Monday, March 23, 2015

A Day On A Boat

Yesterday we picked up my Mom and went to spend the day at Newport on my brother, David's boat. David and Glenda were already down there waiting for us.
My Dad always had a boat.  David and Dad were the ones who shared the love of the sea.  And they had a love of deep sea fishing.  We always got to spend a lot of time on the boats my Dad had, and he was always more than happy to take us cruising around the harbor, or to Catalina, or whatever.  We had more fun on those boats!  So many great memories.  Just before my Dad passed away, he had purchased a brand new boat.  He didn't even get to enjoy time on that boat, as his illness was so quick.  For a long time, it was bittersweet to be down there.   Eventually, Mom sold the boat.  David purchased his own a couple of years ago.  It is exactly like the second boat my Dad had, I think.  So again, spending time on it, brings back so many memories for all of us.  Yesterday was a bit overcast, but warm in the sun, and the perfect day to be on the water.   Here is my brother, Captain Dave.
David loves the ocean and fishing and boating, like our Dad.  It amazes me to see SO much of our Dad in him.  Although, I don't know why?  He is just so like him.
We set all of our snacks and goodies out, and just nibbled and visited.  David and Glenda's son Chad arrived.  Then later Drew and Christine came down.  Shortly after they arrived, we left the dock for a harbor cruise.
It was a beautiful day to be out and about.  Lots of other boaters.  Paddle boarders, and people enjoying this pretty Southern California early Spring day.

We cruised the harbor looking at all of the pretty houses and boats.  I loved this house with the pretty windows and window boxes.
 And this group of houses, each with the American Flag waving proud.
We pulled up to the dock in front of the Bluewater Grill.  A favorite eatery of ours for many years.  It will forever remind me of my Dad.  They have wonderful food, and if you are in Newport Beach, you should try it.  They bring a loaf of freshly baked sourdough bread and softened butter to your table as soon as you sit down, and it is heaven!
Erika and Noah had been to a birthday party nearby, so they joined us for lunch and the boat ride back to Newport Bay.  We just drove her to her car when we left for home.  I got lots of great shots on the ride back in.  I loved this one of my son Drew, nephew Chad, Mom, daughter Erika and grandson Noah.
And this one of Drew's girlfriend Christine, Drew, Chad and Eri.
Mom and kids.
Drew and his beautiful Christine.
When Chad was a little boy, he would love to delight us in his ability to play music using nothing but his hands, and arm pits. He was so proud of himself, and would show anyone, at any time.  I recall one summer at Bass Lake where that was all we heard, in fact!  Little Chad with his big smile, and arms flapping like a bird.  He was such a character!  Well.....guess who has learned the same trick?
 Look at that concentration!
When he showed me his new trick, he said to me, "Grandma, can you believe that a human being can make such a sound?"
No sweet boy, I cannot believe it!  I have a feeling we will be hearing this new "boy sound" for some time to come!
He was very excited to show his Mama's cousin Chad what he could do.  They even gave us a short duet.
Glenda and David's dog Rosie seemed to enjoy it too!
There was a game of charades going on for awhile.  Noah was in charge of that game.  Here he is telling Chad what he had to act out.
Noah is quite the engaging conversationalist.  Here, he had my Mom, Glenda and Rosie captive for one of his stories.
Greg and Captain David were pretty busy with driving the boat all day.  I took this from below to them on the flybridge.
It was a fantastic day!  Watching all of the activity on the ocean.  Birds, people, parties, etc.  Here is a large boat going by where there was what appeared to be a quincinero going on.  ( sorry if I spelled that wrong)
And a boat passed us with a dog just like our Dusty at the helm.  They said her name was Lucy.
When we got back to the slip, we tidied up and headed for home.  I took this photo of David's boat as we were leaving.  My Dad's first boat was named The Lady Di.  After my Mom, Diane.  The second boat was Another Lady 2 Di 4.  Then I think there was, Another Lady Di...etc....
My brother so thoughtfully chose this name to honor our Mom, and all of those years we spent boating with our Dad.  It gives me chills, even still.
Thanks Brother.  We had a great time yesterday!!  Just as we always do when we are on a boat.
Love you!!
XO  Kris

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Doins'

Spring Doins'.  Nana said that.  Not Spring doins' exactly.  But she used the word doins'.  Nana was from Texas, and although she lived in California for a long time, she never lost that sweet Southern Drawl.   I think about  her all the time.  The many things she said and did, that made her so loved.  It will be two years in September that she passed.  I miss her every day.  It will be 12 years that my Dad has been gone.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him either.  They will both live on in me, in my heart, til we meet again.
Spring has arrived, and is showing off every day with more and more color.  Usually by this time, I have my garden in, and well on it's way.  Because of feeling so crummy, I have not done anything to prepare for it.  As much as I love gardening, I am still not up to the work involved to put one in this weekend.  And I am not sure if or when I will.  I may just put a few of our favorites in, and use the space I added last summer to plant a lot of pumpkins.  I have not decided yet.  We have a wonderful Farmer's Market.  I could easily get all that I love to use there.  But will I miss it?  Yes, I think I would, if I couldn't go outside and pick our dinner veggies.
I made my first trip to the Farmer's Market this morning.  I got some beautiful looking produce, and an unusual item.
That other item you see is a natural inhaler.  It is supposed to alleviate the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.  The lady I talked to at the kiosk where this and many other natural remedies and oils were sold, told me that this will help my breathing tremendously, and eliminate the need for my prescribed inhaler.  We shall see.  But I am willing to try it.  It contains minerals and salts.  When I inhale it, I can detect the taste of the salt slightly.  But it is not unpleasant in any way.
The other day I visited the brand new Goodwill in Norco.  It is huge!!!  Very nice and clean.  Lots of books!  I love books!   I found a beautiful pair of pillow shams for 4.00.  They are ecru, and looked brand new.  I love the quilting and design.  I washed them up and put them on our bed.  I like adding some lighter colors to the bedding in the warmer months.
These were a good find!  And a fair price.  I don't love Goodwill, because they tend to be higher priced.  My preference is Salvation Army, and also a Vintage Thrift here in town.  I also love a shop in Norco by the feed store I frequent.  And in Big Bear I have several favorites.  But once in a while, I do find something at GW that is what I consider a fair price..
I also got this book, and am LOVING it!
I finished my chunky rib knit cowl.  I thought I would love it a lot more.  It turned out much wider at the neck than I wanted it to.  I wound up twisting and doubling it, and liked it a lot better.
I started another project yesterday.  I saw this on my friend Meredith's blog.  It is a straight knit scarf/shawl.  I am enjoying making it.  Very good practice, and I feel like I am getting fairly proficient with straight knitting, and identifying the way the stitch is supposed to look, and finding a problem and/or dropped stitch, and confidently able to pick it back up and resume knitting without losing the consistency of the pattern.
I am enjoying sitting outside to knit each day.  Everywhere I look, it is so pretty.


Today was another nice warm day.  We went to our granddaughter Hannah's softball game, and then went with our daughter Erika and grandson Noah to see Paddington.  We all loved it. Such a cute movie.  When our son Drew was a baby, his bedroom was decorated in Paddington Bear.  I had the cutest wallpaper, and accessories.  I can close my eyes and still see it.  Somewhere in the rafters, is the giant Paddington Bear that my parents got him.  I need to find that bear!
I think tomorrow will be a lazy day.  My throat is sore again, and I do NOT want to get worse!!!  GAH!
Cheerio
XO  Kris

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring Is Here!

Hello everyone!  I am sorry to have been so wishy washy with my blogging.  I can't ever remember a time that I have felt so rotten, for so long!  A full week after going to the doctor, I was still miserable!  I tried to get in to be seen on Thursday, but there were no available appointments.  I knew that I could go to Urgent Care and wait to be seen, but I didn't have the energy to drag myself the 12 miles away, and wait.  I had a nurse call me with some over the counter meds that he thought would help me.  And help they did.  By Saturday I was really feeling much better, and more so today.  In fact, I must be better, because Geeps and I went grocery shopping and I spent some time in the kitchen cooking.  
The ironing however, is another story.  It is becoming a huge pile.  All of the past two weeks, I would only iron one shirt and pant a day for Greg to wear to work.
Shameful I tell you!  I have never had it stack up like that before.  I haven't cleaned either.  No grocery shopping, no cooking.  Things are pretty much a big mess around here!  But I just didn't have the energy to do anything.
I did knit though.  I made Hannah her Little Red Riding Hood.

Since winter seems to be long gone, she won't be wearing it anytime soon.  I haven't even given it to her yet. I have stayed away from them while I was sick.
I am working on a soft squishy cowl now.  It is done in K2, P2, all the way throughout.  I am using super bulky yarn.
Something else that won't be worn for some time yet.
I am learning to make socks too.  I had a friend show me how to use DPN's and I did a pair of tube socks with no heel.  Perfect for wearing around the house.  But I wanted to learn how to make a proper pair of socks.  VeryPinkKnits.com has a wonderful series of Youtube tutorials that takes you through it, one step at a time.  I followed these, but had not purchased her pattern.  So considering I had no pattern to work from, just the tutorials, and some guessing, I was pleased with the outcome.
I have learned so much in the few short weeks that I have been working at my knitting!  The Youtube videos are so helpful!
The weather has been a sizzling 90+ degrees for the past few days.  I went ahead and put some Spring things on the porch.
I freshened up my Spring baskets for the front door with some new flowers.   We seldom use the front door to come and go, but every time I see it, it makes me happy.  Dolly Mouse has her bunny ears on, and is carrying her Easter basket.  I have some giant eggs nestled in the front planter, with some leaping bunnies right behind them.
The giant sycamores in the front yard have begun to leaf out.  The color is so pretty.
Last week my husband was rear ended on the freeway on his way home.  He had a rental car for a few days, and he needed me to drop the second set of keys off for him on Friday morning. I was right by one of my favorite  haunts, so I ran inside real quick for a look see.
I had this very same set of sunny yellow flowered dishes when we got married 35 years ago.  I had to snatch them up.  I have no idea whatever happened to the ones I had?  This was only a set of 3, but I will find more in my searching.
I also got this cute little bowl with cherries on it.
I also go this nifty wooden lap desk that is partially seen here in the photo.  While I was cleaning it off, I somehow allowed the wire stand that holds the table at a tilt for reading, to slam closed on my thumb.  It hurt so bad I wanted to cry!
Doesn't look bad, but boy did it hurt!  
I got my Spring boxes down from the rafters, but didn't have the pep to put my things all out.  I only brought a couple of things into the house.  One was this carrot  runner I quilted several years ago.  It was a quilt as you go pattern.  Very simple, and cute.
Nothing too exciting going on around here. Just trying to take it easy so I can get myself back to normal.  I am chomping at the bit to put my garden in.  I haven't done a thing in preparation  yet.  Hopefully I will be up to it next weekend.  
Greg has come down with what I had now.  We have been sick since January!  As much as I hated the fact that we didn't get much of a winter, I have to admit, I am happy to see the longer days, and the weather nice enough to be outside so much.  I am solar powered, after all.  However, that being said, I am not really ready for 90+ just yet.  I wish it could stay around 80!  
I am trying to keep up with all of you out there!  
Be sweet!
XO  Kris

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Knitting Along

Hidey do.  Hope this finds all of you well.  I did haul my sorry self to the Dr.'s office today.  I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I got several meds to help me shake it.  Let's hope they do the trick!
I have soldiered on in my quest to become a better knitter.  I shouldn't say "better" knitter.  After all, the only thing I knitted were wash cloths.  I have completed several small knitted projects now.  I placed an order with Knit Picks for a proper set of interchangeable knitting needles and cables.   They arrived the other day, and I promptly cast on another hooded cowl.  This one shall be Hannah's.  Red, with no ears, just a "Little Red Riding Hood."
I knitted another baby hat for Taci's project, hats for babies in Brazil.
It is so soft and squishy.  This is for a newborn baby.  I got the free pattern from All Free Knitting.com.  They had a rolled brim and the ribbed brim.  I added the sweet little pom pom to the top.
Here are my new big girl knitting needles with cables.
I remember when I would see other gals in my knitting/crochet group working with something on circular needles and I would be so perplexed!  In the past few weeks I have learned so many things about knitting!  And each thing I complete looks better than the one before.  I also got these two balls of sock yarn.  My next knitting challenge will be to knit a proper pair of socks.  I knitted a pair that were like a slipper sock.  Done on double point needles, but there was no heel.
Yesterday we had three palm trees removed from the backyard around the pool.  When we bought this house, there were 4.  I hated them.  With a passion.  They shade the pool.  They are messy and drop flowers and stuff into the pool constantly.  And now they are so tall that trimming them cannot be done by my husband.  So it is expensive to maintain them too.  After being here a couple of summers, I took it upon myself and had the one palm removed that shaded the shallow part of the pool.  Greg has never wanted to have the others removed.  They are pretty.  But they are a pain.  FINALLY, he gave me the okay to have it done.  There was a crew here on our street yesterday doing a lot of work at a neighbors house.  The owner approached me yesterday as I was pulling into the driveway and asked me if I would be interested in a truckload of freshly ground mulch.  I said I wanted to see it.  It was fine ground Eucalyptus and Melaleuca trees.  Clean, no large pieces.  I said absolutely.  He backed the truck into the grove and dumped it.  We will use it to mulch around the trees and in my garden.
Good deal for him because he didn't have to pay to dump the truckload, and good for us, because we got it for free.  I asked him to give me a price on removing the trees, and he said since he already had a crew out here, he could do it same day, and for a good price.  I called Greg and he said tell them to do it.
By the time I got out there with my camera,  he had already lopped off the top portion of the first tree.

It wasn't any time at all that he had both of those smaller ones down.  Later he took the the stump down to the ground.  I didn't have him grind the stumps.   Then it was on to the tall one.
I was a little nervous watching him do this one.  That tree is way up there!
And then, piece by piece, section by section, the tree got shorter and shorter.
We decided to have them only take this tree down to a few feet below the roof line, since we have our clothes line anchored here, and I use that all the time.
They did a fantastic job, and hauled all of the debris away, and cleaned up the mess thoroughly.  We will certainly be using them again.  I am so excited to have those trees down!  No more shaded pool!
Hubby is at a fishing show with my brother.  I am going to go take my pounding head to bed and watch a little telly.
Tootle Loo
XO Kris