in my upstairs windows. Paul says it looks like a beacon! LOL!

New Years more! I must wrap my head around the idea of blogging without pictures. Seriously, they aren't necessary!
As always...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

More Christmas decorating...

I've been decorating like crazy! A good crazy! I copied this kitchen cabinet wrapping idea off of Pinterest . I did it last year, not sure if I posted pics or not but if so, who cares right?


I'm glad I did those last year so all I had to do was pull them out of the box. I did have to attach the bows though. Maybe I'll leave them on there after Christmas and box em up as is :)

I also put the little sprigs of greenery on the stairs along with the Hallmark Father Christmas Santa's.


 And lastly, I finished the tree. I'm so happy that this is the last year with this one. We're a little sad but when your artificial tree starts losing it's needles because it's so old, yea-it's time. Since this is it's last year, we're letting it go out with a bang...TINSEL!!

Poor Paul. He struggles every year with lights. Every year I have to go buy boxes of little lights. Last year I bought 11 boxes and brought them home, put them on the tree and they were LED! Ugh! They all looked lavender colored. I wanted all clear but when Paul said we didn't have enough working, I thought we could put up what clear lights we could and then put up colored. We have a ton of the multi colored bulbs. So, this old guy has a combo :)
Notice the tinsel? The bottom half of the tree doesn't have any since I have two cats. 

I spent the rest of the day on my belly and knees putting the Christmas Village under the tree. I am so out of shape I can now barely stand up straight! My knees and my back hurt LOL! Here's some pics of the village...


I did learn a few things. One is, next year I'm setting up the village before the tree! I'll get the tree stand in place and then do the village. Another thing, I don't think I need the snow tree skirt. We'll see. I do love looking at it. A couple of years ago, my mother in law gave me her village. It's very old and I have quite a few pieces here under the tree but not all. I couldn't fit them all! So, we may put them under the tree in the study...yes-I have 2 more trees to decorate! LOL. I'll post pics when I get them done.

As always...