She is really good at cleaning out the vent.
She’s the only one that fits.
It’s a rainy day and I seem to be the only one up and about. Even Sweetums is sleeping. I started a pot roast. Sweetums really likes them. Me? Well, let’s just say that the thought of eating it for four of five meals does not appeal to me. This is one of those times when I wish that my children lived closer. But they need to live where they can get a good job. And I am not about to give up my little creek and the laid back way of life that is Lower Slower Delaware.
I seem to have these little balls of fur lying around today.
And some not so little.
We’ve been going out for supper the last three days and I’m hoping we won’t need to today. I thought about putting something in the microwave, but Sweetums said, “Let’s just get a burger.” I guess a microwave meal didn’t appeal to him either.
Frank cut off the peninsula next to the stove. It’s surprising how much that opened the room. The floor should be finished today. Well, it’s not really finished. Another section still needs work. The current stove goes and the new floor needs to be extended, hopefully, to the back door. I always thought carpeting there was stupid.
We are going to get a dual fuel range. I really miss cooking with gas and an electric oven cooks so evenly. I’m so glad we didn’t have a granite top on the side cabinets. It sawed in half very nicely to make room for the new range. Flo, as usual, has been helping.
Three trees went down on our tiny island. I hope that it doesn’t discourage the geese couple next year.
Other than leaves and branches everywhere, there wasn’t much damage around here. The creek overflowed into some yards, but that’s typical of any storm.
One of the advantages of a hurricane is being able to leave the western windows open. The girls loved sitting in the window, especially Cora.
Sunday morning, she was the first one out. Here she is, trotting toward me. It’s a wonder I was able to take this before she was on me for a back scratch. It’s also a wonder my camera isn’t covered in cat hair.
“What twelve-foot drop?” “I need to scratch my face!” She is fearless!
Not to be outdone, Miss Olive gave it a try. She said it was wet. She doesn’t like wet.
Flo (aka Princess) stayed in and finished Olive’s breakfast. Then she had, au lait sans cafe. Thank you, Miss Kraft. Some things you never forget.
Where was that boy during all this?
Watching rain and wind is really hard work!
I’m taking Komi knitting patterns class on Thursday and fancy heels on Friday morning. I have found suitable yarn and needles for my classes without having to buy anything. I have very few needles in the sizes indicated, but what I found will do. Most of my needles are smaller(for socks and gloves) or bigger(for sweaters). The same goes for my yarn— a lot of fine and heavy with little in between. Also, finding white or beige was impossible. Yellow will have to do. I’m just not a white or beige person.
Here’s the blue sock. Not bad for two days. I’m almost to the hell. I’ll have to play around with it a bit since there are an odd number of repeats. The swirls can get confusing. Next, it’s on to Sock That Rock kits or maybe not. I need more cotton socks for summer.
I finally remembered to reply to the comment I received on Rue last week. Have a look. I really liked it.
Like Father, like son.
Out all night AGAIN! No wonder she can’t keep her eyes open. She has only spent the night inside twice in the last ten.
Can I put my turtlenecks, fleece tops and cords away? Can I get out my shorts and sandals? I hope so. The last several days makes me want to do it. But, it’s not May yet. What to do. What to do.
These days, the only time I see Flo is when I get up in the morning and at suppertime. She likes to sleep on the porch furniture at night and in the bushes during the day. I don’t like her spending the night out, but she doesn’t care. Don’t tell me to keep her in. You have never been around this cat when she wants to go OUT! And it better be NOW!
I finished these yesterday and started another pair today. I’ve had some blue that is boring, but I found an interesting pattern in More Sensational Socks. I am thinking about making gloves with this leftover yarn. They’re always fun to make. And you don’t have to take off your shoes and socks to try them on. This can be done at knitting group, but not on the subway. It’s frowned upon for some reason. When it gets too hot to knit with wool, I’ll switch to Sockotta yarn. I’ve four skeins of the stuff and some Panda Cotton somewhere.
Cora has been trying to teach Rue back stretches, but he’s not interested.
He would rather hang out with his buddy, Gus. And what are they looking at?
Is that Olive over there?
The fit is good. It goes with my Stars sweater and my Eeyore jacket. What more do I want. Oh yeah. I love worms.
I started another hat. This one is orange. I actually own an orange coat. I am using the Sideways Grande Hat from Boutique Knits. My yarn seems to be bulkier than what they used. I’ve had to make a few changes. I should be finished in another day or two.
Flo is not at all happy about this.
I had to do it. I kept thinking about all that yarn in those cardboard boxes that I couldn’t see. I knew there was really good stuff in there. But I didn’t know what was where. I wound up filling fifteen clear containers. Sweetums was very helpful and even repositioned some of the shelves to efficiently accommodate the containers. I kept out yarn for four planned sweaters for 2011. The job took about three days. I was surprised at the amount of Colinette I had. Colinette anyone? I could make you such a deal!
I still need to organize the rolling carts. That’s where I plan to put all the smaller hanks and skeins. There are too many little drawers and not enough big ones. One section of twelve small drawers has become my new needle case.
I spent yesterday organizing my needles. When we were pulling out yarn, Sweetums found the rest of them. I knew I had more. I just didn’t know where. I dumped all of them onto the dining room table and arranged them according to size. First I did the circulars and then the double points. I managed to get most into their original plastic sleeves. I only had a few of each left over. Starting with the largest size, I looked at each one and determined which were worth keeping. I got rid of all the Pony Pearl(poor join, stiff wire, came apart) and most of the Susan Bates(kept the 11″ ones). I even have some Addi Turbo in there. I also added all my old metal double-pointed needles. I’m thinking about adding the large sizes since I haven’t used them in years. But. You never know.
I finally finished the cloche. I had to add the contrast band and flower. It didn’t look right without them. It fits well, coming down over my ears for those cold windy walks along the river. And I have almost finished the tam. Here, again, I had it half made and took it apart. I didn’t like the band. I should finish it tonight and might have a picture tomorrow, if I blog. Next up: an orange hat. But, wait a minute, I still have some of this yarn left. Maybe I’ll make a pair of mittens, too.
It was 19 degrees when I got up. By the time I was finally ready to go, it was up to 25. I don’t think it’s been up to freezing the last few days. I got out a turtleneck, sweatshirt and jeans. After I was dressed, I realized I should put on my silk long johns. Off comes my jeans and my handknit double-knit socks. I started to pull up the long johns and they caught on my poor too-dry skin. Out comes the body cream. Now my long johns are kind of stuck to my legs. Then I decide that my heels feel awful so they get lathered with foot gunk. Well, I can’t possibly put on my nice handmade wool double-knit socks now, can I? I dug out a pair of my old Orton socks. While I had the body cream out, I figured I might as well do my arms, so off comes the turtleneck and sweatshirt. Half an hour later, I’m finally ready to go. By this time, Sweetums has fallen asleep and the dog has died from utter frustration, but I drag them out anyway. I sure as shit wasn’t going to let all this preparation go to waste.
There was no wind so we walked down to the river. I was able to sit out on the pier for several minutes. It was so beautiful and so wondrously quiet. The sky was completely overcast. It looked and felt like snow was coming. We saw the first flakes while we were walking back and now we have about an inch on the ground.
Today’s lesson: As the outside temperature decreases, the number of pee balls in the litter pan increases.
I’ve made decent progress on my hat, although, I am not certain in what direction. I’m just letting it talk to me. I hope it knows what it is talking about.