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Starting Over……Or Picking Up Where I Left Off

Starting over.  It can be a good thing or something not so good.  Starting over and ridding oneself of all the extra stuff that is accumulated over time can be cleansing and liberating.    It is the time to refocus…to reprioritize…to figure out what is important and what can be given away. What once seemed precious is now discarded. And the materials for those projects that were going to be worked on “some day?”  Well, as I have grown older, I realize that some of those projects are never going to be completed, much less get started.  So, out they go to charity or to someone who will complete them.  That is really a good feeling to not feel the pressure to get it done.

Starting over.   It is a good thing.   Thank you for patiently waiting for this post.

Blue Ribbons

The County Fair is long over.  The midway is empty and quiet, and the rides are packed up and  in winter storage.  However…..the excitement remains that I won Best in Show blue ribbon in the Sweater category for the Central Park Hoodie I knitted last winter for my daughter!  I knitted it in Berroco’s Vintage, a worsted weight, wool blend yarn, she choose at the Memory Hagler Knitting Shop in Birmingham.  I used buttons found in a Button Jar at a close friend’s house.  They are perfect for the grey yarn and she had just the right number needed.  It was meant to be!

Central Park Hoodie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In another category, the Charlotte Raglan Tee earned a blue ribbon, too! I called this my Tornado Tee as I started it on April 27th, a terrible day in Alabama’s weather history when so many lives were lost; and from which people are still recovering.  It’s knitted in Lily Chin’s Chelsea.  On a spur of the moment impulse, I entered a yellow Peaches and Cream soap bag and it won a blue ribbon in its category!  The woolen Habitat Hat and the Angora Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf also won ribbons.  My daughter knitted a slipstitch scarf that won a blue ribbon in the Junior knitting category!  Just as exciting was the Best in Show blue ribbon for her delicious chocolate fudge in the Junior Baking Category!  She also won a blue ribbon for her sugar cookies and a red ribbon for her chocolate chip cookies.

Beemer

My life is far from being dull and routine.  The biggest event in the past month was my miniature schnauzer almost dying from undiagnosed diabetes.  Beemer was lethargic, vomiting and was practically skin and bones. When I left him at the vet’s we were not sure if he would survive the night.  But he did and after a weekend of IV fluids and monitoring blood levels I was able to take Beemer home Monday afternoon.  Right now I’m giving him eight units of insulin twice a day.   He does not have your typical schnauzer cut so we were not able to see that he had lost a lot of weight.  And he’s not your typical house dog.  In fact, the only time he wants to be inside is when it’s too cold or too hot.  So, we were not watching his water intake closely.

Today, Beemer is back to his usual sassy self, barking at passing white cars (my across-the-street-neighbor’s dog taught him to do that) and biting the tires of Bike Man’s motorcycle when he rides.

Beemer, the camera shy dog

Bike Man's restored vintage BMW bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With all the vet expenses, it’s a good thing I have a great friend who brought wonderful sock yarn when she came to visit for the Colorfest!  I had too much fun….. so much fun that I forgot to take pictures!

And speaking of pictures…..There’s another reason for my neglect in blogging.  My computer has died.  Died as in the screen fading to white then going black.  BLACK!  Nothing.  Zilch.  Zero.  All my pictures, all my partially written blog posts in Word, and  ALL my knitting pdf. files are unobtainable right now.  My Life is in that little, thin, black laptop.  Right now I’m writing to you from the Bike Man’s laptop and it’s just not the same.

But my knitting goes on.

The Toshiba Tecra's Guts

What To Expect

Moonglow Alpaca Farm

Live Oak Shawlette

Smocking

Mentone’s Farmer’s Market

Lookout Mountain Knitters

Gloves to match the Central Park Hoodie

A hat to match my Cable on the Side Mittens

Revamping Underway

Hi, everybody!  I’m still here but have technical difficulties as my laptop computer screen went white then faded to black…….  My hubby is a former computer programmer and has been all over the internet and back trying to figure out what happened.  His latest opinion as to what happened is that the mother board is gone.  I told him I don’t care I just want to be able to retrieve my documents and pictures. ESPECIALLY my pictures!   So.  I’m waiting for that to happen.  In the meantime, I’m using his laptop when I can.  I will have to re-take some pictures of my ribbon-winning entries in the county fair and my test-knit one-cable mittens.

I have continued to knit during this fiasco.  I knitted a hat to match my test knitted mittens and just yesterday finished gloves for my daughter to match her Central Park Hoodie!  And a local knit group I’m “hosting” is beginning to pick up new members!

Oh, yes.  Add to this mix, my miniature schnauzer almost died from undiagnosed diabetes. Beemer is fine now, up to his usual barking.  I’m giving him insulin shots twice a day.  It’s no big deal, I used to do this for my Nicki kitty 14 years ago.

My plan is to kick off a revamped and, hopefully, improved blog starting December 1.  This is something I have wanted to do so, as the saying goes, “There’s no time like the present.”

Enjoy your holiday this week giving thanks for all things, small and large, known and unknown.  I’m planning to enjoy turkey and my dressing, which my hubby said is better than his mother’s was!  My budding chef, aka known as The Teen-ager, wants to make a pumpkin pie for her daddy.

Until the 1st, be safe, have fun and take care.

It’s FINISHED and the Computer is Dead

I am going through withdrawal because I have finally finished my daughter’s Central Park Hoodie.  And, here’s the best part…..the weather turned cool for two days after the daily highs had been in the 70’s!  I would show you pictures but my laptop computer is dead and I’m working from a dinosaur of a computer which my husband put together and through his expertise made it work and Internet accessible. Yea!  (In a previous life he was a computer programmer and systems analyst. ) It also helps that he was desperate to read his news blogs.  And you wouldn’t believe the screen we’re using…a very old NEC monitor that is huge.  How did we work around such hugeness?  Anyway.  He has ordered the parts that are necessary to make the laptop work again.  And what is even more special is he has ordered a new laptop for himself after his died a while back.  The three of us have been sharing one laptop.  Talk about getting in line….

Now let me add to the above scenario.  This morning a lightning storm came through and one bolt hit the telephone line that comes into the house.  It knocked the receiver off the wall phone!  Remember them?  It’s an old house.  The plug-in for the wireless phones exploded and I found its cover halfway across the room.  Oh yes, it also tripped the breaker that the refrigerator is on.    So, as I write, there are computer parts and power cords in a tangled mess around the chair.  And since there are two incoming telephone lines there is a phone line running from the back room, through the Teen-ager’s room, down the hall and into the living room and is connected to….. another ancient device….a slimline phone from the 80’s.   It was not a dull morning.

I wasn’t kidding about going through withdrawal after finishing the CPH.  Now what do I do?  I’ve already finished a washcloth and have started on another one.  They’re going to be gifts for a nephew who has a new kitchen.  For myself, I am doing a three-needle-bind off on the shoulders of a linen sweater before sewing the side seams using a mattress stitch. 

It’s pouring down rain again and my Monkee kitty is outside.  Well, that is what she gets for wanting to go outside and not coming in when called.  There are times when she stays out all night.  The longest she has been away from home was four nights last summer.  I finally had to go into the woods way behind the house to find her and bring her home.  Makes you wonder if she forgot how to come home….  Yeah, a cat who has forgotten how to get home?  And these woods aren’t that big, about the size of a city block.

As soon as I have access to my pictures I’ll post them of the Teen-ager in her hoodie and give you all the details.  Maybe I’ll use my cell-phone and email the pictures to myself,  Yes!  That will work since I can access my email from this make-do, piece-meal computer.  Until then, take care.  P.S.  Monkee is inside, warm and dry.

A Month Later

What happened to February?  It is hard to believe my last post was a whole month ago!  Much has happened since then yet not much has happened either for either I have been working as a substitute teacher for three to four days out of the week or I have been sick with a sinus infection.  Here in Alabama we have been having very mild days for February with the temperatures going up into the mid-70’s.  This is a mixed blessing as the warm weather is followed by a cold front and for us that means very stormy weather.  This afternoon around 1:30 there was a tornado watch and all the students and teachers had to go into the hall and wait.  My 14-year-old daughter was in another part of the school from where I was and I wanted her with me!

The trees have budded out and surely Spring cannot be far away!  The forsythia bushes, or yellow bells my husband calls them, are blooming and clumps of buttercups dot the roadsides and fields.  The Eastern Blue birds are flying about and the mockingbird is singing its heart out from the tops of trees and rooftops.  And my black cat, Monkee, is beginning to spend more time out-of-doors than in.  It was nice having her around even though she’s not the most lovable cat.  It’s Coco who is like melted butter when you pick him up and he does a purr-chirp sound. I’m trying to type this with him now on my shoulder, which is his favorite place.

What I call the Tuck and Curl position.

 

February is not totally a memory.  I have been working on three projects and just finished one this afternoon.   Earlier in the month when it was so cold I started knitting a pair of gloves.  Nothing fancy or elaborate just plain and simple to keep my hands warm.  I started out with the idea of knitting half-fingered gloves but when I started working on the fingers I decided to knit the whole finger.  My hands and fingers are long and have never had gloves long enough but now I do!   Since there is no design, they can be worn on either hand.  They would not win any prizes and I think one glove is slightly larger than the other.    I did not follow any specific pattern but read several glove and mitt patterns and came up with my own. Now I’m wondering if I will have to wait until December to wear them?  And Coco has shifted down to my chest and his head is under my chin.

Just a glove…

 

 

 

More Snow. No School.

If the powers-that-be who predict weather for North Alabama, (yeah, we think we’re different from the rest of the state) are correct, we are in for some Biiiiigg snow.  Inches of the powdery, white stuff falling from the sky Sunday night that may transition to sleet or freezing rain by Monday night.  The school system has already used up its ‘weather days’ and any additional days out of school will have to be made up at the end of the year.  The seniors could be graduating in June instead of May.  I don’t mind as I enjoy having my daughter around.  And if she gets too bored, she can download a book onto her Christmas Kindle.  Besides the fact that the books are cheaper, you can get a new one to read when you’re miles from a decent bookstore or can’t get to said bookstore.  Incredibly I haven’t really looked at her Kindle and played with it or asked her to show me all its bells and whistles.  I think the opportunity is coming.  Soon.

All the pets are inside tonight, with the temperature falling into the low 20’s, including the neighbor’s Bassett hound.  She has a floor pillow she sleeps on that’s next to the front door.  I have plenty of dog food, cat food, cat litter and milk.  Only Child said that she knows where she stands in the household hierarchy after reading this list.  Humph!  She knows very well where she stands….at the top!  At least I did not add new yarn and needles to that list.

Tomorrow afternoon, while waiting for the snow, I’m going to identify my circular needle sizes and set up my Namaste case that I received for Christmas from Only Child. I love the color she picked out! I want to knit a cowl and that will require circular needles.  I’d like to have them in their new nest ready for me to go straight to the slot where that particular size is and pull it out without having to measure half of the ones I think might be the correct size.  And that, my dear friend, will be wonderful.