It’s one of those rare days when I’m feeling lonely, almost unbearably so. Days like these are so unsettling to me. I’m used to my own company and comfortable being alone, but being lonely is a whole other kettle of fish, and I don’t like it. The weather–in the mid-teens, gloomy, with light snow–doesn’t help, nor do two nights of very poor sleep and my relative inactivity this week.
I’m missing Mr. F, too, and you’d think after more than two years there’d be some resolution to those feelings, but there aren’t. So many regrets on this grey day.
I wish I had cheerier news to report, but this blog of mine is a record of the downs as well as the ups. I wish you a better day than mine. As for me, this too shall pass. Better days ahead.
Later on that same day: I’m just back a bit ago from my cat sitting gig. It’s been snowing all day, so I got out the shovel and cleared the drive and sidewalk for my clients, and that exercise did me a lot of good, along with the knitting I’d done earlier. Bad days pass, and I’m glad of that.
I have a dilemma. Unless I go get myself some longies, I’ll be stuck inside for the next several days as bone-chilling cold settles in. I’m thinking I’ll be getting those longies, because I need the movement, I need the fresh air, and I need those moments alone in the places that feed my soul. To hell with the weather and on with the walks! But a little common sense ought to play into this, too–it’s only 4 degrees at 11:00 a.m., and that’s just too dang cold for anyone to be out who doesn’t have to be out. It’s sunny, at least, but still–that’s mighty cold. So there’s my dilemma–get my favorite form of exercise or freeze.
The next couple of days are going to be full of celebrating. Today is my mom’s 88th birthday and we’ll be taking her out to dinner tomorrow night. My youngest niece’s birthday is next week, so it’ll be a joint celebration. Tonight is a gathering at the local yarn shop to mark the complete transfer of ownership from the original owner to the current one. Just over two years, and Michelle now owns the shop free and clear! We’ll have dinner at the deli next door, then a little shopping–and yes, I’ll break my yarn fast for the night–some knitting and laughs and a champagne toast. I suspect there’ll be a few laughs, too. It might be a cold, cold night, but it’ll be warm at the shop.
That’s my Friday–hope yours is good to you! Make it a great day, all!
I woke to single digit temps outside and I think it’ll be a struggle to get past them this afternoon, but it’s mostly sunny and that is always a good thing in my world. But it’s still freaking cold.
There won’t be a walk today. If I had longies, it might be different, but it’s just too frigid to think about it without some extra layers of warmth. There’s plenty to be done around here on the inside, so I’ll be active enough. I am wishing, however, that I’d loaded up that Gazelle (remember Tony Little and that ponytail?) that I’d seen out by the curb for a couple of weeks. Some indoor equipment might be nice. Ah well–I’ll keep my eyes peeled and something else is sure to show up sometime.
I’m not sure how it got to be Thursday already, but it is. Make it a great day, all!
. . . Lauren?
I picked up my niece earlier and took her to lunch prior to going to the park to take a few pics of A Hat for Jordan. I was hoping for some outdoorsy action shots near this rocky sculpture thing they have at this particular park, but it’s a cold, wet, windy day, and that wasn’t going to happen, so we headed to one of the picnic shelters. While the wind howled around me and I griped about the cold, Lauren gamely sat modeling the hat for me, and it looked pretty sweet on her. A tad pointier at the top than I really probably wanted, but hey, it was my first go-round with hat design, and I’m calling it a win. Anyway, Lauren liked the hat so well that it went home with her, and you can bet that made her old auntie pretty happy.
Pics, you say? Why, sure–here you go!
A Hat for Jordan, as worn by Lauren.
See? Kinda pointy. Or maybe elfin?
After I squashed it down some.
Despite whining about all that ribbing, which honestly is not something I enjoy, I do like the overall look of the hat. Next up will likely be another iteration of the pattern, with a couple of tweaks and a whole lot less ribbing, but I’ll tell you a secret–the effort was well worth it just to hear Lauren say she really liked my hat. Yay! That made my day, and I’m hoping something comes your way to make your day, too!
Sorry for the silence–I had other things to attend to, including fighting off a cold (I think I’m winning) and a nasty migraine on Sunday. And then there were plumbing issues at the house, and other stuff, and–well, you know. Life happened and the blog didn’t.
I’m happy to report that A Hat For Jordan is finished. Finally. All that ribbing really did just about kill me, but the end product looks pretty sweet. It’s had a little soak and is drying now, and tomorrow, most likely, my oldest niece and I will be doing a photo shoot, so possibly a pic or two on Thursday. Stay tuned.
Walkies have been proceeding apace (har har). And I almost, as in “I’m pretty sure it happened but I’m pretending it didn’t,” got caught with my knickers around my knees the other day. Girls do have to pee sometimes and there isn’t always a bathroom handy, so the enterprising types make do with what there is, like fallen logs and tree stumps and such. People, there was no one around when I perched on that stump. No. One. By the time I was done–and you can bet that if I’m peeing in the woods, I’m going as darn fast as I possibly can–there was another park regular in the parking lot, and he had a clear line of sight to me and my stump. Nothing for it but to act like it never happened, right? Forevermore, it never happened. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Happy Tuesday, all–make it a great day! Just be careful where you pee, okay?
It was a pretty nice holiday yesterday down at the farm. There was way too much food, there were way too many cats, and it was way too hot–what you get when half the people there are well past 80–but all in all, it was pretty relaxing. One plate of food, a bowl of assorted bean dishes, and a slice of pie did me in, and I was glad of the walk four of us took after dinner. Two miles, give or take, on a beautifully sunny day.
I’m glad of a more or less quiet day today, glad there aren’t too many leftovers, and glad that I’m again observing Buy Nothing Day. I’m not at all keen on the frenzied shopping that goes on at this time of year, or the retailers who no longer acknowledge the holiday and force their employees to work ridiculous hours this time of year. I’m so very, very glad I don’t work in retail anymore.
Wishing you all a peaceful day. Make it a great one!
Barring a miracle or the knitting fairies visiting overnight–and I suppose that might qualify as a miracle–A Hat for Jordan will not be finished by tomorrow. Eh–I’m okay with that. I do love the look of it, but giving that it’s almost all ribbing (knit three, purl three), and that it takes me half of forever to do ribbing, and I get bored with it, it’s just not going to be done by tomorrow.
I’m already planning another version of it, one with considerably less ribbing. Stay tuned.
It was another very cold start to the day–it’s currently about 14 at 10:00 a.m.–and I don’t know if there’ll be a walk today or not. I’m hoping for one but I’m none too keen on getting out when the temps are too extreme. On the plus side, there doesn’t seem to be any wind today, which certainly helps in the “feeling warmer” department. And it’s sunny, and you know I like my sun.
If you have holiday travel plans, I wish you safe journeys. Happy Wednesday, all–make it a great day!Cold