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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Let's Chat

Well, it's more of a "I'm going to talk now" kind of thing since there's not really a way to chat as I type up a blog post, but you know what I mean, right? It's been a bit, and I'm sorry for that. Why has it been a bit? Well, Last weekend was the midwest Men's knitting retreat. No, no I don't have pictures. Sorry, I was having to much fun laughing and carrying on with Matthew and friends to really take pictures. But oh boy, did I have fun...

I did get the three singles for this yarn done and wrapped it all up last Sunday night. It's a 85% BFL, 15% tussah silk blend that still needs it's bath. It was from Greenwood Fibers. It's as lovely as it looks. I also wrapped up a couple sock objects before this week late one night starting another sock project.

It's my last pair for the 2014 12 months, 12 socks challenge. Thank god. I'm sick of socks.

And this morning I wrapped up a cowl project I started at the retreat. This is a lovely fiber that I got from huckleberry fibers as part of a fiber club. The colors were wonderful, it was a joy to spin and now a joy to knit. The pattern was based on something I saw someone wearing and they couldn't give me the pattern name so I made it up as I went. It's not quite what I was going for, butit's a starting point. I have some yarn set aside that I'm going to do version two in. I'll keep you posted.

I had to edit my face out of this one because I realized when looking at the photos I had a big ol'boog hanging from my left nostril. How embarrassing.

But having done all that, it doesn't explain my absence from here. You see, The Guy was gone this week. He went back to Wyoming to visit his ailing mother and that left me working everyday he was gone, most days a 10 hour shift. By the time I got up, fed the monsters, walked the monsters, fed myself, showered, went to work and got back home to restart the feeding and walking, I was feeling kind of mellow. I looked at some blogs, checked on weather, and took my knitting to bed after doing things like eating, the dishes, and vacuuming.

Today though, as the Guy got home last night, was my day to relax. That's what I kept telling myself. It was my day to knit and do a blog post. The first I did. See?

And now the second item on my list is done. They went on their morning walk with the Guy and I got to stay in bed then cuddle them when they got home. Ahhhh. Then I knit, but I kept getting the look as they wanted to go out in the fresh snow. Again...

That's right, we got a good real snow finally. See this? That was last week before Matthew came and crashed at our house before the retreat. It's where we walk the dogs most days. A little half mile loop through the woods and hills. We normally walk it 4 times round. That gives me just over a 2.5 mile walk.

This was it yesterday.

I had a short work day yesterday and was able to get them out while it was still light. They were excited, can you tell? Having light means they have more freedom to run and goof off because I can see them, and hunt up their poops with ease for clean up.

Then The Guy sent me a text to say he was going to get home early. I immediately told the kids. Can you see the repressed excitement? No? Look at the blurry tail. It's wagging furiously as I make him stay so I can get a shot before running to buy dog food. Really, do I have to feed them daily?

This morning it snowed even more. We have three inches of fluff. It's getting a bit wet but the kids are liking it, and Tucker is enjoying the cool for squirrel hunting? See, he's waiting patiently for one of them to come down and play with him.

Sunruse Saturday morning from the bedroom window

Of the blogs that I read this week, Sarah had a little Meme Challenge that of course I had to check out. What's a Meme? Not really sure, but this us what Lord Google says:

  1. an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
    • a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

And of course I wanted to see what I would get. These were the top three that came back.

It's like they know me... Except it was some teenager's face that I didn't know what this came from and decided that if it was some form of cyber bullying, I'd pull his face off of it. To "make a cyber joke" of someone being gay struck me as either a dumb teen prank of someone goofing off. Since I didn't know the situation this seemed appropriate.

It think this was my favorite, and I'm not sure what it says about my character that it is. I can so see me mumbling this to myself with evil glee when I do something kind of stupid. You know, like hitting your head on the cupboard that you just left open while searching for your favorite glass. Or how about the other morning when I was listening to a book and thought, "Really, who ever thought the excuse 'I walked into a door' could cover domestic abuse", minutes before walking into a door. Seriously, the Guy wasn't even home when it occurred. It was the downstairs bathroom door and it rubs on the rug in the hallway so it doesn't close properly. I just let the dogs out and it was dark, and I turned around and "Bam!" It was kind of funny and I could see myself saying in a cartoon raccoon voice, "No Mr. Quinton, The Game is on YOU!" as I held the right side of my face and tried not to cry in solitary embarrassment. That crap hurts!

And third to top the list... speaking of faces, that's a great one. You can almost hear the cranks of WTF gears turning in his head.  This last one was a ways down the page, but I still liked it and had to share, because as Taylor says, "The Haters are going to Hate Hate Hate.

Shake it off. That was just for you Jason...

Getting home form walking the dogs the day before our snows started, I found this guy on the door frame. Kind of cold for dragon flies but neat none the less. He didn't move with me opening the screen door or dogs checking him out so I can only imagine he was not far from his winter demise.

So, now that the dogs are walked and relaxing, I have to look at what I need to get dinner on. Pork chops with fall apples and potatoes here we come!

Have a good week everyone. Stay warm and have fun! I'm going to leave you with a video from an artist that ITunes Radio introduced me to last week. Something about her voice just pulls me in.


  1. have been busy! How are the dogs liking the snow now?? Get them a red blinking light you clip on to their collar for nighttime. Works great. Hope we get to see you sometime during the holiday time. We are long overdue for Bloody Marys at Reds! K

  2. Great post, Q. I'm glad you had a nice time at the Midwest retreat and jealous that you could go, plus have Matthew as a house guest. But that's just how it goes. Hope the Guy's mom is doing better. Best regards to you, him, and the kids. - Joe