Monday, May 29, 2017


So this is the yellow beanie I finished first.  I messed up on the brim/border.  I turned it the wrong way so the post stitches, which are now INSIDE the hat, can't be seen.  It still looks cute, and I gave it to the new owner.  This is "When Life Gives You Lemons" beanie hat pattern on Ravelry by Elitza. Chernaeva. Her "handle" on Ravelry is RubraC.   

The photo below not crochet. The "little" gem is my new lawn mower!  They were supposed to deliver it last Friday, but now it won't be delivered until late this week or early next week. I'm not sure. It's just another example of the lack of customer service in the NW area (little rant for the day)…where I am. Not everywhere.  I don't think many of the people think professionally and I'm quite sure people around here have grown used to the lack of customer service.  I find it hugely frustrating. Especially since I have had some problems with the flooring people not ordering my floors and now I'm out a month past the estimate.

Here is the beanie again in blue, and it is made correctly.  You can see the difference in the brim…or whatever you want to call it! This one was super easy after finishing the yellow one.

Now this is my new rock collection from the waters near here. Nice quiet rocky beach. My brother promised me a rock polishing kit so I can shine them up into beautiful pieces. Maybe string up for necklaces. Two are red, but the photo doesn't show that.

My beautiful Rhodie!  I can't believe how gorgeous this plant is…radiant. And attracts bees like crazy, so I have to dodge bees going in and out of the house!

One big Phlox…it's lovely.  Needs some other plants around it as after it grew a bit more it started leaning over, plus the wind will take it down.  I will be happy to have the yard looking good!

Last, but not least, a photo of the two dogs in the yard.  The yard that is behind the reason I bought myself a riding lawn mower. 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

And a Fine Vacation it was, too!!!


I had a chance to get away and fly to Georgia thanks to my best friends husband! He wanted to do something special for her so gave me tickets to fly there for a week.  Oh, my! It was super special! I visited there a month or so ago.

This is a look out their living room window.  Lots of Spanish moss, beautiful green golf courses, and lagoons.  There are alligators in there somewhere, but I have visited many times and have never seen one yet. There has only been one incident in all the years they have lived there.

This is from the Air Force Base nearby…great big plane which flew very VERY low to the ground. When it swung by it looked like you could almost jump up and touch it.  Made several circles, so guess it was doing touch downs or something like that.

We ate out at several special Southern places, but this one had the best BBQ.  Although I lived in the South for many years I never realized that the BBQ, at least in the southern part of GA and SC, was more mustardy.  I'm used to the sweet Texas BBQ, or the North Carolina spicy Lexington.  The BBQ in this Charleston restaurant tasted like mustard relish you would put on a hot dog.  However, it was super good! Below is the appetizer menu from there,  the Swig and Swine near Charleston, SC. YUM!!!  Good to be back in the South!

This is a REAL alligator….however, it isn't in her backyard. I took this when we went out to eat at Tybee Island. It was a huge sprawling restaurant called The Crab Shack.  Like little houses all put together one after the other and joined by porches or the like.  Reminded me of Aunt Fannies Cabin in Atlanta area.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I started a cowl for my DSD, Heidi, from one of the Tosh Vintage skeins she gave me.  This does not do the color justice….or the pattern.  I am close to finishing so after I block I can post a better photo. The stitch is a simple sc-ch1-sc V stitch going back and forth using the ch1 below for the V stitch above.  Looks really nice blocked….more lacy, although NOT lacy.  Nice texture. I'm using a J hook for the worsted weight Vintage.

My neighbor to the south of me has finished his fence on the property line.  I put my fence five feet inside my line so will make a change this summer and take my fence down, then finish the back with this kind of fence.  Note the concrete…I'm thinking water protection and perhaps it helps keep the voles out?  Would have to be fairly deep for that I think. It's beautiful!

The Rhodie out front is blooming…it is BEAUTIFUL!  

The bees love the flowers so it is rather like "running the gauntlet" getting into the house.  Brodie, my big (big) Lab mix, wants to chomp on them which scares me.  

I finished a hat for a designer on Ravelry.  Just waiting for her to publish the pattern so I can post photos.  I made two and they really are lovely beanies! One yellow and one light blue. Gave the yellow one to the "other" grandmother.