GETULLY's SparkPeople Blog GETULLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Last meeting, I hope Today could be the last meeting with a lawyer regarding all the frou-frou. I found out over the weekend I no longer exist in the university computer system. This means that later today I need to go to benefits to find out how to access the funds in my health spending account to pay for the last two items that had incurred costs before the end of February. It is such a screwed up, fossilized system. Benefits counts me as one rating which includes number of 'perks' and told me so in my one and ... Mon, 22 May 2017 09:08:24 EST Goose Poop DB and I have one park for walking that is filled with Canadian Geese in the winter and spring. They are still around even at this late date. Due to some extensive tree/shrub removal, the geese have found one path to congregate on so we felt like we were kicking our way through them when we walked earlier in the year. The after effect of this has been lots of poop on that one path. The last two times we walked there the weather was warm enough that we were reminded of geese, even though there... Sun, 21 May 2017 17:04:59 EST Rug photos The rug is now one braid short of being as wide as my work table: <img src="">. <BR> <BR> The braid, yet to be sewn on, now fits in the box it was stuffed into making the trip to my house. When I started the braid filled the box and the basket behind the box: <img src="">. I am definitely on the down-hill side of this project. Thu, 18 May 2017 23:19:24 EST The Rug... now almost as large as the table I am working on. now fitting into just the box that it arrived in, the braid, I mean. allowing me to catch up on Robert Parker books. Each book, so far, is five CDs long at approximately 1.25 hours each. So I stitch for one CD and then take a break (laundry, read, clean up my design/knitting desk, spin) and then go back. It has been a quite a number of days since I could get completely around the rug in one day's work. The Rug currently is al... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:13:12 EST At the last minute! Today is the deadline to enter the KAL drawing. I finished the sweater last night. It is not washed but the buttons are on and all the ends woven in. Looks cute! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I just used regular round buttons because I did not want to detract from the sheep on the back. Mon, 15 May 2017 10:52:40 EST Walking in the morning Which means I should set my alarm earlier. I was 20 minutes later than normal getting to the knitters/pilots group this morning. But, on the fun side, I saw six rabbits are various spots along the way. Gotta love the bunnies! <BR> <em>172</em> <em>172</em> <em>172</em> Sun, 14 May 2017 15:58:21 EST In a rut I am in a rut because of this: <BR> <img src="">. It needs to be done. It needs to all look like this: <BR> <img src="">. Currently it is 29" x 50" (2.5' x 4.2') and will be closer to 6' x 8' when completed. <BR> <BR> I feel I cannot do anything but work on the rug (no knitting, no spinning, certainly not thread up the loom). I work ... Thu, 11 May 2017 09:52:44 EST Walking in the Morning Since the weather said rain for today at the time we normally have been walking, we walked early this morning. Man, the birds were vocal! It was cool, a little cloudy, the birds were fun to watch streaking around, and DB saw two deer beside the trail feeding. Literally they were only about 10 feet from where we were walking. Nice way to start the day! <BR> <em>342</em> Mon, 8 May 2017 11:01:40 EST Minion work Or as DB says "my wife a booth babe." Today at Shepherds Market I minioned for another friend. I got to the site a little before 7am and Ellen and her son had already started moving things out of the van. We were all set up a little before 9am (the start of the event) so I moved on to help another friend that I assisted in Kansas City. <BR> <BR> It was a great day talking with friends and spinning small skeins of to new blends for Ellen that she did not have time to do before the show. Plus ... Sat, 6 May 2017 22:52:55 EST Two half-way done At a spinning time with friends this morning I endeavoured to finish spinning bits of fiber from two classes at from my spinning conference last week. I finished spinning, as a single ply, one class' handout of merino and alpaca. That is sitting on a bobbin waiting to be made into a ball so I can ply it. I worked on another bobbin that was part of homework for my two-day class. The requirement was 100 yards of fine. I found a BFL and tussah blend and had my 100 yards done for class but am now... Thu, 4 May 2017 23:13:18 EST Getting back in the swing of life at home My walking stick is on the way here. When I called the hotel, housekeeping had already turned it in. <BR> <BR> This morning I had an appointment at the senior center for a second orientation. I had one when we joined, shortly after DB was retired, three years ago, but I thought a refresher was a good thing to have. As we were walking through the building we could hear the senior symphony practicing. <BR> <BR> The afternoon was taken up with an ENT appointment for DB. He has had an infection... Tue, 2 May 2017 22:12:53 EST Did not believe it would happen! On the scale this morning-I am up 0.5 lb! I expected more than that since I was not able to get in a morning walk after the second morning. Tuesday and Wednesday I got in over a mile that was more of a hike (up and down) than a walk. Wednesday is was raining and a bit chilly. Thursday-Saturday it was always raining and below 50. I did not have wet-weather gear. But I did my best to walk in the hotel and shopping center. So, in spite of not being able to walk and sitting for long periods in cl... Mon, 1 May 2017 10:55:46 EST Home again, home again, jiggity, jig. It took 6.5 hours to get home (mapquest says 4 hours 45 minutes). Part of that was because it was raining the entire time, except for five miles, so I was driving slower than the 70MPH posted. Part of that was because I spent six nights away from home learning a lot of things, and being around more people than normal which meant I did not sleep as well. I stopped at 70% of the rest areas between Kansas City and home to walk a bit and keep myself alert. At one point I called DB to have him tal... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:29:45 EST Dearly Beloved Called It was unexpected. He called with news that one of my best weaving buddies, and a cousin, died on Tuesday and the funeral is tomorrow. I will not make it back. I cannot even find which funeral home is dealing with everything so I can send an e-condolence. So sad. A sparkle has been lost in the world. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:07:51 EST Creating muscle memory Yesterday my class was in Russian spindle spinning - specifically to spin very fine for lace knitting. I tried on my own to learn and did master the basics but watching the top spinner/teacher in the United States was eye-opening. I am a visual learner, either I need to see how something is done up close, or the best is to see it and immediately practice it. I took materials to my hotel room last night and kept going. But for one day's work I could only spin for 30 minutes before my entire bo... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:42:09 EST Leaving for Kansas City In an hour I leave for Kansas City. I am happy and sad. Happy because the spinning conference is a great learning experience. And it is small--about 300 people taking classes. Happy because I am going to order a new e-spinner to help power through all my spinning fiber so I can use it! Sad because DB was planning to go with me as he has never been to Kansas City, other than driving through to somewhere else. But he has several dental appointments that could not be scheduled other than this ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:30:35 EST Overwhelmed Yesterday my three sisters, the nieces and their SOs, and kids all descended on the house to dye eggs. Normally there are only 4 bodies (2 humans, 2 cats) in the house. Saturday we had 15 humans and 2 cats. DB left as soon as people started arriving. The cats were put in the bedroom (too many feet and too many little hands). Everyone else was milling around, talking, admiring the new baby and then dying eggs (and hands and faces). We had so many cracked eggs both before hitting the dye cups a... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:54:58 EST More pictures from workshop Spent last Saturday and Sunday at a spinning workshop. The first day we spun wool from sheep that are classed as primitive breeds. These are sheep that are smaller, more independent and can survive on their own. Their fleeces can have wool, hair, and kemp. Non-primitive sheep are those that have been 'improved' for either meat or fleeces. There are more and more shepherds raising primitive breeds for handspinners because some of the wools are truly wonderful to spin as well as to keep the bre... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:51:52 EST Pictures at Last!! Rug: <img src="">. From several days ago so it is wider/longer now. Spinning is handdyed merino called Swamp Thing: <img src="">. I plan to do a three-ply yarn, chain-plyed to keep the colors more solid. But the rug is what I am working on the most. When not walking with DB or yard work. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:24:50 EST Sorry I said I would have photos of the rug and Thursday morning spinning results, but the last two days have been crazy. Now I am 20 minutes away from leaving the house for a two-day spinning workshop. It is close enough that I am home at night but I will basically be out-of-pocket for two days. I will not drop Spark and recording but I am uncertain if there will be walking or much of anything. The last time I had a workshop with this instructor she gave so much information I could not function fo... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 08:42:06 EST Such a great time spinning Now that most of my time is spent sewing the braided rug back together taking a morning off to create yarn with friends is especially nice. We had a lovely time at a friend's studio. I call it her studio, she calls it her sanctuary. She is mostly a quilter; a fabulous one at that. I encouraged her to talk with an art space for an exhibit and they have her on their radar for fall 2018. <BR> <BR> I am spinning rather fine so I can chain ply to keep the colors more together, which will make a t... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 22:31:21 EST Expected but disappointed It is as we thought, bullies in power can do what they want. DB and I talked with the third lawyer yesterday afternoon. There is no "hook" to litigate. Not sexist--all women in the same work category. Not ageist--the people who were bullied out earlier are younger than I. <BR> <BR> The lawyer opined that since I was the one helping her so much when she started, not really a mentor, but giving her all the information how the college ran, she felt she had to get rid of me. She felt I "knew too... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:48:26 EST Saturday, 1 April Spin-In It was a great day driving with one of my fiber friends to a town on the Mississippi for a Spin-In set up by another friend. All together we had 15 spinners from the eastern 1/3 of Iowa. It was a great time of chatting, spinning, sharing lives since people had seen each other last. That afternoon we walked the streets of the town, dipping into various little shops (and the distillery), before leaving for another town with a yarn shop. Unfortunately that yarn shop is going out of business by t... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:31:45 EST Braid to Rug This photo is actually a number of days old. The rug is much wider than this shows. Like picking up knitting every time I sit down at the table, put the thimble on my finger and start stitching it grows. I just need to sit down at the table more. <img src=""> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:38:39 EST Full-time job! At the night knitters meeting a friend who has been retired for two years opined that it can be a full-time job meeting with friends for breakfast, coffee, lunch, tea, etc. I had not thought about it at the time but, yeah, it could be a full-time job. I am of an age where most of my fiber friends are retired. Other friends coming through town, that work made it a hassle to meet with, are always met with an immediate response of "where do you want to meet?" So, yes, I am connecting and reconn... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:57:22 EST 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