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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Winnowing the Clothing Pile

My home, which I share with Ormond and a raft of part-time Littles, is less than 600 square feet. Total. In four rooms-living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath.

The home comes with two hanging closets, one linen closet, and a few kitchen cabinets built into the corner. The rest of the house furnishings we accumulate over the fifteen years since we moved in.

Well, clothes seem to multiply in the dark; hangers also. When hubby said to me a couple days ago, "You've filled both closets and I can't find my jacket when I need it", I decided to fill a few bags for Goodwill. Three from the two closets and one additional from my drawers. Atta Grrl. I also found twelve empty matching hangers and bound them with tie wraps and off they went to a new closet somewhere else !~!

Space on the upper shelves is New and exciting. Wonder if we can keep some empty spaces for a while.

At present I have no sewing area set up, so that's a bit of an uproar trying to locate what I need at the correct moment but perhaps now that I have the impetus, I'll get that straightened out as well...

I want to learn to spin yarn so need to get organized for that new adventure.

Happy August, readers. School starts up soon again and the schedule will fill up with after school fun and the baby walking.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Instagram Grabbed Me--Come See !~!

After resisting for many months, I have an Instagram account.

It's been a hoot, taking a picture and having it up online in seconds with a pithy caption and a bunch of hashtags that let others with that interest find the photo.

FUN !~!

Come join me and find some of the little moments that make up the days in LyndaLand.

A taste:

One of the crochet-since-the-surgery pieces. Slightly smaller than my computer I use it as a placemat/armrest. The body is acrylic and the border alpaca. 

Dash tries out the chair that Piper received for a birthday gift
over the past weekend

Monday, July 24, 2017

Jimmy Beans Subscription Arrives

Six weeks ago I joined Jimmy Beans Wool's subscription service. At the beginning of each month I receive a pkg from JBW and inside is a surprise of yarn and goodies and a pattern-actually two-knitters and crocheters can enjoy this monthly box.

This month my first box contained a cute, logoed project bag, three small balls of neutral-colored yarn-all different from each other, and the pattern for a three-month long hat-making project which I sorta followed but adapted to fit me too.

I'm looking forward to the coming pkg which should arrive late next week or so. I'll post an update when I have completed the work for the month.

My version of this month's piece is shown in the top right, the pattern below it and the bag on the left.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Happy Birthday, Piper Doodles !~!

Piper turned nine over the weekend. I know, I'm having as hard a time believing it as you are !~!

Erica, Piper's Dutch Oma and my dear friend, arrived a week or two back for another of her summer visits. We have so much fun when she is here: thrift store shopping, walks in the woods, crafting with the Littles, discussing the world... sneaking off for a smoke.

The collapsible chair that Oma and I found thrifting-perfect for Piper's bedroom which needed a comfy place to sit and read.
Happy Birthday Doodles !~!

Erica hikes in the woods near the house.

The birthday party attendees the morning after in front of the tv.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blankets I Made with Bernat Blanket Yarn

The blues and purple is for Lucia-my dearest Little who is now in High School and nearly as tall as I am. When I met her she was unable to sit alone !~! She'll be driving cars before year's end.

The pastels are for Scout. She chose the yarn and watched me make it.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Update on My Thumb


The original cast-thingy came off Thursday (June 29th-15 days after surgery) and not a day too soon. A decubitus ulcer was forming over the knuckle on my thumb. Another day or two and it would have broken thru the skin and then, boy-howdy! would there have been issues to deal with that might have taken months to resolve.

Doc wanted to put me into a non-removable cast for an additional four weeks. No. Not a chance in hell are we doing that. I just went thru 15 days unable to fix my own problem and my knuckle still barks at me.

So downstairs to the Occupational Therapist, who shall remain nameless, to have her make me a thermoplastic splint that I could take on and off at will.

By ten that night the splint had solidified with one of its sharp edges crossing All. Three. Incision. Lines. WTF ?~!

Off came it. Online went I. Order a brace, await its arrival and use a neoprene dealie that I have had for a while now.

They told me to totally immobilize it for another four weeks. What? No way. It would be A-weak as butterfly; B-stiff like anvil; C-royal inconvenience with no use of it for another month. So I am resuming my regular life activities with As Tolerated and Smart Thoughtfulness about how I do things.

My life is full of lifting babies and groceries and laundry, stripping beds, bathing people who cannot do it themselves, making food, vacuuming, changing diapers and clothing, playing games and pushing strollers, teaching cursive and reading, and helping cut the yard...

Ceasing all of that for some amorphous future benefit--hell, if it hurts ANY LESS than it did before the surgery then that's a plus. And we already have that so ... yeah, let's keep moving forward at our pace and the post-op period will work itself out. I see no need for additional OT in the future with this thumb.

Not too bad, eh ?~! Swelling's going down quickly. 
And that lumpiest, bumpiest, impinging-est bone is gone.