Thursday, February 2, 2012

January is over?

It just got started and we are into February already? Time is going way too fast! Today is my day off and am going to enjoy it! Not doing much of anything. Monday and Tuesday at work were horrendous! Yesterday was busy but, at least things had calmed a little. I am exhausted! I know walking around and moving are suppose to be good for you but, enough is enough. At least I  can go to my car on breaks and just sit in quiet and knit or crochet something. Wind down time then, back to work.
I found a recipe for Pork Tenderloin that I will be making for dinner. We haven't had that in forever. We like those little red potatoes so, I may make those with a veggie. Yep! Sounds good and easy.

Well.. it's 4:30 am and have been up for a half hour already. Had one cup of coffee. I'm off to get the second one.

Have a great day! Happy knitting/crocheting!

Until next time...

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Year, New Me. A stress free zone.

I know I haven't blogged in a while and wasn't quite sure what to blog about. Until this morning, that is.

I am not a believer in New Year resolutions. I have done that in the past with no success whatsoever. So, I stopped. What resolution did I really want to keep anyway? I did it because it was the thing to do, I guess. I have noticed that i am slowly changing myself as the new year gets going. I am finding that, I do not need to get myself stressed out over things I have no control over. As, anyone in my family will tell you, I am a control freak. Very slowly and one by one, I am giving up control over situations. I am not picking restaurants any more. Oh sure! If there is somewhere I'd like to go I'll say so but, there are other people also. Just because we set a time for leaving, I am not going to stress myself out over the fact we are 5 minutes leaving to get there at a certain time. The restaurants we go to don't take reservations anyway. What difference does it make? None! I am no longer taking charge of the bill. Let others pay. I don't need to control that part either. Of course like yesterday I had cash.

I am also going to enjoy the journey of knitting. If a project takes me a couple of days to do then, that's ok. It's not a rush to see how fast I can get things done. The power of one is big but, the power of a group is huge! I don't have to do it all.

I think the thing that gets me thinking is the fact that I will be turning 60 in July. Now this is huge! lol As a kid, I thought I will never be THAT old! Well... guess what? It's not really that old at all. I have noticed a slowing process and I am liking it. There is no need to rush any more. Enjoy the journey! Enjoy life! We don't know when we will be called home so, we need to enjoy the day to day.

I am enjoying going to my craft room and 'shopping' for yarn. I did get it somewhat organize with the same yarns together. Worsted weight, wool, baby yarns, etc. I am doing well knitting/crocheting my stash down. It's going to take me a while but, I am enjoying doing it.

With that said. Have a wonderful day and enjoy it! This is a stress free zone and I love it!

Until next time...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

My vacation has started

As per my work schedule, I was scheduled off. I had 1 more vacation day to use and as going to use it yesterday. I was scheduled to work this weekend, but seeing as Sunday is Christmas, they are shutting down. As luck would have it, I would have had to work today but, they only need 2 people for half of the shift. They are letting me use my vacation day for today and one of the other guys agreed to come in for half of the day. So, now I am not scheduled to go back to work until Jan. 2nd. They also decided to shut down at 4pm. So now, Doug has today and tomorrow off also. Normally, they do not care and have 2nd shift work anyway. We only get one holiday off a year and this is it. That's the dairy business for you.

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Until next time...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Yarn stash

The end of 2011 is fast approaching. What I would like to do in the new year is to start knitting/crocheting down my stash. In preparation for this, I have started to log every partial & full skein I have. I am using Ravelry for this. This ia no easy task and could be a little overwhelming. I decided to take each drawer in the plastic bins, one by one and handle it that way. Drawer by drawer. This way, it is not so daunting. Plus, I get to put it back in groups of same weight. So far I have logged in something like 56 skeins. That was only in 4 drawers. :(  most of them are partials though. Where you finish a project and have some left but, not enough for another project. Are you going to throw it away?? NO! It gets stashed. That's what I have a lot of. So what am I going to do with all of these partials? Well... what I would LIKE to do is to make an oddball blanket. I really love that idea. Just keep connecting yarn withou caring where it stops in the row. Just connect the next one and keep going. I really want to get a handle on this. I have plastic bins in my closet, in my bedroom, in my spare room that I am using for my craft room, I have baskets on the shelf. I don't think I put any under the bed but, you never know. This is going to be a new year with a new focus. There may come a time where I may have to buy some but, I hope to make this an exception and not the rule. I don't buy cold meat for sandwiches untilb the old stuff is gone so it doesn't go bad. Maybe, I can treat the yarn the same way.
I joined a couple of destash groups on ravelry. Hopefully for some inspiration. For the most part, if I want something bad enough, I will get it. So I am hoping I want this bad eough to make this happen. I am off to a good start. Now to stay focused and get it done.

Until next time...

Monday, December 5, 2011


I ended up having a 4 day weekend. Saturday and Sunday being my usual weekend off, vacation day for today, and one of the guys needed my Thursday off, so I switched his Tuesday for my Thursday. I can't believe 2 days are gone already.
Yesterday was spent putting up Christmas decorations. Rachel didn't have to go in to work until 3:45pm, and Doug had the day off. There is still the fireplace to do, which is my project, and not sure what to do yet. Will finish it up today, hang the lighted wreath outside and we are good to go. There is a Christmas Tree Shoppe over in Wilmington, which is not that far away, that I would love to get to. Maybe after the holidays to get some good deals. We'll see.

Until next time...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family.

Until next time...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

What I've been doing

I do hope all is well with everyone. It's really hard to believe this year is almost gone. It has gone by too fast for me.

Besides continuing to suppose Bridge and Beyond, I have decided to try and knit an adult size sweater. Yep! For me. I have tried a few patterns but, did not make it very far.
I belong to a few groups on Ravelry but, one in particular is BabyCocktails. She designs very pretty sweater patterns and a couple of hat patterns. These are not free patterns. She names her patterns after drinks. Gimlet, Irish Coffee, mulled Cider but, one in particular is called White Russian. Also, some of her patterns are pieced together. This one is made top down in one piece, putting the sleeve stitches on holders then, coming back and finishing them. I bought some Berroco Vintage yarn to make this sweater with. I love how soft it is. Will post aa WIP when I get home from work tonight. I just hope the yarn isn't too dark to show the details. Knitting something this size can be quite daunting but, I am not letting myself think about that. It's done when it's done. I'm in no hurry and trying to enjoybthe experience of something new.

Have a great day.

Until next time...