a medley and all the Bs and Cs

We have had all the weather this week – cool and dry, hot and muggy, and now cooler and muggy WITH RAIN!!!  Hallelujah!

Sadly our rainiest day was the day my cousin B married his beloved C.  Outdoors. Rain held off for the actual ceremony, and the food was in an open sided barn.  It all went perfectly, of course. A few showers did not deter merrymaking.

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Aren’t they cute???

We didn’t stay very long really, a couple of hours following the service maybe.  We drove with Mom and she wanted to get home to let her dog out before it got too late.  We did stop for supper along the way, so that was pleasant. It was really nice to see aunts and cousins and siblings and all the giants of the next generation – all the “kids” are getting so big!

Other than that, it has been a quiet week. I have been knitting away diligently on the four shawls.  My plan for them is to get through the stockinette portion before I start any lace. Which means that some will get put on hold while others catch up.  I think the cloud dweller biophilia will get there first, but it will be a close race with the Oaklet in Tern.  It got lots of love in the car yesterday.

 

You can see I got a few more of my favorite project bags – open canvas totes in the smallest size.  I love these bags.  Not fancy, no pockets, no zips. But durable, sturdy yet soft, they work well for me.

I have been spinning, I finished up the Summer Bouquet yarn, haven’t got finished pictures of it – it is hanging outside drying now.  I had to hold off soaking it because the weather was so damp.  But I could wait no longer, I want to see finished yarn! I’ll be sure to share it with you when it is dry and worthy of photographs.

Once that was finished, I started prepping the next spin – Color Tag, also from Three Waters Farm.  I am going slowly with this one, really working on my drafting, I want to get my thinnest yarn yet with this.

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So far, so good.

And on the way to the wedding, I convinced A to stop for 2 minutes so I could pick up this treasure that Deb at Purple fleece was holding for me –

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It’s a 4 ounce braid of Falkland, called Life’s a Beach.  Love the colors!

Later this week, nieces B and C-the-younger will be arriving from PA via CT!! They will only be here a couple of days, but I am very excited that this visit is happening. They arrive Thursday evening, and will leave Sunday.  On Saturday, their cousins, my niece C-the-elder and nephew B will come over to play games and visit and hang out for the day. Niece N sadly will be off vacationing in Mexico, but we will manage to have fun without her.  This is fun for me, to have all the B and C nieces and nephew together, it has been a long time since they all came over to just hang out.  Like in probably 6 years – because we live at the end of the trail, so we usually meet somewhere in the middle for family events.   These kids are all roughly the same age – 20-26, and have so much fun when they get together. I am glad that it will be happening here at our house.

And that means that this week we will be cleaning and prepping for visitors.

And of course, spinning, and knitting.  And swimming.  Because there ARE enough hours in a day.

 

 

I know many of you reading this will have a hard time appreciating it,but…

I hope you will bear with me.

I get mad at the weathermen all the time, as you know.  They get my hopes up, only to be completely wrong in their forecasting.

My pool only needed about 6 inches of water when the ice went out this spring, and I was all excited, because I knew that would happen fairly quickly with the spring rains.

And the weatherman predicted rain each week.

And it didn’t rain.  For two months.

There are floods in Texas.  France, Germany, and Belgium are nearly submerged.

And it doesn’t rain a drop here.

I start running the hose for 15 minutes a day, knowing this will take an eternity to bring the pool water up to the filter inlet.  But knowing that it will have to rain eventually.

They predict “torrential rains” for Memorial Day.

It is foggy, maybe such heavy fog as to actually be a drizzle, but it never rains. My rain gauge doesn’t even get wet.

I keep running the hose a bit each day.  I also give the asparagus and garlic and a few tender shrubs very brief drinks every other day.  If it isn’t raining, then I don’t want to over-use the well, right?

Meanwhile, they stop predicting rain in the immediate forecasts, just some chances of unsettled weather 5-6 days out, moving to always stay 5-6 days out.

It never comes.

I keep up my fifteen minutes with the hose, and start noticing the gap is shrinking.

Then, Friday night, I take a rock to my windshield, and a very long crack races across it.  I call to have the glass replaced.  They can’t do it until Thursday.

Thursday arrives and so does the glass man.  He does his thing, I give him the credit card (sigh) and before he heads off he says to me “keep the windows open 1/4 inch for 48 hours.”

Thursday night when I run the hose I FINALLY reach the bottom of the filter intake!

Friday morning’s weather forecast is for unsettled weather, chance of showers.

Naturally…

 

It is pouring rain, and has been for hours.

All the seats in my car are wet.

 

But the pool – at last I know I will be able to get the pool cleaned out and usable THIS WEEKEND!

The plants and trees are so happy!

 

For once, I am glad the weather man is wrong, although I still think he should stop calling it a forecast, and call it what it is – a wild-assed guess at what the skies might bring us. Or he should be fired, I alternate between the two.

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Wednesday!!!

Tonight

Lingering rain/snow showers ending early then becoming partly cloudy. Lows between 23°-30°. North/northwest wind 8-15 MPH.

Wednesday

Partly to mostly sunny. Highs between 33°-43°. North wind 5-10 MPH.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy with rain and mixed precipitation developing during the afternoon. Highs in the mid-30s to mid-40s.

Friday

Morning showers then variably cloudy. Highs in the 40s.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers possible. Cooler with highs in the 30s.

 

You call this a weather forecast?  I call it a dreary mess. Monday and Tuesday have been rainy and gray. So that means that 5 out of 6 days – NO SUN.

I know it is balmy and nice, temperature-wise, but all this gloom is ridiculous.

I am going to take your advice, dear friends: park myself in front of the fire with the Christmas candles and lights  lit and lose myself in my knitting.

Maybe next week there will be sun.

 

Can’t get home

This summer there have been crazy fires out west, and when they show the stories on the news, I always think about “what would I take if I had to suddenly leave home, and didn’t know if it would be here when I could get back?”  I have a mental list.  It includes, of course, the cats, and some knitting and then it kind of gets lost in the weeds.

But it never occurred to me to think what I would do if I could not get home.

That happened to me Wednesday.  It was only for a couple of hours, but it was scary!

It rained.  It rained a lot.

We got almost ten inches of rain in 12 hours, and that was just more than the ditches and culverts could bear.  As a result, when I tried to go home from work, I could almost but not quite get there.  There are two roads we can take to get to our little lane.  Both of them had washouts so severe that they were closed. I couldn’t really wrap my head around it, and checked them both twice.  How could I not get home?

What was almost worse was that I could not get to any friend or family member that I could think of in those moments of disbelief.  So many roads were closed!  I COULD drive the 20 miles back to work, but I hesitated to do that in case the road washed out and I couldn’t get this close to home again.

So I went to the fire station and waited there, watching the map get more and more pins in it showing road closures. I listened to the dispatcher talk to firemen on the scene in so many locations – directing traffic, getting people out of their cars, waiting for tow trucks to get the cars out of the water. Learning of more road closures. How could so many roads be closed?  Where would people go who could not get home from work?

I couldn’t get home to make sure that HOME was OK, that the cats were fine.  I knew in my head that the cats were asleep and didn’t know anything unusual was happening, but in my heart, I was terrified for them.  What if I couldn’t get home for a few days? They had some dry food but not enough for a long absence. I could call the neighbor, but how would they get in the house?

It was a long wait, but eventually the road crews got one of the roads cleaned up and repaired enough to be passable.  I headed for home, and found that all was well.  Our lane was in rough shape but with care, I could get down it.  My house was warm, safe, and dry.  Power was on, cats were sleeping peacefully by the window. They never noticed I was late.  Or if they did, it didn’t alarm them.

It sure alarmed me!

A week since my last update?

Sorry about that!

The big news on that front is that my camera is broken. So until I sort that out, or really master the whole phone-camera-WordPress-thing I don’t have visuals for you, and I know how much you like seeing them.  🙂

We had a nice weekend – although it rained VERY hard Saturday, it cleared up for about half an hour in the afternoon, so I got a swim in. 🙂 And did lots of shawl knitting while I waited.

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(Old photo of progress)

My lace leaf shawl in Purple Fleece’s Scarlet Tanager is nearly done – I have lots of lifelines so that I can use it all – I’ll just keep going until I run out, or it is obvious how far I can get with what’s left, and then rip back enough to do the border. I am well into the deep pink now, so I think I have only one more pattern repeat to do before the border.

Sunday, Mom and I had scheduled a sail, but sadly, there was no wind.  Naturally, we went out to lunch and yarn shopping instead. We rescheduled the sail for Labor Day weekend, though, so we won’t get through the whole summer with no sail.

As for the yarn, I used my shop credit and $20 reward to get a whole lot of gorgeous yarn to make two or three really nice shawls, for less than $5 cash! I can’t show it to you right now, but I will sometime soon.  I can tell you that one is a soft aqua or teal, and the other is a rosy gray-taupe variegated. I got a couple of skeins of gray merino lace weight to either go with that or be something different. I also got a pattern designed to go with the aqua.  So I think I have the yarn for four shawls all lined up and two patterns picked out.  Always a good situation.  🙂

Mom asked me if I actually use the shawls, and was surprised when I said yes, I wear them to work a lot, since it is cold in my office in the summer and in the winter.  Then her eyes lit up  “they don’t have to FIT!”  I think Mom might start knitting shawls as soon as she finishes her current cardigan.

But what my next project will actually be (maybe!) is a sweater vest made from all the blues I dyed for the leftie shawl.  I will be doing it by the seat of my pants – there is a pattern I have knit many times, but can’t find (I lent it to someone, I think) so I am going to do it by memory and logic.  Should be a lovely garment! Then I will make hats with whatever is left.

Last night I went up to Husson University to see niece B, who moved back to campus on Sunday.  We had stored a load of her things for the summer, so I brought them up to her.  She is still getting settled, and it is hot in the dorm, so it was just a quick visit. It is good to see her again, and it seems like she might be open to more auntie visits this year – she has a more reliable car and I have a pool.  Also a washer and dryer, and good food and a comfortable bed. All the important things for a college senior, right?  🙂 I am sure going to miss her when she finishes with school, even though I don’t see as much of her as I would like to.

Now, off to figure out the whole phone camera thing.

Just a bit more about the weather, then I will stop

*By the way, we did it! It is officially the coldest month in recorded history in Bangor. As of the 27th (still waiting on the data from today, the 28th) our average temp was 6.1°. The next coldest was a temp of 8.4° back in January of 1991. In fact, all of the other top 5 coldest months have been Januarys. The next coldest February was in 1993 with an average temp of 11.3°. And don’t even get me started on the snowfall totals. So exciting (unless you hate snow/have to pay for plowing/have nothing else to complain about)! We’re number 4 right now, with 117.1″. We’ll make it into the number 2 spot soon I think which is currently 119.7″. The all time record is 181.9″ and Lord help me if we get there.*

Jessica Conley Meteorologist WABI TV 5 & The CW

See?  Not crazy.  This weather has sucked.  BTW – that snowfall – all in 5 weeks. Not in a  whole winter like those other years.

OK, maybe crazy, but I blame it on cabin fever.

IT’S MARCH!!!!  So we are only getting 3-5 inches of snow tonight, and there is a chance of snow/sleet/rain on Tuesday night.  I guess we have to endure ice before it all goes away and we see spring flowers  mud.

What I have been up to…

We have been BUSY!

It absolutely poured for the whole picnic yesterday – luckily we had a pavilion to hang out under, we played silly games and a group of us played some card games. C made friends with the only other person her age there, R, the daughter of one of my favorite coworkers. The picnic broke up after lunch, and I took the girls “on the town” to TJ Maxx, Family Dollar and Reny’s where we wrapped up the last of C’s school shopping (book bag and flip-flops) and R started hers. The girls are getting the same book bag so they can be all matchy matchy in different states. R had to go to work, so we swung by her house, got her uniform, said hi again to her sister, mom, and aunt, and then took her to work, where we all got ice cream. Still pouring rain, so C and I came home. No mini-golf.

Today we worked on finishing up birthday cards for tomorrow, our collage art projects, we dyed some yarn using tropical punch KoolAid, and I did the CAL rows. C and A also made jam (three batches) for C to bring home with her, and I made popovers for us. Twice, as I burned the first batch. Also made mac and cheese for tomorrow, and by that time, I was getting cranky. I think the burned popovers put me over the edge. I am TIRED!

Tomorrow we fix up the green salad, put the last of the packages to gether, load the car and get out of here by 10. C wants to play a game of cards before we go, so I have to get up early. That means I should go to bed right now.

I’m going, I’m going.

I’ll post the CAL info in the next day or two…

Second sock is coming along between things – foot and heel are done, there only remains the leg to finish before it goes in the dye pot.

Friday list

Ohh, vacation is almost over… and today, we are going to work. Well, sort of. It is our annual staff picnic, so C and I are going to spend the day playing games, eating food and avoiding raindrops at beautiful Schoodic Point. One thing C wanted to do on this vacation was go where when you looked out over the water, there was no land in sight. That might be today – not because there is no land (Mount Desert Island is off the point) but because there is so much rain and fog that visibility is low. 😦

If it is not pouring when the picnic is over, we will probably head down to Mount Desert to play mini golf, one of the last things on C’s vacation list.

If it is pouring, then we will come home and work on our art projects, and I will make cards for Sunday’s party.

Tomorrow, A and C make a couple of batches of jam, so C can take them home with her when she goes. They like doing that chore together, it is becoming a summer tradition. I will be knitting on that last sock like mad, so that C and I can dye some yarn together, she wants to see how to do it with Kool aid and a crock pot. Which is good, as that is the only way I know how to do it!

Pool time

Yup, I got into the pool today. I brought out the float, the magazine, the water bottle. First thing, though, scoop out the debris. It’s been a few days since I did that, so it was necessary.

Just when I finished that, and was ready to really get in and soak a bit before floating and reading, it started to rain. Now, I know I could swim in the rain, after all, I am already wet. But I had my new magazine out there! So, I climbed out to save it, and it just didn’t seem worth the effort to get back in.

Instead I did more laundry, worked on my little purple beanie, and watched a little tv.

Relaxing, but not cooling. I may go in before this evening is over, it is hot and muggy today. And it is supposed to rain hard tomorrow.

The pool is full of nice, clean water, but I do wish it would stop raining just for a few days in a row.