It’s Monday and the week is dragging

I know, I hardly ever talk about work, mostly because it’s boring. But I have had so much time off this summer that I have had to work faster and smarter than ever, and so it is dreary dull. I don’t have the job where I get to visit small businesses (shop) any more, so I am just sitting in the office a whole lot.

Anyway… Monday morning. I didn’t really think it was Monday when the alarm went off, but I finally convinced myself it must be true. So I crawled out of bed, and began my week.

I managed to block up the toilet, then I managed to dump my raw egg on the stove trying to get it into the pan of water. After I cleaned the bathroom and the stove, I did get myself showered and dressed and out the door. And I remembered to drop off my neighbor’s birthday card and gift. Sadly, I got no knitting time in while watching the local weather forecast. After all, something had to give. Amazingly, I was on time for work!

Once there, I plowed through my to-do list (not as great a list as a Friday list, I have to say) and I feel like I made progress on some things that have been lurking about half done. But still. I looked up, and it was only 3:30. But that’s OK, I thought, because it’s Tuesday, and the week is almost half over.

HA! A while later it occurred to me that if it was Monday this morning, then it probably still is Monday. It was a sad moment.

This week is going to be very long, I think.

Cal week 12 – I’m Done!

a mere twelve weeks ago, this was my CAL blanket:

Foundation and row 1 - here we go!

And today, here it is! (Sorry about the sunbeam in the middle, didn’t realize it was there until just now.)

complete at last

I didn’t actually do the week 12 rows, just added a couple of HDC rows before starting my border. It obviously needs blocking, one border is a little wavy, a good block would fix that if I were so inclined.but as far as I am concerned, I think it is done! How I did the border – I didn’t have enough yarn on most of the colors to do a whole round, so I did a row of single crochet in the gray all around, spacing the stitches as best I could, then I started with the colors, and just used what I had – if I ran out in mid-row, I just changed colors. I did that and used up all the navy, the periwinkle, the variegated, and the turquoise. I then did a complete round of the teal that started it all.

I love this blanket, it is so warm and cozy – really it is big enough for a twin bed, certainly, it covers the whole couch, so a couple of people can sit and watch tv under it. I (almost) can’t wait for winter. πŸ™‚

A is looking like she really wants one. Although I joke about making her one that is the same colors as the cats, it seems she has other ideas, and would like one that incorporates burgundy, green and navy, her favorite colors. So, I will see what I can find – I want more than 3-4 colors to work with, it was hard, even with 7, to mix it up enough to look random. It will also be washable, since I know cats will sit on her lap this winter. So I guess I have to go yarn shopping!

I think my cats are just the cutest cats…

Yeah, I know that’s just a proud mama talking…

cat condo

Allie (top) and Zumba (inside, bottom) love to play in this – we call it their condo. When they were kittens they would regularly rough house so much it would come apart. Now they are a little too big to play in it the same way, but they still manage to have fun. It helps that it is in the sun most of the day – great for napping when you are finished torturing your sister!

tigger's fetish

There are a few things my brother did not tell us about Tigger when we got her. One of those things is that she has a shoe/foot fetish! A cannot put her shoes on nor take them off without a whole lot of running, tumbling, nipping, general sniffing. And not by A! It makes getting ready for work a challenge sometimes. It seems to be only A’s shoes, my sandals are not nearly so fun, I guess.

CAL Week 11

Not a very exciting post – I was so busy last week, I forgot to take row by row photos, which I KNOW make it much more exciting, lol.
week 11 complete

I am farther along on this project than I thought – the blanket is now as long as the couch. I’ll do this week’s rows, and then start figuring out a border. It will be plenty long enough to snuggle under while inspecting the insides of my eyelids this winter.

When it is done, I will have no reason not to get yarn to make another one, right? πŸ™‚ But first, I have to crochet a baby blanket. For that, I will be using the star stitch, which I am so happy to have learned – I have a blanket pattern that is all star, with lousy instructions, so I thought it was hard to do. Now I know how to do it, it is NOT hard, and I will be using it!

Friday to-do list

Good morning! Today my list is more like a normal one, with one little exception. But it has pool, it has crafts, it has chores – life is good, because it has SUNSHINE ALL DAY. πŸ™‚

Without further ado, here it is!

*In the garden:
*Pick last beans and peas, first tomatoes.
*Pull a few weeds

In the yard:

*Wander around with the grass clippers, and check on flowers, weed and water, clip here and there.
*Start gathering first blackberries, and last raspberries for freezer, future jam and jelly!
*Scoop pool

In town:

*Grocery store for a few things (as opposed to a killer trip to restock)
*Doctor’s office to get that annoying spot off my back – fingers crossed that whatever nastiness it is, they get it all. I’ll know in a week or so.
*Book store to pick up the book for this month’s book group – dangerous stop! There is no telling what else I will pick up there. We are reading the Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout. We have read her novel Olive Kittredge, and I really liked it, so I am glad to have this one on the list.

In the house:

*Clean the bathrooms
*Change the guest room bed
*Never-ending laundry
*work on art project left over from C’s visit
*blog last week’s CAL rows!
*rest and recover
*play with the cats (Tigger caught her first basement mouse, I am so proud! Allie and Zumba watched, so maybe they will pick up this skill.)

Then if I feel up to it, I will head back to Ellsworth for a volunteer appreciation supper with the good folks from Down East Aids Network. It is put on by the board of directors, and there are some amazing cooks on that board, so it is very tempting… even if they weren’t a fun group to spend time with, which they are. πŸ™‚

This seems like a full day, doesn’t it? I’d better get moving.

Back in the saddle

Well, I am back at work, putting in crazy hours to make up for the time off. Isn’t that always the way?

Monday, A and I drove to CT to deliver C back to her mom – it was a decent enough drive, although I sure do hate giving her back. We (at least I, and I think, she) had a really nice week, in spite of all the interruptions to our time together. On the way home, we stopped at Rockler in South Portland, and A got a few router bits she has been wanting to try. I think she will be back at work in the basement, after taking the summer off. This can only be good news if you are a book that has been in a box for more than 7 years…

Tuesday I leaped back into the fire – all day meeting in Machias, listening to DR Donna Beegle speak on generational poverty, its characteristics, how to combat it, how to communicate with people who are living it. She is an unbelievably good speaker, very eloquent at relaying her own life experiences in a way that is useful, not self serving. If you EVER get a chance to attend one of her sessions, grab at it. But going to Machias after spending all day Monday in a car was rough on me. Being in a meeting was great for the hat bag though – I made two and a half hats! Working with worsted weight sure is a nice change after the lace weight purple thing. πŸ™‚

That reminds me – C and I dyed some yarn before she left. I didn’t get the blue and white socks done in time for us to dye the leftovers, but I found a skein of wool that we died using tropical punch. It came out quite pretty, I think. I’ll make something warm and cheerful with it, and post it.

I did finish he socks on the way home from CT, so I dyed the remaining yarn Monday. Kind of like one of the old ads – I was able to dye yarn while at a meeting two hours away! Love the crock pot method.

Anyhow… I thought I would use purple and green, and that it would cover the white, and blend with the blue. So first, I filled the crock with enough purple to go about halfway up the cake. My plan was then to flip it, fill it half way with green, and see what happened. Well, what happened was that the yarn, when wet, collapsed, so I had more purple than I thought. I went ahead and flipped it and did the green anyway, but where I thought I would have a break between purple and green, I didn’t, so I have a bit of brown on the yarn, unintended. πŸ™‚ And the blue is pretty much gone, except a few places. BUT I like the green, and will do green and blue and yellow again someday, just leave out the purple! Not sure what I will make with it, as it now matches nothing I own, so the fingerless mitts I had in mind aren’t worth the effort. Maybe a scarf for the bag of give-aways….

So now I have cast on a new thing, which I can’t talk about because if it comes out well, it will be the prize for the 100 followers giveaway. I’ll know soon how it is coming along. It is a pleasure making it, I have to say, the pattern flies along, but looks complicated. πŸ™‚ Don’t worry, I will post photos after I ship it out.

So – as one of A’s co-workers likes to say, “today is my Friday” meaning the last day of my work week. Glad to have gotten through it, it has been a long week. Friday list will come along soon, don’t get too excited. πŸ™‚

What I have been up to…

We have been BUSY!

It absolutely poured for the whole picnic yesterday – luckily we had a pavilion to hang out under, we played silly games and a group of us played some card games. C made friends with the only other person her age there, R, the daughter of one of my favorite coworkers. The picnic broke up after lunch, and I took the girls “on the town” to TJ Maxx, Family Dollar and Reny’s where we wrapped up the last of C’s school shopping (book bag and flip-flops) and R started hers. The girls are getting the same book bag so they can be all matchy matchy in different states. R had to go to work, so we swung by her house, got her uniform, said hi again to her sister, mom, and aunt, and then took her to work, where we all got ice cream. Still pouring rain, so C and I came home. No mini-golf.

Today we worked on finishing up birthday cards for tomorrow, our collage art projects, we dyed some yarn using tropical punch KoolAid, and I did the CAL rows. C and A also made jam (three batches) for C to bring home with her, and I made popovers for us. Twice, as I burned the first batch. Also made mac and cheese for tomorrow, and by that time, I was getting cranky. I think the burned popovers put me over the edge. I am TIRED!

Tomorrow we fix up the green salad, put the last of the packages to gether, load the car and get out of here by 10. C wants to play a game of cards before we go, so I have to get up early. That means I should go to bed right now.

I’m going, I’m going.

I’ll post the CAL info in the next day or two…

Second sock is coming along between things – foot and heel are done, there only remains the leg to finish before it goes in the dye pot.