Monthly Archives: January 2015

One Week Later

Last week’s snowfall is now a memory. It was one for the record books; the last time this school district had a snow day was 40 years ago, when they closed the schools for one day. Last week’s snow resulted in two snow days for our school district! We also broke a long standing record for the most snowfall in a 24-hour period, one that had been standing since some time in the 1890’s, apparently.

The following three pictures were taken within a 24-hour period. And, for those of you who live in areas where you get a LOT more snow than we get? I know this doesn’t look like a lot; it really isn’t. We don’t really get a lot of snow here. Up in the mountains, yes, we do; but down here at lake level, we do get some but not like you get in the prairies or out east. You have my sympathy.

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flower boxes3I do have other things to talk about, including knitting. Where do I start? Well, after buying my Samsung tablet last weekend, I knew I needed to buy a cover for it. I looked at the covers in Future Shop, London Drugs, and various other locations but was appalled when I found out the prices. I cannot see paying about $45 for a cover so I went online. I found one at Amazon for less than half the cost of what I saw in the shops. Even with the shipping and taxes, it was less than the pre-tax price of the covers I could find locally. And it’s red. I love red.

I’m also waiting for a set of screen covers to arrive, probably next week. Incidentally, since I got the tablet, I’ve read two murder mysteries and am well into the third. I haven’t read this much in….. well, I don’t know how long. It’s no wonder I’m not getting much knitting done! One of my sisters turned me on to BookBub and I’ve been downloading some of the free books available there. As well, I’ve finally figured out how to download books from the library to the tablet. Right now, I’m reading “The Camel Club” by David Baldacci.

There has been some knitting, too. I finished a pair of fish lips kiss socks for myself. They look rather Christmas-y; that wasn’t necessarily the intention. I found a partial ball of red DK weight yarn, enough to make one sock, or the foot portion of two socks. Then, I came across a ball of white DK weight acrylic and decided to use the white for the heels. I could have used white for the cuffs, too, but it’s acrylic… not the nicest acrylic I’ve ever worked with. It even squeaked on the needles! I went back to my stash and found two balls of green DK, the same brand as the red. Both the red and the green have wool, possibly even 100% wool.

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The socks are a touch big on me but I’m hoping that a wash will solve that. I know that the heel won’t shrink but I do hope it will at least tighten up the socks a bit. They are, however, nice and warm and cozy. They’re meant to be worn around the house, in my slippers…. which need replacing soon.

One of the main reasons I wanted to knit these (other than the practical reason of keeping my feet warm) was to test the Fish Lips Kiss pattern on adult sized socks. I’m very pleased with the result, even though they’re a bit large for me. Realistically, I should have used a smaller needle (I used 3.25 mm, I think); that would have made the knit a little tighter; and for next time, I know to make the foot portion a little shorter before starting the heel.

Now, on with the day. There are letters to write, postcards to send out, dishes to be done, knitting to get to, a book to finish…. you get the idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It Snowed, It Snowed, It Snowed Last Night

That’s the first line of one of my favourite winter songs — It Snowed, by Megan Smith. In reality, it’s STILL snowing here. And, if John’s prognostications are correct, it will keep snowing for a while (he’s watching the storm on radar online). I do believe he will be heading out soon to do some snow clearing at the college, where he’s the off hours, on call, snow cleaner-upper.

It is pretty but I’m happy I have no good reason to be outdoors today. It’s the perfect day for staying indoors.

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I will admit, I’m not the best snow picture taker but these should give you an idea of what it looks like around here today. That springy little guy in the red coat  is Pongo, the 13ish year old, deaf dog who lives upstairs with S. He doesn’t mind being out in the white stuff… at all!

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If John’s reading the forecast correctly, we’re about to receive an accumulation of about 18″ over the next day and a half.

So, what does one do on a snow day?

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John’s wondering where the jelly went.

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I Love My Toys

I will admit to being something of a techno-geek. I love my electronic toys. I have a laptop; I have an iPod; and now, I have a tablet (I don’t have a cell phone, though… can’t see the need for one of those). I’ve been eyeing them for some time now, recognizing that my eyesight is… aging… let’s just leave it at that. As much as I love my iPod for things like music or audiobooks, it isn’t the best for things like knitting patterns, ebooks, or recipes.

This being the time of year of sales on all sorts of things, I decided it was time to splurge. John, of course, thought I was being a total idiot, wasting money on something I don’t need. Ah well, I intend on making good use of my new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 8.0″, 32 GB tablet.

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I’ve already added some apps to the tablet and have made sure to add the pattern I’m currently working on. I think I mentioned, didn’t I, that I received a new coat for Christmas? Well, a new coat needs new gloves. In my search for the perfect pair, I came across a Ravelry post that said Julia Mueller (aka Laris) was closing her pattern shop and offering all of her amazing patterns for free. As much as I hate to see that happen, it was too good an opportunity to pass up; I downloaded a bunch of her patterns.

A few years ago, I knitted her Knotty gloves; they’re one of my favourite pairs (I knitted them in an off-white alpaca blend). Julia’s patterns are well-written and gorgeous; she truly is a talented designer.

Of the patterns I downloaded, I decided on Bobbie. I’m using Lana Grossa Meilenweit Stretch sock yarn in a variegated denim blue/green combination.

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It’s mostly blue, with a little bit of green thrown in for variation. Seeing as my new coat is navy blue, I think this is just the right yarn. And, as a bonus, on the tablet, it’s easy to read, enlarge, and mark up the pattern as needed.

Yup, I love my toys; I am one happy girl!

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2015

Well, the Christmas madness is over for another year. I can’t say that I’m sad to see 2014’s back side. It’s been a year of ups (Kristen and the kids moving here, our 10th anniversary, to name a couple) and downs (the deaths of two family members and Zachary’s horrific accident). All of that is in the past now; it’s a new year and time to look forward to new things.

We had a marvelous Christmas; it’s so much more fun when there are children involved.

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Ringing in the new year was fun, too. A friend of ours is an amazing flute player and the band he is in played a New Year’s Eve gig not far from our home. It was a wonderful night of music, dancing, and catching up with some friends we’ve not seen in, quite literally, years. S, who lives upstairs, joined us for the evening, as did another couple. It really was fun to ring in the year with friends.

Now, it’s time to get back to normal. There’s knitting to be done – Trinity and Ethan’s slippers still aren’t finished. I’m also working on a new pair of gloves to match the new coat John bought me for Christmas. And then, there’s the knitting my son wants me to do for him, and….. well, you get the picture. I’m definitely back in the groove.

And that’s it…. the first post of 2015. I know a lot of people use this time of year to make resolutions; I’ve done that in the past and have decided not to do that this year. The only thing I will say is that I will do everything I can to make this coming year the best year I’ve ever had, in whatever way I can.

I hope that you, my friends, my family, my dear readers will have your best year as well. I wish for each of you a year filled with peace, safety, family and friends. May 2015 be a year to remember.

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