Wednesday, May 20, 2009

No pictures this time. Just some thoughts. I am sitting here looking out my window to watch spring time arrive finally. The wind is blowing though, but that is a normal spring time thing here in southeast Idaho. Some clouds in the sky and maybe a thought of rain. But it would just be a thought, nothing serious. No matter how much moisture we get, we can always use more. This country is called a high mountain desert. And at times, it is dry like the desert. Temps have really warmed up and that sure is nice after all the cold that we had so far this year.

This last Sunday I did something that I have never done before. I got up before the whole church and spoke for a few seconds. For Sacrament Meeting, the bishop changed it some. Instead of speakers, after the Sacrament, we were to request our favorite hymns, with the reason we like it and then everyone would sing the hymn. Well, I just happened to be the last one. Although I have lots of favorite hymns, I finally settled on Battle Hymn of the Republic. Now you ask why that one. Well, it was written during a dark time in our history and it helped with moral. And at this dark time in our history, I see it as hope that things will get better.

It definitely wasn't easy getting up to speak, but I did it.

I have this feeling that our summer is gonna be HOT and long. Don't like it that way, but it is shaping up to be that way. So I have come up with an idea. And hopefully I can stick to it. We have such a nice deck and pretty yard, I may spend more time out there in the evenings after it cools down. Now that I have wi-fi in the house, I could carry my laptop out doors and do some things out there on the computer. Would be better than sitting here in the house. Will see how it pans out.

More later.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Spring has arrived. I think. These are two flowering bushes in our yard. The first is a honeysuckle. Or a forsythia bush. Depends on which part of the country you are in. I prefer honeysuckle myself!!!! It is in full bloom and is very pretty. Second bush is a flowering almond. Not quite in full bloom yet, but when it is, it a beautiful pink flowered bush. I really love it. Both bushes do attract lots of bees, wasps and birds. And they do add to the beauty of the yard.

Well, I know it has been a while since I added anything to my blog. But the world just gets in the way at times. And I have been pretty darn busy the past couple months. Ah, you ask, what have I been doing. Well, several projects.

First, have been knitting socks left and right. Well, whenever I get the chance to sit down and work on them. Have managed to finish a couple of pair. I worked up one pattern that I found on the internet. Really wasn't too happy with them. The pattern was a broken rib type of pattern. The sock is worked with a knit 1, purl 1 rib for two inches, then you go into the pattern of knit 4, purl 4 for like 4 rows, then move the knit stitch over one. After getting it done, I tried on the first sock. Was not too happy with the length, I like my socks longer, but I could live with this. So did the matching sock. The sock does not fit my foot as I would like it, but it works all right. Nope, no pictures. I would have to dig the pair out of the drawer whenever I think of it to take one. Maybe in the future if I think of it. I got thinking maybe a sock with a regular type rib would work just fine. So I borrow some ideas to make my own pattern. I did a cuff of knit 1, purl 1 for about 2 inches. Then into a regular rib of knit 2, purl 2. I worked on this for a length of 14 1/2 inches before I did the toe. The length is better and the fit is more to my liking. In the future, may do more of this pattern. I have now sat down and am figuring out a crochet tube sock. Working on the cuff right now. I may post the pattern when I am done.

Still working on the books for grandchildren. I am working hard on the Colors Books. One down and two to go. Since I brought the project upstairs to work on, I have been able to really make some serious inroads into that project. The grandchildren that will receive them this year, will get two on their birthdays and then 2 at Christmas. And that takes care of a couple of Christmas gifts for this year.