Treat for my Feet

I finally finished these socks. My goal was to be able to wear them this fall. The pattern came from Sensational Knitted Socks using the Slipped Rib pattern. This is only the 2nd pair of socks I have knit for me and I'm trying to really get the perfect fit for my unconventional-sized feet - lol. I mean, come on, if I were to have "normal-sized" feet, they wouldn't be able to hold up my 6 foot 3-3/4-inch frame. Next time, I will add at least one inch to the leg length. I think I will also use a larger size needle for the leg and go down to the correct size for the ankle/foot. This project is recorded on Ravelry under my name: homejewel


Two Years Later

I've been wanting a fall-colored table runner to put on my dining room table. A couple years ago, Birdie pieced and quilted a table runner, but hadn't put the binding on it. Birdie has been working lots of hours and going to college full-time and hasn't had time to finish it, so I asked if she would mind if I put the binding on it so it can be used this year. She was absolutely fine with that. I'm thrilled to finally have this precious piece from my daughter on display. She did not know how to applique and made up her own stitching. I love it. Best of all, she did this all behind my back and it was a complete surprise when I received it a couple Christmas' ago.


The Girls

The Girls - left to right: me, Pearly, my Mom, Birdie
Any family resemblance?


Booties and News

I've lost count of how many baby booties like these I have knit. These will go to a little new punkin' at church. These were the only things that would stay on my babies feet. Socks alone never worked. I love the fact that this pattern has passed down the generations - well over 100 years old.

Surgery has now been scheduled for my torn ACL in mid-November. A couple days ago, I went for a walk yesterday - managed to go around the block twice and my knee felt like it was giving way. Not only that, I don't feel that I could ever make it up the hills I used to walk. If surgery will give me the ability to be as active as I used to be, then it is worth the mental anguish of the impending surgery/pain.

October is our busy birthday month. Orange boy recently turned 10 yrs old. He's the family clown who needs no audience to keep himself amused. He keeps us all in stitches.

My thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors to the south who are dealing with those horrific fires. Stay safe! At a time like this, the important things really stand out: friends/family.


New Decor

A couple rooms got a new facelift. Here's our computer room we redid with the blue walls/white trim. I found 2 bedspreads at a garage sale for $4 and immediately thought they would make great curtains. We love them. The light can be so bright in the room and makes it hard to see the computer screen. The price was right.

Here is my favorite new look. I bought violin holders. I love the look of the violins hanging from the wall. It works beautifully because now we no longer have to deal with violin cases, everywhere, no leaving the violins/bows on the couch to be sat on, etc. Also, because the violins are more accessible, the children are playing more frequently. A very good investment, indeed. Not your typical living room decor, but it definitely fits our family's needs.


His New Routine

PJ has a new routine. He used to love to be put to bed for his nap. Lately, however, we have noticed a new trend. Someone will put him in his crib, but then he climbs out and finds a warm lap at another area of the house and eventually falls asleep. I guess that is one advantage of a large family - there's always an available lap. I love this aspect of homeschooling - because our children are home during the day, even our 17-yr old son can find some time in the day to spend with his very young siblings and have a relationship with them. When I was in high school, I came home from school and then immediately went back out for extra-curricular activities. There was little time for me to spend with my siblings. Witnessing this interaction between my children makes this mom have a happy heart.


Birthday Drama

Bunny had his 5th birthday while I was out of blogging commission. We had a nice birthday dinner and put candles on the homemade pumpkin pie he requested. Just as we began to sing "Happy Birthday", PJ got a pouty look on his face.

Seconds later, the dam burst. He was in a full-fledged boo-hoo crying hissy fit for a reason unbeknownst to any of us.

Poor PJ - he was in such a state, but all of us couldn't stop laughing at him. We are so mean. It will be interesting to see if he does this again for Pearly's birthday later this month.


Mt. St. Helens

I promised pictures of my son and dh's hike to the crater of Mt. St. Helens. They did not bring a camera (what were they thinking?), but thankfully some friends took a few pics.

They are above the clouds here. A solar power is on the left used to power the GPS on the right.

Eating lunch on the rim of the crater - yep, right behind them the crater drops off thousands of feet. That gives me the willies thinking about it - just a gust of wind could knock them off balance and into the crater. I guess that's just a mom for you.

Steam plume - a common occurrence at the volcano.



Yes, I am a blogging slacker. Four words would summarize the last 4 weeks: bum knee, harvest, schooling, and

Boy, ravelry is wonderful. I love to see projects worked up in various yarns. What a neat idea.
I have been knitting. Finished this little blueberry hat (Ann Norling's, Kid's Fruit Cap #10), but it's a bit small for PJ. So cute, though, and I love the pattern.

Cascade 200 Superwash, Dk Purple colorway (835) and Green Apple 802
Sz 7 circular needles, Magic Loop method (use size 6 next time)
Ann Norling Kid's Fruit Cap pattern
Child's Size 2
5 st = 1 in.

We've canned boatloads of salsa, grape jelly, pepper jelly, and the new one this year is zucchini relish from those mammoth-sized zucchinis that appeared out of nowhere in the garden after a vacation.

Newsworthy stuff: I have decided, after falling and injuring my knee yet again, that sugery is probably in order. The MRI proved that my ACL is completely torn and without the use of a functioning ACL, the knee can be quite unstable. Surgery means 4 weeks of being off my knee. I'm not sure how this will all work out logistically, but it would be nice to have some sense of normalcy without being so preoccupied with falling.

I hope you all are enjoying the fall. The leaves are starting to turn here and sometimes I want to just pull over to soak in the vibrant colors.


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