The Crochet Lady

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Mittens

Today I received a shipment of some beautiful yarn in the mail.

I purchased the yarns from a lovely shop on Etsy, Susan Knits,

( http://www.etsy.com/shop/SusanEknits).

The yarn pictured is an Acrylic/Wool blend. Soft and brightly colored!

Mittens Yarn!

I see some really nice Mittens to be created from this yarn.

Think I will start today with the bright yellow and make a pair of mittens for a young lady.

There is enough of the teal to create a pair of convertible mittens and a nice warm cowl!

Stay posted for pictures of my creations.

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Good Morning Sunshine!

I cannot believe how time flies! It feels like I was here yesterday!

This past Fall and Spring I planted some Iris and a couple of rose bushes in my little flower garden in honor of my Mother.

The Irises have taken and bloomed beautifully. There are solid Purple, Purple and White and Purple and Yellow ones.

My gracious neighbor from across the street has given me some of his prized Irises also!

He has given me some more Purple and Whites and Bright Yellow ones! I

have a friend up in Pennsylvania who has promised me some of her prized pure White Irises!

And I also planted some Pink ones too!

Next year my Iris garden is going to be absolutely beautiful!

Mom's Irises

Mom’s Iris

The Rose Bushes planted are also blooming!

They are a beautiful shade of Pink. Roses are one of my favorite flowers.

When we married, I carried a bouquet of Pink Roses, something like these roses!

Pink Roses

My Pink Roses

 Another of the Irises ….

Dark Purple Iris

Dark Purple Iris

Hope you enjoyed this stroll through my garden!

This weekend we are going to be VERY busy in the veggie garden…we are planting bell peppers and cukes.

The season is getting late, need to get a move on!

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Spring is Springing!

It has been too long since I have been on here! Time to get my act together!

This weekend I plan on do alot of gardening in our poor neglected veggie garden…the broccoli is way past it’s harvest and has gone totally to flower…the honey bees are enjoying it!

And every couple of days Mary Kate snips a small branch or two, but now it is time for some new plants to grow!

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We need to get out there and mow the whole garden and weed out the beds.

 I think the onions we planted back in November around Thanksgiving have been enjoying the neglect!

 The onion plants have these pod thingys…are they going to flower? Are they ready to harvest? I don’t know, this is the first time we have grown onions, another learning experience! I will have to get out the garden books and look this up!

There are enough onions growing for a year, what do we do after harvest?

Yep, another learning experience!

 We have beens, peas, beets and garlic to plant right now, and later we will be putting in tomatoes.

We grow tomatoes for salad and sandwiches…nothing like a fresh tomatoe sandwich!

Has to be on white bread with Hellman’s Mayo, salt and pepper…that’s it short and sweet and the best sandwich you can make all summer long!

Will also be planting Roma tomatoes for fresh sauce and little cherry or grape tomatoes for snacking, funny how we grow tomatoes according to use!

I refuse to buy tomatoes during the winter, they just aren’t the same as to the ones you get fresh from the garden

The Iris’ we brought back from Mom’s garden are doing well, Martin and MaryKate planted them in my flower garden.

The rhizomes are even starting to grow new little plants, I think they will adapt weel to the climate here.

Cant’t wait for them to bloom!

 Iris’s are one of my favorite flowers, next year I will invest in a few more maybe pink ones!

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You will not believe what happened last night….

You will not believe what happened last night….

I was running out to drop Mary Kate off at work, I asked Martin to please vacum out the pellet stove while I was gone, we needed to fire it up as the temperatures were dropping overnight…..

Upon returning home,  the kitchen door is wide open and a fan going, blowing out…Martin is standing there…”Mom! I have a problem, I need your help!” The house is full of ‘smoke’ or at least that was my first thought, and I think, ok, no biggie…it wasn’t smoke….it was superfine ash from the pellet stove….ALL OVER the diningroom and kitchen area……kinda like that video last week of the kids with the flour….but this is black fine ash…..it took forwever to clean it up, it is all over EVERYTHING…we will be cleaning that stuff up for years, we will find it when we least expect it…..I had to laugh after it was all said and done.

Thank heavens I went to the post office, so many orders had been on the table and would have been in the direct line of fire…..

This morning I ran the swiffer sweeper thingy around the Diningroom again, it is covered in the black soot!

Mary Kate says this is one for the books! For sure it certainly is!

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Good Monday Morning!

Today is the beginning of a new week! Yeah! Duh! You say to your self!

The weather here is supposed to be nice this week, more than likely the last week for the tomatoes in the garden, though.

As soon as we get our first frost warning, that will be the end of the garden. The tomatoe plants just started to produce nicely once the heat broke. Time to start planning the new garden for next summer! We will plant snow peas in the spring again! They grew so nicely and the kids ate them raw while picking! Next summer I don’t think we will plant as many cucumber plants….we had too many, the neighbors loved them though! Hopefully we can battle off the squash bug enough for the zucchinin can grow…someone told me to plant onion or garlic in between the zucchini plants, suppossedly will ward off the bugger! Will try!

We have some good looking broccoli plants out there right now. All have little heads starting, about the size of a quarter, Mmmm! Brocoli cheese soup! on a cold winter night for supper! Of course with home made bread, the best! The red pepper plants were a hit this summer, lots of red pepper jelly, I think I can get one more batch out of what is left on the plants. I am sending John a jar in his care package this week, will wrap in bubble wrap and pack with socks or underwear to avoid breakage! Guess I should include some of his favorite crackers too!

Over the weekend, Martin and MaryKate planted the iris’ we brought back from Grandmas’ garden, I hope the take well, they were one of her favorite flowers. They are mine too! These are purple and blue, maybe I will get some pink ones to add to the garden. In the spring I would like to get a nice Rose bush to plant in my flower garden, maybe a peace rose, will have to wait and see what is available out there in the spring.

It is time to get my groove on, see you later!

Red peppers in the making!

These will make some nice jelly!

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Mom

Today it is a week, since you left us. I know you left us for a better place. I know you are with us, and always will be. I went to pick up the phone to call you. It is Sunday morning, just calling to say Hi and see how you are doing. The kids are great, doing well as they can be. John is good, still doing his Army stuff. Do you need anything? How are you doing with the coloring books? Do you need more? Annette told me you are doing some beautiful work in the books. How are your legs, are you keeping them up? I miss you.

Don’t know how to take your number out of the auto dial on the phone….do you have a new number in heaven? If I delete your number, I feel like I will be deleting you. Can I keep your number for awhile longer? I think I will always keep it, can’t let go just right now.

Your funeral mass was beautiful! There were many Catholic Daughters’ there, Joan Marron, and Kay Baker were in the color guard. The Catholic Daughters were in fine form for you. You would have loved the Bagpies, he played Danny Boy and when Irish eyes are smiling for you! He was wonderful. Mr Louden was the Deacon with Msgr for your mass. Tere wasn’t a dry eye in the church at times. All seven of us behaved well, we didn’t let you down, and won’t now either.

We spread your ashes at Cedar Beach. We thought it was apprpriate to let you go to heaven via the beach, we all know how much you loved the beach.

Be free Mom, I will call again to see how you are doing.

I love you!

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A new week…

Well it has been a week since you left.

I miss you! I miss your mess! I miss you! I miss your conversation! I miss you!

I miss your farts! I miss you! I miss your face ! I miss you!

I miss you talking to the cats! I miss You! I miss you driving like a crazy man!

I miss You! I miss you doing the garden! I miss you!

Dammit! I miss you!

I love you!

I miss YOU!

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Homemade Bread!

This past weekend my daughter and I learned how to make Braided Bread!

The weather was chilly and we were having soup for dinner, so why not make bread!

It was not as hard as we first thought. Making bread takes patience, at first you pray the yeast proofs, then you have to wait for the dough to rise.

The yeast proofed right the first time! Now onto the mixing and kneeding! Kneeding is good if you have alot on your mind. You get to ‘work’ some things out! Then you let it rise…patience is at work again! Wow! It worked! Look how big it got! Punch it down, aww, and kneed it a little more. Now cut into 3 pieces and make the long snakey pieces…..now for the hard part, start to braid the dough!

First step, braid the dough

It worked!

Now we let it rest again, so it can rise some more! Patience…..cover it up and come back in 30 minutes!

Glazing the bread before the oven!

Brush the dough with an egg glaze before putting in oven, to make it shiny and golden when it bakes! Again, be patient, it smells sooo good! It is getting bigger! It is getting golden brown! Is it done yet? Patience is just working it’s magic on you! Soon!

Ta Da!

 The finished Product!

It was soo good! Had to make a second one for dinner, they ate the first one warm out of the oven with just butter!

The 2nd one was just as amazing to make and watch, now we feel like pros!

Also made Raisin Bread for breakfast, we were on a roll!

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It’s Thursday Already!?

Where is this week going?! It was just Saturday! Now it’s Thursday! Time goes so fast sometimes!

Well we received the official word, my husband is deploying for a year to Afghanistan with his unit. This is abosolutely the worst part of being a military family. The deployments just tear at the family. This is not our first, but it is our LAST deployment! Thank heavens. Husband retires a year after his return from deployment. The kids are not happy, but they are troopers and are putting up a good fce for him.

So, now he is in a panic mode about the house, he is trying to do all the things on the HoneyDo list, that he has been putting off…..Last night after work, he tore the bathroom ceiling down. We have had evidence of moisture up there since we bought the house….thought it was due to no bathroom vent, he has scraped it and repainted it….6 months later it is peeling again! Is it the roof? We needed a new roof really bad, last year around Christmas time, we had a new roof put on. Six months later the bathroom ceiling is peeling again! Argh! It wasn’t the roof …..is it a leak in the plumbing from the bathroom upstairs?  He drills a pilot hole into the ceilng…the plaster is dry! What? But the paint is still peeling! Make a hole in the ceiling….this ceiling is not just sheet rock, it is a layer of plaster over cement or stucco stuff which has a layer of metal mesh! Never saw this before! What is behind all this stuff? An airconditioning duct! It is condensating during the summer and the water drips and causes the water damage to the ceiling, so now there is a hole! Tonight he will figure out something and insulate the duct. Thankheavens it’s not leaky pipes, but then they would have been easier to fix!

Today is Hubsters’ Birthday! We will have a nice dinner and yummy cake for him. The kids are making cards and we have a gift too! Sometimes he is really hard to buy for, he always says, I don’t need anything….but he always loves the cards the kids make!

Yesterday, We placed the Cap and Gown order for our daughters’ graduation. Time has really passed so quickly! It was just yesterday she was starting Kindergarten!  All of the graduates wear a light blue gown with a white bib collar, they look great all dressed up. This year is going to be a good year  for her! Tomorrow night is Homecoming! The Marching Band, she is in the percussion pit,  will be wearing their new uniforms! All white, how dramatic! Will get lots of pictures and will post on Saturday! Can’t wait to see the Band in Action this year!

Today I have a full plate, baking a birthday cake, thhin yellow layers with fudge frosting, and also baking cookies for the homecoming fair, crocheting the Pansies and Peruvian helmet hat and the post office!  Think I better get the cake in the oven!

See you soon!

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Saturday Morning…

The kids are outside ‘doing’ their bake sale…I bake the breads for them and they sell it! Sounds easy, this way they get to earn some spending money or they can put their earnings towards what they want or need. It is amazing how many of the customers are men! Men love comfort food! And the women say, I am buying this for my husband, he will love it! The best way to a man’s heart is thru his stomach for sure!

Out in the garden this morning…the tomatoes are starting to come in nicely now, that the heat is subsiding! This is really the best time of the year for a garden! The beets and radish seeds took well and so did the onions already! Should have a nice crop this fall. We planted the onions in between the zucchini plants, somewhere along the way we read to plant the onions with them to try to get the squash bug to leave the zucchini plants alone! We lost the spring zucchini to the squash bug…Grrr!  The tomato plants I started from cuttings off the plants already in the garden, are starting to produce now, hopefully we will have enough to make some sauce!

Well, Dad is going to be deploying again next week. Of course we are not happy, but this is life in the military. So, now he is in a “gotta get it done” mode….trying to get things done, he thought he would be able to do this fall or winter. Almost like a panic. It will get done, and what doesn’t the kids and I will pick up later and get done. Nothing too dramatic, just yard chores and ‘stuff’. Next week is his birthday too! We will have a couple of nice dinners for him before he goes and bake him a good cake. Kind of hard to try to get a birthday present for him now, we will figure something out….amybe some new socks to take down range…..

This weekend I am supposed to be making more of the Pansies….so let me get working on them….

See you all later!

 

 

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