Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tad's Chic Dump

Hello there.. I'm glad you came to visit.  We are in our easy chairs, watching The View and watching one man come in and out of the door with huge folded up carpet pieces.  We're listening to him bang and clang and make all manner of noise while installing new carpet in the upstairs bedroom, hallway and down the stairs.  I can't wait until it's done!  

Last night we went to Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins for dinner.  It's 5 minutes from our house and right on the Sandy River and is always delicious.  Half the sign burned out, hence the nickname "Chic Dump" - when they tried to fix it everyone complained so they leave half of it dark on the back side of the sign.  

It was a lovely fresh afternoon so we sat in the view dining room where the doors slide open for fresh air and warmth.  The sun was sparkling off the river.. just beautiful.

This photo is pointing north to the Troutdale Bridge, unfortunately it's obscured by new leaves on the trees.

I got a huge kick out of Hayden - he tied the napkin around his neck by himself and was sitting there with his knife and fork ready to be served his mac and cheese!  

I noticed some pretty pink in the forest out the window and those are wild Rhododendron in bloom!

I know you love seeing Tad's crispy fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans with ham and onions.  :-)

Just so you know I don't eat fried chicken every day.. this was my dinner on Monday.  Green salad with tomatoes, walnuts, dried cranberries, shrimp and avocado.

I just finished a wash or dish cloth.  100% soft unbleached cotton from KnitPicks - color "Marshmallow" in their Simply Cotton Worsted line.  I love using it!  KnitPicks "Dishie" in red for the single crochet border.  I used the "Gentle Ridges" pattern. I'll add it at the bottom for you.  I really think this is one of the best for a dish cloth as it's got a lot of texture.

I'm thinking of trying this as a face cloth instead of a dish cloth to see how it goes.  Wouldn't it be neat to have a nice stack of wash cloths that you made yourself?

How about this for nubble-y?

And so.. bang bang clang.. the day continues.  We're watching the "Young and Restless" - my favorite soap opera.  Guess what Caleb said the other day?  When is the "Young and Wrestling" going to be over?  I've been cracking up over that ever since.  I'm off to swim this afternoon.  Gracie won't be joining me as she's come down with a nasty flu bug.  Poor girl!  I hope your week is going well!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 
Ridged Dishcloth

Finished size approx 8"x8"
With size H crochet hook and any kitchen cotton yarn, ch 30

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, sk 1, * sc and dc in next ch, sk 1 * - repeat from * to * to end of row, ending with sc in last stitch. Ch 2, turn.

Rows 2-21 are worked in back loop only except for first and last stitch.

Row 2 - 20: dc in first st, sk 1, * working in back loop only, sc and dc in next space, sk 1 *, repeat from * to * to end of row, ending with sc in last st. Ch 2, turn.

Finishing: After completing last st in row 20, sc/ch 1/sc in that corner space, continue to sc around all sides of piece, with sc/ch 1/sc in corners. Join with sl st to first sc in first corner worked. Bind off and work in ends.


  1. You're killing me here. Fried Chicken on a river bank AND a new puppy relative????

  2. Hello Teresa - oh how you are torture me :-) I am trying so hard with my healthier eating regime - would love that chicken and mashed potato!!!!! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. Couldn't get into blogging of late - was feeling down. After our trip at weekend feeling a lot happier. Apart fro celebrating DH's birthday - which was glorious we had not been anywhere really since beginning of March just before my knee started to really play up. It was good to get away. Hugs Anne x

  3. The view from the restaurant is so lovely that it would enhance any food. Yum. That is cute about the sign, Chic Dump.

  4. New carpet is always fabulous isn't it, your decorating must be nearly finished Teresa. Enjoy your sunshine and your swim x

  5. Ooh, that chicken looks GOOD! Caleb sounds like a lot of fun to be around.

    Poor Gracie! Hope she feels better soon.

  6. What a gorgeous view from the Chick Dump - their chicken looks mighty good too! Your post today sounded relaxing and that's just how it's left me feeling, however I have things to do so I guess I should get moving. xox

  7. I'm definitely going to try this washcloth pattern. And someday when I visit you, we are totally going to Chic Dump. :)

  8. Hi Teresa! We'll have to go to the Chick Dump sometime when I visit. Hubby's flying into Portland Friday night to spend the weekend with Piper. (Mandy & Brad too!). I'm jealous. I'm looking forward to seeing a picture of your finished room upstairs. Poor Gracie. How sad that she's sick right in the middle of springtime. Thanks for the pattern. I'll have to print it when I get home.

  9. Teresa, reading your post cheered me up. Thanks! I love the view from Tad's. Hayden makes me smile,too. I must be getting better cause the food almost looks good to me :). I will try your cloth pattern tomorrow. I hope you like the new carpet. XX

  10. Yum on the fried chicken! Your dish cloths look very pretty, thanks for the pattern, too. :) Gosh, what a lovely view to sit at and eat your dinner...I'd want to linger behind and crochet for a while (or cross stitch) the river...and that splash of pink, too. Wishing you a most lovely day sweet friend. :)

  11. I love little glimpses into your life Teresa, and I would have loved the chicken but probably would have choose that delicious salad instead. I used to watch The Young and the Restless many, many years ago, Nikki and Victor were having big problems back then, are they still on?
    Hugs to you,

  12. I love the idea of making your own dishcloths and washcloths. It might be simple enough for me late at night when I'm tired and making lots of mistakes! I love the Chic Dump sign, how wonderful! It sounds like you had a nice meal. That little man is so sweet sitting there with his napkin ready for his food. Adorable!

  13. Seeing that chicken makes me hungry! :)

  14. I live in SW Washington, and just love your nature photos! The good eats, woods, blue waters, stormy beach, wildlife and native plants, as well as majestic mountains with the backdrop of blue skies with fluffy white clouds all make my heart swell with the love I feel for the Pacific Northwest! My favorite place to be is outdoors, near water and woods with family and friends! I'm currently housebound due to chronic illness, and can't get outdoors. Your blog takes me there.
    I can even smell the air... Love your blog.

  15. Hi Teresa :-)

    I think the cloths would make lovely face cloths, much better than being used for dirty pots! Of course doing the dishes could be a lot more fun!

    Nicole x


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