Monday, March 5, 2018

A little fresh air.

I've had both the front and back doors open today. It's in the mid 60's with a nice breeze blowing. Got the big leaf rake and cleared a path around the southeast corner of the house so we can actually walk without stepping on broken twigs and pine cones. The ground is still damp and it will need to dry out a bit before we can drive the pickup around the house and gather up all the downed limbs and the bits and pieces of small stuff that came down in the ice storm.

This view is looking east toward Brad's shop. Some of those limbs are bigger than they seem in the photo. One of them is easily 6" across and would have been deadly if it had come down and hit someone.

And I spied some daffodils blooming! Nice sight on a gorgeous day in March.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

One finished, one in progress...

Got Josh's hat finished and finally thought to get a photo of it. I'll wet finish it in the morning and get it to him on Tuesday. It is soft and snuggley and it should fit him for quite some time.

I've got 2" done on my own hat. The DK weight is working up quickly and is super soft and a blend of my favorite and purple. Tomorrow I will see about getting the loom warped for a couple of scarves.

I'm still working on cleaning out shelves and the built-in's in the dining room. Cleared three shelves for Brad to use for books he wants to keep. We both have books to get rid of and some assorted clutter that has been lurking in the bottom of the built-in's for the last twenty years. He started on some stuff in boxes in the master bedroom and came across two plastic containers of old VHS tapes. 

We both still have work to do, but it is going surprisingly quickly. The little we have done is nothing to what our daughter has had to tackle in her grandparent's farm house since Brad's sister passed away the end of January. And, on top of that the renters, who have been in Brad's younger sister's house after she passed in 2005, are moving out and there will be one more home to clean! Yikes! It might be time to call in some professional help...

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Still in love after all these years...

Today is our 43rd wedding anniversary. When Brad and I got married in 1975 it was sleeting when we left the church, lol. Today, it is the high 60's and sunny. A truly gorgeous day. I was 20 and Brad had turned 23 a week to the day before we were married. We were all but running when we went thru the door after the reception, lol. I was 16 when we met and Brad was barely 18. This photo makes me smile every time I see it.

Edited to add this photo.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Good Morning!

Good morning, everyone! I pray you all have a blessed day. It's a gorgeous, sunny day here in Texas. I woke up early, with energy to spare for a change. The high blood pressure is under control after a change in medication and now I realize how tired I've been over the past few weeks. Seems like the least little exertion wore me out. Yeah, well, when your blood pressure spikes to 200/110, that's not a good thing, lol. But, that is all behind me and I feel great. Thanks to a great pulmonologist, Dr. Don Wynn.

So, today I am going to be good to myself! First, a nice, hot shower. Second, go vote early in the primary. Third, lunch at my favorite cafe. Fourth, spend some time outdoors this afternoon. I might even get to track down my gorgeous daughter and spend some time with her, depending on how busy she is at the farm. I know it's got to be really muddy out there now after all the rain we've had,  but I still need some photos of the horses and donkeys. And the new calves, of course!

I managed to get some more organizing done and made room for all my spinning, dyeing, and weaving books in the studio.

And all of my knitting books are in the built-in bookcase in the bedroom where the spinning wheels are located.

And I now have a place to sit at my floor inkle loom in the bedroom. The shade is down in order to get a better photo. The view is nice when the shade is up. When the window is open I can hear the wind in the pine trees.

Knitting will commence this evening after dinner. It's too easy to lose track of time with knitting in my hands and I'd rather save that for later while Brad and I watch TV together.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Knitting, Un-Knitting, & Sorting

I had planned on having Josh's hat finished over this past weekend. But I dropped a stitch. Twice. Which meant un-knitting several rows to fix the dropped stitch. Then, when I thought I was ready to begin decreases....I didn't like the way they were working. At. All. So...more un-knitting to get back to where I was two days ago. The hat is in time out until tomorrow.

In the meantime, I have finished sorting thru stacks and stacks of magazines that I am not using. They are now all neatly bundled up and ready to be delivered to a friend who is willing to take them off my hands and share them with some fellow fiber lovers. There are Knitter's magazines, Spin-Off, Handwoven, and various other knitting magazines...along with some Redbook, Southern Living, and Cooking Light magazines. Two dozen bundles. Now I will have room on that table to sort paperwork and get the file cabinet in order....which should have already been January 1st of this year.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Fiber in the mail!

LeAndra did it again. She tempted me with another gorgeous colorway, "Tea Garden", in Polwarth/Silk. Got 3 braids.

And I found an Akerworks swatch gauge at The Woolery. This will be so much better for checking gauge when knitting instead of using a 6" ruler. 

I'm hoping to finish Josh's cap this weekend after taking time off from knitting. Allergies are kicking my butt and the new blood pressure medication makes me drowsy at times. But, I will persevere!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Winter is still here.

After another unseasonable warm snap up into the low 70's this week, we are experiencing freezing rain and icy conditions in north Texas. Roads are not iced over except for overpasses, but that will change with the setting sun.

We've got a few small to medium branches down out of some pine trees, but nothing to worry about so far.

Good day to stay inside and knit, spin, weave, read, watch streaming video, cook...