Monday, March 30, 2009

Gregor's Brown Cardi is Done

My boy says "hurry up" as it's too hot here in Corpus Christi to wear a sweater.

Time to Knit

It's too windy to go out to garden. Until the wind settles, I'll use the time to finish a special order, a chocolate brown wool cardi for Gregor.

Relaxing After Saturday Mass

Some of the best things in life are in these pictures! There is "family" plus friends. We also have spouse, wine and yarn!

Recycle Day Tomorrow

After a tedious estate sale and storing the excess (the items that did not sell, the items we couldn't GIVE away), in our garage, we will finally get to purge some of the recyclables used to transport from the estate sale house to ours. Most of the contents went to Goodwill over the weekend. Someone can use them well.

Impressive Pumpkin Plant

Okay, I'll stop now. It's just that Mother Nature is so impressive!

All Alone

After Spring Break, after the Estate Sale, and after so much commotion, the dog is lonely and looking for visitors!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pumpkin Grew Overnight

Just during the night, the stems are longer and the leaves are a bit broader!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thunderstorm Germinates Gigantic Pumpkin Seed

Suddenly we were under a tornado watch, thunder was non-stop, and dog was totally freaked! After the inch of rain, the sun came out and the wind began. I checked my garden and the gigantic pumpkin seeds that I planted on Saturday were well above ground. There was no sign of them earlier today! According to the package, the pumpkin can be as large as 100 pounds. Can't wait! Thanks Jenny for the great seeds!

Knitting for Bigfoot

Whew! I'm glad I started early on the May Man's birthday socks! There are a lot of rounds to this long sock! He wears a size 12 shoe and the first sock appeared incredibly long and big. However, when compared to the bare foot of DH who wears a size 10 shoe, it just might be a perfect fit!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Our Birthday Boy!

Wow, it's so hard to believe that our firstborn is 33 today! This man has it all: lovely wife, great job, innate talents, and plenty of tech. So, what do you give an adult man for his birthday when he has so much tech already? A hand knit dinosaur!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hearty Herbs

We have cilantro and parsley mixed in with the Cosmos flowers. And Sweet Basil is mixed in with the special Cosmos seeds that we bought in Fredricksburg last September.

Spring Is Here!

Not only are things blooming, but some seeds have managed to survive in unusual places! Yup, I've got TWO green thumbs!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Eyes Up Knitters!!

Camera man wanted to see eyes. You can tell he isn't a knitter! Knitters can simply melt into their craft and disregard surroundings while enjoying pure happiness.

More Knitting Before Returning Home

The young knitsters are doing well! Stitches are even and there aren't too many dropped stitches. There were last minute questions and fixes before packing their knitting and getting ready to leave for Iowa.

Fun Crowd

Relatives are slowly leaving, back to Iowa and Colorado. It's going to be so quiet around here!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Alas, Some Relatives Had to Go Home!

As always, we took tons of photos. It's a long drive home so some of the family has started on their return. We miss them already! All but three in this picture are homeward bound!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More Knitting by Twelve Year Olds

The girls are off to a great start! Too bad they have to leave Texas soon, and go back to school!!

Cutie Grandson Has Talents

Our five month old boy can make wonderful noises, make perfect messes when he eats, and can entertain all the relatives!

Birthday Surprise

A special daughter and her teeny boy, our first grandson, flew to visit for my surprise birthday present! It was glorious!

Flat Stanley's Mama Knits Too

The little niece who mailed me Flat Stanley is also becoming a great knitter!

Still Knitting

Relatives from Iowa have joined us in Texas for their Spring Break. The weather started off being very cool but finally, today, it's 80 degrees. During the chilly days, we learned to knit!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Less Knitting and More Time to Eat

It's summer here, time to work in the yard, time to ride bikes, and not as much time to knit. As usual, I have ten projects going at once and the little ones only need about 30 minutes each to finish. Alas................they won't be this weekend! However, there's always time to eat! Here is our guest, Flat Stanley, enjoying Jeff's famous hand made pizza. The dough is made from scratch in the yummy!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Gardening with Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley is helping with gardening. He will pick the cherry tomatoes and then smell the aroma of my sweet basil. The sweet basil is being surrounded by my pretty cosmos.

Flat Stanley Walks with Us

For our evening walk, Flat Stanley wanted to tag along. Here he is with our dog, Scout.

Jordyn Sent Flat Stanley to Visit

My great niece from Iowa had mailed Flat Stanley (written by Jeff Brown and a fun story in case you need a quick read) on the same day that we flew to Portland, Oregon. I'm taking good care of him and making him do my many tasks with me.

GPS Comparison

This was a funny conversation! Duncan won a GPS for something and gave it to Pat as an early Mother's Day present. They had not used it at all but Pat thought Jeff and I might want to use it for directions to the wineries in Washington state.

Jeff has been using a GPS long before I even knew what one was!! In this picture, Pat and Jeff are comparing their GPS units! We ended up using our own as we drove from winery to winery to yarn shop!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Never Stop Knitting

At age 85 years young, having raised seven children, worked as an RN, assisted with numerous pleas to help with grandchildren, Mom is still more active than those many years younger. Among other weekly activities (such as Fitness, weekly manicure and pedicure, volunteering with the Hospital Gift Shop, counting the money for her parish, and weekly bridge groups), she knits! Here she is buying yarn for the next project, a top-down cardigan.

Yet More Yarn!

Knitters never have enough yarn in their stash! Jeff used his GPS and easily drove from the Barnard Griffin Winery to Sheep's Clothing in Kennewick, WA. How fun! As always, I gravitate to the sock yarns and Mom likes the interesting natural fibers with plenty of texture.

Washington Winery

On February 26th, our patient driver, hubby Jeff, drove us to some nearby wineries. We actually visited two and I have a video camera showing our nice ventures. After that we would visit one more yarn shop before our energy expired. Here we are in Richland, WA visiting the Barnard Griffin Winery.

You Can Never Have Enough Yarn

Hubby Jeff drove me and Mom over to Richland to check out the new yarns at Knitty Gritty. Of course we found another project to add to the several that each of us already has mid stream. I chose navy wool for a special order and Mom found some bulky yarn that she just could not resist! As always, I took one of my dolls with me.