Friday, April 24, 2015

Five on Friday under Gray Skies

Hi my friends.  It's Friday and that means I'm linking up to Five on Friday at Love Made My Home.   It was a bit of a busy week around here.  We have had some wonderful gray skies but no rain in our area.  Today we received a few rain drops and then no more.  How I long for refreshing, cool rain.....

Speaking of water, we have a swimming pool.  It's not that we want or like to have a pool - the house we bought came with a pool.  My  husband would love to fill it up with dirt and never again have to deal with the problems a pool presents.  Long story short, our pool water was saturated.  Meaning that it no longer had any life in it.  The water has been in there five years.  On Sunday we rented a pump and emptied the pool....


 
This is how it looked the next morning at 7:30AM.  We worked until 12:30AM the night before.  Then we had to clean it which took another 6 hours.  Luckily, we had some help and now it's clean and ready for the next couple of years.  It's a shame though that we had to do this job during the drought we are experiencing.  We called our water district and they assured us that it was fine.  On a side note, we took out some of our grass and replaced it with artificial grass.  It will save a little water....

 
How can I wrote a post without mentioning Lilly my cat?  Here she is in all her glory.  She was so happy to see us after we returned from our trip.  She's a very vocal kitty and loves attention.  You know what I found at the bottom of the pool?  One of Lilly's long, white whiskers!

Today I had the pleasure to babysit my little grandson.  He's growing up so fast.  He's excited for his new little sister to arrive.  He's collecting transformers so today we went an found another one for his collection.

Here's my socks that I finished last week.  They are called Fork in the Road.  You can find the specifics on my Ravelry page.  My name there is theknittednest.  They were a fun and fast knit since I used 6 ply yarn.  I got this idea (using 6 ply yarn) from my friend, Winwick Mum.  

Here's a photo of dinner this week.  It's yellow split pea soup (sorry that I didn't garnish it properly for the photo).  I had a ham bone in the freezer and I made the broth and added the yellow split peas along with some chopped carrot, celery and leeks.  It was tasty on these cold evenings we've has this week.

That's about it for my Five on Friday.  What have you been up to?  I'd love to hear from you.

My best to each of you,

Pat :)



36 comments:

  1. How wonderful to babysit your grandson, I am betting you had so much fun together. Love the socks, they are a real delight.

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    1. Thank you so much. Yes, my little grandson is my delight although he keeps me very busy. Have a great day :)

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  2. Five lovely photos, a beautiful one of Lilly, and of course a your grandson is a very handsome fellow too! We have never emptied our pool, and I don´t know anyone else out here who empties theirs either. Ours is only small because we are right in the village, and we don´t use it a lot, but it is lovely to have a cool-down dip around midnight, just before we go to bed, during July and August.
    The socks are fun though I can´t imagine I would ever wear 6ply ones, and the soup looks delicious. Happy Friday! Kate x

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    1. Hi Kate, so nice to hear from you. Thank you so much. Yes, the pool is something else with all the water monitoring, etc. I hope your week went well and that you have a glorious weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  3. Five lovely things! I love the socks, I am so tempted to join in Winwick Mum's sockalong but worried I'll be hopeless at it! Your grandson is so cute - I love his hat! X

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    1. Thank you so much. I know, sock knitting can be intimidating,but you should give it a try if you have the time. It's so nice that you stopped by. Take care :)

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  4. Interesting to read that you are having grey skies and cold evenings - not what I imagined - but fingers crossed you get some rain soon. Your soup looks really tasty - nice combination of ingredients. Lilly, as usual, is as gorgeous as ever!

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    1. Yes, gray skies, and cools temps and still no rain to speak of! I passed on your nice comment to Lilly and she thanks you. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Five great things! I hope that you can enjoy sitting with your feet in the cool water of the pool, even if you are not big swimmers, I imagine that would be good on a hot summers day. Lily is gorgeous isn't she!! So lovely to see a picture of her. Thank you so much for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Hi Amy, thank you so much. My little grandson can swim now and he does enjoy the pool. I will pass on your kind words to Lilly. She is a spoiled kitty. Wishing you the best :)

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  6. I love your socks, what fabulous yarn that is! 6ply socks are good fun, aren't they - you can almost knit them up in a night or two! Lilly's so photogenic, and your grandson looks good fun too. Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures xx

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    1. Thank you Christine. You gave me the idea for the 6 ply! And, I knit this pair in 10 days, too. It's always a joy to hear from you. Enjoy your weekend and don't work too hard in your garden :)

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  7. Lilly is a real sweetie and your grandson does look happy in that photo! I would love a pool but no room at all in my yard and I appreciate they take some looking after too. Have a lovely weekend, Pat xx

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    1. Thank you Alison. I will happily send you my pool. Right now it's been so cool here. Hopefully next week the sun will appear and it will be warm enough to think about using the pool. It's so nice of you to stop by. Hugs, Pat

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  8. A lovely five. Being English, I can imagine wishing for rain ha! Your pool looks great but they are a lot of hard work. Your grandson looks like a little cutie as does the wonderful Lily. Have a lovely weekend xx

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    1. Hello Lisa. It's so nice that you stopped by and left me such nice comments. It's always fun to meet new friends via this blog. My best to you.

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  9. I love your 5 things for the week! Such pretty socks you made and the soup looks so good! Have nice weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Thank you Julie. The socks were really a joy to knit and the soup is an old favorite. My best wishes to you, too.

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  10. hello Pat. So nice to meet you. I checked out your blog and decided I could not... not follow you. so, I did. Hoping to read your blog often. Love Lily. She's beautiful.

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    1. Welcome to my blog Latane. It's so nice to meet you, too. Lilly thanks you for your kind comments. She's a big, spoiled kitty who I love dearly. Wishing you the very best, Pat.

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    1. Thank you so much. I will let Lilly know :)

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  12. Five lovely things, Pat! Lilly is beautiful and your grandson very cute. The socks you made look really well-made... and I love the colours.
    I hope it will rain soon there! Happy weekend!

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    1. Many thanks Sara. I'm happy that you found my blog and thank you for your kind words. The socks are so much fun to make. Keep praying for rain as we need it! WIshing you a wonderful weekend, too:)

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  13. I really love those socks. I really must try my hand at knitting some but it's hard to concentrate with little L running riot. Fantastic to discover your blog. X

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  14. Well done getting the pool emptied, it sounds like it was a big job! I love your socks :) x

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  15. A lovely five I don't envy you having to clean the pool it must be lovely to have a pool but I can well imagine all the work that goes along with it. Lily s a very beautiful cat and your grandson is as cute as can be. I love your socks my ambition is to complete a pair of socks and not get fed up after finishing the first. Your soup looks and sounds very tasty. Enjoy your weekend. :) xx

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  16. I bet your grandson loves the pool when it is up and running. A lot of work I know but you must enjoy it in the summer. Love your socks.
    Meredith

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  17. Lovely Five on Friday, love your socks!

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  18. How exiting is that, a pool in your garden! I hope you get to use it lots over the summer. I know from my mum that pool maintenance is hard work, but she says it is well worth it. Where I live a pool would be no good (unless under glass). Have a good weekend. x

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  19. Your grandson looks charming in his hat. I expect he'll be a great big brother. Love your socks too. Will go and have a peak at your ravelry page. Lovely five in Friday.

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  20. Your grandson is adorable! He looks similar in age to my youngest. They can be so sweet at this age - but WILD at the same time! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and good luck with the pool fill!

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  21. Socks and soup, two of my favourite homemade things! Thanks for sharing, Pat. x

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  22. I've had my 5 yr old grandson to stay for the week after Easter, we had a great time.
    Lovely socks, they look so cozy :)
    I'm sure you'll have a great time in the pool when the weather improves :)

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  23. yes, it´s a lot work with a pool, but also pleasure, my Cats also "talk" a lot when I come home from a trip, specially Gullis
    isn´t it Lovely when you can babysit the Little one, all my Nieces and Nephews are older now but I used to babysit them when they were younger. take care Jaana

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  24. your cat Lily is splendid. such a gorgeous majestic creature. her coat is marvellous.
    well done on knitting the socks - love the colours :)

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