Thursday, September 21, 2017

Happy Mail

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday brought some happy mail:

The timing could not have been more perfect after a crapola day at work (I love my job, love my bosses, don't so much love some of my co-workers.  Nuff said.).  I was so fortunate to win a drawing that Andi over at My Sister's Knitter held.  Each month Andi features a different and new (to me anyway) indie dyer.  Fabulous stuff.  The variegated yarn is from Dragon Hoard Yarn in the color Peek-A-Boo.  Look at all those colors in it!  And the mini skein of bright green will be perfect for heels and toes.  Of course, I have 4 projects on the needles right now and some Christmas socks to knit for folks, but I'm thinking come January when it is cold outside, this yarn will cheer me right up!

Naturally I could not resist ordering some yarn as well (which came last week):

All these pretties!  The top 3 skeins are from Valerie (FABULOUS Sale!!).  Colors are (left to ight):  Black Dahlia, Leaf Bug and Cosmopolitan.  The bottom 3 skeins I ordered from Simply Sock Yarn (and got a free bag also!).  The skein on the left is Regia - color is camouflage.  The middle skein is from Lang and I can't remember the colorway.  The bottom right is from Blue Moon and the color is Sabertooth Caterpillar.

I was bemoaning the fact that no more packages are due to be delivered...but that is probably a good thing.  I don't know if I mentioned this or not, but Fletch cracked me up the other week by saying he thought he should take up knitting.  My response was WHAT???  His rationale is that if he takes up knitting, he too will be receiving packages in the mail all the time.  LOL.  I should be set for a little while - even if we have a major blizzard and the mail stops for a week or two (never happens).

Anyway, I am back at work and avoiding a certain co-worker.  I will say that one of my bosses complimented me on how I handled that individual yesterday.  There is a slight comfort in knowing that they (bosses) know and understand what I have to put up with on an almost daily basis.  And, you know what?  I'm 64, so it won't be forever (thank God!!).

Hope your week is going well. 

Monday, September 18, 2017


Good Morning All,

How was your weekend?  It felt like summer again in our neck of the woods.  Pretty warm and extremely humid.  That put me in slow motion.  I did not get a whole lot accomplished this weekend, but plugged away on several things.

I did walk Saturday afternoon, but it was sticky .  Amazingly the water looked clearer than it has in months - I could actually see to the bottom of the river (it's not all that deep, but usually looks like a muddy mess).

As of yesterday I had turned the heel and started the gusset decreases on my first Nutkin:

I really like the way this pattern looks.

Last night I just blabbed on the phone with a friend (for too long) and baked a coffee cake, so no knitting.  But slow and steady, these socks will get done.

Busy day here.  I've got some paperwork to take care of this morning related to a meeting in October in CA that I am organizing.  Then we have a lunch/employee meeting at Noon which will go on for probably close to two hours.  They are always fun (and delicious!!), but it also means cramming work into a shorter work day.  I'm not complaining though.

Hope everyone's week is off to a great start!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Felines

Hello All,

A beautiful morning here in Eastern PA.  I think it might get warm, but so far it's gorgeous.

Happy to report that Talbot did come home last night.  He can have the cone off when supervised...but today while Colin and Mailing are working, the cone will need to be on.  Meanwhile, the brothers (Talbot and Marcel) have been reunited.

So sweet - Marcel grooming Talbot.  Talbot has to go back to the vet on Saturday to have his sutures removed.

No knitting to show (again).  Had a massage last night, came home and showered and then had a glass of wine, ate some pretzels, talked with a friend on the phone, read a little and went to bed by 9:30 - LOL.  The massage was wonderful, but I was wiped out afterwards.

Lest Tyg feel abandoned by all the recent posts about Talbot, here is the wonderful Tygus (as Colin calls him).

Cute little paws hanging over the picnic table.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Here's hoping mine will involve at least a bit of knitting.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Talbot Update

Good Morning,

Thank you all for the good wishes for Talbot.  He is not home yet...had to spend another night in the kitty hospital.  He still had not eaten anything yesterday and the vet gave him an appetite stimulant.  When Colin & Mailing visited him last night they brought food which he DID eat.  Yay!

The cone is off and Mailing is picking him up after work today  Colin promised to text an update once he is home.  Marcel will be so happy to see Talbot and, I'm sure, Talbot will feel much better at home.

No other news.  Not much knitting has been done (sadly).  Tuesday night I baked cookies and last night sort of got away from me.  By the time I picked up my knitting my eyes were tired.  Tonight I have a massage, but early - at 5:00, so maybe tonight I will be able to turn the heel on my Nutkin sock.

It is overcast and a little dreary out today, but looks like the sun is trying to poke through the clouds.  Rain is forecast for the afternoon and a high of 80 - all of this means humidity back in the picture.

Hope you all are having a good week.  We are almost at Friday!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Good Morning Friends,

Poor Talbot!  He is one of Colin & Mailing's cats -- they rescued two while they were living in Pittsburgh.  Did you read Val's Blog yesterday about Cecil?  Well, sounds like Talbot has been going through the same thing.

The last time he ate any food was Friday and he started vomiting (bile) over the weekend.  Mailing took him to the vet Monday morning.  They did an ultrasound and saw a "foreign object" in his intestine - blocking it all.  They performed surgery, but didn't find the object!  (He might have ended up passing it by that point, I don't have all the details).  They were doing a biopsy on his intestine to make sure there isn't something else going on.  He was resting on a heating pad Monday night.

He is still in the hospital!  They have been giving him an IV drip for fluids (very dehydrated) and want to keep him until he eats (and keeps down) food.  Col and Mailing visited him last night and according to Colin, Talbot's mood is much improved despite having to wear a cone.  Just make things even more shameful, he had to have his belly shaved.

Marcel, Colin & Mailing's other cat, is missing his big brother.  Hoping Talbot can come home today.  Please keep your fingers crossed (and paws) for both Talbot and Cecil that they come through ok.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Just a Few More Pictures

Good Morning!

I couldn't resist showing just a couple more pictures from Grounds for Sculpture.  If you are anywhere near this beautiful place, don't hesitate - go!!

First up, here we (Mailing, me, Fletch) are peeking out from one of the tunnels we walked through:

And here is another one of my favorites.  Look at these characters!! 

Next to these creatures was:

A bubbling cauldron!  The title of these two together is:  "Has Anyone Seen Harry?"  With Fall upon us (it feels like it here), and Halloween around the corner, I couldn't resist showing these.

Finally heard from my brother in Miami who is safe.  Hot and without power, but safe which is what matters.  I have lots of co-workers all over FL, and everyone is ok, thank God.  What a beast of a storm Irma has been.  hopefully the rest of the Fall/Hurricane Season will be calm and peaceful.

Gotta get to work!  Have a good one.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday, Monday

Hello All,


Thinking of all my relatives and friends in FL and hoping/praying all are safe. 


Our weekend was wonderful!  Mine actually started at Noon on Friday (my bosses gave me the afternoon off to get a jump start on a birthday weekend!!).  Saturday we met Colin and Mailing for lunch and then headed over to Grounds for Sculpture.  What an amazing place!  42 acres of beautifully maintained grounds with a ton of sculptures all over the place.  Some are absolutely huge, others are rather small.  We wandered around for 2.5 – 3 hours and did not see everything.  Definitely a place to return.  Here are some of my favorite pictures.


Colin & Mailing in front


This one was called Breadline - Fletch at the rear of the line


Love this one!  that's Fletch standing on the ground in the middle


Look at the detail!



Colin settling in for a beer and a game of cards

There were peacocks on the grounds...I liked this albino one.


There are so many other great sculptures, but these are some of my favorites.

We didn’t leave the grounds until after 4, and the NJ Sheep & Fiber Festival, although close – 15 or so miles, closed at 5.  So, I did not make it there this year…but I hope to next year.


I did manage to get almost to the heel of my first Nutkin sock.



Only about 6 more rows till I start the heel!


Sunday late afternoon found me back on the trail alongside the canal.  There was not as much traffic on the water or trail as I had expected for such a beautiful day.  I did see a lot of turtles basking in the sun.  Here is one granddaddy!!



Now it is back to work.  Hope everyone has a beautiful week.