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Countdown!   21 comments

It’s Friday!  I am on vacation!!!  Whew!  I thought this week would never end.  I had a list of things to make sure got done at work, and I made it through the list with time to spare. Even with all the last minute things that got added to it as people realized that the 18th is a long way away and there are things that they can’t possible do alone.  🙂

Now I have to tackle my “at home” list and my “packing list” and my “what knitting to bring along” list.

So this weekend will be a lot of chores and running about, not TOO much fiber or other fun.  But some, always some.

In all the cleaning and packing, I do intend to go to Whorls and Purls on Saturday afternoon, though probably not for the whole afternoon.  At least a couple of hours.  I would LOVE to finish the green and black striped sweater, and I am pretty close.  I am doing the broken rib on the body, have maybe ten more rows and a bind off, then I have to pick up and knit the neck.  Then it is all weaving in ends.  And there are tons.  Oh, stripes, why do you torture us so? I also have a shawl and a necklace on the needles. And socks.  Always some knitting to choose from!

I am making a list of knitting projects I want to do so I can look for the right yarns when I am out in Wisconsin, but I am not going to cast on anything new before I go.  I think I will just bring along the three projects (not the big sweater) to work on until I buy some yarn, lol.

I do plan to bring along my interchangeable needles so I can cast on whatever I want while I am there.  Because I know I am going to find amazing yarn that I won’t be able to resist.

Mom arrives on Sunday so we can do the road trip food shopping, and load the car for an early start Monday.  That means we need to clear out and clean out the guest room and get it ready for her.  No one has stayed with us in months!  It MIGHT be dusty in there.  🙂

For supper, we are planning to take her to Bagaduce Lunch.  She has never been there, and I think she will love it.  What is not to love about fresh seafood, ice cream, and a killer view?

Then Monday we head off.  I am not bringing the computer with me on the road trip, but I will have the phone, so I expect that I will answer comments, but not sure if I will do much posting before I get back. Maybe over on Instagram… (where I am SalpalCrafts)

And that reminds me!  Etsy is doing a big labor day sale, and my shop, SalpalCrafts, is participating. Most of my inventory is on sale.  It is a small shop but if there is something there that you want, now is a great time to get it. Or, if you missed out, I can do a custom knit for you.  OK, shameless self promotion is over…

So I will be en route to Wisconsin until Wednesday, there until Sunday, and then en route home again. Home by Thursday the 14th.  I’ll share loads of goodies and things with you when I return.

Here’s a gratuitous sock in progress shot to tide you over until I return.  🙂

 

 

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Is it Autumn???   30 comments

This morning is the best kind of morning here in northern New England. Very dry, temps in the 50s or even 40s, I haven’t looked yet. And no work so we can stay all cosy and think about the day to come.

I really have to get back to moving the dirt, it seems a good morning for some of that. I have been collecting newspapers for a few weeks and think I have enough now to do the spot where I want the dirt. I won’t get it all done this weekend, but every little bit helps.

I have been able to stay on top of maintaining all the work that has already been done by pulling the weeds while they are still tiny. Where I put newspaper under the mulch there are far fewer weeds than where I did not, so I will keep going with that. Some places I put newspaper under tge new dirt and some places over the new dirt, depending on what weeds were already there. Both have their merits. I am sort of thinking that a newspaper sandwich will work best for killing old weeds and preventing new. I might try that in the next new garden.

Today is Whorls and Purls day, and afterwards we are going out to dinner, which will be fun. Apparently the group tries to do that once a summer, and summer is waning. It will be an early meal, so everyone can get home before full dark.

I am still working on my sweater, but also started a new shawl. It is a Purple Fleece pattern, chain mail, and I am using the gold beaded yarn I spun earlier this year.  So far I like how it is coming together.  I also am working on a beaded necklace for the craft fair. Lots on the needles. I prepped the yarn for my next socks, so will bring that along as well. Variety is the spice of life! 

I finished my blue socks, by the way, using Lucy Neatby’s sock chimney for the kitchener on the heels.  It was interesting. The actual kitchener was much easier but I am not sure I saved time, because of the time spent knitting the chimney. I think I will stick to toe up and no kitchener, as I have been doing!



After Whorls and Purls, I will do the grocery shopping, and that should finish my day!

No plans for tomorrow but lots on the “I should really do” list! 

  • Clean the pool
  • Pick blackberries 
  • Move dirt
  • Spin!
  • Start organizing the packing
  • Clean the inside of the car

That should keep me busy!

Posted August 26, 2017 by salpal1 in how I plan to spend my day, what I am making

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Another weekend!   22 comments

And only a few more weekends before I leave on my trip.  Time to start training A, lol.  I warned her she will be in charge of feeding the birds (daily for the sunflower seeds, every few days for the hummingbird feeder) and she didn’t seem impressed. Wait until I show her how to operate the pool filter.  ROTFL

But in the meantime – last night I was very busy, but it seems like there is nothing to show for it!  Well, not really.  I baked a cake for our summer intern who’s last day is today, I blocked the shawl (it looks AMAZING, can’t wait until it is dry and you can see it), I got in the pool and cleaned out all the bits and pieces – and, very sadly, the first leaves.  Oh, summer, how can you go so soon?  It has been so dry that I had to run the hose in the skimmer to keep the water level up enough for the filter.  It is supposed to rain this weekend – YEAH! – but I will run the hose again to try to get the water level up a little bit more. It is just BONE dry in the yard, I am surprised all the water hasn’t evaporated. I guess because while it hasn’t rained, it has been humid.

Then I sat down and worked on fixing a sweater mom made years ago, and that she gifted to me, but that she wants back.  No, I didn’t ruin it while I had it, but I did figure out why neither of us really wore it. The bind off was too tight, and so it didn’t ride well on the hips.  I took out the bind off and one row of the ribbing, and began redoing the bind off with a looser, more stretchy method. Which I will teach to Mom when I see her. I think she will like the sweater a lot more now.

Then it was bed time! yikes!

This morning I had to ice the cake before I go but thought I would start a quick post to you all.

Here’s my weekend plan this week.  So very exciting, as always.

A is picked up Subway sandwiches for dinner, so no cooking.  And it  started raining this afternoon, so no pool.  I want to get out in the yard and sow some pink poppy seeds before the rain really hits – easiest way to “keep moist” is for Ma Nature to do that for me. I didn’t get to it tonight, but hope to in the morning. I did settle down to some fiber work.  The shawl was dry so I wove in the ends, maybe tomorrow I will get a photo or two for you.  And I finished the sweater for mom, and then figured out where I am with the green and black striped sweater, so I can keep going on that, and get THAT finished.

Saturday we go to A’s sister L in the morning for a birthday celebration – we will bring pastries, sister S will bring donuts, it should be a sweet time!  I will head from there straight to Whorls and Purls, so I will have a few knitting projects with me.  🙂  I have a few necklaces and bracelets in mind, and the beads all strung on the silk, so I might bring some of those projects as well as the sweater and socks.  Because variety is the spice of life!  I also will bring over the secret fiber project to show off to the ladies there.  Can’t wait until I can show you all.  🙂

Sunday, A and I are planning a breakfast at the beach, but if it is really a rainy day, we likely will postpone that a week.  She came up with the idea to get breakfast sandwiches, and take them down to the ocean to enjoy a quiet peaceful morning at the beach before summer ends.  We haven’t been to the beach at all this summer!  I am not bugging her to go every day because I can swim in my pool.  And it hasn’t been hot enough for her to want to go, because it can’t get hot enough for that, she hates swimming so much. SHE DOESN’T EVEN OWN A BATHING SUIT.  How did we ever wind up together?  🙂

Exciting things are happening on her job front, so suddenly she is motivated to do things around the house and it is starting to show, projects are getting finished.  I hold out hope for the bookcases still.  🙂 Her energy levels are way up now. I knew she was tired, but not how it was affecting her energy and outlook about everything.  So who knows what else we will do on Sunday?  It could be anything.  🙂

What are you doing this weekend?

 

I feel like it has been a long time since I wrote anything interesting   25 comments

I hope you aren’t feeling that way and getting bored…

Things are moving slowly everywhere – large projects having steady movement but at times it is imperceptible.  Garden wagon is fixed, but I haven’t begun moving dirt – because IT RAINED! And while I am so pleased about that, the pile of dirt is now heavy and wet.  But I will start getting the area it is going prepped tonight, and maybe move a wagon load or two.

The secret fiber project moves on, I am more than half way finished now.  🙂 It kind of is a time suck right now, but I hope it will be winding down soon.  I have no spinning time and not much knitting time!

The shawl moves on as well – I am on the last lace section, about 15 rows to go, but they are LONG rows, and some have beads, which slows me right down.  Worth it in the end, though, right?? I should have something to show you in a few weeks. Maybe sooner.

And I did cast on and knit a plain old beanie this week.  The exciting part of that?  I finally used my very first skeins of handspun!  I used half of my first spin of natural for the ribbed cuff, and then about half (maybe a bit more) of my very first colored spin for the body of the hat.  I want to add a pompom, then that will be done.  It is kind of cute – the yarn looks like it was supposed to be lumpy, lol.

But what is occupying my brain at this point is VACATION!  My big road trip to Wisconsin is less than a month away, I can’t believe it!  Mom and I leave on Labor Day, and travel through Quebec and Ontario to Michigan, then take a ferry across the lake to Wisconsin on Wednesday. We will stay there until Sunday, when we leave and head for Chicago to visit with some school friends of hers, then head for Niagara Falls by Monday night.  We leave there on Wednesday to head home.  Not sure yet if we will attempt that last leg all in one day, or stop part way to sleep.

I am SO looking forward to this trip, the purpose of which is to meet some long time on-line friends and attend the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival.  You had better believe I will be buying some lovely yarn and fiber on this trip!  Not only are we going to the festival, but we also will be visiting loads of local yarn stores while we are there.  I can’t wait to see what I find.  🙂

And I am looking forward to seeing all of the live people who are the online friends I have been chatting with for years.  I am quite excited about the whole adventure. And very glad I have the little Prius to make the driving part fun and affordable. We will get to whizz through parts of the continent I have never seen before – always a fun prospect. I have been wanting to go to Niagara Falls for a long time, I am glad Mom is willing to spend a day or two there with me. And I haven’t been to Ontario since I was ten.  All I remember is trees.  It will be interesting to see it now, nearly 50 years later.  Probably still some trees, lol.

When we get home, I will have a few days off from work to get unpacked and laundry done.  But we won’t think about that now. Now I need to make my list of things to pack to take with me. Top of the list – passport, followed by knitting.  And money.  Nothing else is important, right? It is going to be a long month.  🙂

But to bring it back to this week!  I want to really work on moving that dirt pile, which means relocating some raised bed boxes and filling them.  And Mom gave me some rhubarb, so I need to locate it’s permanent home and put dirt there. So I will work on that in the evenings, and then go for a swim, weather permitting.

The blackberries are slowly ripening, I have picked and frozen a few handfuls of those, but I hope that by the weekend there will be a lot more ripe, so I can pick some volume of berries. Eventually would like enough to make a batch of blackberry jelly, which I just love. So I keep picking and freezing, until I have enough.

Friday afternoon I have to go to a memorial service  and so won’t get home until late, but A has Friday off, and might go to her sister’s or she might stay home and putter.  Either way, Friday evening we will sort out what chores still need doing and who will do them.  And Saturday is Whorls and Purls, so I will get a solid chunk of knitting time then. Sunday – Sunday I HOPE we are staying home and relaxing.  Which in my case, likely means rotating between moving dirt, swimming, picking berries and working on fiber projects, secret and not secret.

That’s all that is going on around here – I’ll let you know how the projects progress.

Summer weekends – they are so good and there are so few of them.  🙂

 

OK, let’s try this again!   29 comments

My stomach bug decided to linger long enough that I took Tuesday off and went to the doctor without an appointment, which of course meant waiting for over 2 hours in the their waiting room.

Final determination?  Virus. Dehydration.

Advice?  Drink a mixture of salt and Gatorade, lots of it, small sips all the time.  If I wasn’t sick before, that might have made me sick.

Do that for 24 hours, then add dry toast to the menu.

If that works, add crackers and brown rice.  Still good?  Add bananas.

So, I am at the brown rice for lunch phase, and while I don’t feel good, I am not sick.  I think the chemical fake sugars in the Gatorade are making me nauseous now, so I will stop drinking it as soon as I get home, and switch back to flat ginger ale.

As has been the case all along, as long as I don’t swallow anything, I feel fine. It’s kind of ridiculous.

I did get a chuckle out of the nurse at the doctor’s office Tuesday.  She commented “wow, you have lost a lot of weight since Friday!” and I said “Well, the doctor told me to lose 5 pounds a month. I got right on it.”

Of course, it won’t be that much once I get hydrated.

Anyway – here we are, almost to the weekend. I am going to try making plans again and see if it goes better than last week.

There is much yard work still to be done. If we get a nice cool morning, I will work on it then.

The pool needs attention, I haven’t been in it in over a week!

Saturday afternoon is reserved for Whorls and Purls, and I am DETERMINED to go, after missing two nice fiber gatherings last weekend.  I have loads of knitting and spinning still to do. (And always will, right?)

A and I have a semi-plan to go to Bagaduce Lunch for supper on Friday, if there is any point in going out to eat.  I hope there is! We haven’t been there yet this summer, and I do love that place. She has Friday off from work, so we can eat early, before the crowds.  I hope.

A trip to the Post Office is needed, I think I have a package or two on the way. Other than that, there is laundry and housework begging to be done, I will try to fit it in around all that other fun stuff.

We don’t happen to need a lot of groceries, since one of us didn’t eat all week, but I am pretty sure there are a few things that will need picking up, so I will do that while I am out and about.

I hope this weekend is much better than last weekend!  And I hope that you all have a good weekend, too!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted July 13, 2017 by salpal1 in how I plan to spend my day

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Now THIS will be a weekend!   18 comments

After working so hard last Saturday that it was hard to move on Sunday but we did, we are both looking forward to this weekend.  The weather, of course, having been beautiful all week won’t be this weekend, but that is OK.

A plans to do her annual strawberry jam making extravaganza.  I leave her to it. I prefer jelly (all those seeds get in my teeth) and I don’t eat a lot of jelly, so it is far easier if I just get out of the way and let her make jam. That will take her all weekend, and she will do quarts and quarts of berries.  Fresh strawberries and some frozen raspberries. Yum.

While she is doing that, I plan to continue the yard work, but at a slower pace.  I picked up a lot of mulch, and need more.  I also have to haul dirt in the wagon from the front of the house to the back where I was working, and put that down, then mulch that.  On the advice of a good friend, I am going to put some newspaper down between soil and mulch, to help keep the weeds down until I plant there – likely next year. I probably won’t get to it this weekend, but I need to keep weeding where J made such a good start, so I can put soil and mulch on the rest of the front garden.  And yes, it occurred to me to not weed it, but put newspaper there as well.  Right now that is not my plan, but it might become my plan if the work is too slow and back breaking.

But that is for mornings only.  Saturday I intend to go to Whorls and Purls, which I missed last week.  We are all spinning for an unofficial Tour de Fleece.  But I expect I will be close to plying at that point, and if so, I won’t bring my spinning over, I will just bring knitting.  I have enough of that to manage to keep me busy! The wheel I ply on is all set up in the craft room, and I don’t feel like hauling it up and down stairs, it is rather bulky.  If I am still working on that third bobbin (or by miracle have already plyed and so am ready to start again) I will bring my new small wheel and some fiber and work on that.

Sunday mid-day is a Ravelry gathering in my town!  Woot Woot!  I plan to bring knitting to that, as well as something for the potluck lunch.  That will be fun, even if I see half the people on Saturday.  🙂

Monday there is a potluck lunch thing at work, so Sunday evening will be spent fixing something for that.  I am thinking a tossed salad, but not sure.  Might do my mini salad bar so people can have what they want in their salad and not what they don’t.

I have been doing well on the Whole 30 this month, and Tuesday is day 30!!!! I plan to eat all the things on Wednesday.    Wish some of these potlucks were next weekend.  🙂

I promised you some more photos of the yard work we got done – here you go!

Here’s what mom got done, and another shot of it after I mulched tonight. This was blackberry thicket burying the roses, and she trimmed the trees so we can walk around the deck.

Here is a photo of what J did, with mulch added.

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And while they were doing that, i dug out this bed. Still have to add soil and mulch, and some sort of edging.

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And because you know I can’t stand to leave without a little fiber photo or two, here is my sock, coming along.  The flash of pink is the waste yarn where the heel will go, the socks are just blue.

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And here is a spinning update – this is bobbin two, nearly full

IMG_1846Which, if you recall, gets plyed with this:

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and an as yet unspun third ply.

 

It should be interesting.  🙂

 

 

A bit of a quiet week ahead   20 comments

A is traveling this week, 4 days in southern Maine.  But it’s Wednesday that she is in the office, so it means only two nights away from home.  Crazy amount of driving though.

Last night the cats could NOT BELIEVE they were stuck with me, and they moped about.  This morning, Allie was quite vocal in her dismay, woke me up at 4 am and basically followed me about the house all morning crying at me.  Zumba got up for breakfast (she is still Zumba after all) and then went back to bed.  No bird watching, no time on the deck.

But I enjoyed the quiet time (discounting Allie, of course) and slept with the windows and door wide open, spent the evening out on the porch knitting. I managed to finish the June sock, making a pair!

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I started the July sock because I have a couple of meetings and appointments this week, and need something small to knit on.  And since I will be focused on spinning in July, I need a head start on the sock.  🙂

 

The other thing that is happening coming up soon is that my step brother J is coming to help with yard work on Saturday.  I am so appreciative, I can’t believe he would give up a day of his vacation to work in our yard.  But since he is, I ordered three yard of garden soil with compost that was delivered last night,  and I am going to pick out some edging stones this week.  I am hopeful that we can get the front bed with all the lovely-but-growing-too-large shrubs under control and looking good. We will get mulch this week, too, so hopefully the good work will stay good.  🙂

 

I showed you the pink weigela last week, here is the darker one – which they call red, but it isn’t.  More like hot pink. Just COVERED in blossoms, bees and hummingbirds.

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I just love these flowering shrubs, and plan to stick to the part of my garden plan that says shrubs and mulch instead of lawn.  I just need to get some soil (these are actually growing like this in GRAVEL) and mulch in place.  I plan to fill in the gaps with daylilies, they look so pretty against all this pink. I have some, but they would prefer soil as well. It will be a lot of work, and I will miss Whorls and Purls (unless it rains, then we will do all of this on Sunday) but it will be so worth it to have some good strong help.

 

A will be home tonight, in time to get to bed for an early start tomorrow.  I know this girl will be as glad to see her as I am.

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It never ceases to amaze me how a big cat like Zumba (15 pounds, not much fur) can make herself so small when she wants to.

 

Hope you all have a quiet week, too.

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