August 3, 2013

EZ - Yes, Easy - No!

Bean wanted to knit along with Elizabeth Zimmerman's book The Knitter's Almanac.  She asked me to join her and I agreed to join her several times.  It never got beyond the agreement part though.  We wouldn't start at the beginning in January.  We would jump in and knit the May mittens.  She wanted to knit her mittens in Noro.  Not having Noro, we had to go the knitting store.  Oh the sacrifices I make for my girl.  Then she started knitting.  Needle sizes were changed.  Stitches were ripped out.  Needle sizes were changed again.  Stitches were ripped out again.  May was coming to an end.  Yes, I joined her.  No, you cannot see my mittens.  Why?  Because I didn't finish my mittens!  Luckily I used stash yarn, so I didn't waste any money - if you call buying yarn a waste of money!
It is rare for me not to finish a knitting project I start.  I'm one of those really weird knitters who only knit one project at a time.  My heart was not in these mittens, so they are sitting in a box waiting to either be finished or frogged.
Bean's mittens got finished though!  They are beautiful.  She decided to take pictures of them at Old Salem.  She took pictures on the beautiful old brick sidewalks but the colors didn't show true.  This one was taken in the parking lot behind the car.  Knitting photographers and their photo ops!  But I think this is a really cool picture.  As soon as she weaves the ends in, she can stick a fork in them because she will be done!

July 11, 2013

Harper's 4th

My Grandma is letting me do the blog today.  I feel like "Dog With a Blog"!
 My Mom made her brother a patriotic bow tie, but he doesn't wear it.
My Mom thinks I look 'dashing' in it.
I got to wear it for the 4th of July.

Here I'm being 'cool.'

Here are my patriotic poses.
I'm being 'thoughtful' looking at the flag.

  Here I'm introspective.

There you go sweet thang!  Hope you had a good 4th too.

June 30, 2013

Children's Books

Bean and I found ourselves in Old Salem last Thursday.
Well, we didn't exactly find ourselves there.  We went there with a purpose.
I love to wander the shops.  They are actually setting up Christmas now!  In some ways that scares me to death, but in other ways it's exciting.  We walked through all the future Christmas displays and the Moravian items.  Then we went downstairs to see the books and children's section.
I don't think I have ever stopped loving children's books, even though I have two grown kids.  And when a children's book is mixed with a love of knitting - well, let's just say it's heavenly to me!
This book just screamed that it wanted to come home with me.  Of course I had to oblige.  The illustrations are so cute.  And a mama kitty who knits is right up my alley.  Since I don't have any little ones to read to anymore, I read to Harper.  I don't think he was as into it as I was.  He's got this things for cats, you see.  But he does have a thing for yarn, so he was able to at least tolerate the book, when he wasn't trying to eat it.
Somehow this next book also found it's way home with us.
I love his books!  We have several of them and the kids have always enjoyed them.  I have to admit that I read this one aloud to anyone who would listen.  Bean didn't seem to mind!  He was such a good author.  He didn't 'speak' down to the kids for whom he was writing and he also includes a couple of recipes in the back.
And that concludes today's book review.

June 27, 2013

Do You Know How Much I Love My Therapist?

I love my therapist a whole bunch!
For a year I have been going to therapy almost every Thursday afternoon at Wake Forest.  It is a free service that is provided to caregivers of Alzheimer's patients.
I started going about two years ago.  My first therapist was actually a student at Wake Forest.  However, he graduated and was thrust out into the real world and didn't leave a forwarding address!  :)
After he left me (sniff, sniff) a new therapist came in who wasn't a student.  So.....I started seeing him on a weekly basis.  We had a great deal in common.  One thing that really made a connection for me is that he is a native Floridian and I am a native Floridian.  However, one major thing we DO NOT HAVE IN COMMON - he is a University of Florida alumni and I am a Florida State fan.  We worked through our 'differences' so the whole therapy thing would be productive.  Once he wore khaki pants and a garnet shirt.  I complimented him on his FSU outfit.  Ruined his whole day!  HA!
With therapy coming to an end, I wanted to make something for him.  He knew I was a knitter and it was my own little kind of therapy, so I decided to knit him some HIS school colors.  Yes, it was the ultimate sacrifice for me.  It didn't go unnoticed today when I gave them to him.  He asked me how I managed.  I let him know I did throw up a little in my mouth, but I got over it.  He's his job to!

June 25, 2013

Hey! It's My Birthday!

Hey you!
You there!
Today is my birthday.
I am two!
This is what my life has been like since I was adopted.

Sometimes my Mom kisses me and leaves lipstick on my head!

 Sometimes my Mom will open the window so I can watch the squirrels in my yard.  Stupid squirrels.
Sometimes I am a gentleman and will shake my grandma's hand....but sometimes I just like to bite it instead!

 Sometimes I can be suave.
 When my Uncle still lived at home, I liked computer time with him.
 When my Great Granny comes over, I like to take naps next to her.  See my toys on the floor?  I like to keep them right where I can see them!
 Sometimes they take me outside when there is white stuff on the ground.  I like to eat that white stuff.  Hey!  Where is that white stuff now?
Sometimes I like to hang upside down and pretend I am a bat!

Yum!  I taste pretty good!

Sometimes I like to party.

Happy Birthday to me!

June 23, 2013

Birthday Books

I mentioned on my birthday post that I got a couple of books from Barnes and Noble.  I wanted to share what they were, but I'm new to posting pictures from other sites.  I hope I did it right.  (Is it okay to buy books from Barnes and Noble, but post pictures from Amazon?  Yeah, I though so.) 
A month or two ago I found Ree Drummond's book:
It was in the clearance section for under $6!  I couldn't pass it up, but I wasn't sure I wanted to read it right away.  Then I pulled neck - or so I thought - and had time on my hands.  Perfect reading opportunity.  Man, what a great book!  Some nights I read parts of it to Bean while she knitted.  I think she enjoyed it as much as I did.  Their love story reminded me what a special relationship I have with Ran.  So....when my birthday came along and Ran told me to get whatever I wanted, I jumped at the chance to get one of her recipe books.
I think the thing I like the most about this recipe book, well, besides who it's written by, the photography, yadda, yadda, yadda.... would be the great recipes.  So many of them are definitely on my list to try.  I found one recipe on her website that I've already tried:  Knock You Naked Brownies.
They didn't turn out as pretty as hers, but I don't recall anybody complaining!
I cannot wait to make something out of this book!  I have been admiring it online since it was published.  I have soooooo many fat quarters around this house that are crying out to be used.  I sure hope this book provides that opportunity.  I've got to get those fat quarters to quit crying.  My sock yarn can't stand the competition.

June 21, 2013

CRASH - Morning Has Broken!

My boyby is in Florida visiting his girlfriend and her family.  He left for a two week visit, waaaaaay back on March 30.  I haven't seen him yet.  Well, if you don't count Skype.  And I don't count Skype!  Boyby and his girl have an etsy business and when they are together they are brainstorming, designing, printing, packaging and shipping.  Plus her Dad has an etsy business and they also work for him.  I miss him like crazy and carry on about my baby being gone and boo hoo hoo until everybody - E-V-E-R-Y-B-O-D-Y - around me is sick of it.  I finally reached a point where I dried up, sucked it up and get on with life.  I realize he'll be home when he's good and ready and if they aren't ready to throw him out on the street, he must be a half way decent houseguest and that's got to make a Mom proud.
So....when I got a phone call this morning that woke me up....and it was him.....and he starts the conversation off with something like, "Hey Mom.  Don't worry.  Everything is okay."  Well, it gets this Moms heart jumping.  Then when the next line is, "Could you please scan my insurance card and e-mail it to me?" the heart stops jumping.  It just kind of stops in general. 
He needed to see a doctor because he was feeling bad.  He was right, it was no big deal.  Everything was okay.  However, I am almost 600 miles away from him.  Never mind that he is 22.  Never mind that he is a grown man.  He's my BABY!
I wanted to jump in the car and get down their NOW!  I wanted to get on the next airplane!
What was I going to do once I got down there?  Who has time to think things through?!?
I do.  And that's what I did.  I called my sister.  Somehow she can get me out of panic mode and into semi panic mode.  She has three grown boys and a wealth of knowledge.  A prayer request was made that all would be well.
My boyby and his girlby last October at Pilot Mountain.
And you know what?  It was well.  He got to see a doctor right away.  Prescription was filled.  And he is in good hands.  His girl has got the situation under control.  Sometimes it's not easy to let go and let someone else take our place, but sometimes it's just what's needed.  I think it's all gonna be just fine.