counting thanks 982 ~ 1021

A list of thankfuls – one by one, my goal is to list 1000, being open to seeing the many blessings and gifts from my Father above ~ time to catch up on listing my thanks here ~ I hit my first 1000!!

~ a wonderful trip to the coast with my mom and sisters

~ enjoying the salty air and watching the waves, acknowledging the power of God

~ nephew time and Funderland

~ the cooling delta breeze that comes in the evening

~ contentment with what I have

~ a fun day at the gun range with family

~ the opportunity to visit and help my 99 year-old Grandma

~ a cousin willing to watch the puppy while I’m at Grandma’s

~ wandering her flower beds

~ fun knitting projects

~ a fun box of good stuff from my “FRIENDS” swap partner

~ my sister asking me if I wanted to rent a house with her

~ the “fun” of looking for a house

~ beautiful flowers

~ finding a nice home with a good landlord

~ the anticipation of moving – only “XX” more sleeps

~ sour pickles – Yumm!

~ fresh veges from my dad’s garden – tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and all kinds of squash

~ finishing some projects and re-starting some that have been tucked away

~ the many family and friends that helped us move

~ for a real bathroom with a shower that has lots of water pressure and volume

~ lots of wood and tile floor to sweep and mop

~ for a reminder lesson on the power and need for thankfulness

~ little boys that say – I like your house

~ a new-to-me memory foam mattress topper

~ for my sister watching my puppy during the moving weekend

~ for nephews saying, what can I carry next

~ for a lesson that reminded me that we are only “stewards” of what we have and that we need to use it for God’s glory


visiting Grandma & cobble gets ripped back a way…

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. I’ve been listening to the Earth Children series, I’m on The Mammoth Hunters. I’ve read and listened to these in the past, but I am enjoying them again.

I was visiting my Grandma Crain this last weekend, and thought I would show you that I came by my love of fiber crafts naturally. Here’s a picture of my 99 year old Grandma as she sorts through some little balls of yarn, deciding which ones she wants to use together for some granny squares.

She put the balls she had sorted for each square into little (re-used and re-used) ziplock bags. She pulled together yarn for  five or six squares that she will work on next. She is finishing the last strip of squares for a small baby afghan.

As long as I can remember, if Grandma was sitting down, she was working on something ~ embroidery, crocheting, or quilting. I’m thankful for the heritage and skills that have been passed down to me.


I had had taken along a couple WIPs that have been hibernating for a while. I guess that it is kinda good that I have all my stash packed for moving and it’s easier to get to my WIPs, I’ve actually gotten one WIP finished.

I pulled out Cobble to work on and as I was reading back through the pattern to find my place, I realized I had made a mistake. Cobble is a triangular shawl and the cable crosses should mirror each other on each side of the back center. Well, I was doing the cross the same way on both sides.

All the crossed stitches on the left side should be reversed. I showed it to my Grandma, she said no one would notice – but I would and it would always bother me. So it got ripped back to the first cross.

And now I’m starting from there again…

So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

Check out some others at the ~  Yarn Along & WIP Wednesday with tami’s amis

a visit to Grandma’s house

A couple weekends ago, I went to visit my Grandma Crain. She is 99 years old and needs someone around 24/7. An aunt and uncle stay with her, but some other family members having been visiting on the weekends to give them a break.  So this post will be a little this and that from my visit.

~ she lives on Candy Cane Lane ~ as a child I loved the name of this street

~ here’s just a sampling of some of the flowers in her gardens

~ I love her oak leaf hydrangea, my uncle helped my dig up some little ones to bring them home.

~ here’s a picture of the front of her house

~ a poem framed and hanging on the living room wall, written by my brother when he was a teenager

~ a small cross-stitch piece I made for Grandpa & Grandma when I was a teenager

~ a couple pieces that Grandpa & Grandma used to make, all from berries and pods and pine cones, etc

~ blue bottles in the laundry room window ~ i love blue bottles…

~ Grandma’s potting shed

~ and the little frog that visited while I potted some plants

~ it’s almost hidden in the greenry, but this is a picture of an olive tree my Grandma transplanted back in the early 80’s from my great-grandmother’s home. She has kept it in the same pot, so now it’s bonsai. I asked her if I could have it when she’s tired of messing with it. And she said yes!

~ I wandered her gardens and created a flower arrangement for her, it’s really fun to be able to have the variety to pick from.

~ The vegetable garden, I think my uncle is working it this year, Grandma’s not able to get around much anymore.

~ Thanks for visiting my Grandma’s house with me…

what i did on the 4th of July

My 4th of July started the night before when 2 of my nephews came over for a sleep-over.

The next morning they were wide awake at 7am, I told them to keep things quiet for awhile, I wasn’t quite ready to get up. A little while later we all got up and I fixed scrambled eggs, cheese quesadillas and fruit for breakfast. After getting sleeping bags rolled up again and everything loaded back in the car it was off to FUNDERLAND.With 30 tickets (15 each) in hand – they began to take turns picking the next ride.

The Carousel came first…

 And then over to the Dragon Roller Coaster – they were both very glad they were tall enough…

Then the log ride, I think they mainly got wet from the water inside the log…

They spun around in the tea cups, P had to be reminded to stay sitting down, he like to stand up so he could crank the wheel harder/faster…

They rode the train around the park ~ choo choo choo….

And then they went flying…

C wanted to ride the fishy octopus, P wasn’t interested, so he took another rise on the cars…

They both enjoyed the Wild Stagecoach, first it goes forward pretty fast and then it goes backwards…

They rode a couple rides again and then the tickets were gone ~ and time to go…

They agreed that Carl’s Jr was the place to go for lunch ~ chicken strips, fries and crazy mixed sodas ~ I think one of them mixed strawberry, orange, root beer and something else??? Of course we had Oreo cookie ice cream sandwiches for dessert…

Then we went to Freedom Park ~ it was hot and I thought they might want to cool off in the water play area. But first they hid in the rocks…

They did a little playing on the slides and ropes and then they got wet…

P did more climbing on the rocks…

And the both did some rope walking…

And then it was time to take them home ~ everyone was tired…

I went home and relaxed for the rest of the day and evening, trying to keep my puppy calm when the fireworks went off. It was a fun and busy day!

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evening entertainment

So what do you do when you spend an evening with your mom and sisters?

We do cards ~ Rummy, May I, 5 Crowns ~ knitting ~ munching ~ talking

shooting fire extinguishers is fun

family fun at the gun range

large fire extinguisher goes poof

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weekend trip ~ instagram style

on the road, bags & pillows packed, many flowers photo’d, monterey hostel (where shall we go next)

fabric & yarn shops, feeding the birds, walking on rocks, mom & daughters

watching the waves hit the rocks, walking cannery row, watching the wild life, cards & knitting in the evening

goodbye monterey, hello carmel, abalone shells for sale, i love the ocean sights & smells

more succulents & flowers, santa cruz ocean view, knitting on the road, and finally a sunset (golden gate bridge also)

it was a good trip, fun time with mom & sisters, and i come home – ocean restored….

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