Posted by: tgonzales | January 31, 2011

January 29-30, 2011 Weekend

I hope everyone had a good weekend? Friday night my husband and I watched the movie; Blindside (hey this might become a tradition) I had wanted to see this movie for a long time, but hadn’t really taken the time to do so. I was so glad that I could watch it in the privacy of my home, because I cried. And yes I know that’s no surprise as I cry so easily. But that’s just me and my tender heart. Ha ! Ha!

Saturday was the day that I had set aside to deliver 9 of the hats that I had made for 1 niece, 1 great niece, 5 great nephews, and 2 great great nephews. My sister agreed to go with me; since we haven’t had a lot of time to spend with each other lately and I didn’t want to go alone. Our trip went smoothly until we slowed down just inside of the town of Norwich, I heard a noise like something scraping and thought maybe I had a flat tire. So I pulled over and we looked at all of the tires. Thank goodness all of them were fine (I haven’t changed a tire since I was in Drivers Ed and that’s been a long time ago)

Then we started looking under the car and Jackie found this. I’m not sure what this piece of trim does, but I’m sure that there’s a reason for it to be there.

We started searching the car for something to tie it back up with. I told Jackie I had some yarn, but that wouldn’t work because it needed to be something stiff so that it could thread up around the bumper. So we were in search of a piece of baling wire. No luck, so I started taking pictures

and then Jackie took some pictures and about that time a nice man by the name of Brad Holder stopped and asked if we needed help. Of course we said, “Yes, please”. We asked if he happened to have a piece of baling wire and since his truck looked like it was equipped with anything you might need to repair anything and he didn’t disappoint us, because he had one small piece just the right size.

He was even kind enough to fix the problem and I’m sure he thought, oh man what a couple of city clickers we were.

I had fun taking pictures of the situation and thanked God that the problem had been so minor.

Anyway we were off to our first destination, my nephew and nieces house; Jason and Kelley. They own 80 acres of land north and west of Norwich, Kansas. Where they are raising their boys, along with

several fainting goats,

chickens, and some dogs and cats. This land is where my brother Dean and Jason’s dad (who passed away December 12, 2010) loved to spend his free time. He would help his son clear brush and trees,

tear down dilapidated buildings, and ride his 4 wheeler across the land.

He enjoyed helping his son build things too and was looking forward to seeing a new home built on this piece of land.

This is where he passed away and this trip helped me with some of the closure of his death.

I found Tolan riding Dean’s 4 wheeler, he was being very shy and didn’t want to try his hat on or didn’t want his picture taken at all.

Coben didn’t want to try on his hat either, but he didn’t mind me taking his picture at all. As a matter of fact he was quite the poser and was always ready to say cheese when he seen the camera.

Kelley’s hat fit her perfectly and I told her she could wear it out to feed the chickens.

She also modeled her daughter Rachel’s hat for me and I left Rachel’s two little boys hats with Kelley too. Kelley agreed to take pictures and send them to me so I can share them with you.

We had a wonderful time just watching the boys play and ride their motorized vehicle and the 4 wheeler. I can see why Dean loved to go there.

Then it was off to see our niece Shawna (one of 4 of Dean’s daughters). She lives about 3 miles away from Jason and Kelley with her husband Ryan and their 4 boys. They live on a farm and Ryan farms the land. Dean was always ready to help Ryan with the harvest and loved to work the land.

We found Ethan, Hayden, and Braxton jumping on the trampoline and all of them cooperated with trying on their hats and posing for pictures. It was so much fun just watching them jump and talk to us.

We went in the house to find Shawna and baby Rylan (which I already gave him his hat a couple of weekends ago).

We had fun watching the boys, and Braxton couldn’t help but get some extra special attention from his Great Aunt Jackie.

Sunday was dedicated to laundry, cooking, and

writing the pattern for this flowery hat and I will be teaching a class on this at Twist. It will be a two session class with the first session starting on Tuesday, February 15 and ending on Tuesday, February 22 from 6 pm-8 pm. I hope everyone has a great week.


  1. Hi Tamara,

    You have some pretty amazing adventures, I’ve got to say. This one was fun to read about. Sorry for the car issue, but how neat that your new friend helped you out. The hats look great on the recipients. And I’m glad you found some closure on Dean’s passing. All in all, sounds like a really neat weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Jeanne,

      Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful week. It sounds like you are going to get the same kind of weather that we are experiencing. Very Cold!


  2. Always such a busy lady! But what a wonderful way to enjoy your family this weekend.

    We liked Blindside, too!

    • Mindy,

      Thanks for being here and commenting. I hope you have a good week.


  3. Love the photo documentation! Your blog is so fun to read, Tamara. Thanks for sharing the good and the bad!

    • Steph,

      Thank you for liking the blog. I only speak from my heart and my soul.:) I hope your week is going good.

      Love you,

  4. Sounds like an adventurous weekend!

    • CrochetBlogger,

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting too. I hope your week is filled with lots of crafty things. I know you’re probably hooking those granny squares right now.


  5. How nice that you were able to deliver these wonderful hats to your family. I am sure they will love wearing them 🙂

    • Merri,

      I loved seeing their hats on them, even if the temperature was in the 60’s. I can hardly wait to see the hats on the other ones too. Thanks for stopping by.


  6. what a busy day you had saturday. i still haven’t seen the blind side. my friend chris says it is an awful movie but i’m sure i’ll enjoy it anyway because i love me some sandra bullock. the end.

    i love the picture of ethan pulling on the other boys’ hats. so funny.

    i started making those fingerless gloves and gee whiz. they are smallish. so only certain people will be able to wear them. and by them i mean the one that i’ve still not finished.

    • Joshua,

      I know you’ll like the movie and I’ve never seen you not see a move because someone else didn’t like it. So watch it. The End.

      I loved the pictures of Ethan too. They were being so cute and the pictures turned out really good too.

      I can’t wait to see your fingerless gloves and there are a lot of girls that you know that could probably wear them, when you get them done.

      Love you,

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