Thursday, March 27, 2014

Slow Progress... and Happy Flowers

This is a kitchen "before".... Seriously bland.  Nice to have lots of cabinets... but, some of them had to come out!

Now, there is a larger space for a new range (perhaps the price to my sweet Beloved for my letting go of our old home... just sayin').  You know the unwritten rule that EVERY remodel project always ends up taking L-O-N-G-E-R and costing MORE than you plan.  {{{sigh}}} I KNOW this... still, it frustrates me.  Opening the cabinet wasn't really a big problem... of course, we got it right on the SECOND round.  I think adding the height and additional depth to the upper cabinet really gave the whole kitchen a better look.  Worth the second try.

Running a gas line... went right on schedule.

But, the duct work for the vent-a-hood... well, that was CONSIDERABLY more involved than anticipated.  Involved having to move and suspend the HVAC unit in the attic to allow space for the duct to run up through the roof.  UN-anticipated.  Of course, at this point, you are way too far into it to turn back.  LOL!

They have started the hardwood floors as of yesterday... Should be a 10 day job.  I've used this guy for every floor of the Old Girls.  His crews are like clockwork.  If you ever need a hardwood floor (new or refinishing) person in East Texas, Leo Bolom is the man.

I'll be happy when we can use the garage for our cars instead of for holding our stuff!

In the meantime, I've done very, very little knitting or crocheting.  I AM about to head to Rose Path for a medicinal dose of Flower Power.  We are doing a little Crochet-a-Long today and next Thursday from 10-12 and I'm going to enjoy every second of it.  =) 

Keep on keeping on...

blessings ~ tanna

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


It's been so long it is almost too hard to start back!  So much has happened in the last month.

We met the Little Men and Co. at Disney World for a fast and busy week of fun then returned home just a few days before our scheduled closings on The Brick Street Bungalow and the new house, The Big Bah-Nilla. 

It was a rough trip home... ice... cancelled flights... rented car... six hour drive that usually takes an hour and a half... arriving home to trees bent and broken by layers of ice...

There was a lot of frenzied work... of packing.. and cleaning... and clearing of broken limbs and trunks.  

Then, there were two closings and two sets of lives shifted spots...

I love that the new owner loves our grandest Old Girl in the same way I always have... Still there were tears as I mopped her big old porch one last time... as I handed over her keys... passed the torch... and hoped... for the future... 

WORK has begun on the Big Bah-Nilla...

And, in the midst of all... my poor computer became a fire hazard... and was reduced to a leftover hard drive.   I'm still not used to this new one... and heaven only knows which box the software is that goes to my camera.  So for now, the iPhone photos will have to suffice. 

I still feel like the Zurg is hot on my trail!  But, I hope to be back soon...

A special thanks for all the sweet notes and words... your generous spirits and compassionate thoughts lift my soul.  Thank you again and again...

blessings ~ tanna

Monday, February 17, 2014

Knitting Review 2013

Wasn't sure I was going to squeeze in a 2013 Knitting Review with the move business taking place... but, here we go.  Above is:

Hogwart's Express by Susan Ashcroft.

Gap-tastic Cowl.

 200 Yard Scarf.

Tasseled hat and Headband.





 Low Tide Cardigan.

Sweet Dreams a Boo Knit.

Bitty Bump.

CashSilk Fern Scarf.

The Big Easy. 

Down and Dirty:  A Quickie.


Love Train by Susan Ashcroft.

Rachel's Shawl by my Ravelry and blog friend, Melissa.  =)

Juneberry by Jared Flood.

Choo Choo Toques.

Thorpe: Roo's hat.

These next two cowls... Well, they were cast on 89, join and work in seed stich until you like it.
There was one more... a beautiful taupe... in the same yarn as The Happy Accident.

Palessie by my Ravelry friend, Diana. 

Morticia by Boo Knits.

And, FINALLY.... The Happy Accident.

WHEW!  My hat is off to you if you hung in there this long!  There was a lotta knittin' in 2013!  LOL!  Thank you so much for hanging in there with me all year long!

Joining Kim's Wow Us Wednesday. 

blessings ~ tanna 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Flower Power and Grand Girl Love

My favorite little shop in the woods, Rose Path Weaving, is trying out some new cotton yarn.  I am mad about the colors!  So, I volunteered to give it a test drive with the Flower Pillow pattern from Lucy of Attic 24 (round two of this little treasure of a pattern... for me, that's the highest praise to do something more than once).  LOVE IT!! 

AND, my friend, Laura at Beehive Rugs, was having a Children's Crochet class Saturday at Rose Path!  Two of my Little Angels did an amazing job of learning... and, Miss Laura did an amazing job of teaching!   It warmed my heart to bear witness to their sweet interaction.  Laura is very gifted teacher.

Ryleigh was VERY serious about this business!  She didn't even stop for snacks!  INTENT!  And, I loved it!
Karsyn was determined to get a tiny purse out of this effort!
However, the effort was so great she did need a little break... and snacks!  Soooo much fun! 
I loved the way they ran from color to color, texture to texture, design to design in the yarn shop... just like the rest of us do! 
The love of color... it runs deep. 
A special thank you to their little Momma for bringing them over so I could enjoy such a delightful day with all of them!  I hate I don't have a picture of Little Lady!  She is always a TREAT!  They hold their Noni's heart in their tiny little hands.  I am blessed indeed.
"You cannot wait for inspiration.  You must go after it with a club."
Jack London
blessings ~ tanna

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Love Letters...

Received this morning:

Dear Noni,

I miss you terribly these days. I melt down into tears when Mommy tells me it's "only" two and a half weeks until I see you. That's too "y-ong." Are we going to Chuck E. Cheese's when you come see us? I really want to go there with you and Pop Pop.

Yesterday Mommy asked me to tell her what I love about you. I told her, "Because I 'y-ove' her so, so, so, so, so, so much!" That answer didn't seem to satisfy because she kept asking. And I kept giving her the same answer. Oh, but once I did say that I y-oved that you and Pop Pop almost always have a prize for me when you see me!

I asked Mommy to give me a picture of you and me, and this is what she found. Do you y-ove it? I y-ove it! I'm holding on to it for the next two and a half weeks until we can get a new one made together. =)


My Precious, Precious Alex,

Sometimes Noni has melt downs missing you, too.  It breaks my heart to be so far from you... and in the times, once in October and again in December, that you in your most earnest and sincere way ask me why God would want us to be so far apart... it breaks even more.  I cannot believe He does.  But, I answer you that many times we cannot understand God's plan for our lives. 

You are so very serious and smart and kind.  You are a great protector and a lover of family.  You shine the light of God's love everywhere you go... in every life you touch... especially in mine.

I do so love that sincere heart of yours... you are your mother's child... and she her mother's.  Blood of my blood, heart of my heart, soul of my soul.  I do not know why we have to be so far apart... but, I do know that no matter where you are or what you are doing, my love never wavers or diminishes... it only grows.  And, when your mother asks you why you love me so much... and you answer that you "just y-ove her"... that is it.  We do just love each other.  Unconditionally.  Unchangeably. Forever and ever.  Period.  We are very, very blessed by that... no matter how many miles separate us.

I love you to the moon and back... bigger than the sky, my sweet Alex... Share that same love with your precious brother, Roo for me... until I can swoop you both into my arms in ONLY two and a half weeks...

Bigger than the sky... Noni
PS I think this is going to be more fun than Chuck E Cheese.  ;)


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