Thursday, December 24, 2015

Knit: Leg Warmers

Leg Warmers (Knit)
by Julie Wadlinger

Finished Measurements

1 Skeins Caron R Simply Soft Party TM
Shown in: 0003 Spring Sparkle
One pair size 8 US double pointed needles
Yarn needle

18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins

Directions (Make 2)
Using long tail CO 44 stitches. [K2, P2] when casting on.
Rnd 1: [K2, P2] to end of rnd.
Repeat Rnd 1 until you reach the desired length.

I finally finished the third pair! This is an 8 yr old but I made them to fit her and the skinny 13 year old so they could share. I split the skein and knit as far as I could with all of the yarn and made sure they were the same number of rounds. They are slightly bigger than the pair I also made a smaller pair for a skinny/tall 11 yr (at the time) old dancer in Royal Sparkle. The girls grew but the blue pair still fits.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Yard: Sod Take 2

This was the first shot I took and at this point I didn't know how I was going to get the rest of the sod to my house and put it down. The neighbors put down sod over the old sand volleyball court and the guy overestimated quite a bit. We of course asked for the extra sod and it was much more than I expected. Unfortunately, I it was just me and a lot of sod. The picture above shows what my friend Janine's husband Aaron put down as I moved what I could. We decide to put it right over the old grass and I have every intention of using the Lawn Doctor again this year (skipped a year since we pulled out the entire lawn of fox tails).

It's done! Wait, what?! How did I do that?! Well as it turns out, the guy that did the sod next door needed to clear the driveway so he offered to help me move it to my house. I tried to have him just put it in the yard for me but he kept throwing it down right where it went with a quick kick to unroll it and it was right where it needed to be. He couldn't not drop it in the right place. You know, when you are that good?! Ha ha. Don't worry, I thanked him a lot and in exchange cleaned the neighbors driveway for him so he could leave.

These two spots were an afterthought. I had so much sod that I decided to go with a smaller patio space and also put some next to the house. I couldn't decide what was going there anyway and love my decision to do the sod. That pot doesn't go there. I may put more stones or some gravel by the steps. You also can't see in the other pictures but next to this patio against the house will be a small deck under the window. I left that open. I am also super excited to finally finish the stone patio and get the deck in now. It's all coming together!

**Also put about a 6x6 patch in the front yard. Yeah, that much sod! I plan to help Dan anyway I can when I see him checking on the neighbor's lawn in the spring.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

House: Kitchen Faucet

My sink had been driving me crazy. I put the older faucet in many years ago and at the time it was way higher than the previous faucet. Not high enough! It was such a pain to fill pots and due to the years of hard water build up (yes, I cleaned it off with CLR often) it recently became hard to swivel back and forth. I thought I was stuck with it because technically, it still worked. Then I noticed that it was corroding where it swiveled. YAY!

I wasn't sure if I would like the single handled faucet and didn't even think it would work since I had a 3/4 hole sink. I went back and forth until I tried a friend's a few times and it really grew on me. I found an inexpensive one at Lowes and then stumbled on the same one at Wal-Mart for a few dollars cheaper! Score! I wanted the soap dispenser so much! The sprayers never seem to work after a few months.

It was super easy to install all by myself and it was done in about an hour. I absolutely love my new faucet and soap dispenser!!

**You'll notice in the last picture the reconfiguration of the plumbing I did several years ago. The previous set up looked like a maze.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

House: Basement Kitchen Tile

This first picture shows a lot. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture prior to this one. The floor was very uneven. It pretty much had a hole in it so after years of contemplation we finally got the leveling cement. That's the gray blob in the middle. Previous to that my brother chiseled it out to get it as level as possible. The leveling cement is pretty cool stuff. 

Here's some work in progress. Prior to the floor he also primed and painted the walls light green.

My turn! My brother went back to PA and so after the proper amount of time my dad and I finished up the job. Dad grouted and I wiped it down. We will add the baseboards in the spring or summer or someday.

It sure is an amazing difference and so funny that it's hard to remember how bad the floor was before the tile. Some day we'll get cabinets and a sink to make it a real kitchen but for now it is so much better.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Yard: Dog Fence

Quite a while ago we (Dad and I) put in the posts but nothing happened for quite a while after that. I finally found the right fencing, bought it and it sat in the yard over the winter. See it over there to the left leaning on the post?
 Every small chance we got we worked on it. Next step was the rails.

Here's a pick with the fencing attached and the top trim.

We finished the fence! Not really in this picture but pretty much. Notice the gate? There are two. It looks like this the whole way around. Such a long time in the making and a huge accomplishment. I am extremely happy with it. Also notice the vintage garbage can from my dad for poop corner.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Good Finds: Desk and Speaker

 Here are some of my recent good finds:

The first one is a small secretary desk. It isn't the greatest of quality but the price and size were right. As you can see it fits nicely under the mirror. I have an old chair that we've had forever that I am refinishing to go with it. Notice Mick?

This was a much needed and wonderful find. I can listen to books (not too often though) and work out wirelessly! I was lucky to find the exact electrical cord that goes with it buried in a bin at DI and even better, there's a remote!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Yard: Moving things around

This is the third move on the picket fence. Since I'm putting in the larger fence for the dogs and the garden wasn't working where it was I thought I's make a few changes. This past weekend I dug and set five post holes (one not pictured but posts have been swapped out) and cut and mounted the fence pieces all by myself. I am still swapping out a few of the slats and repairing the gate. This gate will keep the dogs away from the side gate to the front, hide the A/C and house bird feeders and herbs.

Here is where I moved the third move on the garden box. The growing trees were stealing my sun and I hope to have a great garden this year. You can also see progress on the yard fence and the outer area where I will put random plants and shrubs once spring comes. I borrowed the neighbor's tiller and went crazy last week. It was quite the work out and so is using the post hole digger. I am so thankful for this beautiful weather in February.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Getting Fit: Dietbet won

In January I weighed in at my heaviest ever and I decided it was time. I tried to lose weight and gained 3 more lbs! That day I also got an email from Dietbet. I had done 2 of them in the past and lost weight but not enough to win any money back. Based on the weight loss I was okay making the donation so I joined immediately.

I am happy to report that I lost the required 4% of my body weight and I won $41 (really just $11 since I paid $30 to enter). I simply tracked my calories using My Fitness Pal and got moving. I also want to make it clear that I have not deprived myself of anything and I think this has been the trick. I am okay with posting these pictures because I no longer look like either of them. They are a thing of the past and I am going to leave them there. I am finally at a place in my head where I would rather be active, comfortable in my body and my clothes and feel great about myself.

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