Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Outings!

   
Marsel is doing some spinning while I am here to help.
She didn't need me really-what she needs is for me to help her keep caught up at home so she has a 1/2 hour to sit and relax at the spinning wheel!
I can be a tyrant about her getting some down time while I am here to help!
I love to see how she is so natural at the wheel! 
This morning we visited the American Girl Doll store so Abigail could purchase a new doll.
She has been saving birthday money and chore money along with her babysitting money so she could make the purchase with her own money!
She couldn't decide between 5 dolls....then narrowed it to 3 and then 2 and finally she picked- 
 
A Truly You doll that looks very Irish or Scottish to me but she chose an English name for her,
Elizabeth  Anne , and is calling her Ellie!
They were inseparable the rest of the day!
I foresee some doll sewing in my near future!
I would love to figure out how to make a tradition Irish outfit for her!
While we were shopping, the Bill and David were burning up the links!
It was a perfect day to be outside!
(Bruce stayed home and worked-he is both a lawyer and a pastor-he has plenty to keep him busy!)
Yesterday, Bill and David worked hard to clear that brush and fencing from the old garden.
They got to the last tree and were stopped from finishing because of an angry nest of ground hornets! 
They had to retreat for a spell and while they waited for dusk, they worked on spraying a nest of carpenter bees from the eave and sealing up their hiding place!
It was very high up...I'm taking the picture from the back deck! 
Come evening, Bill gave them a drink of gasoline and followed it with a bit of flambeau!
This morning when they checked out the nest before golf, all was quiet!
Sometimes the most basic approach is all it takes!

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Hike!

I am slogging through the 280 stitches a round....but I am almost to my first decrease round and I can't wait!  It has a beautiful feel and drape! 
My  new medicine regime is making a wonderful change in my pain level!
I have such high hopes!
I even went on a hike with David, Bill,  Abigail and Marsel!
There is a greenway at the end of their housing development that David discovered;
he shared it with his family and now it is their regularly scheduled picnic spot! 
He couldn't wait to share it with us!
The gentle creek gains some rocks and boulders then gets fast and melodious! 
Wouldn't you like to explore with us?!
It was a feast to my eyes!  So much color and texture! 
I wish I could share the bubbling brook sounds with you, too! 
The rocks are beautiful and a nice place to rest in between 'sticks down the crick' races!  
We saw signs of wildlife that enjoy this brook also-see the deer print? 
And a raccoon that slid in the mud here!  
Most of the trees around us were deciduous but this was the tallest tree-
a mountain pine!  It towered above all the others! 
It is steep up both sides of the watered valley.  
It reminded us of the Adirondacks where we often hiked as a family! 
A Selfie of the happy hikers! 
Out the gate and back to civilization....

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekends....

I worked on my Close to You shawl.  It is such luxury yarn-Yak down and Silk-wonderful to hold!
Bill's job was to remove the fencing from the garden that is no more.  The corner posts are cemented in! 
He removed the fencing and piled it up so that it can be sold. 
And he removed the cemented posts-look at that Georgia red clay! 
Bruce finished the power washing the driveway.  It looks brand new! 
After church Marsel took a pic of us with the kids.  We rarely remember to take pictures of us with the kids and I wanted to do something about that this visit!
Here's to a good start!
We were still pretty droopy from the virus this weekend but do see some peripheral improvements!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Destination!

 I made it through the 540 stitches of k1p1 around and the k1tbl,p1 !  It looks good and feels soft!
I got a lot more knitting time in this morning and before we knew it, we were..
...sitting in Atlanta traffic!  It is congested no matter what time you drive through but at least we were not deadlocked! 
And then I was hugging my Georgia Peaches and all was right with the world!
Even the grandfurbabies were glad to have their catnip yielding grandma in the house!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

On the Road!

Bill cut down the tree that held my bird feeder in the front yard so he built me this one-I was a bit leery of letting him loose on the design but he did a great job!  I am thrilled!
I am so enjoying my watercolor lessons....it has opened a part of my brain that has wanted to be stirred and I am finally listening!  I bought this easel that is portable and
 folds up so I can carry all my supplies like a little suitcase!
Thank you Hobby Lobby and your weekly coupon!
We are having a student showing at our local gallery so I have to finish two pictures to frame and display!
  No pressure! lol
It was a last minute decision to head up to Georgia and see Bruce and Marsel and the grands!
We loaded up and caught up around the house all day and finally left at 3:45!
I'm working on this while in the car-
I cast on last night but had to rip out the inch of k1p1 ribbing because the join was twisted!  For some reason I had cast on with a short 16" cable instead of my normal 32' so my stitches were all jammed on;  all 280 of them!  Lesson learned-use the right cable and don't cast on so late at night!

We drove only halfway of our 8 hour trek
so to our post-virus bodies, this was the minimum we could do!
I'm writing this from Perry, Georgia;  home of their State Fair which gratefully, is not this weekend or we wouldn't get a room!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Close!

Boo hiss;  the first day I feel like I am going to live and I had to go to St Augustine to get a prescription!
(The inability for people to admit they made a mistake is rampant;  I could've gone to my local office on Monday and not have to go a week without the medicine if they had been more open!)

Bill graciously drove  us to get our piece of paper from the doctors'
and then we stopped at Hobby Lobby for some yarn...more on that on another post!

So the best thing about having to be in the car so much-
knitting time!
This is the beginning of the Close to You shawl!
Nice pattern because it is easily memorized with great results!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Maintenance!

I was able to be upright for a little while today.  I had the brilliant idea to clean out my machine after fixing that upside down row on my medallion quilt.
It turned into more than a little cleaning out of the bobbin area.
I got thinking that it hasn't been clean professionally since we moved here (almost 10 years now!)
But I felt I could do what they would do-take the housing off and clean out the lint!
I did it! 

I couldn't believe the lint and graphite dust that had collected in there!
Now you must understand-I am a stickler for cleaning around the bobbin area and removing it and using the brush to reach all areas possible around that area.
And no blowing!
So I was really surprised when I removed this amount of lint 3x.
And then I vacuumed it all out!
And put it back together and took it apart because it made a funny noise!
And took it all apart again and found the computerized section disconnected and fixed it and put it back together again.
And cleaned the housing from all the grimy fingerprints.
And cleaned the table where all the carbon bits left smears.
It is a good job done and I saved myself $100. 
And now my Designer SE hums right along with me!
Reward time....back to bed to do some new knitting-
a shawl!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Socks and Sneezes!

I did finish the socks I was working on in Apopka, but I also came home with a nasty virus;  attacking both my throat/nose and stomach!
I wasn't the only one who came down with symptoms on Saturday morning-
all of us except my son have this lovely virus.
Let's just say, most of the time, I hold my knitting while I sleep.
And I do mean sleep.
And eat ice cream.
And sip my raspberry tea.
Yawn....time for another doze!

(Stats:  Opal Yarn
size 2.5mm needles
cast on 60 sts
And pattern:  The Hermione Everyday Socks 
for the wonderful texture!!)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Rock Springs Adventure

I'm showing the end of the day at the beginning of this post!
Grandpa took Will and Ella for a pool/hot tub dip just before bedtime while I watched and cheered! 
We spent the day at Kelly Park, where Rock Spring is the highlight of the day! 
When we got suited up, we got the gang together for a photo....they were thrilled with the delay! 
I couldn't get a photo of us in the tubes floating down the spring because I didn't have the camera with me at the time!  I ran ahead and got it for this photo as they tossed the tire tubes on shore and played in the lagoon area! 
After lunch and before the next tube float, they played on this big rock;  remember that rocks are in short supply in FL so this was good fun! 
While they played, this little guy was sitting on his rock watching the kids...it was so cute! 
After a good number of floating down and running back to the beginning and doing it again and a long hike, we packed up and stopped at the playground for a good wind down. 
It worked.  We had a quiet drive to the hotel where we had dinner and then...
go back to the top photo!
It was a good adventure according to the kids!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

No Words...

I know that one of the symtoms of MS is the limited socialization due to the immense amount of brain power it requires.  A morning at church, or a day with friends talking and laughing, a morning at art class are all a big drain because it is so much for action for my brain;  all that firing up just uses me up physically. 

 I don't know why this is and either do the doctors but all MS patients deal with the same impairment.  How do I work around this?
I plan off days between the busy days and that usually keeps me going.  Unless life spins into full gear and I can't do anything but hang on for dear life. 

 I say all this to explain my lack of posting.
I am lackluster at best right now.  I putter a little, do my housework because that makes me happy, too,  and then I rest.  Boy Wonder is here and he talks a lot;  I love hearing how he looks at life and how he has it all worked out at 3 3/4 yrs old!  He is busy all the time in a good way.  I am able to keep the house clean-he is not a lot more work-I just  have a constant output.  

I am out of words.
  Really. 
 Each one is like an extraction. 
 I will share a bit of the miniscule creativity I have to show.  

I know you are more understanding of my absences than I am on myself.  That's a fact about most of us.  We are so giving and forgiving of others but we are too hard on ourselves!

Enough of the blather....here are some pictures!
I had a visit from this doll named Shaanti-she is lives with BasicallyBenita.com
but has been on a world tour with people on the Ravelry group FiberPusherPodcast.
I added a sun hat and beach mat to her collection and sent her on her way! 
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Sissy had a bit too much fun and I had to intervene! 
I have my watercolor homework set up so when I walk by I can add a little bit each day.
We had to draw and then paint a Middle Eastern tea set in class. 
I sit in the studio and spin for a few minutes while Will plays with his train set. 
When he napped yesterday, I made this little cross-shoulder purse for Ella. 
 I tried out a new technique for putting it together and I think I have it!  It will make working on the full sized ones much easier and faster!
Do you see what I bought?  Labels to add to all the projects I make!  
I have this laid out by the sewing machine so I can sew on a few corners to add for the next row on the medallion quilt. 
Speaking of that quilt, it is on my design wall.  I walk by it many times a day.
This morning I notice this: 
The top row, which is sewn in place by the way.... 
                                                                     Is dead wrong.
  The vines should visually go AROUND the corner. 
 Another project to rip out and re-do.
Another day....
The close of each day....me stretched out in knitbed with Nyki on my lap.
Is it bedtime yet?