Sunday, June 25, 2017

More Macaroni Salad

Last batch I made just over two weeks ago was for lunch when Len and Denise and her parents were out to install new door in back room. Salad was so enjoyed (some had 3's) that I only had enuff for supper the next day. So this morning I made another batch, 4 hard boiled eggs, 4 cups small pieces celery, 1 1/2 c small pieces sharp cheddar cheese, made the dressing first 1 1/2 c yogurt 1/2 c mayo, a pkg Uncle Dan's dressing, let it sit in fridge while everything else was being worked on. Looking forward to having some for supper on this (supposed to be the hottest day so far this year). 28°C (82°F) salad all done before it got so hot. Most of June was called Juneuary because it was often miserable.

Repairs to the big washout on Sheep Creek Hill going slower than they thought because of water still running down the cut. 150 meters across (500 feet).

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Beast is back

With the TdF coming up quickly I decided I had better empty 2 more bobbins. So cobbled up a belt for the old electric plying wheel (the beast). Very carefully using a candle joined in two places one of the belts I had gotten from Susan's Fibers (they lasted less than 15 minutes) did the joining 3 days ago. So today thought I'd give it a shot, so far so good. As much as I dislike plying felt pretty good to be back at it.

But before I could start plying had to skein off the yarn from the big bobbin, ended up with a bit over 600 yards of the light gray and approx. 450 of the variegated stuff. Added kid mohair randomly to the green and hoped for fuzzies to show up and they did. For now will just be added to my handspun stash, by and by something will show up to be knit from same.

And (drum roll please) finished the first sock for Kristie, sometimes my hands were almost to sore to carry the second colour in my left hand (its the arthritic one). Am verra glad she went with a solid colour foot. Did do a bit of a patterned part down close to toe decreases. Second sock about to the end of the top ribbing.

Yesterday and again this morning Tatlako was the coldest spot in BC between 6 and 7:30 am, -2.7° and -3° this morning. But starting tomorrow it is supposed to be hot 30° to 32° will be the warmest days so far this year.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Major Washout


About 25 km west of Williams Lake, wonder where all the water came from. Glad I hadn't planned on going to town anytime soon. Think it will take a large amount of fill to fix this mess. According to Dept. of Highways its just over 500 feet wide. Click on pix to make it larger.


Finished a pair of socks just needing the afterthought heels added, started working on them the end of November last year, prolly have been sitting since around Christmas just needing the heels. Really no excuse for not doing it sooner. Also nearly down to toe decreases on Kristie's first sock.


I sorta bet my stash that sooner or later would have grizzlies in my yard, last night just before 10 pm saw movement over to the east of my fence, sure enuff Mom and 2 of last years cubs ambled along the fence heading for the swampy areas (aka stump patch). Any pix taking would have just shown darker shapes up again dark bushes.

Got my bed changed yesterday, every Sunday rip sh** or bust. Still using flannel sheets and big winter down comforter. Think so far there has been one night that I used a lightweight fleece blanket. And official summer starts tomorrow night. So far Tatlako has been the coldest spot in BC 3 mornings in June. The price we pay for the mountain view.






Most of my leftover stash from other socks etc.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Another Black Bear


Black bear #3 so far this season. Everyone in valley reporting more than usual amount of the critters.

Woke up this morning to cows bellowing for their calves, prolly 30 head + calves in my yard and neighbor that they belong to isn't in any hurry to remove them. Not much I can do to get them out. Cows on green grass leave behind big deposits


Len and Denise are coming out tomorrow to install the two new doors on the back room of my house, will be nice to be able to leave big door open on upcoming hot days. Can't do that now with no screen door, house would soon be full of skeeters and other flying critters. Will make a big bowl of macaroni salad for lunch and Denise is bringing two rotisserie chickens.

This morning at 6am Tatlako was again the coldest spot in BC +1 C. guess weather doesn't care that it is June.

PS One rider and one dog got all the cows out of here in about 10 minutes, altho rider is still looking for stubborn cow & calf up in spruce swamp. Hopefully rider will take them all home.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Bears

The bears are winning the count, so far I have seen 3 grizzlies (not in my yard yet), two blacks right in the yard. First one was to late in evening for a pix but yesterdays was right up close and it was just 11 am so perfect for picture taking. The griz were in what we used to call the upper hay field and much to far away for a pix with just my point & shoot camera. However I'd bet my yarn stash that sooner or later they will show up much closer, likely right in the house yard. I am keeping a camera in kitchen for west shots and one in the wool room for east shots.


Took some time from KH's socks to make a couple of pair of booties for CF in town. With sock yarn and 2.4 mm needles they are I think newborn size. But with most of bootie in garter stitch they do stretch in all directions.


Weather is finally looking like early summer temps, for only the second time this year I have windows open in my wool room. High today predicted to be 28°C (82°F) and even a touch warmer for tomorrow. People that garden are delighted to be able to get planting done, usually its after the first week of June before frosts at night are finished. I am sure looking forward to swiss chard, beet greens, spinach etc.

I went into town last Wednesday, stayed over and picked up 7 flats of water, Denise buys it for me when its on sale, was glad to get it as I had been down to just 3 bottles. My house water certainly is not the greatest for drinking, it works for everything else so not complaining too much. And now with an upcoming DR's appointment have to go back in on 30th, I haven't seen him in close to a year, its time to get meds refills and he won't do it unless he sees me. While in ordered 10 pounds extra, extra lean grass fed ground meat, enuff to last me another year. Ordered it W and was able to pick it up before leaving town at noon (frozen) on Thursday

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This and That

Finally unloaded pix from camera to iPhoto from the Williams Lake spin in, just over a week ago , not to bad for as slow as I have been moving. First pix is before people started showing up, then same area with spinners.



I also finally got the new electric plying wheel set up, and now know why it was for sale so cheap, herky jerky and tension so delicate that its almost impossible to use, so think I'll take it to fall DM and see if I can move it down the line, just might be perfect for someone that wants to spin art type yarns.


Have been working on socks for KH and finished the first pair of fatties for Nolan (two strands odd balls Opal knit together).

Cold wet spring day lows 40's F so far with just enuff rain that ground can soak it all up. Will for sure start weeds growing, toad flax, dandelions (OK with them) and likely something new this season. Not much exciting for today, will try and finish the plying job and make a big pot of chicken with rice soup.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Williams Lake Spin In

Just back to Denise's after WLSI, how come so tired from just talking and spinning. Will stay in one more night then head west in the morning. Smaller than usual crowd, and only 4 vendors but a really good time. Didn't buy anything this trip, fibre wise. Did get a much needed haircut yesterday. Tomorrow won't be getting much in grocery line, a few fresh veggies, maybe I'll get lucky and lettuce products will be back in stock.

Saw 20+ deer and one moose on the way in Friday.

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.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Spinning spring colors



Several years ago I bought two shades of green from Reflection Farms at conference, well aged in the stash. Used some of it in the mish mash of greens I did earlier, but still quite a bit of both greens still available. So while I am in the mood to finish bags I kept going on the first green, sides I like seeing green since it will be several months before anything green shows up outside. Spinning it into what will be a fingering weight, nice for socks or maybe even a shawl.


Made motel reservations for Whidbey Islands spinning weekend, am really looking forward to going down and especially seeing flowers and green grass. Will be meeting Val there and will pick up the folding wagon she picked up for me, will make hauling stuff into spinning room so much easier. And planning on using it for Desert Mesa and anywhere else I go that I need to move spinning wheel, fiber, suitcase etc.

Found this somewhere on the 'net' and thought it was written for me. I usually take at least as much (or more) yarn as I do clothes, after all can always do laundry someplace but can't always find the yarn I want or need.


Dentist app't was changed to Jan 31, the water running down my driveway sort of scared me into canceling and staying home on the 17th, my mouth tho will sure feel better once I can get in. And as usual a much needed haircut, banking, car wash and a big grocery order. Haven't been in since November 17, needless to say am out of all produce now except for a few mini carrots. Salad fixing will be what I am craving most.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Plying


Most times when I ply I end up with stuff left on one bobbin (sometimes quite a bit), this time I had 3 bobbins with leftovers all in various shades of rosey pinks, so with a full bobbin of merino-nylon also in close to same shade of rosey pinks I plied the 3 with the merino. Ended up with way more than I thought I would, just over 1300 yards on the three. All are close to fingering weight, not yet sure what I will do with the three.

After 47 days of sub arctic weather a Chinook finally blew in, instead of temps in the -20 to -30 range its now +5 with a strong south wind, even had a day and a half of rain. Snow in yard is about 50% gone and my driveway would be what I call challenging, wet ice, no thanks will stay home.

Just put Bisquick-ed chicken tenders in the oven, first dipped in a beaten egg then the Bisquick mix (with a bit of onion soup mix, paprika, seasoned salt, pepper) wish I had salad fixings, nothing except a few baby carrots. When I do get to town (its been since November 17th) first thing I will have when I get home will be a large salad.

My planned trip into town was put on hold when Chinook blew in, roads were a mell of a hess and so canceled dentist app't and ate last of lentil soup last night.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2nd pair handspun socks


Finished the second pair of handspun socks, thought I might run short of the variegated reds I used for the main color, but looking for something else found another skein, relief.


















Next as promised will be the socks for Kristie, wound all skeins into center pull balls Sunday morning and will get started on the socks later today. Lots of Hazel Knits, Cascade Heritage wool-silk mixes, and bonus will have enuff leftover for another project down the road.

Visiting fox has been back several times, tracks all over my yard, altho some I am sure are deer and maybe even a moose or two. Would like to get a pix of fox jumping in the air trying to get a mouse under the snow, when this has happened its been around 7:30am not light enuff for anything to show up.

Cold snap continues predicted low for tonight is -30° C (22°F below zero), not looking like KB will be happening. Current temp is -23°C (-10°F), supposed to be getting back to normal temps by early next week (ain't gonna hold my breath). Called propane place in Wms Lk and asked for delivery next time they are out this way.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Handspun socks


Finished the first pair of handspun socks last night, washed them (along with 15 pair of other socks), not as happy as I thought I would be with this pair, none of my boots are big enuff that I can wear them in. So will relegate them to wearing in the house when its really cold (below zero F), and that is supposed to happen starting tonight. 11° below tonight and a good bit colder tomorrow night 24° below zero is whats forecast. Second pair of handspun socks down to toe decreases on first sock, much brighter with lots of odds & sods.


Had a pair of handspun socks hanging around for a long time, much to small for my fat legs. So while Liz was here I sent them up the hill for her grandmother, Swede is in mid 80's and has a much smaller leg. Will be great for her to use as bed socks. Maela photo bombing pix.

My soup turned out great, have had it two nights for supper and will again tonight. Turned out tho that I was SOL finding any noodles, but a bag of Spaetzel worked just fine.

Wasn't able to stay up long enuff last night to see the New Year in, was pounding my pillow just before 11.