Versatility 

ver·sa·tileˈvərsədl/

adjective

1.able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities.

“a versatile sewing machine”

synonyms: adaptable, flexible, all-around, multifaceted, multitalented, resourceful; More

2.changeable; inconstant.

  

So, I was nominated by the super-sweet Lana for the Versatile Blogger Award!  I would say the best description from the definition above is *definitely* inconstant.  This blog hasn’t been a little neglected recently.  Good thing it’s optional, huh?  
The rules for this award are as follows(or something similar):

  1. Thank the person who nominated you(Lana- THANK YOU!!!!)
  2. Nominate 15 other people for the award
  3. Tell them that you nominated them
  4. Share 7 facts about yourself

Well I’ve nominated people before, and that’s nice and all, but I think most bloggers are versatile.  So I nominate whoever reads this and wants a lovely pink award. 🙂 There also might be a teency bit of laziness involved in this scenario, but I’ll stick with the other reason….it’s much nicer. 

Seven facts about me:

  1. I’ve been knitting a scarf of brown and light brown for a couple weeks now and I love the pattern, but I’m ready to be done with it.  And I’m preparing myself to start a major endeavor-  a cabled sweater for my brother.  Wish me luck!
  2. I recently discovered a new(to me) Brontë sisters novel called “Villette” while I was at the bookstore on Tuesday.  Needless to say I bought it, and started reading it today.  
  3. I made pizza dough today.  Guess what we’re having for dinner?
  4. I’ve recently decided to stop blogging exclusively on Thursdays.  Due to schedule changes with work and such, it’s made it a little more challenging to post then.  So I’m hoping if I remove that restriction from myself the inconsistency might change?  
  5. Sometimes I can be unrealistic in my little day-to-day hopes and aspirations (see above)
  6. I am allergic to birds 
  7. January didn’t drag on and on for me.  It used to seem like the never-ending month to me(especially when I was in school).  But the past couple years, it’s gone by too fast.  I guess I should be happy, but it’s unsettling when time goes too fast. 
  8. And that last fact wasn’t pleasant enough to end, so I’ll add on an eighth to have a happy ending- I bought four bags of M&Ms last Monday.  Each one is a different kind.  Cuz I’m versatile like that. 😉

I hope you are having a good-type-of-versatile week!  

 

Say Yes to the Dress!

Perhaps you’d like to see what I’ve been doing recently?  It certainly hasn’t been blogging!  Bear with me through this time…. Call it what you want- summer slows, being lazy, blogger block, or simply having a life outside of blogging.  That last one is hard to fathom, right?  It’s actually not blogger’s block either, because I have a few ideas for future posts that just haven’t been typed out yet. So, by my own power of deduction, I’ve narrowed it down to three for you.  Beyond that, you’re on your own.  Please don’t assume I’m lazy. 😉

  
This is (partially) what I’ve been spending my summer hours on.  I just finished this baby dress on Saturday.  I was quite happy with that because it’s a very nice patriotic blue!  I just didn’t have a little girl to wear it while we watched fireworks….. However, I’m pretty sure that I’ve decided on the recipient!  

After I finally succeeded in knitting a proportionally-correct garment, one of my older brothers has decided he would like a sweater.  That will be a challenge! 

Since the yarn for the sweater hasn’t been purchased yet, I am in search of another project…. All of those lovely suggestions from the last time I had knitter’s block are still options- a man-scarf, a baby blanket, or slippers!  I’ve been scouring my knitting books, but still haven’t found the one pattern that just POPS out at me, and if I have, I don’t have the yarn for it….yet.  

That is some of what I’ve been up to recently- anything else exciting will be posted in my July edition of “What Happened Week”.  It will come all too soon….my summer seems to be flying by!!! Let me know what you’ve been up to, or tell me what to think of the dress. 🙂 Thanks for reading, and I hope your summer is going slower than mine! 

I’m Creative?!?

creative-blogger-award

The rules for this award are:

  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Tell the nominees these rules

Thank you so, SO much to Teddy’s New Bear for nominating me for the Creative Blogger Award.  I am very flattered this Friday. 🙂

Five facts about me:

  1. I am knitting a shawl for myself.  It feels a little indulgent, since I am supposed to be building up my stock for my Etsy shop, but I really wanted to do it….so I did.  I’m using the Luna Moth Shawl pattern and my yarn is royal blue so it should be really pretty when it is complete!  For a while I got stuck in a green-hat rut, where I just kept making green hats….Different styles and different shades, but they are all green and they all go on a head.  I didn’t even realize it until I had three green hats sitting around my room looking bored because nobody wants to wear cozy green hats this time of year.  It’s not easy being green(and warm), you know….
  2. At 5:00 yesterday morning, I was attacked in my sleep by a beetle.  Just one pass wasn’t enough.  It happened several times before I woke up.  Then it got caught in my braided hair.  By this time, my sister had woken up, but had no idea what I was doing.  I just looked like a flailing maniac to her.  Mr. Beetle died later that morning, and it was not of natural causes.
  3. My pen-pal and I have been writing letters to each other for over 10 years!  Not the most regularly(I’m pretty bad at replying quickly), but it’s still 10 years+.  That’s a lot of snail mail.
  4. I love the mini-series “Pride and Prejudice” with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.  My family has watched it together for years.  So many years in fact that when I was little and we watched it, I would only watch it for the part where Colin Firth would jump in the lake.  I was young enough that I had no appreciation for the amazing dialogue.  Sad but true. So the lake scene was my favorite.  Weird.            4.5 I can’t juggle. *Heaves a heavy sigh*
  5. Lastly, I would just like to point out that I don’t think I have ever been called creative.  Crafty yes, creative no.  Kind of sad if you think about it!  I have now though.  Even more flattered-ness to my Friday!  And I will leave you to wonder if I’m crafty in the “arts and crafts” sense, the “cunning and devious” sense, or both!

That was  lot of “I”s, but it was supposed to be 5 facts about me, I guess.  And now I have to nominate people.  Another fun fact about me: I’m too lazy to nominate that many people.  Here are the nominees-

Well, that’s five….  They are all great blogs and I highly recommend checking them out! Nominees- your rules are at the top of this blog post. 😉  Thank you again to my nominator,  she has a pretty cool blog that should be explored as well!

Have a terrific weekend, and be creative!  If possible, that is.  Speaking for myself, it can be kind of difficult…. but I’ll try!

Tag….You’re It!

I have inadvertently gotten myself tagged, thanks to Glaiza.  She has a lovely blog, Glimmer of Happiness, and at the end of her Love-Hate post, she tags everyone who read it.  Obviously, I had to follow through!

I’ve seen tags before, but never done one.  This particular tag looks fun!  It will most likely consist of me sitting in front of a computer for an hour trying to come up with 20 things I either love or hate.  How hard can it be?  Well, if you know me very well at all, you know have a terrible time making decisions.  But I’ll give it a go anyway.

Rules: Share 10 things you love and 10 things you hate, then nominate up to 10 blogs to do the same.

I’m going to do it a little differently though, and start with the hate.  That way, I get to end on a positive note and tell you all the stuff I love.  Saving the best for last, in other words. 🙂

Stuff I dislike, but don’t really hate, because there are very few things I really hate, and it’s a very strong word…..And here they are:

  1. Wasps.  I think it’s fairly safe to say I actually hate wasps
  2. Spiders.  Definitely not my favorite either, but not as bad as wasps.
  3. Being late.  I can’t stand being late.  And it can’t even be called “fashionably late” because I’m just not that fashionable.
  4. Eating fish.  Shrimp are about the only seafood I like, other than salmon in one particular dish that my mom makes.
  5. Plucking chickens.
  6. Being the center of attention in a large group, and having to utter words.  It’s the worst.
  7. Other people wearing my clothes.  It’s fine if they ask first, but if that hasn’t been done I really don’t appreciate it.
  8. Being cold.  Especially my hands and feet, which are always cold.
  9. Having a fan blowing on me.  There is something about the inconsistency and the cool air together that really bugs me.
  10. Being unsure of where I am driving.  This is why it is best to have a GPS.  I have my sister instead, and believe me- she’s much less annoying when giving directions than any automated person is.  There is also my iphone, which is muted in such cases as to avoid being bossed around by….it.

Thing-a-ma-bobs I love, in no particular order:

  1. My family
  2. Knitting!!!! And knitting!!!! And knitting!!!!  If you haven’t seen Peewee Herman….never mind.  I love knitting.
  3. My room.  It’s my favorite place when I get to knit and listen to music, or have a nice talk with someone.
  4. Music.  Have you heard the phrase “Life without music would B♭”?  Those are my sentiments exactly….
  5. Chocolate, especially M&Ms, but chocolate in general.
  6. Spring.  The flowers are blooming, the weather is beautiful, and spring fever sets in.
  7. Getting messages( be it email, text, or real mail like pen and paper stuff) from friends for no particular reason, just because. 🙂
  8. Being with my good and true friends.
  9. Snuggling with little kids.  Pretty much doing anything with children, actually!
  10. Butterflies.  I love butterflies.

And there ya go!  Hopefully you weren’t bored reading those.  I know some of them are fairly obvious, but maybe you were surprised by some of them.  And following Glaiza’s example….If you read this, tag!  You’re it!!!  I’d love to read what you mildly detest, loathe with your whole being, kind of like, or just really love.  I didn’t want to have to follow the rules and pick just 10 bloggers….So I picked all of you! Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!

May and the Musical Appliances

Here are all the occurrences from May!  Nothing too, too exciting,  but hopefully nothing boring either.  😉  Quite a bit of this happened last week because my memory just doesn’t remember the previous weeks that well.  But I’ll get started, as I am sure you are dying with curiosity what I did with my month, and how it relates to what I mentioned in the title of this blog post!

  • We got musical appliances, giving a whole new meaning to the name SamSUNG.  We have owned a Samsung refrigerator and dishwasher for a while now, but just recently replaced our washer and dryer.  They are both quite the musical performers, for appliances anyway.
  • As our dance recital gets closer, the dance studio where some of my sisters and I take classes had a picture night.  We had to dress up in our costumes, do our hair, smile, be blinded by the camera….all the while being suffocated by sparkles, sequins, and hairspray.  I’ve danced a long time, and love it, but I still have no regard for sparkly stuff whatsoever.  I guess it’s just not meant to be!  By the way, our dance recital is next month, so more on that later!
  • I got to play volleyball for the first time this year- it was great.  And I got a lovely bruise on my wrist from hitting the ball too hard.  In the wrong direction.  Multiple times.  Needless to say, I was not the MVP.
  • We celebrated Memorial Day by going to the oldest Memorial Day parade in the country.  It started in 1868.
  • I had a friend over for the holiday.  Friends are just the best. 🙂
  • Our truck decided to break down on Memorial Day, but everyone made it home safely and our poor, old truck is getting repaired….
  • I tried a Frozen Hot Chocolate smoothie from QT.  I should have tried it sooner!
  • We had young friends stay over with us for almost a week- that was fun, and it’s always interesting adjusting to having different people in the house
  • We are preparing for one of my sisters’ graduation party.  In trying to make our house presentable to our general acquaintances, it’s turned into a slight renovation of the house.  I’m only exaggerating a little.
  • Our meat chickens made a change of residency- they went from the garden to our freezer, with a little work in between.  But I’ll spare you the details, just know that I was stuck plucking, and dread the day I shall have to again.
  • Our strawberry patch started producing earlier this month, and has yet to stop.  Our table that had been covered in small plants and dirt is now covered in beautiful, sun-ripened, delicious strawberries.  I had forgotten how good they taste!  My family had a strawberry patch several years ago in our garden, but were replaced with vegetables.  Last year we turned one of our hills into a terrace-type thing called a swale, and planted a ton of strawberry plants.  We are now reaping the benefits, plus some.  I do believe that today we begin the making of strawberry preserves….
  • In addition to the graduation party we are having, I have already been to one this month with more to come.  It’s typically fun to go to those and see the baby pictures, socialize, and eat cake.
  • We got more chicks.  This time they are egg-layers, and much cuter.
  • On my way to a dog-sitting job, with two nine-year-old backseat drivers, I saw baby foxes!  They were just hanging out by the road, but thankfully not on the road.  Did you know that a baby fox can be called a kit, cub, or pup?  At least that’s the story that Google is telling, and they’re sticking with it!
  • Our garden has been slowly coming together.  There will be some planting, and then it will rain, then more planting, then more rain.
  • My sister and I began a thing called oil-pulling.  We swish coconut oil around in our mouths for 20 minutes every morning.  It’s not the most pleasant thing in the world- who would like a tablespoon full of coconut-flavored oil in their mouth?  It’s like shortening with coconut flakes in it.  But that’s only for the first half a minute or so.  After that it melts.  Our respective motives for doing this odd thing actually vary.  The oil-pulling is supposed to pull bacteria out of your mouth.  In doing so, it can have the added benefit of whitening teeth, and better health for teeth(like cavities and such).  My sister is interested in the teeth whitening, I am very interested in reversing a partial cavity I have because going to the dentist is not, by any stretch, something I enjoy.  We’ll see if we each get our wishes…. Another added benefit is that our teeth feel clean and glossy all day.
  • Lastly, I have been knitting.  I have been working on an eternity scarf/cowl.  It has checkers of a caramel color and a chocolate color.  I like it quite a bit, but being that I don’t wear a whole lot of scarves, it’s going on  my Etsy shop.  So look for it on there soon, if you want to see it anyway….  🙂  Or I might put a picture of it on Instagram- @Hannah__Abell I’d love to know what you think!

I’m thinking that’s about it!  Like I said, nothing too exciting.  But then again, you can’t say I was sitting around twiddling my thumbs either.  I hope you had a wonderful month of May!  I’d love to hear what you did.  🙂  Thanks for reading, and have a lovely weekend.

Don’t Read This Until Friday!

Don’t read this until Friday!!!  That’s supposed to be my award day, but I didn’t want to wait….So, I’m doing my Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award today.  I hope you don’t mind.  You have a couple choices- you can just pretend it’s Friday or you just ignore the fact that I said I was going to do awards on Fridays.  I chose to do the latter….

Anyway, thank you so, so much to Benedicte for nominating me! 🙂  That was very sweet of you! Everyone should go check out her blog….

Her questions for me are:

1) Where is the best place in world you have been?

Home is probably the best place I have ever been. 🙂

2) What was the last thing you ate?

M&Ms!!!!! They are the best, and my favorite candy.

3) Which animal do you compare yourself with?

Hmm…Maybe a puppy?  I like to think I’m cute and cuddly, haha.

4) What is your favorite candy?

If you don’t know already, I don’t know what to tell you…. (psst- it’s M&Ms!)

5) Have you ever been in Norway?

No, I haven’t.  I’ve actually never traveled internationally, but it looks beautiful based on the picture I’ve seen!
6) What’s your nickname?

I have quite a few different nicknames that people call me… It’s kinda nice. My top three are Hannah banana, Little Hannah, and Nan.  I actually really only dislike one nickname that I have ever been called, and that was Hannah Montana. Ugh.  My favorite is Nan.  It’s what my mom calls me. 🙂
7) If you could choose, would you be a female or a male?

I’m normally pretty happy with being a girl….
8) What do you do for study or job?

I work as a receptionist/secretary, and I’m trying to have a regular knitting business- To Knit or Knot on Etsy.

9) What’s your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is by Thomas Jefferson- “Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”
10) What’s your party trick?

Sadly, I don’t have a party trick….But I don’t go to that many parties, so I guess I’m okay with that.

Okay, so Benedicte’s questions being answered, I get to come up with my own and select the nominees….Hehe!

  1. What is the best thing that happened to you today?
  2. When telling a story, do you express yourself using words or body language and facial expressions?
  3. What is your favorite movie/TV show?
  4. Sunny day or rainy day?
  5. Do you have a favorite famous person?
  6. When do you do your best thinking- early in the day?  Or late at night?
  7. What are you passionate about?
  8. Where was the last place you had fun?
  9. Why did you start a blog?
  10. Where would you go, if you could go anywhere in the world?

And now those lucky people that get to answer have to put up with my questions are:

Missy’s Crafty Mess

College and Me

Semper Fidelis

Discovering Ratchet

Hann

It’s not imperative that you answer my questions, but it’d be awfully nice if you did!  I look forward to your answers, nominees.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week! 🙂

April ‘Appenings

It’s “What Happened?” Week! This is my second installment of informing all of you just what exactly happened in my life this past month- the good, the weird, the bad, the boring…You get the gist of it I hope! Anything pretty much that was out of the ordinary you can find below. 😉

  • Easter!  I celebrated with my family and some friends from church.  It was fun!
  • I survived April Fool’s Day, and missed any pranks that someone tried to pull on me….Which reminds of a funny story from the 1st of April in 2014- I’ll have to tell you guys about that some other time
  • I got an iPhone!  So now I can actually make phone calls….Quite nice.
  • The weather in the Midwest is perfect(I hope it is wherever you are too)
  • My family got a new car- it’s a nice little Acura with a whole bunch of fancy do-hickies on the inside
  • I found an Easter egg….on the 11th.  Yes, a full week after my siblings were supposed to have found them all.  The Kit-Kat still tasted quite good though!  And the egg was still in one piece, even though I ran over it with a lawn mower…oops
  • Some friends and I got together to play Capture the Flag and Ghost in the Graveyard.  Even though I exercise semi-regularly, I was quite sore the next day half a week.
  • I met a boy that wanted to kiss me within an hour of our acquaintance.  His name was Sawyer, and he is two years old. And quite adorably sweet.  I gave him a hug.
  • My parents had their 27th anniversary.  We ate Death by Chocolate in celebration- it’s pretty much the best dessert ever
  • My little brother cracked a plate with his head- he didn’t get so much as a headache, but the plate didn’t fare quite as well….I’ll leave the rest to speculation
  • I completed a Mohawk hat for my cousin, C4R.
  • Our Tuesday night church meetings ended for the summer.  Dance will end in a couple weeks as well, which makes me realize all the more how fast summer is approaching!
  • Our backyard is covered with the ghosts of dandelions
  • Some of my siblings and I went to a concert where our cousin performed, and I gave him his hat.  We had a lot of fun together, and went to Applebee’s afterwards
  • The same siblings went with some friends and me to the movie theaters the next day, and then went to Taco Bell.  I’ve gotta get away from eating out so much!
  • My family rented “Five Armies”(the third installment of The Hobbit) and I must say I rather enjoyed it!  After losing interest in the other two part way through, I watched the entirety of this one and liked it. Bilbo Baggins’ personality and one-liners were probably the points of interest for me. 🙂
  • Last Tuesday I did some multitasking- weeding the family garden and working on my tan (invisible though it may be) at the same time.  If there my skin isn’t a darker shade, at least I can say I got my vitamin D for the day!
  • After my knitter’s block post last week, I almost immediately began a green textured slouch hat(I guess I just had to write it out?).  But now I have all the *great* suggestions from some very nice people of what I should knit next, that I can go back to when my project is done. 🙂  Thanks again to all of you for your ideas!

That may be all of what happened in my April!  Or at least, out of the ordinary…..What about yours?  Anything new and exciting?  🙂  I hope your April was wonderful, and the month of May is just as good.  Have a great week, and thank you very much for stopping by!