Back on the grid

Hello World! Well, I guess it’s time to get back on the grid, as it were. I have started having the urges to sew, again. I even visited an old friend this past weekend, JoAnn Fabrics. lol. I have always been very friendly with the staff at my favorite store, and I was worried that they wouldn’t recognize me, since it’s been so long. But, low and behold, they welcomed me back as if I hadn’t dropped off the sewing grid for over two years. I even picked up something for my recent creative inspiration. I’ll give you a little peek:

What a lovely plaid! Whatever could it be for?

What a lovely plaid! Whatever could it be for?

Once I get a little further into the project, I’ll let you know what this will become. I am excited about this project, though. I have a few more things to decide on, and then I can get started.

Other than that, it’s the same ol’, same ol’ around my house. With spring coming on, it’s time to start spring cleaning, and maybe even a bit of purging. Okay, a lot of purging. lol. With temperatures finally out of the arctic range, and even back above freezing, it will soon be time to throw open the windows and door to air out the house. And, since the Katie has been out of the house for almost two years (she turned 20 a couple of months ago, can you believe it?), it’s time to turn her old room into something useful, and not just a storage unit for her. I am thinking along the lines of a library/game room. Well, it’s not a huge room, so library will be a relative term. It’ll be more like a room with an old couch, a couple of book cases, a large tv and the older game systems for gaming. I’ll try to take progress pics as I go. Oh! I will also be helping Miss PJ with some renovations on her house this spring. We may start with painting her living room this weekend. That will give me a chance to spend time with these cuties:

They're so cute!

They’re so cute!

During the last cold snap, an expectant momma kitty started hanging around Miss PJ’s house. She feed her to help her keep up her strength. Then, this past weekend, she took pity on the poor thing, and let her in as she seemed desperate to get inside. Sunday, the little mother had her babies. There were three in total. We believe there are two girls, and one boy. At this point, I do believe they all have homes, including momma. The runt of the litter is an all black female. Knowing my weakness for black cats, Miss PJ wasted no time in letting me know about her. I will be taking her to the vet when she is old enough, to make sure that she doesn’t have any of the illness my previous two cats had. Until then, I’ll have to visit Miss PJ often, just so I can lavish attention on the little cutie.

Well, maybe next time I will have more pics of the kitten, the house renovations (at both houses), and an update on my up coming projects. Until then, Happy Sewing!

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Just another summer – A catch up post

What they say is true…… Best laid plans, and all that. lol. This summer has not turned out like I thought. On a few levels, it has had it’s sad bit, but on the whole it’s been very fun. I’ll start with the sad bit.

Jellybean 4/1/13 - 6/7/14

Jellybean
4/1/13 – 6/7/14

My pretty little kitty has passed away. She had FIP, and apparently had it since birth. It broke my heart to see her go, but the symptoms came on suddenly. We didn’t have time to prepare for her passing. Every morning, I still expect to wake up and find her little furry face tucked up against mine. She was my little knitting partner, always on my lap when I sat down. Because of her passing, I lost all will to knit until this past weekend, when I could finally pick up my needles without crying. She will be forever missed.

Now, on the all the fun bits.

Ladies Day Out May 19, 2014

Ladies Day Out
May 19, 2014

For our Ladies Day Out we started with lunch at The Jury Room. This time around it was Miss Tammi, Miss Elma, Miss PJ and myself. We had a great meal and some quality chat time. From there, we ended up at The Surly Girl Saloon for a couple of great cocktails. We had so much fun, too bad we only get to do this every once in a great while.

Ohio Village Opening Day May 25, 2014

Ohio Village Opening Day
May 25, 2014

We attended the opening day of the Ohio Village again this year. While it was not as big and grand as last year’s, we still had a blast. We even got to see the new 1950’s exhibition. Afterwards, we hit the shooting range on the way to a friend’s house for a cookout. All in all, it was a great day.

 

Ladies Amish Country Trip May 31, 2014

Ladies Amish Country Trip
May 31, 2014

The next thing was a Ladies Amish Country Trip. Another great day. This trip it was Miss Tammi, Miss Cassi, Miss PJ and myself. As usual it was a fun filled trip of shopping and site seeing with stops at the covered bridge, the cheese factory, three wineries and various shops in between. Granted, this time the main route was shut down for construction and we had to take a couple of interesting detours (on the way back it was an extra hour on the “fifety-two” – lol).

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

The 4th of July was another fun point of this summer. The hubby had to work, but Annie and I headed over to Miss PJ’s for a bit of a cook out and backyard games. Then, later that night I was able to watch a small fireworks display put on by someone in the neighborhood.

Camping Trip July 25, 2014

Camping Trip
July 25, 2014

We had a big camping trip this summer, in celebration of Miss PJ’s 20th wedding anniversary. On this trip it was Miss PJ, her hubby, both of their boys and their oldest son’s girlfriend, Miss Cassi, her hubby, their son and daughter, and their son’s girlfriend, two of Miss PJ’s nephews and one of their girlfriends, and finally Annie and myself. We started out on three sites for two nights, but had so much fun that even the kids were asking to stay an extra night. So, we consolidated onto one site for the last night. There was plenty of cooking over an open fire (with smoke in the eyes every single time, lol), playing board games and even a trip to the beach. On that Friday, as soon as I got off of work, Annie and I stuffed my little car full of our camping gear. There was so much, it was kind of a good thing it was just the two of us going from our household. If there would’ve been anyone else, I have no clue where we would’ve fit them into the car. When we got back, we piled it all out into the driveway so I could determine what had to go back into the garage and what had to go into the house to be cleaned up. It had been almost five years since my last camping trip, and this trip made me realize how much I have missed it. The only things I didn’t miss about camping is the week long prep before going, the week long chore of cleaning everything up to be put away and all the mosquitoes. We loved it so much, we are planning another trip for this fall, when it’s a bit cooler.

Fun in the office!

Fun in the office!

Another fun thing from this summer is the office cookouts. It started when I suggested a potluck, as it has been ages since we did anything like that in the office. The guys liked it so much that we do it just about every Friday now. It gives us another reason to look forward to Fridays.

As for what’s left of the summer, we has started planning Halloween costumes for Miss Cassi’s annual party. This year has a theme of Villains. I’m kind of stuck between a couple of ideas at the moment. Not sure which I will like better, but we’ll see. But, before we can start on costumes, I really need to get the sewing room back in shape, as I haven’t touched it all summer. Oops! lol. Better late than never, huh?  So, until next time….. Happy Crafting!

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Tempus Fugit! And does it ever!

So, I decided that I need to write up a post, as it had been a bit. I just didn’t think it had been that long! lol. Since my last post, I have finished nine pairs of socks. Yes, you read that right, nine pairs of socks have come off of my needles. My fingers have been very, very busy to say the least. I’m not going to post them all like I did in the last post, or you’ll be here reading for a while. For Ravelry members, you’ll find all the details there. I’ll just post a photo collage of them:

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I am currently at 19 pairs finished, 2 pairs on the needles and 6 more pairs planned. Besides all of the sock knitting, I have started another blanket. This one is a knitted ripple for my newest niece. I have gotten it started, and the color repeat established. Other than that, I have been commissioned to knit a Sailor Dress set for a co-worker in Chicago. It’s for her first grandchild that is due near the end of the month. And, another co-worker in Chicago has commissioned me to knit him a crazy tie, since he is known for his crazy ties. This should be fun. ;)

In other happenings, this weekend is our annual ladies lunch. We will be going back to a place that is quickly becoming our favorite haunt, The Jury Room. Expect photos sometime next week, especially since we will be also celebrating Miss Elma’s birthday. Good thing The Jury Room has really great cakes, or I would have to sneak one in. ;)

Since the warm weather is finally returning to Ohio, we have all been feeling the urge to start sewing. Our “year off” from sewing has given us a much needed break. I have started looking at patterns, notions and fabric samples, and can’t wait to get my machine up and running. I have a stash of black cotton calling my name from the depths of the sewing room, and hope to get started on that by the end of the month. But first, I need to get the sewing room back in shape, and possibly clear out somethings that just aren’t needed. I have a love seat that just needs to go, and a couple of half book cases that I need to get down there for storage and organization. In other words, my sewing room just need an overhaul! lol. I hope to get that all taken care of in quick order, as the festival season is starting back up, I have already marked a few that I want to make it. Bring on Summer!

Until next time… Happy Crafting!

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