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Training and knitting…

Ive been so busy with changing clients with my job (have to train again, so much fun 🤦🏼‍♀️), getting new fur babies (and they are babies)…but Ive been knitting.

I was working on this, a sweater, and I couldn’t take the mistakes and some of the stitches I couldn’t stand. I tore it completely down and am restarting it with other yarn. Will update soon.

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Been busy….

I’ve been busy since I last posted. Here are some things that I have done while away.

Here is something I love to make but my stomach hates me for eating too much of when I do. This is what I call barley risotto, it has onions, mushrooms, butter, chicken broth, leftover roasted chicken and yes barley.

Unfortunately my daughters kitty, Bruce, got down and sick, come to find out he has some chronic illness that if stressed enough will bring it on. Poor thing was sick for about a week and really loved medicine time…we mixed it with wet food. He is such a character.

We adopted this cutie, the stressor to kitty :(. Ended up being too much for our whole family, other critters included so we had to give him back. ;(.

Our sweet momma dog, Cleo, left us a few weeks after we got crazy dog. It was very hard for my hubby and I, especially my hubby since he had had her since a pup.

Our sweetie, Dexter, passed away a few weeks ago. Come to find out since ferrets have so much inbreeding they don’t live very long due to tumors or other illnesses. We think he had a tumor on his pancreas.

We got this cutie, Nutmeg, seeing that our other ferret baby seemed to be lonely and depressed due to his brother passing. She is alot of fun and crazy in a very little package. Lol

WIPS and projects is progress…

Will explain them more later! Bye for now!

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KnitFlixing Anyone?

To knitflix

I personally knit-crochet and fix (Netflix) or watch tv (Hulu, regular tv, etc.). Its nice to hear that the craft of knitting/crochet is growing with the younger crowds.

I can hardly do anything else nowadays but crochet/knit, Im obsessed. I really am obsessed, I think about it all the time. I want to do it all the time. Sitting still without yarn and a hook or needles in hand is very difficult to even stand anymore. I know that this is almost sad or maybe a problem but I try to keep it appropriate. Lol. There are days that I fo put off my chores for it too, like today. I am starting to get some done, but another reason is the weather is crappy and I do have a migraine as well. It is hard to even concentrate with that going on.

As my pics show, I am knitting or crocheting and flixing sometimes with the love of a furry. I do miss them, we only have the small white/orange one left….my daughters kitty.

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Valentines Day…today’s pondering

Valentines day is here…to me and my husband it’s just another day. We show our love for one another each and every day, we don’t need one over another to make it more special. The commercialization of this holiday has soured us as well as the previous fact.I figured I would share some knowledge about this day in history and show that valentines is not all about love, it sure as hell didn’t start that way!

To start:

“The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St.”Valentine’s Day.Feb 13, 2011History.com

Hmmm…, ok to educate those that don’t know, but being a martyr is about death, not love! As defined below:

mar·tyr
a person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs. “saints, martyrs, and witnesses to the faith”. Dictionary.com

So here is some more historic info to throw your way and show yet again this day was about death not love.

The origins of this valentines day festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled.This drawing depicts the death of St. Valentine — one of them, one of them anyway.

Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them.

Hmmmmmmm….yea not happening now days to keep the love alive!!

Those Wild And Crazy Romans

From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.Later, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th century by combining St. Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. But the festival was more of a theatrical interpretation of what it had once been. Lenski adds, “It was a little more of a drunken revel, but the Christians put clothes back on it. That didn’t stop it from being a day of fertility and love.”Around the same time, the Normans celebrated Galatin’s Day. Galatin meant “lover of women.” That was likely confused with St. Valentine’s Day at some point, in part because they sound alike.William Shakespeare helped romanticize Valentine’s Day in his work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe.Perry-Castañeda Library, University of Texas

Shakespeare In Love

As the years went on, the holiday grew sweeter. Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized it in their work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. Handmade paper cards became the tokens-du-jour in the Middle Ages.Eventually, the tradition made its way to the New World. The industrial revolution ushered in factory-made cards in the 19th century. And in 1913, Hallmark Cards of Kansas City, Mo., began mass producing valentines. February has not been the same since.Today, the holiday is big business: According to market research firm IBIS World, Valentine’s Day sales reached $17.6 billion last year; this year’s sales are expected to total $18.6 billion.But that commercialization has spoiled the day for many.

(As it has for my hubby and me!).

Helen Fisher, a sociologist at Rutgers University, says we have only ourselves to blame.”This isn’t a command performance,” she says. “If people didn’t want to buy Hallmark cards, they would not be bought, and Hallmark would go out of business.”And so the celebration of Valentine’s Day goes on, in varied ways. Many will break the bank buying jewelry and flowers for their beloveds. Others will celebrate in a SAD (that’s Single Awareness Day) way, dining alone and binging on self-gifted chocolates. A few may even be spending this day the same way the early Romans did. But let’s not go there.Darkness of Valentines Day

So there you go….something to 🤔 think about.

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Daughters Afghan

My daughters afghan is finally finished! It seemed to take forever to tuck the ends and snip them. If found a few places where there were squares not fully connected, so I had to remedy that and one somehow began to unravel, so that was fixed as well.

My daughter proudly put it on her 🛏 bed, we discussed that I put the squares the same way and of course she found the one I didn’t fix after affixing it wrong. She told me that was the uniqueness about it. That was sweet but it bugs me. Lol

This is my daughters way of modeling with the blanket. 😂 🤦🏼‍♀️ teens *shrugs*

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Baby Blue

Since I finished my nephews snoodie and I ran out of yarn to continue my daughters afghan, so I went looking for small projects to do. I saw that I had some soft blue yarn and started to make a granny square and kept going until I ran out. I then used a darker blue to border it.