Sunday, January 18, 2015

Two Down, One To Go

One more time.  Go Hawks!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Go Hawks!

And that is all I have to say about that.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Snowbird Kind of Winter

It's gotten a bit chilly here in the desert; even some frost!  Today is a picture postcard kind of day with snow in the closer mountains.  It rained last night, which is great for this region.  I started making myself some fingerless mitts yesterday and hope to be done by Saturday when we have to stand outside in line for a movie at the film festival.  Why buy something when you can stress yourself out trying to make it, right?

Wishing everyone a safe, happy New Year's Eve.  We're looking forward to a good and healthy new year.

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like....

Christmakkuh.  Well, not really but I'm doing my best.  I love lights and used to have them up all year on the bushes in our driveway island in Seattle.  Here in the desert it just doesn't seem like December when the sun is out every day.  We had a couple of days of clouds and drizzle but it's still pretty warm.  So in this gated community, I'm doing the best I can.

Lights on a potted palm.  Very festive, don't ya think?

Happy holidays to all!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Over the Freeway

and through the desert to the Princess' house we went.....

Not quite to Grandma's house, but better.  Even though I arrived on Tuesday to help prepare and cook, Thanksgiving dinner was hosted by the Princess and Prince Charming this year.  Although lack of leftovers is a problem, using someone else's house for the big dinners is always good.  And getting to spend a couple of days with grown children who we rarely get to see was wonderful!

I drove from Palm Desert to Las Vegas on Tuesday, DH flew in on Wednesday after dialysis, Mr. Hollywood and his gf drove over from LA and my sister and brother-in-law flew in from Seattle.  We enjoyed having dinner on the dining room table we had sent down to the Princess when we got ready to move last fall and also relaxing on our old sectional.  Old memories were enjoyed and new memories were made.

DH helped Prince Charming with his barbeque technique and a fabulous turkey was the result.  Here they are in their matching jackets:

Ms. Hollywood admiring the excellent bbq job:

Mr. Hollywood watching and learning (and maybe waiting to snag a taste):

No good photo of the whole group, but you get the idea:

The kids all playing cards:

After dinner we had the pleasure of watching the Seahawks beat the 49ers.  We were geared  up and had as much fun listening to Mr. Hollywood (the biggest fan of all) comment, cheer, and lament the frequent bad calls as we did watching the game.

We had breakfast with the kids at the hotel the next morning (if you go to Vegas and want to stay off the strip, I recommend the M hotel with no hesitation).

Then it was time to head back over the freeway and back south to our respective homes.  An excellent time was had by all; good food, great company, a super football game, and sitting outside in 70F degree weather smelling the cooking turkey.  It doesn't get any better than that.

I hope your day was as awesome as ours was.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


The good news is that the Princess was released from the hospital on Tuesday and she's able to eat fairly normally.  The bad news is that I came down with an illness (not surprising since I was in that hospital so much and barely eating).  I've changed my plans to go home about five times and now plan to drive to Palm Springs on Monday. See, the complication is that DH  recently started dialysis and I can't be around him with a low grade fever. Luckily the kids seem to like having me around so it hasn't been bad. I finally went to urgent care yesterday after neti pot and other home remedies resulted in my fever going up and got some meds. I think I will be able to leave on schedule now. 

In knitting news, I finished the big sweater and everyone is really happy with it. It's plenty oversized now that my 5'9" Princess has shrunk to 105 pounds or so. When she's back to normal it will still be great as it fits me with plenty of room, too. iPad photos in the sunshine aren't the best, but.....

We decided on purple for the pockets and buttons and after a little searching, acquired just the right ones. I'm really happy with it!

I've also been working on a infinity cowl for her out of a beautiful Plucky Knitter Single yarn that also happens to be purple. Quite the theme going on. It will be done tomorrow but I'll take it home to block and bring it back. Then I'll be out of projects and itching to get back to see what came in the mail while I was gone. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Hospital Diet Plan

So I've been a good girl for awhile; no refined sugar, no gluten or much grain at all, no dairy, no alcohol, exercise. Did I lose any weight?  No.  Here's the method that works. Fly at short notice to Nevada to keep your DD company in the hospital. She has a flare up of IBD and can't eat, so she's skin and bones. I sit here and knit (that's going well) and try to find palatable and healthy food to eat. That's apparently impossible in a hospital :). So I seem to have lost about 3 pounds since Friday. Not the most recommended way, but hey whatever works!! ( I'm not really serious here, ya know.)

The Princess is managing well, her pain has lessened, but she can't tolerate food. So we're in a holding pattern, waiting to see what happens. I've been knitting her a big cardigan sweater and am almost done. It was going to be a surprise, but I showed her and she likes it. We've been planning a bright color for the pocket linings so I'm going to explore a yarn store here today and see what I can find. Traveling without my stash at hand is very unsettling. I also need to find buttons. I'll post a photo when I can. Eventually I'll end up in the desert with DH, and I'm looking forward to that.   Looking forward to better days and getting out of here!