I've gotten minimal response to my last post. (Thank you Syd for your comment.) I've decided to take a break from the blog for a month or so. Maybe when I come back, my blogging excitement will have returned. Take care everyone.
I had just replaced the liner in the waste basket, so naturally, Tyr had to jump in and hang out for a while.
Over the 4th of July weekend, my sisters and I stopped in at a flea market. We found a cache of truly dreadful horror movies and I couldn't resist buying one. "Fast Zombies with Guns" was a title too hilarious to pass up. I probably won't ever watch it since it will undoubtedly be bad, bad, bad.
I found a couple of places in SW Michigan where I can pick concord grapes. I want to make jelly, grape juice and possibly raisins. Picking won't be until around the middle of September.
My veggie plants currently have ripening a purple pepper, a tomato and a handful of green beans. I have lots of blossoms on all the plants but so far that's it.
I'm working on spinning my 4th or 5th ounce of silk hankies, I've lost track of which. Hopefully, when I'm done, I'll have enough to finish the silk shirt/sweater I'm knitting.
Maker Faire Detroit is this weekend. I'll be volunteering to teach spinning to anyone interested. If you volunteer, you get into the Faire for free. The tickets are $35 apiece, hence the volunteering,
Hopefully, Sunday morning I'll be picking blueberries. I want to make jam and freeze the rest. I just hope they're open and not picked out.
I'm about to dive back into tie-dyeing. Just as soon as the supplies I ordered arrive. I could have sworn I still had some dyes left but I can't find them. I must have gotten rid of them during the great Purge of 2012.
Going to bed now. I'm not allowed to pick up a book or my tablet lest I read until midnight. Man, I miss summer vacation and reading 'til 1:00am. This whole "Adult" thing can really be a drag.
The tomato seeds were planted Sunday afternoon and have already sprouted.
At my guild meeting Saturday, I met a woman wanting to sell some lamb fleeces from Texel/Dorset crosses. I volunteered to scour and spin some of the fiber so she would have a sample to show. I'm in the middle of spinning it now.
I am thoroughly sick and tired of rain. I'm ready for some sunlight and some heat.
My trip to Maryland for some camping and R&R can't come fast enough. If it rains, I'm going to be really ticked.
My daffodils are blooming.
This weekend will be taken up with cleaning and organizing my condo; my sister is coming to spend the weekend of the 27th.
There's a shelving unit in the basement that's rather worse for wear. Worse to the point that it's listing very badly to the left. I ordered a new metal shelving unit to replace it. I'll be putting that together this weekend, too.
I need a bigger recycling bin!
The other day, while I was getting dressed for work, Tyr was on the bed, whipping around in a circle, chasing her tail. I can't really convey just how hilarious it was.
I want them! I tried to order them from the British post office but they won't ship them outside of the UK. Do I have any British blog friends that could help me out here? Anyone? Doctor Who stamps are totally up my geeky alley hitting both SciFi and stamp collecting at the same time. Do I have any British readers? I need my geek fix!
It has been more than cold here the last couple of days. Yesterday, it was -15F with the wind chill. Far too cold to be outside. Had I been able to, I would have stayed home from work. Since that wasn't an option, out I went. Even the car groaned in protest when I started it. The bitter cold makes going to Florida on Saturday that much sweeter.
Not much to report with the bathroom. The inspector was there yesterday to check on everything that goes behind the drywall. Unfortunately, the bathroom didn't pass inspection because there wasn't a ladder there for him to use. Why he didn't bring his own ladder since he must need to use one often is beyond me. I don't know how much not passing will set the job back. I'd imagine you need to schedule inspections in advance and that rescheduling will cost us time.
I have nothing blog-worthy to report. It's been so cold lately that I haven't done anything in the evenings beyond changing out of work clothes, eating dinner and hunkering under a blanket on the couch. I'm trying to find a knitting project to take to Florida. I'm kind of over knitting socks but I'm loving the squishy warmth of the pair I'm wearing right now. Socks are mindless knitting for the most part and I have some lovely sock yarn marinating in my yarn stash. Hmm. Shawl or socks? Since I'm going to be with my family most of my knitting time, I need a pattern that doesn't take a lot of thought. I don't do intricate patterns well when I have distractions. Any suggestions?
I did something terrifying tonight, especially at this time of the year. I. Went to The Mall. Generally, I avoid the mall on general principles the rest of the year. This time, though, I needed something from JCPenney and risked the mall at Christmas. Fortunately, I didn't need to park in the next county since I went right after work and before the evening's influx of shoppers. I got what I needed (a mock turtleneck) and was home before the insanity started.
My next project has been chosen. Another shawl, this one with cables - the Sunset Shawl. Sadly, I can't wear yellow or gold so I had to come up with another color. I can't seem to veer too far away from blue so Knitpicks will be sending me some of this:
Swish Worsted in the Marine Heather colorway. I'm thinking my next one will be knitted using Swish again but either in the Dublin or Peapod colorway. It's not too far from blue but it'll do for now. I need to do some stash diving again and see if I can come up with some suitable handspun for another project.
So busy this weekend! Saturday morning I saw The Hobbit. It was wonderful! I'd been wondering how they were going to fit the whole book into one movie. I hadn't heard that there were going to be multiple movies. I was very excited to learn that there will be. The first one ended long before the end of the book. Martin Freeman was great as Bilbo. I think I'm going to have to see it again before it leaves the theater.
The rest of the weekend was taken with baking cookies and pumpkin cranberry bread, dehydrating strawberries for my niece's Christmas present, getting groceries and buying catfood. My gifts are all wrapped and ready to go under the tree. I even managed to make shrimp fried rice for lunches this week. I'm cruising right on schedule. Next weekend is more baking for Christmas presents and I'll be whipping up a batch of steamed shrimp and veggie dumplings for our traditional Christmas Eve Chinese dinner. My niece gets into town Friday from Turkey where she's teaching English as a second language. I'm so proud of her.
Well, the plan for the time between Christmas and New Year's. Once again, I'll be finishing up as many UFOs as possible. So far, the list is as follows:
The brown and salmon shawl started earlier this year.
The kid's quilt that needs to be tied and bound.
Finish spinning the batts I made a couple months ago.
Ply the aforementioned batts.
Finish organizing all my yarn, both commercial and handspun.
Finish the Halloween quilt started last year.
Hand-sew a hanging sleeve onto the back of the Houses quilt.
I'd like to start the new year UFO-free.
This weekend is my baking and wrapping weekend. Every year I make the fabulous Pumpkin-Cranberry bread, which can only be made with fresh cranberries. I'm also making cookies to give to my co-workers. I need to make the number of cookies made equal the number I need, plus one or two more, so I don't eat too many of them. I'll be making Trisha Yearwood's White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. I'm still trying to decide between making the recipe as is or tweak it to make it a bit healthier. I have minimal to no skills at tweaking recipes so the jury is still out on that one. Hmm, I have enough to make two batches so maybe I'll make it the healthier way and see how they turn out. If they're terrible, I'll make the recipe as written. While the cookies and fruit bread are baking, I'll drag out a table and watch Christmas movies while wrapping all my gifts. Seems like a pretty good weekend plan to me.