Sunday, July 29, 2007

I got it!

I received my invite today for Ravelry! What perfect timing. Today we spent the large majority of the day at home after a early morning visit to IKEA. When we got back, I checked my email and it was waiting there for me. I put Miss V down for a nap (as it was nap time), Freya was busy playing in her room and on the computer and Rob was busy reading HP DH. That provided me with a little free time to check out Ravelry. I managed to get a few of my projects posted. I will have to do the rest as I figure out what yarns I used and what their info is. If I had known that anything like Ravelry was going to come into existence I would've saved this precious info. :) What a wonderful community!

The rain today was absolutely wonderful and needed again. We haven't turned on our sprinkler system this year and it has really helped with our water bill $$$$.

Well I'm going to go work on Miss V's dress so that I can have it as a finished project and move on to other wonderful things.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Only a matter of time now

I guess I won't have to wait much longer for my much anticipated invitation to Ravelry. According to the email look up, well hell you can see it here:

Found you!
You signed up on June 5, 2007

You are #7021 on the list.
149 people are ahead of you in line.
13806 people are behind you in line.
32% of the list has been invited so far

I have set up a Flickr account but haven't proceeded with posting any images since my laptop is still acting crappy at times. I may have to use another computer to get the required images uploaded.

I really look forward to joining the community!

In knitting news, I am still working on the first clue for MS1. How sad is that? I guess it's not to big of surprise since it's my first time doing lace. I thought I was making good progress last night but I lost a stitch somewhere and after gazing at it for awhile I just put it away for the night. I guess I'll be pulling back to the lifeline and starting from that point on. I am determined to finish it though.

I'm still working on Miss V's sundress. Hopefully I'll get it done soon.

My last WIP is a purse that I need to finish and start working on another one. I'm making a bunch for a sale at my hubby's work. They have a craft sale at the end of October this year. I think my purses would sell well. I may even venture into other items to knit. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes.

Now if only my a/c was working. It's been out since Tuesday morning. It really needs to be replaced but the $8000 price tag is going to kill me. So we are doing a repair for now until it can be done later this fall or early winter. I think we've been lucky the weather here in Texas has been as mild as it has been. We are usually about to die from heat stroke with 105 degree weather.

Well back to life! :)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Farmer's Market Feast

Today I spent the day with my family doing something I enjoy. We were celebrating my husband's and my birthdays.

Each year the girls (my mom, sister, sil, me and Frey) head to the Farmer's Market early in the morning. We buy everything we need to make lunch for the family. We head back to the house and labor away making an awesome feast. This year was no different. We used to have an annual barbecue with all our family and friends but with dh's work it made it difficult to plan each year. We switched to the Farmer's Market lunch and have been enjoying it for 3-4 years now.

Today, Frey and I got up, dressed and ready to go. My mom and Amanda (sil) showed up to the house and then we headed off for a quick breakfast at IHOP. Unfortunately, this year my sister wasn't able to join us because her hubby had an early morning appt and she had to watch baby muffin at home. Anyway, we had our breakfast and then headed off to Dallas. We did our usual walk around the main barn looking at all the available fruit and produce.

What a beautiful sight (minus the pigeons and other misc crap)! I think we arrived earlier than normal since most of the vendors and farmers were still putting out the day's offerings. It wasn't long before I started to pick out the stuff I was needing/wanting. I started with some beautiful blackberries and Rainer Cherries. (my favs) Then I bought some fresh corn and grape tomatoes. Freya picked up some pretty red grapes, a water and a huge pixie stix (oh so healthy). I found the most beautiful and fresh baby asparagus. My mom picked up lemons (I made the most spectacular lemonade today), green tomatoes, okra, green beans, vidalia onions, new/red potatoes, cantaloupe, honeydew and red tomatoes. Amanda bought the most ginormous avocados, tomatoes, limes, bing cherries and fresh corn. Our shopping was completed. Now the work would begin.
We drove back to the normal part of DFW and my mom dropped me off at the house so I could pick up some things I need to bring over. Amanda had to pick up her cute car as well to drive it over to my parent's house. I get inside the house and have to get miss V ready to leave and Rob had to hop in the shower to get ready for the day. We packed up and headed down to my parent's house. I got inside and immediately got to work. I started warming up the black-eyed peas which I had cooked the night before since they are so much better the next day. I started boiling water for corn. Then I began the task of squeezing 16 small lemons for the lemonade. I made the simple syrup as well.
My mom, Amanda and I stayed busy in the kitchen washing, cutting, prepping, cooking, cleaning etc. My mom makes the most awesome fried green tomatoes. The batter she makes is so thin and crispy good. It's hard not to eat them all when they are draining on the paper. :) She also made the most tasty fried chicken okra as well!

I am so thankful for my family and the love we all share. It is truly a blessing. All our hardwork today was thoroughly enjoyed, swimming commenced after the eating of the Coconut Cake (what I prefer) and Freshly picked (she has a peach tree) peach cobbler my sister made with Vanilla Ice Cream of course. It was awesome.

Wish the photo could've been better but I was too anxious to eat after all our hard work!

Miss V eating her corn after swimming.