Saturday, January 2, 2016

Best of Intentions

I had hoped to be posting almost every day but have gotten sidetracked with the holidays.  So, I'm going to catch up a bit.

On the dating front!  I am still seeing the guy I went out with in November.  He has grown on me quite a bit and we have been spending a lot of time together.  We exchanged gifts at Christmas and he bought Maggie a gift as well.  He has been gone to Florida with a church group and has called me every day.  He is smart and funny and we enjoy each other's company.  Maggie is another matter.  She is not liking the fact that we are dating so the verdict is still out on that.  He went with us to Dollywood the day after Christmas.  And I took him to a bonfire at my brother's house.  Brother wants to have dinner with us one night so he can get to know him better.  One of my good friends messaged me demanding details and wanting to know what my brother thought of him.  LOL  They are so protective of me.  You would think I was 20 years younger than my brother instead of being the older one.  We shall see where it goes.  He asked me if I ever thought I'd get married again and I said yes and asked him the same question and he said yes as well.  I will be going to Florida in April, my youngest brother is getting married, and I am taking him with me to meet my parents, if we are still dating.  I like to get my Dad's opinion on the men in my life.  Sounds funny I know since I am 46 yrs old, but my Dad reads people better than I do, and I read people pretty well, so I value his opinion.

On the knitting front, not much knitting has been done.  I've worked on the crochet blanket for my co-worker's baby and it is finished.  Once I get the ends woven in, I'll take pictures and post it.  I have started, finally, on the front of my cardi, after having to rip it out twice, and it is showing a lot of progress.  I still have a long way to go but I am very pleased with the progress I have made.

The man and I went to see Star Wars and it was great!  Left you hanging of course.  If you haven't seen it you need to go see it!

Well, I guess I'll close for now.  Waiting for the man to call me and I want to get back to my knitting.

Have a blessed evening.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

No Knitting...but had another date...

I have been remiss about knitting lately, my heart is just not in it.  I think I need a break.  I am going to make a scarf and hat for my brother but other than that and a baby blanket, I don't have anything that absolutely has to be done.  Other than the projects I have lined up to finish for my trip to Scotland.   What I have been working on is a coloring book for adults.  I find it very soothing and calming after a long day and I am so enjoying it.  Both the younger and I have been working on coloring every evening.  I put something on to listen to in the back ground and then I color. 

Since I have not been knitting, I have picked some pictures to show you my latest finished objects.

 A lovely hat made from 3IG Adorn Sock in Delphinium.  This will be a gift for my daughter's friend Alley.
 These hoods were made for a friend's children and a co-worker's little girl for her birthday.


  This is a cowl made for a swap that I did recently.  It turned out nice and my swapee loved it.

I will have more photos soon.  I will take pictures of my wips and get them posted.  I am so close to finishing my sweater that you will see a picture of that soon too.

Now, on to the date.  The guy from last week asked me to go to the movies this week and I said I couldn't because he wanted to go on Thursday.  He will be out of town this weekend so he asked if he could take me to lunch and I said yes.  So, we had lunch today.  He seemed a bit more relaxed this time.  We had a nice lunch and then I had to run back to the office.  Not much to say otherwise.  I am still not sure of him so, guess we will continue talking and see where it goes.

I hope all of you have a great week!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Drama Llamas

I am a happy person; I have a positive outlook on life and I try to spread positivity where ever I can.  Lately there has been a lot of drama going on around me and I am done with it.  I am making cuts in my life to get the drama llamas out of my life.  When it affects me negatively or causes my child to cry for hours, I am over and done, stamp paid on it.  I don't like drama, never have, I like my life to go smoothly.  I know there are bumps in the road, that is normal, but constant bumps from the same people in my life is too much to handle.  So, I am making some changes to the people in my life.  They are not going to like it but at this point, I just don't care.  I am too old to put up with people who behave like the world revolves around them and their stuff and I'm also too old to put up with people who constantly try to tear me or my loved ones down.  NEWS FLASH-that's not the way we are to behave.  The Bible clearly states that as believers we are to build one another up, not tear each other down.  I learned a long time ago that the tongue is evil and from out of the heart, the mouth speaks and when the mouth is spewing nothing but ugliness, what does that say about the heart attached to that mouth?  I try very hard not to get preachy, not everyone believes as I do, but I have to say this:  WORDS HURT!  And once you speak harshly to someone, you cannot take it back.  You will have to answer for every careless word that comes out of your mouth.  So what is the lesson here?  Weigh and consider your words carefully before speaking, speak to other's as you would have them speak to you, build someone up, do not tear them down.  Speak with love and kindness, even when saying something that is hard.  If you would not like someone to speak to you harshly, then, do not do that to them. 

Why is it that the simplest of lessons can be so hard?

Now, off my soapbox, back in the closet it goes, and back to the normal programming.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Changes....always

Ok, so a bit of an update on the man front.  I have kicked Irish to the curb.  He was a scammer, asked me for money the other night so I kicked him good.  Last night I had my first date in 15 years.  I met a nice man and he asked me to dinner.  He's a nice man but not boyfriend material.  He's not lively enough for me.  If nothing else I've made a friend.  Good news is that the yarn I ordered for Irish will be used to make my brother a hat and scarf.  So he will benefit from Irish's stupidity.

I have been working on my sweater, procrastinating working on the hood for my friend's husband.  They are splitting up so I don't know if I should make it or not.  I need to start on the baby blanket, I think I will start that next week.  I may use the yarn for said friend's husband to make a hood for my daughter instead.

Well, I am off.  I have to go pick daughter up from my brother's house and do some shopping.  I hope you have a blessed Sunday.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Knitting Adventures and a Man

My knitting is moving along quite well.  I will have pictures to post soon of the little one's in my hoods.  My friend's hat is almost done and I will start the hood this week so I can get it out and too the reciepents by Christmas.  I have not touched my sweater I am ashamed to say.  I have been to consumed by finishing the hoods and doing a little Christmas knitting.  I really need to get it done and get on the baby blankets I need to make and the other projects I want to get done before my trip to England and Scotland.  I have sooooo many projects in plastic ziplock bags with their patterns waiting for me.  And of course what do I do, I decide to take on two more projects.

Those two project tie into the second half of my post, a man.  After praying much and talking to a couple of friends about the situation with Irish, English and American, I decided to make a choice.  Of course I chose the obvious one, Irish.  He was so sweet and so nice, how could I make any other choice.  We are talking exclusively now and working our way up to meeting.  Taking things slow and easy.  I thought he was sweet before I made the choice and now, he's even sweeter.  Sends me lovely emails, we trade our devotionals that we get emailed to us.  We talk on the phone and text regularly and will move to skyping this week.  He's even called and prayed with me.  Any man that will do that, is something else.  We will see where it goes.  I am in no hurry and for the youngest I will take my time so she can adjust.  The two projects I have added are a hat and scarf for Irish.  He lives north of me in a colder climate and so I told him I would make a hat and scarf.

On the trip front, my tickets and hotels have been booked!!!!  I am over the moon excited about it!  I have always wanted to travel and this is going to be the first time out of the US.  This week I have to get my passport application sent and I have to get the picture taken.  If I could do cartwheels, I would be doing them right now. 

My stepmother called me after the attacks in Paris and wanted us to cancel our trips.  I said no.  One, our trip is almost a year away, two, God did not give me a spirit of fear.  If I lived in fear, I would never leave my house.  She says we shouldn't put ourselves in harms way and I countered that if it was my time to die no matter where I was, I would die.  I can be cautious and if there are problems when we get ready to go we can weigh the pro's and con's and make a decision then.  I refuse to live my life in fear.  If you live in fear, you don't live.  I have a friend in Israel, they live with daily bombings and threats of attacks and she does not live in fear.  I know by whose blood I have been saved and I know where I am going when I die.  I am not afraid.  I stand firm.

Pictures, I know, keep promising them.  I will try to get them loaded this week and will have a bunch to show you!

Have a good week and bless you all.