Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Quickie


From a freebie graph on Pinterest.
A quick easy one that I made in a couple of hours.
Nazli Gelin Garden #10 thread.
10 inches tip-to-tip after blocking.


Taco Pizza
Keeper Recipe HERE.

We had rain again all morning yesterday.
A nice, steady rain with a rumbling of thunder now and then.
It was so nice!

I was trying to be all artsy-fartsy with this picture.
It didn't quite work out, but I still like it.

Be sweet today.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I Had to Share

Is this the cutest??
I would love to make her some day!
*Free Pattern! I KNOW!
*Find it HERE.

*I'm editing this post because one of my commenters discovered that it not actually a "free pattern," but only the free modification kit to make the bunny if you already have one of her other patterns that has the body pattern in it. Sorry about that. It was not my intention to be misleading. I'm wasn't being paid in any way to post that link (just so you know.) Sorry about that!


I made Warm Pizza Dip for the race last night.

Store-bought baguette bread for dipping.
Good recipe!
Find it HERE.

Have a nice Sunday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dishrags and a Recipe

Crocheted Dishcloths or Washcloths
100% Cotton
H Hook

Ollie photo-bombed me. 

The green one is my fav.
I hated the color when I bought it.
I just wanted something bright.

You like?
Easter colors on the left of me; Man colors to the right.
I'm stuck in the middle with you.
Ha-ha.

Where's the pattern, you say? It's a freebie! Don't you love it when I say that?  It's HERE, and it's highly addictive.



They're not dead yet.


I made this Lemon-Coconut Bread today.
Recipe from Pinterest.
It sucks.

NOW...PAY ATTENTION.

*ALERT*ALERT*ALERT*

I'm-a-tellin-you-something...

BEST MAC & CHEESE EVER!
I mean it!

Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Spray a casserole dish. Set aside.
Mix in a large bowl:
1 can (15-oz) of sweet corn, do not drain
1 can (15-oz) of creamed corn
3/4 stick of butter or margarine, chunked
8 oz. Velveeta cheese, chunked
2 cups raw elbow macaroni
3/4 cup milk

Stir it all together and pour it in your sprayed dish.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F. for 50 minutes.
Stir halfway through cooking time.

It's really good with smoked sausage as the main dish.
You will thank me for this one!

Pammy Sue

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Succulent Love

I added to my collection of plants...

Got the potting soil, moss, river rocks, and pots to put them in...

They all sat on my kitchen windowsill waiting to be re-potted.
Aren't they pretty?

Yesterday I gathered everything up and went out on the back porch to pot.

And I potted...
(My cilantro got into the picture here.)

And potted...

And hung...
(This picture makes my head spin with all the lines.)

And admired...

During all the potting, I lost some leaves.
They're drying out in my kitchen for a few days until I can pot those too.
We'll see if they'll propagate like they're supposed to.
Big word alert.

I'll see what happens with all of these potted plants over the summer. I really hope they live and thrive. I kept three in my kitchen window and all the others will live outside on the porch. Stay tuned.

I rested my arms yesterday and didn't crochet one stitch, but it wasn't easy. I kept eyeballing my shawl and saying, well, maybe just one row! And then I'd stop myself. 

I'm going to stop saying WHEN I'll be done with this thing because it never seems to happen. How long can 7 looooong rows take? It depends on how my arms hold up each day. As I sit here typing, I can feel that they are not completely up to par. Not sure if I'll do any today or not. I'm anxious to start something new, but I don't dare. This WILL be done, inch by inch, by freakin' inch!

Man, I'm whiney! I'm gonna go look at my succulents. I wrote that mainly because I just like saying "succulents." It feels like I'm saying something bad. Hee-hee.

 (I saw you smile!)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Incredible Pictures

I got some incredible pictures yesterday evening while we were out. We were racing to get home before the storm hit...enjoy them!

We had just left Lowe's when I snapped this one.



This is less than a mile from our house looking north.

From the park near our house looking south.

From our front yard looking east.
Yes, we were surrounded!
Our house eaves on the right.

Other side of the front yard looking south.
Our house eaves on the left.

Standing in our back yard looking east.

From the backyard porch.

There's one more picture I want you to see, but I'm going to keep it small because you can see what I'm talking about better.  What do you see??


Move your head back at least three feet from your monitor.
So creepy.
I don't like it AT ALL!

After all the excitement of driving home to beat this storm, we got nadda out of it except some high winds for about 5 minutes or less. No rain. No nothin. And I'm thankful for that.

See ya!


Monday, April 07, 2014

Never-Ending Nordic

This Nordic Shawl is killing me these last few rows. It seems to take forever! I'm just checking in to whine. Woke up with my right arm throbbing in the middle of the night. I know it's from this damn thing. I swear, the rows are longer than a blanket. At least there are no more color changes. Hep me.

I am determined to finish it.
If my arms hold up, it'll be today.
I think a Dr. Pepper will make me feel better.

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I bought these at Walmart yesterday.

I'm developing an obsession with succulents after seeing them on someone else's blog (Coco Rose, I think). There are so many neat ways to plant them. Stay tuned.


While I was taking the picture of my succulents in the window, I captured this little Tabby walking between the houses. I'm pretty sure I know why he's lurking around. Are you SURE you want to know why? It's awful...don't read below if you don't want to know something terrible. I'm still traumatized.

Okay, come a little closer... The dogs killed a tiny little cottontail bunny in the backyard yesterday. They not only killed it, they ripped it completely and cleanly in half! GAH! I felt so horrible. His little bunny eyes were open still and his little tongue was sticking out. Ugh. (Be happy I didn't post a picture.) At least it was quick. I picked up each half of him and placed him in a plastic grocery bag. He's in the big garbage bin in the back driveway. I'm sure the cat can smell him. (I put him in there so his momma wouldn't find him. Boo-hoo!)

I hate it when dogs act like the beasts they are! Never forget. They're ALL beasts when it comes right down to it. None of them are exempt from that fact. Poor little bunny.

Just look at that beast cuddling with his daddy.
In all fairness, it wasn't Fletch that did it (surprisingly).
Although I'm sure he would have given the chance.
It was Eli and Janie.

I gotta go get that Dr. Pepper now.
Bye.

Rest in Peace little bunny.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Crochet Pillow Cover




I had a fun time making this yesterday afternoon and this morning.  It's made with a 12-inch round pillow form that Kate (The Garden Bell) made for me almost two years ago now. She gave me three. I have another 12-inch and also a 16-inch one left. I think I'll make another in different colors...

But not before I finish my Nordic Shawl. My arms are sore from crocheting on it this afternoon. It's amazing how long it takes -- hours upon hours -- but I'm enjoying every stitch. I'm gonna take a break and get a shower and make some dinner. I'm pretty sure I can finish the fancy colored part of the shawl if I can crochet again this evening. Then I'll have just four more rows of the basic color and several rounds of edging left to go. Hopefully I can finish that tomorrow while watching the race. I'm super-duper happy with my colors this time. I can't wait to show y'all.

One of my neighbors has been cooking all day. I can smell it.  First I smelled something sweet, and then I smelled the definite odor of potatoes and onions frying, and now I can smell some sort of meat with green peppers. I have a great sense of smell. I should have been a perfume-smeller-tester person. I'm sure there's a fancy name for a person who does that for a living. (I just looked it up. They're called perfumers.)  I wonder if smell-testers of other things are also called perfumers? (I just looked it up. They're called Odor Testers.) I could do either of those things, except I might vomit if I had to smell a stranger's armpit or worse. Ew.

How the hell did I get on that subject? I guess it's obvious I don't plan out my blog entries ahead of time. Except for the pictures, I don't know ahead of time what I'm going to say. I just start typing.

Anyway, so I'm outta here. I must attend to my life, insignificant as it may be. Everybody needs a bath and supper. Tootle-oo!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Storms & Trashy Neighbors

We had scary storms last night.
Look at the size of the hail!
It was the first storm of the spring, and man, it was a doozy.
The tornadoes went just north of us, thank goodness.
Others were not so lucky.



You know how there's always that one trashy house on every street?
The trashy one on our street is right on the corner where we enter our alley.
Look what appeared a couple of days ago...

I'm SO SURE!

And look at their peeling paint and that shitty, shitty, shitty Wisteria hanging off the shed. I hate that thing! See how it hangs out into the alley? You have to veer over to the left all year to avoid it scratching the top part of your car. So annoying! Wisteria is pretty, but you must control it people! Especially when it affects your neighbors. they don't care because they don't have to drive past it. Their driveway is just before that shed.

Anyway...I got distracted...
Yes, that's their CHRISTMAS TREE!!
Can you believe they had that giant fire hazard in their house all this time?
It's likely to spontaneously combust at any moment it's so dry.
Gawd! Trashy-asses.

Sammi and Ollie were a little nervous during the storms.
But they weren't hiding in the bathroom like Janie.
Poor thing. Can you imagine being blind during a thunder and hail storm?

Sammi is looking old.
What a sweet girl.

I grabbed this book at Hobby Lobby yesterday because it had a clearance sticker on it for $5. It's a good one!  If you see it, I recommend it.  Here are a couple of my favorites, but there are many more I'd like to make...

This one made with thread is first on my list.
Love that embroidery part.
There are some free ones similar to this on Ravelry, just FYI.

This one is pretty too.


Did I tell you I made Kris' Corn Beef Sandwiches?



On rye bread with her special mustard mixed with sour cream sauce, cabbage, bacon...

So freakin' good!
Thanks, Kris!

I can always count on you for a great recipe. Still eating the leftovers. I had one on a slider bun with plain mustard last night and just the corn beef. YUM!


Nothing to show you on the knitting front. I've ripped out everything I've started because of mistakes, or I drop some stitches off my hook accidentally and can't figure out which ones or how to get them back on. DUH. I'm really good at casting on and the knit stitch now, if I do say so myself.

I decided to let the knitting lie today and got out some yarn and a hook to start a pillow. I've got to say, it felt good to be back in familiar territory!