Friday, June 8, 2018

Taking it Slow

Ever since I posted last month I have been at a loss as what to write next, especially since I am done doing the weekly photo challenge. As I tried to come up with an idea or two to write about I realized that it was okay if I didn't post that often and that posting sporadically is an okay thing to do. When I first started this blog, as well as my previous blog which I have since deleted, I realized that I was posting quite frequently about some of the most random stuff, which I occasionally still do. After I had that thought I decided that while I will still be posting here it will be more sporadic like it has been starting to be, and hopefully, that will give me time to think about things that I want to talk and share about on here.

A while back I had collected a list of blogging prompts, a few of which I have already shared on here, so I might pull that out again and maybe come up with some more ideas so that I can continue to have some new ideas to post about. Of course, I will have to retype the list since it is a little beaten up and I hand wrote some ideas down on the page. Since I am still looking for a new job and I currently have Fridays off I plan on spending as much time as I can, looking for a job of course, but also working on some new blog posts and ideas to post about.

In the meantime here is a picture that I took of the Capitol building in Washington DC when I was there recently.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Crossing the Finish Line

I am graduating! Which is a little weird because I have been so used to having school and homework pretty much all day, every day for the past four years. It was a little weird not signing up for classes for the coming Fall semester. While I will miss having the structure of classes, work and homework I am ready to graduate and move on.

This semester the class I was worried the most about passing was the Intro to Accounting class that I had to take. I was worried because I have a hard time with math and the only time the class was offered was at 8:00 a.m. three days a week for fifty mins each day. So that combination made it a little hard to concentrate sometimes. But I was able to pass the class with a "C" grade, which is a good thing because I am graduating this week, Friday to be exact and I need to pass all of my classes in order to do so.

The other two classes I am not as worried about because my Intro to Photoshop class is pretty easy because for the final we just have to do presentations on the topic of our choice and the pictures that we include are supposed to show off some of the skills that we learned in the class. The online class that I took this semester is "Administrative Documents" which is just working with Microsoft Office some more and it is a pretty easy class, though I am not overly fond of Excel. To me, Excel is a necessary evil in working with Microsoft Office and other things, just like math is.

While I am excited to graduate and finish school the one thing that I will not miss is having to buy all of the expensive books for classes.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lots of Yarn

Back in September, I wrote a post on one of my many knitting projects, with this particular project being a Ten Stitch Blanket that I am making from balls of yarn left over from previous projects, etc. Well, today I was able to get more yarn, for free, for the blanket so that I can continue to add to it.

<---- The stash for the blanket with the new yarn added to what I still had on hand.

As you can see from the picture I have a lot of yarn for this blanket, and that is not counting the couple of balls that I had already set aside to use once I am finished with the purple that I am adding to the blanket.

I may have mentioned this group once or twice before but at the library across from my house there is a small cafe inside of it and once a week on Wednesdays, they meet there twice from 9-12 and 5-8 to knit, crochet, embroider, etc. And once a year they have what they call a Stitch-In and what it is is one Saturday in May, which happened to be today, they get together from 9-3 and knit and people who come can bring any extra yarn for people to take if they so choose. At the stitch-in last year and this year I was able to get a lot of yarn for the Ten-stitch blanket as well as skeins of yarn for other projects.

This year, besides the yarn for the blanket, I brought home six skeins of Lion Brand Homespun Yarn with three in Gothic (dark purple) and three in Baroque (light purple). What I am going to do with them I don't know yet, but the colors are pretty so it should be easy to find something to use them for. I also grabbed a skein of white yarn because it never hurts to have extra white yarn around. Several other skeins of yarn made their way into my bag that I need to find a use for. For four of the other skeins that I brought home with me, I have an idea of what I want to use them for, but I have not yet decided if I am going to use them for the idea or not.

Since that is all I have to say at the moment I will leave it at that, though I will probably post updates on everything as I make more projects and all that.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

40 Week Recap

The beginning of the month marked the end of the 40 Week Photography challenge, though I ended up spreading it out more because I skipped a couple weeks. When I originally started writing this post in my head there was more than I wanted to say about doing the challenge, which it was some weeks, but now I don't remember what it was that I was going to say, which was going to be a lot more than this, but that's beside the point. Since I can't remember what else I was going to say here is a list of all 40 weeks.

taken by me in Jamestown, RI
Week 1 - 10:36
Week 2 - Books
Week 3 - Black and White
Week 4 - Favorite Color
Week 5 - Street
Week 6 - Feet
Week 7 - Forks
Week 8 - Green
Week 9 - Key
Week 12 - Shoes
Week 13 - Smile
Week 14 -Something Up Close
Week 15 - Something in Your Fridge
Week 16 - Something Old
Week 17 - Something New
Week 18 - Something Tiny
Week 19 - Something Tall
Week 20 - Something You Love
Week 21 - Fall
Week 22 - Bright Colors
Week 23 - Writing
Week 24 - From a High Angle
Week 25 - From a Low Angle
Week 26 - Candle Light
Week 27 - Purple
Week 28 - A Mess
Week 29 - Something Orange
Week 30 - Grey
Week 31 - Trees
Week 32 - Sunrise
Week 33 - The World
Week 34 - Something Tall
Week 35 - Flags
Week 36 - Brick
Week 37 - Black and White
Week 38 - From a Distance
Week 39 - Where I Work
Week 40 - Favorite Place

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Decorative Pillows

This is one of the easiest projects that I have done, but it is also one of the longest that I have taken to finish.

This project started out as a blanket for my sister to take with her to college, but I didn’t finish it before she left (one of the squares still isn’t finished yet). Since I still wanted to use the four squares that I had already made my other sister suggested that I turn them into pillows. It took me a little while to get around to it, but I finally sewed the four completed squares together and made two small pillows for my sister and her fiancee to use in their home once they are married. I am planning on using the last two squares, one of which is still unfinished, to make either one more small pillow, with each square being a different color, or making two super small pillows out of each square, I still haven't decided yet but I will get to that eventually.

They were pretty easy to make since each square used an entire skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Denim and Grey Marble and I used a size 11 needle. I created my own pattern and just did a simple knit 4, purl 4, rib stitch, though I don't remember how many stitches I cast on when I started making the squares, which ended up looking more like rectangles. When I first had the idea of making pillows to give to my sister as a present, I was originally going to get two pillows from with Joann Fabrics or Michael's, but then I held two squares against a pillow that we had that was about the size that I wanted to get and no one liked the way that it really looked. Then I remembered that I had a bag of stuffing sitting in the basement that I hadn't used for anything yet, so I used all of it to stuff both pillows and I like the way that they turned out. And my sister and her fiancee both liked them.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday

Stabat Mater

1. At the cross her station keeping, 
stood the mournful mother weeping, 
close to Jesus to the last 

2. Through her heart, his sorrow sharing, 
all his bitter anguish bearing, 
now at length the sword had passed. 

3. Oh how sad and sore distressed 
was that mother highly blessed, 
of the sole-begotten One! 

4. Christ above in torment hangs; 
she beneath beholds the pangs 
of her dying glorious Son. 

5. Is there one who would not weep, 
whelmed in miseries so deep 
Christ's dear Mother to behold? 

6. Can the human heart refrain 
from partaking in her pain, 
in that Mother's pain untold? 

7. For the sins of His own nation 
saw Him hang in desolation, 
all with bloody scourges rent. 

8. Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled, 
she beheld her tender child, 
till His Spirit forth he sent. 

9. O, thou Mother, fount of love, 
touch my spirit from above, 
make my heart with thine accord.

10. Make me feel as thou has felt; 
make my soul to glow and melt 
with the love of Christ our Lord. 

11. Holy Mother, pierce me through; 
in my heart each wound renew 
of my Saviour crucified. 

12. Let met share with thee his pain, 
who for all my sins was slain, 
who for me in torments died. 

13. Let me mingle tears with thee, 
mourning Him Who mourned for me, 
all the days that I may live. 

14. By the cross with thee to stay, 
there with thee to weep and pray, 
this I ask of thee to give. 

15. Virgin, of all virgins blest, 
O refuse not my request: 
let me in thy weeping share 

16. Let me, to my latest breath, 
in my body bear the death 
of that dying Son of thine. 

17. Wounded with his every wound, 
steep my soul till it hath swooned 
in His very blood away. 

18. Be to me, O Virgin, nigh, 
lest in flames I burn and die, 
in that awful judgment day. 

19. Christ, when thou shalt call me hence, 
be Thy mother my defense, 
be Thy cross my victory. 

20. While my body here decays, 
may my soul Thy goodness praise, 
safe in Paradise with Thee. Amen.