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What if?   28 comments

I think I am pretty well set for the craft fair. I have to print a few more signs, and finish up a few tiny things like sewing a clasp on a necklace. Put the earrings on hang cards.  Then I am ready.

Set up is tomorrow afternoon.

I set up on a table at home which I KNOW is smaller than what I will have at the fair.

My table seemed crowded.

I want to go for light and abundance, not crowded and cluttered.

I feel like I am not there yet, though I think I can do it.

 

But what if I can’t?

What if no one likes my things?

What if no one buys my things?

What if I run out of change?

What if what if what if

 

Can’t wait until Saturday is over.

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Posted November 16, 2017 by salpal1 in what I am thinking about

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Three day weekend, with a Friday list   13 comments

“Today is my Friday!” is what one of A’s former coworkers liked to say at the end of a short week. It always makes me laugh. And today IS my Friday, tomorrow is a holiday. I am so excited for this time to get our house cleaned and put back together, and to spend time with A and the cats.

SIL got a great report at the doctor yesterday. Cast is gone, she has a referral for PT, clearance to drive, and go to work next week. A got her moved back home and settled in yesterday afternoon. 

I put some of our living room furniture back where it belongs, since we don’t need wheel chair clearance. Allie Cat came out of seclusion and was very active. We all had a nice evening.

Today I have a relatively normal day so should get out before dark- yeah!

Here’s what I have planned for tomorrow:

Deep cleaning our bedroom (except for vacuuming, I leave that to the pros) and bathroom.

Change over my closet and get out the winter clothes. And I mean it this time. Been putting it off for weeks but now it is cold out!

Laundry

Grocery shopping

PO

A trip over to the Purple Fleece to pick up the fiber for the ornaments. I want to do that ahead of Saturday W and P so I can stuff a few and get a feel for how much is needed, then get more Saturday if I need to. I also want to get more of the white yarn so I can do more colors, lol. And a jar of a gold dye. I have yellow and should be able to mix gold but I can’t seem to get it how I picture it.

That actually should exhaust me completely so that I spend the evening knitting. 😂

Also this weekend I need to set up my display table, tag my things, make some cards to sell, and create my table signs for next Saturday’s craft fair. 

And I am going to make sure we run over to see SIL and return her trundle bed. Then I can work on getting the guest room back in order.

A busy weekend! Good thing it is a long one!

Three day weekend, with a Friday list   7 comments

“Today is my Friday!” is what one of A’s former coworkers liked to say at the end of a short week. It always makes me laugh. And today IS my Friday, tomorrow is a holiday. I am so excited for this time to get our house cleaned and put back together, and to spend time with A and the cats.

SIL got a great report at the doctor yesterday. Cast is gone, she has a referral for PT, clearance to drive, and go to work next week. A got her moved back home and settled in yesterday afternoon. 

I put some of our living room furniture back where it belongs, since we don’t need wheel chair clearance. Allie Cat came out of seclusion and was very active. We all had a nice evening.

Today I have a relatively normal day so should get out before dark- yeah!

Here’s what I have planned for tomorrow:

Deep cleaning our bedroom (except for vacuuming, I leave that to the pros) and bathroom.

Change over my closet and get out the winter clothes. And I mean it this time. Been putting it off for weeks but now it is cold out!

Laundry

Grocery shopping

PO

A trip over to the Purple Fleece to pick up the fiber for the ornaments. I want to do that ahead of Saturday W and P so I can stuff a few and get a feel for how much is needed, then get more Saturday if I need to. I also want to get more of the white yarn so I can do more colors, lol. And a jar of a gold dye. I have yellow and should be able to mix gold but I can’t seem to get it how I picture it.

That actually should exhaust me completely so that I spend the evening knitting. 😂

Also this weekend I need to set up my display table, tag my things, make some cards to sell, and create my table signs for next Saturday’s craft fair. 

And I am going to make sure we run over to see SIL and return her trundle bed. Then I can work on getting the guest room back in order.

A busy weekend! Good thing it is a long one!

Today at my house   24 comments

Power came back on – yeah!

SIL is back – I am doing OK with it, I have new rules.

1.) She gets some chores assigned before I go to work in the AM.  We will see how that goes. Today she got to clear out the fridge and write down everything that got thrown away.  Maybe tomorrow she can wash the shelves?  Maybe she already did it? 🙂

2.) We have to go to work.  We get up early.  We don’t need to be quiet.  We won’t be extra loud, but we will live our lives. I was up bright and early, today – yeah, lights!  Hot water!  I ran the dishwasher… and watched the early morning news. I would have started laundry, but I wanted a hot shower instead.  Tomorrow I will do some laundry.

3.) Paper plates.  I am so sick of dirty dishes.

4.) I am not solely responsible for meals.  In point of fact, I heard a rumor which I will check out tonight, that another SIL brought over a few casserole type meals so I won’t have to do more than reheat for several days. Last night (still no power at this point) A picked up a roasted chicken at the store after picking up her sister, so we had warmish chicken for supper.  I didn’t have to think about it.

So basically, our house is not a spa, not a hotel, not a restaurant.  She clearly doesn’t need home health care, she was home alone for a week and did fine until the power went out.  If she insists on coming back, she can be a partner in making things run smoothly. It ain’t a vacation!

That being said… other stuff is happening.

Yesterday I sold a handspun, hand knit hat and cowl set to a woman who knows her textiles.  That makes me very happy.  🙂 She sent me this photo she took when she got home. Isn’t it cute?

handspun hat and cowl

She saw my post about the craft show on Facebook and got in touch as she won’t be able to be at the craft fair.  I am so pleased she likes my work.

I will keep on knitting and getting ready for that show – I’d like to sell a few more things that day!

I’ll try to get you a weekend list tomorrow – it will involve me leaving the house, and alone, too.  🙂

 

That didn’t last long   20 comments

Big wind.

Power out.

No forecast for when it will return.

SIL wants to come back.

Nuff said.

Posted November 1, 2017 by salpal1 in what I am thinking about

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That’s more like it!   35 comments

My SIL went home on Tuesday, to everyone’s relief.  We were a bit nervous that she would not be able to handle it, but so far, all is well.  Another ten days and she gets that cast off, and then, we hope, begins rehabbing her ankles with USE.

Since then, we have put the house back together, mostly, washed TONS of sheets, and every pillowcase we own, it seems.  We just have to return her bed to her spare room – it fits in the truck, but it keeps raining (a good thing, really!) so it stays in our spare room, and the regular furniture that goes there remains in our living room.

I learned a lot about myself this month.

It is good I am not a nurse.  It is good I am able to live in a house that provides me with enough space to have my OWN space where I can go be grumpy when people overwhelm me. It is good that knitting calms me.

I don’t like my routines disrupted.

I don’t like worrying about money.  I don’t like when plans get thrown out the window with no plans to replace them. I don’t like coming home to people who expect meals to get made immediately, and I don’t like coming home to tons of dirty dishes.  A tried her best, but it was a losing battle.  It is amazing how one more person in the house can create this chaos in our eating and cleaning routine!

In point of fact, I was quite a cranky bitch a good part of the last month.

Now, as things return to normal, I wonder what I can do to prevent reacting that way should this need for us to care give ever arises again.

I haven’t come up with anything just yet.

But I am extremely appreciative of what I do have.  And I am appreciative of the fact that A is now able to work on her own business as we planned she would a month ago (she had quit her job and was working out her notice when the accident happened.  So we had a few weeks of no income from her as she was not able to do her own work and take care of her sister.) She will have a rough few weeks working to hit some deadlines, but it can be done.

I even made lasagna yesterday, and am THRILLED that it will last for a couple of nights worth of meals!


I finished plying a big batch of the combo spin.  And I knit all sorts of little fiddly things.




That is more like it!

 

Is it me?   10 comments

Twice in the past month I have written posts that I thought I published, but then they appeared, unpublished, in my drafts folder.

 

What is up with that?  Is it me or is it WordPress?  Anyone else having that trouble?

 

Jeesh, you would think after all these years I could get that right!

Posted October 4, 2017 by salpal1 in what I am thinking about

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