Monday, May 19, 2014

Oh Hail!

Yesterday afternoon we signed a contract for a new roof, installation will be in June. Then, shortly after 5 the national news was interrupted by our local station stating a strong storm was moving eastward with high winds and rain but not mentioning hail. Oh my, when it hit it really hit! I headed toward the picture window to check things out but Hubby screamed at me over the clatter, to move away from the window fearing the window would break. Things were a bit hairy and in fact there were many broken windows around our area but none at our house.

We have dented vehicles, gutters, more roof damage, bad screens and greenhouse damage once again.
And soon we will have a brand new PERFECT roof!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Hey Jude......

 Paul and I are going to be seeing each other again!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Nikko

  It came to me 
that every time
I lose a cat
 they take a piece
of my heart with them,
and every new cat
who comes into my life
gifts me with a piece of their heart.
If I live long enough 
all the components 
of my heart
will be cat, and
I will become
as generous and
loving as they are.
  -Anonymous
Nikko 
July 17, 1996 to May 3, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tenth pair of socks knit this year!

I'm so into knitting socks! They take as much time as a sweater but are more portable, can be as challenging as one chooses, and are loved by my family! Socks are worn daily by everyone and yet are not fashion statements being hidden under a pair of pants, so a knitter can make even the most conservative recipient happy.

I started these while on vacation and forgot about them when the knitting needle broke! Stranded, I put them in their bag in the suitcase and promptly forgot about them until I began looking for a lost item in April.

Currently I'm down to two Half Finished Objects, both sweaters for myself. Frankly, this year I'd just prefer to knit sock after sock!
 
Pattern: My friend, Jeck by Regina Satta (love this vanilla sock pattern!)
Yarn: Patons North America Stretch Sock
Colorway: Olive
Amount: 2 skeins
Needle Size: US Size 1
I've already started on pair number eleven!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Baby kitty

It has been two weeks since we've had any news about our new little kitty and then we were surprised with video and a photo!
Just look at how her spots and stripes are beginning to show up! The kittens are now six weeks old and had their first solid food. A step closer to the kitten coming to her forever home!  I think Hubby might just like the name Polly Pickett!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Stumbling on the Rabbit Hole...

I've been working on the mitered square project since August. When I first saw and heard about this blanket I swore I'd never think of starting it, the completion would take a lifetime I thought. But this afghan just kept resurfacing in discussion after discussion. Finally, I was tempted and I thought I'd just "try" a few squares - perhaps knit a small pillow or two.

I fell down the rabbit hole and after eight months, taking one month away for vacation, here is where I stand:
Each square takes about 45 minutes to complete. At the end of each month I weave in the loose ends, and this takes about 3 hours to complete. My goal has been to knit one square a day or 30-31 a month. I was going great guns until last month and didn't make my goal. I knit 19 for a total of 257. So, thus far I spend approximately 192 hours 45 minutes knitting the squares and 24 hours weaving in ends for a total of 216 hours and 45 minutes! (It's about 20% done)

All and all I'm pretty happy with my progress and may even try to make up for the lost squares.