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No storms came near us yesterday, but there were many people all over the Northeast that were effected and I pray they get their power back and thankful no one perished.   Houses can always be rebuilt. 

Watching the clock tick by – Friday  4:30 is not coming fast enough! 

When knitting quietly in the early morning hours my mind races in so many different directions.   I have mostly been thinking about my knitting and how I make an incredible amount of things……. for myself.   I think I would like to spend some time making things for others.   I have a rather strange circle of family and friends that are not real “homemade” goods crazy.   I have honestly tried before to make things and can tell by their reaction – a quick thank you and in their eyes you can see almost hear “What am I going to do with this?”

So my thoughts go from person to person trying to think of what I can bless them with!    My 86 year old Mom came right to my mind first.   She has had a really tough couple of years – my 65 year old oldest brother died suddenly two years ago in February  of a massive heart attack.   She had not seen or heard from him for over 3 years.   Long story, very sad.   No doubt about it, a parent should NEVER outlive their children.   No matter how old your “babies” are, it is still a horrible crushing pain to loose one.     On top of that, in the same year, we made that horrible decision to put my Dad in a nursing home.  All options were explored, and as much as it hurt, it was all we could do to insure she would be safe (he was falling all the time and the last time he fell he took her with him) and he would be taken care of.    He was admitted on their 65th wedding anniversary. 

My Mom is who taught me to knit, crochet, sew, cross stitch, make bears, doll clothes and minitures.   Everything my Mom touched she created with the highest quality crafting skills equal to professionals!   I am no where near her ability, but I did learn the crafts.   She loved to mindlessly sit and knit dishcloths and  scrubbies – and she used them faithfully till they had holes in them.    She does very little knitting/crocheting (her eyes) now but what she does do it does not include dish cloths.   I am going to make her a stack of dish clothes for her birthday (August) and a couple scrubbies too.   All different colors and designs etc.   I think that will bless her.

On the same subject as dishcloths, I bought this pattern on Ravelry today.

Believe I will make these little gems for my Mom’s neighbors who help my other  brother and I so much by watching over my Mom since we live so far away from her.  They bring her food, they shovel her sidewalk, mow her lawn etc.  I am going to make a whole pile for Patty and slip a gift card in with them for her husband Scott for all he does (the lawn, the shoveling etc.)

I feel better already for having come up with these items for someone other than myself!   Will stop at Joanne’s or AC Moore this weekend and get the fall colors needed to start the fall ones.  I just think they are adorable. 

Have you started to think about what you are going to make people for Christmas?    One  of my daughters (she is 21) LOVES Hello Kitty.  I was able to find a free pattern for a dishcloth of Hello Kitty and will make her a bright pink dish cloth (among other things ) for Christmas.   

My Cat Bordhi book is in the mail (coming from CA) so when that arrives my sock brain will want to start another sock.  I will have to tear myself between  trying to do dish cloths and socks at the same time!!!!    I know, you readers do it all the time right?

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TORNADOS? TODAY? REALLY?

Yesterday we put our daughter on a plane to Arizona for a couple weeks to visit a college friend of hers.   We got her out of the Northeast just in time.  We are now currently under a tornado watch till 9pm.   I would be a total wreck worrying about her flying under these conditions!   God is good. 

In all my nervousness about sending my girl on a plane (okay, she’s 24 and I just don’t want to let her grow up) I finished my sock! 

I tried to get them to match, realized I didn’t pick the right spot to start the second sock and then just kept going – they don’t have to match right?

I am in between socks waiting for my second Cat Bordhi book to make my decision as to what sock I am going to do out of which book.  So while I wait I am knitting……… (don’t laugh) dish clothes!   I am trying to do ones that teach me knew stitches, technics etc.    You can’t go wrong – they always make nice gifts.  Do you have a favorite one?

Someone from my high school class posted this photo on facebook and I thought it would be funny to show you.   I am in the second row – third one in with the white headband.    I want you to know that my second daughter looks JUST LIKE ME (shhhhh, don’t tell her – she would hate that!).

There you have it.  I would say this photo was taken in the mid to late 1960’s.  I am a hippy and proud of it!

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Everyone in my household was gone Saturday morning so I set about to get my housework done early before the heat set in.  My main goal was to mop the kitchen floor and dining room floor.  I had done the bathroom a couple days ealier and the livingroom just needed a good vacuuming.

While I waited for my floors to dry I worked on my second sock.  I took a glass of sun brewed iced tea with lemon and my knitting and headed out on to the small stoop I have on the side of the house.  Totally out of the sun.  The air was clear and temps were just perfect.

While knitting I was looking around at our poor yard, which is browning and totally gone dormant from the lack of rain and the blistering heat.  My usual lush green gardens are withering up and looking pretty sad.   In the corner of our property we have what we loving call our Celtic Garden – it is not looking so good this year.

What flowers are trying to appear for the late summer are not very pretty and the majority of the plants are just wilting.  I don’t have the money or the time to water this garden.  Even though from these pictures you are not able to tell, our Celtic garden is quite a good size corner garden.

In the middle (very corner) of the Celtic garden is our Ent tree – Treebeard.  (We are huge Lord of the Ring fans).

Do you know what a money plant is?  Fortunately, by this time this summer this is exactly what they are suppose to look like!  By fall, they will be pure white!

In the fall I cut these down and use them for decorations with my cat tails and Chinese lanterns and bittersweet on my mantel.

The Madison County road crew just finished the day before “tar and feathering” our road (chip sealing is what they call it really.   They put a layer of tar down and then small pebble stones and drive a roller over the whole mess.)  Because it has been so dry, the stones are just making a huge dust storm everytime a car drives over the road, no matter how slow or fast.   You should see the front of my house, my windows and my car.   You would think we lived in the dessert.

The picture really doesn’t show how terrible it really is.

Finally, to talk about knitting for a minute.  I once again spent money I really shouldn’t have on the last Cat Bordhi book I have wanted.  It was a deal and I had to resistance!!!!!  That is what is driving me on to finish this last sock – I will not start another until this pair is done!!!!!

I can hardly wait for the book, but then the dilema comes as to what sock I will do!  I think as fast as I have been getting this sock done (since yesterday I have gone thru the heal, thru the gusset and I am now on the foot heading to the toe) by the time the book comes from California I will be done!

It is so hard to decide because she has such wonderful ideas and inventions that I am ready now to take on as a challenge.   I will let you know.

State Fair projects are ready, and I will be taking pictures and showing you AFTER all entries have been entered in the fair.  I know it sounds petty but there are several women on Ravelry also entering the fair and I have linked my blog to Ravelry and well……. need I say more?

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“That’s Why I Pray”

Sung by BIG & RICH

Man on the TV’s gone insane, everybody’s just laughing
People ‘cross the world holding on
The earth caved in, the ocean came down crashing
My neighbor lost his house ’cause he can’t find a job
Don’t you dare pledge allegiance, don’t you dare speak of God
Speak of God
Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!Now I’m begging for forgiveness
I wanna make a difference even in the smallest way
I’m only one person, but I can feel it working
I believe in better days
That’s why I pray

Some stupid video posted as a joke, somebody’s life gets ruined
Out of everything we can create
Where is the cure to keep the sick from losing
Babies having babies ’cause their parents are always gone
Somehow we have forgotten how to make a house a home
How to make a house a home
Oh! Oh! Yeah! Yeah!

I’m begging for forgiveness, I wanna make a difference
Even in the smallest way
I’m only one person, but I can feel it working
I believe in better days
That’s why I pray, yeah
That’s why I pray, yeah

These demons from my past haunt me every night
And I just can’t get through it
If I could forget them on my own, I’ll let go and just move on
But heaven knows I am only human

And that’s why I pray, yeah yeah
That’s why I pray, I pray, I pray, I pray

Yes I’m begging for forgiveness (I’m begging for forgiveness)
I just wanna make a difference (Just wanna make a difference)
I believe (I believe) in better days
That’s why I pray

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I know you are getting tired of me saying I am still working on my fair entries.  BUT, I have just the hedgehog finger puppet left to finish up.  He needs his eyes, nose and ears attached and I am calling him done.   

I promise pictures when everything is done done DONE!

Let’s see, what other random things can I fill you in on?

It’s hot, dry and Central NY will be breaking a record today with the temperature almost at 100 degrees.  I work in an office with air conditioning, but my husband has an outside job and  I worry about him getting over heated.    Packed his cooler with lots of water, a couple wet wash cloths that I put in sandwich bags and put in the frig the night so they are nice and cold when he needs to refresh himself.   He is pretty good about knowing his limits and when he needs to just STOP and cool down.

I pulled shades, opened windows and just left all the critters (cats and hedgehogs) with lots of water and safe inside where they are  out of the direct sunlight.   The hedgehogs LOVE to be warm – generally I keep their cages at 80 degrees (they are from Africa after all!) and so, for the most part, they are as happy as claims right now and so is their Momma because I don’t have to spend money HEATING their cages like I do in winter!!  

In early spring I faithfully hung my birdhouses around the yard (I take them down in the fall because the mice live in them during the winter!  Yes, they do!) and waited patiently.   One house hangs right outside my kitchen sink window and since early June the sweet song of the House Wren has been entertaining me (and my feline girls) while doing dishes etc.   My husband was able to capture a picture of her in silhouette singing her heart out!

Today is my weekly grocery shopping day (I try to only go grocery shopping once a week for the major things) and I stuggled last night for dinner ideas.   I think I will make a quiche tomorrow night, and tonight I think BLT’s sound good.   It is easier to make dinners in the heat because everyone is not very hungry.  Something light, cool and easy.  In the winter you feel inclined to make comfort foods  – mac and cheese,  red sauce and pasta …….. now it is grilled hot dogs or chicken and salads.   Feel free to give me some simple quick ideas for these hot summer days.

If I get a few minutes to knit in between working on the entries I am on my second sock on the pair that I started on my road trip to  Michigan!  How pathetic is that?    I bought from a nice person on Ravelry the out of print copy of Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters.

I told myself that I will NOT even think about starting a sock from that WONDERFUL book until I have finished this pair of socks.   And I mean it!

What a wonderful book though – I love just about everything Cat Bordhi does/invents/creates.  It would be a life goal on my bucket list if I could go to one of her sock classes.   She is how I got hooked on socks in the first place!

There you have it, where my life and head is at at this very moment.  Many stressful things going on all around me:   my aging parents, my unsettled, unemployed daughters and their drama scenes that I really don’t like getting involved in, already thinking about getting ready for the long expensive winters (filled with fuel oil deliveries at $700 a pop) and looking at my to do list for the summer of 2012 and seeing that next to nothing on the list is done.  Bah.   Through it all I have more to be thankful for than complaints.  Thanks for letting me vent.

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It was HOT on July 11th in 1987.   DARN hot!  (Just like now!)  I had long sleeves, a full length gown, with a tall standup collar.    I made my poor  Daddy wear a three piece WOOL suit (and my future husband as well).   Our service was held in a tiny church with NO open windows and NO air conditioning……..  anything I did to make my hair look nice, was totally gone within 5 minutes. 

I didn’t notice.   I didn’t care.  I was about to give myself to my best friend and I was totally not  worrying about anything!!!!!

That is my husband and I in the picture on the left.  The lovely  couple in the picture next to ours is a picture of my grandparents (my Mom’s folks) at my Mom’s wedding.

We went out to dinner on Wednesday to one of our fave restaurants – a Greek restaurant – Symeon’s.   Stuffed grape leaves,  moussaka, spanakopita, tzatziki dip and gyros!!!!   YUM!   We had a wonderful time and ate way too much!  We ate at Symeon’s on our FIRST anniversary as well and did the same thing- had a wonderful time and ate too much!

Thanks Honey for 25 faithful years of friendship and love.   You are a wonderful husband, and a hard working provider to your family and a loving father.   Thanks for loving me even though I have too much yarn (and need to buy more), always want more needles (could honestly make do with what I have) and support me when I scream “STOP!  There is a yarn shop!”

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I know, I should have stayed home and worked all day Saturday and Sunday on my entries.  I didn’t.   My husband’s road job took him within a few miles of my Mom and Dad’s home, so I asked him to drop me off so I could spend the day with them and he would pick me up on his way home.    My folks live about 90 miles from us.  

We have been in a terrible dry spell as well as  hot HOT temperatures (which I see just about EVERYONE is experiencing!) .  Just as he pulled up to my Mom’s house the clouds started to form in the most peculiar way!  Like waves on the ocean.  I don’t know if this picture will do it justice, but these ended up dumping a quick shower of rain with boomers and flashes!

That is a huge field of cabbage!   Geneva, NY is famous for its cabbage fields!

Spent the whole day at my Mom’s helping her with things she needed to get done and then going up to the nursing home and spending the rest of the day sitting with my Dad.  He slept  a  lot, but it still meant something to him, I could tell.  I was a little upset at the conditions of the nursing home, his room, the lack of staff etc.   I totally was giving myself a horrible mental lashing for being the one that helped make the hard decision to put him in the nursing home.   You say you will NEVER put your parents in a nursing home, but I want to warn you……………you have no idea what the circumstances will be when it is time to make that decision, so… never say never.

Didn’t get home till after 7pm so needless to say I didn’t get any work done on my entries. 

On Sunday we went off to church, and on our way home we wanted to cook hot dogs and corn for Sunday supper, so we stoped at a roadside veggie stand.  Just thought it looked so cute!

Our corn here in NY is not quite ready – it would be if we were getting rain, but their growth is slowed because of the lack of it.

Thought the sky was just so blue in this shot!

We headed home and Scott did paperwork and I worked on my entries.  I am making slow put sure progress.  I think my worst struggle by far will be the hedgehog finger puppets.  It is hard to make something out of something it was not originally suppose to be!

Photos to come shortly!

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