The orthodontist's office finally agreed to pay - "in good faith" - the overdraft charges. Unfortunately, because they farted around, I got hit with one more. :sigh: I'm just gonna eat that one, because honestly? It's not worth the arguing. My bank is supposed to be emailing me an official statement to forward on to the ortho (because apparently a *dated* screenshot of my account isn't good enough. Whatever...)...I kinda hope it shows the added charge, so I can point out that hey, I'm trying to be nice here (even though, once again, it was NOT my fault that I got hit with the overdraft charges.)|
Good news - we ARE getting bonuses this year; they're the same as last year. Praise God for it! I've got plans for it....most of it will be spent on the kids. I get to buy me a basket kit (5 baskets, 1 price - nice!) and some yarn. The rest - what little there will be after tithing and kids - will SIT in my account to try and prevent any problems. :big sigh:
Been busy with the needles lately - I finished my cowl yesterday, and started a pair of fingerless mitts this AM. Photos on my Ravelry page (fiber-addict; I need to make sure everything is set to open access) - I don't wanna spam people here. :lol: (Truth: The photos are on my iPad, and LJ won't upload from it - or if they will, it's not intuitive. Ravelry makes it *easy*.)
It's "warm" - 45* right now - and Raining. Huzzah! We NEED rain so badly!
Hope y'all have a Shabbat Shalom!
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Spent yesterday quietly freaking out - seems the Orthodontist accidentally ran Himself's downpayment thru 2x. Which, of course, caused all sorts of problems with my bank. :sigh:|
See, I get paid 1x/month. I have everything budgeted and scheduled - I end payday with $50 (sometimes more, but always at least $50) to last the rest of the month, which, since I budget so tightly works fine for me. Except when someone takes $200 out that I wasn't expecting. :sigh:
After numerous phone calls (I actually held it together during them - thank the knitting for that!), they agreed to refund the $200. We're still "discussing" the overdraft charges ($134 worth. :OUCH!:)....I really hope they do the right thing. It's not my fault that I was assessed the charges, it was because of their error...but we'll see.
Meanwhile, I knit. And knit. Auntie's mitts are *done*, SG's Balmoral is fulled and blocking (he knows about it; I had to have him try it on. Sure enough, I had to full it a bit more.), and I am in the midst of a beautiful cowl for me. I have a pair of mitts for me, a pair of mitts for Herself, a pair of gloves for SG and for Himself, and a Balmoral for Himself in the queue.....those'll keep me busy for a while.
Chloe is a dream puppy. So far, no destruction (other than muddy paw prints). She likes to take stuff outside, but - so far! - she hasn't eaten them. She likes to get into the trash...so the can now lives on the counter. She's a total love-bug - which Himself needed. I think he chose (well, he was chosen!) a good dog.
Guess I should get back to knitting. School starts soon......photos later. :lol:
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but "warming up". Or so they claim. 33* right now - it's *supposed* to get to 36* today. We'll see....|
I'm almost done with mitt #1 for Auntie. This set seems to go FAST. Hope so - I want to knit me a cowl to keep my neck and face warm. I have the yarn and the pattern...just need to sit down and knit it.
I'm fulling SG's Balmoral bonnet. 1 complete trip thru the wash wasn't quite enough...I'll keep checking it this trip. Don't want to over-full it.
Not much else going on. Just trying to stay warm. And busy. :lol:
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37* for the high today. :brrrrrr: Yes, it gets cold here every year. THIS year, however, it's here early. I really don't wanna think about what this means for the rest of Winter....|
Chloe has completely housebroken herself. Thursday she was free all night....NO piddles, puddles, or bombs At All. :huzzah!: She's a smart cookie.....pretty much. :lol:
Stealth project: the knitting part is DONE, I just need to full it. (Fulling and Felting are the same thing; Fulling is when it's done on purpose, and Felting is when it's an oops. :lol:) That's on the agenda for tomorrow, provided SG goes into the office.
Knitting: Working on Auntie's fingerless mitts. She tried a pair of mine on Thursday, and they fit, so we're good to go.
We got complemented on our hats today at Gamestop.....I had an idea for another chu'llo. Um. 1) Game-related motifs and 2) Star Wars. I just so happen to have a collection of Star Wars charts....methinks I need to get another yarn order ready. :rofl: I'll put them in the queue.
Spent some time today filling in my Lesson Plans - we finished Vol. 1 of All American History, and Vol. 1 of Writing with Skill. Today I filled in Vol. 2 of both.....at some point this week I need to fill in Torah Class Leviticus - not that we are anywhere *near* finishing Exodus, but..why not? Go ahead and get it set up, then it's open and go the rest of the year.
Sewing: I made Tigger a sweater - only it looks like a pajama top, so it's her "jammies". We had to run out to pick up some velcro - I braved the frozen studio and attached it today. She's SO cute in it! And she seems to love it - she's all curled up on the couch; not even trying to shimmy out of it or anything. I need to make Kenzie some sort of blanket - she's shivering now, too. (It's 32* outside - I don't blame her!)
SG cut firewood today, so we're good for another few days of cold. Not that I want more days of cold...but we're ready. The Scottish Wheel is set up in the Living room - it was nice to sit in front of the fire spinning yesterday! I need to schedule more spinning time....I need a few more oven mitts and I have a lot of nasty wool that'll suit.
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It's COLD outside today! Freezing rain/sleet, icy roads - we're all snuggled up inside today by the wood stove. Lost power for about an hour this AM - but we've got enough woolies that we were OK.|
Want to share some photos with you - I made an oven mitt! :lol: Here it is pre-fulled:
And here it is after 4 trips thru the washer and 2 thru the dryer:
It shrank quite a bit! The yarn is handspun "clown spore" that a friend of mine dyed and carded for me for demos; I wasn't sure *what* to do with it, because...well, it's LOUD. It makes a very lovely oven mitt! I've plans for a couple more, and I'll probably be making some for presents, too.
I'm on the decreases of the Stealth Knitting Project (aka "Husband's Balmoral Bonnet"); so far he hasn't asked what it is I'm working on. I'm hoping to finish it by Sunday so I can full it Monday while he's gone....:fingers crossed:
Hope y'all all have a peaceful (and WARM!) Shabbat! I've got chili in the crock pot, and will be making a pan of cornbread soon......:mmmmmmm:
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|» Achy breaky teeth....|
well, not really. Achy, yes - but not breaky. Although Himself says they FEEL like they are breaking. :sympathetic grin: Poor kid - I didn't think; I scheduled his cleaning right before his installation....he had to keep his mouth open for 2.5 hours. |
And...the dentist discovered that he has some baby tooth roots that never got reabsorbed; those have to be extracted. They wanted to do it yesterday (and fill the 3 small cavities), but the ortho said to wait until NEXT visit - the blood would have interfered with the cement. So...next visit will be kinda bad, too. :poor kid: At least that's ALL he has to have done; after next visit they'll all be "normal".
Chloe is....weird. By yesterday lunch, she was pretty much housebroken. I shut her up in our bathroom while we were gone; she was fine....until SG got home. Then she started piddling again.
And this AM, she poo'd AND piddled. 2x. In front of SG. :sigh: She's currently locked outside - in the COLD - because, well, she looked straight at me as she squatted. :bangs head: She's smart, so she'll figure it out, but Oi! She's got a large bladder on her! Good thing she's cute and soft and fluffy, though! :lol:
Not much else going on. I'm working on a "stealth knit" - a Scottish Balmoral Bonnet for SG. He has no clue...and I'm trying to keep it a secret. It's his birthday present. :lol: Next up are the fingerless mitts for his aunt, then I get another pair, then Herself wants the "lobster" mitts from SpillyJane...and Himself and SG have both requested gloves. So, my knitting queue is full up for a bit. I love every minute of it! :lol: I'm glad I discovered Jimmy Beans wool - they're inexpensive, fast, and friendly. Even if my last order did go from NV to NJ to TX. (guess it wanted the grand tour?)
Today we take Auntie shopping, so I guess I need to get with the program. It's 34* here now - supposed to be icy and nasty tonight....:brrrrrrrr:
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|» Pictures! And an update...|
OK, I told y'all about the Heritage Homestead Fair this weekend. Here's some photos of our handiwork:|
Himself did the blue one, I did the green one, and SG and Herself each did 2 of the white tapers.
Mine is green and purple; Herself's is blue and brown. These were fun, and actually easy to weave!
Then I bought a kit....
It's a bit wonky, and it's not as tall as it should be (well, let me rephrase that. It IS as tall, but not as many rows. I need to work on my packing-in skills. And my tension.) Still, it's a basket, and it's perfect for holding yarn. :grin:
And then......hold on, let me set the stage. Monday I went and got my Jeep inspected. I was a little leery - I JUST paid it off, so I kinda expected it to fail. It passed...but the driver's side window FELL. :sigh: Monday evening Himself managed to pull it back up, so I called it good.
Yesterday was office day. Left at 6; the window was up. Got on the freeway and the window started to fall. :sigh: It was 46* - TOO cold! I pulled off, but couldn't get it back up. It only fell to the halfway point, and there it stayed while I was at the office. SG took off at lunch....sent me a quick link, then went to pick up Snips. :sob:
Um. The link.....the local-to-us Animal Shelter had 11 Blue Heeler X puppies available. And...it's close to the Firestone we were taking my Jeep to. :oh no!:
I ran home, got the kids, and headed to Firestone. Then we all piled into SG's car and headed out...to the Shelter. (Before anyone says anything, SG and I had discussed a new dog. We both agreed it would be a shelter pet, we wouldn't rush it, but we were open to the idea. Snips left a HUGE hole, and we felt like we did need to fill it....at some point)
The shelter is small...but they had about 50 dogs. The puppies SG were interested in (SO CUTE!!!!!) were in isolation - they had gotten a cold, so no adoption of them. But.....
We looked at all the dogs. Himself was told HE could choose - IF he wanted. There were 2 catahoulas there, but they were very very shy. A dobie...but not really friendly. And puppies....oy. A TON of cute li'l fuzz balls...but Himself wasn't interested. Until he saw 2 black dogs in separate pens. A black female "Swiss Mountain Dog" (my ass - lab cross, maybe.) and a black male lab. The female was let out first - she made a beeline for Himself, knocked him over, and proceeded to lick his face while holding him in a bear hug. :snicker: We put her up, and got out the male.
Who proceeded to ignore us. He ran to the end of the room, marked both sides of the door, and proudly told all the other dogs that HE was out, and they were not.
So. Guess who came home with us?
Meet "Chloe". She's about 4 months old (maybe), very sweet, and very very soft. Hard to photograph - she's SO black it's not funny. She's figured out the pet door, but isn't sure about WHY it's there. (She's a puddle-hound. I didn't know a puppy could have such a large bladder! :lol:) She's all paws and tail right now - and Himself is just all over excited about her. She fit his "requirements" - she's sweet, she's (pretty much) fluffy, and playful.
We take her back in February to get spayed, and the Shelter has a trainer that offers 6 weeks of free training to every adopted dog. I'll be calling her today.....Chloe is sweet, but Himself needs to train her (and we'll use the training on the other dogs, too. Win/Win.)
She was quiet last night - no whining, no destruction...just a lot of bombs and puddles. :sigh: Ah, well - this too shall pass. And we'll have a nice dog at the end of it all.
Today Himself gets his braces......the dog will help with that. :lol:
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|» Busy weekend....|
Moreso than usual. But first, thank you for your sympathy. Snips was...well, she was the benevolent canine dictator that ruled the farm with an iron paw. We know this - now! - because the other dogs have just gone to pot without her - Bree was ON THE BED yesterday afternoon. :shakes head: This NEVER would have happened before, because Snips RULED the bed. :weak snicker: And both Kenzie and Bree are trying to sneak up on the leather couches......:sigh:|
Anyway....on the way home Thursday evening/Friday morning, SG and I discussed our weekend plans. We had planned for about 6 weeks to go to the Heritage Homestead Fair, and we decided we needed to go. I'm glad we did - we all had fun!
Confession: when SG first sent me the link, I was all dubious - I mean, why go? Why go spend money on stuff we already do, now? He wanted to do the Beekeeping and Woodworking seminars, so I poured over the craft list and decided that I wanted to learn to make a basket, so....sure, let's go. (That sounds odd, but I have 2 kids that don't mix well with others, and this is kind of off the radar as far as they go. IF I could find stuff they'd be interested in, as well as me, we'd be OK. By playing up the "but *I* want to learn basketmaking!", I could get them to look at stuff, too.)
So, we went. I packed my knitting (of course- I never leave home without it); but I packed the sweater instead of a sock. 2-needles don't draw as much attention as 4, and I didn't want to take away from the classes. We had a blast - Herself and I made small baskets, Himself and Herself made salt-water taffy, we all made candles, and SG got to see his seminars. (I do have pictures, but haven't uploaded them yet. I'll do that later!)
I ended up buying a Market Basket kit (4.5 hours of semi-fun; I have a basket! It's wonky, and kinda....slope-y on top, but it's usable and *I* made it!) and a felted oven mitt (which led to an "Ah-HA!" moment; I have a policy of not buying stuff I can make better.....and Tigger has eaten most of my potholders. I burned myself Thursday, and had decided to just go out and buy cheap oven mitts....then I saw this. Doh! I have TONS of lumpy-bumpy demo yarn....I can easily knit an oversized mitt and felt it down. I never thought of it myself.....:smacks head:). Herself wants to find more basket kits to do, and Himself is slightly intrigued by the thought of making taffy here at home.
It was fun, and just what we needed. We had thought we'd spend a few hours there....8 hours later we had to drag ourselves away. Most of the stuff wasn't of interest - we already milk goats, make soap, make cheese, knit, spin, weave.....but it was fun to get away. SG wants to take classes on woodworking...they're a little pricey, but hey - why not?
There was a few funny moments - the "gatekeeper" at the basket-making table was very......frown-y at my knitting. Look, we got there and there was no spot for us, so we had to wait. I pulled out the sweater - I prefer to DO something productive instead of just standing around, bored - and started working on it. Herself made a few comments ("Gee, mom - you should go stand next to the knitting class! You could inspire them!" "Um, no - that wouldn't be very nice. They are doing a good job of getting them started - I don't want to distract them/draw attention to me, y'know?" and "Mom - you should have brought your spindle!" (there was a drop spindle class next to the knitting one). Sigh - I'm still working on her social skills....) which REALLY got the lady frown-y...:sigh: And then she got a little...touchy when the 2 of us sat down, got a quick "This is how you start!" from the 13-year old "teacher", and ran with it. The gift baskets we made are pretty simple - 6 rows of plain weave (over1/under1) then you do the rim. EASY. Only, apparently not - the 2 ladies sitting next to me had NO clue - they had started before we got there, but we finished before them. Apparently it's hard to remember to go OVER 1 reed, then UNDER the next one, and to start/stop in a different spot each row. :bangs head:
Ah, well - we both now know the basics, and my Market basket wasn't that difficult (once I got past the first 3 rows of the sides, anyway.) I just need to work on my tension - once the sides were standing on their own I started to tighten my tension, so my basket kinda narrows at the top. No biggie - but not what it's supposed to do. :lol: And I need to work on my packing in skills - like I said, the top is sorta......slope-y. :rofl: Still - it'll hold yarn, which was the purpose, and it filled 4.5 hours of my time. Not too bad!
Today, I'll be working on an oven mitt (or 2.) I think I've found something to put in the closet for NEXT year's presents....:lol: Everyone needs oven mitts - and I have found a use for otherwise too-ugly-to-use yarn. :snicker: Felting hides a lot of sins......I just have to get over my "No! NO hot water near the woolies!" reaction. (Felting is *bad* - it shrinks socks/mittens/sweaters and makes them unwearable. However, for hot pads you WANT to felt it down so that it insulates you. I just never thought about doing this before....)
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|» RIP Snips|
We had to say goodbye at the Vet Hospital last night at 11:43. Yesterday was a bad day - she didn't get off the couch at all, and didn't respond to anything. Not even people coming over got a response. She had another seizure at 10:15, and SG said enough was enough.|
Even though the Vet said we made the right decision, it hurts.
Himself doesn't know yet...not looking forward to this morning.
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|» :aargle bargle.....:|
So. Today was not only my monthly grocery-run (stop and think about this a minute....I only hit the grocery store 1x/month. Now think about today....) it was also get ready for Thanksgivukkah....and the stores were PACKED.|
Granted. We left the house at 6:30 AM to hit Wally-world (the goats were not happy with us, but I predicted the crowds.) The crowds - when we arrived - weren't bad. When we left (at 8:30) the store was already packed. :sigh:
It took 2 grocery carts. BUT! Thanks to the kids and their bargain-hunting fu, we came in at only $77 OVER my max budget!!!! (Normally we're at $150 Under, but I budget high so that we have "free" money when we're done.) Not too bad, considering that not only did I do my usual shopping, I had to add turkey-day and it's fix in's AND Hanukkah and all the fried stuff. And oil. Oi, the oil! :lol:
Then we hit the meat locker, ran home to unload, then headed back out to hit the craft stores. :whew: Then home, to pack up some boxes, and out again to the Post Office (THANK YOU!!! Yes, YOU!!! :wink:) and - finally! - home to start the prep.
We're headed out to dinner, then I get to chop up the bird (part is going in the crock pot, for those who don't really relish deep-fried turkey) and make the fudge and peanut-butter pie. Tomorrow is the big day.....I have the bread ready for the stuffing, and everything else laid out (mashed 'taters, green bean casserole, dinner rolls, cheddar cheese biscuits, pecan pie, apple pie, salad and...I know I forgot something, but....oh, yeah - sugar cookies.)
So. Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah - Happy Hanukkah! Let your light shine tonight, and for the next 7!
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