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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I saw this on Facebook

Honestly, this is the funniest thing I've ever seen.  The guy who did this has perfect timing.  Enjoy.





Monday, August 22, 2016

Lots of Ice Dyeing Pictures

Here I am in my designated dye shirt and my required rubber gloves. 



This bucket contains the preparation solution.  All items must be soaked in the solution for 30 minutes before they can be dyed.  This helps the dye adhere to the fabric. I'm soaking some yellow pillowcases here to see what happens when they are dyed.  




Then as you saw before, the tubs are loaded with the items to be dyed and then covered with ice.  On the shelf you see a few of the jars of dye that I used. 




Since teenage boys are not good at matching socks, I wanted to make a hand full of the socks as mix and match so they all look pretty similar.  I did end up dying them a second time to add more colors.  The red dye is a fabric hog and will take up much of the space.  




This picture gives you a good idea of the different colors and the different ways the socks were folded/twisted.  This is about 24 hours after the dye was put on. 


Next comes the washing and washing and more washing until the water runs pretty clear.


Then the socks are soaked in very hot tap water and Dawn soap for 30 minutes.


The basket above is then poured - soap and all - into the washing machine and washed with very hot water. Then dried in the dryer to lock in the dye and voila.... Ice Dyed Socks. 





They passed approval with the Grandson.  Apparently Tie Dye is back and he wears unusual socks as his signature.  

I don't know if you ever watched Bones with tv characters Temperance Brennan and Seeley Booth but I always appreciated that Seeley wore wild belt buckles and crazy socks to offset his FBI suit appearance.  

So that's it.  Ice Dyeing.  The Daughter has requested some thin socks for herself to wear with tennis shoes.  She's a pink girl so I'll have to see what dyes I can use for her. 



Friday, August 19, 2016

Ice Dyeing Socks for the Grand Son

The Grand Son and I ran to Target to pick up a few things.  I notice he had on some wild yellow socks.  I asked him if he'd like me to ice dye some socks for him and he thought that was a great idea.  So we picked up a bag of 9 socks.  I brought them home with me and put them to soak in the  preparation solution.

While they were soaking I starting looking through my colors to see what he might like.  I texted him but he didn't text me back in time.  Thirty minutes later I pulled them out and started twisting and folding them.  I tried to get each in a little different type fold with 3 or 4 pairs in a scrunch pattern.

Here are the baskets:



The blue basket are the scrunched socks and the other two contain folded and twisted socks.  I put a different color on each pair of socks but because of their proximity to each other, there will be a lot of bleed.

I usually put the dye on top of the ice, that is the normal way to do it.  But, because the area I was working with on each pair of socks was so small, I decided to sprinkle the dye on first, then ice.

When you do something differently from the recommended way, you take your chance.  I figured worst case scenario I would buy him another bag of socks.

Another thing I did wrong was to forget to put my dyeing shirt on.  I have a dark purple tank that I wear to die.  That way only one shirt gets ruined.  So now I have blue on my red tee shirt.  Supposedly it washes out if you do  not soak it  in the preparation solution first.  We'll see in a minute.  If not, I'll just try a new experiment dyeing a red tee with blue dye.  Hahaha.  You've got to roll with the punches in life.

I also have a couple of blue fingers that did not wash clean.  Not sure how I managed to make such a mess except that I was working with small amounts of fabric/socks.

I still have bandanas to do.  They are even smaller and thinner so I was anticipating problems there.  These socks are a good experiment.  After I see the results on the socks I will have a better idea how to proceed with the bandanas.

I'll wash the dye out of the socks tomorrow afternoon and finish the rest of the process.  Then I'll post the results.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rain and More Rain

We've had wonderfully wet weather down here.  Only a retired person who does not have to drive in the 5:00 traffic or run to the grocery if they don't want to can enjoy the rain like I do.  We have had continuous but not heavy rain for ... is it weeks? ... it feels like that long.

The backyard is looking great.  Everything nice and green -  that is everything that survived the extreme heat of the weeks before the rain.  I lost one tall Hibiscus I think, but maybe it will come back.

When I went out to feed the birds this morning one dove came flying over not even afraid as I walked around taking feeders down and filling them up.  It wasn't two minutes later - before I could even get upstairs - and the rest of the gang came by.


Here's looking at you


All three feeders have visitors. 


More on the ground. 

View from the porch


Note the turtle pool is still up (with it's protective umbrella)
even though the turtle went home with the Grand Girl.
The pool was so heavy with mud and water that I let it
completely dry out last week so I could move it.  
This is how much water we have had this week. 



And finally, Buddy the Guard Dog, protecting 
our home from invading birds and squirrels. 


A little rain is a blessing, a flood - not so much.  Bless you folks in Louisiana. 


Monday, August 15, 2016

Throwback Picture of Myself and my Two Sisters

Circa 1957-58, I think.  I'm the oldest sister (captured wearing my frowny face).


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Picture Perfect

Pictures from this week and a few details.

First, a trip to the Art Museum with Grand Girl and Daughter to see Franz Winterhalter Exhibit at Houston Museum of Fine Art.  A German painter from mid-nineteenth century.  If you like John Singer Sargent, you'll love this guy.




Of course there has to be a picture of Buddy and the Grand Girl.  The patience of that Dog amazes me.



And my latest ice dye - a full size sheet.  Kind of looks like an Alien to me.


That it for this week in pictures.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I have no complaints today.

I have no complaints today.  Ha.  Bet you're glad to hear that.

The Grand Girl is back in residence.  We are going to the Art Museum tomorrow night with my Daughter.  The Grand Girl asked me what the Art Museum was. This from the family artist?  I have sorely been neglecting my duties as the Grandparent in charge of exposing the kids to what Houston has to offer.

Dad filmed the Grand Son taking his driver's test - at least the parts  he could see. Dad said the Grand Son was so scared that it was ridiculous.  Dad filmed when they returned to the DPS parking lot and he was walking up to the Grand Son who  had the window down.  At one point you see the Grand Son put his head on the steering wheel.  When Dad asked him how he did, Grand  Son shook his head and rolled up the window.  Dad said he had the deer in the headlight look.  Grand Son retakes the test on the 8th.  My heart aches for him.  Probably a good life lesson.  Aren't most teenagers in the "I got this stage" of life thinking they know all.  One thing I've learned - you can't take the hurt away - but you can hurt along with them.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Have I become a Whiney-Hiney?

Does anybody else use or remember the phrase Whiney-Hiney?  We used to say it as kids as in... you get hurt or someone does you wrong and you are going to run to Mom ... you get called a Whiney-Hiney.

It also goes for people who complain too much as in ... I think my health is turning me into a Whiney-Hiney.  I did a little more research after your comments and I do not think it is asthma as I don't have any wheezing.  But I'll check it out further with the doctor.

It does sound like I had Heat Exhaustion but I don't think I worked hard enough or long enough or it was hot enough to have that.  You can also have blood sugar ups and downs that have the same symptoms so I'm researching the heat and diabetes more.

The Grand Girl went to work with Dad one day and Mom the next so I have had an extra two days to rest up.  School starts Aug 22 so babysitting will be ending shortly - that is the good and the bad news.

So I'll post some pictures of my latest ice dyes.  I love them all.  I've ordered some bandannas so all the dogs in the family can wear a bit of my finery.  LOL.









Grandson failed his drivers test.  Not sure how because he is not a bad driver. I'm stepping lightly around the whole subject. I feel so bad for him.




Monday, August 1, 2016

Well, I'm not Particularly Happy with My Health Right Now..

Yesterday I was feeling great.  I finished ice dyeing two shirts which I was very pleased with.  I swept and mopped and piled things up to take to the garage.

Slowly my house has filled with clutter.  A lot of it has to do with the Grand Girl and all her play things all over the place.  But bottom line, I know that I have too many possessions in my little apartment.

So I had to empty some items from the garage below me to make room for the items in my apartment that I would be bringing down.  The temperature was warm but nicer than it has been so I guess that is what spurred me on.

Long story short, I got overheated, or asthmatic or blood sugar dropped or something happened and I got so sick I thought I would throw up.

I noticed when I was at the allergist a couple of weeks back and I took a breathing test that showed my blowing power was very low.  I think it is time to see if there is any problem with my breathing.

Just what I need in my life - another doctor.  But as we age we have to be proactive.

 Anyone have experience with asthma they can share?


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Some Days I Really Appreciate My Life

I hear the thunder outside and I feel so warm and cozy inside.  I love the rain.  It is so pretty to watch the leaves on the trees from up in my little tree house feeling home.  I do have my latest ice dyed shirt in the dryer so I'd better head down there before it starts raining to hard.

I took all the sheets and blankets downstairs to wash after my visit from the Grand Girl, my BFF and my Grand Dog.  I had intended to hang them out.  I do love sheets hung on the line.







I am loving the quiet in my house.  I find I often turn on the TV for company. Not so today.  The quiet is glorious.  I love that Grand Girl but boy oh boy does she talk.

I really need to work in my yard.  Not just because things need tending-to but because I miss that bonding I have with my yard.  I walk.  I look.  I pick something up.  I move something from here to there.  I pick a few deadheads.  I water a little.  I take a few pictures.  Nothing special, but very fulfilling.

The Grand Girl and I took everything out of the fridge and scrubbed it this week. Sure was nice having someone low to the ground to get those lower shelves.  We had a little trouble getting the trays back on the door and almost lost a load of salad dressings and mayonnaise but we caught it without a breakage.  There were still a little too many crumbs left in the slide groves for the bottom drawers for my liking, but I didn't want to go behind her and have her think her hard work wasn't appreciated.  I'll just get to those one weekend when she is not here to see.
Have you seen the post on Facebook about wanting to refold the towels after the kids help you?  Haha.  That is how I felt about those grooves with the crumbs. How are there crumbs in my ice box anyway?  I'm a grown woman for goodness sake.

The Grand Girl and I went school clothes shopping.  Her parents are pretty relaxed about the clothes they buy.  No name brand or fancy outfits.  However, the Grand Girl is turning into a clothes horse and really wants glitz and glam.

I think I may be part of the blame for all the princess and fairy outfits I bought her over the years.  Maybe they have influenced her current style.  All I know is that I kept saying no to all the shimmer and shine.  And what is the shimmer and shine doing in the school clothes department anyway?  Next thing I know 6 year olds will want to wear lingerie to school.  Nope not having it.  She's just lucky I did buy saddle oxfords.  Haha.  Remember them.

I also remember when we bought school clothes and put them on layaway.  Three little girls - poor mother.  I remember waiting and waiting to bring them home.  It was like Christmas again.