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So here I am slightly recovered from last weekend and the holidays which ended up being on a fargin Monday and Tuesday this year just to throw the hubbys paycheck off (just lovely)

And of course I missed the Yule celebrations right here in town because most of last week was too dangerous to get in our car because of the blasted tie rod being broken and the ever nail biting fear of the tire flying off as we were driving up the road, that luckily was finally fixed and we were able to get to Orlando finally to the relatives. Of course we missed dinner because the Midas took so long but at least we got there in one piece.

And because we got there in one piece we managed to make it to my mothers wedding.  I like Rick he’s a nice fellow.  It was in the park, short, sweet, to the point, and then lunch at the Golden Corral.  I just wish Dave and the baby hadn’t been so darn sick.  We would have stayed home they were so sick but we didn’t want her offended or something. And before you think that sounds bad it’s not like this is my mom’s first wedding or even her third, lol.  Love her, she just goes through husband like most folks go through tissues.

I swear though folks must think I’m a recluse, and well, to be honest I am, I’ve been burned so many times that I tend to hide in my house unless someone actually takes the time . I’m sure I’ll come out of this stage eventually and actually attempt large group socialization but as of now it’s still just a part of me and our wee baby, 3 kids, 1 car household.

Umph, I am going out today though. Something told me when I woke up that I needed to go snag up my friend Shantel and take her with me to Native Sun (a great health food store here in Jax) I just need some tea tree mouthwash, heh, but I have a deep feeling that she needs to be out or else going all the way out to her place and all the way in the other direction would never have occured to me. I’m leaving the baby with daddy. Today’s a mommy escape and get crafting supplies and basic toiletries day, lol. I can handle being around one of my friends, it’s groups I can’t deal with at the moment… well, I suppose if it was a group of folks I already knew fairly well I’d be all right but a group of folks I don’t is another story.

Ok, now I’m rambling but I’m off for now. Toodles

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Ok, and here we go again, lol. I’ve got the back done and a side as seen here

but it was ticking me off and I HAD to finish up what I’m giving my adopted brothers girlfriends gift, lol. I adopt some folks into my family because there are the extra family that God didn’t give me to begin with so that I would have the joy of discovering them.

Anyhoo I had to block the scarf as witnessed here

This was done with that schmancy mohair wool stuff that I’d managed to snag at the nice Wally World while it was on clearance. I got it for a buck! What luck, lol.

So I’m scampering around yesterday realizing that I’ve got to be in Orlando by dinner Saturday for a family dinner at my dads and then Sunday my mom is getting married and I have completely forgotten to mail out my gifts for this year [grin] but that’s ok cause everyone knows I’m a flake and will be happy that they got something this year as we were broke last year, hehe. Which reminds me I need to take my brother Jon his (I think it was birthday) present from a couple months ago that I’d forgotten to take with me when we went down last time. I mean realllllllllly folks, I would forget my head if it wasn’t attached. I don’t mean to be that way it’s just I get distracted and’ that’s all she wrote ya know?

So in the midst of all my flightyness I was waiting for our “semi permanent” houseguest Geoff to get a phone call because someone FINALLY told my friends about some department that helps veterans get work and they went there yesterday morning and now they’re waiting for a call about a job.

I’m telling you the state of Florida treats folks who have worked hard all their lives but need help to get back on their feet like CRAP.  From what they said they wen’t into their appointment today and the lady was like huge & hairy and just kept going on and on about how she was previous military and she was ok, and her daddy was a Marine and blah blah blah…. ooooook, now what the heck does that have to do with the fact that my friends are literally jobless (not for lack of trying though) and homeless?  The state is only willing to help them out with $250 a month plus food stamps saying that it’s so poor and blah blah and that Sandy would have to be downtown every single day at 8:30 in the morning in “dressy work clothes” looking for a job on the computer down there… ummm, what the bloody heck do you think they’re doing now?  Sitting here eating bon bons?   And what freakin windfall is going to allow her to get some clothes that aren’t casual?  And how the heck is she supposed to get down there?  We’re not wealthy folks ourselves and we’re already doing what we can for them.

Heck, if it wasn’t for the Xmas bonus Dave got we wouldn’t be able to get our car fixed and lemme tell ya a tie rod thingie is an important thing to have working properly on a car!

But nope, my friends are screwed when it comes to getting any state’s assistance to get back on their feet due to the fact that countless people in the past and present use the system as a hand OUT rather than a hand UP.  Effing leeches.

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You know, I’ve been writing this post most of the morning, lol and forgot I had it up as I went around packing and waiting for the car to be done at the shop so we could get to dads.

Well, we called Midas who were supposed to do our car first thing in the morning and guess what?  They were just pulling it in to work on it and it’ll still be like 4 hours.  The bas*&@ds.  So we’re going to be late for the early family Xmas party :::sigh:::

Later folks.

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Ok, so I’ve got kp 3 going and I’m using the caron one pounder in some tan color. Here’s the back of the current take of the sweater pattern I’ve been fighting with, lol.

and here is the back off the machine with green scrap holding the stitches for me

That is all for now 🙂 actually didn’t take me that long to do this time must be because I’ve been fighting to do this for a couple days…… ok, a week. LOVE the sweater machine though only took me a half hour to do this once I got it all figured out, and it might not have taken me that long if I hadn’t been watching the Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer cartoon. Which reminds me of another great holiday song by Elmo and Patsy, lol.


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Gryffindor Scarf, hehe

I have the gryffindor scarf off the knitting machine!  This is what it looks like at the moment. Ignore the green waste yarn, lol.  Now of course this isn’t a full length one I did rows of 20 for each stripe with 7 maroon and 6 yellow and one of the stripes got an extra two rows because I turned my head to coo at the baby and accidentally went too far.  whops

Gimme a couple hours and it will be sewn up and have fringe.  I of course ended up with a hole in the blasted thing where a stitch dropped and I picked it back up wrong, lol.  But that was right by a side where I have to seam so maybe nobody will notice.  I’m just so jazzed I got it done. A bit of wax on my machine did the trick for sure, of course I guessed on where to wax it but I musta done it right because it just zipped right along.

Tonight I’m going to tackle that  darned Not so baby yoda sweater again, thrid times a charm after all ;-)~

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I got fed up last night at about 11 pm. It happens occasionally, because I try to let my daughter do the right thing and she just doesn’t seem to want to but I keep allowing her the opportunity to do it because that’s how we learn to be responsible.

Well, you see my daughters share a room and I don’t expect the baby to clean my 10 yr olds mess (11 in 16 more days) I’m not even getting this out properly since I’m only half awake, lol.

I have 3 children aged 12 yrs, 10 yrs, and 9 months. I have baby proofed the house. My older daughter seems to think that the room she shares is exempt from needing everything picked up off the floor. We’ve been fighting her for years to keep her room clean to begin with trying every trick in the book to get it to be so but it comes down to her unwillingness to do the right thing.

She lost everything that was on the floor. I bagged it ALL up into trash bags because that’s what she must think her stuff is and took it away. She has to earn each bag of clothes and toys back by completing one of her chores. So far this morning she’s earned 1 back by emptying the dishwasher and has had to go through and sort everything in that bag and put it up properly. Now she has to finish the floor by vacuuming and getting all her little jewelry making bits and pieces picked up, period. I mean she knows that we’re sick of stepping on them, heck, she’s said she is sick of stepping on them but still hadn’t bothered to pick them up [sigh]

Needless to say she’s not happy with me. But after finding her the perfect gift last night that cost me over $50 (and mind you we didn’t really have that but it was the absolute PERFECT thing to get her and I hardly ever find something that she would actually like) I’m darn well going to make sure that it has somewhere safe to go. Ok, I got her the Fur Real Friends Squawkers she has a collection of these Fur Real Friends that in the past have been purchased for her by my ex inlaws and such, well, it was my darn turn. See not only does she love the FRF’s but she also loves parrots and has this one that she picked up on a field trip to St Augustine that sits on her shoulder

and of course her 3rd favorite thing is Billy the Big Mouth Bass.

So, I dunno, I lost my wind here because I had to go deal with the baby again, lol.  I just think she should clean her room.

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My friend Shantel made the Sunday edition of the Jacksonville Florida Times Union

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/121607/lif_225595626.shtml 

Just thought I’d share, it was kinda cool 🙂

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