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Plodding along

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Today was the last day of finals at the law school. We have nine days as opposed to the five days for the major part of the university. I had five exams I was proctoring. Most were three hour exams with two four hour ones. That meant I had a lot of reading/knitting time. I am beta testing a pattern (almost done) for a designer. Most of my knitting on it was done while proctoring. I would use my phone as a book weight to hold my book open and read and knit at the same time. Went through 4.5 books since the start of exams. I did read more than just in exams. It is not normal for that many books in that short time.

Wishing everyone a great holiday time!

  
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And more wildlife

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Last night I made a flying trip to my parents to pick up some papers. Fortunately I was driving slower than the speed limit when a doe crossed the road (well-traveled road) a few yards in front of the car. She was in front of me and passed before I really registered she was there. Lots of fun, now that it is full dark by 5:3opm!

The moon looked great. It is waxing gibbous but was clouded from storm clouds. Very ethereal quality.

My current knitting is a pocket for a sweater-vest for my dad. A few years ago I knit one pocket and now he wishes another. I have a meeting this afternoon and I think I can finish it. 6.5" x 5" in black. Not taking long at all. If I can finish this today/tonight I can sew it on tomorrow afternoon when I am there to defrost the freezer! Score!!

  
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BUMBLEBEE-RN 11/4/2014 3:02PM

    Yikes! Be careful! It's that time of year for the deer to be on the move. Two of my friends have already had a deer/car collision.

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Wildlife while walking

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Now that the time has changed walking--long walking only happens on weekends. Soon it will be dark when I go to work and when I get out. Today I almost left it too late. But when I was walking at a favorite park a dog walker told me there had been a deer on the path earlier. I kept watching. As I was on the last leg, nearest the largest stand of timber, a young buck came out and crossed the path about 50 yards ahead of me. I stopped, he stopped. I did not move, his head swiveled to look at me since I was upwind of him. After a few minutes he turned and bounded back the way he came. A nice end to the day!

  
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USMAWIFE 11/4/2014 3:49PM

    I hate these time changes which make it so dark at night

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Weaving Weekend!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The last two Saturdays, Wednesday, and today had huge chunks of time spent threading and making ready three looms at a museum and historical village for this weekend. It is the fall festival and I have been weaving on one loom for approximately 25 years, each September. This year I was also tasked with setting up and being certain that the looms in the loom house were set up for other weavers to work on. One has a small bit of warp that could be a runner. The second one has a red and white warp to weave two scarves; one that is red/white squares (red 10 threads and white two); the second will be woven all with red so it will have thin white lines running the length of the scarf.

Rugs will be woven on "my" main loom. I have been working over the past two months cabling all my handspun that was not good enough to use for sweaters into thicker yarn. I am finding one ball of yarn is weaving a longer section (I was planning for three and am getting 7-8) so I need to revise my color choices for the two planned rugs. That means that I can weave three or four of the five planned rugs with the yarn. Moving it up and out of the house.

The five rugs that came off the loom last year have been trimmed and tagged. It would make my weekend if I sold one or two of them. Through a cousin I now have a shop to place them after this weekend. There is hope they will not come back to my house!

It has been a pain trying to get everything set up but I realize, when I am weaving, how much I like it. For two years, before my divorce, I wove full time. By that I mean I had a company and did all the accounting, the designing, the weaving, the marketing. It was a terrifying time, balancing supply purchases with sales but it was great fun weaving everything. I keep thinking I could get back to that a bit in retirement. It is a plan that needs to be fleshed out in the next 5 years. Long time to retirement!

  


Another Huge Break in Writing

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Finding the time to put into words what is going on in my little corner of the universe has not happened lately. There is my Dad, now in hospice. Which has been a really good thing. He does not lie to the hospice people. They have been a great support to Dad and Mom and I worry less.

Work has turned totally craptastic. Cannot even write about that because I am still trying to process everything.

On the great side, I am in Providence RI at a weaving conference with DB and two friends. I am eating good but allowing extra for the evenings when we try out places that we do not have in good ole' Iowa.

I have had some great sessions and on the way here (we drove) found a really great bookstore (new, used, rare) that had some books that were on my list for four years, which did not cost an arm and a leg! Plus found a great Irish bar in that town.

So far it has been a great trip. There are times when directions go awry that DB and I get tense with each other but all in all it has been good. Seafood right on the shore. Fresh catch. Good times!

  
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USMAWIFE 7/17/2014 4:20PM

    Sounds like a great trip

Sorry about your Dad and your job

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