Saturday, December 31, 2011


Oatmeal Apricot Jam Bars

~I did a load of laundry then spent the rest of the day crocheting. I finished the Garland of Blossoms scarf & made a Little Tweed Purse in the same Dusty Rose Ombre held together with White Lustersheen.

~I made Mike a meatball sandwich for supper.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Hats & Scarf Sold!!

Durango Hat in Cranberry sold to Margie in WY

Boa Scarf in Dance Party sold to Sandra in TX

Sedona Hat in Buffalo/Hazy Sage sold to Margie in WY

Flapper Beanie in Irish Girl sold to Kristen in CA

~I decided to bite the bullet & try my new food processor. I did have to read the instructions, lol, but it went okay. I made the Oatmeal Jam Bars, but think I processed the dry ingredients too long & should have used the dough blade instead of the cutting blade. But, it is now no longer "the Terminator on the counter", as I used to refer to it. As a side note, I used a jar of apricot preserves from the Dollar Tree. It was good quality with chunks of apricots & a good price of $1!

~I finished a Roseburg Hat in Midnight Swim/Knapsack & started a Garland of Blossoms scarf in retro Spinnerin Mosaic rose/white ombre, using Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn Dark Olive for the joining leaves.

~I made Mike a cheesy chicken bacon wrap for supper.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; Psalm 98:8

Gila River in New Mexico

~Mike drove me to work & helped me finish the newsletters. I got the bulletins printed/folded stuffed, & started all that stuff for next week. Norm brought me a gift box of Godiva chocolate stuff from him & Mark, to thank me for making their lives so much easier!

~Date Nite: We did more concentrating on slowing down, finding sights & listening to our weapons. I found that I hold the gun to tight, which throws my shots off a little.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Scarf Sold!!

Garland of Blossoms scarf in I got 'da Blues (& Purples!) sold to Cyndy in IL

~Mike drove me to work & did some work at the church. I fixed the problem with the calendar on the email newsletter & sent it to Patrick to see if it opened ok. It did! I emailed it to the rest of those who requested it this way & got back 2 favorable responses. Ms. Jeannine came in for edits to the bulletins & newsletter. Norm came in & payed bills. I enjoyed fellowship with the Wednesday service ladies. I got the newsletter printed & mostly collated/stapled/addressed.

~I made Mike a grilled cheesy hotdog wrap for supper.

~We watched Outlander.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hat Sold!!

Durango hat in Rainbow Snow sold to Kristen in CA

~Fr. Jim has the week off, so I am in the office by myself this week. I worked on bulletins & the newsletter. I think the calender in the email version is too big. Once I added it to the template, the pages move really slow.

~I finished the special-order Garland of Blossoms scarf in Blues/Purples.

~I made Mike a meatball sandwich for supper.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Two ways...

...choose wisely

~I stopped at Big Lots before heading up to the church to help load bags at the Food Pantry. Julie had not brought in the groceries, so I went to the office & sorted mail & checked emails. I also went through the church & picked up bulletins. She arrived with the groceries & we packed the bags.

~I got yogurt, flatbreads & bagels at Smith's.

~At the Family Thrift Center I got me 2 shirts & Mike a tweed overcoat.

~Back home, I made fudge brownie.

~I started a special-order Garland of Blossoms scarf in shades of blues & purples.

~The overcoat was too small for Mike.

~I made Mike a chicken bacon cheese wrap for supper.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Little Tree(thrift shop)-Top to bottom:Brass Angel Bell(Goodwill), miniature perfume bottle(was Mom Dee's), Granny Square(I made), Little Lamb(yard sale), Heart(I made), Silver & Gold bells(Dollar Tree), Candy Canes with our names(Mom), Red bulb(from an old string of lights from Mike's childhood), Nativity ornament(Goodwill), Basket(gift).

~We attended 9:30 Am mass where Mike ushered & I was Crucifer, Acolyte & LEM.

~We had burgers for lunch & spent the afternoon watching the last half of first season of Terra Nova. We must have missed recording the first half!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Silent night, holy night...

~I went to The Family Thrift Center, where I got Mike a shirt & us a little Christmas Tree. I had decided I didn't want to drag the big one from the attic, so didn't plan on even having a tree. But, this little one(will post a picture) was adorable & 75% off($1.50). We both love it! I dropped off Peanut Butter Crispies for the Napa Boys.

~Back home, I dusted the furniture. Mike came home at 1:30pm.

~ We attended both the 5pm & Midnite mass. At the 5pm, Mike was usher, while I was Crucifer, lay Reader, Acolyte & LEM. At the Midnite mass, I was Crucifer & Acolyte #2, Mike was usher.

~It was a wonderful Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 23, 2011


Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Chips-These are one of my favorite things!

~The roads were clear when I went out around 9am. I spent probably and hour at Dollar Tree before getting groceries at Walmart. Mike had received a $67 gift card from work for doing a good job on the last sale day. It paid for most of the groceries!

~Back home, I just lounged around until it was time for the Gray funeral, the son of one of our parishioners. I was one of 11 members from St. Mary's to attend.

~Back home, I again lounged around until Mike came home. We went to the funeral of his co-worker. I think i have had about all of these I want for a while.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hat Sold!!

Roseburg Hat in Sky Blue/Dried Sunflower sold to Armando in NY

~I goat all 200 Christmas Eve/Day bulletins printed out & spent the rest of the day working on the email version of the newsletter. I tried several pre-made templates, but ended up designing my own. Lots of work to start, but when it's done, it will be easy just to replace text/pictures later on. We gave away all 20 bags at the Food Pantry in 15 minutes. One of the regular clients brought me mini loaves of Pumpkin & Banana breads. I gave her & another regular client Star ornaments. Mike came up & ran the cord for the microphone to be used during the Christmas pageant.

~Date nite:Only 6 people. We worked on sights, feeling the trigger, shooting from retention, & on the move. I found out that I have been moving my upper body as I push the gun out, which was throwing me off balance. I need to work on it, along with getting my finger on the trigger earlier.
The roads were slick on the way home.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; Psalm 98:4

Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

~Norm came in and paid bills. Ms. Jeannine came in for bulletin edits. I started work on making a Word email newsletter.

~I made Mike a grilled cheesy hotdog wrap while I had chicken fried rice & brussel sprouts.

~I made a Roseburg Hat in Deep Violet/Toffee Crunch.

~We watched Priest. It was okay.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hats & Scarf Sold!!!

Roseburg Hat in Seaglass/White Sands sold to Kristen in CA

Boa Scarf in Autumn Sunset sold to Karen in AZ

Cheyenne Hat in Homespun Prairie/Sugarcane sold to Kindie in AL

~It ended up snowing about 2" yesterday. Looks like Christmas!!

~At the office, Fr. Jim & I worked on music for the Christmas services. I also worked on the newsletter & prayers.

~We picked up JH for the Vestry meeting. There was the 2012 budget to talk about, so we didn't get home until 9:30 P.M.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Lap Blanket

Granny square lap blanket in Gemstone for the VA Hospital via St. Mary's Prayer Shawl Ministry

~It snowed last night. Mike had to go up on the roof & clear it from the satellite dish.

~It was still snowing when I left the house at 9am, stopping at Big Lots (almonds, multi-grain tortilla chips) before heading to the church to help load bags at the Food Pantry. I also called in payroll.

~Back home, I made Cinnamon Almond Coconuttys, cooked a package of bacon & did 2 loads of laundry.

~I made a Boa Scarf in French Violet fun fur/Lace white smooth acrylic.

~Mike closed the store. It was still snowing!

Post for Sunday-Peacekeepers

~Mike has the day off! We got groceries at Walmart & Smiths.

~We attended Advent Lessons & Carols. Mike was usher & I was Crucifer, Acolyte & Lay Reader. Mike helped with hanging of the greens while I dished out the chili I made yesterday.

~We had burgers for lunch & watched movies all day.

Post for Saturday-Hats & Scarf Sold!

Cheyenne Hat in Homespun Lapis/Turquoise

Kalispell Hat in Winter Sky/Sparkling Champagne

Scroogey Scarf in Cream sold to Todd in CO

Cheyenne hat in Batik/Gray
All hats sold to Andrew in KS

~I made Black Forest cake before heading up to the church for the 2012 1st-quarter Parish Planning Meeting. I served as acolyte while Fr. Jim showed Jack how to set up the altar.

~Back home, I made TX chili by way of KY.

~I made a Little Tweed Purse in 1970's Harvest Mix(brown, orange,yellow & while).

~We attended the Choir Practice (Date Nite) Christmas Party. I was presented a Cuisinart PowerPrep Plus 12-Cup Food Processor from the guys in thanks for the bake goods I bring each Thursday. I was very touched. We had a great time!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Scarves Sold!!

Boa Scarf in Afternoon Tea/Vanilla Creme

Scroogey Scarf in Nomad
Both scarves sold to Sally in KS

~I made Spinach Sausage Casserole, Peanut Butter Crispies & swept the floors.

~I got a few groceries at Big Lots & Albertsons, dropped off Cowboy Cookies for the Napa Boys, stopped by the Family Thrift Center( shirt too big, pants cut too low), then came home.

~I made a Durango Hat in HL ILTY Graybeard.

~I made Mike a grilled cheesy hotdog wrap for supper.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hats Sold!!

Tie Dye Beanie in Red Ombre sold to Alyssa in CA

Cheyenne Hat in Prickly Pear/Rustic Oak sold to Margaret in NY

~Day 2 of CCW Draw Class+Date Nite(shooting on the move, flash light drills)=tired!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hats Sold!!

Bottineau Hat in Raffia/Autumn Leaves sold to B in VA

Girly Hat in Country Morning/Irish Tea sold to Kristen in CA

~We spent the day at the range helping out with CCW Draw Class. It was fun!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hat Sold!!

Sedona Hat in Rust/Walnut Tweed sold to Amalia in TX

~Today, I wore 2 shirts to work & it helped with the cold, as well as having a flowery background on my computer screen. I paid bills, printed bulletins, worked on prayers, the newsletter & bulletins up to January 1st. I also cleaned my desk.

~Mike made his own peanut butter wraps while I had cheesy chicken rice with brussel sprouts. It was good!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11

Rutheron, New Mexico

~It was cold today & cloudy & raining in the afternoon, the kind that seeps into your bones. It reminds me of KY, but not in a good way. I could not get warm! I did edits to the bulletins & worked on other bulletins for Christmas,along with labels. I delivered the Woolly Tree items to the school across the street, along with school supplies & Boxtops. Mike came after work & helped me load the bags at the Food Pantry.

~I made Mike a chicken bacon cheese wrap for supper while I had chicken corn chowder. I am finally warm!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hats Sold!!

Wenatchee hat in Blue Skies/Americana

Girly hat in Snow/Poinsettia
Both hats sold to Jane in CA

~We got groceries at Walmart & Smiths.

~I attended 10:30 A.M. service where I served as Crucifer, Acolyte & Lay Reader. After Coffee Hour, I counted the items on the Woolly Tree.

~Back home, I made a few granny square center in Christmas Print.

~I made Mike a grilled cheesy hotdog wrap for supper.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hats & Scarf Sold!!

Boa Scarf in Rodeo/October Mist sold to Sally in KS

Crunch Hat in Hang Ten/Sea Shore sold to Melissa in KS

Flapper Beanie in Cafe/Zen sold to Carolyn in MD

~I spent the day at home, which was nice! I made a pan of Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Blondies(more like a thick cake then true blondies), did a little ironing & made a Little Tweed Bag in a 1980's ombre in hunter green, pale green, off white & peach.

~So as not to get overtime, Mike got off work at 3:30 P.M. I made him a chicken cheesy bacon wrap for supper and we watched Terminator Salvation.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Hats & Neck Warmer sold!!!

Sedona Hat in Sock Monkey sold to Emily in SC

Neck Warmer in Autumn Leaves sold to Margaret in CA

Roseburg Hat in Tuxedo/Sangre de Cristo sold to Linda in NJ

~I made my version of Cowboy cookies(chocolate chip, walnuts & mixed dried fruit), a batch of bacon & did a load of laundry. Mike & I went out later to the Family Thrift Center (leather coat for him, a shirt for me), then down to Peterson's for brass & powder. We stopped by Carl's Jr for burgers on the way home.

~I made a Scarflette in unknown Cream/Red Heart Tiki (confetti) Fruit.

~I added the last squares to the Blues granny lap blanket.

~We watched Robin Hood. This has become one of our favorite movies!

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Angel Eggs-plain & spinach, with Splenda sweet pickles

~Mike drove me to work & check to make sure there was no damage to the roof from the wind last week. I was done with the bulletins by 10:30am & worked on calenders & newsletter for January. Roy came in & bought a hat from me & Norm brought my syrup. We gave away all 20 bags at the food pantry.

~Date Nite: After warmups, we concentrated on finding the sights & multiple small targets on one target sheet. After break, both Mike & I shot our revolvers. It is super-quick drawing from the front pocket with your hand already on the gun. I was very pleased with how easy the revolver is to shoot.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hat Sold!!

Cheyenne hat in Sangria/Sunrise sold to Michele in OK

~This is normally Mikes day off, but a coworker asked to switch with him, so he has Thu/Fri off this week.

~At the office, I paid bills, enjoyed coffee hour, helped Ms. Jeannine with some labels, did edits to bulletins & worked on Bishop Vono's bulletin for Midnight mass.

~I finished a Little Tweed Bag in RHS Plum Pudding/RH Lustersheen Hot Pink.

~I made Mike a grilled hotdog cheesy wrap for supper. We watched Prince of Persia. It is one of our favorite movies!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Scarf Sold!!

Garland of Blossoms scarf in Foliage/Fancy Pansy sold to Suzanne in VA

~At the office, I worked on bulletins, prayers & readings.

~I worked on the Blues granny square blanket.

~I made Mike a chicken bacon cheese wrap for supper.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Stocking stuffer!

When unwrapped, the gift of personal protection will last a lifetime.

~It is wicked cold this morning, with wind and snow. Mike had to use the hairdryer to unfreeze the locks on my Jeep to even start it to warm it up!

~I stopped at Big Lots (nothing) before heading up to the church to help Chuck load food bags. I did lose a little traction turning from Jaun Tabo onto Indian School, but nothing I couldn't handle. I also called in payroll. A little more loss of traction at the same place in the opposite direction, but now I'm home & staying here!

~I made Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Chips. These were a big hit last year!

~I made a Little Tweed Bag in unknown cream/tan/peach ombre. Help me give this color a name!

~Mike closed the store.

Post for Sunday-Snow!

Jake & Penny liked the snow on Saturday morning!

~We stopped by the church to check the furnaces before getting groceries at Walmart & Smith's. There were big trucks parked all along I-40. Been there, done that, don't miss it!

~We went up to the church early, just to make sure everything was going okay. The heat was good in the Music Room & Vesting Room. It turned out to be Anne & John Malmstrom's 63rd Anniversary! At the 10:30am service, I was Crucifer & Acolyte #1. The Colton boys were serving with me, which was cool. Bishop Vono was there for Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation. The candidates received Prayer Shawls & a Throw from the Prayer Shawl Ministry. It was a good morning!

~We helped out at CCW class.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Scarves Sold!!

Neck Warmer in Butter Brickle Fudge Sauce sold to Stephanie in MO

Garden of Blossoms scarf in Zen Garden sold to Melanie in AL

Scarflette in Lilac/Tart Sweeties sold to Lynn in IL

~It snowed about an 1" overnight! It's so pretty!!

~I attended the Daughters of the King meeting. I also stopped off at the GoodDeal store & found a plaid prairie skirt for 1/2 price, if purchased with another blue tag. I found a kids dress & bought it for the pretty pink buttons. Not bad for .99!

~Back home, I made a neck warmer in unknown blue/black thin with fuzzy slubs/LB USA Chunky Amish Black.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Scarves & Hat Sold!!

Neck Warmer in Purple Mountains

Neck Warmer in Cosmic Berry

Boa Scarf in Bordeaux/Pink Champagne

Boa Scarf in Amethyst/Silverplate
All the above items sold to Joan in NY

Roseburg Hat in Cowboy Boot/Harvest Moon sold to Christina in OH

~I went to Staples for Tyvec envelopes, picked up a few groceries at Albertsons, deliverded the food bag, dropped off mail, dropped off Peanut Butter Crispies for the Napa Boys & gassed up the Jeep.

~Back home, I swept the floors then spent the rest of the day crocheting. I made a Neck Warmer in LB Moonlight Mohair Coral Reef/unknown Slate blue, finished a Garland of Blossoms scarf in RHS Hunter Green/Multicolor and made a Boa Scarf in NoBo Nancy Raspberry/unknown cotton Light Pink/LB Jiffy Light Pink. All the different textures are interesting!

~I made Mike a grilled cheesy hotdog wrap for supper.