MAFG: September 26, 2016

It's Monday! And it's officially fall! Bob and I have been married six months, and life is awesome. I'm stressed about dumb stuff, but that's not new. Here are some wonderful things I am grateful for this week

Making a whack load of applesauce  /  Canning stuff successfully  /  Getting new yarn  /  Making progress on a lot of knitting projects  /  Hanging out with amazing people  /  Going to a couple antique markets and estate sales  /  Picking up some great items at these sales  /  Eating delicious foods  /  My friends

What are you grateful for this week?

This Crazy Pokemon Go Thing

Unless you've been living under a rock since the beginning of July (no offence to rock-dwellers!) you've probably heard of Pokemon Go. I started playing on the first day, with a few of my friends. At the beginning I played every single day, though since then, my interest has waned a bit. Mostly because we live in a small town, and there isn't much to catch around here. It's still a ton of fun, and I've been planning events in Marshall for the community.

One thing that I've been having a lot of fun with is knitting Pokeballs. I've done a whole whack of them, in several sizes. I'm working on more all the time, between actual day job work. They're doing really well at The Realm Of Creativity, which makes me happy

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I've been knitting tons and tons lately. I will hopefully have photos to share of most of it soon!

Work Work Work Work Work Work

This past week, Bob and I went to Detroit to have my Green Card interview. It was rather uneventful, but it meant I finally got approval to travel and work and what not. I had a work permit before, but this is the final step for a couple years.

So now that I have this, I have started working. I'm working at three different places as of today, and I am so incredibly happy! For all intents and purposes, I've been unemployed for nearly a year. I quit my job last October when Bob was heading to Japan. I'm used to having a couple part time jobs at any given time, and it works well for me.

This being said, there may be some shifting of my blogging habits. I might have to drop down to twice a week. I'm hoping I don't, but at the same time, I feel like I am lacking in content. We shall see how it goes!

MAFG: September 12, 2016

Monday almost passed me by without letting me know it was here! Today has been a very busy day for me, but a very productive one. Here are some things I am grateful for!

Getting approved for my Green Card  /  Hanging out with Detroit friends  /  Petting their goofy dogs  /  Bob being amazing and making sure I didn't collapse into an absolute puddle  /  Going to a football game with him (Go Broncos!)  /  Watching football at our friends place with them (GO SPORTSBALL!)  /  The weather finally cooling off  /  Getting a job!

What are you grateful for this week?

The Finished Scrap Blanket

A month ago, plus a few days, I finally gave into my desire to knit a "circular" scrap blanket. It was more of an octagon, but whatever. I knew I had tons of Homespun scraps in pinks and purples, so I decided to go with those two. And that way, if no one wants it, I wouldn't mind keeping it for myself. I added in two strands of thinner yarn from cones, so that there would be some cohesiveness to it.

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I started with Judy's Magic Cast On, and placed markers in my second or third round. I knew after a short while, I'd be tired of counting! I just grabbed scraps of yarn as I found them, and added them in when the previous color ran out. I wanted a bit more variety in the width of the stripes, but I am happy with this overall. It eliminated eight balls of yarn from my stash, and used a lot off of two cones. Once things slow down for me a bit, I will be making more of these. I think for future ones, I will use different types of yarn throughout. Still make sure it's about the same thickness, but give it more texture.

It's available for purchase through The Realm of Creativity.

MAFG: September 5, 2016

Happy Monday! Quick recap today! Here are some things I am grateful for

Having Bob take care of me when I'm sick  /  New tattoos!  /  Tasty soup  /  Taco Bell  /  Knitting fun projects  /  Finishing the blanket  /  Selling at the farmers market  /  Visiting some of our favorite farms  /  Seeing friends at an antique market  /  Having tons of fun stuff to look forward to

What are you grateful for this week?

MAFG: August 29, 2016

It's Monday! And I'm sleepy. I have some kind of cold, and I haven't been sleeping well. Last night, I had some sort of nightmare where I was in Japan, trying to come back to the US, and I had to go through security in the wrong terminal. So when it was all done, I had to get to basically the other end of the country, and I was so annoyed, because I was going to miss my flight. It was stressful. Anyway, this is what I am grateful for this week!

Tacos with Bob  /  Friends getting married  /  Visiting one of the county fairs  /  Making AMAZING broccoli cheddar soup  /  Bob making salsa  /  The Farm To Table Dinner  /  Petting kitties at the humane society  /  The Pokemon Go event I planned

What are you grateful for this week?

A Quick Farmers Market Recap!

Last Saturday was our first time vending at the Marshall Area Farmers Market. We brought hot peppers, spice rubs, and flavored salts, as well as a selection of my knitted items.

We sold a little bit of everything, and couldn't have been happier. The market had to shut down an hour early because of awful weather that was blowing through. We were a little bummed out, but it was understandable. We're both so excited to participate again this week.

After the market, I helped out at The Realm Of Creativity for a couple hours. After that, I conquered my fear of chicken wings, and slammed back nine of them at the Chicken Wing Thing at Dark Horse.

Overall, last weekend was awesome! And this weekend is shaping up to be equally so.

The Farmers Market is Here! Almost!

Tomorrow is our big day! We will be debuting our awesome flavored salts, rubs, and other spice blends. We're both incredibly excited an nervous. I will also have a selection of my knitted items with me.

This is almost as nerve wracking as when I rebranded to Mercantile 519. There are so many things to take care of, and we both feel unprepared.

I will certainly be sharing photos here next week, and on Instagram, as always.