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Friday, August 22, 2014

Are You Ready For Some FOOTBALL???!!!!!

Oh, I definitely am!! Although I played was on the volleyball team in high school, I've never been much into playing sports. I do LOVE watching football, though! It's one sport I understand and enjoy. I've been a cheer mom for several years, but this is my first year as a football mom. I can't even explain to you how excited I am about it. #1 Son has never had an interest in playing before - basketball, yes...football, no - but one afternoon last spring he surprised me by saying, "Mom, I'm going to talk to Coach about playing football." And that was that. From weight lifting to cleats, his padded girdle to quite a few bruises, my son has become a football player. #72 for the JV Fighting Leeman - Right Offensive Tackle - Left Defensive Tackle, and even a little bit of Special Teams. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

In Memory of My Grandpa

I don't like starting a post on a sad note, but my sweet Grandpa, the one who turned 95 the end of January, passed away on April 8. His memorial service was a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to share some of his remarkable life with you.

He lived a full life and traveled the world. Born in California to Scottish parents, he lived in Chile, South Africa and Puerto Rico growing up (along with a few other places). His family settled in Scotland when he was in high school. He returned to the states to finish school, which was extended a year because Grandpa hadn't taken Civics and Government. Apparently, this didn't sit well with him as you can imagine! After finally finishing high school, he went to Virginia Tech and graduated in 1940. It wasn't called Virginia Tech at the time, however. In 1896, the Virginia General Assembly changed the school's name from the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College to the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute. What a mouthful! Popular usage shortened the name to Virginia Polytechnic Institute, then to VPI until 1970, and finally to Virginia Tech.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge - Week 3

Yay! I did it! I started and finished Week 3 before Week 4 begins. Woohoo!  It really is the little things sometimes, isn't it? 

So, Week 3 is: Celebrate the First Day of Spring (March 20, 2014) by Crocheting a Flower, or Make a Project that has a Flower Motif or Theme. Well, it sure doesn't feel like spring in my neck of the woods. Today it's snowing. Really not my idea of a good time, but least the roads are clear...for now anyway.

There are so many gorgeous patterns for flowers out there that I debated for a bit on how I wanted to proceed with this week's challenge. A couple weeks ago I checked out the book, 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet : Beautiful Patterns to Mix and Match for Afghans, Throws, Baby Blankets, and More by Betty Barnden from the library, and let me tell you it's worth looking at!  With every page turn, it was, "Oooh, I love this!" I'm really not one for buying books, especially when there are so many free patterns online, but I think having this book in my crochet library would be a welcome addition. So many project possibilities! Where would I start? Truthfully, I forgot all about the book until now *sigh*.