Thursday, May 21, 2015

Random Thoughts on Thursday

* The top news story here in Denver is the weather.   It has rained 19 out of the last 21 days.  It has also been tradition that the road to the top of Mount Evan (the highest paved road in the US) be open by Memorial Day weekend.  Not this year.  There is still over four feet of snow up there!  And it snowed again on Tuesday.  Luckily there hasn't been any flooding yet, but it also hasn't started melting yet either.  The high yesterday was 45 degrees.  The garden has not been fully planted yet.  The roses are not pruned.  The grass is about six inches tall but it's too wet to mow.  For a state that sees the sun over 300 days a year we are all a little grumpy.

* Tuesday night was Miss C's dance recital.  The recital theme was Leap's Circus (her school is called Leap).  The dance her class did was the "Elephants on Parade."  It was super cute and they all did such a great job.

Happy Thursday my friends!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yarn Along

It is Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly Yarn Along.  I am joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  Since it has been raining just about every day, I knit a lot this week.  However, I don't have much to show for my work.  I have been working on my stitch block cowl.  I finished the first section and have started the second section about a dozen times.  I just keep making stupid mistakes and have to rip back.  I have started using two lifelines so I don't have to rip back too far and that has help tremendously.   Finally some progress.  
photo bomb by Winston

I have also finished another square for my random square scrap blanket.  I only work on these squares while I have some down time at work.  Squares are easy to do at work... I can pick them up, put them down or not work on them for ages and still know where I am in the patter.... because there is no pattern!  I am going to sew them together soon.  I think I need some other color choices before I get to gung ho on putting them together.
I just finished reading the book Buried in the Sky.  It was about the deadly climbing season on K2 in 2008 and the Sherpa support on and off the mountain.  Fascinating.  It was recommended to me by a passenger on the airplane.  I started reading Barefoot on Tuesday but am still only a few pages in so have no opinion yet.  

What are you reading and working on?

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Random Thoughts on Thursday (and an eye update)

* This past Tuesday, Miss C had her final post op eye exam and vision test.  The eye doctor is pleased with how well her eyes are tracking and he said he couldn't tell that she'd had a problem!  She also did well with her vision test, but will still need to wear her glasses.  Her prescription isn't that strong. The doctor also said that if she takes them off (as she does when she plays princess- cause princesses don't wear glasses.), it is okay.  We've told her she has to wear them to school and to watch TV/ipad or when she goes outside as they are her sunglasses as well.  Our next visit is in six months and after that he'll decided if we can go to yearly visits! 

*  Meet Loretta and Patsy!  
A mama at preschool who also has a chicken addiction bought five Welsummers and asked a couple of us if we wanted chickens.   That day I emphatically said NO!  I don't have room for more chickens.  By the next day I texted her and told her YES!  I am excited by their chocolate brown eggs!  Right now they are living in a chicken wire box so they can be in the same run as the big ladies until they are bigger.  I've talked Bryan into building me a bigger coop which we need to get on that project soon!

Happy Thursday my friends!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mamas Day

This would be why we don't plant anything in Colorado until after Mother's Day!  

Happy Mamas Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Knitting This Week

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly Yarn Along.  I am joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  I didn't really get a lot accomplished this week on my knitting.  I have seven inches to go on the first of three patterns on the stitch block cowl.  But at least I am in a groove now.  I am using a lifeline since I started over or ripped back at least seven times before getting a go on the cowl.  I move my lifeline at every pattern repeat.  No more ripping back.  I am the farthest behind in our KAL because I finally bought more purple yarn to finish the Woven Scarf.

Six strands of 96" of knitting is not easy.  In fact it's rather boring which is why I've been working on this project since August 2014.  I had every intention of getting it finished to give to the recipient by December.   I guess she'll be wearing it next winter!  I had a hard time following the directions in the magazine...1 over 2, 3 over 4, 5 over 6 I got but it was the rest of it that I couldn't wrap my brain around.  So I made it work.  At least if it is wrong, it is consistently wrong.

I finished reading The Cirque by Martin Van Pelt.  I used to work with Martin before he had to retire. (Pilots have to retire at age 65).  The majority of this book takes in the 1980's in the Colorado Rockies.  It is a suspense book revolving around drug smuggling in the mountains.  It is also heavy on airplanes and aviation but I think the plot works well.  It certainly kept me entertained for the duration.  It did start a little slow, but picked up speed once the characters were introduced.  It's available on Amazon if you'd like to read it.

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Holly Baby

Holly Baby has been in my life for 44 years.  I got her when I was two years old.  My parents were in a Coast to Coast hardware store when I latched on to her and wouldn't let her go.  My parents each told the other "I'm not going to take it away from her.  You do it."  Neither of them took her away and I still have her.  She is a 1968 Vogue doll.  She has a cloth body and plastic arms, legs and head.  She has gone through countless body replacements.  She traveled with me EVERYWHERE.

There was one incident when we had gone out to eat.  My mom had taken me to the bathroom and my dad paid the bill and was heading to the car.  He picked Holly up by her head and threw her under his arm, like a football.  Some lady ran after him accusing him of child abuse.  Imagine her embarrassment when she realized it was a baby doll.  My dad still gets a chuckle from that one!
Miss C has started playing with Holly.  I also have a bedraggled suitcase full of baby clothes for Holly most of which were mine (some were my brothers).  The suitcase was mine too.  So it's all ancient... or at least 40-something years old.
Sometimes I worry about how fragile Holly is and that something will happen to her.  Miss C does try to be careful of her though.  Although, I"m sure I can find another doll repair hospital if I needed to!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Knitting This Week

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly Yarn Along.  I'm joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  This past Saturday two mamas from our crafting group and I went to the Interweave Yarn Show in Loveland.  I had been looking for yarn for the Stitch Block Cowl the KAL we are doing.  I had found some gorgeous yarn that was made with yak but it was priced out of my league.  I had a color scheme in mind and found this Quince and Co yarn which fits exactly what I had in mind.  And it fits my budget.  I have an orange coat and a brown coat that this cowl with go perfectly with!  The brown one is called Bark, the white is Egret, and the orange is Nasturtium.  I love those color names!  
I am still reading The Cirque by Martin Van Pelt.  I am really enjoying his book.  Martin was a pilot I flew with many times before he retired.  The prologue of the book starts in 2032 after the funeral of one of the main characters.  Then the books goes back to 1984.  The book follows the two main characters, Rodney and Jaime who have been friends forever.  The paths parted for a number of years, but they are getting together for a week long backpacking trip to the Colorado high country.  In the other storyline is the group of drug smugglers who are bringing cocaine to a ranch in the mountains.  And that's about where I am in the story.

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!