Sunday, October 16, 2016

Did You Celebrate "I LOVE YARN" Day?

Good morning and happy Sunday!  Really.  It's Sunday.  I checked.  LOL

My husband and I traveled to Fresno yesterday for him to take a test.  After the test, we (okay, I) decided to stop at a yarn store in Fresno.  Yesterday was "I Love Yarn Day".  I decided to celebrate by purchasing  adopting two lonely skeins of yarn.  Thank you, I did my part.  LOL It wasn't a very big shop, but the owner had some amazing yarns and carries quite a bit of Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, and Anzula. I found out that Anzula yarn is made in Fresno.  How cool is that!  I know I said I wouldn't use that tiny yarn anymore, but isn't this beautiful?  And of course, it has a sparkle...

I spent part of my wait knitting and napping.  I didn't get a picture of my nap.  LOL

This scarf is speeding along.  Amazing how a worsted yarn and size 8 needles changes your attitude. The pink is quite bright (it's called Tutu) but it is perfect for this pattern.  The stitch definition is nice. 

I fit in a side trip to Starbucks.  What is this? A little bit of heaven in a bag?  Yay!  I bought two.  I figure if I use 1/3 of each package, each day, I can stretch the mix out for 24 days.  Yep.  I'm a planner.  LOL

I finished this little punch needle last year.  It is an odd size, so it took me a while to find something to mount it on...I hope it's not as crooked as it looks in this picture...I'll have to go check it out.  LOL

We got a little bit of rain yesterday.  Not much.  Not even enough to show in the rain gauge.  But, it did rain!  The smell of damp dirt, I almost swooned. I am ever hopeful that this will be the year of the rain.  We are still on the wait list for a new well.  Sigh.  I'm getting used to three minute showers and not drinking the water from the faucet.  LOL  We figured out that we use about 2500 gallons every two weeks.  But, no watering outside and I save all my washing machine rinse water to water my plants on the patio.  I'm getting pretty good at guessing when the rinse cycle starts.  

I wish each of you a wonderful day filled with good things.  Be kind to one another.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

I Had A Plan. Really. I Did.

Happy Sunday...opps...Happy Thursday to all my peeps!

I truly had a plan.  I would get up Saturday.  Do chores and then stitch, stitch, stitch.  Same plan on Sunday.  The result?  A Sunday post.  My scarf would be finished and I would post the most amazing picture that could be ooohhh and aaahhhed over.  Well.  Chores?  Yep.  Stitching?  Kinda.  Then I had a nap, another nap, and then another nap.  I can honestly say that napping certainly slows down my knitting. LOL

But, I did finish the scarf last night.  So, here we are...

After reading a random comment on a Facebook knitting group, I found out that this type of patterning is called yarn "pooling".  If you have a variegated yarn with a consistent colorway, and you use the right stitch, the right tension, the right needles, you can make it create patterns on purpose.
Well, well, well.  I'm pretty sure that I will NEVER be able to do this again.  LOL

I started my next scarf.  It will be a checkered pattern, a simple knit block and purl block, done in tutu pink. I will get a few rows in and post a picture.

Otherwise, it is life as usual here at the rancho.  Dad is still in decline.  I was a bit worried last weekend, but his lung congestion seems to have eased, so we are back to our "normal".  I thought about my life and the passage of time.  My son was born on my dad's birthday and I am beginning to wonder if my dad will die on my birthday.  I know, a bit morbid, but sometimes my mind does wander...I don't think that it would necessarily bother me.  We have been on Hospice so long, nothing is really a surprise any more.

I am off like a herd of turtles.  I can hear the yarn calling to me.  Not really, but it is after 7 pm and I am old, so I will need to get ready for bed soon.  LOL

I wish each of you a special Friday.  Be kind to one another.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Quiet Sunday Afternoon

A very quiet Sunday afternoon here at the rancho.  I was busy, busy, busy yesterday.  Lots of chores. I even DUSTED!  What?  Dusted?  Who dusts anymore?  LOL  Honestly, it started with me moving a picture. least that's how I felt when clouds of dust began to swirl around around my head. Hmmm.  I took that as a hint from the great beyond.  I dusted.

I took some time to work on my projects.  My scarf is moving right along.  It's really helped to put in the stitch marker.  I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere.  It seems that the diamond pattern got a little smaller, now it's getting bigger again...all with no help from me!

I finished punching this little guy over a year ago.  First I put it on a box, then I pulled it off.  Then, I put it on some fabric, then I pulled it off.  I think I finally got it right.  I painted, dry brushed the black to give it an old look and then waxed the wood.  I'm not too sure about the ribbon, but I have some solid, hand dyed black that I may try later.  This will work for Halloween...

I think I mentioned that my hubby just had to HAVE a cat.  It started as "I need a lap dog" to "a friend is losing their home and needs a place for their cat".  I am not particularly a cat person, so it is ironic that Moto seems to like me better.  LOL  I think it's all about who gives him the most food.  He is not a cuddle kitty, but will sit next to me for hours while I am stitching.  I do appreciate that he doesn't crawl all over my yarn and thread.

Dad has been a tiny bit more awake this past week.  Does it mean anything?  No, I don't think so...

I am off and moving.  I've got one more load of laundry and then I am ready for Monday.  Yay for me!!  I wish each of you an amazing week.  Be kind to one another.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Slothful Sunday...

Good morning, Sunday peeps.  If I move any slower this morning, I will be at a complete stop.  I was busy enough yesterday doing chores and stuff, but nothing that would warrant this bone-deep tired. I've got a bit of the sniffles, so maybe I'm just feeling a cold coming on.  Or maybe I'm a sloth at heart.  LOL

So up this morning at 7:45 am.  Yep, that's almost 4 hours of sleeping in since I'm usually up at 4 am! LOL I have drank a cup of coffee, ate a tortilla with eggs, and sent a picture by email.  Oh yeah, full speed ahead, Captain!

I did work on a couple of projects yesterday.  I finished/finished my star and made it a friend.  I think that the red chenille really makes the colors pop.  I'm deciding if I need to go to Michael's and pick up a few more stars.  If I wait a month, all the Christmas stuff will be gone!

They are not quite as crooked as they look in this picture! LOL  The stars are not symmetrical, but I think it adds to the primitive look.

Then, on to my scarf.  I so want to start a new one...but NO, NO, NO...I must finish this one!  LOL You will notice a stitch marker.  It is not there for any other reason than to encourage me.  I look at this scarf and it appears that I am getting nowhere.  So, I put in the marker and at least I can tell where I started on that day.  

All right, I need to get moving.  Maybe a shower is in order?  Quick sniff.  Yep, should do that today. Have a wonderful Sunday.  Smile an extra smile, give an extra hug, and be kind to one another.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Never Ever Ending Knitting

Happy Monday evening from the rancho...

There is something about small yarn and smaller needles.  You just keep knitting, and knitting, and knitting...and LOOK, you now have one inch of scarf.  I love the colors, the yarn is so soft and squishy, but I may not be finishing this scarf anytime soon.  LOL

I still think this should be a self-striping yarn...what in the world did I do wrong?  LOL

Took a little trip to Michael's, found some very cool wooden stars.  A little chalk paint, some wax, BOOM, a new project is born.  LOL  Pulled out my punch needle and did this little star.  It is cream with blue swirls. I've got some little red chenille to put around the outside.  I think that will really make it pop...I will get it finished this week and post another picture.  You can see the next star in the background.  I've started punching that star, it will be dark blue, with a golden circle in the middle and red rays.  Just so you know, it is not quite as crooked as it looks in this picture.  LOL

Dad is still hanging in there.  No talking, but does seem alert when I feed him.  I try to keep up a conversation, but sometimes, I have nothing left to say.  Sigh.

My son is doing very well.  He is teaching Poetry and Rhetoric at the University of Iowa.  It is only for this year, so he's starting to plan his next step.  He would like to stay in the, I'd like him closer to home.  LOL  I've started to hint that he should come home next January for a visit.  It's never too early to start the nagging process!  I've got two weeks of vacation coming in November, but I don't really care to fly.  I could drive...but another 4000 miles?  And in the snow?  Hmmm, I'll have to give that some thought. LOL

Okay, peeps, off to finish my night chores and fall into bed.  I wish a happy week for all, be kind to one another.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Happy Sunday!

Good morning and Happy Sunday to all my peeps and peepettes!

Still making do here at the rancho.  It is not as hard as you would think...we've conserved water for so long, it's as though nothing is different!!  The only thing I've changed is to capture the gray water from the washing machine during the rinse cycle to water my hanging plants.  I've got spider plants and asparagus ferns from the 1980's.  I do not want to lose those.

It was a four day work week due to the Labor Day holiday, and boy, was I ready for the weekend! LOL Old people get tired fast.  I took part of yesterday as a "me" day and DH stayed with Dad.  The annual yarn crawl was going on, so I took a little trip to two of my favorite shops.  Ball and Skein and More is in Cambria and had a special guest.  I found a few skeins that I just HAD TO HAVE.  What a surprise.   I am starting to collect special yarn for my shawl.

Then it was off to Yarns at the Adobe in San Luis Obispo.  They had a "showcase" of the new yarns coming this fall...and a local artist who dyes and SPINS her own yarn.  All of the wool is from Oregon, the alpaca from beautiful.  I picked up a couple a skeins.  I love the fact that it was all done by hand...

I've spent some time working on my scarf.  It is not creating stripes.  I'm not sure how I could be doing it wrong, it's only knit and purl!  LOL  It is still pretty, so I will keep going.  I have a boo-boo on the edge in a few places, but I think that blocking will take care of it.  I've already ripped it out twice, I just can't do it again.  Besides, it's a scarf...I don't think that a wavy edge will be life threatening.

I've worked a bit on my cross stitch project, but not enough for a picture.

As I was out and about yesterday, I stopped by and had my first Pumpkin Spice Frappacino of the season. Swoon...Even the picture makes my mouth water.

I wish each of you a beautiful Sunday.  As I close, please remember to be kind to one another.  There is so much hate and terror in the world. Each of us can make a difference.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bad, Badder, Baddest...

Update from the rancho to all the peeps...

Bad News

Our well is dry. There is nothing but mud at the bottom.  We purchased 5000 gallons of water to put in our holding tank, hoping it will last one month. I can't drink it, but we can shower with it and wash laundry. Yay!

Badder News

It is a one month wait for a well company to drill a well...maybe, could go as long as two months. See Bad News...hoping we can make the water last...if not, we will need another truck load.  To drill a well, it will cost about $40 a foot, minimum 800 feet.  I will let you do the math.  Very. Sad. Face.  I have some money in retirement, but am unable to withdraw any until: 1) I turn 59 1/2.  That's 3 more years, I don't think I can last that long without water or 2) extreme emergency.  I said that no water was an emergency.  The man on the phone said, no, that's not an emergency.  I guess he must have water at his house, otherwise he might think differently.

Baddest News

It is the entire neighborhood.  Anyone with a well 400 feet deep or less is very likely to need a new well within on year.  Less than a half mile away, there are three homes drilling wells.  On either side of our property, the wells are low on water and have issues.  I have lived in California my entire life. I am so incredibly sad that our state has come to this.  There was no regard given to over-building or farming changes.  Our area was once surrounded by dry farming...hay, grain, etc.  Now it is grapes for wine and golf courses.  Our county went for the money, not what was best for the environment.

So, I will keep on my big girl bloomers.  Standing at the well and crying won't fill it, so I will smile and be happy that it is nothing life threatening.

Thank you to all for your prayers and good thoughts.  I am doing okay.  Be kind to one another.