Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Well, this is certainly a day!!!

Most people don't associate 11 September with good things any more, but this is one AMAZING day for me!!!

Three years ago today, I was lucky enough to marry the most wonderful man in the world.


And today while we were out to dinner, we got a call from our real estate agent...

Yes, WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!

We saw it online, went to the open house on Sunday, went back to see it Monday with our agent, made a formal offer last night, did some back and forth this afternoon, and had a final decision before 6:30 tonight!!!


I CANNOT wait to have a gas stove again!!! I have hated having electric stoves for the past 3 years!


We have plans to turn the basement into an Ohio State theme.


And...... we have a koi pond!!! I had to laugh last night that the koi were listed on the list of things that were to be left at the house after the sale!!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sometimes I Feel .....



"I ain't got nobody to love me

I ain't got nobody to hold me

I ain't got nobody to squeeze me

I'm just a motherless child

I'm just a motherless child"

It's Mother's Day here in the US. Normally this is a day that doesn't bother me, in fact I don't even normally think about it. My mother has been gone for 40 years this year (in 15 days to be exact) so Mother's Day to me hasn't been a big deal.

For some reason this year, the fact that I am a "motherless child" is bothering me. I can't really say that I miss my mother, I was 3 days shy of my fifth birthday when she died, so it's very hard to miss someone you never knew. But maybe that's what's bothering me -- the fact that I have no idea who she was, what she was like, what made her laugh, what she believed in, what she would have thought of me as an adult now.

Maybe it's bothering me this year, because I am the same age she was when she was pregnant with me. From what my aunt, her sister, told me when I was growing up, they didn't know what to expect. The doctor had given them a HUGE list of things that might be wrong with me because of her "advanced" age and the lack of prenatal testing that exists today.

A few days ago, it was what would have been my parent's 48th anniversary, and I changed my facebook profile picture to the only picture I have that was taken on their wedding day. My husband commented how much I look like my mother (he's not the first to make that comment) and asked me what she was like. I had to say "I don't know."

My memories of her a very, very few and some I wonder if I really remember or if I just have a picture of a photograph in my head. What do I remember? I remember one morning when I woke up very early, before my dad went to work, sitting on her lap, having toast dunked in her coffee while they talked before he left for the day. I remember having my mouth washed out with soap, I don't remember what I said though. I remember sitting next to her chair, while she watched a soap opera (Days of Our Lives, maybe) and she brushed my hair. I remember seeing her in her casket, which is probably not your typical childhood memory of a mother.

Is there a point to all of this? No not really. I'm not looking for sympathy or pity or anything like that. In most ways, I've come to terms with the fact that I am a motherless child a very long time ago (plus my dad ROCKED when I was growing up), but maybe this year, if you remember my mom, you can share a memory or two with me. I would love to know what she was like.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

One week in...

Well so far I have knit every day this month to keep up with the contest at KNOTS.

And that means that even after a very big trip to the frog pond last night (I mean seriously, HOW did I forget to turn the heel????) I am on pace to have this sock done in time to wear it to the game next Sunday!

The knitting is to the point where it's all plain knitting for a bit until I get to the toe decreases. Hopefully I'll have it done before Friday so I can have another project ready to go on the needles for the drive to Chicago!

Click on the picture to see the rest of the sock!!!




Friday, February 01, 2013

February Challenge

My not quite LYS has issued a challenge for the month of February, knit or crochet every day during the month. I have to admit that I don't knit every day, even though I carry my knitting with me to work all the time.

I have some projects that I am working on that have a deadline so I've taken the plunge and signed myself up for the challenge (plus there are prizes!!!)

Even if I don't win anything, I'll at least make sure I get to wear my Miami Redskins socks when we go to Chicago in a couple of weeks. We're going to watch Miami play Notre Dame at an outside hockey game at Soldier Field and I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!

So far I have one sock done and a decent start on the second, so with the challenge I think I will be in good shape to have warm feet at the game!




I still need a picture of sock number one finished, but at least you get the idea!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Olympic Knittng Wrap-up

So I finished my wingspan in plenty of time to cross the finish line for the ravelympics,I mean ravellenic games.

By the time I left my bookgroup on Friday night, I had very little left to knit. I figured I would easily be able to finish it between driving to Ohio and spending some time at the nursing home.

I really only needed the drive to Ohio to finish. Although I did do the cast off at the nursing home instead of the car.

It was done in time to show it off to Jeanne when I went to her trunk show at KNOTS on Saturday.

All of the pretty yarn I bought will have to be for another post so I don't overwhelm this one with too many pictures!


(scroll to see the whole thing, sorry my choices were teeny tiny or HUGE!!!)


I even got a medal for completing it by the end of the Olympics!


Now I just need to finish the socks I was working on before the Olympics started!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Halfway Point

The Olympics have reached the end of the first week as of yesterday, and I've reached the halfway point of my shawl!

And, as promised last week, we have some action shots!


Click on the picture to see the full image!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wings over Pittsburgh

First, my apologies to Sir Paul, but hey - a catchy title is a catchy title!

It's too dark to get any nice action shots of the shawl in progress but I didn't tell you much about it yesterday, so I guess we can fill in some gaps tonight!

The pattern is called Wingspan. It's a pretty nifty concept, short rows, all garter stitch and a total of 8 triangles (although you can make it larger if you choose).

For my yarn, I've picked Sausalito by Crystal Palace. The colour is Mediterranean and it's a lovely group of blues.



I've just started my third triangle, so I seem to be on a good pace to get this completed before the Olympics are over. Hopefully some action shots will be coming soon!