Thursday, November 29, 2007


Well, here it is, exactly a week after Thanksgiving. I am just downloading my pictures from the camera and wanted to share 2 of them with you. We had some great centerpieces for our table this year. C and N worked really hard with their Mom to make them for us. We were delighted to have them on our table!

Here are the girls holding their paper mache turkeys.

However, Lil' D and JoJo didn't want to miss out on anything, and they were able to take a ride on the turkeys. Lil' D had eaten a little too much turkey and wouldn't sit up on hers, so C had to hold her in place.

I am busy doing Christmas knitting right now. I hope to be able to post some of it up here, but it may have to wait until after Christmas. :) AND you know why. LOL!

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Wonderful Gift

Ok, Lil' D and JoJo have made their first appearance on the blog. They actually demanded that they should have their time on this blog. Who are Lil' D and JoJo? OH, they are my knitted(of course) dolls. My friend, Deb, who now lives in the cold and snowy state of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota, first made Lil' D. She made her for me after she moved from Texas to Minnesota. So, I would have company when I missed her. So, I then made JoJo, to be a little like me, notice she has gray hair. Heehee! Well, everyonce in a while they get to take field trips with me, but lately they have been sitting on the kitchen counter holding on dearly to the Hershey Chocolate can. They like chocolate. So, when they demanded their photo be on the blog, I thought OK, let's get you with the Hershey can. You can see them over in the margin.

In May Deb came to visit me for a couple of days. We had a great time yarn shopping, is there anything else, and driving all over north Texas to do it. When she arrived she gave me a fabulous handknitted, felted purse, that is fully lined. What a wonderful gift! Well, the girls have been telling me to get it onto the blog, so I said OK, and with your picture. They were so excited, they ran over to my restored antique spinning wheel, which hubby Jeff did for me, and they jumped on. They fell off several times too. Then they forgot to look at the camera and JoJo lost her clothes, she is so thin they don't stay up. Imagine that! So, here they are showing you my great purse, that I absolutely love. THANKS DEB!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


It is hard to believe that a whole week has gone by, since I last posted. We went to a friends wedding reception on Saturday night. We had a fabulous time.

I have had an strange scenario with my bank of late, that is finally solved. I want to share it here, because it might help you, someday. I am going to bullet point the description, because it is actually a VERY long story. It starts in June, 2007.

June, 2007: There is a strange deposit of $300 on my statement and then it is withdrawn. After calling, I discover that a person, who has an account at the same bank, thought she had her account number memorized. Nope, she didn't. When they figured that out, is when the money was withdrawn. The money was deposited, originally, by one of those paycheck advance companies. I was told it was OK. No problem.
July: Statement arrived, I put it on my desk. (Wrong move, open all your statements and look at them.)
Aug: Same as July.
Sept: I finally open the statement, angry at myself for letting several months go by. To my surprise, said statement had a $90 withdrawal, from the paycheck advance comp. Arg. I open July and August's statements. Same withdrawal. I was paying back someone elses loan!
Called my bank, talked to a supervisor, for a while, until she was convinced I didn't need to be paying someone elses loan. Then I had to sign affidavits etc. All monies have been returned. :)She advises I close current checking account, as quick as possible, and open new account. So, we opened a new account that day.
October: I am checking my balance in the old account every day, to make sure the company isn't getting anymore of my money. The withdrawals were on the 6th of each month. On the 10th I thought I was safe. So, I stopped my daily ritual. A mistake. On the 16th, said company withdrew $570 from old checking. Why??? I have no idea. I discovered it when I opened my October statement, the day it arrived. :) I called my bank and talked to the wonderful employee and she did what needed to be done and the $570 is back in my account. Old checking is now closed.

This was a nightmare for me and a hassle, as you can imagine. Please keep an eye on your bank accounts and if you get any weird deposits, keep even a closer eye on it or close it and open a new account. These paycheck advance companies seem to be ruthless and greedy.

Well, to keep busy and my sanity I did finish two pair of socks. They were a lot of fun to make and I really love how they turned out. I knitted 2 socks at the same time on 2 circular needles. If you knit socks and haven't tried this you should. When you are done you are done! No second sock to knit. :) My next pair of socks will be with the yarn I dyed in Louisiana.