05 November 2017

Time Change Needs to End

I don't like Daylight Savings. When I was a teen, I loved Falling Back, but I didn't like Springing Forward. Then I grew up, I got married, I had children, and animals all my own. Children and animals do not make this change easily. In fact, while the rest of the world was enjoying the sleep in, my cats are stomping on me, my dog is at the top of the stairs, singing about being outside. It is still dark and today, it is dreary. I have been up since (what used to be 6:50 a.m.) 5:50 a.m. trying to convince the animals that they need to sleep a little longer. They aren't listening to me. They are hungry and thirsty (freshwater snobs) and, in the case of the dog, want to go out to use the restroom. It will take us almost a month to readjust to the fall back and then, just as we are comfortable with the change, it will be time to spring forward. 

This was started during wars to help save energy and have more daylight during working hours, but now, these days, factories run around the clock and children are still standing out in the dark or in the case of younger children, coming home in the dark (some kids ride the bus for over an hour). It is time to stop the changing of the clocks. 

States Patterns

I love themes, especially those for different states in the Union.

  1. Illinois - Windy City Cardigan
  2. Wisconsin - Swiss Cheese Scarf
  3. Montana - Jefferson Scarf
  4. Maine - Lighthouse Dishcloth
  5. New York - Links for NY winter accessories
  6. Hawaii - Hawaiian Sunset Lace Shawl
  7. Tennessee - Southern Sky Easy Knit Shawl

24 September 2017

Halloween Haunt

This weekend Kings Island started their Halloween Haunt and the girls and I went to see it for the very first time. It was so fun! The way it started and the running of the "monsters" was so priceless. The girls were able to get on rides with short to no wait times and they loved that. They rode what they wanted and we had some fun.

31 July 2017

End of July and Facebook Needs Cleaning

It has been awhile since I last cleaned off the FB page, but I noticed it is beginning to get overcrowded and the recipes are growing by leaps and bounds. Time to move them, so it might be easier to locate later.

Just For Fun:
Native American Zodiac Symbol
Weird National Days
US Road Trip that keeps you in 70 degree weather for a year
Knitting Time Calculator
Bernat Yarns Pinterest Board what is interesting here? The temperature colors for scarves and afghans, etc.
Meals based on Names - dinneris.co/name (Put in a name, last, first, middle, kid, husband, maiden)
Prophecy based on Names - prophecy.lmp.life/name (again have fun with names, first, last, middle, maiden, kids)

Knitting Abbreviations Master List

Flamingo Feet Baby Booties - super fun! It comes with a tutorial.
French Market Bag - In VA, my sil has to buy reusable bags when she goes shopping, so I want to make a few of these for her and my sil in MD. I think they will enjoy them.
One piece Teddy
Peach Hana Triangle Shawl
Try This Stitch Afghan - encourages learning new and different stitches.
Lacy Blues Pineapple Shawl
Dr. Who Scarf
CAL Zodiac And Astrology Squares
Cuddle Me Puppy - super cute.
Nesting Dolls
Dragon Bat - not a free pattern. But I so love this pattern and want to make one.
Witch Elvira  - not a free pattern and also super cute.
Ultimate Gallery of Knit Stitches
Winter White Bear
Catherine Wheel Scarf
CAL Groovyghan - I started this, but may be changing colors and starting again.
Temperature Afghans
Unicorn Fever Scarf
Mini Dream Catcher - super cute and well made.

Bundt Cake Breakfast
Million Dollar Spaghetti
Edible Rock Activity

Rattlesnake as US Seal
Money Saved by Homeschooling - Ohio  $614.5 million
Flextangles - a friend said Modge Podge is better with this and allows it to work better.
Edible Rock Activity - yes, it goes under two.
History with Mr. E - the ideas and programs are worth every penny.
Bible Reading Plans
Mystery Science
Holocaust Escape Tunnel
Art Murals
Knights Templar Cave found in a rabbit hole
What Happens to Kids that are Homeschooled
Online College Courses from Hillsdale
Curriculum using Library Resources
States Crossword Puzzles

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15 June 2017


Yep, I said, Fire!

Last week we went to Virginia and stayed in a very nice hotel in Sterling, VA, who have very nice looking and very young looking (I must be getting old) firefighters. We were on the 5th floor of a 6 story hotel. Like I said, it was very nice. We stayed there for 3 nights and 4 days. They had a lovely pool and the employees were very sweet. On the morning of our last day, very early in the morning, the fire alarm sounded. It seems that a piece of bread caught on fire and this sounded all the alarms. Fire Department came out and turned off the alarms and we were able to go back to our rooms.

We learned many things on that "drill."

1. Keep slip on shoes near the door! You will need them as you walk down the stairs and into the parking lot.

2. If traveling with children, make sure they know where the car is parked and have that as the meeting area should you get separated, you can meet up.

3. Put a key card, a fully charged phone, car keys, all billfolds (wallets) into the purse and set it close to the door so that as you leave you are grabbing it (that way you can get into your car if it is a fire and cannot get back into the building). If it is a small fire easily contained you have a key card to get back into the building/room.

4. Study the evacuation plan. We knew where the stairs were and knew how to get out, but our girls did not and were headed for the longest route out and we had to direct them.

5. Be prepared to see people in sheets! Yep, my girls got a lesson in man and woman traveling alone will be doing other things in the bed.

6. Don't be surprised to hear people say that the next time a fire alarm goes off they are calling the desk! Yep, heard that one. Really folks think about this, if everyone calls down the phone system will be overloaded and if it was a bigger fire, you would be trapped!

After we were out of the hotel and learned it was just a toaster fire, I started laughing. Why? Because in Ohio, homeschooling, you have to have to fire plan in place and practice it. Do we have a plan? Yes. Have you practiced it? Yes. Did it work for the hotel? No! Why? Because the girls wanted to take the elevator, we had to yell for them to go to the stairs, no elevators allowed in a fire. We had to call them back to us when they started to the main area, rather than out the nearest doors to get out. Next hotel, we will be better prepared and we actually started by studying the fire evacuation form when we got to the room and then when we got to the next hotel (we were leaving that day and heading home after a last visit with family) and started our new plan. We were fortunate and I am glad that we learned something from this and can at least laugh at the absurdity of the fire drill at such a bad hour. Anything you can live through can be funny.

27 May 2017

Cleaning off the Face Book Page

It has been awhile since I sat and cleared out my Facebook page, moving things I wanted to keep to my blog so I could find them later. It seems I haven't had much time to just sit and work on something, I have been making cakes to see which one my husband's brother might like for his birthday. (He liked cake A, not cake B which my husband and girls liked). So this weekend, the girls and I are making my brother-in-law his birthday cake for Monday. 

Friday night, we had a nice storm buzz through. Last Friday, when the storm buzzed through, it caused a neighbor's tree to come down. On Monday, some of my great neighbors removed the tree for the other neighbor. I do have good neighbors and I am grateful for them. 

The other problem that has been happening is that it is Contractor Season. They park across the street from my house and walk around the neighbourhood trying to sell. They ring my doorbell AND knock on my door. In one day, we had 5! I was irritated and not feeling well and my husband works third shift. I was so irritated that I wouldn't even talk with them. I also put a sign on my door not to ring the doorbell. 

Birds invaded the dryer vent and died inside. We removed three! Yuck! So we got a new cover that should stop the birds entirely. So hopefully, we will get that up today. 

I saw a pattern called Crochet Water balloons and decided I really wanted to make these as they are reusable, easy to "fill" (basically drop the completed water balloon in water and throw) and easy to clean up! I am going to make a few for my daughters and friends to play with. 

My daughters love to go to Kings Island and I try to take them as often as I can. We went one night after my husband had left for work (we will start going earlier now that the school kids on buses won't be there as much and more things will be open).

I also was reminded of a funny recipe called Cat Poop Cookies that a friend shared and my girls got to try them at an event at the Washington-Centerville Libary. They said they were really good. So I think I will make them for fun one day.

Reign Shawl
Dream Time Mosaic Baby Quilt
Sleepy Doll Amigurumi
3D Flowers
Afghan Cheat Sheet - a great cheat for making an afghan, it helps you know how many chains to make an afghan.
Rainbow Tunisian Crochet Afghan
Diamond Mesh Bottle Holder - I love these. They are so easy to make and convenient for carrying multiple bottles (you know when you are at an amusement park holding everyone's stuff).
52 Knit Slouchy Beanies
Gorse Shawl has a link for a pdf it is very pretty.

Stages of a Reader - Kind of fun, cartoony thing.

Christmas Countdown - Love this. It is a fun way to keep track and also if you make things for some special people it helps you know how much longer you have.

21 May 2017

Kings Island

I recently took my girls to Kings Island for a few hours. We rode to the top of the Eiffel Tower Replica (1/3 the size of the real one in France) and enjoyed the view and the breeze. It was a hot day with lots of humidity. We then walked to the first ride they wanted to get on and tried to find a place to fill our drinks up at. This was where the problem started. They were few and far between and the lines were long (40 minutes long). The girls went and stood in line for a ride (1 1/2 hours) and I stood in line for the drinks. They were so thirsty when they got back to me that they drank their drinks very quickly, at which point I pointed out several things....1. 40 minutes to wait for refills, 2. the clouds were picking up and 3. if we stood in another 1 1/2 hour line for a ride we might be in the midst of a storm and not get to ride again. So we left and came home where we could get a drink (and many refills) while the storm lashed the house (the tree for our neighbor came down). I do enjoy the Eiffel Tower and love seeing the rides from the top of the tower. What is your favorite thing to do at Amusement Parks?

04 May 2017

Fairy Tales and Myths

I remember reading 2 different books of fairy tales when I was younger (grade school) and they were in very old books that my grandmother had bought. I still own them and love them still. My girls have read them, too. With the Kindle, I have purchased other fairy books and many myth books. They are free and they are fun to read, still today. My girls love the myth books. What do you like to read?

As I went through my emails, I had two sets that dealt with knits/crochets that are labeled for Myth or Fairy Tales.


  1. Elven Poncho
  2. Mother of Dragons Gauntlets -GoT, Anyone?
  3. Witch's Favorite Wristlets
  4. Cozy Yeti Blanket -Editor's Pick!
  5. Mermaid Dreams Shawl
  6. Lucky Dragon Knit Blanket -NEW Printable!
  7. Heavenly Harpy Cardigan
  8. Basilisk Fingerless Gloves - my girls would love these. 
  9. Flora's Rose Slouchy Hat -NEW
  10. Father Frost Caps
  1. Leprechaun Sweater
  2. Darling Druid Shawl -Enchantingly Pretty!
  3. Will o' the Wisp Hat
  4. Centaur Cardigan -Reader Favorite!
  5. Singing Siren Stole
  6. Dragon Skin Wrap
  7. Cerberus Cowl -Simple & Fast!
  8. Baby Banshee Cardigan
  9. Phoenix Infinity Scarf
  10. Flying Griffin Shawl -Popular Printable!
  11. Fruits of the Forest Scarf
  12. Legalos Tunic -Editor's Pick!
  13. Enchanting Forest Baby Blanket
  14. Deep Woods Elven Cardigan
  15. Forest Floor Elven Cowl -Wow!
  16. Friend of the Forest Hood

Fairy Tales

02 May 2017


I like to make socks and my teens and my nephew like homemade socks. I always save links for socks and maybe I double or triple save them, but they are fun to make and they are wonderful to wear (or so I am told...I make them and they are on others feet). What do you enjoy making?

  1. Basic Striped Socks
  2. Socks for People Who Hate Socks -Really!
  3. Spring Meadow Socks
  4. Comfy Cozy Socks -LOVE!
  5. (Mostly) Ridge Rib Socks
  6. Pansy Path Socks -Printable!
  7. Marvelous Mock Cable Socks
  8. The First Socks I Ever Knit 
  9. Gorgeous Gingko Socks - need to use wayback machine....