Sunday, May 27, 2012

Crocheted Baby Booties - Start of TS Beryl - May 27, 2012

I am so proud of myself.  I am actually learning to crochet and it feels so good to make things.
As you can see from the picture, I made baby booties.  I was beside myself.  I grew up never thinking I could do much, and so to be able to do this makes me very happy.  And I love my crochet buddies. 
We are making baby booties, hats, and afghans to donate to a Pregnancy Center locally.  It feels good to be part of a community and to be think that tiny little feet will be filling my booties..ha ha.  As I've said a hundred times, it doesn't take much to make me happy.
I will post the directions at the end of this.
We are in the midst of waiting for Tropical Storm Beryl. We have had lots of wind, wind gusting pretty good at times, rain bands that are heavy when they happen, and thunder.  As I am writing this it is bright and sunny out there right now.  It is sort of raining about every half hour or so, then the sun shines.  Beulah will need to learn to walk between the raindrops.  ha ha.
Here is the baby bootie pattern and the website
Bev's Very EASY Newborn Booties

Newborn bootie size measurements
Foot Length = 3 1/2 - 3 3/4"
Height from sole to top of bootie is about 4 - 4 1/2"
Instep (from sole to ankle bone) = 1.75" - 2.25"

Size H hook ( For preemies I used G hook)
1 oz of soft 4 ply worsted weight yarn (Simply Soft works great!)
Bottom of bootie foot -- Ch 26(for other ones I used 30 chains)

ROW 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (25 hdc) Ch 2 (counts as a HDC on next row), turn

ROW 2 - 3: HDC in each hdc across row (25 hdc). ch 2, turn.

ROW 4: (you can change colors here if desired) DC in each hdc across row (25 dc) - do not chain 3 at the end, just turn
ROW 5 (top of bootie) : slip st in the first 5 dcs, ch 3 - in that 5th st- (counts as one dc) dc in the same st and then in each dc across leaving 4 unworked at the end.. (17 dcs) Chain 3, turn
ROWS 6 and 7 : (change colors back) DC in each dc across the 17 sts being sure to DC into the very last stitch, ch 3 and turn (17 dcs)
ROW 8: Girls top: Sc into 1st st near hook, ch 3, sc in next st, repeat across to make a ruffle on the top.
ROW 8: Boys top: Alternate making a *FPDC and *BPDC across row, working the stitches in the front or back of the sts in the row below.

Finish off. ~Fold piece in half and whip-stitch up using yarn and big eyed needle - this is the wrong side of the bootie. Flip booties right side out and shape them with your hands to make them more puffy and rounded. FOLD TOP DOWN.

~ * ~ IMPORTANT: Weave a length of ribbon in and out of the row above the heel to tie booties. Or crochet a contrasting colored chain of about 60 chains. ~ * ~
* FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet. Meaning you go down into the stitch below, in the front and make a dc in that stitch
* BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet. Meaning you go down into the stitch below, in the back of the stitch and make a dc in that stitch

**As I stated above I used a G hook for the preemies
**For the other ones I used the H hook and chained 30 and adjusted for it.  Like in row 1 it would be 29, In row 2, 3, and 4  it would be 29, 5 I did the same, etc.  Any questions, just ask.  I am learning, but I know what I did.  ha ha

Until next time....

Friday, May 25, 2012

My day - May 25th, 2012

What a day, what a day...  Had a doctor's appointment (yeah, what else is new ha ha) and had another right after for my shots, but the first one ran over by almost an hour so I had to cancel my shots.  You can tell I'm heartbroken over it. ha ha  I just have to remember to call and reschedule it. 
Went to the new Hobby Lobby.  Today was their grand opening and I was really disappointed.  Not much in the way of yarn at all.  I think Wal-Mart has more.  It's about the same as Michael's, but much more expensive.  They had a wheel to spin for Chick-fil-a, and I won a breakfast sandwich.  Yeah.....ha ha.  They had someone there with banana muffins and Dunkin Donuts coffee.  If it's DD coffee, I am so there.  ha ha.  No cream, but with DD, I can do without it.
Then it was on to crocheting.  I worked on making baby booties.. And yeah...  I made one.  It is a preemie size and so adorable.  Needless to say, I am so proud of myself.  Waiting to see if the other one comes out the same size.  ha ha...  I know it should be relaxing,  but when I am learning something I get so tight and tense.  ha ha... While there, I got a phone call from my friend/next door neighbor and she locked her keys in her car at her work.  So I left, went home, let out Beulah, went to her house, looked for the key and found it.  She found a ride home, so I had to just take her to her back to her car.  30 miles later, I was home.  It is in the 90's and my air doesn't work in my Jeep.  Can you say, Ughhhhhh... Hotttttt.  Heat........ It felt so good to come home into the air conditioning.  Funny thing is once your in for a while it doesn't seem as cool.  Beulah is even knocked out from the heat... 
Just got off the phone after a nice conversation with a friend that I was best friends with in high school.  Miles and years come together so nicely.  I am so fortunate to have made some wonderful friendships over my lifetime.  It's great re-connecting with people. I thank you all, old and new for what you have contributed to my life.
I finished Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr yesterday.  I am just blazing through her Virgin River series. 
So this has been my day. All in all, it's been a good day.  It's to hot to eat.  I might just have a yogurt. 
When I finish the second baby bootie I will post a picture of it.
Until next time..

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Beep Beep ~ May 20, 2012

Cars..  Not the normal topic for me, but I was laying there trying to fall asleep (it was not happening) and I started thinking of cars I have had.  How odd is that..  ha ha
Growing up, I drove my mom's car.  She had a canary yellow Javelin.  Remember the commercial with the fish. "Hey..wanna race".  Well, I took that literally and raced and dropped the transmission.  I could only go in reverse.  Not a good thing. 
Then I got married and we had a Dodge Polaris.  Oh how I loved that car.  I don't know if it was so much the car or the fact that the  gears were push buttons.  No putting anything in gear.  Just push the button and you were in drive, reverse, etc. (It's the little things that excite me). 
Then I got a 1958 VW bug.  That was in 1973 or 1974.  It was red and her name was Tizzy.  Yes, she had a name.  My grandfather always wanted to go for a ride.  The only problem was it didn't have a gas gauge, and I had to stick a ruler in there to see how much gas I had.  Needless to say, I would forget and would run out of gas.  Not a good thing with an 80 year old man who decides he's going to walk home.. (15 miles or so from home), getting more aggravated as the moments went by.  And yet, the next day, he would ask to go for a ride.  I loved my grandpa.  RIP Pop. Another thing was it was a stick shift and not synchronized.  I did not know how to drive a stick.  I would roll down the hill, buck and stall and stall some more.  I had a love/hate relationship with her.
Then it was a Green Grand Marquis.  Nothing special except it was brand spanking new.  Don't remember what happened to it.
Then I remember our 1971 Chevy Chevette.  It was a lemon.  I mean a really really sour lemon....  Let's put it this way.  A kid on a bicycle beat me up a hill.  But I was so happy with it when we moved to Florida.  Who cared if the transmission was bad, and it had so many problems.  It made it here and I was so excited to drive it on the beach at Daytona.  That got old fast.  HA HA.  The hatch back was nice for our chairs, cooler, and fishing rods. 
Then my red Dodge Aspen.  That is the first car I bought myself.  I was going through my divorce and went and bought it by myself.  The ad said "year, make, model, am/fm radio, cassette player, air, etc.  Long story short.  I could not get the radio to work.  Got home with it and a friend looked at it.  It had no speakers.  So I had to go buy them and he put them in.  The ad did not say anything about speakers so I felt kind of stupid, but oh well.  Whatever... ha ha.  I have no idea what a slant 6 engine is, but that is all the guys talked about.  So I'm thinking I made a good choice.
Then it was on to a baby blue Grand Marquis.  That was the prettiest color car I have ever seen.  I have not seen another car that color to this day. 
Then onto a black car.  ha ha.  I don't remember what it was.  ha ha.  I do know the seat belt got stuck and I was in the parking lot of a shopping center and it would not come apart.  Thank goodness the seats reclined.  After panicking I thought to lay the seat down and shimmied backwards out of it.  G-d only knows what people must have thought of this woman crying and wiggling.  ha ha.
And now my Jeep Grand Cherokee.  I love my Jeep.  Yes it has developed problems over the years, but I love it and Beulah loves being a co-pilot.  She doesn't get to ride in it much anymore as she can't jump up.  I feel so bad for her, but did I mention I love the Jeep.  ha ha..
I think there may have been another car or two in there somewhere, but with my memory and not knowing anything about cars, I think I'd done quite well...
So that is it for today.  I am on my way to the library.  Lucky they are open on Sunday's.  I have my potato salad made, and will make my pounded pork for supper.  Plans are in place.  Just trying to figure out my meds.  With a few new ones thrown in there because of my finger (a whole nother story- doctor's on Friday, hospital for x-rays, etc.).  Some you have to take with meals, some on an empty stomach, can't take this with that, etc.  It's enough to make an old lady crazy.  ha ha...
Until next time...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My day, my blog,My baby girl ~ May 16, 2012

This is a picture of Beulah in my Jeep back in 2009.  She is older by 3 years,  (obviously),  and has so much gray and a whole lot chubbier.                       
Oh fun, oh joy...  ha ha..  What a day.  My legs were so bad this morning I had to cancel my doctor's appointment because they just were killing me and I had a hard time getting out of bed.  I bet it took me a good 20 minutes of trying, but the pain just would not let me stand on them.  I called and cancelled and rescheduled.  I need to remember to put the new appointment on the calendar.  I am so bad about that.  They will call the day before to remind me and I'm thinking, really....I have an appointment tomorrow.  I go to so many doctor's I am thinking of making a chart of the clothes I wear there.  I don't want them to think I wear the same ones all the time, although I do. ha ha.  Beulah was good this morning.  Usually she is barking or howling to go out as soon as she see's my eyes open.  Honest to pete, she has the best radar I have ever known.  She can be in the other room.  I open my eyes and I hear her romping to the bedroom, if she isn't already in there.  It's the darndest thing. 
I then took her out, came in, made and drank my coffee, and had a healthy breakfast of leftover macaroni salad.  ha ha.  It was so good.  I made it yesterday, and my neighbor/friend next door loves it.  I called and told her I made it and she came over.  Before she got in the house my neighbor across the street saw here and so I invited her over too.  She loved it too.  It was no big deal and no recipe.
Macaroni - cook it
Mayonnaise and vinegar - mix together as much as you like
Kalamata Olives
Green Olives
hard boiled eggs
And voila, macaroni salad... Between the 3 of us we ate just about the entire pound of macaroni.
Back to today...I called and could finally get Beulah into the groomer to have her nails clipped.  Now this is not easy feat.  She is almost 50 pounds and can't jump anymore.  I have to lift her into my Jeep.  Take my bad legs, my bad back, and her dead weight it is not a pretty picture.  ha ha.  Thank goodness the groomer took her out of the car and carried her in and then back out to my car. Bless you Kelly..And she's a tiny thing.  Kelly, not Beulah.  Beulah is now limping again.  She has the bad leg, and I think when Kelly was clipping the nails, she may have manipulated her leg and aggravated it.  My poor baby.  I won the battle..... What battle you may ask.  Her pain pill battle.  She will take her arthritis medication if I crush it and mix it in with some Frosted Flakes and milk.  (Is she spoiled???  Judge for yourself). ha ha.  But any other medicine she will not take.  She see's a peanut butter jar and turns her head and hides.  Burying it in food I have a 10 percent chance she will take it.  She usually eats the meat, cheese, etc, and spits out the pills.  Like and idiot I am sitting her making tiny slits in tiny elbow macaroni to shove the pill in, all the while trying to put another one on top to completely hide it, and then wrap yet 2 more to cover.  I then have more of the macaroni salad very very close so that  as soon as she takes the ones with the pill, I can try to shove the "good stuff" at her.  It did work.  Yeah for me.  Hopefully she will feel better soon. She is such a good little girl and I hate to see her in any kind of discomfort. Needless to say, I'm exhausted from it.  ha ha.  Between her and I we don't make a whole person/dog. 
I am about to make myself some Ramen noodle soup.  Don't care for the soup, but love the noodles.  ha ha...
So that's it so far today
Until next time

Friday, May 11, 2012

list of 10 - 10 things for a perfect weekend - May 11, 2012

I just finished reading Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr.  This was the best book in the series so far.  I was losing a bit of interest in the series after the last few, but this one knocked it out of the ballpark.  It is a definite puffs plus book.  (Need something more tender than kleenex). ha ha.
I was thinking that I haven't done a list of 10 in a while, so here is one. 
10 things for a perfect weekend.
 1. making cards
  2. crocheting
  3. scrapbooking
  4. reading
  5. cool drink of sweet tea
  6. cool breeze blowing
  7. being at the beach
  8. barbecue ribs and potato salad
  9. good friends and or family
10.a good hair day....  ha ha
So, what would your list look like?  Feel free to post.  I'd love to know.
Until next time

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Morning Waffle Dip,Salad,and Flower Moon ~ May 5,2012

Yesterday was a great day.  Made a wonderful breakfast, which I took pictures and am going to include the recipe too.  Went and chatted with the ladies at scrapbooking.  Hurting to much to sit there and work on anything, and the moon was spectacular, called the "Flower Moon" or the "Milk Moon".  Took pictures of that too. 
I made the best breakfast yesterday.  I very seldom eat breakfast, but because I need to eat something with my medication, I decided to jump right in.  I made a recipe I saw on the Food Channel's Hungry Girl.  It was amazing, and so low on calories.  I then made a great salad for late lunch/early supper.  Either I was hungry yesterday or something, because it was all so good.  Then I had Cheez-It's.... They were good too.  ha ha.
                                                             BACON FRYING
                                                                     WITH THE SYRUP
                                                             WAFFLES IN THE TOASTER

Here is the amazing under 300 calories breakfast waffle recipe

Morning Waffle Dip

  • 1 slice center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
  • 1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
  • 2 frozen low-fat waffles
  • 1 slice fat-free American cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free pancake syrup

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 4 minutes per side. Set aside.
To make the egg patty, spray a microwave-safe bowl with nonstick spray. Add egg substitute and microwave for 1 minute. Gently stir, and then microwave for 1 additional minute. Set aside.
Toast the waffles, and then place them side-by-side on a plate. Immediately top one waffle with cheese.
Transfer the egg patty from the bowl onto the cheese-topped waffle.
Break the bacon in half and place over the egg patty. Finish it off with the other waffle.
Cut your sandwich in half and serve with syrup for dipping. Dig in, you!
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 299 calories, 5g fat, 1,075mg sodium, 43.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 5g sugars, 23.5g protein


Yes, I know.... It's in a Christmas bowl.  I really don't care.  They all hold the same thing.  Food.  ha ha..  It was really a good salad.,which included romaine lettuce, onions, cheese, kalamata olives, chicken, a slice of bacon (that I had cooked at breakfast), and cucumbers. 

MAY 5, 2012
                                OUTSIDE MY HOME MAY 5,2012 LARGEST BRIGHTEST MOON
                                              ANOTHER SHOT ABOVE THE TREES

Well, until next time...................