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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday Night

It has been a quite but busy few days round here. Fridays pictures still need to be down loaded from my camera so you can see all my finished work. The is still finished plied yarn on the wheel and lots of goodies to spin and knit up.

I will try to get it done on Monday. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Look

This is my new look. How do you like it?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Keeping Busy

It has been a very busy day around here. A lot got done in small and not so small spurts. Today's activities included paperwork,  ordering Eric's supplies for the month, laundry, cleaning bathrooms, getting rid of recyclable papers of all kinds, getting yarn ready to photograph, spinning, plying and knitting, the dishwasher. Vacuuming, yes I used Roomba. What did you really think I was going to push a vacuum myself?

Out side of the house teaching the camp councilors how to do a spin without getting one's self bruised while wheelchair dancing. Did I mention that it is good physical therapy and really good exercise for Eric.

I seem to be making a lot of long run on sentences so I think its time to say good night.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A great day

Today was a very great day,as long as you do not look at my to do list. A lot of knitting got done. My hand is feeling better. I have the beginnings of a grip again. Well I will write more tomorrow, it's after 10p.

Monday, July 25, 2011

A quick update

It has been a busy time around here. Eric managed to get the flu that has been going around town. Yes he made it back to camp today. I did not get much knitting or spinning done due to my sore hand. This could also be why not many blogs have gotten typed either. I did go to the doctor for the sore hand and we tried the least invasive treatment first. We are giving it a week to see if it works and then go from there if necessary.

I have done a little deep cleaning, all the phone books that were not printed this year are gone. I think it might have been a tactical mistake to put the heavy items on the bottom of the barrel but we will see as the week goes on.   I am not sure how many of the new ones that I will actually keep since most of the information is on line anyway. I now have 3/4 of a shelf that is over my head and of no use to this short person. Maybe John needs some space in the laundry room? Well you never know right. I also did some regular cleaning after I realized that the cleaning faerie skipped my house today. Maybe I will try a house elf next. I hear they are more reliable.

My favorite bakery in Phoenix has closed this summer and I will miss all the home style goodies that they made so well. Not to mention the bread.  I might even have to start making holiday treats myself.

Well it is getting late but I thought everyone might like to know that we are all doing well.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chicken Salad

It is time for another recipe, This one is for chicken salad with a little twist.

Sheri's Chicken Salad

1 pound of cooked chicken diced
3/4 cup of dried cherries roughly chopped
1 cup of pecan half's roughly chopped
3 cups of celery diced
4 teaspoons of dried chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise or more if using as a sandwich filling

Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl that has a lid. Mix everything together. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Server over salad, on crackers or as sandwiches.  This is a great party recipe. This serves at least 6 people depending on how it is served.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Spinning My Wheels Today

If you think I spent the day at my spinning wheel or using a spindle you would be way off on your guess at my day. I did get Eric off to camp with out a hitch. Then it was off to Fry's to get a few things for the house. I managed to get home by 11 and could not figure out where the morning went.

After I put away the grocery's it was time to go to lunch with a friend who needed a shoulder and some resolve. A very long and convoluted story that will not be gone into here. Needles to say this left me drained.  So I thought a quick nap was in order. So I set my timer and closed my eyes.

5 minutes later...

You guessed it. A call from camp. Eric's Kangaroo pump was acting up. So it was off to spend the afternoon at camp with Eric and his pump. Yes the pump is now running. But I am a little peeved with that particular inanimate object. I really did plan on getting some cleaning done today. 3 loads of laundry, shopping and 1 load of recycles out was a lot less than I had planned on doing today.  Well maybe if I end my blog here I can get a little more cleaning done tonight. Then again there is always tomorrow..

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tour de Fleece

OK I know its been a week since I blogged but I thought I would share the first bit of fleece that I finished. This is ready to be wound into usable balls for knitting. Yes I swear that they are all from the same 4 ounce braid. With no different dye lots.

The dyeing of the braid was done by Cloudlover
The colorway is Sakura.
It is 50% Moreno , 50% Silk. Yes I did find the silk a challenge to spin, but isn't that what the Tour De fleece is all about.

Since I plan on using a different vendor for each item spun in the tour I will give you the link to each shop as I show the photos. The is the link to Natalie's shop  Cloudlover . And Just in case you were wondering this will be made into a top down shawl for me.

Currently on the spindle I have Easter Egg BFL and It is a dream to spin. I like the long staples of the fibre. I like everything I have gotten from Rachel so far. Don't forget to check out her soap, even my fussy skin likes it.

I have one more batt lined up after that by Kathy, of Unique Designs by Kathy Sky Blue Batt. I am also a fan of Kathy's hand spun yarn.

I am still practicing on the wheel but I have a while to go before I am happy with that yarn. Right now that wheel spun yarn is suitable for rugs, place mats or coasters. So if you need something for those projects let me know and we can work something out.

Well it is time to get back to work. Laundry and cooking await me.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

From Bad to Better

Eric had a very bad night last night. He needed to be turned every 1 to 2 hours. So it should not surprise you that I grabbed a bottle of conditioner by mistake this morning. I could not figure out why I was not getting any lather. Then I picked up the bottle and tried to focus on the label, I got as far as the big C to realize that I had made a mistake. So I rinsed out the condition, shampooed my hair and reconditioned it. My hair was none the worse from the extra round of conditioner.

You will be happy to know that my day did get a lot better from there. 2 cups of tea later I started working on the pink hand spun shawl. After some tinking and playing with the pattern.  90 minutes of knitting later the shawl for the UCP fundraiser was finished. I will post pictures tomorrow. After that I did manage to spin for a few minutes today. Only a few yards got spun.

Then it was nap time. I don't know how everyone figures out that is is nap time but the phone rang incessantly. Then it was time to pick up Eric from camp. Despite being tired he had a very good day. I even managed to find time to do Wii today and made a very small incremental goal.

Well it is getting late and I still have a few chores to do before bed. So Have a great evening.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Last Few Days

Well your guess is correct. A tired body going into a four day weekend is not a good thing. We still did try to do a few things this weekend. Eric and I saw Larry Crowne. It was a pretty good movie. I would go and see it if you have a chance.  Eric was pretty impressed when Larry Crowne got the teacher. I want to know how Julia Roberts keeps her legs so slender.  I hope that they don't make a sequel to this movie because it was a good stand alone movie. John saw the latest guy movie Transformers. I  also did replace my cell phone so hopefully this one will work better.

The fireworks are on Tivo and I will watch them sometime this week. The rains have started and so far at the house we have had slightly over 1/2 inch. I really do love the summer rains, but for some reason this year I am very distracted and am having a hard time just sitting and watching the rain.

I have not done as much spinning as I had planned to do so far, but I have fibre and spindles, so I will get to play with the fibre.

 So we trudged through the weekend and made it to Tuesday, the light at the end of the tunnel. I spent the day doing chores and paperwork in short bursts and most of the knitting I did today will have to be tinked, but such is life in the fast lane. Well it is getting late and I see a long day in my future.