Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I'm Still Here Sumas Parade and More

I really am alive, I've just been lost. Work has been catching up with me and I don't seem to have as much time as I would.

The hotel is filling up and is keeping me working longer days. I have been cleaning rooms at least twice a week so I come home tired and worn out. But at least it is a job and a paycheck. The restaurant is busy. I am now working 2 shift a week there, Friday and Saturday nights but after a long day at the hotel and then a short shift there, my knitting time has been cut into.
Last Saturday we did a parade in Sumas, here is our float, representing the Nuthouse Grill.
It's not great but we did put it together in a week. And then put it back together one hour before the parade. Dad didn't get it strapped down good in the truck and it went off the back end before we got out of the driveway.

We're going to do it again on the 11th of July in Everson, we figure it's free advertisement for the restaurant so we will do it. Have to make more bags of peanuts and buy more candy we ran out in Sumas and I hear that Everson has a larger parade. So we have to redo the float make it more sturdy and have fun once again.

We made t-shirts to wear so we looked like a group. And Guess What? MICHEAL home!!!! Here is Abby, Micheal and Chris together. You can see our shirts we did all different colors so you had your pick. They also have a car show going on. One of the car entered was a car that Chris had worked on. They did the paint and Chris polished the car. He as proud of his work. And the car took first place so that a reason to be proud.

I don't have any pictures of my knitting so I thought I would show you pictures around the house. I didn't really get much of a garden planted this year. The tractor we used to till the ground broke and we didn't get a new one. So not much of a garden. But I do have some tomatoes to show they are growing slowly I guess I should water them I think that would help.
We will have carrots, beans, cukes, zucchini, and squash that is if they grow. We will have corn we decided not to plant that but would eat the neighbors. I went out back to the raspberry field and they are ripe so I now have berries to eat I can never seem to get enough when they are ripe.
Tony's flowers are in bloom, I love the Daisy's they are always pretty.

The lilies in the fish pond are in bloom and look pretty floating in the water. The fish had to hide when I took the picture. But a few of the goldfish were swimming around the flowers.

Things around home are returning to normal now that Micheal is home. He has to decided what he is going to do with himself. He just doesn't know what he wants to do. I want time off he says but that doesn't make the car payment. But I promised not to harp on him and give him time he wants as long as it's not to long.
My knitting is coming along, I have finished a test knit that I was working on and started a pair of socks for Gena's Boss Ann. I almost got one socks done and it was to tight so into the frog pond and have started over. The pattern I'm using is called Katie by very busy monkey. I have knit some of her other patterns and really enjoy her work. This pattern is really pretty and will post a picture when I get some knitting done on them. The yarn I'm using is Lorna's Laces with is a dream to work with and I am loving it.
I have to start on my homework for Sock Summit, its only 36 days away. So I guess I have to get homework done on it. I am going to do another test knit that has a short turn around. But I will be knitting for yarn so that part I love. Well not much else is going on. So.
Enjoy the summer, and keep those sticks aclickn'.
Happily knitting socks, Bye.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


He's on his way home. He was discharged from the Army with a medical discharge. You name it and the kid has had it, I think. He was suppose to be discharged 4 weeks ago and sent home 2 weeks ago. But will be put on a plane this week and sent home. It was great to hear his voice after 3 months of not hearing from him but in letters. The funny part was I went and talked to his recruiter to see what they could find out for me, just so we would know when he was coming home. Abby was almost in tears, he missed her graduation, she misses him, not knowing when he was coming home. He told her it could be the middle of July. So being Mom, I thought why not go and talk. Micheal told me that his Sargent told him that his mom called. Poor guy can't get a break. Maybe that put a fire under someones butt and got him home sooner. Who really knows.
My knitting's coming along finished a sample knit for Woolgirl and am working on a test knit. Then I have to start my homework for Sock Summit in July.
Well stay cool and out of the sun, remember the sun block. Keep those sticks aclickn'.
Happily knitting socks, Bye.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Over the Rainbow and Life

Woolgirl, Jen has started a sock club that is going to go for 2 years called "Oz" all things dealing with the Wizard of Oz. The first kit is called "Over the Rainbow"

Here's what was included in each kit:

  1. A skein of fingering Lotus Toes yarn from Zen String in the custom "Over the Rainbow" colorway
  2. "Over the Rainbow sock pattern designed by Lisa Dykstra.
  3. An "Over the Rainbow" drawstring knitting accessory bag sewn by Krystine Jett. The fabric is great a black and white backdrop with Dorothy dreaming with splashes of rainbow color.
  4. An official WB "Over the Rainbow" journal. Each page is lined with a faint character image on the back ground.
  5. An "over the Rainbow" stitch marker by Jillian from Wee Ones.
  6. A special tin filled with Skittles (taste the rainbow!) and a rainbow.
  7. Rainbow stickers and Wizard of Oz themed stickers
  8. An "Over the Rainbow" tape measure.
  9. A "Over the Rainbow" lollipop, filled with all of the colors of the rainbow.
  10. An "Over the Rainbow" wooden gift tag to add to your Oz collection made by Jen
  11. A special Oz magnet.

Here is a picture of the wooden gift tad and three of the stitch markers I've gotten that go with this theme. The Wicked Witch, Glinda the Good Witch, and Over the Rainbow. I had to get out all of these makers just to see them together.

I had fun on line at Raverly waiting for Gena to get home from work so I could open the box. We decided to wait to open them together, so all day it was open or wait, open...........wait.........open .............. wait.............. OK I'll wait.Is she home yet, where is she, stuck in traffic, open.......wait.......open...... yea the phone rang. We can open. It was so worth the wait. I can't wait till the next one. Which is Dorothy.

Life We don't know when Micheal will be home. We think he is discharged but don't know what is going on. Talked to Abby and she says sometime next week but she doesn't know. But he is still in the Army doing what ever he does.

Mark is in Afghanistan now. He says it's very hot 100+ degrees I don't think I can take that. Mom and Dad should be home tomorrow, we got the trailer all cleaned, water and satellite hooked up so all they have to do in unpack and enjoy themselves. Chris is hard at work he is working on a new car for himself so we are all waiting to see it.

The restaurant is going good. Tony is there 6 days a week. So I see him once in a while. I'm working on Friday and Saturday nights and will be working more as people quit and shifts open up. I don't want to take anyone's shifts. The hotel is getting busier and keeps me going.

Well the mind is getting over heated. I talk about the knitting later. So keep cool in this heat and keep those sticks aclickn'.

Happily knitting socks, Bye.