Longest weekend and no real plans!   Leave a comment

This is my favorite weekend of the year. Although I don’t love the end result of rolling the clocks back, I do love the long Sunday!

We have no real plans this weekend, and due to the power still being out in the area, no Whorls and Purls today.  That makes me sad but means I will get some other chores done. 

On the agenda:

Laundry, of course. 

Make jelly with all the thawed berries. And maybe a cranberry duff because I have loads of cranberries thawed now, too and don’t need more cranberry sauce.

Bring in some of the three tons of pellets and bio bricks that are in the driveway.

Dye some bits of yarn different colors for knitting ornaments.

Knit some ornaments.

Clean the bathrooms

Mop the kitchen floor (AFTER I make the jelly!)
That seems enough to do for one weekend, even of it is a long one!

I already have the blackberries dripping for jelly, and some red yarn in the dyepot.  And A and her sister are off to Belfast to go the “big” grocery store to replenish the freezer and fridge. That gives me a quiet hour or two to relax and putter at my own speed. 😉

I think it will be a good weekend!

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Longest weekend and no real plans!   16 comments

This is my favorite weekend of the year. Although I don’t love the end result of rolling the clocks back, I do love the long Sunday!

We have no real plans this weekend, and due to the power still being out in the area, no Whorls and Purls today.  That makes me sad but means I will get some other chores done. 

On the agenda:

Laundry, of course. 

Make jelly with all the thawed berries. And maybe a cranberry duff because I have loads of cranberries thawed now, too and don’t need more cranberry sauce.

Bring in some of the three tons of pellets and bio bricks that are in the driveway.

Dye some bits of yarn different colors for knitting ornaments.

Knit some ornaments.

Clean the bathrooms

Mop the kitchen floor (AFTER I make the jelly!)
That seems enough to do for one weekend, even of it is a long one!

I already have the blackberries dripping for jelly, and some red yarn in the dyepot.  And A and her sister are off to Belfast to go the “big” grocery store to replenish the freezer and fridge. That gives me a quiet hour or two to relax and putter at my own speed. 😉

I think it will be a good weekend!

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!

 

Sunday Suggestion   11 comments

I am once again sharing something that feels important to me, directly helping someone in a meaningful way. Jen is a designer and blogger who lost her home and possessions in the California fires. But she didn’t lose everything. If you can, won’t you buy one of her patterns?

NothingButKnit

As I’m sure you are aware the world has been in a lot of turmoil lately. There have been hurricanes, floods, fires and shootings. Helping our fellow man becomes more important during these times. It is heartbreaking to see people suffer and difficult to know the best way to help.

One of our own has suffered a complete loss of all personal possessions in the fires in California. It’s hard to know how to help someone when they are thousands of miles away and really a stranger. Jensaid if anyone felt that they wanted to help her they could purchase one of her patterns on Ravelry. I thought this was a fabulous idea and did just that. I hope Jen is comforted knowing that she’s in my thoughts.

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Posted October 22, 2017 by salpal1 in Uncategorized

Why, hello!   Leave a comment

I haven’t seen you in a while! How have you been?

Me? Oh, I have been busy. Mostly doing boring things. You know, working, cooking, dishes. I have found time to kick out lots of hats, but other fiber fun has been slow going. As in three weekends, still plying the same singles. Haven’t had time to unpin the shawl I blocked last week. 

The caregiving is changing but still an ever-present thing in our lives. All three of us are working to make the best of it and can’t wait for it to end. There had been talk of L going home this weekend. A and L were both really counting on that, but it isn’t happening. There is a PT appointment Monday that will give us a better clue about things. A and L are planning the big move for Tuesday. I am not holding out hope for that, but am resigned to the November 8 cast removal date. Which will not stop me from measuring L’s interior doorways when I go get her mail today. I have a feeling the wheelchair won’t go through them. That means she has to get strong on the crutches or wait until the cast comes off. Hope I am wrong here…

I did have two unusual things happen this week.

The not so good one was that two mice moved into my car heating system and then died. That was smelly!! And meant I am was cold for two days until I could get it fixed. 

The reason it took two days is the the other thing. I was able to attend a writing workshop through work that was held in western Maine. The leaders were Stephanie Land, a freelance writer, and Greg Kaufmann, editor at Talkpoverty.org.  They were amazing! The format was pretty laid back, but we each got to have them review our writing we did there, and I heard some great pieces being read. I came away more inspired to do the writing I have to do at work than I have been in a long time.

Of course I got back to work to find a kazillion emails and mundane tasks to deal with. Oh well.
I am off this morning to get the truck serviced, pick up mail, measure doorways, and be back in time for whorls and purls this afternoon. So I had better get moving! 

Posted October 21, 2017 by salpal1 in how I plan to spend my day

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