Saturday, August 31, 2013

House Update and a Yellow Belt!

Basement Plumbing Installed and Inspected!

We stopped by the lot yesterday afternoon to check on progress and were pleasantly surprised...

The basement plumbing has been installed and inspected...

Waterproofing on Exterior Walls and Window Drains Installed

and the waterproofing has been applied to the exterior walls.  

I did find it interesting that they have drains installed by all the basement windows.  I'd never seen that before.  Our previous 30-year old house didn't have anything like that, so I'm guessing it's some new building code.  

Our project manager sent us a note late yesterday afternoon and said they would be installing the steel beams next week, back-filling around the house and doing a rough grade.  

Seems like progress is finally starting to happen.

On another good note...  

Dear son tested out of his "white belt" and into his "yellow belt" in karate.

Dear Son Testing for His Yellow Belt

The group being tested had to show different kicks, blocks, and a series of blocks and kicks with the "commas".  The kids commas (in the picture) were rubber tipped and the adults tested with steel blades.  

Dear son will be getting is yellow belt next week!  

Congratulations little one!


I'm looking forward to a quiet Labor Day weekend.

May your holiday be blessed!
Heather

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Work in Progress and Hobby Farm Home Reading

Bobble Diamond Afghan Work in Progress
I've about doubled (maybe a bit more) the size of the Bobble Diamond Afghan since my last update.  


(As I was taking some photos, dear son said he wanted to show off his "Baby Tiger"; which happens to be his favorite stuffed animal.  Consider yourself introduced.)  

The afghan has been fun to work on although progress seems a bit slow.  

With the exception of the "bobble" (which is a treble crochet), it is all single crochet.  


I'll likely take a little break from this once I get to the craft store.  I want to make a baby blanket for Debi Y.'s Guardian Grandmas program.  It's for a good cause and it will be a brief diversion from this large project.

Until then, I'll keep plugging away on the bobbles and reading snippets of gardening advice from the library's Hobby Farm Home subscription.


Take care and mid-week blessings to you,
Heather


Linking up with Ginny for her Yarn Along Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Santa Lucia


We've been watching Andy Griffith reruns on Netflix lately.  

This one was on the other night and I can't get the song out of my head.

You've just got to love Barney!

Update on my Bobble Diamond Afghan tomorrow.

Toodles for tonight,
Heather

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Afternoon


We took the opportunity this afternoon to revisit Grant's Park.  

The park is huge, and at 187 acres, we've still only seen a small portion.


The "boys" thought they'd explore the creek and see if they could find any crayfish.  


No luck on that front, but they had fun trying.

Surprisingly, for this time of year, there was still plenty of color along the paths.


My favorite part of the walk though, was when we reached an alcove called "The Chimneys".



These beautiful stone chimneys are what remain of a fishing cabin once belonging to Richard H. Grant Sr. (1878-1957).  

From what I can find on him, it sounds like he was a wealthy business man and worked for prominent companies in Dayton.

The romantic in me can hear the echos of peaceful fall evenings gathered around those massive fireplaces telling stories and enjoying the company of loved ones.

It's a peaceful place to visit and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

School starts tomorrow.  

Wishing you blessings for the week to come.

Heather


Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Walls Are Going Up!

Walls Going Up!

I'm happy, excited and elated...

The walls are going up!

Foundation Wall Forms

The concrete people have been erecting the forms for the foundation walls this week.  We've been told they will also be pouring the walls.  Our project manager said that their concrete contractor is 3-weeks behind due to all the rain we've had this summer.

While we were at the site, we put on some "Off" bug spray and explored the tree line again (ticks have been really bad this year).  

What I thought early this summer might be an English Walnut tree, appears to be some sort of wild cherry tree...

Wild Cherry Tree?
There were fruited shoots of the tree throughout the windbreak.  Looks like the birds and squirrels have gotten the majority of the "harvest".  We cut it open and it does have a pit like a cherry or plumb.  We'll take a branch to a nursery next year to see exactly what it is.

The evergreens are producing their own berries...


And of course Queen Anne's Lace dots the meadow with pretty spurts of white.


Hopefully, now that the foundation walls are being done, they'll be able to make up time somewhere else.  

I'm counting on January, but Christmas in the new house sure would be nice.

Blessings to you,
Heather

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Project and a To Do List

Bobble Diamond Afghan
Work in Progress

My yarn order from Joann's showed up late Friday afternoon.  I was very happy to see my cardboard box full of yarn goodness arrive.  

Saturday afternoon, I started working on my new project.  It's  called Bobble Diamond Afghan from Crochet World (October 2008).  I have a digital subscription, so was able to download the pattern and print it out.  


I'm using a new to me yarn.  It is Bernat Super Value, I saw it at the store and loved the color, but they didn't have enough for my project and I knew if I ordered online I'd get a better price (even with tax and shipping)!


I'm enjoying the project so far.  I'm making it for my brother-in-law; my sister's husband.  I've made several blankets for my sis, but never one for her hubby.  I thought he might like one of his own and I thought this pattern was neutral enough for a man.


This week is going to be busy and I started my "To Do" list early this morning.  

We are starting school next week, so I need to figure out our daily schedule and get the first week of school organized.

My sister and her boys are coming up to go to one of the parks with us mid-week and we are going to have a picnic.  It should be fun and a nice way to end summer break.

I hope your week is off to a great start.

Heather

Joining Ginny for her weekly "yarn along".


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Garden Dreaming


This summer, I've been busy dreaming and putting together ideas for the garden.

I've gotten a lot of books from the library reading up on my subject.  

My favorites, in the picture above, are Grow Your Own Fruit and Grow Fruit.  I've got them on my Amazon "wish list" as they seem like they'll be good books to have on hand for care of different fruit trees and plants.

I put together a preliminary plan.  


It's mostly preliminary because the septic may have to go in the back yard, we'll have to see once we talk with that contractor.  From what I understand, that has to go in an area that drains well.  Also, you can't put any trees or plantings over it.

The other reason I say it's preliminary is that hubby likes the idea of moving the fruit I have on the left more toward the back.

And, really, until we get there, it's just fun to dream.......

We are off to the park for some afternoon entertainment.

Hope your Sunday is blessed.

Take care,
Heather

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Meadow Breeze Dishcloth Pattern

Meadow Breeze Dishcloth
Home Meadows

I've been working on some dishcloths lately.  It's been keeping me occupied while I wait on my order of yarn from Joann.  

I'm calling this dishcloth Meadow Breeze.  It's a simple pattern that uses single crochet and extended single crochet stitches.  

I've used an "H" hook, so the stitches are pretty tight (which makes it nice for scrubbing).  

You could make this as a wash cloth; but, if you do, I'd go up a hook size or two depending on how tight you crochet.  Going up in hook size will make a softer cloth.  

This is a single stitch pattern, so you can make this as big or small as you like.  Just chain your desired number of stitches and follow my instructions.  Your stitch count then, of course, will be different than the one I have listed in the pattern.


Meadow Breeze Dishcloth
Home Meadows

Meadow Breeze Dishcloth

Finished size 8.75" x 8.75"
  • Approximately 2 oz 100% cotton (worsted weight)
  • H hook
  • Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)


Note:  Turning chain (tch) not included in stitch count.


ch 30


1.  sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across (28 sc), ch 2, turn

2.  sk 1st sc, sc in next sc and in each sc across, sc in tch (28 sc), ch 2, turn

3.  sk 1st sc, exsc in next sc and in each sc across, exsc in tch (28 exsc), ch 2, turn

4.  sk 1st exsc, exsc in next exsc and in each exsc across, exsc in tch (28 exsc), ch 2, turn

5.  sk 1st exsc, sc in next exsc and in each exsc across, sc in tch (28 sc), ch 2, turn

6.  sk 1st sc, sc in next sc and in each sc across, sc in tch (28 sc), ch 2, turn


Repeat rows 3 through 6 to desired length ending with row 6.  Do not chain 2 or turn work at end of final row; proceed to border.


Border

1.  ch 1, turn, sc evenly around cloth with (3 sc) in each corner, sl st to beg sc, ch 2, do not turn work

2.  exsc evenly around cloth with (3 exsc) in each corner, sl st to beg exsc; fasten off, weave in ends


Abbreviations:
beg - beginning
ch - chain
exsc - extended single crochet
sc - single crochet
sk - skip
sl st - slip stitch
tch - turning chain

by:  Home Meadows aka Heather


Meadow Breeze Dishcloth
Home Meadows

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Nightcrawlers and a Saturday Afternoon


With $2.00 nightcrawlers and a fishing rod in the trunk, we headed out this afternoon to do a little fishing.  


We went to a youth pond, but it was a good place for dear son to practice his casting while hubby baited the hooks.  

:-)

As they got the gear set up, I walked around the pond to see if I could find anything pretty.


There were plenty of wildflowers...

(wildflower or weed depends on your point of view)...

and a Canadian Goose as big as a frozen Thanksgiving turkey.


The little one fished...


and waited...


Fishing really is a lesson in patience.  Cast your line and wait.

We were hoping for some "live action" (any Turtleman fans?)...

but, in the end, no fish were caught.  

They got a few nibbles and lost a worm or two.

Better luck next time little one.

"Give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man (boy) to fish..."; you know the saying.

Happy Saturday!

Heather



Friday, August 9, 2013

Slow Going



Not much progress on "the hole in the ground" that is to be our future home.

We are waiting our turn to have the walls of the basement poured.  

Our project manager said he expects the forms to be delivered and the walls poured next week.  I think once we get above ground, it will feel like some progress is being made.  

We continue to get a lot of rain.  It's rained off and on most of this week.

Some re-bar was delivered and they did get the electricity set up.  That was neat to see.  

We met another neighbor today too.  He drove up in his golf cart and introduced himself.  He seemed like a nice guy.  I haven't met any of the wives yet, I hope they are as friendly.

We finalized our flooring today, which is why hubby was off work.  It was the second time we had gone.  It was a lot harder to pick things out than I thought it would be.  One of the things I'm most excited about is the floor we picked out for the laundry room/mudroom; it's a tile that looks like slate.  It's called Franciscan Slate (I'm doing the Woodland Verde color).  I think it will look neat.  The picture makes it look kind of blue, but it is more green than the picture shows.  

Trying to keep our minds occupied, we signed dear son up for karate.  The picture isn't that good, but you get the idea.  It's been fun to watch him learn the different moves and he really likes it.  He even earned his first stripe this week!


Wishing you a happy weekend.

Heather



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Summer of Parks


I think this summer will go down as the summer of parks.  

The weather has been so beautiful and we haven't had the heat and humidity that is typical for this time of year.  And, going to parks gets us out of the apartment.  


I tend to lag behind "the boys" as I'm always looking for the "perfect" photo shot, or looking at the variety of wildflowers and their beautiful color.  

brilliant purples and greens


fuchsia, deep burgundy,
and different shades of green


God has certainly provided an abundance of beauty for us to admire.

I've started to wrap my mind around the idea that summer is drawing to a close and we'll need to be starting school soon.

It's a double edged sword; the end of summer freedom, but on the other hand, the start of school brings routine; which I so like.

I hope your week is off to a great start.

Take care friends,
Heather


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Grant's Park

Old Barn - Grant's Park

After dinner last night, we decided to head out and explore a park one of my husband's co-workers recommended.  

It is a beautiful nature preserve and I'm so glad we were told about it.


Grant's Park

Most of the park has been left naturalized...

Naturalized Area

with paths cut into the meadows for walking.

Some of the paths led down to a creek

Pathway to the Creek

I told my son, it's a "babbling brook" and he said, "Mommy, the creek isn't talking".  It might not have been talking, but the sound was soothing and beautiful.

We saw a huge blue heron, but the zoom on my camera wasn't strong enough to get a good picture of it.  

With the water, trees, and berries...

Ripening Blackberries
Ripening Grapes

it's easy to see why the birds find it this place so attractive.

We just skirted the edge of the park as it was threatening rain.  We will go back again and explore deeper into the preserve and see what other natural treasures there are to discover.

At the entrance to the park, they have this weathered statue.  

Grant's Park Statue

It reminds me of when I was growing up.  This is what you did in the summer; played outside.  Seems like kids spend too much time indoors these days with TV and video games.

Now I'm just sounding old.  lol.

Take care!
Heather

Friday, August 2, 2013

Two Balls of Cotton


When we moved, I packed up all my yarn and hooks and told myself, I'll find them once we get settled in the apartment.  

I have yet to locate them.  

I did purchase a couple balls of cotton and a hook for when I wanted to pick up my craft.  

I started a dishcloth yesterday.  


I need to add a border and crochet another.  I don't know why, but I always like to do dishcloths in pairs.


I'm itching to do a project with a little meat, but all my books are stored away in boxes as well.  In the meantime, I'll work on something small to keep my mind and hands busy.  

A trip to our storage facility may be in order.

Happy Friday, may your weekend be blessed.

Heather