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2016 Update – Part Three

It’s been quite some time since I posted any sort of update.  I’ll try to give some highlights from the past few months.  (Part One and Part Two were posted earlier in the week)

October

  • We replaced the downstairs toilet with a low-flow toilet.
  • We had the house appraised, as part of the refinance process. The appraisal came back at quite a nice number, giving us a hefty boost in equity value.
  • I attended the Denton County Master Gardener Fall Festival in Flower Mound and the Master Gardener Round Up in Denton later in the month, at which I submitted my application for the 2017 Master Gardener Class.
  • Bill had to travel to Houston for a client the last week of October, so I went with him. We left early and had two weekends to spend in Galveston.Galveston Beach Galveston BeachIt was a fun trip, with some sightseeing on the weekends (even a Duck Tour!).Duck Tour  Our hotel in Houston was on the very edge of downtown, so I did a lot of walking / exploring of downtown Houston.  The weather was perfect!

    View from our hotel

    View from our hotel

  • My cousin and I began a reading challenge on her It’s a Mystery Blog. If you’d like to know more, visit Bestseller Code 100.

November

  • We finalized the mortgage refinance.
  • I had my Master Gardener interview early in the month and then received word just a week ago that I was accepted. I’m super excited and know I will learn a lot about gardening in Texas.
  • I sent two crocheted baby blankets to a relative who delivered twin boys.crocheted baby blankets for twins
  • Bill ordered a computer, which will replace three old boxes that run continuously, serving various functions. Hopefully one new unit will use less electricity than three old units.
  • We spent Thanksgiving holiday putting up shelves & rails & hangars in the garage. We’re not quite finished yet.  Bill has new toolboxes arriving this Thursday and then he will be putting up some more shelves & lighting around the tool area.garage organization
  • I’ve tried to keep up with the bounty (leaves, twigs, etc.) that the neighbor’s cottonwood tree continues to bestow upon us.
  • I picked up an art easel along the side of the curb on a trash day. It needed some repair, which Bill did.  So now I have an easel!art easel
  • My raised bed continues to keep me happy with Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, and Chinese cabbage. Oh, and I even planted a couple of Brussels sprouts, just for fun.  I probably planted them too late, though, as they aren’t growing very fast.  Maybe we’ll have a mild winter and I’ll be able to harvest some sprouts!
  • Bill installed a pull-out cabinet kit for my most-used and most-unorganized cupboard. It works beautifully!kitchen cabinet pull out shelf

And now you are up to date!

Pastel Panels Baby Afghan

I finished the last baby afghan for 2012.
This one is a gift to a cousin who had her first baby in November.

The main color is Bernat Baby Sport Baby Pink Marl and the contrasting color is Red Heart Shimmer Snow. Finished size is 40” x 42”.

And here’s a close-up of the blanket folded into quarters, so you can see the pattern better.

Since momma and baby lives in southern California, I needed a lighter weight afghan than the blanket I made earlier for her sister’s baby (who lives in Maine!). I chose the Pastel Panels pattern from Our Best Baby Afghans (Leisure Arts #2853).

I really liked this pattern and decided to use it to make a baby doll blanket for Miss Munchkin.

This baby doll blanket measures the size of a sheet of paper and took about an hour and a half to make, mostly because there were a lot of ends to tuck in with all the color changes.

Now I need to finish up a couple of Christmas gifts and repair a crocheted afghan that I gave to my daughter years ago.
Then I can begin a new project! Or maybe tackle a couple of crocheted jewelry projects!

Christmas and Baby Favorites

Many years ago, BK, Before Kids, I made a beautiful two-sided Christmas tree skirt, large enough for the largest Christmas tree I might wish to have. And at that time, I wanted LARGE! I loved all things Christmas, but most especially the Christmas tree. In fact, there were several years that I had two Christmas trees. Alas, no more. Downsizing, no kids, and maybe some old age (dare I admit, maybe a bit of Scrooge sentiments also?) all have led to a much smaller tree. At first it was just a smaller artificial tree, around four foot. Now I am down to just a table-top tree that I pull out of a box already pre-lit. I never would have predicted that thirty-one years ago when I made my Christmas tree skirt.

After several years of not using the Christmas tree skirt, I realized that I can still use it, just not quite as it was intended.

It works nicely as a table cloth! I do need a larger centerpiece, which I will find this weekend.

Here’s the other side, which I used more often than the red side.

Yesterday I ordered some decorative candles to put in the windows that face the streets.
I have not decorated outside in more years than I can count, but I always liked the simple look of a single candle in each window.
I guess it reminds me of my childhood.

And speaking of childhood, I had two cousins that had babies in November and so I have been busily crocheting baby blankets in between Christmas presents.
I finished the first blanket this past weekend and it is ready to ship.

Here it is folded into quarters.

At full-size it measures 32” x 42” and is very thick, which will be good because the new baby lives in Maine and will need it to keep warm!

The pattern I used is one of my favorites, called “Sheila’s baby blanket” and can be found at Bev’s Country Cottage.
I used it earlier this year to make a baby blanket for Liana.