Happy Friday

Hello friends and Happy Friday!!!!  I don’t think I have ever been so happy to see Friday get here. But wasn’t Monday like about five minutes ago?   Wow!!! I do not know how this week went by so fast.  It has been a long week physically.  I have had something to do every night this week after work.  Weeks like this stress me out sometimes.  Monday night was book club.  I didn’t t read the entire book.  I checked out the book on audio through Tennessee Reads which is the online library that I often use when the books I need are available. It’s free so that is definitely a plus. If you haven’t checked this out you need to.  Each state has an online library and usually it is through your local library.    I felt like this way I could at least listen when I didn’t have time to sit and read.  The book is  Glory Over Everything and it is really good so far.   One thing I like about my book club is that we have such a diverse group and many different books are chosen.  Some of these are books I would not normally pick for myself but when I get into them I really like them. After planning to go to book club all weekend and trying to finish the book.  I didn’t make it.  I had to work later than I expected and then had to run home and take care of fur babies because it was my husband’s late day at work.  So by the time all of this happened It was just too late to get there.

I have been trying to add some workouts into my daily routine.  In doing this instead of the usual forms of exercise I have been trying to do more physical work around the house and yard.  Oh man did I make a mistake trying to work in my yard Tuesday evening after I got off work. First of all it was about ninety degrees and the humidity was even worse.  I started trimming bushes in my yard and I was only able to work for about an hour and a half before I was soaking wet and had sweat running in my eyes.  I am so ready for cool weather.  I did get a lot of my shrubs cut in the front of my house and it actually looks like someone lives there now.

Wednesday night I went to “The Village” I have probably mentioned this before.  This is where my mother in law is living.  It is an assisted living village.  Very nice with only about 25 people living there. Each room is like an individual apartment. The meals are served in a small cafeteria. There is always a nurse on duty to give meds and assist if anything goes wrong.  There are also people to help bathe the residents and there is even a hair salon for those who cannot go out by themselves.  My mother in law has been there for a little over a year.  She broke her hip in March of 2018 and because of complications from a really bad infection she can no longer walk on her own.  She uses a walker and a wheelchair.  She is not able to stay at home by herself.  At least once a week I go and pick her up and we go out and get something to eat and take a good long drive.  We are usually out for a couple of hours and it gives her some time away from the village.

On Thursday night we had a Spaghetti Dinner and Auction fundraiser for a civic group that I am a member of.  This dinner and auction is a ton of work.  As it is with just about any organization like this there are only a few dedicated people who seem to get stuck with all the work.  So it was really late by the time I got finished with all of this and got home.

But today is Friday!!! Yay!!!!  and I really don’t have a lot planned for the weekend and that is a good thing.  I wanted to share with you a few things I have been loving the last couple of weeks.

I finally finished the granny square blanket I have been working on for so long. This is actually made up of 20 large granny squares with ten rows in each square.  There was no rhyme or reason to the colors.  I just had about twelve balls of yarn in a basket and I would pick them out randomly and crochet them.  Now that I have finished and I need another big project to work on or maybe two or three.  You can see more of the individual squares from this post. 

Look at this little cactus flower that bloomed from my cactus family. I have had this cactus for several years and this is the first time it has bloomed. Those two stalks came up overnight and bloomed the next day. But by the next day it had wilted down to nothing. Such beauty for such a short time.

Isn’t she beautiful. I know I may be a tad bit prejudice but Kitty Kitty has totally stolen my heart.

My work place early in the mornings before it gets too hot to be outside.

I am loving this iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts. We don’t have a Dunkin in our small town but my coworker lives in Maryville and there is one there and she brings us an iced coffee a couple of times a week.

So how was your week? and what are you up to this weekend?

Remember to always love your day your way!!!

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A Few Of My Favorite Things & No Internet For Three Days

Hello how are you? I hope you have had a wonderful week and weekend are looking forward to a great week.  It is hot here in the south with most days reaching 90 degrees with a heat index close to 100!!!!

It has been awhile since I shared some of my favorite things with you. You will have to disregard the beginning of this post however because these were not some of my favorite things.

This has been another crazy week for me. It started with me getting a bee sting. I am not totally, where I have to have an epipen, allergic but I do tend to swell pretty bad when I get a sting. The little bas$&@d got me on the side of my stomach through my shirt!!!! I was on my way to the land fill, dump, and had gone over to my father in law’s house to pick up some garbage. His house is next door to ours. He has a gate to get into his property and every year bees or wasps build a nest in the opening where the lock is. I checked and didn’t see anything but then when I put the key in, a red wasp flew out. I went on my way even though he was circling me. On my way back I again checked the lock and didn’t see anything but then when I put the lock back on he came out of nowhere and started circling again. I felt a pain like a hot coal on the side of my stomach. I knew immediately what it was. I went back to the house and got some wasp and hornet spray but I am not sure if I got him or not.

I went about my day and took some Benadryl which made me feel loopy and seemed to open my sinuses causing me to feel really horrible and have a sore throat. Anyway I felt bad all week. On Wednesday my internet went out. Because we live in the boonies we have satellite for our internet system. It is not great. We have Hughes Net. I guess they do the best they can but I have been less than satisfied with them. When I called them on Wednesday evening to report the problem they did several tests on the system and after an hour they told me they would have to send me a new modem. By this time it was 8:00 pm on Wednesday night. Day one without internet. Although the lady on the phone assured me the modem would arrive the next day I was skeptical. And with good reason.

On Thursday the modem did not arrive. I went home from work without internet. Day two without internet. Even though I may not seem like it. I am actually fine without having internet. It is more of an annoyance than anything. I like to read and do lots of other things. But there is just something about not being able to check email, or any other sites, that is just plain annoying. I think it’s more of a mind thing.

On Friday the UPS man arrived at work without the modem. I jumped up and down and begged him to check the truck again. Not really. I did ask him if he was absolutely positive he had nothing for me on his truck and he said he did not. He said all orders were arriving later than usual because of the Amazon Prime Days which were Monday and Tuesday. This did not make me feel better after all I was promised delivery Thursday.

I called Hughes Net, the thought of a weekend in the boonies without internet was less than pleasing. The young man I talked to assured me the modem would be here by the end of day today, Friday. I explained that our UPS driver had already made his delivery and had arrived  without my modem. He still insisted it would arrive by 8:00 pm. Friday night.  We will see. Anyway, on to some of my favorite things. I will make the best of it.

These are granny squares that I am crocheting. I have been working on them for several weeks. They are really big with ten rows each. It will take twenty of them to make the blanket I want. But I love making granny squares and these have been so much fun. I have eighteen now and I can’t wait to put them all together. I wanted to use mostly light colors with lots of white.  I had a spring, summer throw in mind but if I don’t hurry it’s going to be fall.

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Hydrangeas.  Are they not just the most beautiful flower you have ever seen. This photo is of a bush at work. I love the pink ones. I have a couple of bushes at home but they are not doing as well as these.  These are also easy to dry and they last a long time. I dried some of them last year and I have them in some milk glass vases. I will show you those one day.

From crocheting to knitting. I recently finished two pairs of socks. This is one of them. I worked on these mostly while I was on the European trip. Lots of airplane time and waiting in the airport makes for lots of good knitting time.

I finished these purple ones after I got back home. I actually had these almost finished before my trip

I am not usually a reality TV fan but I came across this show a few weeks ago and I love it. It is called “Out Daughtered”. It is about a couple in Texas who had a young daughter maybe three years old. They were trying to have another baby and wound up with all girl quintuplets. So they now have six daughters and they say they are officially out daughtered. I don’t know why I love this show. The quints are four or five years old now and I have been binge watching all the episodes. They are adorable. They all have such unique personalities. The show deals with their day to day lives, which to me seems quite overwhelming. I guess not ever having any children of my own makes me think WOW!! How does anyone do this. Of course they have lots of help from their families. Check it out. You might like it. http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/outdaughtered.

         I just finished this book and I loved it!!!!  I read it for book club last weekend.  I finished it in about three days.  Read it. I think you will enjoy it.

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I just have to tell you about this cream I have been using for a couple of months now. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, I saw the commercial on TV and decided to try it.  If you are not used to using retinol it takes just a bit for your skin to adjust to it.  I apply it around my eyes after I have put on my nighttime moisturizer.  I only put it on a couple of spots. A little goes a long way.  It really makes a difference. You can see a noticeable difference in the skin around your eyes or forehead, or wherever you choose to use it, in about a week.  It really brightens your skin and softens the wrinkles.

Well back to the internet.  Believe it or not the modem did arrive later in the day on Friday. A different UPS truck delivered it to my office about 3:30. I was overjoyed.  I picked up the box and stroked it and cuddled it and called it George. (you have to be old to remember that cartoon lol)

Anyway the internet is back up and looking back I guess it wasn’t that bad.  I had a couple of nights of going to bed really early and probably getting better sleep.

Have a great week and remember,

Love your day your way!!!!

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Friday Favorites

 

Happy Friday everyone. I am so ready for a couple of days off. I may stay in my pajamas all day tomorrow.

I wanted to share some of my latest favorite things with you.  These include some of my scarves I have been knitting lately. I think I told you that I love to knit scarves.  They are so easy and usually you don’t have to worry about much of a pattern, and you can take them anywhere with you. I usually have three or four scarves going at one time. This is not totally a bad thing because I also finish them almost at the same time.  So here are the scarves I have recently finished. A big thank you to my friend and coworker Shelby who agreed to be my scarf model.

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I love all of the vivid colors in this scarf.

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This black and white scarf is a favorite of mine because I LOVE black and white and I wear this combination all the time. You can see how nice it looks against a bold color like Shelby’s red shirt.

This scarf was the softest.  It was also Shelby’s favorite so I gifted it to her for being such an amazing “scarf model”. I got this yarn on clearance at Hobby Lobby and it knits up perfectly.

Last but not least on the scarves is this fun red-pink scarf.  The yarn is really thick and you can knit a scarf in no time flat.  I think I used size 35 needles. This yarn was on sale at Hobby Lobby back in October and a friend of mine snagged it for 90% off! I had her pick me up several skeins. I think I may use some of this yarn to make a Valentines Wreath  I will keep you posted on that

Yesterday I had a late lunch with my bestie Lorie and after lunch we went to a couple of our favorite thrift stores.  Look at this little plate and stand I scored for $1.00  I love it!

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I am also  loving this curling wand from Bed Head  this wand gives you those nice wavy curls and it is so easy to use   And it was free!!!  Given to me by my niece Amy B. because she had gotten another one. I love it! Thank you Amy!!!!

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Have you heard of Zenni Optical?  I heard some people at work talking about ordering really cheap glasses. Guys I am rough on glasses.  I sleep in them and throw them all over my car and house. I scratch them and lose them. And I usually pay a fortune for them even though I have a really simple prescription. No bifocals yet. So I decided to go online and try Zenni Optical.  I went online and uploaded a photo of me, and picked tons of glasses to try.  I loved it!!! I got my prescription from my optometrist and entered it into the site.  Zenni is very user friendly.  I then picked a pair of glasses that was about $40.00 and placed the order. The whole time I was thinking it can’t be this easy and this cheap.  Well it is!!!!  Two weeks later I received my glasses and I love them!!!! What do you think?

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Tell me some of your favorites.

Love your day your way!!!

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January Bliss

Happy Friday!!! How is your January going? It seems like it was Christmas only yesterday.  We have been having a new deck put on the back of our house.  We also added new doors, a new front door and doors on our new deck. I am really excited about the deck doors they have the blinds on the inside of the glass. Take that you dust bunnies.  Our yard and then our living room has been in a state of disarray.   Adding a new deck is something I have wanted to do for a couple of years now. We started the deck before  Thanksgiving and then rain and all of the workers being sick slowed the process. They finally finished the deck just before Christmas. There was a mixup on the new deck doors and they had to be reordered and that slowed things even more.  The doors were finally put in last week. Of course it was one of the coldest days we’ve had this winter and all of the doors in the living room were out. Mark took this picture from the upstairs.  We still haven’t painted the doors.  We are waiting for the temps to be a little warmer but I will show you an update when we do.

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You can see a little bit of the new deck here. I am loving the new railing. I can’t wait until it gets warmer and we can sit on the deck and enjoy the sunshine.

Last Sunday I decided to make bread with my sour dough starter.  I wanted the regular sour dough and the cinnamon pecan sourdough.  So each cup of starter makes three loaves, and long story short I wound up with six loaves of bread  I gave most of it away.  I have to get it out of the house so I won’t eat all of it.

 

 

My niece Amy R and I decided to start a craft or project night once or twice a month.  Here are some of the things we are planning to do:
Hook a rug
Paint with chalk paint
Stencil
Make candles
Make herb butter

These are just a few things we want to start with.

But we actually started out last Tuesday making one of the knitted arm blankets. Something we hadn’t really planned on at all.   Man is that yarn expensive. It is a super bulky yarn and let me say it is a bit of an investment. We decided to go with a slightly smaller bulk. We don’t want to break our budget with these projects. We got the yarn at Hobby Lobby and we each needed two skeins. They are really large. They were on sale 30% off so we got them for about 15.00 each so $30.00 for each blanket.  The super bulky that we really wanted would have been about $75.00 per blanket. A little pricey for me on a beginner project.

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We picked out a YouTube video and got started. This is an excellent video for beginners

Arm Knit a Blanket in 45 Minutes by Simply Maggie

It took us a little bit to get started but once we got the hang of it it went pretty fast. It is basically knitting with your arms instead of knitting needles. I guess because we were new to it and using our arms the open spaces in the blanket were a little large. We finished in about two hours.  I put it over the back of this chair and to be honest with you I was not really happy with it. I think it kind of looked like intestines.  Now that Amy and I have the hang of making one of these we think we will invest in the higher priced bulky yarn and try again.  I decided to unravel my blanket because I knew I would probably never like it and use it.  I can make quite a few knitted scarves out of the yarn. The yarn is very nice and soft and will make excellent scarves.

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So as you can see I have been in this sort of nesting mode. I guess with the hustle and bustle of Christmas behind me I just want to take a breather and enjoy being alone and doing things I really want to do.

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This is the book we are currently reading for our book club.  I just started it.  It is sort of the sequel to, To Kill A Mockingbird.  So far it is pretty interesting.  I need to go back and read Mockingbird because it has been many many years since I read that.  What a lot of people don’t realize is that Harper Lee actually wrote Go Set A Watchman first before Mockingbird.  Just some trivia for you.

My goals for January are going pretty well you can see them in this post  I haven’t lost five pounds yet but I have been more active and I have been trying some new things (like the blanket) but more on that at the end of the month

How is your January going?

Love your day your way

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