Thursday, June 13, 2013

House Fire

It's been forever since I've written here. With all that I'm going through I thought it might help me to write about it.
The yellow tulips by the decorative well are in stark contrast to the devastation left by fire Saturday morning to this Grant Shook Road home.

You never think something like this will ever happen to you. This picture in no way shows how bad it is...and the worst is I lost my baby girl Gemma. She was my dog but felt more like one of our kids. Everything else can be replaced but her. Nothing could be salvaged out of the house. A lot of my yarn wasn't burned but the smoke smell is impossible to get out of it. Hundreds and Hundreds of dollars in yarn, if not thousands...and I'm down to not even one roll. Hard to believe. Not to mention the blankets that were almost finished..and those finished..such a waste. Of course when I mention that to my children or husband they look at me like I'm crazy but I know you all will understand.

Here's the article from the paper to go along with the picture that was in the paper above.

Hose Company received the call at 7:55 a.m. for 13013 Grant Shook Road.

The three adults and two teenagers escaped, but a dog was lost in the blaze, said assistant fire chief Dave Hann.
The cause of the fire is believed to be a space heater behind a couch in the living room. Hann said the home was a total loss.
Two firefighters received non-life threatening injuries. Both were transported to Chambersburg Hospital. One was treated for a back injury and released that day, the other was treated for chest pains and held overnight.
Hann said the fire was under control in 45 minutes and firefighters were on the scene for four hours. Aid came from Wayesboro, Marion, Franklin, Chambersburg, Mercersburg, Maugansville, Long Meadow, Halfway and Washington County crews.
The family was assisted by the American Red Cross

Read more:

Make sure to check your smoke alarms!!!!! Our fire was electrical so our alarms never went off!!! It's a miracle we even survived...long story. At least we are here...all but Gemma. I miss you girl. xoxox

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Another sleepless night...

Howdy ya'll! lol's been one western movie after another tonight(and this morning) ..just in that frame of mind. I've been MIA for the last 3 that sounds like a long time doesn't it. Funny how the older we get the faster time goes by..does anyone else notice that or is it just me?? Don't mind me.. I have a bday coming up in a few months..always makes me think. We had snow cold though!!

I've had plenty of time to get lots of crochet done...I know I know..your still waiting on the promised pictures from Octobers post! Its a bad habit of mine, forgetting to download pictures BUT I have gotten better at other bad habits though..which is part of why you don't see me. I use to whine about never enough time to crochet but I was always reading this blog or that..soooooo when I'm up all night I don't pull out the laptop at all! I crochet instead..Its even put me to sleep a time or two, which the web never did! So while I miss all of you terribly...I do accomplish alot more. I know what your saying..if it's the middle of the night (about 3am here) why are you posting???? Well another thing I agreed to do...and by agree I mean with myself..funny how we talk and treat ourselves huh.. Anyways..I agreed with myself to finish a project before starting I have 15 projects on the go right I finish one I start while that still keeps 15 projects on the go it doesn't let it go up to 25..makes sense..or so it did to me. Well a project I'm just about to finish was left at my in laws tonight..I was in my craft room, yarn thrown everywhere...pattern books out...ready to start that new project...I came so close, so very close BUT I stopped myself. I figured this was the lesser of the two evils, as long as I don't make a habit of it. And yes...there are plenty of other projects here that I could work on..14 to be exact..BUT none of them will be done within a few hours..I'm sure you understand. I say this as though people will read this..well I have to make it sound ok just in never know. ( Hint for the's red white and know, long over due!!!)

There is something I'm pretty proud of that I wanted to share with as many people as I can. And when I say proud I mean I am proud..but it's more shock that we could even do it! My sons class had a was the entire 8th grade actually, for our little town were talking about prolly 150 to 200 kids. The contest was to see who could change their lives and the lives of their family to be more green or environmentally friendly. With most things I start out a ball of fire then kind of fizzle out at the end. Not with this for some reason, even Jeremy got into it. We went on line and looked up things to to change your normal bad routines with kno. I even recycled or revamped a broken picture frame. I'd love to be able to show you a picture. It was a real heavy bevelled glass, one that held me and Jeremys homecoming picture in. The glass part was fine, it was just the back part that was broke. The glass part is about 3 inches wide at the biggest part..really pretty. Well I layed that down flat..put some pretty glass beads(later stones) around a candle and there you have it.. a revamped recycled candle holder. It's really very lovely. I have 3 of them now. (my niece and nephew are heck on my pictures!) About mid way through this contest me and Jeremy are talking about it, trying to put our heads together to really be able to give Hoss a chance to win...thinking..what can we do that most people won't think to do..what can we do that most people are too closed minded about...hmmm..Then Jeremy said what we'll do is get rid of one of the trucks! We'll be a one vehicle family!!! NO one else will do that! I'm thinking yeah..and we ain't either! But after 20 years Jeremys knows me and he keeps going with all the up sides pleading his case...He's retired..I work from home..cheaper insurance..cheaper upkeep..less pollution. I told him I'd think about it but knew my mind was made up..NO WAY..but then I thought about it..why not??? Everything he said was true..why did we need two vehicles? It's very rare that both trucks are ever away from the house at the same time..We're always driving my truck.yes...lets just sell Jeremys least thats what I thought. So I told Jeremy after a few days that I agreed, we could sell his truck..he said HUH?? I thought we'd be selling yours!!Well, I don't want to bore you with all the back and forth. After we talked it out it just made sense to sell mine. Even though it was a birthday gift from him just a few years ago I wasn't attached to mine like he was. Yes it's a great memory that I'll always have, it's not like I would have had my truck forever. To be honest it's my 8th vehicle...Jeremys is his second! I'd say he's a little more then attached!! haha The insurance would be lower on his plus we'd get more money for mine. So we did it! We now only have one vehicle between the two of us. Something we haven't done since we were 19!(and thats only because I didn't get my license until then!) I'm not saying it's easy all the time, things come up..but overall it's for the best. We gave up something but taught the kids a lot more then we gave up. PLUS..HOSS WON! and what did he win?? a $15,000 scholarship towards his college! How awesome is that!! I know not everyone is in a position to do this..and even if you are maybe you don't want to..I just think we should all think about it a little more. Yes the bins in my pantry sometimes get on my nerves from the recycling..but then I think about how little waste we actually put out now that doesn't go to the recycling piles and it's worth it. Some day I hope to see my grand children on this earth..I'm sure they'd like to be able to see the same.. Please don't think I'm preaching, I'm not. Just sharing.:)

This is also something I wanted to share. I found this at a flea market! Bad picture for you to see but it's actually cross stitched. I could not BELIEVE MY LUCK when I seen this. My mother in law use to say this to me all the time when my babys were little..especially when I'd start to fret about this or that not being done. It always seemed to calm me down, it put things in order for me. I've started telling my sister in law this and thought she needed it more then me. It puts things into perspective perfectly! at least I think!

Well this is going to be a pretty boring long as a novel. I hope everyone is well, and I look forward to the time when I have MORE if you all will still be here:) xoxoxotake care!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Better late then never..right??

Hey there! Long time no see! I was going to start this out by saying how sorry I am for being gone so long, but I won't bore you. Lets just say I've been busy living..after all I'm a mom first and foremost..then a wife..daughter..sister..maid..driver..therapist....blah blah blah...

My goal is to soon post ALL the lovely crochet I've accomplished in the last few months. The one good thing about those away football games that take hours of driving..lots of crochet time. Although now that the sun is setting earlier I have to use my lighted hooks for the drive back..boy..Jeremy just loves that! :) I must admit if I were doing the driving it would drive me crazy too, but I'm not so he can just deal with it..and he does, pretty well. I've made a good many things AND my biggest news (as far as crochet) is I taught my cousins wife, Shelley, to crochet! How awesome is that! She has taken to it like a fish in water! She really has amazed me. I'd like to think it's my fab teaching skills but I'm sure that's not the case, but I can dream can't I! lol

I can't wait to finally be caught up on all that I've missed in your worlds..I've missed that much more then writing about my own happenings. I'm sure you'll soon see me stopping by for a chat. Hope everyone is well, talk to you soon..take carexoxoxo

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Just a quick Hello!

Hi Everyone!!! I am alive and well...hopefully you haven't even noticed that I haven't been around much. I feel like I"m missing out on so will take me catch up on what everyone is doing. I've manged a look or two at a few of my favs..but not nearly all of them. (Love the Bobble Tut Cuckoo)
I'm sure everyone knows what it's like when life goes crazy and you have no time for anything except what other people need or want..I'm there right now..and have been for weeks. I'm hoping( and praying) it's going to get better but now that school is out I'm not as confident. We shall see...I guess they matter most so all is good. Just wanted to check in. I have tons to show and share once I get pics for you. New bags on the completed..and of course NO progress on my Flag Blanket..
Take care everyone..I miss you all

Friday, May 13, 2011

Croc Bag

Hi everyone. I hope you are doing well. I haven't been around much lately. Destiny's 16th bday is tomorrow and her party has taken up every spare minute I have, not that I'm complaining. :) She's more then worth it. I finished this bag ages ago and hadn't shared it with you yet.

This is the Croc Bag pattern Shanti wrote and you can find it HERE. Once you get the hang of the stitch it's really fun to make. It is a yarn eater just to warn you, but the outcome is well worth it.

I have lots to catch up on..after this Birthday Weekend is over I hope to be able to. I miss seeing whats going on with everyone!
Hope you all have a great weekend! Take care! xxx

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"The Crochet Way"

Hi there! I wanted to share this with all of you. Debi Y has created  another wonderful board. It's called the "Crochet Way" and you can find it HERE. I've found some pretty amazing people through this page and they've found me too :) The projects listed on here are out of this to do list is totally filled up!!

All you do is click on the link on Debi's page and then click on the blue add your link...fill out the 3 box's and your done. Take's maybe 30 seconds..but if your anything like me your gonna spend loads more time on there just checking everything else out ;)

I hope you all like it..let me know :) Thank you Debi for this wonderful idea!
Take care!!

By the way.... welcome back Amanda  my lovely!! I've missed you so!xoxoxo

Hearts, stitches and some dish clothes..

I hope everyone is doing well. Feels like ages since I've wrote on here. We had an unexpected death in the family. Aren't most deaths unexpected..not all but most. I don't know why I said it that way. I guess it makes me uncomfortable...I've never dealt with it well. Makes my mind go in a million different directions. Anyways..not going to be a dreary one I promise.

Jeremy has kept me very busy indeed. It was the kid's weekend away so Friday we had our "date night". They are always tons of fun. Dinner and a show. Makes us feel like were 16 again. Young, in love, and kid free! Don't get me our babys..but it's nice for them to be at an age where we have time to enjoy each other.
Then Saturday we went shopping! And not my normal once a week in town shopping. We went to tons of places! I think we covered the Tri-State area...Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia! Even hit a few anitque shops! He certainly kept me busy! I won't bore you with all of our purchases..(no I didn't get any yarn!! Thats "me" time) but I do want to show you this...

I didn't even see it when we were in this particular store..I had my hands full with a few other things. And just when I think Jeremy is about to draw a line/put his"foot down (hahaha yeah right) he tells me I should get this too and points it out to me. It's not something I would have picked out myself but I do love it. It's cute and I love the way his face looked when he showed it to me. I hope I can always remember that look...
Sorry, I guess I'm just in one of those moods! I have been pretty busy hooking as well...I want to show you this even thought it's not finished. I only have a few things left to do then I can show you the finished product as well as explain how bad I messed it all up!

Isn't it pretty. I love this stitch! First time for doing this as well as this....

Just another day or so..shouldn't be too long! You may even be able to tell what it is already. There was a post out there not so long ago talking about it....:)

I decided to make some dishclothes using the Motif book I bought a few months ago. I was just about finished and thought there was no way I was going to let my kids ruin this with a Kool Aid cleanup or goodness knows something worse. So I added a few more rows and decided to turn it into a doiley...

As long as it took me I figured I'd be better off to just buy some clothes and maybe just do a little edging to them...which still took me longer then a normal person :)

I hope everyone has a great week.  Take care!!xxxx