Archive for May, 2014

Big and Small

May 28, 2014

My hobbies consist of a lot of different genres. In fact, I have so many hobbies that I need three lifetimes to do everything I would like to do. And I still come across even more interesting things I would like to try every now and then. It keeps life interesting, however, especially when I try to do many things at the same time. (Which is getting more difficult as I get older, but I try anyway!)

A couple of my hobbies are almost as old as I am. I’ve always been interested in handwork — knitting, crocheting, tatting, embroidery, sewing, etc. Even though I can get a little burned out on them at times, I always come back to them in earnest.

One way I keep myself from getting burn-out, however, is switching from one hobby to another. Well, let’s face it and tell the truth — I’m flighty and can’t seem to stick with one thing long enough to finish it because, Oh Look! There’s another item to make! (Especially if it’s something I can make using up some of this stash of yarn, material, supplies, etc. that I’ll never be able to use up in my lifetime.)

Because of this sickness inability toward stick-to-itiveness, I have all of these UFO’s sitting around that need my attention. One of my goals in life is to finish all of them before I get so old that I don’t care about them anymore.

So while I’m working on a “new” project — one of those Oh Look! There’s another item to make! — I’m trying to keep focused on getting these UFO’s finished.

Here are a couple of projects that I’m working on at this moment,


The knitted project is a new item that I started out of some of the bulkier yarn and the largest needles I have. It’s going to be a baby afghan that hopefully will turn out nice enough to enter into the Fair this year for the CMN (Children’s Miracle Network) contest.

And, in contrast, I’m crocheting on a UFO with some of the smallest threads and crochet hooks that I have. It’s going to be one of 14 angel ornaments that will go into my booth at the craft show this year.


Switching back and forth among the two items sure keeps me from getting bored, but it’s hard to go from those big needles back to that small crochet hook. Usually I don’t have that much contrast in the items I’m making.

But it’s fun to see these items coming together and that the jobs are getting done, and that’s what it’s all about!




Another One Graduated

May 20, 2014

Hubby and I went on a road trip over the weekend to see Grandson #4 graduate from high school. It was a beautiful weekend and the ceremony went smoothly even though there were 652 students graduating. Yes, you read that correctly — 652! They said it was the largest class in the history of the school. I believe it.


The first row of graduates have already reached the chair section; and if you look closely, you can see the line of graduates going around half the field. Here they are after they all finally got seated,


Our grandson was one of the last ones to be called,


I had a really good picture of him receiving his diploma and shaking the principal’s hand, but somehow it got deleted. 😦

As I’ve mentioned before, the ceremony went smoothly and it was over before we realized it. We were able to get a few pics before he boarded the bus to head off for “Project Graduation” with his friends.

His mom and step-dad,


Another Grandma,


and Hubby and me.


Before the ceremony, he showed us the metals he and a buddy won in a contest through the school called Skills USA.


They had to put together a website after being given a certain criteria to meet. They came in first place and won a scholarship to help pay for college! They will also be traveling to KC to compete in the National contest in a few weeks. We’re all so proud of him!

We spent the night and was hoping we would get to see him the next day before we left for home. But we found out that he didn’t get home from the party until after 6 am! He must have been having a good time! 🙂




Library Sale

May 1, 2014

Yes, Hubby and I went to the library sale of used books this week. It was the first time for either of us. In fact, I actually went two different days.

The first day I went by myself and was almost overwhelmed with all the books for sale. I stayed and browsed a lot longer than I intended to but I wanted to see what all they had available. One large section was just $1.00 a book!

The hobby and craft tables drew me in, of course. There were old Workbasket magazines and I did buy a few bundles of them.


(I collect them and am still missing several issues.) There were actually three issues in my bundles to add to my collection so it was worth the few dollars I spent. The last day of the sale, they’ll be selling a bag for $1 to fill up with as many books as the bag will hold. I’d like to go back and get the rest of them if they’re still there. The sale lasts through Sat.

I also found some mysteries by one of my favorite authors.


I prefer paperback because of the size issue. I got five books for five dollars and just the other day after a trip to Barnes and Noble, I came home with one book for $8.00. Hmmmm, I should have waited.

I found a couple of booklets for Hubby on how to build birdhouses. He’s showing a little interest in this hobby. In fact, he’s already built a rough version of a bird house, hung it in a tree out back, and  a family of birds have moved in! He watches it every day hoping to see some little babies sticking their heads out. 🙂

After telling Hubby about how big the sale is, we decided to go again the next day. Again, I hit the hobby and craft tables but this time I didn’t control myself as well as the day before. Yep, I got carried away.


I really didn’t need any more books, but what the heck! I enjoy looking through them, sometimes I find something I want to make, and I can always donate them back to the library for them to resell again!

It was definitely fun and the experience that will have me going to future sales.