(From the archives)
(From the archives)
Granddaughter Maura (just turned ten) texted me a night photo of a Christmas house. For the blog!
Last night, after Steve and I grabbed a bite, we drove through a neighborhood in search of a few more photos to add to Maura’s.
It’s dark so early now as we approach that shortest day of light.
Here’s the house in Columbus Ohio that Maura sent.
Thanks for the good idea, Maura. What a lot of colorful decorations!
Below are a few Pittsburgh houses, mostly taken from the car except for the snowy animals. I had to get out.
Look who is 10 years old! November 17, 2008 doesn’t seem that long ago and suddenly granddaughter Maura Clare is TEN!
I don’t know of anyone who has more energy and enthusiasm for life!
We always have a lot of fun together.
Happy Birthday to you. Love you lots. FF Ruthie
Tuesday morning I drove out to Columbus to visit the family.(ies) Halloween I’ll split my time between both families so I can photograph everyone in their costumes. We won’t let the predicted rain prevent the photography.
Here’s what I found when I arrived.
Maura collected the sock monkeys (I didn’t make the giant one or the ones sporting Ohio State or U of Florida hoodies)
And all her knitting projects and yarn AND a jumbo size box of Cheez-its. Mmmmmm. My favorites. (No judgment please)
My grandma name is Froo Froo Ruthie thanks to Anna now 15.
Thanks Maura for the festive welcome. Love that you created this happy scene for me to find upon my arrival. Xxoo❤️❤️❤️
A learner’s permit to drive in Ohio can be issued at age 15 1/2!
HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY TO ANNA
F F Ruthie
Maura had this idea from 5 minute crafts on YouTube so we experimented in the backyard this afternoon.
She knew how to run behind me for the next pose.
When you get a request from your granddaughter for a knitted item, you try to oblige. Within reason of course. -I’m thinking “a hat, mittens, a scarf……”
“Could you make me a knitted cactus?” Anna asked.
I didn’t know there was such a thing. Thanks to Pinterest spreading the word, succulents, knitted, crocheted and stitched are a trend.
Mine looks different from the pattern by Lucille Randall. (which is free on Ravelry)
Might need more stuffing. Also I need my friend Donna or FF Marlene to help crochet a better flower. I followed the directions but it seems knitting is my stronger skill for sure.
When I started. I used DPNs size one. When I was telling my knitting friend, I had a flashback to a knit cactus I saw a couple of years ago at Hill Country Weavers in Austin, Texas. We were in line to check out and there it sat. Never thought another thing about it until now and I’d taken a quick phone photo.
Thanks for the Dream in Color Handpainted yarn, Molly. AND for finding that skein of Kidsilk Haze in the Jelly color. Unbelievable.
Two Airedales by Anna.
It’s a week of guest blogs. Why not? I’m not in my own home and the contributions to the blog have been most welcomed.
Captured this morning by granddaughter Anna (14)
Josie looking in and Henry asking to go out.
“What does Silence look like?” asks Cheri Lucas Rowlands who created this week’s photo challenge- Silence
This photo taken in Istria, Croatia in 2008.
A church sign. Blog followers may have seen it posted in 2012 and remember. It seemed perfect for the challenge.
and on the home front (well, Laura and James’ home) Anna and Penny taking a nap before swim practice.
The wooly Afghan knitted by my paternal grandmother Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks b. 2/7/1892
Some of you’ve seen the little sock monkey I keep on my camera lens. He stretches around the cylinder, a gutted Beanie Baby. I’ve got a sweet spot for them.
Eleven years ago I made this Sock Monkey Book for granddaughter Anna(14 now). I found it on a shelf while re-shelving some children’s books at Mark and Erika’s. Finding some books to pass on to the younger grandchildren. Not sure if these blank Little Golden Books are still available but it was fun to make.
I’ve sewn a lot of sock monkeys over the years. This book tells the story of transforming a pair of Rockford Socks into a lovable toy.
The finished sock monkey joins the other toys.