Friday, July 15, 2016

Feline Fridays

Taken back in April on what was the last day cool enough to open the windows.  

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Productive Saturday Sky with Bullet Points!

*I consider Monday the end of Summer Break.  Monday starts Theatre Camp.  Two weeks later Band Camp starts.  Band camp and theatre camp overlap.  They overlap to a point where during the last week of both camps,  they start at 9AM and won't be home until 9pm.  Long and busy days they will be.  Two days later school starts.  Both camps will be over, but a different theatre show will start rehearsals AND marching band season begins.  I'm not too sure how this is all going to play out, but we're going to try.   My calendars (yes plural) are up and ready to go.

Now you see why I consider this to be the last wknd of summer.

*Today is being spent getting things done inside.

Gorgeous day outside

but WAYYY too hot to be out in it.

Laundry is being done, kitchen is being cleaned.  Dinner will consist of left overs so the fridge is being cleaned out as well.  Paper work is being sorted.  Bills are being paid.  I'm hoping to put together a list of dinners to make during the next 4 weeks or so.  I'm trying to avoid drive thru food as much as possible.  

*Knitting is happening here at Apartment Living.  

Cat blanket finished up in June

bow for a JoAnn's kid class

Summer Coasters - made during an Open House at JoAnn's

Another sample for a JoAnn's class.  No pattern was given for this class so I made one up.  It highlights increasing and decreasing stitches.  

I started this last night and hope to finish it tonight.

It's a baby Jester Hat from Knitting For Peace

*Last but not least, there is another licensed driver in the family.

#1 Son is now officially licensed to drive!  This comes in handy considering the upcoming weeks.  HE will be dropping me off and picking me up from work while he and Baby Girl do their thing.  Totally could use another car at this point, but we will make due for now.  

Had to go out and celebrate!

Hemi is not impressed with any of this.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Rethinking This Decision

Back in January of this year, JoAnn's was advertising for a knitting teacher.  I immediately left my name for a call back. 


A month later  (Feb) they are still looking for a knitting teacher so I asked again and was told I needed to talk to Nancy.  Guess who I was talking to??  Nancy!  She was the only cashier so she took my name and number and would call me back.  


It is now April.  They are STILL looking for a knitting teacher and I wait for a manager.  Ten minutes later the manager tells me that Nancy left back in Feb and Peggy is now in charge. She will be right with me.  I have a seat.  FORTY-FIVE MINUTES LATER Peggy finally comes up to me with a crazed look in her eye.  Apparently she was given the task of running ALL the classes abt 2 weeks prior and she has no idea what she's doing.   Yes they still need a teacher.  Yes they are interested in me.

I get the job and set up a schedule.  Meanwhile they have yet to see how I knit.  

YAY!  More kibble for us!

(btw this was all during an open house to showcase the upcoming classes.  The quilter had a sample of an Ohio Star block.  NONE of the points matched.  Not even close.  If you are going to teach a class on quilting, dont you think your points should match?!?!)

My first class was in May.  I have three students sign up.  Two walk in with yarn but nothing else because when they signed up they were told everything else would be provided.  The third walked in with nothing because she was told EVERYTHING would be provide.  She also told me that she is a lefty and cant learn to knit.  I will never be able to teach her.

I dont believe it!

Guess what?  I couldnt teach her to knit.  When a person decides that they wont be able to do something, it ends up being that way.  She ended up leaving in tears.  She spoke to the manager and told her that I tried all I could to get her to learn but she is a lefty and cant learn to knit as a right hander.  (side note: I have a friend who is a lefty and knits like the rest of us)

Thank goodness the other two ladies picked it up or else I would have felt horrible.  We had such a good time after Debbie Downer left, and they were ready to tackle a real project by the time the class was over.

My next class was this past Saturday.  This time it was 2 little girls, a 7 y/o and a 10 y/o.    There was a discrepancy with what I was supposed to teach (I was told I was the teacher, do what I want!) and they didnt bring anything either.   However nobody ended up in tears, and two little girls AND a mom learned to knit!!

No supplies in THIS basket.

Cons abt this knitting gig:    There is a lack of comunication between corporate and the local store.  There is a lack of communication between management and employees within the local store.  The classes are a great idea in theory but reality is a whole nuther ballgame.

Pros abt this knitting gig:  the people.  Other than the woman who left crying, these people I'm teaching are great.  We have SO much fun and it's really cool to see them go from holding the needles wrong to having a piece of knitted fabric in a couple of hours.  Including the little kids.  

Another con is the money.  I get paid minimum wage.  But it's money that will go toward a band fee or a theatre ticket.  And I get a teaching card that gives me 15% off my purchases.  

So I will keep teaching as classes pop up.  For now........

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It Had To Be Done

Ninety to ninety-five percent of what I do is for other ppl.    I'm a mom who works 30 hrs a week, comes home and usually doesn't stop until 9 or 10pm at night.   It's going to be like that right now.  And that's ok.  I enjoy my kids, the events they are in, the money I spend on them.  Ok I enjoy all those things MOST of the time.  Every once in a while, however, I have to do something for me.  And I'm slowly doing it more often.  A new shirt for work.  A slice of cheesecake from the bakery.  A new book  Maybe some stash to go along with that book.

I only went for the book, but some of the yarn was already in my cart from a previous midnight shopping trip.  And then a few more got thrown in, you know, for free shipping.

So there you have it.  Just a little something to brighten my day.  

BTW I have started reading Nancy Drew's The Secret in the Old Clock.  The first couple of chapters were a bit slow, but then it did pick  up and I remembered why I loved them as a girl.  About half way done.........

No caption needed.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cuz, Why Not??

One of the theatre moms is starting a book club.  Not your typical you-need-to-read-this-book-in-this-time-period-or-else book club, but one with a different take.

All you have to do is pick a book that falls into one of these categories.  Once a month we get together to discuss what we decided to read.  We can read at our own pace.  If we finish 3 books, great. If you are only on chapter 2 of your first book, that's ok too.

Sounds like my kind of club!!!  I figure it will give me incentive to start reading again.  It gave me incentive to get to the library!

I picked Baby Girl up after work and went to the library.  Her stack is on the left, mine is on the right.  What we choose for recreational reading is VERY different!!!  I'm hoping to start the Nancy Drew one later tonight.  Right now I'm watching Castle reruns and will watch a couple of episodes of Hogan's Heroes before I switch to reading.

Let's see how this will work out.....

Hemi doesnt care if I read or watch tv, just as long as the lap is available.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Well hello there!!!  Remember me??  I used to post here.  Then life happened.  Like REALLY happened.  It's been more than a bit crazy around here.  A bipolar alcoholic who turns 50 apparently doesn't do well.

So since January we moved

and I went back to work

While some things are very different, other things have stayed the same.

Kids, band and theatre are still a constant.

*some* knitting has happened.  I'm trying to get back into some kind of schedule for me.  It's been difficult but today has been a quiet day.  No alarm was set.  I went grocery shopping, made dinner

AND dessert.  Kind of felt like old times.

I am going to try and get back into blogging again.  I'm not sure how that will go, but I will try.

There are lots of unknown things in life, but there is one thing I do know.  We will be just fine.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Not Even Close

While I was doing pretty well in the beginning for NaBloPoMo, life does get in the way.   Mentally I've posted four more times, but until they come up with a way to post via brain waves, they just swirl around in the grey matter.

Since the last time I've posted, we've had concerts, field trips, plays, volunteering and just normal insanity.

The field trip involved a bit of a drive so I cast on for a kitty blanket.  This is 2 skeins in.

I also (please be seated and put down all food and drinks) finished a project.


Yes you read that right!!!  I finished a project!!!!  And not just any project.  A cross stitch!!!!


Kitty Cat Row is complete.  It only took me 4 1/2  years.

Kitty Cat Row in all it's glory!

mouse with a perfect little colonial knot for a nose

mouse with a less than perfect colonial knot.  I say it's sticking out its tongue at the other cats

Here are the stats:

Kitty Cat Row by Bent Creek

Date start:  early 3/11
Date end:  11/26/15

Stitched on 28ct linen in Sand over two.

No substitutions with floss were made.  I used all the specialty threads listed.

As I was finishing up the backstitching, my eyes were reminding me that they aren't as young as they used to be.  Bright light and readers were involved.  Makes me question the completion of other linen projects.  Regardless of blindness, I HAVE A FINISH!!!

Lets see how long before I have it framed.......