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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The last day off

   So, I took a couple of vacation days in conjunction with my birthday.  I just twiddled my thumbs thru about 4 hours of waiting to have new tires put on my car.  Of course, as a knitter, when I twiddle my thumbs I'm making something.  I've worked up to the set up rows for the lace edge on the EZ 100th Anniversary Camping half-circle shawl.  I'd been plugging away at this, just a few rows here & there almost every day this past week, with a few more done daily during my vacation.  I'm soooo close to the end!
   My birthday was lovely.  We all went out to the Smyrna IHOP (can't stand the local one!) and I had a garden omelet that was covered in about 3 servings of steamed broccoli (one of my favorite veggies).  After, the Plaidman took me over to the Target, 'coz one of my coworkers said they carry the filter replacements for our Keurig.  While there we did the obligatory birthday shopping, me coming away with 3 new pretties for the wardrobe, a new pair of suede slippers, and two necklaces from the clearance rack.  DiscoDame also shopped, but at Rue 21, buying herself some green and fuchsia jeans.  And when she caught up to us at Target, she got some bling from the clearance rack too.  Then we went home to digest our big breakfast (Disco actually took a nap!  I should have, since I fell asleep over my knitting!).  Much later, to no one's surprise, we went out again for a meal.  Our hearts were set on the meat & 3 place over on Murfreesboro, but they weren't open.  So, we looked around and saw the Ruby Tuesday -- and we hadn't visited there in a coon's age, so that sounded good.  Plaidman & I both had the herb seasoned tilapia, pretty good but not front page news.  Disco got a dish of ravioli, supposed to be 5 cheese, but man what a good sauce that had on it.  Disco often scrapes off most of the sauce, this time not as much, but there was still some extra which I scooped up & slathered on my grilled zucchini -- yummy!  Slept well that night (code for "food coma ensued").
   I got a little crazy over at Knit Picks, ordered some birthday yarn and a couple of books -- BTW, the fall book sale is on, if you want to expand your knitting library.  The other stuff I've been doing on the computer is Plants Vs. Zombies -- Disco finally got around to installing it again!
   And last night I stayed up & watched the presidential debate.  The Plaidman read an article by a language analyst, who reviewed all Trump's public speaking for the last 4 years.  The analyst's conclusion was that Trump speaks on a fifth-grade level.  I was so waiting to hear him address his opponent as "crooked Hillary", but he managed not to do so.  Some pundit said all Trump had to do was show up and not tell dick jokes, and he could consider it a win.  Boy, it was close!  La Donald, divorced how many times?, said he wanted to say something nasty about the Clintons but had too much respect for Chelsea.  Got news, Donald:  Bill isn't running for office.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

I got nothin'

  I think I've got the "meh" when it comes to the blog.  I've tried to start a post like, three times, without a clue as to what to say.  I was hoping to be able to visit Texas again, either this month or next, but Sis has bigger fish to fry just now.  Just as well, I haven't made much progress on Miss A's halter top. The weekend saw me working on the EZ 100th Anniversary Pi - half circle Camping shawl.  I think I got five rows done.  I just don't know if it is something my nephew's wife would appreciate.
  I am hanging in there in my new position (I think), with lots of time working in the billing program -- something I rarely used before.  The super would like me to work up some mini-tutorials for our monthly meetings, but I'm leaning more toward discussion of the out of the ordinary reports with an eye to figuring out how to code them.  I've seen that the 2017 ICD10 CM will have codes for the GIST specimens.  That's good.  The coders have come to the conclusion that all the pathologists must have attended the same seminar on Obfuscation as a Means to Keep From Having to Make an Actual Diagnosis.  And we still have the ever-popular clinical "indications" that bear no relation to the specimens submitted, like facial itching as the clinical info for a urine specimen.  O-o-o-o kay......
  Our parking lot (at work, not at home) is being repaved, as in scraped down to the dirt, steam-rollered, and rebuilt from the ground up.  The building management has given us a lot down the street, with shuttle service to & from, but the lot's gravel and goodness knows whether there's handicap parking near the shuttle stop.  So the Plaidman gets up early every day to ride to work with me, then take the car home & come back later to pick me up.  It's pretty odd for me to have someone else in the car while I'm driving to work.  I've asked him to do the evening driving, as my eyes are really tired by then.  I also asked him if he could see the bumper of the car in front of us.  He pulls up so close at the lights or just in heavy traffic!  I asked him if he really trusted the brakes on the car behind ours; if not, could he please stop a little further back.  He mostly remembered to do that tonight, but I doubt it'll become a habit.  Old dog can't learn new tricks. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Is there a song for new 'fridges?

When our daughter was in elementary school, anytime a kid showed up in new shoes the whole class sang a song about new shoes.  I got home last night to find our brand new 'fridge installed, and I want someone to sing to me about it.  I'll have a nice headband knitted up, lace, in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport -- for the first person to send me lyrics & tune for My New Fridge song.

Monday, August 22, 2016

We're all friends here (or there)

I just found out one of my fave knit designers, Emily Ringleman, got flooded out of her home in Baton Rouge.  All you Ravelers out there, go check out her designs -- she's having a major sale to try to fund the basics she & her family need right now.  Send her some luv!
Well, the plumber couldn't fix our fridge problem, so he cut off the water.  That was last Wednesday, but the thing is still leaking.  So we've priced new ones, meh...and thought about getting a repairman here, also meh...leaving it up in the air as to what we would do.  We moved on to other homey issues: the carpet needs a deep cleaning, but we don't want to totally interrupt our lives to have strangers do that.  Gee, if we could just find a steam cleaner that wasn't too expensive, we could do rooms in "zones" at our leisure.  Then the Plaidman saw one in the HH Gregg ad in the Sunday paper.  So we went over there looking for the Bissell, found & bought it, and found a tall narrow "out of box" (meaning new, returned to store) fridge with the ice & water in the door--and bought that too!  The plumber will be back this Wednesday to install a pressure relief valve (and do some other stuff), and the new fridge will be delivered Thursday!!! I'M EXCITED, CAN YOU TELL?!?!?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Goodbye and good riddance

We signed papers, closed the sale of the northern property, and got a modest sum for it.  I am thrilled, and so glad this could be done before another season passed.  The ugly little house will no longer be our concern.  I'll ask the Plaidman to turn off the ele ctric.
I did a lot of knitting on the Half Circle shawl last weekend, getting into the third repeat of the final lace section before the edging.  I haven't been able to knit the last several nights, because my hands are sore from lots of computer work. It's frustrating, but I know I'd better give it a rest.
I have found a knit pattern for a classic halter top, and it's free from Knitty!  It's the Diamond Halter Top; and I've even tracked down & bought the yarn called for in the pattern--discontinued since publication.  Thank goodness for Ravelry.  Work on the Half Circle shawl will be suspended until I get this halter done.  I've read the notes other Ravelers made on their Diamond Halter projects, and may just continue the top portion with the smaller needles.  I was also considering I-cord trim across the top of the back and up over the bodice, perhaps snugging up the edges of the bodice?  As there are still about 7.5" of ribbing to do before the bodice portion, I think I'll just mull over that idea.  It occurred to me that this is only the second Knitty pattern I've ever tried -- pretty odd, since I love the 'zine.  Oh, and yesterday I got the latest Interweave Knits!  Some nice stuff, but oddly some of it just looks so similar.  If you've seen the pullovers in the first section, you know what I mean.
 I took some pics as we were finishing up clearing out the ugly house, but haven't loaded them to the computer yet.  I think this is from one of the last times Disco posed for the camera at the old place.
Well, I have another Knitty project in mind, the Aeolian shawl.  I was thinking of Knits Picks Bare Gloss Lace, yes to beads though not too sure whether they should be clear or pearlescent, yes to nupps though I've never worked them before (!!) and oh BTW I might need to buy some Stilleto point needles from Signature Needle Arts.  Whew!  and this will be a semi-stealth project, for an unnamed party, but if she asks, it's for me.  Got that?

Friday, July 29, 2016

This time

I took a week of vacation, and managed to get the rest of the Plaid Patrol out to the old house to do some "final" collecting of items we'd left behind, as well as picking up all the paper from the living room.  We were out there, without running water (we carried water), during the hottest week of the summer so far.  There were, at last count, four lawn trash bags full of trash still to be taken away.  I mostly sat in a camp chair on the porch and cleaned things we're keeping, then re-wrapped them & put them in new boxes.  Lots of sorting, we had probably 100 pounds of National Geographic magazines alone!  Many kids' books and toys, and I found a new home for the string trimmer.  On about our third visit, the gal next door walked over to ask if we were moving back in or selling.  We named a price, and she snapped it up!  Soon, my pets, I will no longer be concerned about how high the grass is, or whether the security light is working, or if the water heater has caused the floor to collapse...a real concern.  The neighbor lady is a contractor, and says its ok that the place needs work as she'll just work on it as she has the money & time available.
While all this back & forth between the new & old homes was going on, I had contacted my primary care provider about a new health problem.  I did get in to see her (on a vacation day, how sad), and will have some tests done today.  On another vacation day, I went to the oncologist's office to get my regularly scheduled injections.  What is it with doctor visits; they just seem to proliferate on my calendar.  I am nearly doctored out.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hark back

Four posts ago I mentioned needing a very tall ladder for replacing lights in the kitchen.  Well, guess what the Plaidman got for his birthday!  Darn near $200.00 worth of ladder, that's what.  So the lights got replaced, and he's got a place to store this massive thing.  What's next?  Our neighbor stopped him on the way out to the car a few days ago, and said the gutters on the front of the house needed attention.  I think Plaidman let that run in one ear and out the other.  But wait! There's more!  He drove to the mailbox yesterday, shut off the car & collected the mail, and when he tried to start the car it wouldn't start.  So he left it at the mailboxes!  He's let me know that it's finally been towed to the shop, and it's being studied.  We may have to take it out back of the woodshed & put it out of it's misery...this is a twelve year old car!  But we can't have another car note right now.  So, we may soon be down to one car.  In a way, that would suit me: I'd be sure to have someone else awake enough to help me put on some socks (left hip/knee/foot no longer bend enough for me to reach my toes on that side) when I want to wear some.  Then he could drop me off at work & pick me up after.  We'd make it work, provided he NEVER smokes in my car.

I started this post maybe a couple of weeks ago, before all the fecal material hit the fan.  I have lately decided not to watch too much of the news, as it hurts my heart to see folks mistreating each other as they've done recently.  I've known for years that I am more a part of the problem than the solution, due to my upbringing.  I do try to let down my guard [Thanks, Mom] and really see folks, because all of us want to be seen and understood.  What really tears me up is the children, telling us to behave better:  Alton Stirling's son, wanting folks to protest "in peace"; the 12-year old with the poem about white boy privilege, the slain officer's daughter giving a bracelet to the child of another slain officer.  I can't watch these without tears, can barely bring myself to write about them, but I want everyone to think about them.  And yeah, I can pin some of this s**t to the Republican nominee's dossier, for his own hate- and fear-mongering.  What a world, what a world.