Ten on Tuesday

Ahhhh…a very relevant topic this week, being Thanksgiving week in the US and all.  Without further ado:

10 Things You Are Thankful For Right Now

  1. My health.  I am able to do what I need to do and take care of others when I need to.
  2. My parents health.  I love them so much
  3. My sister, niece and brother and law.
  4. My friends – I don’t know what I would do without them.
  5. Josh.
  6. My furry family.  They are the best and know how to give the best cuddles, right when I need them most.
  7. Music and books.  Some times you just need to get out of your head, you know?
  8. Grandma’s.  Mine is awesome.
  9. My job and co-workers.  They are always there in a pinch to fill in.
  10. Shelter – it may not be much, but its home.

2/3’s of the canine crew around here, Pickle and Noodle


Lunches with Dad – Hospital Style

So lunch this week took an unexpected turn.  Technically it was my week to choose but Dad’s body had different ideas.  Thus we ended up eating at the hospital this week.

I got to peruse the cafeteria for my lunch.  I chose chicken strips, mashed potatoes with gravy and corn.  It wasn’t bad for hospital food, actually.


Hospital chicken strips, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn.

Dad had considerbly less choice in the matter of what he ate.  He had just gotten back up on the floor from recovery and he got a clear liquids tray.


Mmmmm…clear liquids lunch!

I don’t know that he remembers his lunch to give it a rating, but I give mine a solid 3.  However, I try to avoid eating here whenever possible…

Getting my craft on, sentimental style

I know I mentioned here that my Grandpa died early in September.  The day after his and my Grandmas 65th Wedding Anniversary, to be exact.

I was looking for ways to memorialize him when I came across this idea on Pinterest.  To turn his old shirts into pillows.  When Grandma finally decided to start cleaning out the closest, she came across a bunch of his old work shirts.  He was an over the road trucker for MANY MANY years and never got rid of his work shirts, even tho he has been retired for over 20 years at this point.  I scooped these up and got to work!

Instead of buying stuffing and doing pillows that way, I found pillow forms at Walmart.  They had 2 sizes and I chose the 12″ x 16″ over the 16″ x 16″ size.

To start I laid out the shirt nice and flat on my table and pinned the middle.  Then I measured 13″ top to bottom and 17″ across, getting it as centered as I could.

Measuring out the cuts

Measuring out the cuts

I marked it and drew lines with a disappearing fabric pen and got to cutting.  Believe me that the first cut was the hardest on my Grandpas shirts!

All cut and ready to turn inside out and sew!

All cut and ready to turn inside out and sew!

After it was all cut out, I turned it inside out (no picture of that) and re-pinned it.  Then I sewed around all 4 edges (since they are button up shirts, no need to hand sew!), about 1/2 inch in.  Once that is done you unbutton them, turn them inside out, stuff with the pillow and button back up!  They were super easy and once I got to working on them each one only took me about 15 minutes.

Finished shirt pillows

Finished shirt pillows

I made 5 total, one for my Grandma, Dad and 3 uncles.  I have another shirt left and will make myself one too.  I love the way they turned out.  I was going to give them as Christmas presents to the recipients but couldn’t bear sitting on them that long!

Getting to know me

I thought I would keep it simple today and answer some random “getting to know you questions”.  Here we go!

  • What was your favorite subject in school?  —  Does band count?  If not, my favorite core subect was probably science classes.  I really enjoyed Human Anatomy in high school.  I think it was more a function of the teacher rather than the subject tho.  He was awesome and made learning fun.
  • What is your favorite flavor of jelly beans? — I love strawberry and watermelon the most!
  • Which flavor of ice-cream do you prefer? — a good vanilla ice cream
  • Do you play a musical instrument, if so which one(s)? — clarinet, although not for years
  • What do you usually do when you have leisure time on your hands? — knit, too much Candy Soda Crush
  • What is your favorite season and why? — spring and fall, probably more so fall because the infernal summer isn’t going to immediately follow!
  • If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? — Japan
  • What is your favorite color? — purple
  • Who is your best friend and how did you meet? — Carrie, duh!  We met thru a mutual friend in middle school, despite growing up 3 houses apart on different streets…
  • What is your favorite home cooked meal? —  Moms beef stroganoff
  • What is your favorite grab and go meal? — PBJ!
  • Do you prefer to wear pants or dresses? —  pants, I hate when my thighs actually touch
  • How many siblings do you have? — one little seester
  • What is you favorite snack? — a spoonful of peanut butter
  • What is your favorite electronic device? — my iPhone
  • What kind of vehicle do you usually ride in? — my 11 year old Ford Focus
  • Do you have pets? — 3 dogs and as many cats
  • When was the last time you visited a park and what did you do while there? — like a state park?  We hiked up to the “castle” at HaHaTonka State Park last month and checked it out…
  • What is your favorite sport to watch? — hockey if its in person, baseball either on tv or in person
  • Which sport do you most enjoy actively participating in? — ummmmmmmm….
  • When was the last time you stayed or hosted a sleepover with friends? — BFF’s stayed here at New Years because we are responsible adults that don’t drink and drive!
  • If you have to dress and leave in a hurry what is the one thing you can easily cut out of your routine? — I think i’ve got it pretty pared down already…
  • What was the last item you cooked and ate? — I tried something new…eggplant pizzas.  Not a hit…
  • How many books did you read last year? — not enough, maybe 10?
  • What size shoe do you wear? — 11 wide 😦
  • Do you prefer pens or pencils? — depends on what I am doing, but a good blue rollerball pen always wins in my book
  • Do you like your handwriting? — most of the time
  • When did you last visit the zoo? — its been a few years, maybe 4 years ago?  I miss the days of going with Audrey
  • Have you ever been horseback riding? — yes, in the Grand Tetons and a few other trail rides.  Amazing views
  • Have you ever been water skiing? — not personally, I hate water that I can’t see my feet in.  I also have the upper body strength of a wet noodle.
  • What is your favorite all-time movie? — Airplane!  A classic, for sure
  • Can you change a tire? — yup

Saturday Shennanigans

Today Laura and I went on a yarn-venture.  We first set our sights on the Topeka Twisted Fiber Arts Show put on by the Potwin Fiber Artisans.  We love yarn.  We love to look at it, to touch it, to squeeze it.  We both fell in love with some hand dyed yarns by Th’Red Head Designs.  Neither of us purchased any yarn but we were being “responsible adults” or something like that.  Personally I didn’t buy the one I was coveting because I didn’t have a specific project that I knew how much I would need for it in mind.

At the show we also sat in on a class on Entrelac knitting.  This has fascinated and baffled me for years.  They gave us some needles and yarn and we got to try it out.  It was a lot easier than I expected!  I think I my give it a go and make myself a scarf.  Laura made a whole swatch.  I wimped out before finishing a swatch but still am proud of my little swatch.

Lauras on the left, mine on the right

Lauras on the left, mine on the right

After all that yarn squeezing and learning, we were hungry!  We decided to check out a new place (for us, anyway), The Burger Stand.  We both got a different burger and fries.  They had poutine!  Neither of us had ever actually tried this magic and it did not disappoint!

Laura's burger and poutine

Laura’s burger and poutine

My burger with duck fat fries

My burger with duck fat fries

After refueling, we headed out to Lawrence on the way back.  There is a yarn store there, Yarn Barn, that we just had to check out since we were going to be driving by!  It did not disappoint, either!  Lots of fun yarn to look at and squeeze.  Neither of us found anything that we couldn’t live without, once again, sadly enough.  Well, not so sad for our pocket books…

After a quick pit stop, it was time to leave Lawrence and head back home.  We decided that since we were going to be driving right by The Legends on the way home, a stop to the Coach Outlet was in order.  That did not disappoint, either.  Laura ended up with an early birthday present to herself!

It was a successful day!  Lots of yarn with a side of purses.  What more could a girl ask for??

No loitering!

No loitering!

Lunches with Dad – Ophelias

Yesterday Dad and I headed to Independence, MO for lunch.  He had a gift certificate for restaurants on the square that needed to be used and that’s what we did!  He chose to try out Ophelia’s.

Its a lovely restaurant on the Independence Square.  It’s clean and cozy and not too dark.

To start we got an appetizer of Portobello Rangoon Rolls.  These were delightful.  They had great flavor and the sauce over them was yummy too.  We are lucky we caught a picture of them before they were all devoured.

Portobello Rangoon Rolls (with 2 missing...)

Portobello Rangoon Rolls (with 2 missing…)

Dad chose the special, which was a Turkey sandwich of some sort that had sliced turkey, some cranberry-ish sauce and other toppings.  He chose sweet potato fries as his side.

I got the Oak Grilled Chicken Sandwich with sweet potato chips.  I’ve had better sandwiches but it was good.  The best part was the house made pickles on my sandwich.  They were perfect.

My lunch

My lunch

Dads lunch

Dads lunch

I would go again, they have lots of interesting things on the menu.  So would dad.  He did mention that it was the cleanest mens restroom that he had ever been in.


ME:  3.5, DAD: 5

Throwback Thursday

I’m just going to leave a couple of my favorite pictures of memories past here.  The first one is me and my Great Grandma and my sister in Pennsylvania when we went to visit family years ago.  The second is my favorite cabbage patch doll, Dianna Robin, and I just “hanging around”.  When I wore my overalls, I would also put Dianna Robin in her overalls and dad would “hang” us by the straps of our overalls by the light pole out front.  Sounds weird but I remember loving it!

Me, Great Grandma H and Saralyn Circa 1989?

Me, Great Grandma H and Saralyn
Circa 1989?

Dianna Robin and I just "hanging around"

Dianna Robin and I just “hanging around”

WIP Wednesday

This week has been a low key week for knitting.  I haven’t started any new projects since my last WIP Wednesday.  I have worked a couple rows here and there on my grandmas shawl but that’s about it.

There is a good reason I haven’t been knitting though…its my sewing machine!

A great friend found a sewing machine at a garage/estate sale last year for $5 and gave it to me.  I was super excited, but yet my machine sat in a cabinet, unused.  Last week I finally dusted that baby off, bought some necessary notions and tried this thing out!  Lo and behold, it works!  I am thrilled!  I have been working on a project in memory of my Grandfather and should have it completed next week and can reveal it then.


Job aspirations of yesteryear

Today has been a pretty low key day.  I’m glad I decided to not even try to go to the World Series parade and rally party downtown today.  By pictures and watching it on TV, it looked like complete bedlam.  There are people still trying to get out of downtown, hours later.  I do have to admit that it was fun to watch on TV and our players are all adorable.  They seem genuinely grateful and happy.

I have been working on a “secret” sewing project some today.  I can’t wait to reveal it.,I love how its turning out!

Today’s NaBloPoMo writing prompt for today intrigued me, so I thought I would share.  It is: What did you think was the coolest job in the world when you were younger? Do you still feel that way now?

So do you remember back in the day when stores used to actually put price tags on items?  They would open up a box of boxes of cereal and it was somebody’s job to use the price gun and price sticker each one of those boxes.  I was fascinated.  It looked like so much fun!  Every time I saw and employee pricing stuff I just wanted to step in and help!  Obviously I have bigger aspirations in life now which is good for me, since things don’t tend to actually get price tagged in most stores anymore.  At my job, we do have a small selection of products we sell so I occasionally get to break out the price gun and go crazy.  It’s still one of my favorite on the job tools!

Kind of a big deal

So if you’re not from New York or Kansas City or don’t follow baseball you probably don’t know this.

We are kind of a big deal around here right now.  We as in our Kansas City Royals!  We won the 2015 World Series!  We played 5 games and won it by scoring 5 runs in the 12 inning of that 5th game!

Tomorrow is the parade for the team and I’m pretty sure the whole city is basically shutting down.  Schools have cancelled, businesses are closing, its crazy.  I would like to go down, but I don’t love crazy crowds like that and think I will opt to stay out of that mess.  I found out today that I was actually at the parade in 1985, the last time we won the World Series. 


1985 me