Friday, October 5, 2012



Creative Knitting had a great tutorial in their newsletter today. There is just something about cables that draw the eye, and makes my finger's itch to make it!  The cable needle does tend to be in the way though, so here is a solution - if you aren't too scared to let stitches slip off your needle. Just follow this link:

http://www.creativeknittingmagazine.com/blog/

I have to try it soon.

Friday, September 14, 2012

What's Going On?

This has been a very busy week. I haven't even had much time to sit down and knit. Sad face here...

Stephanie and I are planning on having a yard sale the first weekend in October, so I have been trying to get stuff together for that, while at the same time, trying to declutter. How did I get so much STUFF? This is going to take a while.

I finished organizing my yarn closet. I should have taken a picture of the back bedroom when I had all my yarn scattered all over it, but I was too embarrassed. I read that the best way to declutter something is to take everything out of it. That's true. Now my yarn closet is clean and organized. All the yarn is separated into different yarn weight categories. You can't see all the yarn on both sides of the closet, but believe me, it's all organized. Now I don't have to duck and cover when I open this closet door. Smile!


This week I also made liquid hand soap. This was very easy, fun, and very inexpensive. All it takes is 2 tablespoons of glycerin. Eight ounces of soap, shredded, I used Ivory, and 1 gallon of water. 


Combine the water and glycerin, and heat it up over low/medium heat, and add the shredded soap.


Stir while the soap melts down. I didn't stir constantly, but I stirred very often.


When the soap it finished melting down, let it sit for 10-12 hours, or overnight. It will start clouding up after about 4 hours, and then become very thick. I mixed it up really well with a mixer before I poured it into jars. If it is very thick, you may have dilute it with a little water, and shake it well.


Next time I make homemade laundry detergent I'll put it on here too. But it may be awhile. I made my first batch the first of June, and I still have a lot of it left. 

We had a couple of birthdays this week too. Jason Arnold's, my son-in-law, was the 10th, which also would have been my parents 52nd wedding anniversary, and Weston's was the 12th.

Stephanie had everyone over for a spaghetti dinner, Weston's choice, and cake. 




After everyone left their house, Jason and Weston went fishing together. This was part of their haul...




They had a really good birthday. 

On the 12th I noticed that my grandson Aiden was in the paper. The fire chief came to his class on the 11th to talk about 9/11, and read them a book called "The Little Chapel That Stood". It looks like all the children were really taking in this story. There's Aiden, in the back, really concentrating...


Randy and I went out shopping yesterday, and he bought me a pretty new cookie jar. He's so sweet!

While I was making soap this week, Randy, Stephanie and her children went on a hike. We have some of the most beautiful places here in Arkansas, I believe. These  pictures were taken at Dry Run Creek, by the fish hatchery.















Look like fun to you? I'm sorry I missed it, but I'm thankful that Stephanie took a lot of pictures for me. They said it would have been too long of a hike for me and my knee. Sad face...
But I'm glad they had fun.

How was your week?










Thursday, September 6, 2012

Labor Day Fun

It was hot hot hot in Mountain Home on Labor Day. We opted to spend the day in the air conditioning, but still had fun. We played Jinga, ate a good meal that Randy braved the heat to grill for us, and just enjoyed being together. Of course the ladies cooked a few things too, but we got to do it in the cool house!

Brittney was a little nervous!

She decided to try the other side of the table.

Holly doesn't seem to be nervous a bit. 

Stephanie, a little nervous, but it was about 35
blocks high by now.

Awww, Gabriel did great the whole game. I think
it was already a little wobbly before he even 
touched it!

My honey, braving the hot sun, over a hot grill. He's
the best. The food was pretty good too.

Over the weekend I finished a project I had been working on, off and on, 
for about a year. I put down crocheting for a while, and concentrated on 
knitting and spinning.


This is the Flapper Bag that was published in Crochet! magazine in January of 2009. Here is my finished bag.


I am changing the button to a toggle button, then it will really be finished. 
I have gifted this bag to Holly.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Is Gatorade Really Good For You?

Bummer! During the night Brittney started showing evidence of some kind of stomach bug, and she has been showing this evidence about every 15 minutes all night long. Consequently, Stephanie is concerned about her electrolytes. No Gatorade in the house, so I did some research and found out that Gatorade should be a no-no for anyone who cares about what they put in their body. If you're interested in some of what I found out, go here: http://foodbabe.com/2012/07/10/the-secret-behind-gatorade-how-to-replenish-electrolytes-naturally/

Food Babe had some healthy alternatives to offer: click to enlarge.

Hope Brittney is feeling better soon. I hate it when any of my children or grandchildren are under the weather.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Brittney's Flit and Float Scarf Done and First Days

I finally finished Brittney's Flit and Float scarf. She really likes it, though it is way too hot to even think about doing more than suffering through having her picture taken with it on right now. But it is ready for her to wrap around her pretty neck once we - if we ever - get a chill in the air.




 I found this soft drapey mohair like yarn in a thrift store for about a dollar, sweet find. The pattern is from Knitty.com, Spring 2009. It was really fun to make, so thank you Birdy Evans.

Chloe had her first day of pre-school last Monday, and Aiden had his first day of kindergarten today. Aiden's first day was supposed to be last Monday too, but his doctor decided it would be a good day to take his tonsils out. He missed the first whole week of school, and was glad to go back today.










Monday, April 30, 2012

Lost Tooth

Aiden has lost his first, and I mean he really lost it, they still haven't found it! He was very excited about getting money for a tooth he no longer has.


He will be in kindergarten next year. It's so hard to believe how fast these kids are growing up. Does the time just keep going by faster as we get older? I hope not, I'd like for it to slow down a little bit.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Beautiful Spring Day

Woke up to a beautiful Spring day today, but I think we are getting our March winds a little early. Ginger won't even stay outside for very long, I think she is afraid she will get blown away like little Piglet did on that fateful "Windsday"!

When I was making my coffee this morning, I looked over and saw the spoon rest on the counter by the stove, and it was smiling at me.

Obviously I forgot to wash it, but wasn't that nice to wake up to?

Stephanie sent me some pictures that she took with her new iphone. She loves taking pictures, and today there are so many beautiful things to take pictures of. The earth is waking up from it's Winter nap.





Beautiful!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fun Day

Yesterday Jason and Stephanie had to go to Jonesboro to see Jason's boss, so they asked if the kids could stay here with us. They had a fun day. They are such good kids, and no trouble at all. They help around the house, and are just fun to be around.
Randy told them he had a huge problem. The 4-wheeler was just full of soup, and needed the soup to be rode out of it. Of course they were eager to help...


I was even happy to help with that problem...



Here's even a short little video of the fun...







Then they went to see the new baby calves. The brown one is the one that was born on Valentine's day. I named him Valentino. Randy say's it's appropriate because he loves to be shown attention.