Thursday, January 30, 2014

Baby Blanket Tah-Dah!

Seems like ages since I've finished anything besides a doily...

Body of Blanket Pattern:  Lovely Shells Baby Blanket, find it free HERE. Thank you, Olga!
Edging Pattern:  One row sc, one row dc, one row (dc, ch1, sk1, dc in next) around, then the last three rows of the edging pattern from a blanket in Leisure Arts Elegant Shells, Classic Collection Book 1 (On the cover; picture below)
Yarn:  Knit Picks Brava Sport:  Seashell, Cream, Cotton Candy
Hook:  Size F
Measurements:  43" x 30"
Happiness Level:  This was so fun! I needed something like this to concentrate on. It only took a few days of crocheting just an hour or two. I couldn't crochet very long at one time because of my arm. I like the yarn, but the pink was splitty. It wasn't too bad though and I've got more on the way from Knit Picks in different colors.

Picture of book from which I got the edging pattern:


My favorite cereal for breakfast.
So good!

They were all staring at me last night because I was eating cheese.

Moochers! I aimed my crochet light at them so I could get a picture. Sorry about the glare from the white dogs. Fletcher is off to the right, but I couldn't fit his mug in the picture. Could Eli's ears be any bigger? Ha! He is a Papillon afterall, although a giant one and more the size of a Sheltie. He's the smartest of all our dogs...almost too smart for his own good. It gets him in trouble a lot.

What else?  Absolutely nothing.  I have done some cooking and taken pictures to post, but they were boring and nothing special.  I haven't been anywhere outside the house except the doctor's office for follow-ups on the back and shoulder, grocery store, post office, pharmacy, and essential places like that.  Other than that, I stay in my leggings and a hoodie  or tee shirt and either work, sleep, or crochet.  Some day soon I will get back into my walks, but I haven't done that since I ripped my shoulder at the end of November.  (You use your shoulder to walk, don't ya know. LOL. Okay, that's a dumb excuse.)

I am inches from being done with my Madelinetosh Shawl, but she's just sitting there on my dining room table looking pretty and wondering why I've abandoned her when she's so close to being finished.

I also have a doily, The Big Yellow Taxi Blanket, the dark teal bobble hearts blanket, my kitty cat, and a couple of other blankets which will remain unnamed because I'm pretty sure you've forgotten about them at this point, and I don't want to remind you of yet another thing I haven't finished.

Love you ALL!
Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Some Granny Shawl Patterns

The granny shawl pattern from the link I gave yesterday is HERE.  My comments were written all in fun, and I assumed that whomever wrote that pattern would never see my comments since it was from a foreign company.  I do realize the reason they are unclear is because English is not their first language.  If I had to write a pattern in another language, I'm sure it would be all messed up and difficult to follow too.  I just wanted to say that so no one thinks I'm a TOTAL asshole...just a partial one.  Ha-ha.

I didn't finish that shawl pictured in the June 2010 post and no longer have it.

The granny shawl pattern I always use now is up in my menu bar.  It's called 1970's Filigree Shawl. The original pattern link is archived HERE.

There is also another Granny Shawl pattern on Ravelry HERE that I used for the below shawl:

I made this from all variegated colors of various yarn brands.
I gave this away to my sister's friend.
More pictures on my Ravelry Projects Page.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Laugh and Re-Laugh

Someone commented on a post from 2010 and since I didn't know what she was talking about in her comment, I went back and read the post.  I don't even recall writing it, but it made me laugh hard.

So today's post is a re-run from June 2010.  What a rip-off!  Oh shuddup.  It's not like you're paying for these. ;)  

Find it HERE.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Irony and a Tropical Bundt Cake

I hate it when people use the word "ironic" for things that are not ironic at all, but I hear them do it all the time. Look it up in the dictionary before you use it wrongly so you don't irritate me. 

THIS, my friends, is TRUE IRONY:

See this horseshoe?
Of course you do! It's right in front of your face! How dumb of me.

Anyway, the week after Christmas I was thinking of ways I could possibly change my luck in 2014. I'm usually a very lucky girl indeed, but as I've already said, 2013 sucked green wienies. I looked at Feng Shui websites and read a little bit about the basics of it to see if I could change anything in my home to promote good "vibes" and maybe a little good luck too. One of the things I read about was putting a horseshoe above your front door (either inside or out or both). Of course, I'd heard of this before, but I'd never thought anything about it really. It's such a simple thing. What could it hurt unless it fell from above the door as you were walking in and konked you on the headbone rendering you unconscious with a concussion or something dumb like that?  So I made it my mission to get one.

A few days later, we trekked up to Oklahoma to the casino to play a little. On the way, we found a little antique/junk store that had a bunch of old ironworks out front. I went inside and was met by a young girl who instantly coughed a great big deep cough practically in my face as she said hello.  I told her what I was looking for and followed her through the store as she coughed and hacked like a 65-year smoker.  She showed me four buckets of horseshoes I could choose from.  (By the way, the horseshoe must be good and used because part of the way it works is you are supposedly harnessing the power of the horse who wore it.) We were both squatted down, heads together digging through the horseshoes for a good five minutes before I settled on the one above.  I paid her the $3 and started walking towards the door.  She followed me and hacked a little more.

As I got to the door she began turning out the lights and said I had gotten there just in time because she was closing up since she was sick.  Her doctor had just diagnosed her with the flu and viral pneumonia.

WHAT??!! Mother Fuc...!!! I swear to God, I nearly turned around and wrung her skinny neck!  Exactly seven days later, which is the incubation period for such things, I came down with the flu.  GAH!  (I have not hung the horseshoe to this day. It's sitting on my desk as I type this. Maybe I need to do that.)

So irony, yeah.  I caught a deadly illness while buying a horseshoe to bring me good luck!

Gee, Mom. That was sure a long story for something so dumb.
Oh shut up, Fletch.

TMI:  I'm feeling so much better, but I still have tons of phlegm in my throat and lungs.  It's bugging the holy crap out of me and I'm constantly clearing my throat and choking down wads of gross slime.  If I don't keep my mind off of it, I start to panic and think I'm choking. It's almost worse than the flu itself! GAH. It would suck to die by choking on your own sour snot. How gross am I? Heh-heh. Sorry.

I hate to let bananas spoil and have to throw them out, so I started to make a loaf of banana bread, but I only had two bananas which really wasn't enough...

So I made this Tropical Bundt Cake instead.
It's a modified version of a Hummingbird Cake.
I snuck a piece and ate it plain before adding the frosting.

I prefer it without frosting, but The Captain would holler for some icing immediately if he saw it bare.

Tropical Bundt Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 large eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup sweetened coconut
8 oz can of crushed pineapple, drained
3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla extract

Spray a Bundt pan well with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir together well.  Stir in eggs, mashed bananas, coconut, pineapple, oil, and vanilla.  Stir in pecans and spoon batter evenly into your prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes.  Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Frost if desired.

Optional Cream Cheese Frosting

4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine ingredients adding milk to your desired consistency.  Spread on cake.  Sprinkle with nuts or cinnamon, if desired.


Hey, do you like my "new" Tupperware vintage pie saver?  I bought it on Etsy around Christmastime.  I bought it for storing pie, but it fits this cake perfectly too.  I originally went to buy a new one and also checked e-Bay, but they were like $40 bucks new!  Lordie have mercy!  Are they made of gold?  I found this one on Etsy for $11.  Yipee!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January, Texas-Style

Brrr! I took this around 5:00 pm today.

See? I'm working on stuff...

I got some Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn from my hubby for Christmas!
It's not quite as green as this picture, but it's close.
It's called Courbet's Green. He picked it, but I like it.

Oops, my finger slipped and another dog picture appeared. ;)

Guess what I did?

I went to an old cemetery ghost hunting!

Damn, this guy died a looong time ago!

Okay, this was just the daytime scope-out of the place, but I'm going back under the cover of night. That's when ghosts come out to play, don't ya know? Want to come? It'll be scary and adrenaline-filled fun! Do you think I'm a dork? I don't care!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2013 Kicked My Ass

...and I was very seriously considering not returning to blogging until I got a call from one of my very dear bloggy friends yesterday, and it was just what I needed.  SO...

I need a little more time to get over this darn flu that jumped up and bit me HARD a couple of weeks ago. It's just not letting go.  (It bit the Captain too.)  This flu is a bad-ass!  It was almost the straw that broke the camel's back for me after everything else that went down last year.

But I shall get back up and dust myself off once again and be back. Until then, here are some doggy pictures.  Quite often, my dogs are the only things that keep me going.

Is there anything more precious?

My little man, Ollie.

You can see that Sammi had an eye infection a couple of weeks back. She's all better now and all that fogginess has gone away, thank goodness. I was afraid she was going to wind up blind like Janie.

My favorite wild-child, Fletch. He's a mess!

Here's what my shoulder looked like just a few days after surgery. There's another hole more around to the back that's not showing in this pic. Amazing what can they do now through little holes in your skin! I hit the six week mark yesterday and FINALLY got to take the immobilization sling off. It feels weird and is still painful to move, but that'll just take time and a little more physical therapy.

Just a picture. I threw one of my doilies over a lamp in my dining room and thought it looked neat.

I did finally get some Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn for Christmas and have been slowly working on a shawl. It's going slowly, but you'll be the first to see it when it's finished!

If you've sent an email in the past several weeks, I mostly likely have not answered you. I just have not had any motivation to even read my email, much less respond or send any out myself.

Have a drink while you wait for me.

I'll get over this slump...I know I will! 

See ya.
Pammy Sue

Monday, January 13, 2014