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You Snooze, You Loose!

I guess that goes for fishing too!


I was in my bedroom yesterday morning around 11 am trying to do some crocheting. I just couldn’t keep my eyelids from drooping, so I laid my crocheting aside and took a little nap. Well I woke up about 3 in the afternoon, as I was walking out to the kitchen I noticed BOB was not in the driveway. The day was warm and beautiful so I don’t blame David for taking off fishing while I was a snoozing. I was hoping he was having a good day.

I used the opportunity to get some computering caught up. I got several blogs posted yesterday that I have been putting off. I also continued to do some crocheting.

It is just past 7:30 pm when I see that BOB is pulling into the driveway. I am waiting on the back porch to wait for David. I am hoping he has a good fishing report to give me. He turns on the lights in BOB. I wait patiently while he gathers the worm box and bait bucket. I ask him if he caught any thing as he comes up the steps.

He says, “Go look in the bin.” We have a 30 gallon plastic storage bin in the bathtub of BOB as our live well. I put on a jacket and go look in the bin. Low and Behold there is not one, but TWO giant Northern Pikes in the bin!

I come back in and start getting things out-of-the-way in the bathroom,(I just cleaned it on Tuesday, didn’t want fish slime, blood and scales on everything.) so he can place them in the bathtub until he can clean them.

He caught the larger one around 4:45 pm, the smaller one about 20 minutes later. He continued to get bites after he caught the smaller one. He thinks those were probably the catfish starting to bite. He decided to pack up and come home at about 7:40 pm.

This is the large Northern Pike David is posing with before placing it in the bathtub.


The Large One In The Bathtub


Both Fish In The Bathtub


I guess I won’t be snoozing on beautiful October days again. Hmmm, today is supposed to be a beauty.😀



A Calm Day for Some Reflections


The Sunset on the Eastern Sky

There were some really cool cloud formations that day in the eastern sky to catch the sunset.


A Couple of The Pond’s Locals

You could say they are a couple of old coots, no not David and I. Hee hee hee

American Coots are a diving bird, so it is fun to watch them when the fishing is slow.

You never know where they will pop up next.


I am sorry for poor picture quality. I had to zoom in to 32x and they didn’t stop swimming. The second two photos are a bit better as they were closer to me that day. Oh, and let’s not forget the wind making all those ripples and waves.🙂

Kay’s Mrs. Claus Hat

Last year I made Martin and  Justin Santa Hats. (How I altered that pattern for Martin can be found here). I asked Kay if she would like one too. She said that she needed to have a Mrs. Clause Hat. I had already made a hat that I thought the pattern would make a perfect Mrs. Claus hat. I showed that hat to Kay.

She said, “That would work great in red and white of course. Oh, and I want a pom-pom on the top.”

So this is what I came up with.🙂


The Stats

Project Name: Kay’s Mrs. Claus Hat
Pattern Used: Quick and Easy Double Crochet Beanie by Kris Hopper
YouTube Tutorial Video
Started on: 10/22/2016
Finished on: 10/24/2016
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm and H/8 – 5.00 mm for brim.

Stitches Used: Chain 4 slip stitch to join. Double Crochet and Single Crochet for brim.
Brim stitch Pattern- 2 rounds sc, 1 round sc increase by *sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch Repeat from * around, 2 rounds sc, 1 round increase, 2 rounds sc. 1 round *sc in next 3 stitches, 5sc in one stitch repeat from * around.

Other Materials: Pom-Pom: I made the pom-pom by wrapping yarn around a piece of cardboard,then cutting into strips. Cut those in half, laid them all together and tied them in the middle.

Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0319 Cherry Red and 0311 White

Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches, crown to edge measures 9 inches. Brim measures 2 inches.


I took it to her yesterday. She was very pleased with the end results. Marty also approved. He had to try it on after Momma, he is such a ham.😀



My Skraps Change/Coin Purse: The Makeover

I got to looking at this piece and decided it needed a make over. It was starting to come apart where I had whip stitched the sides together. It was one of the first things I made in this rebirth of my desire to learn to crochet. I was also going to sell it on Ebay, but I decided to keep it as it was the first one I made. I have been crocheting this time for two years. My skills have improved greatly. I didn’t want to frog the little purse for its yarn, I just wanted to give it a makeover.
This group of photos were the ones taken when I was going to sell it on Ebay. I added the writing on them for use in this post. The writings below the photos were for descriptions on Ebay.


The Original Stats were:
Project Name: My Scraps Coin Purse
Pattern Used: Crochet Change Purse- Red Heart Pattern Number: LW3547
Designed By: Bobbi Anderson at RedHeart Yarn
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet
Colors Used: Unlabeled Tied together Scrap Ball of Brown, Orange, Pastel variegated, Blue,Yellow Orange Green Tan variegated.
Other Materials: Plastic Brown/ Tan Button
Measurements: 4 inches by 4 inches

Here is the little purse today.


The Makeover Stats:
Project Name: My Scraps Coin Purse
Pattern Used: Crochet Change Purse- Red Heart Pattern Number: LW3547
Designed By: Bobbi Anderson at RedHeart Yarn
Hook Used: F/5 – 3.75 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet
Colors Used: Unlabeled Tied together Scrap Ball of Brown, Orange, Pastel variegated, Blue,Yellow Orange Green Tan variegated and an Unlabeled Scrap Ball in Red.
Other Materials: Plastic Brown/ Tan Button
Measurements: 5 inches by 4 inches

The smaller hook size meant I had to add the red scrap yarn that you see in the third photo. I wanted the flap to fold down further over the piece.

As you can see in the following photo I single crocheted the sides together this time. I then turned it inside so the seam would not show.



I now use the little purse as a storage case for my two camera battery chargers. They fit just right.🙂



UPDATE: Nick’s Minecraft Creeper Throw

I have finished the squares, I am now crocheting them together by slip stitching the back loop of facing square to front loop of not facing square with right sides of squares together. I do a row then crochet them together.


This is all the squares laid out on the bed. I used “How to Crochet a Solid Granny Square For Beginners” YouTube Tutorial Video by Bella CoCo’s pattern for my squares.

It will be more of a throw than a full scale blanket. I almost have rows one and two crocheted to each other. Rows 3 and 4 are crocheted to each other. I will then crochet row 2 to row 3. I did rows 3 and 4 as I got the squares done. I didn’t like doing it that way. So I went back to finishing all the squares and then crocheting them as rows then join the rows.


Nick still has not decided whether he wants me to put an edge around it yet. Maybe it will help him decide when they are all joined together.🙂



My Amethyst (Purple) Mulberry Mix Pouch


I liked the style of the Crochet Reindeer Pouch so I made one for myself. I thought it would make a great pouch for dollars, change, and my ancient cellphone. I did not add the eyes or antlers because I made it in purple.


Project Name: Amethyst (Purple) Mulberry Mix Pouch
Pattern Used: Crochet Reindeer Pouch by Sarah Zimmerman from Repeat Crafter Me
Started on: 10/04/2016
Finished on: 10/15/2016
Hook Used: H/8 – 5.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet, Single Crochet decrease, Treble Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0356 Amethyst (Purple)
Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 3972 Mulberry Mix
Other Materials: Large Purple Button, Blue and Purple Flower Fabric
Measurements: 6 inches by 3 1/2 inches


I also chose to add a lining. I used a small piece the blue and purple flower fabric I use as my photos backdrop. No worries there is plenty left for the backdrop.🙂

Birthday Presents for Martin and Me!

Our Birthday is not until Monday, but David got me these cool shoes!


I picked out this neat present for Martin.


I don’t have any birthday paper to wrap it.

I have construction paper that I can decorate and tape that around it.

We will be having a potluck bbq party in the State Park at noon on Monday.

That is right folks I got my new camera for my birthday from my son a week early !

My New Camera Is A Canon ELPH 180!


My wonderful son, Nick got it for me. He purchased it at our local Walmart, but it is also available on Amazon.

Here is a bit more detail on my  Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 (Silver) with 20.0 MP CCD Sensor and 8x Optical Zoom

For those wanting a simple way to capture moments with family, friends and more, the slim, stylish PowerShot ELPH 180 camera has easy-to-use features to help create photos that are as stunning as you want. The 8x Optical Zoom lets you get close to the action, while the 20.0 Megapixel* CCD sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor help produce vibrant, clear images to share or print. Take more than just still images, with the ability to record movies at 720p HD. For added convenience, Smart AUTO figures out suitable settings for what you’re photographing so you don’t have to worry about finding a picture mode yourself. To help reduce the effects of camera shake, Digital IS helps keep blur to a minimum. On top of that, the Auto Zoom feature can automatically close in on your subject and keep it in focus for easy shooting. (This is the Canon Description on both websites.)

The following description of features is from the Walmart website. Amazon has one too but it is all in graph form. 🙂

  • 20 megapixel resolution with high-quality still images and video recordings
    Featuring Scene Modes with 720p HD Movie Recording
  • Canon 5-40mm zoom lens with 8x optical/4x digital zoom
    Equivalent to a 28-224mm lens on an analog camera with TTL Autofocus, Glass Lens
  • 2.7″ TFT LCD screen with image editing features
    Featuring Graphical User Interface, color TFT LCD screen
  • Built-in flash with Auto On/Off and Slow-Sync Flash

Additional Features:

  • 1 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot (memory card not included)
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 300 shots
  • ISO Modes: Auto, 1600, 800, 400, 200, 100
  • File Formats Supported: EXIF, JPEG, DPOF, DCF, MP4
  • 3.75″ x 2.14″ x 0.87″; 4.44 oz

Compatibility and Warranty:

  • Compatible with PC or Mac
  • 1-year limited manufacturer warranty
Here is the screen and contols.

Here is the screen and controls.

This camera is almost exactly like my old one. I guess Canon just gave it a cute new name. One difference in this “model” is it has a dedicated trash can button. It makes it easier to toss out those bad photos. I can now also protect a photo so I don’t accidentally toss it.

It came with the rechargeable battery and the charger for the battery. Which were the same as my old camera.  Now I have a spare of both, I will now always have a battery charged. No waiting! It did not come with the USB cord to connect to laptop, but the one I had for my old camera works so no worries there.


It still has the different effects setting to choose from. I have not found my way to them yet. The menu set up is a little different also.

My old SD card was a separate disc and adapter set up. It started acting weird, so he also got me a new one that is all one piece. The old SD card was 4GB the new one is 8GB.

He gave it to me early because I will need it to take many pictures of Marty’s First Birthday! We will be having a BBQ pot luck lunch at the local State Park.

Here are a few of the first photos I took.