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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. The weather has been on a roller coaster this past week and we’ve gotten a lot of rain with it. Since the grass hasn’t started growing yet our backyard is still a bit muddy, so we don’t get to play outside much.

Millie and sun ray 3-26-23 - lr

This is how I like to spend my afternoons.

We’re supposed to get some more rain and a couple of days of sun this coming week so you should be able to find me here most of the time. 

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We’re joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop. You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. The snow finally arrived here this past week, but it didn’t stick around for long. We did have a little fun playing in it before it disappeared though, so we were a bit tuckered out after that.

Millie hang dog 3-18-23 - lr

Just hanging out over the edge of the bed here.

Walter and pillows 3-15-23 - lr

These pillows can be slippery!

We’re looking forward to the start of spring tomorrow although we know that snow can still fly until mid-May around here. 

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Just another view of us snoozing on the big bed. The weather around here lately has been far from ideal. We had an ice event a few days ago and the yard is like trying to walk on an ice rink. Needless to say, we’ve been spending much of our time like this.

Walter and Millie napping 2-19-23 - lr

It might look like we are close, but we are not touching. Millie would never let that happen.

Today’s temperatures are above freezing for the first time since we got all our ice so it’s melting nicely. We hope the weather where you are is better than here, but from what we’ve heard on the news, even our friends in California have had some snow! 

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. We’ve had some crazy weather this winter. Our snow total so far this year is about a third of normal snow fall for the season and our temperatures have been above normal. This past Sunday our high temperature reached 55°F (about 13°C) and the flowers on our witch hazel burst into bloom.

2123 - Honeybee flying to Witch-Hazel - lr

Incoming!

Along with the beautifully fragrant flowers came the honey bees.

2133 - Honeybee on Witch-Hazel - lr

Look at those packed saddle bags.

Here is a little video clip I took of some of them in action. If you turn your volume up, you can hear the buzz from all the bees.

If you can’t see the video, you can go here to view it.

Those honey bees sure were working hard. It’s too bad somebody hasn’t invented smell-o-vision so I could share the beautiful scent of the witch hazel with all of you.

2160 - Honeybee on Witch-Hazel - lr

I enjoyed watching the bees do their work and hoped they all made it back to the hive before it got too cold.

2173 - Honeybee on Witch-Hazel - lr

The weather has turned much colder and just a couple of days ago we had an ice storm that left over a quarter of an inch of ice covering everything including those beautiful witch hazel blossoms.

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We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. Just another view of us snoozing on the big bed. We hope you enjoy the Super Bowl or whatever you like to watch tonight.

Millie and Walter relaxing 2-5-23 - lr

He’s right behind me. Isn’t he?

We’ll be right here watching the big game tonight but mostly we’ll be watching the commercials. It’s always fun to see if there are any good commercials featuring animals. Our mom hopes there is one with those beautiful Budweiser horses.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. We had some very cold weather like many of us in the USA this week, so most of our days have been spent lounging around the house.

Walter and pillow 2-14-23 - lr

There is nothing better than hanging out on the big bed. I like using one of the pillows for extra cushioning.

Walter sleeping 2-3-23 - lr

There hasn’t been much sunshine but when there is some it’s always nice to warm your belly! The weather is going to warm up this week and we hope to get more sunny days too.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. We wanted to show you our final Christmas card display before it was taken town.

2100 - Walter with Final Christmas Card Display - lr

We love all the cards we received.

We received some of the cards after the holidays were over but the latest commers were from the furthest away. The long-distance record for us this year is from New Zealand!

2102 - Walter laying with Final Christmas Card Display - lr

Let me lay down so you can see them better.

Since our ribbons were getting full, we put the last couple of cards on the stones that stick out with the stuffed toys. Here is a view without me in the way.

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Click on the image to make it bigger so you can find your card.

2104 - Walter laying with Final Christmas Card Display - hears Millie - lr

I hear Millie coming so we will try to do an ussie for you too.

Before we get to that last picture let’s see how our final tally came out. When it comes to our annual contest between us and our parents, we of course, beat them by a lot!

Millie & Walter

26 Snail Mail cards

25 e-cards

Total Card Count – 51

Mom & Dad

12 cards*

2117 - Millie Walter with Final Christmas Card Display - lr

Thanks for letting me join you for our final card display.

We love getting all our cards during the holiday season whether by email or snail mail and want to thank everyone that participated in the Cat blogging list that we joined this year.

*One card from our Mail carrier and one from our dentist! BOL!

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here to tell you about the second half of my Jimmy Beans Wool Craftvent Calendar advent calendar creations. Let’s see what was in the rest of the boxes.

Striped Scarf
Madelinetosh Impression Yarn
Colors: Colors: Antler (white) & Malmo (dark green)

I would have to say that working with the Impression yarn wasn’t my favorite, especially with the darker colors. The pattern didn’t call for the border of dark yarn on the sides of the scarf but since the yarn was carried up the side, I didn’t like the look, so I covered it up with a single crochet around the entire scarf. It was finished off with fringe of alternating both colors of yarn.

Star Hat
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light Yarn
Colors: Carousel Horse (pink multi) & Tart (red)

The written pattern for the star hat called for another star applique like the ones for the sweater and mittens I posted about previously. I wasn’t happy with how those looked so I used the chart for the knitted pattern and did my hat in the waistcoat stitch to mimic a knitted stitch. I also used a ribbed brim instead of what the pattern called for. In other words, I winged it!

Striped Socks
Madelinetosh Twist Light Yarn
Colors: Malmo (dark green) & Sorry, Not Sorry (light green)

These socks were crocheted the same as the previous ones except you changed color every two rows. They were very easy to make.

Day sixteen contained 100% Aromatic Red Cedar that is harvested from renewable forests. It grows quickly and is a reliable and sustainable resource. I will be storing my Craftvent creations with these to deter moths and other pests.

Colorblock Raglan Sweater
Madelinetosh Impression Yarn
Colors: Colors: Carousel Horse (pink multi) & Patriarch (bright red)

The design of this sweater was fairly simple to make except that it was done with my least favorite yarn in the box.

Colorblock Hat
Madelinetosh Twist Light Yarn
Colors: Tern (dark grey) & Tart (red)

This was the simplest hat to make. I switched to the ribbed brim I did on the previous hats and added one of the pom poms that came in the day four box.

Day nineteen contained this cute tape measure. The gnomes are featured on the front of the box too.

Yoke Sweater
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (TML) + Tweed Yarn
Colors: Malmo (dark green) & Antler (white)

This was another color work sweater. It was easy to follow the chart and I love the look of the yoke.

Striped Hat
Madelinetosh Twist Light Yarn
Colors: Tern (dark grey) & Tart (red)

Another easy hat to make. I switched to the ribbed brim I did on the previous hats and added one of the pom poms that came in the day four box.

The day twenty-two box was another break from crocheting with some accessories to help hang all the creations up and light them up.

Santa Hat
Madelinetosh Impression Yarn
Colors: Colors: Carousel Horse (pink multi) & Tart (red)

This was the final project of the box and was a bit of a challenge to start. The pattern started at the smallest part and with the fuzzy lace weight yarn it was difficult to see to start. I had to restart because I was having a difficult time seeing the stitches. Since that yarn is so fuzzy you can’t rip it back like most normal yarns, I scrapped it and was able to make it work. I added a self-made pom pom with the pink yarn.

The final box contained a sample of Eucalan Lanolin Enriched Laundry Concentrate and a tapestry needle.

Mini Millie and Walter had some fun trying on a few of the creations.

Here is a look at them all hung up on the twine with the fairy lights. I’m not sure how I will display them for next Christmas. They are a bit too big to fit on my tree but there might be another crocheted creation or some other sort of crafty creation to display them.

2079 - Craftvent box - Tiny Trimmings on String with Lights - lr

Jimmy Beans Craftvent 2022

I know that this has been a long post so thank you if you made it this far. It’s been fun working on all these little projects and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them.

I’m joining the The Loop Scoop Yarny Link Party (formerly known as Hookin’ on Hump Day). You should stop by to see some of the other projects people have posted.

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