GETULLY's SparkPeople Blog GETULLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Malls can be a good thing We are under a heat advisory until later tonight. This morning, at the normal walking time, we had lightening. No early morning walking. The plan, which we just returned from executing, was to walk around the mall. If we do all the outlying sections it is one mile per round. Granted the more open areas of the mall were warmer but nothing like outside. We managed two rounds around before we went to the bookstore. I really wanted something other than the treadmill. I can do that if there are no... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:05:24 EST OMG is it hot! This month I am at the historical village on Thursdays. I had it set up with the staff that when they locked up the loom house on Wednesdays they would turn on the air conditioner so the loom house would be more comfortable (read I would able to work and not sweat all over the yarn as I was spinning or weaving) on Thursdays. You can see where this is going. Today it was 80 degrees at 5:20am (when DB and I did our walk). I got to the village and no air. I turned the AC on high and decided to w... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:32:58 EST Really liking "my" studio space The day is pretty much set - Thursdays at the historical village and museum. This week, along with spraying my own version of 'febreeze', I took my vacuum with me and vacuumed first. Then, while taking the vacuum back to the car, I sprayed my stuff. When I got back to the building, everything just felt better. I feel like I accomplished much: <BR> Actual Weaving <img src="">; half done measuring the warp threads fo... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:11:43 EST Late This morning I overslept so we did not make it to our walking place until 5:45am, after other walkers, bikers, and dogs. So no wildlife. Not even a rabbit. But we did see a doe and fawn (still had spots) on the drive home. I wanted to show you things that we have seen on our walks at this park: <BR> <BR> Saw this deer on Sunday morning. <img src=""> She was only about 20 yards from us. <BR> <BR> From a few weeks ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:19:35 EST What were you thinking!!! What was I thinking? The rug is still ongoing. It is becoming so huge that I have to keep an end folded to keep working on it on my table. But with that, and the unemployment requirements, I accepted a test knitter task. With a deadline of 31 July. I know I can do it but right now I think I am out of my mind! Tomorrow I have no place that I need to go so I will split my time between the rug and the test knit and stay home. It is so hot and muggy that I really do not want to go anywhere and th... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:11:35 EST Almost done with step 1 I have been working through small bits of fiber that I received in goodie bags at conferences. I have a plan but it will take time since it involves spinning everything, plying with another yet-to-be-spun yarn, and then weaving (stay tuned). As of this evening I am approximately 90% done with spinning all my bits. This is one example of what I started with: <BR> <img src="">. <BR> Which after spinning yesterday at ... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 23:02:26 EST Appealing the unemployment decision As my lawyer said "sometimes my magic wand works and sometimes it does not." She contacted the university person who is head of all this with the statement 'You agreed that the university would not contest xxx unemployment, and she was awarded benefits. Now she has received a notice that the university is contesting benefits. The return address was xxx. Please fix this." He is. An email came back "There was a miscommunication. The appeal will be withdrawn." Dearly Beloved is certain that it ... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 23:27:20 EST Productive I am trying to schedule one day a week at the Historical Village/Museum. Today was the day. Inside the museum I was only able to weave three-four inches (10 minutes) because they closed early. Most of my day was spent working in the Loom House. After adding a washer to the axel of the great wheel it now goes and goes and goes--as long as I have fiber to spin. I no longer have to press as I am turning the wheel to keep everything in alignment. <BR> <BR> The rest of the time was spent working ... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 23:29:32 EST Should have seen this coming Now I have received notice that the university is appealing the affirmative decision that I get unemployment. Even after the Senior Director of HR Policy and Administration assured my lawyer that the university would not contest. I have the feeling that this is all being done at a lower level and he does not know anything about it. I scanned the form and send it to my lawyer, unfortunately after 5pm. So now I wait on tenterhooks to see what is going on. I feel I can only wait until tomorrow a... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 23:23:00 EST Interview--nailed it I know that sounds weird but I managed to not get offered a job. The person I was interviewing with did understand my position. The great thing is that I had my two applications for this week completed before I left the house for the interview so I am able to work my own work for the rest of the week. Mon, 3 Jul 2017 23:19:46 EST Moving on with unemployment When balancing my checkbook and bank statements from June, I saw three payments from unemployment. But I also just got a letter that said I should not get one of those payments because I was at a conference and could not apply for jobs or work if one was offered. So I am holding $$ waiting until they tell me where to send the check. But it was welcome to see some funds coming in. <BR> <BR> Monday is my replacement interview from last week. I hope I can blow it! Sun, 2 Jul 2017 17:48:25 EST Ch-Ch-Changing I had to reschedule the interview from this afternoon. My sister's train was delayed by 1 hour 20 minutes, the first time. So the friend that rode along and I explored the town square (complete with fountain) since the message came after we started on the road. When we were sitting at the train station another message arrives that it will be another 40 minutes. Passenger trains always have to give way to the commercial trains so cross-country trains are almost always late. Good thing we had o... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:29:05 EST Harriet Yarn!!! I received a totally OH WOW! present today. The lawyer (Julia) I have been working with to get unemployment and I actually have a long history. When I was a freshman in college my parents came to parents weekend and ended up transporting a chair from my college town to a small town about 20 miles from home; to the house of what became my weaving teacher's son and daughter-in-law. (At that point I was not weaving but was working with Harriet in the theatre costume shop.) Move ahead 13 years an... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:40:54 EST Another step Yesterday I got my decision letter. I will be receiving unemployment. Under Explanation of Decision: "Our records indicate you were dismissed from work on 02/17/17. However, a review of the record does not show willful or deliberate misconduct." So now I must apply for two jobs every week in order to receive a check. <BR> <BR> One job that I applied for the very first week (week of 4 June) contacted me for an interview on Thursday. I was certain that they would not call me back as I asked fo... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:16:31 EST This is new Woke up this morning way before the alarm and realized I was sick. Nothing bad, just do not move or you will lose everything in your stomach. So I did not move and talked myself back to sleep. Instead of 5am and a morning walk, I crawled out of bed at 8:30 and had a shower and mint tea. I am better but not up to par. I have not really been sick for over two years. I had weeks where after walking into the building for work I would throw up but that I knew was stress and not organic. I have bee... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:05:55 EST Fact-finding interview After almost 30 minutes of nail-biting (actually I do not do that any more--I paced) the call finally happened. It was scheduled for 1:45pm but my phone did not ring until 2:10pm. I was a bit flustered with some of the information requested but managed to recover, mostly. It was interesting that the only real question that the person from the university could answer was the length of time I worked there 5/26/88-2/17/17. They had no information as to why I was up for termination and had only a... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:52:11 EST Not settling on anything this week This week has been unsettled. I returned from the conference on Sunday but Monday could not get my mojo going to apply for two jobs (minimum needed to collect unemployment) and then received a letter that there is a phone interview Thursday (tomorrow) with Workforce, someone from the University and me. Three day's warning. I guess it is good that the letter did not arrive last week--I would not have seen it before I left town. <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today I was so tired in the afternoon I n... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:56:11 EST Fashion Show I hope this works. I had only my nook at the exhibit instead of the camera. Best in show was a dress with detached collar embellished with chain mail. <BR> <img src=""> And the back <BR> <img src="">. When we get the file of photos I will show a few more. Those will be more clear. This dress was a collaboration be... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:20:10 EST Back to real life Walking with DB. Laundry (everything back from the conference). Returning to the rug. Finances. Catching up with people. Fulfilling my work to get unemployment. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:02:35 EST Blown away Tonight was the fashion show. Some really fabulous entries. So much so that I found myself tearing up as the models were walking the runway. All handwoven fabric and in two pieces it was also handspun. So much talent! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow my morning is open so the plan is to see all the exhibits including all the show entries. Will try to get a few shots. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:13:32 EST Connor Prairie linsey quilt My first lecture was a smash hit. Connor Prairie is a living history interactive site. The weavers, spinners, and quilters all joined together to reproduce an incredibly old piece for their loom house. We saw both the original as well as the reproduction. It was magnificent ! !!! They think the original was brought to the area by free slaves. <BR> <BR> All volunteer work over years. It gave me hope for my little loom house at the historical village. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:46:00 EST This is too hard I am here at the conference. But the library is closed for asbestos abatement so no using a computer there. Three computers are in the lobby but I have not found the magic person to get a password. So I am typing this letter-by-letter on my nook. May not be sparking this week! Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:58:31 EST Conference Time!! I am off to a weaving conference today. Well, meeting my college roommate tonight and registering at the conference tomorrow. Everything, for me, starts on Thursday so I might not be on Spark much this week. Just depends on computer availability at the host campus. I do not travel with a computer so will take my chances with what is there. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:10:34 EST Cheese, Gromit, Cheese! I have been making yogurt and lebneh (yogurt cheese) forever. About six-eight months ago I tried ricotta (super easy) and mozzarella (not as easy). Late last month DB and I took a cheese class at our local food coop and got more easy recipes. Friday we started making quark cheese--also super easy, just time consuming. This is going to be heavy on pictures. <BR> <BR> Friday we started with heating the milk and stirring in all the components. Then the pot sits for 12-18 hours. Ours sat a litt... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:47:07 EST Wildlife DB and I have had quite the full week of animals during our walks. This morning started with two deer sited on the way to the park. Then, as we were on the last half of the walk two more deer crossed the path about 30 yards ahead of us. No real hurry, just cautious. <BR> <BR> Two days ago, in the same park, we disturbed a bunch of bunnies as we turned a corner on the path. Then, seconds later, in the middle distance a coyote (with a rabbit in its jaws) crossed the path. The really weird thi... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 09:20:30 EST Finished and Started This morning I completed all the other sections for applying for jobs to allow me to collect unemployment and applied for two jobs. The first two I tried from the list were no longer there; either they were filled and not reported as such or the people posting the job screwed up when they set it up but the second two were OK. So I have my records and can fill out the report on Saturday. That is the only time reports of applications can be done-Saturday or Sunday. It took almost three hours to... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 23:01:43 EST Hoop Jumping Who knew it would take over an hour to complete the unemployment application online? Part of the problem was asking for information that I did not have completely. I knew the month I started work at the university but not the day of the month--call payroll for that. I had to look up the date I graduated college. Again, I knew month but not day. So much stuff. <BR> <BR> Now I need to get my resume in shape and apply for jobs. But at 60 it will be pretty impossible to find a job at even half t... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 00:13:00 EST Resilience Resilience is about being able to get back up on your feet on your own, so I teach him not to rely on other people to prop him up. "You don't need a teacher to tell you how great you are. Tell that to yourself. Right now." This was from a NYTimes article about auditioning for Julliard that GRATTECIELLA posted on Friday's blog. <BR> <BR> It got me thinking. We all seem to need someone/thing validate our weight loss. Mine is the scale. I step on it every morning at the same point in my schedul... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 16:25:59 EST It was a good day with spinning friends There is a small group of fiber friends that meet once a month to spin. Of course every time we first must see what Jackie has going on in her studio space - quilting, weaving, etc. And we have to look at what everyone is spinning. I have been spinning 8 ounces of merino to as size that, when chain-plyed, will give me a good striped sock yarn. This evening, with about 30 minutes more of spinning (after the 2-3 hours of this morning), I finally got all 8 ounces spun as a single ply. My bobbin ... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:45:20 EST Monday - Vacation Day? On the way back home yesterday DB said something about "is it Sunday or Saturday?" I said "Sunday and tomorrow I don't have to go to work." But then I don't do that at all any more! DB commented that after he was laid-off holidays did not have the same thrill, except for the fact that I was at home those days. <BR> <BR> My sister and I visited the aunties today and visited cemeteries to put flowers. My father was a CO and served as an orderly in hospital in Colorado where my mother got her L... Tue, 30 May 2017 00:18:56 EST We have a box, only a box In spite of not being home much this week the rug has progressed. Last week the box of braid had braid piled up above the top edge. Now it looks like: <img src="">, only a tiny bit above the top of the box. <BR> <BR> This also means that the rug has grown and is now so large that I had to build an extension to the side of the table with storage tubs and keep one end of the rug folded as I work on it. <BR> <img sr... Sun, 28 May 2017 11:47:08 EST Full week Monday - last meeting with lawyer, still email contact when I do things but not needing to meet again. <BR> Tuesday - retirement lunch for friend at old place of work, interesting to see who acknowledged me and who did not (nothing new there). <BR> Wednesday - assisting a newer spinner/weaver with both a spinning project and a weaving one. She has completed spinning one batch of fiber and is all set to start weaving a fabulous winter scarf for her DB. <BR> Thursday - lunch with the lunch bunc... Fri, 26 May 2017 12:46:30 EST 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