Ah, back in New Jersey after a couple of months in lovely Punta Gorda, Florida, where I had rented a beautiful condo, with a huge lanai. There were plenty of manatees to greet me on my walks around the marina.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
We have a new president and the months of campaigning are now over. I am so relieved, and happy to move ahead.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The weather has been chilly and mild, and then yesterday - Wham! Wind, rain, and even snow flurries. I was talking to Mom, and she was going outside to catch some snowflakes on her tongue. Today it is windy again. Can I use that as an excuse again to put off going to Lowe's to complete my order for new carpet? I just may do that. Tonight is knitting group at the library. I really look forward to it every week. I guess I didn't realize how much I missed being around groups of friendly people since I retired. Besides, who can resist the mutual admiration of fellow knitters? I showed off my stole last Wednesday, and I have a cowl to show this week. This was a fun and quick (and BIG NEEDLE) project. I'm going to get some critiques tonight to see if this would be a good project for holiday gifts. I don't like to knit on schedule, so projects that can be completed in a day or so are about the limit for me. Socks, of course, are always on the needles.
Friday, August 22, 2008
I just love watching the Olympics. Summer, winter, I love them all. Unfortunately, I have been influenced by the athletes, and have started running. As those who know me will attest, I hate exercise, and feel it is dangerous. I can relate quite a few incidents of friends injuring themselves while exercising, and I have always discouraged it. I didn't even know why I started running until my friend Barb told me it was the Olympics. She said to watch out, or I'd be looking for a trampoline or balance bar next. I feel quite athletic now. Of course, I have only been running for two days, and maybe for 1/16 of a mile, but still....
Saturday, July 5, 2008
June 2008 is history. It was a busy month filled with fun family things.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Today is another chilly, overcast day here in NJ. There have only been a few 'shorts' days since I returned home from Florida. Blech - I want shorts and flip-flop weather.
In my absence from blogland, while dealing with quite a few personal issues that kept me busy, I did keep up with fibery things.
There has been spinning, plying, and whacking away at the lovely superwash merino roving from The Sheep Shed Studio. My little HitchHiker - Marvin - is getting quite a workout.
I really like the way the colors are blending as I ply it. I'm still a rookie spinster, so the yarn isn't all that even, and I think I over-plied a bit, but I'm still very happy with it and looking forward to knitting something. I had originally planned on a vest, but I'll probably have enough yarn for a cardi.
I have 4 big skeins so far - big skeins is my technical term for 'I haven't gotten around to measuring wpi or yardage yet'. I think I have spun up about half of the 1.5 pounds that I ordered.
In other news -
I finished Susan's socks. This was my first experience with bamboo sock yarn. It is very soft and a bit shiny. The yarn is RubySapphire Panda sock yarn.
Then there is the lovely Ice Queen, also for Susan, which is still in progress.
This sad state of affairs is due to my silly idea that I could leave it at home while I traveled to Florida for a few weeks and remember exactly where I had left off when I returned home. Maybe if I stare at it long enough I'll have an epiphany. I'm ignoring the fact that I could have frogged and started from scratch and be finished by now.
Next up, a pair of socks for P's dear mom, who will be arriving from Florida in June for her summer long visit to NJ. I'm almost finished with those.
My last pair of BBS is awaiting cast-on. I have some olive drab yarn pre-ordered and am looking forward to knitting SFS that are not black. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but a dozen pairs of those babies, and I'm ready for a new color. I received an email from a soldier in Baghdad who received a pair of my socks, so that was quite a thrill. It made me want to knit even faster.
I have two pairs of men's size 12 finished and awaiting a wash and dry, then I'll ship those to Kim along with the pair I'm starting now, and whatever goodies I can fit in the package for the soldiers, and off it will go.
Bye-Bye BigBlackSocks. Hello OliveDrabSocks.
I have been getting a lot of knitting done while sitting with Mom while she has her blood drained each week. She was recently diagnosed with hemochromatosis, which is treated by removing blood to bring down iron levels. So every Friday, we make the trip to the hematology/oncology office. I get her all comfy in her recliner with an afghan and a magazine. I then get myself comfortable in the chair next to her with my knitting and my tea, and we settle in for a couple hours. All of the ladies that work there are exceptionally nice and cheerful, which is probably a requirement for the oncology part of the office. The ladies check on my Socks for Soldiers each week, so that is a good incentive to keep going.
My break is now over, and I'll go back to sorting through things to offer on Freecycle. This has really helped me in my humongous downsizing effort. I was always reluctant to throw away anything that was in good shape, even though I no longer had any use for it. Now, my loss is someone's gain, and we are both happy.