Ides of November

It’s been a while since I wrote – partly because things were pretty boring, I was just knitting and letting my knees recover from that long bike ride, and then because things got so busy and crazy that I didn’t have time! Well, they are still busy and crazy, but I have bits of time, so thought I would get you caught up on what’s been going on here. Not too much crafting beyond knitting – I did send a box of hats, etc off to nest maine http://nestmaine.blogspot.com/ last week, at last! And I have knit a few things for some of the November birthdays, which I hope the recipients will like. Also made a bunch of cards for those same people. 🙂 But haven’t worked at all on the Christmas cards that I started months ago. Better get on that, I guess. Right now I am knitting a sleeveless sweater vest for myself, from my stash – pretty basic one I have a pattern for in a totally different yarn. I like how it is looking with the Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride I am using. I haven’t worked with Lamb’s Pride in along time, I forgot how smoothly it knits up. Mom and I took a knitting class at Halcyon Yarn in Bath a few weeks ago – it was fun. The teacher has a great eye for color and style, and shared many tips about how to redo patterns so they actually fit. Encouraged us to just do what we liked, not what the pattern calls for, and told us how to do it. And she told us about lifelines. How can I have been knitting for 40 years or more and never heard of them? They would have made that lace shawl go much faster, it might even be done by now!! Next time I pick that up and can get to the right number of stitches, I will definitely be using a lifeline or two. 🙂

Mom and I also went down to CT last weekend to visit nieces B, C and C – B was in her high school musical so that was fun to see. She was great – on stage a lot, singing beautifully, seemed to know all her lines backwards and forwards (yes, sir!) Younger C did lights for it, and they seemed to go up and down as they were supposed to, which is good. We saw older C’s house and met her roommate, had lunch with her, also was fun. Then we went to see Ma, which is always nice. She seemed to know who we were, and paid a lot of attention to the conversation for a while, but then seemed to doze off. I guess that is good for 102, but it is still hard to see.

Mom and I enjoyed our few days in the Marriott in Hartford – pool, hot tub, room service, we felt very spoiled. Got home Saturday, and Sunday went with A to have brunch with her family, to see the PA nephew and family, and of course, the Maine relatives as well. Had a good time, the kids are all getting so big! Came home and decided to do some chores before hunkering down in front of the new big screen tv (oh yeah – did I mention, A finally got her wish and we got a large screen TV for the living room?)

One of those chores was to put netting on the new deck off the bedroom so the cat can go out there without falling off. We got it done, and then realized we had gotten locked out. So, with no phone or key, we had two choices – break the glass on the door or jump down. We decided jumping was a better bet. We knew we could stand on the ground and touch the deck, so we thought we could hang down and jump, but it was harder than we thought! Eventually, A got brave and dropped down. She landed totally wrong and broke her ankle. So there I was on the deck, and there she was lying on the ground. I was afraid if I jumped, I would either land on her or get hurt also. Or both. So she crawled around and let me in, then we took her to the hospital. We sat there in Ellsworth for a few hours while they xrayed her, made her comfortable and called in the surgeon. Around 6 oclock they took her and operated, while I raced home to feed the cat and gather up a few things for her. She came through fine, stayed overnight, and we came home yesterday. It was really awful getting home and into the house, and although we were both exhausted, she didn’t sleep well last night. Buit today the pain seems more manageable, the pills are working better. Which means, she will be bored lying around watching TV at any moment…

So. I will be home for a few weeks, working as best I can on the computer, fetching and carrying for my hero, A. Maybe I will find some time to do some crafts and actually take photos of the finished product? If so, I will be sure to let you know!

Wow – the time is flying! Lots going on and lots went on…

it’s been a while – I’ve started a few posts but never finished them. But now I am determined!

Vacation was great – decent weather, two weeks of swimming most days, playing games with two of my favorite nieces, what could be better? Got to also spend time with my sister and brother and their families, and go on a boat ride, go to a lobster fest. Had a blast!

A and I drove a round trip to CT last Saturday to return the girls and have a quick visit with Ma – she seemed well, but her hearing aids weren’t working – so I doubt she heard a word we said. Luckily, K was there to let us know how things are going, and I am sure she will tell Ma what we said when Ma can hear her. It was a long day of driving, but we were glad to do that so we could see the girls for such a long time. We rented a big fancy car to make the trip, so we were all comfortable, although the gas mileage – 22 mpg – nearly killed me, I am so used to 45! Love our little cars, but they aren’t the best vehicle for 4 grown ups on a long trip like that. Still, it was hard to not think of all the gas we burned. I was really careful to get good gas mileage all week to make up for it – coasted down many hills.

Back to work last week – after about ten minutes, it felt like I had never left. Good thing I like it there. 🙂

We had a “wellness lunch” at work Thursday – with a hula hoop demonstration – what fun! The woman who gave us the demo is in her 70’s, and looks like she’s 50. She lost 25 pounds when she started hula hooping every day. So you know I bought one and have been trying to use it every day since. It is harder work than it used to be, that is for sure! But I am getting better at it. Maybe someday I will be able to walk around while hula-ing, like she is able to! I figure it is a good way to get exercise when I can’t walk or ride my bike. Just mixing it up, right? When I have a svelte tummy, I will post a photo of me and my hoop. Watch for it!

A and I are hosting her family tomorrow – nephew DJ is in town, and his mom wants to have a big lobster feed. Our deck is perfect for that, and so we are getting ready today – lots of cleaning and laundry. Some cooking, as it will involve a whoopie pie extravaganza – not sure how many flavors of cake and frosting there will be, but it promises to be a sweet time! We have made oatmeal/cinnamon/chocolate chip cake, classic white frosting, and maple frosting. Who knows what else there will be to mix and match them with? Looking forward to that. And a good steak, since I don’t eat lobster.

Meanwhile, what have I been making? I finished the St Andrews sweater – just need to block it. Made a few birthday cards today, as well as the beginnings of a thinking of you card. The birthday cards came out better than I had thought – especially one I made for DJ’s A – it is made with a water-color paper base, a shell that I stamped and heat embossed with glitter embossing powder, overstamped with french script in black, and water-colored with pale pink. It is matted on pink, then put on a shell print paper, with a pink organza ribbon twisted around the pink mat. Sounds pink and girly but it looks pretty. The shell paper base is mostly white and gray, so it grounds it a bit.

Now that the green sweater is done, I have to make something for the Nest project, to follow my own rules… and then I will get started on the sweater I plan to make with some of my Fiber Frolic yarn… can’t wait!

But first…I cut out the fabric to make curtains for the craft room. It gets really hot up there on summer afternoons, so I dug out an old Laura Ashley decorating book and figured out how to make the roman shades I want in there. I happened to have a large amount of Waverly fabric that was going to be curtains in the house in Cherryfield – it matches the wallpaper I used in the front room – and amazingly, it matches the colors of the walls in the craft room, 15 years later. Sort of like a miracle! Or, I keep choosing the same colors? Either way, it is a blessing. And so I am working on another sewing project. This one does involve my own carpentry world, as I need a wood bar to hang them from. A is thrilled to be able to help with my decorating projects (well, maybe not!) But when she sees the finished product, I think she will be impressed. 🙂

Anyway, it’s been a busy month, but a good one. Lots of swimming, creativity, family, sun and fun. It has been a good summer. And there is another month of it, right? Then glorious fall.. Sigh. I wish summer could be as long as winter… or even longer. But then, I would not need so many sweaters, and Nest would not need so many hats. So what would I knit?

Saturday, but no park!

Another beautiful day, weather-wise… although the humidity is creeping up there. A and I did the usual Saturday chores, since I goofed off on Friday. Dump, grocery store, dishes… then I got into my swim suit and cleaned the pool. Great day for that chore! We watched some TV, I figured out that I can read a book on a float in the pool without drowning or soaking the book. So I was cool most of the day. We went for a short bike ride after the sun headed down. My gears are working just fine now. I love my bike! I still hate hills, however. There aren’t enough gears to make them fun for me. Going down them makes them fun for me.

I ironed Mom’s outfit – it is already for the big day! It looks really nice, I am so glad! Always nervous though, until she puts it on and walks down the aisle. I did not do any other sewing today. I did some knitting while we watched some of our DVR’d shows. Almost done with the back of the sweater – then it is just the sleeves to go! It is moving along. Nice to be working with a mid-range weight and good sized needles for a change. That lace shawl that I have hidden in a project bag is too alarming, on those number 2 needles. BUt I should finish it. It’s been over a year in process now…

Have to make a few cards this week, and get organized for my visitors. While I am not looking forward to a same day round trip to CT, I am anxiously awaiting their arrival. I hope they have as much fun visiting me as I have having them here!

Tomorrow I go to York Beach to see an old college friend who is visiting from CA. I think I haven’t seen her in about 15 years. That will be fun, although the drive won’t be. One forgets how big the state of ME is until one has to drive to the very edge to do something fun! Tomorrow is supposed to be hideously hot, so I hope we get into the ocean. Either way, I know we will get all caught up on what has been going on with each other. Better than just our christmas cards and occasional emails.

Need another swim before bed… missed the before dark part, but I think I can find my way to and from the pool.

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