Diamond Painting and Daffodils

I’ve a new diamond painting to work on. I’m hoping it’ll turn out well. I really enjoy getting in to the ‘zone’ of placing the dots 1 or more at a time. It’s mindless work, to be sure, but quite relaxing on the brain.

It’s that special time of year. The daffodils have broken the soil and are on their way to growing and blooming into the first colors of the new year.
However, it also means that the old wives-tale is on our minds… and we’re hoping that if the ‘snow lays once on the daffodils’, it’ll be a light one.

I hope this first month of the year is being kind to you all.
Happy Crafting!


 

Finished 2022 Temperature Blanket

60″x 80″
My 2022 Temperature blanket has been, for the most part, an enjoyable project. I’m glad I made it, but I’m not planning on making one for this year.
It took me oodles of hours during the 1st and the 2nd days of this year to tie off the yarn-ends on the edges and then crochet the border.
I’m so happy that I’m finally finished with my 2022 temperature blanket.

I hope you all have had a pleasant beginning of 2023.
Wishing you all a year full of joy and happiness!

 


 

Bit of Snow for Christmas

Here in my neck-of-the-woods, we got a bit of snow the 23rd of December. The -20° wind chill was the worst part though.
The wind flipped over my 4 deceased mums that I had left on the porch. I plan on tossing them away sometime.
The wind has calmed down. The snow is still laying around, but thankfully the roads are clear.
I know it’s not much snow, but for me it was good to have a manageable bit of snow on Christmas day. Snow always seems to add an extra bit of that ol’ holiday magic. ☃️
The temperature stayed in the single digits, until Christmas day, then it warmed up to 25°F.
Rumor has it, the weather forecasters predict, that it’s going to warm up to the mid 50’s by next weekend… We are hoping for it to be so.

My heart goes out to all the folks in the regions who are in freezing and/or blizzard conditions. I hope you all are bundled up and hunkered down and make it through this horrible weather safely.
I send you all my warmest thoughts for a heat wave to thaw out your regions and life gets back to normal soon.
I pray the worst of snows and freezing cold is over with for this winter. 🙏
Stay warm and safe. ❤️


Baking Peanut Butter Cookies

Recently, my husband and I both had a craving for peanut butter cookies. However, not just any peanut butter cookies would do. We wanted some that had the taste and texture of the ones we bought many years ago while on a trip several hundreds-of miles away.
Not wanting to trek halfway across the states to buy some peanut butter cookies, I decided to start trying to make our own. I bought a couple packs of peanut butter cookie mix of a familiar and trusted brand.
I got my supplies together and made the cookies.
I haven’t baked cookies in quite a long time. Even with the mix and easy directions, I figured I’d mess them up.
Oh dear, the cookies turned out ever so tasty and the texture was perfect. My husband and I really enjoyed them. They were just as tasty on the second day when only 2 cookies were left to enjoy. (And this is the reason I don’t bake cookies much anymore. lol)

I wonder if the cookies years ago were as tasty as I remember or if it’s just my happy thoughts of a pleasant place in time.
I would have made cookies from scratch, but I’ve don’t have the same level of confidence in my skills at cookie baking from scratch as I did 30 or so years ago when my son was a child.
These peanut butter cookies are as close as I’m going to get to the ones from years ago. I’ll happily make them again!

Have you ever tried to recreate a tasty food from a memory of a place far away and long ago?

Here’s wishing you all success in making your favorite foodies from mix or scratch.


Shelibean Our Bye-Bye Boy

Our handsome little Shelibean gets super excited when I ask him if he wants to go bye-bye. He’ll dance around, until we scoop him up and leave. He really enjoys going for rides.
When he was younger, he absolutely hated rides. He would howl, bark and whine the entire time we would take him anywhere, no matter the length of the journey. Front seat, back seat or kennel it did not matter, he was not a happy passenger.
Then I started sitting him on a towel on the center console. He didn’t fuss as much and now he sits there quite nicely.
However,
We realized that just sitting him there, wouldn’t be the safest thing if there was an accident. So we figured it was time to get him a car seat.
We originally were going to make one ourselves, then I was shopping online and found a ready-made one for a reasonable price.
I took it out of the box and began to set it up. Shelibean claimed it before I could even zip up the front flap.
He snuggled down in it, so I left him there to take a nice long a nap. He was so cute all curled up like a sweet baby.
The car seat installed easily with straps that wrap around the console compartment lid. I placed Sheli in it and he proudly sit up like it was his throne.
What I like about this seat, is it, hopefully, protects Sheli better. It also has a lead that can attach to his collar to restrain him when need be.
Now when we go for a ride, SheliBean is the King of the car sitting in his throne being the handsome Alpha-dog he is.

So this is the last day of November. We haven’t put up one solitary decoration yet. It feels kind of strange not to already have out tree up. We’re having some work done on the house soon and we’d have to move the decor out of the way. Hopefully, if the weather behaves, the work will be done and finished mid-December.
And then the decorating madness can begin. 😍

I hope y’all are happily making plans and looking forward to the upcoming holidays.