We are actually haveing a pretty good spring here. Its gotten hot then gets cold again which the flowers and plants seem to like when it doesn't get too hot too soon. The roses are really lookin good . When they start to bloom I'll take some pics of those. Here's some pics of the blue stuff that I'm not sure what it is called but I love it. There was a little patch of it in my moms yard and when I started helping her with her garden I just really liked it. Not knowing if it was a weed or what I just moved it into an out of the way place in the garden while we did some major makeover in the yard for a year and it just took over and multiplied. So then I started stickin some here, some there and about the yard and I LOVE IT! It's soooooooo purdy and its like a ground cover sort of plant. So this spring I went and spread it all around the outer edges of the garden and it will be neat to see how it spreads for next year. There is this other stuff that is lower growing than the blue stuff and its fun to tuck around the yard too. It has more of a lemony limey colour to it. You can see just a few of the leaves of it in the bottom of one of the blue flower pics. Then there are the wild violets that I've been tucking in the grass too. I didn't know there was a lighter blue type so just saw that one this spring but there seem to be plenty of the dark ones. I love to see all the stuff a lot of people call weeds blooming in the yard its all so beautiful, even the dandilions.
There are several things that will be coming up thru the mulch later so this is the before pic and then I'll take one later in the season to show what comes up. The green things in front of the azaleas are daisys. The were on one side of the walkway and had gotten all crowded so this spring I just dug them up and divided them and now they are on both sides of the walkway. It's kinda like exterior decorating with plants. They grow and divided and multiply and ya get more plants and get to move em around and spread the colour around. Thats my kinda gardenin. The plants still waiting to get planted are cosmos, marigolds two poppies and some bush beans.
So there you have it for garden news. Some crafting new later gaters
Yeah, they are going to redo my glasses. After going back for the third time on this last visit the guy helping me got what I was talking about with my glasses. After checking the markings on my glasses and then asking me all these questions he then held up a chart and asked me if I could see it. I said well I can see it but its all fuzzy. So he said just tilt your head back until you can see it clearly. I tilted my head back till I could see it and he said, thats just unacceptable. I told him if I had to I'd walk around like a pez dispenser but I just don't think my neck could take it, LOL. The whole middle range of the glasses was messed up I had to keep flippin my head back to see my everyday world and then I got a headache and was having nausea. I did like they said and gave them a chance but I just couldn't wear them for work and do my everyday living in them and thats what I bought them for. So I'm glad they understood what I was talking about. I would have been better off just keeping the old pair of glasses. Anyway they are being redone and me so glad for that
In crafting news. I've been toying with either revamping my blog or just doing a whole new one. Anyway, If your familiar with Crafty Chica she has on line classes available for getting motivated and on how to have an awsome blog and networking etc. So I signed up for her Get Motivated class and her husband has a paper cutting class too on there. I used to do paper cutting so when I saw that I was so excited that he was offering that one too. I love the Get Motivated class and Cathy has some really good tips from all her years of experience to share. I'm going to take those classes and then take the How to Shine Online, Hot to make Crafty Cash, Brand Strategy for Bloggers and Publicity for Artists. Cathy has a fun way of teaching and has a lot of experience and knowledge to share. I'd definately recommend the classes. I've just started the Get Motivated class and already I'm getting more organized and focused. Cathy is like having a friend on line to help mentor and cheer you on. Now lets just see how I'm going to prioritize project time with all this time I've been spending in the garden, Ha!
So I finally saved up the money to get a new pair of glasses and went to get the eye exam where I usually go. They have this eye glass place right next to them that makes glasses that I used before and wasn't happy with the glasses. The next time I took my perscription to Sams club and got my glasses made there and was soooooo happy with them. This time when I was leaving the eye doctors this girl was in there from the eye glass place next door and we started chatting up each other and got along and she wanted to help me with a pair of glasses. I told her I was going to Sams since that is where I got them before and was very happy with them. So on my way out to the car I decided too go back in and see if they could do a pair of glasses for a comprible price then I wouldn't have to drive out to Sams. So I go back in and the same girl helps me and we come up with a similar price that Sams gave me. I told her about how the glasses from Sams and how they had this wider field of vision and asked if I could get that in the glasses here. She said yes, and gave me 20 % off then if was 30 % off and then if was 60 dollars more for the wider field of vision. So I order the glasses, they come in and I pick them up. I wear them around all day and they just arn't right. It's like the middle field of vision is all wrong and too low and very limited like a pin hole and then I got to hold my head up to see anything like the computer screen or when I was shopping all the stuff looked like I was looking thru a fog and they just gave me a headache. So later that day I go back and meet with the tech and tell her whats going on and she says well, that's common for people to have headaches till they adjust to their perscription, you know you may have to move your head around to find the field of vision. As I'm looking at her I realize that she is blurry and I tell her that is where I'm having the problem and she lifts the glasses up and says can you see me now and I said yes your a little clearer so then she goes back and makes an adjustment and puts them back on my face and sitting in front of me she says can you see me now and then slides back in her wheely chair. I said you look clearer but my whole world is not on a wheely chair. I shouldn't have to do a Katherine Hepburn move with my neck everytime I go shopping while trying to look at this and that or maybe I should be wearing roller skates. I mean give me a break. The difference between these and the pair I got from Sams is like cottage cheese and cream cheese. These are like lumpy and have spots of irregularity in them and the Sams version is smooth and clear and just better. That isn't what I thought I was paying for. Supposedly I payed the 60 dollars more for a wider field of vision and frankly I could do just as well with a pair of readers from the dollars store compared to these.
I'm going to give them a couple days and see how they do but if they still have this type of crap going on with them then I'm just going to ask for my money back and go to Sams and get a pair. Ever since I started wearing glasses and getting different pairs from different places I just found that the pair I got at Sams was soooo much better. This isn't an advertisement for them but maybe they just got it right the first time. I think different places use different types of technology for whatever they are doing. Anyway, there is a difference. I hope this isn't me getting particular in my golden years but they just arn't the same and I don't want to pay that much for a pair of glasses I'm not happy with, Humpf, and I am unamious in that : )
Ha, popped in to do my usual wondering around at B&N on sunday and wanted to check out BUST magazine. I'm a big fan of Debbie Stoller author of The Stitch-N-Bitch books and noticed while on Creativebug that she is the editor (I believe) of bust magazine so I decided to give it a - look see. The music was great and I just got caught up in a browsing time warp - lookin at this and that. Anyway, I couldn't find Bust mag in the sea of mags on the shelves so decided to ask one of the clerks. Went to the help desk and this really tall gentleman was there so I asked, Do you carry the magazine Bust. He Shot off to the magazine rack as quick as a shot saying, well we do but it may not be on the shelf. So I trailed along after him. He reached way up on the top and pushed aside the magazine called BITCH (really) and there it was BUST, just as pretty as you please. He then said, Ah, ya didn't think to look behind BITCH to find BUST, with a chuckle. Ha, too funny. I like sales people that got a sense of humour
Been under the weather lately with this flu/cold bug and have just been hibernating and knitting. So decided to give the Elizabeth Zimmerman Maltese Hat a try. What a fun knit it is for one. EZ suggest a size 10 1/2 needle although she does recommend that the tight knitters ease up a bit on their tension, LOL. I didn't have the size 10 1/2 but did have size 10. I got the 5 1/2 stitches to 2 inches for the gauge but I do have a big head so some adjusting will probably need to be made. So this one is knit using a size 10 needle. In knitting the deblth of the hat she suggest knitting 10 rounds or more if you want a deeper hat. I ended up knitting for 20 rounds and still think I'll have to knit more to fit my head . The area above the face is made by casting on 14 stitches and then joining in the round to knit the rest of the hat. It's being modeled by block head whos got a big noggin like myself. Just a wee bit shy of 22 inches. After knitting this hat I really like it but its too snug at the top for my liking. So for it to fit me big gourd I tried using a number 11 needle and knitting loosly but it was working up HUGE. So I think I'll try it again in the size 10 needles and knit with a looser tension and also cast on 18 instead of 14 stitches giving 60 stitches instead of the 56 stithes in the pattern. Hopefully that will give enough room for me mellon, Ha. I might add just a few more rounds for the depth of the hat as well and then start with the decreasing for the top. Printed out a Michaels coupon for 50 % off one item and I may venture out to see if I can find some 10 1/2 double points which would probably solve the size issue for me but will still have to add extra rows for the depth of it. The yarn used is called BAZINGA! by Plymouth Yarn. Bought it a while back ago to try something out in it and its great for this hat. Was thinking it might be fun to knit it up on really large circulars and then felt the hat and see what happens there. The short row shaping on this hat is really neat how it goes to give the ear flaps. EZ ROCKS!