Sunday, January 31, 2010

Embellished With Tatting

Well, here is yet another item I found to add my tatting to - a pretty box! I love going out and looking for items like this--keeps my mind going with new ideas and possibilities. I tell you, I know that I'm ADD. Yesterday, I had the TV going on mute, watching a cooking show, sitting on my couch tatting with my earplugs in my ears, listening to my favorite music on How's that for multi-tasking?? Not just 2 things at once--3 things at once. Are any of you like this?? I'm working on trying 4 things at once, but haven't accomplished this yet. I'll let you know when I do!

Interesting Winter So Far

Well, a few weeks have come and gone. I posted this picture to take me back to warmer days. Hope you enjoy it. My daughter (who is a wonderful photographer) took the picture in a garden this past summer.

We had our cold snap, then a warm snap, and now we have snow! We got about 5 inches this past Friday and you would think it was 15 inches! Chattanooga was a disaster area with all the accidents and crazy drivers! There were 95 accidents within a 4 hour period and some of the accidents involved more than 20 cars! You can just imagine the good business that the body shops will be experiencing. They even said over the news that people should not even call the police unless someone is seriously hurt in an accident. Just go down to the police station on Monday and fill out the paperwork! Can you believe that? And there was not one sand truck in sight, of course.

My poor husband was stuck in all that mess. It took him over 2 hours to get home and he passed accident after accident along the way. I thank God that he was not involved in any of them. Then he got to our subdivision. We live on a hill and, of course, he could not drive up the hill. So, he parked at the bottom and had to walk more than 1/2 mile up a hill to get home. He works at a grocery store, so after a miserable day dealing with panicking customers, he had to deal with all this. But he is a strong person (since he has gotten well), so he made it.

I came home from work about 1 hour after it started snowing, so I had no problems, except with traffic. But, we are all safe and warm now and things will improve. Oh yes, half of our subdivision was out of power for the weekend, and fortunately, it wasn't our side of the street. So, that was our adventure for the week and I hope we don't have too many more of those kind. My husband and I are from the north so we should be used to this kind of weather, but when it is combined with no help from the city cleaning off the roads, I guess you could say, "everybody is just stuck."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It's a new year and we are in the middle of a cold snap. However, this week will warm up to the 50's! I can't wait! It has been 25 degrees or colder for many days now, and my heating bill is going higher and higher. I have been working on my afghan lately because I feel warmer when I crochet or knit. Don't you?? After I make my afghan, I'm going to add my tatting to it. There are not too many afghans around with tatting trim, right? Anyway, it will take me a little longer, but I am really enjoying the experience. I have been making little washcloths for awhile now and have actually used them for cleaning. They do a great job--especially on the bathroom sinks! My daughter uses them as washcloths for my grandson because they scrub really good. I gave them as gifts during the Holidays--that's what is fun about handmade items. They don't cost a lot to make and people know that you took the time to make them something instead of buying them something that they don't need.

I have included a picture of one of the cloths that I added my tatting to. I sewed all the tatting on so it is attached really well and will wash with no problem. I think they would look nice in someone's victorian bath.

I think I have a "floater" in my eye and it is bothering me at times. I hope it will go away soon--I have had it about a week. From what I hear, the older one gets, unfortunately the more eye problems one has. I hope and pray my eyes last out as long as I do. It's hard getting old, isn't it? But I have a lot to be thankful for each day and try to keep a positive attitude. Working at my assisted living home helps me tremendously with my attitude. So many of the residents have so many physical problems and they just keep going each day. I do the activities, so I help them keep moving and try to make things interesting. We are making our first quilt--I'll try to get some pictures and post them. It is a very simple quilt because many of the residents use to sew, but their eyesight and arthritis keeps them from being able to do anything complicated. I just want to get it done so they can see that they can still accomplish this. How fun!!

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