Wednesday, January 01, 2020

And Another Year Opens

Happy New Year!  It's so nice to see people looking forward with hope, promise, and optimism.  I don't know what all 2020 holds for me, but I know some of what I plan to do. 
  • I'm going to work for what's important to me and to build up others.
    • Some of this will be a continuation of things I've been doing.  Some of it will be new to me.  I'm continuing to learn, so I suppose some of these will be things that I don't have any real ideas about right now.  It's going to be an adventure.
    • Sometimes working for what's important means fighting for what's important.  The quote, "Get in trouble:  good trouble, necessary trouble," from Rep. John Lewis comes to mind.
  • We're going to visit Texas.  
    • There's a bit to unpack on this one, and still some things to process.  That being said, it's an exciting adventure. 
  • I'm going to take better care of myself.
    • I didn't make that as much of a priority last year, and it showed.  
  • I'm going to reach out more.
    • I don't know just what this looks like, but it is important.  I may try some different things and see what is a good fit for me and my relationships.  I accept that I could be awkward with it, some of it might work and some might not, and that I can only choose for me, not for others.          
What are your plans?  Is there anything visible on the horizon for you that you find exciting?  
One last little thought on my mind.
Every day I Promise 
I Will Change Tomorrow 
New Year's Came 
And Everybody Took the Same Vow 
We'll Get it Better Starting Now
The Next Day, Glen Phillips 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

One Year Closes

Well, we made it through another year.  How are you doing?  I feel a little worse for the wear.  It was another long, bumpy one (yeah, I know TWSS).  

There were some difficulties.
  • There's the state of our country and our world.  I don't have much more to say right now other than that we're still here to fight the good fight and that's what we're going to do.  
  • We fell.  My mom at our house on the Ides of March, breaking her arm up by her shoulder in the same spot as she did fifty years earlier.  That aged her.  I fell in the yard on Labor Day and got my ankle/foot but good.   It still isn't quite right. 
  • Bruce's health was not its best for most of the year.  Chest pain, testing, medication changes, hospitalizations, stents, rhythm irregularities, and kidney vs heart complications.  I think things might be stabilized, but I also know that I don't know much.  
  • We had our weather/insurance/contractor/home repair debacle.  We still have more repairs to do on our own, and the financial fallout from this one will be with us for the foreseeable future.  
There were good things, too.  
  • I learned to make a pretty good batch of Hot and Sour Soup.
  • I saw friends I haven't seen in a long time.  I hadn't seen one of my friends for ten years.  I think we both intend to do better keeping in touch.
  • I've added some fun with an older, hand-me-down Cricut Expression.  Yep, that's how I'm making all the vinyl car stickers, campaign yard signs, badges, shirts, aprons, and protest signs.   
  • We have a new roof.  Although much of what happened around the getting of the roof was not super-great, it is wonderful to have a new roof.  Also, I'm pretty sure getting a new roof scored enough XP to get me to the next level of adulting.  
  • We're getting involved.  It is not on-brand for us, but it is important, so we're doing it.  
  • We've spent a lot of good time with family this year.  That is very on-brand for us, and we're grateful to have had the opportunity to do so much of it. 
    • We've even found ways to improve some relationships and navigated our way through some that needed some newness.  
While that's not all that happened, I think it gives a pretty good picture overall.  So, let's say buh-bye to 2019.  Thank you for being a part of my life and for allowing me to be a part of yours.   
  

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas

From all of us here to all of you wherever you are, Merry Christmas!  (volume up, if you would like a little music, too) 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Closing out the Month

I may not have achieved a 100% completion rate with NaBloPoMo, but I did alright.  Blogging more often was good, and it helped me get some things done.  I might even keep with it, though not on a daily basis.  

We finished our November by making a baby visit.  That's a pretty good way to end a month.  I even managed to get a picture of the little guy wearing the hat I knit for him.  Here's hoping you had a nifty November, and I look forward to connecting with you in December. 

Monday, November 25, 2019

UM...Still Figuring it Out

The boot topper project continues, but I don't think I have it right.  The idea of another rip and redo is stealing my will to live, so I might need to set it aside and return to the sweater while I think about the best course of action.  I have some ideas, but I'm just not sure about them.  Getting back to the sweater wouldn't be the worst.  I mean, the idea of knitting something that I know is going to work is rather comforting.  Anyway, since I've got nothing else for today, I'm playing Unconscious Mutterings.  You can play, too! 

  1. Cloud :: Storage
  2. Officer :: of the Day
  3. Physical :: Danger
  4. Advantageous :: Edge
  5. Mobile :: Home
  6. Threat :: Promise
  7. Potential :: Possibility
  8. Confined :: Space
  9. Overlap :: Extra
  10. Domain :: Name

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Results Fuzzy, Try Again*

Not that I really needed the Magic 8-Ball to tell me that, (nor did we need it to predict that I would miss a day of NaBloPoMo, but whatevs) but the pattern isn't showing as well as I had hoped.  It's even worse when I put it on my calf to test sizing.  The picture doesn't show how bad it is.  It's just sad and floppy (twss).  A change in needle size could help, but the yarn has issues of its own.  I've decided to rip and redo with smaller needles, but I've already started thinking about different yarn choices in case different needles don't help.  I gotta tell ya, cabling with this stuff is not my favorite.  Then again, they are just boot toppers, (yeah, still thinking about quick gifts) so it isn't a ton of knitting to complete a pair, and I do like watching the colors change.  If I can't get this pattern to work with this yarn, I might just go with a simple 2x2 ribbing or maybe a waffle.   
  *Yes, I know it is Reply Hazy, Try Again   

Friday, November 22, 2019

Maybe I'm Coming Down with Something

No, not the crud that Bruce has.  I'm in total denial about the possibility of me catching that.  Besides, it would be totally unfair, as I am washing my hands all the time, wiping down everything in his wake, and sleeping all alone.  No, I'm feeling the itch, the tickle, the feverish glow of start-itis.  I would be remiss if I did not clarify that it is of the holiday gift-giving variety.  Oh, and it gets better.  I'm thinking of making for so many people who live far away, too.  We're talking about ideas of gifts for people I haven't seen in forever and their families I've never met.  It is not rational, but I feel the impulse.  

Maybe the mittens I recently knit are part of what got me thinking this way.  Of course, there's the fact that Christmas is coming, and all of the advertisements everywhere won't let me forget that.  I don't have money to buy presents, but I do have yarn.  Then there's Facebook.  Yeah, I'm not such a fan of that site, (many reasons) and I'm thinking about deleting my account.  I haven't been there for quite a while.  I used to have two accounts and I already deleted one, but now I'm thinking of deleting the other.  However, there are a few people I've reconnected with there, and I might like to stay in touch with them.  So, I was thinking of knitting for them, and then just corresponding through snail and e-mail.  I've even thought about knitting for their families, too.  It could be a nice way to strengthen connections, right?  Cowls for everyone is always a good idea.  They'd be even better if I spun the yarn, too.  Oh, boy, I'm getting carried away with this. 

I should probably be thinking of reasons why this is not a good idea.  Maybe it's weird to knit for people you knew so long ago and aren't well connected with now.  It's barely over a month until Christmas, and I would still have to calculate mailing time.  Mailing packages costs money, and I really don't have a shipping budget.  That's all true, but winter is coming.  Maybe I would make a connection that is deeper than what I had through that website.  Maybe if I just wove scarves for everyone it could be a doable plan.  Maybe I need to knit something besides a black sweater.  Maybe I just need to get some sleep.