Thursday, October 13, 2016

Update On My Dad

...and a baby sweater set.
My Dad had to have his leg amputated. Sigh...  He is still with us. (I haven't heard anything today, or called up there today).  The last few days have been terrible for me, I can't even imagine what he is going through (and my step-mom)...   He is still in the ICU, as far as I know. He sounded kind of loopy the first time I talked to him. Yesterday he sounded angry, and depressed. Which; I would be, too.  They spent the first four hours in surgery trying to do a bypass... His arteries in his legs have been shot due to 50+ years of alcoholism and smoking.  I wasn't for sure but he has been drinking and smoking since he was a teenager. He turns 70 next April..  Back in 2009, he had a major surgery (that I went to Michigan for) to repair an aortic aneurysm, and... I can't even remember now. There were three major things. One of the three were the arteries in his right leg (the one he just had amputated). But, since he had been in surgery for so long already (I think it was 9 hours), and his signs were getting worse, they decided to do the major artery and leave the rest for later.  Well they never did go back in...   And this past weekend everything went downhill fast. He was outside weed whacking, and started having pain in his hip (weird). It started traveling down his leg and the pain was bad. They went to the ER that night. Stayed in the waiting room all night long. By then his foot was purple and he couldn't even feel it.  Finally got him in to surgery at 11:30 am.   Like I already said the first four hours were trying to do some kind of a bypass on that major artery they tried to repair in '09. But they weren't able to...  And he lost his leg.    :(   I feel so awful for him.  Even though it is his "own doing"..  (No one can tell him that, though..)  I am on pins and needles hoping to not hear any bad news. Expecting the worst, but hoping for the best..

I finished Jolene's baby sweater set. I am happy with how it all turned out. And now that I have finally done the Shells & Vines Sweater, I will do more for PR for the OB Unit.. I like it.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Baby Jolene

I contacted my cousin to get her address on Facebook..  I found out they are naming their baby Jolene. I love that name. I said "Your Mom must be crocheting all kinds of things for her new grand daughter!", and then I found out that she doesn't crochet much any more. :0  Because of her hands..   So... Long story short; I wasn't going to "over-do" the crocheting, because I didn't want to "steal her thunder"....   But..  Since I found out she doesn't crochet any more, I decided to do a whole layette set. Especially since I have almost a whole skein of Pound of Love leftover from the blanket. :D  I am crocheting the Shells and Vines Sweater. I have wanted to do that one forever, for the OB Unit. But never have..   So I will do it for this gift..

And I finished their card and it's already to go..   I think it came out nice.

I found out this morning that my Dad is in the hospital again. He is in surgery right now as I type...   His leg was bothering him. It started in his hip, then went down his leg.  It was causing him a lot of pain.  He has had arteries that were not working properly/blocked/dead?  But during his last surgery (2009), they had so many other issues to deal with they didn't want to continue the surgery any longer and risk anything.  Well everything went to hell finally last night.  The thing that makes my blood boil is, they went in at 11 at night and didn't get in to surgery until 11;30 this morning?  They said if they can't fix the blockage/arteries, they are going to have to amputate his leg. :(   I am not a praying person but if you are, can you please send up some good thoughts for my Dad?  I guess 47 years of alcoholism and smoking is/are finally catching up with him. Even though he has been sober for two years..  :/

Saturday, October 08, 2016

A Couple Things..

...that I finished, that is. The C2C baby blanket is done.  I don't know why but I just thought these two colors would go good together.  

Duke trying to fall asleep... Lol  Such a rough life. :)

And I finished a hat for myself.  My husband took me to Jo-Ann's so I could get the yarn to do it.  <3 and="" anything="" bought="" color="" doesn="" exact="" in="" like="" look="" magazine.="" magazine="" me..="" nbsp="" t="" td="" the="" they="" to="" used="" yarn="">

And, the pattern does not make sense. Round 2 is mainly the problem, but I noticed other rounds that there is no way possible the stitch count could be what they say. It's annoying.  But I did what I thought I should do and it turned out.  A beginner crochet would be lost, though.  I haven't worn this out yet.  But it is very warm. And so comfy.  I also don't know if I will ever buy Bernat Roving again.  If you pull on it, it comes apart. Fortunately I didn't have that happen while I was crocheting it.  But it did happen while trying to sew the pom-poms on...

ETA: This is the issue the pattern is in. I contacted the website to tell them about the problem...  don't know how much good if any that will do.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Baby Blankets

This one is finished, for my cousin Ashley and her husband Dave's new baby which is due next month. (It's a girl. In case you couldn't tell by the pink.) ;P  I have crocheted this pattern a couple times before. But for boy babies. (It's a "boy" pattern, in the book..)  But I like it. So I did it in pink.  

So you can see the edging...

Folded...   I was going to make them a card, too. I want to make one like the card I made for Tia.  I still have to send her a message on Facebook, and get their address. I got a baby shower invitation, but the address on the invite was the girl who was hosting her baby shower. So that's no help to me...    Incidentally (or coincidentally?), Ashley's mom (my Aunt) also taught me how to do embossing on cards. (She was the one who taught me/helped me learn how to crochet.)  Now I am making her daughter/grand-daughter a blanket and a card. :P

A baby afghan in progress for the OB Unit. I had a couple of skeins of the Tropical Fruits yarn left, and Soft Navy. I just thought those colors would go good together.   Well, I ran out of both of them. Sigh...  I can only find the Tropical Fruits yarn at a pharmacy in our old town. But I did get another skein of Soft Navy. And I was going to get some more today when I took Eon to school (no sense wasting gas driving there just for yarn)...  But guess who is home "sick" again today (third absence since school started. UGH....)    And, I actually found another partial skein of the Tropical Fruit yarn while looking for another yarn. :P  So I was able to finish that row, and keep working on it...

I am past the middle..   I think it's cool how it ended up on the very last row of the variegated for the corner.  

Here's another scrap baby afghan I started..  I didn't use a pattern. I was just sitting there with the bag of scrap baby yarns, and started doing it.  I just chained long enough until it was six inches; then did hdc's...   That green variegated I got at the Dollar Store when we lived in Nevada. :P  I only have a small amount left, then that's it..

And progress on the scrap baby log cabin, too...  I was "trying to do two sides darder two side lighter. But...  It isn't looking like that so far. It just looks like one side is darker. Sigh..   When you do a scrap blanket but don't have enough scraps, even....

Thursday, September 22, 2016

First Day of Fall

Today is the first day of fall, apparently. Thank God Facebook tells me these things. :P  I love Fall. That was one of the things I missed when we lived in Nevada.  I want to go drive up to Mount Hood and see if there are any fall colors.  There are some on the big hill nearby us. 

I don't know if I posted about this candle jar...  Or that I wanted to make one. I bought paints to do it, and a paintbrush. And traced and cut out a leaf to use instead of a gel cling. (It worked okay, but I would get a gel cling if you can..)  There is still some residue on the jar from what I used (an address label).   Before I could even paint one, Eon started it..   :)  He got bored one day. :P  

You are "supposed" to use a Mason Jar. But I used an old salsa jar from the recycling bin.  I used this idea to get the sticky glue junk left on the jar, and it worked! I started to worry, if that is what peanut butter does to the gunk on a jar, what does it do to your stomach?...   But, I think it is the peanut oil in the peanut butter. Because when I googled "how to get the gunk off glass jars", a couple sites said using some kind of oils and something else.. Anyway. Here is where I saw the idea to make this jar.  I added the ribbon and leaf thingy..   Not bad for the price of paint. ($1)

Another "School Colors Hat" I finished.  Nine down, one to go... At least that was my personal "goal" for this drive. There's still fifteen hats needed, It will be ten after I send these five.  So... maybe I will keep going. Who knows.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hello, It's Me..

...I'm still here.  I have not been online much. Our computer kept having problems (because it was so old and was about to die..)  We have since gotten a new computer.  I don't know how we "lived" without one, before..  Honestly I could live without one. I have been doing a lot of knitting and crocheting (and baking, and cooking, and cleaning.)  I've been making hats for Operation General Beadle (and elementary school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation).  I have sent all these hats/gloves sets..  

I then started another hat immediately. But, Eon confiscated it. :P  I kept asking him, "Would you wear this hat?", because he is lately into "beanies". Every time we go to this one store here, he wants to go look at them. Well every time I asked him he would roll his eyes or make a face like "God, no I wouldn't be caught dead in that.."  :P  (He wouldn't say it, but the look said it all for him..)  Well I showed him this hat and he said "Sure", and took it. In teenager talk, I think that was a "Hell yeah"..  :P

Then I cast on for this one. I knitted a couple more inches so they could wear it for maybe the rest of their lives.  These are done in Caron Cakes.  

I was trying to think of other hats to do... Then I remembered the hat patterns I got and made one for our son when the two older boys were little. I thought, "Do I even have that book still?"  I am pretty sure that hat was the only one I made from that book.   I looked and looked, then found it. How exciting, to find a book you thought you got rid of but still have! (It is for me!)  :)  So I made this one.  I tried it out on our older son Eli, "I made you a present." He just laughed. :0   I hope the kid that gets it likes it.. :(  I thought it could be like a slouchy hat.  

This is our oldest son Evan with it on. Eli and Eon then wore it..  I don't know what happened to it.  But, I might make myself one. Even though they are "Kids Caps", it fit me.  Maybe I have a small head. Lol.

Then I finished another "School Colors Hat", it's from the latest issue- Fall 2016 "Love of Crochet".  That will take you to the "digital edition:, but you can see what the cover looks like. That's the hat, on the cover.  I love this hat. I hoped to get at least two more hats to send in. I may do more.  I started a baby sweater for the OB Unit though I wanted to try and get done to send in..    

I bought a new baking "toy".  I have been wanting mini loaf pans FOREVER.   So...   I finally got one. I love making little mini loaves of banana bread or whatever bread..  I still haven't made anything with it.  I don't have any bananas. Maybe I will get some..  

I've been trying a lot of new recipes.  I am in a recipe group on Facebook.  This one I have made twice now. I don't know what it's called (I will have to look for the recipe, it was in my favorites on our old computer, but not on the new one..)  You cut a chicken breast in half and put shredded cheese in the middle. Then "close" it. Sprinkle salt on top. Then three bowls: two beaten eggs in one, flour in one, and bread crumbs in the third. (I used cornmeal in place of bread crumbs). First dip it in the flour, then egg, then the bread crumbs. Fry it until brown on both sides. Put tomato sauce in baking dish (I used spaghetti sauce, much better than the tomato sauce which is what I did the first time..) Put some of the sauce on top, then parmesan and basil. Bake..  Here is the recipe (it's a video, only on Facebook..)   Isn't it like Chicken Parmesan, but with cheese in the middle?    We had to cut the pieces in half, they are too much.  

Duke's incision since his stitches were out..  The fur is filling back in, but I notice it doesn't seem to be growing, right by the incision.  :(   I need to give him a bath. I got some calendula for his incision. I don't know if I wrote about that on here...  I couldn't find it anywhere, every pharmacy I went to and asked they looked at me as if I were insane.  So, I remembered my Grandma used to get Puritan's Pride catalogs in the mail (vitamins, etc..) So I thought I would look online. And, I ordered some. Well meanwhile I was thinking maybe Whole Foods would have it (if anyone would).  And we went there, and I got some... So, now I have two tubes.  But, I told my husband, "You should try it on your hands and legs"...  (he has what the doctor said was psoriasis).  And, he said it works better than any of the store bought or prescription creams the doctor gave him. So, he isn't complaining that I got two tubes now, is he?   ;P   I don't know how I found it before, I can't seem to find the one I got, on their website now. But this is what calendula looks like. It's for cuts, burns, scrapes..sunburn.. My Mom was into homeopathic remedies when we were little (she still is, actually) and used this a lot with six kids!  That is the exact kind I got, too.    

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Apple Pie

I finally made a pie with the apples from our tree..   :)  I really wasn't in the mood to make a pie. But after I got started, I started to enjoy it.  Especially while I was peeling and cutting the apples. Which usually I hate. But then I remembered how I always wanted to save the apple seeds to try and grow my own apple tree, every time we went apple picking in Michigan...    So then I started looking for good seeds. I only used seeds from apples that were big and ripe..  

Here it is with the top crust one.  I wasn't too happy with the way the edges came out. I think I didn't have enough crust, honestly. The apples were piled so high.  But it still tasted really good.

With my new pie crust shield on.  I have been wanting one of these forever...

I think it really did make a difference.  How can just a plain old pie be so good?...   Makes everyone go crazy.  :P

I also don't know if I posted about my other new baking "toy", my husband got me a new rolling pin. Yay...  What a stupid thing to be happy about, probably most of you are saying right now.  My old one was cracked, forever.  The crack kept getting bigger and bigger. Then, the ends started coming off. I had to try and re-screw them in. But it didn't really work. I finally just threw it away. Then I would have to use a recycled bottle to try and roll anything out.  I did that a few times.   Then my husband got me a new one.  

I also may have found out what kind of apples are on one of our apple trees. I think it might be Gravenstein Apples!!  I googled how to tell what kind of apple tree I have, and I found this site where you can type in all the characteristics of your apples, and 14 different varieties came up.  I think it is the Gravenstein. These were all my results.  I saw a sign at the Produce stand by our house, that said "Gravenstein Apples"...    It is either that or the Cox Orange Pippin. But I don't know if those grow here?..  According to that site, they do. Here is a comparison of the two side by side.. i don't know, maybe it is a Cox Orange Pippin.  It doesn't have a sweet sharp taste. It is just sweet. I might have to go buy some Gravenstein Apples and compare...