51

This morning I couldn’t help but think that everything is relative.

I was tucked in under my down comforter, feeling all cuddly and warm, except for the top of my nose. That was chilly. But it was the good kind of chilly.

When I got up, my feet were cold, but I didn’t get socks. I really love a cool summer morning. The kind where you have a sweatshirt over your t shirt and shorts while you drink coffee and listen to the birds sing, when the day is still clean and quiet.

These kind of mornings make me feel nostalgic for the carefree summers when I was a kid, sitting on my grandmother’s porch steps. The day was full of promise, it would warm up and still be summer.

The weatherman on TV said it was 51. That sounded about right.

And I thought about how different 51 feels, depending on the season.

In the fall, 51 might mean shutting the doors and windows at night, or having a fire in the morning to take off the chill.

In the spring, it might mean throwing those same doors and windows open to air out the house a bit after a long closed up winter.

In the winter, if I woke up and my house was 51, I would be a little freaked out. That would mean something was wrong with heat, pipes needed to be protected. It would be a stressful start to the day.

But this morning, 51 felt wonderful. No heat and humidity. I slept like a rock, tucked into my warm bed. I woke up refreshed and ready to start the day. I relished my hot shower, instead of trying to get as cool a one as I could bear, which was what the past few weeks had been like. The floors felt cool as I packed my lunch, and the air was clean as could be as I went out the door.

No jacket. 51 in summer feels delicious.

Writing with links instead of photos

We can see how it goes, right?

I decided that if I can’t post photos here, I can post links to my Ravelry project pages.  Please let me know in the comments if that got you to the photos. So far, Ravelry hasn’t put any limits on the photos we can post there!

 

I finished the Liverpool socks for my BIL, they are so bright and fun!  I am sure he will hate them, but he will appreciate them for what they are.  and maybe appreciate them even more on a cold morning.

I have been cranking away on my Hankshaw pullover.  I am loving how these colors look!  Of course, I have loads of each of the 6 colors left, not sure how much of the natural I will have left, but there maybe some hat knitting in my future with the leftovers.  Twice leftover, as they come originally from a shawl…

Durrow continues to plod along, but I have a motivating plan now.  First off, when I finished the previous square, I got a reward of casting on a sweater.  Now one of my Whorls and Purls friends gives me assignments each week.  So far so good, I do about 6-7 rows a week. At that pace, it will take several more weeks to finish the square.  But I know when the rows get shorter, I can do more in a week.  And so I am plotting and planning my next cast on reward. I am thinking of June, in either white and light blue, or light blue and navy. Yes, I know it isn’t a two colored sweater, but don;t you think it would be pretty with the lace in a different color? Of course, it might not be that at all.  there is no telling, and I have a few weeks to go before I need to know.  I think I will make a rule that Hankshaw has to be done also, if my next reward is a sweater.  I don’t want too many of them on the needles.

Then there is Biophilia. I plan to cast it on no later than July 1, joining in a knit along, which many of my Whorls and Purls friends are doing also.  But I think this wont; be tied to any reward system.  I have wanted to knit it for quite a while, so the time is right.  I have the yarn and beads, but Fiber Frolic is in a few weeks, so that whole thought might change.  They have yarn and beads there.  🙂

I also finished Droplet, it is drying now.  Hopefully it will dry and I can get a nice pretty photo of it before too long, but the weather is so awful, endless gray.

And did I show you what FINALLY came off my loom last week?  Fabric!  Not perfect, but usable.  It was intended for place mats, but still not sure it won’t be dish towels…

That’s it in knitting world…

 

In real life, today is one of our anniversaries.  We have two, because we had a lovely commitment ceremony ten years ago, not ever suspecting that we could ever legally wed.  But just a few years later, we could, so our other anniversary is on the 19th, 4 years later.

And I will say that BOTH of those days were sunny and bright and warm!  Imagine, in May, not needing winter clothes.  Glad we aren’t having a big outdoor party this year – we would freeze.  I think that flowering things are about a week or so behind this year, because the cherry trees were almost gone by for our ceremony in 2013, and they haven’t even begun to bloom yet.  Everything is slowly coming along though, I know they will bloom eventually.  It is an exceptionally good forsythia year, though!  It must have just been a slightly warmer winter this year.  Also, lilacs that have never before bloomed are covered in buds.  So maybe Spring will happen eventually?

I think that is all that I know right now –  thanks for your patience while I sort out how to share photos!  And do let me know if you were able to navigate to them.

 

 

 

Back in control

I am feeling like I am back in control of my life.  Amazing what getting through a busy patch intact can do for one!

Our weekend was busier than normal – second weekend in a row where we did not stay home hibernating on Sunday!  We did travel to see my sister and her family in their brand new-to-them home.  They had just finished emptying and cleaning the old apartment a few days before, so the new home is decorated in beautiful brown corrugated boxes.  But it is possible to see that the place is lovely, and a good space for them.  There is a music room and a dining room and a play room and a craft room and a TV room and an office.  None of them are huge, but there are designated spaces for the things that are important to them.  And a glorious barn, and some not so glorious sheds between it and the house.  And a fabulous back yard with a pool!

We had a nice time visiting them and seeing the whole place and hearing about their plans and dreams for it.  It will take a bit of work but I think it will be a show place when they are finished.  Which, we warned them, might not be for 20 years. We are ten years in our house and still have some boxes stowed away.

Before we did this visiting, though, I went to Whorls and Purls on Saturday, which was good.  I missed it, not going the week before.  I did a whole lot of knitting while chatting with the ladies and eating delicious rhubarb dump, but haven’t much to show for it.

Still plugging away on Durrow (an old photo I happened to have of the first square at the same point I am at with the second square.)

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and Hitofude (This is a picture from last week, I have a few more inches done… but many more to go! But perhaps all of these old photos tell the tale of why I feel like I am not getting anywhere – progress is infinitesimal! )

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and socks.  Actually, the socks got a lot of love on the drive to my sister’s, and so I am on the home stretch – just over 5 pattern repeats to go before the ribbing.  So almost done, in my book. (new photo!)

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I also got the yarn for a scarf for my coworker who is good enough to keep asking me to knit for her, and I cast that on.  It is a pattern she found on pinterest, and is named “quick and easy scarf” or some such.  I wasn’t believing it, but now I am.  It is bulky yarn on size 9 needles, and it zips right along.  I’ll get you a photo of that the next time.

I did some spinning on Saturday and Monday evening. This fiber is cheviot, and it is really easy to spin.  I have a lot more to go, but I feel like I am making progress on it, which helps me get over the blah feeling I had last week that nothing was moving forward in spite of lots of attention. (Another older photo, but you know, with big spinning projects, each bobbin looks like the last!  I am currently working on more of the blue and yellow one.)

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Also, picked up my roving of the month on Saturday – my mind is already turning over ideas on how to spin these fun colors! (The option I choose is the multi-colored one at the top left.  Though I am always tempted to also pick up the solid as well when I see them together – and what Debbie at the Purple Fleece uses for inspiration!  Where does she find these things?) The fiber is quite wooly, a blend of churro and Scottish Blackface.  It will make something fun, but not something to wear next to my neck or face. What should it be?

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Big snow storm is imminent, but not big enough to get a day off from work, I don’t think… just big enough to mean that commuting is terrifying and tedious all at once.  And to mean that though we are in the office, and the tax volunteers are here, lots of clients will not show up and that makes a slow and boring day for everyone.  But it’s almost Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey! That was mean!

So last night I get home, decide it is nice enough to do my one hour of gardening and then have a nice swim.

Got all set, went out and pulled weeds and shoveled dirt and  finished off an area that took three bags of mulch to cover.  Took more than an hour, and worked up a good healthy sweat (read: was drenched.) Looked at what is left and think it is really do-able by the weekend.

Cleaned up the gardening mess and headed for the pool.

CRACK!

No matter how foolish I am for a nice swim, I know not to go anywhere near the water when I hear thunder.

So, I went in the house and worked on the secret fiber project instead.

While I was glad to work on that project, I was very disappointed to not get my cooling, relaxing swim.

I was also disappointed to not get any rain.  Just rumbling thunder.

That was mean, Mother Nature.  I did the work, I should get the reward.

 

 

Thank you, Mother Nature

( meant to post this yesterday, sorry!)

 

Today is a glorious, dry, sunny day.  And we all appreciate it so much because it is the first such day in a few months.  And we get another just like it tomorrow!  Sad that I have to go to work.

Work basically stinks right now – so many changes!  So much seems ill-thought out though I am sure there are reasons.  And change is always hard, so it just is not fun there right now.

Thank heavens for fiber and knitting and spinning.

I haven’t spun much this week, too hot!  But I am concentrating on knitting, and I will finish up the purple fiber in the next few days, get my wheel ready for my non-competitive Tour de Fleece spinning. That starts on July 1, and goes until the 23rd.  I want to spin a sweater quantity of yarn, doubt I will make it in that time frame, but I will make a good start!

I finished the second lace section of Moon and Sky – it has lovely little (mostly invisible still) beads sprinkled throughout.  I love this pattern, the lace is SO EASY!

The striped sweater is down below the sleeves, and I am working on the first sleeve now. Because I am not sure how the yarn will work out, and thus, if the stripes will have to change width, I am making sure the sleeves keep up with the body.  Not my usual MO for this kind of sweater – I usually do the sleeves first, then the body.  But now I am doing each one a couple of inches, then shifting to the next piece.  So, the body is a few inches past the sleeve division, and one sleeve is almost to the same point.  It should go pretty fast now.  The faster you knit, the less likely you are to run out of yarn.  Truth!

Red socks (not the team, but the actual socks) are coming along – the heel of the second sock is turned, so I am on the home stretch with the May/June socks.  Pretty good timing, I think. I should be ready to start the next pair on July 1.

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The vest plugs along – thin yarn and long rows means that even with a couple of rows done, it looks the same.  🙂  I am above the waist now, headed for the division of front and back.  Not sure how I will balance the yarn on this as the directions call for knitting two fronts and back at the same time, which means three balls of yarn. I have one large ball of yarn.  I hate to wind some off and have it not be enough or be too much, so I might ignore this instruction and do the back first.  Then I can knit the two fronts from both ends of the ball of yarn.  If this is the worst problem I face all day, that is a good day.

The house cooled off so nicely last night, the cats and the people were in heaven.  I have a meeting to go to tonight, but I hope that tomorrow evening I can do a bit of yard work.  It looks like a hugely overgrown jungle right now.  But the pool is cleaner than ever, and I think I can get that so that people other than me would swim in it by the weekend.  So life is good when I am not at work.  And it is going to be OK at work, too.

Especially if I win the Powerball lottery tonight, lol.

(PS I haven’t checked the numbers yet this morning. I could be a millionaire!)

 

Yoo hoo! Hello, Mother Nature!

I’ll be dating myself on this one, but I think Mother Nature’s needle is stuck.

Forties?  Really?

IT’S JUNE.

And I know the pretty gray skies look so nice with the green trees, but I also happen to think blue skies and bright sunshine look nice with green trees, too.  Remind me again what that looks like?

Today I am wearing my usual skirt and long sleeved t shirt, with tights,  a wool cardigan, and wool socks. After freezing yesterday in more seasonable clothes, I reverted to my winter uniform this morning.  And I am not too warm.

I (almost) wish I was. At least warm enough to take off the sweater.  Come on, Mother Nature, give it a shot.

 

Completely Unnecessary

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We won’t even talk about wind chill forecasts for the weekend.

And can someone please tell me why, if we have to endure such cold temps, we can’t get the storm at the same time so that it is all snow??? What is with warming up enough for wintry mix Saturday night?

That is really too much.

Maine in June is pretty wonderful

There’s this I see across the street every time I leave my drive:

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And this when I pulled into the dooryard after work yesterday:

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(Sorry for the blur – phone plus hastily stopped car doesn’t equal good photography.)

Just look at all those lovely greens, and blue-ish purple!  And that little dab of red that you probably can’t see on my friend the woodpecker. I think that is my hairy friend, but we also have downy around too.  And pileated, but I know that isn’t the pileated fellow, he’s way too big to eat that suet; he has tried, and failed.

I forgot to bring the suet in last night, and it was still there when I left this morning – thank you Mr. Bear.

June in Maine is wonderful, even if a bit chilly this year. (Wearing a lace shawl to work today. Because the air is chilly. Also wearing sandals even though it is chilly, because IT IS FREAKING JUNE PEOPLE.  That’s like summer. In some places, anyway.)

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.

 

 

 

 

Oh, really?

A few words about the weather.

Humph. Grumble. PFFFFFT.

All week they have been talking about this “inverse Norlun Trough” that will bring some lucky slice of Maine an amount of snow that is unpredictable but big. This narrow band could include Hancock County if it goes where predicted, or it could go a little to the east and include Hancock County, or it could go a little west and include Hancock County.

It will snow in the targeted area from Friday night to Saturday night, and accumulations could be 6 inches or 12 or 18, depending on who says it.

 

So I planned my day around a snow storm, living as I do, in Hancock County.

No new snow this morning.  Turned on the weather channel, where they showed a current weather map.

They think it is snowing on my head.  It isn’t.

They did say the outer islands of Penobscot Bay already have ten inches. Note: Most of them are in Knox County, not Hancock County.  Just saying.

I amended my plans to include some blog time while I wait for the dump and barber shop to open.  Lucky you!

A is on her way home from Texas – she drove from San Angelo TX to Knoxville TN yesterday, that’s about halfway.  She got a good nights sleep and was back on the road at 5 am.  So, if all goes well, she should be home in the middle of the night tonight.  If it doesn’t go as planned and she has to stop due to weather or general sleepiness, she will get home tomorrow.  I have one day to make messes and clean them up. And make her valentine.  🙂

So far I have stripped the bed, started the laundry, unpinned the shawl (oh my!), filled the bird feeders and enjoyed a cup of coffee.

Now it is time to get dressed and start the errands.

Hope you all have a fun, productive day, and that the snow doesn’t fall on your heads either.  🙂

And just to wrap up as I began – about the weather – it is supposed to be bitter cold this weekend, wind chills 30 below (F).  Not unusual this time of year.  But how about this – on Tuesday it will be in the 30s and we will be getting heavy RAIN.  Now that is just not right.  What a mess we will have.

Humph. Grumble. PFFFFFT.