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Monday, April 30, 2012

Things are Looking UP

Eric is still home. On the bright side I can say that we are both feeling better. We are both getting more sleep. Things are starting to get done in a hap hazard fashion around the house. Basically if I have the energy at the moment and I run across something that needs to be done that matches my energy levels it happens.

On the Eric antic front,  he managed to pull out his Mic-Key Button with the balloon still working and the pump running. The result was one scared, wet and upset Eric. With a load of laundry for me that I had not intended to wash today. I did put in the spare button and order another spare. You will never guess who was trying to pull out the new button tonight. I think he is at the point of his recovery that he has enough energy to get into to trouble but not enough to tackle school yet.  I hope there are no more set backs and I can get him back to school this week.

I have been fiddling around with yarn this week and think I may have a new pattern for the shop. It will be an easy 1 skein wonder. I should get the knitting done tomorrow and the pattern should not be to bad to write up.

Well I think I will call it a night.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Crud's Go On and On

The crud's are still here in full force. I have hit tired and cranky. The only things I can seem to knit are scarfs and wash cloths. Speaking of the wash cloths I have made them over sized with interesting patterns through out. Right now I think they look pretty good but that could all change when I feel better. Also when you see the wash cloths if you would like me to write up the pattern please let me know.  When I am feeling better I think I will list them. I will post them on my twitter feed and face book page when I do the finishing work if you can't wait.

Eric has learned a new trick. He has figured out how to get the nebulizer mask off and dump all the meds on the floor by leaning forward and shaking his head. I guess I am lucky that it took him so long to figure out but why yesterday of all days. Yes he was very proud of himself for figuring that out.

Well Eric is asleep so I will go and take a nap.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Crud's

The crud's have found their way to our house yet again. Eric has had 3 miserable days and I hope the secondary passes us by this time. He has shared with me so not much is getting done.

Yesterday was Teri's final day of classes at Law School. I was so busy it does not seem like 3 years have gone by. Now she just has to get through her finals and the Bar. I am just so proud of her and all that she has done.

We I am getting very tired and Eric will not go to sleep if he here me clacking at the key board. So it time to say good night

Saturday, April 21, 2012

On a Spring Roll

Things are going quite well right now. The creative juices and cleaning bug have kicked in together. Awesome things are happening and I have been far too busy to blog. Finished this week 4, scarfs, 2 wash cloths and 3 skeins of hand yarn spun. In progress the design of a hand knit hand towel, let me know if this is a pattern anyone would be interested in. More yarn on the wheel and another wash cloth, scarf on the needles and a lot of other projects. Deep cleaning has also resumed.

My plans are to continue at this pace and work until my body requires a nap. I am trying to cut back on the caffeine.  That will last until Eric gets sick again but it is worth a shot for a few days anyway.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Playing Catch Up

Eric has been in school for 2 days so far this week and I am playing catch up. I have been to the grocery store with out the time limit of just grab what I need and find the shortest line. I got to the post office today and all packages have been mailed. I found time to spin. I am also going to be looking for information on how ratios work. I am working my way through a big bag of Joann's Sensations Liquorice yarn that was given to me for charity projects while Eric was sick. I have completed 3 plus one project Gratitude scarf, are as I like to call it tagged and bagged meaning that they are ready to go out the door. 2 are awaiting finishing work and 1 more is on the needles. My plan is to get 50 hats, 50 scarfs and 10 Project Gratitude scarfs finished before October. Which means I only have 106 to go. Now does anyone know of a good project counter?

I got to the gas station today, I have not been in a while. It was over $65.00 to fill the tank. The last time I went it was at least $10.00 less. I also went to get new foam for Eric's bed but found that the store I got it at last time had doubled in price. Which is much more than the rate of inflation. So I guess I will measure it and go shopping on the Internet. If you know of a place where I should look let me know.

Well it is getting late and I am exhausted so good night all.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Got Yarn?

When all else fails knit. Eric landed up with the tummy bug going around town. Yesterday I had put away all the mindless knitting project because silly me I thought with the weather getting warmer we would no have many sic days left. So I dipped in the charity yarn and pulled out some US size 17 needles. I finished 2 kids scarfs and got the 3rd past the halfway point. We are on day 2 of pedilyte but hopefully tomorrow all that will change. On a diffent note, if you see my mom this week be sure to wish her a very happy birthday.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finding my Mojo

Eric seems to be on a spring up swing. He is finally feeling better. He has been in the sick kid mode so long that I have seemed to have lost my daily rhythm. I know its only a matter of time before I find my well child mojo. Until then I will be floundering for a couple of weeks. After all I have been in crisis mode since at least October and it will take more than 3 days for me to change mode. So please be patient with me if I seem to be absent minded for a few weeks.  I really do feel lost and out of sync.

So tomorrow I plan on organizing my art projects, all of them.  I tend to knit and craft a little differently when Eric is sick. If you want to see a room strewn with yarn and other crafts ,tomorrow would be the perfect day to stop by and help. Some projects will go into bags and some will come out of bags. There will be a whole lot of color going on. I will also have time to do other things too.

So its time to call it a night before I change my mind and Google Caravel Ice Cream Stores. I have not had one in years but tonight for some reason I wanted one. So do you think they make a non dairy version now?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Real Day Off

So this is what a real day off must be. Today was the second day in a row that Eric made it to school. Around 9:30 I realized that I did not have to do a bunch of chores. That I could deep six the to do list.  That I could do exactly what I wanted to do. So unlike yesterday when I ran as many errands as I could squeeze in to the day just in case, today not so much.

There was some shopping, the leisurely kind. A bowl of soup at Rigo's for lunch and they did not seem to mind that I played a game of Scrabble while I was eating. Then home to do a lot of spinning. I finished the Hardy Lake colorway by Rachael of The Counting Sheep Farm . I even had time to boil it and it is now drying in the garage.

I even figured out why some batts are called Art Batts..No its not yours Kathy or Rachael...The creator of the batt shall remain nameless...There is so much junk in the batt that the only thing it will be suitable for after it is spun is an artsy weaving project. There are a lot of very short trims, the kind that should be thrown to the birds and a lot of nibs. It is not very well carded either. I know I should throw it in a dog pillow but I am halfway done and I am at an irky spot with it. I just need to finish it and get it off the spindle. By the way who says you can never go back to the look of a beginner once you get spinning down has not seen this batt and the wonky yarn on my spindle.

I dug through my stash and picked out the next spinning wheel project and got a good start on it.  But the laundry was calling me, so I did 4 loads of laundry and left 2 for tomorrow. Well I have an early wake up call tomorrow. So Good Night all and enjoy your families.

Friday, April 6, 2012

A Very Good Day

Today was a very good day. With lots of knitting with friends and spinning. With a good dose of John and Eric. The only thing missing from today was Teri who is very busy with school. I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday weekend.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Thank You

I just need to thank everyone for helping Eric collect tabs for the Tucson Ronald McDonald's House. Today I drove Eric to the Ronald McDonald House so that he could drop off his latest collection of tabs. I am so proud of him. He managed to collect over 7 pounds of tabs.

The tabs are recycled to pay for the utility bills and any left over money goes to help the families that stay at the Ronald McDonald House. So If you would not mind, Eric would like some help in collecting more tabs. We have a brand new box that needs to be filled.  He really likes helping the kids and their families.

Thank You for helping Eric make a positive impact in this world.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Tired Days and Mondays

After only 4 hours of sleep, yes Eric was up until 2 am this morning and the day started at 6 am. with a migraine, I can say I had a relatively good day. The day consisted of laundry and sporadic house work ( when I had the energy to move and my head was not throbbing). I am getting very good at cleaning while tired.  Eric slept through half of his first day home from school and then wanted constant attention. Just the usual stuff.

I pick out a partial skein of yarn from the scrap yarn basket and decided to make a hot pad. Then a small bag of a lighter shade of green just screamed out to me use me, use me. I don't know if it was do to the headache or being over tired but it morphed into an art work piece. Tomorrow I will weave in the ends and do a light felting. Pictures will follow when it is finished.

John was wonderful and brought home dinner tonight. Well I want to call it a early night. Sorry for the tired ramblings.