Sunday, February 24, 2008

Visit to Williamston

Early Friday morning we headed out to spend the weekend at our daughter's house. It's so nice to be able to take these trips now that it only takes just over 4 hours instead of 9 plus hours it used to take when she lived in Ohio. Back then we did not see her and our beautiful grandchildren very often and this was hard on everyone.

Baby Blanket

On the way up I had my knitting with me. I have no trouble at all knitting in the car. The Knit Nuts Knitting group has decided to make baby blankets to donate to one of the hospitals in the are so I worked on my 5 inches. Connie started the blanket with a beautiful lacy stitch. I chose to do the reversible moss stitch. The theme of this blanket is clouds so all who work on this blanket will use different shades of blue and white. I also worked on the crochet strawberries I am making for a gift. Thanks Connie for your help. She still can't figure out how I was crocheting backwards. I am excited somehow the strawberries have taken shape. Pictures will be posted soon.

It's always so exciting to see our grandchildren. They are both a blessing and a joy. The first thing Caleb said when we arrived was "Nana I'm so happy to see you". He is so sweet and expresses himself so well. Taite, the baby is a hugger and he just opens up his little arms to receive love. He's talking his baby talk and we all talk back to him. I can clearly hear (what's that), "was da", "baw" (ball)

The weather did not cooperate; it was rainy, cold and gray most of the time with the exception of Sunday when it finally cleared up. So we spent time inside playing and pretending. Caleb has a wonderful imagination.

Caleb ready to jump onto mattress

The mattress on the guest room became a boat. There were sharks all around it. Here's Caleb getting ready to jump. He is also swimming out of the boat trying to stay away from the sharks.

Caleb pretending mattress is a boatNana and Caleb pretending with Carrots

Caleb is going through a picky stage of eating so it was great to see him eat a whole bag of mini carrots. He called him his fish and he shared them with me.

Taite loves his blankie, bottle and Mommy

Taite is very attached to his bottle, blankie and of course to his mommy. He's ready to go nite nite. The little guy is fighting another one of his colds.

Taite and Nana playing

Me and Taite playing with one of the many trucks they play with. I will miss you kids. Stay sweet and loving. Keep up the good work Andrea and thanks again for the the super job you did designing the header and background of my blog. Just Love it :-)

Monday, February 18, 2008


Hello everyone, thought I'd make a short post. Many of you might not know me or have heard of my though my parents. I joined the Air Force last year as sort of a spontanious thing, word to the wise... if your kids suddenly want to join the Military make sure they are 100% genuine about it and are educated on what they get themselves into. There are a lot of committments both in life one has to make, its not for everyone. It's what a person makes of us, typically unless you go to the Academy to be a Officer you are sent though basic training (BOOT Camp), this teaches you just that... the basics on the customs and courtesies of the Military. It's basically on a much higher level to than the real world Air Force. No one marches down the road in the real Air Force, no one has chow runners or someone yelling in there face while they try to eat, no one yells at you were folding your cloths wrong in your room. All that stuff is to teach discipline I guess.

I'm currently serving under the AFSC (career) of Security Forces which basically provides the Law Enforcement and Aerospace Security Arm of the Air Force, you can google or search youtube for videos about what we do. But most of those promotional videos you see about the job are totally false and give a wrong impression imo.

If anyone wants to entertain me with question about the military please feel free to send me a email at I check this address frequently, even more than my .mil address simply because of ease of use.

ps... My mom sent me a knitting book for baby booties. If you want to your son to commit social suicide tell him to bring knitting supplies on post.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The New Grand Gathering Table

PhotobucketAfter months for searching for the right table for our kitchen we decided to get this Gathering table, that's the name by which it is known at the World Market Place. I had looked at it a few months ago but decided to wait a while until it went on sale. I go in this store every now and then just because I like to browse. A couple of weeks ago after work I went to Michael's to get something and decided to stop at the Market Place. To my surprise I found out that that was the last day of the Furniture sale which had been going on for weeks. Can't believe I almost missed the sale. As you can see the table is tall and so are the bar stools. They call these tables Pub tables. Caleb will require his little stool to get up and down or I may have to set some other small table for the grandkids.

PhotobucketIt is different sitting up high. Cliff makes fun at me because my legs dangle up in the air. There is a bar on which I can rest my feet. One nice thing about this table is that it has an attached leaf that expands the size of the table.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Learning the Magic Loop

Connie taught me how to knit in the round using two circular needles. I also learned how to do the Magic Loop which is great technique to use for knitting in the round instead of using double point needles. Maybe now someday I'll finally make gloves.

My Purly Valentine Swap

The Charlotte Purls February 9 meeting took place at the Bear Rock Cafe in the University area. This meeting was extra special because we brought the exchange gifts for our Purly Valentine. From the very beginning I knew I had gotten a very special person. Early on my Purly left me a $20.00 gift certificate at the Cottage Yarn. How cool and thoughtful was that gesture. I kept wondering who could have done such a nice thing??? No clue. I've heard a few of the ladies in the group say that they have shopped at this yarn shop.

My Purly was none other than my very best knitting buddy with whom I'm learning so much. Look here.

Take a look at the wonderful gifts that Connie so carefully selected and made for me. I'll always remember her thoughtfulness and I'm just blessed that she got me. I got the cutest lamb stitch markers, a special tool to pick stitches called the seed stitcher, locking stitch markers, card making supplies, Mini notes, designer collection tissues, Pink Hot chocolate, cupid candy corn, beautiful felted coasters, heart shaped crochet dishcloth. She also got me a special bug I can use to sign my e-mails.

These are the gifts before we opened them.
A newborn Purl.
View of the Bear Rock Cafe.