Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Escape Room, Spinner and Bitter Cold!

Okay, if you haven't tried an Escape Room, you are missing out!  LOL!  We returned to One Way Out for our second ESCAPE last weekend.  SOOOO much fun!

There were a few "projects" worked.  I have some hardworking grands on the project business.  LOL!

Totally engrossed in Nintendos.  Totally.

My family always played Spinner when we would get together.  Mom had found Zack a set in an antique store for Christmas and he thought we should begin teaching the next generation.  BUT, as you can see, it is the younger, not the youngest, generation that is most INTENT on winning this old game!

Zack frequently won as a child.  Nothing different today!  He was our WINNER (did he really want to teach the youngsters or just get another win?).  LOL!

Here we have a good student to the game!  Alex ended up a close third behind his Uncle and his Momma.  I'm thinking he will follow in their footsteps of being fiercely competitive! [And, as since he was a toddler, he was surrounded by a VERY organized troop of his current favorite toys.  ;) ]

Note in the background:  The girls may have BAILED out on the Spinner game to work more "projects".   Their Daddy will have to attempt to pass this game along another time. 

Miss B and I, well... we didn't do so well.  LOL!  There was a LOT of exposing our hand before she bailed out on me toward the end.  I'm just sayin'.

So, then, there's this...

We've broken the record.  Low in 1957 was 11F.  But... if we can just make it to the weekend...

I'm not gonna lie... I am not a fan of this kind of cold.  I feel so bad for the animals and birds.... myself.  Ha!

But, I'm hanging in there till this passes...  Like so many things in life, if you can just hang on... it will pass.

All across the country folks are experiencing bitter cold.  I pray there is warmth and safety for all.  I pray for those without homes to find shelter.  Lord, be with us.  Thank you, Father.

blessings ~ tanna

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Quote I Love...

So true... Our way of seeing things shapes our lives...

Can we discipline ourselves to shape our perceptions... therefore, shaping our lives?

I believe so.

I made this little ripple afghan a good while back and I still love its bright colors...

I'm happy to report that I'm back on track with my Flat Rib Popover vest.  The light bulb came on while I was taking down the Christmas ornaments from the tree Tuesday.  I love how our minds will continue to work on a problem even when we are not consciously thinking on it; and then, BOOM, we see the way through to the other side.   Just love it!

So now, I've finished the back and have cast on the front.  Yea!!

While both are true:  the glass IS half full AND half empty, I want to focus on what is IN in my glass... it is all I need.  I am thankful.

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Weekend Fun and STUMPED

Our little snaggletooth, Andrew.  He has lost several teeth in the past couple of months and is getting them back at varying rates.  The boys were feeling good this weekend; unfortunately, the first day Pop Pop was not.

Still, we had ourselves a good time.  There was an excavation project... finding hidden "gems"...

Minion business...

Transformer business...

And, more Minion business... these boys came prepared!

And, we enjoyed a "friendly" game of Catan...  Can a competition really be friendly??? LOL

When all was quiet at our house Sunday evening, I got back to work on my Flat Rib Popover... only to hit a wall!  I am embarrassed to say that I am totally stumped and cannot figure out how to proceed.  I've requested help from Churchmouse this morning... hopefully they can help me see the error of my ways and get back on track!!

I still need to download Clue 2 of my Mystery Knit Along.  I'm feeling so far behind!

AND,  I still need to get down all the Christmas decorations among other things!  I had bookkeeping and 1099s to get out yesterday, so hopefully today!

Deep breath.  Keep calm and carry on.  LOL

blessings ~ tanna

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Little Catch Up...

Seems I got behind over the past week... This morning I'm taking a breath... Starting a new project (to knit along with my vest)...

This is a free Mystery Knit Along:  Winding Staircase Mitts by Sabine Kastner.   The clues suggest a solid colored yarn with good stitch definition... I'm miles away from the solid color part.  It will have 40 beads as well... they are a motley crew, too.  But, I'm excited.  This will be my first pair of fingerless mitts and I think it will be fun doing something new.

Our Little Men & Co. came for a Christmas visit and had "the sickness"-- fever, headaches, stomachaches-- the whole time.  Bummer.  Bless their little hearts.  It dampened our fun, but not our love.

We did enjoy a little Gingerbread building on one of our better afternoons.  They will be back this weekend, so I'm hoping for WELLNESS!

We got to see our grandgirls last night!  Out of all of our grands, Karsyn is without a doubt the most fun to give gifts... NO ONE gets as excited as she does or gives more thanks.  Such a joy to see her open a package!   Unfortunately, my photos of our other two Little Lady Loves came out blurry.  =(

It is SO COLD here (for us).  The 20s is just too cold for me.... I keep telling myself it will pass.  LOL!  For now, I'm staying bundled up!

Hoping whatever your weather, you are warm and content...

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Different Kind of Christmas...

Our Christmas was very different this year... Just My Beloved and me... quiet time together... reading... knitting (good thing I got that yarn wound!!)... all in front of a big old fire! 

We enjoyed Candlelight Services on Christmas Eve... then a nice meal at home...

Early Christmas morning found us sipping our coffee by firelight... and Christmas lights...  and recalling Christmas Pasts...

We managed a VERY cold early morning walk before preparing and taking Christmas lunch to a homebound friend (six days post total knee replacement).   Lots of laughter and love in our visit with Troy and Kathy!  I won't say we didn't miss our Loves.  But, we focused the many, many blessings we enjoy... most of all The Gift of our Savior... and it was a good Christmas.

We'll be catching up with our Loves as the demands of Christmas pass... and we will treasure that time, until then, CHEERS to savoring the last week of 2017!!

blessings ~ tanna

Friday, December 22, 2017

Tidings of Peace and Joy

(Miss B front and center at her Christmas Program)
Christmas is fast approaching... And, with that, I'd like to wish you all a Merry, Merry Christmas... or Happy Holidays to those that do not celebrate as we do.

(Christmas 2016)
And, a Joyous and Blessed New Year...  All the very best in all things.

Winter came yesterday, though it would be hard to tell from the beautiful colors surrounding us... The winter's solstice is one of my favorite days... because I know, at its passing, each day will grow a little longer... until the spring comes again...  then summer... then fall... and repeat.  I love the changes... the gifts of each season.

I managed to wind yarn yesterday!!  Woo hoo!  A pattern and supplies are on deck for some soothing knitting ahead.  ;)

I hope your holidays hold the miracle of Peace that surpasses all understanding... and the knowledge that you are Loved beyond measure.

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Gingerbread House and FUN Christmas Bunting...

I had so much fun watching my youngest granddaughter, Blayklee, along with her kindergarten classmates, make Gingerbread Houses last week .  I think most of the kids ate as much candy as went on their houses!  Ha!  Though, our Miss B did eat some of her candy, she left no spot unadorned on her little house!

I enjoyed another FUN little Christmas project this past weekend...

This is a free pattern from Jen Tyler of Hooks 'n Tales called Ouma's Vintage Bunting.

It was fast, fun and so very festive!!  I made it as a gift for a friend...

But, both Evan and I were sad to see it go.  I may have to whip up another one if I can find the time!

Now that I think about it... Blayklee's VERY decorated Gingerbread House bears some resemblance to her Noni's VERY decorated side board.  If a little is good, a lot is better... right?  Only sometimes!   LOL!  We embrace our Griswold around here.  ;)

Wishing you all a week filled with WONDER and JOY...

blessings ~ tanna
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Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.