Yowza it's raining cats and dogs...did they say it was going to do this? I vaguely remember waking in the middle of the night to thunder, but it didn't keep me up long. Hobo and Barkley were cramping my style (too....many....dogs....in the bed!!!)so I slept in the guest bedroom under the down comfy-ter. No fan running, no dogs pushing on me or farting in my face, no bony elbows nailing me in the forehead. I sleep like a rock star in there.
I'm a bit late in posting these photos of my weekend in El Dorado/Wichita. Friday night I arrived about 5:00 p.m. at Laura's house and settled in. We stayed up until about midnight sorting afghan squares by color. Then we counted out piles of 56 and added a coordinating yarn for seaming to the bag. She had already washed and dried every single one of them, and had them sorted in piles according to size. I couldn't keep my eyes open and turned in, but Laura stayed up into the wee hours. Saturday morning we got up early and headed to Laura's church to set up for the seaming party. It was another good day for a duck that day. There was flat out torrential rain coming down all morning. The power even went out for awhile in the gynasium we were set up in. People started showing up around 10:00, most of which were from Laura's church and town, and there was a handful from KC, Hutchinson, and McPherson. The turnout was a little disappointing at only 25 or 30 people, but we got about 10 afghans completed over the course of the day. I know she sent a boxful to the Studio, who has volunteered to coordinate some seaming...and I picked up one for myself. Jen is going to give me a little instruction on how to do the slip st. crochet sew-up which will hopefully speed me up a bit. I'm still working on the Noro afghan and am shooting for the Nov. 1 completion, since that's Laura's goal date for wrapping up the project.
I nearly seamed this whole afghan by myself, but I did receive some help from dear Kathy. Thank you! (hope I spelled your name correctly!)
I had my doubts about sorting by color, and boy was I wrong...
After the smoke cleared at the church, we packed up and headed back to Laura's to relax for just a bit and then headed out to eat. I broke the ice with Laura in a most endearing manner and then passed out at 9:30 and couldn't get out of bed in the a.m. to join the family at church. I didn't get out of bed until 10:00! Next stop...Wichita and the Yarn Harlot.
The event seemed a bit disorganized. We had to wait outside in line in the searing heat until they opened the doors, and then we had to wait on the stairs while they allowed everyone in one by one after they stamped the tickets. I was going to buy a book but they had one lady at the table selling them and she was handwriting out every ticket and charge slip. There was alot of waiting and I don't much like waiting. I was afraid I'd miss part of Stephanie's presentation so I passed and ended up walking away without getting to meet her or have her sign a book. Wah!
And now I shall torture you with family photos!
Hobo and Petey are best buds. At one point Petey had his paw draped over Hobo's outstretched leg.
more napping...(this is when I trim his claws)
Sunset at the lake last Saturday night, just getting ready to dip down behind Whitney Mountain.
Oh! found this book on Amazon.jp this morning for around $15.00. The cheapest price I could find elsewhere was $50 at Powell's for a used one. Never mind the shipping from Japan is twice as much as the book, but I still got it for less than $50, and it's new!
I'm really thinking seriously about stopping the blog. I started it to keep mostly keep track of my knitting projects. Now that Ravelry is here and I have my foot in the door I haven't been posting as much here. We all know I'm no writer, so I'm thinking I might save myself the $9 a month...
I turned off our landline at home last week and am now cell only at both places. We have drawn the line at disconnecting the cable and internet at home. We could not be without the football and Ravelry! Doing without the landline here and at the cabin, and no cable at the lake is saving us about $200 a month. I sold my car since the last post (whew!) and got myself a new more practical little vehicle. It's a little Toyota Rav4 and I love it. That change is a huge saver for us. It gets great gas mileage and the dogs have plenty of space to spread out and lounge on the way to and from the cabin. Petey sleeps in his carrier strapped into the passenger seat. He also sleeps the whole way, unless I have to stop for gas or something. That gets them all worked up so I avoid it as much as possible.
We are working our butts off at the cabin getting it whipped into shape. It's taking much longer than we expected and I think we're both getting a bit burned out. After he left Sunday night this past weekend, I prepared to tile the shower and spent about eight hours on it Monday. I'm still not finished... I think I have little bits of glass from the porcelain tile in my feet and right hand. Probably not too smart to lay tile in bare feet. Chip is the painter deluxe and has painted the whole damn thing all by himself. I cannot paint worth a damn, but I can lay tile better than him, so there!!!
My wrist is feeling much better. This may be TMI but I popped the ganglion cyst in my left wrist myself Saturday night while we were watching "The Quiet Man". (borrowed a DVD from the library) I massage it alot to try to alleviate the pain and I pushed on it hard with my right thumb and I felt it burst inside my left wrist joint. Weirdest feeling ever, burning followed by icy coolness. The relief from the pain was immediate. If I had known that it was that easy I would have jammed a pencil in there months ago and rid myself of the stinkin' thing... Now I just have a little bit of soreness from whatever inflammation is left in there. I'm able to knit some now and can do my work on the house without the sharp pains. I hope it continues to heal because I have some afghan squares to crank out!