Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I've gone too far

So, I've been knitting away mindlessly on my mindless sock, when it occurred to me that I had made quite a bit of progress, and maybe I should measure to see how close I was to starting the heel. Well, you can probably guess what I found; I had mindlessly knit too much. I now need to rip out about a quarter inch of knitting. You can probably also guess what I did next. That's right, I set it aside to forget about, and reached for another mindless knitting project.

This is the beginning of a 9-patch Afghan for Afghans which has been languishing for a while. Good thing Afghans like bright colors, huh? This is just the ticket for TV knitting; last night I happily cranked away on it while ignoring something or other on TV. Today I measured what I have on the needles; it's 13 inches wide by 15 inches long, which means I should bind off soon and start another patch. Which also means that soon I need to deal with something I've been studiously ignoring.

I have a lot of ends to weave in.

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Holiday delayed

One of the downsides of starting a new job is no vacation days. Last Tuesday, for the first time in ten years, I had to work on Earth Day. It was a lovely day, too; a little bit of rain in the morning, but then sunny and warm. *sigh* We did have cake at work, though, and you could wear jeans if you brought in some clothes to recycle (given to a charity), or donated some gardening gear to another charity, or wore something organic. I thought about rubbing some of my garden's soil into my skin and telling everyone I was doing the organic thing, but I opted for clearing some clothes out of my closet instead. Don't want to seem too odd too soon.

Yesterday was a nice day, though, sunny if a bit cool, so I had my Earth Day celebration a little late. My Tonka truck made its ceremonial delivery of compost, this year in the asparagus bed:

Followed by a good thick layer of compost, delivered by shovel. Then I spread three wheelbarrow loads of compost around in the other beds. What was left from one compost bin was layered with the contents of the other, each layer watered just right. I now have one bin filled to the very top, cooking away, and one bin standing empty and ready for duty. All that digging and stirring and layering of compost was quite a bit of work, although I was enjoying myself too much to notice. Once I quit for the day, though, my muscles let me know that I exerted myself a bit more than usual. And this morning...oh, boy, was I sore! But it was worth it; I had a wonderful holiday observance.

Happy belated Earth Day!


Monday, April 07, 2008

Neglected my chores

I had planned for Sunday to be my day for baking, cleaning house, and laundry. The baking part helps to make up for the other two. But after eating the lovely waffles the b/f made for breakfast, we decided to go look at some new houses being built in St. Charles county. The fact that we heard gunfire Saturday night just kind of underscored the knowledge that our neighborhood definitely isn't improving, and we are going to have to move eventually.

So we looked at some lovely (expensive!) houses in a very nice neighborhood, and talked to some friendly residents. And we totally blew off cleaning the house. Hope nobody drops by unexpectedly.

However, some things are too important to let go, and right now, baking is one of those things. The weather is actually beginning to warm up a little, albeit quite begrudgingly. Since I don't turn on the oven if the A/C is on, I want to enjoy baking as much as I can while I can. So, tonight I rushed home from work, and whipped up a sourdough spice cake that made the house smell heavenly.

Housework be hanged. I've got my priorities in order.