Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sewing At Last

For the past week, I have been going to start running every morning. I intended to start on Monday, but I was too tired and opted to stay in bed. Later in the week I was downright depressed and wondering if getting goats was a huge mistake. (the milk was tasting horrible and it turns out one of them has mastitis) Then I snapped out of it and decided to quit being a wuss. So yesterday morning I started running. I run a mile from home and the mile back. Yesterday I think I probably ran a mile and a half of it. This morning, we (Maggie and I) ran the whole 2 miles! And we even got out of a trot and into a real run for part of it. I do not run on our driveway. Why punish myself? No one in their right mind would want to run UP our driveway. The faster we go, the better Maggie likes it. It turns out that I will probably never have to worry about her getting in front of a car. She runs as far off the road as she can get when we meet one.

Yesterday and today, I made a skirt. I could have done it all yesterday, but I decided to spend it playing in the kitchen. I bought the fabric a couple years ago thinking it would make a great skirt:



I’ve already worn it and pronounce it perfect. I used the skirt pattern from Sew U by Wendy Mullins. Instead of using a zipper and darts, I just made a casing and put in some elastic. I love this pattern. I made another one with it last December.

Here is Maggie at her very best:



Sound asleep. She loves laying there in front of the kitchen sink where a register blows out nice, cold, air.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

One of Those Days

Today has been one of those days you’d not want to repeat. It’s not that it was so bad, but it was not very great, either. It’s been downright depressing. I cut out a pattern for my Knitter #3 to have a dress and ruffle pants to go with. However, when I laid the pattern out on the fabric, there is just no way to get pants and a dress out of the 2 fabrics have. It is so disappointing. She will not care because she’ll get a pretty dress, but I had envisioned it with the pants.

I took some pictures of stuff today:



This is the wrap I have started. It was going to be a fair project, but I don’t think it is going to turn out that way. I’m going to track progress by the shrinking of the yarn ball. This project will only take a little more than half of it. I have a feeling that in the future, I will make my lace projects with fingering weight.

This is what our supper was cooked in tonight:



This is a casserole dish that my Grandmother had. It came with the first refrigerator they got when my Dad was in high school. Electricity came out our way in the late 40’s I think. The Grange paid for a lot of it, if not all of it. And we take it all for granted these days. Before that, they used iceblocks to keep things cold. I forget how they listened to the radio, but it seems like there was a battery with a hand crank.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Cleaning and the Desire to Knit

Why does it have to be so hard to get kids to clean up after themselves? I remember when the girls were pretty good about cleaning up. These days, there is nothing but standing over them ordering them to pick up THIS and put it away. Right now I’m wondering if they will get enough done to deserve the movie I am dangling in front of them…

I really, really want to start working on my fair projects. The problem with knitting is it takes time. Sewing is a breeze time-wise. Here are some pictures of where we are with the projects right now:



Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The 21st Century

I think we’ve got all of our movie and tv watching kinks worked out for now. The computer is now hooked up and set up for watching movies instantly on Netflix and tv online. Right now we are using Hulu. We have joined the 21st century. It is shocking. Now that we’ve done that, what can possibly be left?

Our 4th was nice. We had a get together at my husband’s uncle’s house. His uncle isn’t much older than him and has kids younger than me. We took cookies to uncle John’s suggestion for ‘the kids’. I was surprised and pleased when Brent’s cousin and her soon to be sister in law ate half of them. In Brent’s mother’s side of the family, most of the women won’t eat anything to speak of for fear of gaining weight. If I’d known people would eat the cookies, I would have taken more. I also always enjoy sitting at a table with other women that don’t dye their hair blond. I don’t want anyone to be offended by that if they do that. My mother in law doesn’t think anyone who isn’t blond is pretty. Naturally, half the women in that side of the family dye their hair blond. The same half that won’t eat anything. I think they are freaks. And I think that is the sole reason the dyeing blond thing annoys me. My mother in law’s attitude.

We went and watched our fireworks that night and they were lovely. They aren’t like something you’d get in the city, but there are perks. Picking your spot to park in an empty lot near the golf course, taking snacks and drinks to eat in the back of the truck, and waving at your friends as they drive by looking for their spot. One thing I really like is that there is no music blaring to accompany the fireworks. That is something I would hate. They do that in Boise. We saw some of it on the news the next night. Brent and I agreed that it was annoying.

I had a beastly job to do today. Dehorning the little goats. Brent was no help because he couldn’t bare thinking he was hurting them. Even when I told him they could get their heads stuck in a fence on a hot day and die before anyone found them. However, my little brother came over and we got it done. There is no worse job than one that involves the smell of burning hair and the cries of little animals. Better now than later, better a little pain than a horrible injury or death later.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

He Went To Jared!

I’ve had a pretty decent birthday. I was a bit surprised that the phone company couldn’t really tell me when my bill was paid up to until I asked lots of probing questions. The things we are going to turn off will go off next week. I thought they were already paid for another month, so I was surprised. I guess that is a bit more money saved. I haven’t told Brent his tv is going away in less than a week.

You may be wondering about the title of this post…

Technically, he sent his mother to Jared’s for this:



It is a Pandora charm bracelet. I love it. I will either never get another charm for it, or I will never get anything else from my family… I love that the charm says ‘Forever Together’.

There is nothing more fun than killing loads of time on Ravelry. This morning I went on the hunt for knit longs. I joined a couple for socks, one for washcloths and one for some project I couldn’t remember the name of until I typed this sentence. Versatility from the fall 2008 Knitty.

There is a bit of good news on the unemployment front. There is another bill up for consideration in Congress. But they are off on a 1 week vacation now.