Friday, November 21, 2014

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Yarn Along

I decided to take a break from sock knitting and put my heart and soul into a long term project. I've had my massive ball of Quince & Co. yarn that was scrapped from a former project waiting for a project, and I decided to finally start the trapezoid entrelac shawl pattern that I have had for a few months from my LYS. I fell in love with the display shawl last summer and took the entrelac class in the fall so I could knit that shawl. I know this will be time consuming (the cast-on row has 240 stitches!) so I am definitely in it for the long haul.

I was in need of something to read (even though I have a stack of books waiting) and after reading the experience a buddy of mine had, I decided to pick up something of Margaret Atwood's. I think that everyone has probably read The Blind Assassin so I was looking for something else that she had written and decided on The Handmaid's Tale. What an amazing tale of female dystopia. I only wish there was more as my heart was wrenched with each bit of Offred's struggle.

This is going to be an extremely busy week. Our short-staffed office will be three this week and down to just me by Thursday and Friday. And Saturday.. well Saturday we are going to Indiana to move Mom and her belongings back here. Permanently. Plus there are exams to study for. Just need to get through the next few days..

Linking up with Ginny..

Happy knitting and reading!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

And the days go by...

I've been wanting to do a snapshot of a typical day for a while now, but even remembering to do that and uploading the pictures and writing the blog post seem to take time that I didn't have to spare (I seem to have it today because I am home taking care of a cold bug that I can't seem to shake completely).

Here is "A day in my life: April 3rd, 2014":

I was up by 5am on Tuesday. Showered, cats fed, I grabbed coffee and a tomato basil bagel for breakfast (mm coffee). Chase gets up around 6 every morning for school. He has an hour to eat, shower, dress, and make sure his bag is ready to go for school.

Just dropped Chase off at school (don't worry, I was parked in the drop-off loop when I took this picture) and it's time to call Mom. I have to admit I really love being able to talk hands-free in my car now. I call Mom when I am between home/school/work.

More coffee! Today being Thursday, it is one of my long days (class and work). I'll be on campus from 8am until 7pm, I'll need more go juice. So I make more more stop on my way to campus for coffee (and no, those four shots weren't all for me! :-) )

Signs of Spring (finally!). Between the building I work in and the building my classes are held in. I'm looking forward to when the tulips are in full bloom.

Ah class. Time to focus!

Class is over and it is Thursday! That means it's lunch time at the Mediterranean grill on campus (they are a guest restaurant only here on Thursday -- a real treat for the semester). I usually have two hours between class and work on Tuesday and Thursday to eat lunch and socialize with Dale and Sarah, but they're both busy in their own offices, so instead I went to my own department and ate lunch and stared at the pile of work stacking up in my 'In Box'. 

Work. Just a sampling of what I have to work on for the day. These are inquiry cards. I'm putting them into the system and then prepping packets of information to be sent out. There were about 150 cards in that stack total. 

Work is over and I am free for the evening! It's still surprising to step outside after 7pm (my office is in the center of the building with no windows) and there is still sunshine. I'm extremely lucky today. Steve has been out of town working a case for the past few days so I have been on the run with Chase. Tonight Steve's dad has offered to bring Chase home from their house saving me a trip out to pick him up. Yay!

Home sweet home. I was washing dishes when Chase was dropped off. He has been building with Construx (does anyone remember those from the 80's? He has discovered them and loves them!) and was showing off his latest creation. 


I tried to participate in yarn-along last week, but by Sunday when the post still wasn't posted, I gave up. The semester will be over in a few weeks, and hopefully things will quiet down a bit. We have lost two people in a week in my department (with a third planning to leave in the next three weeks) so I am not sure how things are going to go since we have no idea if they are hiring anyone anytime soon. 

Have a beautiful week!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wednesday Yarn Along

My work/school/clinical schedule went completely nutty in late January and I actually went a whole week without knitting (I know, I know!). I've been trying to get back to blogging, and that non-knitting week certainly didn't help things. I wanted to return showing that I have indeed completed a project! Yay!

When I said I wish I had someone to model the sweater, this was not quite what I had in mind.

There we go!

I am so happy that I have finished the Phoebe Sweater! The pattern was extremely easy and fun to knit. I just wish I had someone little to put it on right now. I also need buttons, but Steve's dad is going to turn a few branches from the limb of our maple into a stash of buttons for me and Mom and I am sure I will use some of those. For now, however, it will be put away as a mostly completed project.

I haven't started anything new yet (for shame). I haven't been feeling myself lately and with that and some changes we have coming up around here, I just haven't cast on a new project, or continued my socks. 

Oh, and reading? Yep, just textbooks right now. I really need to remedy that! Next week is "Spring Break" at my school so hopefully I can get in some fun time and a book or two!

Joining with Ginny...


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday Yarn Along

Sometime around October of 2010 I was at a LYS where I saw the book Phoebe's Sweater along with the sweater knitted and on display. I loved the story and the sweater itself and thought that it would be a project I would like to make at some point for someone. Fast forward to January of 2011 when I was downsized from the company I was with and found myself with a little extra spending money. I went back to that particular LYS and bought yarn for a sweater I made Mom, and I also picked up the yarn and the book. Of course I still didn't have a little girl to knit for (though a few came to mind), so the book and yarn went into a storage bin.
What is so special about the Phoebe's Sweater book is that it's what led me here to Ginny and her yarn along. Before I knew of Ravelry, I just Googled the patterns or names of them to see other images. Ginny's blog was the first one that popped up.
I decided last week that for every new yarn I purchase for a known project (like my socks, for example), I must knit something from my stash yarn. I have been gifted with so much yarn over the past couple of years, that I really am doing a major disservice to it all for not finding a worthy use for it (however, Mom has been enjoying knitting things from my stash).
That brings me to today's post: Sunday morning I decided to dig into my stash for the book and yarn and cast on for the sweater. I still don't know who it might be for, and for all I know it may end up folded and packed away for years to come. I am always so determined that everything I knit has to have a person in mind, that sometimes I forget that half the fun is just knitting. So my socks are becoming my portable project (I have two hours between class and work two days a week that I am going to use to knit), and the sweater will be my home, sitting in front of Netflix, project.
As reading goes, I'm looking over the honey extraction section right now. I am sad to report my bees died last month. The last time I saw them alive was when I was doing a quick food check on them back on December 5th. We then had a big drop in the temperature, then eight inches of snow. I thought the bees would be okay, but over a period of two days when it warmed up, I noticed that the gutter near the apiary was overflowing and the water was going into the apiary. I checked on the bees on the 26th, and they were dead. Frost covered even. I'll save the details for a future post, but for now I want to remove the honey stores that are in there, perform a close apiary autopsy, and clean everything up to prepare for a new queen and colony this spring.

Wow. A little bit of rambling today, huh? :) I hope everyone has an enjoyable week and happy knitting!


Saturday, January 18, 2014


I have been trying to return to this space for a while now. I write posts in my head, updating on what has been going on, the pictures to include, and the list just keeps growing. Instead of flooding this space with tidbits from the past three (almost four months), I will offer a summary instead:

We Are All Fine.
My absence was due mostly to balancing work, school, and home. This semester is going to be even busier with longer hours at work, my clinical rotation, and the typical ebb and flow of home life.
I have been knitting (socks, mostly), and picking up a bit of non-school reading when I can. I truly hope to return to posting on Wednesday with the other knitters, and offering up my own entries here when I can. I am reading everyone's blogs, however, I just may not be commenting as much as I would like. I find you all a dear comfort to me and I look forward to each post I can read.
Happy New Year, everyone. I look forward to a promising year with you all!