Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading, listening to and/or watching?

I haven't been getting a ton of reading time in with being 'too pooped to pop' at night....I think part of it is allergies that affect my eyes and they are really 'blurry' by night fall.  So, I am trying to get to bed earlier...lol....before my eyes give up.
I'm still reading these..........on page 519 of 734 pages.....it's a biggy.........but very good!
and this one.............on page 234 of 305 so I'm getting there............
as for magazines........there are these on my nightstand...........
and National Geographic which the scientist in me loves!  My friend, Sue, gave me a bunch of these from the library that someone dropped off and I am thoroughly enjoying them and plan on passing them on to my grandsons who also love science along with my daughter......they are too precious to end up in a dump somewhere....not that they would but you never know!  Thank you, Sue!

As for watching....I watched a great movie that Connie of Far Side of Fifty recommended....The Great Gilly Hopkins (Netflix) and then over the weekend I watched Places in the Heart with Sally Fields and Danny Glover which was excellent about a depression era widow who takes in outcasts to save her family home...I watched this on the Feeln channel which costs me $36.00 a year and has the best movies and shows!  All decent too....family oriented....my kind of movie channel!  The podcast people have sort of waned in their podcasting....once a week or maybe once every 2 weeks of my favorites...I'll have to find some new ones, I guess.  I did watch several episodes of Life Below Zero about 4 families living in Alaska near the Arctic circle.  The strange thing is the single woman in the show swears like a trooper while the others don't swear much....it's on Netflix and its a reality show.  It's not great but I so love to see how people survive off the grid pretty much and I wish they wouldn't try to impart so much fake drama into it.  I just want to see the daily lives and struggles of those who are brave and know how to survive in the wilderness and the beauty of it.  If any of you know of any other shows like that please let me know....I'd like a simple one....not the hyped up drama where they rehash the same stuff for half of the next program.  Sorry, I didn't mean to rant but maybe I should go back to watching decorating shows? LOL!  Please share what you have been reading, watching and/or listening to.
My list was long today per usual for a Monday but it was a beautiful day and I got quite a bit done so the week is off to a good start!  I did laundry, hung it outside, went to town and got a few items and did some banking, paid some bills, cleaned the litter boxes, knitted a bit on my 2nd sock and brushed both Nitty and Grace....the 2 who are really shedding!  Of course there was also dishes and cleaning up the kitchen etc. There's lots left on my list so I will have plenty to do tomorrow thank goodness! LOL!
I hope your Monday went well!
Happy Trails!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

YOP Week #43

 It's been quite a week.....storms, rain,  and my porch roof is leaking again!  There went my 'craft weekend' again.  The 'roof boys' came over Saturday morning to look at it and checked everything...they'll be back Tuesday but that took me until 2:00 in the afternoon after getting a late start and not having eaten anything so I made a big breakfast and that ended up being supper!  The Hotel of Bees CAL is going and I am on Row  6.  Every row is different and some are a real learning curve but I am moving forward and it does help to have the support of the other CAL members and even Christina, the designer, gets on and answers questions which is great.  This is all I have so far but I am enjoying it and some of the shawls are finished and/or further ahead and it is very inspiring to see theirs.
 I finished my first Hermione's Everyday sock and have just about finished the cuff on the 2nd sock....it's going much better and faster this time.
 I was going to paint on my new paint-by-number painting this weekend but that didn't happen but I did gather my brushes and read the directions.  I'm just wondering if I need an easel to work on it or maybe I can jury-rig something as it is BIG!

I've been really tired this week as the storms woke me up on 2 different nights.  I think I need to get more than cafe curtains as even little Annie was trying to move her bed in the night to get away from the 'strobe light' lightening.....it was really intense.  The week ahead is going to be busy as the lawn needs mowing again and there's weeding and painting outside to be done.  I hope you had a good week and I'll try and catch up with everyone this week.  I hope I get some energy too! 
Happy Trails!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What have I been up to?....Good question!

I don't know where the time goes but it does....I have been getting a few mundane cleaning projects done around here but nothing I can really brag about...lol!  But this I can.........I finished my first sock of 2 of my Hermione's Everyday Socks..........finally!  I have also started the 2nd sock and I have 6 of the 20  rounds of the cuff done.  I only have 10 days left to finish and enter into the Harry Potter drawing at Inside #23 group on Ravelry.....think I'll make it?  I don't know....it's a long leg and I have big feet! LOL!
I received some lovely cards from family that I forgot to show you............
It's so nice to get things in the mail besides bills!  I also got some other 'treasures'...........my paint by
number set arrived and it's HUGE..............but I love it....I'll have to hide away in one of the bedrooms to paint as Miss Peeps is hell bent on destruction around here, Annie can't seem to stop making messes in the house and Nitty is shedding like there's no tomorrow even though I brush her outside every day.  There is a lot of detail in this painting so now I'm wondering if maybe the cross stitch would have been quicker! LOL!  It's from an original painting by Paul Swan called "Winter's Hush' and I just love it.....
I also received my yarn for the Hotel of Bees shawl CAL...........it's seems like very nice yarn and it wasn't very expensive.   It's from Turkey and I found it on Annie's website.  I had seen the painting on Amazon for $20.00 and on Annie's it was only $10.00!  But she made up for it on the shipping so I guess you just can't win but still it was good deals on the yarn and the painting kit.  Have any of you used Annie's before?  I was pleasantly surprised at the quality.
My printer has officially died and of course, after I had just gotten all my ink for it.  But thank goodness I am able to access the patterns for several MALs and CALs and KALs on Ravelry through my tablet!  PTL!
   I will be ordering a new printer this week and it will be a Canon as this one has lasted me the longest of any printer I've ever had and it worked great right up until 'the end'.  I didn't post about books this week as I'm still reading the same ones but I am watching Sweet Sparrow podcasts and a series about surviving in Alaska on Netflix.  I watched a good movie that Connie of Far Side of Fifty recommended on Netflix called The Great Gilly Hopkins...now, I'm trying to decide between Lemony Snicketts and The Crown....any suggestions?  I like mild, good stories with no violence, sex, or swearing (much)....that eliminates probably 95% of films! LOL!  I hope you're having a great week and I will be back!  Right now I'm off to make that Lemon Meringue Pie that I was going to make for Easter! LOL!  I told you I was slow!  
Happy Trails!