Thursday, November 2, 2017

Two months to go

On the temperature scarf, that is. Here's what September and October look like:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Too Early

That's when I got up this morning. I usually sleep until 7 or 7:30 (sometimes later), but I had my alarm set for 6 today, because of the awards assembly at Rose's school. However, I woke up about 5 and hadn't gone back to sleep by 5:45, so I got up then. Carmen and I left about 6:45, picked up Sara and Calla (age 2 years, 4 months) about 7:20 and got to the school in time for the assembly. The awards were for the scores on the state tests they took in May. Afterwards, while pictures were being taken and students, parents, and teachers were milling around in the gym, the principal asked Calla if she would like one of the balloons from the table the awards had been on. He even tied it to her wrist. Carmen says he did that so we could keep up with where she was. I think she might be right.

As if my car trouble last week wasn't enough, when I turned on the furnace Tuesday morning, it initially sounded like it was starting, but then it rattled and went THUNK!. Last time I had it serviced (3 years ago), the man said that one part really needed replacing. However, he did a fix on it of some type. That part is what gave up the ghost. A new part has been ordered, and I should have a working furnace in a day or two.

They say that things come in threes - I certainly hope not; I can't afford any more. 

p.s. As of about 4 pm, I have heat.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Car Trouble

Yesterday morning I left the house about 11 am to go to church and knitting, as I usually do on Wednesday. After the noon Eucharist service, I stopped at a Family Dollar store for some antifreeze/coolant and a couple of other things. When I got back in the car and turned the key, nothing happened. I tried it a couple more times, then called AAA. I sat there knitting for almost an hour before the tow-truck came. The driver tried several things, and finally got my car running. I backed out of my parking space and headed toward the exit. I hadn't gone more than 20 feet when the car just stopped - and wouldn't start again. The tow-truck was still there, so he towed me six blocks to Mercer's garage. The woman there told me that it would be this morning at the earliest before the mechanic even looked at it, and that if the problem was more than the battery, it would be early next week before it would be ready. So I walked half a block down the street to the knitting shop (wasn't I lucky there?) for knitting group.

I texted Alyssa and asked if she or Lexi could pick me up at the shop in a couple of hours. When Lexi came, she had her boyfriend with her - I wonder if he had ever been in a yarn shop before. I had her take me to her house to spend the night there. It is only about 10 miles from the garage; my house is about 30 miles. Sleeping on the couch, fully dressed, is not the most restful, but I survived.

I also gave Carmen my tale of woe. She later suggested that if the problem was just the battery or the alternator, she could fix it herself. So this morning she picked me up from Alyssa's house, and took me to Mercer's Garage. She had discovered that her multimeter was no longer any good, so she asked our neighbor Luis if she could borrow his. He left his office and met us at the garage. When Carmen went inside to get the key, they said that they would not charge anything for the overnight parking. Carmen and Luis worked on the car for a little while, and finally took the battery out of his car and put it in mine. It started right up, so we drove about a dozen blocks to an Auto Zone store. The clerk there checked my old battery, and agreed with Carmen's and Luis' opinion that it was the problem. So now I have a new battery and less money in the bank. It was good to get home about 24 hours after I left. 

Between what I did while waiting for the tow-truck and what I did at Alyssa's house, while she and her family were off in several different directions, I got a lot done on one of my knitting projects.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Temperature Scarf - Summer

June starts at the almost-hidden pink stitch marker at the left edge. The first blue marker is at the end of June, the second one at the end of July, and the knitting needle marks the end of August. Red is for temps in the 80's, burgundy for the 90's and bright pink for 70's.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

OK, Jim

A couple of days ago, my brother sent me a screen shot (I don't know how to do that) of my last post here, reminding me that it has been almost two months. I wonder if he's the only person who reads my posts.

I've gone to a lot of T-ball and softball games during that time. Both Lily and Brady played T-ball this year, and Rose played softball. The T-ball games are a bit hard to watch - most of the kids have no idea what they are doing. They stand there and look around, and Brady liked to play in the dirt and the chalk they use to mark the field. One time when he had gotten to 2nd base and his teammate hit the ball into center field, he started running after it with the kids on the other team. 

Rose's fast-pitch softball games were more interesting. By that age, the girls understand about playing positions. Rose needs more batting practice, and another year for things to become second nature to her.

A group of 'fiber people' (knitters, crocheters, quilters) are planning to 'fiber bomb' 16 trees around Market House Square in downtown Paducah for the month of September. I have knit a couple of pieces (about 12 by 20 inches ?), plus made several crochet chains which will be wound around some of the trees. I've also made a few flowers to be tied to the chains.

I told myself that was all I was going to do for this project, but in the past week I've crocheted 8 or 10 butterflies and as many stars, and two peacock feather 'eyes'. Then on Friday, while looking for something else, I came across a few dozen knitting swatches of various sizes and wondered if they could be used. So I took them with me yesterday when I went to the yarn shop for the first sewing session. They have measured the trees and cut paper to the required sizes, marking each 'pattern' with the number of that tree on a 'map.' Saturday, the ladies were laying out the patterns one at a time, filling it with pieces that we have donated for the purpose, and sewing them together. Some of my swatches were used to fill in between larger pieces. I didn't join in the sewing, but I did grab a ball of yarn that had been donated for the project and started knitting another piece. There will be another sewing session at the end of August.

I will be making more butterflies and stars, as well. Val was tying the butterflies, flowers, etc on the crochet chains, and said she had already used all the butterflies. So I'll take the supplies for that when I go to Alyssa's for the next two weeks (house sit, cat sit, be the adult in the house with the teen-ager) while she's away on business. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Once Again . . .

I haven't posted for a month - maybe I've been busy? Not particularly, although there have been band concerts and ball games.

The band Lexi and Devin play trumpets in had their usual concert at the school on May 8, then three days later, the Jazz Band, which Lexi is part of, played at a Mexican restaurant. In between there, on May 9, Lily graduated from pre-school. Brady's pre-school doesn't do a graduation. I guess they will both be in kindergarten next school year.

Then the t-ball and softball games started. Both Lily and Brady are in t-ball. I haven't been to any of Brady's games yet, but I have gone to several of Lily's. I've also been to several of Rose's softball games.  

Here is the May section of the temperature scarf:
We had mostly 70's (bright pink) and 80's (red), with a few 60's (light pink), and even two 50's (orange) at the beginning of the month. I guess we'll start having 90's soon.

Monday, May 1, 2017

April (and a little bit of March) knitting

Just realized that again I haven't posted for over a month. That means I didn't post the March segment of my temperature scarf, so here goes both March and April.

March is between the two turquoise stitch markers in the top picture; April is to the right of the stitch marker in the bottom picture.

In April, I also completed a blue sweater for great-grandson Brady,

four shawls (I haven't photographed the fourth one yet),

and a pouch for my cell phone.

When my daughter and granddaughter bought me a cellphone a few years ago, they told me I MUST have it with me whenever I work in the yard. That one fit nicely into a little bag I had made to hold eyeglasses, so I just added 'strings' so I could tie it around my waist or wear it around my neck and over my shoulder. Last year AT&T let me know that they would no longer support that type of phone after 12/31/16. However, they would give me a new phone. The smart phone (I'm still haven't figured it all out) they gave me is wider than the old one, so I had to make a new pouch for it. I used three little balls of leftover yarn, and knit in linen stitch, which makes a firm fabric.