Tuesday, March 21, 2017

In Which the Bug Inches Closer to a Spinning Wheel

Not really. Nope. Not going there. But I did finally invest in a yarn winder and an Amish style yarn swift. It's all the fault of this lovely couple at my church in Xenia - they gave me two giant tubs of Irish wool yarn. As soon as the swift & winder arrived on Saturday I had to play with them (well, as soon as we booted Daddy & Sue out after dinner).

Let's back up a minute. As you recall, I decided to do a temperature scarf for our first year in North Carolina. I chose the colors from my stash of lovely Irish wool and went to town. After 11 rows, I had this:

What a mess! Why was this different than my usual yarn? That yarn comes in skeins, like so:

Ah, the temperature monster palette before I knew how much orange I would be using.
This Irish wool (and most fine yarn) comes in hanks, which have to be unwound before using.

A bit hard to work with! The yarn swift keeps the yarn in the correct shape & tension as you use the yarn winder to make your cake. The swift takes the place of a person who could (if you could get them to) stand there with the yarn draped over their arms while you wind it.

You simply thread the yarn onto the winder & the wind the crank.

And then you have a lovely mess! (Darn woolly wool.)

Oh, wait, then you have a lovely yarn cake!

Much easier to work with, and these fit into that really weird shelf in the hall that must have been made for VHS tapes (too shallow for books).

That one giant blue one is 800 yards! I just wanted to see how big I could go. The purplish color in the upper right is also 800 yards & in much more manageable cake sizes. This project, had I not made a TOTAL MESS of three of the hanks of yarn, would have taken less than two hours. As it was, Dr. M spent about two to three hours untangling one of the biggest messes, and I spent another two hours the next night on the other one.

I'm pretty excited & may go through & wind up all the yarn in the house just for fun. If you'd like to see a video of this particular set in action, go here.

Tonight I got caught up with the scarf. It's kind of unruly at the moment. I made it intentionally skinny because with 365 rows, I didn't think I wanted to add much more bulk.

I think I might be done buying things to support my obsession. Although, now that I think about it, I saw these on Etsy & I might need them...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 Project 365 – Week Eleven

I just noted that I promised pictures of the house this week. Oops. Maybe next week?
Sunday, March 12th       
I had the vague notion of getting up & going to church today, but what with the time change & staying up to read a book until 3:00 a.m. (or was it 4:00 a.m.?) I didn’t quite make it. Turns that was for the best, because we had a little bit of snow. I keep saying, “OHIO QUIT FOLLOWING ME!”

Emptied out some more boxes & corralled all of our bandages. As I said on Facebook – we’re pretty much ready for any wound situation.

Started working on the new temperature scarf, and boy did I make a MESS! This yarn is in hanks, which is different from skeins & really (really!) should be wound into cakes before trying to use it. If all of that was Greek to you, don’t worry – I’m planning a blog post this week about it. In any case, I stopped my work immediately & ordered a yarn swift & yarn winder. Crocheting will recommence once I get this yarn into some semblance of order.

Monday, March 13th           
This year’s March Madness bracket. It is already rather sad (stupid Villanova), but still makes the tournament more fun for me.

Tuesday, March 14th                            
This is really terrible – humor at about the 12 year old boy level – but I couldn’t help it. After all of the microwave spying on us kerfuffle, I read this on Andy Borowitz’s Facebook page, “Question: can you be spied on by a Hot Pocket? Asking for an idiot.” And immediately went to take a picture of this box in our freezer (Dr. M’s emergency rations). Should I be worried?  

I’ve been reading Water to Wine, by Brian Zahnd, & had to laugh at this sideways reference to Guns, Germs & Steel, a documentary I may have watched more than once as the wife of a historian.

Wednesday, March 15th                   
Turned on the TV & there was a Cincinnati Reds spring training game. Also, it was in the 20s most of the day. I’ve got my eye on you, Ohio – you just stay up there north of Kentucky, ok?

Thursday, March 16th                    
My weekly visit to the post office.

Friday, March 17th     
Worked on a new dish cloth pattern today. Frogged it about four times, and it’s still not exactly right. But I might try it again. If I do, I’ll make it much smaller – it’s about 10 inches square, which is MUCH too big for a dish cloth in my opinion.

One of the things that didn’t make the move with us was our ironing board. We ran out of room, and I iron about 3 times a year. But here I found myself ironing a tablecloth because we invited my dad & Sue over for dinner on Saturday. Ha!

Saturday, March 18th       
Dr. M stalked some birds today while I got groceries & cleaned the house.

Then later, he cooked a fabulous meal. We had a great time with Daddy & Sue, but of course I didn’t take any pictures of our lovely table or the food, or of the people. Here’s a picture of the aftermath. We had so much fun we might do it again!

Have a great week!

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Bird Man of Hog Hill

Fear not, Bug's Eye View readers, there will be no lack of birds in our new location. Dr. M put up a new feeder the other day & we're already seeing a wide variety of activity: robins, juncos, goldfinches, grackles, nuthatches, tufted titmice, chickadees, cardinals, plus the occasional squirrel. Stay tuned for better pictures once the days are warmer & we can sit outside, but for now, here's a taste.

P.S. I don't know if we actually live on Hog Hill, but it is nearby, & it's the name of my cousin's pottery place just around the corner from us.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 Project 365 – Week Ten

We are digging ourselves out from under the boxes, and next week I hope to show some pictures of the house. But things are still rather unfinished around here so I might hold off. We shall see!
Sunday, March 5th       
I finally (FINALLY!) finished the temperature monster! I was going to post a picture of the completed blanket, but we need to do it outside & the weather hasn’t cooperated (high winds, rain, SNOW, sigh).

Monday, March 6th           
My first day as a full time home office employee! I got 3,100 steps that day – obviously I need to figure out how to get more active again (it will most likely involve getting to the Gazelle that is boxed in right now – get it? Boxed in? Heh.). Anyway, the only picture I took was of a pen that fell under my desk, so instead, here is an offering from Dr. Indiana Jones.

Tuesday, March 7th                            
Miss Rita – still a blooming fool.

Wednesday, March 8th                   
The moon!

Thursday, March 9th                    
Dr. M has a new toy – self-propelled this time. Hmm – I can probably increase my activity if I steal this from him.  

My weekly trip to the post office. I do not know why I didn’t take a picture of the terribly cute post office building, but here are a few pictures from my trip.

Friday, March 10th     
You already saw most of this day’s pictures. Here’s one that didn’t make the cut – Ill Penguin watching over me as I get ready to go to sleep. Someday Ill Penguin will get stowed with the Christmas things…

Saturday, March 11th       
Nice cozy evening in front of a fire, crocheting on a WIP (work in progress) that I’ve been working on a while. Was I satisfied? Nope – I was bored…

So I dove into my stash of Irish wool that someone from church gave me & figured out yarn to use for a temperature scarf for our first year in North Carolina. It’s a sickness, ya’ll. Ha!

Have a great week!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

10 on 10

Woo hoo! I remembered to do the 10 pictures on the 10th of the month thing! It's not terribly exciting - just a (new normal) workday here at Bug Central.

1. Ready to work! It's just a little chilly in my office in the mornings - today I thought I'd drink some hot tea. I would love to say that I had bed head, but to be quite frank, I did actually brush my hair. I think maybe I need a trim?

2. Breakfast! Cheesy grits & runny eggs - yum!

3. The other day I walked into the kitchen & saw this in the window - made me smile (a lot). I had mentioned to Dr. M that I wanted to put these guys in between the double panes, but I don't really have the wing span to open the window myself. So of course Dr. M did it for me. (Note, this is a little video - we'll see if it works!)


4. Went out to get the mail. Just a bit breezy!

5. I took a walk down our road, then I wandered into the bit of woods off of the road. Next time I need to wear my hiking boots!

6. Lunch!

7. My office gets a bit warm in the afternoons - the benefit of direct sunlight in my windows. I've ordered some light blocking curtains - otherwise summer might be a bit rough!

8. Dr. M put together this etagere for my bathroom - he's pretty darned handy to have around. Note: I'm pretty sure that it was my phone that was tilting - not the etagere!

9. Good thing it's almost 5:00 - I'm getting so sleepy...

10. We watched two of the Madagascar movies - the one with the Afro Circus (hilarious!) and then this one where John Malkovich is a giant octopus. Fun Friday night in the Bug Household!

How was your day?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

2017 Project 365 – Week Nine

I’m sitting in my NC home, surrounded by boxes and trying to figure out what’s going to go where (and knowing that we’ll switch everything around at least once after living with it for a while). It’s a bit overwhelming. So instead of doing any actual work, I’m writing this post.

Sunday, February 26th      
While packing up my office I found all of these notepads. How many notepads does one family need?

Monday, February 27th           
The garage was such a blessing to us while we lived in Ohio – and we were able to fit both of our cars in there! But at this particular moment in time, it was the bane of Dr. M’s existence.  

Tuewednesday, February 28th & March 1st                             
As discussed previously, neither of us got very much sleep during these two days. They’re both a bit of a blur, and so henceforth they shall be known as Tuewednesday! I paused briefly during all the packing to take a couple of pictures.

6:00 a.m., waiting on AAA (for the 2nd time).

You’ve already seen this picture, but it bears repeating. Torrents of rain & wind. Tornado warnings. Apparently we were bringing the storm with us? (Literally – we were driving the path of the storm as it headed toward NC).

Thursday, March 2nd                    
What a difference a day makes! Dr. M had put my recliner in the carport, so I had a nice view of him working before our help arrived. My dad, Sue, and my aunt Vivian worked like troopers to help us get ALL THE THINGS into the house. Then later that night my cousin Kim & her husband Nathan helped with the last few things from my car. And brought pizza & birthday cupcakes! We were too busy for me to take a picture, but my appreciation knows no bounds.

Dr. M put the girls and friends on the deck for a while (they’re inside now because temps have been in the 20s at night).

Friday, March 3rd     
It was my birthday! And what do many folks have to do on their birthdays? Renew their licenses! Dr.  M went with me so he could go ahead & get his NC license too. He looks like a civil war soldier in his (of course). I look perplexed. I’ll share the pictures once we get the real licenses in the mail. After that ordeal, and lunch out at a very fancy burger place (I had the veggie burger), we headed home for a bit & then Daddy & Sue took me out for dinner. Afterward, Daddy showed us the proper way to eat a cupcake – ha!

After I got home, Dr. M & I enjoyed the fireplace – so nice!

Someone on Facebook commented that it looked like we had already unpacked & settled in, so I had to take this picture of the current “junk room” – still plenty of boxes left to unpack!

Saturday, March 4th       
Dr. M took some pictures of the local bird scene. I’m sorry my wordless Wednesday post confused folks – those were the last shots of our old birdbath in Ohio. We need to get a new one for here.

Dr. M also assembled our old glider & enjoyed some time sitting on the deck.

It’s still a little hard for me to believe that we’re actually here. Tomorrow is my first day of working from my new home office. Wish me luck! Hope everyone has a great week!