25 April, 2017

It caught up with me

Well I finally caught that nasty cold that everyone has been carrying around all winter and spring.  It started with a sore throat last Wednesday and this weekend it morphed into the cough stage.  On Friday we had a rare day of sunshine and I was determined to get out into the garden.  I did quite well considering how I felt.  I got some seeds planted in the raised bed and some bulbs planted.  Planting bulbs, or anything for that matter, is a big chore because of the weed repellant sheeting that must be dug up and cut.  I have 40 gladiola bulbs that must be planted five inches deep.  I couldn't face it Friday and gave it some thought.  I ended up in bed for the most part of the weekend, I was that sick, plus it was raining outside.  I have decided that I will cut out 4 1/2 foot arcs in the bed, cut up the sheeting and then dig a trench and drop those bulbs in.  It's almost nice enough to do it today but I still don't feel so great.  I've got time.  Another couple of weeks anyway before they need to be in.

So yes, spring is still hanging back.  We've had a new record for rainfall here in the Seattle area and everyone is crazy for some sunshine.  We do get little sun breaks but it's just almost torture.  It seems like so long ago that we were in Hawaii.

I get to go back to the gym next week.  So that's something fun to look forward to.  I'm feeling pretty strong in my left arm and it's going to be tough not to over do it.  I suppose one good twinge will keep me under control.  I won't know until I get going how it's going to be - duh.

My Metalouse is nearly complete.  I'm just doing that last few rows of the garter edging and then cast off.  Maybe I'll finish it up today.  And then what?  I have so many project in the wings.  I think I should block a few things too.  I'd like to get a good spring cardigan/shrug pattern.  That's something I can do this afternoon - look for a good pattern.  I've got plenty of yarn.

12 April, 2017

One reservation down

Well the long weekend in Port Townsend was quite fun.  Good music Friday and Saturday nights and an excellent dinner Sunday night  The weather was a challenge though.  The wind was SO strong that it nearly blew me over in the street.  At one point I was clinging to a building to avoid being blown over.  Poor Tink did not like it at all either.   Luckily it didn't last too long.  But we never had much sun -- a little bit on Monday.

Yesterday wasn't bad but it's back to rain today.  I believe we're going to get some sunshine this weekend and I am definitely going to get those lilacs into the ground.

I had my last appointment with the therapist yesterday and I was not so happy.  I didn't feel like I had made any progress from the last visit and I was right.  I guess it's normal to stall out at some point but it's very frustrating.  I didn't have my clay with me to exercise over the weekend and I had left my cast at home so I wasn't sleeping with it and boy, did that hurt.  So back to sleeping with it for the next couple of weeks and then I can start back at the gym.  Slowly slowly.  Well at least I can knit.

I got my reservations for a long weekend in LA in June for Omar's birthday.  Just three nights but I am looking forward to it.  I have to plan the two weeks in Europe over Thanksgiving but I can't get anything nailed down for this spring or summer.  Hopefully this weekend we can figure out what we're going to do.  I need to plan!

04 April, 2017

Where is my happy?

Oh I am SO over this weather!  The lack of sunshine is just really getting to me.  I know it's partly because I can't get any endorphins --  but that doesn't make it any easier to take.  It makes me very bad company.  At least the rain stayed away enough on Saturday to get the roses and hydrangea trees pruned and a couple of the planters cleaned out and Ben moved the raised bed down so I'll have at least one little place to plant some vegetables.  Alas the lilacs are still in their pots waiting to be planted.  I am pretty sure where I want to put them but I need to make sure before I dig the holes.  We're going to Port Townsend Friday for a long weekend so maybe Monday we'll get time to put them in the ground.

Knitting soothes the soul a bit.  I worked on the Metalouse yesterday.  I have 12 more rows of the slip stitch pattern.  I sure love knitting with gorgeous yarn.  I don't even care what I make.  I just like the good stuff.  This one is angora and the Noro Shiraito, which is a cashmere blend.  There halo is awesome.  I just wish I had gotten the color of Noro I wanted but I got it from Little Knits and they had run out of the color I originally chose so this one has a bit more brown than I like.

Well ... still looking for my happy.  I think I need to get some vacations nailed down.  Pronto