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Mohair Dickie

Mohair Dickie
I worked up a pattern for a mohair dickie knitted from the top down and using short rows for the front and back sections. You can find the pattern by clicking here
Please feel free to download it and enjoy. I made notes in it as to how I worked the short rows, but there are many different ways and lot of tutorials on it on the internet. Use whichever way seems easiest for you.

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We usually put up our Christmas decorations on the 12th of December.  This year, however, most of Tamara’s bedroom was in my livingroom. (The rest is in my bathroom.)  We are putting a bamboo floor in her room to replace some very old (not to mention dirty) carpet.  So all of her worldly possessions needed to move for a while.  I just couldn’t see putting more things in my livingroom until we had gotten some of Tamara’s things out.  Stan has put down enough of the flooring for us to start moving her back into the room. So today, we moved Tamara’s things out of the living room, rearranged the living room, and put up our Christmas decorations.  It feels much more festive with the candles, lights, and decorations all around the room.

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Chase Asher Casas

Rico and Laurel have decided to name the newest Casas boy Chase Asher.  He is a happy baby (Laurel say’s he’s already smiling.) and a good eater, unlike big brother Ian.  I haven’t had a sleep report yet, but I would suppose that means he’s doing well in that department also.

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The Newest 'C' Creation

Ricardo and Laurel had a healthy baby boy on Monday, December 1.  He weighed 7 lbs. and 1 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long.  Everyone is happy the critter is out amongst us now.  Ian seems to be doing well with the little one.  No name has been chosen yet, but I’ll update the journal when it occurs.



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Fruit of Labor

Today has been a productive day.  Truman and Stan have killed 3 deer this season.  Stan and the boys processed most of one to make some hard dried sausage.  Yesterday and today all of us pitched in to strip the meat off the rest of the bones.  Tamara is starting some jerky with some of it, and Stan and I made the rest of it into breakfast sausage to freeze.

I don’t really like processing the meat a lot, but I do enjoy eating it.  The dried sausage turned out really well.  We got the recipe from an older couple in our community.  He showed Stan how to make a smoke house several years ago.  We’ve used it for jerky a lot.  This is the first year, however, that we’ve make the hard dry sausage we like so much.


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The Roof is up

Well, we’ve gotten as far as partially roofing the ‘green house’.  It’s decked and papered and partially shingled.  We’ve been blessed with some rain, and Stan still has to work to make a living, so it’s getting done a bit at a time.  Rico helped with putting shingles up last night and wants to come out this weekend if we haven’t finished by then.
The boys were hunting rabbits a few days ago and found a 3 foot long coral snake.  They dispatched it with their shot gun.  So, even though they didn’t get any rabbits, I felt they did a good days hunt.
Now for the pics:

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Progress on 'Green House'

We’ve been busy working on the little building I call our ‘Green House’.  I suppose we will have to paint it green after all is said and done.  The site where the building stands is where Laurel Beth’s greenhouse use to be.  After she stopped gardening, she sold it, but the site was already cleared and waiting for another structure.  I was so use to saying something about ‘being down at the greenhouse’ when I was looking for one of the chidren, it just seemed to stay fixed in my mind that that location is the ‘greenhouse’.  Since it will be housing people instead of plants now, I’ve just altered it to being the Green House, rather than the greenhouse.

Enough of that.  Here’s the progress pictures.

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Green House

Here is what we did this morning.



Well at least we got one wall up…..sort of.

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General Update

Madalyn returned from Honduras safe and sound.  She enjoyed her visit, but was a bit frustrated by her lack of language skills.  She has been offered a job as paramedic at our county emergency services as soon as all her paperwork gets finished.

Simon accepted a job in California, so will probably be there until after the baby is born in January.  After that, who knows where he will land.

Rico and Laurel are doing well.  Rico has started his own marketing business and has lots to do.  Laurel had to suffer through Ian having his first round of real fever this week.  There is nothing so helpless feeling as seeing your child suffer, and not being able to do anything to make it stop.

Oliver has a part time job, and is looking for a full time one now.  Hopefully, this one will either work into a full time, or he’ll find another one.

Kathryn is happy since it looks like we’ll be keeping the grand piano for a while to make sure tunings and other adjustments hold up properly.

Tamara is still planning on starting EMT classes in September.  She’s plugging away at her math book which is all that holds her back from graduating from high school and getting her driver’s license.

The boys, Truman and Edward, you’ve read about more than anyone else.  They are still into fishing.  They are growing up too fast, though.  I can’t believe my youngest is 11.

Stan and I just keep on doing the same things.  Work, school, keeping up with children.

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The Fishing Bug has Bitten

Stan walked outside the other day and found the boys had expressed their fondness of fishing on our driveway.

I love Fishing

With my older eyes, I didn’t notice the importance of the love emblem.  Here’s a close up.

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They have definitely gotten the fishing bug.

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