Saturday, March 22, 2014

Beautiful Saturday

The day started early - at 0430 there were cats under our open bedroom window caterwauling! And did it bother the dog? Nope....we hoped he would bark and scare them off. Not a single sound from him. But boy, a person walking on the sidewalk across the street minding their own business? WWIII!!!
 
Then we walked over to the HS because 2 of the grands were in a track meet there for CYO (I keep calling it CYA - LOL). A little cool and overcast to start with - but then it got prettier!
 
 Too young for track - he isn't interested anyway - altho I think I have him convinced to try the high jump when he is old enough.....he was doing his flips and his jumps.....of yeah, and push ups!
 I was going to post photos of the boys running but it was hard to separate them out from other children....I swear this boy ate from the time we got there until....well, until we all left the restaurant after lunch! and look how skinny he stays!
 Photos are ok IF he asks you to take them!
 But he couldn't run away fast enough so I got this one anyway!
Playing with PaPa - or, as he called him, his FartChair. Yes, this boy likes to drop SBDs....and boy do they stink!

But when he wasn't playing with PaPa - or doing his flips and all - he actually sat on the chair and knit with me! He held the needles, and I held his hands, and he knit with me!

After all this we went to a thrift shop and hubby got a couple of cute things to plant in (will post photos tomorrow after they are planted) and I got a watering can and 2 Christmas stocking kits. Oh and a beautiful little white iron plant stand!

And then to OSH to use our $5 off coupon - got the plants for the 2 items plus 2 cucumber plants. Also went to Alden Lane Nursery and got some things for Easter baskets, as well as one more tomato plant, some more strawberry plants, and some corn. Husband said he has totally given up on corn.....but now he thinks he has an idea of another place to plant it. And if it is where I think it will  be - I think he has forgotten about the crows! Now we just have to come up with ideas of how to water all these plants!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

March? Already?

I feel like I am playing catch up. Last month we took a mini-vacation to Disneyland. Our daughter was going to meet us there for Sat and Sun but she had to fly out Sunday. So we did California Adventure with her and her two kids. Got to enjoy the new Cars Land! Poor hubby had a bad knee - he had hurt it before we went down but didn't count on abusing it as much as we did - according to the steps counter on my phone we walked more than 12 miles just on that Saturday alone! Needless to say, it is still not back to what it should be but getting better day by day.
 
Last week was a killer - I worked 3 nights in a row - had one off - and then 2 more nights in a row. But it "earned" me 5 nights off! And they have been pretty productive altho spring is hitting me hard (allergies, you know).
 
Thursday night was just recovery. Took the car in for its "A123" service (translated that means - expensive!) and they decided it needed new front brakes too. Ouch.
 
Friday we ran around and di a bunch of errands. And then headed over to daughter's house to see the 3 boys, and the oldest one in his 5th Grade Play - Little Mermaid. He played the "Pilot" and did so well!!! And he enjoyed it much more than he thought he would! The play and the actors were very good - my only complaint were the folding chairs!
 
 
 He loves that mustache - keeps it on as long as he can until it starts to itch!!!
Could not get them both looking forward at the same time!

Saturday was yard day (after going to market and a couple of garage sales - nothing exciting from them) - hubby did a bunch of weeding - I did planting.  Hubby also cleaned off the back porch - this is where, while we were in DL, our dog decided he would "do his doody" because it was raining out. Hopefully he gets the message now...

Because of the water restrictions we are going to have to keep our veggies down this year. I planted some more radishes and carrots ..... the first planting is going strong, as are the lettuce, onions, and garlic. Then I bought a "cold hardy" tomato at the market - put it in a container since the garden is not ready for planting. And planted little red potatoes - today I planted the russets until I ran out of dirt (told hubby I would but her didn't think so.....HA!). I also planted one purple potato.....apparently I did not harvest all the potatoes out of one container last year - went to turn over the dirt and reuse the container and found 3 plants growing! Wonder what they will be like?

So far the plan for the rest of the garden is one more tomato, cucumbers of course, ONE squash and replant the strawberry plants that survived his digging up the garden. And maybe add to it. No experimenting since we wont have the water to do all that....

Today I got our taxes ready for the tax man tomorrow. Went to OSH for an extension cord cause it is sales tax free day (wish I had known about the dirt before we went!).....and now I am going to go do some laundry and some knitting.

I have the first project done for the first swap of the year.....not due until the end of April so now maybe I can get going on a gift for the 2d swap! LOL. Wanted to make a little boy sweater for a friend's grandson but cant find a pattern I like - and cant find yarn I like! So right now I am working on some socks for me.

The bits and pieces for my bra for the Bras For The Cause Walk in May are coming together.

I do need to get to work cleaning for Easter in April - need to clear out the kid's room and do the sheets and make the bed in the other room. But today does not feel like a cleaning day.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ghosting

OK, I have a (non) secret to admit.....I love watching and reading things about ghosts. I love Ghost Hunters (http://www.syfy.com/ghosthunters) but do not like Ghost Adventures. And that is because the ones on GH are respectful - on GA they are rube, obnoxious, and confrontational. And I think all people - alive or not - should be treated with respect.

Yes, I even watch that show about celebrities and their ghost experiences.

I like reading good ghost stories, both fictional (I love Heather Graham) and autobiographical like thru this site:
http://www.iseedeadfolks.blogspot.com/

And that is because I believe in, or want to believe in, ghosts. Now mediums....well there I am still a skeptic. Maybe because I have never had a personal experience with a medium  but I think I have seen ghosts in my life - but never where I want to!

When I was a little girl and living at Ft. Sheridan IL I know the house we were in was haunted. I still know it to this day. The basement was frightening - dark and evil feeling. Even my mom did not like going down there alone. And I know there was some sort of entity in my room - I was afraid of it, I think because of the basement, altho it never did any harm or anything mean - it just watched. And the interesting thing about all this - my parents never tried to talk me out of, or shame me out of, these beliefs.

I think the dark and scary basement tho is what made me afraid of the dark for so many years. Even into HS if I did not remember to leave a light on in my bedroom (totally different house - different state!) before the sun went down, one of my parents would have to go in and turn on the light before I would go in there. I am much much better know about the dark tho...

We stayed at a very strange (supposed) B&B in Anacortes WA that I know was haunted also.

Oh yes, I think our current house had poltergeist like activity when the kids were all living at home. There was one room that lights would go off and on at times when no one else was home....and the sounds of footsteps. That doesn't happen any more altho in the past few years I have felt touchs when no one else is around (usually on my head or shoulder - a patting kind of touch) and I see/feel shadowy figures. And the most comforting thing was being  able to hear my dogs after they passed on....I feel they came back to check on us to see how WE were doing and to let us know they were okay.

And yet when we lived back East one of our very favorite places that we visited yearly was Gettysburg PA.....and yes this is brought to mind because of the first episode this season of GH which was at Gettysburg (by the way, the Farnsworth House serves very good food, as does the Dobbins House....).

Since we moved back West we have visited Gettysburg twice, both times staying at a most wonderful B&B (http://www.doubledayinn.com/) which is right on one of the battlefields. So we have been on the battlefield in the dark....at dusk.....early early morning.....and I have never heard, seen, or felt anything.

Anything besides the extreme mystical-ness of this place. If any place is haunted this place should be. It is very spiritual place. And of course in the daytime there is SO MUCH traffic that I cannot believe any spirits would avail themselves of being around - it would almost be sacrilegious or maybe reliving the noise of the battle....

But you would think those other times there would be a chance. And yes, I am disappointed.

I have seen some photos that I cannot explain or totally believe are hoaxes....and I have heard recordings that I believe should be the real thing. But I have never experienced it myself. And I would  be honored to experience something like that.

I have had uneasy feelings in other places that are supposedly haunted - http://winchestermysteryhouse.com is one of those places that I felt extreme sadness and loneliness but again did not hear or see anything...

So - has anyone else had any experiences?




Friday, January 17, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dang

So I found  out the yarn I am looking for (Red Heart Soft Baby....Bunny Print) is discontinued. There are a lot if people on www.ravelry.com who have it in their stash, but none for sale. I found a skein of it for sale on www.amazon.com.....for $25.00 (plus postage)!!!! What? Cause it is discontinued people will be desperate enough to pay anything? I dont think so!                                                                                         So, at night time I can easily sleep 10 hpurs. During the day.....6 hours. What is up with that?!!?      
                                                                                  Knowing our census was really low I kept watching my phone. Guessed maybe the other NICU nurse might have asked for call....left gor work. 5 minutes away from work, bing.....my phone shows a missed call...FROM 2 HOURS AGO!!!!!!!!!! Sure nuff....putting me on call....so I turn around and go home.                                                                                                                                           Well, there is always something good that comes from everything.....finished the Susie Rogers Reading Mitts I had started a couple of months ago!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Uh oh

You know this knitting from stash thing?
I think I jumped in without thinking it through....
Altho I have plenty of the white yarn (the baby blanket is two stranded - one white and one variegated) I don't think the one skein of the variegated is going to be enough.
It is a common, inexpensive acrylic....so I figured Walmart would have it.....nope.......so of course Joann's would have it....nope. Sigh. Cant get to Michael's until next week so I will pray they have it!!!!!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Progress

Well, I am making progress sorting out my yarn. Need to re-sort some of it but it is getting corralled all in one area! LOL

Have managed to get rid of assorted bags, small boxes, and one long and bulky storage container! All of it is going into stackable see through storage containers.....and maybe eventually make it into a database ....maybe....I can see much more floor in the junk room! And now have the room that I can finish organizing the bookshelf.

And I have used 6 balls of cotton yarn in making dishcloths for an organization to take to Haiti.....who knows, maybe I will make more but I am getting these in the mail for now.  So that is 6 balls less of yarn....

Starting a baby blanket with yarn that I found - didn't buy it! More itsy bitsy progess!

Went to Barnes & Noble last week and walked out with NOT ONE BOOK!
So what is this - 2d week of 2014? And I am still sticking with my resolution? Not bad.....only 50+ weeks to go!