Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Mean Reds

October is a month that is awash with the color pink and we know what those ribbons mean.

With all that saturation, you probably don't know what the green ribbon represents.

October is Depression Awareness Month.

I would love to share a bit of my story.    Please forgive the  page jump.  I hate them when other bloggers use them but I'm only doing this because this post has a few curse words.  I don't use them in writing unless I'm quoting and like to warn people before hand.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Getting Ready for Halloween

I picked up a bunch of extra days at work so it has been pretty quiet around my house lately.  I did do a little decorating for the upcoming holiday.

Have I told you how much I love Halloween? 

It's just fun.  No gift buying.  No big dinner.  No family drama.  And it's a major bonus seeing the kids in their costumes.  I

I came across a few pins that showed window silhouettes like this one

I figured I could do one on my own. 

So I headed off to the local Walmart and picked up black posterboard, Scotch tape, an X-acto knife, and a cheap plastic tablecloth. 

I drew my designs (which I copied from a few Google images) on the poster board and cut them out.  I taped them to the window and then covered the window with the orange tablecloth. 

Here's my final product. 

I may add to the witch window and haunted house window.  It just seems to need a bit more.  I love how the tree turned out.  It took an entire evening but was worth it in the end.

I'll be back next week with my review of Plain Truth.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Little of This and a Little of That

I haven't been reading much lately.  I have been working a lot and had things going on on my days off.  I picked up a few books in my downtime but put them down a chapter or two in.   Finally, I grabbed Jodi Piccoult's Plain Truth, which has been sitting on my bookshelf for over a year.  I loved My Sister's Keeper and Salem Falls so I figured I should go with a book that's a sure thing.  I'm hooked but am reading it slowly.  I'm hoping to have a review of it up next week.

The reason this book is turning into a slow read is because I have a few other projects going at the same time.  I've painted my living room walls and ceiling.  I still have the trim to paint and then I want to install crown molding.  Then new light fixtures.  And then I need to switch out all the cream colored light switches and outlets to white ones.  Then either find or sew new curtains and hang blinds.  It's a huge project for someone who can only work on it two days out of every two weeks.  My goal is to have it finished by Christmas.  I would like to have a New Year's Eve get together. 

I've also been busy working on a few knitting projects.  I go to a knitting club at the public library one town over and have learned a little bit.  I made lots of granny dishcloths just to get used to it.  I tried making a Dalek dishcloth from a pattern online.  It turned out pretty good if you ignore a few mistakes.  Not bad for following my first pattern.  Now I am attempting to knit socks.  The best thing about knitting club is that there are all different levels of skill.  Some women are very good and some still only feel comfortable with the dishcloths.  We encourage each other and learn new skills and ooh and ah over others' projects.  It's a great group of ladies.

I wanted to put pictures up of the progress in the living room and of my knitting projects.  First it didn't happen because my camera was dead and I couldn't find the charger.  Now I found the charger but I can't find the camera.  Just my luck because I was really excited to put up a post of the Dalek dishcloth.