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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Blanket of Roses

I can't believe I actually found another person who has the Blanket of Roses on her website.  She went through some similar problems to find the pattern owner, including the permission from Spinrite.  Try as I might I couldn't find the company who was in control of the pattern.  She published the pattern on her site.  The URL is if anyone would like to go there to get the pattern.  She also has a picture of the octagons done without the squares in between.  That looks very nice also.  She mentions some alternate yarns that could be used in place of the Sweety which was used to make it which has since been discontinued.
I am still working on it and don't know if I'll have enough to finish i  but I will try.  If I don't I will  get some more yarn.  That is the only other thing I could think of to finish it.  I now have ten octagons made and 14 to go.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

We went birding today.

My daughter and I and another friend, Pat, went out to look for birds today.  We went to Fort Calhoun and then Boyer Chute and saw a bald eagle.  He was a huge bird and seemed right at home there in one of the tall trees.  We got some excellent pictures of him and then followed the road that goes from there to Hummel Park and finally Dodge Park.  We saw dozens of Pheasants and some Medowlarks too.
It was not a very nice day.  Snow insisted on falling and then rain mixed with snow and finally just rain.  We kept going though.  We then went to Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs Iowa.  We saw a bunch of geese.  They live there all year apparently.  They make a lot of noise.  The roads were getting pretty wet and fog had begun to move in so we went back to Omaha and ate at Ruby Tuesday to finish the day.  The temperature went up to about 37 degrees too today so it wasn't a fight to keep warm. 
We are looking forward to Spring which is really our bird hunting time and it is a lot nicer to search for them when the weather is nice.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow Storm not so bad here!

Well the snow storm was much milder than we expected.  The worst part of it is the cold.  It is down near zero and will be below zero by morning.  I am still working on my afghan and still looking for the white mohair yarn.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to need it now.  It is hard to get out and go to the only yarn shop in town.  It closes early and my daughter works 3  in the afternoon until 11:15 at night.  We are going to have to get out this weekend if we can and see if I can find some yarn.
My daughter and I go out on her free time and look for birds.  She is quite an authority on it and I really enjoy going with her.  We found a place a few months ago, just before  Winter started.  It is our favorite place now and we take that trip every chance we get.  We are surprised at how many colorful birds we have in this area.  It is hard in winter as a lot of them have migrated to other areas so we are looking forward to Spring when the weather gets warmer.  Last week we were amazed that there were so many pheasants in the field.  There was the western Meadow Lark, the Robin, and the blue bird too.  It was a complete surprise to see them as they are supposed to be the ones who migrate.  It wasn't very warm either.  We are learning a lot about these and others that we never were aware of before.
Well, I am not saying anything important now so I'd better quit and read my messages.  I'll talk again soon.