Monday, January 07, 2019
But, today I got another message about my CREDIT. Being in a mood, I decided to trace it down & toss a wrench in someone else's day. I thought I'd better check & see what my balance really was at the legitimate website. And found, to my surprise, a $655.19 credit!!! It wasn't a scam at all. But how could I possibly DO that???? It seems my bill is just a hair under $60 a month & I went paperless about three years ago. The bill never changed. Since I only print off the page with the explanation of charges, I never actually LOOKED at the bottom line - I didn't need to, I paid in full every month!! Somehow, one month, I hit the 9 instead of the 6 & overpaid by $30. And then copied what was on my print-out every month following for almost the last three years or so . . . . I was advised not to bother paying my bill until Christmas.
On the Needles - I can't stand a begging man's tears!! Old Fat Ankles needs a couple of pairs of socks for his swollen feet so I've hauled out my ugliest Paton's 4 ply in greens/browns/yellowy tan & am rapidly manufacturing socks in an expanded size. Instead of my usual 72 sts for a man's sock, I went up to 76 & will add an extra couple of gusset increases as well. This should make a looser top & deeper heel for him.
Lara's Vest sits on my desk & I add a couple of rows here & there when I watch something on YouTube. My sweater is on HOLD until the socks are done.
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
I don't do RESOLUTIONS. I find that most people who do set themselves up for failure, right off the bat. I think I'll leave my money in my pocket & do something positive that's easy & good for me. Like taking my own TAKE-OUT cup when I go for coffee. I have a RED Starbucks cup that I try to use every time but it's a little small if you want extra large. And I take my own bags to Safeway. Yup, doing my bit!! Still using paper towels but they get composted.
I had a dream the other night that the landlord found me dead in my bed & threw out all my bins of yarn, roving & fleece!!! She had no idea of it's worth. She sent all my knitting books to the local Thrift Store & tossed my Old Indian spinner on the bonfire! Eeeek. Now, I have a huge stash of spinning & knitting fibre - yeah, & a lot of patterns to go with most of it too. I end up knitting socks instead of all the bigger projects because they're fun, bright & fast. I'm such a procrastinator. I like starting but sadly, not finishing. I'm taking that dream as a warning - this year, I have vowed to make no new purchases unless it's to finish an old project. And I will get off my arse & finish a new sweater for myself!
I think I'll cook more for myself this year too. I do love soups & stir fried meals. Both are fast, simple & full of good stuff. Much as I like dashing down to Church's Chicken for Chicken Tenders so I don't have to do dishes, it's just healthier to eat at home. It was easier to do when I had another person to cook for but I'm just as important. Sounds like a resolution, doesn't it???
On the Needles - Lara's vest progresses slowly. Since I'm hauling the Ex to two eye appointments later this month, I will take it & work on it while I'm waiting.
MY Sweater - Yup - dug in the basket, chose the one that's the closest to being finished & pulled it out to work on it. I already bought the B&L yarn in RED to make another so I think I have to get serious about this.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
The whole Christmas thing isn't fun anymore. I get more letters begging for money every year than the year before. Someone heard I'm now printing my own, I guess.
So this year I hid out. I stayed home & listened to the latest book in Michael Connely's Harry Bosch series. It's actually the second in the new Ballard & Bosch series but number 20 something in the Bosch series . . . they also connect with Harry's younger brother, Mickey Haller in The Lincoln Lawyer series as well. Anyway, I love the stuff. Harry's not a 'shoot-em-up' cop, he's a thinker, a researcher & a picker which makes the novels so good, IMHO. I was going to get the latest book in Craig Johnson's Longmire series as well but the reviews are awful so I got a couple of Star Trek books instead. I like to listen when I'm knitting or doing data entry but I seem to be doing less of both these days. The only other option is listening in bed when I can't sleep at night. LOL I've become an official Old Fart. Three hours sleep & I'm ready to go. Five hours if I'm really tired. So I listen a lot in the winter when it's too cool to get up at 4:35AM.
I did go out for dinner on the Saturday before Christmas with my Ex for fun. Usually he goes with several friends to a couple of Christmas Dinners put on by local Churches but he decided he just doesn't want to be bothered driving this year. For a guy who sweated blood all summer worrying about losing his driver's license because he was turning 80, he sure doesn't drive anywhere to justify all the stress!! I managed to get him out for lunch though & the cafe owner told him they would deliver any time. Normally, they're closed on Mondays & holidays but were open this year on Christmas Eve due to Customer requests, so I made sure to go back on Christmas Eve & order take-out for two days!! Why not?? Chicken & broccoli tastes good any time!! They were smiling a whole lot when I went in mid afternoon even though the cafe was empty because they'd just cooked up a take-out for 70 people!! I guess that single order paid for the trouble of opening. Now that's Christmas Dinner!!
I bought myself a pot for Christmas. It's actually a two litre pot with a handle on one side & a spout on the top of the other side with a domed glass lid. It's a Curtis Stone pot. The moment I saw it I wanted it! It's perfect for miso soup or a cooked pudding or gravy or anything else you want to heat & pourl! It will cook a dozen eggs at the same time for egg salad. Perfect for hot brine for making small batch pickles! I can think of a lot of uses - I love the handle & the spout means no more drips. I've wanted one of these for a long time but never saw a small one anywhere. I'm not big on pots. I have a dutch oven, a pressure cooker, a tiny pan for cooking two eggs & a stir fry pan. I gave everything else away because I just didn't use them. I don't cook a lot anymore since there's only me. I've even tossed the toaster because I didn't use it. I do like a coffee machine - I make tea in it because I like loose tea - but I've been making do with a coffee carafe on a trivet on the back burner. What I really need is a big Brown Betty tea pot instead. And if I didn't use the microwave to make my oatmeal, it would be gone too!
On the Needles - Just finished new ribbing on two pairs of my old socks - I put my thumb through the right hand ones pulling them on when my damn knee was acting up!! I really, really didn't want to have a darn in the middle of the ribbing . . . . so I cut off the ribbing on both socks & knit a new one. Piddly, fiddly work on dark days but I can wear the socks again. Knit new toes on another pair. All my old socks are getting toe holes. Most of them are 15+ years old so I guess it's about time since they've become thinner & thinner as the years've gone by.
Lara's vest/sweater is on my desk & I try to put a couple rows on it every day when I'm watching the Time Team or Art Investigators.