Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Home Again, Home Again . . .

I've got yarn and fiber all over this joint  :-D  I've started listing things on my destash page on Ravelry, but I'm having to go in stages, so if you're shopping, check back there often  :-D  I've also started a bag to donate at Fiber Retreat for door prizes.  :-)

I was back on Saturday from a wonderful week on Cape Cod.  It sounds funny to go to the Cape in the middle of winter, but in the off-season the Cape is really wonderful, and I really needed to just "be" rather than "do" this trip. 

That's the beach at the Chatham lighthouse . . .   :-)

It's part of the balance I'm seeking, I guess.  Too often my trips require a lot of wherewithal to get there and then constant motion while I'm there.  Not this time.  I spent a great deal of time just sitting around in my blue fleecy penguin pants.  I got a couple of great walks on the beach in before the weather turned, and was able to take a few photos of the Cape in winter.

Admittedly it is sometimes challenging to travel with my bagpipes - I think I'm going to invent the perfect pipe backpack - but I got some great uninterrupted time to play and practice, which was sorely needed.  I was even coaxed to play outside in the FREEZING cold  :-D

And I managed to FINALLY finish one of my WIPs (work in progress).  These are the Guitar Man Socks - they were a gift for my friend's husband.  They are even, despite appearances to the contrary  :-D  That's just how they landed in the snow and it was a really cold day after the blizzard (yes, there was a blizzard while I was there  :-D) so I didn't fuss much with them.

The yarn is Lorna's Laces Solemate.  This yarn contains a rayon fiber that's supposed to react to your body's temp - keeping cool/warm as necessary.  Interesting stuff, but I was reminded - once again - that I just do not like knitting with wood fibers - they just tear up my hands.  And OMG boy socks take forfrickingEVER to knit  :-D  Geez!  I thought I would never finish these.  I'm really glad they are done :-D

I returned home on Saturday to a dead main furnace.  Unfortunately here in Chicagoland, we are in the grip of a second polar vortex.  The temps are supposed to ease up again today, but it's been bitterly cold with brutal wind chills again.  The secondary furnace was going full blast trying to keep its section of the house warm.  It was a losing battle . . . the furnace guys came right out (they are awesome that way).  It was a short in the control board, which they were able to adjust so I would have heat again until it can be replaced.

And now I have to make a decision on whether to replace the board or get a new furnace.  Replacing the board is close to 50% of the cost of new, likely more efficient furnace . . . I'm taking with the furnace guy today to look at the options.

It was good to be away, but it's good to be back home  :-)


Michelle said...

And good to HAVE you home!

candy said...

Welcome home! Love the first picture :)

A :-) said...

Thanks you guys!