Tuesday, October 28, 2014

So Much Going On

I had a nice long post and I put it on the back burner for a while so I can think about it more.  My life has been nuts.  Feels like nonstop going everyday.  I'm ready for Thanksgiving so I can have some time off.  I am getting burned out.

Maggie has settled in to her new school.  She's joined the Beta Club and is working concessions at basketball games.  She's had friends over the last couple of weekends.  It's go go go, all the time.  Wears me out some days.

I have stalled on my craft room right now.  I need to pick out paint but first I've got to spackle the walls.  Maggie did some damage trying to take down a blind and now I've got to fix it before I can paint.

This weekend we did a whirl wind trip to Asheville, NC to SAFF!!!  My friend Mary wanted to go and so Mary, Maggie and I hopped in the car and off we went.  Six hours round trip but it was so worth it!  I wandered around with my mouth hanging open most of the time.  WOW  I made some lovely purchases too.  Maggie got a shawl at Miss Bab's booth and a skein of yarn from another place.  Here's the purchases I made for myself:

This is 1/2 lb of combed Cormo Top.  Undyed so I will probably be dying it at some point.

 This is German Poleworth, 1 oz each of Cream, Light Teal and Dark Teal.  Just because I liked the colors.
 This was Maggie's choice.  I told her if I spun it that she had to knit it.  Very Bright!
 
And this is the reason I bought the fibre!  An Ashford Traveler, used once for 400.00.  It's in fab condition, doesn't look like it's been used so I couldn't resist.  Been thinking about spinning for a while and now I can get started.  I started working just the peddles and am hoping to get started with some help from a friend this weekend.

Well, If I keep going this post will be very long so I'll close for now.

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Completing Projects and Planning and SAFF

First my FO's:

 My finished Siren Sleeves made with Gnome Acres Backwoods Gnome on size 6 needles.
 An Oak Leaf and Flowers for my friend Denise for her stick tree.
Completed hat for my Grandma with a pin I found at an antique store.


I am still working on my Nurmilintu in Gnome Acres Stars Hollow.  I'm in the first lace section.  This is a learning experience for me, I haven't done a pattern with a chart before.  It's interesting and I'm starting to get the hang of it.  I have another shawl on the needles but I'm not happy with it so I think I'll be looking for another pattern for it because it's a special yarn that my friend Elly dyed and I want it to be pretty.  I have my stalled sweater on the needles and I'm going to pull it back out and start working on it again.  I am also still working on the stuff for my friend Heather's kids.  I need to get it finished. 

On another front I finished my bathroom on the 6th.  It would have been my 13th anniversary and I took the day off.  I went to Mitch's grave and put flowers out.  Then instead of wallowing in my grief I finished my bath.  I could hear Mitchie fussing in my head because I have taken 10 months to finish it.  I think it turned out nice.  Before and After:









I have other projects I want to do.  One major one is my craft room.  I need to get some paint and hole filler and get the walls done.  I'm going to have Maggie finish taking the wall paper boarder off the walls and then I can get started.  I'm still dragging my feet on what I want to do but I'll get it figured out.

On the knitting front, I have lots of yarn that I want to make things with.  I haven't decided on what I want to do yet.  Finishing my sweater is first other than my shawl.

Now, for traveling plans!!!  I am going to SAFF!!!  I was chatting with a friend of mine this weekend and she said she'd like to go but her husband is working and she doesn't want to go alone.  So, Maggie and I are going!  I've never been before and I am so excited to be going!  I promises to be a good time.

I went to the apple orchard with my sil this weekend and ended up with another bushel and 1/2 of apples and 8 pie pumpkins.  I am going to be cooking like a wild woman.  I cook the pumpkins down and put them in the freezer and I am planning on making apple sauce and apple pie filling and canning them. 

Well, gotta go check on dinner.  You all have a great week.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Change...

Some people say the only constant thing in this world is change.  Me, I don't believe that, I believe the only constant thing in this world is God. 

Change is something we all face, something that comes whether we want it or not.  Why do we hate change, why do we welcome it?  My thought process was sparked by a post from a friend of mine on Facebook.  Things are constantly changing, there are seasons, birth, death, climate change, etc.  Why, because that's the way God made the world and made us.  Whether you accept God or not, He brings changes into our lives.  Changes to make us grow, to think, to evolve.  Yes I said the evolve word.  We do evolve.  When we become believers, we change.  Maybe not physically, but in our hearts and our minds.  The things we do are affected as well as the way we think.  Things we accepted previously, that we applauded before, become things we dislike.  God affects this change in all of us.  He does not wish for us to stay in our sinful nature He wants for us to evolve into something better.  To take His example and become more than a sinful creature ruled by our whims or sex drive.  (Yes I said sex too.)  Sometimes we feel powerless, when change comes unexpectedly.  I got pregnant with my second child 16 days after I got married to my husband Mitch.  I was not a happy camper.  I didn't want to be pregnant.  We had all but decided to not have children and weren't sure that we could anyway given my husbands medical history.  God planned a child for us, she was up in heaven waiting and He said, "ha, ha, you just thought you weren't going to have a child" not literally of course but in my mind.  He has a sense of humor I believe, he gave us one.  Then came the change last year that I never wanted.  Losing my husband has been so hard.  It's harder than when I divorced my first husband for infidelity.  But that's the thing.  I grew and changed when I had my second child and I grew and changed more when my husband passed.  I have fought change, I have fought doing what I know God wants from me, when I don't want to change.  When He weaves in and out of our lives He sets things in motion, to make us change, grow and become what He wants for us.  I am now facing another change.  My SS teacher is leaving the church we've been at for a long time.  I knew it was coming.  I knew that there have been problems in the church for a while and we have lost some very good families in the last year.  In the sense of good, I don't mean stature, I mean people who live the Word and teach it faithfully.  So I am at a crossroads myself.  I have been thinking of leaving because I cannot bring myself to stay without Mitch.  Change is coming, I have been feeling it for a while and have been waiting for an indication that I move.  I think I have received it.  So, to continue growing in the way God wants my family to grow, I will embrace the change and move forward.  Change is scarey but with change comes adventure, new experiences and a chance, a chance to become more.  If you are a Believer, embrace change, embrace the hardships, God is trying to move in you or through you.  If you aren't a Believer, please become one.  If I hadn't had my faith through the last several months, I don't know where I would be.  I can't imagine how people deal hardships without Him.  It doesn't mean we won't have them, it just means that we have someone to talk to and to lean on when we do have them.  It also puts you in the unique position of having a family, a church family who loves and supports you through those hardships as well.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

FO Finally!!!

 
 My Capaspinka Cowl made from Three Irish Girls Waterlilies.  Pattern is on Ravelry.

 My Fishtail Cowl.  This one is my own design, made with Gnome Acres Back Woods Gnome.  My eldest bought me the yarn for Christmas last year.
 This is my Nympalidea Shawl, made from Gnome Acres Gnome of the Lake and Gnome Acres Deep Blue Something.  Love this one lots.


I have one more that I need to block and then I will be done with my finished projects for a while.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Excitement and Trepidation

 Bridesmaids Bouquets for my niece's wedding
 Flower Girl Dress for my niece's wedding, I helped to make
 Guest Painting painted by my daughter for my niece's wedding.  The guests will put a finger or thumb print on the branches to be leaves and then sign them.

My niece's veil, I made.

 And lastly, my niece's bouquet that I made.

I am looking forward to the wedding and not wanting to got the same time.  It's all of Mitch's family and I am going to be missing him so much.    I'll try to post more pictures later.  I have a ton of photos saved just having felt like slogging through them.

Have a great weekend!!!