Sunday, June 26, 2011

Once Again

...I had to check to see if Pumba was still breathing, lol. What a weird way to sleep!


Happy knitting!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

That Time of Year

It's that time of year - the time when the kids are on the last week of school, and it's time to do gifts for teachers for year end. But first the Boss Lady wanted a pair of slippers for her exchange student. Old faithful in Patons Classic Wool in dragon dance with orchid cuffs, Ravelry details here.

The teachers are getting dishcloths, my usual year end gift. I also got some nice aromatherapy dish soap to go with them. The dishcloths are made with Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Twists in various breeds (new stuff - did you see this?). Ravelry details here with the color breakdowns. All six dishcloths are the Small Arrow Cloth pattern.

Last day of school is this Friday, then they go back next Thursday morning to pick up their report cards.

Happy knitting!

Monday, June 13, 2011


Saturday morning we got up at 6am and got the boys ready for the fishing derby. They had released 1000 trout before the tournament started at 7am. The boys had nibbles, but they didn't catch anything til after the derby ended. We stayed an extra hour.

Here's the Littlest One with the very first fish he ever caught. It was rather small, so back it went.

The Oldest One with his very first ever fish. It was small, too, so back it went.

After the derby we had a carpenter coming to put two window inserts in our front window. The living room has one and only one window, and this is it. None of the panes open, so summers it get just like an oven in here. We have a south-west facing window, it gets sun all day long (which is great in the winter), but summer there's just no air at all. This is before, they just started to pop some of the trim off.

The panes didn't come out easily. They were puttied in, we have two panes in the garage that had been replaced by the previous owner. How they got them out in one piece I'll never know. I think Hubs had fun bashing the window out. He did it a lot easier than the carpenter did with the first window. We had canvas down to help catch the glass cuz the dogs go out here, I didn't want them cutting their feet. Hubs didn't make a mess at all, but glass flew everywhere from the first window, a real mess.

Pumba yapped the entire time. I think he got annoyed as no one sat down long enough for him to invade their lap.

This is after with the windows wide open. What a difference! That evening the room was cool, a nice breeze coming in. We stood one of the pedestal fans in front of one of the windows, it was gorgeous. (Of course now and for the rest of the week til Friday it's going to rain and be below seasonal temperatures. I had to close the windows, and I am resisting the urge to turn on the furnace. It's June 13, dammit, and I don't live at the North Pole!) I think if hot weather does ever hit we'll have a lot cooler house than we usually did. The only worry now is the dogs, especially Maggie, she lays in this window all the time.

The inside view before the curtains went back up. You can see the sill where Maggie lays. Luckily it's really narrow on the ends, so she can't really get in front of much besides the three middle panes. I could see her going through the screen if she saw another dog outside. Jewel can't get up in the window, but she puts her front paws up on the sill and looks out. She'd better not dig my screens! When no one is home I will close the windows to a couple of inches, just to be safe.

Bit by bit we're slowing getting things done around the house. This was something that really HAD to be done, and I'm glad it's finished. I want to get prices on the middle panes, just double glass, as the one on the right, the seal is gone, and there's moisture between the panes. (That was what the end panes were like, too, so they were kind of foggy looking.) But that can wait for a bit, there's a couple of other things that need to be done first.

Knitting content next post! I'll finally have some FOs to show.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, June 09, 2011


I've got no knitting to show. I'm in the process of knitting a pair of slippers for the Boss Lady at work, and I'm also tinkering away on dishcloths for the teachers for their year end gifts. I got them each a nice bottle of aromatherapy dish soap as well, and they'll each get three dishcloths. There's nothing exciting to show yet.

I took the boys fishing a couple of times in the past couple of weeks, but they didn't catch anything. This Saturday there is a derby at this lake in the pictures, hosted by Heddy, I guess you'd say, it's put on by the Region. (Heddy, you can correct me if I'm wrong.) We're supposed to be taking the boys to the derby, then in the afternoon we're having two new windows put in the living room. What we have now in there is one and only one large bow window with five panes. The two end panes are having inserts installed, something we can open. None of the panes open right now, and it gets so hot in there in the summer it's crazy. (The sun shines in the front all day long, which is great in the winter.) It might look a little funky cuz the inserts will make the windows looks smaller on the ends, but I don't care as long as it cools the room off. So I'll have to pass on WWKIP Day this year as my Saturday appears to be fully booked so far.

Yesterday I was out in the yard working on some gardening, and I saw this pretty little guy on my hedge. He didn't move til I accidentally hit the branch he was on with my camera bag, then he flew away.

I dressed Miss Maggie up a bit, but she didn't really like it. I made her sit for a treat, then I took the kerchief off. She was cute with it on, though.

And lastly, I got a scare yesterday. I was on the computer in the kitchen, and Pumba was laying on the desk in front of the monitor as usual (as he is doing as I type). First thing his head hits my hand, it falls over the edge of the desk onto the keyboard. I thought for sure he must have kicked the bucket, I looked to see if he was still breathing. He was, lol. I got one picture before he moved. I wanted to get down lower so you can really see his head laying on the keyboard, but he moved. I find with him that as he gets older he falls into really deep sleeps. His head will just flop to the side, like he's dead, and sometimes I can shake him quite a bit before he wakes up. Silly boy.

Happy knitting!