Dr’s suck

Yeeeeeesss, I went to my yearly exam yesterday. I hate them. I hate dr’s in general. I am not sick! I just want my prescription. “Well, we can’t fill it unless we see you. We have to make sure you aren’t having complicaaaations”.  I’ve been on the same dang pill for 17+ years! Ya think if there had been complications they would have come up by now, dontchathink???  I do have to give CO dr’s credit though. They were much much much less nosy than FL dr’s. Name, DOB, address, answer a few quick questions, and you’re in and out of there. So they’re suspecting I’m pre menopausal, but since I had that odd period “it’s office policy that we do a pregnancy test” (I miss my wtf emoticon)  I’m 47 years old, haven’t had a good period in 11 months, and then I get one random big mess, and bleed for *~eight~* freakin days like a gutted animal, and you ~think I might be preggers~????? :-/ Oh wait, no, you’re just trying to tack on $10 here, and $20 there, to pad the visit. Amirite? So then the dr did regular pap smear crap, and then pinched pieces out of my uterus for other testing. Because you know it might be pre cancerous something.  So now I might get the wonderful call that “hey, you have pre cancer and should start shoving all these pills in your body…. but it could just be pre menopause…. but we just wanna be safe, and give you all these meds.”  MMmmmm, no thanks.  So now I sit and wait for the wonderful bill from the lab rats, and maybe they can get me to pay a few thousand to pharma too. Whhheeeeee! “And at the very very least lets try and work with the mammogram people, and get ya in for your yearly boob squish for absolutely no reason whatsoever.” Just because you don’t have a family history of any kind of cancer, doesn’t mean we can’t get that ball rolling for you by exposing you to radiation for the next 40 something years!!!! Whhheeeeeeee! 

So there ya have it. My yearly (or bi-yearly) dr rant. Thank goodness that’s over with! sheeesh


Fun Saturday trip to the mall!

So sometimes you’ve gotta just dive into the mall. I am a wonderful window shopper! I looove to go and look here, and there, and everywhere, and sometimes get a pretzel and a drink, and I can make that last aaaaalll day. Only problem is… no one else in my family is like that. LOL They all gotta go here and get this and get that. So I hardly ever go in and window shop anymore because I’d end up broke broke broke!!! So I had to go to JoAnns to get one skein of Caron Pounder yarn to finish a blanket I’m working on. I had two coupons, so I got my new latest and greatest fun thing to get.  All different kinds of yarn bagged up in one pound lots. The past few weeks I’ve been getting these with my 40% off coupons. Here’s the one I got tonight… one pound of browns (pic of the front of the bag to show you how it comes)



The browns look more like that first picture but I wanted to show you how mashed in there the skeins are packed too. Sorry for the sucky photos. I’m taking these on my Hellbox Prime and then uploading them. Works kinda good for no flash, no cropping, no nothin.  Here’s the scores from the past two weeks. Lace weight yarn with a twinkle to it that Miss Emily (my orange fanatic) Had to Have!!!! I’m going to run it with another yarn, and make her a nice big snugly shawl out of it!


Here’s the worsted weight baby yarn I got also. Already balled it up, and have started using it for hats, so there was two more balls of this but it’s already in use…


And then there is Miss Cassie’s pick (blue of course). Don’t know what shes planning on making out of this, but at just under $4 for a pound of yarn, she could get two hats, and a scarf, and some fingerless mitts out of it, and still have some left over!!!


After the yarn store we went across the mall to a shop with all kinds of nick nacks, candles, and oddities, and the kiddo’s found a wooden chess table, with wooden chess pieces as big as my hand on it. There were signs taped to it that if you play a round of chess or checkers, make sure to put the pieces back where they belong. So my crew of four stood there playing chess for about a half hour til they closed the store. 😛 They wanted a chess game soooooooo badly after that!!! So, when we ran to Crazytown to do a little shopping we swung through the toy section, and got a chess game! Cheap ugly plastic version with stoopid little horrible board was nine dollars. We went with the wooden version for almost twice as much, but it should last them waaaaayyy longer.  Came with checkers and chess also, so it’s gonna be a quiet week of strategy around here! 😀


Blankets Blankets Blankets!

So, this week I worked on crocheting 12 squares to go with other squares that people have sent to me, and I have stitched together a total of three baby blankets, and now have trim on the first one! Two more to go.  I am also working on de-stashing a whoooooole lot of yarn, so I have gotten out two other twin to full size blankets that I have been working on also. Remember the green, purple, and white, crocheted zig zag blanket that I was working on early in 2013? That is out of the bin, and almost finished now. AND I have another batch of crocheted squares that I’ve been working on since 2012. I think I am going to add another couple dozen squares to those, and wah-lah!!! Two nice big blankets done, done, done! And a good two bins of yarn out of here!!!  Of course I’ll probably need one of those bins to stash the blankets in. 😛

In other knitting… I started a nice simple neck warmer today.  Needed something small, and portable, and not requiring me to remember a difficult pattern. Nice easy k3 p3, and then every fourth row you switch to p3 k3.  I’m doing it in the color Mango just to take a big ol break from the blues, green, purples, and whites that I normally work with. I don’t know why I tend to go for those colors, and then one of the most loved hats I’ve ever made here is PINK!!! I need to branch out with the colors I use, I guess.

Big update coming on the Etsy store in the next week or so. I’ve pictured over 25 items, and have a few more still to go. I am ready for winter!!!  Wooohooo!  Haven’t found my PaintShop Pro stuff yet, but I’m gonna have dh download me some easy photo something or other to my computer, so I can get pictures cropped, and resized, and such for the shop til we find my disks.

Anyway, off of here to make dinner, and some cookies. Cassie is doing great, but shes backsliding a couple of pounds in the past couple of weeks, and I guess I gotta get rolling on the desserts again, and get her a new favorite one to pack on the pounds. If you ever thought it was hard losing weight…. it’s harder gaining for sure!!!! Not for meeeee though. Man oh man, I wish I had the metabolism of my fathers side of the family! 😀


Yaaaaard Work!

Yesterday was incredibly busy. Saturday we prepared by getting gas for the trimmer and the mower, and the fuel additive stuff.  And then we did our normal Sunday stuff, but by 4 o’clock or so we got to work in the yard! Dh bought a new lopping choppin blade for the trimmer, and that sucker is going back. Put it on there, started it up, whacked about one square foot of plant life with it, and it wobbles like mad!!! So he switched out the attachments back to the trimmer, and we still got a whole lot of stuff whacked down. Then it started lightly raining. But we got out the mower anyway, and oh my word, started in one pull fourth year in a row!!! I love that mower!!! So the rain kept sprinkling on and off, and I thought, “well, ok if he gets a good half of the backyard done, that will be wonderful!” but nope, he kept mowing, and mowing, and mowing. Around the side of the house, and around to the front yard, even mowed a bit of the street. Part of living on a back woods, unmaintained, dirt road I reckon 😛  Today looking out at it all mowed down, it looks like we have the nicest greenest yard in the desert!!! LOL

I was a wee little bit scared of all the weed whacking and mowing though, because Saturday night when all was quiet and dark, I woke up at about 2 am to a wee little kittens meowing for about 15-20 minutes wandering all up and down the front of our house, and then off down the street. I don’t know if a mama cat had a litter nearby and one of the youngins escaped, or if it was a mama cat moving a loud kitty to a new area, or what. But I told dh to keep a lookout and try and move stuff around before whacking it all down. Don’t wanna make no baby kittens legless, or headless, or anything gross like that! But no kittens were around anywhere that we could see or hear so that’s a good thing. They *might* be hiding out under the “chicken house” out back, but I didn’t get a flashlight and go looking or anything. We weren’t mowing or weedwhackin under that. 😛

Today has been pretty much laid back. I have the monthlys/aunt flo/ladies days from hell. Iron totally dipped.TMI, I know. But I’d really be surprised if I even show up on that finger prick Iron test ~at all~!  Also first time I ever really considered maybe going to the hospital, because I felt like I was dyyyyyying!!! But I upped my water intake, took a couple of shots of liquid Iron, and vitamins, ate good, and kept thinkin, “ok, if I make it til lunch time I think I’ll be ok”, and then “lets see if I can make it til dh is off of work”, and by that time the Midol kicked in (yeah I took that stuff and it didn’t knock me on my butt like it usually does. dh thinks maybe elevations has something to do with it?), and I am 85ish percent now, so I don’t think I’ll diiiiiiiie! Then there’s the fear of going to the dr and them being all like, “lol, really. You’re here for PMS?  Hahahahahaha! Here, have another Midol” You know, the old, “it’s all in your head” crappola. But if I do curl up and die, I’ll have someone let y’all know. 😛 And yeah, I have a super incredible out of this world high tolerance for pain, so you know if I gripe about it it’s prolly pretty dang bad. Somewhere between having your guts scraped out with a melon baller, or a good ol mule kick! I would put it up there in my top three worst PMSs ever…. one of those being when I had the flu from hell on top of bad PMS! 

Amazingly knitting has kept my mind off of it for a good portion of the afternoon. I am almost finished a pair of fingerless mitts for myself out of I Love This Yarn in the color Firecracker!!! Looks gooooood! I’ll get pictures soon.  Anyway…


Lookit what I did!!!

So yesterday I took two and a half hours and warped this thingie up, and then took another hour and a half winding the yarn onto the two shuttles, and today I started weaving! I’m doing roughly five inches of the purple, and then two inches of the green.  Both are light weight baby yarns. I was thinking of using some lace weight yarn, but then doing the math and figuring out yardage, I wouldn’t have had enough for what I wanted to do.  I’m just going to warp up those lace wool yarns after this is off the loom, and make like two eight inch wide scarves out of them.  This piece is going to be seventeen inches across, by around six or seven feet long when all is said and done.  Something nice to wrap up in on cold days. Austin (11 yo ds) wants me to make four of these, and sew them all together to make a woven bedspread for him. LOL Ummm, no! 😛


Besides that I’m still working on hats and baby blankets for the hospitals.  Had another Etsy sale, so I guess with the cold weather coming people are going to start buying warm stuff. Woot!

Convo with Benny (14 yo ds) today….

Ben: Mom, what do we have to drink?

Me: Well, I’ll make some iced tea in a bit, but there’s water in the fridge.

Ben: Waattter??? Uuuuunnnnggghhh!

Me: What’s wrong with water?

Ben: It’s like a Frienemy!!! 

Basically something he would drink if he was dying of thirst, but he wouldn’t *like* it. Love/hate relationships with your drinks. LOL

Anyway, more pictures to come soon. This weekend we’re doing a crap ton of yard work (and maybe planting some kale and snow peas!) Thank goodness for dumpsters is all I’ve gotta say. We might only have about three or four bags of trash a week… but when we need all that extra space, the dumpster sure comes in handy! And it’s much easier stuffing yard waste into that, then into little ol trash cans! Oh, and our friend that came by last week is a tree lopper chopper guy, and he informed us that the trees in our yard are all elm!!!  So, not sure if we want to keep them, but sure is good to know what they are.


Discontinued yarn

Don’t ya just hate it!  There are some really good yarns out there, and bam! All of a sudden they’re gone!  First time this happened to me was years, and years, and years ago. There was a yarn similar to Bernat Baby Co-ordinates called Sweet Stripes.  It had loooooooong color changes, and it came in white and purple, and white and blue, and white and yellow, and white and pink, and blue and green, and pink and purple. You get the idea.  The long color runs make for wonderful fat stripes of color in hats and sweaters, and I really loved it. Then bam! All gone, not coming back. Buy, buy, buy, buy, as fast as you can. If you find it randomly on the shelf you buy it, because it’s not coming back!

Then it happened again a couple of years later with Wiggles yarn. This fun baby yarn with a thin thread spun in it, with a little blob wiggle of color on the thread. A friend spotted it again at Smiley’s Yarn Sales on the internet, and told everyone to get it while it lasted. I got a good deal of it, as I am sure other knitters did as well. Then when it got even more scarce some of us knitters started trading it. One lady needed more peach, and I had it in my stash, and traded it for some purples and blues that she had.

One discontinue that made me sad was Softee Chunkee yarn. It wasn’t so much discontinued, but changed to be just slightly more chunky, and they added new colors, and redid the whole line. Well, I’m sorry but the ~old~ Softee Chunkee was perfect for me to weave with, and the new one was too thick, so I had to skip nails on my loom with it. Fiddly!!!  Then once again I spotted it at Smiley’s Yarn Sales online, and scooped the only four colors they had available! Praying that the image on there was going to be true, and it was going to be the old style!  And it was! Yaaayy!

There have been a few other favorites discontinued over the last few years also. But this past week, knitters have learned that Bernat Jacquard’s baby yarns are being discontinued, and boy oh boy, has it been evaporating!!!! No, I have not found any yet. I have about four maybe five skeins of it in my stash though. Sad, that is the last of that pretty yarn. But maybe one day in the next few months it will be found on one of those bargain basement Internet sales places, and I’ll be able to scoop a bit more of it for a nice discount. *fingers crossed*

Just stuff

Well, we had a friend come over and look at our basement walls, and the way dh talked to him he thought we had big ol honkin one inch gaps, or something! He said not to worry about the wee little cracks much. Just keep an eye on them, and if they don’t move much more there’s nothing to worry about. Apparently basements everywhere have cracks like these. So dh feels a bunch better.  We do have to get the gutters on the outside of the house fixed though. But he said the rest of the house, the water drains away from everything, so we’re fine there too!

Then he went on to oooooohhh and aaaaahhh over our old, old, old, old house! Another old house lover in the world! Awesome! He loved all the thick beams, and the high ceilings, and the light fixtures, and the windows with the weights in them.  And I showed him the old ironing board cabinet turned into a spice cabinet! And he loved the painted over patterned wallpaper in the kiddo’s bedrooms, and the rustic old bedroom on the original 1908 part of the house. Old doorknobs with actual keyholes under them, and all that good stuff. I love my home!!! 😀

And then as he was leaving he asked were there any convenience stores nearby, and was sad to learn the nearest one was so far up the road. LOL And I did it again. I cannot say Loaf and Jug for the life of me!!! I have even practiced. But when I go to say it normally, just in a sentence, it comes out Joaf and Lug! Every. stinkin. time! Everybody ~knows~ what I mean though, so I guess it shouldn’t be a thing. But it’s making me nuts that my brain spits it out of my mouth like that. Gaaaarrr!

Today, I am getting ends woven in, and things pictured for the Etsy shop. I’m starting my second big bin of items, so hopefully sales will pick up as the weather gets cooler, because I don’t like things to just sit, sit, sit. I like them to be with people, keeping them warm!!!  After I get a lot of that done, I might warp up my rigid heddle loom after lunch! I’ve got ideas. 😀


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