mostly confusion

I used reader to get some of my blogs, that I liked to read. I seem to have saved blogs to read all over the place, wordpress, blogger, ravelry and I think I have some more that I wanted to follow but never found again. Reader now says I can get my blogs on blogger.
So I am trying to learn about the different blog feeds available and how to set my blog up for others to follow as well.
If you follow someone, does that mean their blog is on another list?
Are tags or search options a good thing? I rarely go back to look up specific things.
I haven’t come up with the ideal solution yet, I think maybe there isn’t one but something that will change over time. I will wait awhile yet.

class time cancelled

Evidently, my jewellry making class, on the 17th, is cancelled due to a renovation. I was a bit concerned if I even had the stamina to work on a project for 6 hours with my bad neck. I am feeling much better, now I am wondering what I can do instead. Any ideas?

Health and a new scarf.

I have had a couple of slow weeks. The weeks went by quickly, but I am moving slowly. I got a new mouthguard for night time. The fit wasn’t quite right, I had one change made but it is still giving me grief. Sore neck, shoulders, cheeks etc. I have physio with a TMJ specialist this week and then will take her recommendations to the dentist. I am using my old guard for the time being. It seems to throw the rest of me off as well. I am so tired, I have cut back on exercise.

I saw the physio yesterday, I feel much better today, trying something new.
In the meantime, I knit a scarf of my own design, Rowan Tweed in a reversible design. It is in the finished pile now, but still needs the ends woven in, and maybe a button. It is pretty short, it took 2 balls, so it just really keeps one’s neck warm.IMG_1004
I have been playing with a hat as well, so My second attempt appears to be better than my first attempt. I saw a hat of fabric that I loved and would like to do one in felt and velvet as well. I am using the Hurricane hat pattern from Ravelry and will attempt to add a stuffed tube around the bottom edge. I discovered an error in row 1,  the count was wrong. So it is ripped out.
I have to curtail the knitting as the hands are hurting as well.

Party is over but the joy lives on.

I am still basking in the afterglow of a wonderful party. Twenty friends and family met at the MarinaSide Grill for a great dinner and cake, a great tasting gluten, dairy free wonder from Sweet tooth Cakery. There was toasts and presents,  a slideshow and a  video from Toronto.

Most photos didn’t turn out well,  but here are a couple.



Thomas Haas chocolates from our oldest son and his wife, and flowers from the youngest son and his wife.

The flowers are heavenly smelling and looking and the chocolates are to die for, 9 luscious little goodies per layer of that box.

Thanks to my online friends for their wishes.

Starting February

February is always a bit of a whirlwind in our house. Hubby’s birthday is on the first, mine on the 6th, DIL on the 9th and BIL on the 28th. In between cousins and firends also have birthdays.
Just the two of us this year to celebrate hubby’s with dinner but he is planning a big celebration for my 65th.
In honor of the big 65, I got my haircoloured and cut, got my new glasses a month ago and now exercises as well.

Although I did my usual knitting and sewing this week, nothing really to show for it. Rows that were knitted were ripped back and reknit. Seams were put in and taken out and sewn again. I still haven’t cut out anything new, I am still working on the great unfinished pile.

Walking back from exercises, I saw some art I haven’t seen before,even though I have been down the street many times. It has been there a few years at least. Metal figures on a staircase with writings in the metal, about the early days in our community. IMG_0244IMG_0251<

There was also a bridge in the little park, which had words carved into the planks. All about the life of a salmon, being a fisherman’s daughter, I just loved it.IMG_0248IMG_0919

I bought some yellow tulips and placed them in an old vase of my mother’s.

First week

The first week of January 2013. Started very slowly, taking life >easy. I am hoping to post a weekly update this year. I only did 30 posts last year and I don’t know if I can get the momentum and discipline needed to post that often but that will be my goal.

I gathered a lot of the ornaments from the tree onto the table, took down the tree. Still to be put away, all Christmas boxes need to be labelled. I have decided to use smaller boxes, so they will be easier to carry. The boxes will be numbered as well, 1 of 8 to 8 of 8. That way should work better.

I dragged (pulled Out) all the fabric that wasn’t on shelves in the sewing room and shoved them in the office on the floor. Until I make a decision, what to do with it. I had to clear out a space to see what was what. Something is going to have to go.
I cut out a sweater dress on Thursday night, and got it close to being finished for a party on the weekend. The collar had me stymied for a bit. But I think I have it solved now. The fabric came in a 10 yard bundle from FabricMart. I had bought a belt for it but no way did it work, so I am on the lookout for something else.

Knitting: I did get my cardigan together and just had to sew on the buttons since new years.
I also started a pair of socks,Christmas gifts new needles and yarn. Colour Hayride from Knitpicks and their latest needle offerings. I love the finish on the wood,silky feeling. I am using a slip stitch pattern to make socks for my self.

Reading: Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian.

Garden the Amaryllis is out! It is quite dramatic and called Charisma.

Celebrated a retirement in VIctoria, it was a lovely gathering. We had a great time. IMG_0862

Closing out 2012

LIke most people, I had some successes and some challenges. Mostly they were in my crafts and a few other issues but that is life.
On the reading front, I enjoyed my Koobo Vox. I read over 70 books and some with hard covers as well. It didn’t leave a lot of time for other hobbies.
I didn’t always get to my blogging, or even to commenting on other blogs.
Knitting, lots of socks, a few shawls, and a sweater still needing buttons. THey all involved a lot of ripping out, re-reading of patterns and redoing. BUt I still enjoy the process. I have lots of yarn to work with this year.

Sewing. I had great plans, I had some success. I am closer to getting a long sleeved, button front blouse to fit me. Still some tweaking to do but I am getting there. I liked a couple tops, and a couple of dresses that I made.

Photos. I started to reorganize my photos on my computer. I have a decade to re file and that should make things easier to find. I had also lost all my usb keys and photo discs. On a cleanup for CHristmas, I found the container with them in it. Even after taking photos, it takes me awhile to get everything together.

Organization. Several things were unable to be found, photo usb keys, seam rippers, Christmas stuff, Obviously, labels must be clearer on boxes, and I need a designated place for things.

So lots of things are planned for next year, mostly the day to day stuff.

Wishing every one the best in 2012.

And yet so far

Bad news. The sleeves are nowhere near the size of the armhole.  I haven’t taken out a tape measure but I think there is a 6 inch discrepancy. I am so ticked off that I haven’t even looked at it. I think I may have to knit the sleeves over.  Next step will be to pin the sides together and see how it fits me just over a blouse.  Then I will try the sleeves and do the same with them.

In the meantime, I will knit socks, and  sew.  I am not looking at that sweater for another week!

Kobo Vox again

“Please wait” is usually an instruction, that I follow. With the computer, puts up a new screen, that I don’t understand, I get nervous. Threats, Virus, yikes.

So please wait came up when I tried to access my magazine and no amount of tapping on the cover did any thing, and after a couple of minutes I figured it was in a loop.  I discovered it happened  when  the wi=fi was on and when it was turned off.  Happy accident, i tapped  the return arrow  at the bottom of the vox, lo and behold– the book appeared! I am happy now. Next time I travel, I’ll by the fattest book from Zinio and enjoy looking at on my Kobo.

Has any one recharged it on the plane? That will be my next little thing to try.

Bring in the summer

I decided to bring a little sunshine home with me the other day. I couldn’t resist the smell of the peonies in the flower section of the grocery store. I have always had the dark pink ones. but the cream ones were so  appealing.

I had the perfect spot for them. They are brightening up the house, this cold and rainy June.

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