I have finished two more squares since this photo was taken. So, that makes a total of fourteen completed. I only have 49 to go and get sewn up before I go to see Laura September 15th for the seam up weekend for Rebuilding Greensburg Block by Block! I hope to be able to present this as a completed afghan then. Do you think I'll make it? I'm using just about any worsted weight Noro I can get my hands on. So far I have some Silk Garden, some Kureyon, and some Shinano to knit with. I've bought some and have also received several donations from friends and new acquaintances on Ravelry.
Yay, got my Ravelry invite while I was away for the holiday at the beginning of July! So far I've loaded a few of my projects, and just a smattering of my stash. I'll echo everyone else and say that yeah, it's addictive. Hugely entertaining! I say Casey and Jess and Bob for President(s)!!! Woo hoo!
Today I'm taking my car in to a Jeep dealership to hopefully work out a trade and purchase of a new Jeep Patriot. Don't get me wrong, I love my car. It has been a joy to drive for the last two years. It's the nicest car I've ever had, and will probably ever have. I will miss it if the deal goes through. But, it's a luxury sedan. I'm not a luxury sedan type of gal. I tried to talk Chip out of it when we went looking for a new car a couple years ago. It's not the most practical choice for owners of four dogs. That all went out the window when we test drove it. I was giddy. It was sooo nice to drive and Chip had his little heart set on it and he works so hard so I don't have to and so on... so the next two years I plastered the interior with blankets before our treks to the lake. With a black interior and white dogs it was still a pain to de-hair the car after our return home and some recent financial setbacks have helped us decide it might be prudent to rein in the monthly spending or stop the hemorrhaging, as it were...Anyway, I like the Jeep, it's cheap and the gas mileage should be better plus it's very dog friendly. Now, the only problem I face is the actual doing of the deal. I'm so nervous my stomach is doing flip flops. I'm actualy nauseous. Fer' crissakes I'm almost 43 years old and have bought many a car much more expensive than this one. I think it's the dread I feel knowing that I'm going to be disappointed in what they offer me for my sedan as a trade, and then there's the fact that we owe more than what we can sell it for. Oh well...I'm obsessing and I need to stop.
***Update The car dealership and I weren't even in the same zip code, or even the same state for that matter...I am still the proud owner of a luxury sedan and not a new Jeep. I'd rather have dental work than buy a car. Ugh!
The kitty is good. He eats like a horse, and plays hard and then passes out. The dogs have become pretty used to him and Barkley no longer looks at him like he'd like to have him as a snack. Funny though, the dogs I thought would be most interested in him haven't given him a second thought and the ones I thought would welcome him started out wanting to eat him. None of the names I've decided on have stuck so I've been calling him Pud(rhymes with wood). Oh, and I will be investing in the Soft Paws in the kitten size soon. He's climbing my handmade Amish baskets to explore the bookshelves in my office plus he tries to climb your legs whether you have pants on or not. I don't want to declaw him, but I can't have him destroying those so Soft Paws is going to be my solution.
I've named him Charlie (nickname "Hammer"), after my brother's late roommate Chuck. He was a good guy, and quite a character. After many years of coaxing the human Chuck finally came to our cabin in Arkansas a couple years ago and about two months before he was killed in a motorcycle accident. He brought me a bottle of wine and took a nap on our back porch that weekend. We laughed when he told stories about him trying to keep up with my brother and their friends that day in the mountains.
The kitty Charlie was trying to drag his toy (the stick with the feathers at the end) across the floor this morning, so I went to buy him a more transportable mousie (seen in the picture in the background)this afternoon and I also ended up with the "cave" you see him reclining in. Awesome sidewalk sale score for 75% off!
PS - I think I have Chip talked into keeping him! Keep your fingers crossed for me.