Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Down, But Not Out

I've been out of the loop for a while. I've been sick with pneumonia. As that weren't enough, hubby and i got into a car accident. Someone ran a light and hit us. It looks like the car will probably be totaled. Thankfully we're ok. Not sure how we'll feel tomorrow. Hopefully not too bruised or banged up. My back shoulder is bothering me a bit tonight.
Anyway, here's our car. We had it less than 1 year.

So other than that i have been trying to get some crocheting done, and i did finish another door snake, but i still have to take pictures of it and post it.
Things can only get better....

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I'm Back

Well it's been a pretty busy summer with hurricanes, but i think the worst is just about past us. Hurricane season ends in November, but hurricanes don't always follow the rules.

Since the last post, i came down with a nasty bug, courtesy of my son. I ended up with a slightly different strand than he had. Mine has knocked me down with no energy, but I'm slowly making a come back.

I was trying to make a door snake a day, but this one took me a good week. I hope to get back on track soon.



Monday, September 11, 2017

Goodbye Irma....Hello Jose?

Yesterday couldn't have ended soon enough. Hurricane Irma actually changed course and came closer to us. No idea of how strong the winds where as the innstrument that measures the wind speed broke.

The tornado alerts where almost on top of each other. I do believe we did get one possible F0. Everything suddenly became quiet, then my son said our french doors looked like they bowed almost like it took a "breath" , then a lot of noise. We saw a small path of destruction , plants, tree branches that all seemed to line up down the side of the house and across the lawn this morning.

As scary as it was, we really where lucky to now get any damage other than some yard debris. Some where not as lucky. A trailer park in the next town was hot pretty hard.
Some flooding , uprooted trees and many without power. We are so fortunate to have had our power restored this morning. Many are still out.
Here's the before and after of my house. You can see the trees lost some branches and leaves.

Now to hold my breath for the next possible hurricane, Jose that has a chance of hitting us next. :(





Sunday, September 10, 2017

Here Comes Irma

 I got the first tornado alert blasting over the tv at 5:00 this morning. I slept on the couch with the tv on as to drown out the sound of the wind. I think i slept 3-4 hours.
We had one more tornado warning since, but so far so good. The tornados are because we are on what they call the dirty side (right) of the hurricane.

So anyway, i think the winds are around 30 right now with squalls of thunderstorms and heavy rain. The lights are flickering at times, so it won't be long until we loose power. Of course, we can't run the generator until the storm is over which they say won't be until tomorrow morning sometime. So hours of the worst winds overnight. Why do the storms always seem to be overnight?

Anyway, here's a quick picture of the umbrella tree starting to loose it's leaves. It will looks like just a clump of sticks when it's over. It happened before, but at least nothing to worry about. Wish us luck.



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hurricane Irma - Final Preparations

The finale preparations are being made. That includes bringing in the chicken. Thankfully we only have one. Mrs. Peeps

My Cockatiel, Cletus is temporally in his smaller cage while Mrs Peeps takes refuge in the big cage.  Yes this is a first. I put a towel between the cages to keep the peace.
The other animals will come down if need be are my cat Buck and Chihuahua Spice.
Peck-Peck, Squawk, meow, woof....

The "fun" starts Sunday night. At least the storm shifted more to the West, putting me out of the "cone of uncertainty" , i can breath a little easier, but not totally as hurricanes are so unpredictable and do what they want. Our projected winds so far are around 80 or so (about a cat 1). Bad side of the storm however that spawns tornados.

We're not in an evacuation zone, and my house is three stories and high above ground, so hope that will be in our favor. Just worried about the big trees -two in back. There's also one in front, but i don't think that ones going to do much, maybe fall out towards the road. The town recently trimmed it away from the power lines too.

I think our area is as prepared as can get. Many did stay. Hopefully we can come out of this better than some of the "media" are saying. I learned the hard way that some like to instill fear just to get a click on their stories etc. That pisses me off.

Here's my house now all boarded up with wood and metal. We will be at the lowest floor if needed.  I will post again soon.





Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma is Coming :(

Nothing crochet related to write about tonight. Here it is the height of hurricane season in central Florida, and there's a monster storm churning my way. Irma is forecast to hit my area as a cat 4 storm. Still hoping it wobbles out to the sea and weakens. Basically it's just wait and see as hurricanes follow no rules.

We are at least not in an evacuation area, and my house sits up on a hill higher than the rest of my street. It's a wood three story, with the bottom floor being mostly block. That's where we will be when it gets bad. We can't get out of town as we have pets  1 dog, 1 cat, 1 five ft iguana, 1 bird and 1 chicken & fish. With the two small cars we would take, there wouldn't be room for everyone with the pet carriers etc. The roads out already have had problems with accidents and people running out of gas, or breaking down and abandoning the vehicles. Major traffic jams. No hotels, no flights etc. All around too expensive and dangerous.

I still left my shops open, just announced with the weather , any orders placed may not be shipped out for quite a while, if at all and i would do refunds if i can't deliver. (Hopefully i won't loose everything)

So that's the latest. I hope to come back and show you some new crochet after next Monday. Wish me luck- Deb


Monday, July 31, 2017

Crocheting For Less. My Crocheted Basket for $5.69

Here's a basket i'm currently working on. I spent a total of $5.69

I bought 150 feet (50 yards)  roll of vintage cord called Super California Cord. 100% Poly Olefin. I t looks like it's intended use was to make a macrame plant hanger per it's enclosed directions on the inside label. It also had an original store price tag from Ben Franklin for $2.99. (The company went bankrupt and closed these stores in 1996–1997) I bought it at Goodwill for 69 cents. It was a lot bigger, but i already started using it on the basket. I love the vintage labels too.


Then i bought 12 skeins of yarn (private sale off Facebook) I joined some "garage sale etc" groups in my town on Facebook. There you can do a search for yarn. If there's no yarn at the time, you can set it to notify you when someone list yarn for sale. it was also vintage- Caron Aunt Lydia's Craft & Rug yarn 60 yards 100% polyester 3 ply White 0805. Original price tag from Joyce's .99 cents.
I got 12 skeins for $5.00


Both say washable and shrink resistant too :)

So i decided to start making a basket to store-what else-my yarn.

I started by curling up the end of the blue cord and single crocheting around it with the white rug yarn until it was nice and tight. Then continued to crochet over the cord as i coiled it. I worked over the cord and into the single crochets below. I did increases as needed in each row , and if it got too wavy, i just did a row without increases until it was the width i wanted. I believe i went to 13 rows. Then i did a even row, then i did a slight decrease row with a dec after every 20 scs (give or take). That helps the basket not look bowed out so much at the bottom.



 Now i'm continuing working evenly around until it's the size i want, or the yarns run out, whichever comes first. I'll post a picture when it's finished.