Sunday, June 18, 2017

Week 25 - Single Digit Countdown

Yes folks, we are down to a single digit countdown.  Only 9 days till my knee replacement surgery. I can hardly wait.  I had my pre-surgery admissions workup earlier this week.  Everything is a GO!  The Nurse Practitioner told me that the pain from a knee replacement is quite high. I told her that the pain not having the knee replaced is quite high and is constant.  The pain from the replacement surgery is only temporary...I can hold out on the temporary if I know that the pain will go away.  Not having it will only result in more pain.  I go into the hospital early on the 27th of June and will probably go home late on the 29th.  From there it's all good!

We  bought a cow!  Well, really we bought a cow that we originally owned.  Garnet is the first offspring of our Ruby (Ruby went to live out her life somewhere else about 4 years ago).  When Garnet was first born, we gave her to our neighbors as a thank you for letting us keep our cows on their property while we were putting up fences.  That neighbor has had her for 12 years now. He recently decided to go with a different breed of cow and we offered to buy her.  Last week we officially bought Garnet back and she is now at Sex Camp for the next couple of months.  Garnet is the black cow in this picture.  The brown cow next to her is her daughter, Aggie.  Aggie is going to Freezer Camp next month.  And sometime in the Fall, our neighbor is getting some Dexter cows.  

Garnet produces some really nice looking calves...And being only 12 years old, she has another 8 or so years of breeding left in her.  That would be about 4 more calves....


Currently the only cow we have at our place is Beast.  He belong to our son. Beast is scheduled to go to Freezer Camp on September 1st.  The other cows, Rosie and Belle are at Sex Camp till mid-August.  Hopefully, when we get the girls back. they will all be pregnant and we will have new calves in about 9 months.  

It's overcast with periodic rain this weekend.  Just the kind of weather I like.  The humidity is a bit high, and I don't like that much.  But we need to rain and it's perfect for bringing up the water table.  We depend on a well for water so rain is a good thing, not only for keeping the well going, but for making grass for the cows.  

Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Week 24 - Our Summer is Beginning

It seems that our summer is beginning here in the Ozarks.  The temps are getting more and more toward normal, as well as the humidity rising.  By normal temps, I mean it is getting hotter and hotter every day.  Thank goodness we got the air conditioner replaced last week...it would have been miserable this week if not for the a/c.

I was telling mom the other day that I counted how many sock pairs I have in progression right now and I was horrified to know that I have 6 pairs of socks on the needles....SIX!  I've never had that many pairs in the works...ever.  I can say I've had 2 pairs, but not 6.  I made the decision right then to work diligently to get those 6 pairs done, ASAP!  It would be great if I could get them done before I go into the hospital for my knee surgery - that's a little over 2 weeks away.  And most of the pairs already have one sock done.  So it's doable...I want to take a mindless pair of socks and a mindless shawl to knit while I'm in the hospital.  Wish me luck!

Row by Row starts on the 21st of June and goes thru September 7th this year.  I must say, there aren't a lot of rows that are calling to me this year.  That's probably a good thing.  I've not worked a lot on all the ones I have from 2014, 2015, and 2016 and it would be a shame to add to the already huge pile of UFO's. 

 I leave you with this cute picture of a kitty sitting pretty!
Gilligan always makes me smile!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Week 23 - a Short Post

This post will be short and sweet...we are having major computer modem issues and the new modem will be arriving on Tuesday...until then, it is hit or miss on getting an internet connection. While I have internet right now, I'm going to post really quickly before it goes down again.

The biggest news I have to share is that I am have my right knee replaced on June 27th!  I a so excited about this...really I am.  The pain and uncertainty of the knee holding me up has been going on for many years and I finally decided not to put up with the pain or that fact that I've been taking narcotic pain relievers for several months now...time to do something about it.  My surgeon is wonderful and he didn't even hesitate when I told him I thought it was time to replace it.  He never even recommended therapy or shots or anything...went straight to a new knee.  Our military insurance approved it right away and I can't be happier.  So mark your calendars for June 27th and pray for the medicos to all have a good night's sleep, be in the best of health themselves, and that there are no tornadoes shutting down the hospital while I'm there.  Me?  I don't need any prayers - I'll sleep thru the whole thing!  A total of 3 days in the hospital and I will be going home.  

We've had quite a bit of clouds and rain this past week...really good for the grass we grow for the cows but not so much for mowing or driving on the flooded roads.  Our grass is incredibly green (and wet)  and John took 2 days last weekend to mow the 3 acres that surround the house.  The rest of the 10 acres is grassland for the cows.  

Our air conditioner sprung a leak and we are having to get a new one - tomorrow!  They say "if it's not one thing, it's another" and this week that saying sure has proved true.  Air conditioner, internet modem, knee....I think that's enough, don't you?  

On the off chance I'm going to lose internet connection soon, I'm going to leave you till next week.  Know that we appreciate you coming to read this little nonsense and love hearing your comments.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Week 20, 21, 22 - Utah Vacation

You've no doubt noticed me missing the past few weeks...there's a really good reason;

Mom, John and I recently spent a wonderful 10 days in Utah with John III and his Jill and the 5 grands.  It was magical and manic, to say the least.  With 5 kids, all going in different directions at the same time, I'm not totally sure how our Jill does it all; but she does.  There were dance lessons and piano lessons and rehearsals for a piano recital and rehearsals for a dance recital and a 4th grade opera and a 1st grade friendship program.  Add to that taking her inlaws around to the various places we wanted to see - and eat - and it's a wonder she isn't a raving lunatic.  And she is not a lunatic, by any stretch of the imagination...she is sweet, and kind, and funny, and loving, and the best daughter-in-law we could have.  We love you, Jill!  

I took tons of pictures but here are the highlights...
 Evidently, I am not a princess - this is evidenced by the fact that I slept all night long on a Lego minifigure without knowing it...
 Beautiful snowy mountains to the east of our kids' home.
 Mothers' Day brought sun and warmth...and bathing beauties galore.
 A visit to the state capitol building and a tour by our son, a State Legislator.
 Snow - in May!  I need say no more!
 4th Grade Opera, written and produced entirely by the students...I was impressed! That's W in the white poncho.
 1st grade Friendship program.  Our H is in the middle of the top row.
 C in one of her costumes for the recital..She's growing to be such an amazing performer. 
 Bear Bear in her costume for the recital.  I loved her performance!  She's following in her big sisters' footsteps!
  A girl (or rather, Girls) needs plenty of space for nail polishes...this is their bathroom.  
 Bear Bear and Nana Bette playing...I love watching them together.
 H turned 7 while we were there...so much fun!
It's never a trip to Utah without a stop at Jamba Juice...we don't have them here and nothing seems to compare.  This is my Mango Jamba....my favorite.

I seem to take pictures of the grands a not of Jill or John or anything that the adults did...we went to a wonderful theater performance of To Kill a Mockingbird.  The Hale Theater in Salt Lake City is perfection!  I've never seen anything there that I hated.  

Mothers' Day found flowers on all the ladies' dressers (even the littles got flowers from John III!) and a wonderful feast of  BBQ;s Tri-Tip, salad, cornbread, and roasted veggies.  We went along with Jill down south to pick up hanging flower baskets for her porches.  They are magnificent.  John helped young John put up hanging lights on the patio and then they spent an entire afternoon sawing and sanding boards to make a patio sectional.  I love that they get to spend so much time working on projects together.  
Once we got home, it was laundry and rest up for the coming week.  Our life is so quiet compared to the family in Utah that it took almost the entire week for us to get back to normal (our normal, that is).

Thank you for stopping by. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Week 19 - Amazing Medicine

Short and sweet?  Here it is: Medicine today is amazing.  You can have a heart that is only working at 20% efficiency, take a team of doctors who are good at their jobs, a hospital that has the facilities to perform procedures like stopping the heart and starting it all over again, and a little thing like a Life Vest that contains a defibrillator in case that heart were to stop suddenly.  Then add in about 2 months' time.  Add them all together and at the end of that 2 months what do you have?  Don't guess, I'll tell you.  You have a heart that is working at a miraculous 48%.  Some might say that's not enough...but the heart muscle in question only works at 50% when it's at optimum.  And that, folks, is why we are celebrating here at Pieceful Harbor!  Mr. Wonderful is no longer required to wear an electronic life vest, nor is he carrying around a 3 pound 'brick' attached to his waist.  I no longer sleep lightly, waking to make sure I can hear him breathing on the other side of the bed.  His heart has repaired itself to a level that have his team of doctors heaving a sigh of relief, I'm sure. 

Anything else I might tell you this week palls, really, doesn't it?  So I will leave you with this beautiful picture of a Red Peony that we planted last spring in the hopes that it would bloom this year....Huzzah!
 Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Week 18 - Mother Nature Has a Tantrum

This past week has been one to try the patience of a saintlier person than I am...I was pretty good, I will admit, though.

It started last weekend.  Rain and more rain all weekend long. Great for the aquifir, wonderful for the farmers.  Not so much for drivers who just want to get to work and home again.  Last week's total rainfall was, well, nothing compared to what we got since Thursday.  

I'll paint you a picture of life in the Ozarks this past 4 days - Thursday was the beginning of a storm the weather readers talked about all week. With dire warnings of water, water, and more water, 'turn-around-don't-drown' became the catchphrase on every TV channel.  John drives the interstate to/from work each day so there is slim chance of flooding there.  I drive from home to work 6 miles each way and there is rarely (I won't say never cause we've only lived here 13 years and I don't know about what came before we moved here) any flooding along the direct route I drive.  Our house sits high enough that flooding is just not an everyday factor we need to take into account.  Given all that, we still pay attention to the weather reports and predictions and make sure we have enough groceries, gas,  and reading materials so we don't even need to go into town if the rains get heavy.  And BOY, did the rains get heavy!  From Thursday early morning to noon today, we had a total of 9.11 inches of rain fall right here!  The town of West Plains in southeast Missouri is almost totally under water and the city officials had to turn off the power to the entire city because one of the power stations was threatened.  Branson is in a state of emergency with flooding from Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo increasing because the Table Rock Dam is having to release water at an alarming rate of 4.5 million gallons per minute - that's enough to fill 8 Olympic-sized swimming pools every single minute!  Schools are even being closed because buses can't get to the bus stops to pick up the kids...  That's the power of water, folks.  Here is a photo our neighbor sent us of the creek that runs just behind his house.
That's some fast water!

Sunday, today, we saw a strange phenomenon in the sky - 
A golden orb that pushed thru the clouds several times before it managed to break the clouds' hold on each other.  The orb warmed the air, and brought light and beauty back to the Ozarks.

 Our grove off the back deck facing north.  Green and clean.
Facing west. Clouds moving out.  

Now the cleanup begins for those areas hardest hit by the flooding.  Our Governor has declared Missouri a disaster area so there should be some help coming for those folks needing it.  The only 'damage' we got was a lot of water in the crawlspace under the house.  This is a bit misleading cause for most of the area of the crawlspace, John can stand upright...but there's a lot of water collecting under the house and the little sump pump John uses is working it's little motor so hard!  It will be hours and more hours before it gets most of the water pumped out.  

On a happier note, I was able to finish a pair of socks that were part of Sock Madness...they were the Qualifying pair and I was only able to get one sock done in the time allowed...that got me a place on Team Cheerleader and guaranteed that I get each pattern as it's released to the folks who are still competing.  I vowed to finish the pair, even if I wasn't going to be working toward going on to the next round.  This past week, I finally completed those socks...I give you Twisted Madness in Hedgehog Fibres yarn colorway Villain.
My mannequin feet won't stand up on their own - hence the coffee can in the background.  Not a great picture, but at least you can see them done.\

Our son and his wife won a trip to Puerto Vallarta thru his work and they went last week.  Big John sent Young John a text telling him the when he(Big John) was in PV many years ago, he had carved his initials in the sand...he asked Young John and his Jill to look for them while they were there.  On Saturday morning, we got this...
Yes, they were walking along the beach on their last day in Puerto Vallarta and the surf pulled back and revealed the initials "JK"...A Miracle!!! 

On that note, we hope you have a smile on your case, and we wish you a wonderful week until we meet again,
Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Week 17 - Welcome Rain

This week went by so quickly.  It's hard to remember what made it special.  I think mostly it was the rain.  We had quite a bit of rain - around 3 inches total - and all the trees and flowers and roads are washed so clean and bright.  This is the view off the back deck...
I love this time in the Ozarks.  The greens are so
green and the blues are so blue.


The trees are budding and winter is just a memory. 















Even the barn seems to be brighter and happier.


John moved the cows from the lower field to the upper field during the week and now they are back in the lower field.  It's almost as though they can tell time - about 6 o'clock every evening they line up facing the house, waiting for John to come down and feed them...


Little Beggars!  That's Rosie in the far left behind Beast.  And Belle is the one in the front (right) Rosie and Belle will be going to a friend's farm to be bred soon( a friend of ours calls it Sex Camp for Cows)... and Beast is going to Freezer Camp this summer, then he's going to Utah.  Mmmm, Mmmmm, Good!

John is working on finishing some small repairs to a wall in our master bedroom suite and then, and THEN, we get paint.  Finally, after 13 years, the bedroom will be painted and perhaps we can call it finished. Now to agree on the color scheme...once the painting is done. we can move the TV and bookshelves in there and maybe a couple of easy chairs...a real sitting room!  I'm so excited. 

Well, folks, that's about all for this week.  Rains and beautiful trees and flowers and cows...yep, that's the way we roll.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Week 16 - Easter

Happy Easter to you all...while I'd like to say that we started the day with a sunrise service and then breakfast with our family and a day of egg hunts and family togetherness, but it just doesn't happen that way around here.  Anyone who knows me knows that sunrise is not a time of day that I understand....I am not now, nor have I ever been, and probably never will be a morning person.  And we haven't been to church in over 10 years - the one and only Catholic church in our little town is just not a very welcoming one and we haven't felt a need to find somewhere else to go.  No egg hunts here, since we don't have any small children to entertain, and family togetherness isn't practiced here.  We DID, however, have breakfast together. Waffles and sausage patties made from our own pork along with homemade syrup.  With a cup of freshly ground coffee and you have a wonderful Sunday morning breakfast.   

I wasn't feeling up to par so I went back to bed - woke up quite refreshed at 2 in the afternoon!  Something I rarely do but evidently I needed the rest. And then on to regular Sunday chores - laundry and the blog.  I also made a Key Lime Pie and a Lemon cake with lemon frosting for after dinner tonight.  

John spent most of the afternoon over at a neighbor's house, helping them to look for the neighbor's dog...Bella is a 4-year-old German Shepherd and she never goes missing!  They spent over 3 hours looking for her, asking neighbors if they'd seen her, calling and driving around.   No luck!  Hopefully, someone picked her up and will try to locate her home - she wears a rabies collar tag and is chipped so any veterinarian could find out where she belongs. Will update next week.

Mr. Wonderful had an extra day off this week for the Good Friday holiday.  He used it to install 2 ceiling fans on the front porch - something we've talked about doing since we moved in 13 years ago.


He did a great job of it, didn't he?  Now we can sit on the front porch of an evening and not have bugs flying around our heads!

Well, folks, nothing much else to tell you.  Until next time, 
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week 15 - Sky and Clouds and Weather

So this past week was a mixture of clouds and rain and extreme weather - in other words, The Usual here in the Ozarks during early Spring. 

It's not unusual for TV shows to be interrupted for storm updates.  Nor is it usual to see the following in the Spring here in the Ozarks. If you embiggen the photo, you can see Seymour.  That town is about 15 miles south and east of us.  This was the other evening.  No severe weather came our way - we're pretty lucky that way.

Most of the pretty days are, well, truly pretty.  Here is what I drove home to the other day.
Big, fluffy clouds in a crystal blue sky.  Green grass and budding trees.  Truly gorgeous!

And another.
I've always been enchanted by clouds....they are white and fluffy and gray and black and menacing and everything in between.  And I never get tired of seeing them in the sky.  

Have spent the last few days working on projects that need finishing.  Socks that need a mate to the first one, a doll sweater, a block of the month that I started with the best intentions of doing each block during the month it came out and yesterday I finished all the hand-work on the January block!  Yes, I'm a bit behind on that one.  I also worked up the block from my local quilt shop that I do each year - May's block is done, as well as being caught up on all the ones for this year in a different color way...yes, I'm an overachiever!  

I'm off to finish the laundry.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Week 14 - Thankfulness

Thankfulness....I've been thinking about this word all week.  Is one only thankful during the 3rd week of November?  That seems to the time when we concentrate on being thankful.  Are we only full of thanks then, or can we be full of thanks at other times?  This week, I was reminded that one can be thankful anytime...any time we have something to be thankful for and take the time to recognize it.  That being said, I am so thankful this week.  Here's why:


Mr. Wonderful had another procedure on his heart on Wednesday.  I haven't gone into a lot of details about his health challenges but suffice to say, he has been dealing with some cardiac issues since he first went to Utah and began work there.  He caught pneumonia in the course of his work and his heart was compromised as a result.  Thankfully, he was put in contact with a group of doctors who worked diligently to help him and his heart recover...when he came home 2 years ago, our amazing general practitioner connected him to another wonderful group of cardiology doctors...thru the course of several procedures, his various problems have been discovered and addressed.  While he is not 100% healed, he is certainly on the right road to recovery.  And here is where my thankfulness comes in...not once has Mr. Wonderful presented any symptoms...NOT ONCE!  If certain tests had not been ordered (they were looking for other things and making sure they dotted i's and crossed t's), they would not have discovered his conditions.  It has been a matter of providence that the medical folks in charge of his care have looked, seen, and understood how to treat him.  He still has some challenges but I have confidence in his team to watch his back (and his heart).  Can anyone not understand why I am so thankful?

I sometimes come upon a picture that just tickles me, for no reason at all.  Here's one to make you smile...I dare you not to smile! This is how new airplanes happen.


I belong to an online community thru Ravelry.com.  It's made up of millions of folks throughout the world who are knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners...they are divided into "groups" of folks who share common interests -  a love of Dancing with the Stars, PenPals, American Girls Dolls - honestly, if you have an interest, there's a group for you.  While the primary interest we all share is fibre arts, we break down into smaller groups.  I belong to several groups (28 of them actually) although I'm not 'active' in all of them. If you are a member or want to be a member, it's free to sign up.  And I can be found as IIIMOM if you look under People.  One such group is a Wee Tiny Fairytale and Folklore group.  Each quarter the moderators (I'm one of the 3 moderators) choose a fairy tale, folk tale, or legend and folks sign up to participate.  We are paired off with a partner and each of us puts together a 'care' package based on the theme.  The package must include a wee tiny sock knit or crocheted to the theme (design is up to the maker) and one other small item.  It should include a couple of other things (stickers, mini skeins, pencils, candy, etc.) This quarter I am moderating a swap base don Willy Wonka...I leave you with the following:
Paradise is all around us if we will only stop, look, and appreciate.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Week 13 - And it's finished!

Last week I showed you the finished re-hab of the pantry.  It was bare shelves and it made me so happy.  Today, I am showing you the completely reloaded pantry.  It makes me even happier.


Before:

After:
Not all the shelves are full or even used....and very little on the floor, which was one of the goals. 

We've had lots of rain this past few days...we sure did need it.  All the grasses are green, the trees and leaves are really shiny.  I think spring has actually sprung around here.

The next project on the agenda is to install ceiling fans on the front porch...that should only take less than a day since all the wiring is already done.  It's just a matter of getting the fans and installing them.  Will post pictures once that's done

Other than reloading the pantry, there hasn't been a lot going on here at Pieceful Harbor this week.  So I won't even try to fill up a page.  

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week 12 - FInally!

When John built this house back in 2003-2004, he made room for a huge pantry.  We always planned to put in permanent shelving but never could agree on the design...wire shelves, wooden shelves, glass  shelves?  Well, after lots of talks and discussions and disagreements we finally came to an understanding that wire shelving was the way to go.  John decided he was finally ready to start this project and I recommended he start with one wall and go from there.  We've used flimsy metal shelves that we bought as a stopgap when we lived in military housing in Rhode Island. (see picture #4)  He went last weekend and bought the hardware to begin the project...while I was at work on Friday he emptied the pantry (wow is that room big!). And he began to attach the standards and brackets and shelves...Here is what I came home to on Friday...

 
Yes, there was food and utensils and pots and pans everywhere, even in the foyer.

He spent all day yesterday while I worked again and all day today and this is the amazing result.
While John was and drilling and doing what men do when they have power tools to play with, Mom and I went through all the food items and pitched everything that had expired.  Then we labelled all the containers so we;d know what was in them - wheat flour, cornmeal, saltines, cereal, etc.  We are now slowly re-loading the pantry, Anything that we don't use, or haven't used in the last 5 years, is being donated to the local LDS Church for their garage sale next month, the proceeds of which go to camp scholarships. This picture makes me so darned happy!  

And now you know why I call him Mr. Wonderful....he only does quality work and I never have to worry that things are going to fall down on top of me.  

We got a donation at the library - well, that's nothing new...we get them a lot-- this week there was one particular book that had all us girls tickled.  The book was a small one,

 We learned a lot from this little gem. For example, 
Flowers sent by a secret admirer might be coated with poison. 
Or, 
Gesticulate like crazy to stop an ornery ox.
And here's another:
Never interrupt a voodoo doctor. 
Or this one:
Even with an active lifestyle, being prompt is important.
But my favorite was:
When the lights suddenly go out, hold onto your diamonds for dear life. 

Thanks for stopping by.




Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week 11 - Busy Week

This past week was quite lovely, in spite of the tornado watch/warnings on 2 different days.  

Tuesday mom and I had dentist appointments, just 1/2 yearly cleanings and no cavities for either of us. Yeah!!! We grabbed some lunch and then treated ourselves to a movie.  Several years ago I came upon a book that really impacted me.  The Shack  is one of those books that stay with you for a long time.  I bought a copy for my mom and she got several copies for friends.  And this past week, the movie they made from the book came out.  It's spectacular! I mean it's really, really good.  Spent a lot of time with tears running down my chin and left the theater with a wet collar.  We both agreed when this movie comes out on DVD, it's going to become a part of our collection.   



Both on Tuesday and Thursday nights we had tornado warnings/watches.  The weather was a perfect combination of warm ground and cold air to spawn tornadoes.  There were several all around us but, as usual, we were spared.

On Friday, we met with friends for dinner at Mangia.  We usually meet with these friends about once every 6 weeks or so...And we try to go to different restaurants. We have some favorites that we go to again and again but this time we tried something different.  Oh, golly, the food was amazing and our server, Ali, was the epitome of Good Service.  

I love Italian food and this was so yummy...everyone had something different and we all agreed that there wasn't anything that was less than stupendous!

Finally, I'm still working on the qualifying sock/s for Sock Madness.  The pattern is quite trying, to say the least and I have resigned myself to only completing one sock by the deadline this Thursday.  That will put me on the cheerleader team and will not allow me to compete but I will receive all the patterns for the competition.  And, I'm okay with that.  Some of the seasoned competitors from years past are also struggling with the pattern and will not go on to compete either.  I'll show you the finished sock once it's done.  

Got this picture earlier this week. This one was taken way back in the early 1970's...not sure exactly when.  It's my brother on his motorcycle...we were all so darned young then, weren't we?

John has been working on finishing mom's closet this weekend.  And it's now done.  Mom is tickled to have so much storage room now.

         

And she can hang her clothes a lot better now, too.  These pictures show the two closets that sit side-by-side, 

Well, I'm off to knit some more on my sock...until next time. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week 10 - In Which the Madness Begins

The annual Madness has started....Sock Madness.  Yes, folks, SM11 began on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. my time.  With the release of the pattern entitled Twisted Madness, the international sock speed-knitting contest has begun.  I downloaded the pattern and printed it out as soon as it came out but I needed to finish work before I could cast on.  Once home, the needles and yarn were put to use immediately.  I diligently knitted that evening, again on Friday once we got home from running errands, and again on Saturday and even today...I got as far as the gusset/heel and then ......then....I noticed several things.  First, the sock was never going to fit over my heel. Second, there were 3 different mistakes on each of 2 different rows on the leg, Third, I'd somehow knit row one of the pattern twice in the heel and really messed up the whole thing!  Since this pattern involves twisted stitches - a lot of twisted stitches - there was nothing I felt I could do except rip the whole thing out and start again, this time on larger needles and paying much better attention to what I was knitting.  So now, I've knit the cuff and 14 rows of the 60 rows I need on the leg before I can start the heel/gusset again.   Most of you might say, no big deal...but let's add in the fact that I lost 2+ days of knitting and I MUST get the pair done by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16th and you can probably see why I might be just a tad stressed.  I've been having a really good heart-to-heart with myself this evening and I believe I have come up with something that makes me not so stressed.  You see, the whole idea of qualifying was to get onto a team and compete...that's what I've done each of the last 10 years.  But, if I can be satisfied, this year, to only finish one sock, then I will not be put on a competition team BUT will be on Team Cheerleader and still get all the patterns. Not bad consolation, right?  All the pressure is off me now...I know I can get one sock done by the deadline....if I get another one done, so much the better.  So I'm knitting the sock correctly and not worrying about getting a pair done.

Yesterday was a lovely day here in the Ozarks, a bit chilly but sunny and bright.  John got the harrow from our neighbor and spent the morning harrowing the two fields so the cows didn't have to dodge their cowpies ....the harrow is so maneuverable that he was able to use Eyeore, our Kawasaki mule to pull it around the fields.  


Mom and I have dentist appointments on Tuesday and then we are going to see the movie The Shack.  We both loved the book and are so excited to see how Hollywood treated it.  I always saw Queen Latifah as the main character but I see that Octavia Spencer has the role.  I really enjoy her acting so I think she will do justice to the role of God.  Will report back next week how the movie measured up.

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