Monday, April 24, 2017

This and That


Much water over and under the bridge since I last wrote, in other words my crazy life is crazier than I thought possible. First the head whack is healing finally, still not ready for a haircut tho. Have a patch of really short hair in the area of the whack eventually it will grow out, and for some of the heavier handed haircut places in Wms Lk I'll stay far away from.

The two road trips so far have been great, first down to Whidbey Island and green grass and flowers, met up with Val while there and she had my folding wagon for me, now wondering how I ever got along without it, was able to carry everything into spinning room in just one trip. Used it again at Desert Mesa the next weekend again just one trip. Love it.















Lots of good times, laffs and so on at Desert Mesa, even with gimpier than usual hip was able to make it up and down steps to meal area, bud Gail, Dotty, Karen, Vickie all sat to together along with Shelia. Next DM will be in early October and already looking forward to same. Had a bunch of yarn (singles) for Karen, sure she will make something wild & wonderful. Vickie's felted hat, looks almost like the sorting hat from Harry Potter.


Bought another electric plying wheel at DM to replace my 40 year old current model this one has a huge bobbin on it and will easily be able to fit 4 of my Louet S90 bobbins on it.









The bag of sock yarns that Linda sent via the twins to Whidbey was an incredible bonus, so much so that once back home I shared some with Christine and Deb at Knitting Bee. I kept out prolly close to 60% that I wanted then let Deb And C pick from what was left. They needless to say were very happy.








Back working on socks for Kristie. Just finished 3rd pair for Miss M, after K's socks are finished will get on with the Fatties for Nolund. Using up a huge pile of odd balls along with one main colour of Opal.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Home

Got home yesterday 3pm from Desert Mesa and Whidbey trips. Dorian came via school bus and had car unloaded in about 5 minutes,got perishables put away and planned on doing the rest when I got home from today's knitting bee, but instead fell and whacked my head and arm, head bled some and arm just a bit. Ruth (nurse) from Tatla came down, helped me getup, then cleaned and steri stripped the head. Stupid on my falling, didn't even trip over anything.

Desert Mesa as usual was a good time, only purchase was a new to me electric plying wheel will nicely sit on one of my folding tables.
Same for Whidbey, friend Val came Saturday and brought me one of the folding wagons,sure made it easier getting everything into spinning room. Pix of plying wheel tomorrow.

Monday, April 3, 2017

BC

Back in BC, crossed border just after lunch, well within my allowed limit. Heading for Williams Lake tomorrow morning, will be at Denise's two nights then back down Cache Creek for spring Desert Mesa.

The folding wagon Val bought for me is perfect, spinning wheel fits in like it was made for, plus everything else went in as well. Will also be using at DM. Takes up enuff room in the back that I wasn't able to get the Instant Pot that I wanted to pick, next time for sure.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Whidbey Island

Arrived early today just after 2 pm was lucky my motel room was available, checked and then had 30 minute nap. Spinning tomorrow at the high school gym. May wait until Val arrives with my new folding wagon before trying to haul stuff in.

Hip certainly not comfortable, even the T3's don't help much. Tomorrow might be a chore combined with fun.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

On the road again

Spinning wheel loaded in the car, will do suitcase in the morning and the rest of the light stuff. Into the Willie tomorrow, lots of running to do. Will stay at Denise's place Monday and Tuesday nights. Car in for spring go over Tuesday. Wednesday will head for Sally's in Langley,taking her wherever she would like to go. Then Friday down to Whidbey Island and their annual spinning weekend.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring ? ? ?

-11° C for the first day of spring. But at least it didn't snow.

The 2nd bobbin of the vintage roving from Reflection Farms is about 1/4 done, this bag had more blues along with patches of greens, think once its plied with the mostly green first bobbin that I will really like it.

A little over a month ago Christine started on this sweater, the yarn is all my handspun and the design her own, I think she did an incredible job especially since she doesn't use any pattern. I also got her addicted to making socks, she really did well with the Fatties from the Monstersock group, think she has now done 5 or 6 pair.


















And I am still knitting (as hands allow) on Kristie's socks, pattern knitting when I have to use both hands seems to be the most troublesome. I will persevere tho and get them done.










I saw DR Rob in Tatla on Thursday and he has started the ball rolling on getting hip replacement for me, consultation with surgeon in Kamloops will prolly take 2-3 months or more then likely as much as 6 more months before the surgery. Hey this is BC where hurry up and wait is the name of the game. BUT when its done it won't cost me anything.












Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Stuff


Knitting bee today and should get a bit more in the way of bodies showing up. For me its another blood donation, last time was two weeks ago and at that time was withing the range that DR wants, now for the last month.

Rained yesterday that plus strong south winds, got rid of almost all snow, just a few smallish patches left in my yard. Was -3° C this morning so trip to Tatla will be on the frost and return home will be in the mud. My driveway will be "pay attention" kind of driving. But would much rather the mud than ice.

Two pair of socks on the go the pair for Kristie is using two colors per row and that is meaning that I use both hands in patterned rows, depending how arthritis is only try for maybe 4-5 rows before taking a break, the second pair is a pair of real Monstersocks with very few rows where I have any kind of pattern. Just using up small balls of odds & sods.

Made 3 Naan bread pizza's last night, with pineapple, mushrooms and a bit of leftover cooked bacon, one for supper and another tonight, will try freezing the last one and see how that works. Really less than excited about cooking anything just now, guess I'll have to fall back onto a big pot of soup, still have two packages of chicken breasts, that along with a large container of chicken broth should do well. Celery, carrots and probably rice will make enuff for 3-4 evening meals.


Friday, March 3, 2017

squash

Had a large Butternut squash in my cold room and finally cooked it in the oven last Monday, cut in half, ate smallest piece two nights in a row, then got out the largest piece yesterday and scooped out the cooked squash and put it in the blender along with two cans chicken broth, oh my goodness. This I will do again. Had enuff for supper last night and will eat it again tonight. Think its one of the best soups I've ever made, course I say that after each batch. But I do like soups of almost all kinds.

Got out on Wednesday for the knitting bee, small attendance Jeanie, Christine and me, it was also blood letting day, this time 2 weeks in between, has now been stable for two times in a row, Dr E called last night and its again in the range they want it to be 2.7.

Took the two electric spinning wheel belts out with me and Christine held the match and we fused them back together, all the fuss and muss of getting them neither one held up for more than 15 minutes, so today will go back plying two bobbins that were about half way when last belt broke.
Newly joined belts didn't last more than 10 minutes this time, now to scramble and try to find another source.

Almost thinking about maybe spring isn't to far in the future, barely got a skiff of snow last night AND IT DIDN'T FREEZE. Unfortunately the forecast is again for colder temps over the next week, several of the main highways into the interior have again got hammered with snow, Fraser Canyon, Coquihalla and what everyone calls the Connector.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Stuff

Have been working on little socks and slowly at that. Arthritis in left hand means I do a little bit here and there, nothing like cranking out a sock a day (adult sizes). However am grateful that I can knit even if its slower.


And for some strange reason (different movements) spinning doesn't seem to bother my hands so spin now as much as I knit, which of course means handspun yarn is piling up on me, terrible position to be in. Finished the first bobbin of a vintage green blend from Reflection Farms from ahem more than a few years ago next will be a slightly different batch from same place, they will I think be plied together somewhere down the road. 2nd bag has more blues than 1st bag had.



Am still having to go to Tatla for INR blood work, not every week but at least 3 times a month, still hasn't stabilized after more than a year of taking the Warfarin. But not complaining cause its helping keep me alive. Now that most of the valley's snow is gone the roads are muddy but much prefer that to the icy stuff from a couple of weeks ago. And according to Environment Canada's weather page due for much colder weather the end of this week with coldest being -21°C (6 below zero F).

Hope soon to be able to get back to town to pick up new glasses and of course more groceries (produce especially), will soon be 3 weeks and for some strange reason I tend to eat produce rather quickly. And will renew drivers license on same trip.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Expensive Town Trip

Went in to town, (Williams Lake, 160 miles east) on Monday Jan 30, first thing I did was get a much needed haircut, dentist app't on 31st (expensive) then trip into optometrist on 1st Feb (also expensive), need new glasses current lenses are almost 5 years old, and frames easily that old as well, paid bills Visa, Telus and Hydro, paid propane bill and bought a major grocery order. Ordered 10 lbs grass fed extra lean ground beef from local butcher shop as well and several smaller amounts pork products (local means not finished in or from China). Left town just before noon on Wednesday and down my driveway just a bit after 3 pm, Dorian arrived via school bus at 3:30 to unload the car, takes him less at 10 minutes and would have taken me 2-3 days, included in grocery stuff were 4 flats of water, my house water is lousy for drinking. Hadn't been to town since November 17 so was out of all produce, cheese, rice and on and on. So last night and Wednesday night had large kitchen sink salads, what I was craving the most. Was extremely lucky in that roads both ways were bare and dry (most unusual) and timing was perfect as forecast for next 3-4 days are for snow flurries and periods of snow means roads likely will be in winter driving conditions again.

Took smaller sock knitting with me, socks for a 2 year old, Jo takes my trash to dump and I send her home with small socks for her granddaughter, 2 dump runs for socks to keep babies feet warm, good deal for me and her. Also ongoing are socks for KH in Chilliwack.

Super Bowl on Sunday, I'll make a pot of chicken w/rice soup on Saturday, now that I have celery and carrots again, then won't have to worry or think about what to have on Sunday. Tatlako is into another brief arctic stretch of weather, -21° C has been overnight lows.