Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Humming along

So I've been swatching. Yep, the pattern I bought is so good that it gives you a sample swatch to knit first. I can tell you it has been interesting. Shhh I think I did part of it wrong so I am pausing to see if I should just carry on or fix it. I mean it is only a swatch that I will be ripping out anyways. Think of it as a guideline.

I have managed to finish a pair of socks and a pair of slippers. The slippers I made a bit big so I can throw them in my purse and take to people's houses and wear over my socks. I am going to have to fix them I made them a tinge too big. The socks are lovely though.

I also swapped out my broken hard drive on my old laptop. Now I just need to take it to get the operating system installed and I may be back up and running. Is anyone else missing pictures of my knitting here?

I went to a knit night at my LYS and was ignored by the resident cat. She just had to put me in my place for ten minutes. She came back and jumped up, and we had a lovely cuddle/petting session. At one point in time she was looking up at me while I was rubbing her chin, I have not seen a cat look that happy for a while. I know I have not felt that particular joy for a while. To say that it was nice is an understatement.

I am planning on going to different knit night tonight. Alas there is no resident cat at this shop. I wonder if they have a suggestion box. Is "Needs more cat hair" a valid complaint/suggestion?

I tell you it is hard getting used to a new grocery store. You don't know where anything is and they don't carry any of the brands that you're used to. It is amazing that I can cook dinner here ;)
On the plus side the check out girl asked if I wanted to use a $10 off coupon. Yes please. So dinner with a discount!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Getting to the new normal

Well we are getting there slowly. We rearranged the living room into more of a living space. The downstairs bookshelves are full of books and I've vacuumed. I guess this place is really starting to be home.

I am still looking at kitties but took a bit of time off from it. It has proven a bit harder than I thought it would be. I think I needed time to adjust before really being open to two new totally different furballs. I needed to get to a place where I am not replacing Gus and Jack but opening us to new family members.

Plus we've had a few 100+ days here and I needed a bit of space to myself. Did I already whine to you about the lack of AC in our apartment? Well it is better now since I am adjusting but still, it is hot. Well not right now but you get my drift.

We've been out exploring and having some fun. We've been to the coast. It has been long enough now since the cross country drive that the 45 minute drive to the coast did not even phase my car and me.

I found a lovely new yarn store and finally bought yarn for something I've been wanting to knit since I saw it, Catkin. Hmm maybe I am missing the furry bodies more than I knew, CATkin? Anyways I went a different direction than I thought I would. I like a bold color with a muted neutral with this, but I ended up selecting a very pretty but not as bold blue and a lovely grey. It was from a somewhat local to me dyer. Hey I love trying all the talented peoples yarns. What better way to get to know the area than yarn? I'm sure I will be casting on soon.

I've got three different socks on the needles now. I also used one of my Too-Hot-to-be-Home days to spend some time at the library updating my knitting journal. It is up to the start of the year, ahem the start of 2015, ahem. Yeah I was very far behind!! (Still Am!!)

We found another location of Powell's books near us. I love Powell's books, the new books can be sitting next to the used ones. I always like to flip through and get a old copy. I got a book that I had been looking for but none of my libraries had, and a new card game for us to play. Our friends in NY had introduced us to the card game FLUXX. So I talked the Hubby into getting the Monty Python version and enjoyed it.

Plus it got us talking over lunch and I told him there is a board game museum here. He promptly looked it up and we were off to play. Guys, it even smells a bit like a basement. I talked him into a tea hostess game, yep he missed me, and I played a submarine game with him, yep I missed him.

I found my ipod and am able to listen to audio books again in the car. Yippie! So I started back by listening to My Grandmother Asked Me to tell You She is Sorry by Fredrik Backman. He is also the author of A Man Called Ove, which I still adore and may listen too again soon. I don't love this story as much as Ove but I am enjoying it.

Well I think that is about as much of an update as I can give. I do believe I should get ready to go look at some kitties. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Is it real?

The transition is (sigh) ongoing.  We have created increasing pockets of sanity in our apartment. The kitchen is coming together now that I found the silverware and we have more that two place settings. The bedroom is still getting there too. The clothes are hung and we've been sleeping in the bed since day one. Ahh bed you feel so good after a long day of moving things from here to there. 

I'm starting to get to know the neighborhood. I've been to three different grocery stores and sadly none of them have a decent stock of scone mixes. We found an acceptable one but nothing to write home about. I don't think I will be making any special trips for it.

The farmer's market is just a few blocks away! The fruit is amazing. I didn't think I liked blackberries till D had to get some. I may have tried to steal them away till he distracted me with peaches. That was after we had some great tacos, beans and rice. Yep they have lunch vendors too. I think most of them do, but next week I am trying Ethiopian food. I may just have to sneak down to the English baker and get some scones before church. Oh the choices I face...

I stopped into the LYS under the guise of needing the yarn D bought me wound. What? I can't make my swift work right now. I'm trying to figure out how to fix it so it will attach to a table again. We all know how urgently I needed that yarn wound up?!

I've got a library card and have checked out some books. That always makes me feel better. We also did a library tour because why not, it is my home away from home.

D is pretty happy to be getting home cooked meals again. The zucchini was just too good to pass up too. I cooked it up with some other veggies, poured it over some rice and threw on some mozzarella and called it dinner. I think it was so good that he called it lunch too.

I have found the camera and the cord that connects it to the computer but I hate doing it that way. I am hoping to talk hubby into a new laptop soon. I really need to pull out the old brick and find out if she is really dead. She was a fine computer and served me well for many, many years.

Tomorrow I have to take the car in for some service and look at that it just happens to be down the road from a cat rescue organization. Wow it is almost like I planned it that way. We went to Petsmart last weekend and chatted up some people. I think once the house is set to rights I will need to hear some delicate feline feet running around. 

Well I guess I should go unpack a few more boxes, either that or I could knit a few rows...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Time to knit?

Ok so I threw in the towel this morning and just sit myself down to knit for a bit. The new place does not have AC. It does have multiple levels that all need to be unpacked and arranged. My legs submitted an official complaint to my body. No more unpacking or carrying things up and down stairs.

So my legs and I sat down and knit on a lovely sock while it was still cool this morning. Do you think I can sneak in a trip to the yarn store? Would anyone notice more chaos? It is not like I need more yarn, but some time among my people would be nice. I could throw on my nice big hat and walk down, surely my legs would forgive me if there was yarn involved? Although in this heat my fingers might be the next part to revolt.

My family was surprised to learn that I knit at the movies. Hmm maybe I should go do that. Apparently I would like to get out of the house to someplace that may have AC. Getting back to the story I do knit in movie theaters. As long as it is a nice plain sock, and we all know how many of those I have knit, I can let my fingers do the work while my mind wonders along with the story. Easy peasy unless you drop a stitch, I have been known to keep on knitting and hope I can ladder it back up later. Luckily it has worked for me so far. I mean worst case scenario is that I have to rip back and re-knit, Oh the Horror! It is not like I have ever had to do that with the lights on.

I found the grocery store yesterday and I know I am set in my ways but trying to figure out what my new brands will be is hard too. I kept looking for what I normally buy and it is just not there?! I did however have one of the best nectarines I've had in a long while. I guess the Northwest knows a bit about growing fruit. I'm looking forward to the farmer's market this weekend.

Well I think that about does it for today's report. I gotta go Google somethings.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Well I'm here, my hubby is here and all my stuff is here! Does that mean that I have really moved? It sure does not feel that way yet. It could be because I have ever so many boxes to unpack and figure out where it all belongs.

D took me out to Dairy Queen last night as a welcome home gift. And since I had not unpacked my suitcase the calories don't count. I was still technically on a road trip, and if sock yarn does not count as stash, road trip food does not count as calories.

Hubby missed me so much that he went to my new LYS (Local Yarn Shop) and got a few new beauties. And of course as referenced above they're not stash since they are sock yarn! Tell that to the two tubs of "not stash" sitting in my trunk waiting to be unloaded.

I'm sure I will have plenty of time to knit after I do all 345 items on my lists. Don't worry I will be able to get in a few stitches here and there. I can tell you that even though you spend many nights alone in hotel rooms there just is not as much knitting time as you think there will be.

That is OK I'm going to go see my Hubby for lunch. I have not been able to say that for a while. I'll be back with some pictures once I find the camera. I think it may be in the car still, or my purse or...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Moving is Hard

I know I should have put up a warning first. I did not want to shock you, but it is true moving is really hard work!

The hardest part was putting Gus down and being immediately swamped with other things to do. It kept us busy but I still don't know if I have really processed losing him. And because we started showing the house the following Monday we had to put all the reminders away. You know I rebelled against it, in secret of course. Gus' bed and some toys are out in my car. The first day it was in the passenger seat, but then I moved it to the trunk once I realized it may look like someone left a cat in a hot vehicle. Since I did not want to put up a note in the car, his bed is now safely tucked in the trunk. I can tell you it did bring me small comfort. I would love to still have my Big Tough Kitty here but we made the right decision it was time.

Otherwise it is really hard for little old introverted me to have strangers tromping through my house. Which also leads to the confession that a house this sterile looking could never be mistaken as my house under normal living conditions. We had to hide anything that really make it look like ours. We have the closets so packed right now, even my Tetris abilities are failing me. I mean really having a fan sitting out makes a room look that much smaller?

We had to be out of the house for all the showings, which means I packed up a project and took myself off to my home away from home, the library. It is the place that I ripped out my shawl on two different days. I swear this shawl is psychically linked to Gus. He always knew when I needed comforting and in a weird way this shawl is providing some comfort to me. It is an alpaca yarn that I bought many years ago. The first year I bought grey yarn and the second I bought green yarn. The grey yarn I knit into the shawl of comfort and healing.

Gus enjoying Mom's shawl in 2014

The green yarn will be a similar design, very simple garter stitch then a nice lace border. Well my friends, I cannot even be trusted to put in yarn overs every other row right now. I've ripped back the shawl five or six times now and that is in the simple part too. Luckily the yarn is holding up to the constant reknitting. Honestly, I think that I really need to be working with this yarn right now it does seem to bring some comfort to me. It is funny how yarn can do that sometimes. 

On the plus side my history of being a list maker is working out pretty good now. It is gratifying to be able to cross things off. Time is ticking down and all I can say is Thank God and Yikes all at the same time. I keep trying to imagine what life in the new place will be like but keep getting interrupted by thoughts of what leaving this place will be like. I am excited and sad. It is going to be very hard to leave this place that has been our home for over a decade.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I'm still here

We're working through our grieving process, again. I feel that I gave the situation and Gus' health a hard look. I had to admit some things to myself and Woah Boy was that difficult.

Gus had been declining so slowly and steadily that it made assessing his health all the tougher. We adjusted to every new normal that we had to, for which I will always be thankful. We got at least five bonus years out of him. Granted they were hard won bonus years but I will treasure each of the memories.

I found out just how tough and weak I am. Now was the time to admit just how weak we all were. Chronic illness takes just a bit out of you each time. Oh Hell it takes quite a bit out of you each time. It was so hard to look a pictures of young healthy cats and see the light slowly extinguishing in my beloved's.

Then the thought of what this three thousand mile trip would do to us. When you buy your first smartphone because you may need to have access to an emergency vet, you may want to rethink asking your beloved to make that journey.

It came down to hoping Gus would give up before I had to give in for him. That boy was never going to give up, unless you count not eating. He just could not face dinner time anymore.

He gave us his all and we gave him a peaceful way out.