Friday, August 17, 2012

Leaves Are Falling.......

No, this is not a song title (I don't think), it is a fact.  Yes, they are beginning to fall and change color.  Our birches are exhibiting golden leaves, the willow's are flying all over the yard and the sumac is turning a deep red.  Yikes!  Are we ready for this??  Is that why BH's "pet" chipmunk has been in a flurry gathering peanuts, running like he just had a gallon of energy drink? Hurry, hurry, hurry.....I've got a stash to finish!!  More peanuts..quick!!

I had to turn the space heater on this morning!  39 degrees outside, 58 in the house.  Just saying.

In other news, grandson and girlfriend did show up last Saturday to help clean.  We managed to get the largest room in the old house purged and organized.....6 "contractor" bags of crap to be disposed of.  A good day!  Then Monday and Tuesday, I did the other 3 rooms....and 2 more bags of crap.  And wound up with a ton of stuff for the Yard Sale.  Hoping to pull that off the weekend after Labor Day.  We still have the upstairs to do (there's that word "we" again).  It shouldn't be too bad.....a lot of camping gear to sell as well as baby furniture and paraphenalia from when the grandchildren were....babies.

Anywho, that is on the agenda for next week.  Today I go to daughter's for the weekend....into Monday.  We're going shopping.  She needs a new TV, bath towels and bed sheets.  Hoping to get a day in just walking the downtown area and visiting all the cool looking shops we've never been to.  There's also a new yarn store, I noticed.  Would love to stop in there and see what's what.   Monday, she has a doctor's appointment....a new doctor.  So I said I would take her, meet the doc and make sure she's up to speed on daughter's medical history.

Other than keeping the house tidy, spinning in the morning and still knitting the blue cabled socks, that's about it.  I am now working on the instep of that sock.....but I still have the feeling in the back of my mind that it should be frogged.  eh geeezzz.   And the blue denim-colored sweater is still sitting on my sewing table.  Haven't built up the nerve to attempt machine sewing the zipper in yet.

I am almost done spinning the 2nd bobbin of the oatmeal-colored mystery wool.  I love this wool!!  Man, it is s-p-r-i-n-g-y!!!  Spinning very nicely even though I'm picking out nubs and grit all along the way.  Yep. Again.

Skeined and washed 7 bobbins of yarn.  The black Shetland.  And then, while looking in the storage bin, because I could've sworn there was more than 7 bobbins finished.....there they were.......7 more bobbins.....single ply, every one.   How could I have forgotten that I put singles away???  Crap!!  I could've had another 8-9 bobbins of yarn!  You know what that means......another sweater!!

Well, all is not for naught.  Actually, I think I put those singles away because there is Shetland-dyed-cranberry roving waiting to be spun.  Sooo......maybe the oatmeal wool will sit a bit longer and the cranberry roving will hit the wheel.  Git 'r done!.. Ply.....and viola!!  Now that Shetland sweater will be an intarsia Shetland sweater!!  hehehehehe  


Thursday, August 9, 2012


So, I'm waiting for BH to wake up and get out of bed.  I've been up since 4 a.m.   Spinning.  Making coffee.  Drinking coffee.  Going to the bathroom.  And now....blogging.

I have a ton of things to get done this morning.  We're going to the Casino today for an overnighter.  Yep.  I have a coupon for a Free night!  Had one for last week too....and that's what we did.  Plus....a coupon for 2 special pull-tabs, guaranteed  $5 to $25, and a coupon for $15.00 free money!  Last week I won $30 on the pull-tabs, had $7.00 free slot play and another $10.00 free bonus cash!!!  But did I win any jackpots on the slots?  Nada.  However, we did come home with all the money from our own pockets.  B-o-n-u-s!!

Anywho,  on today's agenda:  empty the dish drain, put dishes away; make the bed; throw in a load of laundry; pay tons of bills; send daughter a piece of financial information she needs; clip coupons for the store on our way home tomorrow; some dusting and vacuuming;  pack the overnight bag.

And none of this can be done till.....BH is up and about.  Why?  Because I relish the quiet "my" time soooo much, that I just can't bring myself to make noise or otherwise wake him up, even though this is really throwing a monkeywrench into my schedule.

In other news:  I finished the ex-coworker's dress.  Did manage to get the elastic out of the waistband and ease is up a bit.  She was happy.  I don't know if it actually fits her better now; she never called to say.

I have finished knitting a had and almost the fingerless mitts, just gotta knit up the thumbs on both.  Think this will come with me today; I can work on them tonight.

Started a pair of cabled socks.  Nice blue tweedy color.  Got to the heel...might frog the whole thing.  Not sure I like the cabling; doesn't seem to be enough stretch.  I come from a family of big feet.  I base all  my knitted socks on our big feet.  Big ankles, big calves too.

I managed to sew the grograin ribbon in the denim blue sweater.  Now just have to get up the nerve to put the zipper in.  Did you ever machine-stitch a zipper in a sweater?   I put a zipper in the sweater I made for son in NY, but I'll be dipped if I can remember if I hand sewed it or machine (which I cannot remember doing).  I could ask him, but he probably wouldn't know what I was talking about (his wife does not sew! no help there.)

Grandson stopped by last evening.....with the girlfriend.  So we made plans to start cleaning out the old farmhouse/storage house this Saturday.  Weather has cooled down considerably, and no rain in the forecast til next Wednesday.  So we'll be getting that done.

Finally got around to cleaning the car....inside and out.  Inside was vacuumed, washed, QTipped all the little crevices and louvers; washed the windows, shampooed the upholstery and carpeting; scrubbed and hosed down the floor mats.  Washed and waxed the outside.  Started at 10:00am; finished at 3:15pm.  There was an hour break, while waiting for the car to cool down in the shade so the wax could be applied.  BH and I sat on the deck, talking.  I had 2 glasses of wine.  Wanted a beer, but didn't want to get in the car to go to the store, as the carpets were just cleaned!

And I pulled out the batt of oatmeal-colored wool last week.  Started spinning that.  Thinking an Aran sweater.  Might have to buy something similar color for plying.  Don't think there's enough of this wool to 3-ply and knit a sweater.

Ok.  He's up!!  gotta get my arse moving.  I'm gonna need a nap before we take off this afternoon.