Friday, July 29, 2011


Molly came to live with us in June. She belonged to my husband's son. In April he and his wife had their fourth child (all boys). They felt bad that Molly wasn't getting the attention she deserved. On a visit to their home the subject of us taking Molly came up. My husband called me to see what I thought of the idea. I left the decision up to him. He brought her home the next day and we all instantly fell in love with her.
She is sweet and always feels like velvet. She never feels dirty and stays pretty clean. She does shed. She loves to be around people. Any and all people. She loves water. She loves to play with the cats outside. Two days after Molly came here, our neighbor dropped a stray cat off. We named him Tenbrooks. Molly and Tenbrooks is a song performed by many bluegrass groups. My favorite version being Bill Monroe's, of course.
The picture is a good reflection of her coloring. She is usually hard to photograph because she is so dark, but this one turned out really well.
Here is a photo of Molly the day she came home.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This Cat is Old!

My husband is laying tile at a home and this fella is one of the occupants. His name is George. He is an English Short-hair. He is 22 years old. I was surprised to hear his age. He leapt upon the stool like he was a kitten.

He looks a little grumpy.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Winter Wheat in the Summertime

It is hard to explain how pretty wheat fields are in person.They are planted in the fall and are usually some of the first pretty green stuff you see in the springtime. Then they turn a golden color that is absolutely beautiful.
The two pics above were taken near our home. This field had not been cut yet. The rest were taken near Amboy.
This field has been cut is drying, and then will be baled.
Baled all that is left is the stubble.

Pretty flowers.

The biggest barn I have ever seen....It might not be a 'barn' but storage for the grainery there.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pies of Long Ago

My sister was over this morning and she and I were looking at this picture when I realized what Mary Lawson was making. PIES! I spy two of them, one is already filled. Mary made pies in the same exact place I make pies. I was excited to know that the pie tradition continues in her former home.
And today...I too am making a pie...a strawberry pie. The filling has cooled and I must be off to finish it up.

Until Next Time!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Roofing Moms House

Chris and Margaret were the 'roof' crew while I was the 'ground' crew. I don't do roofs/ladders/tall things/bridges, etc. So while they nailed down shingles I fetched them water and cut some shingles for the beginning and ending edges and did some serious knitting in between.... :). I sat in the shade there behind the truck. It was a very nice day in the shade....but up on the got a bit warm. Margaret began by placing shingles right where Chris needed them next. In the end, she was placing them and nailing them by herself. We are going back out today to finish the other side.....the weather forecast called for 'sunny and delightful 82°'. Today they will both be covering their arms........a little bit of sun goes a long way. Me? Shade and knitting and fetching and cutting. :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Great Day

Friends invited us to spend the afternoon with them. They were camping at a local reservoir. Here are some scenes of Indiana as we traveled there.

It is basically corn, corn and more corn. :)
But that is a good thing.

Our destination.

I always get nervous when I see signs like this.

They took us out on their boat (pontoon) we floated (Margaret and I.)

We rode tubes (Me.)

We relaxed. (Chris)

I took my billionth picture of the moon, KNOWING it wouldn't turn out, but it DID. Click on the image and see how well it did. Yay.

We glided slowly and quietly through the water as the sun set and we made hearts with our hands.

We watched the sun set.
After the sun went down the water was like glass and it made beautiful shapes as we passed through.

The sun is down, the moon captured our attention in the evening sky. My hand on the left and Chris on the right make our moon-heart.

It was a great day.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Patons Again

Can't help it....more sock yarn.
I have used Kroy Socks FX yarn for the socks I love so much. I have never tried the 'stripes' or 'jacquards'. When I found them at JoAnn's for $1.97 could I resist.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Some lovely ladies enjoying croquet.

Tenbrooks taking a nap on a lovely lady's lap.

Our pastor, his wife, my sister and my husband drinking Kombucha, while Margaret looks on. She made the decorations for the event and even created the American flag from a wooden pallet the morning of.
Last but not least, the most delightful surprise of the whole day...(other than my husband's niece having her baby on the 4th!!!!yay.....but they didn't name her Liberty :(...I was hoping), were these scrumptious strawberry do-dads that Margaret made. They were a hit and they were delicious. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

From Small Planet to Baby Blanket-Complete

Well, here is the finished product of this.
It turned out to be @ 36 inch square. The pattern called for one big skein, which I purchased. It called for increasing up to 207 stitches....which I did. It called for decreasing down to 5 stitches...which I 'tried' to do, but ran out of yarn with a few inches to go.
It was an easy enough pattern...good for mindless knitting. Not my favorite though and definitely not my favorite yarn.....sorry Lion Brand. But it should wash and dry easily enough for a mother with a new baby and in turn keep said baby warm. So with that it earned one star from me on my ravelry page.
I will give the rest of the second skein to Robin.
FYI: If you knit this blanket and follow the pattern may I suggest you knit to only 200 stitches before starting your may not have to buy a second skein.

Until next time..