Friday, January 29, 2010
Last February, our Jack Russell died. Todd's rabbit dog (a beagle) is gun shy. And his bird dog (a german shorthair pointer) passed away a few weeks ago, but really, hasn't been able to be hunted with for the last few years due to old age.
We put off getting another dog, mainly because I was enjoying not having a dog in the house. We could go away for the weekend and not have to worry about a dog being inside, or sending the dog to either be boarded or to other people's houses.
But this fall, Todd started talking about wanting to buy another bird dog. A German Wirehair Pointer. Supposed to be good hunting dogs, and yet, good with kids (which is a must in our house). So I said fine, go ahead and look.
Around the 1st of the year, he looked, he talked to a bunch of breeders, one of them being a breeder in MINNESOTA, and I ended up mailing off a check for a deposit on a female puppy. Who was born yesterday.
So here the middle of March, Todd and I will be driving to Minnesota (to a point just south of Minneapolis) and back over 2 days to pick out and pick up our puppy. And no, the kids are NOT going with us. Rather, they will go to my parents for the weekend. I'm not that with it to haul 2 kids 13 hours away in one day.
What was I thinking?
Monday, January 25, 2010
Hello David the bull.
Yes, Punx really, really needs a bath......when it warms up a little bit
On a good day? I can do chores in 20 minutes usually. When all the water troughs are full. On a bad day? 1 hour to fill all 3 water troughs.
Last night was a good night.
This week will be a busy week for us, with basketball practice two nights, Todd has fire practice, and we are going to pick up a usedbutnewtous portable basketball hoop and stand. Jessie's been after us to get one so she can practice at home and I found one through one of the Churches that I work with.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
- We won't talk about the body check she did on some poor girl on the other team that resulted in that child landing flat on her back.
- Or about the pushing and shoving match that was the end result of a fight for the ball that the referee had to get inbetween the two girls to break it up.
- Or the 8 pile ups on the floor over the course of a 40 minute game when both teams were fighting over the ball.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Too bad they couldn't have built him yesterday - it might have stopped some of the bickering that was present in our house between the two of them!
See that little quilted mat on the bench? Yes, I made it yesterday in about a half an hour. Nothing fancy but it sure beat paying the $20 they wanted for a little braided rug to fit on there! And it came out of my stash.......
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday night we installed the cabinet above my washer and dryer, and went from this:
I love it. I have to finish it yet, but hopefully that will get done this afternoon. Tommy (one of Todd's friends who builds fantastic furniture) brought it over - and it was a tight fit to get it wedged in there. We previously had a metal shelf in there, but I'm on a kick to spruce up the house this year, and probably next:) It was waayyy cheaper to have him build it from scratch than to go and buy a premade cabinet. And it fits in there exactly.
Tyler thought it would make a nice hiding space before they lifted it up. We wondered why one end was soooooo heavy! lol.
This morning I played around with paint and stain. I know what I want, but.....acheiving it was another matter. I think I finally found the look that I like:
flat white paint with walnut stain rubbed on gently over top. I want the distressed look, without all the beating up of the furniture. I didn't want to sand any corners off of this peg shelf, as it is painted blue underneath the white, and I certainly don't want that showing through!
Enjoy your day! I'm off to do some more painting and staining:) after I hunt up a pair of rubber gloves...............
Thursday, January 14, 2010
A simple turtleneck sweater, knit almost entirely in the round. I started this on New Year's Day weekend (during our 8 hour driving marathon from Pennsylvania and back) and now that my Pimlico Shrug is finished, I want to get this one done. 5 more inches on the body, the sleeves and the turtleneck.
I'm working on getting the laundry room ready for the cabinets to be installed tomorrow night after work. Then it's onto the kitchen - I really cannot wait for this to be done.
Have a warm Thursday!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I wanted this shrug in the worst way. The problem is, I didn't do the lace pattern that the pattern calls for - i just decided to do a simple seed stitch.
So I only knit the body rectangle to 20" instead of 35". The sleeves were a chore - I picked up stitches and knit them in the round, rather than knitting them up separate and sewing them in. I really don't like seaming.
And I didn't knit the ribbing around the body as long as I should have. I'm lucky if it is 4" long instead of 5 1/2". I figure I can always go back to it later and add more too it. Same with the sleeves - they are only 7" long instead of 10 1/2".
But I am so happy to have this one done. Hopefully I will get a LOT of wear out of it.
Pattern - Pimlico shrug by Knit2together
Yarn - Berroco Ultra Alpacha, color - winter squash, 4 1/2 skiens
Size - Medium
Needles - US size 7 & 8
Mods - I knit the body section in a simple seed stitch to 20". And I picked up and knit in the round for the sleeves. Oh and the collar - i only knit to 3 1/2 - 4 inches.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010