Thursday, November 16, 2017

Busy, busy and a trip......

After a very crazy week at work, I know are there any that aren't crazy?  And a teachers conference, Little Buddy is doing fine but can be a bit of a pistol, are we surprised?  We headed off to a whirlwind trip to Wisconsin and Chicago last weekend.  We arrived late Thursday evening.  Met with the the Aunts and their friends for lunch on Friday and headed off to pick up Mr. 20 from the airport.  He had a class Thursday evening he could not miss so arrived after us.  We quickly dressed for the wedding and had a wonderful time.  Little Buddy has been sooooooooo excited about this trip.  There is the train to ride at the airport, it is more of a tram but don't tell him that.  He had an airplane ride and we got to rent a van!  And best of all we got to dance at the, "dance party" after the wedding.  He had a wonderful time.  I am not going to show you our family picture yet as it just might be our Christmas picture. 

But I will show you my two handsome older boys.  They are rarely dressed up so I took the opportunity to take lots of photos of them.  We danced and danced and Little Buddy had the best time ever.  

This is one of the last smiles we saw because after the reception Little Buddy started to cough and cough.  My poor little guy got so sick. He was droopy on the drive to Chicago on Saturday morning and looked even worse when we got into our room.

He took a long nap during the afternoon.  

Actually,  the nap was four hours long.  I had to wake him up because we had big plans.  We were meeting a good portion of my family for dinner.

Uncle Don could only be with us a short time but while he was there he paid the most attention to this little boy.  They talked and snuggled, and Little B even ate a bit of toast for his Uncle.  After Uncle Don left it was all downhill again.  Little Boy sat on my lap and was not all that happy.  

Here is a photo of my beautiful family. Claudia and I are so proud of my niece and nephew.  They have become wonderful parents and truly amazing adults.  It is so nice to see them all grown up and responsible.  I enjoy who they have become so much.  My other nephew, their brother, was not in attendance, he lives in Michigan with his family but you bet I am proud of him, too.   You can see Little Buddy is not that happy in the photo above, he was not feeling well at all by this time.

Little Buddy had a big fever all night long, boy was he restless, I should know because I slept with him.  He got up and promptly fell asleep during breakfast with his Aunt Claudie and Uncle Don at our hotel.  He woke up at the end of our meal and mustered up a little smile.  After the big boys left for the Green Bay Packer/ Chicago Bears game (Please go visit Kathy B's Blog for a little surprise) it was up to our room for another nap. 

Aunt's are just the best aren't they?  We had to stay in due to Little Buddy being ill, it was raining and cold out.  Not much fun as we were so close to museums and the aquarium and of course Kathy B.  So close but so far when you have a little one with a fever.  After the game the big boys came back and showered and ended up going out for pizza, Chicago style.  I stayed in with a little one that had me very worried.  Kathy B was a pediatric nurse so she was texting me what to do and where to go if needed.  If we were home I would have taken him to the Children's Hospital, I was so afraid he was dehydrated.  I just kept pushing fluids, and more fluids, when he was awake.  

We made it home Monday morning but not before yet another nap on the plane.  Here he is nestled up to my lap.  I worked Monday afternoon so Dad and biggest brother were in charge.  Little Buddy fell asleep on the floor and they gently covered him up and left him there for several hours.  He actually just returned to school today.  He barely made it through the day and fell asleep on the ride home.  The doctor says it is just a nasty virus, seems all of my patients are ill, too.  Now I have a cold but I am not surprised.  I got very little sleep with a sick one next to me all night.  He is perking up gradually and now once again we have to fatten him up because he has lost 2 pounds!  

I am so far behind reading blogs and also a bit behind with work.  I will catch up when I can.  Hope you are all well.  And very special thanks to Kathy for her wonderful friendship.  We were literally 1 1/2 miles apart but were not able to meet up this visit.  I know we will in the future.  Now I had better get back to that progress note I was writing.  Have a great day.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Virus Shawl....well sort of...................

My latest shawl is finished.  This is my version of the ever popular Virus Shawl, that seems to have been made a million times as far as Ravelry is concerned.  I have had this shawl in my library forever.  I have never made it as I really did not like the density of the shell stitches.  Then I realized, after looking for hours for a new pattern to make, that I could adapt this and make it more airy.   Based on a search of variations of this shawl when it was completed I can see I am not the first person to think this way.  Actually, there are so many variations of this shawl out there it is amazing.  As for me, I adapted the second and third rows of the shell portion of the pattern.  I added a chain 1 between the DC's on the second row, and a chain 2 between the DC's of the third row of the shell.  Next time I make this, and you know there will be a next time, I will also limit my chain 7 spaces to a chain 6, I think the space is just a bit too large and it makes the shawl not flow as nicely visually.  

This shawl was made with the Queensland Collection Sunshine Coast yarn I recently purchased.  I used almost two skeins so approximately 560 yards of yarn and a size H hook.  The color is Terra Australis, 100.  I am happy that those 560 yards of yarn did not linger in my stash, they were bought and made into a project right away.  I am usually not a fan of beige's and browns but I do like the earthiness of this shawl.  Hope you like it, too!

Did you know that a six year old can't smile?  They simply won't or so I am told.

They have to think about it for a while...................

Then when you forbid them to smile, simple say that they can't do it, look what happens!

By the way a very big thank you for all of your lovely comments about Little Buddy's train costume.   You all made my day.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Here he is.......

Well here he is my friends, Little Buddy the Train.  Not Little Buddy the Conductor, he is an actual train.  I think he wanted me to make him into a real train, but I explained to him that he is a boy and can't be a train, but I would do my best to make him feel like a train. All went well until his light fell off about one house away from mine, no worries Little Buddy was fine with it.  Sorry about the last blurry photo, it was the only one I had with the light on.

He had the best time trick or treating.  Actually he was much more interested in ringing peoples doorbells than the actual candy part of the whole thing.  I think he made many people smile in my neighborhood.  We hardly had any trick or treaters so he was even more in demand than usual.  I was a bit upset with his school, no costumes allowed on Halloween day.  While I understand that Halloween isn't everybody's thing they usually have character day from a favorite book.  I was going to have him be The Little Engine That Could, because frankly he is just like that, trying hard, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can......

The Aunts returned to Florida for the winter just in time for Halloween.  They joined us on our walk about the neighborhood, so did the biggest brother who has never been trick or treating with us before because he has always been away.  Little Buddy had a grand time and that is all that matters.  He told me he was going to be a train after his nap today because now he can be a train a lot!  Yup Little Buddy, you sure can.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween is almost here......

As many of you know Halloween is my favorite holiday.  What is not to like about dressing up and getting a few pieces of candy?  It is also my oldest son's birthday, he will soon be Mr. 24!   I am working my regular 13 hour day tomorrow and have a long one planned on Tuesday as well so I wanted to get this Halloween wish out to all of you early.  I hope you all have a fun day.  If you celebrate I hope you enjoy the energy and excitement of the little ones in your life.  If you give out candy, I hope you enjoy all the festivities.  And if you ignore the whole thing that is just fine, too.  Regardless, I hope you all have a great week.  I will post a photo, or two or three, of Little Buddy in his costume as soon as I can after the big day.  Posting during the week gets tougher and tougher as my schedule is packed right now.  Enjoy!

And just a short note in remembrance of my Dad's passing two years ago today.  Sometimes it feels like yesterday and others much to long for him to be gone.  I miss you Dad.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I think we have a winner........

I think we have a winner in the shawl to go with the wine colored dress contest.  I think this South Bay Shawlette will be the perfect pick.  Although I like the other shawl I made better, this one is definitely more Autumnish.  I think it will be perfect for a November wedding.  The other shawl will be a gift to my friend Lynda in North Carolina for Christmas.  It will be perfect for her.  I played a bit of yarn chicken with this shawl as all I had left at the end of my last row were a few yards of this yarn.  Speaking of this yarn it is from The Verdant Gryphon,  it is Traveller, in the colorway Mag Mell.  This was gift yarn to me a while back and I think it made the perfect project.  I used 560 yards and a size I hook to make this beautiful shawl.   It will be fun to wear and hopefully make my very plain dress a bit more festive,

In other yarn news I have a bit of a confession.  Last weekend I was feeling very sorry for myself.  I know not a great quality but I am being honest here.  I was supposed to be in New Orleans with my sister and BIL, but frankly it was way too expensive to go.  I have a son in college and Christmas is coming, plus I missed many days of work when good ole Hurricane Irma came through town and knocked lots of my patients out of power.  If I don't work I don't get paid, that is the big bummer of being a contract employee.  Last weekend was also the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, now I know Claudia was in New Orleans so I would not be going anyway but still in my dreams I would be there.  Then this weekend is the Fiber Festival in Asheville, NC. very close to where my buddy Lynda lives.  We always think about going but again this year I had a conflict with an appointment for Little Buddy I could not miss.  The joke is on me because that got canceled today by the doctor.  So here I am feeling all sad and such, I know I am a bit of a head case, so I decided to go to my LYS anniversary sale.  I sort of forced myself to go.  It is a bit of a drive from my house and we had just gone to the farm with Little B.  I was tired from my massive migraine the day before that was so bad I could not even drive Little B to school.  Wah, wah, wah, are you sick of me yet?  I drove to the sale after the farm and bought this yarn.  I had a good idea for the Queensland Collection Sunshine Coast yarn but not the beautiful sunflower colored yarn.  I have been trying to get my stash down to a manageable level, I am under 30,000 yards even with this purchase, but I need to be better.  Is it even right to feel guilty about yarn?  Anyway, that is why this yarn has entered my home.  Yarn will always be my weakness.  Still beautiful yarn on sale is never a waste is it?  

I thought the Queensland yarn would make a beautiful shawl for the other dress I bought for the wedding.  It picks up the beige of the pattern but is not overwhelming in any way.  Who knows I just might wear this dress instead.  I better get hopping on this new shawl if I hope to get it done.

I am hoping you all have had a wonderful week and get some rest on the weekend ahead. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Back to the farm......

It must be Autumn as we made our fourth annual trip to the farm with Little Buddy today.  I have to say this is one of my favorite days of the year.  It is just so much fun.  We get there plenty early so this little one does not have to wait in many lines.  The first thing we always do is ride a pony.  Little Buddy looks so big on this little pony.  He is growing don't you think?

Riding on Thomas the Train is always next.  We got in three rides before there was a line.  He road on each of the cars, first the caboose with Dad, then the green and yellow cars with Mom.  It drives in a circle around the farm where you can see a camel, cow, giant tortoises, a zorse and donkeys, some turkeys, a giant pig named Elizabeth and even a few lemurs.  Little Buddy is not one to notice the animals too much, he would rather look at the gates or the wheels on the train.  I think it is hard for him to visually focus on something when we are moving by it, even if we aren't going that fast.

Look at those freckles, I could eat him up!

This first time Little Buddy came to the farm he was three and not quite ready for the cow train.  Every time we came after that it was not working, well today it was.  The wonderful man who drove the train told us to hop on the cow train and he would take us out after one more train trip.  He was such a wonderful guy.  Little Buddy was a bit nervous about the ride but he did just fine.  He even picked up both hands and put them up in the air for a short bit.  

He had his first taste of roasted marshmallow, not to sure he liked it.

There was a big playground where he had a short ride on a swing and played in this big wooden playhouse.  Swings are hard because they are unstable and frankly unpredictable, but Little Buddy is much less fearful of them now that he is six!

There did not seem to be as many animals this year.  I usually see a few alpacas, and more than three sheep, but there was this friendly donkey.  Maybe it was because it is so hot out today, the animals were kept in cooler places.  I think some on the animals have been moved onto new homes.  This is a type of refuge where they rescue many animals and give them a safe place to live.  The festival is over three weekends.  They raise money during the festival to assist their program of children on the spectrum working with animals.  It is a wonderful place with so many kind people helping out.

Little Buddy even got to pet a ferret.  We had so much fun we just might go back next weekend.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Looking for Little B........

Has anyone seen Little Buddy?  All I see is this little man at my house.  He seems familiar don't you think?  I keep looking for Little Buddy everywhere yet this is the only little guy I see.  We keep calling this guest Mr. Mustache.  We aren't sure who this guy is but it seems to me his disguise is not working quite right.  I mean if you are going to disguise yourself you might want to get that mustache on correctly.

Hope Mr. Mustache has made you smile, and hope you all have a peaceful Sunday.