First Big Project of 2015

Well, I have realized it is impossible to find a straight out 6 pointed star crochet pattern. I found a 6 into 24 point pattern and just removed the addition of the other points, since my BFF wants just the 6 pointed Star of David in the colors of the Israeli flag.
I initially wanted to work a Jacob’s Ladder into the points, just to add that little extra religious symbolism, but couldn’t find one that looked good.
I don’t usually make afghans “to order” like this, I will usually choose someone who I think would appreciate a hand made afghan and spend a year creating it, but J is a very special kid.
This is going to be a present for his bar mitzvah. I could not be more proud of this young man and the way he has developed into a sensitive, caring individual.

So, here it is so far. Every so often I will add an update on the progress as it gets bigger. Almost time to add a little blue!

2015 Crafting Projects

A new year is drawing closer and I have started figuring out what my goals will be craft-wise.
First will be a crochet afghan for my dear friend A’s son for his Bar Mitzvah. I am searching for the perfect pattern and yarn for it.
I also would like to begin one for Mini for his birthday in October. Those are my two big crochet projects for this year.
Small projects include building up a stash of scarves, hot pads, coasters, and other small items to give as gifts as needed during the year.
Other projects I have planned include a queen size quilt. I found a quilt-as-you-go double wedding ring tutorial that I am going to use, I just need to find the right curve template online and the fabric I want to use. That’s my big personal project.
Of course, I will be making different jelly roll tops to build up a stash of those as well for gifts during the year.
As far as small quilting projects go I want to build up a stash of hot pads, pot holders, coasters, throw pillow tops, and holiday decoration tops.
It’s going to be a busy year craft wise. But a fun year none the less!

Year in Review…. Looking Ahead.

Wow! 2014 has been a year of ups and downs for us. It started out great! Mini was doing well in school and Cowboy was finally past the retaliation for making a safety report.
Over the summer, Mini spent a few months with my side of the family. I hit the road with Cowboy. It was a blast!
When Cowboy and I got home, Mini soon followed. We began some minor advanced training of the family dog. She already knew sit, stay, and lay down. So, a few packs of hot dogs later, she now knows “sit and shake hand” “hide” “Abbie home” and “wake up Mini.”
Then, in September, the year went to hell. The community in the game we play fell apart. It has not been the same since.
Then, Cowboy got hurt. His truck tried to run him over and he broke his leg. He was out on worker’s comp for a few months, working 8 hours a day in the office. It was nice to have him home every day.
When Cowboy went back on the road, his fellow drivers started treating him like a rookie, disrespecting him and his experience. Stuff has happened he is not comfortable with, much of it just on the line of illegal. He was outright told to fudge something. (And people wonder why Tracy Morgan’s accident happened, it’s industry wide). I will cover the industry stuff at another time.
His reputation was threatened by a coworker who told Cowboy to drop an issue before something happens. We lived through the starvation miles and retaliation for 12 weeks last year, we can do it again. He will not risk his life, health, or CDL for you.
Then today the gaming group began to fall apart again.
I just hope 2015 is better.

A Smoker No Longer!

With little breaks for Basic Training and pregnancy, I have been a smoker since the day after I turned 16. After doing a bit of research, I decided it was time to quit, but I knew I would fail if I quit cold turkey and if I just cut down, I knew I would fail also. I decided the best way for me to quit would be to vape instead.
I decided to get myself the vape set up instead of cigarettes when I ran out one day and have not looked back since!
Right away I noticed a difference in my health and well being! Right away, my clothes and hair stopped smelling like smoke. My cough went away and my blood pressure is no longer in severe stroke range (it’s still high but not as severely high). After two days, I had that throat scabby feeling and taste as my throat healed from the years of abuse from smoking.
After a week, I could breathe better and had more energy. I can walk with my son without getting winded. I was able to take full, deeper breaths.
Three weeks after switching I began tasting things again. My skin looks better, too.
All in all, I am glad I made the decision to quit.

More Christmas Crafts!!

This is the scarf I made for Mini’s home room teacher. It’s a 1 skein, 90 minute scarf using an 8mm (L11) hook and loose tension so the scarf feels very comfy just folding it.

This is the afghan I am making for Cowboy’s parents. I am not sure how big it will end up being but it is getting there. I’m going to cut down the pattern, so 2 maroon 1 white for a few rounds, then maybe do 2 rounds of 1 round of each color to end it. All I know is I want to end it with white.

Well, back to crafting and wrapping!

Reminded Again

I was reminded again how truly blessed we really are. This year things are tight because of Cowboy’s injury at work and the worker’s comp pay cut, so Christmas was going to be lean.
But, the family at 2nd Baptist here in town (the church Mini attends) adopted him for Christmas.
I am so thankful to the community at the church for helping. They brought everything they got him over the other day. They got him a nice new coat, a pair of jeans, a shirt, sweat shirt, and lots of little stocking stuffer things. Those things have allowed me to get him a few more toys than I had planned since I do not need to get him those items now.
I was very touched when they dropped off the stuff to the house. I did not ask for it, I didn’t whine about our financial situation, they just did it. I will be forever grateful for these people.

Yes, Mini goes to a different church than I do. We have decided to not force a faith on him, we are letting him choose. Cowboy and I have decided to do it this way so Mini’s beliefs are true to him, what he feels in his own heart and soul, and not just what his parents have forced on him.
He enjoys church and has his own personal relationship with God and I think this being his choice is the important part. I don’t stress denomination, I’m just happy that, at 11, he has faith.

The Angels at his church will be in my thoughts and prayers for thinking of us and helping us this year. And next year, I hope to be able to return the kindness by helping a child at Christmas time the way we were helped.

Some Crafting is done!!

Mini asked me to make stockings this year since he was tired of the “boring red ones” so I told him to go to my stash and choose the fabric. He chose some naughty or nice flannel I got last year after Christmas for 50 cents a yard. So, I sat down with him and we traced an old stocking on a sheet of laminated paper (an old wall map I got from Fishnet, 10 for a dime!!). I showed him how to extend the pattern enough to sew it properly and cut out the bases of the stockings.
Now, we needed cuffs…. Back to the stash we went.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/19d/40815981/files/2014/12/img_0115.jpg The stockings cut and laid out to make sure everything looks good and it all fits together.

The boys (Cowboy and Mini) will have green cuffs and I will have red. They look great and I can’t wait to see them filled next week!

The finished stocking. I think they came out really cute!

13 Years

There was a warm breeze as I walked into the courthouse on that mild West Texas December morning. Cowboy offered to wait so I could have the big wedding most girls dream of, but I never wanted that. Small and simple were good for me.
With one of my best friends watching, we exchanged our vows. Words were said, rings exchanged, and we were man and wife. The memories of that day are forever in my memories.
I wore a hand-me-down white dress, and he was as handsome as ever in his dress blues. Our wedding dinner was the local Chinese buffet. I was on top of the world.
It hasn’t always been easy. We have struggled, we have sacrificed. We have faced things no young couple ever should face. Over the last 13 years, we have moved across the country, made choices we did not think we were able to make, and matured a lot quicker than most people our age, together. We said goodbye to two children and were blessed with Mini Cowboy.
There have been fights and sleepless nights. Times of tremendous sorrow and blissful, wordless joy.
13 years ago we were two kids who fell in love after a whirlwind courtship. But, now, through all we have been through, the tears, the joy, the sorrow and laughter, we have matured and grown up together.
Every year we prove the statistics about tech school marriages wrong, we prove the cynics wrong.
I love you now more than I did on that warm winter morning at the courthouse in West Texas. You are my best friend, my confidant, my heart, my soul, my partner, my love, my husband. Every year I think I could not love you more, and every year I prove myself wrong. You have sacrificed so much to provide for Mini Cowboy and me, to give our family the life we deserve. You are the man who has captured my heart.
I love you with all that I am. Thank you for 13 amazing years, and here is to about 90 more, my love.
Is bre√° liom tu.