Thursday, October 31, 2013

Yes, I'm still alive and kicking!

  Hello blog world! Sorry to have been out of the loop this past year...Work, family and yes, crafting stopped me from recording my goings on. I am hoping to getting back to posting on a weekly basis at least. It's not that I haven't been crafting, it's just been sporadic. Kind of an ADHD type where I jump from one thing to the next, leaving lots of things hanging. Which leads to a LOT of UFO's that I am trying to get finished.
   The boys are growing up and moving on with their lives. My youngest, Tim, joined the Marine Corps on Memorial Day. Graduated boot camp on August 23. We are very proud of his accomplishments. It was a fun, amazing thing to see our son in the ranks, marching and performing whatever the drill sargents said. Tim's grandma and grandpa and two of his uncles plus me and  hubby were in Beaufort,SC for three days. We all had a great time, and loved having the boy home for 10 days. I'm glad the gov't took him back though.... I thought I was going to run out of food! That boy has not an ounce of fat on him, and can pack it away!

The top pic is the official Marine Corp photo of Tim in his dress blues. Mighty handsome if I do say so myself! The bottom picture is at his graduation from Camp LeJeune's Combat training. Yes, that's a big-ass rifle (marines never say gun, so I've been instructed!)  The second pic was taken Oct. 1. Right after that, Tim got on a bus and has been in Ft. Lee, Virginia. He will be there until mid-December. Then he goes back to Camp LeJeune to be an Ammo Logistics Tech. OOOOORAH!
  Steven told us that he and Nicole are thinking of moving to Louisville, Ky. Nicole has a job interview next week. Sounds exciting and I am excited for them! New adventures are always great...scary, but great! And if anyone will have fun with it, it is Steven and Nicole!
   Jeff and his fiance are no more...it's for the best, and Jeff is embracing his new found freedom, trying to figure out what/where he'd like to be. He's gone to Gainesville to see some friends, and is trying to find work up there. He will, I'm sure. Jeff still lives across the street, but is looking forward to moving on and up!
   Bob and I are working and planning. I had to change my leaky kitchen faucet about a month ago. Needless to say, a simple two-hour job turned into a 2 day adventure; three trips to Lowe's for the right parts, disconnecting an old water system, (which we discovered was the cause of most of the leaking under the sink), and improved water pressure once it was all put back together! We still have to fix the shelf/area under the sink, but that will come when we redo the kitchen. Which has moved up in priority! LOL
    We are also planning a trip to my hometown the week of Thanksgiving. Can't wait to see my brother, sil, nephews and significant others, friends and most especially, my great niece Madelyn Rose. I also haven't been home since 1985 for a holiday, so it will be FUN! Then it's home on Black Friday (I don't do the shopping thing, anyhow...I love online shopping, LOL) and a weekend of cooking for the family....Tim's coming home, too, Wed-sunday. I do have to have leftovers, after all!
   Oh yes, and on top of all that activity, Bob and I  are training for 5K races. Ok, my neighbor Laurie and I are training for it seriously. We are doing the Couch to 5K program on our phones. Considering I haven't run in 30 years, we are doing pretty well and I don't hurt! Winning!
   Well, that's all for now. I will post pics of some of my more recently completed projects soon...Until then, stay classy, blogworld. Catch ya soon!



Sunday, December 30, 2012

Farewell 2012!!!

  On this next to last day of 2012, I am vowing not to work so much and spend more time with my friends and family. And CROCHETING!!!! I have missed so much this year working OT, but the draw was too easy and more $$$ is always good. Well, until I had to work a 19-hour shift.....after that night, I vowed my life is more important than that and I am going to spend more time for ME!

   Christmas was fun this year! After years of it just being ok, we all had a great time. My new quick and easy go to gift are redneck wine glasses:

Everyone laughed and liked them a lot. I even suggested to my newly engaged eldest son that we make these as favors for his wedding, filled with candy and a tag with their names and date of their yet to be determined wedding.
    We had a lovely rib roast dinner on my new-to-me Noritake china:
I found this lovely full set for 10 at Annie Johnson's Thrift store in Dunnellon in early November. It is the Blue Hill Pattern. As a little girl, I always adored my mom's, sister's and sister in law's Noritake. My brother was Marine in Viet Nam and brought home those sets for the ladies when he came home. I always pouted because I was left out (I was about 4-6 when he finished his tours of duty). As I grew up, I "got" it.....Mom was his mom, Mariah was his fiance, and Pix was close to getting married. I was way to little to appreciate it. So it makes sense that Jim's two boys are in line to inherit his and my mom's. When I found this set, I was just browsing in the shop on a Saturday night and couldn't believe when I saw it. It is just really more beautiful than the picture shows. The 87-piece set was $95...a STEAL! I didn't have the cash then. I thought for sure the set would be gone by Black Friday, but I went to check anyway. IT WAS STILL THERE!!!! And better yet, being Black Friday, it was on sale for 30% off...yup, I got the whole kit and kaboodle for $66!!! I snatched it up and took it home. As the store clerks were packaging it up, I told the proprietor my story. She laughed and said that she has a set that her hubby brought  home to her from Viet Nam also. The woman smiled and said she was happy to make my dream come true. I am truly blessed!
   Well, I am doing a 5 hour OT shift this afternoon, I have to work tomorrow and then I'm off for New Year's day. Can't wait to see the Rose Parade!!!! What are everyone's plans for New Year's eve? Since I'm working til 8pm and will be home about 9:15p, I'm hoping to stay awake til midnight..HA!!! On New Year's day, we are having a turkey, greens, black eyed peas and homemade mac and cheese.
   On that note, I will leave you with the two of the best pics I have from Christmas; my new great-nephew Jaxon, born on Christmas Eve and the Housewives of Central Florida pic from Christmas Eve with DiBiasio's:

Happy New Year my friends!!!! May 2013 be healthy, wealthy and wise for us all!!!! (Not to mention CRAFTY!!) <3 p="p">



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hats, hats, hats!

   I've been absent again for some time....sorry folks, but adjusting to dayshift is quite a chore. I worked graveyard for so long, changing to days is wonderful, but a challenge. And since we are short staffed at the lab, I have switched my hours from 7:30am - 4pm to 11:30am- 8pm. This should last until the end of January, when new staff should be ready to go.....YAY!
      I have been busy crocheting...doilies and hats. My youngest son wanted a beanie. He and his brothers shaved their heads in October in support of their aunt Teresa. Teresa was diagnosed with breast cancer and lost her hair due to the chemo. She is doing well half way through her treatment; the tumor has shrunk to about 1/2 its original size. We pray that it continues to shrink! The boys' heads were cold, so I made Tim a hat. Then Jeff wanted one...then Tim wanted another, and so did Jeff....I also made a couple for friends...all in about a week's time:




    I also made a pink shawl for Teresa, to keep her warm during her treatments:
I added pink ribbons to the points.
 So even though I haven't been here, I have been keeping occupied! I do have a few other things going; I will make a definite effort to post again soon and show off! I am going to be busy during the holidays making more things...hats, redneck wine glasses, doilies, snowflakes, and finishing off a blanket I started over the summer. I also have a monkey blanket to make for an new nephew due in December. Til next time, take care, stay warm and may the peace, love and joy of the holidays shower over you and yours!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Vacation 2012, continued!

  Here are a few pics from my phone of us having fun.....ENJOY!!!!
 Vaca started in Daytona for Happy Hour with Lori and Jonna, then a screening of Magic Mike, and a Saturday at the Speedway with Lori getting freebies!
Me and CocoSoco.....LOVE that woman!
 DiBiasio mini cousin reunion...Tom, Rick, Ken, Linda (PIC), John, Bob

 Via Napoli...Beth, waitress, Rick
PIC lovin' her German wine
SHB with the girls
On the ferry to the Magic Kingdom

This is "Hot Buttered Love" aka Adam the bartender at Joe's Crab Shack......he was a fun bartender, even if his GM wouldn't let us girls dance on the bar......
Jonna, me, and Lori B4 Magic Mike.........

Yes, it was a fun-filled 11 days/nights!!!

VACATION!!!!!

   At the beginnin of July, I had a vacation....July 4- 15. It was fun, amazing, relaxing,....did I say FUN?
A lot of great things happened; spent time with my favorite folks...Ken and Linda from Woonsocket, RI, SIL PIC, met new cousins, lots of time with family, and celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary to my bestest friend in the whole wide world. We spent time in Orlando, visiting the attractions, eating, drinking, talking and LAUGHING.....a lot!

   The coup of my vacation, was a goal we had in mind for our 25th anniversary....replacing my cake topper from our wedding. We had bought the original one from the glass blower at Disney Village, now known as Downtown Disney. It was a plain blown glass double heart, two love birds, two bells and intertwined rings. I brought it to NY for our wedding in one piece; it did not survive the trip home. I was heart broken and always wanted to replace it. So, I found a similar piece on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom:
I was ecstatic to find this! When I gave it to Bob, I told him we now have to make it to our golden anniversary!



25th anniversary cake topper 



Monday, May 7, 2012

I must show off!!!




 This is a doily that I requested to make! It's pink and black for a newborn baby girl....16.5" across, size 6 hook:



the second one is more true to color, but the first one shows the design better. Cell phone pics...aAAAAARRRRRGHHHHH!!!
Anyhow, a lady at work requested this for her grand daughter, who is a week old. I hope she likes it!
  As a follow up, I sent my friend and wonderful senior prom date, the pale gardenia for his birthday...he loved it! I LOVE it when that happens!
   Have to go and see what I can create now.....til next time.....Happy Crafting!
Ponykeg :-}

Monday, April 30, 2012

Absentee yet again




 So sorry blog world. I have been a lazy blogger yet again. I have been crocheting, just not posting. I have been working on the Bernat Waverly Mystery CAL. I made this for a girl at work who was diagnosed and began treatment for thyroid cancer. She always admires what I make for others, so I used the colors she liked from various projects. Made my heart smile when I received a message from her that said "thanks Beth; it meant a lot to me." yes, it makes it soo worth it. 
I have also been making doilies:
 doily 15 from a Magic crochet...anyone know what issue? I found it online and didn't save the issue number.....
 this one is a variation of pineapples around from the book 50 Fabulous Pineapple motifs. Kind of looks like angels, don't you think?

 This is pale gardenia from Magic Crochet 65. Am making this for my prom date and dear friend, who's b-day was 4/29 and raises gardenias in NC. I started it after dinner on 4/29, watched the superhero movies on FX and only have the last round to finish today. I'm thinking I need one of these!!! It's 11" across.
 This is a doily I'm making for my dear friend, Soco. She asked for a red and a blue one. I found this Italian named lila terito minta. It should look like this when it's done:
 Soco is Italian to the nines, so I hope she likes this one!
That's about it for now, folks. I really must get back to folding laundry so I have more time to stitch! (in between reading/watching Game of Thrones.....LOL.....my new addiction!!!)