Procrastination

Good morning and happy Saturday! I am so ready for spring. It has been a long winter in this small house working from home most of the week with dogs that can’t get outside long enough to get a proper tiring run. The recent warm weather has reminded me again of the downside of early spring. Moop. Part mud, part dog poop, and it’s everywhere outside!

A friend asked a general question on Facebook recently. Do you struggle with procrastination? My answer. No. I’m quite good at it.

Current proof: my green hat project. It has been sitting on the table in my craft room like this for a few weeks now. Well, not quite like this. It was balled up. I had to open it up to take the picture.

It’s next to me every day, all day, while I sit in that room at the table I set up for work, and underneath the violin on the wall that I take down to practice every day. Not having much of anywhere to go to even need a hat could be part of the reason I felt no rush to finish it. Having such a poor track record with personal project deadlines that I no longer bother trying to set them is still the biggest factor. It’s easy to lose track of how much time you have been working (or not working) on a project when it has no time requirements. 

This hat is on my agenda to complete this morning. It’s early and it’s quiet. The dogs have eaten and gone back to sleep. I won’t see them or Michael for at least a couple more hours. A good chunk of my day will be spent in the basement. I’m close to having space to use this loom and in anticipation of that, I’m going to clean up the parts and assemble it here where I have the space and the light to do so.

 

There are other things that I’ve been working on in anticipation of using this loom too. I’ll have more to write about those when I get closer to being able to use it. When will that be? Whenever it happens. I’m not even going to try and set a a deadline.

Have a great weekend! 

Oh, Bernie Where Art Thou?

Good morning and happy Saturday! What a fantastic week it’s been, huh? Less than three weeks ago the nation’s Capitol was being stormed by homegrown terrorists fed on hate and lies by the former occupant of the Oval Office and his seditious supporters in an insurrection that left a Capitol Police officer dead. Don’t ever forget that, and don’t ever let the lying traitors who amplified the hate and lies and the calls to overturn a fair election by any means necessary forget that they’re responsible. There needs to be accountability for that. Continue reading “Oh, Bernie Where Art Thou?”

On the road again…

Good morning and happy Saturday! Yes, happy. This was an indisputably shitty week, but it ended on a high note with Twitter and Google taking a firm stance against the lies and hate propagated by the shitbag in the Oval Office and his cult of terrorist followers. If we all shine more light there will be fewer places the cockroaches have to hide.

I took a drive with Jade on Wednesday to meet up with her handler so she could go out for several more weeks of shows. Continue reading “On the road again…”

Finding brightness in an otherwise dark year

Good morning and happy Saturday! 2020 is finally over and like pretty much everyone, I am really glad for that. It hasn’t been a good year. Not for anyone. Especially not for the more than 300,000 Americans who didn’t get to see the year’s end because of COVID. 

That I am even able to sit here and reflect on the past year and find any good in it is a privilege that too many people will never know. We are both still alive, we are both still employed, we are still in our home, and we are not drowning in debt. Continue reading “Finding brightness in an otherwise dark year”

It’s Jade’s Turn

Good morning and Happy Halloween! It will be an interesting night. We are never sure from one year to the next what our volume of trick-or-treaters will be. We buy the same amount of candy every year and I hoard the peanut butter cups and hand out the rest. I think we handed out everything (except those peanut butter cups) only once and I doubt that will happen again this year. I do know that Halloween and trick-or-treating as we have come to know it will be different this year, and that’s okay. I’m just glad it’s happening.
Continue reading “It’s Jade’s Turn”

Rhinebeck Memories

Good morning and happy Saturday! 

For the last week or so Facebook has been reminding me on a daily basis of all the good times I have had with friends over the years at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. “Rhinebeck” didn’t happen this year in a physical aspect that we have come to know it, and understandably so. It would be an impossible event to pull off. No amount of safety protocols would be sufficient.

I don’t miss those crowds one bit. I do miss catching up with friends at the festival including many who are vendors. I miss our annual Men’s Knitting Retreat Meet-Up which had been growing in size every year. I miss the smell of fair food and the sound of the Peruvian musicians everywhere you go. I miss the beautiful drive down and back on the Taconic Parkway. Really, this part of New York is absolutely stunning this time of year.  

I think most of all I miss having a house full of guests, even though it was often more people than a small house with one bathroom should ever have. We would retreat back to Albany at the end of a hard day battling rabid fiber fanatics on the fairgrounds to show off our treasures and share a home cooked meal put together by my awesome husband. A large meal too, because that’s how we roll here. There have been turkey dinners, ham dinners, corned beef dinners, and enough beef stew to feed an army, fresh bread, and a bottle of New York wine (usually purchased at the fairgrounds that day) or three. All topped off with something decadent for dessert. 

Rhinebeck was more like Amazon Prime day this year, and everyone bought their goodies from the comfort of their own homes, leaving ours unusually quiet for this time of year. I look forward to being able to fill the house with friends again. 

There is another reason this house is unusually quiet now too, and I’ll have more about that next week. 

Have a great weekend!

Did she just call me a…

Good morning, and happy Saturday! I saw my first flock of southward bound geese the other night. While we still have a few weeks to go before summer is over, we are now officially in my favorite part of the season. The end. I am really looking forward to some cooler days, and even cooler nights. The constant heat and humidity we’ve had this summer has been tough.

The one thing I think I have enjoyed most this summer was Continue reading “Did she just call me a…”

Un-hoarding…mostly

Good morning and happy Sunday! It has been some summer so far, and today it is going to be Really Hot. Be careful, stay hydrated, don’t leave your kids or your pets in the car, wear your damn mask when you’re out in public and cannot maintain a safe social distance.

Last Saturday I mentioned making some progress on cleaning out the basement. Over the course of 18 years of living in this house, it has become the repository for tables, chairs, rugs, dishes, dog crates, books, and a host of other things that we wanted to hang onto for some reason. I don’t like sending things to the landfill if they are going to be useful either to us or to someone else in the near future. The trouble with that is, more stuff gets moved down there than leaves this house entirely. The accumulation of stuff over time has turned the unfinished but usable basement space into an almost hoarding situation.


My intention was to have part of the basement to have space to use the great wheel I acquired with the Cardarelle that I eventually refinished and sold, and the floor loom in need of TLC that was given to me several sears ago. Over time, another great wheel and another floor loom were acquired, and more unused stuff from upstairs found its way down there too, and…you get the idea. That usable basement space became to full of stuff to actually use. 

Upstairs, my craft room has become more multi-purpose than before, mostly with the addition of my work-from-home setup. While my violin has been neatly stored on a wall hanger making it easily accessible for use throughout the day for practice, a music stand has become a permanent part of the room and I have had to shuffle some other stuff around on various shelves to make space for a metronome and some other accessories I would need for practice, as well as space for a growing collection of related books and other materials. Managing all of that within a 10’ x 1o’ room was getting challenging, and a lot of stuff has been getting packed into the closet where my yarn and fiber stash is stored. 

One of those things stashed in that closet that would constantly have to be moved to make my stash accessible is my Lendrum spinning wheel. It folds up nicely and has a has a nice bag for storage, and is really rather easy to move in and out of that closet, but the fact that I haven’t used it in years forced me to make a really tough decision. Yes, it was time to let my Lendrum go. Some of its accessories (the bulky flyer head and the quill head) have been living with the guys at Hickory Hill Fiber Farm for some time, so I offered them the Lendrum and the rest of the accessories at a very good price and they accepted.

I also offered them the in-need-of-TLC floor loom and one of the great wheels from the basement for free, which they gladly accepted, and they came last weekend to pick up all of those things.  That left me with one great wheel and one floor loom for when that basement space finally becomes usable again. But wait…there’s more.


I recently treated myself to the heavy duty jumbo ball winder that I have been lusting after for some time. Joe Wilcox had been bringing his to every men’s knitting retreat for years and everyone who has used it has fallen in love with it. One of my acquisitions from the tag sale table at last year’s spring retreat was a standing squirrel cage style swift, which I like so much more than my wooden umbrella swift, so I gave the umbrella swift and my plastic ball winder to a friend. I’m not sure if she or her husband was more grateful for that gift. Since she has started knitting, he has become her swift, patiently holding her skeins in his outstretched arms as she winds her yarn by hand.


I have a long history as an enabler when it comes to knitting, spinning, and weaving, and I wear that label like a badge of honor. Passing on the equipment and tools I’m not using enables me to more fully enjoy the equipment and tools I do use, and helps keep my already small space from becoming overrun by stuff. 

I’m going to close this post by admitting that I sat down to finish writing it early Saturday morning with the intent to publish it then too. I was distracted by Jade’s and Halo’s excitement over the activity at the house next door. The previous owners’ adult children were setting up the remaining contents of the house in the driveway to sell off. I was curious, so I went over to take a look, but mostly to chat. After a few minutes I found myself out of the $7 that has been in my wallet for months, and lugging home a box full of various colored thread and sewing notions, and a telescope and tripod setup. I felt a little odd continuing to write a post about un-hoarding after bringing more stuff into the house that I probably don’t actually need, but given the amount of money spent on them, they’d be handy and fun to have. 



Thats all for today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the week!

Project Progress

Good morning and happy Saturday!

I have made some progress this week on my sweater project. During a binge of the second season of ‘The Flash’ I managed to get the front and back pieces joined together with stitch markers in preparation for proper seaming. The stitch markers are attached at roughly the same point on each piece and as I work my way up to each, I should have no extra stitches on either side before the markers. However, since they are only ‘roughly’ the same point on either side, I expect to be making some adjustments. Both pieces are the same number of rows from the bottom to where the sleeve opening begins, so ultimately, there should be no extra stitches by the time I finish each side.




I am so glad to have this sweater closer to done. It will be a while before it is anywhere near cool enough to wear. We’ve had a hell of a summer so far. The kind of summer that makes owning a pool worth all the work. Too bad we took ours down this year. The wall was rusting badly and it was only a matter of time before it failed. I’m still not sorry to see it go, but Halo and Jade might be. Running around the pool chasing each other is one of their favorite games. We have plans for the back yard now that we have more of it to enjoy, and when temperatures make working in the back yard a little less grueling, I will get started on that.


During another evening binge watching the same season of the same TV show, I managed to finish the first sock from my my ‘Firecracker’ sock yarn from Dragonfly Fibers. These colors are simply stunning, and there is nothing like a handknit sock made exactly to your foot measurements. Like my sweater though, it will be a while before I need these, which gives me plenty of time to complete this sock’s mate.



We took a HUGE leap of faith a couple weeks back and stopped crating Jade while we are out of the house. We don’t go out often, and never for long. Jade and Halo have the living room and kitchen, and all the other rooms are closed off to them, including the room where the boys still have a crate for when we are out. Luckily, Jade has been a superstar about it, so I decided it was time to take her crate out of my craft room and reclaim that space. I set up the 32″ Kromski Harp that I acquired last fall at an estate sale, and pulled a couple of differently variegated yarns to weave a simple scarf. The fabric looks pretty much like I expected it would and I really like it. The hints of purple from the warp yarn add a nice subtle touch.




That is all I have for this morning. I have to log onto work soon and join a conference call for some weekend upgrade projects going on there, and then spending some time on our basement cleanout project, which I will have more on next week.

Stay dry today. Or not. Dancing in the rain can be fun but if there’s thunder and lightning, please don’t. Stay safe and healthy too, and wear your damn mask when you’re out in public and unable to maintain a safe social distance!