Starting the New Year Off Right!

Happy New YearI think I am starting the New Year of 2015 off on the right foot.  I got up this morning got on the treadmill for 35 minutes and walked the dog for 15.

I unsubscribed from some email junk that I had been meaning to eliminate for awhile now. I also evaluated some of the groups I belong to and un-joined some.  One in particular had become a playground for petty, high school, juvenile crap.  I am too old for that nonsense and life is too short to spend time dealing with that idiocy.

Plan to spend time learning new techniques in knitting, crocheting and quilting this year.  I’d like to try my hand at some things I previously considered too hard or too time consuming.  Who knows, I might become the Guru of Crafts. :-)

What changes have you made or plan to make?

WOW! BEEN AWHILE…

I was last here in November.  The holidays have been busy to say the least.  We had Thanksgiving at my house and then celebrated Christmas at my oldest son’s house.  Good times.

We all managed to get what we wanted.  That might be because none of our gifts were very expensive.  My youngest did give me a gift card to JoAnn’s in a hefty amount and I truly appreciate it.  He knows me too well. :-)

As far as healthy goes, I have lost weight, gained weight, eaten things I should have stayed away from, especially during the holidays.  Now got to get back to some intense working out.  I do feel better when I work out.

I’ve also noticed more aches lately…due to arthritis.  Could be the cold that is affecting my joints.  I guess that’s what happens when you get older.  But I’m dealing with it.

Been knitting more lately.  Also have some small quilting projects to do.  So you may be seeing more photos of those in the near future.

Here it is, New Year’s Eve.  No plans to party. Will probably watch some celebrations on the TV. I’ve only made one New Year’s resolution and that is to learn some new knitting techniques that I have never done before.

Here’s wishing all of you a prosperous 2015.

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HANDMADE/HOMEMADE

I am a member of Ravelry, a knit and crochet community of over 4 million members worldwide.  One can keep track of their projects, find patterns, join a community forum of like minded folks.

I am seeing a lot of posts about handmade/homemade items given as gifts being unappreciated by others.

Folks, listen up.

First of all, that hand crocheted or hand knitted item took hours to make.  Evidently, the person who made it thought you were deserving of their time and skills.

Second, this is SKILLED labor.  Try getting your car repaired without paying for the labor.  You will be laughed out of there pretty darn quick.  And this person felt you were deserving of this skilled labor at no charge.

Third, it is NOT cheap.  It seems a lot of folks think others make gifts because it is cheaper than buying them.  That is so NOT the case.  The yarn for that hand crocheted or hand knitted item cost more than the same, mass produced item found in a local boutique.

Fourth, the item your received is unique.  Most likely it is one of a kind and you won’t see a kazillion others like it.

So the next time you receive a handmade/homemade crocheted or knitted gift,  ohhhhh and ahhhhh a lot!  And treat the gift as a priceless artifact and  I guarantee you will remain on the crochet/knit worthy list for a long time.

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Pensacola Is In the News

We had some horrendous rain this past week. Flash flooding did a lot of damage to this area, more so than some hurricanes have done in the past. Thankfully, I live in a high ground area. We did not lose power or have the flooding here in my area that was so pronounced in other areas. I will post some pictures of areas badly hit.

Scenic Hwy

9th Avenue

Airport Blvd

Downtown

The county jail also suffered a gas explosion and several were hurt in that incident. No pictures available of that accident.

The washed away roads, downed power lines, etc. have caused some major damage and problems in this area. Some folks have lost their homes, belongings and pets.

Traffic has been adversely affected. Re-routing of major north/south traffic has been a nightmare. Locals are finding unique ways to get from one location to another.

But life goes on.

FV2 Is an Addictive, Money Sucking Habit

Do any of you play Farmville 2? I used to play until recently. I decided to quit playing the game. That in itself is hard to do as it is a very addicting game. But I found that all it did was keep me in a state of frustration. Why? I’ll tell you.

Initially, when you start playing the creators of the game gently ease you into the planting, harvesting and selling of crops. When you reach a certain level, they begin adding “quests” for you to complete to get this or that animal or farm equipment piece. You are eased into buying Farm Bucks so that you can complete a certain quest or obtain a particular animal or piece of equipment.

Before you know it the “quests” become more and more difficult, urging you to buy more and more Farm Bucks just to skip the difficult parts of the quests or to complete one quest and move on to the next. If you do not pay attention to what is happening, you will spend hundreds of dollars on this game.

But this is the plan of its creators. They want your money, your hard earned money and they know all the tricks to getting it.

They are comparable to drug dealers or gambling houses. They suck you in gradually, until you are hooked. Then they offer more and more addictive items to suck you dry of your time and money.

My advice and I speak as one who knows is STOP!!!! Begin with just one day. Don’t visit FV2 for one day. Then try not visiting for another day. Continue doing this. Say to yourself, “I don’t need to play FV2 today.” Before you realize it, you will have broken the hold they have on you. And you will have extra money in YOUR pocket, not theirs.

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How to Care for Handknit Wool Items

Christmas is just a couple of days away. Perhaps your sister-in-law, or mother-in-law, granny, mom or aunt thought you were special enough to knit/crochet something for this year.

First, let me say handmade/homemade is NOT cheap. Your relatives/friends are not trying to slide by on the cheap side by knitting/crocheting gifts. A skein of yarn, whether it is acrylic or Merino wool, can cost from $6 to $50+++ per skein and it will take at least 2 skeins to make a gift. Now add in the time spent to create said items and multiply by at least minimum wage. There, got it? Not cheap, is it.

Now, that being said, lets get to the care of said knitted/crocheted item. If it is acrylic, more than likely it is machine washable and dryable. Great for kids’ items.

If it is wool, or any other natural fiber, care is a little more involved. Most will involve washing by hand. This does not mean you take the item and scrub it against an old washboard. That will just cause the item to felt and shrink enough to fit your youngest child. What that means is to SOAK the item in warm, soapy water. Then rinse in cool water. Gently squeeze the water out. Roll item in a towel to remove more water. Then lay the item on a flat surface, shaping as you go, and allow the item to dry. This will take a day or two.

Granted this is a little time consuming, especially in our society where most folks want instant gratification. But keep in mind your relative/friend felt that you were knit/crochet worthy and felt in their hearts that you would take care of the item that took them hours to create.

I can guarantee you if you don’t take care of said item, you will be OFF their knit/crochet worthy list.

Merry Christmas!

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