Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday projects.....

After seeing a private patient this morning I had much to do.  I went to the health food store for a sale, can't pass that up.  Home Depot for plants and potting soil and back home for some chores.  I re-potted two plants but could not plant my mums or poinsettias because it started raining.  Ah well that I can do that on Tuesday.  I got more done as far as holiday shopping goes, I am almost done with Little Buddy and got a good start on the older boys.  And most important of all I did this.....I packed up a full box of yarn for a very good cause.

Kathy B who has been mentioned quite a bit here lately alerted her readers to a great program at a high school in Chicago.   They teach knitting to help their students to instill calm and help kids get off the streets.   I packed up a lot of yarn, over 4,000 yards and that does not include the balls of extras.  I have recently given a ton of other yarn away and I wish I had it back.  Regardless that yarn is going to a good cause, too.

If you would like to give your yarn away to this worthy endeavor and can find the school here:

North Lawndale High School
1615 South Christiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60623

Look at my yarn cabinet!  It has all the yarn I own with the exception of the two projects I am working on and the next one I am planning.  I am at a record low of 22,500 yards of yarn in my stash.  I am hoping to keep it low and hopefully get under 20,000 yards by the end of the year.

Kathy B had a little present for Little Buddy and me when she visited with the older guys of mine at the Packer game.  She had this fun snake for Little Buddy and a cupcake coloring book.  He loves snakes and often pretends he is one, slithering around on my floor.  As you can see he loves it, even if it is a poisonous coral snake!  I got the cutest turtle button, I forgot to take a photo of it but will do so soon.  Thank you Kathy B.

Yesterday we had a great day, spent with my dearest friend Lynda from North Carolina.  She was in town for a wedding and we got her for a whole day.  We went to lunch and soccer practice.  Or should I say Little Buddy run around on a field and pay no attention to the soccer ball practice.  Afterward, we came home and just played with this little one who actually fell asleep on my lap by 5.  He is still recovering from that nasty virus or flu, but as you can see his smile is back!

I am working a lot the next three days and then have the rest of the week off.  I will be decorating and shopping after Thanksgiving, as I need to get ahead of all this Christmas stuff before it gets ahead of me!  See you soon.


Jodiebodie said...

So nice to see LB smiling again after such a worrying time. What a shame he was ill while you were travelling. Thank goodness he is on the mend now.

Your yarn stash is looking very respectable! You are making great progress with the destash and it is wonderful to know that the calming effects of yarncrafting are helping school students. What a great cause.

I love that yarncrafting is so practical and can be used for so much good in the world.

All the best for LB's recovery and I hope you get some time for you during your days off.

Joyful said...

Wow Meredith, I am impressed that you've decluttered your yarn. I did that about 8 months ago or so. I gave a lot of yarn to a church that has a ladies group that makes all sorts of things for people overseas in need. But I gave mine away because I had so much yarn and I don't knit or crochet a whole lot. I am trying to be more careful in purchases now. I'm glad little Buddy is feeling much better. Take care my friend & Happy Thanksgiving, xx

Caffeine Girl said...

I had to smile at the idea of going to a garden shop in November! Florida has its advantages.
Little Buddy looks so happy with his snake. Kathy is just SO thoughtful
I know what you mean about getting ahead of the holiday craziness. I've been shopping and wrapping like a crazy person. But now I have to stop for t-giving.
I so admire people who are honest about their stashes. Yours is quite modest! Mind could not fit into one cabinet like yours. I think you should be proud!
Maybe I'll mail some off to that school in Chicago, too.

Becky L. said...

There always seems so much to do. Right now I've just saved a post I'm almost finished with. Need to print out photos today for calendars. It's a must! Awe, Buddy and his snake! Goodness...what little kids like even tho the real ones can be poisonous. I ran around yesterday with family with grandchildren. Once I got home and sat down, I was tired! Good thing sleep went well. Maybe I'll send a few skeins of yarn to that school, beings I'm not knitting alot but will hopefully start up next year...that's a new year's goal! Sigh! Hope Buddy gets feeling better soon! Hugs and blessings!

Teresa Kasner said...

What a great project for the yarn. I will try to send some too.. heaven knows I have extra. Im so glad to see that smile on your young man. You are so busy.. I'm proud of how much ahead of things you're getting. I need to get on the ball myself. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

*H*A*P*P*Y* *T*H*A*N*K*S*G*I*V*I*N*G*!*!*

Araignee said...

Look at that cabinet! What a nicely tamed stash you have. It's so hard to dig through mine that I just buy new and let sleeping yarn lie.

Chy said...

Beautiful project. I'm sure they will be thrilled to receive your yarn. Glad to hear Little Buddy is on the mend. Alway so hard when little ones aren't feeling the best.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your precious family this week!

X Chy

Mrs. Micawber said...

Wow, Mere, you are so organised! I haven't even begun to think about Christmas.

The yarn cabinet looks lovely and tidy. I think I spy some sweaters-worths of yarn in there. That will take the yardage down quickly.

So sorry LB had the creeping crud. I'm glad he's feeling better. Next time you come to Wisconsin (and have an hour to spare) give me a holler! Kathy B and I have also been planning to meet up but haven't managed it yet. I'd love to get together with you. Sounds like you had a great trip apart from LB getting sick.

Mac n' Janet said...

Good to see that beautiful smile back. I usually start decorating right after Thanksgiving, but we have a trip coming up so I'll be late this year.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sounds like a great project. LB is adorable. I'm going to get a late start on Christmas this year.

Karen said...

Have a good week, Meredith, and Happy Thanksgiving! You are a blessing!

Jo said...

It's lovely to see Little Buddy's smile back, I'm glad he's feeling a little better again. Your yarn is going to a great cause. It's amazing how much of a difference it makes when kids get a little attention.

Jo said...

Glad little buddy is perking up a bit. It is good to give yarn away - I did that a few weeks ago and it lightened my load somehow. Look after yourself. Jo xxx

CJ said...

Glad Little Buddy is feeling a lot better now, good to see his smile back. Your stash is looking slim these days, well done you! The school project sounds like a brilliant idea, I hope they do well with their yarn collecting. It sounds as though you've had a good and productive few days. I haven't got to grips with Christmas at all here yet. Hope you have a good week. CJ xx

kathy b said...

Thank YOu Meredith for donating to the Chicago SChool. !!! You are a wonder. Despite your very busy life, you think of others. I love that you included some needles!
Lynda from No Carolina looks so kind. I'm so glad LIl Buddy is on the mend!
I love your stash cabinet. Allison has one too. I'm having fun trying to spy on your yarn and identify. I think I see Malabrigo tags, I see the always recognizable NOro, I see ? needle organizer notebooks and I see ?glue? And that is a mystery to me!

Nance said...

Thank you for telling us about that Yarn Project. I have some yarn that will be happy to get used.

Delighted Hands said...

Glad the little guy is feeling better! Nothing like a snake to make him smile!
The yarn cabinet is a beautiful spot-nice work on cleaning out and donating the box!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

We usually go plant shopping on a Friday morning but haven't had a chance so far because my husband has been working Friday mornings (usually his only fully day off) for the past month now. I'm hoping we will get to go this Friday coming up. Good for you donating your yarn for a good cause. More people should knit/crochet for the therapeutic benefits. How lovely that you got to spend time with Lynda. Nice to see Z man smiling again. Have a good (short) week.

busybusybeejay said...

So good to see Little B smiling again.We have spent the afternoon shopping for Xmas but didn't get very far!

Betsy said...

Hi Meredith! It's so wonderful to see that smile. Isn't Kathy wonderful? She has such a giving heart. Your yarn cabinet is looking quite bare to me. Ha! After all, you know what mine looks like. And I had forgotten to say in my post that I bagged up a big trash bag full of yarn to donate to a local shelter which has classes for the teens and moms to help them while away the evenings in the shelter. More time is spent indoors now that winter has arrived here.
You have so much done for Christmas already. I'm usually done by now, but I've lost my organizational skills I had when I was working. Now I think I have lots of time and I really don't. :-)
Have a lovely week and take some time for yourself.

Lisa said...

That's great you donated to the high school and that they have those programs. I learned to knit in high school too in my final year and wish I had learned earlier. It was a calming practice for me at the time and still is. That is great your friend was visiting with you all, sounds like a nice day! hope Buddy feels better! Hope you have a good Thanksgiving!

elns said...

I'm with you Mere, let's get a jump on those holiday tasks so we can actually enjoy the holiday, DUH! haha.

I'm glad LB is feeling better and running around and spending some quality time with your friend.

I am behind on the blog lives but thank you for amplifying Kathy's good cause, I'll see what I can send their way. All the best.

The Well Fed Wheel said...

It's so cool that your dearest friend lives in my state of North Carolina and has the same name as me! LOL Only I spell my name with an i not a y. Small world? It looks like she shares in the joy we all get from that precious Little B. too. So glad he's looking and feeling better!