Sunday, June 4, 2017

More Catching Up

So I am doing Camp Loopy again this year -- just put my new button on my bag and realized it was Camp Loopy #6.....starting off with a baby blanket for a friend at work. This is June's project.

But of course I cannot focus on just one project so then I started a KAL - but this one project can run all summer long - and these socks are like potato chips - I dont want to put them down! These will be for me and I am combining two different types of yarns - not sure it is practical but I like the patriotic look!

Now am envisioning a pair of these socks in Christmas colors! I have the variegated - jsut need a solid!

I also dug out a couple of old kits and finished them but I think I deleted the photos so will have to take some new ones....

Catching Up

It took 20+ years but we finally laid my parents to rest, and maybe not surprisingly that has brought me so much peace.

My mom died and my dad kept her cremains on the mantel. And then my dad died. And he had already made arrangements via the Neptune society. And he most specifically did not want any services. So we followed his wishes. But then we needed to decided what to do with the cremains of both my parents.

But there were not veteran's cemeteries close by.  The closest one was out in the I thot about scattering ashes but where? On the golf course? In Hawaii? Nothing felt right.

We went to the Monterey County Fair and there was a booth talking about all the things they were hoping to do with the closure of Fort Ord and one of the things was a veteran's cemetery. But it was just in the "thought" process. And somehow we knew this was going to be the right thing. And we started following the info about it but it was going so slowly.....

And to be honest, we forgot about it. Then last year the father of an old friend of hubby's died and we went to the services out at the San Joaquin National Veteran's Cemetery. While there (we were early) we walked around and someone asked if we had any questions. So hubby thot to ask about Fort Ord and they told us it was opening in October and they gave us contact information. So got home and emailed and the ball was rolling! Heck it was racing!

What took the longest was trying to find a date which worked the best for me, hubby, and all the kids!

And so they were finally laid to rest on a most beautiful sunny day in May - a perfect golf day!

 Did not even notice till my son pointed it out - that I got a reflection of the flag on the glass of the case of my dad's medals
 Beautiful pavilion for the ceremony
 21 gun salute - and of course the playing of Taps which always, and it did, does me in. At the end the Legion presented me with 3 shell casings, one from each volley. Each of the girls got one and the 3d I am going to put either in the case with my dad's medals (which my son has) or with one of the flags which were presented to me
 I got up and thanked everyone for coming - very difficult cause this was after the playing of Taps - then my oldest daughter had something to say - loved how casual the ceremony was that people were comfortable in responding to what was said - and then two of my grandsons got up too and said something - not only very touching but they both made us all laugh which I know my parents would have loved!
After placing the cremains in the niches - and yes, my parents got side by side niches since they were both veterans - and then we got to place some momentos in there. Gave each of the kids and all the grandkids something to put in there and what I regret is that I forgot to get a photo of all that was put in there - the grandkids made sure they were placed in there very decoratively! They will notify us when the engraved plaques are placed on the niches and then I will get photos of those too

 There were two flags - two ceremonies of folding them and presenting them to me.....

Because we dont live down there (yet!) we had no home to invite people to for an after ceremony get together -  plus we needed to find some place close that could handle a large table - so we hosted lunch at Black Bear Diner afterwards - it was fun

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Today was a productive day - did not work last night after all (also did not sleep well) and hubby apparently wasnt scheduled for his volunteer work as he thought. So we got a lot of errands done altho I totally forgot about going to the Quilt Show I wanted to go to today.

Went to several garage sales and got lots of things for the trailer - from measuring cups, to a plastic bowl, to a complete set of knives (brand new in their butcher block for $3!!!!!!!), corkscrew etc. Then we also hit up Walmart and did some pricing on things we will need.

And then we picked up the trailer and put her out in storage. It took a while to get her into her spot - not because hubby had trouble backing up, but because she would not straighten out! I think it was the gravel that kept her from moving easily - but the manager told us to make sure we park her between the two posts and that we did!

Have been sneezing and snuffling and scratching my eyes all day. Dratted wind. And you can just see all the crap blowing around. Tomorrow is youngest grandson's first Communion and daughter decided to switch the party afterwards from her house to Heather Farms so it will be another miserable day.....praying the wind dies down.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What to Do What to Do

So a day shift job will be coming up and hubby thinks I should put in for it.....but I think the cons very much outweight the pros:

1. It is dayshift
2. The demolition and building at the old school behind out house
3. get away from some of the night shift people
4. the shifts might go by more quickly

1. no shift differential therefore less money
2. Go from highest seniority on nightshift to almost lowest on dayshift
3. way busier
4. bosses and bosses and bosses
5. the day shift people
6. the dogs would spend more time outside by themselves
7. more call and cancellations

On a lighter note - we picked up our trailer today!
Isnt she beautiful????? I still cannot get over how beautiful she is inside and HOW HUGE the bathroom is (major selling point for me and most of the women according to the sales people). No inside photos yet but this is the link for the schematics:

Easter was lovely - and less tiring than Christmas for some reason!
Trying to round them all up for a photo is worse than herding cats! And then of course is my son on the sidelines telling them to all make various different faces! Trouble maker

Friday, March 3, 2017

What a PITA

Guess it proves I have been off this too long when it takes days to figure out how to get on here and do another post!

And now I cant even find the photo I want to upload!

This is a PITA

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Almost A Year?!?!

I cannot believe it has been almost a year since I visited here.
And yet I get irritated with blog writers that I love not posting in a couple of days!
Oh well, I dont have a large following anyway....

This is my 2d semester of my Junior Year at Loopy Academy and I am flying through the projects this time - even the one I dreaded. We have 3 projects we must do in 3 months.....I have completed the Buttonhole project:
Which is going to be a baby present for a friend - her baby is due in July - this will be for the following winter or spring - and it is green because she and I share a love of emeralds!

And another project was colorwork - yuck - but I finally found some socks to do - and not really happy with them so tried something different on each sock - but the second sock is wet and blocking right now so I do not have a photo of the pair; this is the first one:
And next I will be casting on my beaded project - a scarf that will turn into a Christmas present.

This weekend is Stitches West. After all these years of attending I found that someone on Ravely makes a vendor map - and then there are posts from the vendors of some of the items they are offering. So I have already been mapping out ideas of things I want to look at.

Sunday we will go and watch our youngest grandson perform with his gymnastics group.

Last Saturday my daughter and all 3 of her sons participated in the SFPD Special Omlympics Polar Plunge - very proud of them even tho I think they are crazy!!!!

And I think  I will end today's post with this thought:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Disneyland's 60th Celebration

Hubby was sad that he wouldnt get to go to DL for their celebration.....until I reminded him that  I had 2 weeks off and we were only going to Hawaii for one. So he shifted things around, used the last of our points for a room.....and flew off to SOCA on Monday and came back Thursday!

I have never seen the line at Oakland Airport for security....but we made it thru in time and still were able to buy something to gulp down for breakfast and then off we went!

Not going to go into each day detail - just hit some highlights. For instance - that strange stuff pouring down fromt he sky Tuesday morning! What is that? A fountain outside that we hadnt seen? No - it is RAIN! And it was a nice gully washer off and on but we were prepared with our ponchos and umbrella and carried on. Too bad Disneyland couldnt carry on too......early morning into the park and almost every major ride was closed due to the rain. A couple I dont even know if they even opened later.....very discouraging. But we still got a lot done.

That was our day to eat at the Carthay Circle in California Adventure for the first time. Lovely place. And the food was start with. They also have a lovely bar there that we didnt know about. Too bad the bartender wasnt a little more informative. Saw all the local beers listed on the menu....hubby asked about Corona and she replied they didnt have any Mexican beers - never told us what beers they did have. So he had a drink and I tried a pineapple hard cider.....even tho I know I am not a huge fan of pineapple. Well, it was cold and it was wet. That day it was 86% humidity outside and I needed cold and wet!

Started our lunch - late. Becuase they were running behind. We had the 3 course prix fixe lunch to get the show ticked for the Wonderful World of Color. No choice on salad dressing and the salad came out drowning in dressing which I dont like. SO hubby finished my salad. You would think with Boudin's bakery on the property the bread would be better. It was good but it wasnt Boudin's.

My salmon - BC salmon - was delicious - it literally melted in your mouth. Not sure what all the side dishes were but the veggies were good. Hubby had a chicken breast that was served with another salad (he got his greens that day!) and then decided he needed to share a bite of the chicken with me since I shared a bite of my salmon with him. I cut it, and took a bite and it was very good. Then I took another bite - and wait, what was that in my mouth????? A blonde/grey hair about 12" long......that was what it was. GAGGGGGGGGGGG!.

Wasnt my hair - wasnt hubby's hair - wasnt the waitress's hair. Looking into the kitchen I couldnt see anyone back there with hair like that. There was one woman plating food that it could have been.....but it was rolled up inside of the breast.

Oh it was disgusting. And that was it for the meal for us. I couldnt even eat the rest of my salmon even tho it was hairless!

Did manage toe at the desserts which were good - again, not great - but good. But we were done with the place.

The waitress was great about it. She said she would have the chef make another plate - hubby said no thank you - she brought it out anyway in a to go box. We explained that there was just no way we could eat that after our experience. So they comped that lunch - still gave us the two tickets - and then also a FastPass to any ride in the park. The only thing missing was - no manager came out to talk to us? To apologize?

The other thing that dismayed me is the lackadaisical attitude around the hot tub at the hotel. The sign clearly states no kids under 14 alone......yet at any given time there were more unsupervised kids in it than any other age group. And I am not talking teens or preteens - I am talking down to toddler age. Hot tubs are not the safest thing for kids - yet apparently parents do not think it important to watch them. There are no lifeguards at the hot tub - and they dont even bother/waste their time enforcing the rules. And to watch the kids - and some adults - treat it like a swimming pool - swimming in it - jumping in - going under water - and EATING in it total dismayed me.