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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Snow and Cold

Good morning

Winter Wonderland?  Not quite.  I took this picture through the storm door in our kitchen last week.  It was really cold.  Really, really cold last week. 
Driving wasn't as bad as it might have been, though.  The streets were dry surely because it had been warm the days before so the snow didn't stick to the pavement.  This image is of the parkway a few blocks from our home.  We drove this route from our home to the hospital area where we had a routine appointment that morning.  No problems with the drive at all.

However, all was not well.  A day or so later, about bed time, we noticed the house was getting very cold.  The temperature that night went down to 9F and our furnace wasn't working.  It was too late to call the repair folks, so I fired up the fireplace and we bundled up with afghans, comforters, and cuddly dogs.  With the fireplace I was able to get the temperature up to 55F inside the house.  Not bad!

The next day the furnace guys arrived and solved the problem.  We are warm and toasty now.  All is good.

It's that time of the year....


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Wendy's Weekend

Good morning,

We are very proud of our Wendy.  She had great fun this weekend.

Very often she gets first place ribbons, but it's the fun that counts!


Monday, November 18, 2019

Autumn Moon

Good morning,

The moon was so very pretty when I had Penny out a few evenings ago.
There are jet trails in the sky...
...and a halo around the moon.

So pretty!


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Another Birthday! Don's Turn

Good morning,

Happy Birthday to Don!

We've gotten old enough around here that only one candle is enough. 


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Honeysuckle Berries

Good morning,

These honeysuckle berries always remind me Christmas is coming soon!

Such pretty colors.



Friday, November 15, 2019

Only Two Weeks Ago

Good morning,

Only two weeks ago we had this beautiful Fall color.

It's cold and we've had our first snow this week.  Welcome to Cincinnati weather.

More images to come....


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mousie's Bath

Good morning,

That's Elsa in the image above giving her Mousie a bath in her water bowl.
Mousie doesn't look very excited about this!
He's doing the back stroke very well, but I came to his rescue.

Baby Elsa is so much fun!


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Catherine's Birthday Dinner

Good morning,

For Catherine's birthday last month we went to our favorite Japanese restaurant, Tokyo.  This was my steak dinner and similar to what everyone else ordered. Yum!

I think I'm ready for another one of these. 


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Old Chevy

Good morning,

We spotted this old Chevy parked in a lot and I had to get a picture.

Someone has shown this sweet old girl a great deal of love.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Work in Process - A New Beginning

Good morning,

My current work in process is another custom order cables and lace sweater.  This one is a beautiful azure blue.  I started working on this while sitting in a waiting room and worked on it more yesterday evening.  The mulberry color sweater in the same pattern that I showed you last time has been finished and delivered to the customer. 
Yesterday I finally finished a black lace crochet shawl that I started on our road trip last month.  I had all but the last few rows and fringe to complete it and get it in the shop.  It feels so good to get things finished, doesn't it!

And, that pretty pink flowers afghan that I showed you last time is still a work in process.  I'm down to the last few squares, then the border.  I'll use that as my crochet project to balance the current sweater knitting project to give my fingers a rest from the same repetitive movements.

What are you making, baking, growing this week?

All the very best,

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Fall Foilage in Ohio Road Trip

Good morning,

Earlier this month when the weather turned cooler and the leaves began to change we took a short road trip into Central Ohio.
The leaf color certainly didn't disappoint!
Of course, I had my knitting with me.  The color is definitely not real life!  That's the front of a mulberry color cables and lace sweater that is now finished and delivered to the customer.  I took the picture of the knitting on my lap with my phone camera on auto settings and no flash.  It's still a pretty cool picture, though, because I can see the stitches much more clearly than if it were the real life dark mulberry-purple.

Happy Fall!


Friday, November 8, 2019

Loveable Lap Dog

Good morning,

Baby Elsa is getting big!

But, she is convinced she is still a lap dog.  I don't think that will ever change.
Elsa is a cuddle dog, too.
She loves to cuddle and snuggle all the time.
Kisses are involved, too!
And, she will sing you a song....
And, wash your neck....
 What a sweetheart!

Elsa sleeps between My Honey and me almost every night.  The nights she isn't sleeping with us, she is sleeping with Catherine.

What a sweetheart!

Life is good!


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Needlework and Wood Working Update - November, 2019

Good morning,

This is our monthly Needlework and Wood Working Update that includes all of the items we have finished during the past month.

This is a baubles sweater...
...matching hat...
...boot cuffs...
...and headband that was still on the needles when I took this picture.

The four items above are part of a custom order that has been delivered to the buyer.  I loved working with this beautiful yarn.  More sweaters and accessories are available in the shop ready to ship now!  Come take a look!  EvensensProductions.com
While we were on a road trip this month, I made six sets of these to give as gifts to our hosts and friends.  These luggage identifiers are invaluable to have on your luggage to make it stand out from all other others when you are claiming your luggage in an airport or cruise ship terminal.  These are available in the shop here.
Also, while in the car I started this lap blanket that is perfect for a stroller or small wheel chair to cover the occupant without the sides getting caught in the wheels.  This blanket is available in the shop.
While at a meeting during our trip I started this hat and finished it when I got home to the double pointed needles I needed to complete the crown.  This is a beautifully stylish safety color hat.  It, too, is available in the shop.
Kjell has carved a number of these Second Amendment wall art plaques.  This one we are keeping for ourselves and will hang in our recreation room.
 This Second Amendment wall art is made in walnut and is a little larger than the last.  It is available for purchase in the shop here.
 Finally for this month...
...Kjell carved two Blessed Virgin Mary wall art plaques.  She is available in the shop here.  What a lovely gift for a member of the clergy.

We have a number of other items still in process that will be in next month's update.

Thanks so very much for your kind encouragement, likes, favorites, shares, and purchases, too!

All the very best,

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Fireplace Time

Good morning,

It's fireplace time and I'm thrilled.  There is nothing as nice as sitting in front of the fireplace on a cold, rainy, gray day.  Of course, I have my knitting with me, too.  

Happy Fall!


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Heading Home

Good morning,

We left Branson before dawn for our road trip home in one day.
We had taken the Southern route to Missouri so for variety we took the Northern route home.
After an entire day on the road we were happy to see that Ohio sign.
The pups were happy to see us, too! 



Monday, November 4, 2019

Steak Dinner - Branson, Missouri

Good morning,

Our last evening in Branson, Missouri, our friends Martha and Russell treated us to a marvelous steak dinner.
The Level 2 Steakhouse is located in the Hilton Hotel in downtown Branson.
So many choices!
This was the first time in any restaurant that we were offered a choice of steak knives.
 The appetizer was delightful, but...
 ...the sides and...
 ...the steak stole the show.

Thank you, Martha and Russell for a lovely evening and fantastic meal.

All the best,