Random Thoughts on Thursday

* I've been giving it thought to becoming a serious blogger.  One where I can eventually make some extra money (you know, to pay off my debt).  I have downloaded Ruth Soukup's book How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul.  I've only read the first two chapters so far.   One of the first things I would need to do is pick a domain name and transfer my blog over to Word Press and pay for hosting services.  I know wouldn't make any money to start with but it would be possible in the future.

My sister is law who blogs over at Bren Did has been after me to change over since she started her blog.  I know I haven't been a consistent blogger so far and that would have to change.  I'm willing to commit to more postings... I have ideas for posts and then just never write them or follow through with actually writing the post.

* We applied to four elementary schools in our neighborhood.  The local school that Miss C would attend (in our boundary area) is the lowest performing elementary school in the district.  We are not going there, so we made the decision to choice enroll her into another school.  She is number six on the waiting list at our first choice.  It is a dual language elementary where half the day is in English and half the day is in Spanish.  Our other first choice she did not get into but she did get into our second choice for full day kindergarten and our last choice for PM kindy.  We should know more come August when there is a lot of movement as people move and decline their choices.  Fingers crossed.

Happy Thursday!

Knitting This Week

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly yarn along.  I'm joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books!  Ever since B. shared his Colorado hat on Facebook, I've had an assembly line going.  I've had orders for nine hats and seven of them are paying for their hats!!
I have decided to crochet several of the hats and the Colorado emblems... each hat takes a couple of hours... and then I weave in the ends and sew on the emblems.  I have yet to line these hats.  Last night I lined one of them because it is a gift to a friend who lets us stay at his place when we go skiing.  

So far I have used B's head to measure for the fleece liners.  I have to figure an easy way to measure and cut the liners.  I can visualize how I want them,  but I have a hard time with the creases/seams in the top to make it fit into the curve of the hat.  B's hat was pretty easy because he was sitting next to me on the couch while I worked on his hat, but I can't continue to use his head especially for the smaller hats!

I am in between books at the moment.  I just finished reading The Kept by James Scott which was OK.  It took place in the late 1800's in the winter in upstate New York.  The main character, Elspeth, is a midwife and she returns home after several months working away to find her family has all been murdered.  Except for her youngest son who was hiding in the barn.  I thought the beginning of the book a tad disturbing, but the story was enough to keep my attention.  However I thought it a weird book.  I've picked up The Rescue by Anita Shreve, but I haven't started it yet.  

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!

The Weekend

My weekend did not start out well.  It totally finished on a high note!  I got sick on Thursday afternoon while sitting in my hotel room in Minneapolis.  Sneezing, runny nose and by the time I got home on Friday afternoon I was achy, feverish and chilled.  Luckily that was short lived and I ended up with just a head cold.  Other than the fact my nose is raw from blowing it on the crappy airplane tissues, I am actually feeling much better.

The high note of the weekend?  THE BRONCOS ARE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS!

We watched the game with - I can't even begin to describe the relationship so we'll just say- family.  It gets wild.  Crazy.  Passionate.  There is pacing, yelling, profanity, high fiving, hugging and all around excitement.  There was not, however, much crafting.  It was a great game!

Have a great week my friends.

Knitting This Week

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly yarn along.  I am joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books!  I'm taking a break from knitting!  Not a long break... Bryan wanted a Colorado hat.  I found two patterns on Ravelry.  One is crochet and one is knitted.  I knew I could whip out the crochet hat pretty quickly so that is what I did!

Luckily he sat next to me on the couch while we watched movies so I was able to have him try it on every step of the way.  I even lined it with fleece!  I watched a couple of video's on YouTube and kind of took a little bit from each one and made it my own way.  I made the fleece part and put it on Bryan's head then put the Colorado hat on over the top of the fleece.  Then I took it off together and stitched the hat and fleece together on the bottom edge.  He says it's very warm.

He posted it on Facebook and now I have orders for three!  I will make one for each of us and one for a friends birthday.  That's six hats total.  I thought it might make a nice little cottage industry for me.  There is a new indoor farmers market where I could sell them, but I'm not sure I want to limit myself to little hats and nothing else.

I just finished reading A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen.   James Bowen was a former homeless drug addict who was trying to clean up his life when he met Bob.  Bob wandered into the building where James was living and they basically adopted each other.  It is a cute story.  The writing isn't fabulous, but this is a book that you aren't reading for grammar.  You read it for the up lifting story.  
Happy Yarn Along Wednesday! 


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