Saturday, April 30, 2011

Prayer Shawl

Diamond Prayer Shawl in Desert Sand

~We had Cleanup Day at the church. There were 13 of us & we picked up trash, trimmed bushes/trees, pulled weeds, aerated under the trees & sprayed for weeds. We were there from 9am-11:30am. I'm tired!

~Back home, I did a load of laundry, made a kid-size Sedona Hat in Pale yellow with strands of Oranges confetti & a Boa Scarf in LB Fancy Fur Brilliant Blue/CSS Cypress.

~We had bacon cheeseburger wraps for supper & watched Zombieland. It was awesome!!

Friday, April 29, 2011


Wow, I am multi-lingual! English, Southern English & Personal Protection!!

~After doing a load of laundry, sorting the yarn from Karen, sweeping the floors & putting all the yardsale stuffin the spare bedroom, I spent the rest of the day being lazy.

~I made a Roseburg hat in RHS Cornmeal/unkonwn Light Olive.

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

~I worked on the Bon Bon lap blanket.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bacon & tray!

I use this Nordic Ware microwave tray to cook the bacon below. I line it with a paper towel, put one layer of bacon on the put another paper towel over the bacon. Soaks up the grease & keeps it from splattering.
We were eating the Walmart brand of bacon, but I had a coupon & tried this Farmland brand. It is the smokiest by far! I cook up the whole package at one time using the tray above & store it in the fridge. We use it more like a condiment, as a flavoring for omelets & wraps.

~I finished the RHS Aruba Sea Comforting Shawl while watching news & drinking mocha this morning. I do have to weave in 4 ends, but it turned out very pretty! After being blessed, it will go to Gladys, via St. Mary's Prayer Shawl Ministry. She is graduating from nursing school May 13th & a celebration will be held for her.

~Mike drove me to work & finished what he could on the a/c. Now just to wait for the plumber to come look at the water lines. I was a little behind on printing bulletins, but did get them done. I also printed out more pamphlet labels. We gave out 11 bags at the food pantry. One of the regular ladies gave me Whopper eggs!

~I came home to a HUGE box from Karen: yarn, wall hangings, note cards, socks & a skirt. WooHoo!!

~Date Nite: After warm up, we did all weak-hand drills, which included drawing from the holster, reloading, failure drills, but, thankfully, no clearing of malfunctions. I did practice, during the break, clearing of Class-3 malfunction(double feed) & found a way that works for me. My Kahr is 3.75" & i cannot lock back the slide with one hand, so I hook the bottom of the magazine on my shoe & strip it out while holding the mag-release button. It ain't pretty or particularly fast, but it gets the job done.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

You rule over the surging sea;when its waves mount up, you still them. Psalm 89:9

Marshall Lake

~We went to work early to finish the newsletter. Mike worked on the A/C & watered the trees. I mailed/filed bills, worked on bulletins & readings. I got Godiva chocolates for Administrative Professionals Day!

~We had grilled hotdog wraps for supper.

~I started putting together the Bon Bon/Turqua lap blanket with Black.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


~Cool enough this morning to wear my blazer! Worked on bulletins, did edits to the newsletter & got it printed out. Typed up minutes from the April Vestry meeting.

~I made the last 5 granny squares in RHS Turqua for the Bon Bon lap blanket. I came up with a layout & will join it with Black.

~We had bacon cheeseburger wraps for supper.

~Mike had a meeting at 6pm, but was back home by 6:50pm.

~We watched Resident Evil:Apocalypse. I must have slept through most of it when we first watched it, because most of it didn't look familiar. Chicks+guns=AWESOME!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hats Sold!!

Sedona Hat in Deep Violet/Homespun Meadow

Barstow Hat in Denim/Berries

Both hats sold to Brenda in MI

~I stopped off at Big Lots (they didn't have my almonds!) before heading up to the church to hlep load bags at the Food Pantry. I also called in payroll & dropped off a birthday gift to Ms. Jeannine.

~At Hobby Lobby, I got a skein of RHS Cherry Red with a 40%-off coupon, got a few groceries at Albertsons & dropped off Applesauce Raisin Bran muffins for the Napa Boys.

~Back home, I did a load of laundry, made fudge brownies & swept the floors.

~I made a Bottineau Hat in RHS Buff/MDW Russet. I also worked on granny squares.

~I made Mike a chicken bacon cheese wrap for supper. I had the last of the leftover Spinach Alfredo Meatballs.

~I worked on the Aruba Sea shawl.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Christ is Risen!!!

Come awake, come awake!!

~ We got groceries at Walmart & Smiths.

~We went to the church early to help with the Bake Sale, then attended 10:30am service. We just got to worship, since there were extra ushers & 2 new acolytes. There was an adult baptisms & the Prayer Shawl Ministry gave him a lap blanket. We helped again after the service with the Bake Sale, leaving the rest for the 4:30pm service. We helped cleanup.

~We helped at CCW class. There were 2 women, but they had bad attitudes & it was a real chore just to get them qualified.

~We did security at the church & I picked up my bake sale leftovers.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


So sorry to disappoint you, dirt bag!

~I spent the morning wrapping items for the bake sale tomorrow. I also did a load of laundry & made a batch of bacon.

~I made a Sedona hat in vintage Rust/unknown Brown/Cream tweed & a Barstow Hat in Bright yellow/Teal Sprinkles. I also made a few granny squares.

~We had hotdog wraps for supper and watched Shrek. It was too funny!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

He was pierced for our transgressions, and crushed for our sins,

The punishment that brought us peace was upon him,

And by his wounds, by His wounds we are healed.

We are healed by Your sacrifice, and the life that You gave.

We are healed for You payed the price, by Your grace we are saved, we are saved.

What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

~I went to to the Family Thrift Center (shirt & bowl) & Goodwill (shoes) before heading up to the church for Seven Last Words service. Jean, Sharon & I wore black cassocks & rotated the readings. The 3-hour service really makes you think.

~I made a few Stained Glass granny squares.

~We had bacon cheeseburger wraps for supper.

~At 6:30p.m., we went back to the church so Mike could help Fr. Jim move all the furniture back into his office. The floor seems to be dry!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

As they make music they will sing,“All my fountains are in you.” Psalm 87:7

Cedar Crest, NM-Sandia Mountains

~Mike drove me to work & started on the church AC/SC. He turned on water & saw a leak on the roof, which he turned off. But, water came out of the ceiling through the vents/sprinkler heads & skylight in Fr. Jim's office right over his desk! Even after turning the water off, it continued to leak for about 1/2 an hour. We quickly moved everything around to avoid the water. Mike used a shop vac for about 4 hours, to soak up all the water, opened the door & had 2 fans blowing. It was later determined that one of the water pipes between the ceiling & roof had burst over the winter & nobody knew due to the fact that it wasn't seen! A plumber will have to be called in to see what the problem is.

~At the office, I got bulletins completed for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday Seven Last Words & mass & Easter Sunday, both services. I also typed up cards for a baptism & printed out a rough draft of the May newsletter. After my work day was over at 3pm, with Mike still doing work, Fr. Jim & I finished stuffing the last of the eggs for the hunt on Sunday. I am wore out!

~Date Nite: After warmups, we did basic drills(failure drills, speed & tactical reloads, setup & clearing of malfunctions) with one person acting as "student" with an "instructor" behind them. It was very helpful, as the main purpose was to slow down & get the sequence right. At the end, we did failure drills at 3 & 5 yards. Randy let me know how proud he is with me. Mike had his fastest time ever of first-shot of 1.1 seconds!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Granola Muffins-I now use 3 mashed bananas. Way better!!

~Mike decided to go in to work to make up for not working next Sunday.

~At the office, I filed/mailed bills, enjoyed fellowship, printed/folded/stapled Tenebrae bulletins. After lunch, Fr. Jim & I went over rules for becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister. I should be licensed in 4-6 weeks. I worked on Sunday bulletins. Didn't get any eggs stuffed!

~Since Mike has to close, I took him a pb/ab wrap & Diet Dr. pepper.

~I swept the floors & unloaded the dish washer.

~I worked on the Bon Bon granny lap blanket, making squares with RHS Turqua.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hat Sold!!

Roseburg hat in Midnight/Chilled Wine sold to Brenda in MI

~Mike rode his bicycle to work to save on gas money. Napa is 1.2 miles from the house, down hill, so we'll see how he does coming back, up hill, tonight!

~Fr. Jim had told me he was spending the day down at the Bosque Center, but came in at 9am. He did leave later for an afternoon service. I worked on bulletins & typed up Mikes Mutual Ministry Review answers. Stuffed eggs, & printed out stuff for the Vestry meeting tonight.

~Back home, I made a batch of Double peanut Butter Cup cookies. I used a mix I picked up at Big Lots for $1, adding chopped up pb cups to the tops. They took longer to bake than the recipe called for but they are yummy!

~It took Mike 13 minutes to ride the bike home. His legs were tired,but he felt energized! I made him a chicken bacon cheese wrap for supper. I had ham & cheese.

~We attended the Vestry meeting.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hot Dog!

This is another item we started eating during our low-carb days, mainly because it was the lowest carb(1 gram) hot dog that could be eaten cold or hot. We wrap these in either Santa Fe Tortilla Company's Carb Chopper or Flat Out Light Original wraps with a slice of American cheese & grilled them in a skillet with non-stick spray. Dipped in classic yellow mustard, they make a great, quick supper! Mike also takes one in his lunch every day.

~I stopped off at Big Lots(juice for Coffee Hour) before heading up to the church to load bags at the Food Pantry. I also sorted mail & put the palms leftover from Sunday in the Sacristy for the Altar Guild to burn next year for Ash Wednesday.

~I picked up 2 bottles of Torani's sugar-free styrup, Raspberry & Caramel, at Lomas Albertsons.

~At Goodwill, I found 2 tank top, one in Turquoise & one in mottled lavender with lace, beads & sequins around the neck.

~Back home, I made Cinnamon Almond Coconutty bars, swept the floors and did a load of laundry.

~I finished the edging on the RHS Country Blue Diamond prayer shawl & also finished the Colorways granny square lap blanket.

~We had grilled hotdog wraps for supper.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Door #2

~We got groceries at Walmart & Smiths. ~I attended 10:30am service ,where I served with Sara, Patrick, Jack & Karin. We did the procession starting from the Parish Hall & the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

~Back home, I made an Apple Salad for potluck tonight & worked a little on the Colorplay lap blanket.

~We attended 4:30pm worship. Fr. Jim asked me to be "The Evangelist" in the Passion reading, the narrator. I was honored. My Spinach alfredo Meatball casserole & Apple Crasin Pecan sald were both hits!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hat Sold!!

Snowboarder Skullie in Black sold to Nick in MO

~I feel better this morning!

~I attend the Worship Committee meeting & Acolyte Training. I help some with Altar Guild.

~I got a skein of RHS Real Teal at Hobby Lobby with a 40%-off coupon. It comes to about $1.90, which is cheaper even than a thrift store. I went to Family Thrift Store,but then started feeling bad. I dropped off Peanut Butter Whopper Bars & Ginger Coconutty for the Napa Boys.

~Back home, I made a short-brim Cheyenne Hat in Gala Petite Fours pastels. It is the rayon $1.00 stuff from Big Lots & it is super soft.

~I attended music practice but was off-key due to my cold.

~We had pb/ab wraps for supper.

Friday, April 15, 2011

He has founded his city on the holy mountain. Psalm 87:1

Shiprock, New Mexico

~I felt like warmed-over roadkill when I got up this morning, but after a dose of DayQuilI felt bettter.

~I made a double batch of Raisin Bran Muffins, 6 XL muffins, 12 regular muffins & 9 small muffins. I swept the floors and dusted the furniture.

~I used up scraps & made 2 kid hats, one Homespun Pink/Green & one unknown blues boucle.

~I made more Bon Bon granny squares and 3 Hot pink squares.

~We had bacon cheeseburger wraps for supper.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Craisin Sugar Cookies-they look like faces!

~If I didn't have bulletins to do,I would stay home. I feel like crap. But, I did go to the office & did all the Palm Sunday bulletins as well as edits on Tenebrae & stuffing Easter eggs. I did a little more work on the St. Elizabeth Guild guide.

~Date Nite: After warmups, Randy talked about his CCW Intructor renewal course he took, along with instructors for police departments. He said that our group was, by far, better trained than any he saw. We do more weak-hand drills(shooting, reloads, malfunction-clearing) & drawing from the holsters than other instructors. We are very lucky to get the kind of training we do. We did failure drills(2 to the body, 1 to the head), using smaller targets to simulate further distances. After the break, we did timed shooting at different distances with reloads. I got a failure drill at the 7-yd line under 2 seconds, a new record for me! Also 2 reloads under 3 seconds, which is also good for me.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lap Blanket

Light Gray Granny Square lap blanket for St. Mary's Prayer Shawl Ministry

~Mike drove me to work, then went up on the roof to check on changing the heat over to the swamp coolers. Norm came in & paid bills. I filed paperwork, worked on bulletins, PoP, the new St. Elizabeth's Guild member book & stuffed eggs with caramels.

~It is official. I have Mike's cold. I feel like crap. I had soup for supper & made Mike a chicken bacon cheese wrap.

~I made granny squares in RHS Bon Bon print.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Apple Butter

R.W. Knudsen Organic apple Butter-I have always preferred apple butter over any jelly/jam/preserves on peanut butter. This apple butter is nothing but apples & apple juice, no added sugar. It tastes like my grandmas! It is also good on corn bread. I can only find it at the Albertsons on Jaun Tabo/Candelaria in the health food section.

~At the office, I worked on bulletins, typed up a report for Mutual Ministry Review, started the May newsletter.

~I worked on granny squares.

~We had grilled hotdog wraps for supper.

Monday, April 11, 2011

I am woman, hear me roar!!

~After stopping at Big Lots, I went up to the church to help bag groceries at the Food Pantry. I sorted recyclable, called in payroll & sorted mail.

~I got gas at Smith's, dropped off mail at Susans, got a skein of RHS Turqua(with 40%-off coupon made it less than $2) at Hobby Lobby, picked up a cover shirt & teacup at Goodwill, got apple butter at Albertsons & got a skein of Caron One Pound Lilac(50%-off coupon)at JoAnn. I took Mike his Dayquil he forgot.

~I made a batch of Swedish Ginger Cookies. With the new AirBake pans(these are darker than the shiny one I already had),they turned out near perfect! The darker pans take 2 minutes less baking time than the shiny ones.

~I made a Kalispell Hat in RHS Spa Blue & worked on granny squares.

~Mike closed the store.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. Psalm 85:12

Chile field in southern New Mexico

~We got groceries at Walmart & Smiths.

~I attended 10:30am mass where I ushered & read from the Old Testament(mispronounced a word!). I helped with Coffee Hour.

~I picked Mime up from work at 2pm to help out at CCW class. This is the first class with no ladies.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Caramel Sugar Cookies

~I went to Target to pick up AirBake cookie sheets & Nyquil for Mike. I started to pick up trash around the church, but it was too windy. I did get the bake sale flyers on on the doors, though. We had 4 ladies at Prayer Shawl Ministry & Fr. Jim has 1 lap blanket & 4 shawls to bless on Sunday! I started a Diamond shawl in RHS Country Blue.

~At Family Thrift Center, I got a sleeveless floral cover shirt.

~I dropped off Rainbow Chocolate Chip sugar cookies for the napa Boys.

~I made flower for a Garland of Blossoms scarf in vintage unknown Pink Ombre. I haven't decided whether to join it with black or green. I had enough leftover for a Stained Glass granny square.

~I attended music practice.

~I made Mike a bacon cheeseburger wrap for supper.

We watched King Arthur. It is one of our favorite movies!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hat & Yarn Sold!!

Roseburg Hat in Beet/Toast sold to Margaret in CA

Wool yarn sold to Karin in MA

~I made a batch of bacon, swept the floors & went through another kitchen cabinet for yardsale stuff.

~I finished the edging on the RH Soft Dark Blush Romantic Lace shawl, made a Girly hat in the same yarn(still have 1 1/2 skeins left!), a Boys hat in Black/Camo & a Sedona Hat in RHS Ocean/Lavender with Ocean buttons on the band.

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

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A bit of KY in NM

A country shelf Joey sent me for Christmas(just now got it up on the wall!). It reminds me of KY.

~Mike drove me to work. At the office, I printed/folded/inserted Sunday bulletins & bulletins for a wedding. I did work on the Palm Sunday bulletin, too. I attended the St. Elizabeth's Guild meeting, where new bylaws were adopted & plans were made for an Easter Bake Sale & a May Tea Party. It actually rained today!

~Date Nite:After warmups, we did timed shooting drills at 3, 5, 7, 10 & 15 yards. I did good!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Threat Management

From todays Abq Journal

~ Mike had planned on helping the Brothers of the Hood blow-off the church parking lot, but he got called into work around 7:30am. At the office, I worked on bulletins, did some typing, stuffed eggs with 2 bags of candy.

~I made a Tie Dye Beanie in unknown Blues/White/Browns, which I think I will call Ramsay Plaid. I also worked on granny squares.

~We had grilled hotdog wraps for supper.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. Psalm 85:11

Ranchos de Taos, NM

~At the office, I worked on bulletins(regular Sunday, 2 for Holy Week & one for a wedding). Norm came in the afternoon with legal paper, saving us about $12 over what we were spending. He brought me a muffin! I did 1st Quarter Restricted Funds. I also switched out the March shamrocks for April Easter eggs. They are fun, sweet-tart colors in a stripe, a polka dot & a floral.

~I made a flapper Beanie in RHS Burgundy/LBVC Charcoal Print & worked on granny squares.

~Mike closed the store.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Scarf & Hat Sold!!

Garland of Blossoms scarf in Black/Multi sold to Yvonne in TX

Durango Hat in Olive Heather sold to Danielle in ME

~I stopped off at Big Lots(almonds) before heading up to the church to help load bags at the Food Pantry. I picked up bulletins from the sanctuary & sorted mail.

~At Albertson's, I picked up raspberry syrup & cocoa. They had frozen meals 10 for $10, so I picked some of those up, too.

~Back home, I made 2 dozen Granola Muffins.

~I put together a Garland of Blossoms scarf with COP Black & already-made flowers in various solid colors.

~We had bacon cheeseburger wraps for supper.

~We watched The Last Airbender. They did great on the visual effects, but the actors couldn't act. It was like they were just reading the words on the page. I slept through parts of it. How it got 4.5 stars on IMDb, I have no clue.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Prayer Shawl

Mesh Prayer Shawl in Caron Simply Soft Venetian Rose for St. Mary's Prayer Shawl Ministry.

~We got groceries at Walmart & Smith's. Neither had the AirBake cookie sheet! ~I attended 10:30 am mass, serving as Acolyte 1. I also signed up to do a reading on Good Friday Seven Last Words. I helped with Coffee Hour.

~I made a Sedona Hat in Caron One Pound Sunflower/unknown Brown Heather.

~Mike & I attended 4:30pm mass & did Security afterwards. This is the job of Vestry members one a one-month basis.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Peanut Butter Cup Sugar Cookies

~At the Daughters of the King meeting, Deacon Sam lead us through the Stations of the Cross, the first time for me. We then had a short meeting.

~At the Family Thrift Center, I got a skirt & a heart=-shaped tea infuser spoon. It is so cute!

~I dropped off Peanut Butter Crispies for the Napa Boys.

~I started a Prayer Shawl in older RH Soft "Dark Blush"(sent to me by Mom), using the Romantic Lace Shawl pattern from Redheart. It is lovely! I finished one skein then rejoined in the starting chain a second skein.

~I made Mike a pb/ab wrap for supper.

Friday, April 1, 2011


A tool like any other

~ I made a batch of Sugar Cookies, my first. On each cookie sheet, I made them different. After rolling them into balls & flattening the dough, I added to the tops: peanut butter cups(my fav!), mini rainbow Kisses, caramel bits & craisins. I have one Airbake sheet & 2 dark sheets. The Airbake cookies always turn out better(perfectly round & the right color), so I am getting another Airbake sheet & selling the 2 dark ones at the yardsale. I also swept the floors, dusted the furniture & did a load of laundry.

~I made a Cheyenne Hat in the leftover COP Lace, adding a rose pin in Wintuk Rosewine. I worked some on granny squres, too.

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

~I added unknown Green to the Rainbow round ripple lap blanket, finishing it off. It's awesome!!