Knit Headband and Sagging Jowls

I completed my first knit head band.  I am super pleased with the result.  On a lighter note my jowls are hanging now like an aging sow.  I noticed it in my pictures.  Not fishing for compliments, just facing reality head on.  Oldness.  Sigh.

The pattern can be found here.  The yarn is LBY Baby’s First in Pixie Dust.  I used this yarn to crochet a really chunky, squishy cardigan for my niece about a year ago.  This pattern only used about a quarter of a ball.  I will have to knit off a bunch for people who like headbands.  I like a good headband just as much as anyone the next gal, but I am kind of tired of the same boring blah blahs.  I chose this pattern because of the width and texture.  I think it would look famous in fall colors.

See the jowls?

side view-blurry

I like it!


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River Bound

On Sunday, the fam headed up to Little River Canyon National Preserve.  We packed a lunch and hoped to put our feet in the water for awhile.  The photo below is from the trail headed to the falls.  It also serves as a great illustration.  See, you can snap what you think is just a lovely photo…and get, well…a surprise!

Check out what Jon discovered while trying to zoom in on a certain area of the photo.


Yup, this classy dude was in that picture.  Talk about your Where’s Waldo!  Luckily when fully zoomed out, you can’t see him.  Nice undies.

We pointlessly told the children several times that we were NOT going to be swimming. It was a stickyourfeetinthecoolwater day.  Definitely NO swimming.

I GUESS we can go ahead and take off their shirts.  (You know, so they don’t get all wet from dipping our feet in.)

See?  Do what mom does.

And Dad.

What the???  Hey now!


Well, at least I stuck to the rules.