I know, I know

I’m here at work late tonight because I’m trying not to go home. Tomorrow I’m having a test done to see if the Doctor can tell why I’ve been having stomach issues. I’m a little nervous.

I know this is nothing major – many people in this world are suffering worse fates than me. But there is still a fear that they won’t figure out what is causing the issues, and quite frankly, I don’t think I can deal with the pain, the bloating and the not eating for 2-3 days every time I have an “episode”. Wimpy, I know.

So in preparation for being out of commission tomorrow, I purchased season 2 of Castle, the only season I’m missing. Shameless, I know.

I’m progressing nicely on the Pearcy shawl. I have 1 more repeat of Chart A before I move on to the double-sided Chart B and nupps. I’ve never knit a nupp. Brave, I know.

And I’m continuing on with my short story about my Great-Grandmother. The family history says that she married at age 13/14 and had her first child, my Grandmother, at age 15. I’ve always been curious as to why someone would get married at that young age, so I’m writing my own version of what could have happened. Create, I know.

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taking charge

Wow…I can’t believe how long it has been since I posted last. Shame on me.

Lots of things have been going on, however. MH is at my house this week finishing the electrical work that I had started last year. He is basically running ALL NEW WIRE throughout the house and changing out all the outlets ans light switches. I will FINALLY have a home that it electrically up.to.code.! yey!

He is also doing some little odd jobs for me, things like replacing some storm windows with screens, checking out my attic fan that stopped working last year, and doing some caulking on the siding of my house.

To this end, I purchased a set of garden scissors|claw thingies and have start (finally, I know) to trim back the jungle that is my backyard. I rather enjoyed being outside and doing something physical and productive. The little section that I did last night already looks so much better, and the bonus is that I’m feeling empowered to finish the job. I am taking charge! I’ve even got some ideas about what to plant under my kitchen window…more to come on that later.

For now I just need to figure out what to do with all the branches I’ve cut off…

I haven’t been knitting much lately. I got a cortisone injection in my left knee 2 weeks ago and started some basic physical therapy last week, and aside from muscle soreness, my knees are doing much better. I am, however, having stomach issues and I need to go talk to my doctor about this. Ugh.

I also have a presentation to do tomorrow and a final to take soon…but then I will be FINISHED with my course for this semester. Whew – that sure was a lot of work for a simple audit, but well worth it.

Knitting Maturity

I was confident in my confidence to knit another lacey shawl until Marylin pointed out that being overly confident may result in foolhardiness and to that I cannot disagree. So just as I had become comfortable with Chart A of the Percy shawl, and I had switched my “confidence” to “new aptitude with caution”, Jane piped in and said that the Percy shawl bested her. Her. The Percy shawl bested Jane, the super I-Can-Read-While-I’m-Knitting-Lace Jane. Oh dear.

Then this “new aptitude with caution” switched to fear: what right did I have trying to knit something as complicated as the Percy shawl. I mean, Estonian lace has no place in my rudimentary knowledge and skill of lacework. I was at a loss.

But these thoughts of fear had only crossed my mind after I had finished all 4 repeats of Chart A and after I had decided to repeat the 4 repeats of Chart A (and before you even begin to think that I was taking my rudimentary knowledge and skill of lacework and extending it beyond myself, the author of the Percy shawl very plainly said that if one wanted to, they could repeat Chart A to make the shawl larger. She said this very plainly, so I took her at her word) when I realized that I was doing Chart A very nicely. I was “learning to read the lace” (as I believe Jane would call it) and was charting away beautifully.

So I came up with a new plan. When I finish my second repeat of Chart A, I will do a lifeline. Then, if Chart B gets the better of me, I can always frog back to my lifeline and keep repeating Chart A until my shawl is big enough for my Grandmother. No harm done.

Then, if it so happens that Chart B actually gets completed, then I can put in another lifeline and repeat Chart B (because the author also said that this could be done) until the shawl gets large enough. Because if Chart B doesn’t get me, then it must be Chart C that bested Jane. And if it was Chart C that bested Jane, well, then I’ll have Charts A and B under my belt and I won’t even have to try Chart C at all.

And this actually seems like a rather mature thing to do. I’m not over-confident, I’m taking precautions and coming up with alternatives that will work, should I run into a problem. Wow. This is called Knitting Maturity.

At least for the moment. 🙂

confidence

I’m starting a new lace project – another shawl. It is called the Percy Shawl and if you click that link it will take you to a small snippit of the pattern. I’m knitting this in a lace-weight 80/20 cotton/wool blend from Brown Sheep Company. It is the “finer” yarn of their cotton fleece line of yarns and I think it is going to drape nicely – especially if I decide to add beads. The color is called Nymph and that is the link that will take you to their site to see the color. I’m on the second repeat of Chart A and so far, so good. 🙂 I’m doing this without a lifeline, so let’s cross our fingers and hope for the best, ’cause I’m knitting with confidence!

The challenge is going to come with Chart C because there is lace patterning on both sides of the shawl, so I will definitely let you all know how that goes! The designer says that there are 3 Eastonian Lace patterns in this shawl, so I guess I’m getting my first taste of knitting Eastonian Lace. Yikes! (For those who have no idea what Eastonian Lace is, click that link and then say “Yikes!”)

I’m still on vacation and so far it has been a good one. Aside from one small “oops” at work, I’ve not thought about it…much. I did get one emergency email and phone call on Monday, but there are now other capable people in my office who can do what I do, so I handed it off. Feels good to be able to do that!

I’m going to be driving back tomorrow and spending Easter with M, L and Bug – or more accurately, Easter evening. Then it is back to work on Monday!

the things we hear

I’m on vacation. A much needed break from life. I’m with my family and while I can’t post pictures right now, I can relay some of the conversations I’ve had recently with my nieces.

Conversation #1
I was leaving my sister’s house on Saturday night, barefoot, when my oldest niece, Miss O, runs after me…

Miss O: Tia (that’s what they call me)…put your shoes on. …Tia, you need to put your shoes on….Tia…shoes!

She then turns to my Mom and says…

Miss O: Are you the boss of her?

Conversation #2
Miss O had softball practice last night. Her younger sister, Grabby G, is infatuated with hand sanitizer. Her third trip to Miss O’s purse, where there is a rather large bottle of hand sanitizer, I stopped her and said that she had had enough.

Then I said: Maybe you could put some on my feet… (me just being silly, of course)

Grabby G looks at me and says: this is hand-tizer, Tia, not feet-tizer.

Doh!

Conversation #3
I decided to take the girls out to lunch today but not tell them where we were going. We were nearing an intersection that Miss O knew and with some excitement in her voice she asked if we were going to Subway. I said, “No, just wait…”

Without missing a beat, Grabby G, says “awwwwk..ward”.

I couldn’t stop laughing.

I’m having loads of fun this week!