23 February 2013

What Have I Been Making....

I noticed that since the death of my mil, I have not been as creative or making as much. But my kids have been begging for me to make things again. So I got back to work (slowly). I made them Homemade Yeast Donuts. They are quick, easy and fun. The girls love them. My mom used to make these for us when were little. My girls love them, too. So we started there. Then we moved on to, Homemade Brownies. My whole family loves these. I keep these recipes handy so that I can keep making them when they are needed. I took the girls to the Reptile Show again. I held more snakes, they held more snakes and my middle, touched a reticulated python! These two are the ones that want a snake! They are holding a 4 year old corn snake and loving every minute of it! My daughter's School counselor is a friend from church and this will be our last year with her. (Our children change schools every 2 years and we get new people at that time) So I wanted to give her something special. So I made her a hat (a very colorful hat), called a Winter Slouch and she saw my fingerless mitts and said she would love to have some of those in the same color, so I made her them using the pattern from Vickie Howell Wristful Thinking. She loved them so much she takes them back and forth to her home and school. So I made her some more in her favorite color....blue. The pattern is simple. Since I didn't use someone's pattern, I made this up as I went. Fingerless Mitts...Cast on 36, knit2, purl2 all the way across all rows until it measures 8 inches. Bind off and then sew up the sides. You would sew from the top to the thumb 3 inches, leave 1 inch opening, sew 4 inches from bottom up, again 1 inch opening for thumb. Enjoy! Please do not sell this pattern, give credit. If you sell the item, just make a one time donation to a food pantry. I thought she could not have a hat and a mitts, but not a scarf and I had enough to make this skinny scarf. Univeral Scarf, from Knitting Daily is simple and quick! I finished another frilly scarf! I only need to make one more and I will never make them again! Never, never, never! I really do not like this yarn for making scarves. I think I might try it for something else (as an addition to, but not for the whole item), but I won't make these scarves any more! I am presently working on a prayer shawl for church (Resurrection Lutheran Church), a blanket for a Bible Study (I have to catch up), a frilly scarf for my youngest (the last one ever), afghans, I am going to start another sock attempt (still have to get past the heel), and a scarf for my mother. This is a cable scarf called an Irish Hiking Scarf. For my youngest, Granny Slippers. She requested them. I need to get back to work! What are you working on?

The Alphabet Reading for One Year

I started the Alphabet Reading List. This is where you read a book that starts with each letter of the alphabet. I haven't updated in awhile, so here is the newest list. A. Aesop's Fables. I have about 68% read. B. Band of Brothers. Another book in progress. D. Designed for Devotion. This is a book you read a chapter a day for 365 days. Dyer Consequences, by Maggie Sefton. Another knitting mystery. G. God Has Better Things to Do Than My Laundry. I finished this in January. Reading Grimm's Fairy Tales. Presently reading and about 60% finished. I. I Funny by James Patterson. I read all things my girls read. My one daughter loved it. K. Knit One, Kill Two. This is a knitting mystery by Maggie Sefton. It is something I like to re-read. M. Maze Keepers. Another cute story meant for kids. I tried to get one of my girls to read it, but they are so far refusing. N. Needled to Death. Another book by Maggie Sefton that is a 2nd installment of a knitting mystery. S. Sasha, Extraordinary Daschund. Finished in January. Due to events happening in my life, my reading hasn't been as much as usual, but that can change. What are you reading?

11 February 2013

Old Car New Car Gray Car Blue Car

I am feeling a bit Seussish.
My husband was in a car accident on the day of his mom's layout. It totalled his truck. It was Gray. We went to Lebanon Ford and worked with my friend (from church) Andy Buck. He helped us get a good deal on a Ford Explorer, for me to drive the family in.
As you can see it is a blue car. So we have rid ourselves of an old car and now have a new car. It was a gray truck (car) and now it is a blue truck (car). The big thing: I can load the family and I can use it for shopping. I do enjoy my new car (truck).

10 February 2013

Bette A. Schneider Hofacre

This was my mother-in-law. She was born on July 28, 1933. On 28 January 2013, she went home to God. She is singing and dancing and feeling no pain. It was a long journey beginning with a stroke in February 2011. In December 2012, she was rushed to the hospital where they began treating her for pneumonia and Congestive Heart Failure. In January 2013, she was again rushed to the hospital. She was brought back to us. We began the task of saying goodbye. She was a good woman who was very strong. She became a nurse and married her love on 7 January 1961 and began to start a family with him. They had 5 children. I married the oldest and became part of the family. She was very happy to be a grandma. She was a grandmother to 1 grandson and 4 granddaughters. We miss her and think of her and some of the things she said to us over the years.