A day in the life of Zumba   3 comments

Zumba would spend all day out on the little deck off of our bedroom, if we would let her.  She loves waiting for the birds and squirrels.  They will never notice this big cat, right?

Zumba ever hopeful

Today, for the first time, Zumba leaped off the railing to the ground.  When she is out there, we check on her regularly.  A went out to see how she was doing and saw her on the ground, 8 feet below, looking around.  We got shoes on in record time, and went out to catch her.  It wasn’t too hard, she sniffed a bit, staying out of reach, then we threw some leaves.  She can’t resist chasing leaves, so she came right to me.  I snatched her up and in she came for the rest of her life. Since we didn’t see it happen we aren’t sure if she jumped or fell, but either way, no more unattended time out.  Luckily, we have a nice screened porch she can sit in and watch birds and squirrels.

In  the evening, Zumba likes to sleep in front of the stove. When we had Tigger, she claimed the spot, but now that she is gone, Zumba has moved right in and obviously, feels right at home.

Zumba stove 3

Zumba stove 2

Zumba stove 1

Yup, that is our crazy cat – look, she has hair on her belly again!  Just a little bit longer than peach fuzz, but it is growing in for real.

Posted October 19, 2014 by salpal1 in What I love

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Sunday evening already?   2 comments

this weekend sure flew by.  It was pretty good, too.  Did some knitting, some paper crafting, got the chores done, and cleaned up some of the garden work (although, i might be the only one who can tell.)

Anyway – I also took photos – not great ones, but they are photos.  :-)

Last year’s Halloween cards were quite elaborate to make, this year, I went a different route – found some nice pre-made plain cards at JoAnn’s (even on sale, cheaper than the paper would have been!  Then with a bit of ribbon, stamps, glitter and stickers, I made them fit the season. the colors on these are really bad, the cards are cream and dark brown, in case you can’t tell.  :-)

halloween cards

They started plain, and this is how some of them came out.  I should have taken these outside, but the wind was howling today.  So interior lighting and some flash makes these a bit odd, color-wise.

spooky house card

crow card

happy halloween card

pumpkin card

Oh, and I did some knitting on my socks – pair number 23 this year.  This is String Theory Hand Dyed yarn from Blue Hill, in Cobalt.  My first time using this locally hand-dyed yarn, but not my last, I  love it!  The pattern is business casual (third time making this, I really like the argyle effect) and it moves right along quickly.  Ravelry pattern page is here for more info.

.sws 23 one done

I also worked on the Estonian lace scarf, but haven’t got photos of that to show just yet.  I’ll try to get some of them next weekend for you.

The care giving grows easier as the patient is much more mobile.  She actually drove her car 1/2 a mile today to visit a friend,and has been going along with us on nearby quick errands.  She has to learn how to get about in public, and this is the first time she has had the energy for it.

Girls night out got postponed as one of the “girls” had to unexpectedly babysit her grandson.  So we had cookies and more time home together this weekend than we expected.

Appointment at the dermatologist went really well – there are (of course) a few spots she wants to treat with the topical chemo this winter, but nothing as drastic as it was last year – for one thing, I can cover these up, they aren’t on my face!  She thinks I did really well with sun this summer, so it was worth it, I guess.

I stopped at JoAnn’s on the way home, got all kinds of goodies on sale – they will be showing up in more than the Halloween cards above, I promise.

Last thing I can report on is reading.  Book group meets here on Monday evening, and will be discussing “Unbroken” which I have finally dug into this weekend.  I won’t get it done in time, but I have gotten through the war and out the other side.  Probably have 50-100 pages left.  I’ll read some at lunch tomorrow and fake the rest.  It won’t be the first time one or more of us have not finished the book.  :-)  However – I can say this – while it took me a long time to get into this book, and I don’t really like the protagonist, it is an amazing, disturbing tale.  It was tough whenever I really realized that this was non-fiction. really well researched and written, it reads as easily as a novel.  I look forward to hearing what the rest of the group thinks of it.

Friday list and weekend plans   2 comments

I only worked two days this week, but they were busy enough to have been the whole 4.  Yikes!  Glad it is Friday.  My list includes a wide array of things this week.  :-)

I have a doctor’s appointment in the morning in Bangor – the dermatologist for my annual skin check.  She hinted that she would have some lovely treatments in store for me this year when last I saw her.  I can hardly wait. :-)  I hope though, that she is able to tell that I eschewed the sun all summer long – never out without hat and long sleeves, and it was tough, so I hope it did some good.

Then a few quick stops, like at the Post Office.  Not as critical now that they have brilliantly decided to leave the door unlocked for 24 hour access to the box, I have been able to get the mail before or after work.  So the box won’t be stuffed to overflowing. But still, it is a Friday ritual.  And who knows, there may be a package or two, right?

Home for lunch and to spend time with L.  Probably do some knitting, some dishes, and get the laundry started for the weekend. SHOULD vacuum or something, but might not get to it.  :-)

The work IT guy went over our laptop, so I hope it is able to connect to our wifi at home now, if it works as I hope, maybe I will check the camera for fab photos to share with you as well.  L usually naps after lunch, so finding quiet, productive things to do is good.

Then late  in the afternoon, I am off to spend “girls night out” with two coworkers. We have never done any real socializing together, but we three have been through the wringer lately, and decided we needed some down time to relax together.  We will gather at B’s house (she of the pink socks) and gab and eat and watch movies.  I am the designated driver, so J can have a glass of wine or two.  I am really looking forward to it, even though it meant making cookies after work (so sad!) And driving an hour there and back (which means driving, not knitting while A drives.)

That’s it – rough day, huh?

Saturday and Sunday are up in the air.  Our caregiving duties are growing somewhat lighter since L went to the doctor and found out it is OK to do more. Not so light as to go off for the day without her, and she is not well enough to really go off for the day with us, so I imagine we will hang around at home a bit, puttering away at the weekend chores.  Book group comes on Monday, so some cleaning and shopping is in order.  :-)  Maybe I should read the book, too? I have started it but not gotten engrossed. Maybe that will happen over the weekend. Or while L naps?

I’ll let you know how it goes.

few quick notes   12 comments

Caregiving takes some getting used to, even when the patient is a delightful person. I forgot, it isn’t something you can putter at.  You have to do it right and completely the first time.

Unlike blue business casual socks, which you can rip out and redo if they are coming out too big.  I did that last night after the patient went to bed.  :-)  I am already making the smallest size, so I think I will redo the pattern for a slightly smaller size, and see what happens.  The yarn is one I haven’t used before, it is very soft and supple, and apparently knits up a tiny bit more loosely than the Tosh Sock I have used for this pattern before. I’ll get the graph paper out and figure it out this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Estonian lace scarf grows slowly, and the crocheted squares are piling up – you can drop crochet a lot faster and with less trauma than you can Estonian lace.  :-)

A has been a trooper, cooking all kinds of “experimental” food to keep the patient happy.  L loves different foods and watches a lot of the food channel and other cooking shows. Last night we had mini lasagna things made with wonton wrappers in a muffin tin.  But as A doesn’t like red sauce, these were made with Alfredo sauce, and turkey meatballs (which A made and slow cooked in a pan of Alfredo sauce all afternoon.)  We added chopped artichokes and cheese to them, and I must say, they were delicious!  This morning was baguette French toast.  Not just any French toast, this soaked in the egg all night and then was baked in the over.  I think in theory it is good, but in practice, our slices of bread were too thick, the egg didn’t soak in all the way.  But the flavor was good, and we will likely work on this until we get it right.

A is off to the office for a few hours, Mom and B will be over shortly to help entertain, and L is tucked up on the couch reading for a bit.  I, of course, immediately turned on the computer.  :-) After all, I need to keep up with what you all are doing, and let you know that I survived the first few days of this phase of life.

I think we will have peanut butter  and jelly sandwiches for lunch. Can’t get more experimental than that, can you?  :-)

Posted October 12, 2014 by salpal1 in how it came out, what I am making

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Friday list with help   Leave a comment

We finally have a definite plan (we think) and L is coming home to us today from rehab.  That means getting her here and settled and comfortable is our number one focus today.

A has the day off – her last day of a chopped up vacation.  I am glad she will be able to help with the work of getting L settled – although L will try hard not to be a lot of work, the first day will be a busy one.  And you know I will want time to sit and knit.  :-)

For Claire, who sent me the pattern   17 comments

and anyone else who would like to see the amazing lacy leave shawl which knits up fast and beautiful.

lady edith shawl finished

lady edith shawl close up

The yarn is CloudLover’s merino/silk blend sock yarn in the Lady Edith colorway.

lady edith shawl finished 1

It’s a great size  – small enough to wear as a scarf, but large enough to drape over my shoulders.  I’ll be making more of these. But not taking more photos of myself – ugh!

Thanks, again, Claire, for sending it and “encouraging” me to post some photos.

Nothing much is different or new – a random post   13 comments

I was popping off an email to a cousin I don’t see often, she had asked how things are going.

Going? Everything is basically fine, right? No big tragedies, comedies, life altering changes.  Just humming along enjoying life; dealing with it as it comes and getting some knitting done each day.  Sure I have my little ups and downs, but it’s all pretty smooth.

I pointed her here if she wanted to learn more of the details of a humdrum life.

Mom has been forced into the world of blogging by a different cousin who is traveling in Europe for several weeks and is keeping a private travel blog to keep all the many interested parties up to date.  So far the blog is great – lots of photos and chat about what she is seeing.  Am I jealous that she is in England, then going to Prague, then Spain, etc?  Yep.

Anyway, Mom just wants to see the darned blog, but WordPress makes it look like you are setting up a blog even when you don’t want to.  Mom and I tried dealing with it remotely, but it frustrated her, so finally, I just set her up and sent her the logon info.

In the process, I made her a follower of this blog. Hee hee hee.  How to increase my stats, and get my first family follower!  (That  I know of, anyway.) Welcome Mom!

So that got me thinking.  When I first started this blog, I did it as a way to let people who cared about me know what I was up to, without having to write the same letter or email over and over.  I sent everyone the link, and a couple of relatives checked it out, but I was too boring with my steady, humdrum life, and they did not follow.  Not sure if they visit occasionally or not.

However – a whole bunch of people who apparently do care about what I am doing began reading and following, and so the blog has become what I intended, but for a different audience – one that I did not know was out in the world.  Funny how these things work, isn’t it?

One of my very favorite comments came from Cobweborium Emporium when she said reading my blog was like sitting at my kitchen table over a cup of coffee, or something to that effect. Wow!  That made my day.

Now, if Mom and Cousin M start reading, maybe I will merge these two worlds.

And that will be a bright moment in my otherwise steady, humdrum world.  :-)

Thanks for reading!

Posted October 8, 2014 by salpal1 in what I am thinking about, What I love

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