Friday? Again already?

I am not sure where time goes!  I do know that when it was so hot (as in all summer up to today) I had little interest in actually moving, and so sat and knit and spun a whole lot.  Last week I laid out such a nice chore list for myself on my Friday off.  I did OK with the list (it nearly killed me), but did nothing extra.  This week, I did not have the luxury of Friday off.  So, because we did very little this week as far as chores go, in spite of impending company – less than a month away! – I have lots to do this weekend.  I hope I really can get a chunk of work done tonight and Sunday.

Saturday we are going to Bangor in the morning for a car appointment and to visit A’s niece T, the one we moved a few weeks ago.  She wants some help deciding on furniture arrangements, and so we will head over there to see the new place while they work on the truck.  We will take both cars so we are not tied to the service departments’ schedule, and so I can zip down to knitting in the afternoon if we are still in Bangor.

Since the humidity has broken, and the weekend promises to be clear and dry, I am going to try to force myself to do a few things best done when the humidity is not 99%. Things like some yard work, and painting the shelves of the book cases.  I might even start tidying up the craft room.  But probably not.  Let’s not push things, OK? Naturally, there is laundry and kitchen and bathrooms to clean, as there is every week, and the grocery shopping.  Ugh.  I am already tired.

So here are a few things I worked on while it was so blooming hot and humid last week –

The spinning is 8 ounces of worsted weight, combining two colorways to make 4 different skeins that I spun last weekend.  That is drying now, so I will get final yardage later on today, and plan to knit it up as a baby sweater. there was another skein of yarn made last weekend, but I didn’t get a photo of it yet.  The Durrow square is coming along.  I have committed to at least two rows a day, and I hope to get this square finished by the end of the weekend.  Then in a silly fit of wanting to do something completely different, I cast on a scarf for my stepbrother J.  At least, I think it is for him.  I promised to knit him a scarf to thank him for all the work, and I always intended to knit him more than one.  So this might be one of them.  It is yarn I made from some BFL fiber I dyed quite a while ago.  I was learning and experimenting about color and spinning, so have four mini skeins.  I think they will make a cheerful soft scarf.

As you can see, it was too hot to move, so I basically just sat and played with fiber and yarn.

And that reminds me!  It is dry enough now that I can block the frieze cowl and show you how that came out.


By the way – A got through her test.  She is uncertain how she did on the morning section, she did not feel good about it, but she is more confident about the afternoon section.  If there are sections she passed, she doesn’t have to take them again to get her certification.  That is what she is hoping for now, to pass at least half of it.  I still hold out hope that she passed the whole thing, but she doesn’t think so.  To celebrate, we did nothing that night, but went out the next night with Mom and B to a local lobster pound for dinner.  We were singularly unimpressed with it, though the food was fine.  Won’t go there again.  I did have fun with A – she as a joke wrote on the grocery list “chips cookies chips cookies chips cookies” which is very unusual for her. So, I got lots of chips and cookies and piled them all at her place at the table.  It was quite a mountain, and she cracked up when she saw it.

Another thing I did for her  us  myself was get the air conditioner upstairs and almost set up.  Years ago, we got one of those units on wheels, thinking we could use it to cool off the bedroom.  It worked that year for the two days we needed it, and we stored it down cellar.  A couple of years later we needed it again, hooked it up, ran it for a few hours and it flooded the bathroom! So, it went back downstairs never to be thought of again.  But with this hot and humid weather, it was really bothering me that we couldn’t use it.  So I gave it lots of thought, and decided that if I set it up IN the bathtub (we have a separate shower), then if it flooded, so what?  That seemed good.  But then window by the tub is up quite high, and the hose is supposed to head to the window relatively levelly.  So I thought I could stack up two of the picnic benches A made us and that would do the trick.

I lugged that AC unit upstairs Friday, keeping it level, no easy task! and got it into the bathroom.  Got the benches stacked in the tub.  Then realized I could not lift the unit up onto the benches alone!  Bummer.  When A got home, she helped me get it all rigged, and we started it right up.  It did a great job, cooled off the bathroom and bedroom just fine. The cats hate it, the door is closed, it makes noise, bad bad bad.  I do not care.  The best part?  No leaking whatsoever!  I suspect that the drain plug in the back had not been in tight the second time we used it.  Now that the weather has cooled off again, we will dismantle the tower, but leave the unit upstairs in case the humidity comes back again. It was nice to be able to come home, get the room cooled off before we went to bed, and then get to sleep before the heat got in there again. Because you know, I live with the cat charmer. We were not allowed to leave the bedroom door shut at night, because the cats need to be able to come and go. I suggested we put a cat door in the bedroom door, but that was met with eye rolls.  If we ever build another house, it will have real air conditioning.  For those few summer days that we need it, it will be worth the expense.

I love summer when it is just warm and soft, not brutally hot and humid.  Like this weekend will be! But climate change is real and it sucks.




29 thoughts on “Friday? Again already?”

  1. Ha, it sounds like a very busy weekend! At least it shouldn’t be too hot? I hope A will have passed all the tests, so no re-sit is required…
    How did you dye the yarn you mention for the scarf?

    1. I hope it won’t be hot at all, I am counting on it!

      I used commercial acid dyes and dyed the fiber before I spun it. I heat set it in the microwave. 2 minutes, wait two minutes, repeat for a total of 6 minutes of heat. Nothing fancy.

  2. PS we don’t have AC either, and we slept with open windows… one evening a young cat came in, I saw it when I noticed a shadow at the periphery of my eye. I think he wasn’t impressed that he couldn’t go out the way he came in due to the blinds 😉 meow

  3. I’m with you! Give me a nice dry summer day up to no more than 80 degrees with cool nights in the upper 50’s. I’m sick of the sound of air conditioning, but thank goodness for it. Even the dogs like it!
    Like you, I’ve been working on knitting,reading,etc. Today the weather was better and I actually felt like mowing the lawn and washing the car.
    Your knitting and spinning are looking great as usual. Your newly spun yarn reminded me somewhat of Spincycle “Into the Woods” yarn that is a popular yarn for “The Shift” cowl pattern that I’m currenly working on.
    Hope “A” does well on her exam.
    Have a good week!

  4. Your yarn is lovely!!
    We bought one of those big floor ac units. It’s been in the living room running nonstop for weeks. I hope as tempted to turn it off today but decided to wait until after the rain tomorrow.

    1. I wish ours could handle cooling the whole house, but it could barely handle the humidity in the bedroom. Crazy weather! No rain tomorrow!! I refuse! Tonight is lovely, I am going with this is what we get for the rest of the summer!

    1. We can’t add central air, but we could get a heat pump/ac unit if we wanted. It’s just that we only need it for a little bit each summer (usually) so it is never a priority.

  5. busy time as always!
    I hope A does well in the tests.
    And laughing at your idea of cat flaps indoors. Ours are forever scratching to be let in/let out and Abby makes a habit of scratching at any closed door (even wardrobe doors) just needing to be on the other side.

    1. I hope she did well, too, or she retakes in November.

      Our girls also hate closed doors, as soon as any closet door gets opened they are in, investigating. We do have a cat door on the door to the basement as that is where the litter box is, but we don’t really want on on our bedroom door, I was being silly. Of course, we have two screen doors in the house, on the craft room and guest room, so we get light and air but not cats without knowing it. They rule our lives!

  6. I’m so glad you figured things out to get a little AC action! But then, this morning, here anyway, it’s downright cool! I love it! You have another busy weekend planned–how can we always have so much to do?! Good luck with it all.

  7. I dont know about TIME either. IN winter it is so so slow. summer flies by here. How can it nearly be mid august? Im amazed and dismayed at how fast it is going. I LOVE the warmth, the sun, the water, paddleboarding, boating, the PORCH ….all of it. When it is so hot we have to have a/c Im not happy. Im too cooped up. Sigh

  8. Fabulous yarn. That was brilliant of you to figure out how to set up the AC. I hope A passed both sections of the exam. Fur babies always want to be a part of. I have never known a cat or a dog that doesn’t look at a closed door as something to be breeched. Heaven forbid that something interesting lay on the other side of the door and they can’t get to it.

    1. I was pretty proud of it. It’s not gorgeous but it worked. We dismantled it yesterday as we solved the flood problem, can use it in the bedroom now if it is needed.

      Thanks, I also hope A passed! I think she is resigned to sitting for it again. It would be wonderful if she doesn’t have to.

      You are right about the fur kids! No closed doors!!!

  9. I hate that you’ve been dealing with such awful heat. We live in it, but because of that, we are prepared and have A/C built in – couldn’t live without it. In the winter, we’re like you are in the summer – where’d all this cold come from? And God help us if it snows – no one here knows how to drive in it! LOL – life in different parts of the country. I hope you’re not working TOO hard getting ready for those out-of-towners. I have an inside scoop that they don’t care – they’ll just be happy to be with you. 😉

  10. “Cat Charmer” Bahahahaha I feel your pain. Oh and Loved the AC story, I can see myself doing EXACTLY that.

    1. Oh, you have no idea! Those little cats rule the roost! If a cat is asleep on a chair she wants to sit, she sits elsewhere. I move the cat. Who pays the mortgage? I am gentle about it, but not serving them so slavishly. 😉

      The AC really saved my sanity. Might need it again in the next day or so, it is so humid! But it is supposed to dry up again for another day. I’ll see…

      1. But I do have an idea. We have 1 (ONE) indoor cat. “We” are feeding four total. All seem to be living in or around our house and yard permanently.

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