An Update about Me

I’m still here, though I can’t remember my last post. Yikes. There’s been lots happening, much of the knitting variety, much of everything else, too.

At the start of April, I had some minor surgery, emphasis on minor. I was having female issues and the surgery helped to resolve them. So there was me feeling like hammered poo as we were leading up to the surgery, then there was my recovery (which was blessedly short, actually).

My son took driver’s ed. In my state, if you’re under 18, you must take the class. There’s many other restrictions and requirements as well. He now has his learner’s permit, which he must keep for a minimum of 6 months and also log 70 hours before he can send off for the date he takes the road test for his driver’s license. I am *so* not ready for this.

My son taking driver’s ed sort of threw a monkey wrench into everything, since he had class 3 days a week, plus his driving time with the instructors.

I didn’t even make it to yoga for nearly 2 months! I made it last weekend, finally, and I also made it again last night. I think I have finally found the perfect fit for me and I can feel my passion returning.

I’m knitting, though I only haveΒ  2 FOs and no photos to show for it. Maybe tomorrow I can do something about that. Perhaps.

 

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

My drive home from work (2+ hours early) was uneventful, which I am so so thankful for. We’ve already had about 8 inches of snow and it’s still heavily coming down. The roads are dreadful and visibility is even worse.

I have a new office at work. Where I was sitting previously was a shared office and had a lot of traffic going through. It was nightmarishly distracting and noisy and I had NO space. Plus, I’m closer to the door when families come in, deliveries, etc. I got settled in today, mostly, and I’m starting to love it.

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And finally, I’m also working on a delightful poncho from Blue Sky Alpaca using Blue Sky Alpaca Extra in red. I’m just loving it. I’ve never done a three needle bind off before, so I’m looking forward to something new. Β And the yarn! So lush! I just love it.

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Kitchen herbs

I have a very roughly built raised bed at the corner of my house that my son and I built last year. Last year I put annuals in that flourished and looked beautiful, but this year I couldn’t decide what I wanted there. I thought about holding out until fall and planting bulbs for next year (with annuals again for the summer). I thought about perennials. I thought about a lot of things.

But then I got the kitchen garden in and realized I left myself no room for any kitchen herbs. Oops. I’ve tried an herb container garden. It didn’t go well.

Viola! That’s what I’d do with this bed. Put my rosemary, thyme, oregano and chives there. So today, I was on a mission. I got all of those, plus basil and sage. I bought compost and good soil and snagged some newspaper from my MIL and laid everything out, except for a plant from my husband’s aunt that I need to move in the fall. This should be perfect – it’s right by the front door!

And here we have a before and after. I did extra chives and basil because we use those the most often. NOM!

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Tis Shiny!

The new laptop arrived last night and so far, I’m rather in love with it. Windows8 isn’t bugging me nearly as much as I expected, though it’s still not my favorite. I am still getting used to the keyboard, though, and keep having some interesting typos. I still have some files to get off my old computer, but will do that later. The critical ones made it to Dropbox before the last shut down. πŸ™‚

In the meantime, I have a LOT of posts to wade through (I tried on my tablet, but it wasn’t cutting it). Is there anything you want me to make sure to see? πŸ™‚

Now is your chance to say “Hey! Check out my post!” πŸ™‚

And this? Is the new baby, so named Stark. πŸ™‚

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There should be a witty title here

There has not been a lot of knitting the last few days.  I coughed and pulled a muscle in my chest and have been incredibly uncomfortable.  It’s a bit better today, so hopefully I’m back to my knitting self soon.

I’ve had a wicked time checking in.  I can check on my phone or tablet,  but it’s not ideal so it’s a pain.  I did order my new laptop today,  so by midweek I should be back to normal. 

It’s going to be quite a change though – going from Linux to Win8 (gag! – be glad for Win10! )

Woe

My lap top is not new. To put it in perspective,Β  I bought it shortly before Windows Vista came out. I was determined not to have Vista, so I bought it from Dell during the brief time they sold Linux factory installed.Β  I adore it. It’s nothing fancy,Β  but it’s my baby.

Through the years, I’ve updated my OS version, changed the hard drive,Β  added RAM ( my motherboard is maxed), changed the key board (twice?).

Now his fan is slowly dying.

He’s old. He’s tired.Β  Poor baby.Β  I need a new one soon but I don’t want to spend the money.

ETA:

I previously posted that I did it before Win7 came out. Not sure what made me do that, but I was trying to avoid Vista. I actually like 7. LOL

It just keeps snowing

We have about 4 feet of snow accumulated. Want to guess what it’s doing today and tomorrow and Tuesday? If you guessed snow, you would be right. Depending on which channel you watch, we could get anywhere between 6 inches and a foot between now and Tuesday. Being the hardy New Englander that I am, I’m just going with “Going to snow like whoa.”

My poor house and shed. They’re getting buried! πŸ™‚ And yes, you do see a backhoe in the first photo. We needed it to move snow banks back. We’re running out of space for it all and we still have 2 more months of snow, possibly.

So now the question is. What do I bake? I’m thinking about trying an almond meal paleo bread, to start with. πŸ™‚

 

In Which I Cry Uncle

I have lived in the Northeast since I was 4 and my parents grew up here. Normally, I love snow and winter and crisp, clean air. But right now? I’ve about reached my limit. We had the blizzard a week ago and got about a foot and a half. We had another Nor’Easter Friday and Saturday and got another foot. Today? We’re getting another foot, then tomorrow will be decent so we can clean up – Just in time for another storm Wednesday into Thursday! (and it’s supposed to dump about what we’ve gotten today, too) There’s even the possibility of another one over the weekend.

Truly. Enough already. It makes it hard to plan ANYTHING and it’s getting very difficult to get things cleaned up between storms.

This was my house this morning before I left for work. Before Storm #3. Enough already.

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Employment Update

Shh.. I know, I know. Not one, but TWO personal posts. Ooh. Although.. this one does sort of tie into knitting. LOL Loosely.

I haven’t been around much since the start of the year because work has been absolutely batty. And along with this battiness, I was asked to go full time, which brings my free-for-knitting days down to 1 day a week. Yes, I’m working 6 days a week. Yes, I am insane, except I love both my jobs.

For one of my jobs it is pretty obvious why I enjoy it so much – it’s once a week at my LYS and it’s like a bit of fiber heaven when I’m there. πŸ™‚

For the other job, if you could quirk your eyebrow at me, you probably would. The one I just began working full time at is a funeral home. We’re fairly large, the largest in our state, and we have a good reputation. We work hard for that reputation. It may seem incredibly weird to say that I work there but.. I do. I work in the office upstairs, one of those people that almost no one ever sees but without us, nothing would run smoothly for the families we help.

Is it sad? Oh my word yes. There are some days when you get a call that just rips your heart out.

But what makes it worth it? Is when you can do something so simple in part of preparing for a service for the family and it gives them just a hint of a smile. To help ease them in what is the most difficult time in their life. I like to think we help just a little bit.

So yes, for 5 days a week, I’m at a funeral home, for one day a week I’m at the yarn store – and all of this severely cuts into my knitting time. Plus. I’ve just been knitting hats. You can only see so many hat pictures. πŸ™‚

Snowmageddon

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This was the view outside my front door when I got up this morning. At this point, it’s only been snowing for about 3 hours and we already have several inches, though it’s hard to tell because the high wind is blowing it around so much.

Everything has closed today, including my work, and for a change people are heeding travel warnings and staying off the roads.

So far, we still have power and internet, so I’m good to roll. If we do lose power, the generator is stocked and all major housework has been done and there’s allergy friendly left overs in the fridge we can heat up, plus plenty more food.

Who remembers where I live? πŸ˜€ As a refresher, I’m in Maine, so we’re right in the middle of that huge storm. We’re due for over 24 inches of snow and we’re well on our way. Fun times!

Anyone else that’s in this storm’s path, stay safe. Stay warm. And don’t forget your knitting. πŸ˜›