Sunday, December 30, 2007

Wearing no makeup

This is my New Years Resolution. It started when I received several of those Christmas letters that people send saying how wonderful their last year was. I'm no dummy. I could come up with several things to make my life seem idyllic, but it's not. Then I realized I post pictures that makes it look like I have my life together. I don't. I do try, but sometimes it gets messy. So, my resolution is to not post things that are perfect. Rather post what my life is really like. My house is a work in progress. We bought this 1927 Bungalow 10 yrs ago. We have made several improvements, but lots more are needed. Here's a tour of the less desirable areas.

This is my front porch. We took out the old carpet and took the paint off the walls 2 years ago. We haven't been out there since. And here's my blinds on the front porch. Feel free to enlarge picture so you can get the full effect of the dirt and grime on them. I could wash these things once a month and they'd still look like this. So, since we're not using the room, I've just let them continue their collection.

This is the spare room that we are working on. This will be my mothers room, hopefully soon. You can see my husband working. I'm taking the picture and blogging. Hah, who's got the better job?

Here's my bathroom. The wallpaper was falling down after being up only 2 yrs. I took it down thinking I would just paint. My husband, who is a perfectionist, said to wait until we can do it right. That was at least 5 yrs ago. I should have just put some paint up.

Here's the ceiling on my bathroom. Lovely, isn't it?

Oh, and here's one thing that I complain about all the time. See that dog hair? I didn't have to look far for that sample. It's all over my house. But, to be honest, I wouldn't want to live without it. It means I have happy healthy animals around me. I don't think I could ever be without them.

Finally, here's my progress on my son-in-law's scarf.

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year. Know that life is not perfect, you are normal. It's the journey that matters.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I know, I did. I finished my sisters Flared lace smoke ring. Here it is after it was finished.And here it is after she opened it and tried it on.It went together very fast after I figured out to put markers at all repeats. But before that I was having a tough time. Now for some fun stuff. I got several knitting books that I asked for.

And here's one that I didn't ask for, but I absolutely love. My youngest son is in the Marines and my son-in-law found this on Ebay and thought I would like it. I love it!
If I were to make this for Casey, he would kill me. Isn't it funny how times change? This is my next project for my son-in-law.

And to end, since I have no Grandchildren, this is a picture of my grandpuppies at my house on Christmas. Aren't they cute?

Friday, December 21, 2007

December 21st, 2007

OK, I have been looking everyday at the blogs I read and I've noticed something. Nobody blogs regularly in December. Could it be we're all too busy? Everyday I'm disappointed by the lack of blogging. But then I realized, I haven't been blogging either! I guess I'm too busy too. I'm fervently working on a lace neck warmer for my sister.I did not send out Christmas cards, I barely decorated, but I did however bake! Oh well. Today is my last day at work until the New Year. Next week my LYS has their annual sale as well as the local stamping store. So I'll be busy waiting in line!

I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year. So we can buy lots of yarn!

Monday, December 10, 2007

December 10, 2007

I'm done with Christmas shopping and have almost everything wrapped. I still need to do some baking, but I've got pretty much everything in order. Usually, I decorate, A LOT, but with the construction going on in my house it's useless. I have to dust everyday and I'm not going to put all those little knick knacks out so I can dust them. So I'm just going with a tree and that's it. It really makes the holiday much more enjoyable.

I finished my first swap knitting. Now I've joined another swap! It's fun to make something for someone else. Here's the socks, finished.And look how much yarn I have left. I use Dream In Color Smooshy, and I've got to say they give you a lot of yarn.Here's my next project. Let me just say first, it's not for me. It's for my nephew who's 11 yrs old. He's going to Colorado skiing for Christmas and wanted a funny hat. So I'm making him the mohawk hat. I just started last night and I'm almost done. It uses Lamb's Pride bulky and knits up really fast.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Rain and Snow

I had to work this past weekend and the weather was terrible. I usually take the train into Chicago but on weekends the train schedule is very limited. So I drive on weekends. On Saturday, what is usually a 1 hr drive turned into a 2 1/2 hr drive. Then when the weather is bad I'm very busy at work. So I got no knitting at all done this weekend. I did finish one of the bed socks I'm making for my swap.

Who needs Christmas lights?

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas! I thought this was too funny. I sure hope their house is bigger then the car