Saturday, August 29, 2015
Posted by Shirlee at 5:05 PM
I don't know about you, but I think autumn is a wonderful time of year. It's as if all through the spring & summer I am in a cocoon or something, just going through the motions of life ... but at the first sign of leaves changing color & dropping to the earth, cooler temperatures, & the kids going back to school, I become a new person. I am happier & more content. I smile all the time. I immerse myself in baking pumpkin bread & making homemade soups & stews. I almost squeal with delight when I walk out the door & have to go back inside the house to get a sweater : )
I know that January 1st is the start of the new year, but I have always felt as if the first day of school was the start of the new year. A new year filled with promise. And of course winter is not too far off, & you know that I am positively giddy when the snow begins to fall!
My back has been improving with the help of 3-year-old muscle relaxants & one of the best purchases I have ever made ... a wheat filled wrap that you place in the microwave with a cup of water for 3 minutes & heat to pain relieving perfection : ) Thanks to all of you who have prayed & sent me good wishes for a speedy recovery. I deeply appreciate it. John is hoping that I have learned to not pick up heavy things when he is not here but to rather wait for him to do it. I hope I have learned that too.
I had a lot of plans for this week which had to be shelved as I either spent my time bent over whilst shuffling from one part of the house to another, or sitting with the heated wheat filled wrap whilst working on my crochet. I have tried various ways of making granny squares (a few of them shown below ... I have attempted more since this photo was taken) & have settled on what I think is my favorite way of making them.
Posted by Shirlee at 8:08 AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
John & I awoke to a beautiful morning! We were blessed with a delightful 54-degree temperature last night with the predicted temperature today being 77 degrees. The sun was shining, the cloudless sky was a beautiful shade of blue, & it wasn't hard to imagine a little nip of fall in the air.
John said he was going to walk to a few stores to enjoy the weather rather than drive to them. He asked me to come along, but I declined. There were some things I wanted to take care of here, plus I wanted to go to one of the furniture stores in town to see if I could finally find a nice sofa so we wouldn't have to sit on the floor anymore.
Since the furniture store wasn't going to be opening for another 2 hours, I began to unpack a box of things to put in the bedroom closet. I then found things in that closet that needed to go to one of the storage units. I moved them to another room to take care of at another time. I went upstairs & looked through a few crochet books I had recently purchased, then sorted through more things to list on eBay. There were some boxes piled willy-nilly at the top of the stairs, so I sorted through them & neatened them up a bit, then came into this room where my computer is & sorted & neatened a bit in here as well. I carried a few things downstairs, looked into the dining room & saw some boxes there that I knew needed to go to one of the storage units. Boxes of books. Eight boxes of books. I decided to move them over next to the back door where it would be convenient for John to take them to the car. Things were going well until I picked up the 8th box. I immediately felt a sharp pain in my lower back, & I immediately thought "You idiot!!!" I was diagnosed with OA in my lumbar spine many years ago. I know better than to lift heavy boxes of books.
I knew I had an ice pack & surprisingly remembered where it was ... in the bathroom cupboard rather than in the freezer. It's in the freezer now & hopefully will be ready to bring a wee bit of relief to my back in the not too distant future. Of course without a sofa or chair to sit in, getting comfy with an ice pack is going to be difficult : (
After the initial blinding pain, I hobbled over to the steps, sat down, talked with God for a while, & marveled at just how stupid I can be. I also thought about how we never know from one moment to the next what will happen in our lives. There I was, one moment accomplishing something, planning to do some shopping, etc ... & the next moment painfully incapacitated.
Posted by Shirlee at 11:36 AM
Saturday, August 22, 2015
I have been getting more & more frustrated with the never-ending cleaning, the never-ending unpacking, & the never-ending trying to find a place for stuff. After my last visit to the storage units (you will recall that we now have two of them again), I came home vowing to rid myself of more things than Carter has pills. (I wonder if anyone uses that expression about Carter's pills anymore?) Make no mistake, this is going to be a HUGE undertaking. I took a small step in that direction today by listing some lacemaking things on eBay. I think I listed two cross stitch books as well. Of course listing things on eBay brings its own set of frustrations. If only I were a wealthy woman & didn't have tons of dollars tied up in this stuff, I would give it all away ... or burn it! ... just to get it off my back.
Having said that, I'm now going to show you my new shipment of crochet yarn ... lol! Out with one batch of stuff, in with another, eh? At least crochet yarn is something useful : ) Here's the box of yarn after I brought it home from the post office. Yep ... that's unpacked moving boxes you see behind it : )
Posted by Shirlee at 2:53 PM
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
There are two kinds of people in this world. The person(s) yesterday who robbed us of our tool box, & the couple who live in the townhouse behind us. They were among the first people to welcome us here, & today they brought us a gift "because we are so nice" (their words).
Posted by Shirlee at 5:50 PM
Monday, August 17, 2015
Posted by Shirlee at 5:56 PM
Sunday, August 16, 2015
It's not as if I don't have enough to do, & it's not as if I don't have enough crafting interests already. The urge strikes me every now & then. I can usually shrug it off, but not this time. I think it started a couple weeks ago when, in a moment of weakness, I joined a Christmas in July ornament exchange on Ravelry. As I scoured the internet for knitted ornament patterns, I found a plethora of crocheted ones, some of which were really intriguing, & I said, "Shirlee, you ought to learn to crochet so you can make these!" And I downloaded a few ... you know, just in case ... & I chose a knitting pattern for an angel ornament & enjoyed making her for my assigned person in the exchange.
Posted by Shirlee at 9:55 AM
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Life continues to be good here in ... what do I call this place? I'm not in The Devil's Playground anymore. I will have to give this some thought. In the meantime, if anyone isn't overwhelmingly busy with anything else, I could use some help regarding dresser measurements. I am curious about the height & width of your bedroom dresser. The reason I'm asking is that after many days & an enormous amount of stressful deliberation regarding the purchase of some bedroom furniture, I settled on an Amish made set ... then the next day told the owner that I changed my mind ... then contacted her again the day after that to tell her no, deliver it as planned. Yes, I'm that pathetic ... lol! The furniture was delivered yesterday. It is solid cherry & more beautiful than I remembered it being in the store, but I didn't quite remember the dresser being so short or the drawers so shallow. Here is a photo I found online. I looks like the dresser in this photo is oak rather than cherry, & there is a mirror that attaches to the dresser which the photo doesn't show.
Posted by Shirlee at 4:22 PM