Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Well, that promise didn't last long. I wanted to do a post at least once a week but here it is 2 weeks since my last post. Hmmmm.

The cold weather the week of 1/6 really got to me and I didn't do much of anything most of that week. We did have some warmer weather last week and I've been busy doing year end reports for the couple of businesses I help out. I'm retired but I still like to do some bookkeeping to keep my mind sharp and these guys are great to work with. One of them has been with me since I opened my business in 1986. When I retired and decided to close down, he practically begged me to keep doing his books. So I agreed. I don't collect any money but he does help me out now and then. The other is a non-profit and again, I don't collect any money but they do such great work, I gladly kept doing their books. They provide a home for mature mentally handicapped men. Some of these guys have no one left in their families and would have nowhere to go.

Anyway, that has kept me busy all last week and now it is cold again with temperatures dipping down into the single digits tonight and only getting into the teens tomorrow. I had planned to make a bank deposit tomorrow but I think I'll stay in and try to stay warm. These ole bones are complaining enough without going out and exposing them to the really bad weather.

I have been trying to rearrange some furniture to make things more comfortable. Rather, I have had the Hubs rearranging. I'm still not sure what I want to do in the living room so all the furniture is sort of sitting helter skelter. I'm living with it until I decide how I want to place everything. Over Christmas, we moved my recliner closer to the TV to make room for the tree and I discovered I could see much clearer. Well, being closer and also watching the HD channels, so I really don't want to move my chair back but that causes a problem with conversation because the chair is more toward the middle of the room and and facing away from the other pieces. I'll figure it out but it may take a while.

I also had him moving things Sunday afternoon. I have my Mom's old cabinet style sewing machine. I have a portable sewing machine but I hate having to get it out and set it up and then having to take it back down because it is normally in the way of meals or work. So I asked that the cabinet machine be moved into the bedroom and my portable placed on top. PERFECT! It sits between the door and the closet and there is an outlet easily available under. Now when I want to sew (and I have several things to do, not the least of which is a bottom sheet that split leaving a long gash at the foot), all I have to do is take the cover off and get busy. I also like to zig-zag around the edges of my cross stitch projects to help with fraying and I have lots of projects to work on.

We have finally given in and bought a new dishwasher. I wanted hoped the old one would last a few more months but it's not really doing a good job on cleaning and makes a really horrible noise when it's changing between cycles. I keep expecting to walk in the kitchen and see water everywhere. So we ordered one online to be delivered to the Lowe's store and Hubby picked it up today. It will be the weekend before he will have time to install it but that's okay. I'm probably not going to be doing a lot of cooking between now and then anyway.

I have been crocheting dishcloths. This is my new passion. They are easy to make and use only one ball of cotton yarn. I have bought wild variegated colors and it is interesting how they turn out. I need to take photos and will when I charge the battery on my camera. (First I have to find the charger!  One of those "I put it up so I would know where it was" deals. *smile*) I'm having a lot of trouble with my right hand and can only crochet for a short amount of time but several of those short amounts of time will produce a dishcloth in a couple of days. It's annoying because before this damage to my hand, I would have been able to make one in a couple of hours. But I can still use my hand, so I am grateful. When I saw my rheumatologist last week, she suggested I see a hand specialist about it. I'm going to talk to my orthopedist when I see him in February and see what he says. I think there is a hand specialist in his practice so maybe I can kill two birds with one stone.

Sweet Baby James will be a year old in 2-1/2 weeks. It hard to believe it's here already. He is such a delight. He's walking now. His Mom and I Skyped today and he was all grins when I popped up on the screen. He makes my heart smile. We clapped hands and squealed and bobbed our heads together. Oh my goodness, is there anything better than a grandchild?!?!?!

Sorry for the word heavy post. As soon as the camera gets charged, I'll start snapping photos again.

Thanks for stopping by. I love having you here and love hearing what you have to say. Have a great day/night wherever you are.



  1. I enjoyed your post filled with happy thoughts. Your sewing machine set up seems to be the perfect solution .

  2. It is good to catch up with your latest, Sharon :) It's wonderful you got a lot of bookkeeping done! I can't believe little James is already a year old! I am glad you are still able to do some crochet and I look forward to pictures when you find the recharger in the safe place where you put it:) xx

  3. Great catch-up. You are forgiven for not posting sooner! :)
    I shall look forward to viewing your 'wild' dishcloths.
    Love from Mum

  4. So glad you're blogging again. I would love to know what pattern you use for your washcloths. I have patterns for knitting but none for crochet and like recipes, I like to use one that someone recommends. So sorry about your hand but I know with the RA I am better using them. In fact, that how I got back into needlework....it keeps my hands flexible. I've been what I call "cleaning and clearing" around here too. I needed to do some sewing and needed to organize it like you so I could just sit down and start sewing. I too use the zigzag around my cross stitch. Take care! And find that charger! LOL! I want to see those washcloths.

    1. I agree that using my hands will help keep them moving. The damage from RA is significant in my right hand and it's a lot of crochet for 15 min and rest for 30, but I'm keeping at it. I'll post the pattern reference in my next post.

  5. Hi Sharon, hope things have warmed up some over there. My son is in Alamosa CO which is the coldest city with temperatures below freezing a good portion of the year. He's adjusting but also finding time to enjoy the snow as he went with friends snowboarding the other day and, of course, said he was down more than up. Ha! Sorry to hear about the pain in your hand. Everyone always says I will have arthritis because I use my hands so much, but like Sam said, when you use your hands, you keep them limber, so I don't know how that could cause arthritis. Anyways, I will keep crocheting and stitching as long as I can. Hope you found the charger. I am always putting things someplace where I can find them. It all makes sense at the time. But then, I can't find a dang thing. Story of my life! Have a great week. Tammy