Just in time for school to start!

Just in time for school to start!

Yes, I am all ready for school to start, kindergarten here I come!

What, you say, you think I am a bit old for kindergarten??

Not so, gentle reader!  I just got my MMR shots and I assure you, I am all set to start school tomorrow!

Yes, that is right!  Evidently, having a diligent mother who kept us current on or vaccinations is not enough to establish immunity.  It seems that while measles and rubella both worked just fine, I am woefully lacking in mumps protection – and knowing that a virulent mumps outbreak is lurking right around the corner – I found myself in need of a bit of re-immunization!  Keep your fingers crossed that in 30 days I am found to have mumps titer in my blood or I don’t know what will happen!!

In light of my return to kindergarten, I thought it might be nice to wow the teacher with my knitting talents and to confuse my other classmates by knitting up “Hey Teach” from this summers Knitty.  Imagine the fun all my fellow students will have trying to figure out who is the teacher tomorrow when I show up with my new sweater on!!

Since Heidi and Sam are up north with their dad for the weekend, and Rachel is off to college, I found myself in the bathroom trying to snap a photo or two of this sweater!  Hey Teach! by you.

I have to tell you, I love this pattern!  So much so, I am casting on again with some gorgeous yarn I got from the Michigan Fiber Festival from the creative and talented Rita of Yarn Hollow fame.  This time I will knit 3/4 length sleeves to bring the sweater to a more Autumnal focus.  This sweater is definitely Cast-On Worthy if you are trying to be monogamous with another project, give in to the urge to cheat with this sweater.  It is a quick knit and is easy to memorize.  You know you have something in your stash that will work for this, so go grab some needles and cast on!  Just sayin’.

I was on the “A” list also for a fun celebration recently.  I got an invitation from Mike of Windswept Farm Fame to come and celebrate the Harvesting of the Hops!  So, I packed up an assortment of cheeses, some crackers, a couple of olives, and some fig jam and headed south for the afternoon.  I found myself to be quite proficient in plucking the Hops from the vines and filled my bucket while enjoying a Chocolate Stout, courtesy of Mike.  As an added lure, Windswept Farms has recently had some new additions to the flock – yes, the fall lambs are being born!!  Imagine my joy at seeing two tiny seven day old lambs!  I spent some time out in the field with the flock, spending a little one on one time with wool on the hoof!  Mike’s daughter, Sam, called the sheep and the sight of them running to come and see us is one I will not soon forget!  It was a wonderful day and I look forward to helping again at next years Harvest – and I will be vying for the “Hops Queen” Crown!!

And, as we enter September with reluctance, leaving behind the waning summer – we find ourselves immersed in politics that are both historical and exciting – regardless of your party choice.  I am truly proud to be witnessing the political history being made right before my eyes.  It should be an exciting Autumn!

In case you thought I have deserted spinning, fear not!  I have been working diligently on improving my skills!  I present to you my first singles, worthy of remaining single!! 

I give you some spun gold – just call me Rumpelstiltskin!!  This is just over 4 ounces of Romney – about 420 yards – spun with Abby’s Supported Long Draw.  This is my most consistent fiber spun to date.  If you had not had an affair with the Long Wools… you don’t know what you are missing!  The color in this picture is so true as well!  I have 12 more ounces to spin up – I see a shawl in this wools future, something to wrap around my shoulders to keep me warm!

Romney Single Laceweight by you.

Here is a close up – note the lovely halo that the Romney  has!  And, yes, there are a few spots where it wants to twine back on itself, but that will vanish in blocking!  I got this lovely Romney from The Divine Miss Beth in Howell.  Call her, she has more of this crack!  And, she’d be happy to send it happily on its merry way to your home!!  Just sayin’.

Alright, here is hoping that your Labor Day was without labor and filled with what you love!

Have a wonderful week!

When days become nights

Good Morning Everyone!

I love the early hours of the morning. I walked this morning with the dogs and it was glorious outside. It got quite chilly here last night – there was a layer of moisture on the grass, drops of dew that sparkled like diamonds as the sun rose. What a great way to start the day! The birds were all busy as well, the chill a reminder to them that the season’s will soon be changing again!

Change is not a bad thing at all and in fact, change is coming again to my humble abode very soon. My days will become nights – at work. Yes, I am moving to the night shift at the end of September. It is a logical move for me to do in order to accommodate going back to school. I am excited to start on this new chapter in my life and, as a person who has only slept at night, I am hoping that my adjustment to sleeping during the day will not be one I cannot accomplish! The team from nights on our floor has been sharing with me their tips for day time sleeping success, so I am gathering a list of things to try! I need to get a dog bed of some sort, as Punk and Penny sleep in bed with me every night. But, I am thinking that they will not feel so displaced if they have something new to snuggle on during the nights I work. I am not certain how we will all sleep during the day, but I will cross that bridge when I come to it.

I am happy to announce that renovation work has begun on my lower level and not a moment too soon. If I had to struggle through one more week of drama, I think I may have packed up and moved! I am hoping that it will all be finished soon – especially the drywalling segment. Can you say white dust everywhere?!? If dusting is what you dream of – have I got you covered! Come on over because I have white powder all over EVERYTHING! Yeah, I am looking down the tunnel and the end is visible – so I am trying not to go crazy here!

On the creative side of things, I have been doing some knitting and have been spinning as well. I almost have “Hey Teach” finished and I hope to wear it to the Michigan Fiber Fest. I am thrilled that there are some visitors coming from the east side of the state! The Divine Miss B will be bringing Jillian and Carla and I can hardly wait!! A new friend that I met on Plurk will be coming over as well, Karen is heading over to hang out with me. Karen is not a spinner currently, and since August is my 1st Spin-iversary what a better way to celebrate than to help her get started!! As for my own spinning, I have spun up some gorgeous BFL using all of Abby’s techniques and I have had success at long last! It is all fingering weight, it is squooshy, it is incredible! I also spun up some silk – oh my. Jillian, just so you know… yes moist much!

My son so kindly reminded me a couple of weeks ago that I better get started on some socks for him for Christmas! He is too funny, isn’t he? Anyways, I started on my list for Christmas knitting projects. There may be a new pair of feet or four that I will knit for this year and I am most excited to do so. Things are progressing nicely with the child I released for adoption. She has shared with her mother that we have been talking and her mother was so happy for her – as I knew she would be. Anyways, she has a crew of little feet for me to knit for and knit I will. I am overwhelmed at times with how amazing life can be. So, I had better get casting on for some socks post haste! As for my daughter (although it seems very odd to call her that) I am thinking a shawl that I have in progress will sit comfortably on her shoulders – hugging her each time she wears it. I have tried hard to rewire my brain to adjust to the name her parents gave her, she will always be something different in my heart, but her name comes more easily to my lips each day.  Life is so very good, my friends – so very, very good.

Well, I had better get moving on the day, have a good week one and all!  Go out and spread some joy in those around you in your journey this week!

The long and the short of life.

Or, how summers long days seem incredibly short!

Hello Everyone! I am sorry I have been absent from blogging – it is not that I have not thought about blogging but, I have been at a distinct loss as to what to blog!

Work is going well – I am finding my rhythm each day and I am loving my job more and more!

Life at home, however, has not been flowing along as smoothly. With the Great Flood of ’08 came much disaster. Water in the lower level more than once, I am afraid to admit. That brought about the Great Insurance Company Debate and after they denied the claim the Flood Wars began. The Flood Wars raged on for several weeks, during which time the Great Purge began. Yes, getting rid of wet stuff, dry stuff that needed to go, finding new homes for things that I wanted to stay, and working on Project Organization. Purging is good for the soul, and I had to stop myself occasionally to keep things that I would want in a saner moment. Now, Flood Relief 2008 has arrived and the Rebuild Contingency will arrive in full force on Monday morning.

To say I am excited, would be an understatement. I am beyond excited!! Excitement will have a long way to go to catch up to me!

On top of all of that, I have been working on getting my butt signed up for school. I have been placed on the waiting list for the Nursing program at a local college. This will create some friction at work, but I think I may have worked out a solution that will work for both my employer and me. I will update you when I know how that is progressing.

To keep me sane and on a somewhat level keel, I have been spinning and knitting. I am working on several projects, which I rotate depending on my level of tiredness. I cast on Liesl when I saw Amy wearing it – I am working away on it. I am also working on another Clapotis and I fell in love with Hey Teach – so I cast that on as well. I am almost done with Hey Teach, it is a fast knit and I am knitting it in cotton – and hopefully will be able to wear it to the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan! I have the back done and am almost done with the left front. I should have it finished later today! Then to cast on the right front and the sleeves!!

Yesterday, on a whim, a friend and I drove over to Howell to visit The Divine Miss Beth and commune with a wee bit of fiber. In the “Staycation” theme – this is a brief trip. There were some fun people there from RedfordPhyl to The Knitter Guy. It was a great day and not too costly in the scheme of things. I did get a wee bit of fiber to work on spinning. We had dinner in Fowlerville with some of Sandy’s friends, it was a raucous evening filled with great conversation, good food, cold beer, lots of laughter!

It shocks me that we are into August already! This summer is truly speeding by. Try and take some time to slow down and enjoy the weather!

I had better get back to the trenches – I am making Peach Blueberry Cobbler to bring to a friends house for dinner tonight. A sweet summer treat!

Have a great Sunday all!

When Saturday is Thursday

Hello Blog Friends!

Please don’t fall off your chairs, but yes, it seems that I can find the time to post more than once a month!! Will wonders never cease. What I do wish is that on my days off I would not have a gajillion bloglines to catch up on. Oy. I am woefully behind on all that is happening in your lives!! It is a sad state of affairs indeed.

I am still electrified from my visit to Spinner’s Mecca last weekend and I have been enjoying my “10 Minute Spinning” breaks each day.  I am telling you, that 10 minutes is better than any yoga for calming my mind and body.  I got some silk hankies and I have been spinning them on my supported spindle in bed.  Mmmm, a new-found treat – spinning in bed!

On my agenda for today is to get this house whipped into shape.  I am craving some orderliness in my life and this house is not helping.  I did some major de-junking last week so the finishing this weekend should be a bit easier!  It is amazing how freeing it is to get rid of stuff!  I am going to stay on that path today and liberate the kitchen from all of it’s unnecessary clutter.  You will hear me singing “Free at Last” later on today!

This is my “weekend” and I am thrilled it is here!  Tomorrow I go for student orientation at GRCC and I am equally excited about that.  I will find out how many of my 23 credits will transfer over.  Nursing school, here I come!  The journey is beginning!

I don’t know how many of you have discovered Plurking – but if you have, here is me on Plurk – come find me there!

Have a great day, whatever day of the week it is for you!

When it rains it pours…

…or, does anyone have the instructions for building an ark???

Yes, we got about 11inches of rain in 24 hours so along with much of the midwest I have a flood again in my “garden level”.  I am thinking it needs to become the “pool level” and soon.

This time the water really won big time!  Carpeting, much of the dry wall, cabinetry, woodwork, and some furniture were all casualties of the “Big Rain of 2008”.

I have a whole new frustration with the morons insurance agents.  My insurance company tells me that it is my  condo developments problem – and it will be unless the water was running in from the windows.  Condo insurance says that we (the condo asses association) are not paying for content damage, that is in the realm of the individual policy holder.  Yeah.  End result is not good for any of us home owners.

The one bright spot in all of this is that I am not located in a city that lies along the Mississippi – if you do happen to live in one of those flooded areas, you have my sympathies and more!  I do have space on the sofa in my living room if you should happen to need a place to lay your head!!

As you can see, I am really failing at the time management piece of my life in a big way!  Work and flood has been consuming my life!

Add to that trying to keep up with teen aged children and pets… oy!  I have put in my request for 48 hour days so that I can manage to find at least 8 hours in which to sleep!

On top of all of this – I have received 2 swap packages that I am most lax in posting about!  I will attempt to upload photos later today – that is if I can find the cord for my camera!!

First off was my most amazing package from my May Day Swap pal!  (Who also happened to be my Special Swap Pal!!)  In my package were the most gorgeous socks knit from Dream In Color Smooshy sock yarn.  Oh. My. Goodness.  These socks make my feet want to sing (can you hear “Oh Sweet Mysteries of Life” in the background????) Yeah, they are that amazing!  Keri, I love them!  Add to that the great gifties that she included in the package – yowza!  As if the socks were not enough (and trust me, they are!!) She sent me a skein of Smooshy for my stash!  Some dark chocolates to pamper my sweet tooth, some Burts Bees Hand Creme, and the most wonderful “Sock Bag” that she made!  A phenomenal package!!  Thank you, Thank you!

Then, Keri sent me my Sweet Swap package – and again, she has spoiled me completely!  Tucked inside of a lovely sea grass basket were some incredibly sweet treats!  A group of lovely wash cloths, some Numi teas (I love Numi Tea!!) some more dark chocolate (much needed with all the chaos going on here – when in chaos, each chocolate!!),  a sweet smelling candle, some gorgeous amber colored honey to sweeten my tea, a   beautiful mug, and some gorgeous indie dyed sock yarn – Miss Babs in the “Yummy” colorway.  A very sweet and yummy package indeed!  Thank you, thank you, thank you Keri!

I am still in communication with my released child – things are moving along smoothly.  So, even with chaos in my house – there is peace and joy in my soul!

Yesterday, I took some time out to head over to see The Divine Miss Beth in Howell to celebrate Summer Solstice with a bit of a spinning break!  Jillian was there as well, so I was in the Zone of Fun!  There was plenty of spinning time – I even got to spin on her Jensen.  Wow.  There are not words to describe – but there may have been some singing.  Yeah.  Nice wheel.  Lots of fun people – lots!  Even Abby graced us with her presence!!  She gave an impromptu spindling lesson to Sandy – and watching the fiber dance from Abby’s fingers is pure magic!  Truly a nice break and a beautiful start to the summer!

And speaking of breaks, I think that I have had enough of one.  Time to get to work – housework!  Have a great Sunday all!

Hello, It's me!

No, I am not dead or wounded nor have I left the planet.

I am just really trying to find balance with work and life. Unfortunately, the computer is loosing the battle.

As you all know, I was gainfully unemployed for almost 6 months – a long time to live on little. And, my savings seriously dwindled to nothingness. Thus, I have been working extra shifts any time I can to help build back up a “rainy day fund” – small as it is with gas prices these days.

The dogs are not coping well with 12 hour shifts, which really equate to 14 hour shifts for them. So, it is difficult for me to come home and jump on the computer to catch up with all of you when they are raring to go “do” something. I have just a couple of hours most days for “me” time and that me time needs to include laundry and a trifling of housework every now and then.

Please don’t all think that because I don’t answer your email or I am not blogging that there is nothing going on – it is just a time crunch and there are other things that have been winning on that front!

Add in to this mix teenagers and aging parents and as you can see my week is not long on “extra” time.

I have had many a blog post that have rambled around my brain, but alas, they have not made the “published” column and won’t probably. I can tell you this that knitting and spinning are still what helps me keep my sanity – and I get precious little time to do them either.

In the plus column – school is done for the year!! I am happy to report that we all made it through exams – even the mom unit! My daughter dislocated her shoulder quite severely this spring and thus she is still on limited activity and in physical therapy. This kept her from playing in orchestra – so her exam consisted of writing a massive paper. Oy. Lots of nights of writing and just as many editing and the outcome is still in the wings. Her teacher was going to let her know today how she did. Kind of scary when she plays so beautifully – this is her “easy A” class. Writing, not so much. So, we wait on pins and needles.

I have been working on returning to school myself and was shocked to find out that I have 18 credits that may transfer in their entirety and I am still waiting to hear about an additional 5 that may or may not transfer – but, holy cow – that was most certainly a shocker. I am driven to get a degree and be working smarter not harder. A degree will equate to the ability to live on less hours because I will be making more money!

See, I told you all that I have been busy!

As for knitting content – I am working away on some projects from More Big Girl Knits – I love this book. I really love Jillian and Amy for creating a book that has knits that fit those of us that have a bounty of body! Great patterns! So, each night I knit a bit and relax away the days tensions. I also have knit another EZ Baby Surprise Jacket for a gal at work. Again, with Koigu KPPM – I had enough left over to make Saartje’s Booties and a garter stitched hat. They should be out the door this weekend and in the hands of the expecting mom!

Now, for the news of a lifetime. I never in all my life expected what happened yesterday – ever. Twenty six years ago, I released a child for adoption. It was a time in my life that I was not prepared for parenthood in any way, shape, or form. So, I released a beautiful baby to the family that had been waiting years and years for a baby. I left the files open, but I never, ever expected to hear from that child. It was not that I did not want to talk – it was rather that I knew that this child would be loved tremendously and there would be no “void” for me. To say that I have often thought of this child would be a gross understatement. I thought often and prayed mightily for that child. So imagine my shock and amazement when I listened to a message from an officer at the Oakland County Courthouse yesterday. Imagine more of my amazement when I called back to leave a message at 8:30PM last night to have the phone answered! So, after some pretty amazing conversation – it seems that this child faxed in a request for information on the 2nd of June – and on the 4th of June I was contacted! The Oakland employee told me she was going to make a phone call and she’d call me back. An hour later she did! It seems my long ago released child does in fact want to get in touch with me. The Court employee told me that I would be receiving a letter. I hung up in shock and amazement. I had barely put the phone down and it rang again. It seems that this child is as impulsive as me – no letter writing there – a direct connection. We talked, and laughed, and cried, and talked, and talked, and talked for over an hour.

As you can probably imagine – I got little sleep last night. I spent most of the night giving thanks to God for this most precious gift. I have spent most of the day giving thanks as well!

And, this child called again today! Wonder of all wonders. And, hearing that child say to me – “Hello, It’s me.” made my heart sing with joy.

I will let you all know when I come down from Cloud Nine – although I don’t expect it to be too soon!

I will try and keep you all posted on a more regular basis. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Have a blessed evening everyone!

Oh… and I do have an extremely delinquent post about some gorgeous May Day Socks that I received from an amazing May Day Sock Pal!!

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