Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

Today's topic.....10 Things to do Instead of Watching TV. I really don't watch a lot of tv and when I do I'm knitting or it's late at night. But here's my list:
  1. Knit. What did you think would be number one?
  2. Spin. There is a LOT of fiber in the storage room.
  3. Walk the dog. The Dr called and said I need more exercise.
  4. Start exercising more.
  5. De-clutter something in every room. We've lived here for two full years and I still haven't gone through all the boxes.
  6. Spend time with the family. Game night anyone?
  7. Travel to visit family.
  8. Visit a different museum.
  9. Read a book. My summer reading program isn't moving along very quickly.
  10. Water the plants inside and outside.
I thoroughly enjoyed my week visiting the kids and grandbabies. I even spent time with all my siblings and my mom and have the pictures to prove it. Now it's back to reality.

Happy knitting and spinning.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

Today's topic is 10 Things to Bring on a Camping Trip which would be a lot easier to do if we actually went camping very often. The last time ES and I were camping in a tent was five years ago. Our camping involves going to the vacation spot and renting a hotel room. Given that fact here is what I brought on the last camping trip:
  1. A book to read.
  2. Good hiking/walking shoes.
  3. A swimsuit for floating and wading in the river.
  4. A good flashlight for those evening walks when there aren't any streetlights around.
  5. My knitting!
  6. Favorite drinks. It's too far to the local store, you know.
  7. Dinner ingredients for our night to prepare dinner. We take turns preparing dinners.
  8. Spinning wheel. There is nothing better than sitting by the river and watching people wade, float, and fish while I get to spin.
  9. A comfy camp chair. I don't like sitting on the ground.
  10. My willingness to go with the flow. Just relax and enjoy the family time.
What do you bring on a camping trip?

I am visiting the kids and grandkids this week and enjoying the chance to spend time with my family. I have completed a shawl project. It helped, in completing the shawl, that I had a flight delay on the way West. I will have pictures of the shawl when I get home and can use my own computer to download the pictures.

This week is my birthday and I'd like to do a contest for some hand spun yarn. Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite birthday memory is and I'll have a drawing for the yarn when I get home next Tuesday. I want to know what you remember about your birthdays. My favorite memory is having angel food cake, homemade by my Grandma Wheeler at her house, when I was about 10 years old. It was the best cake that I remember ever having.

Happy knitting and spinning.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Happy While Waiting

The other night as I came home from work, the gladiolas had started blooming. I love this picture. If you enlarge it, you can see the ant on the middle bloom.

I have been busy the past few days getting ready for my trip out to see the grand-babies. I am so excited. I started packing my bag two days ago, as I was getting laundry done. No waiting for the last minute for me. No sirrry, Bob, or in this case, ES.

With my week off of work, I have been sewing, two skirts for work. I have been spinning, completed the Lambspun fiber on the Hitchiker and started some Yarn Pirate fiber on the Traditional. I have even done some knitting, but nothing finished to show yet. This week I've even taken C and myself for physicals. I'm doing my bloodwork this morning then heading downtown to have lunch with ES. All this just ties into the ending thought from TUT this morning.........

Learning to be happy while you wait, Laura, is worth learning. And to help learn this, just keep yourself busy.

Happy knitting and spinning.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

Today's Ten on Tuesday topic: 10 Things you like about where you live. Having moved here only two years ago this month, there are still lots of things I'm learning about where we live. But here we go.......
  1. All the historical areas to visit. There is still a long list of places I would like to visit. I'm adding to it so when someone comes to visit we can go to new places.
  2. The Smithsonian. I should go downtown more often. Oh wait, I am going down on Friday.
  3. All the different restaurants to try out. I tried Cuban food for the first time today on an outing with my friend Sue. She said it was the best she's had since leaving Florida.
  4. I love all the trees. Which brings me to my favorite season
  5. I love Autumn out here. There is sooooooo much color and I'm an Autumn person.
  6. I really like having an Air Conditioner. We really could have used this when we lived in Idaho, but I'm glad I don't have to live without it here.
  7. Church and the friends I've made here.
  8. I love my job, just wish I didn't have to drive the beltway.
  9. Yarn shops. There are three or four within a ten mile distance from my house. I like visiting all of them. Sue and I visited three different fiber places just today all but one of them were new to me.
  10. I have to add - the Library. So many books to chose from!
I really have enjoyed living where we do. There are so many things to do and see, but most of all I like that I am with my husband and we get to do things together.

What are some things you like about where you live?
Happy knitting and spinning.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Glasses

I don't do pictures very well, but thought I would share this one of me wearing my new glasses.

About a month ago, I decided I could not wear my old glasses anymore. The nose piece would not stay where it was supposed to and it kept digging into the bridge of my nose. That was it! The first pair of glasses were purchased in July 2008 before we moved to DC. It had been two years and I thought it was time to get my eyes checked again. My eye sight had definitely changed and a new set of glasses ordered. I've been wearing them now for about three weeks and really like them. They were not as hard to get adjusted to as the first pair and the best part is..........no nose piece.

On the knitting front, I finished the baby afghan for J-b and K's friends baby. By the way kids, I need their address. I will have a picture up in the next couple of days. It was too dark last night by the time I finished the bind off.

Concerning the AC, it is FIXED and working well. Am I ever glad to have that working again. Just to think I went over 40 years without any AC at all and to be without it for one whole day was agony. How did I ever survive without it before? Oh yeah, it was NOT humid where I lived for the first part of my life.

Happy knitting and spinning.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

This week's Ten on Tuesday's topic is 10 Ways to Enjoy Summer. The list could be swayed by the fact that we have no air conditioner on a 100 degree day.

1. Camping or hiking in the mountains.
2. Spend time with my kids and grand-sons. I get to do that in ten days or so.
3. Seeing the sights. C and I did that two years ago when we saw Indy, nothing planned this year so far.
4. Go swimming.
5. Spend time in front of the fan--knitting, maybe spinning.
6. Watch my Nascar races.
7. Read some books in front of the fan or air-conditioner.
8. BBQ. We have a new grill, you know.
9. Take care of my garden, planted in pots on the balcony.
10. Spend some time in the water.

Hopefully this heat wave passes soon or the air-conditioner gets fixed quickly. And I'm glad it's not too humid.

Happy knitting and spinning.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

P's and Q's

Hi Laura! Here is your Daily Horoscope for Saturday, July 3

Your anger is a little closer to the outside world today -- but that can be a really good thing! Make sure that you're firing only at the right targets, though, as you don't want any collateral damage.

I better watch my P's and Q's today especially since we will be short two people at work and expect it to be pretty busy. I bought meats, cheeses, crackers and fruit to put in the backroom, in case we miss our lunches. That will help avoid the collateral damage, I think.

I need to also take this into account at home. A-b is here for a few weeks and all he does is stay on the computer. I can't even use my own computer without a big hassle! Hence no post yesterday which I had been planning.

I am still working on my gift knitting project. At least, the end is in sight. I will be sure to take it with me tonight when we go to watch the fireworks in Fairfax. Tomorrow night, I might take the socks that have been on the needles since oh about January. I don't want a big project on the metro with all the people expected in DC.

Enjoy the Fourth of July weekend! Happy knitting and spinning.