Thursday, December 14, 2017

Have tool belt, will travel!  Yesterday was a quick trip up to Susanville to install smoke detectors and Carbon monoxide detectors.  Ralph was supposed to go up with me, but he just wasn't up to it (he has a doctor's appointment today......)  I talked Dave into installing the straps for the water heater for me, so I can't claim much help on is a very small area so only one person can do that job!  One step closer to selling the house!  Now that those are in, the realtor can order an inspection.....

While I was there, Dave and I took a quick walk on the river trial.

Alex's host mom sent me a picture of bedtime at their house......

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Evidently, Brody left a note somewhere in the neighborhood that says "for a good cookie, go to the Jauch's"  and left our address.

Yesterday afternoon, Luna was barking and whining at the window, and wouldn't stop when requested (oh, so politely I might add.....) so I went to see what the problem was.  We had THREE dogs knocking on the window (literally - they were bumping noses with Luna through the screen window).  Meet Astro, Cosmo, and Lucy.......

Luckily, they had collars and phone numbers.  Dad came to get them and he wasn't happy.  Not only did the dogs out of their yard, but when I put them in our back yard, they went for a swim in the pond.  He had three wet dogs sharing his seat on the way home.. Good thing they don't live very far away.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Brody paid a visit yesterday - at the back door, meaning he jumped our 6 foot fence to come see us - or Luna.....Luna was not so impressed with his ardor.  She jumped in her chair and gave him such a look!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

'Tis the season - Fall.....I spent a couple (or more) hours yesterday blowing, raking, and hauling leaves.  The best part was that I am beginning to get the hang of backing up the trailer!  

These pictures are from last weekend - many more leaves fell after this - my trees are almost bare.

I took this video and sent it to Alex - it looked like it was raining leaves (and he just LOVES that he isn't home during fall.....)

The wind blew a huge pile in front of my door too - 

I decorated for Christmas last weekend too, with a little help.....

....and just a cute picture of Luna.....

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Okay - once again, I got busy and didn't post.  That means you get a large selection of photos....kind of random ones, too.

Since this week was Thanksgiving week, we had several people out of the office during the week (including me for one day!!) on vacation so we had Jackie's birthday potluck last Friday (her birthday falls on Thanksgiving this year).  OMG we had so much food, it felt like Thanksgiving already!  We had lasagna rolls, sopa toscana, chili, cookies, birthday cake, pulled pork sandwiches, salad, rolls, and breakfast burritos to start it off right,  We ate all day - jut a build up for Thanksgiving, I guess.  Our little extra desk area at work was packed with food!

Margene and I were pretty good about getting out for a walk on the weekends (at least until she went to Georgia for Thanksgiving) and the trees in the neighborhood are gorgeous this time of year.  My trees out front are pretty in the spring and summer, but in the fall, they just turn brown and fall all over everything (and the neighbor complains, etc.).

I've been busy working on Christmas presents, so please act surprised at your present if you read this.....

I neglected my garden this year - I had a hard time getting it started, and pretty much gave up on it.  The only thing that really produced were the peppers.  (My tomatoes finally started producing right as the cold weather hit.....)  Since I don't use a ton of jalapeno peppers, I had three or four plants full of peppers that turned red.  Margene and I harvested them, and she took them home to pickle.  With her hectic schedule, she didn't get it done before she left for Georgia, so she came down last week and helped me pickle them.  

We decided to do this at 5:00 p.m. on a Saturday - I spent an hour chasing down pickling spices in town - who knew I was going to need them???  By 10:00 that night, we had a dozen jars of pickled peppers.  Not bad!

I found a pretty cool pattern for flannel scarves - the flannel in the stores for Christmas comes in such cute patterns!  Here's one that I made for Margene, along with a pair of decorated gloves.  This is before I washed it - the fringe frays in the wash for a really nice look.  She couldn't wait for me to wash it and took it home herself to wash and pack.....

Friday, November 17, 2017

A couple of new projects - Margene asked if I had a pattern for a slouchy hat, so....I went looking!  Turns out the slouchy hat is just longer in the body of the hat than my normal hats, hats! (and a chance to use my new pom-pom maker...)

I also found a pretty pattern for a ear-warmer.  It's a new stitch to me - a herringbone stitch.  It makes a nice dense fabric with an interesting pattern.

'Tis the season - the trees have started dropping branches in the wind.  They've lost a bit of leaves as well, but I think the big drop is coming soon.

Monday, November 06, 2017

New Project finished!  I saw this shawl pattern and had to make it (I just HAD too....).  I ended up modifying it a bit - it is so long as it is (different yarn) that I didn't do one whole set of the lace insert.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

When Alli woke up this morning, I glanced at the clock and thought "Oh good, she let me sleep in a bit - it's 5:30!"  Then I glanced at my Fitbit - which syncs with my phone, and it said 4:30...I forgot about the time change!  (Good thing all those electronic gadgets are there to keep me straight!)  At least she didn't get me up really early on the 'old' time too! 

I got new glasses this week - it's been a while since I got glasses, I have been getting contacts as well, and my glasses were over 10 years old.  Time for a new pair, and this time, the dreaded bifocals!  I opted for bifocals rather than progressives, and I'm happy with them.  I've been wearing them all weekend to try to get used to them.  Not bad!  I love the color!

I made ear-warmers with the yarn I posted last week - it turned out a lot cuter than I thought it would.  And not as scratchy on!  The yarn is a silk/wool blend, and was very scratchy to work with, but the finished project is better.

Someone knocked the cushion off the chair.  But that's okay, Picot is still going to sit on a cushion.....regardless of where that cushion is.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Halloween pictures!  My department dressed up as an insane asylum - a very gory one.  They dressed me up as the doctor, thank goodness.  Here's how I looked when I left home.....

And how I looked after Linsay got through with me....

Our file drawers got the treatment too...

Some of the side decorations.....

As a department, we got second place behind "The Adams Family", which was the Sacramento Office (but they made a video.....cheaters.....).  Voting was done via submitted photos, so it was open to the whole bank to participate and to vote.  The Sac office did great!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

I haven't said too much recently about my 'yarn a month' that I've been getting.  I haven't been making anything with it - I've been busy!  But here is October's yarn - a silk/wool blend.  I really like it - a nubby, twisted yarn.  There's only about 60 yards, so not a lot can be made out of it, but it came with a pattern for a headband/ear-warmer that I'm going to try.....

I had a request for more scrubbies....

And Ralph got caught playing with my sock-monkey hat that's too big.....

Sunday, October 29, 2017

It's been a long week, and I just didn't take the time to post.  I was running low on sleep - as usual.  I planned on catching up last night, and was getting ready for bed when I got a message from AJ - want to Skype?  Of course I did, and we talked for almost 2 hours.  So much for going to bed early!  

It was really nice to see and hear him though.  He's running pretty ragged at the moment - he has school 6 days a week, taught in Japanese, and then homework for 11 classes for those 6 days of school, he's taking Judo 3 nights a week, he's working with his host Mom as much as he can speaking Japanese - she helps him with his homework! - and he's started working out again.  Added to all of that, he walks close to 6 miles a day to go to school - 3 miles each way.  He is literally black and blue from his judo classes, and he is mentally exhausted by the language barrier as well.  But....he is having fun, learning lots, and is having a great time!

Ralph and I went for a walk last weekend down in the field.  Autumn is here - some of the trees have lost their leaves, and the birds look so cool in them!

These trees are in the neighborhood - I love fall!

Book Club was last Wednesday - and I didn't read the book.  I didn't even open the book to see if it was good or bad (I hear it was really good....The Host by Stephanie Meyer)  Bookmarks this time were ghosts, and I didn't have time to photo them all.  I made them really late, blocked them Tuesday night, left for a business trip to Sac on Wednesday.  I got back in to town from Sac at 5:45, ran home, changed clothes, grabbed them off the board, and went to Rose's house.  These two were the left-overs, and one of them had lost an eye.....not my best work, but the others were pretty cute.

Ralph and I went out to the gun range to shoot after work on Thursday, and these guys were hanging out near the gate.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Last weekend, I got a request for a couple of hats - sock monkey hats - they turned out pretty cute!  The pattern is here.  They worked up pretty quickly, especially since I made the first one too big and had to re-do it.  I may have found a home for the too-large one.  If not, it can stay as a sample in my hat box, or it can be donated too - they are really cute!  

I even added to my collection of tools.  The hats need pop poms on top, and I picked up some pom pom makers.  If I had known how much easier they were to make with the proper tools, I would have gotten them earlier!  I picked up four sizes of Clover Pom Pom Makers - I'm set for a while!!

And so it begins - the Christmas season / handmade presents season has started.  I ran into a former co-worker at the grocery store after work Friday, and she commissioned a small afghan (though I was tempted to turn her down just because she asked me to make her a 'blanket' rather than an afghan - heathen!)  One more project on my to-do list......