I’ve been away for some time now.

It’s been an interesting, eventful and sometimes sad late summer into fall. As some of you know, I live in St. Louis, MO. I am about 7-10 miles away from the community of Ferguson which became infamous in the media. I haven’t really known how to respond on the blog because like so many others, I’m not sure anyone will ever know the “truth” and feel the media has treated St. Louis, like so many other places and people, like the latest shiny new toy. Play with us, report inaccuracies and downright lies mingled with the truth, then move on to the next new shiny toy. In this case, it’s Ebola.  I will not attempt to explain the events in Ferguson that day because I don’t know.   That being said, I also spent every Sunday afternoon for 10 weeks or so visiting my BSIL’s mother in hospice.  It was bittersweet for me.  My BSIL’s mother was difficult at times when she was strong and healthy, but when her health began to decline she softened and was so dear.  I took her flowers and up until the final two weeks, she brightened when she saw them.  I have no regrets and was grateful when she was able to finally move on into her next great journey in mid-September.

Now, for the important stuff.  My refrigerator died.  Not life altering by any means, but still a pain in the rear.  After it died, I measured the space.  Twice.  I went and looked at refrigerators in the store.  I measured the one I wanted.  Twice.  It was delivered to my house two days later.  It didn’t fit.  Now, I might have been upset years ago when I wasn’t knitting, but now?  I know knitter’s can’t count so I just chalked it up to life as a knitter.  Now, a cabinet must be removed today.  And, it shall be.  Grover and I have to walk into the kitchen single file.

I have been knitting.  I was spinning a bit when my Peanut came over and asked if she could spin on my Joy and I said, sure!   There’s about 8″ left on the unspun fiber and she hasn’t finished it yet.  Little Stinker!

I hope to blog a bit more often.  I miss everyone’s updates, except Margene who faithfully updates, and Joan,  and Cookie, too.  I’m afraid I am the cause of the loss of a blog friendship due to communication error.  I am still sorry about that one, but cannot correct it because the line was severed.   Have a good one, all!

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Summer in Middle Earth

 

It has been a pretty spectacular summer so far here in Middle Earth. We are hot today, but we have had some pretty gorgeous days in the 80’s, so whining is not allowed. I signed up for the Tour de Fleece once again with Team Cranky Pants and Team Dyeabolical Yarns. So far, I have fixed the drive band on the spinning wheel. Ripped the old spinning off the bobbins. I fear leaving the spun fiber on the bobbins for 3 years glued it all together. It currently looks like this.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI was so put out by that stupid fiber (not Dave’s fault) that I just wadded it up and threw it away.  You can tell I didn’t even care if the picture was in focus.  So, now, I’m beginning on this.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERARachel’s Dyeabolical Falkland fiber in the Ricky colorway.  I love it.  There will be more pictures when I actually have something on the bobbin to show you.

We have also been moulting here.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThis is just a small sample of the fur the pup has been shedding since June.  I have it everywhere, inside and outside.  Tonythegrasscuttingguy is absolutely stunned by the sheer volume of it.  I take piles of it out to the garden area and just put it down there for the birds and animals to take.  The rug is a constant mess.  I’d blame it all on Grover, but Stinky adds her fair share.  Today, the boy went for a bath and day at camp.  He is exhausted, of course, but, happy.

I had to get a different car.  Frank, the Buick, had a case of terminal old crappy car disease, so he had to go.   I purchased a small used SUV thinking that the pup could get in and out without too much trouble.  Of course, I was wrong.  It is quite a distance for a 9 year old giant breed dog to go, so I bought him a ramp to get in and out of the car.  I also remembered that he is a guard dog breed so training was going to require the Steak ‘n Shake cheese Steakburger training method.  It only took 3 cheeseburgers to get him trained to use it and now he’s a champ.  He looks adorable in the cargo hold behind the seats.  He’s also quite a bit safer in that area.

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to.  Not particularly exciting, but that is how my life goes and I’m just okey-dokey with it.

Have a good one!!!

 

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Culling the herd the wrong way.

I’ve been pond mucking, removing and relining and restocking. As we all know, I know how to have a great time.

IMG_0779It still looks pretty much like this, but now there are fish.  I bought 10.  Lost 2 to old age or illness.  Lost 3 more some other way.  Attrition can be brutal.  I believe either the racoons, owls, hawks, or who knows who have been at it.  I finally went to buy water plants.

L*we’s nor H*ome D*pot have anything at all like that.  I even checked with Wallyworld.,  Nada.  Finally, I was talking to Chris and Karen at church this morning and they told me about a pond place nearer.  I looked it up on my smart phone (thank you smartphones) and proceeded there after church.  I got my plants, came home and put them in.  We’ll see how effective they are at protecting my idiot fish.  I will post pics of the water plants after they have made themselves tohome.    Right now they’re on their sides and look just sad.

Have a good one!  My soundtrack for today?  “Don’t Let the Rain Come Down” because we are currently having our monsoon season.

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Just a peek in

Hello. I know. What has come over me? I have moments (pretty much like everyone) and have used them for productive things like picking up and tidying. Lately? Not so much. I have a tidy house or friends. I’m choosing friends. I haven’t given up on the house, but I need to make a birthday party fruit pizza and the damn butter won’t soften so that I can get the cookie part baked, so I am taking those moments to peek in and say “hey”.

My baby grrrlz invited me to their apartment for dinner this evening to celebrate my Peanut’s birthday.  I’m so excited!  I have to bring the berry pizza for dessert (with the proper birthday candles), but other than that it might be a winging it kinda meal.  I don’t care.  That’s how I live anymore.  Big plans are for holidays only in my life.  Too many missed opportunities if everything is a big production.

Peanut asked me to get her the Phat Fiber May fiber selection for her present.  I had not done that before.  Waiting until 10:00 a.m. to buy the selection on a particular day.  WOW.  It’s pretty smart marketing, but I was worried I wouldn’t get it and have nothing for her present.   It seems that sometimes the selections are gone in a real hurry.  This one was “Horse of a Different Color” and I was able to get it for her.  Can’t wait to see it and I have no idea when it will ship.

I am sharing  pictures of my Stinky today.IMG_0267IMG_0268Her encounter with a curious and brazen squirrel.  She was fascinated, but not particularly “hunterly” or “predatory” toward the varmint.  My vapid kitty.  I do love her.

I will send you on way with my soundtrack.  Today it is  “You’re a Very Lovely Woman” by the Merry-Go-Round.  A favorite of mine.

Have a great weekend!!!

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Our blackberry winter

I’m back. It’s 55 and rainy. I feel like I live in London……..or, the Northwest. Yet, it was 87 only just yesterday. I heard someone refer to this as our blackberry winter. It is a colloquialism from hereabouts. It’s a cold snap in late spring. We are nothing if not folksy.

I kinda forgot to call the lawn guy last week, so my grass is going to seed after the lovely rain and cooler temps.  He’s gonna love me.  Thankfully, he’s a sweet guy.  Still, it’s cold and wet out there.  I just peaked out hoping the pup would go and take care of business when I saw something fly by soundlessly.  It was too small to be an owl, so I’m pretty sure it was a bat.  They are a good thing.  They consume massive amounts of mosquitoes.  If I don’t get my pond relined pretty soon, it’s gonna be an awful cesspool out there.  I am off next weekend for 5 days in a row and no matter if it’s rainy or cool or snowing, I will be relining the pond.  I need to get it seasoned so I can put the goldfish in before it gets hideously hot, and you don’t want goldfish in an unseasoned pond.  They tend to die.

See, I can post more than once in a blue moon (folksy, remember?).  My soundtrack for today is “He’s a Tramp” by Peggy Lee.  Enjoy.

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Beyond the fringe…

Hello. It’s good to see you all. I’ve been away. Away as in not here, not actually out of the state, country or universe. I lost my mojo for the blog and have spent a good deal of time outside working on the back 40. It’s improving, but damn, there’s still a lot of work to do. I just finished spreading 8 bags of mulch and need about 6 more. That will come another day. I’m sore and tired and just took a shower so it ain’t happening today.
Next week or the week after. I want to get it done. It has been such a huge relief not to have to cut my own grass. I lost so much time recovering each week. Not because it’s so hard on me. We all know I’m a beast. It’s the allergy to grass that kicks my butt.

I’m currently knitting on my DSIL’s Christmas gift so no pics.  I love it and am enjoying the process and the product.

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day.  One of my least favorite holidays.  It was my Mom’s least favorite holiday.  She thought it insufferable.  I miss her.  Every single day.  Yet, I’m ok with her death.  I just finally came to the realization that I will miss her for the rest of my life.  I do not believe in heaven (I am a Christian, but it’s “eternal life” not heaven).  I believe our souls will meet again and we will know instantly that we mean something very special to each other.  If you are a Mom,  have a good day.  If you aren’t or you have lost your Mom, too, then remember with love or whatever emotion you have for your Mom.  It gets complicated.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThis is one of my favorite pictures of her with her big baby boy, Groverthewonderdog.

My soundtrack is “Fever” by Rita Moreno and Animal.

Have a good one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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My own worst enemy

rose thorn wound 4-6-14I have an owie.  I was pruning back the deadwood on the rose bush and it just attacked me.  I might have been a bit lippy with it, but I don’t believe I deserved what I got.  And, this looks better than it did an hour ago.  It was about 4X that size and dark purple.  I waited to see if my hand fell off and when it didn’t, I washed out the tiny puncture wound and tried to make it bleed a bit more to clean it out, then slammed a pack of peas on it from the freezer.  It really hurts.  I might be out for revenge if that stupid old rose bush doesn’t watch it.

We have had official Pissyfairy spring weather.  Mother Nature is having a tough labor this spring.  The skies have been amazing and the weather has been “an event”.  The local weatherdoofs are thrilled.  I have been dealing with it on a more basic level.  These two

Furbabiez 3-31-14The unsettled weather and the barometric pressure drops have made these two a bit anxious.  To cope with their worries, I added Rescue Remedy to their drinking water.  It helps, but they were extremely happy when this last batch of storms was long gone.  We ended up with 7″ of rain.  The back yard was completely under water for an entire day.  The bud, Grover, was not amused.

It’s been nice visiting, but I gotta scoot.  My new favoritist artist kind of musician, Joe Bonamassa with “Black Lung Heartache”.

Have a good one!!!!

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Sprung

We are experiencing a yellow ball in the sky and days when coats aren’t necessary.  To be honest, I’m so used to the cold that I go out without a coat when it’s 40.  When the temperatures got up to the upper 60’s a week or so ago, I almost died from the heat.  Hopefully, there will be time to adjust to the warmer temps as we go.  I’m just hoping it doesn’t go straight to the 90’s.  sigh.

So, how ya been?  I’m doing just fine thanks.  I have a rash.  I got some sort of poison something or other working in the yard two weeks ago (the oils remain on the surrounding vegetation long after the poison whatever dies) and now, my body is really mad and I have hives anywhere fabric touches my skin.  So, I had to change my detergent, but there are still clothes that were washed in the old detergent and I have no idea which ones.  So, I’m itching.  I’m pretty sure it isn’t fatal.  It might be just some form of “Goofball disease” which I suffer from with some regularity.

IMG_0563Ms. Stinky is quite content in her sunbeam.  She will walk around complaining bitterly when the sun moves away.  I have explained the earth’s rotation to her, but I’m afraid it’s a bit hard for her to retain that information since the sun shines so seldom.  I think she just likes to complain.

Have a wonderful Sunday!  My soundtrack for today is a terrific version of “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb and Ron Carter.  It’s acoustic and a bit long, but pure and wonderful.  Enjoy

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Sometimes I have great focu…..oh, look, a shiny object!!!

This is so Marilyn’s fault.  OK, maybe not totally, but ignorance was bliss for me until I read her recent post about Peace Fleece offering laceweight and cashmere laceweight.  Granted, the color choices are basic, but as she so eloquently stated, it is such a wonderful cause, and the yarn is pretty wonderful, and I’ve been wanting to order from them for ever.  So, I caved.  It’s not like I needed the yarn, but I have never knit cashmere for myself and want to.  It is in an off white and I adore whites of any shade.  It’s all about the purity and beauty of the color white.  My particular passion is blues and whites.  I don’t care the shades or variations.  Just the combinations.

Also, I am completely done with the 2013 Christmas knitting.  Here are Peanut’s mitts.

IMG_0771A very crappy picture, but the mitts are so nice (Peanut spun the yarn herself) and I embroidered a lilac that is extremely hard to see in the crappy picture.  The softness of that gorgeous purple yarn is hard to believe, but she is an awesome spinner.

And, here is Groverthewonderpup.  He is very tired.  I think he’s tired because it’s windy and cold and it’s easier to be tired than deal with the weather.

IMG_0773That stuffed bone is his most favorite toy in the world.  Our Mum gave it to him and he is always very careful as he throws it in the air and retrieves it.  On occasion, I am allowed to pick it up and throw it in the air.  He is NOT a retriever.  He has a special play with the stuffed bone and you must follow the rules, or you’re out.

I know.  I’m dull.  I hope soon to share a bit of the family health saga with you, but will refrain for now.  I prefer a completion story and this one is evolving, but so far, it is a fabulous, life-affirming, wonderful and difficult story and I need approval to share it, so, until that happens, I’m gonna keep quiet.  You have no idea how hard that is for me.

So, here is my soundtrack for the day.  Mott the Hoople with “All the Way to Memphis”

Have a good one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OMG. It maybe might be spring.

This is my Stinky this morning in the sun.

IMG_0770We haven’t seen her in this place for months (due to the bitter cold, snow and gray skies).  She has spent the winter hiding in closets and snuggling on a tacky velour blanket I keep for her.  She has made use of the pup’s squeezy toy as a pillow.  If it were hers, she would avoid it like the plague.  It hasn’t gotten warm, yet, because she keeps moving closer to the door.

We are going to be in the 50’s today.  I’m beyond thrilled.  Tomorrow (back to work day) will be 70.  I don’t care.  I’m just happy the ground is not white, slick and cold.  My needs have gotten quite simple this year.  I hope you all can enjoy above freezing temps soon (Cookie do NOT giggle), too.

Haven’t been knitting much.  I baked a fabulous Bourbon Buttermilk cake for my brother’s birthday and it was worth it, but it took forever!  The baking and the cleaning and the working have eaten up a bit of time, plus I haven’t had the love for the knitting this past week.  That cannot continue, so maybe this evening I can sit and knit for a bit.  I’m hoping to knit outside tomorrow after work.  We’ll see how that plays out.

And, I am trying not to be whiny, but I abhor the spring forward of the clocks.  In the morning, we were almost at daybreak and now, we are back to pitch darkness.  There is an upside.  After I acclimate myself to it (again), I will enjoy the longer days of light.  It’s a just a bear getting used to it.

I will leave you with my soundtrack.  The Lumineers with “Stubborn Love”.  This is my absolute favorite video.  This wee girl is beautiful.

Stubborn Love by The Lumineers

Have a wonderful week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

*The advantage to not posting every day is that I do not need to purchase my punctuation marks nearly as often.

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