Saturday, April 12, 2014

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This week was spent catching up on the "to do list". I have a hotel booked for a couple of days in Ft. Worth next week and I wanted to make sure all loose ends were tied before we left.

I'm pretty excited about our first mini vacation of the year. I have a Texas bucket list and the Ft. Worth Stockyards is one I have been lusting after for awhile, mostly because I've heard older kids enjoy the stockyard. The older Skye gets the harder it is to find trips that are interesting to her.

In my downtime I've been crocheting my cousin baby stuff. As I crochet these little items I'm always very thankful that someone other than myself is bearing the burden of being pregnant and raising small children. I'm left with only the joy of gift giving. :-)

You can't have a Texas baby without some Crochet Cowboy Boots.


I also worked on this crochet "lovey" for a couple of days. The instructions were....in my opinion....fucked up. I ripped out and restarted more times than I care to mention and still couldn't comprehend the instructions. I finally improvised the best I could and surrendered to defeat....

I'm suppose to be a bunny
This damn bunny is the kind of project that makes me question my crochet skills. As you have probably guessed I'm still a little pissed at that damn bunny.

As much as I have bitched about this spring being on average colder than usual, I am enjoying the fact that it's still cool enough in the mornings that hubby is able to join me on my morning runs (he bikes). I'm a little over obsessed with the nearby park lately. It's just so beautiful and tranquil there in the mornings. Medicine for the soul....


My baby loves being free dog

This picture reminds me of those pictures we used to draw as kids with the sun in the corner of the page.

I also love the sunsets in the spring and summer months.....

Pool WAYYYY  cold yet....


Until next time....

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Crochet For Cancer

In November twelve years ago my mom passed after a 5 year battle with cancer. She was only 60 years young old. At the time I didn't think 60 was young but now that I am quickly approaching 60 - in just 10 more years....I'm convinced how true it is that time flies the older you get. And like, the older you get the faster it goes.

As each year of my life passes quickly by I appreciate and understand more and more the things my mom did for us kids. Sometimes I get a thorn in my ass and mentally dig up past hurts and disappointments and wallow in them, but I'm pretty sure my mom mothered based on the knowledge and experience she had at the time. My only regret is that she didn't stick around long enough for me to grow and mature into an understanding of  her as a person instead of just my mom


Anyway, this post isn't really about my mom so I'll move on.

I've really been enjoying my crocheting and thought maybe I could share my some of my creations with a meaningful charity. I came across the idea of crocheting chemo caps for cancer patients on Pinterest and immediately the idea piqued my interest. After all, my mom was bald for awhile during chemo treatments. I even remember her having a little fun by jumping out behind doors and scaring us with her bald head....before she started getting sick from the treatments anyway.

I've already made three caps.....


Toby was having a good ole time modeling for me one evening.....


I  really felt good about this project until I delved a little deeper into the guidelines. They understandably have strict rules about pet hair, perfumes, and germs.

First off, not only is my whole house covered in pet hair but I also have a shedding issue. My hair falls out in wads. My pet also likes to roost nearby while I crochet which only adds to the hair issue.

It's also recommended you do not wash the chemo caps so there goes the idea of trying to wash hair and germs out of the caps.

Now I'm paranoid and feel like I'd need to be in a sterile room to crochet chemo caps. I certainly don't want to make anyone sicker than what they already are. *sigh*

Maybe I'll figure something out. Maybe not. I tried.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Walking Pease Park

This week we had to make a trip downtown for some supplies so I figured we could squeeze in a short hike on one of the downtown trails. I'm way overdue for some meaningful hiking but I figured something was better than nothing.

Because of the abundant wildlife and dogs on the downtown trails we opted to leave Bo at home. We did take him to for his walk at the local park before we went so he didn't really miss out on anything...but chasing squirrels, of course.

By the time we walked Bo and ran a couple of small but time consuming business tasks the clock was ticking away. I'm a focused and organized person. When I'm on a mission I don't like to stray from my destination. Unfortunately, Toby is not like that so we end up wasting precious time.

By the time we made it to the Shoal Creek Greenbelt trail at Pease Park I was a bit 'out of the mood'. It was already almost noon and my breakfast smoothie was close to being long gone. I also was a bit annoyed with myself that I had not perused the online trail map thoroughly before we left so that I would know the best route to take and that we wouldn't be just randomly walking around.

After all, given our time allotment (and my growling stomach) I wanted our hike to be much shorter than the 5 mile trail along Shoal Creek.

We ended up just walking randomly along the trail for about a mile or so. The portion of the trail we walked wasn't much to look at but there were a couple of cool spots along the way...







After our hike we ate a quite lunch at Baby A's. That was nice.

On the subject of crocheting, I was looking for a small project to work on. One of the very first projects my aunt taught me to crochet was a toilet seat cover. A couple of weeks ago I had ran across a pattern for one on Pinterest that looked a lot like the one I had made back in the 70's.

I must have dreamed it up because my search for it led me to nowhere. I searched again and couldn't find the original pattern so I found another one I liked. It's nothing like the one I wanted to make but it turned out nicely anyway....even if the instructions were really iffy on it.

I put it in our spare bathroom because it has very little potty poo traffic......



This morning I finally got to hang out with my friend Robin thrifting at the Blue Hanger. Both of us have had an influx of family obligations that have turned our weekly thrift store trip into a once in a blue moon.

I swear, once I got out of the house and was driving to meet her at Blue I felt like I had just broke out of prison. I hate the feeling of feeling trapped and I have felt a little more than trapped lately. My morning was good for my soul and should tide me over for a bit anyway.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Beach Bag

I was so pleased with the way this Beach Bag turned out I just had to post it right away! As I've said before, I sometimes have a little trouble following anything other than repetitive crochet instructions but this pattern was really easy to follow.

I didn't even have to buy any yarn for it, I just used some leftover from my Beachcomber blanket I recently finished....hmmmm....you reckon I got the beach on my mind???

I haven't yet figured out how to photograph my projects to where they are portrayed in a favorable way. I know when it comes to photographing personal handiwork photos are important.

I have found that photoing right before dusk gives me the best lighting. I hung the bag on the fence but was having a little trouble getting a good shot because it was a bit windy.

Skye walked out while I was struggling and offered to model the bag for me. Her only request was to leave her face out of it. Vain, she is not.

I was grateful for her offer because I think it added to the bag for it to be modeled.


So, whatcha think? Would you buy this bag???

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wildflower Walk

This morning I had a mission. Wildflowers are in bloom and I wanted some pictures of the beautiful, blooming Bluebonnets. It was an overcast morning so I wanted to make sure I got to the park before the sun decided to beam through. I don't like to photograph in the full sun because it seems to bleed the color out of my photos.

I took Bo with me so we could kill two birds with one stone...a morning run and a photo session. I usually let Bo run off leash when we are at the park because it's so deserted. That said, I was still a little nervous about being focused on photographing with him roaming free. He's like a kid. I can't take my eye off of him too long or he may spot a wild animal or another dog and take chase.

I finally decided that it would be safest to tie him to the park fencing while I was distracted.

My photos didn't turn out as well as what I wanted them to. Next time I will go by myself with no other agenda so I can take more time out photographing...


Indian Paintbrush also




I love to see the people I love happy and Bo is no exception! The happiest I see him is when he is running free in the park or swimming in the creek....


I caught this crow in the tree fussing at Bo...must have been some babies close by...


This is one of the many entrances to the disc golf course. I generally walk this path when I'm in a woods walking mood. You can't tell it from this pic, but when I came upon it I thought of the entrance into the woods of Hansel and Gretel....


Have I told you how much I love this park that's only mere minutes from my house??? It seems that lately I am growing even more fond of it. It just screams peace and quite, something I seem to crave more and more the older I get.

The LOVE SHACK maybe???


After I wore Bo out I took him to a Bluebonnet patch for his yearly wildflower photo....

Yes, I am beautiful. 
On the way back home, there were some cows at the fence so I stopped and took a few photos. This calf was curious and was the only one not to flee when I stopped......

Interestingly he resembles Bo
I enjoyed my morning!!!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Now Where Was I?

Been extra busy lately. I don't even know where I left off with my last post and I certainly don't have time to go back and research. Hopefully I won't reiterate anything.

I'll just begin with the last week. With Nixxin (our artist) temporarily out I've been having to help Toby out at the shop. I feel more sorry for Toby than I do myself but it's all part of running your own shop. I'm grateful that we are profiting but quite honestly I look forward to reaping the rewards of the profit with a nice getaway. Bluntly, I want a vacation and I'm pretty sure Toby agrees he could use one too.

Skye's birthday is Friday the 28th but with Toby having to be at work all day Friday we opted to celebrate it on Tuesday, his day off.

She requested no fancy celebration and was happy to get a couple of cupcakes from Hey Cupcake. Toby can't help her eat a cake and I DON'T WANT NEED any cake....


I think she was super impressed with her gift, the Ipad Mini. I guarantee not near as impressed as I was. I now have mine all to myself!!....


To disguise her gift and bulk the box up I filled it with balloons filled with cash. Cash is always impressive to teenagers....


We also got her a new bike which we gave to her early also. She spent three days straight riding with her neighborhood friends.

Skye likes to bake so she made these (while I minimally assisted) GF Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. GF baking is still a mystery to me but they turned out pretty good. HINT: They taste much better fresh....


I've spent my spare evening hours working on this Beachcomber afghan. I love the colors and the stitch. It's been my favorite to crochet so far.  If I had known I was going to like it so well I would have made it big enough to fit my bed...or Skye's. She called dibs on it she liked it so well....


I got camera happy the other day and took my phone outside.....


Bo spent his time stalking the gecko's that live underneath my yucca's. I don't know how he hasn't put his eyes out yet...


My favorite girl enjoying the sunshine....


I'm a morning person. My favorite time of day is when I get up before everyone else,  make my cup of coffee, turn on my computer and watch the sun rise over the rooftops and contemplate my day.....



Friday, March 21, 2014

Not As Planned

All last night I dreamed about crocheting. I attribute it to the fact that I REALLY wanted to hang out on my Ipad and search a new crochet project on Pinterest but Skye was consumed with it.

I don't ever have the heart to ask her for it when she's using it. She would give it over willingly without a fuss but I'm self-sacrificing in that sort of way. In my mind the thought is that I'm taking her pleasure away so I can have pleasure. It would just seem rude.

In addition, she has a lot of useful/educational apps and sites that she devours on it. I certainly don't want to take her knowledge away from her.

That's okay, I sort of made up for it today. It didn't really matter anyway, I have so many project ideas running through my head that I'm pretty overwhelmed with making a decision at the moment.

Toby called me from work today and informed me our one and only shop artist is going to be having surgery this week. Over a year ago he was in a motorcycle accident that did some pretty extensive damage to his hip so he will be out for a week or two from hip surgery - which means Toby will have to work his hours while he is out.

We decided that since the shop is closed on Tues. and it is suppose to be beautiful weather tomorrow we would take the day for a fun outdoor activity. Since I'm the activity coordinator, I decided that kayaking Town Bird Lake would be fun for us all....well, most of us anyway.

Even though Town Bird Lake is calm and no motorized boats are allowed in the lake my fear of water has me imagining all sorts of boat capsizing scenarios.

We will see how well it goes tomorrow.

UPDATE: Blogger glitched and I never got around to blogging this post. No, we didn't end up going kayaking. I was really wishy-washy about going when I awoke the next morning because it was really windy. Maneuvering a kayak on a windy lake just seemed a little more effort than I felt like putting out.

It also helped make my decision that Robin had offered to bring over her tiller for us to borrow. I really am looking forward to getting me a garden started this spring. Nothing big or fancy, but functional.

It wasn't a wasted day. Toby and I got ran some errands and picked Skye up a bike for her birthday. We gave it to her early so she could take advantage of this nice weather we've had lately.  She has rode it for three days straight.