Saturday, December 30, 2006

Have a Happy New Year :)

Wow, looking back I see that I haven't posted for quite sometime. OPPS! Well, all is well and Christmas was wonderful. Still trying to get my first pair of socks done. At my pace, maybe that should be my New Years Resolution. Did finish my quilt block for my round robin I will be starting January ninth. It will be fun. It will also be a push for me as I will only have a month to work on a border on someone elses block. I won't even see my block for seven months! Then they will all be done and everyone will get their own block back with all the borders on it. Pretty exciting! Can't wait:)
Have a birthday dinner for the MIL tonight to attend at Red Lobster. YUM! May try to knit on my sock on the way there. Have already tinked back about for rows once on the heel flap, what's one more time, if need be right??? A friend commented that I need to let go of my perfectionism. If that's true, then why is her stuff so much better then mine??:)
I have also had a serious itch to finnish alot of my quilting projects. Only have about 20 or so.
Hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year and all your knitting projects go smoothly.
Off and racing.

Sunday, December 17, 2006


OH MY GOSH. I left that post last Saturday and during dinner one of my bestest friends of six years,up and died :( My computer!!!!! What a complete bummer to go at this tme of year when money is , you know, soooooo abundant - NOT! Well, the pain is not so bad now as I sit here and post on m new laptop. It is REALLY COOL. Highly recommend it if your in the market for a puter. As for my old friend. The hard drive is o.k. and will be installed into this one soon. The computer it's self may be fixable for a small amount and then the kids can play on that one. They make me nervous when they use this one.
My poor sock. It has been getting like NO attention. With all the doggies that need beautifying this week I don't see much knitting time in my future.
Christmas stuff almost done except for those few annoying little extras to get to. The the company will arrive friday. It will be a most wonderful Christmas too, as this will be our first one in our new house. My eight year old DS is soooooo excited and is the best decorator, he has earned the nickname, "Mister Christmas".
Don't know how much posting I will get done this wild week. But it sure is good to get back. Alot of my favorite blogs to catch up on. So if I don't make it back before the holidays settle down I hope you all have a most enjoyable time. I will be racing through the holidays as usual :)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Week in Review

Wow, it's been a busy week. I find this always seem to happen in December. Let's start with last Saturday. I was scheduled for a hair apt. and my daughter said she wanted a haircut. So I called and they said they could fit her in while they do my hair.This is her before she went pictured here with her brother visiting with Santa.

Now this is after the long awaited haircut.

You really have to give her credit as she donated about eleven inches of her hair to Locks for Love. This is the second time she has done this in her ten years of life. She has such a big HEART:) (purple puddles) Makes me soooo proud.
Had I mentiond that my camera was on the fritz? Well it would open but not shut until the battery died. So taking pictures was not very fun unless it was an emergency. So a new camera is out of the question until after Christmas because the credit card is still melted and warpped for the last shopping adventure. So I was examining it and decided it can't get too much worse so I figured out I could shut it if I stuck the toothpick in there and poked around a bit. The camrea didn't seem real fond of this idea but it subcummed and we took some pictures. So this morning I decided to take some more pictures and upon opening it, it decided to puke up a little piece of plastic. Something that resembled a piece of a gear. Probably goes with the other half that it puked up over Thanksgiving. Anyway, it is working fine now. Have to love that higher power. We will have Christmas pictures after all :)
So I did finish that Halloween wall hanging. Here's a picture.

Also, I was to host our little quilt group here last Tuesday and one of the ladies mentioned doing a sunflower quilt. Well I have a pattern I have been wanting to due, atleast one block of it. So needless to say it lit a fire under me and most of last weekend I jammed on it and actually made two :)

Now the problem of which border to choose, how to quilt it, get a rod pocket on it, get it bound and wrapped for my other quilt group that is having it's Christmas party Monday night!!!!!! Also ended up getting some doughnut holes, cider, setting up and getting ready and thank you northern michigan for SNOWING!!!!! :( Then only one lady showed. We had a nice chat and discussed quilting patterns for a quilt she's on a deadline with. All in all it was fun. Hmmmmmm, and here I sit.
Well, if you've been keeping up, you know that's not enough for a marathon. So I also said I would help with coffee fellowship tomorrow at church. Still have to get fruit and dip. The kids and I decided to bake cookies the last two nights. We made homemade chocolate chip cookies, chrismas cookies (some still need frosting)- and yes there are two pumpkin cookies and one Jack Skelington cookie as he is my daughter's favorite hero right now, spumoni cookies and church windows.

The only little problem I had was in turning off my double oven. Forgot to take the chocolate chip cookies out of the bottom oven. OOPS. They're still edible but very crunchy. My husband calls them dunkers for his milk. He's so wonderful.
Well a little blurb about my job during the holiday season. Scince I only see my clients about every six weeks the
Christmas gifts have been starting to come in. Yesterday was a little unusual, but I happen to like that. Started out with extra cash - it's the best, then some sinfully delicious chocolate truffled from Seattle WA. OH, SO YUMMY. Toffe, blackberry, expresso, and mint. Also a set of Sebastian Professional Laminates Dazzling Shine shampoo and cream rinse. (for me, not the dogs:) Then, if you can believe it, a whole spiral sliced HONEY HAM!!!!!!! Wow, is our family going to LOVE that!!!! I love my job. Have to jump out of my P.J.'s now and begin the race. Want to make walnut and or pecan balls today and maybe wreaths too. I sooo put too much on myself sometimes but it keeps life interesting. Have a great weekend. Off and racing:)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Feeling better:)

Thanks for the comments about snoopy. We're starting to get back to an even keel. Time seems to heal even the worst of things. Having a wonderful family and two healthy chillins helps:)
Haven't been knitting lately due to a little error that needs to see the Sock Doc, hopefully tomorrow.
Have been quilting in the studio quite a bit though. LD asked to quilt this weekend so I set her up next to my machine and she made a nine patch scrappy table center piece. Maybe one more border to sew on and then she can get her feet wet machine quilting:) Ohhhhh how exciting!!! I will be starting a round robin project in January with a small group of friends. The idea is that you make a center block and then each of the other people will put a different border on it. If there are six people your quilt will have five borders on your center and you get to keep and quilt it. A few years back I was lucky enough to do three round robins with our local quilt shop. Two of them were with Norway and one with Switzerland. Very cool to experiance quilting from over seas. We also sent journals and they wrote in ours and us in their's. The best part was that the shop had a book pulished called Friendships in Bloom and I'm in it with three borders that I did. VERY COOL! That brings me to what I was going to say in the first place. I have been working on a mariner's compass block that I tought I would use for my center and whoops, it is 14 inches instead of 12. BUMMER. Now I either have to make another one or change to a differnet block. I have started two sunflower blocks, may use one of those.
I will have to post some pics soon if the camera will decide to work. It's partially broke and now seems to have a mind of it's own:( Need a new one anyway but just can't afford it with the down hill slide to Christmas bearing down. This is a pic of a house block I worked on for a quilt that our quilt group did for our church bazaar. It was a fun block to do.

Keep up the great work blogging. I'm guilty of reading them and not blogging myself- shame on me. I will try to do better. Off and racing:)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sad Day

Don't read this if you don't want to be brought down. I wasn't going to post today because it's been a very sad one. My work day was to start with two dogs coming at 8:30. The new client shows up with only one dog saying that the 15 year old dog isn't doing well. OOOOO.K. Just so happens that our family has decided to put our 15 year old beagle down today because he's not doing so god either. Everyone said good bye to him this morning before school and I was left to do the dirty deed following my work day. Well, my seven dogs are now down to six due to the no show and then the phone rings. It is the man that has the little poodle/shih-tzu that I have been grooming since it was a puppy about 15 years ago. (What is it with 15 today?????) He says he can't make his 9:00 apt. because he has been up with his "puppy" all night. She hasn't eaten in two days and has been throwing up all night. All choked up by this I time, I told him not to worry abot it. He said he'd call me later and let me know what the vet said. Well he called all right, just as I was walking out the door to take care of our crippled up old dog and that was all I could take. Bawled like a baby for the next 45 minutes. When it rains it pours. And why is it that doing something so nice for the dog has to feel so HORRIBLE for me??
Thanks for listening, I feel a little better. On an up note. I went to my quilt meeting and finished a halloween wall hanging. Finishing is good. Will try to get a picture on soon. Don't feel much like racing tonight.
Have a good night.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I'm back:)

Not that I really ever left, have just been soooo busy with the holiday. The company has left, the turkey is soup, kids are in school and I'm back to work. Things are almost back to normal. Now let the Christmas prep begin.
Thanks for all the comments on my finnished sock. I really am proud of it. I was able to knit on it a little over the weekend but ended up tinking more than knitting and messed it up and had to wait for The Sock Doc Arleta to fix it. She left a little bit ago and my sock is all better again:0) Now I'm happy because I can knit again. Let's hope I make no more mistakes.
Have Christmas prep to tend to before school gets out. Have a great day. Off and racing.
P.S. This is a scarf that I'm trying to knit when the sock is in down time. It's going very slow but it will match a headband that Arleta made for me. Now if I get it done before winter I'll be all set.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hope everyone is ready for the big day. I'm trying to get to that point. After I groom nine dogs tomorrow I will have half the battle beat. The pies should be done in a couple of minutes and I will make homemade cinnamon applesauce tomorrow. Have to wait for the kids, they like to use the apple corer peeler slicer from Pampered Chef. It is soooo awesome. Company coming tomorrow, so probably won't post much this long weeknd. Hope to get in some knitting though. May everyone have a safe and most enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. Oh that's the timer!!! Gotta race - Good Night :)

Monday, November 20, 2006

First Sock!!!!:)

OH. MY. GOSH! YIPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I finished my first SOCK!!!! I'm sooooooooo HAPPY!!!! It fits! It's great and I love everything about it!!!!! Have already made it through half of the ribbing of the second one! I want it done as I sit here with one hand knit sock on and the other kind of sock on. Too bad my knitting will be minimal as heavy work load and Thanksgiving dinner approach. At least it's stared. The challenge will be to get them to match, as the first sock's last row turned out to be red. What are the odds??? I think it will be close. Racing off to dinner now. Keep on knitting.

P.S. Finally changed my profile picture. Guess I have finally excepted the fact that halloween is over:( One of my top favorite holidays, if you hadn't guessed. Anyway, yes that is me. I'm modeling my very first knitting project. A scarf and yes it is made out of Red Heart yarn from a hundred million years ago. But I was pretty certain that I would hate knitting and it would end up in a box somewhere. I wonder what happened? Knitting Rocks! LD took the picture, and either I'm slouching or the room is crooked--Hmmmmmm.
Have a great night!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Tuesday! Day off! Yeah!

You have to love day's off. Especially after yesterday, eight dogs left all clean and beautiful. Alot of hard work but it pays off when the client picks up the dog and is soooo happy. Picture came out a little blurry, but this is some of what I do.

So today I worked my son's class at school for about 45 min. to help out the teacher. Second grade, those kids are so fun:) Now I'm home again and my mission is to get my halloween stuff put away. Yes, I know how bad that sounds because my little 2 year old niece came over the other day and told her mom that she had to tell Aunt Cindy that halloween is over. So that's my goal to finish that before noon. I will treat my self to 15 minute breaks to fit in some knitting, as I did to rows before going to the school this morning. After school we're having the cub scout den meeting, which I will also be cooking dinner for because it will be from 5:15 to 6:30 and then I'm off to a quilt meeting at 7:00.
Here's a picture of my dishcloths that I have made. They are so fast and fun. Have about four more skiens of yarn to make more but I am addicted to my sock right now:)
Hope everyone has a great day and gets a lot of knitting time in. Off and racing:)

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Just wanted to say thanks for the comments and that I am having fun hearing from people from all over the place. Had a request to see my sock. So even though it's not done, I took a picture of it. Maybe this will give me a little more insentive on getting it done Wasn't able to knit much on it today. Day off??? What day off??? Did knit a row before my shower and a row at the jewlery party I attended after church. Took it to the cub scout pack meeting but the fire dept. visited, which was interesting and most of all my son earned his bobcat patch:0) I am soooooooo proud of him- purple puddles. Wrapping up dinner now and hope to get in some knitting time before the sandman gets here. Have a good night.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Love Saturday!!!

Such a nice day - Saturday. No dogs to groom. Could almost sleep in too, if the kids didn't wake up earlier on the weekend then they do for school:)
We had a lot of snow fall here last night, O.K., only a couple of inches, but any more than flurries is too much for me:)
Had a really nice time knitting last night on my sock. It is really looking nice. As a newbie, I'm still really impressed with stripping yarn. Hope the second one will sort of match.
Kids had two birthday parties today and then friends over too. I tell you, you better stick a fork in me I'm just about done.
Have been looking at old pics on the puter and thought I'd share a couple of quilt pics.
Have to take kids home now. Have a great night.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Can I post Now???? How about now???

Well, every time I try to post, blogger shuts down:( Hey, we might be on to something here it's letting me type!!!!! It has been horrible not to be able to post.
Finally was able to upload a picture, don't know what happened to the comment part. Anyway, that is a group effort qilt that some friends of mine worked on together at our weekly quilt meeting. Was very cool, kind of like an old time quilting bee. This is a charity quilt for breast cancer, if you hadn't guessed and will be auctioned off in 2007 on Ebay for the Susan B. Kohlman foundation. I will post a more accurate date as I am informed.
Have been working on my first sock, that I am very proud of by the way (mistakes and all). Am turning the heel and made a mistake and was stuck. I REALLY hate when that happens. I feel so helpless. So last night instead of waiting for my teacher, Arleta, I sat down and tinked it myself. Of course I was in fear of dropping a whole lot of stitches and making a worse mess but I carried on and found where I had picked up an extra stitch at the back of the heel. I fixed it!!!:) Have kintted two more rows and it looks good. Would like to knit now but just finished seven dogs and have to get the kids. Start my Mommy job now:)
Off and racing...

Monday, November 06, 2006

Hey! A Picture:)

Way cool! I figured It out. Except every time I try to post blogger shuts me down. So this could take a whlie as I type and save one sentence at a time.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Racing Away

Well, tried to post yesterday twice but blogger wouldn't let me. Shut down twice half way through my typing. Anyway didn't have any me time for crafting the other night because a trip down state came up so I was cram packing.
Did want to post that yesterday morning just before we had to leave for school, my husband spotted a ten point buck standing just beyond the orchard behind our house. What a rack:) Of course he had to try to get pics but couldnn't get close enough. He did say that when he did get near enough to see him he also saw he was with a doe, they were bedding down at the back property line. The doe spooked and ran through the bobbed wire fence (twang) then the buck followed. On the other side of the fence they settled for a bit before the buck spooked. What and awesome site. He reared up turned in the air and started bounding away with the doe following. Very cool to see that out our kitchen window let me tell you. Needless to say the kids were a little late for school. OOPS:( Oh well, sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy God's creations. We don't hunt at all, but we do have a lick stone in the orchard just so we can watch them. The kids think it is to cool.
Hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll try to post again on Monday. Off and running again.
Well back again, just a quick note about a typical day down state.
Sewing store to drop off machine for cleaning, then Sam's for eye exam and stuff, then Optimeyes for glasses (BUMMER)-but it is nice to see. Back to Mom's and grabbed kids and took them to Chuckie Cheese's for lunch, took son to get hair cut and dropped them off at brothers, then picked up sewing machine, back to pick up glasses, then to Walmart to clothes shop, then home again to get family to go to dinner, then FINALLY back home to mom's to rest. Lasted maybe 15 minutes or so and decided to groom their dog. Is there any reason I should not be having this glass of wine??? Have a goodnight, I will and I will try hard not to race until morning:)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Made it through another day

Here I am again. Almost same time and definately the same place. ( wish this had spell check) Six more cute doggies walked proudly fresh and clean out into the day and my shop is even swept already:) Kids are doing homework, dinner is almost done, no where to be tonight. Hummmmm, Knit? Quilt?? Knit?? Quilt?? Probably quilt, as my first sock I have ever tried to knit is at turn the heel and my teacher from Arleta's Motley Wool has to help me with it. Oh yeah, there is that dish cloth and the scarf and the...... Yes, I am one whom likes to start and start and start. So when I learn how to put pics on here it will usually be something and a cause for celebration when I acually do finish something.
Did try to give blood today. It's been almost eight years since I've been. Boy, kids keep ya busy:) Anyways they turned me down:( Due to a head cold. They said to come back next month. And I will.
Off to slop the kids, tame the laundry and then maybe some time for me:) Gotta race.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

So Much Time on my Hands

I can't believe I am starting a blog as it seems like most of the time I hardly have time to breath, but a friend of mine posts on her blog and when I do get a minute I do like to read it and a few others as well, so here I am. I can't promise how often I will post for as I sit here I still have a bunch of dog hair to sweep up in my grooming salon. Six dogs and what a mess!!! Kids are doing homework and need showers, laundry to be folded etc. etc. etc. Gotta race:)