Thursday, June 26, 2014

I have had some computer trouble lately, thus the reason I haven't been posting. My notebook crashed so I've been on my iPad. I've tried several apps and am still having problems getting my posts the way I want them. My iPad does not let me scroll down when I'm making a new post or am in edit. Hopefully I will get it figured out soon. If u have any suggestions feel free to leave me a comment. I'm not afraid to say I am limited in the technology department:)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Kelsey!








Above: Chicago Cultural Center


Above: The view from Kelsey's school

                             

Our Ride:)





Chicago Holy Name Cathedral


"The Bean"




                                                              Above: Birthday Dinner

We surprised my daughter by coming to Chicago for her birthday....didn't want her to spend the day alone.
It was a great but busy day!
We all took the train in the morning. It was a crazy ride just trying to get there on time. We hit every stop light, got behind every school bus, and hit at least three construction sites! Not to mention when we got to the station we still had to park in the deck and stop by the desk to get our tickets printed out.
We arrived with 15 minutes to spare....got to the desk only to find out there was a delay and had to wait an hour for the train. Unfortunately, this cut our time with Kelsey a little shorter than we planned.

Once we got there, Kelsey took us around to some sites we haven't seen yet. (Dad usually has to work and doesn't get to come up often.)
All her friends kept telling her she had to stop and see the cultural center, so that's where we headed first.
It is a beautiful building... accented with millions of small tile designs, gorgeous domed ceilings, and some amazing wood work.

We also got to visit one of the college campus' she attends...its was an unusual set-up for a college, but nice to see her daily routine. It's almost like it is one whole floor of a mall. There are lots of shops and a food court. The class rooms are all in one area. I'm not sure exactly how many floors it has, but there were a lot! The view from the front of the school was just breath taking!

The next stop was my pick, The Holy Name Cathedral. The guys sorta moaned and groaned about this one,
but it was worth the stop.

Dad didn't get to see "The Bean" when we went, so we swung by there on our way to Kelsey's Birthday dinner. We had such a good time when we went there before, we just had to take him to Millenium Park.

Last but not least, we went to dinner where we got to see dad wearing a bib! (He wouldn't let me post a picture, but we got to poke some fun. I also didn't notice he gave me the bird while trying to dodge my photo, so ya probably best no post lol.)
Sang Happy Birthday to our birthday girl ... took the poor college kid shopping to buy toilet paper and all the other goodies she needed before we had to head back to the Union Station to catch our train.
Even though it was a slower paced day than we usually have when we visit, the guys were wiped out and went to bed as soon as we got home. LOL they are soft hahaha.

Happy Birthday Kelsey!! We love you and enjoyed out day together.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Little Houses ATC





For this ATC you could have one house or a row of houses as long as it fit on an ATC card and the roof line was cut out. Sounded like this would be fun so I joined the swap and this is what I came up with. Lots of small pieces to put together, but I like how it turned out. I wanted to add more texture to it, but I didn't want it to get smashed or to heavy to go through the mail. Of coarse, mine is going to an artist...hope she enjoys:)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chicago Moving Day





Above: My daughter took us to a multi-restaurant place with the coolest decor...it had some thing for everyone. (Barnelli's Gourmet salads,Portillo's Hot Dogs and not sure what else was there...)




Above: Chicago Hard Rock Cafe



Above: Rainforest Cafe
We didn't eat at all these places, but we have been there before and stopped in to check out the gift shops. They are all across the street from each other.


Chicago's Rock'in McDonalds


Above: Art - We saw this cool sculpture on the way home...


Above: Im not even sure what this building is called, but its beautiful lit up at night.(its to the right of the Sears/Willis Tower) We got to talking about it over dinner with my daughter's friends and they told me there is a story behind it...
I guess a rich guy built it to propose to his girl...and took her up the Sear's tower to look down at it.
When its viewed from up there all lit up I'm told it looks like a big diamond ring....
They weren't 100 percent sure how the story goes but that is the gist of it.
How could a girl say no to that! Any way, I thought the story was romantic, even if my photo sorta sucks:)


I actually went to Chicago this time to help my daughter move into her new apartment at the school dorms.
Its very cute, and she has it all to herself. We worked all day, but got done in no time...then had some fun.







She still had stuff to put away and decorate, but the hardest part was finished.
Now, I just need a week to recover from the weekend LOL.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Making Progress...






I'm still working on my basket weave afghan. A project like this could probably be finished in a weekend if it was worked on continuously, but I've only been working on it here and there between other daily stuff. So far, I really like the results! Its thick and cushy...not to mention how warm it will be.
In other afghans that used this same three stand technique, they used three different color yarn strands throughout the whole afghan instead of doing the stripes. So the whole thing is multi-colored.
I'm not sure which way would use less yarn. This pattern uses a lot of yarn anyway, then add the fact that I used three simultaneously. It could also be made with a single strand of worsted weight yarn and still look great, just not as thick. I'm counting how many skeins this will take and will include it in the post when it's all finished.
The warmer spring days are trying to make an appearance every few days here ...and in anticipation I dug out all the stuff for the front porch hoping to be able to enjoy a nice afternoon on the porch swing soon.
LOL that night my husband tells me we are getting two more days of snow flurries! It never fails ....its just like washing your car before it rains. (sigh) Since mother nature is being so cantankerous this year, I was thinking of making another three strand afghan with single crochet in spring colors to go out on the porch for those nippy sunny days ahead.  Some thing to think about.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Afghan WIP (Crochet) Basket Weave









This is a quicky afghan... not meant to be fancy, but thick, durable, and warm. It has been freezing cold off and on all winter so far, and once again the blankets all disappear. The guys must be getting better at hiding them from me because I haven't been able to find one yet!
The pattern for this afghan is a basket weave done with three strands of yarn at a time. I chose a large hook (P) to hurry things along and because of the thickness.
I have to be honest, this is a simple pattern, but I think every project has its moments. Some how I managed to tangle up all my yarns and ended up with a huge mess. No problems with the pattern, just technical difficulties on my part. It took me quite a while to sort it all out...longer than it took me to crochet the completed rows you see so far. Easy peasy!
So back to work....

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Merry Christmas











Ive been making trips to and from Chicago for the last month or so, needless to say , it hasnt allowed me much time to work on projects or my blog...but the good news is I think things are finally winding down.
I really enjoy Chicago, but since I'm not used to the fast pace of things on a daily basis it just wears me out.

On our last trip, we got to see the CTA all decked out for Christmas...." The Santa Express". It was decorated inside and out. We wanted to ride on it,but we actually only got to see it in passing since it only runs till 5pm. So, it is now on my list for next year.

When we were finally done with our "to do " list we decided to walk around and see what we could find for supper before heading home again.There are tons of places to chose from that were close by our location. It doesnt sound like a big deal does it? No, I didnt think so either, until I got out there and froze to the bone!! Let me just say Im from Illinois and used to cold harsh winters and bundling up to stay warm, but this was brutal!
We stopped at a cafe just to warm up. I also took a photo of their beautiful upside down Christmas tree, but must have still been shaking from the cold because it ended up to be just a big blur of lights.  The rest of the photos turned out some what descent so those are the ones Ive shared.

I wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday Season. Merry Christmas!! I look forward to
 getting things back to normal and sharing more projects.
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