GETULLY's SparkPeople Blog GETULLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community This cold is the pitts! I feel like I am on the mend - at least no longer drippy -- but I am now coughing. I guess this is better. I am using hand sanitizer at every sneeze, cough, nose blow; desperately trying to not give it to Dearly Beloved. I only had two days were it felt like I was losing the battle but I am ready for this to be over! I know in 10 days it will be gone but that is a long time. I have been able to keep knitting but much slower. <BR> <BR> If the streets/sidewalks were clear I would not even mind... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:45:52 EST Fantabulous, Wondrous, totally over the top of the world news!!! While at the village I found out that there is a chance that we have $1000.00 to put toward getting the spinning wheels moving forward!! The group that was originally going to submit the grant application (and then did not) now has $500 they are going to give to the village to start work! There is also a good (really good) chance that a county group will also give $500. They have given $300-$500 to the village every year for the past who knows how long and the director said they would put tho... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:31:34 EST Not going to happen - Sigh I spent the day at the historical village. I made a few more adjustments to my one working wheel and worked on a second wheel. The second wheel will need a lot of repairs that we do not have the funds for. It is almost an exact replica of two other wheels, one of which I have working quite well. Plus it does not have any history. The director cannot remember who or when it was given to the village; it was never entered into inventory. I have found someone who wants to donate a working wheel i... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 00:04:59 EST Baby Blanket - DONE!!! <img src=""> Finally done - all 15 skeins of it!! I finished it and washed it on 31 December so it gets added to my 2017 total rather than the year it was started, 2016. It was fun to do when it was small, completed it is 32.5" x 42.5". It's more of a crib blanket. Although with the below zero temperatures and my working space being in the basement, it made a nice warmth on my legs when I was doing the last stripe! Tue, 2 Jan 2018 21:18:13 EST And sometimes it is not the weather that changes plans Today a sister and I were to visit and take things to an Aunt in a care facility. Small town about 40 minutes away from my place. With the snow falling like it was yesterday I did not trust the roads for today. In talking with my sister last night; the care facility has flu and did not want any 'unnecessary' visitors. So we did not go. Perhaps by next weekend the flu will be gone and I will have the photos copied that my Aunt wanted. One is a photo of her, my dad, and my uncle with the younge... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 18:40:27 EST Love how the weather controls things! As I was driving to pick up a friend to head to the spinning afternoon the snow picked up even more. On the 511 system it looked like we would drive out of it in 13 miles but then I realized that the snow was coming from the west, which meant it would follow us down the road and then be awful driving the hour back home. So we had our spinning day at her house! I called the original hostess and gave our regrets (but really--scheduling in February in Iowa is just asking for it to snow). We had ... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 20:35:19 EST Good Morning Fluffies! <img src=""> <BR> This is the December to January Spinners Group problem/project/sample/quest for new knowledge. Three cotton bolls, with the husk, a bit of stem, and embedded seeds. We get to do anything we like to get thread/yarn spun. Each boll can be pulled apart into four "pieces" with seeds in each piece. <img src=""> We can pull th... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:33:25 EST Spinners Goal For the last two years our spinners group (spinning wheel) has been studying specific fibers. Two years ago it was endangered sheep breeds. Last year it was spinning fiber within a 200 mile radius of home. This year it is plant fibers. The previous two years my record was a miserable 0 in terms of spinning up the fiber samples. This year (September-May) my goal as been to get each month's sample spun up by the next meeting. So far <em>248</em> !! October's sample was banana fiber. I managed... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:55:33 EST Solstice <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought this was amazing. Here is the explanation of what Winter Solstice is as shown in the picture: Welcome to December’s Solstice, first day of winter in the north and summer for the southern hemisphere. Astronomical markers of the seasons, solstice and equinox dates are based on the Sun's place in its annual journey along the ecliptic, through planet Earth's sky. At this solstice, the... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:31:45 EST Is this what it means? As I wrote my "current status" today I suddenly felt old. I have only one aunt living in the same state. I have one aunt in Arizona and one uncle in Kentucky. All the old guard is moving on. This hit me last year when two aunts died on the same morning (states apart) and then with the time difference both their funerals were at the same time. I feel more of an orphan now than I did when my parents died. <BR> <BR> The aunts and uncles are part of the group that raised us and even though you k... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:06:22 EST PT starts I know it will help but it certainly has made things sore right now. For months the IT Band on my right leg has been tight but it was gradually getting better as I worked on it with foam rolling. But then my knee/foot went totally wonky when I was driving. Happened twice in one weekend but at different stages of traveling so my doctor has sent me for physical therapy. I have my list of exercises to do which are peasy-easy but the actual therapy, pushing and poking, has been painful after the ... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:25:07 EST Full Week! This week has been/will be full of fibery fun. Monday started with me knitting in a meeting; hat got started and 1/3 done. <img src=""> Tuesday was the quilting day; two comforters were tied, in and out of frame fast enough to make your head spin, and one quilt was finished and taken out of frame. Wednesday (today) was Daytime Knitters (as opposed to Night Knitters) of the Craft Guild; the hat from Monday is now 2/... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 17:49:18 EST Three years! I am taking seriously my goal of sorting/cleaning places that have not been touched for donkey's-years in the house. Today's spot was the tubs in the basement that held bedspreads that have not been touched for three years. Since they fit the full bed and not the twin I could not make a summary judgment; Dearly Beloved needed to be consulted. In conjunction, there were the two bedspreads he had squirreled away in the gun closet. Out of six bedcoverings two will be leaving the house, one will ... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 23:34:03 EST Spinning!!! At the historical village today working in the main building. There are several display rooms, one of which has four spinning wheels, actually two wheels and two spinning-wheel-shaped-objects (wheels which are not all there or are missing crucial pieces). One wheel, a Canadian Production Wheel, had me really excited to clean up and get going, until I realized that someone had taken a major piece off. Looks pretty but will not work. Still going to go back to it later in the winter to see if I ... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:17:44 EST Trains on the road trip Yesterday Sister and I had a road trip to get her rings checked (guaranteed for life if she has them checked every six months) and me to pick up knitting I had in an exhibit. On the way there we stopped at an alternative grocery story that sets up trains every season. They were great. Feast your eyes on this. <BR> Multi-leveled: <img src=""> Lots of lights: <img src=" Sun, 26 Nov 2017 21:21:23 EST Weaving at Home For the last number of years in September at the Fall Festival I would have the same thoughts: "I'm weaving here and I really enjoy it so why cannot I get my loom threaded up at home to weave there?????" <BR> <BR> I now am threaded! I am weaving! I am not quite flying along but moving along at an acceptable speed. (The speed I am going will have the baby blanket woven by the end of the weekend.) I offer proof that I can weave on my own loom: <img src=" Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:02:13 EST Closing up the Loom House Today was the last very cold day weaving in the loom house. Temp when I started was only 32 degrees F. The loom with the table mats is now empty. Now I just need to do the enclosed edges to finish them (along with the baby blanket on my home loom and other knitting projects) and get them back down to the gift shop. I will still be going down to the village to weave and spin. I moved the tiny, table-top loom into the main building so I can finish that shawl/scarf without freezing. Weaving toda... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:31:49 EST Color even on a dull, rainy day On a lark Dearly Beloved and I went to a sponsored craft show at a local hotel. Found a former workmate; we were able to chat a little. After we took a walk in the attached wetlands park. We had been there before but it had been awhile. Today is a cold, damp, dingy day but I could still find a bit of color: <img src="">. <BR> <BR> Wherever you are in your life you can still find color, something to be grateful for... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:49:45 EST Owls!! Yesterday afternoon we walked (slowly getting my leg back) at the prairie park. Just before I snapped this photo the second owl near the top of the tree dropped off for dinner. <img src=""> They were amazing to see! Even though it was only 5:30, with the time change it is almost dark, they were out hunting. At first we thought the blobs in the tree were crows or hawks but when we got a bit closer I could see ear tu... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 10:01:12 EST Baby Blanket Started One of my younger sisters is expecting a grandchild in December. She sent me a photo of fabric being used in the nursery and asked for a woven blanket to match. Yesterday I finally finished the design, rechecked all my calculations, and started the process. First is measuring the lengthwise yarns (warp). Because the yarn is thick (worsted weight that I will weave at 8 threads per inch) I can only do this in sections. Here are my colors: <img src=" Wed, 8 Nov 2017 09:06:14 EST Quiet, Almost Boring I started my day with my normal unemployment computer work. As soon as I completed that we were out the door to the outlet mall. I had coupons. We needed to replace our hotpads and Dearly Beloved was looking for a certain kind of shirt. We also want to replace our silverwear. What we use has been cobbled together from three different patterns and when I realized I could not put together workable, matching silver the last time we had dinner for six it hit me that we could spend $$ to do this. ... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 22:38:51 EST Not the last day for Winter! I have at least two more days in the loom house because there are tours in November. It will also take that amount of time to finish off the second loom's weaving and set up the display for winter, I think. I am removing my completed woven things used for display: <img src=""> the brown/white coverlet, the red/white scarves, and the peacock-colored scarves handing on the rod. I will put up the fabrics that were liv... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 23:49:11 EST Last day for the Winter? Today I am at the loom house to weave off two of the looms, the large one with a scarf and the middle one with the table mats. The tiny loom I want to move to the main building so I can finish that scarf where it is warm and people will see it. In the winter no one walks around the grounds so I do not need to have anything on the looms. Plus the loom house does not have heat. I take my little electric heater and move it so my feet stay warm. My hands and arms are moving enough to keep warm bu... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 08:42:32 EST Teaching Brioche Yesterday went better than I could have expected. I had to do some thinking on the fly as three of the four people knitting swatches hold their yarn in the right hand rather than the left. It was a bit puzzling to me how to get the yarnovers done correctly but we managed. We had six people (not counting me) at the meeting but two of them declined to participate but took the materials so I do not know if they will try or just recycle the papers when they were home. <BR> <BR> Everyone who trie... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 20:57:58 EST Teaching at Knitters Group What was I thinking?!? I volunteered, without anyone asking, to teach brioche at the knitters meeting today. I think it was partially because I was feeling very comfortable with the technique and I know one of the other knitters was bouncing all over the internet reading things and still could not figure it out. Sometimes too many different points of view or directions is a detriment to learning. I teach things (spinning or knitting or weaving) one way and if that does not work for someone I ... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 11:36:45 EST Sitting here with my cup Thinking about my past week and my week to come. Right now I seem to be gone more than I am at home so I feel like nothing is getting done. That is not exactly true but when I leave the house early or try to get a lot of things done before I leave at 9am and come home kind of wiped out and do nothing in the evening it feels like nothing is getting done. This month I have been away every weekend, either just Saturday or in the case of the first weekend from Friday afternoon to Monday evening. ... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:26:05 EST Changed Day Today Dearly Beloved and I were planning on driving north, leafing. Instead I am cleaning and doing everything that I did not do this week because I was gone Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. It is all good. Not what I planned but it will work for me. Mid-afternoon I might be caught up enough to sit with my spinning or knitting and watch a movie. <BR> <BR> Part of life is rolling with the changes. So, I did not lose any weight this week, I need to be certain I am tracking all my food and getting m... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:33:02 EST Spin-In and Prince George Yesterday was the annual Spin-In that I host at the Historical Village. We had quite a group. Not as big as I hoped but a goodly number spinning away when the tour group came through. One of the high points was showing the loom house to a long-time friend that had not seen it since it was cleaned/sorted. We spent quite a bit of time discussing the wheels that I hope to have in working order within the next year. Prince George was a hit. He is just very cute and very special <img src="http://... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:25:57 EST Fixed!! At the loom house because there is a slight chance that the tour will brave the rain and come out. In the meantime I wove on the large loom before I realized that I need to save that to be certain I can weave on it for the last event near the end of the month. That drove me to the loom that broke mid-morning the second day of the festival. Good news is that it is back up and running . Finished the mat that was being woven when catastrophe hit and star... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:09:12 EST Still recovering Fall Festival was Friday and Saturday and the lead up on Wednesday and Thursday along with the visitation and funeral for my aunt. I am still taking it easy and doing the laundry and knitting at the most. But I also need to get in gear and pull stuff together for a workshop on the weekend. Must have more coffee tomorrow! Tue, 3 Oct 2017 23:19:21 EST Stick a Fork in It - It's Done!!! The loom house that is. I cleaned the last corner today and vacuumed everything in anticipation of the Festival on Friday and Saturday. They came and took out the wall so it feels like we gained another entire building! but it was really only about 9'x5' feet. It makes the room look so big to have the glass wall done away. Visitors walk right in and do not hesitate before talking. Before they would stop right inside the door because of the wall and sometimes not even see the open door to walk... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:33:51 EST 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