Oh my!! I've been looking at some blogs this morning and it sounds like at lot of my friends are getting hammered by this snowstorm on the East coast. I am so sorry. We did have a beautiful spring day here yesterday but this weekend has snow/rain predicted so although I'm sure it won't be as bad as what you are all going through, I do sympathize with you. Spring seems a bit fickle this year. :-)
Murphy has been visiting our house the past few weeks. Have you all heard of "Murphy's Law?"
You all know the computer saga. Then, last Thursday at dinner, Dennis broke half a tooth off eating rice. Yep. Plain old white rice! Two dentist visits later he has a temporary crown with the permanent one to be placed next week.
I'm having my back molar pulled tomorrow. Not looking forward to that. The endodontist who did the original root canal said it should be pulled since it is cracked. So THREE dentist visits later, all to different specialists with the accompanying fees and xrays, it still has to be pulled tomorrow. Pray for me please. I don't mind dentists but I DO mind pulling teeth.
Then, remember how proud I was of cleaning my refrigerator a few weeks ago? Ladies, (and any men out there,) do not, I repeat DO NOT clean your fridge! I woke up yesterday to a dead refrigerator. Look how clean it is. I really liked this refrigerator
Look how empty it is!
The repairman actually came out yesterday, but the news wasn't good. This five year old refrigerator needed a new compressor among other things. The compressor alone was $800.00! It was working fine the day before! How can this be? We declined the repair and I went last night, while Dennis was teaching the last class of Financial Peace University, (how ironic is that), and bought a new fridge. A cheap, old fashioned, freezer on the top, no bells and whistles refrigerator.
The repairman told me that the life span of new refrigerators seems to be 5-7 years now. The ironic thing is I took all of my stuff to Nita's house and she put it in her 52 year old fridge that still works like a charm. No more fancy fridges for me!
To top it off, we got our invoice for the lake place rental where we keep our trailer. It's gone up almost $300 this year! Now it has gone up every year $10-20, but $300?!!! And there are tons of new rules, fees, fines, etc. When we started staying there, our little section of the resort had only 7 trailers, now there are 42! It's not nearly as much fun and I guess with lots of people come more problems. Plus they've cut down the time we can be there. Only May 1 - Sept. 30 with absolutely NO off season access to your trailer. We've always been able to come and go as we wanted to check on things, clear snow off of the roof if needed and then start staying as soon as the weather warmed enough. No more. Lots more rules.
Dennis and I are going to do some talking about this. We desperately wish we had somewhere else to take our trailer, but every place is full, which is why they can do this to everyone. As much as we love it, we may end up selling the trailer. Lots of decisions to be made and soon.
I know that lots of people have much worse issues to deal with and we have been blessed to have this place for 6 years and it may not seem very important in the grand scheme of things. But Dennis has a very stressful job and he enjoys the relaxation he finds when camping. And, of course, you all know how I feel about my cozy little home away from home.
We have discussed buying a few acres in the mountains ourselves, but by the time we have a well dug, power accessed to the property and a septic dug, it gets way, way too expensive.
So Murphy has been busy, busy around here. Please pray that my oral surgery goes well. They are knocking me completely out because of my pacemaker so at least I won't know what is happening. :-)
On a much, much brighter note, Alicia and the boys came to stay last weekend to visit Jeremy and both boys literally begged me to teach them to knit. Here we are Saturday morning. They were sitting on the loveseat, yarn and needles in hand when I got out of bed. We started lessons before I even had my shower and got dressed! They were SO excited. By Sunday afternoon Kale had a dishcloth over halfway done and Hayden was trying with all his might to master the knit stitch. So much fun.
Here are my little knitted Easter eggs I made a few years ago. I need to get a few more done this year.
I thought I would show you the top of my sewing machine when it's closed up. I keep all of my vintage knitting needles in a mug along with pincushions given to me by blogging friends. I have butchers string for tying packages in the purple canning jar with a lid that has a hole for a straw. It works great. My food/yarn scale, button jar and a basket of washi tape finish it off. I had to close the blinds because the sun was so bright this morning.
To the left of my sewing machine is the dresser that Dennis used as a baby. I used it for each of our children too when they were babies. The drawers are small and graduated in size so it was perfect for baby things. Now it's my craft dresser where I keep fabric, patterns, ribbon, elastic, etc
The camper banner was given to me by Nita and was going to go into the trailer this summer but I don't know what I'll do with it if we decide to sell. Sad Betsy.
I spent a little time organizing my yarn closet again. I'm using up lots of stash and haven't bought anything so I'm pretty happy with that. I bought a few baskets at the dollar store and that has helped with the organization process. I have several blankets on the bottom shelves for the Crisis Nursery. I better be making a trip there soon to deliver them.
Since I last posted I made a few dishcloths. I found out about this pattern from Judy at "Stitch Along With Me" over on my sidebar. It's the Diagonal Knit Dishcloth and it's free on Ravelry, A fun variation of the Grandma's Old fashioned dishcloth, even though mine look at bit wonky.
Two more circular dishcloths. All four were made with "I Love This Cotton" from Hobby Lobby.
I have well and truly fell down the mitered square rabbit hole. I finished a nine-patch square and started another one. Gosh, these are addictive.
My red socks are only being worked on at doctor appointments right now. Not much progress is being made. I had an appointment yesterday with my primary care doctor. He and his wife just finished a pair of socks. He knitted one and she knitted the other. Apparently they do that all of the time. He told me a few years ago, that she taught him to knit to relieve some of his job stress. He really enjoys it although other guys give him a hard time for it. He and his wife even yarn shop together, although he said she always gets what she whats and he's okay with that!
That's about it. Lots of stuff happening and not much time at home right now. I hope all is well with you and that you aren't snowed in too bad. If you are, I hope you have lots of tea or coffee and yarn or a good book. And chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate!
Have a wonderful rest of the week and I'll be back soon, (I hope), with one less tooth in my mouth!
Even with all of the "stuff" happening, it could always be worse and I know and realize just how blessed I am with a loving husband, wonderful friends and family. Life is good!
"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments." Deuteronomy 7:9