Monday, November 19, 2018


Our daughter Jen likes buttons…she collects them.


She lost her black winter hat…so I crocheted her a new one while she was here.  The button came from the button jar…not sure where it came from or what piece of clothing it came from.  Perhaps it is from an old sweater or winter coat.

Finished hat 

Here you can see the yarn and the finished product.  The yarn is called coffee beenz it is part wool, part acrylic and very soft.  I used a single crochet stitch throughout and a crab stitch to finish off the edge.

Jen and her hat

Here Jen is modeling her new hat…good thing I finished it as it was a chilly Minnesota morning when she, Andy and the Granddogs headed home. 

Our house is very quiet again.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018


Our youngest daughter Jen and the Granddogs came to visit.  Hockey games and Vex Robotics Tournaments on the computer were watched.  Card games have been played, craft projects worked on, walks taken, dogs enjoyed and good food eaten.
Watching Hockey
Miney is inbetween them on the couch.
Miney inherited Chance’s  red harness…it helps her get down the stairs safely.  Chance would have approved…he always shared with Miney.
Little Elvis
Little Elvis has a spot on the other couch.  He chased squirrels and almost caught them…he got into a bunch of burrs…so he was brushed.

This is their first trip here since Chance died, they looked for him a bit and sniffed spots outside that Chance frequented.  They seem much more accepting of his absence than us humans.
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Saturday, November 17, 2018

On my desk

Crocheting some hats…the one on the upper right is done…it is a tad large…but comfy….and colorful!  I love the colors!

The one in the lower right is for a child…maybe…we will see how big it ends up.

I felt like crocheting a bit and using up some yarn…I might be a yarn hoarder.  Maybe. I have three hats in the works at one time…go figure!

On my desk

A very long time ago I crocheted some mittens.  I found that old mitten pattern on the internet…and may attempt a pair for Hey Mikey.  I know when I made them for our girls it was wonderful to have several pairs of mittens.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Rain and snow

It rained then it snowed.  Fun.  I passed up Bingo with my Dad again.  Wasn’t looking forward to crappy roads and was not quite feeling up to it….so I had a long nap.

Saw my Primary Doctor on Thursday because I needed a refill on my BP meds, most of the time she just renews my script but I had not seen her in over a year.  She wants me to take a course of antibiotics….she thought I was getting a secondary infection and didn’t want me to get sicker.  I didn’t want to get sicker either.

Good news is Far Guy has finally rounded the corner…it was a long seige for him…32 days.  Now he is working on getting all his steps back up to where he was a month ago.


Turned the Pumpkin Welcome sign over to Give Thanks…I need to change the flags soon.  Turkey Day is right around the corner.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Snow Report and A New Recipe

We have three inches of snow at the snowstick and I think it is staying for the winter.

3 inches of snow Nov 13

The tracks are squirrel and fox.  And so our winter begins thirty-five days early…as we are technically still in Fall.

We have had a quiet week.   I am crocheting some winter hats…my pattern, yarn and hook have been adjusted several times.

We are trying two new to us recipes this week…one was a keeper and I should have taken a photo of it.

Monte Cristo Pull Apart Loaf

Our recipe serves two people ( adapted from a recipe in the latest Kraft food & family magazine)

3-4 slices of bread  we like potato bread…flattened with a rolling pin.

Top with swiss cheese, sliced ham or turkey or both. Fold in half and place fold side down in foil lined bread pan or corningware. (Spray foil with a bit of olive oil first.)

Mix together  1 egg,  a few tablespoons of milk, 1 Tablespoon Miracle Whip and about 1/4 teaspoon mustard.  Mix well…pour over bread. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Then Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

You can add more bread, cheese and meat and use more eggs and milk to make more servings.

We both gave this recipe 5 out of 5 stars and will make it again.  Oh yes you can sprinkle it with powdered sugar just before serving and serve it with jam if you want to be fancy smancy.

The other new recipe will be tried later this week.

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