A New Hobby

Over the Christmas holidays and during Rae’s surgery and recovery, I picked up a new hobby. I know I didn’t need another one, but I wanted something I could easily take with me to places while I wait.  I enjoy other things such as sewing, cooking, zentangling, adult coloring books, and working on my photography.  I have wanted to learn how to crochet, and I have dabbled in knitting.  I was never very successful, but I have made several wash clothes and one knitted scarf. During my hubby’s sabbatical a couple of years ago I tried crocheting again, but I learned it is hard for me to just read a pattern and understand. Hannah tried to show me, but she is right handed and I’m left handed.  Thanks to Pinterest and Google I found videos for left handed crochet – It has been life-changing (and very helpful)! Ravelry.com has also been fun to see all the patterns.

The reason I turned to crocheting was because of Rae.  Her head has to be partially shaved because of her surgery, and I wanted to  make her some hats and headbands.  I thought it would be fun, and more personalized for her.  I found patterns that would be cute, fun, and easy to make.  I had no idea that there were S hooks – it’s a very large hook that allows the work to go fast.  I found the best pattern that only takes about an hour make.  I cannot tell you how many I have made in the last few weeks. You can see many of my projects on my Instagram feed.  Needless to say, we probably don’t need anymore for a while.  I am now trying different things – flowers, bows, and scarves.  Maybe one day I will try a blanket. Right now, I am just trying not to buy all the yarn.  Big sales at the craft store is not making it easy.

one of my first hats

crochet flowers

Weekends – How I love you!

After my baking was over on Friday, it was time for the weekend to get going. Friday afternoon the Dear Sisters had a tennis match at home against Worthington Christian. Hubby and I decided that it would be fun to ride our bikes to the match. We have not been bike riding all summer, and we thought it would be a perfect day for it. After a little stop and start by the little one, we finally made it to the courts.  I was truly a beautiful afternoon for tennis and a bike ride. The little one was happy knowing there was going to be Whit’s in the end.

Hannah and Emily got their second chance at playing doubles since they were rained out earlier in the week.  It is funny to hear them announce them as the Dear Sisters. They played great together and won their match 6-1, 6-0.  They both had great shots, and Emily got an Ace. It was a great win for them.  It was great for the team as well since they won too.

"Venus and Serena"

“Venus and Serena”

After their match, the big girls went to teen night.  They were so happy to see their friends, since they had not seen many of them since the end of the school year.  I am so thankful we have a wonderful homeschool group with families who are investing in our children’s lives.

You would think, the weekend could not get any better, but wait – we cleaned the playroom and “tunnel” (what we call our storage area). The girls were not too excited, but it had to be done. I know it was not what everyone wanted to do, but we had clothes to be put away, things to be cleaned and organized, and another got step forward to be ready to start school.  I’m not sure we are ready for school, but the room is getting there.

My favorite part of the weekend is always Sunday. I get to come together with my family and my faith family to worship.  It was a wonderful day of worship and preaching. OK, I may be biased about the preacher, but he is my favorite.

This weekend has gotten me ready to face the week, but weekends I do love when you come around. What was your favorite part of your weekend?