Monday, October 28, 2013

A Moment of Silence . . .

I'm falling right back into the groove of my regular life after my extended vacation. 

I still have an interesting voice from the cold I've had, but all the laundry got done and I'm back on my regular track of tracking my food on FitBit and logging my steps. 

Woke up a little early, but got up and got dressed and headed down to the basement to hit the treadmill to start my walking program up again.  So, I'm down there, catching up on the Proverbial Knitter podcasts that I missed while I was away.  I'm walking - not very fast - probably about 2.8 mph just to ease back into the groove.  About 20 minutes in to my 30 minutes, the incline indicator started blinking the number 47.  Weird, but I put the iPad over it so it didn't distract me.  And I'm walking . . .

And then I'm not walking. 

WTH?!

I got off the treadmill and turned it off and turned it back on (a pretty good remedy for pretty much anything electronic  ;-D), and got back on.  For another seven minutes. And it quit again.

So, after tens of thousands of miles, it's pretty clear that the treadmill is finally going to need to be replaced.  It is about 12 or 13 years old, so I would say that I certainly got my money's worth.  I'm going to make a call to see if it's worth trying to fix it, but I'm thinking that it's time for a new treadmill.  Highly likely that that will be my Christmas present to myself.

And speaking of Christmas.  I'll be listening to Christmas music starting today  :-)   I love it!!!  And just in case you didn't know, there are only eight Saturdays left before Christmas.  So it's probably time to get cracking on shopping, particularly if things have to get mailed. 

This is a crazy video with all the animals and such, but I love Ceelo - and this is the perfect song to start thinking about Christmastime  :-)

 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Home Again, Home Again . . .

Jiggedy Jig  :-)

I know it's been a long time between posts, but I've been out of the country for most of the month of October.  It's cold here now - it wasn't when I left  :-D

It was a pretty great trip, but I came home with a nasty cold - and upper respiratory things are always worse when you have asthma.  But, there was an antibiotic waiting for me here when I got home on Thursday to nip the lung infection pretty quickly, and I'm coughing the gunk up out of my lungs now  (Eeuuwwww - I know - TMI).

I'm feeling quite human today, and I have my jet lag on the run!

Here I am outside of Culloden House.  I think this was my favorite place - I felt like I was in Downtown Abbey - and I bought this great hat which is very 1910's in style, I think.  Plus it fit my big melon head, so of course, I had to get it :-D  I look a little lumpy because I had a bunch of layers of clothing on  :-D
 
Me in Scotland

Here are the socks I finished on the trip - photo'd in the drawing room at Culloden House.

 
Socks

Here I am clay pigeon shooting - truthfully, I was posing  :-D  I did try it, and managed to get off four shots before my shoulder was so painful that I had to stop  :-D  You can tell that I'm posing because my finger is not on the trigger.

Clay Pigeon

This photo was taken as we got on to the Isle of Skye.
 

Skye

And I tried to recreate it in one of the tapestries that I wove.  Here they both are - the first, smaller one (blue and green) is a sampler - learned with Louise Martin, one of the weavers who worked for a decade on the Stirling Castle tapestries.  The second (landscape) is the one I did with Louise Oppenheimer.  Both Louises were awesome and wonderful teachers.

 
weaving3

This is one of the better photos I took the entire trip - I was shooting on my iTouch as the flaw in my regular camera lens was far too noticeable to use it.  That meant that I experienced this trip very differently, because for once I was actually LOOKING at what I was seeing, rather than looking at it through a camera lens.  I kinda liked it :-)

So, now I'm recovering and very glad that I built in an actual recovery day into the trip.  I feel like I'm coughing up a lung, but I'm much better than I was yesterday, and I'm already falling back into my weekend routine.  The suitcase has been exploded and nearly everything accounted for either put away or washed, and Monday I will be back to work with October nearly gone and November waiting in the wings.