October 18, 2016

Mini Crocheted Hot Pad

Hello friends,

I'm having some sick days, so have been able to play with my crochet.

It keeps me in one place, so I can let my body heal.

I haven't picked up a crochet hook in months, what with all the moving and new job related activity.

It's been fun. The crocheting, not the sick part.

A couple of thrifted balls of yarn from Saturday visits to the charity stores......

turned into this....

And then into this...

Are we ready for a spot of tea yet?

Very useful little hot pad for protecting fingers from a hot lid or a tabletop.

Just a made up as I went pattern.

I frogged several times, since this was supposed to be house shoes, but there wasn't enough yarn.....then it was supposed to be a large hotpad, but it didn't look right.

My favorite hook size, US size I.

Double strand of wool mix yarn.

Sixteen across, half-double crochet until square.

The end loop is Ch. 10, then single crochet.

One for me, and 7 for friends.


October 15, 2016

Moving complete!

Hello friends!

The move is complete!

A Pink Flower from a neighbors yard

We moved ourselves over the space of about a month and a half.

It felt rather like a marathon.

A fairy ring in a nearby field

I am so grateful to once more be in a house rather than an apartment.

I have had such fun digging in the flower beds and sprucing things up.

I've planted Lantanas, Elephants Ear and Caladium.

The house is a rental, but the plants were on a severe markdown and the owner gave me carte blanche with the flower beds.

After the owners put in a larger A/C unit for our comfort, I feel grateful. The flower beds will be spectacularly colorful when I'm done with them.

This is not The King. The King does not go outside in the front yard.

The King Cat has a doppelganger in this neighborhood! The King would probably not be amused to meet this creature, but since The King does not deign to go in the front yard (rarely does he even go on the back porch), all is well.

The Queen, on the other hand, would love to run wild and free through the neighborhood.

I put together the guest bedroom first, in hope of having a little company in the near future.

Naturally, The Queen helped.

It's a miracle I haven't had to buy new air mattresses yet. She has taken quite a shine to the guest bedroom. It is now her personal sleeping area, when she has access.

I've still had a few moments to pop in at my favorite thrift stores.

I couldn't resist this darling mother daughter teapot set.

The larger my teapot collection grows, the more picky I become.

I've limited my collecting to 1) teapots that are meant for use and 2) have a round bellied shape.

If I can't use it for a delightful spot of afternoon tea, what's the point?

July 23, 2016

Moving and a Strawberry JalapeƱo Salad

The King Cat would like you to know that yes, we are indeed moving. Away from an apartment and into a house! I am super excited. I'm quite done with apartment life. I can't wait to grill on my own little Smokey Joe, which I don't yet have but am planning on purchasing.

Right now is a great time to purchase lawn mowers, grill equipment and even washer/dryers.

I made this Strawberry Jalapeno Salad today for lunch.

I layered the following ingredients on a 12 inch plate:

Romaine lettuce (from a bag, chopped) 1 1/2 to 2 cups
Rotisserie Chicken (W*lm*rt - Lemon Pepper) 1 breast
3 strawberries, sliced
Cauliflower, 2-3 florets crumbled
Ranch dressing - one giant swirl on top of the previous ingredients
Jalapeno - 1/2, seeded and diced fine
Sesame Seeds (raw) - 1-2 Tablespoons

I think I could eat this almost every day.

My allergies have been absolutely killing this week. I switched to my old tried and true tactic of eating a lot less, and added in some of the Naked brand Green Machine juice to the diet.

I actually like the stuff. It looks hideous, like pond scum frapped with algae, but the taste is good and so is the texture.  I was pleasantly surprised.

I wonder if it would make good popsicles?