Friday, September 28, 2007
I've nothing craft-wise to talk about. An amazing amount of time has been spent sending and receiving emails concerning the care of my mother, talking on the phone to hospitals, convalescent homes both current and possible future places, doctors, discharge planners, nurses, social workers, legal people, siblings, and friends. I am eagerly awaiting the bill on my cell phone since I have long blown through my minutes and of course, most of the calling needed to be done while on the road or away from my home. Bottom line: things are pretty good. It's now seeing the results of tests both physical and mental, then deciding what is to done. I am really eager to get back to knitting and sewing.
I started up a second set of large zinnias late in the summer. They started to bloom a few weeks ago. I love this color.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I realized that I couldn't do the job I wanted with the vests in time for the festival so switched over to seat cushions which turned out very well and were much appreciated. Not only are the folding chairs that they use hard they are cold!
Sebastopol has some very whimsical art. And it rained which is very unusual for CA in Sept.
I've done a great deal of driving in the last few days and talked a lot to various medical people and social workers. It seems that every day I get a new batch of people. I got back home last night and will be going back early next week. The time has come to find a care facility up near me and get my mother into a safe and secure environment where I can see her without driving 5 hours and most of all be sure that her needs are being met. Just before the sun went down I saw myself in shadow along Highway 5 hurrying north and snapped this shot.
Friday, September 14, 2007
My stove is getting quite the workout these days. Peach leaves are stewing on the left and gingered fig chutney on the right. The chutney was WAy HoT and has too much cardamon. I was able to pick out a lot of the hot pepper pieces but the spice problem is a stumper. I will can it and hope something magical happens while it is sitting on the shelf. I'm excited about my upcoming dyeing project and hope things go well.
Hubby is still out roaring along the back roads of Northern CA and Oregon. He says it's hotter than he expected. It has suddenly turned cool here by about a drop of 20 degrees F. All of a sudden it is Fall. I put a blanket on the bed.
Next weekend is my annual pilgrimage to Sebastopol to the Celtic Festival. I get to see two dear friends and listen to a whole lot of great music while I knit. I am out of my RY cashsoft so I will be switching from churning out mitered squares and back to Pebbles.
EYE CANDY FRIDAY
Monday there was a block meeting to talk to the local water people about hooking up to their system. Things are looking good for this to happen as long as we fork over a fair amount of money per household, abandon our wells (sounds so sad - you can still use your well but you have to pay money for a device - and a monthly fee- to ensure that your water doesn't mix with their water - safe water sex?). My best guess is that it will be 2009 before we have to worry about co-mingling our H2O's.
Otis looking a little sleepy and a whole lot gorgeous.
This poor tree fern could tell you horror stories about the lack of water. He looked so fine last Spring but now he's just hanging on.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Hubby is yet again roaring through the back roads of northern California and Oregon. I heard some complaints about "having seen it all already" but he is having fun and will be back in a week. I miss him but I enjoy my alone time and having just a plate and fork to wash after my simple dinner.
As he was heading out the door I was dicing 12 cups of homegrown tomatoes to make chutney. I am delighted to say that a recipe that I pulled off the web has turned out to be delicious and rather easy to make. I just wish this photo showed what a lovely deep red color it is. That one jar that is not quite full is because I kept sampling. Next up: gingered fig chutney.
I am making preparations to dye 5 skeins of Rowan chunky wool. 550 grams/550 yards.
I quickly discovered that winding from the center pull went much faster when making up skeins. The photos are not true to color. The yarn is quite white. I am going to use peach leaves but haven't decided on what mordant yet. I'm thinking that some type of yellow or an earth green would be quite nice.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Ollie has been most obliging and is peeing away. I've almost stopped fretting about him during all of my waking hours.
In between checking the litter box I've been sewing on two of the three vests. I've played with piping (we like) and fabric choices (not too bad). So far so good. I feel that the seams will need some sort of securing but haven't decided what to do yet. Beading sounds good but is time consuming. My machine only does "decorative" stitches which seem not quite good enough for this project. I have a deadline by the 23rd of this month to finish all three.
Lene over at The Seated View has asked that people post photos of eyes. Here is one of mine. I'm not sure I really wanted to know just how many wrinkles I have under and around my eyes. A life well lived and all that, right?
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Ollie had another trip to the vets because he became blocked again. After the on call vet from our regular place didn't return my call I drove to the Loomis Basin Vet Hospital which is an hour away. I was pretty grumpy about not getting a call back but the upside is that Loomis is "The Place" to take a sick animal. I saw three different vets and two out of three looked like they had yet to graduate from junior high school. Not to say they weren't educated, friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. Just Young. Very Young.
Over the next few days I would see a lot of this.
And this guy.
And his friend.
I am being well rubbed and loving it. I am so grateful that he is back home though my credit card is a little melted along the edges. Now, back to sewing those vests.