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Friday, December 28, 2018

Post-Christmastime

I was knitting and crocheting like crazy before Christmas.  I crocheted a scarf for my sister's boyfriend in one day.  The strategy???  A big crochet needle and thick yarn.  We were supposed to see them on Christmas night, but they were sleepy.  Not for naught, I will unwrap it and add fringe to each ends.

It will look much better with some fringe, won't it??

Then there is this experimental infinity scarf.
It is being done with two different yarn weights.  The darker pink is from a monthly yarn box.  It's silk and lovely, but not really enough yarn to make something.  So I added the light pink, or I'm in the process, and plan to make it an infinity scarf.  Well, after blocking, I'll have to see how it drapes.

I haven't touched the warm mittens that I showed previously, but I need to!  It's only 10 degrees this morning!!!

Christmas was fun and the teens are off until the 7th.  Lots of down time to knit and paint.  I gave this to my mom for Christmas.  Well, it's not sent yet.  I needed to frame it and then find a box, etc.  UPS wanted $35 to send it to the northeast.  Oh my.  I'll take it to the post office today.
Love, Heather

Monday, December 10, 2018

Running out of Time!!!

After many attempts at mittens and after having difficulty with understanding patterns, this one is my favorite.  The pattern is Lion Brand Frosty Mittens, pattern number L20305.  It calls for Homespun yarn, which can taking some getting used to, but once I did, it went pretty smoothly.

This is just one of many projects I am trying to finish for Christmas gifts that need to be sent to the east coast.  Yikes,  I'm madly trying to make time to get these projects done, but it's been a challenge.

This is lovely silk yarn that came in a Darn Good Yarn monthly box.  It's so lovely.  I don't think I'm going to get the length I need though.  I thought of joining a nice light pink and making it a long cowl that could be wrapped once around.  I haven't found anything in my stash yet.  I'm also considering a soft white.

Off to finish!!!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Ahhh Mondays.......

Well, Mr. L. loved this Christmas tree that he got at Walmart.  Ms. M and I put it up a few days ago.  Out of the box, the "frosty" fake snow was everywhere and made both of us wheeze.  It also smelled awful.  It's a pre-lit tree with white lights and then I added colored lights.  We still need to decorate.  I'm liking it a little bit more.


Ms. M. played in the Christmas parade.  I didn't get a picture of her because my fingers were so cold that I couldn't get the button on the iPhone to work.  But here are a few pictures that I did manage to take.  The Clydesdale horse was enormous!!  Love them.  The pictures are a little blurry.

I am furiously working on this scarf for my sister for Christmas.  It's done in the round and then sewn at each end.  Double warmness!!!  I've been working on it since last year!!  The rest of the scarf will be purple.  Fun!!


Friday, November 30, 2018

Yay for Friday!!!

I am working on an ear warmer head band for a Christmas gift.  It's a combination of a pattern I have and some changes due to the yarn thickness.  I'm using an H crochet needle because it's for Ms. L and she needs to be kept extra warm.  She runs cold, so I'm hoping that the close knit stitches do just that.

I'm so glad it's Friday.  Tomorrow I'll go to my botanical painting class and then on to a local craft show with a friend.  And then on Sunday we will put up our new, yes fake, Christmas tree.  It's so dry here in Colorado, that real trees dry out easily.  Last year we chopped down a tree and it lasted forever.  The fresher the tree, the longer it lasts, I learned.

Today I hope to finish the ear warmer head band, block it and get it off to Ms. L. for Christmas.  It'll depend on how much driving I need to do today.

Have a lovely Friday!!! 💝

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Good to Be Back!!!

I haven't blogged in a while.  Why?  Busy and wondering if blogging is right for me.  I asked myself how much I want anyone to know about me.  But after being very ill, I decided that it is just the thing I want to do.

I've been in and out of the hospital over the past 2 months.  It started with an infection in my knee.  No, I didn't have a previous knee replacement, a questions I was asked by every doctor.  Somehow I had MRSA, a resistant bacteria, in my knee.

Now I do have CVID which is an immune deficiency syndrome, but that used to cause bronchitis and sinus infections.  I do weekly infusions to keep that at bay.

It's a long story why I was in and out of the hospital 4 times.  The shortest stay was 5 days, which was my last visit there.  I think I'll break it up into different posts.

One of the most challenging pieces of that eight week journey was how it affected my kids.  Mr. 19, Mr. 18, and Miss 14.  Mr. 19 and Mr. 18 are on the autism spectrum, so change at any rate can be a big challenge.  And Miss 14 has anxiety.

They all did their very best to get through each hospital stay and tolerated me going back 3 more times after they thought I would be fine.  They mostly kept to their schedules, but a lot was lacking.  Mr. L. was around for the first 7 days or so, driving everyone to school, college, and program.  But he had to get back to work.  I fretted leaving them to fend for themselves for the 14 hours that he is working.

When I got admitted a second time, my sister Ms. L came out to help the kids.  She drove them all the places they needed to go, cleaned the house, did laundry and so much else.  She was a presence that no one else could have replicated.  The kids had a known person in the house and checking in on them.  That was huge.

Now that I am back to blogging I will share my crochet, knitting and painting projects with you as well as many other tidbits around being a mom of kids on the autism spectrum, work/employment issues, stigma of being a stay at home mom, even when the kids are older, and so much else.  Below is a recent crochet project and a water color birdie.  Please stay tuned!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

HOT????????

In the 100s, it has been ridiculously hot.  The air conditioning isn't keeping up, so we're having it tuned up today.  The pets are miserable during the day.  I walk them at 6am so they don't get too hot and can enjoy their walk.  Well, I enjoy it too.  There is smoke in the air from all the fires in the mountains, so it's hazy and hot.  Bleh!!!  Getting some projects finished up for my sister and need to do a painting for my mom.  Gotta get to it!!



Heading to the beach soon!!!  Can't wait!!!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

97 Degrees at 2 pm....Ugh

Now I am really missing our above ground pool.  I feel lost without it.  Our local pool is always over crowded, which is no fun.  Doing what I can to keep flowers happy.  Hydrangea bushes are in the front and tend to wilt when it's this hot.  They're really not meant for Colorado heat.

I went to painting class today and I really enjoyed it.  The subject was painting white flowers.  I had something else planned to paint today, which I did, because I am sooooo intimidated by painting white flowers!

I may try doing a white flower after making the background another color, but that's not true botanical painting.  Well, it's a start.

This is Ms. K. on the left and Mr. D. on the right.  A huge size difference!  We did our early morning walk to avoid the heat, as Mr. D. easily dehydrates.  Ms. K ran the whole time, she loves to get out.  They are both put out by the heat and usually sleep the day away until it cools off.  Ah, the life of a dog.

Friday, July 6, 2018

It's Friday!!!!!!

I am just amazed by the fold in this petunia.  So, yes, it's on my painting to do list.  This is one of the pots on my back porch.  Need to water daily in this climate.  I have a very sore lower back related to the bursitis I'm being treated for.  Posture, posture, posture....everywhere.  In the car, on the couch, in a chair!  Need to fly in about 10 days.  Posture on the plane!!  Gotta run and do errands.  Posture while shopping!!  Happy Friday!!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy 4th!

It was a lovely day, but hot!!  Did a morning walk with the dogs, then took Ms. M to a friend's house in the mountains.  I wasn't able to make time for any crafting, but I will today.  I made a yummy potato salad, got the grill going and chilled champagne for our 20th wedding anniversary.  Our July 4th wedding was so much fun!

I'm working on a pair of yoga socks for one sister, and a mandela for my other sister.  I'm a bit behind, but I'll get them done soon! 

Have a great day!!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Monday, Monday, Can't Help That Day...

I have really enjoyed painting birds lately.  I miss the beautiful birds of the northeast.  Here in Colorado they are few and far between in variety.  The next bird painting I will work on is this:
I found this on Instagram.  Credit to:  jeffreypkarnes_birds, St. Augustine, FL.  I love the challenge of the points and details, and I love the bird's colors!!  I've drawn onto paper, need to get painting.

Poor Mr. M. has been working for almost 6 weeks and hasn't gotten a paycheck yet.  His work is funded through a non-profit and somehow things have gotten screwed up.  He said he likes his job and that he can be patient.  Oh, but it must be disappointing.  He's such a good sport.

It has been twenty years of marriage to Mr. L on the 4th.  Time has flown.  I am missing the things we have done with the kids that they are no longer interested in doing.  Swimming at pools together, park visits, science museum trips.  Those experiences now include ComicCon weekends, going out to dinner, and a family trip each summer.  I love these new experiences, I just miss the old times, too.

Have a lovely Monday!!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Ahhhh...Sunday

Coffee and crochet after taking the dogs for a long walk.  It was only 50 degrees this morning!  Perfect walking weather.  Especially for Dallas who dehydrates quite easily.  I am so psyched that I found my metal H crochet needle (left) this morning....while cleaning..Ha!  Well, the grey one is metal, too, but it's hook is awkward and shallow.  I got used to it, but will definitely switch back.  I'm making a pullover by Kristin Omdahl.  It's a great mindless pattern and I'm working with bamboo silk that I found at Tuesday Mornings last week.  Only $3 a skein!!  I went back for more, but it was gone, so I ordered more online.  This is my favorite color!!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Really Beyond Hot....

Oh my, 102 is really hot.  It was 105 in Denver yesterday.  I grew up on the east coast, so temperatures pretty well matched how hot it was, humidity making it worse.  Here in Colorado, being a mile closer to the sun, 70 degrees can feel like 80-85 degrees.  So you can imagine what 102 must feel like.  There are many fires burning in Colorado now, which makes the sky smokey and the air smoggy.  No fun for asthmatics like me.  Ah, enough complaining.  Today will be 95 and tomorrow will be only 70!!!  A day of much needed rain and then the heat is on again.  Keeping my potted plants alive has been such a challenge.  Some sun loving flowers are in the shade because of the heat.  I crocheted a lot yesterday, took my son for an x-ray of his ankle, which is fine after spraining it weeks ago; went to physical therapy for my hip where cupping has been a huge help.  No bruising, so that's nice.  Got the dogs out at 6am this morning for a walk, which has been less painful with the cupping!

I can't remember the name of the flowers in the top picture.  But, they have been incredibly heat resistant and very showy.  The flowers all close in the evening and open by mid morning.  I love them.  I've even been able to root a few and plant them in other pots.

The bottom picture are the heat-dried flowers.  They may survive.  We'll see!!  Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

It's Hot!



It's a beautiful morning here in sunny Colorado, but when it's in the 90s it's so incredibly hot.  It'll be 100 on Saturday.  Yuck.  Below is a botanical art painting I did recently.  The roots still need some work and more touching up in places.  But, I'm proud of it.    I have plans to paint a bird this week.  I'm not sure why I like painting birds so much.  But, I do.  Have a lovely day!



Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pretty Kitty

This is my favorite painting this year.  It's not botanical, but I was so touched by a picture of this kitty, that I needed to paint it.  They eye "liner" is a bit dark, but I think it gives a focal point. 

I'm also working on a crochet shrug that I found on Lion Brand's website.  It's Vanna'ls Glamour Bridal Shrug, pattern number L32000.  I'm using a white cotton yarn because I plan to wear it with summer dresses.

I really like this pattern because it's a lot of repeats.  I'm better at knitting garments than crocheting, but I think this one will turn out well.  I spent the morning flipping over the pool and folding it because it's too late in the season to open it.  So I threw down some grass seed where it sat.  It's supposed to rain today, so...perfect timing.  I also  planted two rose bushes that I got for $5 each!!  Busy morning! 

Friday, June 22, 2018

A Beautiful Picture.....

I was able to catch this the other morning.  It's so arid here in Colorado, but after a morning rain, water drops were hanging in suspension.  I love it.  Now, I am going to challenge myself and try painting it.  Ms. M. and I had a long talk yesterday on how to paint the water droplets.  She's so artistic and just pulls solutions for painting out of her head.

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

My Favorite Present Moment Reminder

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Re-Introduction!

What prompted my return is when I saw that people from Bloglovin' started following me.  I though, wow, followers?  I know that I've been disappointed when I went to follow a blog and it turned out that the blogger had stopped blogging.

OK, so, a lot has changed, and a lot for the better!  I will call my boys Mr. 19 and Mr. 17, and my daughter Ms. 14.  Mr. 19 and Mr. 17 are on the autism spectrum.  All have anxiety, but Ms. 14 suffers from it the most.

Mr. 17 just graduated from high school.  Mr. 19 was home schooled for his junior and senior year and is now in a continuation program for students with IEPs in the school system.  Ms. 14 was home schooled for about 3 years and is heading to high school this fall.

We have 2 dogs, Mr. D. and Ms. K, 2 cats, Mr. A., and Ms. S.  And a bearded dragon, Mr. Draco.  Wow!  That's actually a step down from also having birds, a rat, a mouse, and we still have a few fish.

Mr. L. is my husband who works astronomical hours so that I could stay home with the kids over the many years of needed support.

I went back to work a month ago, but just got laid off.  Ugh.  Another story.

I love knitting and crocheting, and I also take classes in botanical water color art.  I'll post paintings as I go along.  I really love how meditative painting is.

I've had 14 surgeries on my left foot and 2 on my right foot, so getting in shape has been challenging.  I'm doing physical therapy now so I can re-learn how to walk and decrease hip pain from walking awkwardly.

I love flowers and spring and summer are my absolute favorites.  I am still learning how to garden in arid Colorado.  It's always a challenge, but really just requires a lot of water!!  More soon......