Thursday, January 24, 2008

Asleep at the Wheel

Well. I guess I am. How disappointing, I missed the Red Scarf Project for 2008. That's okay. I'll either give away my scarves or wear them myself.
Keeping busy but not getting all I want to finished. It's been kind of a disappointing month for projects. I've been trying to paint the inside of the house, and we have begun the packing process. Which takes more time than is believable. It took me two hours to pack four boxes and it wasn't even my stuff, it was stuff I was packing for DD, who does not have space for it now. But that's okay, because it is stuff she needs to have, someday.
It's been kind of a disappointing month for projects.I truly need to concentrate on getting some things started and completed before the end of the month. I have the following projects on the list for knitting projects:

Originally, I had the following slated for January, but here is the current status for each item:
B's Moderne baby blanket--miles and miles of garter stitch, due February 22
S's baby blanket (pink Baby Bee)--have a pink blanket all ready made, just need to pack it up and give it to Anne to take to the new mom this weekend
J's boot socks (gray Woolease)--this will be put on hold
R's baby item--decided to give her the Wonderful Wallaby, reworked
Red Scarf Project--missed the deadline
secret of the stole--on hold for now

January 24th - 31st:
FIRST GOAL: Go through all fabrics and yarns and make up ziploc bags each with a project in it, pattern, etc.
Which brings me to a project I need to complete--Chris's quilt. I need to pull this out, clean up the sewing machine, and FINISH this!
SECOND GOAL: Set up scanner and printer and my laptop to all sync, get Parallels so I can do my scrapping on my laptop, too. Figure out how to file transfer between my laptop and the desktop.
THIRD GOAL: Host regular monthly events. Learn to Knit, Game Night, Movie Night, Investment Club, etc. I don't even know where to start on this one. Still need to talk to Husband.

Last week of January (27th - 31st)--FINISHING: pram coat, cabled brim hat, autumn capelet

The revised list for January/February is as follows:
B's Moderne baby blanket--miles and miles of garter stitch, due February 22
secret of the stole--pick up when I finish the Moderne Baby Blanket
layette--have a blue blanket, add a hat and booties, possibly a sweater and pants

Monday, January 21, 2008

Birthday for the Big Girl

Wonderful dinner last night at the house with the family to celebrate Dear Daughter's 27th birthday. We ate "bad", but the food was so good! Hubby did bacon wrapped shrimp, steaks and chicken on the grill. I made augratin potatoes and a salad, and a simple cherry cake for the birthday girl.
It was wonderful to see all the kids, and to hear all their goings-on. We're so blessed to have such a great relationship with each of our kids and their significant others.
Daddy brought over the genealogy books that he has been working on for the past ten years. He contributed about a third to a half of each of the books, and it was very gratifying and absolutely intriguing to read old letters, wills, and etc.
Mother and Daddy looked well, and they were both pretty animated last night. Mom's radiation is over half finished, and she is very tired, but that is to be expected.
We continue to keep a lookout for a new house, and Dearest One thinks he has found "the" house. He is to contact our real estate agent today and try to make an appointment to see it soon.
Knitting going slowly, what with the preparations for the birthday party, but mostly because of the work on the house. Painting, packing, planning, etc., takes a lot of time. I will not have the Moderne Baby Blanket ready for the shower this coming weekend. I should have it ready by the time the baby is born on February 22, though.
After I found out about google books, I was poking around at Ravelry in my books group, YarnWords, and came across a thread about reading books online. Links to several websites were given, including, Project Gutenberg and the Online Books Page. I spent several hours just cruising around on the sites, and I signed up to receive daily reads for Persuasion by Jane Austen. I'm also reading Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe, but online, to see what suits me better. I love being able to read and knit at the same time.