Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Look What I Spotted This Morning!!

Hello All,

Mid-Week thank goodness.  This week has been super busy for me at work and, so far, the evenings are also full of "things" to do.

At work, our CEO's assistant is out with a torn ham string (OUCH) in 3 (yes, 3!!) places.  So, when she is out, Bobby (CEO) wants me to be "on call" for him.  He is a wonderful guy, but I already support two Presidents, so it makes for busy days.  It's all good...I prefer to be busy, and it's good to be liked by the CEO - lol.

Monday night was yoga and last night I finally ran to the grocery store.  When I got home at 9:30, there was laundry in the dryer and another load in the washer.  There is still more to well as cleaning (particularly bathrooms) and some food prep which I will do Thursday evening.  Also more grocery shopping (I didn't buy any meat for weekend cookouts last night).

All of this is to say, not much (if any) knitting has taken place.  I did read a bit last night before bed and am loving "The Shell Seekers."  It will be my first square on my Summer Book Bingo.  And, a few more books popped up from my hold list at the library, so they have been downloaded onto my Kindle.  Now I just need a bit more time.

We had some gentle rain overnight.  It sounded like a lullaby.  This morning the sun was beginning to peek out and it was around 58 on my patio.  I took my coffee outside and sat and listened to the birds and then, look what I spotted:

Yup - the beginnings of apples.  And, from the looks of it this will be a bumper year!  There are always a bunch that fall off when they are small (golf ball size or so), but there are already many more forming than we had last year.  Fletch and I will be busy this fall making applesauce - YUM!

I need to think of food for Sunday!  Friday we will have some deviled eggs and cold shrimp to munch on late afternoon -- and cocktails, of course!  For dinner I think Fletch will grill burgers, veggie burgers and portabella mushrooms.  We've got all kinds of stuff to load on top of those.  And I'll make a corn and black bean salad.  I'm hoping it will be nice enough for a fire in the pit and we can just toast marshmallows or something.  Saturday we will all be at my nephew's party, but Sunday I need some kind of dinner food.  I'll figure it out - there's still time.

Meanwhile, it's a busy Wednesday morning at work and I am off-site for a couple of hours mid-day, so I'd best get cranking.

Hope everyone's week is going well.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Fly-By Post of a Fly-By Weekend

Hello All,


Back from a whirlwind weekend in Virginia.  It was a fast, but very fun trip.  Realized I had not been down to see everyone in about 7 years!!  Fletch has been down a number of times, but usually for camping with his brother or a friend – a guy vacation.  Was fun to reconnect with everyone.  I (of course) took both knitting and reading and (of course) did not touch either one!


We stayed in Norfolk at the house of one of my brothers-in-law.  Went out to eat, took some walks in the neighborhood and basically just hung out and talked.


The wedding on Saturday was out in the country (Suffolk) about 45 minutes from where we were.  And the temperature dropped dramatically.  The reception was a big ole BBQ at the couple’s home.  WINDY like crazy.  But still a ton of fun.  I never once took a picture!  I think I was just too busy catching up with everyone.  Plus everyone had their phones out snapping pictures the entire time.  The photographer did get a lot of family pictures since all of Fletcher’s brothers and sisters were there…so hopefully some of those turned out.


Sunday we went out to breakfast and hit the road.  Traffic was horrible.  It was cruise day or weekend or something in the Dover (DE) or Salisbury (MD) area and Route 1, and 95 were both jammed with vehicles.  Our trip home was at least 90 minutes longer than usual.  On Route 1 we were almost side-swiped by a van and then again on 95 we were almost side-swiped by a big truck.  Colin and Mailing made it home ahead of us and had enough time to shower, change and head out to a friend’s wedding at 4 p.m. on Sunday!  We were just happy to make it home safely.


Now it’s back to a busy week at work and gearing up for my brother and sister-in-law to arrive from Colorado on Friday.  It’s all fun though!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Ahhhh, The Weekend

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had as nice a weekend as we did.  True, the weather could have been better (rain ALL day on Saturday), but we still had a nice time.

On Saturday we met Colin and Mailing for brunch/lunch at Stove & Tap in Lansdale.  Excellent food (Fletch had a cheesesteak which may be the best ever, I had a fried catfish po boy [Fletch and I shared our orders], Mailing had biscuits & gravy, Colin had waffles & chicken) and the Bloody Mary's were superb!  Good food, good conversation and then home for naps - lol.

Fletch and I went out for breakfast on Sunday which was very nice too. 

Also, some knitting was accomplished!  After numerous false starts (you know the yarn always knows what it wants to be....despite what you think), the gradient yarn is finally starting to turn into a shawl:

I tried a couple of other patterns and then discovered the yarn really wanted to be Elevations - the pattern I was given (free on Ravelry) when I bought this yarn at the Steel City Fiber Festival.  I was hoping for a shawl that would be a little deeper on my back, but not this time.  So far I am loving this.  The pattern is an easy 12 row repeat - a quick one to memorize.  The light color (pulling from the center) is more like a very pale mint green rather than a pale blue. 

A number of you recommended The Shell Seekers and I was finally able to get it on my Kindle from the library.  I started it Sunday morning and am loving it so far.  A nice change from The Year of Living Danishly which is just way over-done (too many facts/figures/statistics/etc.) in my opinion.  I also managed to print out my Summer Book Bingo card! 

If you want to join in the summer book fun, details are on Mary's Blog
This week will be a short one for me at work - only working through Thursday.  But, it is budget season and I have a bunch of folks coming in for budget reviews (pleading, begging, etc.).  I'm also booked for a massage Thursday right after work - yay!!  Friday we are driving down to Virginia for a wedding on Saturday.

Hoping everyone has a fabulous week!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Felines and TGIF

Whew!  This has been the busiest Friday I've had in ages.  Not's good to be busy instead of twiddling my thumbs, but today has been one of those days where I can hardly catch my breath between "things" going on.  It's all good!

So, a fast post on Friday afternoon.  Here is the wonderful Tyg, hiding from the camera as usual.

Such a cutie.  Who would guess that he got me up 3 times to go out in the middle of the night last night?  The first two times he looked intently outside and then stuck his nose out and then backed up away from the door and back into the kitchen.  I don't know if there was a fox or some other creature out there.  I'm thankful he is wary to go out, but I am not thankful to have to trudge down the steps (and then back up) 3 times in one night.  However, I wasn't asleep anyway (another of those wake up at 2 a.m. nights), so it could have been worse for sure!

Now I've got to get back to business here in the office.  Am hoping to choose a shawl pattern this weekend for the gradient yarn -- will let you know!  Enjoy the weekend.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Unraveled Wednesday

Hi Everyone,

Thank you all so much for your kind remarks on my Match and Move.  More importantly, thanks for your words of comfort for Colin.  He saw a doctor yesterday and now has to have blood work done.  So the waiting game will go on a bit.  We'll see him Thursday evening - he is stopping by before having dinner with a friend.  And, he and Mailing are taking us out to lunch on Saturday (for Mother's Day - the place was totally booked on Sunday).

Well, here we are mid-week already and it is Unraveled Wednesday.  Joining Kat and friends to talk about making and reading.  Obviously, Match & Move is finis!!!  And no unraveling necessary.  Now I am back to working on the socks I started the other week.  Not much progress, but a tiny bit. 

Picture is a bit blurry - sorry.  Believe it or not, the top ribbing is 15 rows and so far the leg is 60 rows.  It looks shorter than usual to me, but I think this particular pattern (Spring Socks) is making them pucker a bit.  I will just let them be shorter - lol.  I hope to start on the heel flap at lunch today.

I've been so tired each evening this week (getting back to work is HARD), so I only knit about 12 rows last night.  Then I pulled out the gradient yarn I bought at the Steel City Fiber Festival.  A free pattern came with the yarn, but I think I may troll Ravelry today for another gradient yarn shawl.  Any suggestions?

Can't get this one to turn the right way.  This yarn is 100% wool, fingering weight and I think a shawl in this will look great with jeans.

On the reading front, I finished Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.  I generally like her writing a lot, but I had some trouble with this book.  Time periods kept going back and forth and there were so many characters.  The writing was still good, but the layout of the book was difficult for me.  I'm back to reading "A Year of Living Danishly" which I'm finding to be ok.  Just ok.  It's tedious in places and not all that interesting to me.  I think it could have been condensed into a much shorter book and been more enjoyable in my opinion.  Am waiting for a bunch of books at the library and am gearing up for Book Bingo hosted by Mary.

What are you working on and what are you reading/listening to?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

All Dry!


36 degrees on my patio this a.m.  So...I checked and my wrap was all dry (it wasn't last night).  Guess what is wrapped around me today?

A lovely work shot!

And, my hair is now long enough to pull back!  YAY!  I won't have a sweaty neck this summer (that is if it ever warms up).

On another note...please say prayers or keep fingers crossed or think good thoughts for our son, Colin.  A number of years ago, while in college, he was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.  At first none of the doctors in Pittsburgh would believe it, but the blood work proved them wrong.  He was having joint pain and tremendous swelling in his left knee.  Once diagnosed, he was on antibiotics and then seemed ok.  Once in awhile he has a hand tremor, but nothing major.  Last week he told us he thinks he is having a relapse or a new bout of Lyme Disease.  Lots of joint pain and also in his neck.  He saw a doctor this morning and has to have a bunch of blood work  done.  This is so scary and worrisome.
OK, still busy catching up at work so I need to get rolling.  Hope everyone is having a great week.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Blocking Match & Move

Hello All,

A quickie post.  Busy, busy, busy at work today.  But, I wanted to send out a quick picture of Match & Move blocking.  It is HUGE!! 

Excuse the mess in the room -- one of our back rooms that has turned into another dumping ground.  I was not ultra precise in pinning this for blocking.  You can see that the lines are not perfectly straight which is fine with me.  It's a wrap and there is no lace, so I'm not concerned about that.  I just want to wrap it around!

Also, I have no idea where I got the idea that it was a trapezoid shape (must have been on drugs that day).  It is just a huge old triangle.

OK, I need to get back to work now.  More later!