GETULLY's SparkPeople Blog GETULLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Bad News - Aunt Freida While at the workshop I turned my phone off and did not see the phone message from a cousin until after 11pm yesterday. My last in-state aunt on my mother's side of the family died. She was the one that, at the time of my mother's death, said to me "please don't forget me." I was in my parents' rooms once a week while they were in the care facility but Freida was actually in the building before my parents and hoped that my visits would not stop. I stopped by once or twice a month, more in th... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:40:37 EST Wiped out! The two-day workshop ended and I was home about 5:15 today. I unloaded the car, moved most things to where they belong in the basement, and crashed on the couch down there. Because I had the TV on I made the rash assumption that Dearly Beloved knew I was home. I staggered up the stairs around 7:30pm and he was "Oh, you're done for the day." He had no idea I arrived home over two hours earlier. I was surprised how tired I was when I got home. I am out of practice on concentrating an entire day... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:54:30 EST Animals in the early morning - The Good, the Bad, the Unknown Since Dearly Beloved now is walking in the heat and humidity mid-afternoons I am doing my morning walk in the neighborhood. I was out of the house at 6am. This was not the wisest thing as it is still full dark on the tree-lined streets. First off was the Bad: as I walked down one street it was very quiet. No bird sounds (still too dark). No cars driving past (way before time for rush minute). But what I could hear was raccoons fighting in the street drain tunnels. I admit I started walking fa... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:40:52 EST Small town Iowa aroma Today with the humid, and sometimes sprinkling, weather this morning I was reminded, quite pungently, that the Historical Village and my Loom House is in small town Iowa. The local sale barn has livestock sales on various days each month. The weekly cattle sale was today. The sale barn is only three long blocks from the Village and I could tell it. Growing up, until I was a senior in high school, we had dairy cattle so I remember the scent quite well. Part of me was swept down memory lane and... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:53:36 EST Table mats - ready! Ready to be woven. One of the looms at the Loom House is a 4-shaft counterbalance loom that was not weaving really well. I made some changes last week and this week I cut off what we wove playing around getting the loom to work and re-threaded part of the warp to make the weaving more interesting. Here is where stash helps: I pulled three different types of cotton out of the stash to use to make table mats. They will be of a size to use as a hotpad or trivet. When I am at the loom house this ... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:21:25 EST Zoo and Renn Fest If you are ever in Kansas City go to the Zoo. I give you a partial copy of the map here <link><BR>r-info/zoo-map/ </link> . Realize that after you cross the bridge there is 2-3 miles of walking path to see everything which you can't see in the map at the link. Download the map and you will see. We actually took a break and went to the car to eat lunch around 12:30 (after arriving at 9:30am). We had a breeze sitting in the back with the tailgate up. We too... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:43:44 EST Rug Delivered! and the start of weekend recap I am so glad to get it out of the house (and be paid). Having lunch with the lunch bunch today so they could see the rug-- <img src=""> finished and before it was delivered. A close up: <img src="">. <BR> <BR> We had a long weekend in Kansas City. I did not lose any weight - even with walking over 14,000 steps on Friday and over 8,000 u... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:30:30 EST KC Renn Fest More and more walking today! At least three hours, off and on. We did find some stage shows that we enjoyed. One of our favorite groups, The Jolly Rogers, were one of the groups. They are a pirate group with close harmonies. We got caught up on their CDs. I have a really good pix but am not able to connect to this computer with my phone. So photos from the day will come later. <BR> <BR> We also saw a harper playing two harps at once. The Dublin Harpers was a family group: mom, dad, four kids... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 17:39:35 EST Never made it to the botanical gardens!!! The Kansas City Zoo Rocks!! Go any time you are able. This was the first time we were able to see every single animal listed. No one was hiding in their kennel; sometimes we had to really look to find them; or we had to keep walking as the allowed area was larger than we thought; or we had to make a second pass (the polar bear) but we saw everyone! It was really cool. We ended the day with a tram ride to the skylift terminus (like a ski lift) and rode it out and back. There was a breeze. Not... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 20:50:32 EST Reminding Dearly Beloved what I look like We are in Kansas City for a couple of reasons: <BR> 1. Highland Fling at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. <BR> 2. Shang Tea at Crown Center. <BR> 3. Fountain pen store at Crown Center. <BR> 4. Zoo. <BR> 5. Botanical Gardens. <BR> 6. Fritz's Hamburgers (where your order is made on a phone and delivered by train on an overhead track! <BR> 7. Dearly Beloved has never spent any time in Kansas City--Missouri or Kansas. He really does not like leaving home and must have a good reason to leave ... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 18:44:01 EST Rug - The timeline (Lots of pictures) It was a foolish thing to do but I accepted the job in March 2017 because I was feeling the pinch of not having any income. Now 5.5 months later the job is finished. <BR> <img src="">, <img src="">, <img src="">, <img src="http://photosaws... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 11:16:03 EST Rug - Stick a fork in it!! Finished the rug at 7pm tonight. I am transferring the photos to my computer but will have a photo tomorrow and a full record on Monday, 11 September when I have a space to lay it out and really measure it. <BR> <BR> Soon!! Mon, 4 Sep 2017 23:39:29 EST Almost--but my fingers are getting sore I have spent so much time with the rug this week that my fingers are sore--somewhat like a new guitar or violin player. Using fingertips all the time to grip or press a very small, thin item makes them a bit tender. I have gone back to 4-6 hours every day BUT look at this!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I still have about five feet between the box and where I am stitching on the rug. I had to stop working this evening be... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 22:18:15 EST Finding the strangest things - redeux These are the photos I should have posted regarding finding weird and unusual things when cleaning out someone else's set-up. My original four sticks and weird thing: <BR> <img src="">. When it is together it looks like: <BR> <img src="">. Today I took down the modern umbrella swift and put this one up in its place. I did not take a pho... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:24:34 EST Closer, Closer.... <img src=""> <BR> At the end of 5 hours and 45 minutes of work today (among other tasks) the box of braid is showing much more of the bottom. This was where it was two days ago: <img src=""> with not much of the bottom of the box showing. I have a three-hour meeting tomorrow and Wednesday at the historical village but I think I can get t... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 22:41:27 EST Michigan Fiber Fest I just realized that I did not post some of the fun things about the Fest. One was the different kinds of sheep that were there: Jacob, BFL, Icelandic, Pygora goats, Angora goats, Lincoln and on and on. This cutie of a Jacob was the reason I bought some prepped fleece to spin. <BR> <img src=""> Taken between the bars of his pen. There was also an Angora rabbit competition-both for rabbits and spun yarns/items. I pr... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 11:03:54 EST Finding the strangest things At the historical village loom house Wednesday, in between talking with visitors, I cleared one set of shelves so they could be moved to another display in another building. On the bottom shelf were some finished pieces of wood (4) that were rather long with a four inch peg at a 90 degree angle at the end. There was also a turned piece of wood that looked like it would clamp on a table. I did my usual clean everything and added all five pieces to my pile of "done" wood items, all the while th... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:48:12 EST There's no place like home! The day did not start well. The mat in the shower slipped and I went down. (I am waiting for the bruise on my knee to show up.) At the same time I pulled down the towel rack. The rack went back on the wall with no harm done. It was a good place to stay (airbnb $40/night) but the house had every surface covered with "pretties". I would think if someone were renting out a bedroom and bathroom those areas would have less tchokies setting all over so the renters have space to put a phone, let alo... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:43:46 EST Done!! Festival over. Booth taken down . Truck packed. All that is left is to sleep well and get on the road early. We have glasses for the Eclipse . But mostly ready to be home . Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:24:12 EST Michigan Fiber Fest It was a busy day. Old timers say Saturday will be even more people ! I was afraid the hat would be knitted today or at least almost done . I barely even knit two inches . One length of spinning is completed but nothing more. But the booth did really well. That is the main thing . Not sure if I can add more until I get home Monday . Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:10:27 EST Turn around This morning as I was heading to do one errand before going to the historical village I lost my sense of balance. Not as bad as I have done in the past but enough that I called in sick to my volunteer person. Managed to make it back home (driving v-e-r-y carefully) and immediately went to bed. Slept for 4 hours and now feel fine. Must be fine. Leaving tomorrow for the Michigan Fiber Fest to help a friend with her booth! <BR> <BR> The house is cleaned. The bed is made. I am ready (with much a... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:54:55 EST Not as bad as it could have been Yesterday morning's "meeting" was sitting in front of a computer to take three different tests to get certified on reading, finding information, and math skills. Take at your own pace and when done with all three I could leave. I started at 9am and was able to leave at 11am. That gave me time to go home, have lunch, and work a little. The 1pm meeting was scheduled until 3:30pm but the person leading the meeting talked so fast and a lot of the slides he brought up were "I'm not going to talk a... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:20:24 EST "Lost" day - not my choice Today is a "lost" day. Or at least I feel it is. I am required to spend the day in classes at Iowa Workforce for testing, best practices looking for work, etc. I wish it were not so. I am feeling very close to having the rug done, in spite of having three inches of braid still in the box. Things happened over the weekend that I want to follow up on. Pipe dream--I thought once I was no longer working I could write my own days. Maybe that will happen starting in mid-December when unemployment i... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:54:22 EST Chihuly glass The exhibit was incredible. The lighting was perfect to show off everything. I took a few photos: <BR> <img src=""> Somethings Small! And then there was Something HUGE: <BR> <img src="">. The really cool thing was off in a corner for kids. The museum had swim noodles and things with a framework similar to what might have been used for t... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:49:36 EST The day that got away I made plans. I made good plans. The list was not overwhelming. But somehow only one thing on the list got done! This is what happens when you live with another person that feels weekends he should be entertained. So we ended up at a museum to see a Chihuly glass exhibit. Fabulous!! Do not regret that. But when we got home, huge headache, so I slept for an hour. Much better. Then it was off to pick up a new shower curtin and find some washers for the great wheel in the Loom House. I was going... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 21:13:21 EST I love those people! Said I to Dearly Beloved when I got home at 10:30pm. I left him at 4pm to go to a friends evening made up of people from my old job and spouses. It was a great evening. We got to see the new house and several does with fawns (still spotted) came in the back yard. It was just a great all-round evening. I realize I am so lucky to not be working there any longer. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:51:49 EST State Fair!!! This morning I am heading to the state fair with friends. I will be tracking but know I am not "eating the best" kind of day. State fair is the only place I ever have corndogs....and some other weird foods. But when I get home tonight it will be back to regular stuff. <BR> <BR> We also get to see the ribbons friends have won in spinning and weaving. I did not enter this year--too much happening. But next year!!! Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:30:59 EST Using the Rug to gain Rewards I really, really, really need to get the rug done and out of the house. I have things on hold until after the rug moves out. Some because the rug is using the space I need and some because if I start the fun stuff I will not go back to the rug. So I have been giving myself permission to work on an old, now fun, knitting project in between bouts with the rug. Knowing I can work on the pirate hat makes working on the rug easier. <BR> <BR> The knees are almost back to normal after almost four h... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 09:42:49 EST Head and shoulders, knees and toes! Really just knees and calves. <BR> <BR> This morning I could not figure out why I was having so much pain even before getting out of bed and later going up the stairs (split foyer - 8 steps) after I got home from running errands. Then it dawned on me. Friday I was on my feet from 10am - 1pm; looking at everything in vendor hall; chatting with the people I knew; standing in line at book signings. Way, way more time on my feet than I am used to. No wonder the knees were complaining! <BR> <BR>... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 22:15:31 EST Follow your Bunny - With respects to Franklin Habit At Stitches Midwest in Schomburg, Illinois, Franklin Habit had a great talk about following the bunny that jumps in the middle of a process and leads one off in a different direction than one expects. It was what I needed to hear. I have a tendency to make a plan and not deviate from it. Perhaps, if I could let loose a bit I would end up at an even better place - in my knitting, weaving, life. I need to do more thinking about this and following through with following the bunny. <BR> <BR> The... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 23:27:30 EST Not in the plans Today was one of those days that got out of hand. I had a plan when I went to bed last night. But felt like crap when I woke up. I did manage the morning walk with Dearly Beloved and when we got home went back to bed for 2.5 hours. I felt much better after that. Do not know how much time I spent clearing emails before meeting the lunch bunch. When I got back home Dearly Beloved asked me to go with to an appointment and then, all of a sudden, it was 6pm. Pushing back part of my list from today... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 00:04:02 EST Campers !! Part Two I got to the village early to be certain I had everything ready: moved displays and equipment to have room for the kids to be able to see what I was doing; pulled fleeces apart so each kid could have a lock of wool, if they wanted (some did not, the fleece was not washed so very sheepy smelling and feeling); finished setting up the next set of scarves on the big loom. Since I had all that done by 10:30am I walked to the main building to see if we had more information. That is when I found out... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:58:20 EST Campers!!! Tomorrow I am at the village because we have a kids' camp coming. This is my first non-off-the-cuff talking/demonstrating event. The plan is to divide the kids into three groups so I will have one group in the loom house, playing with wools and cotton; another group is touring all the other buildings (I expect the bell in the school house will be rung constantly.); and the third group will be putting together quilt puzzles in the quilt museum building. All I hope for is enough things for them... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:43:59 EST Inside-Outside comparisons Random thoughts here. <BR> <BR> A long time ago I read a quote "You only see what I choose to show; do not compare your insides to my outsides" which I have been thinking about a lot lately. I see all the before/after photos on the community feed on my start page and wonder "why can't I have photos like that?" I do, or I did 5 years ago. I went on a plan - a healthy one - and lost 50-60 pounds. But then I did not realize how much monitoring I needed to keep doing to keep it off and gained a ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:24:52 EST Deer Dear! This morning could have been a rotten morning but the three deer that were running directly at our car all stopped before they got to the street. We got safely past and they got safely across the street. That was the panic deer. <BR> <BR> Walking, we got to the park at the same time as unleashed dog people. Even though there are signs requiring dogs to be on leash, people ignore them. So we hot-footed it up one trail and as we came around a corner there was a doe ten feet from the path. We ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:40:01 EST Malls can be a good thing We are under a heat advisory until later tonight. This morning, at the normal walking time, we had lightening. No early morning walking. The plan, which we just returned from executing, was to walk around the mall. If we do all the outlying sections it is one mile per round. Granted the more open areas of the mall were warmer but nothing like outside. We managed two rounds around before we went to the bookstore. I really wanted something other than the treadmill. I can do that if there are no... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:05:24 EST OMG is it hot! This month I am at the historical village on Thursdays. I had it set up with the staff that when they locked up the loom house on Wednesdays they would turn on the air conditioner so the loom house would be more comfortable (read I would able to work and not sweat all over the yarn as I was spinning or weaving) on Thursdays. You can see where this is going. Today it was 80 degrees at 5:20am (when DB and I did our walk). I got to the village and no air. I turned the AC on high and decided to w... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:32:58 EST Really liking "my" studio space The day is pretty much set - Thursdays at the historical village and museum. This week, along with spraying my own version of 'febreeze', I took my vacuum with me and vacuumed first. Then, while taking the vacuum back to the car, I sprayed my stuff. When I got back to the building, everything just felt better. I feel like I accomplished much: <BR> Actual Weaving <img src="">; half done measuring the warp threads fo... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:11:43 EST Late This morning I overslept so we did not make it to our walking place until 5:45am, after other walkers, bikers, and dogs. So no wildlife. Not even a rabbit. But we did see a doe and fawn (still had spots) on the drive home. I wanted to show you things that we have seen on our walks at this park: <BR> <BR> Saw this deer on Sunday morning. <img src=""> She was only about 20 yards from us. <BR> <BR> From a few weeks ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:19:35 EST What were you thinking!!! What was I thinking? The rug is still ongoing. It is becoming so huge that I have to keep an end folded to keep working on it on my table. But with that, and the unemployment requirements, I accepted a test knitter task. With a deadline of 31 July. I know I can do it but right now I think I am out of my mind! Tomorrow I have no place that I need to go so I will split my time between the rug and the test knit and stay home. It is so hot and muggy that I really do not want to go anywhere and th... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:11:35 EST Almost done with step 1 I have been working through small bits of fiber that I received in goodie bags at conferences. I have a plan but it will take time since it involves spinning everything, plying with another yet-to-be-spun yarn, and then weaving (stay tuned). As of this evening I am approximately 90% done with spinning all my bits. This is one example of what I started with: <BR> <img src="">. <BR> Which after spinning yesterday at ... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 23:02:26 EST Appealing the unemployment decision As my lawyer said "sometimes my magic wand works and sometimes it does not." She contacted the university person who is head of all this with the statement 'You agreed that the university would not contest xxx unemployment, and she was awarded benefits. Now she has received a notice that the university is contesting benefits. The return address was xxx. Please fix this." He is. An email came back "There was a miscommunication. The appeal will be withdrawn." Dearly Beloved is certain that it ... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 23:27:20 EST Productive I am trying to schedule one day a week at the Historical Village/Museum. Today was the day. Inside the museum I was only able to weave three-four inches (10 minutes) because they closed early. Most of my day was spent working in the Loom House. After adding a washer to the axel of the great wheel it now goes and goes and goes--as long as I have fiber to spin. I no longer have to press as I am turning the wheel to keep everything in alignment. <BR> <BR> The rest of the time was spent working ... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 23:29:32 EST Should have seen this coming Now I have received notice that the university is appealing the affirmative decision that I get unemployment. Even after the Senior Director of HR Policy and Administration assured my lawyer that the university would not contest. I have the feeling that this is all being done at a lower level and he does not know anything about it. I scanned the form and send it to my lawyer, unfortunately after 5pm. So now I wait on tenterhooks to see what is going on. I feel I can only wait until tomorrow a... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 23:23:00 EST Interview--nailed it I know that sounds weird but I managed to not get offered a job. The person I was interviewing with did understand my position. The great thing is that I had my two applications for this week completed before I left the house for the interview so I am able to work my own work for the rest of the week. Mon, 3 Jul 2017 23:19:46 EST Moving on with unemployment When balancing my checkbook and bank statements from June, I saw three payments from unemployment. But I also just got a letter that said I should not get one of those payments because I was at a conference and could not apply for jobs or work if one was offered. So I am holding $$ waiting until they tell me where to send the check. But it was welcome to see some funds coming in. <BR> <BR> Monday is my replacement interview from last week. I hope I can blow it! Sun, 2 Jul 2017 17:48:25 EST Ch-Ch-Changing I had to reschedule the interview from this afternoon. My sister's train was delayed by 1 hour 20 minutes, the first time. So the friend that rode along and I explored the town square (complete with fountain) since the message came after we started on the road. When we were sitting at the train station another message arrives that it will be another 40 minutes. Passenger trains always have to give way to the commercial trains so cross-country trains are almost always late. Good thing we had o... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:29:05 EST Harriet Yarn!!! I received a totally OH WOW! present today. The lawyer (Julia) I have been working with to get unemployment and I actually have a long history. When I was a freshman in college my parents came to parents weekend and ended up transporting a chair from my college town to a small town about 20 miles from home; to the house of what became my weaving teacher's son and daughter-in-law. (At that point I was not weaving but was working with Harriet in the theatre costume shop.) Move ahead 13 years an... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:40:54 EST Another step Yesterday I got my decision letter. I will be receiving unemployment. Under Explanation of Decision: "Our records indicate you were dismissed from work on 02/17/17. However, a review of the record does not show willful or deliberate misconduct." So now I must apply for two jobs every week in order to receive a check. <BR> <BR> One job that I applied for the very first week (week of 4 June) contacted me for an interview on Thursday. I was certain that they would not call me back as I asked fo... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:16:31 EST This is new Woke up this morning way before the alarm and realized I was sick. Nothing bad, just do not move or you will lose everything in your stomach. So I did not move and talked myself back to sleep. Instead of 5am and a morning walk, I crawled out of bed at 8:30 and had a shower and mint tea. I am better but not up to par. I have not really been sick for over two years. I had weeks where after walking into the building for work I would throw up but that I knew was stress and not organic. I have bee... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:05:55 EST