Monday, December 26, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

We went to the Appalachian mountains...

 We drove over to Lenoir NC today to look at some land.  It is beautiful country.  Can't imagine how great it would look in spring!  We decided afterward to drive further up Rt. 321 into the higher mountains.  We went up to the to which was at an elevation of about 3300 ft.  The city we live in is at 800 ft!

We stopped at a general store on the side of the road and took these photos.

It was very hazy but you can see the tops of the surrounding mountains.

I realized after we got home (and looking at a map) that we drove almost all the way to Tennessee.
Amazing day!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent Calendar

Whenever I could find Chocolate Advent calendars I bought them for my kids.  It's been harder and harder to find them anymore.  This year I lucked out and saw some at Trader Joe's.

Even though Sophia is 12 she still enjoys these!
Surprisingly, she did not open the first door this morning!

If you want to make one here are some links...
Link 1
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4

Monday, November 21, 2011


Today is November 21st.  It is very warm here.  Feels like September!!  I am loving it. 
And I am very THANKFUL!!
I have a pot of pansies on the mini deck!!  I just had to share it. 
Don't think I would be having these beauties in Pennsylvania!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Christmas Stocking Part 2

Here's how the stocking looks today....I haven't worked on it that much this week.  I don't know why but the days have slipped away!!  But I have made progress!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Hunger Games Books 2 & 3

This past week I finished reading these two books.  I was excited to get them.  Actually I ordered them through Sophia's English class book order!

The first book, The Hunger Games, ends with the kids winning the games.  The second book tells the story of what happens after they get home. The third book relays the story of the rebellion against the Capital.
I really enjoyed these books.  Sophia read the first one but did not care for the story.
I cannot wait until the movie comes out!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Great Homemade Play Dough

Great Homemade Play Dough

2 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 package of Kool-Aid (without sugar)
3 T oil
2 cup boiling water

1. Mix flour, Kool-Aid and salt in a large bowl.
2. Add oil and water.  Mix with spoon until it is cool enough to knead. 
3. When mixture is completely kneaded and smooth  - store in an airtight bag. 

It will harden if let out in the air!!

Mix up a batch to hand out at Halloween parties. You can make orange or lime!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Christmas Stocking

I have always wanted to cross stitch a Christmas Stocking.  Sophia picked this one, Elisabeth's Stocking, from Shepherd's Bush.
Since this is sewn on linen I needed to get a magnifying light so I could sew it, old eyes!!.  I finally did last week and got started on it!!  Here's my progress....I hope I can stick to this and get it finished this year, as I tend to get bored with projects!

Monday, September 26, 2011

What A Beautiful Morning

We had gotten a couple of new pillows at Ikea a few weeks ago.  Then last week I realized that Sophia did not have a pillow case for her pillow so I embroidered this for her.  She loves it!!  The photo of the whole thing did not come out, bummer!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

3 books read

 Since I found out that the movie was filmed here in NC, I was curious about this book.  We ran over to Walmart last week and I picked up this book.  It is a young adult novel about a 16 year old girl named Katniss. In the country Katniss lives in is divided in 12 districts. Every year, one boy and one girl are chosen from each district to fight to the death for entertainment. The child that wins is given a house and food for life. Almost everyone is starving in this country. Katniss hunts as a way to sustain her family.  This becomes an advantage in The Hunger Games.
I recommend this book.

I chose this next book because a friend was reading another of her books.  I don't know if I liked this book.  At first it was very confusing for me.  I just could not follow the story.  But I kept reading, waiting for it to get better and when it did it was over.  Here's a link for another review.

The other day we ran into CVS to pick up something and they had their books on sale for 1/2 off.  So I saw a James Patterson  and got it.  This is another young adult book, which is ok but I wish it had said that on the cover. It is an exciting story about 2 kids, Wisty and Whit, that are arrested and sentenced for execution for being witched.  They don't know they have power until this happens.  But just as the story gets going the book ends, which really disappointed me.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Need some new patterns to knit?  I found this really cool site, Sweaterbabe. There are some really pretty and feminine items here.
Here are some of my favorites!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Americano Vest from Berroco

I think the hottest thing for fall will be vests.  So I looked around for a pattern to make for Sophia.  We found this one.  I ordered everything I needed from Jimmy Beans Wool.  It came like 2 days later!! I was very surprised.

The Berroco Vintage Chunky yarn is very nice to work with. I zipped right through the back piece.  I had no problem with the left front BUT I have been knitting the right front while I am in another world.  I was almost done and realized I had forgotten to knit in the buttonholes, frog it!  2nd time, I didn't get the buttonholes even, frog it!  3rd time, I was almost done knitting the piece and I forgot to stop knitting the pattern and it was 5 inches too long.  I guess I just zone out while I am knitting!!  4th time - hopefully I get it right this time!!

Wish me luck!!  Maybe the 4th time is the charm! haha!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sophia's Hat

I had leftover yarn from making Cat's hat so I made one for Sophia.  I used this pattern, Lemon Curd Slouch, by Ali Tong.  The hat does not slouch though because I used bulky yarn instead of the heavy worsted yarn the pattern calls for.  But that was okay because Sophia really liked it!!  It will really keep her warm if it gets cold this winter.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cat's Hat

Cat wanted me to make a hat for her and I finally finished it!!  TADA!!  I hope she likes it.

This is Sophia in the photos!  Isn't she cute?!

I used Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky yarn and this pattern, Thorpe by Kristin Kapur.
The pattern started at the top which was a bit difficult for me because I don't use DPNs that often and the yarn kept sliding off of the needles. But after I got going it was fine....

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fevre Dream by George RR Martin

I finally finished this book last night.  I really enjoyed it.  It was written in 1982 so well before the Fire and Ice Series (Games of thrones books).
It's about a man, Abner Marsh, who is a steamboat captain and owner on the Mississippi River in 1857.  He is having money problems and meets a man, Joshua York, who wants to build a new ship with him but with some "rules".
Joshua is a vampire but different from all the other vampires in fiction today.  Check out this book and you will really enjoy it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Recently Read Books

I have read a bunch of books recently.

I really enjoyed all of these books!  I can't wait for the next installment of  The Fire and Ice books by George RR Martin and the next Sookie book.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I have gone Primal...

what does that mean?? Well, it means I eat real food
like meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and fats. 
I try to eat like our
ancestors did years ago!
For more info check out:
and keep track of my progress on .

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

How Does My Garden Grow?

Since we live in a 3rd floor apt., there is no outside space except for a tiny balcony that is not very attractive.
We had gotten some seeds a few months ago and started them in 2 small pots.  We have been sticking them outside during the day and bringing them in at night but it is warm enough to leave them out at night now.
Yesterday we got some larger pots and some soil and transplanted them.  We have tomatoes and basil.  I also got a bell pepper plant at Lowe's too.
Ta Da!!
I can't wait until I can have a Caprese salad!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Celtic Christmas

I have always loved the designs of Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum.  Check out her designs here

I don't remember when I got this pattern but I found it again recently.  This is a photo of the finished project.

This is what I done so far.  The pattern calls for a green linen but I cannot see the linen to stitch on it.  I need to get a magnifying lamp.  So I found a piece of 18 count Aida but it was bright white.  Sophia and I dyed it with tea.  We should have let it soak in the tea over night.  The tea bath took the edge off the brightness.

I better get back to work!!

Jig of the Ladybug by Bent Creek

I made this cross stitch last week. I need to add some charms.  The pattern came with gold star charms.  But I cannot find any.  I got Frank to take me to Hobby Lobby.  I found a great frame at half price and some small silver heart charms to finish it off.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Magic of Summer Progress

I have been doing a lot on this cross stitch.  The right side has a lot more.  I also added some stitches on the left side of the house. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Free Stuff

Yesterday we went to our local Food Lion.  The Cabot lady was there.  She gave us this free stuff AND we got a coupon for a dollar off 2 packs of cheese.  Cabot cheese is the best.  Sophia and I went home and made mac and cheese!  Yummy!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wysocki Cross Stitch - The Magic of Summer

My mom gave me this cross stitch kit years ago for Christmas.  I take it out and work on it and get bored or move on to other things.  I worked on it it some in Sicily.  About a month and a half ago when we were repacking our shipment I came across it and brought it to the apt. I have been working on it again for a couple of weeks now and making some great progress.

This is what it will look like when it is done.  I have a ton of stitching to do!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton

 Bullet is the latest Anita Blake novel.  I sort of liked this one.  I wish there had been a little more mystery to the story.  It focused a little too much on the binding of the tigers.  I liked how she changed Richard.  He must join in with Anita and Jean-Claude to protect everyone.  If you like her work, you will be on board with this one.

Mystery & Suspense Challenge 2011

I found this challenge.  Much better for me.  I am not in the right frame of mind for continuing with the Victorian Reading Challenge.  I have already read most of the books that are availible for that challenge.  Too bad there isn't a Kings and Queens of England book challenge!!

Last week I read the last "Outlander" book - Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon.  But doesn't qualify for this challenge. But Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton does.