Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Changing isn't easy

I have been trying to change my blog template and it's not working!  Hopefuly I will be successful in the near future.  So if you are looking for the links I usually have up, check back &, if all goes well, they will be there soon!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I love my family!

This has been a long year.  It has seen some really fun & wonderful things.  It has also seen some not so fun or wonderful things.  In other words, it has been a very normal year, just like everyone else.

For me, the best parts of the year are those that include family.  This year was a really great year for that!  I got to have my whole famly together again.  I got to celebrate my birthday with all of my children & grandchildren!  I haven't been able to say that for well over 10 years!

We were able to take a family picture. 
The first one since our oldest grandchild was a baby!  So this was a really special year for that reason alone!!!

My son & his family

My daughter & her family.

They are all so wonderful.  Even my son-in-law & daughter-in-law are the best ones in the world!    When I am with them, I just want to sit & watch them as they go about their day.  I miss them so much and feel like I am not as much a part of their lives as I would like to be.

All of them are doing well and making things happen in their lives.  All the adults are working to improve their lives and education.  All the children are doing well and growing so fast.  The grandsons who attend school are doing very well.  I think that as they grow, we may have a problem with them being so smart they get bored in school because they are so smart!

It's fun to sit and talk with the kids.  They can tell the most interesting stories and can explain things in the most creative ways.  It seem that I remember that their parents would do that same thing when they were young.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sweet Grandchildren make this world wonderful

This season it has been difficult to find the spirit.  I found it through one of my grandson's.  This was written by my sweet daughter-in-law and was posted on their private blog.  I am sharing this experience.

Yesterday we were driving into the Costco parking lot. Now, our Costco isn't like those we've been used to in the past. . . we can actually find a spot within the first few minutes of driving in, the lines inside don't take 20 minutes to get through, and it's only 5 minutes away from our house! Anyhow, we were nearly to the front of the parking lot when we saw this old (I mean really mature) woman (probably 80's) fall right over her young grandson. She landed on him then hit the pavement with her head. It was really, I mean, really sad to watch. It was the type of thing that just plays over and over in your head because it seems so terrible. People were there to help within seconds. We quickly found a spot and R(L's son) ran over to see if they were okay. The boys kept asking questions about what happened and when we got out, H (5 year old grandson) knelt down right by our van and said a prayer for the lady and the boy.

Tears came to my eyes as I watched my little boy display such compassion for complete strangers. This isn't the first time he has prayed for someone he didn't know. He has such a tender heart! I think we live in a pretty wonderful world. As long as we can witness strangers helping strangers and little boys praying for those strangers. . . I think we'll be ok.

I don't know what happened to the lady and the boy, but the man at Costco said they were going to go to the ER.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My Christmas is here with more WORK

It was over 2 months ago that my computer died. Usually, that isn't too big of a problem. This time it was!

It was the motherboard that died. (If you know what that is -great. If you don't know let's just say that it is not as easy to fix as most things on the computer.) Since we couldn't do anything about it for a while, I started using T's work laptop. It would only be for a short time, right?

Well, I muddled along and all of a sudden, it had been 2 months! T had gone through ear surgery again and was mostly recovered. Now he needed his laptop back. After all, that's what he neds to make money.  Using it when I wasn't was getting to be a problem.  So yesterday, we broke down and went to AIRMATE in Mesa. This is the perfect place for us!

We took my dead computer and RICHARD (the owner) was able to give us only what we needed! I kept the same MEMORY, DVD PLAYER and HARD DRIVE! I didn't have to buy a NEW system and pay a ton of money. I got what I needed and it cost much less. RICHARD even put in the MEMORY & DVD PLAYER for me. SO COOL!

Today, I have been going over my old FAVORITES and checking out what I have missed. I didn't realized how much I missed my own system until I started re-visiting the best places and blogs I had forgoten about.

Today I have also realized how much work I have in front of me. I need to re-install all the programs I need to be able to really work. You see my old HARD DRIVE has become the second HARD DRIVE in the system. RICHARD already had a 40G drive in this new one with WINDOWS on it ready to go. Now, in reality, that can take a lot of time. So having WINDOWS installed was great. I still have all my documents & pictures and other junk I save, but I have to put the programs back on to be able to use them.

If you don't understand what the last paragraph meant-don't worry-it just means you don't speak geek!

Anyway, back on my desk-- I still have to find all the program CD's and install them. But I already have my Christmas! (and T's too).

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Police in Danger

T was a cop in his life before me. So he has trained me that anything involving police should be investigated. When I was this, I was obedient and investigated. Then I laughed! Hard! T has a cat that I don't like, too.

If this won't play for you Google "cat climbs police dashcam" and you will find many copies of this.

Monday, November 16, 2009

It's time again

Well, the time has come again. T will have surgery to finish the surgery he had a year & a half ago.

The next 3 days will be spent doing as many errands as I can, getting the right kind of bandages, getting everything for Thanksgiving dinner, etc. While he recovers, I won't be leaving the house for very long because of his dizziness. So as much as I can do now will really help later.

Also, I have to do all of the jobs T usually does. That's not really too bad, since the jobs will get done when I want them done.

The part I am NOT looking forward to is dealing with Dear Daughter! Lately she has not been speaking to me-which leaves Dad to deal with all the problems. During recovery Dad won't be able to deal with any problems. He will be dealing with sleeping, taking pills and eating as much as he can. Listening to a teenager yelling & complaining will not be on his TO-DO list.

So--I'm making a list--checking it twice-- (you finish the song)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Well it’s finished!

Another year is in the books.

The ropes and spurs are resting; and so are the riders and the bulls.

The winner has been crowned and the buckle awarded.

So who won? Believe me it was a race that came down to the last day. So close all the way! It was the kind of finals that your dream about—a real race for the buckle! So many times it came down to who could just stay on the bull and get a score. The bulls actually won the Championship round. Out of 15 rides, only 3 riders made it to 8 seconds.

Unfortunately, there were a few injuries, but not as many as there have been in the past. Mostly it was nursing old injuries along to make it through the Finals. The worst was probably was when Ryan McConnel got stepped on in the chest. For most riders this would not have been so serious, but a week before the Finals, Ryan was in an auto accident where his truck rolled a few times and his lung was punctured. The doctors didn’t want him flying to the Finals because the pressurizing of the plane may cause him problems. So he drove from Oklahoma to Las Vegas. He rode really well until one of his get-offs took him right in the way of a rear hoof – a ton of pressure on a recently punctured lung. . . You get the picture. He didn’t ride again in the finals. But his is alive!!! To ride again!

Oh, you want to know who won. Sorry, I forgot that you weren’t watching with me.

The Finals Average winner was J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.). He also made history by being the first rider to cover all 8 of his bulls in the Finals. His winnings were $742,208 over the 2009 season.

The 2009 PBR World Champion was Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) His winnings for the season were $1,601,625.

Did I mention that the new season starts in 2 weeks in Atlanta?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Little Ditty

Having lived in Utah, I can really enjoy this little ditty! No one has town names like this! It's almost funny when you have to try finding one of these "unique" names on a map! It looks like someone forgot to check their spelling before they went to print. But the names are really that odd.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Big Weekends

Most of you are getting ready for Halloween. I can't stand the day, so I try to ignore it. Since my grandchildren live in other states--I can do that. But I am looking forward to this weekend and nest weekend. In a big way!

It's the PBR Finals!!!!
These riders are the top 3 riders in the world going into the 7 days of finals. But anything can happen and it usually does.

My poor family is kicked off the TV when the Finals are on and since it's once a year, they usually don't complain!

If you need to call me--don't do it when the finals are on TV. I will be busy crocheting and doing commentary from my recliner!

You can watch too. It's on VERSUS Network.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Swine Flu

Well, most of you know I have been sick since Oct 1st. This is an update on my adventures with the Swine Flu.

I have actually been feeling better! I was so happy to feel good on Friday that I over did it. Just 3 small jobs around the house used every bit of energy I had! So I am taking things slower. More turtle-like.

Some have asked about this, so here is a short version.

Sept 30 is when I started to feel like I was getting sick. The next morning - it was full blown!!! Mostly it was in my head and throat. My ears felt like I had gone up in an airplane without being able to "pop" them. So uncomfortable and painful!

After 2 weeks, my head began to clear a little and it went into my lungs. Then the coughing began!!!! Me & my bladder HATE coughing!!!!!

Now the cough is still there, but not so bad.What did I do/take for it? I did everything I knew about -- all of my Mom's things, some over the counter things, Emergne-C, reflexology (thumbs and sinus on hands), any herbs I had that dealt with sinus, V-8 juice, SunBreeze, Vicks, and LOTS OF REST!!

No, I didn't go to a doctor--no insurance. But I did everything he would have told me to do, and saved the $70-$90 to buy what I needed.

Overall, I have had a reasonably easy bout of this piggy flu! And somehow, Hubby & Dear Daughter have not gotten it. That is the biggest blessing of all! I worked on not spreading it!

Have on hand:
Kleenex - I have used 4 boxes so far.
Over-the-counter medications you prefer.
Vitamin C
Emergen-C (or Airborne)
V-8 juice (ask if you want to know why this & not fruit juice)
Vicks & Sunbreeze
Cough Drops
Masks (to avoid spreading it)
Lysol (to avoid spreading it)
Purell type hand sanitizer (to avoid spreading it)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Death Warmed Over

What is it about the common cold that can turn you into a whiney little baby? So this post will be mostly that whiney part. . .

On Thursday night, Oct 1, I began to feel like I was getting sick. Then on Friday, it hit full force! The headache, fever, stuffy nose then drippy nose, watery eyes, sneezing, achy, and a throat that hurts so much I don’t want to even breathe through it!!

I put all the medicines, thermometer, tissues, etc. in a crocheted bowl that I carry from my bed to my computer and back to bed. Dear Daughter didn't even realize I was sick until just a few days ago. Don't ask me how it went un-noticed. Maybe she was just relieved to have me not after her to do the things she is suppose to do.

Now it’s Oct 10! I am still sick. It did change a bit and went into my lungs, so I have been coughing up a storm-and then some.

Have I been to the Dr?, you ask. No, I don’t have insurance and there isn’t enough money for that. The Dr would tell me that I have the flu and should rest, drink plenty of fluids, take a pain reliever if I need one. So I have been following the non-doctor prescription. I will admit that this is the worst flu I’ve ever had!!!!

If T gets this, he will end up in the hospital! Diabetes makes him more susceptible to things and this one is a doosy!

Some have asked me if it is swine flu. Well . . . since I haven’t seen a doctor, and no tests have been run, it is impossible to say if it is that particular strain of flu. But I can say it’s nasty stuff! It's so bad that I haven't had a crochet hook in my hand for 10 days!!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Are you searching??

When Jesus Christ was on earth, He formed His church with living apostles. When He was not on earth, He had living prophets to guide it. These men were commissioned to testify of Christ, receive revelation for the people at the time they were living and to prophecy of things to come.

I believe that Christ’s church today would have the same thing; Prophets and Apostles commissioned to testify of Him, receive revelation for our time and to prophecy of things to come. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a living prophet and living apostles who are given those duties.

If you would like to hear a
Living Prophet of God

and Living Apostles of God,

you have that opportunity this weekend.

October 3-4, Saturday and Sunday 10am & 2pm MST

Watch on BYUTV, or listen at,5161,8870,00.html (you can chose what language you would like)

These are 4 different meetings that will be broadcast to the world. There are more than 13 million people worldwide that will try to find a way to listen to these meetings.

I strongly invite you to take the opportunity to see who is leading The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and what counsel is given to the people of the world.

A Prophet that has been called by God is not only a prophet for His church, but is in reality a Prophet to the world.

For more information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints go to “About the Church” at

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

FeelGood on TV

Here is a TV interview about the FeelGood Campaign. It only mentions knitting, but I think that crochet is the way to go!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It lasted a LONG time!

If you remember back in June, I posted about making Laundry Soap. It lasted until last week! Than means that one large butter container (double recipe) lasted me 15 weeks or 105 days. For reference, I do 8-12 batches of wash a week.

15 weeks X 10 batches = 150 batches of wash

Since you only have to use ONE TABLESPOON per batch. it goes a long way.

You can find the first post here This has the recipe and pictures.

Saturday, I made more, but only a single batch. I love this soap! It has a subtle soft smell and works as well as the expensive stuff. It also is more eco-friendly. The COST is what I love the most! You can't find anything cheaper.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A New Project

Have you ever heard of “Lands’ End”? Of course you have! To be honest, the closest I ever get is drooling over the catalogs.

Have you ever heard of “Warming Families”?

How about “One Heart Foundation”?

Well these organizations are working together in Lands’ End “FeelGood Campaign” extending from September 1, 2009 through December 2009.

Excerpt from
“This fall, Lands' End will kick off the FeelGood Campaign, a terrific way to shop - and feel good about giving to homeless individuals and families across the country. Beginning September 1st, for every Lands' End FeelGood sweater purchased, the company will donate signature FeelGood yarn to One Heart Foundation's Warming Families, a nationwide knitting charity. Lands' End expects to donate thousands of pounds of yarn to the charity where volunteers plan to knit up to 25,000 hats and other items to warm the homeless and displaced.”

After learning about this, I signed up to help. And since they didn’t have anyone in Arizona to help co-ordinate things here-I signed up for that, too!

So I am busily crocheting hats and T is continuing to work on his loom hats. Right now we have 2 of the large blue IKEA bags FULL of his hats!!!

Working with “Warming Families” as a Chapter-Area Volunteer (CAV) means I also get to find other volunteers to knit or crochet hats for this particular campaign and to help with the regular hats/blankets/lapghans/etc.

If you or anyone you know, would like to help with the “FeelGood Campaign” you can go to the websites below or contact me.

Warming Families
One Heat Foundation

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Today as Dear Daughter & I were talking about how the cat likes Dad the best, I said "You & me are second fiddles." Dear daughter said "I'm second flute!"

I started laughing and we had to explain what the joke was.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I finally got a roll!

Since I got my 10th crochet hook, I have wanted to have a hook roll for them. I didn't want to spend the money to buy one. The one I crocheted was not a success-everything kept falling though it, which defeated the purpose.

One of my sisters made THREE for me.
I love them!!

This one is to carry in my purse.
These are what I took out of my purse, but I have found a few more since I took the picture. It will hold regular and long hooks.
This one is to store the LONG hooks.

This list the one I laughed at.
It has 26 pockets, 1 1/2 inches wide each. That makes it
R E A L L Y L O N G ! ! !
If you look you can see that it's folded over twice before it's rolled up.

Here it starts at the foot of our bed and goes almost to the pillows! No, it's not full--yet!
But I haven't found all the hooks I own yet.
And since I have room, I will probably find a few more to buy or inherit or whatever. So if you have hooks you can't store. . .

Newest Niece

This is my newest little niece. She is so cute and a big hand full already. Last time I saw her she was crawling so it really surprised me when she walked across the room!
Of course, just like all sweet little hand fulls--she tired herself out. Uncle T got to hold her while she slept. That's always the most fun.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Things for others

For Miss M- she works very hard teaching the autism class in junior high! I certainly couldn't do it.

For Pam- because she asked.


I am full into doing family history & genealogy. So when I have the chance to get a picture or the full inscription of the headstone of an ancestor, I do it.

This one, I got this summer, for my father. So here your go Dad!

Plarn class in Carefree, AZ

When you see my hair you will understand how much energy I use when I teach! I promise that before the class began, my hair was "done", not scraggly and wet looking.

Examples of things made with plarn.

I love it when my wonderful friend Robin comes to help.
This bag looked very "harvest" or "Halloween"

Having men in the classes is rare. This particular man caught on really fast and made his have a striped look. Very cool.

I asked them all to let me know what they do with the bag they started. I'm looking forward to seeing a few bags.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Need Your Suggestions

As most of you know, I have suffered from depression (as a few other things) most of my life. Usually I deal pretty well with it. But sometimes – like now—it gets a little difficult for me. So I need some humor, ideas and communication with the outside world to help right now.

I have begun to stay at home (okay, since it’s 116 outside that may not be too odd). I have not gone to fun family things or boring ones either.

I have gotten into a rut of only doing the housework that literally has to be done. With my small place, that creates a problem after just one day. Imagine how it is after almost a month!

I have food to cook, but can’t seem to figure out what to make—or to find the energy to make it?

There is a towel sitting in the hall (only place for the dirty clothes) waiting to be washed that really stinks. Dear daughter went swimming over a month ago and left the wet towel in a plastic bag—I found it yesterday.

There are so many projects I am excited about doing, but can’t even muster the “umph” to get things out to start any of them.

Yes, I’m complaining. It keeps playing in my mind, and I hate listening to it too. So I have started listening to music or audio books or scriptures on my MP3. I have been taking the medications I should take. I have made myself go places.

I have tried all my own ideas. It’s time for fresh ideas.
I need your ideas. So share!!!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Comments please

I know that that lots of people stop by my blog. But I get lonely when no one makes any comments.

How do I know if anyone likes or dislikes what I post?
How do I know if any of the posts are helpful?
How do I know if my attempts at humor work or fall flat?

Please make gets lonely in here!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


There are a few websites that I check often. They have so much great information that it's hard to stop looking at them! Here are 3 sites that really can help you find a way to do more things than you have time for.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Okay, this is just hilarious to me!

Hilarious !!!!!

I even sent it to all the relatives that use guns regularly, offering to make them one. So far no one has taken me up on the offer, but maybe one day. . .

This is right up there with the knitted car cover! It begs the question--WHY?

It also begs other questions---

Do the little bits of fiber get into the gun?
Do they make a difference in the mechanisms?
Can you really clean them all off?
Will the little fibers change the ballistics for the gun?
Lots of interesting questions.

I'm still here

It's been a long time since I posted. Thought I'd at least let you know I'm still here.
Right now, I am up to my eyeballs in PLARN!!!!! I'm getting ready for a class and I have been getting a number of different examples for them to see. Last night I got so bored, I made some cat toys.

In fact the last 2 bags I was going to make out of plarn, I ended up making out of yarn! They look pretty funny with heavy groceries in them---they hang down to my knees!!! But they will hold EVERYTHING!!!!
See how long they are!!! I have 2 cereal boxes (almost empty) in the brown one.
There are 3 cheap towels in the tan one.

When I was cutting and connecting the plastic strips, the cat would not leave me alone. She loves the sound and feel of the plastic.

Finally I made her a toy so she would leave me alone!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Its Over!

Well, it's over! I can't believe it! There is such a let-down when a great project is completed. This project has given me that feeling twice. The first was when everything was turned in and ready for the installation. This is the second time-it is gone now! I can't drive to Tempe and see it any more. I can't send anyone to see the beauty that all those pieces of crochet created.

The count of visitors was over 18,000 people! I hope that all of them found something moving about the exhibit. Every time I was there, people would wonder about it and make such insightful comments. That part has been very rewarding.

So now, I wait and watch for the next exhibitions and pictures from them.

If you are ever in the position to help the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, PLEASE take advantage of it!!!! You will be well rewarded; both in your crafting and in your understanding of the earth and our role in the life of everything on it.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Microwave Fudge

I know I put this recipe on before, but I have changed it a little since then.

Microwave Fudge

4 cups Powdered Sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cube of butter cut in pieces (not margarine)
1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla
1/2 to 1 cup peanut butter
nuts (optional)

peppermint pieces (optional)

Mix only the first 4 ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. DO NOT STIR. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and mix until smooth. Using an electric mixer is the best way to do this without leaving lumps of sugar.

Add vanilla, peanut butter and nuts (if using them) and mix until well blended. The mixture should be thick and able to hold it's shape. If it is not pulling cleanly away from the sides of the bowl, add a little more powdered sugar and mix until it is thick enough.

Pour into a buttered dish. Put into the fridge to set and cool. Make sure to lick the beaters and the bowl; you won't want to waste any of this. Cut into pieces and enjoy.

Make this once or twice before you give it as a gift or anything, just to make sure you get the right consistancy. It will be a hardship, I know!

Monday, July 6, 2009

How to stop thinking about the economy:

Many times I have talked about the health benefits of crocheting or knitting. I have quoted the Mayo Clinic study about this very thing. Since we all know that if it's on TV then it's true. . . Right? Well, here it is from TV:

Watch CBS Videos Online

Monday, June 29, 2009

Too hot to cook--But I want cookies

Okay, I have a craving for cookies, which seems to happen too often. But I live in the HOT DESERT and its 3:00 pm. I don't want to turn on the HOT OVEN! That would just be helping the outdoor heat come inside!

Need another option.

Cookie dough! Without the eggs!

Cream together:
1/2 cup butter -- softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Add and mix together:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Last addition:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Lay out a piece of plastic wrap (about 15-18 inches). Put the dough on to one end of the plastic wrap, beginning about 4-5 inches from one end, and gently form a rectangle. You can make cuts so the dough will break apart or not, your choice.

Bring the long end of the plastic wrap up to cover the dough. Tuck the sides down to close and then fold them over the top. Now bring the 4-5 inch end over to completely cover the dough.

Put wrapped dough into the freezer for a while (as long as your sweet tooth will allow). After the dough has set (it will not completely freeze) open the end and break off your cookie serving.

# of serving this makes depends on the SIZE of the servings.

Mine should be about ready. Gotta go.

This is also great to add to homemade ice cream (after freezing is completed) to make your own "Cookie Dough Ice Cream".

Saturday, June 27, 2009

DIY - Breakfast Cereal

Slowly but surely, I am getting my family to try things we can make instead of buy- like with the laundry soap.

Today I made breakfast cereal. Grape nuts to be exact. I made this years ago, but TK & Dear Daughter haven't tasted it. Yeah, it was a LOOOOOOOONG time ago. This is from my most treasured recipe book "Recipes for Self-Suffecient Living". Sorry, it's out of print!

Grape Nuts Cereal

3 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. brown sugar
(depends on your sweet tooth)
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
2 c. milk or buttermilk
2 t. vanilla

1 t. cinnamon (I add more)
Maple flavor

Mix thoroughly and pour into a greased jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides). Basically any thing that is stiff, like a muffin batter, will work. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes. Cool completely.

At this point, this looks and smells like cake. Once the cake is cooled completely, cut it into pieces and whirl it into crumbs in the food processor. Don’t process too long because you don’t want it to get gummy.

Spread this crumbly mixture into two jelly roll pans. Bake at 300° for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the grape nuts in the pan in the oven overnight.

After the drying process.

In the bowl ready for milk.

They both tasted it and approved it. Without any sugar added to the bowl.

Let me know if you try this and what your family thinks.

Next week I plan to make the instant hot oatmeal in Maple/Brown Sugar flavor.