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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Turning 60 this year.....

Some friends of ours own a banquet facility, and a couple of weeks ago,  they decided to have a party at the facility for all of their friends turning 60 this year.  We were allowed to invite our family. 
She also asked us what our favorite cake is, that she was going to make it. 
Chocolate was already taken, so I chose cheesecake.  I don't know that I actually have a favorite cake, but I love most things chocolate.  And I do love cheesecake.   And chocolate covered strawberries, which were yummy.  And there was a delish strawberry cake there!

She had everyone turning 60 come up front and they sang Happy Birthday and we blew out the candles on our cakes!
 My Shug actually turned 60 last October, but she had him come up anyway.
 Here are the family members that could attend.
They had a DJ there playing music and when they played something from Saturday Night Fever, we pretended to dance. 
That was our era!  
 And I love these pictures my niece took because they look like we really can dance.
 We cannot!

So this is our friends.
My Shug has been friends with these guys since 5th grade.
I have been friends with them since I started dating my Shug,
however I've known a couple of them since 8th grade, which is when I actually met my Shug.
We were just friends back then.  As a matter of fact, in high school, My Shug dated a friend of mine (not pictured) and I dated a friend of his (not pictured) and we double dated, several times!  But we never dated each other....
So I guess this turned into a little love story, perfect for Valentine's Day.
Love this family,
Love these friends,
Love this guy.





Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ripple Coastal Crochet Blanket

I've been working on this blanket for a few months now. 
And all this time, it's the first time I've laid it out! 
It's as wide as our queen size bed!  

It is a kit I got from Wool Warehouse.  Several of us ordered them through Attic 24's blog. 
And it's the coastal ripple blanket. 
I can't wait to snuggle up in it!

I'm connecting with Annemarie's Blog   If you want to see some very creative blogs, click here and go look at what everyone is doing!  Very crafty people!

I had a question about the size of my blanket and how many chains I hooked.
The original pattern calls for 213 chains, which is what I did.  However, Lucy (who designed the afghan) uses a 4mm hook.  I use a 4.5mm hook.  So that makes up for some of the difference.  And I probably crochet a little looser than she does.
My blanket is a little over 5 feet wide (5.25) and hers is a little under 4 feet wide (3' 11.25")  She posts in cm.  
Her afghan fits a single size bed, but she doesn't say if it goes down along the side of the bed.  My blanket fits to top of a queen bed, but does NOT go down the sides.  Maybe an inch or two but that's it.  
Now, having said all of that.  There is a good chance that I will run out of yarn in this kit before I finish the blanket!  I will either stop and call it finished, or order another kit to finish it.  I'll decide when I get closer to that point!  It'll probably depend on how tired I am of the project by then.
Click here if you'd like to see the original post by Lucy on this afghan.  It's pretty cool!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Simple Pleasures Or Hygee

Here are some things I do to help lift my spirits in the gloomy, cold, snowy days of winter.

Feeding and watching the birds.

   Latte's and fresh flowers!
A friend of mine came over last Friday and she said she went home and put all of her snowmen away because the flowers in our house put her in such a happy mood.  (made me feel good)
 Nothing says Spring like fresh flowers!
I have designated Friday as Fun Friday.  It's not that I always go out on Fridays, but I try to do what I want or something enjoyable.  Of course, that's after my Shug leaves for work because he still needs to eat.  
Sometimes I bake. 
 We tend to fix more comfort food in the winter months.
Not good for the waist line. 
What waist line you say?
(French toast with special French bread, blueberries, and honey on top)
 I have scented candles, faux' candles, and little lights spread around the house on tables.  The faux' candles, and some lights are on timers, and provide a warm glow where overhead lights do not.

see the glows?

Afghans, quilts and pillows that are easily accessible for a quick nap or a cozy evening.

All of these ideas are simple pleasures that make me feel good, and are easy enough for anyone to do.

Sometimes...the gloomies are helped out by neighbors!

 We have a great view of our neighbors driveway from our bedroom window...
 I was snapping pictures of the UPS truck in our neighbors drive way, and sending them to him.  It's hard to see but the back end of the truck slid off of the driveway and went backwards into some trees. 
So the UPS driver called a buddy with a truck.  After about twenty minutes of pulling out ropes to tie  the trucks to each other, the white truck did nothing but spin his tires on the ice, as he tried to pull him out!
 Sorry about the screen, but for obvious reasons I couldn't go outside and start taking pictures!  So then they called in the big guns!  This big-honkin' tow truck pulled up and got him unstuck.  And guess what....UPS left a note on their door to call them and DID NOT leave their package!

On another evening, I decided to have the Cassville Chata Chicks over.  I was out and about, and went by two grocery stores and they were PACKED.  Any time we are to get snow, the grocery stores are always packed!  So I decided I wouldn't have the Chata Chicks over because I was not going to stand in those lines for junk food.  Then I decided I would have them over after all,  if I could scrounge up enough food in my pantry.
And guess what...
Throw snack foods in pretty bowls, put on a tablecloth, and flowers,  and look what happens!
 For those of you who don't know, the Cassville Chata Chicks are my neighbor ladies.  We get together every now and then, discuss life, and enjoy a glass (or two) of wine.

When I'm in a non-social, relaxing mood I turn on the fireplace, make some hot chocolate or hot tea, and watch a movie.  (I'm doing that now!)

 and put on my pj's and wash off my make-up and snuggle.  
 Much to my dog's happiness, I'm doing a lot more snuggling/relaxing this winter.

I can never decide between marshmallows or whipped topping.
Sometimes I use both!  
And I always use a pretty mug.
  I have seasonal mugs that I change out, and right now, the spring ones are out.  

We even have an electric fireplace in our bedroom that warms our room up.  It too has an automatic timer.  

So my friend and I were chatting on the phone the other day and she said she bought a book on Hygee (pronounced HUE-gah)  She said it has different chapters on ways to bring Hygee into your life.  It means... Comfy, cozy, comfort food, mood lighting, warmth, blankeys, etc. 
Basically, simple pleasures.
Kind of what I do to get through the winter.

And sometimes God provides a bit of his own Hygee!

What are some simple pleasures you enjoy this time of year?
What do you do suggest for Fun Fridays!


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Happy January/February!

Happy January 31st!
HAHA!  Do you have any idea how many posts I've started and walked away, not to come back. don't....
Well, this one was up on my computer. So I'm leaving it!
But in blue will be all the Happy February 8th stuff!

I wonder if I could do January in a nutshell....let's see.....

ooohhhh.....the wedding....
New Year's Eve...
I'll work on that post
right after I finish Christmas!  
Seriously, we lost internet for a few days and I started doing things that I used to do like
And it felt good.
Still does!

So here was part of January

The weather was sucky except for a few days.  Our roads looked like this from Christmas Eve until last weekend.

 Dark and gloomy days
(Seriously, a lot of people get Seasonal Affective Disorder here from lack of sunshine)

 We had a lot of snow.  I never knew how many people love snow,
until I followed some Instagram posts. 
I was ready to unfollow some of you! 
(Optimistic E!  You know who you are!!! No worries, I still follow you!)
It's snow.  It's fun at Christmas AND THAT's IT!  OKAY?
See the big snowflakes in the picture below?
Rumor is we are getting more of them this weekend.
 See the big cat in the picture below?
Not my cat, but my Shug started feeding it...out of pity.

We think this one came over for a snack but has taken up residence somewhere else.
And seriously...can you tell me what has a six foot walking span, that might have come out of our woods, and up by our living room windows?

In the next post I will tell you how I am surviving winter.