21 August 2016

A Child's Uses for Mom or Dad

When my children were little, I do mean little...aged 2, 3, 4, I noticed that they don't look at you as a mom or a dad, they throw things at you or demand things from you. My mother-in-law used to say that babies and toddlers are very ego centered. They are all about themselves and I had three at the same time. This kept me very busy. I had to teach them to stay close to me, hold my hand or a sister's hand when we were crossing streets or walking in parking lots. I had to let them know that they had to do what I said, for instance, get ready to go when I say so. But I also noticed that we would go somewhere and they would take off their coats and throw them at me, here mom, hold this for me. Here, hold this for me. Mom, where is my cup? So I started compiling a list of things that my children viewed my husband and I as. It was interesting how things have stayed the same and how they have changed.

First on my list was activity planner. I would plan things for them to do or places to go. My husband to this day asks, what is on the schedule today.

2. My cousin showed me this one, she was sitting on the floor and her daughter was using her as an arm rest. It is funny, but sometimes those children just want to be close, but they also want to lean on us.

3. Bank. I noticed as the girls got older they started asking for more money. Money to go on a field trip, money for something from school, money to go with a Bible Study group. We became the girls bank.

4. Bathroom Walker. When your child is learning to potty train and for some time after you may have to walk them to the bathroom so they don't have accidents in their beds.

5. Beautician. When you have girls you get to fix their hair.When they are young, you are washing, brushing and styling their hair. When they get older, they will wash it themselves, but there are times where they want it styled and then you are back to work.

6. Bed. When your children are little, they will sometimes need to be held and sometimes they are laying across you and fall asleep. You have just become their bed.

7. With the bed, comes the pillow. Sometimes they will just want to cuddle up next to you and they will lay their head on your leg, you have just become a pillow.

8. When your kids need medical care or are going to school, you become their advocate. You fight for the care they need or for the special care they need. Don't be afraid to go toe to toe for the care.

9. Bug Catcher. Yep, when a bug comes near, you will be catching the bugs. Sometimes to help them learn about the bug, but other times because they are scared and you need to get it out of their area.

10. Bug Killer. Yep, there are times where you are just going to have to kill that bug. Catching it is just not going to happen. It needs to die!

11. Butler. Yep, there are times where dads become their child's butler.

12. Calendar. I can't count how many times I heard, "Mom, what day is it?" or "Mom, what are we doing today?"

13. Car Rental. Yep, there will come a time where you will have to rent a car for your kid. A way to get them somewhere because the usual transportation is not available.

14. Chaperone. I have gone on many field trips with the girls and their classes. I have gone on many trips with the Girl Scouts. It is a lot of fun to hang out with all these kids.

15. Coat Rack. When my girls were little, every time we walked into a place (restaurant, museum, etc) they would take off their coats and then hand them to me.

16. Cheer Leader. Yep, we cheer for our children. We encourage them to do their best.

17. Coach. We coach them to practice and get better at the thing they really like to do. For instance, my one daughter loves to knit. I encourage that and I coach her on new techniques.

18. Cup/Bottle Holder. When they were little, they would take a drink and then hand me their cups (bottles) and then walk away.

19. Day Planner. Moms (and sometimes Dads) plan days for the children. We take them places and get them to appointments.

20. Disciplinarian. When a child does something they are not supposed to do, we have to discipline the child, gently enough to not destroy them, but harsh enough that they won't do that again. It is a fine line and one that often is hard to walk. Don't be afraid to apologize to your child when you screw up and admit, "Hey, I made a mistake and I am sorry." It teaches them to step up and take the blame that they need to accept.

21. Dish Washer. I do a lot of dishes! A lot of dishes. I wash breakfast dishes, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snacks, supper, evening snacks. Then I collect all the dishes that didn't make it to the sink in all the previous washings and wash those, too.

22. Easy Chair. This is the one that I miss. When they are little, a child will sit on their mom or dad and get comfy. They enjoy the cuddles and the loving and sometimes they will get comfy enough to fall asleep.

23. Entertainment Center. When kids are little they expect their parents to entertain them and often we do.

24. Executioner. I mentioned bugs earlier, we kill those pesky bugs. Another way to look at this is we are the one who dishes out the punishment on our wayward progeny, if we don't want them to grow up and have to have law enforcement do that job.

25. Gift Wrapper. I cannot tell you how many times I have wrapped presents to the kids, from the kids, for parties, for holidays, birthdays. We become very good at wrapping and can do this very quickly.

26. Gym. This goes with entertainment center...the kids climb on us like we are monkey bars. They roll over us and hang on us.

27. Partner/Teacher. I am the girls education partner and their teacher. This started when they were little. I taught them to talk, to walk, to love and pray. I taught them to read and when they started going to school, I helped them with their homework, checking their work and then helping them to get it done on time. Teaching them to mind their time.

28. Hat Maker. When my youngest was 2, I learned how to knit. I started making hats for the girls. I love making hats. I would let them choose the yarn and and then make them a scarf and hat set. Every year a new set.

29. Home Work Checker. When kids are in school, we need to help them with their school work. Just because they spend time at school doesn't mean they are learning it all there. Sometimes they need us, their parents, to help them. We can take the time to learn something and help them remember. We can cater to their learning styles, something teachers would love to do, but cannot do.

30. Horse Ride. When my girls were little they would jump on their dad's back and he would crawl all over the floor with them on his back. He had biggest smile and so did they. This is great bonding time and they love to be with each other.

31. Housekeeper. Kids do not appreciate a clean house. Just doesn't happen. I like a clean house, but they don't, so I frequently don't clean it as well as I would like, but at the same time, the house is clean. They have been learning how to clean a house and they know that there are times where this activity has to happen. I don't do it every day like my mother did, but we do it as a family.

32. Hugs and Kisses. Kids need lots of love. They need lots of hugs, lots of kisses and lots of time. But we need to remember to also provide guidance and rules.

33. Jailer. When a child does something wrong we have to put a punishment in place and then follow through...we become their jailer.

34. Judge. We put the punishment in place for wrong doing.

35. Jury. We have to decide who is guilty of wrong doing, especially when there is more than one child.

36. Laundress. Laundry is a daily activity in my house. When they were tiny and in diapers, they had many outfit changes. As they got older, they would still need clothing washed and now, it is still a daily activity. I love my large capacity washer....I can get by with 2 loads a day, but it is daily. I encourage the kids to help with moving it up and down the stairs and folding and putting away. They do it their own way.

37. Library Runner. We go to the library once a week. We borrow, return and borrow more. Libraries are great places to borrow books, be with others who like same things and also to learn new things. Check yours out now.

38. Life Guard. When my girls were little we started them swimming as soon as possible. This allowed them to spend lots of time in water. We are their life guard as the pools and lakes have often not had life guards.

39. Life preserver. There have been times that we were the ones who would keep the kids up when they were in the water over their heads.

40. Maid. I spent a lot of time picking up after the kids (and still do) when they were little. Now, I have the expectation that they help with picking up.

41. Masseuse. The girls love to have their backs rubbed and will sit next to anyone who will rub their backs. I should specify, parents. They are not too trusting of strangers (we got that right).

42. Mr. and Mrs. Fix It. When a toy would break, we would be brought the toy and we would fix it. Sometimes it would be easy fix, just new batteries, sometimes it was a little more.

43. Nurse. I got really good at fixing scrapes and bumps. I became their own personal nurse.

44. Pack Mule. I have hauled a lot of things with me when we would go out. When they were little, I would need diapers, wipes, extra clothes, blankets, toys, etc. It always amazed me at how much I had to carry.

45. Party Planner. When your children are little, you would have to plan parties for the children for their birthdays.

46. Personal Chef. When a child is sick, you make a special meal. When they have mouth hardware, special meals, birthdays, etc. Sometimes I would have to make 3 different meals to get them all to eat.

47. Personal Dresser. When children are little, you dress them. When they are babies, you can put them in anything you want and they look adorable. When they get a little older, they start expressing what they like and don't like. You begin to teach them how to dress themselves, but still there are times where you have to tell them what they are going to wear.

48. Personal Entomologist. I cannot begin to count the times I had to tell them what a bug was, and if it was a boy bug or a girl bug. Thankfully, on FB, there is a group called Antman's Hill and he helps and it is a great resource.

49. Personal Grocery Shopper. This is where they request a special food and I go shopping for that. (This is usually for special events, like their birthday).

50. Personal PC. This gets less as computers and tablets and phones become more a part of their world.

51. Personal Shopper. This is where I am told, "Mom, I need...." and I then go out and buy it. This would happen more after they were in school and still too young to go on their own.

52. Personal Zookeeper. We have had 6 cats, 1 dog, many fish and there is a request for a snake.

53. Photographer. I love this. I love documenting things we do and places we go, this will be for the girls when they are grown up and can look back on their life.

54. Photographic Subject. I bought them cameras and they would pose me or their dad. They learned how to take pictures. This is an ongoing thing, but adds to their memories.

55. Referee. I often have to break up a disagreement, but those are few and they work many things out on their own.

56. Scarf Maker. This goes along with the Hat Maker. A new one every year.

57. School Bus Driver. This happened when they started to school. I would drive them to preschool and pick them up. After they were eligible for bus routes, I would meet them outside, but every now and then I would have to drive them back and forth.

58. Scout Leader. Another activity I loved. I had to stop when my mil had a stroke and I had to take girls back and forth to see her on Fridays. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach young ladies and help them to become better people. Also, spend time loving children who need just a little more.

59. Scrunchie Maker. This is an item that will hold back long hair.

60. Secretary. When they were much younger (before they could write), I would have to help them write thank you cards. They could write their names when they were in pre-school and slowly got better every year.

61. Snot Rag. Has anyone ever had a crying child, sniffling on their shoulder? I have. Many things caused them to cry and when that happened, the snot flowed and I often had snot on my shirts. I changed clothes many times. At some point, I got tired of wearing nice clothes to have them ruined by the children, so I just wore what was comfortable.

62. Story Teller. Kids love to hear stories. Stories about when you were young or books that you are reading to them or even stories you make up with them.

63. Surgeon to stuffed toys. This kind of goes with Mrs. Fix-It, but I often sewed up toys. At some point the girls started trying to do this on their own.

64. Swim Instructor. This would pair up with Life Guard. Many life guards I know are also swim instructors. We teach our children how to swim, how to float and how to be safe in the water.

65. Taxi Driver. "Mom, take me...." When they were little it was more take me to McDonald's (playlands were the best), as they grew it was the zoo, museums, and now libraries. My middle daughter comes up and says, "Mom, please sign me up for.... at the library." Then, she reminds me, "Mom, don't forget to take me to.....at the library."

66. Teacher. We are our child's first teacher. Teachers come and go, but we will always be the first. Some of us continue to be their teacher, by homeschooling. Do I say that this is the best? No, I say that it happens and we all have our reasons for doing it. Some children do best in homeschooling, some do best with others as their teachers. You should always do the best for your child and only YOU know what is best.

67. Team Mate. I cannot tell you how many times we have played games together and I have been a team mate for one of the girls. I have 3 so when we play a game that pairs, I am a partner to one of them.

68. Time Keeper. Sometimes you do an activity where everyone has to have a turn and you have to time keep to make sure they all get the same amount of time.

69. Tour Guide. I have taken the girls to places and shown them around and taught them about the place. I do a lot of research before we go, so that I can teach them as we go.

70. Towel Boy/Girl. This falls in the Coat Rack. We go somewhere with water and my girls toss their towels at me or they ask me to hand them their towels.

71. Toy Maker. I have made many toys for my girls. Recently, I had them go through their stuff and get rid of things. Even though they haven't played with it for awhile (they grow their likes and dislikes change) they refuse to get rid of the toys I made them.

72. Trampoline. When they were little, they would jump on my legs like I was their own personal trampoline.

73. Water Girl/Boy. This is when they are in bed and are thirsty and need a drink, or they are playing a game and they forgot their drink.

I know that as they grow and move into new stages of their life, they will assume some of these roles and I will get new ones. I look forward to my new parts in life.


05 August 2016

A Quiet Friday Night

Friday night, my girls were at a lock in at one of our libraries. They had been anticipating this event for the whole month of July. My husband had to work that night and my kids gone for 6 hours, I was alone with just the cats and the dog. It was just us. The animals paced around for about an hour searching for the girls. They just couldn't figure it out, then they came and sat with me in the Family Room/Classroom. I was able to sit and listen to a book on tape (they can be borrowed online and played on phones or tablets or whatever you put the app) and knit. I worked on big things that I hadn't worked on for some time. I enjoyed the silence and the time alone. Time that meant I didn't have to be available to anyone, but the animals. They sat on me, near me and they all got along. I was able to be me, not mom, not wife, just me. To many that may seem harsh, but when you are mom or wife all the time, you need that little bit of time where you can be silent and listen to God. It was a nice evening. I didn't even get onto the internet.

When my girls were little, they wouldn't sleep, they fought sleep all the time and I told them constantly, we are boring and they could go to sleep and nothing would happen. That is basically what I do I enjoy the silence. For the first time in a long time, I didn't feel alone, but I was alone.

What a great way to get ready for the new school year. School will be starting for many on August 11th. I will be starting my girls then, too. We have so many things planned already for this school year.

Afghans:
Painted Desert Sunset Afghan
Granny Square Afghan - This is listed as a Granny, but is different than the ones I used to make all the time, so I want to make some and see what happens.
Traditional Cable Knit Afghan - The picture shown with this pattern is all white, but the cables are very pretty.
Lego Block Afghan
Checkers Game Afghan - it is actually suggested for use as a picnic blanket
Country Star Afghan - This is such a beautiful piece of art and I would love to have a few of these in different colors for my girls.
Comforting Kitty Afghan
Prairie Star Crochet Afghan
Colorful Chevron Afghan

Bags:
Crochet Book Bag - this would be good for my girls. They love to read and they carry books with them everywhere.

Dish Cloths/Kitchen:
Blooming Flower Dishcloth

Geometric Designs:
Crochet Squares Curtains
Geometric Crochet Afghan
Old Maid's Puzzle
Hexagon Motif

Gloves/Mittens:
Kimberly Mitts - These are very pretty cabled, fingerless mittens.
Zimtstern Mitts - these are fingerless mitts and they are knit different from other ways that I have made mitts. This is a challenge piece.

Toys/Amigurumi:
Freddy the Froggy
Bearies - when I first looked at these, I thought of this food that my cousin ate when she was in China for a business trip. She took a picture and I thought it was pretty cute.





30 July 2016

July on the Way Out

July has flown by and is almost half over (and by the time I finish this post, it will be over). I worked on getting the next year's syllabus put together (and yes, I do make a syllabus), so that the girls can work on their own with the work. We are going to continue to work on things that they struggle on and move on to new things as well. We are going to study Government, as this is a Presidential election year. This will be interesting and fun. I learned from a wonderful man who works as a teacher at Lebanon (5th and 6th) and the library that the library has a blog! A for real blog! I looked it up. I saved it to my computer and will continue to search through the pages. Lebanon Public Library Blog - great resource for books. They even tried to keep them according to events. Check it out! The Library is interested in having things for homeschool kids and things where the school and homeschool kids can get together.

I am still cleaning out my emails, but I had to take a moment and save the Pokemon patterns to my blog (they got their own post). It was prompted by what has been happening with Pokemon Go and the fact that my kids still like Pokemon, but are not interested in doing the Pokemon Go, because they have seen the things that have been happening (bodies being found in creeks, people getting hit by a car or hitting a telephone pole with their car, etc).

I am also getting back into my knitting and crochet. I am wanting to finish things and make things that are small (and easy to carry with me since we are constantly on the go). Large projects are waiting and I will get them finished as soon as school restarts in August. We will have to do more work at home and get some books from libraries and get them working. I am excited by this year's school lessons and I hope that the girls get on board and they have fun, too.

Columbus Zoo is having a Hoofit Program! Each one has something different, there is one in August that is about heart attacks and strokes and one in September about regular checkups. I am really interested in going to these with the girls as they will be good to include in our school plan. We have to do programs on health, first aid, fire safety. I had things all mapped out, but it is easy to include other things into our schedule, that is the beauty of homeschooling! We can go attend a program and walk the zoo and learn so many other things while we are at it.

Also, for the record, August 2nd is National Night Out. Our town (Lebanon) is having an event and my girls have volunteered to help with another city's National Night Out. The Youth Director for a church we go to didn't know what program he had agreed to get help for, he just agreed. Should be a fun day.

Lock-in at the library, also happened this month. The girls have been kept busy all summer long, thanks to all the library programs. Their absolute favorite is a 6 hour lock in at the library. They have games, food and lots of socializing (for those who think, how do you socialize your child, here is the answer). They also have 3D printing lessons on Saturday and so many other things to do. This should be a really fun weekend for the girls. I am so glad that we have libraries providing these programs. It helps my girls learn new things and then they want to learn and do more.

Afghan:
Spiral Lapghan
Parquet Tiles Crochet Blanket
C2C Fox Blanket

Baby:
Baby Jester Hat

Bags:
Errand Bags
Crochet Owl Bag - adorable!

Christmas:
Crochet Heart Ornament
Christmas Tree Amigurumi
Christmas Elf Amigurumi
Christmas Angel Amirgurumi
Christmas Reindeer Amigurumi

Cleaning:
Swiffer Cover (Crochet) I have made this with the knit pattern, so it is nice to know that there is a crochet version for those who can't knit.

Dishcloth:
Captain America Dishcloth
WTF Dishcloth
Sine Wave Dishcloth
Sherlock 221B Dishcloth
Batman Dishcloth
Green Lantern Dishcloth
Flash Dishcloth
Winter Snowman Dishcloth
Dahlia Dishcloth

Dr Who:
7th Dr Hat
Bow Ties are Cool Dishcloth
Jayne Hat
Adipose Dishcloth
Cyberman V1 Dishcloth
Cyberman V2 Dishcloth
Cybermen Logo Dishcloth
Don't Blink Dishcloth
Bad Wolf Dishcloth
Jelly Baby Dishcloth
Dr Who K9 Dishcloth
Dr Who Logo Dishcloth
Dr Who Ribbed Cowl
Seal of Rassilon Dishcloth
Simple Dalek Dishcloth
The Angels Have the Blue Box Dishcloth
Tardis Dishcloth
I Heart Heart Dr Who Dishcloth

Gloves/Mittens:
Margarete Fingerless Mitts
Top Down Mittens - for big kids
Animal Mittens for younger children

Harry Potter:
Pygmy Puff

Hats:
Twisted Reversible Hat
Joy Inspired Hat - for toddlers
Minecraft Inspired Creeper Hat

Potholder:
Snowman Pot Holder
Flower Hotpad - this is a really pretty finished item.

Scarf:
Meaning of Life Scarf - beautiful cabled scarf.

Shawls:
Blue Jeans and Moon Beams Shawl

Socks:
Small Shell Socks

Toys:
Blue Bunny
Stacking Panda Pillows



28 July 2016

Spinach Pancakes (or to get the kids to eat them....Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes)

I have kids who will not eat veggies or fruits religiously, but they will eat chocolate (yep, they are my kids, my mother-in-laws kids, etc). So one day I saw a cooking show and the cook made Chocolate Chocolate Pancakes or Chocolate Veggie Pancakes, I forget what she called them. I made changes and made my own version...I tell my kids straight up, they are spinach pancakes, they still eat them.

Place in blender:
1 small zucchini, cut off ends and then chop up
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp honey (or more depending on what you like)
1 small apple, chopped up
1 medium sized banana, broken in half
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 handful (about 1 cup) spinach (rinsed)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sour cream
When I have it, I also chop up a pear.

Blend until it is soupy.

In a large bowl, combine about 2 cups Bisquick (it is faster and easier), 1/3 cup cocoa (good Dutch kind), 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips. Add the blender mixture and stir until it is well combined, then cook on a hot skillet. Serve with fruit (strawberries, blueberries, etc) and powdered sugar or lite syrup, whatever makes you happy.

First time you serve this, do not tell the kids what is in it, just serve it, if they are near when you start the blender, throw the cocoa in the blender, it will hide the green from the fruits and veggies. Once you have them hooked, it doesn't matter, they will eat it every time.

16 July 2016

Pokemon and Pokemon Go

It seems that the latest fad is Pokemon Go. It is an app that downloads to your devices (phones, tablets, etc) and you look at them to find a Pokemon and have a battle. This has caused many problems, so far. People driving into telephone poles, walking across busy highways and entering museums that really don't want the gamers there. But before this app, there were cards that you could buy at a store to play, trade, etc with others who like Pokemon. My girls have loved Pokemon and I started taking note of the links for these creatures, so that I could make them a few as gifts. I plan on sharing since there are so many interested at the moment. I am only sharing links for the free patterns.

Please do not sell these patterns, follow the requests of the creators and if someone wants a copy, please give them the link instead of the pattern. Please respect our wonderful crafters.

Another note: Ravelry is a free site for knitters and crocheters. You will have to fill out a form and request membership. When you click on a pattern that is listed as free Ravelry download, you must add to your library, what is free today may not be free in a day, a week, or a month from now.

One other note, these are not exact replicas, but look alikes. You want them to be exact, you need to talk to the creator of Pokemon.

Pokemon Seadra
Jiggly Puff
Diglett (free Ravelry download)
Pokeball
Snorlax
Bulbasaur
Pokemon Baby Hat
Totodile
Pokemon Substitute Doll - free ravelry download (at time of posting)
Pokemon Azurill
Blaziken
Mew
Pikachu
Spoink
Torchic
Charizard
Lucario
Ash Ketchum
Breeloom
Pokemon Pokeball Beanie
Goomy (free ravelry download)
Ninetails (free Ravelry download)
Pokeball Dishcloth - going to make a few for a friend.
Azumaril (free Ravelry download)
Mini Evee
Pokeball Tea Pot Cozy
Pokemon Kids Cowl
Pokeball Kids Card Carrier
Pikachu (free Ravelry download)
Munchlax (free Ravelry download)
Slowpoke (ravelry)
Gym Badges
Pokemon Team Hat
Abra (ravelry)
Flat Pikachu (ravelry)
Popplio
Jiggly Puff
Sentret
Caterpie
Smeargle
Castform
Froakie - fun!
Marill
Teddiursa
Pachirisu
Pancham
Dedenne
Flabebe
Vivillon
Floette
Spewpa
Scatterbug
Ho Oh fun!
Doduo
Abomasnow
Snover
Shelgon
Sentret
Blissey
Manaphy
Kirlia aka ????
Crustle - there is Chip costume for this...super cute.
Smoochum
Teddiursa - has an Elvis costume!



Nanette had these links on her page and said that these patterns are wonderful and free (at time of her posting). I will check them out later and made adjustments, but want to share these here, too.
http://bizzycrochet.blogspot.com/ - her work is wonderful. 
http://nanettecrochet.blogspot.com/ - this is nanette. 

Kat's Creations  - beautiful! She has stopped creating, but left up previous work so we could continue to enjoy her work. She has requested that we make for personal use only and not sell finished projects or sell her patterns (even if we were to make a small change to it, don't claim it).

The bonus to going to ravelry, is that you can do a search for patterns according to what you are able to do, find free patterns, etc. This link is the search that I did, I can knit and crochet and I chose only free patterns.

Enjoy and Pokemon responsibly!


15 July 2016

July and All the Fun of Summer

July has come along and we celebrated our Independence Day on the weekend and day of the 4th. We went to parties with friends, spent time with family (my husband's family) and girls walked in parades. They have so much fun with all their activities. They are learning computer programming at the Lebanon Public Library (Washington-Centerville Public Library has the same thing, just one day instead of 5 Saturdays). I printed out the girls scores from the National Testing that shows they learned and are at average or greater than average and can move onto the next year of schooling. I now have a 6th, 7th and 8th grader. My cousin helped me with a book that I could use for one class for the girls, as well as suggestions of things we could add to the list for Government/History/Geography. I really appreciate the help. I kind of knew some of what I wanted, but I wanted to be sure we got something that would make the information clear for the girls. Geography will continue with the use of post cards. That is where a post card is received and we use it to find on the maps (yep, those are all over the house) and then research the area. Some people have been so wonderful at putting questions on the card, so that they get to find out something that maybe others wouldn't know. This is stressful for me as I borrow tons of books from the libraries and go through them and decide if they will be used this year or not. I have found some really great books this way and the libraries are so great! Talking with another homeschooler (who started with her 1st child and then moved up until she graduated from college soon after high school), she said that Ohio is a very homeschool friendly state and that many of our libraries are just as friendly. I have to agree. I am still so amazed at the: "How do you socialize?" "How do you have the patience for this?" "How much education do you have?" "How do you figure you are smart enough to teach your children?" I pointed out that children in school do not socialize, they sit quietly in their seats. Socialization happens on the bus or at home, not at school. How did this idea that kids socialize at school start? They are even shocked that I have an education! What? Just because I stay at home and take care of my family does not mean I didn't achieve an education. Stress! So when I opened today's email, it had a lot of stress knitting. Yeah! Something I am good at!

We have a really cool spider just outside our back door. Last year we had 2, one at the back window and one at the back door. They are pretty big (so they must be getting enough to eat and we give them names. As a joke last year, we named them for the older two girls. This year the one at the back door has the youngest's name. The youngest loved this last year, but is not fond of it this year.

I have been trying to find time to sit and work on my knitting and crochet so that I can finish all the WIPs I have. I have quite a few, but I really was thrown for a loop by things that were said or done or found out during and after the time of my mother's death. But I am slowly doing better and I have resolved that I will not allow those people to hurt me any longer. I will no longer allow those people to have room for free in my head. It is easy to say, but I am trying and every day is a new day and I will continue to try. I will make things for me, or for people who mean something to me and only those people. I will make hats for babies, children who are in need and don't have access to hats otherwise. I will make shawls for people who are ill and really just need something to wrap themselves up in and actually love these items. I will make for my children who love hand made items and know how much goes into making things and wear them proudly! I will make dishcloths for me! Because I use them and I know that they are better than anything I will ever be able to buy for 5 for $1 at Walmart! I will make an afghan for my husband, who loves me and loves everything I make and asks for things that he wants. I will make socks for my nephew! Because he has always reveled in having hand made items. I will make for nieces who love hats and mittens and scarves. I am blessed with many.

Books:
101 Books to Read Before College

Recipes:
Nostalgic Recipes - Links are on the page
Fudge

Afghan:
Cluster Burst Afghan
Long Live the Queen Afghan
World's Fastest Crochet Afghan
Rainbow Tunisian Crochet Afghan
Big Cables Throw
Countryside Charm Afghan
Kaleidescope Afghan
Magnolia Afghan
Heirloom Crochet Wedding Ring Style Afghan
Mod Mitered Blanket

Baby:
Bunny Beanie
Baby Socks
Frog Pond Baby Blanket
Baby Mittens
Crochet Sandal
Flower Bonnet - Totally adorable baby bonnet! Wish my girls were still little and I could put them in it.
Football Earflap Hat - Totally adorable for the baby of a football enthusiast.
Baby Frog Hat - super cute

Bags:
Thrifty Market Bag
Candy Bar Clutch

Christmas:
Littlest Angels Christmas Ornaments
Mrs. Claus Amigurumi
Mr. Claus Potholder
Polar Bear Ornaments
Polar Express Bell Ornament
Crochet Reindeer Purse
Buddy the Elf Hat for Toddlers

Doll Clothes:
American Girl Dresses

Hat:
Peaks Cables Hat

Kitchen:
Summer Lighthouse Dishcloth
Seashell Coasters

Links:
Red Heart Patterns - Red Heart has some really lovely yarns and they have some gorgeous free patterns. Always a good link to keep on your bookmarks.

Mitts:
Kimberly Mitts - Cabled and Fingerless! They are really cute and given that my hands get so cold in the winter, I love fingerless mitts or gloves.
Herbaceous Mitts The arms on these are little longer, but they are gorgeous.
Diagonal Eyelet Fingerless Mitts Simple and Beautiful. Great gifts.
Margarete Fingerless Gloves Beautiful Pattern
Figure 8 Wristwarmers - Cables that look like 8's.

Shawl:
Summer Morning Shawl
Grand Canyon Sunset Shawl

Slippers/Socks:
Lazy Day Knit Socks
Chunky Crochet Slippers this is from Moogly blog.
Lotus Blossom Knit Socks

Stress:
Knit Lemon Stress Ball

09 July 2016

50 States 50 Afghans

This is from my email and some of the links may not work. If it doesn't don't forget to try the Wayback Machine and see if you can get to them that way. Also, don't be afraid to copy the line and put it in google and see if something doesn't come up that way. On days that I get to spend time at the library waiting for kids, I will work on fixing the links or just removing them in general with a note. If you find a change, please feel free to leave a comment. I will gladly make an updated note. Thanks. 

Alabama –  Camellia Flower Square (state flower)
Alaska –  Alaskan Blue Tunisian Afghan
Arizona – Turquoise Blanket (state gem)
Arkansas – Diamondghan (state gem)
California –  California Ranch Afghan
Colorado – Colorado Mountain Ridges Square
Connecticut – Colonial Charm Afghan
Delaware –  Fox Afghan (state animal)
Florida – Sabal Palm Tree Square (state tree)
Georgia –  Georgia Peach Baby Blanket
Hawaii –  Malibu Ripple Afghan
Idaho –  Mini Gemstone Octagons (The Gem State)
Illinois – Chicago Blackhawks Afghan
Indiana –  Notre Dame Afghan Chart (paid)
Iowa –  American Heartland Crochet Afghan
Kansas –  Sunflower Afghan (state flower)
Kentucky – Kentucky Rocking Horse Blanket
Louisiana – Louisiana Mardi Gras Afghan
Maine –  Eliot Maine Square
Maryland –  Black Eyed Susan Squares (state flower)
Massachusetts –  Mayflower Baby Blanket (state flower)
Michigan –  Lakeshore Plaid Blanket (The Great Lakes State)
Minnesota –  Starry Nights Afghan (The North Star State)
Mississippi – Magnolia Afghan (state flower)
Missouri –  Ice Cream Cones Square (state dessert)
Montana –  Native American Blanket
Nebraska –  Maize Fireside Afghan (cornhusker state)
Nevada –  Sagebrush Raised Rib Crochet Blanket (state flower)
New Hampshire –  Purple Lilac Baby Blanket (state flower)
New Jersey – Blooming Violet Square (state flower)
New Mexico –  New Mexico Afghan
New York – Rose Afghan (state flower)
North Carolina – Emerald Crocodile Stitch Afghan (state gem)
North Dakota – Sunflower Square
Ohio –  Ohio State Crochet Chart (paid)
Oklahoma –  Oklahoma Afghan Chart (paid)
Oregon –  Oregon Afghan Chart (paid)
Pennsylvania –  Pennsylvania Dutch Throw
Rhode Island –  Violet Garden Afghan (state flower)
South Carolina –  Amethyst Square (state gem)
South Dakota –  Rose Quartz Flower Hexagon (state mineral)
Tennessee –  Songbird Square
Texas –  Texas Lone Star Square
Utah –  Mountain Mist Afghan
Vermont –  Apple Afghan (state fruit)
Virginia – Virginia Colony Afghan
Washington –  Dragon Fly Square (state insect)
West Virginia – Charleston Garden Afghan
Wisconsin –  Wisconsin Afghan Chart (paid)
Wyoming –  Cowboy Boots Afghan Chart