GETULLY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GETULLY GETULLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Pen Museum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191003 It was fabo! Even DB was interested. We had the best docent walking us through it. I took some photos of some of the old machines for a machinist and engineer in case they are interested and want to go. I ended up purchasing another pen. Really inexpensive since they are a non-profit, and the only pen seller in town, they sell below retail. <BR> <BR> It was really interesting to watch someone handle and tell me all about the pens I had. Two were nothing special but one I now know how to reco... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:46:15 EST Fountain Pen Museum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190393 Today is day two of my three days without pay. The next one occurs in late July. But it means that DB and I can visit the Shaeffer Fountain Pen Museum. If I can get DB to do all the driving I would have approximately 4 hours to knit (down and back). This is something I have known about for years but the museum is only open for 4 hours on Monday and Friday. Until now we have not been able to coordinate our schedules. And, to be honest, when my parents were alive my Saturdays were spent helping... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:08:59 EST Made it through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189777 Friday was the last memorial event for my mother. There is the mass of remembrance in November at the monastery but that will be a very general thing. We have made progress in closing accounts and dealing with all the physical things that are left when someone dies. The best is that the care facility is completely covered. There may be a bill that they have been fighting the insurance company for therapy in late December/early January still to come but everything else is zero! So we will kee... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:59:33 EST At work but not at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188105 I am an early riser. I have been since college. But it is too easy for me to get lost in a task and forget time, even when using a timer. For months DB has been driving me to work early so I can work on things I did not want to work on at home for fear I would always be late getting to work. It also means less traffic for him. I have the added "alarms" of my office mates arriving so I know when I need to stop what I am doing and focus on "work". It is a plan. Even when I am on vacation I am u... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:21:02 EST Monday, Monday, can't trust that day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186099 I have no idea what will happen today. I know that I am not being listened to by my supervisor since she has created this picture of me that is totally inaccurate "you do not get along with anyone on 4th floor" "News to me--I go out drinking with these people." "You do not hand off any work" "did you check with Mary? she did about 4 hours for me this week" There is a blatant refusal to check anything I say so I am certain that my days are numbered. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of friends in the bu... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:26:45 EST Yesterday was rotten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185402 I finally got the results of the 'investigation' done during my administrative leave. When I let one of the faculty I work with read the 'results' letter his only comment was these are all very petty things. I agreed. Events that happened seven months ago have been rewritten to be the most heinous crimes when they never even made a blip on the radar at the time. So it has come down to if I sneeze and that is not approved of, I will be fired. I have three days unpaid leave. I was told they wer... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 22:05:37 EST It took four days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183458 Work-wise I am back to the same point I was one month ago when I was frog-marched out of the building and put on administrative leave. I am completely caught up with everything on my desk to 9 May and have moved some tasks forward. Crazy but that is what happens when someone is competent, even when not acknowledged to be so. Two of the faculty members that I work with are livid about the whole thing but I do not know that they can do anything beyond what they have done. I am keeping my head d... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:56:00 EST Monday back at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181933 After such a fabulous weekend (even though it was hot, hot, hot) I really did not want to be back in the office this morning but there is so much that I need to catch up with my international scholars. We have a program where scholars from all over the world come to use our law library. I am the coordinator, point person, starter of the visa document process and all that came to a screeching halt for a month! I need to get my people who are scheduled to arrive the beginning of August back on ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:02:56 EST Hot, hot, unbelievably hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181269 We got to the grounds in the middle of a huge rainstorm yesterday. The three of us just sat in the car, hoping we could wait it out. We did, but between us and were we wished to be was a rushing river of water in the lane and an impassable lake in a small ditch. So much water that DB backed the car up while we were waiting to be out of the rising water of the 'lake'. It was so hot but so very nice to be among 'my people' that I did not mind. As we were making a fast turn through the second ve... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:32:02 EST Sheep and Wool!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180690 DB and I are heading out for two days of sheep and wool. On the way we pick up a dear friend for the ride. I am looking forward to some good times without any thoughts of work or everything that has happened over the last few months! <BR> <BR> Sometimes all you need is a few days away. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 06:54:52 EST May 9 - June 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179498 That is how long I have been away from the office. May 9 was the day I was frog-marched out of my office and not allowed to return to get any of my things. According to the letter I should have been back to work on 2 June but with my mother's funeral and everything today is my first day back. Some people will be glad to see me. The person who brought the charges will not be there--according to her email at 6:08pm last night. But she is putting my keys and ID in my mailbox. In an unsecured ar... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:05:01 EST Endings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179233 This is my last day of "freedom"; I go back to the office tomorrow morning. Back to eight hours a day in front of a computer. DB and I spent yesterday with a short, half-day trip and running errands. As of this morning I have written the last thank you for my mother's funeral, unless something else comes in. <BR> <BR> On the way back into town I stopped by the visitation for the father of one of my office mates. Her father had a series of small heart attacks a week ago. Since I was in duranc... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 20:02:28 EST Mom's Funeral http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177383 In approximately 60 minutes I will leave to start the day. The minister wants family at the church by 8:30am. I estimate I will be home by 3pm. Long, stressful day. When I get home I will put my massage mat on the chair and use it for a double round. It was so late by the time I got home and dealt with everything I unloaded from the car I did not do that last night. I tried to sleep later this morning and did manage that by 15 minutes. This does not offset the 45 minutes in the middle of the ... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 07:40:38 EST And so it starts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176737 Today is the visitation/wake for my mother. DB is going to arrive at approximately mid-way with good coffee as well as provide an escape for a half-hour or so. There is a small park in my mother's town that we are going to go to and walk for a bit. I also plan to have reasons to go to my car several times this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I know all the social reasons for the traditions we have surrounding a death but I have developed a lack of desire to participate in any of it. Today is not really... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 06:59:40 EST Six Plus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175641 DB and I again went for an early (out of the house by 5:15am) morning walk at a local walking park. We were only a few blocks from our house when I spotted a doe and very tiny fawn in a front yard. On the way to the park we saw another deer. Walking through a more treed and undergrowth part of the park we saw Bambi and Thumper. On the way home three deer were making their way across a busy street. <BR> <BR> Cool weather, wild life, and a great sunrise. All good reasons to walk in the early ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:47:53 EST Early morning sighting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174994 This morning I woke up 30 minutes early. Since DB had his light on and was reading I suggested an early morning walk. We drove to a nearby recreation area that has a 2-mile path around a small lake. Very nice, crisp morning with fog rising from the lake, Canadian geese lifting off to fly north, and one very young doe in the tall grass. She walked a bit ahead of us, 40 yards to the side, for quite a distance but when I stopped to attempt a photo she flipped her tail and disappeared into the tr... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:44:29 EST No good, very bad, rotten day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174692 It all started with a phone call at 6:15am. My Mother had died in her sleep. I was so glad that I spent the evening with her yesterday. 31 May 2016 would have been my parents 65th wedding anniversary and I did not want her to think it was forgotten just because Dad died at the end of March. <BR> <BR> It was a long day of dealing with the arrangements, the care facility, packing up her room so we did not have to pay for another day, many phone calls, many talks with her friends so they would ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 20:53:47 EST 4 Buns and a Coon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173699 Walking this morning the yards were filled with rabbits. As I watched one bun run up the hill to a back yard there was a raccoon walking down the hill. My immediate thought was how fast I could run if it were rabid! It seemed rather late in the morning for a raccoon to be out and about. But he/she turned around and walked back up the hill after seeing me. Logged in 30 minutes at an aerobic level and 5-10 minutes at my lower 'just getting started' speed. It looks like rain coming from the sout... Tue, 31 May 2016 11:00:55 EST Meeting with my peeps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172443 Sunday morning-the pilots and knitters group meet! Some of the knitters are pilots and the non-knitting pilots are also mechanics. One is in process of taking apart and putting together his plane for the annual check of everything. He hopes to have it back together by next week. It is always great fun to see what people are working on and just to touch base with everyone each week. We all go in different directions during the week so It is a great catch up time. We show off new fiber, an old ... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:56:16 EST Sleeping bags http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171900 We now have all the sleeping bags washed! Spent the morning at the laundromat, with the huge washers, and at Farmer's Market. I am feeling more caught up with things. The bags are draped over my drying racks in the basement as they would be damaged in a dryer. It has been so humid with rain every day for a bit that the air is on, keeping the house dryer inside. The bags could be dry by Monday morning! Then the decision becomes which bags are kept and which are moved on down the road. We have ... Sat, 28 May 2016 11:41:07 EST Out today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171220 Today will be a long day, with not much knitting. In a few minutes DB and I are leaving to go to the next county seat. I need to return my father's handicapped placards (deceased) and get one for my mother. DB found an interesting little place for breakfast. Then DB will return home and I will be in my mother's town for a day of errands, meetings, and driving her to visit her sister in a nearby town. All things I enjoy, except for the fact that there is no place to just flop and be me. <BR> ... Fri, 27 May 2016 07:40:51 EST Rain, chance of Rain, Big Thunder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170680 This morning it was raining again, this time with thunder, no walk outside. Need to power up the treadmill. Instead I took a sleeping bag to the laundromat to use a huge drum washer. My washer at home is too small and could damage the bag with the agitator. Both drying racks are in full use again. Sleeping bag on one and some scarves on the other. With the humidity I should plug in the dehumidifier or nothing will get dry fast. I have two more sleeping bags to wash after pulling them out of t... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:57:41 EST Tuesday morning not walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169313 It is raining so I am not walking. I was up earlier than normal this morning because I woke up a little after 4am. When I realized that I was not going to be able to go back to sleep I just got up and was ready for the day, with coffee made, before 5am. I completed writing up my notes for my lawyer regarding the last meeting with the investigator and got those sent off. It seems like my days at home will be coming to an end--depending on how fast the review of interviews and documents is comp... Tue, 24 May 2016 07:41:22 EST Monday morning walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168690 I overslept so my walk was not as long. I made up for less walking time by more verticals. Going up is always OK but coming down I am starting to feel more in my knees. Some days all is well and some days they are a little cranky. This morning was one of the lesser cranky ones; about half-way down the last hill on knee started to complain. <BR> <BR> I had to be home well before 8am. At some point this morning I will receive a call/text/email message letting me know when the next investigati... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:11:52 EST Missed Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167377 But I was still walking, even longer. I have a bad case of 'startits'. Heading into the stash room to clear out sleeping bags I saw a bag of discontinued yarn that was given to me. Instead of dealing with the sleeping bags I went on Ravelry to find out what I could about the yarns, found a pattern, and now have another baby blanket on the needles. On the other side of startitis is that my long-running baby blanket is ending. Yesterday I started casting off--approximately 900 stitches. Then I... Sat, 21 May 2016 08:06:26 EST New Project Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166175 Just started a new watch cap out of donated fiber that I handspun. Every year at the Iowa State Fair a talented dyer lays out fiber she has dyed in an arena in the sheep barn and area spinners and knitters spend the day there spinning the fiber which is then knitted into hats for local organizations. Last August I was there with an information table regarding a state wide group of weavers and spinners, trolling for new members. I fell in love with a bump of fiber and brought it home to spin a... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:29:28 EST It's a Streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165438 Day three of walking in early morning! Went back to one of my old routes that I walked years ago. I was early enough the bunnies and ducks were still out and about. <BR> <BR> Yesterday turned out to be a great day. The crappy scheduled investigation meeting was cancelled - primary investigator was ill. So I had another day working at home. We finally got a chair/footstool combo out of the house to a resale shop. It was too big for any of the spaces we tried it in and so it went. I have been ... Wed, 18 May 2016 09:21:27 EST Morning walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164738 Continuing what I started yesterday I walked again this morning. By going a slightly different route to the local drugstore I got in more miles. I took the return walk through the local cemetery. I have always found it to be a peaceful place to walk. <BR> <BR> Now here tracking things for SparkPeople having coffee at my computer in a lovely old cup from my grandparents' house. When my sister and I were cleaning out an aunt's apartment after she moved to a nursing home at the beginning of the... Tue, 17 May 2016 09:55:37 EST Monday morning walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164386 I had letters to post and since I cannot do that at work, DB and I walked to the nearest drop place (approximately 20 minutes away) to drop them off. We were there and back before 8am. It was a lovely time of day to be walking. I used to do that: get up before 5am and walk. But it meant I did not always get to work before 8am so I stopped. But right now, when it is not raining (and we have had the rain lately!), I can do this. According to the pedometer we had 39 minutes of aerobic level ... Mon, 16 May 2016 20:30:27 EST 2-3 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162391 That is how long I will be on what feels like house-arrest but called Administrative Leave. I have to act like I am at work 8am-5pm, no going to nearby towns, no going for a walk in the middle of the day, etc. I must be available to answer any of their phone calls regarding work but I am not allowed to talk to anyone connected with work, go to the building, or even be on the street outside the building. I must be available to return to the building within 45 minutes if necessary. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 13 May 2016 20:43:18 EST Lawyers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161371 Last night I talked with an employment lawyer who told me a lot of what I already knew but gave me many pointers and...homework. That is almost finished. I just need to write up my findings turn everything into a pdf and email and send it to him for his comments and further directions. <BR> <BR> Even though I really do not care about all this. It is one petty person taking revenge, but I have not been keeping enough notes to prove retaliation. It was heartening to hear that "it does not soun... Thu, 12 May 2016 08:59:15 EST Administrative Leave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160832 As of Monday, a little before 4pm I have been put on administrative leave. They are investigating and I have no idea who they are talking to. I cannot have any contact with people where I work, even drive on the street near the building, or do any work upon pain of .... Yesterday I was forced to work--my supervisor called me because something had not been done that had a Tuesday,12noon deadline. The call came at almost 1pm. So I kind of feel like the "upon pain of ..." has already been trigge... Wed, 11 May 2016 12:50:21 EST Back again, this time for good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157226 Too much has happened since I last was on spark people. So long ago I almost cannot believe it. In between my parents moved to a care facility; their house was cleared out, an auction held, items to resale and antique shops; my father died; the funeral and all the attendant family interactions (not all good); two aunts moved to care facilities; one apartment cleared out, etc.; and work has gone down the toilet. <BR> <BR> But I promised my weight counselor that I would start tracking food on... Thu, 5 May 2016 22:49:46 EST Long Walk Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029542 Long for me anyway. My walks have been home to bus and bus to work. Granted it is a good walk, mostly uphill in the bus to work part so I get a good workout and then trot up the steps once inside the building. Yesterday DB and I walked a trail that I have not been on in eight months. Not so nice in that the trees have mostly lost all their leaves but nice weather and a good stretch. I have to admit that after the first mile I was wanting to stop but we did not until we were almost two miles i... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 22:52:39 EST Starting Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021080 I started again in August after an absence. And starting again. Work has been crazy, both in amount and supervision. Tracking started today. DB and I walked yesterday but today was full of errands and cleaning. The dust buffalo are roaming at will and must be corralled. Even fiber things have fallen by the way-side. I come home after a 10 or 12-hour day and am brain dead. I am back. Sun, 25 Oct 2015 19:24:19 EST Long time to be out of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986791 Long time-no entry. Not even thinking about Sparking. DB having carpal tunnel surgery (both hands, one at a time) and work going crazy has left me zero time to do anything. Yesterday work was a 12 hour day; I started at 5:30am and left at 5:30pm with no lunch, no breaks. All because one committee cannot get together on their work. I came very, very close to walking out both Thursday and Friday. But this too shall pass. <BR> <BR> Just like me taking care of everything in the house because DB ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:42:18 EST Walking at the conference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946263 I am at a fiber conference in St. Paul, MN. Extraordinarily beautiful campus. I still get up at 5am but instead of getting ready for work I go for a walk. Each morning I have logged over 40 minutes before breakfast. Tomorrow morning is the last morning I will have the suite to myself. The other three people arrive and then I am uncertain what will happen. <BR> <BR> I am a introvert that can function as a regular person but - I need alone time. Living alone these last few days-since Sunday... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:20:32 EST Double Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935881 Somewhere along the walking/not walking, we do not know where, I have a shin-splint. It is painful enough that it was waking me up at night. Now I have exercises and prescription to take care of it. But man, it is a pain! <BR> <BR> It was the push to get new walking shoes. They were a little strange-feeling today. They actually felt better in the evening than in the morning since I wear them to work, change to other shoes for the day, and change back when I leave to walk to the bus. <BR> <B... Thu, 28 May 2015 19:44:17 EST Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925773 I did not realize how much of yesterday I was standing/walking until this morning. It was the spring Shepherds Market at the Amana Woolen Mill. Fabulous day - partly cloudy most of the day but became sunny in the late afternoon. I was there with an information table. Set up was 7-9, but I was ready for anything by 7:30am. After that, I helped friends unload to set up their areas. Lots of people and lots of sales for friends. I purchased some silk to spin as well as some Targee wool to spin ... Sun, 10 May 2015 12:22:38 EST Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922562 After a weekend in the car - so it felt. Saturday to parents then 2 hours north to an open house of a great group of fiber people and home it was a lot of time in the car. Sunday was not so bad but it felt like I did not do much. I parked far away from doors so I would get a bit more but was not home much either. <BR> <BR> A great retirement party for one of the clinic faculty. I got to see some people that I had not seen for over a year. We sat in the corner and talked, and talked. The pa... Mon, 4 May 2015 17:19:35 EST Not walking to work yet but moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921664 I had great plans in my previous blog - setting the alarm earlier and walking to work but it has not happened. I have not reset my alarm because I really do not want to go to work right now. I have been feeling blindsided. <BR> <BR> In January, the day I sent in my class choices and $$ for a conference in June, I put in the request for vacation time to cover the workshop and days to do things with my parents right after--11 working days total. Then I waited: the rest of January, all of Febru... Sun, 3 May 2015 07:41:59 EST Walking my legs off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909260 This past week at work has been a killer in more ways than one. We had 11 students/faculty here from Russia collaborating with the students/faculty of one of our classes. I was running up and down stairs all Monday and Tuesday setting things up, cleaning things up, etc. Wednesday was spent up and down trying to catch up with everything I let slide while they were in the building. The upshot of those three days was over 5 miles walked before I left the building at 5pm! I was shocked. I di... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:45:29 EST Doing it all the wrong way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895276 I am down 8 lbs in less than a week but it is all the wrong way. I am angry/sad/pissed off and not eating. It has become much, much easier to just have my protein drink and a packet of tuna at work. Saves me a lot of time in the morning - lunch packing takes 2 minutes. Evenings, most days, I drink water and brew hot tea. <BR> <BR> Part of the weight loss is also going back to take the bus in the morning and evening. That gives me rapid walking across the river twice a day. Once I get past ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:19:46 EST I feel lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864551 I feel like I am pulled in too many directions and am losing focus on everything. My Dad is still hanging on (in Hospice) and Mom is becoming a bit more frail every week when I go to help. <BR> <BR> I want to do more things at home (knit/weave/spin/clean!/treadmill) but a lot of the time when I get home I am absolutely knackered and unable to do anything. There are nights that I do not even check email at home, I so do not want to be in front of another computer. One good thing at work is th... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:57:44 EST Plodding along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835664 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... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:06:28 EST And more wildlife http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810756 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! <BR> <BR> The moon looked great. It is waxing gibbous but was clouded from storm clouds. Very ethereal quality. <BR> <BR> My current knitting is a pocket for a s... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:33:27 EST Wildlife while walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809617 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 ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:11:30 EST Weaving Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787069 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... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:58:06 EST Another Huge Break in Writing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740895 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. <BR> <BR> Work has turned totally craptastic. Cannot even write about that because I am still trying to process everything. <BR> <BR> On the great side, I am in Providence RI at a weaving conference with DB a... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:24:35 EST Long time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721126 It has been too long since I wrote last. I have thought about writing but many nights have just been too whipped. But I woke up this morning at 4:30 and just decided to get up and do a few things before work. <BR> <BR> Work is total chaos. My Dad is now under hospice care. Many days I feel like I am barely holding on but from the comments I have received no one else sees that. "You seem to be coping really well, from outward appearances." I got that from one of my supervisors at work durin... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:45:25 EST