A Bug, Β Two Hats, and Three Squares πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• 

Word of advice….if you’re squeamish – scroll by the first picture real fast 😝 

Okay – you have been warned πŸ˜‰

A Bug 

This weird, but somehow very fascinating, creature was hanging out by our front door yesterday 😳


I had never seen one in ‘real life’ …just photos. They really do look like sticks, especially since this one had a leaf stuck to it. 😁 Just the feelers – moving frantically- gave it away. 

Two Hats 

I love Pixie Hats 😍 So this week I gathered up my courage, and finally gave it a try…

First I made a Toddler size one…using an easy pattern from Two Little C’s

The yarn is ‘Fruity Stripes’ from Red Heart’. Not usually my choice for wearable accessories/clothing, but I love the colors. And like my daughter pointed out…’It definitely is water-repellent’ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

For the second one I wanted to use a yarn from my stash – Lion Brand ‘Landscapes Tropics’

It is an acrylic yarn, but looks and feels like wool (without the scratchy-ness πŸ˜‰) and it’s machine washable. 

I knew I didn’t have enough for the pattern, so I started at the band, and worked my way up. I decreased as I saw fit…and am proud to report that it worked on the first try. 

If I ever manage that again 😊 there will be a written pattern. 

Three Squares 

Two, three weeks ago I started on a new ‘Gypsy Cardigan’. I always use the ‘Mandala Cakes’. It was a struggle from the beginning, because the colors/lengths didn’t match from one cake to the next. But somehow I made it work. πŸ˜„ So I had matching squares

On to the contrasting triangles. Ha – you’d think ‘yellow and grey…pretty neutral colors. Easy peasy’. Well, no! Not true πŸ˜– Nothing seemed to work

No green-ish, no purple, no teal…I now have enough triangles to make a separate cardigan πŸ˜‚

I took everything apart, and thought ‘I’ll make a shawl’. A quick border, seams – done! 

Nope πŸ˜• Colors look ok…but there’s a lot of puckering going on 

I’m beginning to think that these squares don’t wanna be anything …except maybe a pillow in a ’70s german living room 😜


See it there…on the right…on top of the couch. πŸ˜‚

I’m not giving up though. Something will come to me. 😁

Alrighty – that’s all for today 😊 Oh, one more thing…I’d like to send you into the weekend with a little chuckle 


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Have a fabulous Friday πŸ’• 

I’m sending Love ❀️ Smiles πŸ˜ƒ and Hugs πŸ€— your way, and hope to see you tomorrow for the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’s Chili/Chocolate Bread’! 

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Your πŸ’Weekend 🍹Chuckle πŸ˜

Hello and Happy Weekend my lovely friends πŸ’œ

 I love looking through my funny memes, picking the best ones to share with you 😁

Ready ? Look around….are you alone? 😜 Ok – proceed…

πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

I know I’ve shown you this before…but it cracks me up every time I come across it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

Bahahaha πŸ˜† I really wanna know what happened here! 

πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

True story! 😜

πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

Never a dull moment! πŸ˜‰

πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

Hmmmm…..I guess that’s it for today πŸ™ƒ

I’m sending Hugs πŸ€—Smiles πŸ™‚ and Love πŸ’• your way 😘

Your Weekend Chuckle πŸ˜…

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thank you so much for peeking in! 😍

Warning: Continuing may result in bursts of laughter…look around make sure you’re alone 😜

πŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊ

And this, my dear friends, is what we call ‘Schadenfreude’ πŸ˜‰

πŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊ

Most definitely! πŸ˜‰

πŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊ
There are photos 😝

πŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊ

 

Hubby tried it yesterday….it works! πŸ˜‚

πŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊ
Poor guy 😜

Alrighty….that’s all for today πŸ€“ I hope this tickled a giggle or two out of ya 😊

Have a fabulous weekend 😎 I’ll see you in October 🍁

Until then πŸ’•

Blankets, Blooms, and Other Random ThingsΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• 

First of all…Happy Monday! 😎

It may not be perfect 


…but at least you’re not that guy 😜

Now I wanna show you a few pictures, and tell you about my weekend 😊

Saturday was our ‘Citywide Yardsale Day’ πŸ˜ƒ There were a lot of little flags on the yard sale map…it looked promising. 

My daughter is accessorising her new house, so she was in. 😁 We took off bright and early, and were not disappointed! 

Do you know the easiest, fastest (and cheapest πŸ˜‰) way to get your hands on a ‘Granny Square’ blanket? 

You find a person that doesn’t care about any of that, and sells you one for $ 2 (two) 😜


Talk about a lucky find! She also sold me the other one in the picture for $2 😍 

I asked her if she knew anything about them, but all she could tell me was that she found them in an old trunk she discovered in the basement of the foreclosed home she bought “as is”. 

They were a bit dusty, but 2 cycles in the wash (last one with Lysol – you never know πŸ˜‰) and the colors pop again. πŸ™‚

As we were out and about we stopped at a State Park with an amazing view over the Missouri River into Missouri…I think our little corner of the world is quite pretty 😎


Back home I washed my treasures, and as I hung them out to dry I noticed that some of my flowers gathered some strength for summer’s last ‘Hurrah’ 


The blanket in the background ⬆️ is another Yard Sale beauty 😁

     
Sometimes when my brain seems to be on overload….in Lorelai Gilmore fashion ‘Monkey, Monkey, Underpants’ πŸ˜† …. I like to sit outside, and just watch the bees, the flowers, and the clouds 😊

 
Other people get Angels….I get Daffy Duck πŸ˜†


Aaaaand…..poof….the weekend was over – but that’s ok. 😁 Every new week brings new possibilities and ideas and ways to make new memories. 😊

I hope you have an amazing week, and am sending you Love, Hugs, and Smiles πŸ’•

Your Weekend Chuckle πŸ˜Ή

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• 

I can’t believe it’s already Sunday afternoon 😳 Man, this week has just flown by. 

If you need some cheering up… I think I can help 😁

 There is a chance that you come across something that’s just not funny….then please remember that I had to get up 4 times last night to take our little, queasy Lorelai outside. πŸ˜– So my judgement may have been compromised 😝

 Lorelai is all better now…catching up on her sleep πŸ˜†

Alrighty – here we go….hoping for the best 😁

1. Best photobomb ever πŸ˜‚ The Dad told the little girl to say ‘Cheeeese’….


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🌼🌸🌺🌼🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌺

Oh boy 😳 I hope they fixed this fast…


🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸🌺🌸🌼🌸

We made it…again! 😝


🌸🌼🌺🌼🌸🌼🌺🌼🌸🌼🌺🌼🌸🌼🌺🌼🌸🌼🌺🌼🌸🌼🌺🌼🌸🌼🌺🌼🌸🌼🌺🌼🌸🌼

Is it lunchtime yet? 


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That’s it for today… I hope you giggled a little bit 😎

Now lunch, then maybe a little nap….it’s a full day. πŸ˜›

I hope you’re having a fabulous Sunday…thanks for giving me a few minutes of your time! 😍

Sending Love, Hugs, and Smiles to you πŸ’•

Baking, Books, and a Few Random Things

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• I hope you’re having a great Monday! πŸ˜ƒ  No…I’m not being sarcastic – I really mean it.

But – just in case you need a little pick-me-up…here’s a little penguin doing the splits

Feel better? 😍 Ready for some shenanigans? πŸ˜‰

Here we go…

   1. This past weekend Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day hosted another ‘Fantastic Bake-Along’. πŸ˜ƒ
This month’s recipe was generously shared by Kate @ Life, Tea and Everything
She made some scrumptious cookies from a recipe her beloved Grandma used to spoil her loved ones.

I did not participate this month, because cookies in the house result in my eating every single one, which results in pants not fitting (true story!  πŸ˜œ ) which results in having to buy new pants…which I hate.  So I just enjoyed dreaming about the deliciousness, while reading the recipe  πŸ€” I hope you will make some, and let me know how you liked them.

Here’s the wonderful recipe

 Grandma Thompson’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1 cup shortening
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
6 oz chocolate chips

Important: Follow recipe closely as results depend greatly on order of addition of ingredients!

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat shortening, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt. Mix well. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add to flour mixture. Stir in rolled oats, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten with fork dipped in cold water.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes approximately 7 dozen.

Thanks again to Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day  for hosting this great event every month. If you like to join

Tami @ Tanglewood Knots

Kate@ Life, Tea and Everything

Brenna @ Crochet539

and other great bloggers in the Bake-Along just go to Tracy’s page, let her know, and she’ll include you in her list of bakers. I’m looking forward to future Bake-Alongs and hope you will join us.

     2. Books – Lately I’m having a really hard time finding books that grab (and hold) my interest. Especially new books in series I used to love are, more often than not, sleep aides. πŸ˜• Did you notice that too? Or am I becoming ornery? πŸ€“

A few weeks ago I did find a new (to me) series that I love. I read book 1 – 3 in less than 2 weeks. On some nights they kept me up longer than is good for me. πŸ˜› 

If you’re interested – the series is called ‘The Southern Ghost Hunter Series‘* by Angie Fox. If you don’t mind spooky, ghostly appearances you should give it a try. ☺️ The characters are very likable, the ghosts not too terribly scary, and it’s set in the beautiful South. 

I held off on book 4 only because I found a book by one of my favorite authors at a booksale. Somehow it had slipped through my radar…I hadn’t read it yet.

 Aaaaaaand …. I didn’t finish it. I’m not going to name author or title – but, oh boy, what a doozy. Repeating paragraphs – once or twice I thought I had lost my page because the same sentences kept appearing 😳 and booooring. 😴

I didn’t even skip to the end to find out who the killer was…’cause I’m convinced the ‘victim’ didn’t actually die. He faked his death to get out of this story. πŸ˜‰

Now off to some ghost hunting…Book 4 is waiting. 😁

    3.  ‘Feronia’ the Poncho is (almost) finished 😍 

I got a little carried away crocheting the squares, so it’s a bit too long…see 

 I’m horrible at ‘Selfie-taking’ πŸ˜† but you get the idea 

I actually had to add a wide border to the neckline so it wouldn’t slide down, and pool by my feet πŸ˜›

Then I added ‘Picots’ to the neckline and bottom edge – Thank you, Tracy, for the idea πŸ’•

 
…a drawstring….just in case πŸ˜‰ – and tassels 

Now I just gotta weave in the ends 😐 and I’m done! 

    4. I started another Poncho – this time I’m keeping the squares smaller. As soon as that one is done, and actual Poncho length, I’ll write out the pattern and share it with you. πŸ€—

   5. I did do some baking yesterday. Usually I bake a raisin bread on Sundays…for a quick breakfast during the week. We did get a little tired of it, so I thought something different is in order. From time to time I like to experiment in the kitchen – so- inspired by my favorite chocolate- I made a Chili/Chocolate Chip bread. 😁 

And it’s awesome (if I may say so myself…but hubby thinks so too πŸ˜‹) You don’t taste the Chili at first, just the chocolate, but it leaves kind of a pepper-y aftertaste. 

I will share the recipe within the next few days. πŸ€“

   6. I mentioned yesterday that I’m going shopping – for more yarn 😜 It was quite a successful trip 


And that is all for today 😊 Thank you so much for visiting and reading all the way down to here 😘

I’m sending you Love, Hugs, and Smiles πŸ’•

* I am not affiliated with the author/publisher/product mentioned here ☺️ I just really like the books and the yarn. 

Good morning πŸ’œ


I’m off to buy more yarn 😜 then later I’ll be back for the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’ 😁 I hope you’ll peek in again πŸ€—

Until then πŸ’•

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