Monday, February 19, 2018

Celebrating Eli's Birthday a Month Late..

...But better late than never. We were kind of moving in January. So..  I had been googling cakes to make (I wanted to do something different than the usual), before we moved. I saw a DIY "number" cake, how to do a two. I thought I could do a one easily.  So... That's what I did. I made one round and one square. 

Cut the round one like this. (I ate the little round middle piece.)  :D

Then assemble it like this. I had to make another square pan, but the recipe was easy. It's from Jenny Can Cook.

All frosted (my husband brought canned frosting home, I was about done after three cakes..)

Added the candles I had bought before we moved.

Eli with his cake..

And a picture of Jetta and Jaxson. He is almost as big as her now, and weighs more than her. 

Saturday, February 03, 2018

We moved again. Back to Nevada. That is the very, very, very shortest version of it. I am just glad it is over with and we are out of Oregon. What a bad dream.. 
This is a view of Mt. Charlelston, down the road from our house.

And we have a view of mountains from the kitchen window, too. I don't know what mountains these are.

And, we got a new baby dog. This was the day I adopted him, last year. 

And this is him today. We named him Jaxson. He's six months old today, and weighs 35 lbs. He's almost as big as Jetta. (And weighs more than her.)  He is very lovable. But, he doesn't quite have the housebreaking thing down. I think he is trying, though.
I will try to be a better blogger...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

R.I.P. Duke

Yesterday we had to put our best fur buddy down. For two months he had been limping. I thought at first he hurt his little Corgi leg, going down the back steps. But when I took him in, the x-ray showed no break. Well a month later, it seemed to get worse; he was not walking on the leg at all, and was hopping around on three legs. I took him back in she did x-rays again. She referred me to a Vet who specializes in muscular/ skeletal type things...  I went in, hoping he could just operate and fix Duke's leg. But knowing in the back of my mind it was probably due to his cancer... It was.  All our options were not good. Remove his leg, chemotherapy and radiation.  More pain. He has been whining and moaning for weeks, even on two different pain pills.  I felt so awful for him. So I did the hardest thing I have ever done.  And put him out of his misery.  He was only four years old. I don't think another dog will ever replace him. He was the best fur buddy I've ever had.
R.I.P. Duke
6-2-2013 ~ 10-18-2017
Forever in My Heart 

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Hello, It's Me...

...I'm still alive.  I haven't been blogging very good... I don't know if I posted about all the problems we were having with our youngest son.  Not that he is a bad kid. He was just depressed and acting on it... Being bullied at school and the school would do NOTHING.  I won't get into it.. But long story short, I think he is doing better. Although I am always "on the watch" for things...    I have been crocheting but I will only post the "major" things I've done since my last post.  This is a blanket (I did two of these exact same ones, I think) One was for my cousin who had a baby girl. The other one was for my husband's co-worker and his wife. They had a girl, too. She had her on Father's Day. Although, he was already a father from a previous marriage. 

This is the sweater set I crocheted to go with my cousins' baby blanket. I also did a hat. I don't know why I didn't take a picture of it...

I got a Santa cookie jar and some Christmas tree plates at Goodwill. They have one shelf that is all Christmas stuff. 

I actually just did this today, start and finished. I re-potted the Christmas Cactus, too. I kind of modified the pattern, it is the Poinsettia Flowerpot in the Handmade Crochet Holidays magazine by Crochet World.  I hope my cactus gets lots of blooms on it this Christmas.

A granny square baby blanket I recently finished for the OB Ward and sent last month. The square was from the 200 Crochet Blocks book by Jan Eaton. I think it was square #101. But I don't remember.

Some of the zucchini from our garden. (Sigh...)  I don't know what I am going to do with them all. I have two freezer bags full of shredded zucchini. My husband is already complaining about no room in the freezer... UGH...  

I have baked a lot with the zucchini, too. Lemon Zucchini Bread, (so yummy!) Chocolate Zucchini Bread, Spicy Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies. They were all so yummy. Plus my husband has grilled zucchini a few times, and put some in pasta salad.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

It's Been A While..

I hope you all had a nice Easter. We just spent it alone at home just our family.  I finished the table runner for my Easter dinner table, with a week to spare. I hadn't worked with thread in a long time. 

I don't think I posted this four corners dishcloth I did. A while ago..

I don't think I posted the finished bigger mitered squares blanket, either? I sent it last month.  I'm kind of getting the urge to start another one. But they take me so long. I finished this one with a couple weeks to spare shy of a year.  I didn't work on it all the time, though.

I also don't know if I posted this painting Eon did? I think he totally painted over it, and did another one.. 
... this one. Which turned out super cool. He hung it on his wall. He painted it all black, then used melted crayons for the "rainbow". Just off the top of his head. 

And, I finally got the nerve up to try and make blackberry jam. Well, I didn't just try. :P I did. And, it turned out good, too. The hardest part is (well besides all of it) the sterilizing the jars, then you have to cook the jam (I got splattered/burned a couple times). Then you have to use a special funnel that is wider at the bottom, to pour the jam into the jars.  These are more than halfway gone.  And I still have four and a half bags of blackberries in the freezer. (Gallon size freezer bags.)

This was a few weeks ago? I saw a huge bird come flying in and land on a tree at the back of our property line. I was just standing there, and it happened, I ran and got my camera, and zoomed in and this was the best picture I got. I think it is a Cooper's Hawk? I don't know...  It was big! My husband said it was probably hunting gophers. (Or, he was hoping..)

I don't post a lot about my personal life, but if anyone has any good thoughts for our youngest son to send up... He is going through a very difficult time right now. :(

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Scrap Strips Blanket

I finished the twin sized scrap strips blanket. I started it early last year like March? I don't think it took me a whole year. But close..  And, I noticed the first strip (which was actually the last strip, I work backwards...) Is a lot lighter than all the other ones.  Hmmm. 

I was digging through my bag of paper/card making stuff today and saw my Iris Folding papers/printouts..  I thought "I want to do one of those."  Since I don't have any double sided tape to finish the actual cards I made...  I do have regular tape.   I haven't done a cat one yet. 

I racked my brain trying to think of a good background color to go with orange...  I think this is pretty good.  I really enjoyed making this. Which is something I can't say often..   I still do need double sided tape to finish it though.  I can wait a few days til payday though.  This is technically "scrap strips", too. But paper. And you need more than just strips you do need a couple strips of each color. Depending on what you are doing. Small shapes you would need less..  I think I posted the link for Iris Folding before but it has been a long time...  Here are a few I did before.  A snowman one I did..  I had another guitar one I started, too.  It's actually all done, I would just need to do the handle.. 

We had a 60 degree day a couple days ago (or maybe it was yesterday?).  And all the frogs came out!  I noticed this one on our house. It was there for two days. It's gone now.  Well I "had" to show it to Duke....  Ugh...  He was obsessed with trying to get it. But, fortunately for the frog, his legs are too short. :P   There was another frog on the pavement, but I think it was already dead because it wasn't moving when he tried to get it. We had to get it out of his mouth and throw it out of the backyard. 

Sunday, February 05, 2017

I finished another row on the mitered squares blanket. I actually have done five more squares since I took this picture. I decided to change it up and do one, two, then one on top of the first one, then another and another. Instead of straight across.  Isn't it amazing...  :P

Not a very good picture, but I started a Hufflepuff Scarf for Eon.  :D  He said he wanted one that was online (it was fleece, and had an emblem on it). I said (all excited). "I can knit you one!".  Of course he rolled his eyes and said "I don't want that crochet stuff." :0  I said "I can knit one, not crochet.." He wouldn't even look at any on Ravelry. :(  Well, later on I asked him again and he said, "Maybe THAT one." So, I started it. It's the Vintage Hufflepuff Scarf, a free download at Ravelry. We missed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in the theater. So, now we have to wait until it comes out on DVD..

Saturday we were low on food. I was thinking about making  french toast, but we didn't have any syrup. Or butter... I thought pancakes, but again, no syrup. Then I remembered the gazillion blackberries in the freezer... So I made some blackberry syrup. My husband would complain about all the blackberries this summer. But I said "It's free food, and it might save us one day." Well that day came..   :P We have since gone grocery shopping.

And I made oatmeal raisin cookies cookies, too,.