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I am way behind in dealing with and answering my emails and updating my blog, things sorta on a downhill slide since Christmas. Christmas Day the power went out 7:30 pm at -33°C no power not much heat. Baseboard heaters in crawl space didn’t like that at all, ended up with frozen water line. Fortunately I had enuff water in storage that I was OK for drinking, but no water for showers, flushing or dishes. Power didn’t come on until 3:30 pm on Sunday 26th. I didn’t freeze but came close, had silk long handles on, long sleeve shirt, flannel shirt over top and then a fleece line jacket. Plus of course wool socks and fingerless gloves. 27th was coldest night of the winter so far at -38°C, winter not 3 weeks old and I’m ready to see the end of it. Plus on top of all the cold we’ve had loads of snow, prolly in the 3 + foot range.Yesterdays temps above freezing, today so far more of the same, Chinook weather. Lotsa football on the telly this weekend so hope to get to the heel on the sock, 3 m

Christmas surprise

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Package from Mary-ann Smith, decided to wait and open Christmas day. What a surprise. 2 full skeins of her famous sock yarn in colors I didn't have, and 8 mini skeins approx. 70 yards each. Then a zip lock bag of odds and sods, balls that were more than needed for her project. But perfect for me, and the colour work I do. Thank you Mary-ann. The pkg. from the brother and SIL from VA was also a real bonus, 2 Bruce Springsteen CD's and a 2 lb bag of AllSorts licrorice candy. Had Bruce on the stereo and AllSorts for breakfast. About the only candy I like. Got a good 18 inches of snow on the 22nd, and several inches more since. Troy plowed my driveway yesterday with the big John Deere. In the mess on the 22nd the propane truck came down the driveway, first deleivery since December, 2020, needless to say I was delighted to see the truck. Have finished the first sock of second pair going to Kaslo, BC. Started second sock straight away. Then needing two 16 inch #2.25 needles t

Socks

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Made the first pair of two that were ordered last summer, then things got in the way to get them mailed. But they are gone now and delivered to Kaslo, BC, and from what I hear from the gal that ordered them very well recieved. The first pair were for the man of the pair, guess his lady put them on and didn't want to take them off. Pix above is the second pair for her and will make them a tad smaller as per request of the orderer. Am using a Cascade Heritage wool - silk mix and was getting a bit concerned that I would have enuff of the main colour (ladies size 11) so went online and found a place (Simply Socks in Ft. Wayne, Ind.)that carried the wool - silk mix. Am sure dye lots are different but so close colour wise that I think I'll getaway with using it if needed. Pix shows the new skein along side of what I'm now using. The white yarn showing up is just my way of counting rows. An arctic blast is on the way, supposed to get below zero F early this coming week. Am gla

Soup weather

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Tonight predicted low is 16 °F (-9°C). Started a soup pot, frozen rotiessiere chicken carcass, will after carcass comes out of the pot And everything is deboned, add the chicken meat add lots of finely chopped celery and carrots will use homemade egg noodles instead of rice this go round. Making enuff for several suppers. My four most hated words in the English language are 'BLACK FRIDAY' (I will never buy anything when those words are used) and the other two are 'YOU KNOW'. Almost every commercial on TV from now on using BF will get shut off. Over used for almost everything being sold. Most all of yesterday had snow squalls, with a strong wond blowing the snow that went by here landed 10 miles up the valley. Niut Mountains with the Homathko river running thru my neighbours place.

Life in the slow lane

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Not much happening in my life right now, staying indoors and warm is number one priority. I am still knitting socks just not as much as I did before medical issues late summer. These were knit for the Monstersockkal2021 from 15 Sept. to 15 Oct. I'd been saving a bowl full of little bits, to good to chuck and barely enuff for a pattern n a sock. Along came the KAL just when I needed it Late summer I had a few medical issues the anathesia screwed up the brain talking to fingers. The first post op sock had loads of small mistakes in the peerie patterns. The secong much better. But was I ever glad to have them finished. Next will be all my WIP, a pair of fatties from the Monstersock list, then a pair of variegateld greens, after both these will go to pair of gloves I started this time last year. Meanwhile I'm pretty much back to almost normal behavior, some days I cook and sometimes I don't. Laundry is still a bugger, but slowly getting caught up.

Stuff

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Joined in a Monstersockkal2021, it got underway on 15 September and will finish October 15. Hoping to have my pair finished in time. I had the small bowl full of short bits leftover from other projects. All at least a yard long, some a good bit longer than 36 inches, to good to get rid of, so the Kal started at just the right time. I used the gray for the inbetween colour and then 3 solid colours, gray and then 3 variegated colours, will continue all the way to the toe. So far its coming out better than I thought it would. This pix is my favourite on the drive to Tatla Lake (which it seems like I do at least once a week). Mullein is supposed to be good for several things none of which I have tried. I just like seeing it. Have had a few nights well below 0° C and rain at same time means white mountains. My favourite time of the year.

This and That

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Had two major surgeries between the end of July and 1st of September, now feeling better every day. And now know that all is right, tried spinning wheel this morning and I haven't forgot how. Will gradually work up to my usual schedule of spinning in the morning for 45 minutes. Most unusual season this year, way to hot for June July and first part of August, no rain to speak of so fire hazard in most of BC was extreme and I only saw 3 black bears in my yard all season. This was a youngest black just cruising thru the yard. I am calling these my anesthesia socks for all the small colour pattern mistakes, knitting after anesthesia for me is dynomite, fingers don't do what I want them to. Hopeing now is back to normal, socks will definitely not match so will stay in my sock drawer.