Friday, April 24, 2015

Graduation Preparations..

Besides cleaning to get the house ready for the party (cupboards, windows, walls, doors, baseboards, ceiling fans.. besides all the regular cleaning), I have been crocheting an afghan for Eli for a graduation gift.  It's almost done. I'm going to crochet until that skein runs out, then do an outside border of dark khaki green. I'm also almost done with a photo album of "Eli's Life".  :)  I didn't have all our pictures with us (they were in storage), so once we got all our stuff back, I could work on that some more, too.  :)  

I saw some things at Walmart for 2015 graduates and had to buy some!  I was wanting to get some 2015 streamers (that hang down from the ceiling), so I was super excited to see they had some at Walmart.  And the plates and napkins, and the banner.  

 I still cannot believe he is going to be graduating. Three weeks from tomorrow. I am freaking out here!!!...    :o
...A sneak peek at the graduate. :D   He got his cap and gown, a couple weeks ago and tried them on himself. And, he actually smiled!!  He *had* to tone it down for a picture (sigh...), but..   Doesn't he look handsome?   

Wednesday, April 08, 2015


I hope everyone had a nice Easter...   We just spent it by ourselves at home, as usual.  :)  I wasn't even going to do much (except maybe a chocolate bunny for the boys, and dinner).  But when I asked Eon if he wanted an Easter basket this year, he shrugged his shoulders. (I knew that meant yes, but he couldn't say so because Eli was in the room. Lol) Then I thought, "Even though he said he didn't want one, I'll make Eli one, too." I finally decided to do these. I had seen this idea a few years ago on Pinterest. So I decided to do it.  The candy is the basket.  :P  Then I filled it with mostly non-candy fillers...   Wallets for both of them, and other stuff..

I crocheted them both Egg Bunnies.  I thought they were so cute!  It was a CAL on a facebook group I'm in.  I even made one for Eli... (And he said he liked it.)  

I made a mini-one, too (the green one). To fit in the little plastic egg.  

I had been wanting to try a recipe forever...   (Kulich.)  I bought these cans specifically with this recipe in mind...  :D

The dough has to sit in the pans for 2-3 hours to rise...

With a towel on it.

The bread is done. :D

And, ready to eat..   For the topping, you use one egg white and four ounces of powdered sugar. (Huh?...)  It was a pretty vague recipe. But then I thought "Oooh....   Maybe like when you make a meringue? You have to beat the egg whites with regular sugar to make it stiff..."   I probably could have beat it longer. But, it worked.   The bread was good. But not as good as I thought it would be.   It just tasted like raisin bread.   But, I had been wanting to make this. So... Now I have.  I will probably make it again.  I will have to buy more cans though. We opened the bottom, so the bread would come out. So. My "bread pans" were ruined..   :P         My Aunt makes pumpkin bread in big old coffee cans. She re-uses hers.  I'll have to ask her how she gets the bread out without it getting ruined..

Kulich Recipe I used.  Oh, a couple things:  I didn't use cardamom. Because it costs like $13 a little jar. I used half cinnamon half nutmeg instead (I read online you could use that as a substitute). I also didn't soak my raisins in rum. (We don't have any, and I didn't want to buy all these expensive ingredients to make this. So...) I soaked my raisins in boiling water and drained the water before putting them in.   Also, the recipe doesn't state when to add the vanilla. I looked in one of my cookbooks for another Kulich recipe, and it said to add it with the milk.  I also just greased the cans, didn't use wax paper. Just thought I would share that.

Monday, March 30, 2015

It's froggy out this morning.I just took this picture about ten minutes ago, and the fog seems thicker since then.  When Eon (or was it Eli?) was a baby he used to say it was "froggy" out, instead of foggy. Actually, what he said was, "Fee-oggy". Since he couldn't say his R's, he would say a Y sound..   So cute.  So. I still say it's froggy out..  :P

I FINALLY (soooo relieved) ordered some Graduation Announcements.  I had to do a "photo shoot" with Eli (Oooooh, my God.... The end of the world!....)  He had to get some real clothes on and go outside...  O.o    I bought him this shirt set for pictures. But... They do senior pictures just with a tuxedo or a wrap, here.   Anyway, he finally got to wear this shirt for one thing. Lol...   (Sigh...)  This is the picture I used.  I don't know if it's the best. But, it is what it is. Eli does not care.  I think they will look good. I should get them in the mail this week. I can't wait.  Today was the kids' first day back to school after Spring Break.   Only eight more weeks, then Eli graduates.  :0 !!!!!   I am still not ready....      I decided to just do a small party here.  The thing is, we don't even know anyone here. Except what family of mine lives here.    But, with our house being so small, and our dogs acting like they want to kill anyone who comes to our door....   I thought we should just all meet at a restaraunt.   But, then I thought, I kind of want to do all the planning (oh yeah, and the cleaning...  not) for his graduation.  It will be more personal and memorable I think.

This picture I just took by the stone retaining wall for our driveway. :P   I think it looks cool...

Some booties I have finished....   This is Christal Dines Friends' "Impatiently Waiting for Baby" Booties pattern.  I love it.   I have done more than these booties. (Sweaters, and hats to go with them. For the OB Unit on PR..)   I just love all the little booties..   

And, I finished another shawl.   When one of my sister-in-laws (my brother-in-law's wife-- I cannot stand any of my husbands' sisters) saw my shawl, she commented it "would look good in purple".  So, I made her a purple one.  When her sister died a few months ago, she sent me some of her sisters' crochet pattern books.  I thought that was really awesome..

It's the Evening Shawl pattern.    She doesn't even know I made it for her, it will be a surprise.  I just have to wash it, and send it to her.   Now I am going to make my Mom one. Either white or black, she said...   I'm thinking black. I don't know. I might go blind trying to do a black one. Lol.  I haven't decided...    Oh, I used Red Heart with Love in Violet for this one, I had to use three skeins. But, I only needed the third skein for the last three rows.  And I used an I hook.   Different than the one I made myself..  

Saturday, March 07, 2015

"Evening Shawl"

I finished another shawl last night. The Evening Shawl. I dont know why I crocheted another one, when I don't even wear them.  But I wanted to...   So. I did. Lol   It only took me a week. That's because this is the only project I worked on. Mostly in the evening while watching tv...     

I did order a new dress, specifically to go with this shawl.  It will go with the white and off-white one, too; probably.  I guess I can try to be more girly...  :P

Friday, February 27, 2015


We actually got some snow here...  

The back yard.  The past two weeks have been crazy.  Not because we actually got snow, but...  they closed school for the whole week last week. And they went one day (with a two hour delay), this week.  Last week we got ice (which I think I posted about).   Then this week (not until Wednesday night), it snowed.  I am SOOOOOOOO sick of this!! They have to close school for two weeks because of a little ice and snow?  I have never lived somewhere so stupid. Ever hear of a snow plow?  Get a snow plow and plow the roads!!??? Salt the roads...  People here are like "Oh we just can NOT get a bus up in the hills..."  Why not?  I lived in Colorado for two years, with steeper hills than this. And they do not salt their roads in Colorado.  But they didn't close school because of a little snow...   They closed school as much as Michigan, if even that much.  This is so ridiculous. It is making me insane!!!  
My sister posted this on facebook, and tagged me in it...   I have said this before.  It's true! And they are making me lose my mind.  I wish we never moved here at all.  

Duke loved the snow.   He was running around like a mad dog..  Lol  

While we were getting all this ice and snow, my husband was driving to Nevada, to get the rest of our stuff out of storage. (Yay!)  But what a nightmare...  There were winter storm warning/watches everywhere.  It was snowing in Texas..   O.o  There was a 25 (?) car pile-up on I-40. One person died, I think.  My husband thinks he drove right past it.  He said people were flying past him, going 70 mph, then they hit the ice, and bam..   It wasn't too bad on the way back. But, he was right in front of the storm (which brought the snow)..    So, now we have all our stuff.  You can't really see how much the living room was packed..  bags and boxes...  This isn't even all of it.  We have most of it put away now. I still have about four boxes, and three garbage bags full plus two big rubbermaid containers.   There is no room in this house!! I don't even know where I'm going to put the rest of it...  O.o  That's another thing that is making me insane...

So what do I do? I start another shawl. (Yeah, start another shawl when you don't even wear them..)  I told you they are making me insane, here. Lol.   I had three shawls that were in storage. Which I maybe only wore one of them. Once.  But I am happy to have them back..  :D   It got me trying to find the patterns, and looking at them on my blog..   I knew I had started another plum colored shawl, too. But I don't know where it is...   I vaguely remember the yarn getting so knotted up and tangled, that I  think I threw the whole thing away.  It was the "Evening Shawl".   I was going to make another shawl like the green and off-white ones I did. But then I wanted to do the Evening Shawl...   I have a bunch of the dark blue Simply Soft. So...  That's what I am making it with. Even though I wanted a plum colored one.  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Snow" Week?

The kids had a three day weekend (Presidents Day). But then this happened. So it became a four day weekend.  I was kind of in agreement with them, for once.  Ice was all over everything. 

My husband didn't go to work that day.  He went out and started the vehicles, though. Just so they would de-ice...


All our skylights looked like frosted glass...  Sheets of ice.

Ice on the trees..

It was pretty thick, and it kept raining.

Then it snowed....   We only got about an inch, maybe.    But with all the ice and snow, our power went out.  Thank god it came back on early this morning.   Now school has been closed all week.  It is supposed to snow more, and get really really cold.  

I wore my thick fuzzy pajama pants, that I usually sweat to death in, last night. And, a pair of slippers I finished yesterday, using some of the leftover yarn from my poncho.  Guess what? I still sweated to death. Even without heat/power.  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cowl Neck Poncho

I forgot to post this yesterday. I finished it the day before Valentine's Day. I bought the yarn with money my husband gave me for my birthday since he "didn't know what I wanted"...    I wasn't sure if I would even like it. But, I love it!! :D

It is so warm, too.  

This is the yarn I used. I bought four more skeins than this. I only used seven (even though the pattern says you only need five). And I didn't use much of the seventh skein...  Now I have almost three skeins left. Hmmm.... What to make?  I want to make another poncho.  I bought the #25 issue of Simply Crochet to make the Cowl Neck Poncho in there. But I need to get yarn for it.