Sleeper

When growing up I remember all tomatoes were red, all lettuce was iceberg, Oscar Meyer bologna was king, and white bread, enriched with vitamins and minerals, was good for you.  Then in the 80’s, we started hearing about cholesterol, both high and low-density lipoproteins, saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, (no, trans-fat wasn’t in the public consciousness yet!) and carbohydrates.  There were other buzzwords circulating at that time, but I won’t belabor my point….too much.  If you all remember, carbs were king and feeling the “burn” while you exercised was the only way to go.

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Love this house! I think it’s somewhere in Arizona.

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He always knew how to make use of his – ahem – less than attractive face.

I’ve used the title “Sleeper“, a great Woody Allen movie, because the nutrition information seemed to jive with what is happening today.  The main character is, without his consent or knowledge, put in cryogenic sleep because something went wrong during a routine surgery he was having, and wakes up to a dystopian world 200 years in the future.  He is awakened to find cream pies, cigars and cigarettes are considered to be healthful.  In one scene, Woody is panicking because he’s been told the reason why he was thawed (you have to see the movie!) and one of the doctors who was responsible for bringing him out of the freeze, lights a cigarette and hands it to him, telling him to take the smoke deep into his lungs.  Hahaha!

My point?  Eat what YOU want, exercise in a way that makes YOU feel good and get all the sleep YOU need.  Just be certain to maintain a weight and state of health that makes YOU feel good.  You’ll know you’ve hit the spot if you aren’t prescribed a crapload of maintenance drugs to stay alive because you’re overweight and don’t exercise.  Oh, wait – that sounds like me.

Excuse me, I think I’ll go make myself a bologna sandwich on white bread…

A Week into the Crochet-A-Long…

…where I appear to be the only one engaged in it! LOL No matter. I’m making something I want and I just wanted company.  I have finished the blocks and am now working on the face features.  It is SMALL.  The title should have been more along the lines of “Pumpkin Face Towel” or “Pumpkin Face Baby Blanket”!  I hadn’t really planned on using it heavily, so this fits in with my interior decorating scheme called White Trash Bed and Breakfast look.  On the plus side,  I’m going faster than I had anticipated, so if you’re on the fence about joining in with me, here’s the pattern link.  I guarantee it won’t mess up your Christmas projects schedule as it has taken me so very little time to get where I am now, and I haven’t been going full-speed on it.  In fact, as you can see by my video, I’ve even had time to trash a square and still be this far.

Talk to you all later – mwah!

Crochet-A-Long Progress and a Surprising Endorsement

I don’t know how many of you, if any, are starting your Pumpkin Face Throw with me, so I’ll assume some of you are and just haven’t chimed in.  I wanted to share a technique with you that will minimize the gap when joining in the round.  Please click here for the video!

I also wanted to mention that my blog views have been going off the chart (for me, at least!) because Lion Brand Yarn mentioned my Halloweenie Beanie in their Twitter feed – !  I was thrilled that one of my favorite and most frequently used yarn companies;

1.) Actually noticed my work among thousands of other offerings online

2.) Were kind enough to share the info

I mean, it’s not an Oscar or a Grammy Award, but, hey – for those of us who knit and crochet, it’s pretty special!

Post script – Lion Brand also shared this on their Facebook page – eee!

Oh. My. God.

You’re probably wondering “What’s with the title?” I’ll tell you.  I am going to write about the misunderstandings a long-term marriage can experience when it comes to the wife going into a yarn shop.  You know, Oh, I’ll be right in and out because I know exactly what I want.  Now…I did tell him that; HOWEVER, that was only if we went to the grocery store first, then went to Jo-Ann Crafts.  But it didn’t work that way.  We went to Jo-Ann’s first, so I felt I had a little time to play.  Big mistake.  I have never seen my husband of 31 years just keep dogging me to leave.  I was actually a little sneaky, a little willful in wanting to look at all the yarn.  I had another project in mind for a friend, and I thought, well, while we’re here…you know.  But still, he kept bothering me and bothering me until I threw up my hands in frustration and said OK!  Let’s leave.  I think next time we’re out running around and he decides to drop into his hobby shops, instead of waiting patiently in the car with the air conditioner running and all my apps going on my cell phone, I’ll go with him and start whining like a two year-old, “What, you’re not done yet?”  The war is on!  LOL

Oh, and a post script.  You may notice a have a size “I” crochet hook lying innocently among the yarn, and you may be thinking What?  She doesn’t have an “I” hook?!  I want to assure you, that yes, yes I do have an “I” hook, but I’m slowly changing over to the more ergonomically correct hooks in order to alleviate my carpal tunnel symptoms.

Post-post script.  Ok, so maybe I was just having an off day and being a strong, independent woman (and other words that don’t mean “bitch”).  See you in the funny pages!

Here are the colors for the CAL blankie! Ain’t they purty?

Blatant Advertising….And a Nudge for the Hookers Out There

You know you want it!
You know you want it!

You know you want it!

While doing a countdown to Friday so I may start on the CAL  (yes, that’s a link for the crocheters aka “hookers” out there…click on it if you haven’t checked it out already), I decided to play with some novelty yarn.  I’ve done this particular ribbon-type yarn before, but it’s been awhile.  I rather like this particular yarn because there’s a gold sequin edge along the ruffles.  I know, I know, it doesn’t really sound like my style, but it was so cute, and this color – oh! – had to do it.  And now you can have one too.  Think of how cool it would look on you during the holiday seasons…there are other colors to choose from.  Click on the pic, it will take you there,and check it out.  If you don’t think you’ll like it, but know someone who would, pass it on.  Sharing is caring.  It’s all good.

 

Crochet-A-Long!

Halloween CAL

You know you want to do it!

I’ve got Halloween on my mind, and I can’t be the only one.  I know, I know, we should be working on our Christmas gifts, but I would like to squeeze in a Halloween project.  Something we can do together.  And be done with in…oh…a month.  So you could have plenty of time to return to your Christmas gifts, or get them started.  I’d like to get this started as soon as possible, so we could all enjoy the blanket for awhile before having to pack it away with all the other Halloween decorations to await next year!  As this is worked with Red Heart’s Super Saver yarn, so this will definitely be easy on the pocket!  I shall be starting on Friday, September 5th, and I’ll be keeping you posted of my progress.  If you decide to join, definitely write about your progress and upload those pics!  It can be so motivating when the “doldrums” kick in.

Click on the picture to go to the pattern instructions.

So who’s with me?

A Halloweenie Beanie Freebie

I totally love the pageantry of Halloween.  The colors, the candy, the changing of the seasons, the costumes, the legends…ok, so mostly the candy.  But I do adore the little gee-gaws and decorations that come with autumn.  In fact, I think I have just as many Halloween decorations as I do Christmas decorations!  There’s just something so…what – primal? about this time of year, and as I get older, it is rapidly becoming my favorite holiday.  So, without further ado, here is the link to the beanie pattern.  For those of you who don’t want to crochet or just don’t want to bother, I do sell this in my Etsy shop.

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