Monday, October 16, 2017

Good Grandpa and Balloons

It's funny how our Pin Oak tree leaves turn red in patches.  Here is one of the first bunches showing color.


It got down to 38 deg F the other night so I thought I'd procrastinated long enough re-potting my red Hibiscus.. so we accomplished that on Saturday.  Then I had to grit my teeth and prune my old tree.  It was scraggly to the max.  It killed me to cut off branches with buds ready to open on the ends.  Then I watered it in and this pot should give it room to grow for many years.  It weighs a TON.  The boys had to use a hand-truck to wheel it in and then muscled it onto it's ceramic drip platter which was placed on a rolling plant stand.  It's now back in it's sunny window.. and I'll be keeping an eye on it hoping it will grow and flourish.


My dear husband is a Class A grandfather.  The best.  He took our two grandsons to an event at the local Fire Department for a hotdog and a ride on the fire truck.  They had a great time.


Hayden got to ride in the front seat, Caleb in the back.


And off they go.


They drove through Corbett to the church on Mershon, turned around and went back.



Last week he took to "Wonderland", a video and game arcade.  Gosh, they are getting big, aren't they?


They tried out air hockey.



My sister Denise and her husband and two of her kids went to the balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  These images are taken by her daughter Whitney, using her iPhone!


This image was taken from the air as they all went on a balloon ride!  Exciting!



They got up before dawn to watch the balloons fill with hot air.


My sister Denise got this photo of Mt. Hood as they flew home, using her iPhone.  :-)


We are making lists and checking off things as we pack for our departure tomorrow for 10 days at the beach in our travel trailer.  My next post will be some photos from there.  The weather forecast is not good.. but we'll soon find out!  At any rate, we have fun no matter what.  :-)

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Jenna's Hat

I finished my granddaughter Jenna's hat.  She wanted black and grey with a purple stripe.. voila!  I look forward to seeing both girls model these for me.  My goal is to get them in the mail today.  Ohio gets cold in the winter.  


It's funny how the gray color photographs different in the same light, isn't it?


A Vine Maple in our woods is turning colors.


I'm kind of amazed at the brilliant grape purple color of the old hydrangea blooms.  It's actually a prettier color in it's final days than when it first bloomed.  


Our massive Pin Oak is starting to turn red.. do you see the tinges of it?  I will keep photographing it until it turns red, unless the East Wind blows the leaves off  before that, which can happen.



Our little flock of hens are laying well now.. unfortunately they will begin laying less until they stop for the winter.  Then the long wait until Spring when they will begin again.


I'll be back to crocheting on the baby blanket I'm making for my son's friend's baby who is expected near Christmas.  We have an unplanned weekend.. those are always nice for relaxing and catching up from a busy week.  Do you have fun plans or will you be in "take it easy" mode, too?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Spooky Decor

There is an allée of Sweet Gum trees bordering the property of Mt. Hood Community College on Troutdale Road and each year I admire them greatly.  So on the way home from swimming on Monday I pulled over on the side of the road and snapped away.


Each tree has it's own personality.. they turn at different times and different colors.. it quite literally amazes me.


Sooo pretty.



A shot down the allée showing how they are all in different stages of leaf change.


Kristi brought down the 2 bins of Halloween decorations so I've put up a few.. more to come.. :-)


I even have a creepy 17 inch skeleton lady with a cute little purple satin and black lace dress hanging from the light fixture.


My trio of handblown glass pumpkins.



My funny cat sculpture holding up his/her hat.. do you think this is a girl or boy?  There is a black cape blowing in the breeze behind.



I found this set up front at a pumpkin patch gift shop.. it's all porcelain.. the fence and the three cute little trick-or-treaters in front of it.  My porcelain scarecrow candleholder and the cute little witch figurine.. and my grey velvet pumpkin.


Kristi brought this decoration for me.. hey.. wait a minute!  :-)


Kristi also brought home this fun little decoration.  



The rain is here.  It's much harder to pack up a swim bag and head to the pool when it's 46 deg. F and raining.  But I'm going to. I really am.  :-)  What are you up to this fine day?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Hat for Paige

Hello!  When my granddaughter Paige saw the hats I'd made for my grandsons, she wanted one.  I started one using some pink yarn and then got an email from my daughter saying that she wanted one in Fall colors.  So, I took a photo of the Red Heart Unforgettable acrylic yarn in the color-way - Sunrise and she loved it.  Jenna wants one too but we're still discussing the colors she wants.  

I'd asked for testers of the pattern I created for this but no one has stepped forward.  But if anyone ever wants to try the pattern in the future, just let me know.


This is a short post as I have to pack my swim bag and also get off to my Daughters of the American Revolution meeting.  I hope you have a great week ahead of you!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Crochet Hat with Ribbed Roll Brim
by Teresa Kasner, copyright 10/4/17

This is for boys and girls 8 years to 15 – for a larger head you can add rows before you do the rolled brim, you can also make the rolled brim wider by adding to it.

I used a fairly thick worsted and a size H hook.

Round 1: (Start with magic loop – or) Ch 1, 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a sl st to first sc (through both top loops). (10)

Round 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc in next st and each around (including joining st). Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (20)

Round 3: Ch 2, 2dc in next st, *dc in next, 2dc in next* around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (30)

Round 4: Ch 2, dc in next st, 2dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next* around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (40)

Round 5: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next* around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (50)

Round 6: Ch 2, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next* around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (60)

Rounds 7-12  (try on hat at this point): Ch 2, dc in first st and each st around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (60) 

FOR RIBBED ROLL BRIM – 


Chain 13, sc in 2nd sc from hook, sc down chain towards hat, after 12th sc, sc in edge of hat through both loops of two stitches, then sc in BACK LOOP of sc stitches and work sc to the end (12 sc), ch 1, turn, sc down towards hat in back loop and on and on until you make it all around the hat, then cut the yarn long enough to sew the first and last of the roll brim together.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sweet Gum Trees and Harvest Moon

On my way home from swimming on Wednesday I took the back roads and saw these Sweet Gum trees and had to stop and take some photos on my iPhone.  I love how colorful the leaves on this tree get - on one tree you can see yellow, orange, red, green and even purple leaves.



Just past the trees there is an old barn that I snapped, do you see Mt. Hood peeking over the hills back there?



I zoomed in and yes, it's pixilated, but you can see snow is starting to cover the mountain again.  


We had a "Harvest Moon" last night.  I went out with my trusty little Lumix camera and zoomed in and snapped this image.  Oh how I love the moon.


I have no exciting news.. I'm going swimming today.. Gracie is back from her travels so we've been meeting up to swim again.  It's a sunny day today which makes the pool so much prettier as there are huge windows along the entire wall on the south side so the sun slants through the water and reflects on the ceiling and it's just beautiful.  It so much easier to go to swim when it's not cold and rainy!   What are you up to today?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Roll Brim Beanie - Crochet Testers Invited

Hello!  When Caleb tried on Hayden's hat he wanted one, I put in a red stripe so they could tell them apart.  Here are my two darling grandsons modeling them for me.  Aww.. aren't they cute?  These ought to keep their heads warm this winter.


Here is another image of his hat.


There was a sale on the Premier Yarns website, 2 skeins for $10 so I got the grey that Hayden liked and the red/white/pink one just because.  These skeins are HUGE and slightly bulky yarn, the color-way is called "Puzzle".

My granddaughter in Ohio saw the boys in their hats and Paige wants one, so guess what I'll be up to next?  My daughter Amy is going to check to see if Jenna wants one too.


I posted the photo of the boys in their hats on Facebook and have been asked to share my pattern - since I came up with this on my own, I just wrote up how I do the ribbed roll brim just now.  Can anyone test the pattern for me?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Crochet Hat with Ribbed Roll Brim
by Teresa Kasner, copyright 10/4/17

This is for boys and girls 8 years to 15 – for a larger head you can add rows before you do the rolled brim, you can also make the rolled brim wider by adding to it.

I used a fairly thick worsted and a size H hook.

Round 1: (Start with magic loop – or) Ch 1, 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a sl st to first sc (through both top loops). (10)

Round 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc in next st and each around (including joining st). Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (20)

Round 3: Ch 2, 2dc in next st, *dc in next, 2dc in next* around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (30)

Round 4: Ch 2, dc in next st, 2dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next* around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (40)

Round 5: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next* around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (50)

Round 6: Ch 2, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next* around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (60)

Rounds 7-12  (try on hat at this point): Ch 2, dc in first st and each st around. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (60)

FOR RIBBED ROLL BRIM –

Chain 13, sc in 2nd sc from hook, sc down chain towards hat, after 12th sc, sc in edge of hat through both loops of two stitches, then sc in BACK LOOP of sc stitches and work sc to the end (12 sc), ch 1, turn, sc down towards hat in back loop and on and on until you make it all around the hat, then cut the yarn long enough to sew the first and last of the roll brim together.




Monday, October 2, 2017

Log Cabin Birthdays and Hayden's Hat

We had 3 birthdays to celebrate so I made reservations for 6 of us at Stone Cliff Inn - I've been wanting to go there.  It's set high above the Clackamas River in the countryside up a steep winding road.  Such a neat building!


Wouldn't it be fun to live in a house like that?


And this is the view!


Here is my sister Denise and my best friend from 7th grade (and all through life) Shirley.


This is the card I painted for Shirley and I gave her a sterling silver Aztec calendar pendant - she's taking a trip to Mexico to visit her extended family and I thought she'd enjoy wearing this while on her trip.


To learn about the Aztec calendar, click here.


Sister Roberta, also celebrating her birthday, was wearing a beaded bag necklace I made for her years ago.  I made it using the peyote stitch method.


I called her "Bird" and I gave her this art glass bird which is also a "spooner", you can have it on your table and have your spoons stacked in it.


After a delicious lunch the server gave a warm brownie sundae to each of the birthday celebrants.  


Here is my brother Robert and his wife D'Ann - Robert and Roberta are twins!  


A well-stocked bar at the restaurant.


The interior was really beautiful with all the logs and wood varnished planks.


I bet this is a nice place on the deck overlooking the river on a warm sunny day.


The skies let loose on Saturday and I tried to capture how much rain was coming down.  The skeleton Dayle got for me got a good bath.


Hayden picked out some yarn that was on sale on the Premier Yarn website - 2 skeins for $10.  It's slightly bulky weight, but not TOO thick, it's their Puzzle yarn, colorway is called "Sudoku".  I was amazed at how BIG the skein is.. twice as big as a normal skein.  I used my standard beanie pattern then added a ribbed bottom to be turned up.


And here is Hayden, with his cozy warm new hat.


I'm very pleased with this yarn, it's soft and warm and I love the variations in it, it truly looks like hand-spun wool to me and I'm a spinner!  


And now guess who wants one like his brother?  You guessed it, so I'm making one for Caleb with one red stripe in it so they can tell them apart.  When I ordered the one skein I had to pick out a 2nd one to get the sale.. :-)


The yarn.. see how hand-spun it looks?


More info in case you're interested.


I awoke this morning and read my Facebook feed and found out about the horrific shooting of 58 people and 500 wounded.  My heart hurts for the families and friends of the victims.. and also for the world.  :-(

I'm off to swim away my worries.  ((hugs)), Teresa