Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Giving Thanks and Baby Blanket Edging

Our 8 year old 3rd grader grandson brought this amazing artwork home yesterday.  My heart melted.  :-)  The tablecloth is being laundered to put on fresh tomorrow morning at which time I will request that my tall sons get the Thanksgiving china out of the cabinet above the fridge, and I'll set the table for the dinner.  Dayle will be up early making his sage bread stuffing and getting the 28 lb. turkey in the oven.  I will make the green bean casserole, candied yams and mashed potatoes.  I'm the gravy master which is accomplished when the turkey is done.  Then voila! A FEAST!  

I'm working on the edging of the baby blanket for our son's friend's expected baby.  Being that it's a boy, I'm doing a simple border.  I've done double crochet so far.. I'm thinking one more row of picot?  Any suggestions?

I hope there is not too much pink in this blanket for a boy!

I'm totally sold on this shell pattern for blankets.  It's lacy but tight, easy to make, warm and pretty.  I added the pattern to the bottom of this post in case you'd like it.

New growth on the Hibiscus.. love.

I do love my crocheted rocks.  I am not sure where best to display them.  One on a desk as a paperweight would be lovely.  We used to have them on the windowsill but the new windows don't leave as big of a ledge.   Would it be weird to hang them on a wall?  Ideas?

Well.. I have to get some low carb lunch in me and pack my swim bag and head to the pool.  

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I am sending my wishes for a wonderful day full of good food, friends and/or family and loving fellowship.  I give my thanks for my warm home, family, grandkids, friends and the ability to still volunteer and be of service to my community. I'm also thankful for you, my dear readers - the best part of doing this blog is the friends I've made from near and far, circling the globe.  :-)   What are you thankful for?

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


I am sure someone else has written a pattern similar somewhere – but I made this up as I went along and I love how it looks like rows of shells.

I used worsted weight yarn and a size G hook.  You could use finer yarn and smaller hooks or heavier yarn and a bigger hook if you’d like.

I chain as long a chain as I want my blanket to be wide – I don’t count and it always works out.  But if you want, you can chain in 3s until the width you want.  For a baby blanket you could do 90 chains.

Once you have the chain as wide as you want – then chain 2 more – turn and do 3 double crochets into the 2rd chain from the hook, skip one chain, do one single crochet in the next chain, skip one and do 3 double crochets – and on across.

When you do the last 3 dc shell and the last sc – chain 3 and turn, do 1 dc in the base of the first chain, sk 1 ch, sc, sk 1 ch, do 3 dc in sc of last row, or the “ditch” between the shells on the first row.  Continue on until the end where you’ll do 2 dc in the last stitch of the shell below. 

On that 2nd row, the 2 double crochets on the beginning and the end are what I call a “half shell”.  Each row is either all shells or one that starts and ends with a “half shell”.

3rd row, chain one, turn, do 3 double crochet in sc or "ditch" of last row between shells.

Just keep going until the blanket is the size you want.  You can do a square or a rectangle depending on it’s use.  Baby blankets are nice in squares while lap blankets are nice in rectangles.

You can leave it as is or you can do shells around the whole blanket when done to make it look a little prettier.

--> Copyright by Teresa Kasner, May 24, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hibiscus Bloom and Lazy Weekend

I was so happy on Saturday as my beloved Hibiscus gave me a bloom after I'd repotted it and severely pruned it.  I admit, I left one stem uncut and this is the one which flowered.  I used my iPhone on all the photos in this post.  I'm very pleased with the results from my iPhone 7 plus.  Look at this amazing bloom!  See the fuzzy end of the stamen?  A truer red cannot be found.

I sidled behind the dining table to get up close and personal with this flower for it's photo shoot.  :-)  It's aiming it's face at the sunshine and light through the window.

A side view to show the long and amazing stamen of the flower.

As you can see I pruned it a lot.  

It's exciting to see the new growth coming below all the cuts.

We had a nice easygoing weekend.  I had subscribed to Victoria magazine after not getting it for years and I was pleased to see how many interesting articles and photos in this issue.  Here is a wool, yarn and woven goods mill in New England.

The cover is beautiful with a lovely bouquet in a hollowed out pumpkin.

They also visited a farm store in Washington State that looked amazing.

The autumnal photos were stunning.

Another article with a beautiful barn, horses and an outdoor table all set for a dinner.  I couldn't help but think the barn would have been much prettier in "barn" red with white trim.  :-)

Another of the magazines I subscribe to.. the cover thrilled all of us being VW bus lovers.  My son even enjoyed reading through this issue having just visited Hawaii for 10 days.  I'm still at the beginning of reading this.. I'm looking forward to more photos of a Christmas in Hawaii.

When clearing the TV cabinet for the changing of the old TV to the new one.. I put my collection of crocheted rocks I did on the dining table.  I noticed that the boys had stacked them up.. so I decided to see if I could get the smallest one to stay long enough for a photo.. lol.  Success!

I finished the body of the baby blanket this weekend and now will do a border edging in blue as the baby is to be a boy.  I'll get some photos when that is done.  I am off to swim soon.. the morning began grey and rainy and now it's kind of sunny.. I hope it stays that way for my swim!!  Have a great week.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Colorful Leaves, More Parade and TV

Our trees are holding on to their leaves for a long time this Autumn, this is a Sweet Gum I think.. in the parking lot of the pool/gym where I swim.  Isn't it a beauty?

I'm amazed at the colors this year.

I got a comment on my parade post from a photographer, named Lloyd Smith, he gave me a link to his photos from the parade.  I grabbed a few to show you but want to give Lloyd Smith the photo credit for them.  This first one is the Sons of the American Revolution who marched ahead of our car.

Here we are, Dayle driving, me as passenger and our two grandsons in the back seat tossing candy to the kids along the parade route.

Here is Caleb.. he wasn't in the other photos we got.  :-)

Kristi loves her VW bus.. so when she saw this pillow she snapped it up.  Isn't it cute?

Dayle and Travis went shopping at Costco yesterday afternoon.. and look what they brought home.  A new 75 inch TV.  Really?  It barely fits across the corner!  I'm having to get used to the life size people on there.  LOL!  Does your husband ever bring home something like this?  

I'm heading off to swim soon and Dayle is dropping me off at the pool and then running some errands, then he'll pick me up and we're heading to my younger sister's house in Hillsdale, OR.  My brother and his wife are passing through town and wanted to get together with his 3 sisters, so Denise is making dinner for us all.  :-)  I've been on low carb for 2 and a half weeks now and have lost 3 or 4 lbs.  Gadzooks.. at this rate I will take forever to trim down.  Wish me more luck.  Do you have any fun weekend plans?  We don't, just relaxing with the family.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Yarn Gift, Maple Leaves and Girls in Hats

Kristi and Caleb went grocery shopping and came home with two fun skeins of yarn as a gift for me!  Isn't that sweet?  Caleb apparently wanted to get every single color but his mom let him pick two.  :-)  

I was so pleased as I'd been eyeing this yarn.  It's a finer gauge yarn, any suggestions of what to make with this?

I do love a variegated yarn!  I bet a Hitchhiker shawl would look neat in this.  

The little green leaf Japanese maple trees that my blog friend Kathy gave us are turning a pleasing peachy color.  Both trees are doing well in our front driveway circle.  The ground is covered with leaves from the Walnut tree.

Funny how the leaf drop under the walnut tree went straight down and the pasture beyond is verdant green.  The sun is setting beyond.. a very autumny day.

My daughter Amy got the two girls, Jenna and Paige, together for a photo shoot of the hats I made and sent to them in Ohio.  I hope they enjoy them and the hats keep their heads warm this winter!!  

Well.. I must rush to pack my swim bag and head to the pool.  Have a fine day!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Veteran's Day Parade 2017

We had a big day on Saturday!  Up early and off we headed to the Hollywood District in Portland, Oregon to be a part of the Veteran's Day Parade!  This was the first year that our grandsons joined us.  I asked a bystander take a photo of us, later several more joined us but missed being in the "group photo".  :-)

My sister Roberta's husband Teddy is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), here he is with the boys and Dayle.

The boys with the SAR group.  Our two grandsons are eligible to join this group. 

Dayle decorated our Ford Flex for the parade.  :-)

The parade begins.. I took this photo from the car of the SAR who were marching ahead of us and was charmed by the way my flag inside reflected in the glass.  

At the beginning of the parade I saw these two set up to enjoy watching everyone going by, each holding a chunky little pug.. aren't they cute?

Each year we are given a participation ribbon.. we then tie it to our full-sized American flag we have in the living room.  :-)

We took a bunch of candy to toss out to the kids along the way, taffy and such, I'll never forget how much fun our boys had tossing candy and waving our little flags.  When we got home and were checking our email and facebook Dayle found that KGW News had recorded the entire parade!!  I have the link posted on my Facebook page but cannot find a way to put the link here.  So, I did some "Screen shots" when we were in the video.  It was so fun to see our group go by!

Portland Chapter members follow our car and behind them is a Speed's Tow truck with my sister Roberta and two other DAR ladies on the back.

There I am in the front passenger seat and Hayden behind me waving our flags.  Last year I drove and this year Dayle drove.  It's so neat how people thank Dayle for his service.  I had a magnetic sign made for his side of the car.

There was even a band of bagpipers in the parade which I just loved!

Here is the magnetic sign I designed and had made for Dayle.

My dad Wallace Winston Shaklee was young and gentle farm boy who served as a Marine in World War II - he went in on the first wave at Iwo Jima with about 240 of his company, only 17 walked out unwounded and alive.  What he saw there in the trenches for weeks traumatized him.  Had he not returned, I would not be here.  

Dayle served in the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer, a helicopter pilot, in Vietnam.  He was shot in the femur while flying a combat mission near Khe Sanh when he was just 20 years old.  It was amazing that he was able to set his helicopter down with only one useable leg.  His bravery saved himself and two crew members.

So please give a thought and a smile to your family veterans and those who served.  We owe them for our freedom and safety to live the life we enjoy.  OK, I'm off to the DAR meeting.. then swimming.. !  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Blanket, ByeBye Carbs and Veteran's Day

With 7 hats made for my family, I'm back to crocheting on my shell pattern blanket for my son's friend's baby boy expected right before Christmas.  After I'm done with this I will need to decide on what project to do next.  Hmmm... I actually need a knitted hat in red to match my holiday red shawl.  I did make one but I'm not too happy with it.  We'll see what my muse will come up with.  :-)

I love how this pattern makes cute little shells and it's easy to do.

We're watching TV and I'm crocheting by the fire.. it's cold and rainy outside.

I've begun a low carbohydrate regimen.  My younger sister Denise has lost 34 lbs. on it and is encouraging me.  I've been on it for a week and I have not lost much weight.. but I'm going to keep going and hope for the best.  The first week was the hardest.. I love bread, pasta and sweets and giving them all up made me depressed and to be honest.. ready to scream, growl, cry or commit some other mayhem.. :-)  But I'm still "in it".  Yesterday for lunch I had some bacon and a big chunk of raw cauliflower.  Argh!  But I've also come up with some more palatable dishes, such as cutting up a chicken breast, sauteeing it in some butter and adding chopped broccoli, or other veg and when it's done sprinkling it with a bit of grated cheese.  Wish me luck!!

Here is a quick lunch, cube up a boneless, skinless chicken breast or thigh (this was a thigh), begin to saute it in a pat of butter, while it's beginning to cook, slice up any vegetable you have, throw it in the pan, sprinkle it with a little salt, pepper and garlic salt/powder and any other herb or seasoning you like, when the chicken is done and the veg is done, grate a bit of cheddar cheese over it.  Voila!  Lunch or dinner.

My sister recommended these to have for breakfast, 1/2 of one, so I ordered these from Amazon and they were just delivered.

My grandsons really enjoy my new moon light.. Hayden brought it in for me to get a photo of him holding it up, isn't this cute?

Today is the observed Veteran's Day celebrated here in the USA.  Tomorrow is the actual day and Dayle and I are going to decorate my red Ford Flex and drive it in the Hollywood District parade.  I'll post some photos on Monday.  It falls on a Saturday this year so we're taking our grandsons with us. We are very patriotic, Dayle served in the US Army flying a helicopter during Vietnam where he was shot, the 50 caliber bullet shattered his femur and he spent months in the hospital in traction while his leg healed.  We're so lucky he survived and kept his leg.  My Dad served in the US Marines and was in World War II in Iwo Jima.  I'm a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, so military duty runs deep on both sides of our family.  So, thank you to all who served to keep our country safe and free.  Do you have family who served your country?  Do share.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)