Hurricanes and stuff

I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but we had a huge miss with hurricane Florence. We had some wind and rain, and the weather has been funky for the last few days, but no damage in my immediate area. South of us is experiencing devastating flooding, west of us, too. It’s like we had a bubble over us!

I got some knitting in over the forced time being stuck inside. Working on A Turtles Journey. Look! Turtle butts!

Some errors in counting (surprise surprise!) in the tan section, which represents sand, but hey, ripples in the sand are rarely uniform, so it’s all good!

I also got the spare room painted. It was a sinfully ugly dirty mustard color. Frightening! I have some touching up to do, then the trim, but it’s a start in making this place ours.

See the color on that door? And those shelves??? The. Entire. Room! It’s looking better already!

Today I plan on touching up the walls, and maybe starting the trim, since it’s a rainy day here and yard work looks unlikely today.

I’ve also put together some stitch marker sets, made from shells I collected in Nags Head last year. Not sure what I’m going to do with them, but here they are. I think I’ll take some to our local wool shop and see if anyone is interested in testing them out. I use them, and like them, but would like other feedback.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Florence…close to you

The big news here is Hurricane florence. We are out of the direct hit zone, but still, this thing is coming in close and tight to us! Last night the girls left for Pennsylvania with my brother in law and will remain there until we give them the all clear. We, on the other hand, are staying put. We have laid in lots of supplies, food, water, dog and cat food, just about everything has been moved in and up. As of right now there are no evacuations for our town, or county.

We are in Plymouth, in Washington county, just west of the albemarle sound. I feel like we will be ok here.

In other news, I have an actual finished project!

Close to you shawl, in sea star yarn that I bought at Knitting Addiction in kitty hawk while we were down here in July looking at houses. I didn’t think I’d like this, but I really do.

We should begin to feel the effects of florence sometime tomorrow, but don’t worry, I have lots of wool! See you on the other side of this storm.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Big happenings

So, the last time I wrote I think I mentioned EJ leaving for basic training for the Army. That was back at the end of April, and, damn, it was hard those first few weeks! I cried, alot, and got next to no knitting done. Especially in those first few weeks.

The next big slap in the face came a month later when my husband lost his job unexpectedly. That sent me reeling, since he’s the one that truly supports us all. A few weeks later he decided we were going to move south, with my full support, despite it meaning I had to leave a job I love.

So, today, I write to you from Plymouth North Carolina, from our beautiful new home with two angry and lonely daughters. I’ve had a little time to pick some knitting up this past week, which makes my heavy heart happier.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Too busy…

Life has been very hectic and unbalanced for me lately. So mich busyness and so little time for myself.

About a month ago we had to put one of our horses down, which was heartbreaking. I cried for days, and then cried more for my Katie, who loved this horse more than anything. He had been injured in the fall, with infection spreading into his elbow joint. We trailered him to New Bolton equine hospital (one of the best, it’s where Barbaro was after breaking his leg), where they blasted him with antibiotics and cleared the infection. He was recovering really well, walking well, and we were planning his first easy ride. Suddenly, the limp was back, but different. The vet came out and took some x-rays; worst news ever….new bone growth was fusing the joint together and he was slowly and painfully losing all mobility in that leg. There was absolutely nothing we could do.

This is the art I commissioned for my daughter of her and Joey. He has left a huge hole, both in the barn and in my heart.

One week later this happened;

My younger son joined the army. Officially on my birthday. We had 10 days with him before he shipped out for basic training. I still can’t wrap my head around this, and miss him horribly. I’m still crying 10 times a day over him being gone, then feel so selfish, because he not chased, but caught his star. I feel such fierce pride in him, but damn, I miss him. We have always been so close, and to have no time to prepare for him being gone has left me reeling, unfocused, heartbroken. I have a message from him saying he arrived at his base safely, and I’d have a letter in a couple of weeks. I am not handling this very well at all.

The day we took him to the recruiter, the day before he shipped out, I started knitting this:

Its a simple triangle shawl, pulled from my imagination, with a simple cable spine. Just enough to keep my mind a tiny bit distracted, but not so much that o can’t comprehend what I’m doing. He left a week ago, and I’m not getting very far. Usually my knitting helps me focus, but I can’t just yet. A few rows at a time, I guess.

I’ve also joined the gym, and am going 5 times a week, mostly because I don’t think when I’m working out and plugged into my headphones. I’ve been wanting to do this for myself to awhile and finally have.

Happy day,

Shannon

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wow, I really did go ghost!

and I totally plan to rectify that! I’m not sure what, exactly, has had me so damn busy, but I was practically going past myself! Lets see, life has been busy, a flurry of dentist and doctor visits for the kids, work, as always, the dogs, stolen moments in which to knit.

October found me with a horse that received such a mighty kick that he is still recovering, after a nearly week long stay at New Bolton equine hospital. It’s a long road ahead, but he’s gone miles. Everyone else is just dandy!

I have been knitting in short little bursts, not getting much of anything accomplished. That’s ok, though, progress gained is progress! I did knit this the other day, and gifted it to a young mom for her daughter.

Super bulky yarn, size 13 needles, and just a simple sock, but biggered. I love the way it looks. these really are not great pictures. I think I spent a total of 6 hours on this (sshhhh, don’t tell, but I knit the entire thing at work, mostly on Saturday while it poured down rain all day!). Can not wait to get several different colors to make more.

That’s all I’ve got right now, folks. Life should slow down for me in the next few days and I’ll have time to visit.

happy day,

Shannon

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gone ghost

that’s right…I’ve totally gone ghost. I haven’t meant to, but sometimes life just gets stupid busy.

We had our rodeo, which was a success.

My daughter Chloe on my favorite horse, rio, during opening ceremony.

I’m doing a test knit for Dream in Color yarn. Love the yarn, the pattern isn’t so much a favorite, but everything is pretty.

Happy day,

Shannon

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*gasp* a real post!

First, my new car.  Her name is Marilyn and I live her!  She is a 2017 Hyundai accent, in classic black.  And my daughter, Katie, for her learner’s permit yesterday.  Lucky kid gets to learn how to drive in a brand new car.  


The current projects, which I have to admit are a little boring right now, and frustrating.

A worsted 10 stitch blanket.  All wool scraps, and kind of fun, except when it’s hot out.

My lightweight pullover.  Not at all boring, but damn, am I pissed.  That adorable puppy is very lucky he’s cute.  That’s all I can say without steam coming out of my ears.

The owl socks for my sister.  Yup, blame the darn puppy.  Those two are really frustrating because they have become work.  I hate untangling yarn. Hopefully he outgrows this soon.

My other project is packed in the car, as I’m going to the cabin for the day and will need some good, simple porch knitting that’s not going to sit heavy in my lap.

Happy day,

Shannon 

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