Crochet-iversary

When I checked my Facebook memories this morning, I saw the following post from 12 years ago:

I still remember it! I was pregnant with Laura and after several failed attempts, I had decided that I was finally going to learn. I thought it would be fun to look back on my journey!

 

learning to crochet
First stitches! February 2009
just fold up the sides
My first dishcloth! Completed February 4, 2009
crochet baby sweater
Baby sweater – March 12, 2009
ripple afghan
My first completed blanket – May 3, 2009
attic24 bag flower detail
My Attic24 bag – May 2009
baby hat with oversized rose
Baby hat – April 2011
Country Christmas Crochet Garland
Christmas Tree Garland – November 5, 2012
Crochet jellyfish
Octopi Amigurumi – May 2016
C2C Blanket with Caron Cakes Yarn
C2C (Corner to Corner) Blanket – November 2016
Atlanticus CAL through part 4
Atlanticus blanket in progress – July 2017
Triangle scarf
Triangle Scarf – December 2017
River Rock Blanket
River Rock Blanket – January 2019

It’s so fun to look back on all of the projects I’ve completed over the years (this is just a small selection)! Last year I honestly didn’t do much crochet, save for some dishcloths. Seems I lost my cro-jo a bit. But I feel like it’s so worth it to make time for the things that make you feel good, and I am definitely in need of a creative outlet.

So maybe this weekend I’ll actually pick up my hook (or knitting needles — I haven’t knit in ages, either) and see what inspires me!

Snow Days & COVID Testing

After days of the white stuff, we were finally able to get Jake COVID tested for school! Monday was obviously the big storm. (Well, obvious I guess if you live in the Northeast.) We got a good 18-inches of snow, maybe a little more. Everything came to a screeching halt on Monday. No school. No work. Even the urgent care centers and medical practices closed. A State of Emergency was declared preventing discouraging people from travel (there will always be those who don’t heed these types of things). 

Tuesday was not much better. There was still a lot of digging out to do, and while the urgent care center was on a delayed opening, they were not doing COVID tests. So that meant delaying again. FINALLY today the weather cooperated, and in a way it all fell into place since I did not need to take time off of work (the library is closed on Wednesdays). This morning I went grocery shopping while Jake had two online classes (yes, classes have begun even though move-in is happening Thursday – Saturday — doing the best they can). Then after a quick lunch we headed down to Poughkeepsie.

Truthfully, the whole thing was very easy. We had a virtual visit on Sunday, basically pre-qualifying him for the tests. There were a couple cars in front of us, and then a tech came up, verified Jake’s identity, went back to the pod and found his kit, swabbed his nose for both the rapid and the PCR tests, and then we just pulled into a parking spot and waited for about 20 minutes until the rapid results came back. (Yes, negative, which we figured since he hasn’t been anywhere, LOL! A positive would have been a real shock.) My anxiety had been going crazy because I tend to really stress over unknown situations, but now that I know the process, if we have to do it again it will be easy-peasy.

The PCR results will be available in a few days, but all we need for move-in is the rapid results, so we’re good to go. I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that there’s only a few days with Jake here at home! Drew will be driving him up, and I’m not sure if I’ll see him until May. Definitely something to get used to. But he is very excited, and I’m excited for him. He’ll do great, but I will certainly miss my first little bird to fly!

Happy February!

Well, we would appear to be starting the shortest month with a big snow storm. It’s starting to really come down as I type this! Truthfully, I am not enthusiastic about this storm. Jake is heading on-campus Saturday and needs to have a Covid test done. Yesterday he had his virtual visit and the plan was to go and get it over with this AM, but alas, the storm has closed pretty much everything, including the Urgent Care center doing the testing. So it seems our next chance to go is Wednesday. Luckily, they do the rapid as well as the regular (and the school accepts rapid results, so if the regular test doesn’t come back in time, we’re still OK). 

Ugh, the month can only get better, right? And it’s a short month too. AND we can now say that spring starts next month. I don’t really mind winter, but I’m really feeling cooped up and could use a day of nicer weather to get outside for a while.

Anyway… it’s been months since I participated, but today I’m joining in with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday. 

The Weather…
Snow. Cold. Wind. Typical for the Northeast in the winter, of course, but I’m a little cranky about it this week because I have a lot going on. 

Mon: 27/20 Snow
Tue: 30/25 Snow
Wed: 31/19 Cloudy
Thu: 40/19 Sunny
Fri: 38/21 Mixed precipitation
Sat: 33/31 Partly cloudy

How I’m Feeling Today…
I’m really tired because I was up quite a bit last night thinking about the weather, getting this test done, some things for work, and making sure Jake has everything to move to his dorm on Saturday. Trying hard not to stress out over things I can’t control is easier said than done!

On My Mind…
Mostly what I’ve already been talking about. I’m just trying to focus on getting through the week, and getting the kid up on campus!

On the Breakfast Plate…
Since it was a true snow day (no school, no work, no nothing), I decided to make pancakes and sausage. Everyone was very excited about that!

On My Reading Pile…
I’m supposed to be reading Three Strong Women by Marie Ndiaye for Book Club at work, but I have to be honest… I just have such a hard time getting into these selections. I feel like I’m back in college reading for class assignments. I’ll probably end up just skimming through it and picking up something a little lighter and more fun. 

On My TV…
We’re trying to finish Season 5 of Better Call Saul before Saturday. A few episodes left — I think we can do it! 

On the Menu This Week…
This menu is highly subject to change based on weather and whims! But just to get something down:

Monday – Pot roast, mashed potatoes, broccoli, salad
Tuesday – Cranberry-brie chicken, rice, mixed veggies
Wednesday – Possibly take-out
Thursday – Chicken enchiladas
Friday – Jake’s choice
Saturday – I may get Chipotle for me, Noah & Laura or if I don’t feel like going out, it’ll be frozen pizza.

From the Camera…
My snowy front yard

Looking Around the House…
The dining room table is covered with everything we’re bringing up to school for Jake. I have some baskets of laundry that need putting away. The usual post-weekend tidy is definitely required.

New Recipe I Tried Last Week (or One We Really Enjoyed)…
It’s not a new recipe, but yesterday I made a take on puttanesca sauce that I haven’t had in ages. It’s pretty simple: sauté garlic in olive oil, add a can of whole tomatoes (break up the tomatoes) with the juice, a can of quartered artichoke hearts, a can of black olives, some capers, a little chicken broth, and let it simmer. I added some diced chicken as well for extra protein and served it over bow tie pasta. So good! 

To Relax This Week I Will…
Ha! Yeah right. Just being honest on this one, LOL. I don’t know, maybe I’ll work on some simple crochet projects if I can focus long enough.

 

Hope you all have a fantastic week!

New haircut

Well, it’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Wow – a lot has happened over the past several months. I’ve still been posting over on Instagram, but my blog has (once again) been sorely neglected. I thought I’d just pop over and post something and we will see how it goes. I’d love to get back in the habit, but honestly – with everything going on it life it can be hard to find the time. We’ll see!

Anyway. Back in December I got my first post-COVID haircut. I got a haircut in January and then obviously I did not go for months. So I got about 7 inches chopped off and I loved it. Today I decided to go a little shorter. 

I do like it, but… I think I may like the longer length more. I usually style it a little different than my hairdresser does, so that may make a difference. No matter – it will grow back!

Sometimes a change is good!

Happy Homemaker Monday, October 26, 2020

Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well today. I am off from work for a few days and totally enjoying it! Today is my birthday, so I decided to give myself a bit of a break. Let’s link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM shall we?

The Weather
It’s cold and rainy today – no complaints, though! I’m enjoying a lazy morning inside before I head out this afternoon for a few errands.

Monday – 53 / rain
Tuesday – 52 / sun
Wednesday – 54 / sun
Thursday –  49 / rain
Friday – 38 / rain
Saturday – 43 / sun
Sunday – 52 / sun

How I am feeling this morning
I am in a really great mood! We had a really nice weekend and I am catching up on several projects so I feel really good about that.

On my mind
Starting to think about the holidays, what to make, what to do, etcetera.

On the breakfast plate
This morning was just coffee with heavy cream.

Right now I am
Listening to the washer finish up a load. I’ll switch it over to the dryer soon. Then I think I’ll make some tuna. I’m craving a tuna melt with bacon for lunch!

On my reading pile
I just finished reading Rage by Bob Woodward, and I would highly recommend it. Next up I need to read Delirium by Laura Restrepo for the library’s book club discussion in November.

On today’s to do list
Vacuum the house, finish up one load of laundry, grocery shopping.

On my TV
We finished watching “The Unicorn” on Netflix, which was really cute and great for the family! Funny and heartwarming without being too cheesy. I also finished “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” which I absolutely loved. It’s not that scary (though there were a few good jumps), and the story is sad and beautiful. I have one more episode of the new Unsolved Mysteries. I think this week we’ll be watching a lot of ghost shows and scary movies.

On the menu this week
Monday – Chipotle take-out, cheesecake (it’s my birthday!) 
Tuesday – Mississippi Pot Roast over mashed potatoes, green beans
Wednesday – Greek chicken wraps, roasted tomato soup
Thursday – Jerk chicken legs, red beans & rice, broccoli
Friday – Pizza & wings, salad
Saturday – Mummy dogs, turkey chili, cole slaw, French fries (Halloween)
Sunday – Meatloaf with gravy, potatoes, green beans

From the camera
We had some gorgeous weather last week and this tree by the library was just too perfect with the sun and the colors. I love fall!

Autumn in New York

Looking around the house
I need to tidy up the living room and run the dishwasher. Otherwise all is quiet for another couple of hours until the kids get home from school.

New recipe I tried last week, or one that we really enjoyed
Not really a new recipe, but last night I made delicious stuffed burgers. I mixed together some shredded cheddar, a bit of cream cheese, some bacon, and some diced jalapeno and made stuffed burgers. Everyone loved them!

To relax this week, I will
Work on some craft projects — catch up on memory planning/scrapbooking and maybe do a little sewing.

Something I want to share   
Hmm… can’t think of anything for this one.  

On my prayer list
For the safety of everyone voting early
For a more compassionate country
For family & friends

Happy Homemaker Monday, October 10, 2020

Happy fall! Happy October! Today I decided to work on this post during my lunch break. It’s been hard to motivate to blog these days, but October always has me in the mood for projects, so this is one of them. 

Anyway, let’s link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM

The Weather… It’s cold, gray, and wet out today. If I wasn’t stuck at work it would be the perfect day for tea, movies, books, crochet… all those cozy things! Looks like a decent week ahead weather-wise. I’m not complaining!

How I am feeling… I am so tired today. I think everyone I know is feeling tired, stressed, anxious… I also have my annual work evaluation tomorrow and while I know it will be fine I can’t help but be a little nervous about that as well.

 

On my mind… Already thinking about the holidays and what that may look like. I’m coming up with a couple different plans because who knows what things will be like in November and December. I’m trying to have a good attitude about it, though, and I’m determined to make the best of it no matter what we are faced with.

 

On the breakfast plate… Breakfast is long gone! I made a ham, egg & cheese breakfast sandwich on an English muffin. Work lunch was a burrito bowl with leftovers from last night.

 

On my reading pile… Nothing at the moment, though I have the Andrew Cuomo book sitting on my desk (it’s release date is tomorrow), so I may take that home to preview.

On my TV… Last week I bingewatched the newest season of Wentworth, and I also watched American Murder: The Family Next Door. Other than that I am watching Cold Case Files and eager to start The Haunting of Bly Manor, all on Netflix.

 

On the menu this week…
Monday: Chicken & chickpea curry, cauliflower rice, naan
Tuesday: Beef Stew (slow cooker), cheddar & garlic biscuits
Wednesday: BBQ riblets, macaroni & cheese, salad
Thursday: Jerk chicken drumsticks, red beans & rice, salad
Friday:  ?
Saturday:  ?

 

From the camera… Sadly, I have not been taking many photos. I should remedy that before all the leaves fall! The colors here in the Hudson Valley have been stunning this year!

 

Looking around the house… It’s a mess. I’ll just be honest about that, LOL! 

 

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week… All of it! Just being honest about that too, LOL!

 

To relax this week, I will… Truthfully, if I can get my house clean I will feel relaxed and then feel like I can start a new project. I have a ton of this putty-colored yarn (not quite gray, not quite cream), and I want to make a new blanket for the couch in the living room. I am off on Wednesday (as usual), and because of the holiday today, my kids are off from school and will attend Tue-Wed instead of Mon-Tue, so I want to use that time in the morning to really tidy up. That way, when I have my vacation day of Friday I can feel free to actually take it easy! That’s the plan at least.   Well, I guess that is about it! Wishing you a great week!

Fall days, pumpkin coffee, and cozy PJs

Family fun lazyone PJs

Sorry summer lovers, I am so over this hot weather and ready for cool days, chilly nights, and fun family activities! With the release of pumpkin spice lattes this week I am now in full-on fall mode. One of my favorite things about fall is cuddling up in pajamas.

Every year I like to treat myself to at least one new pair so I decided to check out LazyOne family pajamas. Oh my goodness, everything I have heard about them was right. I could not believe what cute styles they have. If you like to have matching PJs for the whole family on Christmas morning, you will want to check them out. There’s even a Doggy and Me collection! Can you imagine dressing up your pooch in something this cute for Christmas morning?

Doggy PJs lazyone.com

I only wish they made kitty PJs, too! I can imagine my mother-in-law’s dog in something like this, though. (Hmm… that would be a fun Thanksgiving surprise, actually!)

I really wish we had cute PJs like this when all of our kids were little. I can only imagine the sweet Christmas card photos with all three kids in front of the tree. Of course, they have more than Christmas-themed PJs, too. There’s St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day… cute, themed PJs for pretty much every occasion!  I love holiday clothes, so I may very well have to order a few pairs of these comfy PJs to coordinate with the seasons. There’s even matching socks, slippers, blankets… even stuffed animals. You could seriously put together an Instagram-worthy photo shoot in no time! 

Smelling the Roses… and Hyacinth… and Lilies…

Plantshed NYC

“Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities in the world.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the things I miss lately is being able to take a drive (or train ride) into New York and spend a day walking around. I especially love looking for flowers in the city at places like PlantShed NYC florist, marveling at the beautiful orchids, roses, lilies, and flowers I can’t even identify! Right now with the weather being so hot and dry, my front garden has really taken a turn for the worst, so I really would love hit a NYC florist to get some new houseplants to perk up my indoor space. Ivy is one of my favorites, but anything easy-care is good for me.

PlantShed NYC
Of course, nothing beats fresh-cut flowers! I love having a huge bouquet on my kitchen island. It makes me happy every time I walk in there seeing them and enjoying their gorgeous scent. In the spring I gravitate toward tulips and hyacinth, but in August and September I crave huge bouquets of sunflowers! Is there anything more cheerful? Pair the flowers with some gorgeous candles and even better in my opinion.

I also am a huge fan of succulents, and my kids all love them as well. There are so many different types, all with their own unique beauty. I’ve had a lot of luck growing them, especially Jade plants!

Someday soon I hope to be able to enjoy a weekend in Manhattan and I’ll have a chance to visit the best NYC florist shops and splurge on some new plants to freshen up my home!

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Pie

Oh my, how long has it been since I posted a recipe here? Ages, I’m sure. I’m afraid to even look back to see how long ago it was. Anyway, it’s blueberry season here, and blueberries are one of my favorite fruits! I’ve been meaning to head out to one of the local Pick-Your-Own farms, but with the heat… yeah. This lazy girl just didn’t get around to it. However, they have been on sale at the supermarket and last weekend I decided that I had to have blueberry pie.

This has been my go-to recipe for just about 20 years. Simple. Reliable. It’s the kind of pie your grandma would have made. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Pie

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberries, easy, pot pie

Ingredients

  • Pie dough for 2-crust pie
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • butter
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice

Instructions

  • Carefully place bottom crust in a standard-sized pie plate. Spread a mixture of 1/4 c. sugar and 2 Tbsp. flour over the bottom crust. Toss the blueberries with the remaining sugar and flour to evenly coat. Dot with butter and sprinkle the lime juice over the berries. Cover with the top crust, and use a fork to poke several holes. Turn edges under the bottom crust and crimp to seal. Sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 and bake for an additional 30 minutes. To prevent over-browning of the edges, cover them with foil when you turn the oven down.

Notes

Top with whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy!

Happy Homemaker Monday, July 27, 2020

The last Monday in July! Can you believe it? A month from now it will only be four of us here — Jake will be moved into his college dorm. It will be so strange, and I’m trying not to think about it… at least for the time being.

On Saturday we went shopping for some basic dorm and college supplies. Still have a few things to get but we are set for the most part. Now it’s going to be on to washing and organizing and packing everything up in a way that makes sense.

I can’t believe I’m actually getting this post up in the morning… so proud of myself, LOL! Anyway, let’s link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM. Happy Monday!

The Weather…
It’s comfortable out now, but as I type it’s only 6:13 AM. Supposed to be horribly hot today. In fact the National Weather Service has put out a Heat Advisory. Not much else to say there!

How I am feeling…
Stressed about Jake finishing his Eagle project in time. The 18th birthday is in a few weeks and he still has a few things to finish up, as well as completing the paper work. I’ll be so glad when this is behind us.

On my mind…
We are thinking of adopting another cat! We have two cats, sisters, who are 7 and since before last Christmas we’ve been talking about getting another one. Yesterday Drew and Laura fell in love with one, so I am hoping to run over and see her today.

On the breakfast plate…
Not sure yet. I have just had a cup of tea. I am really hungry this morning, so I may make some scrambled eggs.

On my reading pile…
Haven’t done much reading in the last week, so I am still working through Survivor Song.

currently reading: survivor song

On my TV…
Norsemen Season 3 (Netflix)
Psych reruns (Amazon Prime)

On the menu this week…
Monday: Rotisserie Chicken (grab at Sam’s Club while out), crunchy kale salad, leftover macaroni & cheese
Tuesday: Chicken Verde Tacos (slow cooker)
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner – Scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, fruit salad
Thursday: American Chop Suey, garden salad
Friday: ??? I have to work an evening program for the library. Maybe pizza
Saturday: Sausage & peppers with roasted potatoes, broccoli

From the camera…
The Blinded Sphinx moths we saw on our shed.

mating blind sphinx moths

Looking around the house…
The floors need a good sweep & vacuum and I have 3 baskets of laundry to fold, sort, and have everyone put away. I also have a large stack of paperwork in my basket that I really need to sort through and organize.

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week…
Laundry! Just tired of it.

To relax this week, I will…
Work on my memory planner. I am several months behind, and I really want to catch up and start sharing my layouts! When the boys were babies I was an avid scrapbooker and lately I find myself missing it so much.

Well, I am going to make a cup of coffee and get started with my day. Stay cool, everyone. Hope you all have a nice week!