Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Feel Good"

She's Done!

"Feel Good"

On the Queen-Size Bed


Pattern:  None, but it started as nine 8-round granny squares crocheted together, granny stitches, smaller, 2-round squares, and more granny stitches. Inspiration taken from Dawn's Blanket.
Edging:  This edging pattern is the edging from the Nordic Shawl and was purchased with the shawl pattern. You can get your own pattern HERE.
Size: 73" x 73"
Yarns:  Mostly Vanna's Choice and Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn.  The blue is Vanna's Choice in Colonial, the green is Vanna's Baby in Sweet Pea, and the rust color on the edge is ILTY in Terra Cotta. It's a mixture of variegated and solid yarns. I don't know exactly how much yarn I used, but it was LOTS. It's a huge blanket and it's heavy!

Now what?

I'm finishing a doily I've been working on for a few weeks at night, usually only doing one or two rounds per night. Now it's so big, I've only gotten partial rounds done the past two nights. I think I'm going to love it.

Last night the Captain came in and saw me working on the doily and said, "You're STILL working on that same doily? Why don't you make a smaller one so you can finish them sooner?" My response was, "Because anybody can make a little doily. I like making things most people won't take the time or be patient enough to do. It makes me feel good."

I guess that's what this whole crochet thing comes down to, isn't it? It makes us feel good to do it. Hence, the name of this latest blanket, "Feel Good."

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Japanese, Italian, German, French, English...

Okay, I'm really just posting to move that post with my pictures down the page and get rid of it. I want to delete it so bad, but I'm not going to. You are all very sweet. Normally I am pretty good at just deleting mean comments and ignoring them.

ANYWHO...I've been working on my doily, but it's still not done. It's a booger. I haven't done anything on the blanket because I've been busy with work this week, but I have done a little cooking.

First was a chicken and onion Japanese dish that I just made up using another recipe for Bulgogi Beef that I make.

Here is a sliced up onion ready to stir-fry after the chicken is done.

Here is the chicken in the marinade. I used a pound of chicken tenders, placed them in a gallon-size bag and beat them with a mallet until flat.  Then I added the marinade:

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup canola or veg oil
2 Tbsp sesame oil (this makes it SO GOOD)
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp garlic powder
red pepper flakes to taste
1/2 tsp each salt & black pepper

Marinate meat at least two hours or overnight. Heat up a large skillet (I use my electric skillet) and spray with cooking spray.  Remove meat shaking off marinade and add to the hot skillet. Save the marinade that's left in the bag. You'll add it later to the onions. Brown chicken meat well and then remove from the skillet. To the same skillet, add the onions and leftover marinade and stir-fry five minutes or so until soft. Add the chicken back to the skillet and keep warm. Serve over rice (I use brown rice).

You could add any other veggies you want with the onions, like red or green bell pepper, broccoli, cabbage, etc., but we like it just like this.

The cooked meat.

The browned onions.

I must have lost interest or gotten really hungry because I didn't take a picture of the final dish all put together. DUH.

Then yesterday I made this:

Lasagna! Yum!

I usually use some variation of THIS RECIPE when I make lasagna. Sometimes I use cottage cheese and sometimes I use ricotta cheese mixed with sour cream. Yesterday I used the ricotta and sour cream. I like it equally both ways...just depends on what I have on-hand.

1.  I'm watching Dancing With the Stars which started on Monday, are you? I thought it would be boring because I really don't know a lot of the people, but it was good! Tommy Chong cracked me up. When he speaks, he sounds just like he does on the Cheech & Chong records from way back when and it makes me laugh. He didn't do a bad job of dancing either for an old guy. My complaint about the show is that it's too long. And Julianne Hough doesn't add one thing to the show (they added her as a fourth judge). She's a bore.

2.  I was really sad when Joan Rivers died. I was always a big fan of hers since forever. I loved her!

3.  Wendy Williams is back on with new shows, and I'm happy about that. Maybe it's kind of weird, but I really like her!

4.  Pepperidge Farm Dark German Wheat bread is SO GOOD!

You know what makes all the really "dark" breads dark, don't you? Like the pumpernickel and this one? Cocoa powder! That's right...chocolate. Read the ingredients. No wonder it's so good. I never knew that until I started making bread from scratch.

5.  I want to get the iPhone 6 Plus, but I haven't ordered it and I'm not waiting in line for it. I'll wait a few weeks and then get myself one. It's my birthday and anniversary soon so I can get it without guilt. ;)

6.  If anyone has either of the two below books and want to get rid of them, I want them. I'll pay for it and for shipping if it's reasonable. Let me know in the comments and I'll contact you!

A French book...

And an English magazine...

This particular issue is the only one I want.

I think that's it for today. See ya!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Here You Go, Haters


No black and white, no wrinkles softened or removed, no crepey skin or chins removed, no cropping, nothing, although my iPhone did soften my skin a little automatically I think. Either that or I have better foundation make-up than I thought. 

Are you happy now? I took these five minutes ago with my iPhone and didn't touch them other than to upload them. And, yes, I have make-up on, and I took them from the best possibly angle, looking up slightly, and with natural light from my kitchen window. 

I'm about to turn 54 years old in less than two months, I have wrinkles, I have more than one chin, and I have a turkey neck. My eyes are two different sizes too. LOL. I had an upper eyelid job at least 6 years ago, and I need another one because one side is sagging, but I'm not gonna do it. If I did, I'd also get a nose job, a boob reduction and lift with implants, a chin lift, and a tummy tuck.  Can you tuck your ass?  I'd do that too!

I have to go work now. Stop hatin' because I wanted a flattering picture of myself and posted a black and white. I should have known better. Mean comments deleted! You can suck it. Love you.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


The New World Trade Center I
By Wils 888 on Flickr

As I always do each year, I watched a few of the 9/11 shows on TV over the past few days. They are never less enthralling or impactful. I'm still stunned every time I watch everything happen again. I saw a new one called "102 Minutes That Changed the World." If you haven't seen it and get a chance to, it's the best footage I've seen. It's a compilation of footage taken by professional videographers and regular people who just happen to have been there or lived there.

This is going to be a mess of a post. I'm just throwing pictures up and yammering with no plan, which is what I usually do anyway so I don't know why I even mention it. I just had a big cup of iced coffee and that usually adds to the yammering factor.

I took this picture last night while Ollie and Eli were playing.

Sammi and Fletch were bored.

My Sammi Girl is getting old.
Do I keep saying that? I know I keep thinking it.

I'm sneaking this one of myself in here.

I figured if I'm going to post a picture of myself it's going to be black and white so it hides a few flaws and wrinkles. I'm so vain. The Cap took this picture of me a couple of days ago. He accidentally cut off my chins which I was grateful for. I swear I didn't crop it. I'm just starting to read up on taking black and white pics with this camera.

A garden decoration above my rose bushes.

A rose in my garden about to bloom. The rose bushes are looking kind of pathetic right now because it's been really hot for the past month, but I have two buds about to open anyway. I'm hoping to catch them as soon as they bloom so I can bring them inside and enjoy them for a few days. I always get a last bloom from all of the bushes in November.

An oragami fish hanging from my desk lamp.

I'm still working on the Granny blanket.
I just noticed how the colors match the fish in the previous picture.

Someone asked about the blue yarn. It's Vanna's Choice in Colonial. I linked to it in a previous post about the blanket. And I ordered FIVE more skeins of it yesterday to make sure I'd have enough. I had already gotten the last four skeins they had at Hobby Lobby the other day. It sure goes fast!

That multi-colored yarn in the above picture is the second of two skeins I ordered two years ago when I first started the blanket. It's a hand-dyed yarn I ordered from I don't even know if they're still in business.

My best guess for finishing the blanket is about a week from now. I know a lot of you are anxious to see it. I hope it does not disappoint. I'm still thinking about the border, but I do have it narrowed down to a couple of ideas. I'm working on it during the day when I have time, and I'm working on a doily at night after I go to my bedroom to watch TV. The blanket is too heavy and there are too many dogs around to comfortably crochet on the blanket while I'm sitting in bed. I try to keep the dog hair to a minimum on my crochet stuff. (Now that sounds like I'm nasty and sleep in a pile of dog hair, which I probably do, but I don't have to tell people. LOL.)

Yammer, yammer.
Okay, enough!
See ya.

I didn't forget you and never will.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Little Thrifting and Not Much Else

Thrift Store Find $3.99

I thought it would be perfect for Ollie.
He was miffed that I made him sit in it for a picture and wouldn't look at me or lie down.

Eli is always so eager to please us, so he hopped right in after Ollie got out.
It's a little small, don't you think, Eli?
Look at Fletch's face. I could tell he was waiting for his turn.

He got right in after I made Eli get out, but he'd only put his front feet in and stare at me waiting for me to take a picture. He likes his picture taken and waited patiently in line for his turn. He's a good boy.

Eli was hiding under the TV trays after getting in trouble for being an ass.

I got a little snowlady figurine at the thrift store too, but I haven't taken a picture of her yet. I'll show you later. She was also $3.99. I have a collection of snowmen I put out at Christmas so I snapped her up when I saw her sitting on a shelf amongst a bunch of ugly dishes. 

I haven't crocheted in a couple of days. I'm resting my arm cuz I think I overdid it a little finishing the table runner and working on the Granny. There's been absolutely nothing going on, and I haven't even cooked anything except spaghetti sauce in the crockpot earlier in the week. Today we stopped and got some egg salad at a deli near our house for sandwiches for dinner. We were already out for a doc appointment and had Chinese food for lunch.

I'm off to bed to read. I got a new book today on my Kindle that looks like it's going to be good. I hope it is. You know I'll tell all if it's worth sharing.

See ya.

Monday, September 08, 2014

A Granny Rally Cry

If I had known how long and arduous it was going to be to put that stripe of 64 two-round squares around this blanket, I would never have done it. But now that it's done, I'm SO HAPPY I did it because it looks good. Now I can move on to the next phase of the blanket. 

Here is some crochet blanket inspiration for you if you need it...

I adore this one!
Credit HERE.

I have a WIP in different colors very similar to this one.
I need to dig it out too. The flower is fun to make.
Credit HERE.

Gorgeous colors! I love it!
Credit HERE

So unique and interesting. There are so many talented crocheters.
Credit HERE

I don't want to hear you don't have time or you hate sewing in those ends or any of that crap...get out some yarn and a hook and get busy! It starts with one tiny little circle...every single crocheted blanket you've ever seen! You'll be glad you did, I promise. One chain, one dc, one end sewn in at a time. Time yourself and see how long it takes you to make a square. You don't even have to change colors to make a GORGEOUS blanket!

Don't waste your God-given talent!
Get up and go get that yarn!
Stop wishing you could make a blanket like any of these.
Prove to yourself that you have it in you. I already know you do!


Saturday, September 06, 2014

Springtime Table Runner


Pattern:  Springtime Table Runner (see book information below)
Yarn:  Rowan Cotton Glace in 50 gm balls, 3 balls Ecru #725, 1 ball In The Pink #819, 1 ball Shoot #814
Hook Size:  E/4 (3.50 mm)
Finished Size:  13" x 36 1/2"
My Notes:  The pattern called for 2 balls of Ecru, but I was just short and needed 3 balls. There was plenty of leftovers of the pink and green. My runner only has 24 motifs instead of 27 because I was trying to save yarn since I could see I may be running short, but ran out anyway about 3/4 through the edging. I followed the pattern exactly and found no errors other than the shortage of yarn. This yarn was wonderful to work with. I just wish it wasn't so expensive. It's normally $7.95 per 50 g ball most places online, but I got mine on sale for $5.95 a long time ago.

Here is a picture of the book the pattern came from:

It's a good book and nice and thick. I've made two patterns from it; a baby blanket and this table runner. I got my used copy on

I hope it was worth the wait. I've been teasing you with it for a while now. It was definitely worth it for me. I'm really happy with it and proud of myself for finally finishing it.

I'm going to enjoy looking at it a few days and then put it up until spring.
It's almost autumn, ya know!
I bet it would be really pretty in autumn colors too.