Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Life Just Got Busier

I don't use my cell phone for work, and I'm not much of a phone person to begin with. So naturally, my cell phone is pretty much for emergency use only, like Mitch's teacher calling me to come fetch him because he's got a boo-boo. So when it rings, it's almost always an Uh-Oh.

Today Charlie called me on my cell to tell me to come home.
"House flooded. Yarn is fine. "
Ookie Dokie.

We moved into this house ten years ago, and we chose this house because it was not in the flood zone. The last house we were renting flooded every winter. I mean, every winter. So this was the first flood in ten years. And it wasn't from the storm; it was from the washing machine, although the exact cause still remains to be a mystery. I'm just glad that it wasn't in the middle of the cold, wet winter.... Mitch was disappointed when he got home, because he was hoping to "swim in the house" after we told them about the flood.

So life got even busier. But while cleaning out the wet stuff in the garage, we tossed out a few of the remaining moving boxes (with stuff still in them!). If we didn't need them the last ten years, we'd never need them. We've finally moved in, I guess! Cleaning to be continued tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Life is Busy

I know I haven't been posting, and Designated Knitters never expected to hear that from me. I always enjoyed writing a post -- it was for me, not for anyone else, for the most part. But for the first time I just couldn't find a thing to write about.

The work has wound down significantly, but life remains busy -- the summer approaches, and it means there will be school events, like a school trip and, -- get this -- the preschool graduation! Mitch's birthday is coming up almost simultaneously with the graduation, and I have not decided what to do. Signing up for the swim lessons, scheduling trips, tidying up the guest room (a.k.a stash room) for my mom's visit -- the list grows bigger and heavier, with no progress at all. This stresses me out.

But kids always keep things in check.

Ahhh simple pleasure in life... I thought he'd just wade ankle-deep. He just sits down in the water and we didn't even have a towel! Spontaneity is something we lose as we grow old...

My Heartbeat Sweater is progressing slowly, and I'm fidgety for something new! I'm dying to spin something interesting too.

We had a great time at the last Knit Night. We were shocked to find out that this was the first time that all four of us had gotten together since last fall!!

The Japanese Indigo is finally showing some growth. I am so excited. I need to bring at least one plant to flower so I can harvest some seeds for the next year. Pictures next time.

This is a picture Mitch took on the Memorial Day weekend at Williams Soaring Center. Well done, kiddo.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hot, Hot, Hot

We are in the heat wave in Bay Area. It seems slightly better today, but this is the third day that is near or over 100 degrees. And it's still May. I really hope that it won't continue like this all summer.

Because of the heat, we are all a bit "off" today, and we are lying down in the living room and watching "Castle in the Sky" by Hayao Miyazaki. We've been watching the Miyazaki's animated movies lately, and are really enjoying them. Very magical and somehow nostalgic. Mitch loves Totoro and Princess Mononoke, but the latter is a bit bloody in my taste...

I bought this book from Amazon the other day;

Can you tell what I've been thinking about? I must say that this book was very discouraging to me. It offered so many negatives, but not many positives. I wanted to know certain "how-to"s, but they weren't there either. Maybe that's for the better?

My Heartbeat Sweater is progressing, and I'm on the front (or back; they are actually the same!). Honestly, I'm getting a bit bored...

OK, off to a little napping. I've got to rest so I'm in a good shape for the Knit Night tonight!

Friday, May 09, 2008

On Mom's Day...

1. I will not cook.

2. I will not go grocery shopping.

3. I will not check email.

4. I will knit.

(Heartbeat Sweater from Just One More Row. Does anyone know what happened to their site? I'm interested in trying other patterns from Jill Vosburg, but the site has been under construction and nothing is updated. )

5. I will enjoy the sun.

Have a great Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 04, 2008


I think about writing. Then I think how boring my posts would be. There definitely would be a grumble or two about my work. And little this-and-that about my KIPs or other fibering related things. More grumblings about my work.

In two weeks, the half of our current projects will be over. Then in about a month, the majority will be done. Then all I think about would be the six weeks of time off from work. The first week, I'll be off to the Golden Gate Fiber Institute Summer Intensive! Every chance I get, I daydream about which wheel to take, and what projects to bring. My son making me laugh at home, and thinking about the Intensive and the rest of the summer are what get me through the tough, stressful days at work right now. And they seem never-ending.

Good thing Mitch isn't at all demanding about doing things and going places on weekends. We were so beat to do anything fun this weekend, but he was just as happy to tag along to our chores. Just a tiny bit of knitting accomplished this weekend on the Just One More Row pattern. I love this pattern -- it's very simple but it doesn't look easy.