Monday, February 15, 2010

A Good Day to Crochet (and Frosty’s Demise)

Frosty's Demise 1

This is what it looked like when we woke up on Saturday morning.

Frosty's Demise

By the time I had brewed our coffee, this was happening.

 Frosty's Demise 3

I knew that our short lived snow holiday was coming to an abrupt end. This is ALABAMA, after all.

Frosty's Demise 2

And by lunch time, Frosty had keeled over.

Frosty's Demise 4

This was the scene as my sweet daughter awoke from her afternoon nap.

Frosty's Demise 5

My children were less than happy about the loss of their beloved friend.

Frosty's Demise 6

I made these brownies in an effort to cheer them. It was a sad day.

Frosty's Demise 7

But, it was a good day for crochet.

Frosty's Demise 8

I decided to dig out this UFO that had been long neglected.

Frosty's Demise 9

I crocheted all afternoon and into the night. It felt good. And when I finish, I can move on to this. It’s good motivation for me!

3 comments:

Ann said...

What a fabulous memory for your two, they'll be wishing for snow every year now!

If the package doesn't arrive in the next day or so it will probably mean it will take a few weeks. I'll ask my friend in Arkansas what you should ask for at the post office, we regularly send packages to each other.

I'd love to know the history of that cabinet in my room, my mother hated it so I said I would have it. By then my grandmother was long gone so I couldn't ask her about it.

Will and Mary Frances Stanford said...

Oh Frosty! We will miss you! I did enjoy the snow so much! My pics were pretty boring though, because it was just me!

I'm trying to learn all about planting a garden of our own. Any ideas about what would be good?

Also, I'm trying to learn how to crochet. I really want to do beautiful blankets and other pieces. Do you know of any groups that get together, or where I could get some lessons? Would so love to learn.

Your children are so sweet in the pics, by the way!

In Christ - Mary Frances : )

melissa sews said...

Mary Frances, I always recommend The Gardener's A-Z Guide For Growing Organic Food to first time gardners. It covers all of the basics and gives you a good idea of what grows easily, and what veggies will need a little more attention. I would suggest starting with tomatoes, yellow summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, okra, and Kentucky Wonder green beans. These were the easiest to grow in my backyard when we lived in the city limits of Montgomery.

I also grew lettuce, carrots, and radishes without problems. Veggies like lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage (leafy veggies) grow best in spring or fall. They don't like the heat of our Alabama summers. I wasn't too successful with my broccoli or cabbage. The cabbage worms ate me up!

There are tons of great free gardening articles out there. Just google 'how to start a garden' or something similar. I learned how to best constuct my raised beds this way. I would recommend building a few raised beds. We used the Froggy Bottom's Super Mushroom Compost Blend for our garden soil. They're just outside of Montgomery, and you can find them listed in the yellow pages.

Now on to crochet... I don't know of any local groups, but there are two great online resources:

http://learntocrochet.lionbrand.com

http://crochet.about.com/library/blbeginners.htm

Crochet is very easy. I taught myself from a simple book. You can get instructions online for free now. There are also some great You tube videos out there if you need extra help. Again, just google 'Learn to Crochet for free' and it should pull a long list for you. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, you're good to go.

I hope this helps!

God's Peace,
Melissa