Saturday, November 22, 2014

9th Living History Farms Run

Well, this year's run was considerably warmer than last year. Top temp today was around 50, last year we never saw the numbers on a positive side. 

Right off the bat I rolled my ankle on the uneven terrain. I hopped on one leg to the side of the course, walked for a bit, then continued on. I'm not sure that was a good idea. I'll see if the pain subsides in a few days. Then decide on my next course of action. Despite my injury I finished considerably faster than last year. My fastest time on that course was in 2005 (my first year) at 1:12. Today was 1:49. I'll take it. 

Here are some pics for your viewing enjoyment. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Few Finished Projects to Report

I'm off to a bit of a late start with my Christmas production, but I do have a couple completed things under my belt,and one under construction. Prepared to be wowed!
The little beige pair is by Churchmouse yarns, Turkish Bed Socks pattern. I knitted these with some of my beloved cashmere stash. I have enough stash to make several more pairs. Whup! Whup! The star slipper pattern was given to me by an Instagram friend. I love these things! They are simple, warm, and cute. I made those using leftovers and stash. The Ivory color is Elsbeth Lavold yarn, its a camel/wool combo--nice stuff, and the blue is Quince <3 Do you know how hard it is to hold your feet together in the air while photographing? Whew, getting old and crusty isn't fun... I could use a little yoga in my life. The turquoise project is the Cafe Au Lait pattern for fingerless mitts. I just started, so I'm not sure what I think of these. I'm typically not a fan of lace knitting, but this pattern is fairly simple, hard to screw it up. I'm using angora wool for these, mainly because I loved the color. I thought for sure all the angora fur would go right up my nose and drive me nuts, but no, it's awesome stuff!! This weekend I will be making my annual trek to DesMoines for the Living History Farms race. My compadre, TG, will be accompanying me. This could be my farewell tour.... The subzero temps last year almost killed me, I'm hoping for a wee bit of a reprieve this weekend. The forecast shows a slight (very slight) improvement in temps, let's hope that holds. Ok, back to studying...... School update: Degree change (this makes my 4th). This week I will be pursuing a degree as a paralegal. Boring. And now that the world of blogging knows that piece of information I must now return to reading.... .

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Well, it was an almost perfect day....

...'cept I couldn't outrun the effing mosquitoes. I must have looked like a spaz to anyone who saw me running, I was constantly swinging my arms around in an effort to swat the bugs. I lost the battle. 

Nearly There

After a year of work the basement is nearly done. Carpet is on order and the finishing details are few! Dennis won't know what to do with his free time!

Love & Hate Up Close


Bustin' Out the Christmas Presents...

Knitting a pair of socks for my dad. This time using a wool/nylon blend. It's a barfy feeling yarn, but hopefully it will wear better for him. Last night I ventured to the Crescent Moon for Oktoberfest. Met up with good friends(and even our old instructor showed) from A & P, as well as my old friend Traci. As painful as it is to be in the middle of those drunkfests it was good to hang with friends, even if it was brief... Headed to the Wabash for a short run. Lovin' these fall days….

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Soon They Will Be Gone…..

I have enjoyed these sweet hummingbirds for the last few months. I will miss the action at the feeder. I sense they will be migrating very soon, as there has been much more of a feeding frenzy than normal.I suspect they are taking in the travel calories. They are so hilarious to watch, the dive bombing and air attacks are pretty funny. I miss summer already, dreading the doldrums of winter.
Sunday we went to the Wabash, I never get sick of that place. I walked with Den and the dogs for a bit then I ran back to the trailhead. I think I'll try to get a few more trails runs in before the snow flies, there isn't anything better than the Wabash in the fall. Did I mention I'm dreading winter?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Starry Starry Night Socks & Knit Circus Yarn

Yeah! These are finally done. I took a few hours to finish these yesterday, so glad I did. This was a long project, longer than it should have been, but hey, I was busy. I'm busy again, with UNO. I hate it, it's all bullshit. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, rules, rules, rules. Enough lame-
ass rules already. Today's rule: "You can't renew that library book, it's non-renewable, it has to sit for 24 hours before you check it out again." Said the library dude. Does the look on my face say, "Are you fucking kidding me?" I sure hope so. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings….

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


A few pictures and comments from my Minnesota trip. I was accompanied by Gina, who has now deemed the Minnesota vacation "annual"! She loved it so much the first time she wants to make it a yearly event, fine with me. The weather held up better than we expected and we were able to canoe and swim most days. I can't handled swimming in 70 degree weather, so I was only able to swim one day. Eagles were everywhere, as well as a few undetermined large birds, one of which may have been a golden eagle, whatever he was he was very impressive. This year our cabin was bat free, but we can never quite escape some sort of snafu. This year the toilet and spiders dominated our cabin woes. Spiders were plentiful and, well, the toilet just wasn't very flushy. So it goes, we had a good time anyway. My little cabin is still there, waiting to be mine. We visited with old friends (Dick & Phyliss) and made another trek to Phelps Mill. This year we discovered a farmer just outside of Old Towne who raises Scottish Highlander cattle, were they ever cool. We made several trips over there to photograph and moo at them, as well as to chat with the farmer guy. An interesting factoid about the Scottish Highlander: The bull's horns go straight out, and the female's horns curve upward. I'm not sure why I thought that was interesting….. On the way back to Omaha we stopped to check out the Carmelites, an order of nuns just outside of Wahpeton, ND. I'm not sure what we were hoping to see, because they are busy with prayer pretty much 'round the clock. They do other things as well, such as weaving and gardening, which they refer to as "manual labor", huh? That hardly sounds like manual labor to me, maybe I should have been a nun. Now there's a laugh… Right as we were leaving their compound Gina spotted a nun pushing a wheel barrow, of course Gina was mesmerized by the nun in her grey habit. Kind of fascinating that people are able to live such simple lives in today's world. Although, there are only a handful of Carmelites living in Wahpeton, kinda speaks volumes. I doubt there are too many women beating down the doors to be a Carmelite of Wahpeton….. Lastly, I started school at UNO yesterday. I just don't seem to belong there, and my gut is telling me it's all wrong…