March 19, 2011

Test post from my new iPad

Filed under: Uncategorized — yelnad @ 4:13 pm

Greetings. This is a test of a very infrequent, almost nonexistent blogger.


June 16, 2010

30 Questions

Filed under: Uncategorized — yelnad @ 2:56 pm

1. It’s 2AM and you are not home. You are more than likely: I can’t even make up an answer for this. That’s how much of a homebody I am.

2. What’s the last thing you spent more than $100 on? Yarn. Groceries.

3. What do your bank checks look like? Free ones from the credit union. Tan w/maroon border?

4. Where did the shirt you are currently wearing come from? It’s a “Life is Good” tshirt, so maybe Gander Mountain?

5. Name something that will be on your Christmas wish list: Yarn.

6. What color is your toothbrush? Purple

7. Name something you collect and tell us about it. Yarn & Fabric. I only call it a collection because I have way more than I can possible use in a lifetime and I keep buying more.

8. Last restaurant you ate at. Who were you with? How was it? The Twin Kiss with my family (including mom, dad, sister, BIL, Bill, Cora & Etta)

9. Who was the last person you bought a birthday card for? My Grandma?

10. What is your worst bad habit? Swearing in front of my kids

11. Name a magazine to which you subscribe? O (Oprah). It was $5 for the year.

12. Your favorite pizza toppings? Extra cheese and mushrooms.

13. Whose number were you looking up the last time you used a phone book? What’s a phone book?? (probably pizza).

14. Other than family, who is the person that you love most? “Aunt” Issy.

15. What is the last thing you cooked? PBJ

16. Name something you wouldn’t want to buy used? I buy everything used. Even diapers.

17. Which shoe do you put on first? Whichever one I pick up first.

18. What is the last thing you remember losing? My phone case.

19. What is the ugliest piece of furniture in your house? There is no ugly in my house.

20. Last thing you bought and ended up returning? My first husband. I’m terrible at returning things. Too small for Etta? Ok, I’ll save it for Cora. Too big for me? I’ll give it to my sister.

21. What perfume/cologne do you wear? If none, why? No. I can’t stand perfumed/smelly things or people.

22. Your favorite board game? Monopoly, but I cheat.

23. What was the last board game you played? Chess with a 2yo.

24. Where did your vehicle come from? Japan

25. If a movie was made about your life what would the theme song be? Pony, by Kasey Chambers.

26. You’re sad, who can cheer you up easily? Cora

27. What was the color of the bridesmaid dresses of the last wedding you went to? Tamatha’s wedding, and I don’t remember.

28. What house cleaning chore do you hate to do the most? Toilets.

29. What is your favorite way to eat chicken? Fried. I LOVE the skin.

30. It is your birthday. You hope the cake is? Apple pie

February 16, 2010

2010 Book List

Filed under: Uncategorized — yelnad @ 9:12 am

My reading goal for this year is to read at least 52 books, but I think I normally read more than that.


1) The Struggle (Vampire Diaries vol 2) – L.J. Smith
2) Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
3) The Fury (Vampire Diaries vol 3) – L.J. Smith
4) Dark Reunion (Vampire Diaries vol 4) – L.J. Smith
5) At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
6) The Treasure – Iris Johansen
7) Lion’s Bride – Iris Johansen


8) Life of Pi – Yann Martel
9) Turning Angel – Greg Iles
10) The Street Lawyer – John Grisham
11) The Devil’s Punchbowl – Greg Iles
12) The Quiet Game – Greg Iles


13) Sleep No More – Greg Iles
14) Dead Sleep – Greg Iles
15) The Third Victim – Lisa Gardner

March 23, 2009

Etta’s 18 month doctor visit

Filed under: Etta Lee — yelnad @ 12:12 pm

Etta had her 18 month ped visit this morning. She was cranky and fussy, but she’s had a nasty cold/cough the last few days. She weighs 19.1 lbs and is 29.5 inches tall. 3% in both categories. The PA was concerned about those numbers, but she consulted with the Dr and he wasn’t. (I wasn’t concerned myself — we’re little people). On the other hand, her 47.1cm head circumference is in the 61st percentile. 🙂

She had her fourth DTaP and I think we’re done with vaxes until we hit school age at 4 or 5. And then we’ll revisit.

Our normal Dr canceled for a family emergency, but they were able to squeeze us in with a PA. I didn’t want to reschedule because of her nasty cold. She does have an ear infection in her right ear and they put her on amoxicillin. I haven’t really researched antibiotics much since we’ve had no need for them until now. Any thoughts?

Is there normally a 21 month appt? We skipped 15 months b/c I didn’t want to expose her to dr office germs in December just for height/weight check. I was going to skip 21 (if there is one), but the PA said to come back for a “growth check.” I’m not sure I want to do that as long as she’s healthy. My insurance only covers up to $500 of care a year (well child, vaxes, sick visits) and I don’t want to “waste” it in case she really needs to go later. Money isn’t the deciding factor — I’ll pay out of pocket if I need to, but this just seems silly. I’ve only really weighed over 100 lbs myself when I was pregnant. Bill was also a scrawny kid. All that said, the PA was great. I would definitely see her again when my preferred Dr isn’t available.

Other than that, all is well. We’ve transitioned to one nap a day, usually for 2 hours after an early lunch. Etta is a climber — she walks on window sills and gets onto the dinner table whenever she can. She’s a big helper when mom cleans or does the laundry. She also LOVES to be outside and throws a fit whenever we come in. She likes to care for her “babies” (the garden gnomes!) and play in dirt. She checks the bird feeders to make sure the birds have food. She plays basketball with her daddy and slam dunks when he lefts her up. Good thing the hoop is adjustable 😉

She follows simple commands and is starting to use small phrases (of real words). She talks to her Grammie on Skype almost every day. Actually, the kid never really shuts up and chatters all the time (must get that from her Daddy). She knows what dogs, kitties, sheep, and cows say. Her new love is Dora. She can blow her nose with a kleenex and still loves to unroll the toilet paper rolls.

Yay for Etta Lee!!

March 10, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Filed under: Crafting & Quilting,Etta Lee — yelnad @ 9:30 pm

1. I finally did the button holes on the outfit for Etta and I royally messed up and tore a big hole in it. I called my mommy practically in tears and she’s going to try to fix it for me this weekend. I am so disappointed in myself.

2. I finished the boyfriend hat and then started another in some fuzzy yarn. It’s lime green and teal which isn’t the best combo, but I’m using up some scraps. This is mindless knitting for when I’m hanging out with Etta.

3. My socks are still in the works. I have turned the heels and picked up the gussets. Lots of fun, but I need to sort of pay attention to what I’m doing so I can’t get much done with the monkey around. I can’t wait to knit socks with pretty sock yarn.

4. I have yet to cast on the soaker longies I mentioned. I joined a soaker yarn club at Knit Fit Knitting and am waiting for my first shipment to arrive any day now. Hopefully it’ll be so purty that I won’t be able to resist it. I ordered the gender neutral colors so I can use them again with kid #2.

5. I’ve trimmed the puppy quilt, and machine stitched the binding to the front. Now I’m slowly hand sewing the binding to the back. I can’t wait to finish it and put it on the big bed in Etta’s room. But then I’ll have to finish the coordinating kitty quilt. It was cut way back when I did the puppy one, but it needs stitched. Heh. “Needs stitched.” I’ve been in Central Pennsylvania too long.

6. I made a cute fleece jumper for Etta, but I can’t get my machine to do the button holes because the fabric is too thick (4 layers of fleece there). I’m also taking this to mom’s for her help. Maybe I’ll have to stitch the button holes by hand? Ugh. I don’t even want to think of that.

7. I’m about 90% done with my Coraline swap box for the swap over at My Little Mochi. I’m going to finish it up on Sunday when I’m back from mom’s and then mail it out on the 16th (the deadline). I’ll also post some pics on Sunday. And when I get my box in the mail, I’ll also share my goodies with you.

8. I ordered yarn today for this cabled dress for Etta. It’ll take forever for it to get here though because their shipping is known for being slow. I also ordered 16″ and 24″ size 1 and 2 circulars for future socky goodness. Don’t be surprised when all you get for Christmas is a pair of socks. But at least they’ll be nice socks!

My camera is still at my mom’s (SINCE CHRISTMAS!) and I don’t know where Bill’s is. So no new pictures. Sorry folks.

Etta has been up late every night (18 month sleep regression anyone?) but tonight she went down at 8:45pm. No, it’s not her normal 7pm, but it’s better than 11:30. It started 2 weeks ago with some wicked teething (8 teeth total now) and was further complicated by the time change on Sunday. She amazes me every day. She has a bottomless stomach. She eats everything and then asks for more of it. She’s so smart and she repeats everything that I say (oops!). She says, “Oh MAN!” when she’s frustrated. What amazes me, is that not only does she say it with the exact intonation that I use, but she says it at the exact appropriate times! Please pat me on the back because I used to say, “Oh f*ck!”

Signing off. Need sleep.

February 20, 2009

Works in Progress

Filed under: Crafting & Quilting — yelnad @ 8:32 pm

1. I finally finished the hand sewing on the outfit in the last post. I still have do the button holes, buttons, and the hem on the blouse.

2. I have a Boyfriend Hat on needles.

Boyfriend hats

3. I have my first pair of socks on needles. (no pics yet)

4. I’m hoping to start another pair of soaker longies for Etta soon. This next pair will be in purples.

Etta in her ugly pants

5. I still need to trim and bind my puppy quilt.

But now I need to go get my screaming kid out of bed 😦

Edited 2/21/09 to add pics. I didn’t mean to only link to Ravelry (a knitting site for members only), but I had to take care of Etta 🙂

January 11, 2009

Filed under: General — yelnad @ 9:41 am

Greetings readers.

Do you remember the days when I had over 100 regular readers on my blog? Back when I was a rising Diaryland star? haha. Maybe I’ll get more readers if I post these updates over on Facebook. Because you all should be interested in my boring life.

Anyway, here’s my latest battle with creativity (note that it’s not finished yet:

Cutie outfit

Cutie outfit

Contrasting yoke, peter pan collar, puff sleeves

Contrasting yoke, peter pan collar, puff sleeves

I’m on baby duty today, so not much computer time without “help.”


Updated To do list:

  1. Gather, wash & sort coats. – half done.
  2. Finish knitted sweater for Etta. – this project is hibernating b/c I got stuck.
  3. Quilt puppy top for Etta.
  4. Etta’s roman shade.
  5. Laundry. Always laundry to do.
  6. Find permanent storage place for yarn and knitting accessories.
  7. Clean sewing room.
  8. Make ebay list – started
  9. Take down tree
  10. Knit Kate’s hate
  11. Knit Etta’s longies – I cast them on and did the upper ribbing!
  12. Get class ready for work – 90%
  13. Finish outfit for Etta (see pics above)
  14. Defrost freezer (Bill emptied it; I need to refill later).
  15. Cut binding for dog quilt and bind.

January 1, 2009

Filed under: General — yelnad @ 10:38 pm

Updated To do list:

  1. Gather, wash & sort coats. – half done.
  2. Finish knitted sweater for Etta. – this project is hibernating b/c I got stuck.
  3. Quilt puppy top for Etta.
  4. Etta’s roman shade.
  5. Laundry. Always laundry to do.
  6. Find permanent storage place for yarn and knitting accessories.
  7. Clean sewing room.
  8. Make ebay list.

Filed under: General — yelnad @ 10:37 pm

1. I think the closet is done for now and we’re pretty happy with it. More room and less stuff to put in it.

2. Today I quilted the puppy quilt that I pieced back in 2006. Ha. I still need to trim it and bind it, so I’ll wait until then to post a photo. It’s going to go on the guest bed in Etta’s room and eventually I’ll piece the matching Kitty quilt. The final goal is to have the two quilts on trundle beds in her room. It’ll probably take me another 2.5 years to get the kitties done.

3. Sister and I sewed together today and it was very nice.

4. There’s been nothing on TV lately and this bothers me.

December 28, 2008

Filed under: Crafting & Quilting,General — yelnad @ 11:10 am

1. I went to Lowe’s to buy more closet pieces and they don’t carry the line anymore (although they say they do on the website!). Hmm. So do we head to Home Depot or re-evaluate our plans? We decided to reconfigure what we have and then actually build out the back wall of the closet with wood and shelf brackets that we already have. In the end, it saves us bucks. Good deal and still very happy with the closet.

2. I mentioned yesterday that I’m trying to de-plasticize our kitchen. We started with pyrex and anchor hocking glass storage containers (the AH even have glass lids!). I’m slowly removing all of the Rubbermaid. All heating and reheating in the microwave happens in glass containers. We’re drinking water from Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottles. Etta uses BPA free bottles and sippy cups. The problem? I am ADDICTED to ziplock bags. Must work on this.

3. It’s gloomy and gross out. Yes, I know it’s December but I could use a little sun. I had to go to Walmart yesterday so that I could absorb the bright lights and perk up a little.

4. My new craft is knitting. I need to post pics of some of my projects. I’ve really been enjoying it since I can do it snuggled in bed watching TV (something I can’t do with quilting).

To do list:

  1. Gather, wash & sort coats.
  2. Finish knitted sweater for Etta.
  3. Quilt puppy top for Etta.
  4. Etta’s roman shade.
  5. Laundry. Always laundry to do.
  6. Find permanent storage place for yarn and knitting accessories.
  7. Clean sewing room.
  8. Make ebay list.

I know there’s more…I just can’t think of it now. And I’m waiting on a space heater before I can do much in my sewing room. It’s between 55-59 degrees in there and just not comfortable for working.

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