June 10, 2014

Blast From the Past

When I was a little girl, Daddy worked on the Space Program in Florida.  It was such a big part of our lives, that it just became so 'normal'.  Watching the launches from our driveway, going to Kennedy Space Center, and seeing the changes in the space program were not a big deal after a while.  


As you can tell from these pictures, well, my sister and I weren't exactly enthused.

That's my Mom in the back.  She really, really, really teased her hair.  And the hairspray!!!!  We would stick to the bathroom floor!  Standing next to her is my grandfather's brother, Brooksie.  I loved him so much.  When he would come see us, he would pack his trunk with toys for all the kids in his neighborhood.  I was so jealous of those kids!  If you look really close, you can see he's got a cigarette in his hand.  Hard to remember a time that was still allowed in public buildings.


Ever the joker, when he went back home he called the local newspaper and told them that my Dad was the last to leave the rocket before the astronauts took off....they believed him....and they printed it!

May 29, 2014

More Thriftiness

Every once in a while I get a text from someone telling me they were at a garage sale, saw some knitting stuff, thought of me and that's it.  I appreciate the thought.  It means somebody is paying attention and knows what I like.  :)  However, this past weekend I got one of those texts from my niece.  She had been to an estate sale in her neighborhood and saw all kinds of knitting stuff and thought of me.  I replied something along the line of "and you are sending it all to me and I'm eternally grateful?"  Close.  She said she was thinking of going back and getting some $5 afghans and would look at the knitting stuff if I wanted her to.  Of course!  Through a series of texts early Saturday morning, she sent pictures and asked questions.  I don't really understand why the company handling the estate sale was selling the needles individually, but they were selling them and cheap!  I gave her my price limit and she did all the rest.  Wow!  What else can I say, but Wow!  This morning when the mailman rang my doorbell, I knew what was waiting for me and I was almost as excited as Harper when he sees the mailman.  


This yarn also found it's way into the box.  She told me I was going to have to send it back - in a different form!  I think that can be arranged.  Nine skeins for $3.  Not bad at all.  As soon as she tells me what her yarn wants to be when it grows up I'll get busy knitting it with some of my 'vintage' finds!


May 28, 2014

Thrifty Find


Check out this thrifty find!
My future daughter-in-law found this through the thrift shop where her grandmother works.  She sent a text and a picture to ask if I wanted it.  YES!  She sent another book on cleaning which was filled with some great ideas, but I'm a little partial to this book....  Just sayin.  I will have to go through the stash and see if I can find something that will be perfect to knit a pair of socks using this book.

I'll have some more thrifty finds to share with you later this week.  I got a text from my niece about an estate sale in her neck of the woods.  Knitting needles!  Yarn!  Was I interested?  YES!  YES!  YES!  Those should be here any day now.  I can't wait!  She also threw in some yarn she wants sent back to her - in a different form.  She's a clever one!  ;)

May 20, 2014

Knitting Goodness

May has been a good month for knitting goodness.  I finally finished another pair of socks.  I have no idea how they turned out to be identical twins.  It's rare when I'm able to do that!  Once again, this yarn was hand dyed by my amazing Ravelry buddy, Aredhel.  I think these were dyed with Easter egg dye.  (Correct me if I'm wrong Aredhel.)


Look at these great books!  We have a discount store in our town called "Ollie's".  You might have one too.  If you do - go check them out.  I'll wait......
You will find a bunch of crap and then you will find WONDERFUL KNITTING BOOKS!


What makes them so wonderful?  Well, besides the fact that they are current and of interest.....they are cheap!


Check out those prices!  I don't know when on earth I'll ever have a baby in my life to knit for, but for $3.99 I'm willing to buy the book and wait!  Bean is into Fair Isle and I am into socks, so I knew I had to buy those.


This sweet little thing came to live with me for Mother's Day.  I have been admiring the little sheep they have at Plow and Hearth.  Apparently somebody has been listening more than I realized I had been talking!  
What a wonderful surprise!  Now....where to put it????


May 9, 2014

Blogger is a Booger!


I have had a terrible time getting Blogger to work for me since I downloaded Internet Explorer 11.  I didn't have a lot of time for blogger for a while, so when it wasn't working I threw in the towel!  But my life has changed tremendously (well, I think it has) in the past eight months or so and I finally had the time to mess with Blogger.

Where do I begin????  Some of you may know that my Mom has Alzheimer's.  My Dad died in 2009 and Mom's symptoms started to really show.  Doctor visits were not helpful.  We thought she was grieving terribly.  Finally after grief counselling and more doctor visits, she was found to have Alzheimer's.  She was able to live alone for a long time, all things considered.  Then we started noticing things were getting worse.  The nurses who came to visit her twice a week had been telling us for months that she should not live alone.  Mom, her sister and father had taken care of her mother when she had Alzheimer's.  I just naturally assumed if Mom ever had it, that is what we would do.  Easier said than done.  I applaud those who are actually able to successfully be caregivers 100% of the time.  I couldn't.  

We had a few major setbacks and were pushed into a corner of finding full time care for her.  I cried.  We did research.  I cried. We went to support groups.  I cried.  We consulted with family.  I cried.  We toured facilities.  I cried.  We hired a lawyer to help us buy more time.  I cried.  We went to therapy.  I cried.  We were given an ultimatum.  I cried.

As you can see, I cried a lot.  Finally, we exhausted all of our options.  We were faced with the only decision we had and that was a facility I was not wild about.  I had heard rumors through our support group and I was scared to death.  So, two weeks before Christmas, we had to place Mom.  (I cried.)  It was the first Christmas in almost 50 years I had not spent with Mom.  They recommended we give her two weeks to adjust and that meant not going to see her at all.  I called daily.  Sometimes they called us if there were problems, and there were problems.  When we went to see her the first time she seemed adjusted.  She didn't know who we were until we actually spoke to her even though she was looking directly at us.  (I didn't cry then.  I waited until we were in the car.)  I wish she was in a state of the art facility with a 1:1 nurse to patient ratio, but that's impossible to find.  I try to see her at least twice a week.  That doesn't always work out.  I don't think she knows how often I come.  Even when I come often, she asks me to come more often.  Some of the nurses are super, some not so super.  It's an older facility, so there are things needing repairs.  Mom is clean when I see her and always in clean clothes.  She loses her glasses, but that appears to be a normal thing around there as it was here before she moved.  She goes on field trips out to breakfast with a small group the Activity Director feels will enjoy it.  She's been to the movies too!  I tease her that she has a more active social life than I do.

I still see a therapist who is affiliated with the memory center to help with all the adjustments.  I've been encouraged to resume old hobbies.  So I am knitting again!!!!  Wow!  Have I missed knitting!  
See the socks I made?  My dear friend from Ravelry dyed the yarn for me sometime back and I finally got around to using it.  I opted for my simple old generic pattern to help me find my groove.  


My son's girlfriend started designing embroidery patterns and asked me to test one for her.
So I did!  If you want to make your own, you can order a pattern here:  Fox Embroidery Pattern

Then my sister-in-law saw a pattern for a mermaid pattern.  She had to show it to our niece-in-law who happens to LOVE mermaids.  And since I am the only knitter in the family, I had the honor of making it for sweet little Delaney.  She wore it in her six month pictures at the beach, but this was a quick pic her Mom took shortly after she got it in the mail.  I love it!  


All of that to let you know that I am still alive and well.  That I am still knitting and doing all other sorts of crafts that I love to do.  That I am going to do my best to update much more often.  And that I can always use prayers for my family as we still adjust to the new changes in our lives.  Thanks!

April 29, 2014

I'm Still Here

I have been wracking my brain trying to get blogger to work the way I want it to so I can update the whole look of this blog.  However, it hasn't been cooperating.  So, while I work that out, I hope you can be patient and I'll try to do better at posting!

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!