Thursday, January 31, 2008

And on it goes...

took the tests on Tuesday........I "was" to get the results and a plan today.
Ladybug's doors are frozen shut.....and I mean shut! So I called and I am staying home. Enjoying Rachel Ray, and then to do housework. Need to get it all ship-shape before my Littles come tomorrow.
Yesterday was yucky bad weather, so I knit.......I finished up my blue Joan's socks in an Encore Colorspun in soft blue on blue. They looked so nice. Tim now wants the navy colored yarn made into warm socks for him. OK, least I can do.
I am still working on Sonnet, but got way-laid by the socks. My feet are so cold.
have to work in more socks, but get the sweater done.
Up to pull out the DMC for the red, white, blue project for camp........see Mima, I did not forget!
So off to enjoy the show and knit.......then the drudgery.
Knit On.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Monday, and dreaming

Daring to Dream-overcoming barriers that hold you back. That is the name of the study program I joined yesterday at church. Now usually I am not one for bible "study", but the title of this 50 day program and the time of my life, well it just seems like it might fit.
Dreams-you remember then don't you? What you wanted to be when you grew up? Me, my first choice was a Home-EC teacher, boy does that date me...
The and a recurring "dream" is was to be an archaeologist........yes, me, prissy, exacting me in a "dig". I love the finding part of history, so maybe a museum curator is in my future. Right here in North Glenn, I don't think so.
Then my dream was to have a store, antiques, handcrafted items and such. A friend of mine had one such store, and I helped, displays, painting, rep-arranging-you name it I did it. I learned alot about how things work together to be pleasing to the eye. For a time I actually got people to pay me to tell them how to arrange furniture and things to be better enjoyed daily!
Back to real life, now I just have mine and Tim's things to arrange.........but that is ok, I see it developing in my Granddaughter, Kendra. She is my little me(sometimes my little Rachel, too), she likes to make it pleasing to her eyes, lol.
Today, I promise I am going to Allegan to take that testing stuff, the weather is still yucky, but I "gots to go". We will see how useful this will be in life, but off I go.
But to reward myself to going, I am going to FOW's Tuesday morning open Knit. Yes, Mima, it seems I don't do much but knit lately.........much to finish up before Camp!
So since I want to get a good start on the day...........I am out of here!
Knit On.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Friday, Saturday and now it's Sunday,

So where did the last few days go?? Well, let's see....on Friday, I was able to get my new glasses. I am trying to wear them more they do help with eye fatique in the evenings especially. Then I ran quickly up to Holland. I was on a mission!
I had to get the pattern to FOW, which I used for the market bag for one thing.
Trip to the credit union for another. But my big reason was to hit the thrift store in search of "new" jeans...mine are getting not only very comfortably, larger, but also very worn and saggy looking. So off I went, well, I was successful in my mission for I found and bought not only 2 pairs of jeans, but 2 pink turtlenecks and a lime green sweater! All for only $10! So was I ever successful.
Saturday found me back at FOW's doorstep-really next door. I attended Chris Blysma's Stashology! Fun and fun. We learned how to be random, something not only I struggled with but also several of the others too! But we did learn and we did see how well this could work. So after a delightful lunch and a little more instruction, we were turned loose in the shop to explore the newly learned skills about choosing what makes our hearts sing! No longer does one have to feel guilty about only purchasing one hank, ball or skein.(This is something which I have personally struggled with when we visit other shops and areas.) I now know how to use them!
Back home after the class only to learn Tim had decided we would not be getting the Littles after all. My heart is sad, I miss my Littles. But I did tell him we would be bringing them home next Friday. NO EXCUSES!
Sunday morning found me very tired, I apparently did too much late Saturday, I brought in 10 loads of wood, so it would be dry to burn in the wood burner. (It never gets brought in ahead of time, I am tired of trying to burn wet wood. So while I can only bring in 4-5 logs at a time........I filled the rack almost half full. And gathered up 2 5-gallon buckets of sticks for starters! This will make my life much easier!) Well, it was too much, my body fought me all night long with leg and abdomen cramps. Extremely painful.....and waking me up every 1-2 hours all night long. But off to church we went, I was the reader of scriptures, so there was no playing hooky. I am glad I went, the message begins a new series, Dare to Dream again.......... How appropriate at this time in my life!
While I have constant dreams about things to create and do for me, my home and others, I don't seem to have any Dreams-you know the big ones, if I had all the money, what would I do? Where would I go? How would my life change?
So at this crossroads of my life it seems a good time to examine and learn to dream, again.
Knit on...........I am. Gotta get that Sonnet Sweater at a stage I can show it off on Thursday!(Just for you Cherrie!! love you!)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

And the Lake Effect continues...

last night we received about 9 inches of new snow.......Thankful am I that I do not have to venture any further than the mailbox!
It is Knit Nite and perhaps, Tim will take me in or not....I am not ready to leave the nice warmth of the wood stove and my slippers, lol.
Making the rice pudding today in the crockpot as a surprise for Tim! He will have worked outside for much of the day, shoveling and clearing snow. Even tho there is no school, the sidewalks must be cleared.
I finished up the market tote for the shop, in a linen. It turned out nicely, if I say so myself, and I wrote up the adjustments to the pattern so the shop will have the directions.
Personally, I like my lime green one, knit in Sugar and Cream, a much "happier" looking bag. But, in either color it is a nice bag!
Now to tackle the finishing up of a couple pair of socks and make a pair of black mitts for a friend of my sisters-to ride on the Harley with, no less!
so I have plenty to keep my fingers moving-not to mention the pieces I need to get started on for my kit for camp. A curious tradition my sister and I have is to create a co-ordinated kit for accessories, ie. a scissors fob, needlebook, whatever. I do think my absolute favorite was the squirrel fob that Mima made is the cutest.
so off to stay out of trouble.............
Knit on!

Monday, January 21, 2008

In spite,

of the continuing cold that persists outside, we have been pretty comfortable. Of course, that means throwing a log or two on the fire every hour or so. And it also means that today,(while Tim is gone to work-how did he plan that?!) more wood must be hauled in. I figure that I have wood enough for about 4-5 hours, so by noon I shall have to be bundled up and venture out! By then I will be ready for some "exercise".
On the knitting front, I am about 1/2 way done with the body piece of the Sonnet sweater. I am liking the colors and they interesting way the pattern is working up. Already I am thinking of new ways to make the next one "mine" shorter length, perhaps? Less of a neck opening? Will see how this one fits tho before I venture out to do another. And I have only a few inches to finish up on the market bag. It is in linen and looking quite "green friendly". Already having one in lime green Sugar n' Cream(or maybe Peaches and Cream) any way it is cotton yarn. The girls and I love it to take to market. In fact I have "on the needles" a second one in a coral color-so there will be 2 bags when we go to market. No squabbling over who carries the bag. Of course now with Tristan being 3, he will probably want to carry a bag also.....better get busy, Grandma, lol.
The Littles did not come this weekend, Tim worked late on Saturday, painting at the library(yeah!) and with the cold snow and blow, we decided that it would be better for them to stay home. Of course we learned at church yesterday, they did not have school today(Martin Luther King day), so it would have been ok to take them home mid-day today. Next weekend for sure they are coming!
So for today, I have to plan supper, and try to get the stuff outta the dining room, check on the cottage, haul wood, do laundry(that never ends!) and knit. Oh and get the valances finished up for the kitchen. Plenty to keep me out of trouble. Have to get 2 days worth done, as tomorrow I want to go to knitting at FOW in the am and have to be in Allegan for the testing in the pm.
So my week is starting off busy!
Knit on!

Friday, January 18, 2008

I am a cast-on-aholic..

yes it's true. I am. Today I cast on some of the Red Heart yarn my sister gave me for Christmas. I had asked for 3 skeins of the same, but surprise, I received 3 different, lol. That being the case I thought now what could I do with these? Hmmmm.......the light and lofty is being incorporated with the remainder of the baby blanket light and lofty for an extra special Prayer Shawl. The autumn-y colors are still waiting to call out to me, as is the bulky.

But the one skein, called Monet, so you can imagine it is soft blues, greens, pinks and purples..........was dying to become a sweater. So it is going to be Sonnet, from, which is pictured above. This is an interesting knit item as it is knit sideways! This looks to be fun, there is a slight pattern(if you want to insert it) or it is just knit in a garter stitch...easy-peasy!!!
So my goal is to have one skein knit up a week, at least. Of course I have to purchase more skeins, while the dye lot may not match, I don't think that will be a major problem. It will just add to the uniqueness of the project.
I wanted a cardigan to wear with jeans and a turtleneck and this will just fit the bill.
So off to finish up the kitchen, think about supper and be thankful that I am in a warm safe house.

Knit on.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Caution: fingers faster than brain.
should read Frozen

Cold Weather warmings..

Here is a new favorite of our home:

Rice Pudding
8-10 servings
1 cup white uncooked rice
1 cup sugar
8 cups milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt

1. In slow cooker, mix together rice, sugar, and 8 cups milk.
2. Cook on High 3 hours.
3. Beat together, eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, vanilla, and salt. Add to slow cooker. Stir. 4. Cook on High 25-30 minutes.
5. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon. Serve warm.

Here is the Salmon-Potato Cakes.1 lb. fresh or grozen skinless salmon fillets
3 cuups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 slightly beaten eggs
1 T. seafood seasoning
2 T. buttoer or margarine
1 Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse, pat dry. In a large skillet cook fish, covered, in a small amount of boiling water for 6 to 9 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Place cooked fish in a large bowl and flake with a fork, cool slightly.
2. Add potaotes, eggs and seasoning to fish. Stir gently to combine. Shape mixture into 6 patties. In a 12-inch skillet cook patties in hot butter over medium heat for 4 minutes per side or until browned and heated through.
(Note: I did not have the shredded hash browns, so I used the cubed type and treated the mixture more as a"hash". Browned on one side and then stirred to brown the rest.)
This was a hit at our house too!

So there are a couple of things to keep you warm this upcoming cold, cold weekend!
Knit on!


It's Thursday already......and I don't have the things any where done that I had planned on doing this week..of course.
The Monday church meetings went well.........very well, one down, 11 to go.
Tuesday my friend Barb took me with her to FOW's Tuesday morning knitting! What fun. I returned home and shortly after that the 2 Kens from church came and drove my Ladybug away. They planned on making her driveable....and they did!! She is purring like a kitten again, still needs a little more intense work, but she is good for local driving!
Yesterday was a knit, movie and laundry day. I saw 2 or 3 movies(what a slug!) and knit up a storm. Started on the market bag for the shop, thru one skein, 2 to go. Laundry pile did not get finished, back at that today.
For supper last night we had Barb's 4 stack supper or something like that she called it. Bacon on the bottom, onion slices, hamburger patties, onion slices, sliced carrots, topped with sliced potatoes, all in a pan on the stove, add a little water and cook til potatoes and carrots done, about 30 minutes. Comfort food at it's best!
So off I go today to switch cars so I can go to Knit Nite at FOW.
Knit on.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Monday it's cold

I just can't seem to get warm today. And of course, I can't just stay home and periodically throw a log on the fire, no, I went to MI Works today at 1 to learn about opportunities to help me find employment!
Have to go back on the 22nd to be tested, as to better know where my opportunities may lie.
Tonight I have my first church council meeting where I am the chairperson, sigh. After yesterday's act, this might be a hard or easy one to follow, depending on how much order I can maintain among the natives.
On the knitting front, I am almost finished with the "can you do this the rest of the way for me" baby blanket by my sister. Understand, she does lots and lots for poor lil ole me, so it is not really work!
Then I have to get busy on the market bag, and the prayer shawl on the needles at this time, drag out my crayon box jacket and of course start again on my surprise jacket, not to mention the american socks and of course my KAL for socks-cabletini is the pattern. So I have much to keep my fingers moving.
Tomorrow I will absolutely get in some me knitting time!
Off to make meals on wheels supper for Tim, Salmon/hashbrown casserole. Sounds strange, but it is very yummy! Not fishy at all.........and hello, Paula Deen, it calls for butter!! So how could that be bad tasting!
Knit on!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sunday for me,

is a new start. Just as each and every morning is a new day, Sundays are also a "clean slate". Even with the rush, rush of a Sunday morning, it is wonderful.
This morning does not seem to want to come, it is still darkish out side and at 7:45 that seems late to me for sunshine.
Today we are celebrating Tristan's 3rd birthday! Even tho it was last weekend -we are doing it today! The cake is in the oven, the pork loin soon to go into the crock pot and then get the kidlets up and the day is on!
I had better get going for now, I always seem to be the last one to get to the bathroom. Thinks that's because I get everyone else up and running first???
Have a great day and Knit On.

Friday, January 11, 2008

And so it goes.

Friday, another weekend approaches. If I was still a work away from home gal, I would either be glad it was Friday or be glad I only had to work 1/2 day Saturday. For only means it is Friday and the Littles will be coming!
Tomorrow is a Leadership workshop for church and Prayer Shawl group in the afternoon. After those obligations, we will go and bring our Littles home...we missed last week as I was feeling puny. Much much better now, but still not a stitch of motivation, but I am hoping to get it by this afternoon.
I am almost finished with the current Prayer shawl, then I have been asked to knit a market bag like the one I made last spring. I will be paid in yarn, that is ok as I want to be able to get the remainder of yarn for my surprise jacket. Speaking of which, I need to get it back into the rotation, or better yet start a rotation, lol.
Tonight for supper is planned a pizza! Tim found a crust mix which is gluten free, so we will be having that! It has been a long, long time since we were able to have one, so I am looking forward to it.
The weather is icky, I am lucky that I do not have to go out today and drive. Last night coming home from Knit Nite, was enough of a challenge for me for a time. It took almost an hour to reach my front door!! Slick and sloppy were the good words.
Well off to finish up the few rows left on the beautiful robin's egg blue shawl and then crochet on the shell edging(which will not ravel as the fringes do with Homespun).
Knit On.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

January thaw?

So it seems today, warmer weather, not sure of the temps, but there is melting everywhere. Just days ago, we had to have the drive plowed out! Talk about money down the drain.....luckily our neighbor does it fairly inexpensive, so it is not too bad a blow.
Started on Cabeltini socks with the yarn Kat gifted to me-I think it was meant for me, not Tim, lol. I joined a KAL on Ravelry to knit a pair of socks a month for 5 or 6 months, I don't remember which right now. But anyways, I will have some socks just for me! Not gifts, but ME. And trust me, ME needs a little self-indulgence at no cost right now.
I have started the task of dis-mantle-ing Christmas at the Teske house. I want to be attentive to how things are packed this year. Usually I am pretty organized in regards to color and rooms, but this year in decorating, I found room for improvement. So while I have a little time during the days, without a guard, I will pack up accordingly.
The Littles aren't coming this weekend, I just don't feel well enough to take care of them. Today is Tristan's 3rd birthday, but as I did not plan a celebration, I figure we can do it next weekend. Perhaps I will be able to visit Kendra and Nicole at school during the week, that would be fun!
So off to get some chicken in the oven for my man's dinner, he is working at the library painting. He did his church job this morning, so maybe we can have a peaceful evening.
Knit On!

Friday, January 04, 2008

With that done,

the inventory at my local Yarn Shop, I will have you know....I am tired.
Fiber bone tired.....who thought that fiber could whip one, but two days of crawling, walking and a little stool climbing certainly did.
With that done, I have had gratification of stroking much fiber, wool, cashmere, silk, bamboo, alpaca and much much more, I have to get busy.
Get busy finding a job. Love alone does not make the world go round. At least not in this household. So come Monday it is probably "beat the street" or at least the internet searching. I really do not want to go to Manpower and have me placed, but it may come to that.
Looking on the brighter side, I do only need to work for 7 years, so if it is something I did not choose as my first "career", it won't be hopefully for the rest of my life.
On a better topic, I have joined Ravelry's SAM5-knit a pair of socks a month group. I hope to expand MY personal inventory of socks. Selfish you may say, but I believe I should reward myself for the time and knowledge I do possess.
I also have a cute set to create as my take along cross stitch kit for the upcoming camp Stitchalot. It has a scissors tassel, pinkeepn needle pocket and a biscornu pin cushion which all fit in this Hershey's Kiss time in a red, white and blue design. My sister, Mima, got the chart and the tin for me, so I had better get it done, lol. She and I always room together at the camp, we in the last few years, have gone up on Thursday and come back home on Monday, camp itself actually runs from Friday night thru Sunday noon(or so). But since this is the only time we see the Stitchy Sisters, who are friends met thru the internet, we try and stay the extra days.
Stitchy Sisters are a group of women who talk or read by email daily, how is that for a commitment to friendship. We live across the United States with only about 6 of us live in Michigan.
So off to have a cuppa tea and plan the day!
Knit on-or stitch on which ever gets to my hands first today.