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The best laid plans…
Actually my plans are coming along just fine, it is A who had a spanner in the works yesterday. She and SIL S went off to Augusta in the morning to visit their aunt and then the sister they seldom see.
I stayed home and worked on knitting and puttering and clearing out some stash to ship away.
I finished the shawl Monday night, actually with loads more yarn leftover than I expected, so I blocked that yesterday while they were gone.
I finished the green sweater, button band FINALLY lying flat and not pulling or rippling. Now to select buttons.
I dug deep into stash, packed up almost all my straight and DPN needles, only kept one of each size of my grandmother’s, in her needle roll. And I emptied two bins of yarn I will never use, all to ship off to a woman who will be going to Africa this summer and will continue teaching people to knit. I also filled a bin of “swap” yarn for my trip to Wisconsin in September. I hope I remember to bring it. I might find more such yarn as I go through things this summer, who knows?
I swatched for my next sweater, teal and black stripes. I love how the colors look but I am not sure about all those ends…
And then around 2 I got a text from my SIL. They were headed home, but did not get to see Aunt M because she had passed away that morning, a couple of hours before they arrived.
While they were not close to her, I know it was a blow. So few of that generation left in her family. She was well over 90, and not well, but I think it still was a shock. I wish we had stopped on Sunday instead of whizzing by. A dreads family visits, and hospital visits, but I think she would have stopped if she had realized how close to the end M was. But she didn’t want to go without her sister, so we kept going.
They did have lunch with their sister, and met her puppy, which was a good antidote to the morning. They had lunch at A’s favorite pizza place, and her sister gave her some snazzy snowshoes for her birthday, so the day ended better than it started.
I felt a little guilty about having such a good day here at home with the knitting and craft room (and laundry, in case you thought I was ONLY playing) but it is what it is.
Today we are home, it is raining, so no photos for you of all my finishes. I’ll do some knitting and spinning and see what I can cast on. 🙂
Just a quick note to let you know I am on track with my vacation plans. 🙂
I went to Whorls and Purls yesterday at the Purple Fleece, and had fun chatting with the ladies while knitting away on shawl and vest. I think I will get the shawl done this week, if I don’t run out of yarn. It is going to be pretty close.
I did some spinning this morning before we headed out to have A’s breakfast brunch with Mom and B. We went to a place we had never been to before, but Mom had and said it was good – Aunt Gin’s in Whitefield, near Augusta. They have a Sunday brunch buffet and it was quite good. From there we went up to Augusta so A could find the nursing home where her aunt is – she and her sister will go there on Tuesday. Then we circled around and came home with a stop at the fancy new Hannaford in China, so we got the groceries for the week done. Once we got home and loaded those, I went off by myself to do a little shopping for the big birthday tomorrow. 🙂
Tomorrow is a busy day – starting with an early doctor visit, then to Ellsworth for passport renewal for both of us, license renewal for A, a trip to EBS so she can have fun with her birthday gift certificate from Mom – I see lumber and tools in her future! She wants to go to Fuddruckers for lunch while we are in Ellsworth, and then go to Bangor in the afternoon. Our goal is to get all the errands and chores done tomorrow, so that we will have a few days where we are at home, not out and about all the time. I like the sound of that. 🙂
I know I didn’t post this weekend, I was not in the mood. 🙂 My whole plan for last week went kerflooey when I came down with a cold late on Sunday. I went to work Monday, hoping I could make it through the twelve hours, but I went down hill fast – came home at 1, went to sleep. Stayed home not doing much on Tuesday, tried again on Wednesday. Again made it to about 1, then headed home for a nap. So my day off for making things did NOT happen. In fact, instead of taking a day off to keep my hours under 40, I had to use some vacation time to get them up to 40! Even with two very long days on Thursday and Friday. The good news was, that by Friday, I could tell I was getting better, and by Saturday, I was really fine, just tired.
So – odd little things this week.
#1 As soon as I knew I was getting sick, I hopped over to the pharmacy and picked up some disposable masks. My boss, with whom I share a small office, was scheduled for some nasty oral surgery on Wednesday. I knew he did NOT want a head cold. I wore the mask while at work Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, because even though the boss was out Thursday, it was a tax day, and I didn’t want to share those germs with all the clients.
It amazed me the number of people who stopped to ask “why the mask?” and made a face when I told them “to keep my germs to myself” but not one of them said “Oh, don’t wear it on my account” 🙂 Today a coworker approached me at lunch time and thanked me for wearing that mask. I really appreciated that on her part.
I am of the school that says “stay home when you are sick” so that everyone doesn’t share it, but this week it just wasn’t possible, so this seemed the second best thing.
And HR has ordered a box of masks to have on hand! I might have started a trend. 🙂
#2 By Friday, even though I was getting better, I was really done with work, taxes, and not feeling well. And Friday was a Milbridge tax day, which essentially means 12 hour day. Sigh. I carpooled with the other volunteers, so only had to drive 2 miles. And it was a lovely, sunny day! So sad to be stuck in side with computers and more clients than we expected (last clinic there, we always get walk ins. But we got LOTS of walk ins!) so when the day was over, we packed up and cleaned up FAST, hit the road. It wasn’t until we pulled into the parking lot next to my car that I realized I forgot my coat and car keys back at the tax site, 50 miles away.
Ugh. My wonderful volunteer drove me home, where I convinced A that it would be a fun thing to hop into the truck, drive the 20 miles to Ellsworth for dinner at our favorite take out place, then continue on to Milbridge. It was nearly 9 o’clock by the time we pulled back into the driveway. I won’t be doing that again. I could have lived without the jacket, but not the keys.
So that’s why I was tired on Saturday. Not too tired to go to Whorls and Purls, though. 🙂 A few solid hours of knitting with people who love fiber is always good for the soul!
Sunday I just laid low – did a few household chores and lots of knitting. Oh, and some spinning. Did I mention that the new spinning project was kicking my butt? It was. I posted on the dyer’s Ravelry group and got loads of advice, some of it good, all of it well-intentioned. 🙂 I decided that the ones who told me to add twist were on target, tried it very carefully, hand turning the wheel at the start, until I got going. It worked! So Sunday I made sure I was going ahead properly on that project.
And, I finished my socks! They are so cute, and very thick and warm. In spite of me spinning the thinnest yarn I could they are still a bit thicker than commercial sock yarn. But not so thick I can’t wear them. 🙂
The sweater plods along, as does the shawl, although both show signed of progress. the shawl only needs one chart plus the edging, the sweater sleeves are near the top, decreasing now! No photos of that stuff as it looks the same as last week. But soon we will have more finished objects.
The blue foolproof cowl is also nearly done, I will show you that next week, all complete. After that I will knit a hat to match it. I have to hold off starting a new pair of socks until May 1 – self-imposed rule, only allowed one sock per month, or I will run out of sock yarn before the year is over, LOL.
Monday was our very last tax clinic anywhere for the 2016 filing year, and boy were we all ready! It was a tough year with the new software. I hope they spend the summer making it easier for next year! We celebrated with dinner out in Ellsworth, and everyone made sure I had my keys before we left. I did. 😝
So now the week will be spent telling people other ways to get their taxes done, and working on reports. Oh, and there is a grant due this month. The boss told me yesterday that he wants to bring in a new partner on it, that the program manager will write it, I just have to “review” it. It’s due while I am on vacation, so they have less than 2 weeks to get it ready for my review. My experience tells me that after I review it, I will be doing some serious editing. I think I will be ready for that vacation!
Just been too lazy to power up the computer or to try to write a post on the phone (WHY is that such a tedious chore? Work on it, WordPress, please?)
Loads of knitting has happened and some spinning, and a day away from shoveling, and a long weekend.
Here’s the spinning:
Filled a bobbin with the second color of my planned three ply. Now the two filled bobbins await the third, which I started yesterday. This is going to be some crazy yarn! Or really awful, time will tell.
I worked on socks – plan to finish this one up before March 1, according to my 6 pairs a year plan.
I finished the Corrugated Hat to match the Corrugated Cowl, these will go on Etsy sometime soon. I still had yarn left, so I am doing a striped hat in the same colors. Not sure if this will be an Etsy listing or a donated item. Time will tell.
I finished knitting the Gloria del Sol shawl in Purple Fleece’s Aquamarine Radiant gradient – OMG , I love this thing. Wait until you see it blocked. It was a challenging knit, and I didn’t bead it, but if I ever do it again (and I am thinking I will when I forget how challenging it was) I will add beads, if only to help me count the crazy long endless repeats.
I have to dig around in yarn and queue to see what I will cast on next – or maybe dig out an unfinished something to finish it. I have a couple of things that could use some attention, I know.
Saturday I travelled down to Mom’s so I could hop in the car with her and B, and drive over to western Maine, Bridgton, to be exact, to have lunch with my two cousins who live there. Brother N and SIL D joined us as well, and it was a very nice time. So good to sit down with the cousins we usually only see at funerals. Afterwards, we went to visit a friend of Mom’s for an hour or so, then drove all the way back. A 13 hour day for lunch? Yup. But it was a nice change of pace, and of course, I knit the whole way there and back, as B drove. And let me tell you – I thought we had snow – they have literally two or three times as much on the ground as we do. Truthfully, mom and I both found it really depressing, even though the sun was shining and the sky was a beautiful bright blue. It took us both back to the years we lived there, and how endless the winters felt. Mom said “This is why I moved to the coast” which I had never known, I knew she loved the ocean, but not how much she hated deep snow that never stops and there is no where to put it. So naturally, she moved to the part of the coast that regularly gets slammed by the coastal storms. But at least she has a bigger yard and some place to put the snow.
Sunday we finished cleaning up around the driveway and paths and decks, which was great, to let everything melt in the warm spring sunshine – amazing weather! Hard to believe this is one week ago: (That’s my car to A’s left.)
We were both glad to be done with it – A even has shoveling blisters – ugh. So yesterday we enjoyed our holiday by having me work on our taxes and clean the pellet stove while she worked on clearing out files and folders. Fun, fun!
As you can tell, it has been the same old low key life around here the past few weeks – and I like it that way – no drama, no unexpected surprises, and loads of fun with fiber.
How have you been keeping busy lately?
Up until this point we have had a fairly quiet winter. Our storms were of the warmer variety, which I don’t like- more icy nonsense than snow.
All of that changed this week. No more warm days between storms melting everything.
Starting Thursday I had three days of taxes scheduled. Volunteers lined up. Appointments filled.
Thursday the weather prediction was for a big snow, more snow the farther east we were. But not starting until 11 or so.
Sure enough, at 11 the first flakes fell, and the boss gave us an early dismissal, which was great, but meant canceling a slew of appointments and rescheduling them for next month.
We got about 6 inches at our house, but the location of the Friday tax clinic got 18 inches! So, we cancelled all the morning appointments and got there at noon. It was a crazy day, the schedule got all out of whack as people came late or early depending on their drivway situation. Instead of getting out at 4 as planned, it was closer to 5, followed by a long drive home.
Saturday was predicted to be light snow, 1 – 3 inches. I trucked up to Bangor for Super Saturday tax clinic. It’s held in an empty storefront in a small mall, and we worked hard all day, but did notice our numbers were down. Found out why when we left at 4. Way more than 3 inches – it had been snowing steadily all day! I went to the grocery store right there and headed home through some heavy snow on messy roads, so it took forever. Got home to find the driveway unplowed, and that’s when I realized how much snow we had. My mighty Prius plowed up the hill no problem, shooting snow everywhere! A had cleared out my parking space, which made me so happy as I just had sneakers on. 😀 We had 8 -9 inches and it kept snowing a few more hours.
So I got through the busy week, in the end made far less busy but no shorter by the snow.
Today is a combo day – pajamas and snow pants. We have to get out and clear vents and decks and driveways (plow guy came last night, yea!) this morning, then we will totally chill. Because this afternoon, guess what?
We are forecast to get 18-26 inches (depending which channel one watches) in 24 hours, starting late this afternoon. Strong, sustained winds as well. I fully expect to get the call canceling work tomorrow – that will be my napping spinning knitting day. Of course there will be intermittent shoveling as well to keep ahead of it.
And I hold out the tiniest bit of hope for at least a delay on Tuesday morning. 😝
So I should have finishes to share soon, and pretty snow pictures.
Oh, and our forecast after Tuesday? Storm expected on Thursday which they won’t talk about yet. But significant something.
Guess winter is hitting us full force this month!
You know what I did this afternoon!
I filled the first bobbin of the big combo spin, Mountain’s Edge and started the next bobbin, Muted Reflection. Both are from Three Waters Farm.
We are supposed to get a lot of snow tonight, 9 – 16 inches at last forecast update. Normally I would think we have a chance of a day off, but it is supposed to stop tonight, so I won’t count on it. Pretty sure it will mess up tax day tomorrow, though. Supposed to be in Milbridge with three volunteers and I am thinking they won’t want to be on the road at 6 am.
More snow Sunday – Monday. They say that storm will be bigger.
Maybe I will be able to fill that other bobbin?
You just never know when the local bank branch manager is going to want to come over with a donation. And arrives with the “BIG CHECK” for a photo opportunity.
Glad I was wearing a pretty hand-spun, hand-knit shawl today. 🙂