January sock progress is like molasses. Very slow going. I am now half way through the heel flap. No the socks will not be finished in January as I originally planned. I’ll have to see what is scheduled for February = hopefully no more illness so that I can get February’s socks done and go back and finish these.
I spent about 4 hours this morning, moving furniture and cleaning floors under machines. Sweeping, mopping, discarding, put bolts and other fabrics away all takes time. So we took the afternoon off and spent another 5 hours, grocery shopping, and having AT&T tell me why the phone wasn’t working. Amazingly they couldn’t get it to misbehave and so far it is still working. I had planned to get an ice cream cake at Dairy Queen for the party Saturday evening, but their idea of a an ice cream cake, was a layer of vanilla topped with a layer of chocolate and then frosted like a cake. So we went to Baskin Robbins and bought pizza like pies. They have a big chocolate cookie on the bottom and are filled with ice cream and cut into 8ths. That should be easy to handle at the party. (Yes, there is vegan cake and ice cream for those that choose.)
This week was one to “hang on tightly for a wild ride” and try to enjoy the ride as the disasters happened.
A shattered cell phone
A broken cooktop
A computer not working
2 now defunct microwaves
I’m hoping we are at the end of this ride. The phone has been replaced for a very small fee, courtesy of Apple. A new cooktop sits here in the entry way awaiting the installer. The first microwave died after many good years of use. We went to use it and it was too tired to move. So we brought in the other one which was given to us several years ago and had seen little use. It worked for 2 days. After an on-line search yesterday, I found one to purchase at Amazon – yes it did cost $13.00 more than if I went out and picked one up. However, it was snowing in the morning and they delivered it in about 6 hours to the front door. We were willing to pay for that convenience. And so far it works wonderfully.
The computer was quite another story. I spent Saturday night and most of yesterday, until midnight, working with the Geeksquad on-line to get it back up and running. We don’t know why it misbehaved, but after all that time, and 3 different “geeks” on their end, it is up and working again sans my email list of addresses. Their advice is to get a different email program before it happens again as it has been happened to others as well.
God has blessed us that we are not usually big spenders, grow much of our own food, and only buy necessary clothes, so we had the savings to handle these issues.
Look at this blessing that opened out of season. There is only one stem, but unexpected and we are enjoying it
Today, we went to exercise, bought grain for the sheep, and took a nap. Maybe tomorrow, we can get back on track. It’s time again to clean surfaces that attract “stuff”
I have begun the next pair of socks = the Swirl E socks. This yarn is Knit Picks “Felici” rainbow and the pattern is a Prairie Girl Design by Susie White which is free on Ravelry. With all this gray weather, I’m enjoying knitting with the spring colors and they are knitting up fast. The yarn is nice and soft even though it is a superwash fiber of 75% merino wool and 25% nylon.
We did go to the gym this morning and then grocery shopping for the last minute items. I also spent several hours on the computer doing research. Tomorrow, we are going to our daughter’s and enjoy the family and friends. One of our children and family will be missing since they are on a trip to Israel. But we’ll get together for Christmas.
To all our American friends: Enjoy a
Happy Thanksgiving and drive carefully.
Gray skies and our errands started here. This is a marvelous store in Puyallup, WA. They have everything to make your dreams come true and I have to be very, VERY careful when I step inside.
Somehow (probably from a few escapes it made over the years, my bobbin holder was out of round and I had to acquire a new one at the cost of $75.00. These things are not inexpensive!
From there we found our way to the post office and the library. Then back home to a very late lunch. DH wanted something raw. So I found these Brussels sprouts and red pepper in the refrigerator, thinly sliced both and put a bit of vinegar over them for a colorful salad. And now to remove a few threads from yesterday’s mishap.
After breakfast and feeding the sourdough culture, the gym was first on our list today. On our way home, we received a call to come look over some house papers.
Then it was time to make our first sourdough bread as the culture was ready. As I was finished kneading it, the hay arrived along with Juliette (sheep) and her 2 lambs. Photos will be tomorrow, because when I get busy, I forget the camera.
Lunch was a stir fry as the rice was cooked and the refrigerator is full of vegetables.
Dessert was thawed strawberries over zucchini bread. We often eat seasonally.
Then it was off to the bank and the grocery store. I needed olives to make olive bread. As we were leaving, we received another phone call about more papers, only these had to read to be signed. So we picked those up on the way out, went to the bank, where the machine ate some of our deposit,(bank official is taking care of that), then off to the grocery store for olives. Above is the bread, which the directions tell me to rise overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature in the morning before baking.
We signed the papers and returned them on the way home. Now the title search should be set in motion. I love these full days, but I feel like I’m watching life whiz by.
Slowly, but surely, with little minutes here and there. The gussets are nearly done. I think I’m a slow knitter because it takes me 18-20 hours to do a pair of socks -time dependent on how much cuff and how many stitches I drop and have to pick up and how many times I have to lay the project down and pick it up again.
No photo, but I spent an hour in the dentist chair this afternoon having 2 small cavities filled.
On the way there, I stopped and bought 2 gallons of honey from a friend who has many hives of bees and has them at various people’s farms. I learned that our hardware store now sells food grade buckets for food. And guess what, their logo gets spread around. DH believes that everything one sells should have something to help sales. This qualifies.
The last thing to purchase was a storm door for the hoop house which will be recovered this weekend.
And here’s a HINT: for all these holidays coming up. Buy yardage, serge or hem the edge, pop it on your table to look all cheery and when the holiday is over, you can save it for next time, or make something else from it.
And now I can show you the quilt that I worked on early summer. It is a BOM called “celebrate” in The Quilt Pattern Magazine. http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/index.html preview. I am quite happy with the results.
And since it was done ahead of time, I took the day to clean house including floors and countertops and went shopping.
I started the morning by opening an email that I should not have opened. Then I waited for the Geeksquad to remove the virus or whatever from my computer so I could again use it. After that a phone call to Handiquilter and I believe my machine may be more cooperative.
In between those chores, I did get a pattern copied onto pattern pellon for a jacket. I even was able to get the main pieces cut out of this cotton fabric. It will be a loose, lightweight cotton jacket using the new serger. However, I do not have the right thread, so will pick that up tomorrow.
Off to the grocery briefly for a couple very good watermelons and out to the garden. We picked the funniest shaped carrots. Next year the ground will have to be worked deeper. These poor carrots just could not break through the hardpan. Still they are delicious.
These beets were growing beside the carrots, but since they are shorter, they didn’t have the same troubles. They filled this 4 gallon bucket about 3/4 full. Oh, and there were a few potatoes that were from a potato that was left in the ground over winter. I pulled a beet and harvested 6 potatoes much to my surprise. So we will be enjoying roasted root vegetables.