Monday, November 29, 2010

Top 10 for last week.

Last week:

1) I turned 39. My husband and kids gave me an awesome new camera. :)
2) I had a week long family-fest with the holidays.
3) Told church family we are moving to Florida. Lots of blank faces and tears.
4) I ate lots of turkey, stuffing and gravy....mmmm :)
5) I dealt with some sad days....still haven't totally shaken them off, but they are getting better.
6) Organized my yarn....starting working on Tony's lap blanket again. Need it finished before he moves.
7) Got my cra(p)ft room almost completely packed up. Taking it one box at a time. When I get overwhelmed, I leave the room.
8) Mom decided to help me pack. I'm not sure how much cooking I'll be able to do in the next few weeks. lol
9) Things with house sale are progressing. Slow and steady wins the race.
10) Christmas is right around the corner. Finished my brother's kids, still have Tony's brother's kids to do, almost finished with Stefani and haven't even started for Teo....argh.

Other than that, I am pretty much feeling overwhelmed. It might be a combination of the never-ending gray coldness and the fact that I keep forgetting to take my Vitamin D pills. Don't know. I need to find my happy place. Soon.

Friday, November 19, 2010

And the Saga Continues....

Ready for another twist?

Tony got an offer for a job in Pensacola, Fl. He has accepted it. We have spent the last two days with each of the families crying. My eyes ache and I'm pretty sure I'm dehydrated from all the tears.

We know this is right. Too many things are falling into place for this to be wrong.

Tony will be moving in January and the kids and I will be moving in April after Stefani competes at Nationals.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Update on the House Situation

Ok. I have just a minute to write, so this will be kind of short.

In talking with the mortgage company, we found out that there is something called a "Short Sale" which they would be in agreement with for us to basically liquidate the house. The guy was SO nice. Talked me through everything I needed to do and take to a realtor, etc. He really calmed me down.

So Monday, I talked with our local REMAX girl and she said she would love to take on the project. She stopped by Tuesday to look at the house to get a listing going and promptly brought some buyers by that night. Apparently they were ready to put an offer in on a different house. The buyer lady brought her dad with and the showing went so well that she brought her mom by today @ 12:30 pm and tonight she is bringing her husband by @ 6:00 pm. I talked with REMAX girl and she said that it went so well, she thinks they are going to switch their offer to our house. *Squeee*

Ok, so now, if you are like me, you would be saying "Well, that's great, but what about you? Where are you going to live?" Fear not, my friends. God is busy providing, once again.

I felt this 'need' to contact REMAX girl and find out if she rented homes that were not for sale. I'm in no mood to have my rental sold out from underneath me. She didn't but she gave me two names of people who do have rentals. Called them, no luck. I sat there for a while banging away on my computer games and looking up real estate ads in the local newsrag, I felt this 'need', again, to call the other umpteen realtors in town and ask the same question. I hopped on the phone and found out that realtor number two shows great promise. There is a 3 bdrm, 1 bath, 2-1/2 car garage w/ an out building ON the lake (hot property around here) for $550.00/mo. The only drawback is that it has electric heat (and no cell service). In this area, that can be costly (for both). It is available January 1, which is right in our timeline, AND they are perfectly fine with the fact that we have a dog. We drove out by the property to see how far out of town it is and its 6 miles out from the main road. From what we saw, it is a beautiful setting and I am dying to see the inside. I am currently waiting for Realtor #2 to call me back so we can set a time to peruse!

God is good. :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Things That Just Don't Go Right

Ever have something go really, really wrong?

I am in the middle of one right now. We received a "Summons to Civil Court for Foreclosure" last night from one of our local Sherriff's Deputies. A very nice man named Dave.

We have been in contact with our mortgage company repeatedly. I have spent much time on the phone with them trying to work this out. Nope. They want what they want and they want it all now.

So, this is being chalked up to one of those things that 'Did not go the way I intended for it to go'.

We know we will not be able to come up the funds they are asking us to put up and so we will lose the house. Not sure if this is a blessing in disguise, since this house has been nothing but a money pit. And for them it's always the question "How did you end up behind on your payments?" and I have to go back over a year ago when Tony was laid off for more than four months and what that did to our finances. Then, tell them how we never really recovered from that and had to go through a bankruptcy. And then in the middle of all that we got behind on our house payment. Plus, I didn't go to work full-time until July....(unbeknownst to us) way past where we were ever going to be able to catch up on our behind payments to the satisfaction of our mortgage company. They just finally started sending our payments back and refused to accept them so they could foreclose on us.

Do I blame them? No. They are doing what they were designed to do. They are not some big, evil entity.

Do I agree with their lack of willingness to work with me when I am MORE than willing to rectify this with extra payments? No. I can't say that I do.

We will move on and rebuild our lives. But, I do have to wish them luck in finding a buyer for this house in our little town and it's struggling economy. Good luck, indeed. There have been many a home on the market for years here.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

My Favorite Color....

Red is, probably, nature's most beautiful color.

At the risk of alienating any of my fellow crafters who might lean to the left in their political beliefs, I need to share with you my favorite color.
It. Is. Red.
Do I think Red's can do it all? No.
Do I think Red's have all the answers? No.
Do I think that having more Red in government is good? Yes.
The Blue made a pretty strong statement while they were there and in complete control.
They said "We are going to do it our way and we don't care what you think. You are just the elecorate, you don't really have brains. You certainly aren't able to think for yourselves or know what is good for you. We should really own everything and dole out to you what we think you should have."
Well, to that I say this: No.
And I am so glad so many other American's (including my beloved Wisconsinites) agreed.

The leader of the Blue team has behaved in a horribly arrogant and caustic manner that will do nothing but tear my Country down and continue to tear it apart. His words are a poison in the ears of any person that hears them. He speaks poorly about the Country he is supposed to be the Commander-in-Chief of, he talks as though his ideas are the only ideas worthy of consideration, he says things like "I" and "me" and "my"-not "us" and "we" and "our", and he is terribly arrogant in his demeanor and treatment of others.

America is the greatest Country on Earth. Shame on him for thinking, talking or behaving otherwise while standing in the role of Leader of said Country. Shame on him.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Frog Pond Pattern

First, the purpose of the bag: It is a Frog Pond that houses 10, rainbow colored frogs.
Why ten?: To learn counting. This toy reinforces the 1-10 counting ability.
Why rainbow colors?: For color matching. 2 of each rainbow color affords little ones and their 'teachers' the ability to work on basic colors: Red, Yellow, Orange, Blue & Green and matching those colors into pairs.

The New & Improved Frog Pond Bag

Froggy Friends to Fill the Bag- Get the Pattern Here.

Snug as Bugs in a Rug. :-)
Frog Pond Bag Pattern
by Elizabeth Mareno 2010
Frogs/Flowers:1 skein each of Patons Astra (1.75 oz) Red, Green, Blue, White, Black & Yellow.
Frogs: 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft Mango (orange-only because Astra doesn't make an orange)
OR Any colors you want in a #3 light weight yarn or DK weight.
Bag: 1 skein of Red Heart Spring Green
Bag: 1 skein Blue-ish boucle (used a random WalMart brand for the project)
OR Any colors you want in 4ply worsted weight.
Water Lily: Tiny amount of Dark Sage Green WW yarn
Tiny amount of warm brown for "grass accents"
E hook
F hook
H hook
Large eye needle for assembly and 'cleaning up'
BOTTOM: w/green & H hook
R1- ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6sc) do not join
R2- 2sc in each sc around (12sc)
R3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (18sc)
R4- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (24sc)
R5- (sc in 3sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (30sc)
R6- (sc in 4sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (36sc)
R7- (sc in 5sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (42sc)
R8- (sc in 6sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (48sc)
R9- (sc in 7sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (54sc)
R10- (sc in 8sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (60sc)
R11-20- Sc in each sc around.
Cut off, leaving an end to weave in.
WATER: w/blue
with inside of green bottom facing you. working in the open loops of sc from row 20.
Large Wave R1: sl st in any outside loop of open sc on row 20. ch3, 2dc in next loop, (dc in 1sc, 2dc in next sc) around (90dc)join with sl st to first ch 3(which counts as dc)
Large Wave R2: ch1, sc in sm sp, (hdc in next dc, dc in next dc, trc in next dc, dtrc in next dc, trc in next dc, dc in next dc, hdc in next dc, sc in next dc) repeat around. join with sl st to first sc. (11 waves)
Small Wave: sl st in any inside loop of open sc on row 20. ch1, sc in sm sp, (hdc in next loop, dc in next loop, trc in next loop, dc in next loop, hdc in next loop, sc in next loop) repeat pattern. join with sl st to first sc. (10 waves)
Main Water R1: with outside of bag facing you, but working on the 'inside' of the bag, sl st around the post of a sc of row 20. Sc around the post you have sl st'd around and sc around each post of row 20. (Essentially, you will be putting a row of sc around the posts of row 20 scs, creating the "building" row of your main water.) join with sl st to first sc.
R2: ch2, hdc in sm sp, hdc in each sc around. join with sl st to first hdc (not ch2). (60hdc)
R3-R10: ch2, hdc in sm sp, hdc in each hdc around. join with sl st to first hdc (not ch2). (60hdc)
R11: ch4 (cts as dc, ch1), (skip next hdc, dc in next hdc, ch1) repeat around. join with sl st to 3rd chain of original chain 4. (24dc)
R12: ch1, sc in each dc and ch1 around. join with sl st to first sc.
R13: ch1, sc in sm sp as join, (ch3, sk sc, sc in next sc) repeat around. join with sl st to sc. (24-ch3 sp) cut off.
Tie: Chain 101. sl st in 2nd chain from hook and each chain. Cut off, tuck ends and weave through the open spaces from R11.
R1: ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6sc) do not join
R2: 2sc in each, cut off.
**w/petal color: attach w/ sl st to BLO of any sc. ch4, sc in 3ch(petal made), sl st in back loop of next sc, repeat petal all the way around. (12 back petals) do not attach to 1st petal
**sl st in the front loop of 1st sc, repeat petals in all open front loops of sc's. (12 front petals)
Secure, cut and weave in all ends. Then thread the tip of one side of Tie through the hole in the middle of the flower and put an overhand knot on the end of the tie to keep the flower from sliding off. Repeat this one more time with flower #2.
LILY PAD: w/WW yarn and H hook
R1: ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6sc)
R2: 2sc in each (12sc)
R3: (RS) (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) 3 times (9) leave rem 3 sc unworked
R4: ch1, turn, (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) repeat to the end. do not join. (20sc) Finish off. Leave a long end for sewing on. Place where you want on the bag.
Cut several 3" pieces of Light green/Dark green and Brown. Latchook these onto the waves area to give the "idea" of pond grasses, etc.
*Disclaimer: I have done my best to make sure that all of the instructions are here. If you have any questions about the pattern, email me.**

The Meaning of November



The month of my birth. (I'll be 39 this year...eek)

The month that causes me to catch my breath and try to remember where the rest of the year went and did I have fun?

The month that suddenly has me thinking "What do the kids want for Christmas?" and "Are we going to be able to afford it?" lol.

The month where I start planning out my Christmas baking and candy making.

The month where it seriously turns cold, hunters come to town and bloody deer get strapped to the roofs, trunks and hoods of vehicles.

The month of Thanksgiving, where we get together with family and enjoy each other while eating copious amounts of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pie. Then we all need naps.

The month where I realize it will be better to just try to maintain the weight I am at than to try and lose weight for the next couple of months. lol

The month where I usually say "Oh! I should make socks for everyone in the family this year!!!"
Well, that only happened won't ever happen again. :)

What does November mean to you?