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Monday, June 23, 2014
No, I am not at the beach. It would be nice though! I am at home preparing to start Ocean Breeze.
iPurl is hosting a Boo Knits Mystery KAL beginning tomorrow. The mystery project is a shawl called Ocean Breeze. I am working on mine today so I will be able to help knitters tomorrow if needed. Here is the link if you want to see.
I am setting Echo Beach aside, although not out of sight, as it is my enjoyable knitting currently. I plan to work on Ocean Breeze very early in the morning before going to the shop, when my my mind is fresh, so I can stay on pace with the KAL. At the end of the day, I will want something easy to work on while watching baseball with Joe - that will be Echo Beach. At the very best, I will be finishing TWO projects!
On the home front -
Joe and I drove out to our lot yesterday. Everything looks ready to pour concrete! We were very surprised! It is a good thing as today may be the only day this week they will be able to do it.
Rain and thunderstorms are predicted the rest of the week! I LOVE thunderstorm days! I am not talking about bad weather, just rain, a bit of lightning and thunder rolling in the background.
Sitting by the window with Bella, I have my yarn balled, my supplies gathered in a rice basket, a freshly brewed glass of Harney & Sons Paris black tea, I am ready to knit for a few hours.
Monday, June 9, 2014
It's a good day to be at the apartment - warm, cloudy, very humid with thunderstorms all around. I put a nice roast in the crockpot to have in the fridge for the coming week. A line of thunderstorms is moving thru. I'm having a hard time knowing when it's thundering or if the German Shepherd upstairs is romping about! We have a nice small porch, full of tropical plants, where Bella and I can sit and watch the rain! Bella loves the porch!
Yesterday, while watching baseball with Joe, I worked on Echo Beach completing a whole repeat! The Taiyo Lace color I am using is unveiling colors I didn't see right away! NORO is always an enjoyable yarn to knit! I love the weight and cottony feel of Taiyo Lace. It is quickly becoming a personal favorite. After all these years, I am still amazed at what can be done with knitting needles/crochet hook and beautiful string!
Our house pad is complete. They will start forming up to pour cement tomorrow. The rain stopped work today. Joe says the slab will be poured by the end of next week. I will be glad when the roof is on and they are working inside. At that point, the weather can't cause delays! You can see the lumber to the left in the photo below.
Tonight we tried a Pinterest recipe. Bourbon glazed, smoked Ham and Colby Jack cheese wrapped in a Crescent rolls with honey mustard dressing. They were a hit with Joe! Good job Pinterest!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
It's really Wednesday though. IPurl is closed on Mondays and Nancy works on Tuesdays. Today is the first day of my work week in the shop. Mondays are my real day off. I try not to do ANY shop related work at all - not even checking email. Tuesdays are currently designated for working on the new website.
The website is coming along. I think I made a breakthrough on the drop down categories/collections yesterday. FINALLY! Now, products are added in a certain way to be pulled into the right categories. Hooray! When it all works right, it a great thing! That had to be figured out to work as we needed it to before continuing with adding products. I am hoping syncing Checkout software at the end of each business day, before going home, will update product inventory levels accurately so I can work from home.
Up at 5AM this morning to get a few things done before work. Laundry and tidying up the apartment. After getting everything going, I knit a few rows on my Echo Beach. I am really liking the look of it but I realize it will be a long term project for me! It will be set aside when the Boo Knits Mystery KAL STARTS IN 3 weeks.
Make it a great day today!
Sunday, June 1, 2014
The smells swirling around our little apartment are intoxicating - jasmine rice, Cajun smoked sausage, pinto beans, roux, onions and bell pepper are heavenly! Joe is cooking lunch today. Surely it must be time to eat lunch?
The Astros game starts just after 1pm. Bella is napping on the love seat.
The weather is gorgeous. It could not be a more perfect day!
I am almost finished knitting the Yaz Cowl in Juniper Moon's Zooey! I will launder it before bringing it to the shop for display. It is really pretty and a fun knit!
The rice is done! It's time to eat!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I am happy to see the rain! Many areas of Texas desperately need rain. Looks like it is going to be with us throughout the week too!
Joe and I are still settling into our apartment. It's small and cozy. Efficient is a good description.
I am doing some laundry this AM. We don't do laundry in the evenings as it is practically in the living area and very loud. A load or two in he mornings keeps it all done.
The rain is delaying the clearing of our lot this week I am sure! Joe walked the lot with the Construction Foreman last Thursday looking for any trees that could be saved.
This is our corner lot
Today is granddaughter Alexis' birthday! I am hoping she is having a fabulous day!
(It's cloudy and rainy today so it looks a bit dark)
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
Happily, I am at the apartment today, doing laundry and planning dinner for Joe and I. It's a cloudy very humid day. I woke up thinking about geraniums! I wanted geraniums on our little porch. I ran out to Lowes, sadly, geraniums are all gone. I did come home with a few of my favorite plants - a palm, an orange hibiscus, orchid and a few others. A few plants from home are out there also. It will make sitting on the small patio over the Summer and early Fall a little more enjoyable! The view out the patio door is certainly much nicer!
I FINALLY got Echo Beach started! I am using NORO Taiyo Lace. The Taiyo Lace reminds me of working with bedspread cotton.
Several years ago, I crocheted a lot with #10 bedspread cotton making lots of lace centerpieces, doilies, table runners and even a table cloth. Our children were in grade school and every dollar was needed somewhere on the family budget. As a stay at home Mom, days seemed endless amid housework, laundry and raising children. I found that I could buy a couple of balls of crochet cotton for about $10 and I could not only entertain myself but make really nice lace pieces for my home. That's when I learned to read crochet charts and really perfected my crochet skills. The lace pieces remind me of both my grandmothers as that was the type of handwork they both enjoyed. It's amazing to me how working with Taiyo Lace brings back the the peaceful feelings and memories of long afternoons from years ago!
Back to Echo Beach, I added 2 repeats to the width of my scarf/shawl, wanting it to be more substantial so I can use it as a shawl if I want to. I love the feel of the cotton in Taiyo Lace. I imagine it as a large scarf that will feel wonderful wound around my neck in the cooler months also!
Lots of markers keeping me on track
Hoping to get a couple hours of knitting in tonight -
P.S. Debra Harkness posted a link to the first chapter of The Book of Life on her Facebook page. I have loved this series! I will be reading it early in the AM when it is quiet!