First I have to send out a very special thanks to Dee at Tangled Up In Sticks and String. I won her wonderful cross stitch give away.
I have never cross stitched, although I am always amazed at all of you who do. This will give me the opportunity to try it out. Because what I really need in life is more projects to do! Dee made a beautiful bookmark from this book, she included all the supplies for me to make one, and this beautiful towel to cross stitch on. If indeed I do master this, and I make something on this towel, no one is allowed to touch it, I am just saying.
The talented Dee, made this magnet especially for me! It even has beautiful beads on it, so lovely. Thanks Dee for all of your generosity, and a big thanks to Dee's husband Steve, for picking my name.
This weekend I have been consumed with blue. I have started this baby blanket for my new great nephew. I am loving this pattern, although it seems to be taking some time. I am joining as I go, really I can't even imagine doing it another way now that I have, well for lack of a better term, mastered it.
I took these photos in my kitchen this morning before the sun was out, so they are a bit dark. The colors are very vivid, perfect for a baby I think. I am making this from Berroco Weekend yarn, not the softest yarn in the world, I tested it on my cheek in the store and found it acceptable, but once I got it home, well I am not in love with it. Hopefully it will soften up a bit with washing.
The blue Malabrigo sweater came out of the Feel Good Basket one evening. I added about 2 inches to the sweater before I got the idea to make the baby blanket. Now I won't take it out until the blanket is done, because this yarn is the absolute yummiest yarn in the world, and now that I am working with yarn that is a bit yuck, well I can't tempt myself.
This blue swing is a new addition to our patio. I LOVE swings, I always have. I have always wanted a porch swing, and only lived in one home, very briefly years ago, where I could have one. We needed to replace some outside furniture that was literally disintegrating before our eyes. So much for life time warranties on wicker furniture. It only covered the frame, not the wicker or cushions. I was so sick of washing the wicker/cushions with mildew cleaner and seeing the pieces break apart we got rid of them. We added recycled plastic Adirondack chairs around our fireplace. They are really heavy so they won't blow around and they are easy to clean. This swing is made from the same material. I am in love with it and as the weather has been a bit cooler this weekend I have spent some quiet time outside swinging and crocheting.
Speaking of quiet time, my husband has been gone for that past two days visiting his family in Wisconsin. Can I tell you how blissful it has been without sounding nasty? Forty-eight hours of time almost to myself. My youngest is still here, but he entertains himself with is friends, his Xbox and movies upstairs in his man cave. I have watched baseball with no one flipping the channels, watching three or four minutes of ten different shows before switching back.. I have crocheted and swung without having to go run errands, clean up dishes and counters that have been left messy with lunch, or have someone calling me because they can not find the peanut butter that is always located in the exact same place. My house has stayed relatively clean and organized. And I have not been woken up 5 times a night by very loud snoring. Yes my husband is a good man, and I would not want this to be permanent or anything, but this alone time has been a gift. Men are funny I think, they don't seem to need the same amount of alone time as women. Is it because we women dedicate so much time to our families, our homes and work? My husband does not understand why I want to be alone or have my own space. I think he would like to be together 24/7. As I get older I need more and more time alone, and it seems the more I need the less I get. My husband works from home, a lot. So when I get home from work he is here, talking loudly on the phone, putting on ESPN while he makes his lunch, things that should not annoy me but they do. I like quiet, and peace and so I am thankful I have had it for the last day or two.
Do you feel the same or do you think I am a bit crazy in my menopausal state?