Between the heat of a couple of weeks ago and most of this weeks smoke, its been hard to breathe. This morning low so far is 34.7 F, cool enuff in wool room that I have heat on (as well as wool socks and a long sleeved flannel shirt). I'll take this weather any day over the heat.

I went to Tatla on Thursday for blood letting (INR), then truck didn't come to pick same up, so will have to go back on Tuesday to start over. Then maybe just maybe I might carry on and go into town. I have been thinking about tomatoes, on toast, with cottage cheese and just sliced on my plate for supper. They are supposed to be in at Beaver Valley Feed store, wouldn't mind a feed of sweet corn as well. As well a trip thru the big grocery store would work well, am out of a whole bunch of stuff. Have someone lined up to help unload my car when I get home. Also will stop Wally World for a new popcorn popper, mine after 30 + years as quit.

Second of the Monstersocks well down the foot, with football …

What a difference a day makes

Yesterday and 5-6 days before that were hot and clear, really hot for in here. Most unusual for that stretch of +30°C days in a row, never have sweat so much before. Then today rolls in at least 15° cooler so much so that I"m back to wool socks and a long sleeved flannel shirt, and it feels wonderful. But whats really unsettling is the smoke filling the valley, we think its coming from the fire up the Klinaklini river valley. I know my west mountains are still there but only showing a shadow right now, just after noon and I have a bunch of house lights on. Its that dark from the smoke.
The smoke is what drove me out of here last summer when the fires were so much closer, ended up in Prince George for a bit over two weeks where breathing was so much batter. May have to think about heading somewhere where smoke isn't this thick.

Knitting tho continues moving along, about half way down the leg of second Monstersock.  Not exactly a matching pair but then life is to short for matc…

Tuesday 2nd

For the last two plus weeks as soon as I got up opened every window in the house, hoping it would cool down before sun came over east mountain, didn't work. Temps were in mid 30°s C every day. And then today came about was glad to leave windows closed, it felt wonderful to be cool again. And now at just after noon its +17° with thunderman and lightfoot visiting. I am keeping fire phone number right close to phone just in case. Sky now to south west is about as black and ugly looking as it could possibly be.

Current pair of Monstersocks, thought that I would use a solid color in between each of the variegated colors on the leg, but soon forgot, so just used the main color green after two vari colors, then foot is just all vari colors, have enuff left to use on foot so that I will not have used any color twice in whole sock. And of course will switch colors all around on second sock. True Monstersocks using all leftover bits.

Think I'll go and put water on for a second cup of co…

Friday 20th

After tweaking my repaired right knee (plying the old fashioned way) and finding spinning for more than 5 minutes to be a tad uncomfortable, brought out my Hansen mini spinner (electric). I much prefer spinning the traditional way but right now just can't do it. I bought the mini spinner for just this purpose, have had it for at least 4 years knowing that some where down the road I might need it. Its taking me a a bit to get comfortable using it, time will help. Think when I bought it I was counting on using it just for plying, surprise I am finding I like to spin on it as well.

This is what I was plying (using the Woolee Winder on my S90), have two more bobbins of same yarn ready to ply. Will end up with close to a pound of sock weight yarn, some of it may do a run thru of a dye pot. I don't remember what I was thinking when I bought a pound from Mary-anne Smith more than a couple of years ago.

Am seeing lots of deer in my yard in early morning, around 6-7 am. yesterday a nic…

July 4

Slowly finishing the variegated pink-lavender roving, vintage stuff from my stash. Its merino-nylon from Smith & Ewe. First bobbin is just about full, have a second bobbin needing more to fill it up.

Yesterday I skeined 4 200 yds each of a bright variegated green and then 3 of a much more muted green, am not at all happy with my plying, need help. Some places in the skeins are OK most of the rest under plied. Going to re read Alden Amos' book and try to start over.

After sending a bunch of emails the end of June saying I hadn't seen a bear yet this season, sure enuff on July 1st saw a sow black bear with two of this years cubs, they weren't in a place to get pix, dark bears up against a dark bunch of trees and bushes.

June 28

Have had electric heat on for the last couple of days, when its -2°C (28°F) house gets quite cold by morning. Wool socks, sweater but still cool enuff for some heat. Never fear July is coming and surely we should be getting more summer weather.

Finished the second 4 oz bundle of the BFL that I bought at conference. one more to go, had thought about re carding #3 and adding mohair but hip is not going to allow me to stand at carder, tried sitting down but then to low and awkward.

Did get into town last Friday for many errands, #1 being to pay property taxes. Saw DR on Friday and got all prescriptions renewed for another year. Current dosage of Warfarin is keeping INR stable for this week anyway.

Knitting bee this week was just Christine and myself, might just as well put it on hold for the rest of the summer, seems like everyone is to busy or doesn't want to drive to downtown Tatla Lake.

Picking up about a pound of just picked spinach after lunch, not supposed to be eating to much …

June 21

Thunderman and Lightfoot complete with a few minutes of hard rain, hoping the valley gets more of the wet stuff. The 19th saw a lightening strike with fire along what is called Halfway South road, goes up into an area that was logged some time ago. Made for a scary night. Fire crew got on it really quick so by the next mid day fire was contained. Relief.
Soccer on the telly Argentina vs Croatia, so far game is ho hum, bad ref from a long time ago. Half time now.

Working on a pair of Monstersocks using up a good bit of leftover bits Solid blues with variegated same then solid greens with variegated , all with a dark steel gray in between each color.

Am well into second 4 oz bundle of the natural colored BFL, am hoping to have it all finished before the TdeF starts in early July. As far as I know I'll be home almost all the days of the Tour this year.

Left several windows open all night, one in living room and two in wool room, was nice and fresh this morning, got in my 45 minutes s…