Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The saga continued

When we last left our intrepid home owners the kitchen was kaput!

Every day was an adventure. What was worked on today? One day we came home and we had upper cabinets and a wider entrance way. It was a very exciting day.

The next day we came home we had lower cabinets.

Then the cabinets magically sprouted handles. 

Next they sprouted curious kittens.

OK so the kitten was not from the cabinets, he was just allowed to do a wee bit of exploring.

I'm not sure which I loved the most, my dining room table taking up most of the living room or all the microwave meals. I think I exceeded my allowed salt intake a few days. At least I did not feel like we were burning through all our money by eating out all the time.

That is one heck of a cluster. 

Next time we get measured for counter tops. I can hardly wait.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Socks on a Cat

Well since I can never seem to pin down D for his sock pictures, I called upon his stunt double Gustav.

First up we have Bittersweet Woolery's Frog Prince socks. With all the winter we were having I decided I needed something bright. Oh boy did these fit the bill. Good thing they were in my purse when I had to wait at the service station for a new battery. Winter killed off my old one.

Now the astute among you will note that the socks are in fact two shades the one on the left being more yellow while the one on the right is more green. I swear to you they were knit from the same skein of yarn. Now D has some totally unique super bright socks. Since he really is my Frog Prince.

Next up we have Gus modeling the first Pining for You sock from Socks that Rock Mediumweight. 
I did a nice little cable down one side since it adds a bit of excitement to a lovely plain-ish yarn color. 

This was not a warm day so Gus was not opposed to having wooly things draped over him. 

Finally my sock was still on the needles for the photo shoot and that does not make for a happy kitty knitting model so Jack nosed in to prove my knitting is kitty approved.

Now up on the needles for D is Mt. Rutsen Studio Margarita socks. I was saving this yarn for the dark winter days but somehow it missed the rotation twice now. I could not think of it sitting till next year, and since the grass may be uncovered it still is not growing yet. This color shall amuse me in the mean time. Totally not in my normal color selections but I am adoring it so far. Now if I could just find a cable to highlight the color.

I'm going to go feed the cats then look through a few knitting books

Sunday, March 29, 2015

On going

So when we last heard from our heroes (that would be me and D) they had one ripped up kitchen. Let's see what has happened since then.

Ah yes the decision that requires home work, new paint color selection.

I don't want to give away any spoilers but it is safe to assume the bigger color splotch is the color we liked best. The other one was a bit yellow and totally fades into nothingness in my opinion.

We had the old fluorescent light fixture removed.

And covered over. No more weird flickering light for us!

You can see the recessed lighting installed and the paint has gone up. Don't our old fridge and stove look especially pathetic sitting in the middle of the room?

However Jack always looks at the good in any situation. Especially when it includes big cardboard boxes for him to sit on. Why yes my home is in total chaos!

Well it looks like the recessed lighting is properly placed.

And since the boxes had disappeared, Jack found new ways to get into trouble.

Not bad for a little old man that is not quite as old as his elderly brother, Gus.

Check back again as our kitchen saga continues. You do all know there will be a big delay in posting the final pictures? I'm gonna bake my brains out for a couple of weeks once the kitchen is done. Ooh pictures of my baking on the new pretty counter tops. Oh I can barely wait! I've already pulled out my copy of King Arthur's Flour Baker's Companion and marked pages for testing. I am so going to make pineapple upside down cake, finally. I don't even know if I will like it, but I'm gonna try it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Quiet...or not

Really I have a couple of good reasons for being quiet here, but let me show you the one that says the most. 

This was my kitchen about a month ago.

  Yeah I know the 70's called and they don't want that kitchen either.

Then in one day my kitchen disappeared.

OK fine I marched on and made scones one more time in here. But once the choking dust puffed in I was done.

I officially hate cooking all my food in the microwave too. Hate it! I am very thankful to have it but it is wearing thin at this point. I miss real food not heavily salted food.

I have not uploaded more recent pictures wherein my kitchen starts to look like a kitchen again. It is thrilling I tell you, Thrilling!

Jack is more thrilled by the notion that he does not have to stay locked in a room with his brother. Closed doors are the Devil's work in his opinion.

Gus is taking the chaos better than I hoped. But don't tell him that, it will only lead to bigger Greenies demands. And that bill is pretty darn high as is.

Speaking of Greenies someone is giving me "The Look" right now. I don't even want to contemplate the consequences of unfilled Greenies demands.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Proof of Knitting

I thought you should see that there has in fact been knitting going on at my house in spite of all the other things that are keeping me from you. 

We may have to move D to a bigger sock drawer. His tally is still no where near mine but he now has a decent rotation going.

These lovelies are my first foray into madelinetosh sock yarn. I really like to test out the yarns first so I can see which ones are tougher for D's mean feet. Yeah, I'm testing them for him sure, you believe me right?

Anyways with a nice manly colorway called Whiskey Barrel they were destined to be his. Plus he waited patiently at WEBS while I picked them and few other things out. I believe in rewarding good behavior.

And speaking of rewarding good behavior, I knit up some Rhinebeck 2014 yarn already.

I think this is my new favorite colorway in Socks That Rock, it is called Tea and Alchemy. I love it so much that I want to buy another skein just so I can enjoy knitting it all over again. I found myself petting the leftovers this morning. Yeah, I'm weird like that, but ya'll knew that already didn't you.

Another pair for D found their way off my needles this week, but alas refused to be photographed. Don't worry I am planning to surprise them early one morning before they're awake.

I promptly cast on a nice springy yarn for a pair of socks for me. Spring is coming right? I've heard rumors, but am afraid to believe them. For heaven sake 20 fells like a Caribbean heat wave.

I'm going to go work on some other responsibilities now so I can enjoy my knitting later.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Balance, Ha It Laughs in My Face

So I am still finding my way with all this balance stuff. I presented my first report as a church officer. I spent some time congratulating a knitting buddy. I have started a huge project at home and it is not knitting related.

I am getting things done but blogging and exercising seem to be taking a hit. Good thing I am still finding time to knit or the world just might end. It is a little off kilter I can tell because I have three socks on the needles and none of them are for me.

Today my car looked at me, said NOPE and would not start. It is cold I tell you, and snowy. I have to be extra careful when I exit my driveway. The snow banks obscure my view, unless you want to see snow then they have it all.

My boys are fighting less and huddling more. If it drops a few more degrees they may just declare their undying love for each other. At least until spring hits that is.

I've been reading and listening to books and am on track for my 52 book goal this year. I just have to remind myself this is not the time to take up reading Stephen King. All of his words would wreck havoc on my schedule.

Ya see that? It is time for Gus to get a pill and me to go to bed. If I start the battle early I may just win the war. Can't tell I am watching MASH on Netflix, can you?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Getting Back into Balance

Why haven't I been blogging? Thankfully it is not due to Gus being ill. December and January are not great months for him but we know that and work around it.

I've been all out of whack because I accepted a volunteer position at church. That is in addition to my paid full time job. It is a behind the scenes position that I am teaching myself. I am working with software that is new to me and learning without a manual. Always fun!

It has been a very interesting ride and I am looking forward to settling in and doing the job. But man oh man is it cutting into my knitting time. I may just have to start knitting during church just to catch up.

I have been trying not so well to balance every old thing with the new huge time sucking thing. turns out I don't really learn by osmosis. Which is good because I would have learned how to be a sheep by now with all the wool I touch.

So last week I learned that I have to take care of new things, and still take care of my exercise, home and family. I had shifted my priorities to accommodate my new work load and it was time to shift them again. It turns out there are not grocery fairies like I hoped there were. At least I had enough toilet paper to make it through.

This weekend I devoted to getting some things done. It is still not entirely the way I want it but I got quite a few things done and am feeling more like myself.

And yes that new self includes being Legion trivia champs two months in a row. OK, we were co-champs in January but it still counts. February can be credited to my lucky Adriene socks. I guess they were lucky from the start.

Yep those are the socks that I made from the yarn Adriene sent me as part of a yarn swap. It is good to have understanding internet friends. Adriene, if you did not guess your package is late going out. It was one of the things that never quite made it to the scale for balancing. This week, I promise!