I can’t tell you how we have waited for this week. A’s job has its busy season in June, July, and August. That means no vacation, and only the occasional long weekend. But usually by September, it slows down. She also has to book her vacations well in advance so that the office can work around that vacation schedule when setting up all her trainings and software installs. She is the only trainer/installer, so the calendar is important to the whole company.
As a result, we decide in January when our vacations for the year will be. And this one always seems to take the longest to get here. It is tough to go all summer working while everyone else has vacation time. But then, September finally arrives and we get to relax and enjoy chilling for a whole week.
So what are we doing this week?
Well, since it is Monday, we have already had two days of it – how it flies!
Saturday I spent some time with spinning and knitting in the morning.
This is “Life’s a Beach” from the Purple Fleece, on Falkland. OMG look how thin I can spin this stuff. I love it. I can’t begin to think how much yarn I will get from this.
My 4 shawls are moving along, and I wanted to get lifelines in, so I did that. And in the process, discovered that I had made an error on the Biophilia. I looked at it long and hard and decided that while maybe no one else would notice, I would, and so I would need to rip back. Nine rows. About 2500 stitches. Sigh. I put it aside.
I also experimented with photos, taking them with camera and phone.
Obviously, they get turned about, even though I think I tried to be consistent with orientation. But the colors and light are also quite different as well. The ones on the left are the phone, the right, the camera. The sun was up, but still behind trees, so it wasn’t really the best light for this experiment. I might try it again in brighter light.
I had to pick up everything from the pop up shop at noon time, so after a delicious French toast breakfast made by A, I went into town. Holiday weekend. Have to turn left onto Route 1 to get to town. Ugh. I waited at least ten minutes before I could make that turn. But I did make it eventually and picked up the things which didn’t sell. I did not sell a whole lot of anything, but luckily some of what I sold was shawls, so I made enough money to make it worthwhile. Jewelry sold slowly, but it always has. I am thinking that it is just not worth making for sale. Even though the pieces are incredible, soft and lustrous…silk and glass beads, how can I go wrong?…most of the patterns I use are from Laura Nelkin and she asked me when I inquired to please not sell them online. So, I won’t. But I also won’t knit anymore that aren’t ones I want to keep. And I might off-load some to nieces and cousins this winter if there is no pop-up shop again. Which is still up for debate. The fabulous Sonja is thinking of a year-round shop in a nearby town, I will have to think long and hard about that, since my things don’t sell fast, they sell slow and steady. But they do well in the winter. Not sure I want to stock (and pay a fee) all year long. I’ll think about it.
From the pop-up shop, I went on to Whorls and Purls group at the Purple Fleece, where I spent more than 2 hours frogging the Biophilia mis-knit rows. Sigh. I did get to knit a row on the Oaklet, so it wasn’t a total loss. They have a little froggy who travels with group members – I took him home this week, and he will likely show up in a phot or two over the next few weeks. (No group this upcoming week, so I get froggy for a spell)
When I got home, I got right to knitting on those 9 rows, of course. So Saturday was my kind of day!
Sunday, we were mapping out our plan to get 4 tons of pellets (200 40 pound bags) into the cellare and stacked. With no direction from MDs on what I can and can;t do, A felt I should not lift them, and I felt like what is the point of wearing the monitor if I dont; do my normal things? How will I know what I can and can;t do in teh future? We were figuring out how to do it so it wasn’t too awful a chore, but didn’t last all week. I posted a photo of the pellets on facebook and lo and behold – ! A’s nephew-in-law J spotted it and the next thing we knew he was here with his daughter (niece E the elder) and niece S, and those girls MOVED THE WHOLE 4 TONS INTO THE HOUSE IN ABOUT 2 HOURS. That 2 hours included water breaks after each ton and a lunch break. They brought them to me, I put them on the ramp to slide down to where J caught them and A moved and stacked them. J, A, and I could hardly move following this endeavor, but the girls seemed like it was no big deal.
I did pay for this, and learned a lesson – I had an uncomfortable night. I’ll pace myself better next time. But what good is the monitor if all I do is sit around for a month? 🙂
So now it is Monday, and we decided to havve a down day, not knowing how we would feel today (we both feel better than expected) and knowing that the tourists are all moving about today.
I’ll spin and knit, and go out back to where I spotted a japanese knotweed that needs to meet it’s demise. And I will do that last bit with my bathing suit on so I can hop in the pool to cool off. We are not getting Hermine, but the weather is getting warmer and more tropical as she disturbs the weather pattern.
I’ll also clear off the folding table in the craft room, because we need to lend our 4 tables and 24 folding chairs to work for a series of picnics that will happen at the end of this week and all of next week. I let the boss know he could pick them up any time. which means they need to get cleared off and make their way downstairs.
Tomorrow we don’t have any real plans, but that is a day we will likely go out to the dump, grocery store, PO etc, since we didn’t do it this weekend. And maybe we will think of a little adventure to go on, too. No telling!
Wednesday is a day for appointments. I have one for the eye doctor in the morning, and the stove/chimney cleaners are coming around the same time, so A will stay home and deal with them. Not sure what we will do in the afternoon, but it wont; be any close work, as my eyes won;t be able to focus very well. I wonder if I can spin without looking yet?
Thursday we are going off to visit Crimson Crow and watch a movie with her – looking forward to seeing her again, and we haven’t been to her house in a long time. She lives in the most amazingly well designed house – not quite a tiny house on wheels but not that much bigger – definitely a very small house! She would deyny this, but I love how organized it is, and how much space she has made forl the tiny touches that make it hers.
No plans right now for the end of the week, but A is wanting to build a simple shelf for niece B, so maybe we will run it up to Bangor, and once we do that, there is no telling what else happens.
I’ll leave you with some shots of the mail this week – August’s offering from the Purple Fleece, and the skein of Quince and CO. that I ordered to stave off losing at yarn chicken. So much fiber in the world, I might need it all. 🙂
Again the phot experiment – the colors are all too dark, I think.
These are from the camera:
And these are from the phone: