July 2008 Archives

Clothes and shoes

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I don't have much I can wear for a wedding. Even the light blue pants, white top, and matching floral lightweight overshirt I bought for my stepson's wedding last year in Maui didn't seem to be appropriate for my son's wedding at the courthouse.

So I tortured myself last Friday shopping for 5 hours at a local mall. I got there too early for Macy's to be open, so I spent 30 minutes in Mervyns (found nothing, not even a bra that fit), then went to Macy's (one pant suit I liked but the zipper was broken and I thought I'd be too hot wearing it - and it was difficult to find a blouse/top to wear with it), then JC Penney (nothing), and finally ended up at Sears.

I'm short and too big for most regular sizes and too small for most Women's sizes. Also, the "popular styles" (big prints in loud colors, baby doll tops, low-waisted pants) just aren't for me. So, finding clothes is difficult.

I ended up leaving Sears with a pair of chocolate brown slacks and a coordinating 2-piece top set with a brown background and small floral print pattern in pinks and creams. Not what I had in mind when I started the day (light colors, possibly lacy top), but it works for me and I can wear it to work and other events that come up. The top is a little too big and I may look into getting it altered when I have more time after the wedding.


Now, shoes are another matter altogether. Because I have lower back issues and I work at a college where the style is causal, I wear New Balance walking shoes all the time - even to work. For the wedding in Maui last year, I was able to get away with a pair of white Keds (because Hawaii is casual). Neither will work with the brown pants for my son's wedding. And none of the cheap pump-style shoes I still have in my closet from 10+ years ago are the right color - and, of course, none of them are comfortable.

Lately, I've been considering looking into buying dress shoes that actually fit my feet and are comfortable, so I can wear something besides New Balance walking shoes for those occasional meetings with administrative personnel at work and when Bill and I go out to "dress up" dinner places once or twice year.


So, I did a Google search for "women's wide width dress shoes", selected the first hit for Zappos.com since I've heard of them before. Zappos has a very nice search engine! You can search by type of shoe (dress, causual, etc.), by size, by color, by width, by heel height, and by price. Shipping to you and return shipping are free!

Last Friday night, I ordered 2 styles of brown shoes in what I hoped would be a size that fit me (the same size as my New Balance shoes - which was all I could start with since I haven't bought dress shoes in many years). They arrived Monday - quick! A little too long and a bit too tight. So, on Tuesday I ordered a smaller, wider pair of one of the brown shoe styles and 2 different styles of black shoes in the New Balance shoe size. Those 3 arrived today - and they all fit! So, the first 2 pair will be returned.


Now, I have 3 pairs of nice looking dress shoes! One in brown (Ros Hommerson Cynthia), two in black (Soft Style Sara, Ros Hommerson Ritz). I'm kinda excited by the shoes!

And, I am very excited that my son is getting married!

Update for the end of July

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Well, let's see, the past 2 weeks have been a bit eventful!

My son is getting married! Yup, I'm gonna have another daughter(-in-law)! Whoop!

Last year, my stepson Billy got married on July 7, 2007 (777 or 7-7-07 or 07-07-07 or 070707) - a popular day to get married last year!

Greg proposed on July 19 in a field while they were picking raspberries and, practical people that they are, they decided to skip a big wedding ceremony (and all that goes with it) and get married right away - on Friday, August 8, 2008 (888 or 8-8-08 or 08-08-08 or 080808). Eight to the Chinese culture is a very lucky number. Neither of them is Chinese, but I'm sure their marriage will by a good one! Lauren and Greg make a great couple!

Greg asked his current boss, a judge, to marry them. The simple ceremony will be at the courthouse.

Parties (more formally known as wedding receptions) will be held at family homes in Oregon and California for family and friends local to those areas. We haven't set a date yet, but at our house, the party will be a small affair with close family and a few close neighbors.

Then, on Monday after the wedding, Greg starts his new job as an attorney for a mid-sized litigation firm. How cool is that?! Married and a new job all in the same 4 days!

20080803newrefrigerator.jpg On the home front: The new refrigerator fit perfectly! Whoop! We love the clear shelves and drawers - and can now see what's inside the drawers and we can stop forgetting what's in the them!

Bill and I are heading to the lake tomorrow! A whole day off together!

On the crochet front: Two more lap blankets are done (no photos for posting yet) and one more started.

On the quilting front: Yes, I said "quilting"! I began piecing blocks together on July 12 and have finished 4 since then! Also no photos yet.

New refrigerator coming tomorrow

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I opened the refrigerator yesterday morning to get my lunch packed and discovered many of the items were cool, some warm, and a few still cold. Ack! We need a new refrigerator!

Luckily, we use an even older refrigerator in the garage as our "drink fridge". Bill calls it our "beer fridge" It holds water, soda, iced tea, and of course beer - both non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions! The freezer holds chicken, steak, ground turkey, sandwich rolls, bread, and other frozen goods that don't fit in the kitchen fridge.

So, I emptied the garage fridge of drinks and moved all items from the kitchen fridge to the garage fridge. Thank goodness we hadn't done a CostCo trip lately so there was room in the garage freezer for most of the items in the kitchen freezer.

Last night, Bill went to a Sears outlet to find a replacement refrigerator. After a freezer door fell off one refrigerator, he left. Since Bill found our new stove and I'm home from work today (4-day work weeks during the summer!), it was my turn to find a new refrigerator.

The area in which the refrigerator fits is smaller than a majority of the refrigerators manufactured today. The space is 65 1/2 inches high, 35 inches wide, and about 30 inches or so deep. The deeper and/or wider the refrigerator, the more space the door needs to open all the way. The old refrigerator was 65 inches high, 30 inches wide, and 31 inches deep. The door couldn't open all the way without hitting the stove, even with the garbage can out of the way.

I found a Whirlpool refrigerator at Western Appliance that should fit fine. It is 66 1/4 inches high (but the floor model was 65 1/2 inches so we're hoping we can adjust the feet if needed), 32 1/2 inches wide, and 31 1/2 inches deep. The shelves in the door are adjustable so I think they can be situated in such a way that we can open the bottom drawer on the right side without too much trouble.

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Old stove, new stove

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I mentioned previously that we got a new stove in May. Both the old and new stoves are 40 inches wide, have a small oven and a large oven, and have 4 burners. The difference is that, for years, only the 2 right-hand burners and the large oven worked. In April, the back burner on the right side stopped working.

We've been enjoying 4 working burners since the new stove arrived! Whoop!

Stewart-Haas Racing

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Last weekend, Tony Stewart announced his move as a driver from Joe Gibbs Racing to an owner-driver of the newly named Stewart Haas Racing. My #20 Tony Stewart gear will then be nostalgic since next year I'll be cheering on Tony with a different number and sponsor and color!

And, of course, I'll also continue to cheer on Kyle Busch who's enjoying an excellent first year at Joe Gibbs Racing and will remain with them next year.


My new Tony Stewart t-shirt

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About 2 weeks ago, Bill brought home a surprise for me! A bright-orange #20 Tony Stewart t-shirt he happened across while shopping!!! Whoop! I wore it to work yesterday (Thursday's during the summer are our Fridays!) - it was quite bright!

Toy Soldier Blanket

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When my son was a boy, my mom made a Toy Soldier Blanket for him in these exact colors. And I believe he still has it (he 29 now!). The photo is from the pattern book which is Bernat Afghans, number 132. The chart and pattern instructions are included for this blanket (even though the charts were not included for 4 of the other afghans in that booklet).

Finally backed up my PC

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I bought an external hard drive in December 2007 so I could backup my PC. Of course, the box containing the drive stayed unopened on the floor of my home office until this past Saturday - yes, 7 months of having but not using a backup system!

I bought a Western Digital WDG1T7500N My Book Pro Edition 750 GB from Amazon for $283 - the price is now $329.99. Using the Retrospect backup software that came with the drive, I setup an automatic daily backup running at 12:00am each evening which I may change because the backup doesn't run when the PC is in standby mode.

I tested a restore and it worked great!

Cleo, The Favorite

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Cleo napping in Jasmine's bed.

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  • Size: 30 inches x 44 inches

  • Colors: Pinks, Blue, White, Beige, Yellow, Baby Pastels (multi) (Red Heart Classic)

  • Pattern: Granny Square Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start June 22; finish June 29

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  • Size: 37 inches x 47 inches

  • Colors: Dark Grey, Medium Grey, Red, White, Grey-White Multi (scraps)

  • Pattern: Hexagon Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start June 8; too hot to continue hiding yarn ends June 18; finish June 29


  • Size: 39 inches x 45 inches

  • Colors: Blue, Gold, Green, Red, Orange (Red Heart Classic)

  • Pattern: Blue and Gold Blocks Lap Blanket - - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start May 31; too hot to continue hiding yarn ends June 8; finish June 29

This lap blanket was going to be just blue and gold, but I ran out of enough yarn when it was time to join the squares and crochet a border. So, I did the joining and border using primary colors that matched: green, red, and orange.

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  • Size: 34 inches x 46 inches

  • Colors: Blue and Pastel Scraps

  • Pattern: Granny Squares with Flowers Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start May 18; finish May 31

Look alikes

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My sister-in-law also sent me a series of look-alike photos of kittens and puppies with bunnies - these are great!

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Job Duties for Cats

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My sister-in-law sent this to me last month! Hysterical!

Job Duties For Cats

BATHROOMS - Always accompany guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything. Just sit & stare.

DOORS - Do not allow any closed doors...in any room. To get the door opened, stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once door is opened, it's not necessary to use it. After you have ordered an outside door opened, stand half way in & out & think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold weather, rain, snow or mosquito season.

CHAIRS AND RUGS - If you have to throw up, get to a chair quickly. If you cannot manage in time, get to an Oriental rug. If there is no Oriental rug, shag is good. When throwing up on the carpet, make sure you back up so it's as long as a human's bare foot.

HAMPERING - If one of your humans is engaged in any activity and the other is idle, stay with the busy one. This is called helping, also known as hampering. Following are the rules for hampering:

  1. When supervising cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You cannot be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being stepped on and then picked up and comforted.
  2. For book readers, get in close under the chin, between eyes and book--unless you can lie across the book itself.
  3. When human is working at computer, jump up on desk, walk across keyboard, bat at mouse pointer on screen, and then lay in human's lap across arms, hampering typing in progress.

WALKING - As often as possible, dart quickly & as close as possible in front of the human...especially on stairs, when they have something in their arms, in the dark, & when they first get up in the morning. This will help their coordination skills.

BEDTIME - Always sleep on the human at night so he/she cannot move around

LITTERBOX - When using the litter box, be sure to kick as much litter out of the box as possible. Humans love the feel of kitty litter between their toes.

HIDING - Every now and then, hide in a place where the humans cannot find you and DO NOT come out for three or four hours under any circumstances. This will cause the humans to panic (which they love) thinking that you have run away or are lost. Once you do come out, be nonchalant. The humans will cover you with love and kisses...and you probably will get a treat.


For you crocheters out there, these unique, out of print (OOP), or hard to find crochet patterns are for sale:

  • All For Dolls (crochet and knit) (1978) - skirt, stole, blouse, bunting, snowsuit, bridal gowns, blazer, ponchos, sweater, hat, jackets, baby dress, baby set: jacket, panties, bonnet, booties
  • Animal Planters (year unknown) - turtle, bear, dog, pig
  • Crochet Carry-Alls (1989) - Kitten in a Basket, Bubble Bath Bear Bag, Victorian Squares, Garden Tote, Country Quilt Tote, Cottage Tote, Santa Fe Bag
  • Flower Garden (1988) - impatiens, crocus, coleus, bird's nest fern, Grecian windflowers, baskets
  • Indian Snow afghan (1995)
  • Native American Afghan & Pillows (1989)
  • Sachet Pincushions (1992) - Turtle, Bolster with applied flowers, Swan, Square, Bunny, Butterfly, Pillbox, Chicken
  • Tiny Turtle Booties and Anchors Aweigh (1995)

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For those of you who do cross-stitch, I'm also selling these cross-stitch patterns. When I was in my teens and twenties, I frequently cross-stitched, but the squares of the fabric are too small for me to comfortably see now.

  • A Merry-Mouse Christmas (1980)
  • Bouquets & Lace (1982) - lily of the valley, violets, roses, dove, horseshoe
  • Garfield...A Very Merry Christmas (1978) - Wreath, Stocking Stuffer, Little Helpder, Christmas Tree, Feed Me, Drummer Cat, Here's Santa, Santa Circle, Ornaments (star, Santa, angel, moon, skating), Ride 'em Reindeer
  • Images of a Christmas Memory (1982) - Santa's Flight, hobby horse, mistletoe, holly, manger, Three Wise Men, toy train, trees, angels, Snow Scene, ball, bell, pine cones, toy soldiers, noel
  • Peace on Earth, Precious Moments (1983)
  • Walt Disney Christmas in Counted Cross Stitch (1982) - Mickey Mouse, Minny Mouse, Donald Duck, Dumbo, Bambi, Goofy, Pluto, Pinocchio, Thumper, Chip & Dale

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More information is available on my For Sale page.

One Word

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It's been a while since I've done a meme! Here's one I found at Darlene's.

You can use only one word in your answers.

  • Where is your mobile phone? None
  • Your significant other? Caring
  • Your hair? Blonde
  • Your mother? Nearby
  • Your father? South
  • Your favorite thing? Cleo
  • Your dream last night? Unknown
  • Your favorite drink? Water
  • Your dream/goal? Enough
  • The room you're in? Home-office
  • Your ex? Forgot
  • Your fear? Penniless
  • Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here
  • Where were you last night? Home
  • What you're not? 21
  • Muffins? Carrot-raisin
  • One of your wish list items? Time
  • Where you grew up? California
  • The last thing you did? Checkbook
  • What are you wearing? Clothes
  • Your TV? HDTV
  • Your pets? Cuddly
  • Your computer? New-ish
  • Your life? Pleasant
  • Your mood? Content
  • Missing someone? Greg
  • Your car? Cavalier
  • Something you're not wearing? Makeup
  • Favorite Store? Depends
  • Your summer? Good
  • Like someone? Love
  • Your favorite color? Purple
  • When is the last time you laughed? Today
  • Last time you cried? TV
Sketch of Cheryl

About Cheryl

Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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