Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hopeland Gardens

A year or so ago when we first visited Aiken I was smitten by the Hopeland Gardens.  I was happy to discover that they have been having Summer Concerts.  We attended the performance by Fabio & Friends and listened to some very nice Jazz. Still to come 4 more concerts this summer.  Yay!!
 Not sure if Cliff enjoyed this experience as much as I did....but he is a good guy.  He played with his phone and I got upset at him when he did not switch it to vibrate.  Men!!!
He made it through the one hour concert....he did want to leave as soon as he saw some people walking away.  Oh my goodness...what is his rush.  This place is a sanctuary...just look around and enjoy.  Kevin also came along on the eve of his birthday.  He turned 32 on the 29th.
 I love nature and this is one place that I know I will be visiting....time and time again.  It is so beautiful and serene.  Do click on the link to see more pictures.  Take a look at those Oak trees.  I immediately though of my grandson Taite who loves to climb trees.  These trees are hundreds of years old.
Be blessed because you are Loved!



One of my favorite edges to apply to the outer edges of my crochet owls or cloths is Picots.  The picture below illustrates better.
Picots are easy to make. Following is a few you can try to finish edges. 
Picot #1
*Chain 3, slip stitch in the same stitch, slip stitch in the next stitch* Repeat from * to* along edge.
Picot #2
  *Chain 3, work 1 half double crochet on the third chain from the hook,  work 1 single crochet in the same stitch, slip stitch in the next stitch*  Repeat from *to* along edge.
Picot #3
*Chain 1, work 1 single crochet in the first stitch, *(slip stich in the next stitch, chain 3, slip stitch in the same stitch, work 1 single crochet in the next stitch* Repeat from *to*
Picot #4
 *Chain 3, work 1 single crochet on the third chain from the hook, skip 1 single crochet, slip stitch on the next stitch.* Repeat from *to*. 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Day 3 in our Rental home

I have managed to empty the basic utensils, dishes, pans, etc...I need in the kitchen.  A good friend from Charlotte (guess now I can say this since we are now residents of Aiken County) shared a wonderful granola recipe and she was right.  It was easy to make.  The end result is crispy, so if you try making it and as you are turning it will have a soggy appearance, be assured that it will get crispy.
 Homemade Granola (Ellen and Nancy's Recipe)
3 C old fashioned rolled oats
1 C coarsely chopped pecans
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 T olive oil
1/2 t coarse salt (I used sea salt)
1/2 C maple syrup
2 T brown sugar
1/4 t cinnamon
1 large egg white
1-1/4 C diced dry fruit ( I used raisins)
Preheat oven to 250-300
Combine all ingredients including the olive oil, except the egg white and the dry fruit.  Toss to coat.  In a separate bowl whisk egg white until frothy.  Stir  into granola mix and distribute it throughout.  Spread in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake for around 50-60 minutes tossing every 15 minutes for even browning.  Optional addition.....1 C unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut.
Frothy egg white!
I told you it would be crispy!!
You can eat the granola by itself, with your favorite cereal including oatmeal.  I love it with yogurt.
Our rental house has quite a large yard so Cliff decided to buy himself a riding mower.  The yard is three times the size of our house in Charlotte.  Here he is getting ready to test drive the riding mower.
My crochet owls continue to amuse me as I think of different ways to make them unique.  As you can appreciate in this picture there is quite a few tails to weave.
 I will be using this particular crochet owl to decorate cards.  The neat thing about this yarn and pattern is that the legs (worked by slipping stitches) all turn out different like the one below which seems to be leaping.
Hasta la vista!! Amigas y Amigos.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day 2 in our Rental Home

Decided to tackle Kevin's spices and do a little organizing.

This is the AFTER picture:
The cable man came to hook up our internet. What a brave soul he is.
Walking on the front yard I came about a pretty Oleander plant.
Later on I sat down to admire the clear great room.
After a trip to Walmart we did a little exploring and found The Virginia park, a very nice walking destination.
Brand new excercise equipment on the trails. I was in good company too.
I tried the machines too!
Finally.... A little crochet at night.
Good night!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our Home for the Next 6 months

Day 1 - Life in a Rental Home

We arrived today to our temporary home in Warrenville SC.  Sure felt strange and sad to leave our home in Charlotte where we had lived since 1987.
View from the dinning room looking into the great room.
Kevin was 4 when we moved in.  We took these 2 pictures early this morning and I just walked through each room wondering if I would cry. I didn't.  I told Kevin the family moving in will build some wonderful memories too.
We arrived before the movers.  I really was worth paying this company.
They arrived around 10 am and left around 1:30 pm.
I am having a hard time getting Cliff to sit down.  He does not like chaos.
He has already set up the mailbox.
Much of these boxes will remain unpacked in the garage. I am thankful for this space.
Boxes, boxes, boxes!!
Home Sweet Home!! In Howlandsville Rd.