Monday, August 20, 2012

Fall is in the Air

It was a tough week last week in many ways.  I did, however have a pretty awesome weekend.

My Saturday was a powerhouse of accomplishment  :-)  Yay Me!!!  I got my house put back together and I vacuumed (including the cobwebs :-) ) and took a couple of tubs of prepared fleece downstairs and out of the way.  My cousin ME and her husband R came over on Saturday morning and R helped me with a few things in the house (well, R actually did all the work  :-D).  I needed to hang both the really large fabric pieces I had framed.  This is the quilt that my great grandmother made.  It's small for a quilt, but really large for a piece of art  :-)  It definitely took two people to get it up on the wall.

Quilt Hung

And this is the applique piece I bought in Luxor when I was in Egypt last year.  It looks a little cock-eyed, but it's not - it's the angle of the camera.  My walls are not this yellow, BTW, they are a warm gold (and there is nothing that odd bluish/green color in my kitchen (through that doorway on the left), it's just the light somehow.

Luxor Piece

I'm really glad to have both of these things done!  Then, R also brought over the big ladder and I cleaned the blades on the ceiling fan in the sunroom and also hung a new pair of Glansa lights from IKEA - sure wish they still carried them!  Then, we pulled up the rug in the guest room and took it downstairs.  And during all that, the appraiser came to appraise my house so I can refinance.

Then, we went out for burgers to a local joint, and I headed to the hardware store to buy light bulbs and some things for my podcast.  I ran home and unloaded the car and grabbed two things to return to Walgreens, and then went over to the big box store to get more light bulbs and more stuff I needed for this week's podcast.  And while I was there, I got this!


Isn't it beautiful?  The red mum on the ground was a gift from ME and R earlier in the week to cheer me up, but I got the stand and the three hanging mums on Saturday.  I LOVE this!!!  Mums always make me think that fall is on its way. 

Then I drove over to the vet to pick up some dog food that I agreed to pay for, and then ran home to unload the car again, and then drove a few towns over to drop off/donate the dog food.  I headed back home and made a stop at Tuesday Morning (love that place!) in case they might have had any rugs I could use for the guest room (they didn't this time), and then went grocery shopping.

What a day!!!

Sunday was truly a day of rest in many respects.  I did film my podcast and got that accomplished, and potted up some spider plants, and then I watched a couple of Netflix and worked on some knitting.  It was a good day  :-)

There hasn't been much knitting going on lately - I have been working (off and on) on my St. Brigid sweater, and am into the sixth pattern repeat on the back.  It will take time, but things are moving forward  :-)

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I know it's not October yet, but this is one of my favorite songs at this time of year . . .  I mean, who doesn't love a good love song?  Ignore the 80s fashion and just get lost in the music . . .

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thank You

Thanks, everyone, for the comments, the emails, everything.  It means a great deal to me.  Yesterday was a hard day, but I know that I have made the best decision for Jupiter even though it was very painful for me.

Thank you all.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


It turns out that I was only meant to foster Jupiter for a short time.  I'm heartbroken, but he needs more than I can give him,  please understand that I can't talk more about it.  Thank you all for your support and caring.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Coming Up for Air


It has been a crazy couple of weeks.  I've really missed blogging.  And writing morning pages.  Work has been very busy for me lately, and I've really had a lot on my mind in general. 

Summer is fleeting.  It's August.  I weigh 230.0 pounds.  It could be worse.  It was worse.  But it's better now  :-)  I still have a chance to make my next goal at Halloween  :-)

I didn't spin for Tour de Fleece, but I did finish some Targhee that I wanted to knit socks with.  No go.  Spun fine enough for socks made the top I had very fragile.  Like I could break it apart fragile.  So, no socks for the Targhee.

I was trying to knit some mitts for the Ravellenic Games, but they are loose - I mean, I have very delicate wrists for being such a tall woman, and other mitts have fit me better, so after one pattern repeat, I'm frogging these and moving on to my St. Brigid sweater.

Yes, pick your lips up off the floor.  You heard me right.  I'm pulling out my St. Brigid right after I put my Lendrum away.  It's time for it to rest in its bag, out of the sunroom for awhile.  I have been slowing moving things out of the sunroom - both the looms are now in the basement, and now that I finished spinning that Targhee, the folding Lendrum is being put away.  My cleaning lady isn't going to know what to do when she's actually able to CLEAN in the sunroom again  ;-D

It was getting to be just too cluttered in there.  I still have more work to do putting things away and divesting myself of stuff, but it's already feeling much more serene again.

Here's the Targhee - 317 yards, pretty much fingering weight.


I did succeed in one Ravellenic Games event - the Frogging Trampoline . . .

This was my almost completed Augusta Cardigan:

Oban Cardi 05

This is the one where I ran out of the yarn and had to send to Scotland to get more.  It still needed a button band.  I had made the arms 1 inch longer because I have really long arms, and the sleeves ended up having to be cuffed twice.  That would have been relatively easy to fix, except for that I am smaller now than when I started it. 

There really wasn't anything I could do that didn't require substantial frogging and redesign of the entire shoulder area . . . and since this is a very crunchy wool - better suited to a lined jacket than a sweater, I decided to do this:

Augusta After

Yup, really.

That's about all the news around this joint - my podcast, All About African Violets, is heading into its 6th week.  I'm starting to find a better rhythm (most of the time :-D) and I'm building an audience.  Yay!  I have lots of fans in Serbia.  Who knew?!  I am happy to have them!!

What's on your needles?