Sunday, May 23, 2021



I almost did not post today.  There has only been one project worked on this past week.

The shawl........................That's all I have grabbed in the past 7 days.  Completion is close.  Oh so close.  I am not sure I will be able to complete it this coming week but that is my goal.  There are 39 more pattern rows to do and then 8 rows of edging. (As usual, my math was off last week when I said I only had 63 rows left.  It was really 89! rows)  It will be close.  That would be a total of 47 rows.  I would have been further along this week but dropped several stitched in the lace section.  That required me tinking back 6 rows to capture the dropped stitches.  That took almost an entire day to tink and then reknit those rows.  

Hubby's socks sit next to me and just stare at me.  They think they have done something wrong and are in time out.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  As soon as the shawl is completed, they will be back in my hands and shown lots of love.

I got to spend part of the day Thursday with Thor.  My job was to keep him from bothering Josie while she took her AP World History test.  It is a 3.5 hour test so she needed him to be quiet and let her do her work.  The school decided to have the kids take the test online and then they did the rest of their day online too.  Otherwise, she is back to in person school full time now.

My dearest friend from Las Vegas contacted my hubby this past week to find out if there was anyway I could travel with him to Vegas the first week of June.  (He is going there to finalize some things for his mom.)  I quickly started getting things set in motion so I could leave town for a week.  A dog sitter was first on the list (Check).  Next was deciding if I would drive up with the hubby or fly up later that night after Josie's performance in Godspell.  (Check)  Make an airline reservation for the last flight out of Phoenix. (Check)  I am set!  This will be so much fun.  She and I already have plans to play with dough in her kitchen, spend time in her pool and sit and knit to our hearts content.  It will be like a vacation for me.  Not so much for hubby though.  Fingers crossed, she will take me to a yarn shop while there since there isn't one close to me anymore.

Today I plan on doing one load of laundry, working out just a few meal plans (we were good and ate leftovers from our meals last week so only need 2-3 days of meal plans), go to the grocery store for just a few fresh veggie/fruit items, and work on that shawl!  I have a good audio book to listen to while hubby is watching golf so that is good knitting time.

As for cutting off our cable TV, internet and phone............................the home phone is gone!  WOOHOO!  Our internet (email) is almost completely switched over to a gmail account.  Well, my emails are.  Hubby is still working on getting his done.  We have found a streaming service we enjoy (FuboTV) and should be switching over to that in the next week.  We figure by the time we leave for Las Vegas, we will have 'cut the cord' completely.  It feels good to finally be able to tell our cable provider goodbye.  They think because we are 'old' we can't figure out other options for TV, internet and phone.  Humprh!  They just messed with the wrong 'old' people.  Raising our bill by 1/3 in one month was not wise on their part and not even letting us know it was going to happen was their fatal mistake.  We have been with them for over 30 years too.  Then we found out that our bill was going to rise again the next month by another 1/3!  Have they lost their minds?

Our weather, for the past few days, has been glorious.  It has been in the 50's and 60's in the morning and only getting into the 80's in the afternoon.  That will all cease by Tuesday of this coming week.  We will be hitting the 100's from then on.  That's ok.  I knew it was coming and usually by this time of the year, we have been hitting 100 degrees many times.  So, we have actually had a nice spring this year.  The only problem with the past few days has been the wind.  It has been quite gusty and the pollen that is blowing around is horrendous.  You can actually see the yellow stuff blowing around you.  Luckily, I do not suffer from seasonal allergies, but my poor husband does.  

How are things going where you are?  Is it still springtime there or has the summer heat started to creep in already?

Until Next Time..............................Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. It's been cooler this week, but we have allergy issues with the strong winds. I have flourless fallen chocolate cake cooling in its springform pan. Your soon-to-be playdate with your friend sounds super fun. Yay for getting rid of ridiculous cable prices and the landline.

  2. Summery spring here and I love it. All the blossoms and warm days to sit in the sun on the back deck. Your trip sounds great and yes, I hope there will be a wool shop! We too have cut our home phone, and only have the very most basic cable. We are not happy with our internet provider - it just seems laggy and it makes zoom calls very unpredictable but making the change seems daunting to say the least. I can't imagine a 3 1/2 hour History test and I am glad she had you to look after Thor so she could concentrate.

  3. Ha. I just put away my sweaters today after rewashing them. We had a cold snap the beginning of the month but now we are almost at 90F!! It was hard to wear my Sailormoon to show it off to friends. Thank goodness of AC. Not it's rewash and pack away. Good for you and hubby to find better alternatives to cable. Loving your shawl gradient. It will be a joy to wear. Your trip to Las Vegas sounds wonderful!

  4. Sounds like you have a great trip planned - we were in the 80s/90s this weekend, though it looks like it will be a little cooler this week thankfully!

  5. we haven't had cable or satellite for years and it's glorious! Good for you! Sounds like a super fun trip :)

  6. Your shawl is a work of art! Tinking back 6 rows? You're amazing! I could not listen to a book and! One time I was driving and listening to an audio book and went 50 miles out of my way and had to turn around! LOL! No audio books for me unless I'm ironing or cleaning or painting.
    Your trip sounds like so much fun!
    It has been a nice cool spring here too but it is changing. We are in the 80's now during the day. Humidity isn't too bad yet but it won't be long! Have a great week!

  7. Sorry about the re-knitting, that's never fun. Congrats on lower your bill and finding alternatives. We successfully got rid of the land long years ago and just cut back a bit on cable with a new plan. Hubby's been mumbling bout wanting to get rid of cable, but we've not yet done it and need to look more at alternatives in our area. We actually don't watch much TV, but the biggest thing he would loose is sports. Doing lots of yard work, so haven't done much knitting of late.

  8. Project monogamy does make for a very focused post! I love the shawl and am excited to see the finished project!

    We haven't had cable in years (only because it was a promo and bundled was less expensive than just internet for the first year). I haven't had a home phone line since 2004! We still pay for streaming services (which we don't always carry, we drop and pick-up a few times a year) and shows we want to watch, we just buy the season pass. Even piecemeal, its less expensive than internet AND cable!

  9. Your shawl is going to be beautiful and well worth the effort.
    Your trip sounds fab - very exciting!

  10. The yarn you're knitting that shawl in is lovely. I embiggened the picture so I could get a closer look and I can see it's going to be a beautiful shawl. Good for you for showing the cable company who knows a thing or two. ;^) We've had the most glorious spring - finally hitting the 80's this week, but back down to the 60's this weekend and only in the 70's next week. And all this after a mild winter (with only 1 week of a deep freeze in February). I couldn't be happier with Indiana weather so far this year.


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