Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

February 17, 2017

Winter 2017

Well winter's arrived.  We've had some snow events, cold temps and lots of wind.  Been pretty much staying close to home trying to fight the blahs.  I'm very excited though cause a Planet Fitness is opening nearby.  There's been a large, empty storefront in Wareham and I've been saying for the past 5 years that it'd be awesome if Planet Fitness would take it over, and they are!  Whoo hoo!  I was only $1 to join and it's only $10 a month.

Been cooped up in the house for too long.  It's been too icky to take any more walks.  It seems like all the seasons have moved forward by a month.  January isn't bad, but winter now starts in Feb.  I know puppy would like to get back out to his walks.

We had a snowstorm last Thursday and the power was flickering a lot and the internet kept going out too, so I took the opportunity to stitch and stuff the swirl latch hook into a pillow.  I did the peace sign the next day.

Another batch of peanut butter fudge.  I'd promised my daughter in law, her mom and grandmom that I'd make them some.  

Nice sunset the night of the Superbowl.  That was quite the comeback in overtime.  Pretty amazing stuff.

After the snow storm last week.  Gnomey wasn't very happy.

And then there was my problem child, the advent calendar.  All attempts at doors failed.  So I had to "Plan B it" and just make it a hanging altered art piece.  I edged it with twisted pipe cleaners and added the coloured brads to the six points that stick up in the top and bottom.

Added a sled and snow to the top.

Red & green sparkly ric rac down the sides and which make the hanger.

And sparkly red felt on the back.

So the day of the snowstorm I had to do colonoscopy prep.  This was my first one and I was pretty terrified, mostly of the prep.  And my prep fears were pretty accurate.  It was one of the most miserable days ever.  I was so glad that Marsha told me to use a straw.  Everything I heard about the prep drink was right.  It was horrendous.  Next to impossible for me to choke down.  And then running to the bathroom all afternoon and night.  Not being able to eat meant headache.  I was worried about getting to the hospital by 7:15AM given the weather conditions.  But my hero and rock husband got me there in plenty of time.  I was exhausted from about 3 or 4 hours sleep, hungry, cranky and scared.  

I was so glad when they finally got me into the procedure room.  The anesthesia was easily my fave part.  Once she started to administer it I could feel the warm fuzzies setting in.  The last thing I remember is saying, 'oh yeaaaaaahhhhhhh' and the nurse saying, 'starting to feel it?'  It really was like waking up a few minutes later when in reality it was 25 minutes.  They gave me a blueberry muffin and some gingerale, then discharged me to home.  The rest of the day I was extremely loopy but I don't have to have one for 10 more years so YAY.  If they don't come up with a better prep drink then I won't do it at all ever again.

Got these sand treasure things last year.  Russell didn't want me to do them...he kind of wanted to keep them pristine, which surprised me.  So I only did one last year and I felt like doing another one a few days ago so I did.

You just put it in some warm water and use the flat wooden thing to scrape the sand off.  It's like clay so this should not be thrown down the sink unless you want a brick of clay to clog the pipes.  I took mine outside and dumped it in the snow.

This one contained a real tektite meteor rock (top left) and some lovely polished stones.  I wasn't sure if the tektite was real cause it looks and feels like plastic, but I performed a "hot paper clip test" on it and the surface didn't melt so I guess it's real.

I was watching LOCI the other day, enjoying a rare Bobby Goren episode, when Sagan got up and stood right in front of me as if to say, 'Ai more innewesting dan Bobby Gowen'.  Actually it was almost 4:00 pm and he wanted his dinner.  

I hope you all had a nice Valentines Day.  We're observing it this weekend with dinner out at Mezza Luna.  Although knowing us it'll be more like take out from Mezza Luna!  

February 6, 2017

Early February Already?!

By the time this posts tomorrow we will know who won the Superbowl.  I'd like to see the Pats win, but really I'm just watching for the commercials.  

There's nothing more endearing than a large dog with a large stuffed animal.  Sagan has always loved to carry around stuffies, much to my delight.  I found this rather large plush dog at Pet Smart, and on sale too, so of course I bought it for him.  Now puppeh has a puppeh.

My friend Ann has been painting rocks and leaving them around town as part of The Kindness Rock Project.  Now, when I tried to get this going in 2012, it was an epic bust.  But now it's really popular. Ann does such a fabulous job and I asked her if I could have her make me a whale rock!  Isn't it ADORBS? 

I took the bull by the horns and worked on each square of the advent calendar project.  It took a few hours of steady work and my craft room looked like a craft store bomb went off.  I really had no choice but to do all 24 in one afternoon.  I'm quite happy with how it came out.

I hand painted the two teddy bears in space 1 because they were just plain wood.  Raided my Christmas paper and altered art supplies to find the rest of the doo dads and backgrounds.

I tried to include as many Christmas symbols as possible.  Joseph was too tall for the square with Mary and Jesus though.  I also had to hand paint the tree in the second to last space, as it was all green.  I wasn't sure paint would work on it but it came out pretty good.

I'm having trouble figuring out how to do the doors.  I've tried and failed twice.  Hoping that third time is the charm.  Or, this might just end up being an altered art project instead of an advent calendar!

February 1, 2017

January Crafts

Facebook's really becoming a nasty place these days.  I cannot stand all this nonstop bickering about politics.  What's done is done and we're stuck with it for four years.  Honestly I have more going on in my real life and I just don't have time to think about what's going on in the news.  It's better for my mental health anyway.  I spend a lot of time on FB hiding stories, and I'm spending less time on there in my spare time as well.

Back in Dec., I blogged about the 5D Diamond Painting kit I'd gotten off amazon.  This was the design that I chose.  I started it in mid-December but then had to take a break for the holidays.  

I picked it up again after all the decorations were put away and I admit, I was intimidated by what looked to be a very daunting that would likely take six months.  Here is the progress as of January 6th.

However I found that it went very quickly and is really zen when you get into the rhythm of putting the tiles into place.  This is January 14th.

January 18th saw one side done...a little more than the right side was wider than the left.

The second side went much faster and I finished up on January 29th.  I love how it came out.  This was one of the most fun projects I've ever done.  I would love to do more.  It's faster than cross stitching and no counting required.

I'd gotten myself some prickly pear cactus candy in December and god forbid I throw out the box. With 24 spaces, the first thing I thought of was 'advent calendar'.  So I went to my go-to miniature website, Tiny Things Are Cute, and ordered some tiny holiday items.  This is just a prototype layout to see how the stuff would look and I'm really excited to start working on this.  I'm not sure what to do for the doors, but I'll figure that out later.  

Val & I were out shopping and she spied a purple bottle and mentioned how good it'd look with lights inside and frosted.  This took about a half hour.  Drilled the hole, sprayed the bottle, stuffed the lights inside and done!

While in the livingroom, I worked on my second latch hook, a rainbow swirl tie dye.  I tried to do five rows a day, or more.  I can do about 3 rows per hour. It still takes me awhile but I'm getting faster.  

The back looks pretty too.  Probably going to make a pillow out of this once I get some stronger thread and more backing fabric.

I also wanted to make a no sew blanket for our grandson, who just turned a year old.  I couldn't decide on which fabric to buy so Val suggested I do a reversible one.  The colours even matched.  

I was a little concerned that it was going to be way too big.

It got a little smaller once the strips were cut and tied but it's still pretty big.  

Finally, I treated myself to a rather elaborate Grateful Dead dancing bears in a butterfly cross stitch from Valentina's Collectibles, on ebay.  This is the first multipage kit I've ever attempted.  I have to give them a shout out for the awesome way they sorted the floss.  Made it so much easier to jump right in.  I've started it and am sure this will take awhile to do.  
I've pretty much finished all my small kits and designs so now it's time to tackle the more time consuming designs!

January 29, 2017

Winter Walk

So far we've been enjoying a fairy decent winter for New England.  Hoping it stays that way.  I got out of the habit of taking walks the past couple of years so I decided to take Sagan and blow the cobwebs out.  We'd gotten a lot of rain the two days prior.

It was so windy.  At least the sun was warm cause the wind sure wasn't.

So much to sniff!

I love reflection shots.

I really just want to stay in and do my crafts but I have got to get out more!