Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wasn't that a Weekend

The May Long Weekend is over. Wow. Wasn't that a weekend???? All that lovely sunshine for a change & I didn't even get outside. I was at my desk doing a fast'n'dirty year-end GST tax return with a pencil & a calculator!! And coughing up half a lung while doing so. I've long suspected I traded one bad blood pressure medication for another a couple of years ago & when I hit allergy season this year, BINGO, the cough became constant. It was so bad last week that I couldn't breathe & went back to my puffer. It was like breathing through glue & I couldn't even walk to the garbage can without being out of breath - where's a family doctor when you need one??? eh?? Retired, gone, or working at a clinic that won't even let you in the door after lunch because they're full. And don't have an emergency because they shrug or tell you to go to Emergency. I don't want to be in Emergency with sick people on a long weekend!! Gah.
Dragon Cowl

So I stopped taking the blood pressure meds. It's taken two days but I can breathe again & I'm not coughing neither. Another $150 worth of medication in the drawer that I can't take. Whoopie. Guess I'll try the clinic again on a Thursday morning & see if I can get in.





In the meantime, not much yarny or fibery stuff is getting done!! Although my niece has Okayed the Pond Scum green fingering I bought, I'm not sure I want to make the lacy little cover-up for her. She's never been a girly-girl. She'd much rather be in the barn hunting for eggs than dressing for dinner. And lately, she's taken to farming like she'd been borne to it. Her hives are producing so much honey that she's selling it for some astronomical price & her free range eggs sell for $5 a dozen!! She's eyeballing herbs next. In 3+ years, she can take early retirement & be a full time farmer which she's seriously considering. I see no use for a lacy cover-up in her future unless she wears it over her overalls. But, she does love Dragons. So I found a dragonish Cowl that might look interesting in Pond Scum. At least she could wear it while hunting for those free range eggs.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

May Surprises

It's been a while since I last looked at the old Blog. What a bad blogger I am!! Actually, my life isn't that interesting these days other than to say it looks like I'm back in the paper-shuffling business more or less full time once more. I know how it all started - I was broke & on the edge of shifting my yarn to a cardboard tent in the park!! but I never intended to go back to working full time - just enough to pay the rent. But, that was then & this is now .  .  .  .  time to get really organized again since not only am I working full time but I've signed up for another Paleontology course at the University of Alberta. Ooops.

One of my greatest wishes through most of my working adult years was to go back to Uni full time. For someone who hated high school & dropped out as soon as she could, college was a revelation. Was I a poor learner?? Low marks?? Quite the opposite. I found high school boring & hated being held back to the speed of the slowest learner. College freed me. I could work as fast as I wanted & was constantly challenged. So, when courses became too expensive, I consoled myself with knowing I could take them all for FREE when I hit 65. I intended to be a full time Student!! The problem is that by the time I hit 65, I was working full time & the fibre bug got me. I still love Paleontology but my dreams are filled with yarn .   .   .   .

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Another Birthday

Today is my birthday. On Easter Sunday, too. I don't remember ever having a birthday on Easter Sunday. I remember having a birthday on the Saturday between Good Friday & Easter Sunday - it snowed that year - but never on the Sunday. And it isn't even raining on my birthday, wow, after all the rain we've had this year, this is a miracle!!

I thought I'd spend my time quietly, knitting on a pair of Purple Opal socks. Yeah, they're just for me. I always thought this ball of Opal was kind of plain which is why it sat for years in the 'yarn for me' basket on the shelf. It's purple & that should say it all, but I've always jumped on the brighter yarns, the wilder yarns or the neons first thinking Yeah, this is Purple but just ordinary purple, small-p purple. If you know what I mean. But it's been glaring at me from behind the bars of the basket on the yarn shelf. Somehow it worked it's way to the front of the basket & has been giving me the Stink Eye for a couple of weeks now. So Friday night, I sat down in front of the Tube & cast on 73 stitches for the first sock in purple Opal.

Mmmmm I'd forgotten how nice Opal yarn is. It's quite sproingy without being too soft. 
Soft yarn does NOT a good sock make!! But you don't want nasty rough yarn, neither.
This yarn is nice in the hands, easy to work with & loose baby, without being sloppy. And the color's on the pinky-purple end of the rainbow. Just nice yarn. And. Well, look at that. The splotchy yarn makes a pattern!! I'm ending up with bands of large splotches with bands of fine splotches. Mmmmm - I wonder how it will look with hot pink toes??