Tuesday, 30 June 2009

No blood

Ww went to the park today on ours bikes but I had another wipe out. ........................ I am not sure exactly what happened but down I went. Fortunately there was no vehicle near by......................... well why would there be .................we were on the sidewalk and I know cars are not supposed to be there..... That's why we were there instead of the road....... Anyway I have a little less skin on my left arm but no blood and no head injury as I was wearing my helmet.
DH just shook his head and asked if I was okay. He suggested I find someplace to practice riding that is all grass. Tomorrow I am going to go and ride around the school ground.
I have had a hot bath and some ice cream ......................... other than feeling rather stiff and sore I am fine. I wonder how much skin weights......................... it 's probably not a viable way to loose weight .................... besides the way I am going I will run out of skin in less than 2 weeks.


works wonders to help prevent sore muscles after an activity you are not used to. I am not too sore today but DH is insisting that I go buy elbow and knee pads.
DGD will be back this afternoon and we will go for a bike ride, probably to the park meanwhile I am going to do some knitting and wonder of wonders.............................. some house work. I have to do laundry and vacumn. The white dog hair on the mostly black carpet is driving me crazy .............................. well maybe crazier.
I also have some light grey wool that I want to dye yellow for a bag I am making. I really need to get it together....... it is noon.......I am not dressed.............. I just finished breakfast and I am playing on this silly machine.

Oh it is so nice to be retired.

Monday, 29 June 2009


Well Shelby and I went shopping to buy me a bike. I haven't ridden a bike in about 15 years but I thought it would get me moving again. I definitely need to get more exercise so the plan is for DGD and I to go riding every day that she comes over.
Off we go and buy me a bike................ Has to be a girls bike as the women's bikes are too tall for me................. I get a lecture from the 8 year old about how I need to wear runners when I ride my bike, etc, etc, etc.
We get home with a bike and helmet, change my sandals for my RUNNERS and off we go. I am a little wobbly but not bad ......
Shelby says you are doing okay Grandma. We are going around the block and I am doing okay until we run out of sidewalk and have to ride on the road. I try to slow down a little as I am taking the corner a little wide............ There is a truck coming .......OH OH......... turn too sharply.............. try to brake ......................CRASH........... down I go and slide into the truck which fortunately is stopped by this time.............. The driver gets out to see if I am okay as does the passenger. ....................... The four people down the street come to check on me. Other than scrapes on elbow and knee (left side only) I am fine. What happened???????.................... last time I rode a bike the brakes were on the PEDALS................ Just pedal backwards and the bike stops..................................... NOT WITH THIS BIKE..............THE BRAKES ARE ON THE HANDLES................ The driver helps me up , I pick up my bike and start walking home. DGD says I should just push my bike home but I get back to the sidewalk and get on the bike. Ride down the block and back PRACTICING BRAKING before I go home. DGD hurries ahead of me so she can tell Grandpa that I wiped out......... Tattle tail........
My knee hurts still as does my elbow but tomorrow it is back on the bike although DGD and DH think I need elbow and knee pads.
The sampler shawl is really almost done this time. I had to rip out the one border I had done as I didn't do enough garter stitch before the border pattern.
Did a cyber spin-in today and got a fair bit done.
Well time to get something to eat and do some more knitting. Have to make some "Mr. Noodles" for the DGD .

Thursday, 18 June 2009


I was going to have the sampler shawl finished today or at least be working on the border. That was until I discovered I had dropped a stitch and found it 6 rows down.......................... aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrruuuuuuuuggggggghhhhhhh ......... I can't just fix it because the decreases go over stitch markers and things are confusing or maybe I am just confused so I sort of threw it in the corner and today I am fixing. I love the Fiddlesticks Yarn I am using it is so nice to work with. You know I could up-date this blog a lot quicker if I could type. That was never one of my courses in school. Thank goodness for spell check.

This is a busy week at least the evenings are busy. Tuesday was Weavers and spinners Meeting, Wednesday was knitting at the pool hall and tonight I think I will go to Knit night at the LYS which is 35-45 minutes away in an other town. DH looked after the DGD on Tuesday night but he lets her get away with too many things. She didn't go to sleep until after 10:00. ............. bed time is 7:30 for this 8 year old but she has Grandpa wrapped around her little finger.

Oh yes I finished the "they are nice Grandma but I wouldn't wear them" socks. They are for me.

I decided to put the information and samples of my re-cycled yarns in a binder in photo pages instead of the little book they were in. I put enough pages in the binder for 30 sweaters figuring that would be more than enough ................WRONG .......
I added more pages and am refusing to count how many sweaters I have purchased for recycling. In my defense I have made 2 shawls and 2 pairs of mittens from my re-cycle stash. I have many shawls planned and a felted bag waiting for the pattern.

You remember the lawn mower that wasn't stolen ............................ well it is now broken, my garden isn't planted but it is well watered because I turn the water on for the strawberry plants and then forget I have done it. I need to find a fool proof way to remember that I have the sprinkler system on and NEED TO TURN IT OFF.

I guess I will have to do laundry today as DH is complaining about no clean shorts..... Fussy man. I also need to vacuum the dog hair that is all over the carpet and the couch. Did I tell you I hate housework.

I mailed out my "Wee Sock Swap" package and my "Swap sock Yarn from your Stash" package. They are going slow airmail ..... 1 week to the States and 2 weeks to the UK. [ I would hate to be a passenger on those flights. ] This is only so if they don't spend time sitting in customs.

Things to come
Friday - need to fix my car that only makes noise when the mechanic isn't looking at it. Apparently it needs a rubber boot on a ball joint to keep the grease in. Now you know as much as I do about it.
Saturday- quilting at Jocelyn's
Sunday -Fathers day and maybe knitting in public with the LYS
Tuesday_ maybe quilting with Jackie
Wednesday - pool hall
Thursday - spinning with Kim and Knit night

Lisa wants me to do some surveys for her as well and they would have to be done before the end of the month. I haven't decided whether I will do them or not but I need to make up my mind today.

Well I guess I should go do laundry, dishes and vacuuming ........... darn, darn, darn

Thursday, 4 June 2009


I haven't written for ages but it has been very busy around here. Honest it has just read on. Two of my Children had Birthday's in May, I still have to talk to my son as I haven't managed to wish him Happy Birthday ...................... brain dead ..................
phone the cell not the house!!!!!!!!!
I thought the lawn mower was stolen because it was GONE from the backyard where I keep it. I looked back there FOUR times just incase my eyes were seeing it but the brain wasn't connecting. NO LAWN MOWER.............. phone DH "SOME ONE STOLE MY LAWN MOWER." He only cares because I am upset. As far as he is concerned the grass doesn't bother him so why should he bother it. I like to mow the grass ( well most times I do) It brings back memories of my Grandfather on my Mother's side, Pop was what everyone called him. I don't know why ...................... I think I did know at one time but that information is filed away somewhere in my brain............ you know the scene at the end of the Indiana Jones movie where they store the box with the Ark of the Covenant in that humungeous warehouse never to be found again. Well that is kind of what my brain looks like. The information is in there just not sure which box. Any way back to the mower. DH is phoning around after checking out Craig's list and finds 2 possibilities. Saturday we are making arrangements to go pick up a lawn mower when DD Jill and friend Jamie arrive. Jamie laughingly says" I hear some one took the lawn mower?" "Yes" says I. he looks at me and tells me he has locked them in Bill's shop.....................hhhhhhhuuuuuuuummmmm ....................never noticed the lock on the door. Didn't think to look there as the last I knew the shop wasn't level enough to get the door open. FOUR TIMES I looked in the back yard and didn't notice the lock on the door. Mind you, in my defense I was looking closer to the ground for the mower. The lock is at eye level so who would look for a lawn mower up there.

Well now I have been working on the lawn but the back yard isn't all done BECAUSE THERE IS STUFF EVERYWHERE IN THE YARD. That man has three...... YES THREE ....... buildings to store STUFF in and it is all over the yard. When he bought the shop they had to move the garage ( made of 2X4's and tarp material ) off the drive to put the shop in close to the house.
I was away when they did all this so I come home and the Garage is beside my garden providing lots of shade .......... great.....
The STUFF from the garage is all over the yard, some is under a tarp and the rest is in Shelby's ply house .............OH OH TROUBLE COMING. Now DH is really in trouble. I tell him the garage has to go back where it was and yes there is room for it.
Shelby sees her play house full of stuff and starts giving me grief." Wait a minute this isn't my doing speak to your Grandfather." Shelby, hands on hips marching towards the house says" I am going to give him a piece of my mind".
Do you suppose your can do this too many times and after a while you have no more pieces left ????????

Well Jamie and Dwayne move the garage only the flat deck truck is in the drive so they fit the open end of the garage around the end of the truck. GREAT JUST GREAT. The garage is back where it belongs but there is only one minor problem. YOU CAN'T PUT ANYTHING IN IT BECAUSE THE TRUCK IS IN THE WAY AT ONE END AND THE OTHER END IS UP AGAINST BILL'S SHOP.
Apparently they can't move the truck until they fix the fence because they took a fence post out to get the shop in and now the truck is the only thing holding up the fence at that spot. Do you wonder that I am a little crazy.................

Let's see what happened next ? Oh yes 7 of us in the wee sock group on Ravelry had a "Spin-in in separate house together" only I went to Gail's so we were in the same house. We all chatted over the internet and Gail and I couldn't always remember whose page we were on so we sort of morphed together and they never knew whether It was Gail on my page or Gail on Gail's page or me on my page etc. We all had finger food for lunch and actually did some spinning. I am spinning some silk/merino roving mmmmmmmuuuuuuuuuummmmm it is yummy stuff in blues and green.

All the sweaters I have to re-cycle the yarn are taken apart and unravelled or are ready to unravel. I have some unravellers that help me out but I try to do the really fine lace weight myself.

I have finished 2 pairs of fingerless gloves, Cory's twisted wrap , the secret MMario shawl ( I gave this to DH's Mum for her (0th Birthday), The second sock of "They are nice Grandma but I wouldn't wear them " is more than half done and I have the yarn ready for a felted bag KAL that starts the middle of the month.
I caught up one all my siggy blocks, DJ blocks went out to two friends and I am almost finished the second of four test blocks.
I need to finish the sample shawl and then do the one for my DS Janice. After that I am going to do one for me that Gail gave me the Noro yarn to make it.
Last week I did some work for a friend of Jill's who does market surveys and on the weekend we went to the Island to see Bill's family as Mum and Frank are moving into a suite in a care facility as Mum need more help than Frank can give. They are both 90 so I guess the move isn't unreasonable but it is sad. They get all their meals provided .......... maybe I will move in. Bill and i will be married 40 years this December and I was thinking the other day how tired I am of making meals. Its not so much the making as figuring out what to make. Let's see 40 years, figure I made at least 5 dinners a week ( Bill can cook and we did go out the odd time so I figure 5 is probably close), times 52 weeks times 40 years equals 10,400 dinners. No wonder I am tired of making dinner.
Back to the weekend ................. we had a great time with his family. We visited, played dominos, ate good food and drank wine. A good time was had by all. Then we loaded the truck to come home and I mean loaded. We came home with Christmas presents, Wedding presents, 12 framed pictures, an oak table made by DH's Grandfather in England, two teak packing boxes, a set of Shakespeare (38 volumes), a Tea set, the footstool we had made Mum and Dad for their 50th , binoculars, Dad's papers from the war and some other stuff. Now I only need to figure out where to put it. Cory and Aaron will take a lot of it because all the wedding presents are for them and so are the two big bags of linen.

Monday was unload the truck and then relax. Tuesday I didn't do much, Wednesday put things away, knitting in the pool hall last night. Tonight I may go to Knitopia but I am not sure yet.