Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Summer KittenYarn Crocheting

Here's Snowball inside snuggling up in a big pile of afghans. He's decided that the kittens are ok now that they're older and comes back inside to be a snuggly kitty.

A picture a friend took of me crocheting at the Downtown Saturday Market

some of my 4th of July items at my table at the Saturday Market. My tablecloth is an old afghan that my grandma crocheted (or maybe it's my great-grandma...I'll have to ask my mom)

crowd shot at the Saturday Market. See anyone familiar??
Natasha is in the pink shirt and you can barely see Talon in the orange shorts walking beside her. He's partially hidden by the crowd.

another picture of my table at the Saturday Market

summery hanging towels




the new owner of Raggle Taggle, Erin, is a new crochet friend. Another new crochet friend is Kathy. Here is a display of crochet items at Raggle Taggle made by me, Erin, and Kathy :)

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Songs in My Head-- Redeemed

Woke up this morning with a song running through my head that we sung at church yesterday--  Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave. My friend Paul Lile was singing. He and his wife Becky have been friends of ours since before we were married. He's going to participate in a Live Worship event on July 10 at 7pm in Paducah at Crossroads Music, Production, Education523 Broadway St, Paducah, Kentucky 42001. 

I like the melody and verses to this song, though not every part applies to me or every other person either. I like the encouraging words. Every day we have a chance to start over. His mercies are new every morning, after all. Thank God, right? We have to learn to give ourselves mercy, too. This is for anyone out there who's having a rotten day, week, year, month....whatever. Just don't give up.

Here are the lyrics:
"Redeemed"

Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me "son
Stop fighting a fight it's already been won"

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I'll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I'm not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I'm redeemed

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, "Child lift up your head"
I remember, oh God, You're not done with me yet

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I'll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I'm not who I used to be

Because I don't have to be the old man inside of me
'Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I've got a new name, a new life, I'm not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I'll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, 'cause I'm not who I used to be

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I'll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, yeah, I'm not who I used to be
Oh, God, I'm not who I used to be
Jesus, I'm not who I used to be
'Cause I am redeemed
Thank God, redeemed



Here's a video if you want to hear it:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Baby Bibs

Just finished a bib special order...thought I'd post pics of some other bibs I've made, too






after looking at all the bibs, I've realized I apparently have a thing for yellow bibs :). I need to branch out, I guess, and try other colors. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

June Flowers








Songs in My Head-- All of Me

Woke up with bits and pieces of this melody and lyrics running through my head...
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
Cause I give you all of me
by John Legend, All of Me
Verse]
What would I do without your smart mouth
Drawing me in, you kicking me out
Got my head spinning, no kidding, I can't pin you down
What's going on in that beautiful mind
I'm on your magical mystery ride
And I'm so dizzy, don't know what hit me, but I'll be alright
[Bridge]
My head's underwater
But I'm breathing fine
You're crazy and I'm out of my mind
[Chorus]
'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh
[Verse]
How many times do I have to tell you
Even when you're crying you're beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I'm around through every mood
You're my downfall, you're my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can't stop singing, it's ringing in my head for you
[Bridge]
My head's underwater
But I'm breathing fine
You're crazy and I'm out of my mind
[Chorus]
'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh
Give me all of you, oh oh
[Bridge]
Cards on the table, we're both showing hearts
Risking it although it's hard
[Chorus]
Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you
I give you all of me
And you give me all, of you, oh oh oh.


Read more: John Legend - All Of Me Lyrics | MetroLyrics 



I also ran across a duet with John Legend and violinist Lindsey Stirling that was neat to watch. Anyone who knows me knows how much I like instrumental music


this is a hauntingly sweet song, the kind you wish someone would sing to you....

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sounds of My Childhood-- Santana


This music is one of the soundtracks of my childhood. We used to listen to this not on a cd, not on a cassette or 8-track, but on a record. I used to love to stare at all the hidden pictures on the cover art. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for a diverse and loving childhood. Love you

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May Flowers


Here are the May squares I sent out for the crochet granny square swap group I'm in. I kind of just randomly pulled out some colors and ended up with these. They kind of remind me of sunflowers, so I ended up sending a packet of sunflower seeds with each square.


This is not a great picture, but I wanted to show the progress on putting together the squares that I have received from the square swap so far. I got one more since taking this picture, so I'll have to add more pics later. I'm adding a row of black double crochet around each square. I am hoping to have 7 rows of 6 squares by the end of the year. We'll see. Odds are not in my favor. I should have gotten squares for Feb, Mar, Apr, and May so far, with each group averaging about 5-7 people. Sooo, a bare minimum estimate of 20 (5 people over 4 months) shows that not all the people are getting their squares out. Oh well. I currently have 12 squares so far. 

My children gave me some sweet mother's day cards recently. I love those babies of mine, even though they're not babies anymore. Talon helped me plant some pansies, petunias, and some other annuals. He picked out lots of pretty colors. I really should take some pictures. 

It's been hot and sunny most days, and rainy and stormy others. My wild roses and my other red roses are both blooming right now. 

not much else happening. The school year is winding up in the next week or so. The Downtown Saturday Farmers Market is starting this weekend. Then it'll be a whirlwind of summer fun and camps for a while.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Songs in My Head- You Can Call Me Al

Apparently it's not quite morning yet....don't know why I woke up. I'll be going back to bed in a few minutes after I get a drink of water...

The song that was going through my head the second I woke up...
"A man walks down the street...."

Paul Simon, of course....one of my favorite songs from high school, because you know...you really can call me Al

Here are the lyrics:

"You Can Call Me Al"

A man walks down the street
He says why am I soft in the middle now
Why am I soft in the middle
The rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo-opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don't want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard
Bonedigger Bonedigger
Dogs in the moonlight
Far away my well-lit door
Mr. Beerbelly Beerbelly
Get these mutts away from me
You know I don't find this stuff amusing anymore

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al

A man walks down the street
He says why am I short of attention
Got a short little span of attention
And wo my nights are so long
Where's my wife and family
What if I die here
Who'll be my role-model
Now that my role-model is
Gone Gone
He ducked back down the alley
With some roly-poly little bat-faced girl
All along along
There were incidents and accidents
There were hints and allegations

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me Al

A man walks down the street
It's a street in a strange world
Maybe it's the Third World
Maybe it's his first time around
He doesn't speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound
The sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterlings and orphanages
He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity
He says Amen! and Hallelujah!

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me Al

Apparently, my husband, who is trying to go to bed just now, is wondering why I'm playing music videos in the middle of the night, haha. He sticks his head around the corner and gives me a quizzical look. I did think I had the volume low enough, but apparently not, haha.
Anyway, here's the video, if you'd like to watch....love that Chevy Chase is in this video


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Spring is in the Air

Eliana and Talon at an Egg Hunt in the park

Eliana at a Fun Meet at her gym. 1st All Around and 1st in every event. She is the one at the top of the podium
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Talon's kitty Grey climbed up and fell asleep on him. What a sweet purry kitty. Talon loves this kitty and kitty loves him :)


Me at work outside sitting in a handmade willow chair getting some sunshine and vitamin D. I'm wearing a shawl I made for myself with Noro Silk Mountain yarn that I got from my brother and sister-in-law

colorful spring dishcloth I made pictured with one of my favorite homemade soaps at Raggle Taggle, the shop my friend has where I work. The soap is called Tranquility and has chamomile and lavender in it

Natasha's art on the wall at school

Eliana's art on the wall at school

another Eliana art piece

I got to go with Natasha on their 7th grade field trip to Brandon Spring in Land Between the Lakes

the kids did some fishing with cane poles

they learned to tie on the fishing line, hook, and bobber, and also put on the worm

Tasha's little bluegill she caught

in one session, they had to build a lean-to survival shelter with just things found in the forest

Tasha and three of her friends building


proud of their work


part of the challenge was to make it big enough for 4 people to fit inside

proud group picture of part of our group just after we accomplished the Beaver March. We hiked 2 miles round trip to see a beaver dam. For some reason my phone in my pocket set the camera settings to sepia, and I didn't realize it for a few pics. :)

after the Beaver March we got to meet a rat snake named Herman. Natasha was holding him in this picture.

one of the sessions was an observation hike, using your 4 senses. It was at this time that I noticed the sepia setting. 

Natasha in color on the observation hike. Funny story about the white floppy hat. 
I went to the store to get myself a hat and couldn't decide on a color so I splurged and bought 2. I never buy things like that for myself much, but justified it because I knew I'd be at the Saturday Market most Saturday mornings this summer. Turns out Natasha tried to steal my pink hat before we left, and I texted Jason and he brought the white hat just before we got on the bus to head out. She wore that hat the whole time. Well...except for the time she wore her daddy's Boston Red Sox hat. I should have gotten a picture of the times she wore both hats at the same time. It was cute.

I remembered to have someone take a picture of both of us together on the last day in our floppy hats. I wanted to have a couple of pictures for her to remember me going with her. Somewhere out there are pictures of her social studies teacher wearing my pink floppy hat and sunglasses posed with Tasha in her white hat. What a fun trip! I was happy to go and proud that I was able to keep up with the kids on those hikes :)


this year some of my purple irises decided they were going to bloom. What a special treat to come home to after the field trip