Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August Mystery Knit-Along: 4th & Final Rows

August Mystery Knit-Along

Day 4:

Row 37:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *P1, K3*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 38:  P2, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, P2

Row 39:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 40:  P2, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3*, P2

Row 41:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *P1, K3*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 42:  P2, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, P2

Row 43:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 44:  P2, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3*, P2

Row 45:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *P1, K3*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 46:  P2, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, P2

Row 47:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, knit to last 2 sts, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 48:  P2, knit to last 2 sts, P2

Cast off.


Day 3:

Row 25:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 26:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 27:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 28:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3

Row 29:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 30:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 31:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 32:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3

Row 33:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 34:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 35:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 36:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3



Day 2:

Row 13:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 14:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 15:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K16, K3, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 16:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3

Row 17:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 18:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 19:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K16, K3, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 20:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3

Row 21:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 22:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 23:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K16, K3, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 24:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3



Day 1:

Using worsted weight cotton and 4.5 mm needles, cast on 36 stitches.

Row 1:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, knit to last 2 sts, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 2:  P2, knit to last 2 sts, P2

Row 3:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *P1, K3*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 4:  P2, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, P2

Row 5:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 6:  P2, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3*, P2

Row 7:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *P1, K3*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 8:  P2, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, P2

Row 9:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 10:  P2, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3*, P2

Row 11:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *P1, K3*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 12:  P2, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, P2

Friday, August 26, 2011

Omg . . . who is responsible for hiring the drivers for the St. Thomas Transit Service?

I think the person who hires St. Thomas Transit drivers should be forced to play Undercover Boss and ride the buses for a day . . . SERIOUSLY!!!

On the plus side, for $2.50 I can get to just about everywhere in town . . . usually . . .

Today was the WORST ride I've ever had.  I transferred to the Hospital bus at the terminal near Walmart and it was downhill from there.  The driver was ridiculous.  The first time she hit the brakes to avoid running into the back of a car on Talbot Street near Briwood, I had to grab the bar on the back of the seat in front of me and the lady in front of me put her hands up against the partition between her and the driver. Her hard braking nearly threw me and an elderly lady out of our seats several times in the few blocks I rode that bus.  HEY DRIVER, WE DON'T HAVE A STEERING WHEEL TO HANG ON TO!!!!!!!   I won't be crafting or scrapbooking tonight because my right wrist is hurt now . . .

To add to the fun, I ran my errand and went to a bus stop which should have returned me to the depot.  When I still hadn't seen the bus by 5:10 I decided to go to the stop across the street intending to catch the bus as it left the terminal on the next run.  I didn't get to that bus stop in time because the bus that should have left the terminal at 5:15 passed me on the other side of the street at 5:14.  Not sure how that happened.  I'd already been standing for 1/2 hour in the heat with no shade and I was not going to wait another 1/2 hour (or so) so I just started walking.

I walked right through the construction site and just glared at the workers, daring them to tell me I couldn't be there.  I must have looked pretty mad because they just glanced at me and then turned back to what they were doing.  I made it to Walmart and basked in the air conditioning. 

I think if I ever see that woman behind the wheel of any bus I'm about to step into, I will turn and walk away.

Okay . . . rant over . . .

I wonder if these cowboy hats would fit on Mickey??


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hal, you are my super hero!!

Happy 28th Anniversary to my unique husband . . .
My Hero!!
A few weeks ago I purchased a box of Multigrain Cheerios which is Hal's favourite snack when he's on the road.  There was a free beach towel offer.  You had to find the pin number on the inside of the package and enter it in a website to earn a free beach towel.  Well, as you may know, anything that is free interests me.  I was afraid that Hal might forget to bring home the package if he emptied it while he was away so I took out the cereal, cut out the pin number and put the box back together with duct tape. 

Hal's driving partner thought it was unusual to see a Cheerios box covered in duct tape.

We received a notice from the post office the other day and went to pick up our new beach towel.  Hal tied it around his neck in the drug store and flew out of the drug store . . . sigh . . .

Sometimes boys just never grow up . . . LOL

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

August 2011 Mystery Knit Along - Day 3

Day 3:

Row 25:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 26:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 27:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 28:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3

Row 29:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 30:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 31:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 32:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3

Row 33:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 34:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 35:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 36:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3



Day 2:

Row 13:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 14:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 15:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K16, K3, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 16:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3

Row 17:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 18:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 19:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K16, K3, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 20:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3

Row 21:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K19, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 22:  P4, K1, P1, K1, P21, K1, P1, K1, P5

Row 23:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K16, K3, P1, K3, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 24:  P2, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P15, K1, P5, K1, P3



Day 1:

Using worsted weight cotton and 4.5 mm needles, cast on 36 stitches.

Row 1:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, knit to last 2 sts, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 2:  P2, knit to last 2 sts, P2

Row 3:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *P1, K3*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 4:  P2, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, P2

Row 5:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 6:  P2, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3*, P2

Row 7:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *P1, K3*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 8:  P2, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, P2

Row 9:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 10:  P2, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3*, P2

Row 11:  Slip 1 st knitwise, P1, *P1, K3*, P1, slip 1 st knitwise

Row 12:  P2, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, P2

August Scrapbooking







Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Two right mitts

I just finished a pair of mitts and then realized they were both right mitts . . . argh!!

I just finished two left mitts . . . ta da!!

Book Review: The Lost Peace by Robert Dallek


I just tried to read The Lost Peace:  Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope, 1945-1953 by Robert Dallek.  I usually love reading history non-fiction, especially about the war years.  I'm putting this book on my exception to the rule list.  While the information was very interesting in itself, reading it was a slow process.  Dallek is writing about an exciting and confusing time in our recent history in a very unexciting way.  I like to read at night because it relaxes me.  I was only able to read a few pages each night because it relaxed me too much.  After a week I was only at page 113 of 372.  It is time to close the book and move on to something else.  Perhaps I will save this book for the next time I have insomnia.

On a positive note, Dallek's attention to detail and his perceptions about the world leaders of the time make this an excellent reference book if you are writing an essay.

Monday, August 22, 2011

A weekend away with Krystel and Timmy . . .

Early Saturday morning (okay early for me) Hal and I headed out to Toronto to pick up Tim and Krystel for a weekend of adventure.  Our first pit stop was at Stop 50 Restaurant and Gas Bar near Winona, ON.  Pit is the key word.  Don't go there.  Filthy is a polite word for the condition of the propetry and restaurant and let's not even talk about the bathrooms! 

We quickly moved on to Winona to have a picnic and pick up a quick drive-by letterbox, Small Town Festivals:  Winona Peach Festival.  Hal was not happy with me by the time we found the box because the hiding spot was very scratchy and overgrown.  But we got the box.  Isn't that the most important thing?


Don't they just look all pirate-y matey?


Our next stop was to check out the Ol' Weasel near Lincoln, ON.  This ship began in 1914 as a St. Lawrence ferry. In 1991 a business man converted the ship into a floating restaurant, built to resemble "La Grande Hermine", better known as the Big Weasel. It was towed down the river and lakes to Jordan harbour and was parked there on Canada Day 1997. There she remained and was mysteriously burnt in 2003. Since she became a charred hull more people have stopped to see and take pictures along with 2 professional photo shoots for magazines. To date the question of what to do with the hull as the original owner has since passed away(and has left unpaid docking bills from her point of origin to here) has yet to be resolved. So far the consensus is to leave her right there. We hope they do.

And then we landed at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON  One of our ancestors, Cornelius Flumerfelt, was stationed here at one point during his career.













We had a great time at the fort and learned a lot.  

We were heading towards St. Catharines to spend the night at Hal's cousin Kerry's place when Tim spotted this little restaurant with a big sign out front that boasted the best old-fashioned ice cream milkshake.  Tim couldn't resist.  He says it is his goal in life to find the milkshake that is truly the best in the world.



The world's best milkshake was not at this little restaurant.  I don't remember the name of it, but the only thing worse than the milkshake was the service.  So Tim's search for the perfect shake continues.

Our next diversion was waiting for a ship to pass through one of the locks.  


Kerry and Sandi  are amazing hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit with them.   Tim said it was very exciting to meet some "normal" relatives . . . LOL . . . I'm not sure what he means by that.


After a monster breakfast, we were sad to leave St. Catharines, but looking forward to our Hewson family reunion in nearby Jordan Station, ON. 

There was a really good turn out for the reunion and cousin Charissa  and Dean's property was beautiful . . . pool, ponds, orchards . . . 

The food was fabulous and it was so much fun to see everyone.





Several of the men really enjoyed their tour through Dean's garage . . . race car, Harley's and even artillery . . . what more can a red-blooded man want??



We left the reunion to head for home, with a huge basket of fresh-from-the-orchard fruit just before the rain hit.  This storm front was the same front that created the tornado in Goderich the same afternoon.

We delivered Tim and Krystel to his brother's home in St. Thomas.  All three nephews (our grandsons of course) mobbed their Uncle Timmy.  I think they really miss having him around.  I know we do.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Book Review: George Washington Carver by John Perry

I seem to be reading a lot of nonfiction and biographies lately.  When I was offered the chance to review George Washington Carver I was curious to find out about the person whose name I'd heard many times.  I didn't really know much about him except that he was educated.

John Perry did a masterful job of presenting Dr. Carver in a realistic way.  He didn't hide the man's many quirks, especially his need of constant approbation.  The writing is easy to read and contains a great deal of interesting information about the times and Carver's place in it.

Carver was born a slave.  After slavery was abolished George and his brother were raised by the couple who had owned them.  George received a basic education from his guardians and was encouraged to continue his education.  The author describes in detail how an African-American man had to struggle to achieve a decent education.  Carver managed to graduate from college and became a professor at the Tuskegee Institute where he taught black students methods of self-sufficient agriculture.

Carver enjoyed the role of teacher and scientist but avoided the administrative role in his department.  This created a great deal of friction between himself and the Institute's board.  One of Carver's greatest accomplishments, outside of the scientific, was in befriending his students, encouraging them and holding bible classes for them.

I really enjoyed this quick read, learning about a person in history whose name I have heard many times without really knowing who he was. 


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Elgin County Railway Museum

I don't know how anyone can possibly get bored in St. Thomas.  There is just so much to see and do.  Today we took the boys to check out the Elgin County Railway Museum.  I hadn't been for quite a while so it was very different from my last visit.  I'll just wet your interest with a few photos.  You really need to go check it out yourself.  Very interesting indeed!!!!








Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The story of the little museum, big watermelon, and how to not get wet in a splash pad.

We drove through Sparta on our way home at for the first time ever I saw that the little mud house was open.  Also known as Ye Olde Forge and Anvil, this little blacksmith's shop was built in 1827 of clay and straw by a Mr. Keller from England. The walls are very thick.  During the Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837, militia horses were stabled here. In 1944 E.A. Smith gave the building to the Sparta Sorosis Women's Institute, who used it as a meeting place for many years.  They turned it over to the Sparta Historical Society in 1995. It is currently being used as a museum; a very interesting little museum.








We managed to pick up a new letterbox planted by Jiggs, took a few photos of the First Avenue bridge being demolished (to be shared in a separate post) . . . and then headed to Waterworks Park for a picnic supper.

What boy doesn't love a huge piece of watermelon.  I kind of miss the real watermelons with black seeds that we used to spit at each other.  Those were the good old days . . . LOL . . .




After dessert, the two younger boys wanted to play in the splash pad.  The oldest g'son stayed with his grandpa I the rest of us headed off to play.


Grandpa warned the boys that if they got wet they would have to walk home.  We didn't have extra clothes or towels and he wasn't letting any wet kids into his van.  Well the gauntlet was thrown, and the boys used every bit of their clever brains to figure out ways to play in the splash pad without getting their backsides wet.  I can't remember the last time I laughed so much.  I have very clever grandsons.





After a while, even the oldest couldn't resist and joined in the fun.




Guess what?  They were wet everywhere but their backsides so Grandpa had to let them in the van and drive them home . . . LOL.

I love it when I can have a great day with Hal and the boys like this one.

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #17 Goodfellas (1990)

Apparently I love gangster movies.  Of course this another one that was shot back in the day when we didn't have to see all the gory...