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...

Monday, August 29, 2016

I am still working on getting organized..   I finally, totally cleaned off my "craft table".  In my "craft room".  Which is the laundry room aka dog kennel room..   But, it's better than nothing!

I finished a pair of baby booties I started for the OB Unit but quickly realized they would be too big. So I put them away and finished them later. I only had small amounts of the green so I did the soles in green, then took what I had left and cut it exactly in half.  Did the same thing with the turqoise.  I thought it looked kind of "ombre".  We're not supposed to use white to send to the Indian Reservation.  Since they have very limited washing facilities..   But...  I did.

I thought they were kind of cute. :)  They went into the OST/CPS box.

I started the fifth strip of the Scrap Strips Blanket...  

And I took a picture of the calendula...   In case no one knows what it is..  (No one did when I went to Walgreens, or the grocery stores here...)  My Mom used to be into Homeopathic remedies (she still is), and this was always for cuts burns scrapes..    I found it finally at Whole Foods.   I told my husband, "You might try it on your legs."  He has what they think is Psoriasis.  Guess what? It is really helping. More than all the creams from the doctor or the psoriasis creams.  I bought it for Duke's incision.   

My progress on my cousins' baby blanket. I'm farther than this, actually. 

And I finished another hat and scarf set for Operation General Beadle.. pattern.  And for the scarf, I used the Crochet Ribbed Scarf pattern.  For this scarf I chained 185 with an I hook.  And it came out to 56 inches (the chain did).

I used one Caron Cake to do the hat and scarf. With this much leftover.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Getting Organized...

I haven't been crocheting or knitting for the OB Ward the past month (except the afghan I just posted). But not last month. I have been crocheting hats and mittens and scarves, though; for Operation General Beadle.  Anyway, there were three blankets still needed in August. I had the one finished, and thought "I should do a fleece one..." I did have some frog fleece I had bought because it was on sale. I wasn't going to do anything with it yet...   But then I thought "Why not?"   Well of course, then; I couldn't find all my stuff to cut the fleece out. I had the cutting mat, and the regular rotary cutting blade. But couldn't find the cutting guide or my skip stitch blade...   this is part of why I get so irritated. Finding everything. Then by the time I find everything I am so irritated I don't want to do it...     But while looking I saw some other fleece I had bought (this car fleece) at my pharmacy. I thought it was so cute for a boy.  I bought two big panels of it.    I found my cutting guide (it was buried, in my closet- which I thought it was in there, but it was under some shoes... UGH).   Then I looked for my skip stitch blade. I found the little plastic container it is in. Yay... Get it out after I cut the fleece, to switch blades on my cutter. It's not the skip stich blade it's the regular blade from the second cutter I bought. UGH!  Tried racking my brain "Where is the other cutter?"  "Oh I know...  It's in the Jeep." Exactly where it's supposed to be, right?   It was one of the (million things I just threw in the back when we were moving... (We've been here what five months now?)  Sigh...     I went out and got it. Then TOLD myself, "This will be fun. Damnit!!!"  I had a bad headache, and was a little irritable, but...   I cut out the frog fabric and did the skip stitch holes.   Then put it on the couch, to crochet on later...  Then started dinner.   Then got the car fleece out and cut it, and did the skip stitch holes..    

So, I got three blankets done.   Washed, tagged and mailed them yesterday.   

I got two pairs of booties done, too.   I mailed those the day before. Because I was mailing a box to Alice, and didn't know when I would have money or if I had a box to mail the blankets in. I had a puffy envelope to mail the booties though. So I finished filling two slots for the OB Ward...   :)   I really liked crocheting the light green booties.  The turqoise ones were pretty good, too. Well, the first one was. The second one, not so much. :P

I have to work on my pink baby blanket, too; so I can get that done in time for my cousins' baby shower...  (Or before their baby is born at least..)

Being unorganized and having clutter everywhere is really starting to get on my nerves.  It's not technically my fault. We moved so many *&^%$# times, I didn't even want to BE in the apartments; and knew (hoped!!) we were going to be moving again in a few months, so I didn't even unpack a few boxes. And had nowhere to put a lot of it, anyway..    And here, I don't have a lot of room to put it all, either.  But I have slowly been trying to get organized and keep things organized.    Since doing that, I cannot find my prescription pack.  Ugh...   I called the pharmacy though; and they were able to just look it up, and refill it.  O.o   

Another thing that was bugging me, was the un-matching dog dishes..  We had matching ones; but left them at a McDonald's parking lot, on the move out here..   Then we bought a water bowl. But were still just using the leftover container for the food.   I finally got a matching food bowl.  :P  Now I just need a mat for underneath, so the floor won't get ruined from Duke slopping water everywhere when he drinks...And any food on the floor gets all smushy, and makes a mess.. You can see some by their water bowl...

Another thing I had been wanting to get is one of these, to make pies with since I picked all those apples. Which is another thing I have to do... Make a pie.   I don't want to.   Lol...    Eon seemed to love this.  (He is a little strange... :P)  He got a big smile (what?) on his face and had this in his hand and said something about getting this in anticipation of something (I forget what it was, something to do with one of his games...) and something about a Mr. Anderson.  It's Mrs. Anderson's Baking Pie Crust shield..  I just smiled and said "I got it to make a pie with.."  :P   

My husband took me to Michaels last week.  I said "I don't know what to get..."  :0   (Did I say that?)  :P  But when I walked to the yarn section, I saw these! I said "I have to get one."  I didn't know they were a new thing and all the rage...  I just liked it.   

Right after I bought it, I kept seeing them all over Facebook.  It got old, fast.   I got it to crochet a scarf and hat to go with some gloves I had bought at Jo-Ann's, for Operation General Beadle.   Then went back to get one more. But (of course) they didn't have any more of THAT color.  So, since it was "Buy two get one free" (with Michael's membership, which is free); I got three more.  In different colors to go with other gloves I bought..

These are all the gloves I got, one in every color. I also bought a pack of socks at Sears last night.  By the time I get all this done I will have quite a bit to send.  The problem is doing it. And having fun and not thinking "I have to finish this.."   Which sucks all the fun out of it and burns me out.    I haven't taken a picture of it but I did finish a scarf with the first Caron Cake, and am working on a hat. But I don't like how the hat is turning out.....

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Last night I was laying in bed thinking, "School is going to start in a couple of weeks I think...  NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!"  :(  Two weeks from today to be exact.   And I feel worse about it than that baby.   (And I am not even the one gong back to school?!!)  But I still have to get up, make sure Eon gets up, get his lunch ready, and drive him there. (Driving him there and being there is the part I hate the most...)  I hate this school so much.   And didn't want to have him go back there next year (now, this year).   My husband kept saying, "You have all summer. Don't think about it."   Easy for him to say..  There isn't much I can do about any of it. We have a two year lease in this house, so it isn't like we can just move to a different school district.  Which might make things better for me.   Sigh...     I keep trying to tell myself, "Eon seems to like it there, so why you can't I?"...     The schools is Tennessee were better than they are here. In fact, the schools in Tennessee were better than they were in Nevada.  But, this is the absolute worst school any of my kids have ever gone to.    And we have lived in five different states.   

I finished another Corner-To-Corner Baby Blanket, for the OB Ward.  I had some blue, and I had bought another lavender One Pounder Caron on sale at Jo-Ann''s.. And the variegated was leftover from my Scalloped Top.  I thought I had one more skein of the variegated, but I couldn't find any anywhere...    I was going to make each "section" the exact same size...   Sigh...   I didn't feel like taking practically the whole thing apart just to try and do that, though...   

The sun was shining in the windows no matter how I put the blinds...   

The first picture is more true to color.   

Friday, August 19, 2016

Duke's Surgery

Duke had his surgery on Wednesday.  Drop off time was 8-8:15 am.  The Vet called me about 11 or 11:30, and said he was out of surgery and he "did" fine. (He was completely under anesthesia, so I don't know how he did anything, but... :P) But I was glad to hear it all went well.  She said he was howling. I laughed.  (But then I started to worry, too..)  Then while we were talking, I could hear him howling.  It was loud.  She said that's actually pretty common, they are pretty loopy when they come out of anesthesia and are confused. We were able to pick him up at 2.  (When I went to pick him up, another dog was howling in the back...)  Look at the six inch (?) incision!! :(  For a little 3/4 inch tumor...    She said she got "wide margins"...   Yeah. I guess so.   Poor Duke.   I was really worried about him that first whole day (and night). 

He did sleep a lot. That first night (and last night, actually) we put his big pillow in our room and he slept in there.  I did not get much sleep that first night.  Besides being worried about Duke, I had to take my sister-in-law to the hospital the very next morning (she asked me a couple weeks ago, and I said I would.. I didn't know Duke was going to have cancer, and his surgery was going to be scheduled the day before).      

Getting him to take his pills is a whole other can of worms...   He has two pills to take- one for pain, one for the inflammation; around the incision site.  The first time I tried putting it into a piece of lunch meat. He did eat one that way. but spit the other one out.  Then I put it into a piece of cheese. He ate the cheese and spit the pill out.  Brat.  Then the next time we smushed them up, and mixed it with peanut butter. That worked. Once. The next morning (the morning of my sister in law's surgery) it didn't work. He was on to me. So I had to trick him by giving him pieces of my eggs, then putting the peanut butter on my finger. He ate it.   I was telling my sister in law about it, and she said our other sister in law (my husbands' and her husbands' sister) got some special treats for one of her dogs, because it wouldn't take its meds either.   So last night we went to PetCo and got these...    They work pretty good.  He still keeps spitting half the treat out but so far has eaten it all.     This week was stressful...  Well, the past two days were.  

My sister in law gave me this, yesterday; when we got back to her house. (She had cataract surgery, by the way; her last one..)   I said she didn't have to do that. But it is beautiful, and I do love it! I never buy myself things like this. (I am always buying yarn or crochet magazines, or books for myself..)   It's a peacock, and it opens up into a little box.  I love it.   I don't know what I will put into it..   

I finally got my husband's ladder out, and went and picked some apples from one of our apple trees. We have two. But the other tree; the apples are all wormy, and real small..   I feel like a slacker because I should have been picking the apples all along. They just have been ending up on the ground, then my husband cleans them all up into the wheelbarrow and the end up in the mulch pile. (You should see how many are back there!!)  But....   I feel like I can't keep up. Between housework and picking all the blackberries...  Washing them, freezing them. Baking blackberry cobbler. Let the dogs out let the dogs in. Go run errands. Do laundry.   Then this week was crazy..   How did I do everything before, and work five days a week?   I feel like I can't keep up lately...  Now I hope these all don't go bad. Because yesterday, today and tomorrow is a high heat advisory (over 100). So there is no way I am going to be baking...  I don't know what kind of apples they are.  And it's weird, because even though they are all from the same tree, they look like two different apples. Maybe I should have waited to pick the smaller green ones..  Maybe they weren't ready yet?  But the ones on the top are beautiful.    The kids still haven't eaten one. I posted this picture on Facebook, and one of my friends (from school days, she lives in Michigan) said she wished her apple tree got apples like this. Her one son will eat a whole bag a day just for a snack..     :0    I said I wish my kids would eat one apple.  Not unless it is inside a pie, or a cobbler, or with some (super expensive) caramel dip...   I want to make a pie with these.  I was going to give some to my sister in law yesterday, but I was in a rush in the morning and didn't get to it..