Category Archives: Holidays

A Chaos Holiday Visit in Pictures

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Back now from the Holidays and a wonderful visit from my two men, Honey and Spencer.
Everybody on their laptops time.
Decorating the Chaos
Finishing of the Chili Peppers socks.  Can’t believe I didn’t take a photo of them.  I’ll have to get one from Antonella.  D’oh.
The annual making (and eating) of the most awesomest stuffing  along with Honey-made mashed taters. And turkey.

Christmas Brunch at Black Bear Diner

Cow Spa Time

A trip in a ferry to see friends.
A BART ride to San Francisco for some New Year’s Eve shopping. 

An awesome Honey-Do project. An up-cycled  bike rack.
A Honey Birthday lunch at Cheesecake Factory followed by The Hobbit.

Finished Honey-Do project, unpainted – it currently has one coat of paint and our bikes fit perfectly.

Socks for Honey

The socks started out as a Honey Christmas gift…

That didn’t happen, so switched them to maybe a Honey Birthday Gift.  Again, didn’t happen.
At the rate these are going, they might make it as a Honey Wedding Gift – because Honey asked the question on January 4th, and I said “YES”.
The future Mr and Mrs Honey

Finished Sock, On Deck redo, On the Needles Now, a Happy, Productive Visit

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Knitter’s Husband Marine Life Socks finished the other day.  They are approximately a size 13.  That’s a whole lotta sock.  Told Spencer while he was here for Thanksgiving that his feet are NOT allowed to grow any more.  It’s bad enough he’s at a size 12.

A WHOLE LOTTA sock…

Spencer’s SF Giant’s socks not happening anymore.  The yarn is splitty, the colors are NOT working out in the jumble and I do NOT like knitting them as the yarn has too much nylon and it does NOT flow over the needles.  Spencer has agreed about the colors and has picked a different yarn out of the stash.  Cherry Tree Hill’s “Middle Earth”.  Photos later.  Still keeping an eye out for the right yarn as I do want to make him some Giants socks.  Definitely needs to be self-striping 100% Merino – which is way out of my price range at the moment.  This is how far I went before I had to say “NO MORE” – not black/orange/white but brown/coral/white.

Going on the needles today as I watch Da Bears trounce the Vikings – socks for my partner in crime Antonella.  After slacking off for three days, they are FINALLY going on the needles – Claudia Hand Painted Yarns “Roasted Chilies”.  I have five more pairs to make after these.  FIVE.  Yeah, I should really get going.

 

Once Spence FINALLY got to my house, we had a simple Thanksgiving dinner of lasagna and a salad.  But first we had dessert.  We LOVE pumpkin pie in The Chaos so that had to be eaten first!

After we rested a bit after our mini-feast, we went through all the boxes he left in his room.  I made a special pile of them and we made quick work of going through it all.  We came across wonderful things that triggered many happy memories of his grandparents, both gone now.  Here we are in two of the many awesome hats from his hat collection.  Mom and Dad always sent him various hats for birthdays and holidays and hats were his souvenirs whenever anyone traveled.  Here, he wears the Davey Crockett ‘Coon hat his Papa Bernie gave him, and I’m in a fancy Greek hat that Grandma Mary brought back from her Mediterranean Cruise.  He took the furry hat back to UCLA.

It was a Happy Holiday Visit, and we got some sorting and organizing done too!  What more could a Mom ask for…

Except maybe her Honey coming on December 14th for a Happy Holiday Visit and Honey helping sort and organize too!  I’ll have them both in for Christmas/New Year’s so look forward to whipping The Chaos into a bit better shape while they are here.  Looking forward to having access to strong, tall men.  I’ll have to cook and feed them, but small price to pay for all the much needed help they will provide.

SQUEEE.

Stripe Sock Save

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Important non-sock-knitting note:
Today is the Veteran’s Day Holiday so the Chaos would like to thank all of our Nation’s Veterans for their service.  Saw some things out on the interwebs about free meals for Veterans so hope as many as possible took advantage of that and I hope that your favorite restaurant participated.

And now back to our irregularly scheduled knitting…
First order of knitting business today is to get all knitter term geek on you guys.  Where I said I had tinked the second sock?  The term should have been frogged.  I tore that sucker back.  Tink is for a few stitches, I had to go back 6 inches.

Rip it – rip it – rip it…

Ok, now that I have that out of my system, time to move on…which has been a bit difficult since my extra sock needles still have NOT showed up on my doorstep.  Tomorrow is the observed day of Veteran’s Day, so they won’t be showing up then either since there is no mail service.

I’ve had to get creative since I now have a sock on dpns and one on a wee tiny circular.  I found another pair of size 1 dpns in my stash, but they are plastic and they are a teeny bit different size than my wooden dpn ones, so I can’t really use those.  I have been using them as holders though.

I won’t even go into explaining how I’ve been moving stitches here and there and yonder and back because quite honestly I don’t think I can.  Plus, I can probably say for certain, reading such nonsensical jibber jabber is not why you are reading this right now.  You are hoping for some photos.

And here you go:

Some progress in the room…the shelves have been reconfigured and the table has been moved in and set up.  Now all I have to do put all my stuff on them.  Oh is that all.

And here are the now matching socks.  I love it when the stripes match up.  I have the gussets done on one sock and am working the gussets on the second.  It has been interesting, but what I have been doing is working.

New label category…Squee Worthy.

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Honey and Cow are coming to visit over the Holidays. For. 4. weeks.

C’mon December!!!!

Definitely SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

A Pumpkin Pie Poem

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I smell something baking, it’s another pumpkin pie.
I’ve failed at this already, I keep asking myself why?

I put in all the ingredients, just like in the list.
I should have gotten a pumpkin pie, but all I got was pissed.

I pulled it out of the oven, it was not a pretty sight,
The center was still mushy, gah, that sure wasn’t right!

Beep beep beep goes the timer, it’s time to check the pie,
It sure does smell good, could this be my final try?

I turn on the oven light, so far it looks good to me.
I open up the oven, and GAH, what do I see?

The middle is still liquid, it’s happening again.
I put it in for more time, let’s see what happens then.

Beep beep beep goes the timer, it’s time to check the pie
I’m beginning to think, YES! This IS my final try.

The whip cream is at the ready, the pie is cooling on the rack.
I hope when I cut into it, I won’t be screaming FRACK!

If it doesn’t work, that’s ok, I’ve got more pumpkin cans.
I’ll keep trying til I get it right, for we are pumpkin fans.

I’ll update you all tomorrow on the status of this second try at Pumpkin Pie. I followed the recipe on the can of Trader Joe’s organic pumpkin mush and that was not only a failure, but it was EPIC. And on Thanksgiving. Not a good scene – we had our hearts set on pumpkin pie that night.

This all came about as a brilliant idea to stock up on cans of Pumpkin mush while it was in the stores so we could enjoy Pumpkin Pie during the non-Holiday season – whenever we had the craving for one. I figured it would be easy to make. Can’t be that hard right? Silly me.

I googled online and found a website with recipes using Trader Joe’s ingredients. So far so good.

If this one doesn’t turn out, I have several more to try.

Not yer grannie’s nachos…

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The “Oh no, not more turkey and stuffing leftovers I can’t take it anymore” Nachos

Spread some corn tortilla chips on a plate.

Chop some turkey into wee little chunks and sprinkle across chips.

Chop up some stuffing into little bits and sprinkle across chips.

Sprinkle shredded cheese liberally over the top of it all. Oh crap, ran out of shredded cheese. Pull out a slice of cheese, tear it up and put it over the last half of the nachos.

Heat it all up in the microwave until the cheese is melted.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. I am so sick of Turkey Day leftovers. Wouldn’t be so bad if Spencer was here with me, it would have all been gone Friday…but it’s just me and I can’t take it anymore. I think I’m going to toss whatever is left after tonight. No more turkey…please.

Category: Chaos Cuisine, Holidays

Merry Christmas from the Chaos!!!

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Our Chaos Tree…decorated while watching my new DVD of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer…you know…the Burl Ives narrated, animated one…

“We are Santa’s Elves…Filling Santa’s Shelves….”
“Lots of toys for good girls and boys…”
“OHHHHH…We are Santa’s Elves!!!”

And now I can’t get that doggone song out of my head…meanwhile Honey and Spencer are merrily shooting the living daylights out of each other on the Xbox.

And off I go to cook our Xmas dinner while merrily humming that stupid little tune. It was cute last night…

Category: Holidays