Friday, August 29, 2014

Fall knitting?

On my way into work this morning the temperature got me thinking about fall knitting?
On my home this afternoon-I'm thinking it's not quite time-yet!
I'm hoping that this long holiday weekend will be productive, and that there will be some posts next week of WIPs, FOs, and Queued projects.  Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  I'll get to see both my boys this weekend-a pleasant change of plans.

Friday, August 22, 2014


Taking in a second dog has proven to be a bit of work and a test of patience. Say hello to our newest addition-Harley.  When we were discussing "adoption" with her owner she was called "Arli", well it turned out that we had to exaggerate the "A", else she was being called Harley, so decided not to fight it.  Turns out her official name is Scarlett O'Here We Go Again or Scarlett for short.  She is a very very sweet and obedient dog. She had puppies about 4 months ago, and is officially retired from breeding.  Sophie is still not quite sure about her, but I think they are warming up to each other.  For a 4 year old Harley has ALOT of energy, and comes from a home with kids which means she and Sophie have some adjustments to make.  Everything I'm reading says to give it time and be patient, but firm-so we all are trying to do our best.  When the door bell rings it now sounds like we have 2 big doberman's in the house-might be a good deterrent-right?

Harley with her new squeaky toy that lasted 10 minutes before it was in shreds.
The girls out for a walk

I believe these two will provide me with plenty of blog fodder when there is no knitting content.  We'll see.

Friday, August 15, 2014


celebrating ..actually celebratED another year older. A lovely meal at a new to me restaurant, and getting to open cards filled with love and well wishes.  There was also champagne and cupcakes!

hoping for perfect cycling weather on Saturday, Sunday AND Monday-On Monday I have some morning appointments, so I'm really looking forward to being able to get a ride in afterwards.

planning my next few knitting projects- Geometry|Parabola and Monochrome| Aperture.  I have the yarn for Parabola and will be swatching this weekend, and I have some of the yarn for Aperture and plan to get going on that very soon too.  I also have the yarn for my Falcons Football Season socks.
enjoying cool mornings and energizing walks at lunch time.  I'm also enjoying my book club which met last night, these ladies are so much fun.

reading Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslayer (for book club), Written in my own Heart's Blood Diana Gabaldon.

knitting plain vanilla socks (i'm on the 2nd one) and Irish Coffee- that is ALL I have on the needles.  I still need buttons for my Mix No. 28 and I need to sew the side seams on Flex.  I also have several FOs that need to be photographed.

watching Outlander, Hard Knocks, Hell on Wheels, pre-season NFL football, Drugs Inc.(I am only watching this one episode because it is in Atlanta), but want to get caught up on Mr. Selfridge and the Paradise (Season 2).

listening right now-it's is soooo quiet at my office, only the tapping of me on the keyboard

eating breakfast was cottage cheese and a banana

drinking coffee-was there every any doubt.  There will be cocktails and sangria this evening!

wearing capri jeans, t-shirt and white Keds.
looking forward to- quilt club tonight at my house, knitting with my favorite girls next week, and a great-nephew who will be here very very soon!

wondering if Sophie and Arli will enjoy each other, and if she'll be a permanent member of our family.
Also wondering if I'll EVER get caught up on project life?!

what's current with you

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

S'okay to Wait

The reason for Carole's prompt for today naturally brought tear to my eyes; sometimes it's really no fun being an adult.  I have to say that how I spent my time spent waiting has changed a lot over the years.  I have spent numerous hours waiting in doctors offices for various appointments, both my own, and for members of my family.  Once when the boys were smallish, maybe 7 and 9, we had a 3 hour wait at my mother's cardiologist.  No one bothered to call the patients to let them know that the doctor had to perform emergency surgery, and that the routine appointments would be delayed (ugh!).  I think the advent of the wifi, social media, and advancements in cell phone technology have changed the concept of waiting, whether for good or bad.  My list includes past and present ways to deal with waiting.

10.  Pray-circumstances may be such that this is really the only thing that can bring peace.
  9.  Play-I always made sure my boys had plenty of things to play with-small cars, legos, coloring books,  Game Boys, etc. 
  8.  Picnic-my tote bag always had goldfish, fruit, granola bars, juice boxes or water.  I never knew how long of a wait we'd have at times, and hungry people= grumpy people, and I'm referring mostly to myself!  The DMV in Marietta was known for such a long wait that someone came up with the idea of a hot dog cart because you could really be there for several hours.
  7.  Read-I usually have something in my bag, a magazine or book.
  6.  Stay connected-check emails, Instagram, Twitter, but I rarely make phone calls, sometimes it's real annoying to have to listen to someone else's chatter.  I always leave the waiting room if I have to take a phone call is more than a half minute.
  5.  Instagram and take other photos-kinda fun, but I am sure it annoys other folks.
  4.  Chat/listen-waiting is stressful for people, and it can be comforting to others to have someone just to listen or talk with them.  I admit, I'm not always good about initiating a conversation, but if someone wants to engage me, I'm game.
  3.  Peruse the internet- Pinterest, blogs, other websites-see #6
  2.  Watch TV-sometimes the waiting room will actually have something worth watching-I love when the channel is set to HGTV, the news, not so much.
  1. KNITTING! Even if the wait is only 15 minutes, I always have my knitting with me.  I try to keep projects with me that are not too involved or complicated- see #10, #4, and #2.  The knitting usually generates some conversation, or at least some "looks".

So yea, I don't actually mind waiting these days now that I don't have little one's to occupy, and I still come with snacks and water.  I have been fortunate to have only the rare waiting event where only #10 is app.