By Jove, I think she’s got it!!

The thread for my Blue Girl rose motifs arrived, a day early!! WHOOT!
I quick-worked one up, and I think I have the color combo I was after:

Blue Girl rose motif

The inspiration:

Now I can finish Sharon’s Rose Parade doily!

We took a short drive up the road for a photo shoot, and learned more about some local long-horn cattle on Hwy A. There was a sign out front posted, and it told us of the Ankole-Watusi Cattle, of South Africa.

There were two new calves this time, which were immediately surrounded by the “auntie” cows, while a formidable bull herded another female away from the group. What was so amazing were the horns-they were massive, one fellow’s rack spanning nearly 5 feet and thick as trees at the skull.

IMG_2763 Originally uploaded by msgrfx

I also got some new photos of some local barns and silos. One tile silo gleamed in the fading sunlight, looking as brand new as the day it was erected.

All in all, it was a glorious day.

Jane Fonda’s Original Workout – Beginners 2, week 2.

Jane Fonda’s Original Workout – Beginners 2, week 2.

I am obviously in dire need of a walk, having missed 2 days in a row now. The Guilts have set in. It all depends on the weather. This morning, I as up at 7:00am and was about to get dressed and ready to go at 7:45 when the rains began…I could hear it pitter-patter on the skylight in the bathroom, as I was applying my mascara. Yes, I put my face on before I go out. Anywhere. No exceptions. It’s that little shred of 50+ vanity I still cling to and I don’t care what anyone thinks. If I’m going out in public in nothing more than a T-shirt,  sport bra that smashes my boobs to nothing, spandex shorts that show every bump, ankle socks and walking shoes, I may as well attract as much attention away from my flab-tastic boody and up toward the business end. 🙂

In other news:
DD19 is officially enrolled in college!
She got her registration in today, and has 2 classes in Graphics Illustration. She’s all set and just needs to wait on her FAFSE which should be available end of August, so she can pick up the books on the list they gave her.  She’s working over 78 hours every pay period, stashing every penny away to pay for her tuition so she won’t have to borrow so much. That girl is determined and I am so proud of her. ♥♥♥

Storms moving in, I will have to close shortly, but will get a quick blurb in to update Sharon’s Rose Parade Doily-the Orchid Pink is on the way, as we speak! YIPPY SKIPPY! It should be here either Wednesday or Thursday, and in the meantime, I can get my knit-fix in while plurking away at some rows of my ALASKA Jacket.

Here’s the latest updated foteez of  Sharon’s Rose Parade Doily; my rendition of the Blue Girl Roses will dance around the outside soon!

Have a beautiful day/evening, wherever you are. ♥♥♥

Insalata Caprese Salad, Ideal for Your Fathers Day Gathering

This is one of my all-time favorite summer dishes. Once the basil is planted, Summer has officially begun. There’s nothing like the earthy aroma you get from just rubbing the leaves as they grow.
I pinch the blossom heads  off (dead-heading) as they appear, to help draw the strength back into the leaves. As the days grow warmer, the leaves become more potent, and by July, are ready for harvest.

Insalata Caprese SaladMozzarella, Tomato & Basil Plate

1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 cup fresh basil leaves
Coarse salt to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons drained capers (optional)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

In a circular design around the side of a serving plate, alternate fresh mozzarella slices on a large platter (or on individual plates if you are doing individual portions) with sliced tomatoes, overlapping for effect.
Tear fresh basil leaves and sprinkle liberally over the slices. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Sprinkle capers over the top.
Just before serving, drizzle on some top-quality extra-virgin olive oil. NOTE: Insalata Caprese should never be allowed to sit in oil for any length of time and become soggy, and no vinegar of any kind goes on Insalata Caprese!
Makes 4 servings.
Variation Ideas: Serve with sliced panini or French baquette

Sharon’s Rose Parade Doily Progress Updates

Yippy Skippy! I’ve ordered the pink for Sharon’s Rose Parade Doily, at last! I t should be here by the end of next week-Joanne’s is pretty fast at shipping. The pattern I’m working on is from Elizabeth Hiddleson Collections, Volume 11.

After making a trip to Ben Franklin Crafts, Delavan, only to discover they didn’t have the color I needed,  I was out of sorts for a couple days as to where to go next. provided the solution to my dilema. They had a 50% off discount on one item, and you betchya I took advantage of it!

The new colors for my Blue Girl rose motifs are Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet #10,

Orchid Pink and Wood Violet

Here’s the doily, so far:

I have a couple rounds of the background worked,  the cellphone picture is not the best quality.

I need this picture for a new group I’ve started in Ravelry today. Finding none that fit the catagory, I took it on myself. Look us up on Ravelry under Fans of Elizabeth Hiddelson. I’m anxious to see who-all else is interested as I am.

Back to work while the sun shines.

Starting a New Regiment: Jane Fonda’s Original Workout – Beginners 1

Jane Fonda’s Original Workout – Beginners 1

Today I mapped a new 3.44-mile route in our neighborhood; a perfect day at 69 and sunny, half of the walk along shady lanes with cooler temperatures. Only one hill gave us a light cardio workout.

I came back and was Plurking my activities, when I ran upon this video. I couldn’t believe I found them-I was Jane’s biggest fan back in the 80’s, and her workouts were phenomenal because they worked. I was also into Yoga at the time, but the body isn’t quite as flexible these days.

So, I decided to start back on the Jane Fonda Workout, and will start with one video a week, and work my way through them. These will be an excellent alternative during the winter months too!

Now, get out there and work those buns!!

Excuse me Waiter, there’s a Hole in my Blog….

The Lilies are blooming. I so love these, but they hide behind mountains of Purple Echinacea and Monarda, that I have to walk around back of the garden to see them. That’s ok, the deer missed them too and they will give me a few days of eye candy.

I haven’t blogged in days, I’m a little behind, but we’ve been hitting the hay so early these past couple weeks-10:30 again last night. DH was feeling cranky, his foot is giving him more trouble again. I just WISH he’d go get it taken care of….he’s sick of not feeling good, I’m sick of him not feeling good, it goes on, and on………………..siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

Got back from a 3 mile walk a little while ago-was brisk and chilly at 63 and cloudy when we left, felt SO GOOD. Coming back 50 minutes later, it’s feeling a bit smarmy, the wind had died down too.

We’ve got some running around to do today; shower, then head out to Target for some new gym shoes for DH and look at a Radio Flyer wagon for my Cactus from Hell. I want the one with the wooden sides, to keep the top-heavy cactus from falling over. It’s ginormous and must weigh 50 lbs at least.

I got another round done on the Doily-will post a picture in Rav. shortly, but here’s where I ‘m at. It’s not done, only about 50% right now, there’s a whole ‘nother area of background, then the circle of rose motifs.

It’s not blocked yet, looks a mess. but I was able to flatten it out some on the scanner, enough to get the idea~

…the blue for the two-tone roses isn’t floating my boat, what do you think about a soft pink instead?  Maybe the Wood Violet for the center, and a solf pink for the outter petals. Yep, that’s the ticket!

Hope you have a lovely day,  some sunshine in between the clouds. Here’s a little sunshine I found peeking out from under my hoya carnosa, a pleasant surprise!

Mattress Stitch: A Knitter’s Best Friend – Knitting Daily

I got this newsletter email today and thought I’d share this, in celebration of our getting our new mattress set tomorrow 🙂
Mattress Stitch: A Knitter’s Best Friend – Knitting Daily Newsletter

Mattress Stitch Made Easy

One of my favorite knitters, Kathy Veeza ( a.k.a “Grumperina”), wrote a wonderful article in the spring 2008 Knitscene (which you can get on CD now!), all about seaming. This is just the mattress stitch portion, so check out the entire article on the Knitscene 2007-2009 Collection CD.

… a good example of how mattress stitch works as well on ribbing and moss stitch as it does on stockinette stitch (and garter stitch, and seed stitch, and whatever stitch you’re working with!).

Step 1 Step 2
With the right side of the knitting facing you, use a threaded needle to pick up 1 bar between the first 2 stitches on one piece, then the corresponding bar plus the bar above it on the other piece (Step 1). *Pick up the next 2 bars on the first piece, then the next 2 bars on the other (Step 2). Repeat from * to the end of the seam, finishing by picking up the last bar (or pair of bars) at the top of the first piece.

Finished seam. To bring the seam together, simply pull gently on the yarn and the seam will tighten up and disappear.

The secret to streamlined seams is always working mattress stitch from the same vertical column. Never veer to the right or left of the seaming line—the stitch adjacent to the seam should be fully visible from base to top along the whole seam. If you veer into that stitch or farther away from it as you seam, your seam will zigzag in a distracting way. When seaming a sleeve into an armhole, make sure to follow this rule on the body pieces.

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