Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good-bye 2013 - Welcome 2014

This year has been a stressful year for my little family.  

We sold our home, put our belongings in storage, signed a contract to build a new house and moved into a small apartment back in May.  

We are still in said apartment.

I've really had to lean on my faith this year and learn (and keep learning) I'm not in control.  
Does that lesson ever get any easier?

I'm not sad to say good-by to 2013 with the exception of the loss of time.

I'm looking forward to 2014 with hope.

I wish you and your families a very Happy New Year.  

May you be blessed with your hearts desires.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Granola and Other Odds and Ends

Homemade Oatmeal
After a long weekend, we are back to the "grind".  

My sister hosted a very nice Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.  It was the first time, since I've been married, that I didn't cook the turkey.  She did a fresh turkey with the traditional sides, I brought over pumpkin bread, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie.  It was a nice change of pace and her table was beautiful.

Since hubby was off work both Thursday and Friday, we did a few family things to get into the Christmas mood.  

We put together a fun gingerbread house.  Dear son really enjoys putting these together.  Actually, I don't know which he likes better, assembling the house or eating the candy as he puts it together.  Either way, I made hot cocoa and we all sat at the table working on it.  Dear son and hubby did most of the work, I crocheted a little as they were determining their candy design.  

We stopped by the house and checked out the progress on the drywall...

and the brick...

They seem to be making good progress.  
Our project manager said it would take about two weeks for both.  

We are back to school today and looking forward to another break just a few short weeks away.

Back to the granola...

I found the granola recipe HERE if anyone is interested in making it themselves.  I've made in numerous times and have played around with the recipe.  Here are my modifications:

Homemade Granola Modifications
1/4 cup oil (instead of 1/3 cup)
1/3 cup honey (instead of 1/4 cup)
1/8 t salt (instead of 1/4 t)
1/4 t cinnamon (addition)
1 t pure vanilla extract (instead of 1 Tablespoon)
1 t almond extract (addition)

We eat it as trail mix, but of course you could eat it on yogurt or as a cereal with milk.  

It's yummy.


Have a great week.  I'll post a picture of my crochet project once I get it finished; hopefully soon!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Slow Going

The month of November has been slow going on the new home front.  

We are still awaiting inspections; some are complete, others are pending.  

Brick and mortar was delivered a couple weeks ago.  

We are waiting for the brick layer to complete another job before they start on our house.  Hopefully that will be soon, if not this week.

Insulation has been done and drywall delivered.

The propane tank is now buried and they have installed the electric meter for the house.

All the windows and doors are finally in and they poured the steps to the basement several weeks ago.

I'm thankful the month has gone quickly.  Hopefully, the necessary inspections will get complete this week so the drywall contractor can start their work.

On a separate note, I wanted to thank those of you who took a moment to write a nice comment on our cat Pebbles.  She had been slowly going downhill over the course of the last six months.  She didn't tolerate the move to the apartment well.  Last week she quit eating.  It was a hard decision to make.  I posted earlier photos of her; when she was healthy.  
That's the way I'd like to remember her; when she was fat and spunky.

Thanks for reading.  Take care and may your week be truly blessed.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Good-bye Our Faithful Companion

Pebbles, Pebs, Pebbly-Poo
Faithful Companion
1998 - 2013

We put down our much loved and faithful companion today.  

She was a good friend and will be missed.


Friday, November 15, 2013

"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:  but the word of our God shall stand for ever."
Isaiah 40:8

I was reading a friends blog this evening and it was a gentle reminder to be thankful, not only for our blessings, but in everything. 

Sometimes it's hard to be thankful for things that don't make us happy, but there is a purpose for everything.

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"
Ecclesiastes 3:1

As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, I'd be remiss not to express the gratitude I have for the blessings bestowed upon me.

I'm thankful for the gift of my salvation;
(Romans 6:23)
I'm thankful for my beloved husband; and
I'm thankful for my cherished son.

Wishing you blessings and thoughts of gratitude as you prepare for the thanksgiving holiday.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Dear son and I took a break from morning lessons to watch our propane tank being buried and installed.


We left once the tank was in the ground.  It was cold, we were hungry, and they still needed to level it and push the dirt over the top.

Overall, the house is coming along...

All the mechanicals are in and the utilities are hooked up.  

I guess it took them 3 days and numerous phone calls to find the tap for the water line (the connection from our lot to the water at the street).  Thankfully they were able to get with the contractor who developed the sub division and he actually remembered where it was!  Hard to believe since the subdivision is about 8 years old.  

New water meter for our home

The main thing now is getting through all the inspections, fixing anything they need to fix and get the inspectors back out.  

Our project manager said brick and sand would be delivered Thursday and Friday this week.  He was noncommittal as to when they would start laying the brick though.

Once all the inspections are finished, they will insulate the house and then start the dry wall process.

Unfortunately, our closing date has been pushed back and delayed. 

I can hardly say the month without choking and my stomach getting in knots.  The month starts with an "F" and ends with a "y".  

As Scarlet would say in Gone With the Wind, "I'll think about that tomorrow."

I'll leave you with a nature picture from our "brisk" morning outdoors.

Snow capped

Toodles for now, hope your week is going well.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Pretty Day

Sunday, after church, my husband and I stopped down to look at the house.  

While we were there, I thought I'd play with my camera and take some photos of the area.  

It was cold, but the sun was shining and made for such a pretty afternoon.

Most of the leaves have fallen with the exception of some hardy shrubs; I think these are a type of honeysuckle.

It felt good to get out and smell the proverbial "roses".  

Wishing you blessings for a fruitful week.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Answer to a Question...

I had someone leave me a comment on my previous post asking about the pattern for the pictured blanket.  

I made this back in February as a stash buster and wrote about it on my old blog (The Good Life).  

The commentor said the book, that the pattern is located in, is no longer available.  

Even though the book may not be available to purchase "new", I wanted to share that I've had great success in purchasing used books from Amazon (and I also like Half Price Books).  

If you look at the listing on Amazon, it shows that there are used books both in hardcover and paperback from .01 cent (quite a bargain).  Of course you'll have to pay shipping and handling on the book which is usually around $3.99.  

The book is Vanna's Favorite Crochet Gifts and I've found it listed on these three sites:

I typically only buy used books that are listed as "very good" or better.  And using a highly rated seller is also important.

I hope that is helpful information to the anonymous question and anyone else on the fence about buying used books.


May your Saturday be blessed,

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Electricians and plumbers; oh my!

The house is a hubbub of activity right now.  We met with the electrician yesterday and between his crew and the plumbing crew, the house was teeming with activity.

The plumbing is about complete.  
(Things have changed a lot since our old house was built; apparently they don't use copper for plumbing anymore.)

The tubs have all arrived...
(This one is for the master bathroom.)

They are framing for the stairway to the basement.  
(If it doesn't rain, they may pour the stairs this week.)  

My kitchen island...

The bane of my existence...


It's within code, but our project manager thinks I should shorten it by 6 - 12 inches for an easier walkway.  Looking at this photo, it doesn't stick out that far...

Because of the opening (upper left in above photo), there won't be a lot of wall cabinets, so I was hoping to maximize storage in the island.

Our project manager is supposed to be getting back with me for more lively discussion on the matter.

I can't wait.
(Can you see my tongue in my cheek?)


All the busyness will be coming to a halt soon though.  There will be a big break while all the inspections take place.  We've been told, it could be a week to ten days.  

And, after that, insulation and dare I think...


Not sure when they will start on the outside.  
I guess after the framing has all been inspected.

Not much going on here, my creativity has come to a standstill.  

My muse has left the building and I don't know when it will return.

Wishing you a terrific week!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Repurposing for a Craft Room

I've been checking out Pinterest and all the different ideas people have for re-purposing furniture.  

I'm really interested in finding a way to store my yarn once we get moved.  

At our old house, you could find yarn just about anywhere:  the TV armoire, our guest bedroom closet, under the bed, in the hall closet.......

you get the idea.


I found these cool shelves that would be great for my crochet books as well as storing my yarn.

What do you think?

A '70's gun case.


And, check out these Broyhill Fontana bookcases; lots of great storage here.


Looks like another old '70's hutch with the doors removed and painted white then adding cute and colorful baskets for organization.


Another '70's redo


I like this idea for storing small balls of leftover yarn.


Have you found any neat blogs for re-purposing furniture?  

I don't have any woodworking skills, but I think I can handle a can of spray paint.  


Happy Wednesday!