Saturday, July 14, 2012

It's Summer

Good news!  I have both my feet back.  My second x-ray was clear, so the doc said I didn't need The Shoe anymore.  I can start walking again, which is great because two weeks of enforced inactivity was not best for me.  I didn't go to WW because I wasn't supposed to walk any extra than getting to and from work.  And let's be real - I was feeling sorry for myself . . . poor food choices were made.  But they are in the past and I am moving forward.

I have to take it slow - I had to cut back to half of what I was doing before.  Since I was anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes, the doc said to cut back to 20 and start there and I can build back up as long as it doesn't hurt  :-)  Yay!

More good news - the brutal heat wave broke last Sunday. It's been back up into the 90s this week, but it's amazing the difference even 10 degrees makes.

In weird news:  My house is out of control.

For someone who takes stuff to the Second Chance Shop as much as I do, it never ceases to amaze me how much crap I still have . . .

My kitchen and sunroom have been close to horrifying in the past month  . . .  Here's the kitchen earlier this week:


That's the new loom down on the floor - its stand is over in the other half of the kitchen (next to the paper bag).

Kitchen 02

It certainly is looking better today, but there is still far to go - I'll have more photos later in the week.

Last night my cousin, ME, came over to help me in the basement.  I had a 29-year supply of boxes and crap down there in the one section that has possibilities for being functional. 

I put two photos together so the angle is very off, but you can get an idea:


If I can get this space into some sort of order I'm thinking of finishing it somehow - maybe like a log cabin  :-D   Seriously.  The fireplace has that weird weeping morter and the previous owner painted it white . . . I think I could fix that.  I found a place in Michigan called Rustic Rails that does interior log siding, and beam wraps - the question is do I create an actual wall and door, or do I just leave it open like it is.  I'm leaning toward leaving it open.  The ceiling is rather low (it's a basement after all), but I think there are possibilities to have the looms down here.  Soon.  ME thought it might be a little damp - there were water issues in the past - but it's usually pretty dry now. 

Just something to think about for the future  :-)

But I do need to get stuff out of the sunroom and kitchen.  My sunroom in particular is no longer a serene sanctuary for me.  There's too much stuff in there, so I'm going to figure something out in the next couple of weeks.

All About African Violets is going pretty well - heading into Episode 3 this week.  :-)

Anyone else watch and love Heartland as much as I do? :-)  I think I might want to move to Alberta Canada  :-D

And I can't stop listening to Maroon 5's Payphone song (that links to the clean version).I'd put the video here, but somehow it's not working.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hot Hot Hot . . .

Holy Smokes it's HOT.

I spent 4th of July inside.  Except for when I went out to the store. 


There was a breeze - but the air was so hot that the breeze was like walking by a blast furnace at the steel mills.


I am very, very grateful to have a cool, air conditioned home, even though the bill for June is going to be pretty spendy, I'm sure.

It was really great to have a day off in the middle of the week  :-D  I worked on a sock, and watched episodes of Heartland, a Canadian show that I fell in love with a few years ago.  Sometimes it airs on WGN, so you might want to check it out. 

All the music on the show is pretty great, but there is a song from an episode in the second season, that just blew me away when I heard it the first time.  It's called Eyes Wide Open, by a group of First Nation (Saulteaux, Anishnabe, Tahltan, Dene, and Salish) women called M'Girl.  This is a music video that they made.

I have been unsuccessful in finding their CD, but I put a search on eBay, so maybe one will come along.  They are from Vancouver. 

I would like to go to Vancouver some day - I know a lot of televisions shows are shot there, and it always looks very beautiful.

I've had another rough week with food.  Been feeling a bit sorry for myself with The Shoe.  Even though my foot is not hurting, my physical activities have been seriously curtailed, and that's been difficult for me.  I did go swimming over the weekend.  Laps.  Nonstop for half an hour.  And I was reminded that since I was a kid, whenever I go swimming, as soon as I get out of the pool I am, literally, starving and want to eat immediately.  I'm hoping this will be remedied in the future by putting a piece of string cheese in my bag to take the edge off, rather than going to the deli for a corned beef sandwich . . .  :-S

It's Thursday, though, and my food week starts again today, so it's back to the future for me  :-)

Just a quick update on my new podcast - you guys, the response to All About African Violets has been overwhelming, and all of it extremely positive.  With more than 500 hits in just a couple of days, I'm really thrilled!  :-)   And, of course, the realization that it wasn't a one-shot deal is beginning to hit me now  :-D  I already have most of this week's show outlined, and will start filming one of the segments tonight.  I could have done it yesterday, but I decided to truly relax on the holiday.

In other news of last week.  I have another loom.  Yes.  Really  :-D

To make a long story short, an old friend of mine in Colorado was going through things in the basement and found his late aunt's loom.  He rang me and said, "A, do you know anyone who weaves?  I've got Aunt Martha's loom and I have to get it out of here."  And I said, "Um . . . me."  :-)

He said it was in two boxes - the first one arrived last week and the second one is on its way now, I think. 

It's Louet table loom, 4-shaft, with Texsolv heddles.  The book said it's a W-40, but I can't find any reference to that, and putting it on Ravelry yielded info that it's likely a Kombo, which was Louet's predecessor to their Jane table loom.  It does look quite similar. It came with eleventy million sticks and bits and shuttles and reeds and I think either a sectional beam or a raddle.  I'm not sure.  It's currently resting on the kitchen floor.  It weaves 16" wide, so I think it's going to be good for scarves and table runners, and towels.  I really need to get cracking again with weaving!.

Louet W-40_01

And the kitchen bar is COVERED again . . .

Louet W-40_02

Yesterday I bought a Reed Rack - it should be on its way to me today.  I can't have all this stuff all over everywhere all the time - it needs its own place.  I'm thinking about finishing one section of my basement and making it a weaving area.  Not sure yet how that might shake out, but it's definitely on my radar.  The sunroom is getting really full of stuff - awesome stuff, to be sure, but even though it's a huge room, it's feeling very crowded lately.

I will be interested to see what the other box holds.  I believe it might be a stand for the loom, which would be awesome!

If it's hot where you are, be sure to drink a lot of water and keep as cool as you can - they are predicting temps in the three figures here today . . .

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Exciting News!!!

I have exciting news!!!

As you know, I write from time to time on this blog about my African violets.  I am really excited to announce that I am now a podcaster! 

I am producing a weekly video podcast called All About African Violets.  The first episode was released on Sunday, July 1st.  :-)

It is available on Blip TV

It is also available on iTunes where you can subscribe and have it downloaded every week! (that's the preview link - you have to actually get in to iTunes to subscribe to it there).  If you do watch through iTunes and you like the podcast, please take a moment to leave a star rating - that helps me as a podcaster, and it helps make the podcast more visible to others who might be looking for it  :-)

This is a new adventure, and I've had a lot of help along the way - from musician, Ted Yoder, who musically sponsors the show, to KniftyRed who is responsible for the graphic design.  And a huge thanks to my friend, The Proverbial Knitter, who helped me along the path and was exceptionally patient with me while I was freaking out and being all nervous  :-)

I hope you will go and take a look over at All About African Violets - maybe you know someone who is an indoor gardener who might like the show - please feel free to pass along the links!!  :-)