GETULLY's SparkPeople Blog GETULLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Promised photo - Rug I promised a photo of the rug that is in a braid that I am sewing together. I did not forget but things were a little crazy. Right now the rug is 420 feet of <img src="">. I have the braid in the box and basket set so I pull out of the basket as I sew and then finish with the box. But in order to carry them down the stairs to my work room the box is on top. I finally have my space cleared for sewing, just got a boo... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:19:50 EST Hiking at the caves The original reason for being in north Iowa was an art exhibit but we extended the day hiking at the local caves. At least until we realized that only one flashlight would not give us enough light to safely walk the caves (too early for the lights to be on inside the caves). It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to go to the caves. Instead we walked the trails. Stupid idea to do this after lunch. As DB said "Not a good idea to do after a burger as big as my head." We both struggled and had to ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:27:02 EST Spinning!!! Not the bicycle kind but the fiber kind. Two friends and I met for a great morning of spinning and then to lunch. We had such a great time that we have already scheduled the next time to meet! It was so nice to be among "my people", fiber people. One is a fabulous quilter, with the best studio space, and the other is a great knitter. We had a little bit of a rocky start to get one wheel to perform but by the end of the time everyone had made great progress. Days like that are just too great f... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:43:02 EST It is a little hard to keep up with lawyers The second lawyer said that she is not the person to move this forward if we wish to push it. She also said she is uncertain there is nothing more than bad luck/awful supervisor on my part; terrible decisions, practices, and perhaps jealousy on the other. So we have contact information for four other lawyers that she feels could assist more. The great thing is that she is not going to charge us for the appointment today. The less great thing is that I feel I am back at square one. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:05:05 EST Braided Rug I met with a gentleman today who wishes to have his mother's oval braided rug sewn back together. The original rug was room-sized but was taken apart and cut in half. His daughter has her half sewn together but his part (420 feet, he thinks) was just in a box for the last few years. I went through the box after I picked it up today, untangled everything, and decided which end would be the start. The braid is in really good condition. I am going to have to think a bit how to set up a work area... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 22:39:47 EST We have work happening Lawyer # 2 is confident that she can get at least two things: 1. a retiree ID which gives me access to the university libraries as well as other perks, and 2. if not the insurance costs, uncontested unemployment. <BR> <BR> Plus, when we talked with a retirement person in the afternoon he suggested a change for my vacation/sick leave pay that I made this morning. Pretty soon these hassles will all be a thing of the past. <BR> <BR> I already have a couple of potential fiber jobs lined up. I m... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:04:42 EST Lawyer # 2 Today we meet with the second lawyer who is known for not litigating (fine with me) but works in the background to get what clients want against the university. Since the first lawyer said that what we are looking for as an outcome is quite modest I am hopeful that today's meeting will be the beginning of the end. I have had many people tell me to just walk away. But what happened to me happened to so many people, not the firing, but the bullying. I just was too slow to get out in time. Plus ... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 08:47:23 EST Two!!! Managed to get two good walks today. Grand total of 65 minutes at 17 minutes/mile. It was a good day: cold but sunny. The wind could have been a little less but then we would have gotten much hotter walking. As it was I was quite comfortable. DB got a little warm on the walk late morning. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 20:10:50 EST A benefit to not working The last two times my college roommate came to town for hospital appointments I was unable to see her. This time we met yesterday afternoon and I am leaving in a bit to go with to appointments at the hospital and be the wheelchair driver for her. <BR> <BR> It was great seeing her and her Dearly Beloved again. I think the last time I saw Jim, other than photos, was in college. <BR> <BR> There are perks! Fri, 3 Mar 2017 10:13:36 EST Not going to happen Today I was going to meet with friends for lunch at the building. As of 9:30am I am still banned from the building. The response I had to my request was really weird-they have to check with central administration. Of the university? That makes no sense. It seems they have turned over all responsibility for running the building to some overlord in another place on campus that has no idea of the optimum working of the law building. If they had that sense I would never have been fired, excuse me... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:35:46 EST Met with one lawyer In the meeting this morning the lawyer agreed that we seem to have cause, but his family is linked in the background so I have the names of two other lawyers to contact. And so it goes. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:35:16 EST Lawyer tomorrow Tonight, instead of knitting, I am pulling paper copies of letters, notes, emails to meet with the lawyers tomorrow. We shall see. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:40:05 EST Friends Meeting with friends tonight at a paint your own pottery place. Something different than a bar/restaurant that we usually meet at once a month. It will be good seeing them after not seeing anyone for eleven days. I miss the lunch bunch. We always laughed so much during that one hour in the middle of the day. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:05:00 EST Fight or Flight This whole firing, excuse me resign/retire thing has me jammed up. I have friends meeting with the Dean and now I am working on an entire set of questions, responding to them. I am very grateful that they are willing to do this. <BR> <BR> I will be meeting with a lawyer to see if there are grounds to sue. Not to get the job back, they can have it. But to get funds that I am now denied to pay for insurance until Medicare. <BR> <BR> The HR people did not follow protocol. I have no letters of ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:12:26 EST It's a change But I am adapting. The night before or the morning of each day I make a list of things that either need to be done (find less expensive insurance) or I want to get done (re-measure feet for new sock technique; hem pants). But mostly I just go with the flow. I told DB that I was giving myself one month to do not much of anything and he agreed. <BR> <BR> Being at home, not seeing the date/time in my face all the time, I find it a bit harder to keep track of the days. Not a great deal, just en... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:57:34 EST They are coming out of the woodwork I have now had two calls from faculty, out of the blue, wanting to know what the **** is going on. So I tell them a bit from my side, suggest they connect with two of the faculty I have been working with for a number of years and then tell them I can meet with them most any time next week. One is wanting to organize a group of faculty that have been gobsmacked by this to storm the dean's office. More power to them. I am still banned from the building until I am no longer a member of the unive... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:42:03 EST A good night's sleep It is the little things. Last night was the first night that I slept the entire night without waking up once. I woke up before my alarm. It was a little astonishing. I am looking forward to more "aha" moments as the days go by. <BR> <BR> Knowing I no longer have to shoe-horn my life into the hours around work is an amazing feeling. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:31:37 EST And, yes it was I knew when I walked into the room this morning I was to be fired and everything was just for show. The really funny thing was that they had a member of the university threat assessment team there. I guess they assumed I was going to go ballistic and shoot up the place or something. Not. After two hours (stupidly I had not taken my knitting), one hour of which was waiting on two of the people who had to leave the room "to discuss and go over the information", I finally was able to leave by re... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:28:58 EST My decision might have been made for me I believe that tomorrow morning I am to be fired. I am to "start my work day at 8:00am" at a different building on campus than the one I work in. The one I am to report to is where HR is located. This happened to another person about a year ago. Does not look good. I feel sorry for everyone that will have to pick up my work, and they know nothing about what I do. I feel sorry for the faculty that I work with. I solved many of their problems and they will not have that any more. <BR> <BR> Mov... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:11:04 EST Leaving For real. I have to figure out how to leave this job. I have a bully for a supervisor (watched her bully four other people out of the building) and I am tired of standing up to her. It has taken a toll on my attitude and my health. <BR> <BR> DB wants me to stay until they fire me because "then there is unemployment". In my mind, being fired will only push me over the edge. I have been fired before so that is not the problem. We have worked with two different retirement planners and both sai... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:06:53 EST Finishing startitis Even though I started a bunch of new knitting projects when I was home ill 30 days ago, those projects and others are moving along. Three projects were finished in the last 4 days and other projects are much closer to being completed. One thing that moves knitting along is that I bring non-chart projects to work with me. Lunch gives me approximately 30 minutes to knit. That is a huge boost to any project. <BR> <BR> Last night I hoped I would be able to finish weaving the afghan but not only ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 08:58:16 EST Startitis A week ago I was ill and stayed home for two days. In that time four hats and a pair of fingerless gloves were started. Three out of the five projects were using "left-overs" from other projects, one was from a project that had the yarn and pattern matched in a project bag from too long ago to mention, and one was started based on a photo I saw on a web page two days earlier with an "I can make that without the pattern". I am marginally following a pattern for overall measurements but that i... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 11:45:28 EST In the summer.... ...when walking one day DB and I found a smouldering tree beside a walking path. We called the fire department and led them to the tree as there was no way to get a truck close. A few weeks ago we were again on the same trail to check on "our tree" and found that someone had started it a blaze again with the resultant damage. See the photos. <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:39:14 EST What to do with the leftovers? From knitted projects. I have started immediately casting on something with the rest of the yarns that are left after completing a project. Many times there is only enough for a hat but then I do not need to find a place to store 1/2 a skein. Unless it is from socks--then I keep the yarn to use for darning and repairs. That is how I happened to cast on three hats this weekend. One uses the remainder of a BSJ. The second uses the reminder of a hat. There is enough for another hat that I am m... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:14:53 EST Something from a friend A friend posted this on Linkedin. I thought it one of the best ways to start 2017 and wanted to share: <BR> <BR> Commitment for 2017 - The Year of You <BR> <BR> It is the time of year where we re-evaluate where we are in life, what the future holds for us and trying to figure out how we can improve our lives. As I thought about it and remembered how early my twin brother passed away, I thought I'd write down a plan which I have already activated. I thought I'd share it with you... Here goe... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:25:13 EST Road Cats - picture When we last went to the care facility that my parents were at, for less than a year, we did not have the same good experience we had the first time. This time there was only one person who came. A church singing group scheduled after we did so we did not have the same sort of attendance. <BR> <BR> The kitties were disappointed: <img src="">. That is them, waiting for people. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:17:16 EST Exams - I love them! We are in almost the middle of two weeks of exams. I have six that I am scheduled to be the proctor and the possibility of one more as I am the "back-up" person in case someone is ill or the roads are bad or whatever. Most exams are three hours but a few are four or a bit more. I enjoy exams because once the exam starts, as the proctor, I can do what I want, somewhat--read, knit, write. DB suggested taking in a spindle and spinning (which I would dearly love to do) but that would be distracti... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:09:33 EST Road Cats After we got the cats we occasionally took them to Mom and Dad's place in the independent living part of the care facility. After they moved into the main building we took the cats to Mom's room after Dad died, as well as to an aunt's room. <BR> <BR> Earlier this month, on a lark, we took the cats to my aunt's room and then to a lounge area with a door (no chasing the cats through the entire facility) to interact with anyone who wanted to pet cats. The care facility has health records for th... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:03:41 EST Another step along the way This is not meant to be a downer. Today is the mass of remembrance for my parents. We are not catholic. Both their caskets were purchased from a local monastery so once a year a mass is held for anyone who has used one of their caskets. Originally I was to be driving my mother to this as we received the original invitation two weeks after dad's funeral. But today it is for both of them; they died nine weeks apart. <BR> <BR> I do not think about them every day (my life is too crazy right now)... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:27:04 EST Just under the wire My October MKAL with KnitPurlHunter was finished with a few days to spare. Saturday was the done day! <img src=""> The foot looked incredibly long until they were on my feet and it was just right. It was my first time for German Short Rows; a bit fiddly but so far they feel very comfortable. I finished the form and sent my picture in to Skacel to be entered in the drawing. One always hopes. And I tell myself you ca... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:44:18 EST Getting more done at home... .... would happen if this would happen more: <img src="">. DB swears this is the picture most of the day while he is home. But when I walk in the door there is jumping, chasing, digging in my backpack and general mayhem. DB has opined that the rumpus begins when I come home because I am not there during the day and I am "new", not that it is 5:30pm. He might have a point but it makes it very difficult for me to get... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:31:01 EST Not as productive-but it's all good I had great hopes of getting a lot done during the practice exam: journals read, skein knitted up, etc. It did not really happen. I forgot that as a practice exam the three sections were shorter than normal. What is normally a 45 minute multiple-choice was only 30 minutes (with a 5 minute warning given). The essay portion was only 50 minutes with a 15 minute warning. Plus my assistant did not leave during one part and came back early for another part. Not quite as much time as I had hoped to... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 08:19:02 EST Practice Exam One of my faculty members, teaching a large group of 1st years (106 to be exact), is holding a practice exam today. Less time than a normal exam and fewer questions but it is to be run exactly like a final exam. <BR> <BR> What this means for me is that I pack a "to do" bag filled with knitting, writing paper, reading, my nook, etc. to keep me busy, quiet, and alert during the time the students are taking the exam. I love exams. I get to do what I want for a large period of time at work, that... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 08:58:40 EST Finally did it! Since I am not the face of the law school bringing in candidates to interview for a faculty position I was able to finally do this: <img src="">. Yup. Dyed my hair. This is not a drug store do it yourself, wash out in two weeks. This is a pro job that will have to grow out. Over months. Done on Friday and the reaction when I met with a group of friends from work was a lot of fun. I even had a total stranger stop b... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 22:27:31 EST Made of toys Last Sunday DB and I were on a road trip to a garden. The main reason for me was the sculptures. <img src=""> Made of legos! Lots and lots of legos. A total of 12 (I think) sculptures using 500,000 legos were all over the gardens. I especially liked where these were positioned: <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 6 Oct 2016 08:56:44 EST Pictures!! On one loom I weave rugs. It is one of the best that I have found for this. Some rugs are of fabric and, last year and for the foreseeable future, other rugs will be of handspun wool. It is the same loom that is a photo on my spark page. The fabric rug looked like this on Friday: <img src="">. The smaller (but not by much) loom in the loom house had much more delicate weaving on it. I am weaving a pair of scarves: ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:32:45 EST Grrr! I have photos of the weaving I did on Friday/Saturday but my phone is not cooperating! As soon as I get them off I will post again. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:38:58 EST I am pleased Yesterday I spent the morning making sure all the looms were working properly. But I am almost foolishly proud of the back wall in the loom house. When we started working on Wednesday it looked like: <img src="">. Kind of a mish-mash of small pieces hanging plus the shelf was mostly empty. Items that had resided there had been taken to another display room for a temporary display. <BR> <BR> When we were done we had... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:33:41 EST Demonstrating weaving By noon today everything should be set for Friday and Saturday. It is two long days of demonstrating weaving on looms that are approximately 200 years old. My favorite one has enough material threaded on it for at least 5 rugs. Last year I only wove one and a half because I was bouncing between the two building/two looms. But I did finish the scarves that had been threaded on the second loom the year before. This year I am threading a lovely silky-feeling wool and boucle. Both yarns were dyed... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:06:57 EST This has been the worst year that I can remember In March my father died. In April an uncle died. In May I was kicked out of the building on administrative leave while I was being investigated. In June my mother died. Last Sunday two aunts died and another one does not look good, but she could surprise all of us. I am in the midst of tests because I had vertigo for two weeks. Good for losing weight since not much was certain of staying down so I did not eat much. <BR> <BR> A very bad, no good, rotten year. I keep moving, trying to pare dow... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:25:26 EST Re-entry to work Yesterday was not too bad. It was short since I had a back appointment and left work at 4pm. Today is a full day 8-5. <BR> <BR> Reconnecting with friends was great. I had only 156 new emails and managed to deal with 100 and keep up with most incoming emails all day. Walking between offices at work gives me much more steps than walking between my computer room and fiber room at home which is all to the good. <BR> <BR> This morning is a 90 minute meeting that no one knows anything about, only... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:49:25 EST Last day Today is my last day of vacation and there are a lot of things to do. Yesterday was all about clearing the desk. Today is all about running around. Errands in town, errands out of town, laundry, cleaning rugs, and knitting. The commissioned socks are progressing. I am at the point I need to start measuring before each knitting session to be certain I do not make the feet too long before starting the heels. I figure one more movie and I will be at, or through, the heels. Once I have the heels... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:31:54 EST Home again, home again, jigity, jig The cats were so happy to come home yesterday morning. After reassuring them that this was their house they slept most of the day. Normal cat behavior or not sleeping much at the kennel? <BR> <BR> The laundry is done for right now. I knitted on the commissioned socks this morning for two hours. Now I need to find the top of my desk. Everything from the conference/vacation was piled there, plus the mail from the week we were gone. We did not have the piles and piles I expected. It was short w... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 12:29:08 EST Too much - brain overload This week has had so much. Tuesday was my all day class. Wednesday was only an afternoon class on warping on two beams for weaving with a supplemental warp. Thursday am class was a total bust. The conference is refunding everyone's fee for that class. The afternoon class was with the same leader as Tuesday's. It was an eye opener with ways of drafting for spinning a variety of fibers. Friday's class was on fitting muslins as a precursor to cutting into handwoven fabric to be certain all will ... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 09:01:40 EST Naalbinding - knitting with one needle That is stretching the definition a bit. But you do get a fabric that is less bulky than crocheting but less flexible than knitting. It was a great class and I am continuing to work on a small bag. I hope to have it done before the end of the conference as I have one class with the same instructor on Saturday and want to show her a finished piece-however small. <BR> <BR> This is what it looks like: <img src=""> fo... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 18:36:25 EST Busy day Tomorrow morning we leave--unsure of what time, just when we are ready. Today was spent filling the gas tank in the car, last minute laundry so we have clean clothes to take and packing. I admit that I spent a lot of time working on a knitting project. I would really like to have it bound off (only 210 stitches to go) before we leave but it I do not make it, it is not the end of the world. I am excited. I have some great classes and the chance to see a new to us zoo, botanical gardens, and ar... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:43:59 EST Today is the first day Of a two week vacation. Vacation only in the sense that I am not at work. There is much to prepare for a fiber conference in Milwaukee. We leave on 31 July and return home on 7 August. I have many great classes and about half are with friends from home and I hope to connect with friends from around the country. <BR> <BR> This means that I am sitting at the computer, working through emails, drinking coffee from a favorite cup <link><BR> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:32:20 EST Finished -- Almost A lovely hydrangea bush was one of the floral tributes at my mother's funeral. DB moved a dead forsythia and planted it in its place but waited for me to help rearrange the surroundings. This morning it was cool, looked like rain, and we both were home so we went at it hammer and tongs. Most all the ground cover is back in place. As we have lost pieces of slate over the years we need to purchase another bag. I spent a large amount of time pulling weeds and DB got out the chainsaw to deal with... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 13:34:57 EST Teamwork Yesterday when I came home the tire on the van was flat. It was that way since middle of the afternoon it seems. Later that evening DB and I tackled the job. It took both of us to remember how to do things, even with the car manual. I was the one crawling on the driveway to place the jack and taking the tire off. DB was the one to crack the lug nuts; they were on really tight. With teamwork it only took about 20 minutes but we were both filthy when we got done. <BR> <BR> Teamwork--it's what ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:51:10 EST Pen Museum 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