Monday, March 29, 2010

Oh yeah!

And that is what we did on Sunday!

My honey and I, along with a few friends went to Grand Island area to see the Sandhill Cranes as they migrated through Nebraska. It's an annual event and much enjoyed by many people not just Nebraskans.

I actually went to the 8:30 a.m. church service so that we could head out early enough in the day to see the cranes. For those of you who know me... I'm NOT a morning person, at all! But I got up early and I was a somewhat functioning human being for church. By 11:30 we all were heading out towards Grand Island to go bird watching. There were two cars that went, ours held my honey, myself and our friend and another one that held 4 others friend's. We ended up eating lunch first and then driving around looking for the Cranes. We didn't see as many as we had hoped for but we saw enough to get a few good photo's. Well, my honey did anyhow. Most of mine were sadly out of focus. But my honey got some really good shots!

As gawky as they look on the ground... they fly so beautifully!

My friend, bound and determined to get near them...

I love this shot!

These three seemed to want to be photographed!

All in all it was difficult to get good shots of these birds without one of those super high powered lenses. They are super skittish. But it was pretty cool to be able to see them. I think next year we might go and spend the night in the area so that we can see them fly back to the Big Bend of the Platte River and then get up early (again) to see them fly out. They sleep at the river but then fly out to the corn fields to eat. About 95% of the cranes' diet is corn during this stopover. They do this for about three weeks and then they continue on their migration North.

We have been here for nearly 4 years and this was the first time we've gone to see this sight. I'm so glad we finally did it and it was made even more special because we went with friends!

I hope ya'll had a good weekend! ;-)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Weekend Cat Blogging #2

Hello everyone!

Once again Pam, of Sidewalk Shoes is hosting the Weekend Cat Blogging! I'm not sure why I join in on the fun only when she hosts but that's about the only time I do it!

Anyhow... here is my entry for Saturday's Weekend Cat Blogging!

The hunter.......

The poor little hunted.....

This is the story at my house.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Need I say more?

Have a great day ya'll!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

So, I lied.

Well, maybe lied is too harsh a word. I honestly had every intention of just sitting around knitting this weekend. REALLY! But, then I realized that I had fabric I needed to cut and bundle up to send them on their way to the ladies that I am doing the fabric swap with, hosted by "jumping overboard". Actually, I was supposed to have them sent out by Saturday. But, I didn't. I got all my fabric cut Friday night and then I realized I had nothing to package them up in so I went to the store and of course, stopped everywhere to get all my errand taken care of and by the time I got home it was too late to send them out. So, they will go out first thing in the morning. Sorry ladies! You know I can't just "send" the fabric. I needed to pretty, them up a bit. And I really didn't do much of anything, sad to say. I was really trying hard to get them out on time so I quickly put it all together and then realized that it was too late to send out that day. Oh well, I think they at least look half way interesting. I've received one package from one of the ladies and the fabric is sooo nice! I think if her fabric was anything to go by, it's going to be lot's of fun getting the other ladies fabrics! I am soooo excited! This is my first fabric swap ever and I think, this may not be my last! By the way, Corinnea, do you recognize the flower fabric with the dark background? You made a dress for baby girl with that.

So, the knitting is going to get underway now! Oh wait. I need to get my bible study reading done first THEN I'm going to get started on my knitting! Sheesh!

Hope ya'll had a great weekend!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Finally.... Sort of.

Well hello everyone! I hope ya'll have been doing well since my last post. We've had snow melting for the past week but then we got about two inches of snow yesterday! I was very happy to see the snow. Others, however, were not. And it wasn't a long lasting snow. I mean, it's all pretty much melted by this morning. Things were looking kind of brown there for a while. And it was rather dreary since we've had rain and cloudy skies for the past week. So "I" was quite happy (YES! I said happy!) to see some lovely snow.

So, I finally finished my French Knit Felted Slippers! Well, sort of anyhow. I only have to apply the puff paint onto the bottoms of the slippers. And they really need them. Especially on the wood floors! These slippers are slickery on the wood floors! But otherwise they turned out okay. I'm not too pleased with them as far as wearability. But that has NOTHING to do with the design, and EVERYTHING to do with the knitter (me). I did something wrong in the heal area of the slippers. They seem to sit too low on the heal and they slip off. But, part of it could also be the fact that they are a bit large for me. I made them for someone who has larger feet so maybe it won't be so bad once she puts them on. But, the next slippers I make I REALLY need to pay attention to the joining of the heals part of the instructions. I just need to find some puff paint and then I"m done! YAY!

I believe I mentioned some time ago, that I was knitting a sleeveless Cardi. Gosh that was over a year ago. Anyhow, I never finished it. I got so frustrated with it and I couldn't figure it out no matter how hard I tried. So I wadded the poor thing up and threw it into a corner and sort of "tried" to forget about it. I worked on other projects and even completed them. Which made me feel really good. But that poor wadded up ball of mess kept haunting me. It kept saying "you failed... you gave up on me... Until yesterday. Yesterday I swallowed my pride and went to a knitting store called A String of Purls here in Omaha. They have the nicest ladies there that are so helpful! And their store is so lovely. All those colors and textures and a wonderful sitting area in front of a wonderful fireplace that you can sit at and work on your knitting. So yesterday I went there because several people had told me that the ladies at String of Purls would help knitters with their knitting problems. I finally decided to do something about the sleeveless cardi AND the yoga socks! So I packed those things into my bag and hauled them to the store. And sure enough with the help of the ladies there I was able to figure out where I'd gone wrong on both projects and left there feeling quite confident at being able to complete both items and I even bought a couple skeins of fun yarn for baby girl's hat that I am going to make her! And so, I went home really excited to work on my projects but couldn't find a moment to even look at either of them, let alone work on them, the the rest of the day. And I probably won't be able to work on them today what with all the things that need doing and then tonight we have a get together with friends so those two projects will have to wait until this weekend. And then LOOK OUT BABY, 'cuz all I'm going to be doing is knitting!

Whew! There you go. Hopefully, I'll have something to show ya'll on Monday. Wish me luck!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What can I say...

Once again, I've spent the last week feeling like I was constantly doing something and had no time to do what I wanted to do which was... knit. So far, I've got about two inches of cuff knitted up with NO MISTAKES! (quickly knocking on wood) I've been able to sit long enough to do a round or two every now and then. And I've done this part of the sock soooooo many times that I've actually learned to pick out where I'm at within the pattern! I'm finally recognizing what the pearl looks like and the knit looks like. So that's a good thing. So I have another two inches to go before I get to the part where I skip making the heal part. Yay! But wait, I'm getting ahead of myself.

So, today, I will have free time after doing the grocery shopping. I will be able to sit down for an hour and work on my yoga sock and catch up on my soap opera. Yes, I have ripped out and started this sock over sooooooo many times that I can now (at this point of the pattern) knit AND talk or watch t.v. at the same time!

And so I leave you now without having posted a photo of any kind. I hope to have something to show in my next post. And I promise to post something better in the next one. Just don't think that it will be one completed sock. I can guarantee that it will take me longer than one hour to finish this sucker! ;-)

Ya'll have a great day! And I hope that all of you are experiencing the beginnings of a Spring thaw in your area as we are here...