Saturday, May 31, 2008
2. My neighbor on the left, apparently hale and hearty in all other respects, always drives when she goes to visit the neighbor on my right. Our lot is 100 feet across.
3. Why does it always take another 10 rows of knitting before I notice that I've made a horrendous mistake only fixable by ripping back 10 rows?
I got a bit of spinning done on my lunch break - still getting used to the new schedule, but I took my spindle to work with me and the other bunch of Freyalyn fiber. I'm consciously working on trying to make an even grist at a larger diameter than my standard default on this particular spindle. So far, 15 minutes into spinning, it's going pretty well.
Most of my b'day presents this year have to do with my garden. The bulbs J ordered me won't be here til the fall, but there's a warm glow that comes with knowing they'll be on the way.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I was scanning the shelves at the local shop for recommendations for S, who has inherited much of my taste in books, and happened across Bujold again, in fantasy this time. I don't think he's quite ready for her, but in another couple of years...
1. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
2. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
3. The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold
4. The Sharing Knife: Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold
5. The Sharing Knife: Legacy by Lois McMaster Bujold
6. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie, just because.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I'm still messing with the round garden, but it is slowly being turned over to day lilies as the primary lily, along with the mint bed and last year's addition of bee balm. The bee balm looks nice now, but grew terribly mildewed by mid summer last year. I may or may not keep that one.
The mint (spearmint) was Katy's choice a couple of years ago and I keep it in check by ruthlessly culling around the edges each spring, making mint syrup from the culls. Time to make more! I put the syrup in the iced tea maker jug and it sweetens the tea nicely while giving it a nice minty tang. The bees adore the mint when it blooms.
Monday, May 26, 2008
This is what the spring fiber looks like spun up. I waffled about how to spin this. It's merino top, nicely prepped to be spun worsted, but I didn't feel like spinning worsted. I did a sort of cross between spinning from the fold and long draw, and as with many compromises it only sort of worked. The grist is a bit wonky in places, but the yarn will be useable. The interesting thing is that at one point in my spinning career, this would have been as good as I could do and I would have been really happy about the yarn. Now, I know I can do better, I just didn't want to spend the time to. Thanks to Abby, I know the word for this - waylaka.
This yarn isn't being made to be the best I can do. My focus on being the best I can do has been on my classwork. That focus is going to shift over to learning the new job. Right now, spinning is just for relaxation. So, yeah, it's not the best spinning I can do, but it's meeting my needs at the moment and, for a while, that's good enough.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I didn't realize until I opened up the package that there's a strong dark green streak as well as the blue and yellow, and I didn't realize until I was actually spinning it that there is also a small purple streak also.
And a whole bunch of rockets with pretty much textbook launches and recoveries. Very pretty.
J had a bunch of new rockets, and a couple of old ones. He mostly goes for low power rockets, and recently, mostly boost-glide rockets. (They shoot up on the engine and then glide down rather than being on a parachute or streamer.) He does a lot of his own designs and some of them always get the crowd going. The first time people see a couple of them, they think something's gone wrong - then the next time they see them, they poke their friends and say "watch this! - no, it's supposed to do that" as the rockets fly into pieces. It is a trifle strenuous watching for six different pieces to come down so that they can be recovered, but it is fun to see. He's got two different models that make six pieces each now. It was a good day - all the pieces came home with us!
I did make everyone put on sunscreen (including me), but...
Yes, I came home sun burnt. That long hike out chasing a rocket did me in.
J went down to the rocket launch. Last weekend was the first launch of the season and very miserably cold and wet it was - he didn't launch anything himself, just watched a few others. Today was sunny and only mild winds - he had a great time.
S delivered his cake and pie then went to soccer practice. I made him put on sun screen, but he missed a few places and came home burnt.
J went with the motorboat down to Seneca Lake to watch the sailboats race, picking up a friend on the way. He came home a bit sunburnt, having forgotten both a hat and sunscreen. K and S slept in - K to 11 am and S to noon. A sign of needing to catch up, I think. S spent the afternoon working off his fundraising - 1 angelfood cake and 1 lemon meringue pie. He had to supply them both to the high bidder in the silent auction. He's not made either one before and we had intended that he should make a test pie earlier in the week but getting sick put paid to that. We had to wing it (I've not made lemon meringue pie in some years, for the same reason he probably won't again for a while - it's a lot of work.) They did turn out well though and the high bidder was happy!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I came home and went back to bed, got a nap, and then did a bunch of errands.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
S was well enough to go to school today, is packed and gone to bed early, and all we have to do now is get up at o-dark-hundred to make sure he catches the bus on time. I really don't want to go chasing them down into Pennsylvania.
Monday, May 19, 2008
S has been bugging me for a new set of books to read. I had started to give him the Wizard books by Stasheff, but couldn't find the first book in the series. So I gave him the Flinx books, starting with The Tar-Aiym Krang. I have the first four books in the series, but apparently there are a bunch more nowadays (I suppose I'll have to look into that).
Having gotten the books out and seeing them laying around the house, I picked them up and started.
1. For Love of Mother-Not by Alan Dean Foster
2. The Tar-Aiym Krang by Alan Dean Foster
3. Orphan Star by Alan Dean Foster
4. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Definitely worth reading and I'm going to see if I can get the kids to read it too.
5. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold I've liked her science fiction books - this is fantasy, and very well crafted.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
S spent the day in bed. No school tomorrow. His main concern at the moment is to be well enough to not miss his 7th grade school trip on Wednesday. This concern is leading him to follow faithfully all my instructions on how to get well quickest - a bit of a change from his normal 13-year-old's impulse to argue with anything a parental unit happens to mention.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
S has been complaining of a headache all day (never a good sign, fortunately fairly rare). He followed it up with chills this afternoon and going to bed early without nagging this evening. It required almost no motherly intuition at all to realize I ought to take his temp, at least as a formality. 101.5 F. He's not going to be serving pancakes in the morning.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I've worked more on my paper, but haven't yet been allowed to look at the next batch of Workbaskets. 'nuff said.
I've checked my grade sheet and done some calculations; if the final is graded at the weighting he said it would be, I'll pass the course. (I would fail if I didn't turn in the final, but it would have to be really really bad to not pass as long as I do turn in the final.) That doesn't mean I won't do my absolute best on the final because I'm just that sort of self-competitive person and want All A's All the Time in Everything but even a C on the final is still passing so I'm not going to beat myself up over it.
After this paper is out of the way, I get to play in the garden. This will make the neighbors happy because I've been prepping for a new garden out front but haven't had time to go rent the rototiller I need for the next step. I'm sure they're tired of looking at the dead patch of grass I've created in step 1.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I'm rationing myself. I sorted the ones from the 40s today, but the 50s have to wait until I have 3 more pages on my paper done.
When I know what I have, then I have to figure out what I want to do with them. There's a certain charm in keeping the set together, but it isn't really a complete set. I would definitely like to keep the ones with knitting patterns, my sister might want the ones with crochet patterns (Bev, do you still tat?)... K might like to look at the recipes. Hmmm....
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I had three places to go today, prep work for starting at the new job. At every single place, I was dealing with people who were being trained. The first place, I was dealing with two different people who were being trained. This turned a 2 hour expected errand running into almost 3.5 hours.
I know, it's ironic that I would be complaining about people in training on new jobs when I myself will be in that position in just another week and a half, but there you go.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
1. Mr Darcy's Daughters by Elizabeth Aston. A light read, in the fan fic tradition. A couple of the characters are not explained very well. Amusing enough that I will probably get the next one.
That was it as far as books I read in their entirety.
I did pick up and read "the best parts" from Unnatural Death, Gaudy Night, Busman's Honeymoon, and the last two stories in Lord Peter, all by Dorothy Sayers. A chance memory triggered my look at the first of that sequence, and then having read that bit, it lead to bits and pieces of the others.
I've had my daily posts written, but no time to post them. I'll get caught up on that today.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
1. Aunt Dimity's Good Deed by Nancy Atherton
2. Aunt Dimity Digs In by Nancy Atherton
3. Aunt Dimity's Christmas by Nancy Atherton - I'm sure you're seeing a pattern here. Mysteries, but of a very gentle nature. Soothing reading, but enjoyable.
4. And Less Than Kind by Roberta Gellis and Mercedes Lackey Two of my favorite authors.
5. Clouds of Witnesses by Dorothy Sayers Old favorite time again.
Not a particularly big week for reading, but what there was, was fun.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
You can see that the Asian lilies are popping up all around them. I can't wait to see them again, but they've a long way to grow.