A Huntin’ I Did Go, A Huntin’ I Did Go, Hi Ho The Derry O! A Huntin’ I Did Go!

( I bet you sang that, didn’t you?)

 

While out doing my spring cleaning on Sunday (03/19/2017) I saw that there were castings on the ground. Well if there were castings it must mean that the frost is out of the ground. So I will be able to start digging my flower beds to get them ready for seeds and bulbs.
David and I have both been watching the ponds itching for the ice to go out. Well it has gone. We are going to get our fishing licenses on Saturday when we go to town. You may be wondering if I am getting a fishing license why am I going on about hunting?
Well with fishing there comes a bit a hunting. You need some bait right. So when I saw those castings on the ground I knew it was just a matter of time. Yesterday it was drizzly raining on and off most of the day. Perfect conditions for an earthworm hunt! So last night with bucket and flashlight in  hand I went a huntin’!

I bagged these beauties. It was easy pickings.

I approached my first target slowly and silently. I had to be light on my feet. I reach, make the grab, and gently pull. It was barely in its hole so it came right out. Most of them were bagged this easily. I need not have been so concerned about being stealthy. They were a bit slow and sluggish as the temperature was only between 35 and 40 last night around 8:45 pm. Later in the season this will not be the case. They will be quick to retreat into their holes at the slightest change in lighting or the merest tremble of the ground from your footsteps. That is why it is best to hunt while it is raining, your footsteps are masked by the rain if you move slowly and softly.

I did not bag every one I saw as they still had some growing to do. You don’t want to deplete your supply when you have a whole fishing season ahead of you.
I didn’t even have to go around the whole yard. I went from the deck steps over to the back door steps. Most of them were right of the edge of the grass along the side of the house. There is plenty of hunting grounds so we don’t over hunt an area.

The best things about earthworm hunting it only took about 15 minutes to get this dozen and a  1/2

and  you don’t have to pay $ 3.00 for a dozen.

I just saved three dollars and some change. 🙂

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It’s Thursday, So I Thought I Would Do A Throwback

This was my very first post.

A lot has changed since then

but we are still retired

and enjoying it!

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December 4, 2014

And So It Began

I was born with out hip sockets they were there but just cartilage. So I have had pain in one form or another because of this. I was told I would probably have early arthritis and would need hip replacement someday. I also had become overweight so that didn’t help with the pain.  I changed my diet and lost 30 pounds. I was not in pain all the time. So with this new pain-free life, I didn’t want to spend it working. So I decided to retire and begin a new adventurous retirement life. My husband was in total agreement as he had changed his diet too and was feeling better too. So what to do?

First step was to buy an RV. When you retire that is what you do right? It took us about 4 months to find the one that called out to be our RV. His name is BOB which stands for Bug Out Buggy. I wanted to call him Hank because he is a beast of an RV. He is 28 ft long and has a big engine. But BOB just fit better and has stuck.

We spent the next 6 months getting BOB road worthy. He needed some engine work. He had been sitting in a barn for sometime before we bought him. We had to replace his pip sensor. Change his oil and other routine maintenance. We also ended up doing some remodeling to the coach. We totally remodeled the bedroom and bathroom. replaced the plumbing system and removed the refrigerator, and the heating furnace.

We took it for some test runs before we went south for the winter,an overnight trip to the in-laws, a week-long trip around the panhandle of Nebraska and an overnight stay at a nearby lake.

Our trip to Arizona was supposed to be a stay for the winter, but it turned out only lasting a month as the weather turned unusually cold even down south. This when we discovered that we needed to put in a ventless blue flame heater. 🙂

So we returned to Nebraska with a better idea of what to do for our next RV adventure. We are planning to go south again but this time we are going to southeastern Oklahoma.

I will probably post some of my Facebook status of our Arizona RV adventure at a later date.

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One of the changes since then is we have a grandson now and want to spend lots of time with him.

He was born on my 48 th birthday, so I want to build a great bond with him before we head out on another extended journey in BoB.

We want and need to do more work on BoB’s coach

and of course you need moneys for that.

So on that front we have been staying close to home to save money.

We have been doing our garden, a few photos from last year’s.

and fishing to cut down on the grocery bill. Some of last year’s catches.

I have been crocheting trying to sell my items and some paperback books on Ebay.

David will be ramping up his urban gold mining this spring and  summer also.

The trip to Oklahoma is still on hold for now.

Wild Wooly Windy WIP’s Wednesday! Say That Three Times Fast!

There’s really no wool, just sounded good with all the other “W” words.

The wind is really blowing this morning! There have been some really big gusts that shake the old mobile home.

So I had to keep a tight grip on my WIP’s to take these photos.

I am still working on the simply soft puppy print baby blanket. I have not gotten bored with it enough to send it into hibernation. It is because I like the new stitch pattern I am using now. It better suits this yarn. The wavy stitch had single crochet and half double crochet in it. This made it difficult to keep them loose so I could fit the hook in the next row.

I have gotten quite a bit done. I think at 13 inches it is about half done. I think it will make a good bassinet blanket or fit nicely over a  car seat.

I did start a new hat, so I can take small breaks from the blanket. I am trying to find projects that I can use up my retired, discontinued yarns that I have bought at my local thrift store. These older yarns tend to be a bit rough, so I wanted them used with like yarns rather than the newer lines of yarn. They are all old Red Heart lines such as wintuk and caress which is a brushed yarn. It is soft but it is really fuzzy. Also if I remember correctly it shrinks when dried too long or too hot in the dryer. I used it in a beanie with other yarns and it shrunk up and really fuzzed out so you could not even see the stitches. I guess you could say it felted. If I miss a stitch and have to rip it back the little fuzzies get tangled making it a pain to do so.

The beanie is about half-finished. I am using the Bubblegum Heart Beanie or Emy’s Beanie Pattern designed by Amanda Evanson from MNE Crafts. I decided not to make the heart graph in it though. I just want to make a nice warm beanie. This front post double crochet beanie does just that. This is the only color of this brushed yarn I have and as I said I wanted to keep like yarns together of these older yarns.

Yarn Stats for the beanie. Red Heart Caress 60% Acrylic 40% Nylon 4 ply Brushed yarn 3 oz/ 185 grams in 281 Rust.
I have 2 skeins of it so this beanie was a good fit as it does use a bit of yarn. I would not have to worry about running out before I finished the beanie. I am still on the first skein. If it doesn’t use up all of this first skein, I am thinking of making some matching mittens as I will have a whole other skein to work those with.

 

I still have not found the motivation to sew the liner for the Blue Market bag.

Designed by Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite

There is no rush to get that done.

 

The Skrappy Triangle Shawl

Designed by: Sharon Maher from Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs

is back hibernating now that I have used up

the small balls of scrap from my stash.

And that wraps up this Wild Wooly Windy WIP’s Wednesday!

Learning with Little Kitty #2: Healthy, Happy, and Home

 

Hi,  You All! It’s me Little Kitty!

I have been with my family now for 4 months as of today! I guess that makes me about 6 months old now too. I have grown alot and I am feeling great. I am all healed up, well except for the new ouchies I get playing with Sully. They are no big deal not like the ones I had when I got here. They are just some little scratches on my chin and forehead once in awhile. I have grown taller, Dad says I am going to be one of those tall slender cats. Mom weighed me on the bathroom scale holding me while she stood on it. I made Mom gain 6 pounds! I have come a long way from that bony, sickly, scabbed up, screaming kitty in The Driveway!

I have been trying to learn all kinds of things.

I have learrned my favorite toy is a pair of shoe laces that Mom tied together. I call it my string. Mom will drag it around on the floor for me to chase. I catch it with my paws. I can also catch it in my mouth. If Mom gets to busy or forgets my string in my bedroom, I will carry it out in my mouth, dragging it behind me. I like to bring it in the kitchen to pounce on it or paw at it under the chairs.

Here are a few photos and a short video of me playing with, and pouncing on, my string.

Mom thinks I am so cute when I drag it around in my mouth.

 

I am having a hard time learning what things it is ok for me to climb around on.

I can sit on the chest freezer to look out the window.

I can sit on the seat of the chairs but I can’t sit on the backs to sharpen my claws.

I can sit on the couch. I also can sit on the cat tower, it is ok to sharpen my claws on it.

I can’t get on the counters to lick the grease out of the pans that were used to cook supper in. I have not decided which is my favorite yet, bacon, hamburger, or chicken grease. Lately though Mom has been making sure to wash the pans before she goes to bed that night instead of waiting until the next morning. This is what lead me to learn that I am a kitchen sink cat. I sit it in now, when I can’t find some pans to lick. I don’t know why, I just like to sit in it to think or stare off at far away places.

I have learned that some of these things are considered being naughty. They will get me squirted  with the spray bottle.  I have learned to run from the spray bottle. Mom doesn’t even have to spray me now. I have also learned I have a nickname for when I am being naughty. Mom calls me Little Stink, but it is still said with a laughing  affection in her voice.

I am pretty good at parkour.( wikipedia link for those not in the know 🙂 ) I can run across the freezer, jump from one kitchen chair to the other. Sometimes I will run through the kitchen, jump onto the cat tower, leap off of it, knocking it over. It makes a cool thump noise which scares Mom. I continue running into the living room jump from the big chair to the couch, then run to the other end of the house, just to do it all again. Mom says I am doing laps.

I will somtimes jump off the cat tower onto my brother, Sully’s head as he walks by. This is the start of some great wrestling matches. He will eventually hold me down to give me a few bites, but I get my kicks in. He will wrestle and play for a while then he likes to lie in the big chair to rest. I will go do other stuff for a bit, then I get bored and want to play with him again. So I will go over to the big chair and paw at him around the arms. He wakes up and paws at me and makes this really strange noise. I think he likes me pawing him this must be his way of saying to keep pawing my head. I keep at it, but then he gets up and runs away. I give chase the whole time he is running and making that noise. Mom will say he is being grumpy and having a hissy fit. She aids in his escape from me by letting him in her bedroom and closing the door so I can’t keep pawing his head or attacking his tail. I really like to get his tail.

Oh well, I guess I will go do something else until he decides to come back out to play again.

Now where is my string!

See you all later and keep on learning!

Little Kitty

It’s the First Day of Spring and I Got A Head Start on My Spring Cleaning This Weekend

Whoo, hooo! Something to post about besides crocheting.

 

Friday afternoon, David said something about getting the front deck cleaned up, so he could start doing more of his urban gold mining proceedures that can not be done in the house. Well the deck gets fairly warm that part of the day and David has not acclimated to the(out of season) 80 degrees yet. He doesn’t handle hot that well. Late Saturday morning I thought I would clean up the deck because I can handle the hot, I was wanting to start doing outside things for the exercise, the spring cleaning bug has bitten me and this seemed a good place to start. It was a small job to get myself back into the groove of doing more physical stuff. Nope, crocheting all winter does not cut it. 🙂

I am out of practice doing post for something other than crochet. I forgot to get some before photos of the deck. I moved everything along the east side and swept out the leaf pile that had accumulated over the fall and winter. I rearrange all the things so that they were along this wall. David now has a work space by the south facing rail. Some of his processes for urban gold mining can be down right stinky.

 

You may have notice in that first photo that we now have the new storm door up. David finished that up last fall before the snow started to fly. Here are some before photos and a better view of it all finished.

You may have also noticed a large piece of wood on the deck in front of the door. It is covering up a hole and another board that is a bit squishy. When we first moved in the deck was in bad shape. A couple of renters before us were in the process of rebuilding it. They had purchased the wood and would do the work in exchange for rent. Well for what ever reason they moved on before they got the rebuild started. So the wood sat in the yard for at least a year uncovered. When we came upon the mobile home we decided to purchase it. The land lord said it was fine if we kept the wood and did the rebuild of the deck ourselves. Well this wood was not what normally one would use to do a deck. It was untreated and narrow. Hey, you can’t argue with free. We did purchase the plywood to enclose the bottom of the deck, the paint and the calk ourselves.

David thought by using acrylic laytex paint, filling the gaps with calk, and the deck being slightly angled lower to the south it would drain off. He also put a drain hole with pvc pipe to drain it off. We thought this would work fine until we put a roof on the deck. That plan was nixed after some thought because he was worried about the extra weight it would put on the side of the house. He wanted to attach it directly. Also the windy wind around here was another concern, it might blow it right off. So needless to say the deck settled, the water was left standing in puddles, and the paint did not last. David did paint it over with roof sealer a couple of times but even that could not stand up to the cold and heat. We moved in 2007, time has taken its toll and has rotted out the wood. So now the boards cover up the holes until we can find the money and time to fix it.

Sunday I continued with my spring cleaning, I decided to keep going by the deck. Again I forgot to do some photos before I got started. I did alot of durings though.  First I moved all the stuff beside the steps. I took the section of rolled up chicken wire around to the side of the house and placed it on the scrap pile. I raked all the leaves out from beside the steps. I got the shovel, loosened up the soil, then raked it out evenly, and packed it down by stomping it. I also removed soil and grass from around the stone landing step.

                         The stone landing.

Next I raked the leaves from under the steps, moved, and leveled the soil under them. Then it was on to raking the flower bed. I also raked the area along the house where Nick parks his bicycle. I was then able to run the garden hose along the house, under the steps, and along the flower bed railroad tie so the hose will be ready to water the garden.

                                                   The leaves from under the steps.

 

Well that was a nice work out. Today is suppose to be back to more seasonal temperatures of about 60 degrees. I like it a bit warmer and if the breeze kicks up it makes my ears cold. I hate cold wind in my ears. I could wear my hoodie but then I would have to be pulling it back up all the time. I think today will be laundry day. Uggh! 😦

I Whipped a Couple of WIP’s and Two Hats, I Also Found a Couple of Froggs

 

NOT THIS KIND

THE CROCHETING KIND! 😛

After frogging ” THE PENCIL CASE”, my intrest in it was renewed along with the fresh start when I decided to give it a point. So I finished it straight away. Oh, by the way I used the entire paper towel tube, I didn’t remove a piece as per the pattern, when I cut it.


Project Name: Pencil Looking Pencil Case
Pattern Used: Crochet Pencil Case
Incorporated: Halloween Treat Bag
Both Designed by: Kara Gunza from Petals to Picots .com
Finished: 03/12/2017
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet and SC back loop only
Colors Used: Unlabeled Scrap Balls of black, peach and pink.
Other Materials: Paper towel tube and a 1/2 inch diameter Neon Yellow Button
Measurements: 14 inches long by 2 inches wide.

I have also finished crocheting the Blues Market Bag/Purse. Now I just need to find the motivation to get the sewing machine out to do the liner.


Project Name: Blue Multi-Color Market Bag/Purse
Pattern Used: Dynamite Market Bag
Designed by: Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite .com
Started on: 02/05/2017
Finished on: 03/07/2017 crochet
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Half Double Crochet and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Wintuk Knit and Crochet 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fabric in 814 Robin Blue
Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 Ply worsted wieght in 0381 Light Blue, 0387 Soft Navy
Kitten Spun Yarn Knitting 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted wieght in Light/Dark Blue Ombre
Unlabeled Skein in Purples/Blues variegated
Measurements: 10 inches in length x 12 inches wide base is 3 inches x 11 inches

I found a few more balls of scrap going through my stashed yarn. So I was able to add 2 1/2 rows to the Skrappy Triangle Shawl. It now has a section of Christmasy rows.

Simple Triangle Shawl

Designed by: Sharon Maher from Laughing Purple Goldfish .blogspot .com

 
I also finished two hats. The first one is a baby/toddler summer bucket hat in blue variegated yarns. I used my children’s size pattern, but because I crochet on the tight side and variegated yarn tends to crochet up smaller the circumfernce was more suitable for average head sizes of baby/ toddlers from 6 to 18 months of age.

Project Name: Child’s Multi-Blues Bucket Hat
Pattern Used: Children’s Summer Bucket Hat
Designed by: Sara Sach from Posh Pooch Designs . com
Started on: 03/07/2017
Finished on: 03/08/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single, Half double, Double Crochet and Slip Stitch
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Wintuk 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fiber in 814 Robin Blue Knit and Crochet Yarn
Vonnel 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight Pop n’ Yarn in 605 Blue/White (Variegated)
Kitten Spun Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in Light/Dark Blues Ombre Knitting
Measurements: Circumference of 17 inches . Crown to edge of brim measures 6 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Children’s 6 to 18 months

The other hat was this black bowler hat for Martin.


Project Name: Martin’s Bowler Hat
Pattern Used: Mini Brim Hat
Designed by Dianna Judge from Artsy Daisy Crochet . com
Started on: 03/10/2017
Finished on: 03/12/2017
Hook Used: K/10 1/2 – 6.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet with 2 strands of yarn held together.
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0312 Black
Super Saver 8 oz. in 633 Dark Sage for hat band.
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge of brim measures 7 inches when laid flat. Hat band is 22 inches in circumference and 1 inch wide when laid flat.
Size Made: Toddler size was made by only doing 20 rounds then doing the brim.

I made it to match the one I made for his daddy, Justin.

I had to make a dark sage hat band for Justin’s too. He did not like the neon colored one that was crocheted right into the hat. The reason I just made a hat band for Martin’s is I didn’t have two skeins of this color yarn to hold two strands together. So both hats have removeable bands.

Another way to get things off your WIP’s list is to frogg the project, so I decided to frogg the wavy blue green baby blanket.

I was not liking how it was coming along. I only have one ball of the puppy print and I think I was over using it in the stripe pattern. After I got it all ripped out, I decided to crochet a blanket using the pattern I am using for the light and airy spring scarf. I also have a better idea what I will be doing for the stripe pattern. So actually a baby blanket is still in the WIP’s but just in a new form. 😀

 

Speaking of the light and airy scarf I decided to frogg it also. I liked the pattern, but I realized that I did not have enough different variegated blue and no variegated pinks to do the color stripe pattern I wanted. I plan to start this project again. I will be finding yarn that I have enough of to complete what I have in mind the next go round.  🙂

 

 

Did You Know You Could Post A Photo In Your Comments?

And Here Is How You Do It!

 

I have been blogging for a little over a year now. While reading other blogs and the comments, once in a great while I come across a comment with a photo in it. I thought that is neat, but how do they do it? I, myself have often wanted to post a photo with my comment. It would help get my point across better. Also with crocheting I could post a photo with my comment to show how I did a pattern. I also find I have photos that would go along with the person’s topic of the post that I would like to share with them, but not want to refer them back to one of my post from the far past just to see the photo. So being able to just share the photo in a comment would be so handy, don’t you think?

I thought about it every now and then, at first I thought maybe it was something you could only do with a premium(paid) account. Then a week or so ago it finally hit me! WordPress assigns every photo you upload to your Media Library an URL. You just need to copy/ paste that URL into your comment!

I gave it ago the other day in two comments I posted. The first one I just posted one URL, it worked! The next comment I wanted to share two photos. So I posted both URL ‘s in the comment. Only one of them showed up as the photo, the other was just a clickable link to the photo. So I guess it is one photo per comment. So now I would like to share with you how to find and post your photos to your future comments. 🙂

Ok, so you are reading a blog and you are going to post a comment. You think to yourself I have a photo that would go great with my comment. First step you do is open up your own blog’s admin/dashboard in another window or tab. On the left side you will see the list for all the various things on your dashboard. You want to go to the Media Library as shown here by the red arrow.

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step-4-how-to-photo-commentThat will take you to all your media photos. Find the one you would like to add to your comment. Hover over it with mouse pointer and left click. Oops, do you see the typo in the photo caption above? Hoover lol I should proofread my captions better when I use paintbrush.


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This will take you to the photo’s Attachment Details box.


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Now go back to the tab or window that has the blog you want to comment on.

Type in your comment, then right click, this drop-down box will appear.

Hover your mouse pointer over the word Paste then click the right mouse button.


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The URL will look like this. Then you can click the Post Comment Button. After you have pushed the Post Comment the actual photo should appear, but if the person’s blog post is set to mediate comments, the photo will appear after they approve your comment. Until they do so it will remain the URL link.

And that my friends is all there is to it! I hope you found this post helpful. Now you can photo bomb your comments. 😀

MoreWIP Happenings

I always got my best grades in Speech Class for my Improve. Saturday afternoon I was working on the pencil colored pencil case. I noticed that I had added about 5 more stitches per round than I needed.I started ripping it back to find where I had gone astray. I found the place, […]

via Frogging, Renewing, and Improve! — Skrappy Skarves

I Just Can’t Help Myself

I Crocheted Another Skull Cap Beanie!

I finally got my design for this down and gave it a name.

Project Name: Black Multi-color Fruit Punch Stripe Skull Cap
Pattern Used: Double Crochet Striped Skull Cap Beanie
Designed by: Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
Started on: 02/22/2017
Finished on: 02/23/2017
Hook Used: K/10 1/2 – 6.50 mm
Stitches Used: Double and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0312 Black
Red Heart With Love 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 1944 Fruit Punch
Measurements: Circumference of 21 inches . Crown to edge measures 7 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Adult- Medium to Large
List Price: $ 6.00

The beanie is listed on my Ebay.

This is the break down of the items I have on my Ebay.

Hats- 44

Scarves – 9

A pair of Wrist Warmers

Bags- 9

Coin Purse/ Wallet -7

Crochet Sets – 6

Which includes 4 more hats, 3 more scarves, 2 pairs of wrist warmers, a pair of mittens, 3 more bags, and a coin purse.

As you can see I really like to do hats. 😛

I think I should try to do another scarf next, my site is called Skrappy Skarves so I should have more in my inventory. But the hats are so quick to do, so I don’t put them away when I get bored with them. I could finish that pencil case before I start a new project. It would not take long if I just get to it. Then I would have another item knocked of my WIP list. I still have not decided, if I will add more rows to the triangle shawl or just trim it out and add fringe, yet. I have lost intrest in the blue market bag for the moment. So that means the hook holder sits too, since I want to do the liners for both at the same time.

If I do decide to start a scarf, what pattern should I use? Decisions, decisions!