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Friday, January 18, 2019

The Week in Review.


Honestly, if the stress from my waning job status and my ghastly commute doesn't get me, these two might.  I came home Monday night to find that Peanut had broken into the laundry room and, with his willing cohort, Lovey, eaten a quantity of organic grower feed for the quail (read: expensive).  He also tried to chew his way into the box of Honest Kitchen dog food, but was stymied.  Good thing, as I imagine he would have exploded.  Not surprisingly, the rest of the week was dealing with the aftermath of the consumption of this great quantity of NON-dog food.  Let's just say that it had a Roto-Rooter effect on their GI systems.  It wasn't pretty.  After a week of bland diet (rice and yogurt and cottage cheese) we seem to be back to normal. 


I have finished the Great Green Socks!  All that's left is weaving in the ends.  Halleluiah! That just leaves finishing one sock in the pair for my sister, one and a half socks for me and most of another pair for me.  And the mittens.  I am already chomping at the bit to cast on three more things and am trying to control certain disaster.  I will have plenty of time to knit this holiday weekend because we are forecast to get upwards of two feet of snow.  Oh, joy.  I will be knitting and shoveling.  Then the temperatures are plummeting Monday night into double digits below zero.  The fun never stops.


For those of you not familiar with thrummed mittens (and, really, why would you be?) here is an example:


Outside and inside of thrummed mittens.
Source is the Yarn Harlot.
As you can see, once these are done, I will have very toasty hands.  The fleece 'thrums' are inside your nice, warm woolen mittens and create a rather custom warm cushion as you wear them.  They also felt slightly, to make them even better for cold weather wear.  Of course, I may not have them done before summer, so they are only a warm glimmer this winter.  I have promised myself that I can cast on something new, once I finish my sister's socks.  I am fighting my urge to knit nothing but my new shiny thing - my toe-up, two-toned, fancy-schmancy pattern socks that I cast on Christmas Eve.  I am trying to learn as many new methods as possible this year.  Anything to help pump up those flabby brain cells.
It's all I want to knit!
Tomorrow is another fully-scheduled day, what with all the pre-Snowmeggedon prep work (clear the barn door so I can do more than squeeze through, shovel poop, stack hay in a more user-friendly manner, add shavings to the coop, clean out the quail trays, pick up the large, economy size bottle of Aleve, spray the roof rake with cooking oil - you know, the usual), parental visit, wash and gas up the car, haircut, recycling/trash stop, and pick up local lettuce.  Then it's time for Hunkerville.  I see a vat of soup in my future, along with some decent bread.  I hate to admit it, but I really did dislike that pricey loaf and fed it to the chickens.  Gah.


If I can, I will post horrifying photos of mountainous snowfall (sorry, Joyce...)



15 comments:

  1. Dogs are trashing picking box eating little freakin heathens aren't they? Can you put a half/dutch door on that laundry area? For years I had a little metal garden/livestock gate that I used inside since I could remove it easily. I still have it.....outside on the now defunct goat pen.
    The thrummed mittens are exceptionally beautiful. They will be awesomely warm!
    Is that ALL you have on your plate for tomorrow????!!! Good grief, do you start at 3:00am? My goto snowmeggedon soup is minestrone and I have an a awesome bread machine yeast cornbread recipe.....it's snowing here BTW.....Stay safe!

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  2. LOL! I have put up a barrier until I get a chance to fix the door. The little dickens figured out that the door didn't latch tightly and was able to push it open. He has a very busy brain. Minestrone soup sounds wonderful! I will have to check to see if I have GF pasta I can use. You've got snow, too? I wonder if that is the precursor of our big storm?

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  3. Naughty dogs, lol! Snow will move in tonight for us. It's the wind I am worried about though.

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  4. After all that quail food, maybe your dogs will start to lay eggs. (Not funny, eh?)

    You need the snow for insulation. (Feel free to throw your snow shovel at me.) We've already got the snow insulation (thank goodness) 'cause now we've got the below zero temps AND wind. It's quiet right now, but we both laid awake listening to the howling of it last night wondering what was going to go bump in the night.

    As far as your knitting goes, I say go for it on your sparkly, super-colorful, exciting socks for yourself. Life is short.

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  5. i'm writing this from my deathbed. it looks like i ate a box of grower feed too. we are finally, finally supposed to get snow tomorrow but i'll believe it when i see it. at the very least, i will be watching it from a horizontal angle. at this point i've missed 3 days of wedding baking....arghhhh!!!

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  6. Kristina, I am thinking of knitting him a sweater with "Naughty" on the back. As if I need reminding. I am not a lover of wind, either. I never sleep well, if there is a high wind at night.

    Mama Pea, LOL! If I have any strength left after shoveling the forecasted two feet of snow, I will toss the shovel in your direction! OMG, howling wind is my big bugaboo. I start imagining I am hearing things going bump in the night. Okay! If I get in trouble, down the road, for starting too many projects and finishing too little, can I call you for moral support?

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  7. The little puppies out did themselves. They must like being little devils! The had to give you something to do when you got home. I wonder what they really think.Love the mittens, they will be nice and warm. Too bad they weren't done now with the weather that's coming. The socks look good. I've never done Toe-up socks. Will have to try them sometime. I do like the double pointed needles. Stay warm and stay safe!!!

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  8. Susan, I am sorry to be hysterical... but I am! I am happy for you that he didn't get the dog food too... exploding peanut butter would never do! I love your crafting... well, actually in awe of it... enjoy the soup!

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  9. I'm exhausted reading about your plans...how can you fit it all in? I can barely clean up and cook dinner lately lol...winter is too exhausting. We are getting the snowfall here over the next few days too, not looking forward to the shoveling. I'm grateful we don't have to go out at least, so there'll be no rush to crawl out of the house. Oh Peanut Butter...when I had my pugs, one of them got into the garbage where I'd put all of my veggie peels. This was over 20 years ago, I lived in Montreal and had no clue what composting was. So into the trash they went. I was making a slow cooker veggie stew and Winston ate ALL of the peels. He was so big...and the gas...ooofa! He waddled around moaning at times and we had a week like yours too. Did he learn his lesson? Never.

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  10. Oh, the stories I could tell of dachshunds past! You're getting more knitting done than I am, but I've gotten distracted by spinning pretty roving . . . and a family visit . . . and some couples counseling after a certain 17-year-old flipped the truck he was being allowed to drive . . . .

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  11. I have seen and admired thrummed mittens in craft stores but never purchased a pair. For super cold weather, I have a couple of pairs of fur-lined mittens. Nothing is warmer than fur. Nothing.

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  12. my eyes and brain glazed over at 'double digits below zero'.

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  13. Poor, naughty puppies! Unfortunately, they never do learn, do they? I have a pair of thrummed mittens that I just love. The warmest one's I've got.

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  14. My one dog would eat out of the catbox, ew! Those mittens sound toasty!!!

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  15. They were predicting bad things about that same storm when it passed over us and perhaps had it been early in the season they might have come true. But at this point it was like, oh well and we just went about our business.

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