GETULLY's SparkPeople Blog GETULLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Fountain Pen Museum Today is day two of my three days without pay. The next one occurs in late July. But it means that DB and I can visit the Shaeffer Fountain Pen Museum. If I can get DB to do all the driving I would have approximately 4 hours to knit (down and back). This is something I have known about for years but the museum is only open for 4 hours on Monday and Friday. Until now we have not been able to coordinate our schedules. And, to be honest, when my parents were alive my Saturdays were spent helping... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:08:59 EST Made it through Friday was the last memorial event for my mother. There is the mass of remembrance in November at the monastery but that will be a very general thing. We have made progress in closing accounts and dealing with all the physical things that are left when someone dies. The best is that the care facility is completely covered. There may be a bill that they have been fighting the insurance company for therapy in late December/early January still to come but everything else is zero! So we will kee... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:59:33 EST At work but not at work I am an early riser. I have been since college. But it is too easy for me to get lost in a task and forget time, even when using a timer. For months DB has been driving me to work early so I can work on things I did not want to work on at home for fear I would always be late getting to work. It also means less traffic for him. I have the added "alarms" of my office mates arriving so I know when I need to stop what I am doing and focus on "work". It is a plan. Even when I am on vacation I am u... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:21:02 EST Monday, Monday, can't trust that day.... I have no idea what will happen today. I know that I am not being listened to by my supervisor since she has created this picture of me that is totally inaccurate "you do not get along with anyone on 4th floor" "News to me--I go out drinking with these people." "You do not hand off any work" "did you check with Mary? she did about 4 hours for me this week" There is a blatant refusal to check anything I say so I am certain that my days are numbered. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of friends in the bu... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:26:45 EST Yesterday was rotten I finally got the results of the 'investigation' done during my administrative leave. When I let one of the faculty I work with read the 'results' letter his only comment was these are all very petty things. I agreed. Events that happened seven months ago have been rewritten to be the most heinous crimes when they never even made a blip on the radar at the time. So it has come down to if I sneeze and that is not approved of, I will be fired. I have three days unpaid leave. I was told they wer... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 22:05:37 EST It took four days Work-wise I am back to the same point I was one month ago when I was frog-marched out of the building and put on administrative leave. I am completely caught up with everything on my desk to 9 May and have moved some tasks forward. Crazy but that is what happens when someone is competent, even when not acknowledged to be so. Two of the faculty members that I work with are livid about the whole thing but I do not know that they can do anything beyond what they have done. I am keeping my head d... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:56:00 EST Monday back at work After such a fabulous weekend (even though it was hot, hot, hot) I really did not want to be back in the office this morning but there is so much that I need to catch up with my international scholars. We have a program where scholars from all over the world come to use our law library. I am the coordinator, point person, starter of the visa document process and all that came to a screeching halt for a month! I need to get my people who are scheduled to arrive the beginning of August back on ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:02:56 EST Hot, hot, unbelievably hot We got to the grounds in the middle of a huge rainstorm yesterday. The three of us just sat in the car, hoping we could wait it out. We did, but between us and were we wished to be was a rushing river of water in the lane and an impassable lake in a small ditch. So much water that DB backed the car up while we were waiting to be out of the rising water of the 'lake'. It was so hot but so very nice to be among 'my people' that I did not mind. As we were making a fast turn through the second ve... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:32:02 EST Sheep and Wool!!! DB and I are heading out for two days of sheep and wool. On the way we pick up a dear friend for the ride. I am looking forward to some good times without any thoughts of work or everything that has happened over the last few months! <BR> <BR> Sometimes all you need is a few days away. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 06:54:52 EST May 9 - June 9 That is how long I have been away from the office. May 9 was the day I was frog-marched out of my office and not allowed to return to get any of my things. According to the letter I should have been back to work on 2 June but with my mother's funeral and everything today is my first day back. Some people will be glad to see me. The person who brought the charges will not be there--according to her email at 6:08pm last night. But she is putting my keys and ID in my mailbox. In an unsecured ar... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:05:01 EST Endings This is my last day of "freedom"; I go back to the office tomorrow morning. Back to eight hours a day in front of a computer. DB and I spent yesterday with a short, half-day trip and running errands. As of this morning I have written the last thank you for my mother's funeral, unless something else comes in. <BR> <BR> On the way back into town I stopped by the visitation for the father of one of my office mates. Her father had a series of small heart attacks a week ago. Since I was in duranc... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 20:02:28 EST Mom's Funeral In approximately 60 minutes I will leave to start the day. The minister wants family at the church by 8:30am. I estimate I will be home by 3pm. Long, stressful day. When I get home I will put my massage mat on the chair and use it for a double round. It was so late by the time I got home and dealt with everything I unloaded from the car I did not do that last night. I tried to sleep later this morning and did manage that by 15 minutes. This does not offset the 45 minutes in the middle of the ... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 07:40:38 EST And so it starts Today is the visitation/wake for my mother. DB is going to arrive at approximately mid-way with good coffee as well as provide an escape for a half-hour or so. There is a small park in my mother's town that we are going to go to and walk for a bit. I also plan to have reasons to go to my car several times this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I know all the social reasons for the traditions we have surrounding a death but I have developed a lack of desire to participate in any of it. Today is not really... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 06:59:40 EST Six Plus! DB and I again went for an early (out of the house by 5:15am) morning walk at a local walking park. We were only a few blocks from our house when I spotted a doe and very tiny fawn in a front yard. On the way to the park we saw another deer. Walking through a more treed and undergrowth part of the park we saw Bambi and Thumper. On the way home three deer were making their way across a busy street. <BR> <BR> Cool weather, wild life, and a great sunrise. All good reasons to walk in the early ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:47:53 EST Early morning sighting! This morning I woke up 30 minutes early. Since DB had his light on and was reading I suggested an early morning walk. We drove to a nearby recreation area that has a 2-mile path around a small lake. Very nice, crisp morning with fog rising from the lake, Canadian geese lifting off to fly north, and one very young doe in the tall grass. She walked a bit ahead of us, 40 yards to the side, for quite a distance but when I stopped to attempt a photo she flipped her tail and disappeared into the tr... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:44:29 EST No good, very bad, rotten day It all started with a phone call at 6:15am. My Mother had died in her sleep. I was so glad that I spent the evening with her yesterday. 31 May 2016 would have been my parents 65th wedding anniversary and I did not want her to think it was forgotten just because Dad died at the end of March. <BR> <BR> It was a long day of dealing with the arrangements, the care facility, packing up her room so we did not have to pay for another day, many phone calls, many talks with her friends so they would ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 20:53:47 EST 4 Buns and a Coon Walking this morning the yards were filled with rabbits. As I watched one bun run up the hill to a back yard there was a raccoon walking down the hill. My immediate thought was how fast I could run if it were rabid! It seemed rather late in the morning for a raccoon to be out and about. But he/she turned around and walked back up the hill after seeing me. Logged in 30 minutes at an aerobic level and 5-10 minutes at my lower 'just getting started' speed. It looks like rain coming from the sout... Tue, 31 May 2016 11:00:55 EST Meeting with my peeps! Sunday morning-the pilots and knitters group meet! Some of the knitters are pilots and the non-knitting pilots are also mechanics. One is in process of taking apart and putting together his plane for the annual check of everything. He hopes to have it back together by next week. It is always great fun to see what people are working on and just to touch base with everyone each week. We all go in different directions during the week so It is a great catch up time. We show off new fiber, an old ... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:56:16 EST Sleeping bags We now have all the sleeping bags washed! Spent the morning at the laundromat, with the huge washers, and at Farmer's Market. I am feeling more caught up with things. The bags are draped over my drying racks in the basement as they would be damaged in a dryer. It has been so humid with rain every day for a bit that the air is on, keeping the house dryer inside. The bags could be dry by Monday morning! Then the decision becomes which bags are kept and which are moved on down the road. We have ... Sat, 28 May 2016 11:41:07 EST Out today Today will be a long day, with not much knitting. In a few minutes DB and I are leaving to go to the next county seat. I need to return my father's handicapped placards (deceased) and get one for my mother. DB found an interesting little place for breakfast. Then DB will return home and I will be in my mother's town for a day of errands, meetings, and driving her to visit her sister in a nearby town. All things I enjoy, except for the fact that there is no place to just flop and be me. <BR> ... Fri, 27 May 2016 07:40:51 EST Rain, chance of Rain, Big Thunder! This morning it was raining again, this time with thunder, no walk outside. Need to power up the treadmill. Instead I took a sleeping bag to the laundromat to use a huge drum washer. My washer at home is too small and could damage the bag with the agitator. Both drying racks are in full use again. Sleeping bag on one and some scarves on the other. With the humidity I should plug in the dehumidifier or nothing will get dry fast. I have two more sleeping bags to wash after pulling them out of t... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:57:41 EST Tuesday morning not walk It is raining so I am not walking. I was up earlier than normal this morning because I woke up a little after 4am. When I realized that I was not going to be able to go back to sleep I just got up and was ready for the day, with coffee made, before 5am. I completed writing up my notes for my lawyer regarding the last meeting with the investigator and got those sent off. It seems like my days at home will be coming to an end--depending on how fast the review of interviews and documents is comp... Tue, 24 May 2016 07:41:22 EST Monday morning walk I overslept so my walk was not as long. I made up for less walking time by more verticals. Going up is always OK but coming down I am starting to feel more in my knees. Some days all is well and some days they are a little cranky. This morning was one of the lesser cranky ones; about half-way down the last hill on knee started to complain. <BR> <BR> I had to be home well before 8am. At some point this morning I will receive a call/text/email message letting me know when the next investigati... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:11:52 EST Missed Yesterday But I was still walking, even longer. I have a bad case of 'startits'. Heading into the stash room to clear out sleeping bags I saw a bag of discontinued yarn that was given to me. Instead of dealing with the sleeping bags I went on Ravelry to find out what I could about the yarns, found a pattern, and now have another baby blanket on the needles. On the other side of startitis is that my long-running baby blanket is ending. Yesterday I started casting off--approximately 900 stitches. Then I... Sat, 21 May 2016 08:06:26 EST New Project Started Just started a new watch cap out of donated fiber that I handspun. Every year at the Iowa State Fair a talented dyer lays out fiber she has dyed in an arena in the sheep barn and area spinners and knitters spend the day there spinning the fiber which is then knitted into hats for local organizations. Last August I was there with an information table regarding a state wide group of weavers and spinners, trolling for new members. I fell in love with a bump of fiber and brought it home to spin a... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:29:28 EST It's a Streak! Day three of walking in early morning! Went back to one of my old routes that I walked years ago. I was early enough the bunnies and ducks were still out and about. <BR> <BR> Yesterday turned out to be a great day. The crappy scheduled investigation meeting was cancelled - primary investigator was ill. So I had another day working at home. We finally got a chair/footstool combo out of the house to a resale shop. It was too big for any of the spaces we tried it in and so it went. I have been ... Wed, 18 May 2016 09:21:27 EST Morning walk Continuing what I started yesterday I walked again this morning. By going a slightly different route to the local drugstore I got in more miles. I took the return walk through the local cemetery. I have always found it to be a peaceful place to walk. <BR> <BR> Now here tracking things for SparkPeople having coffee at my computer in a lovely old cup from my grandparents' house. When my sister and I were cleaning out an aunt's apartment after she moved to a nursing home at the beginning of the... Tue, 17 May 2016 09:55:37 EST Monday morning walk I had letters to post and since I cannot do that at work, DB and I walked to the nearest drop place (approximately 20 minutes away) to drop them off. We were there and back before 8am. It was a lovely time of day to be walking. I used to do that: get up before 5am and walk. But it meant I did not always get to work before 8am so I stopped. But right now, when it is not raining (and we have had the rain lately!), I can do this. According to the pedometer we had 39 minutes of aerobic level ... Mon, 16 May 2016 20:30:27 EST 2-3 Weeks That is how long I will be on what feels like house-arrest but called Administrative Leave. I have to act like I am at work 8am-5pm, no going to nearby towns, no going for a walk in the middle of the day, etc. I must be available to answer any of their phone calls regarding work but I am not allowed to talk to anyone connected with work, go to the building, or even be on the street outside the building. I must be available to return to the building within 45 minutes if necessary. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 13 May 2016 20:43:18 EST Lawyers Last night I talked with an employment lawyer who told me a lot of what I already knew but gave me many pointers and...homework. That is almost finished. I just need to write up my findings turn everything into a pdf and email and send it to him for his comments and further directions. <BR> <BR> Even though I really do not care about all this. It is one petty person taking revenge, but I have not been keeping enough notes to prove retaliation. It was heartening to hear that "it does not soun... Thu, 12 May 2016 08:59:15 EST Administrative Leave As of Monday, a little before 4pm I have been put on administrative leave. They are investigating and I have no idea who they are talking to. I cannot have any contact with people where I work, even drive on the street near the building, or do any work upon pain of .... Yesterday I was forced to work--my supervisor called me because something had not been done that had a Tuesday,12noon deadline. The call came at almost 1pm. So I kind of feel like the "upon pain of ..." has already been trigge... Wed, 11 May 2016 12:50:21 EST Back again, this time for good. Too much has happened since I last was on spark people. So long ago I almost cannot believe it. In between my parents moved to a care facility; their house was cleared out, an auction held, items to resale and antique shops; my father died; the funeral and all the attendant family interactions (not all good); two aunts moved to care facilities; one apartment cleared out, etc.; and work has gone down the toilet. <BR> <BR> But I promised my weight counselor that I would start tracking food on... Thu, 5 May 2016 22:49:46 EST Long Walk Yesterday Long for me anyway. My walks have been home to bus and bus to work. Granted it is a good walk, mostly uphill in the bus to work part so I get a good workout and then trot up the steps once inside the building. Yesterday DB and I walked a trail that I have not been on in eight months. Not so nice in that the trees have mostly lost all their leaves but nice weather and a good stretch. I have to admit that after the first mile I was wanting to stop but we did not until we were almost two miles i... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 22:52:39 EST Starting Again I started again in August after an absence. And starting again. Work has been crazy, both in amount and supervision. Tracking started today. DB and I walked yesterday but today was full of errands and cleaning. The dust buffalo are roaming at will and must be corralled. Even fiber things have fallen by the way-side. I come home after a 10 or 12-hour day and am brain dead. I am back. Sun, 25 Oct 2015 19:24:19 EST