Meditation Monday – Some Joyful ‘Toons

It is Monday once again! For some of you, it is one of the toughest days of the week and having a good chuckle can made a big difference. Here are some cartoons that will do just that and teach you a sound lesson at the same time. A Joyful ‘toon by Mike Waters helps us visualize the biblical messages in a way that it can be understood at any age!

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Meditation Monday – Just for Laughs!

Today it is raining here in Charlotte (and possibly for most of the East Coast), so I thought I would brighten your day by bringing you some well needed laughs — where ever you are. I found these little nuggets here.

latest toon toon1 ccdotcomic kj_today toon2 aftereden_cartoonHa, ha, ha! That last one is a TRIP! I hope y’all had a good laugh. Have a great rest of your day and remember, Mondays don’t have to be so depressing!

God Bless!

 

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WiP Wednesday – Knitting Scarves/A 5 Year Old Gift/Biting Ants

It has been a little over a month since I have started knitting and in between stray cats and being sick, I have managed to finish knitting my sons’ scarf and start on the one for my daughter. Both of them are garter stitch scarves. I really wanted to make a seed stitch scarf for my daughter but the yarn was not agreeing with me. It kept splitting and I was having to constantly frog the scarf. I really didn’t get to far with it so I started over and just did used the garter stitch instead. I think I may have to buy wool or another animal fiber to pull off the seed stitch properly. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment!

Here is the scarf that I finished for my son. It is RHSS in Banana Berry.

My sons' scarf

My sons’ scarf

Even though he is only 3, I made it wide enough to wear two ways. I can either fold it in half to wear normally…

Folded in half and worn regularly

Folded in half and worn regularly

…or fully open to wrap around his face like a cowl.

Fully opened and worn like a cowl

Fully opened and worn like a cowl

The scarf is still wide enough to be tucked under his coat and jacket and not have that awkward space where the cold wind nips at the back of the neck. Here is the one for my daughter. It is done in RHSS in Grape Fizz.

My daughters' scarf - WiP

My daughters’ scarf – WiP

Her’s not as wide…I am not sure why since I cast on the same amount of stitches for both scarves…oh well. She’s smaller than her brother so it will be ok! 😀

When my daughter was born, my sister brought a gift for her. It was this lovely pink cardigan that she picked up in Italy on a school trip in 2006 (I think). At the time, we had all thought that my second son was going to be born a girl (it was still a bit early to tell) and she bought it with the expectation of sending it to me in Germany. Well a few weeks later, I found out that I was having a boy and everyone was a bit crushed, including my sister. So she told me that she was going to give it away to someone who had a girl or wait until I had one. Well about 5 years later, my daughter came on the scene! And when she came to visit me in Tennessee, she brought the cardigan with her and surprised me with it.

The 5 year old gift

The 5 year old gift

Here is my daughter wearing it the day that she came home from the hospital. She wasn’t too happy with her brother holding her. He had just turned 1 the week before.

The day we came home

The day we came home

I love the cardigan so much that I want to knit another one in a larger size. The stitches are big enough to get a good gauge and make the calculations for a new one. It will take some time but I am determined to make them for her when she turns 4. I am going to make 2 or 3 and in her favorite colors, pink and purple (that’s if that doesn’t change by the time I start knitting).

We had a crazy adventure a couple of weeks ago (right before I got really sick) and we had gone to Walmart to get some stuff for the house. When we go to the car, my son decided that he wanted to pick the leaf from the tree because he could reach the relatively low branches. I took a picture of his achievement. What we didn’t know is that he was stepping on an ant hill. A few moments after the picture was taken, my son cries to me saying his foot hurts and he was hopping towards me shouting, “ouch, ouch!”. So I looked and his foot was covered in ants! I took off his shoe and his sock and beat the ants off but apparently there were in his pants as well. So in the middle of the Walmart parking lot, I stripped my son down and knocked all the ants out. There was a guy parked in front of us just sitting in the car with a weird look on his face…(I got a good look) but I didn’t care. I had to save my son from the ants. I put him in his car seat and one or two ants had gotten to his back and bit him. So I got rid of those and strapped him in. I continued to beat the ants out of his pants, socks and shoes and when I was done, I just stuck them in the car.

Ant fiasco

Ant fiasco

When we were in the car, he asked me why the ants bite him. I said that he stepped on the ants’ house and they were defending themselves. He then said that he was sorry for stepping on their house. I said we didn’t know and it was an accident. He thought for a moment, looking out the window and said, “I won’t step on the ants house A-GAIN!” I had to laugh but he was really serious! By the time we got home, he had raised bites all by his feet and the two on his back. He behaved well and didn’t scratch at them like I had asked him to. I put some itch cream on him and the next day the bites were gone. Man, I will never forget it!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this post. Time for me to make lunch for the kiddos and relax a bit.

God Bless!

 

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Fighting Stray Cats/Pattern Testing/Knitting Adventures

Before I get into anything pertaining to yarn, I have to share this little “adventure” that I had last night in my house. Well most of you know that I don’t have central air in this home. So I normally open the windows and stick a fan in front of it so that we can get some fresh cooler air circulating. Well last night was no exception. There is this ill-fitting screen that falls out if you’re not careful. Not the kind where it is actually fitted into the window…one of the kinds that you but at Lowes or something. The “El-Cheapo”.

After dinner, I put the kids in a bath and then sat in my room listening to the TV and knitting. I used to stay in the living room but it was too far and I couldn’t see them. My bedroom is directly across from the bathroom and all I have to do is lean over and I have both my eyes on them. I had gotten up to check on the kids to make sure that they weren’t making a huge mess (my daughter is always wetting the floor) and went back into the room. After a few minutes, I heard some growling. I didn’t think anything of it. Penny and Felix get into it at times and it ends up with them playing. But a few seconds later I hear this loud scuffle in the living room. The lights were off and turned on the light in the dining room. I could see this long haired black cat lunging after Felix. I’m guessing that it jumped on the screen and it fell and then crawled into the window. Penny and Felix were definitely in fight mode. I guess the cat was a male as well because he and Felix went at it! (Poor Penny!) Well Felix ran towards me and so did the stray and I was standing in the small hallway. It’s about 4’x5′ and when I saw that huge ball of cats, I screamed and slammed the door to the bathroom shut and yelled for the kids not to get out the tub (my son can open doors AND he’s Mr. Nosey) and I ran into my room and shut the door.

I had messaged for help but no answer. It sounded like there were tigers in my living room. Once it got quiet, I opened the door and cautiously looked around. I saw Felix crouched in front of the pantry. I went into the bathroom and checked on the kids and the both of them were repeating the same question at a mile a minute “What happened?”. So I told them and then they asked me if they could see the cat. I said no. I told them to put away their bath toys and to drain the tub (they like to watch the water drain). I went into the living room again and saw the black cat had popped his head back in. I guess he was coming back for round 2 but I clapped my hands and yelled “Git” and he retreated. I turned on the light to assess the damage and checked both of my cats for any cuts. They were both ok from what I saw. Then I went outside and put back the screen. I went back inside and shut the window. By that time the kids had just finished watching the tub drain and came running out to get lotioned and dressed for bed. After that, I had to make some brownies. Heh! That was insane! Anyways, on to talking about yarn. YAY!!!

Well over the last couple of weeks, I have had to deal with sick kids and this past weekend, I finally sick. As much as I didn’t want to, I went out Friday to pay bills and do some light grocery shopping. I decided to go to JoAnns and see if they still had yarn that was advertized for sale. ALL the sale bins were cleaned out! Craziness! But I got some Bernat, about 700 yds, for half price. It was for a pattern that I was testing. I’m glad that it was huge because now I can make some oven mitts and maybe a pot holder with the rest! I’ll show you next week what I tested. The test period isn’t over as yet and I don’t like to publish anything until I know that it all said and done. But it is a beanie and I absolutely LOVE it! It’s large enough to cover my ears without looking overly bulky. I got a HUGE head (thanks Daddy!) and can’t wear a lot of head gear without it looking even bigger. Heh heh.

Well I started practicing knitting almost as soon as I got home and was having a lot of trouble. I purchased size 8 needles which is great for the tons of worsted weight yarn that I have accumulated over the last 4 – 5 months or so but it kept splitting on me and I was having a hard time knitting cleanly. So I found some RH white yarn that was a lot firmer than what I was using and gave me better results.

This is the first successful pass I made at knitting. It is just the knit stitch.

This is the first successful pass I made at knitting. It is just the knit stitch.

Here is the same swatch I was practicing on but with the purl stitch on top.

Here is the same swatch I was practicing on but with the purl stitch on top. Like this, they look almost identical to me. Heh heh!

I ended up frogging it after awhile and started on a new piece. I wanted to do the garter stitch (I think that is right) *update: It’s called the stockinette stitch* where you alternate between the knit and purl stitch to create what everyone recognizes as knitting.

The garter stitch swatch I made last night.

The stockinette stitch swatch I made last night. This is what I was working on when the kids were in the tub.

Here is a closer look. Pretty decent.

Here is a closer look. Pretty decent.

Here is a look at the back

Here is a look at the back

After knitting for a few hours, I can see why people love it. It is soooooooooooooo relaxing. Even more so than crochet. I found myself enjoying the slow rhythm
it knitting or purling each stitch. I think I like the purl stitch the best. Most people don’t but I do. The first things I am going to make are scarves for me and the kids. They already have one in crochet and it will be nice for them to have one knitted as well. I do have to get more needles. I’m thinking detachable circular needles. That way I don’t have to buy as much. Something like this or this. I am not too familiar with what brands are best as yet but I will get there!

If you want to learn how to knit, here are the videos that I watched.

Easy cast on, cast on (full beginners tutorial), knit stitch, purl stitch, bind off.

Well I hope y’all had fun reading. I had fun typing it up! Happy crocheting and knitting!

God Bless!

 

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Monday Meditation – Just for Laughs!

I needed a little bit of a pick me up after this taxing weekend and I know that you need one too! So, here are some comics…just for laughs!

Joyful 'Toons - by Mike Waters - www.joyfultoons.com

Joyful ‘Toons – by Mike Waters – http://www.joyfultoons.com

Joyful 'Toons - by Mike Waters - www.joyfultoons.com

Joyful ‘Toons – by Mike Waters – http://www.joyfultoons.com

Christian Cartoons - by Randy Glasbergen - www.glasbergen.com/christian-cartoons/

Christian Cartoons – by Randy Glasbergen – http://www.glasbergen.com/christian-cartoons/

Christian Cartoons - by Randy Glasbergen - www.glasbergen.com/christian-cartoons/

Christian Cartoons – by Randy Glasbergen – http://www.glasbergen.com/christian-cartoons/

Christian Cartoons - by www.reverendfun.com

Christian Cartoons – by http://www.reverendfun.com

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Alter Ego - by Len Jones - www.webs.leanset.com/akajones

Alter Ego – by Len Jones – http://www.webs.leanset.com/akajones

Alter Ego - by Len Jones - www.webs.leanset.com/akajones

Alter Ego – by Len Jones – http://www.webs.leanset.com/akajones

Church of the Covered Dish - by Thom Tapp - www.thomtapp.com

Church of the Covered Dish – by Thom Tapp – http://www.thomtapp.com

Church of the Covered Dish - by Thom Tapp - www.thomtapp.com

Church of the Covered Dish – by Thom Tapp – http://www.thomtapp.com

I hope these cartoons brought you a good chuckle this morning. I pray each of you have a productive and efficient morning! Have a wonderful day!

God Bless!

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How I Love Rainy Days

After the humidity the last couple of days, this cooling rain is so welcome! There is something about rain that I cannot ever express fully but I love it! It doesn’t matter if I have to run errands or just sitting in the house enjoying the sounds…I love every second of it. My children love it too! With all the rain, I am going to get them some slickers and boots so they can play outside and jump in the “muddy puddles”! They love Peppa Pig and my son even refers to an power outage as a “power cut”…too funny!

Well I am off to relax with the munchkins…their mood is pretty mellow today and I am going to pile up in the couch with them and watch some TV. Before I go, I want to leave you this little joke that I found on Sulia:

Cartoon by Franklin Habit for Lion Brand Yarns

Cartoon by Franklin Habit for Lion Brand Yarns

Y’all have a great day and God Bless!

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Going Mad…Very Slowly…

It would be safe to say that any stay-at-home parent with toddlers are the most worn down people on this Earth…and I have two exactly a year and a week apart. I love them with all my heart and some but LAWD do they drive me nuts. I feel like a broken record at times. “Stop it. Stop it. Stop it. Stop it. Stop it. Sit down and eat. Sit down and eat. Sit down and eat. Stop playing in your juice. Stop playing in your juice. Stop playing in your juice. Stop hitting. Stop hitting. Stop hitting….” All day, everyday. No matter how many times I have ‘the talk’ with them (I keep it severely simple) they still go back and do what I told them not to do. I just want to hide sometimes.

I want to feel like this:

Got it under control

Got it under control

But I end up feeling like this before 10 am rolls around:

 

Tell me one more time why there is lotion everywhere?

Tell me one more time why there is lotion everywhere?

There are some good moments and I try to keep that in the forefront of my mind but when I have to constantly break up fights about one of the kids stealing the others food, those thoughts go right out the window. Even as I type this, I have had to get up out of my seat 4 times just to keep the peace. It’s going to be a looooong day!

I do know that I will take some time to crochet. I like to “zen” out while they tear up the house; only stopping to cook food, give encouragement (which is very important) and deal with the most serious of offenses.  By the time I am done, I can clean up after them without much issue. What do you do?

Well I am off to crochet…see y’all later.

God Bless!

Wacky Weather/Adventures in Potty Training

I am not a fan of the weather anymore. When I was younger something new about the weather was going on, I was enthralled. I remember my brothers and I watching the heavy rain for hours — not saying a word to each other and eventually taking a nap after a while. I also remember watching it rain across the street while the side I was on was dry as a bone and sunny. I remember the first snow during Thanksgiving and not in the middle of January.  I miss when we had actual seasons and you knew it was time to put winter clothes away. Right now it is cold and wet….colder than normal. Last week was nice and warm, the way it should be. Now I am in a sweater, the heat is on and I don’t know whether I should put away any of our winter clothes as yet.

“Lord, please give us warm weather!!!”

Potty training. Hmm. I didn’t do it with my first two boys so I missed all the antics that come along. Well now that I have my last son, I kinda wish that I could skip this part. It is funny in its own right but sometimes it can be downright frustrating…especially now that I am teaching him that boo-booing in the toilet doesn’t take a few seconds. The week before last was adventurous. Before I bought pull-ups a few days ago, I wanted to make sure that he was consistently going to the toilet to pee. (Men: It is very important for your sons to watch you use the toilet. It makes a lot of sense, y’all have the same parts!)  He’s was at a point where he was dry all day, except for naps of course. He didn’t wear a pamper at all during the day at home. He had 2 accidents and after that he would rush to the toilet to pee. Even when he did have pampers on, they would be dry as a bone. Anyway, teaching him how to boo-boo in the toilet has been very messy. The first time he did, I was in the kitchen washing dishes. He ran to the bathroom yelling “I gotta go boo-boo mommy!” I said to him ok and to sit on the toilet until I get there. I only had a few more dishes to wash and didn’t think that he would be done before then. Boy, I was sorry.

I walked into the bathroom to see him with toilet paper in his hand trying to wipe his butt. (He’s only 3) I went to look in the toilet and saw a WIDE skid mark on the seat and a “boulder” in the bowl. I turn around and he is holding up his hand saying, “Mommy, I have boo-boo on my finger. I need to wash my hands”. I said ok let me clean this up first. So I went back in the kitchen and got the Clorox wipes and started cleaning. All the while, he has got his finger in the air. Then I went to get the baby wipes to clean him up. Man! I fixed him up and we went over to the sink to wash his hands. All the while I am talking to him about the importance of following directions, that toilet paper is not for kids, and that he did a good job with the toilet.

I didn’t laugh at all during the whole ordeal but when I called my mom to tell her about his potty training progress, I cried laughing. I couldn’t stop laughing. Tears were running down my face, sentences weren’t finished and there were some parts that were unintelligible. I hadn’t laughed so hard in a long time that even after the phone call I was still laughing about it.

Parenthood is funny!

God Bless!

Adventures in Blogging & Dog Issues

So…

Today I wanted to talk about my husband wanting to get a puppy and as I was getting myself ready to start typing, this happens:

I made myself a large cup of tea. I love tea. I drink tea all day everyday. My favorite teas to drink are green, Earl Grey and Pomegranate. I sit the cup on my coaster next to the computer and decided to take some pictures of my cats to add to the post. With that said and done, I took the SD card out to stick it in the laptop. The port is at the bottom left and I had to turn the laptop over (it’s sitting at an angle) to get to it and spilled the piping hot cup all over the computer desk. Needless to say that there was a HUGE mess that I had to clean up. A good thing is that my computer desk has a glass top which is fairly easy to clean (…but gets fingerprints and smudges easily). So I rush to get a dark towel (tea will stain…I learned the hard way) to sop up the tea on the desk and the floor. My phone, my mouse and pad, and some important papers got wet. Luckily, the papers didn’t get too wet since I snatched them up first…but for everything else, it wasn’t too pretty. I shut my phone off to prevent any further damage until I could get it in some rice (btw: if you didn’t know, if for any reason you get your phone wet, place it in a bowl or baggie of rice and leave overnight and in the morning, it will be as good as new. Just discard the rice when you are done. If you can’t get to rice, turn it off until you can and wrap it in paper towel or a cloth until you can get it in some rice.), picked up the mouse and put the pad in the sink. I wiped up as much tea as I could before going to get the mop.

I get the mop ready and I hear my 2½ year old sing out “Mommy, my milk spill!” I think to myself, how in the world did her milk spill? She was sitting in her chair drinking it. I come out of the kitchen to see the back of my chair butt up against her back and her frozen in a shocked position. Apparently, when I spilled the tea I rolled back into her and she spilled some of her milk. So I laughed on the inside and told her, “I’ll clean it up in a second. It’s ok.” She says, “Ok mommy”, and continues to drink it her milk. The clean up was uneventful. Just passed over the floor with the mom to get up the residual tea that was left.  Then I cleaned the computer table and put everything back in its proper place.

So now, I am sitting here trying to relax and calm down from the unexpected activity. Whew! As I was so rudely interrupted before, I’m going to talk about the issue at hand.

I am not a dog person, not one bit! Before you condemn me, I have tried on multiple occasions having dogs. I just can’t deal with it. I have a lot to do already and having a dog is just too much work. My husband loves animals. I joke around and call him Dr. Dolittle. At one point, we had 19 pets. We had 3 dogs, 6 cats, 6 aquatic animals, 3 ferrets and a 10 yr old iguana that was 5½ ft. long from head to tail. The only problem I had was with the dogs. They would poop everywhere! No matter if we put pads down or not! It was ridiculous. I would have to constantly stop what I was doing to take them out and in the morning I would find poop in the living room. I hated it. We had carpet in the old house and my husband would be lazy and not clean it up the proper way and I would have to go behind him and scrub the carpet. We have small children and they love to roll around and play on the carpet. He thought it was ok….yeah until we have to take one or both to the hospital for accidentally ingesting the ‘remains’ on the carpet. It was just too much for me.

We have had a puppy, we have had grown dogs and multiple dogs all at different times and it’s just not my bag baby. I love cats. They take care of themselves. All I have to do is clean the litter box and feed and water them (or give them milk on occasion) and I’m done. They come up when they want some lovin’ and when they don’t, they go about their business. They are easy to take care of. We have Felix:

Felix

Felix

Felix is a Russian Blue that my husband purchased when I was a few months pregnant with our first child. He’s going to be 4 years old this summer. He’s a little fatty (ever since he was neutered) but is great with the kids and keeps to himself. Then we have Penny:

Penny

Penny

Penny is an Orange Tabby that we found one morning. My husband and I went to Cracker Barrel to eat breakfast and when we were leaving we saw her walking around. She was just born, her eyes weren’t fully matured. He picked her up and I went inside to ask if they had a house kitten. The lady at the register said no and at that moment we adopted her. We went straight to PetSmart and bought her all kinds of toys and then to the vet to make sure she was ok. She stayed in our room until she was old enough to be around Felix. She isn’t spayed and we may not since Felix is fixed. But when she goes into heat…lawd….that is the most weirdest thing I have ever seen! She’s done it twice so far. Luckily it only lasts about a week.

But my husband wants a pug….and a puppy at that. I can’t do it. He says he’ll be the one to take care of it but who do you think will actually do it? Me. I don’t have the patience to potty train a puppy nor take it out every hour to go pee and poop outside. That isn’t me at all. My husband always makes a promise that he will wake up early or in the middle of the night to take the dog out but he doesn’t. He’ll do it for a couple of days and then that’ll be it. He wouldn’t even get up in the middle of the night when the kids were infants…which would have helped me out tremendously! He complained that he had to get up to go to work early. At the time he was still in the military and had to get up at 4 am. I told him that when I had my first child in the military, I was alone, no one to help me and I had to get up and do everything. I still got my son ready to go to daycare and got to PT on time! I did this everyday! So he couldn’t tell me nothing!

So why do I feel so guilty when I tell him that I don’t want a puppy? I know he loves dogs but he won’t keep up his end of the bargain to take care of it when he is home.

Y’all please help!

God Bless!