First off I want to thank everyone for their comments regarding our current crisis with our truck. It really helped to be able to come on here and vent. Thanks to all who listened and helped cheer me up. Blogland can be a wonderful place!
I think I've decided on a career change. Hubby called this morning to say he made it to Whitehorse
. He ended up having to get a tire replaced on the truck once he got there. One came unsealed after the truck was running and couldn't be fixed, likely a result of the accident, so he bought a second-hand tire. He isn't leaving Whitehorse
until tomorrow when the other guy leaves. He doesn't want to travel alone, and at least the other guy has phone reception in the towns at least with his phone. (Our phone has zero reception.) Anyhoo, he said that they got the towing bill. Remember I said it would probably be like a minimum of $7,000? Upon rethinking we all thought maybe $10,000ish. Guess again. Take a wild guess. I think he was a little farther away from Watson Lake
than he thought. It was about 600kms each way, so 1200km total for the two tow trucks, grader, and accessories people to drive. Are you sitting down? Make sure you are holding onto your seat. Don't want anyone to hurt themselves lest you fall on the floor... $23,000! Yes, that is not a typo. Twenty-three thousand dollars
for towing! I think we should move up north and start a towing business. Obviously they can charge whatever they want. When you're in the middle of nowhere, hundreds of kilometres from civilization, truck and trailer can't stay there, no choice but to pay whatever they want to come tow you out. Unbelievable. (I know the towing of heavy trucks ain't cheap to begin with no matter where you are, and you're over a barrel up there because it ain't like you can shop around.) I'm still flabbergasted, dumbfounded, shocked, annoyed, irritated, aggravated, you name it, I'm it. Rough estimate so far on truck damage is $10,000, but I won't know for sure til the insurance people look at it once it's back in Nova Scotia
. Thank goodness for insurance, even if it has a large deductible. (Looks like I should join up with one of the knit from your stash KALs. Guess I can kiss the shawl for banquet goodbye. Oh, well. There's always next year.)
The kids lucked out and had the day off school. Our storm turned out to be wind and rain, but through the night it got cold, so everything froze. The roads were really icy. There were lots of fender benders and cars in the ditch according to the radio. I'll be so glad when spring hits. We've been lucky so far, no real snow, but it's been cold, and I don't like it.
I finished my slippers. Here's before and after shots. They're still wet, I just felted them tonight. They still need to be defuzzed. I prefer to do that when they are dry. I used leftovers from Ma and Pa's slippers I made for Christmas, Briggs & Little
Regal in Lilac and Quoddy Blue. I would not have picked those colors to use together, but I just wanted to use up leftovers and not buy new yarn.
This is the yarn I plan on using for the sample slippers for the store. I had the Briggs & Little
in my stash, this is Fundy Fog and Grape. I had the brown Classic Wool
and picked up the natural marl to go with it. I'd like to use better, brighter colors, but I'll just use what's kicking around. It's mostly just so people can see how the two yarns work for the slippers. We have a lot of people that come in looking for yarn to knit them, so it's nice to see what each would look like.
Here's a couple of shots of the seals from yesterday. It's not the same one from last time. This one is about the same color, but his face is a lot pointier. It was overcast, and they weren't as close, but Tim's camera still did a lot better than mine ever would. (Thanks for the pictures again, Tim!)
I forgot about this yarn in the stash. I bought it quite awhile back on eBay
. I think I will make Falling in Love
socks with it. But first I started some socks out of my Austermann Step
I got last summer.
Last night the Littlest One saw a package of matches and wanted to know what they were. I said they were for adults to use. Out of the blue he says when he's an adult he's going to marry me. (Little boys always go through the phase that they're gonna marry their mommies, don't they?)
I asked, "What about Daddy?"
LO, "He can marry someone else."
I asked, "What about your brother?"
LO, "Daddy can marry him!"