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Friday, July 22, 2011

Woops!

Ok, so I misjudged the length of my rug just a bit - well, maybe quite a bit.  

So now, it is going to be a clutch bag!  Yeah, that's it!  A clutch bag!  Or, maybe a huge washcloth. Or, a decorative table rug. Or...

I am so upset about this!  I had  this beautiful area rug in mind, and then this turned up!  I knew when I warpped it, that it wasn't going to be as long as I originally wanted, but I had no idea it would be this small!  What happened?  I didn't allow for all of the  area that you can't weave at the beginning and the end!  Live and learn!  Today is another day!  I will try again and succeed!!!!!  I will defeat this loom!!!  

Good things that happened yesterday!  My shipment of Lion Brand yarn came in!  Ben and I got it priced and put out in record time!
Ben randomly merchandised them and I was inspired!  He put purple and green together!  I am going to paint and purple and green roving today!  Then, my eye kept going!  There was forest green and a fushia - beautiful!  So that will also become painted roving!  


I just looked back and this is what I saw:
She gets up, literally, at the crack of dawn.  It's 7:43am and she's taking a nap!  Conked out eating her breakfast - mac and cheese!  


Anyway, I've got to get some b'fast for moi and then set up shop for another great day!!  


Take care!
Kim

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

God Has A Plan!

I spent the day with my sister, Karen.  She is on day 23 in the hospital.  She is having her gall bladder removed tomorrow with a poor chance of coming through the surgery.  Two years ago March 1, she had 2 brain bleeds which killed her, but she was brought back from death by God.  She had no brain activity and they had her on a ventilator until all the family could get there.  That was on a Tuesday.  On Wednesday, she had brain activity.  I know that God has a plan for her.  I am praying, believing that she will come out of this 100% and will walk, talk, and resume normal functions.  She has been in a nursing home for this whole time, but has made miraculous steps.  God is good and has her in His hand. 

When things like this happen, you can't help but wonder why, but when fear and doubt try to inch their way in, I focus on what I do know:
God is in control.
God loves Karen more than anyone on this earth.
God desires that she be well.
By HIS stripes, Karen IS healed! 

I serve a great and merciful and mighty God.  Nothing is too big for Him.  Nothing is a surprise to Him.  I take great comfort in that.  I have a supernatural peace right now and I am very thankful.  But, that is what He promises to all those who keep their minds stayed on Him.  And that is the tricky part!  Not letting the world and all it's shenanigans get in the way. 

Now, on to a brighter note!   I am getting a huge shipment from Lion Brand Yarn tomorrow for my shop!  I am so excited!  The knitter's and crocheters will be very happy!  (I hope).  Unfortunately, I haven't put together any of my display racks!  I will need to get up early and get to it! 

On the subject of my budget for groceries, we have eaten almost all of the cheese!  Yikes!  I need cheese for the potato soup and the bean burritos that are on the menu for this week.  So, instead of $28.00, it will now become $33.00 that I spent on groceries for the week.  Oh, well, that still is pretty good.  On another note, what is up with this extreme couponing??  Where do all of these coupons come from?  There are women shopping with notebooks full!  How long does that take??  I'm thinking my time is worth a lot, and how much do you really save?  I would like to hear from some of these women.  How much time does it take you each week to get this stuff together? 

Winter may come early for one of our pigs!  They are eating us out of house and home!  I went down this morning to help Ben out with his chores, as I was in a big hurry to get to Chattanooga to see Karen.  So, I'm ready except for actually dressing.  Well, I go to give the pigs some water in their bucket, and they immediately stick both their heads in.  I still have more to pour in, but they won't move, so I proceed to pour the water over their heads.  Well, guess what?  Pigs shake just like dogs when they get wet.  Unlike canines, pigs are covered in mud, so when they shake...Needless to say, I had to shower, which was not in my plan.  Anyway, I was about 20 minutes late leaving.  Then I get to Crossville, about 30 miles from home, pull up to the gas pump and, eureka!  I realize my debit card is laying on the coffee table.  Not wanting to drive 30 miles back home, I tried to think of ways to get money.  WalMart won't let you write a check for more than $20.00 over and that wouldn't fill my car up once.  So, in desperation, I head over to my husband's work.  God helped me out!  Gene was standing outside washing a tractor.  So, I didn't have to go in a strange place (not weird, but new to me) and ask for my husband.  He graciously gave me his debit card and all was well.  So, I was running about an hour late!  As it turned out, Karen didn't have surgery today anyway.

God is good and each day is a gift of life, love and joy!  Make it a good day! 

Kim

Monday, July 18, 2011

Good Morning from Muddy Pond!

We sort of started school today!  I have been wanting to create a lapbook for some time now, so, I found a website that is excellent for this.  It is based on unit studies, so we are doing Stellaluna and learning all about bats!  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/stellaluna.php

I have such a long to do list today!  I want to warp my knitter's loom for my rug, make homemade granola, make bread, clean house, catch up laundry and ...
Creating a blog - not on my list!  

Ashford Knitter's Loom
Soon to be a rug!
I found an excellent recipe for homemade granola that doesn't use dry milk!  I will let you know how it goes.    http://familyfun.go.com/christmas/christmas-recipes/gifts-from-the-kitchen/christmas-mixes/crunchy-homemade-granola-684950   I am also leaving out the wheat germ as I don't have any right now!  The kids love cereal, but as we are cutting back, I am going to attempt and make our own all natural cereal.  I spent 28.00 yesterday on groceries for the week.  And we should be eating pretty well.  Of course, I will be utilizing the 1000 potatoes we dug from the garden!  Tonight - Shepherd's Pie.  


God is good and we are going to rejoice and be glad in this day!


Kim