Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Knitting

I am about half finished with the Green and Brown Striped Scarf, Big Version.  I will have to order some green yarn so that I can finish it.
I tinked (that means un-knitted--see, tink is knit spelled backwards) the art sock, but I will keep it hidden shamefully for now.  That makes me sad.
I've placed the anne hanson sweater aside for now, as I want to concentrate on Holiday Knitting!
I am knitting the Big Snowy Owl, courtesy of purl bee.  Is it not adorable?  Bonus--I have all the yarn, except for a light gray.
I think the girls might like this cowl, and it appears to use about 200 yards of yarn, which should knit up quickly. And I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up some odds and ends, and found a ton of yarn ON SALE.  Wonderful navies and blues and creams, perfect for making cowls and scarves. 
I wanted to knit some winter white cable pillows for the holidays, but instead I may use some thrifted white cable sweaters and SEW them.

Sewing

I finished the curtains I was reworking for Oldest Son.  We (the curtains and I) had quite the battle, but I won.  Geez.  Nothing else to report this week.

Anti-Procrastination Day

Today I am making phone calls.  I hate talking on the phone.  But I need to make some appointments and follow-up on some issues. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011


Grandbuddy Day:

Today we played with the ball, working on running and kicking the ball, throwing it two-handed and we even laid on our backs and kicked the ball with our feet.  That was a good workout for both of us.  We especially worked out our laugh muscles.
We drew, and played with Play-Doh, and watched some TV.
We ate spaghetti and meatballs, and had a chocolate milkshake.
We played with the dominoes, doing some matching.
We read books and sang songs.
I went in my office for a moment and he called me--"Grandma, where are you?" "I'm here in my office." "Oh.  You're being quiet."  "Yeah, I guess I am."  "Grandma, are you pooping?"

Books:

I finished reading Einstein's Refrigerator.  It was very entertaining!
I also read My Heart Remembers.  It was very sweet and heartwarming.  I may be reading more of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books. 
I started reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.  I read her book, The House at Riverton, and enjoyed it very much.  Her writing makes me feel very dreamy and creative. 

Movies:

We saw Contagion and enjoyed it very much.  It was an interesting story, especially in light of this past season of H1N1 virus.  (Hope another one like that doesn't come around.  That was a booger.)  We both loved the acting/actors.  Some of the storylines were a little off or annoying, but overall it was an enjoyable evening.
We watched Sorrell and Son, all six episodes over the course of two evenings.  It was very, very good.  If you like post WWI British dramas, this one is for you.
We've also been watching Reilly: Ace of Spies.  We just finished Disc 3, and are moving through Disc 4.  This is probably the third or fourth time we are watching this series.  It is that good.
Tonight we are watching Frankenstein.  I am also listening to Frankenstein on The Classic Tales Podcast by B.J. Harrison.  If you like to listen to audiobooks, do listen to him. 

Fall is coming!

Fall is coming, I know it is. I actually woke up this morning and it was chilly in the house. It may have been 100 degrees one day this week, but when I came out of work Friday morning, I didn't need my sunglasses. We had a lovely thunderstorm during the night, and everything smelled all wet and warm. The sky was clear and it was definitely darker than usual. The weather lady announced on the radio that the sun would be coming up shortly. Yes, fall is coming. I do love to decorate my house for the fall and winter holidays. I pulled out many of my fall decorations and here is what they look like: The rust and blue Imari plate and cup, and the rust porcelain leaves join the blue and white porcelain pot. (The cachepot is crying out for a big rust chrysanthemum.)
I draped the dining room table with a tablecloth, and placed the large maroon urn in the center with some fall branches, and plopped the grapevine pumpkins at either end.
The mantel is sporting some ceramic pumpkins and berry branches.
My cheapo wrought iron baker's rack is full of warmer fall colored decor. I love those plates.
The little red Asian console with its crooked candleholder and the blue and white pots has tiny candle pumpkins, artfully arranged by Grandbuddy.
A little bit of fall. Soon we will decorate for Halloween. I'm hoping to get Grandbuddy to help me.