Sunday, December 16, 2018

Doll Sweater is Finished

Yesterday was warm with a high of 8C. Today is cooler with some clouds but we should see some sunshine. It will be coolish until Friday when we will see warm temperatures again.

Lifestyle

Yesterday morning I wrapped Christmas presents until noon. It was quite the project. They have been delivered. 
In the afternoon we took grandson to the library and did a bit of shopping. We had tea and cookies at his house and it ended up being an enjoyable afternoon. 
I put the Spousal Unit onto his puffer last night. He had a coughing spell and was wheezing. It worked and he slept all night. He is feeling much better this morning. 

Sewing

The plaid is laundered and waiting for me to sew the skirt. I am excited to make it today. After it is done, I will probably shut down the sewing room to prepare for our trip next Sunday morning. 

Knitting

I finished the doll's sweater last night and it turned out as I had imagined. 
The buttons are perfect for the look I am going for. I will definitely make this pattern up again. I have ideas in my head for it. 
I may start my scarf tonight or tomorrow. I'm 16 days behind on it. I would love to take it with me but I am thinking I'll leave it at home. 

Today

I'm sewing that skirt today and getting the photos ready to hand into the designer. If there is enough time, I will do a bit of housework. If not, I'll rest as I was the one short on sleep last night. 
Until the next time.........................

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Shopping Successes and Failures

Yesterday it was cooler with a wake up temperature of -12C. On the positive side, the sun is shining and there is very little wind. By mid afternoon, it was +3C. This morning it is 4C and we are to see a high of 6C. 

Lifestyle

We are both getting better. I am still coughing more than I like but it is what it is. The Spousal Unit had a good sleep for two afternoons and it helped him a lot. He will be over his cold soon. 
Thursday was more housework and budget. The guest room is 3/4 cleaned, the bathroom done, and some floors swept. Even laundry was done. 
Yesterday I went to Dartmouth to do some shopping. It is getting busy. My next trip will be to New Minas so I can finish up and have the car checked. Hopefully, I will be done Monday except for a few groceries.

Sewing

Grandson's pants are hemmed. I stuck with it until I got them done. Now I can start wrapping presents. 
After I cleaned up from hemming, I looked for the plaid fabric for the doll's skirt. I found it but I don't have enough. I bought this piece.
I have the pattern I want to use and can make it in an afternoon. Hmmmmm, maybe this afternoon.

Knitting

I knit away until I ran out of yarn. 
One of my stops was to get more yarn and they no longer carry this color in the store. Online buying only. I am unraveling one of the doll's sweaters and got the sweater ready to sew together today. 
On a positive note -- this is one beautiful pattern to knit.   

Today

The goal is to wrap presents. I would love to sew on the doll's skirt and try to finish up the sweater. How much will I get done? I may have overflow to Sunday. 
Until the next time......................

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Its Cold Out There

Yesterday was cool but sunny. At noon flurries started to fall and then it got heavier and steadier. The wind blew in from the north and it is cold and clear today. It is suppose to start warming up for a few days.

Lifestyle

I'm still improving. The cough is annoying but it has its value. I didn't nap yesterday and was out for almost an hour without feeling tired. 
I cleaned the master bedroom yesterday. Dusting, cleaning the floor and laundering all the bedding. It is nice to have one room clean. I hope to continue cleaning up the house a bit each day.

Sewing

The lady loves her bag. She would have chosen those fabrics. I am so happy that she loves it. 
I have seen this picture all over Pinterest. It is an outfit I loved at first sight. 
It so reminded me of a black watch skirt I made many many years ago. It was cut on the bias with no pleats and I wore a navy pullover sweater with it. I am wanting to make the dolls one skirt to look something like this using this pattern. 
I will make it a bit longer and cut the yoke on the bias. It should be a fun make. 
I am hemming pants for grandson as they are his Christmas present. I am hoping they will be done this afternoon. 

Knitting

I continued to knit on the doll's sweater yesterday and will need to buy more yarn for it. 
I have it still on two circular needles and will do so for several more row. It is easier to knit this way. The pattern is established enough that I can quickly see if I have made a mistake. 
This sweater will have small pewter colored button on it and will be paired with the plaid skirt. The doll can wear black tights and grey boots for a festive Christmas look. 

Today

I have more laundry to do and would love to clean the bathroom. I also need to work on our budget. It has been ditched due to illness and I need to get it done. The last item on the list is to finish hemming grandson's pants. A rather busy day. 
Until the next time.........................

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Reusable Bag Completed

We are having a bit of a cold spell at the moment. The weather is sunny which is nice. Today we are to see flurries as we are heading towards some warmer weather. 

Lifestyle

I am on the uphill swing with this cold. I am still coughing but am feeling a lot better. I am thinking ahead rather than in the moment. And happy to be doing so.
The Spousal Unit, on the other hand, has this horrid cold. He is feeling miserable and cranky. He's the one thinking in the moment. 

Sewing

I mustered enough energy to finish the reusable grocery bag. It was a case of push coming to shove to see if I got it done. I was weaker than I thought I was. 
I took my time with the lining to make sure it fit perfectly. In the end, it turned out quite nice. It is off to its new owner today. 

Knitting

I unknit the two rows of the doll's sweater. What a huge job to get 2 rows unknit. I had hand cramps due to the fact the stitches were crammed onto the needle in places. 
Once I established I had all the stitches I did what a lady told me to do. I knit the first front and half of the first sleeve onto circular needle #2. Then I knit the second half of the sleeve, the back and half of the second sleeve onto circular needle #1. The other half of the sleeve and the second front went onto circular needle #2. It's a bit of puzzle getting the parts onto the right needle when knitting but it is so much easier to knit. The sleeves bend in half and float over the 6 cast off stitches in the main body. 
I'll take a picture of it as it's quite the site to see. 

Today

We are getting new heat pumps put in so I have to rush to shower, have breakfast and move furniture around. I also need to turn on the electric baseboard heat so we stay warm today.  
Until the next time...........................

Monday, December 10, 2018

On The Road to Recovery

It is snowing this morning and it is -5C. It has been like this for a few days now and we do ave snow on the ground. Suppose to warm up on Friday to +9C. 

Lifestyle

I am up. I am showered. I am dressed. The first time in 3 days I got this far. It has been to the couch and to bed. It wasn't the best few days of my life. 
Yesterday morning, I was starting to think I needed to go to emergency as I was not feeling so great. I went to bed, slept for quite a while and woke up knowing I was on the mend. I even felt better after the second sleep after lunch. Today I'm feeling better yet. Still coughing, still sweating, but clear headed and thinking. 
The Spousal Unit has the cough so we got him on cough syrup and what ever else we have right away. He is in better shape than I was at that stage so here's hoping he will win the battle. 

Sewing

I have been in the sewing room once in the past week. I needed knitting needles. Everything is waiting patiently for me down there. I doubt if I will get at it today as I still need to rest. 

Knitting

I knit 2 rows on the doll's sweater. They are coming out and I'm trying a new technique. Putting 40 stitches into a space that has 5 cast of stitches is near impossible. An internet friend suggested using 2 circular needles so the sleeves can spread out. So I will unknit the 2 rows and try that. 

Today

The goal is to survive. I need to do laundry and shopping. I will be throwing in a load of laundry and it can wash while I shop. I plan on resting a lot and drinking lot of fluids. And maybe nap. 
Until the next time............................

Saturday, December 08, 2018

One Step Forward Two Steps Back

Yesterday morning there was a skiff of snow, the sky cleared and we had beautiful sunny weather. About mid afternoon, it started to snow again and we have about 1.5" of snow on the ground. Today is cool and we may see flurries. Again we may not. 

Lifestyle

Just as I thought I was on the road to getting better, I had a night of coughing, weird dreams, and other horrid feelings. I am, once again, tired, feeling yucky, and ready for bed at 6:30 a.m. The poor Spousal Unit isn't sleeping too well due to my coughing. 
As I felt better yesterday morning, I cleaned up the kitchen, did a roasted chicken dinner, and was quite happy thinking I was getting better. I even had a sleep in the afternoon hoping I would be well enough to go out today. 
So, I hit the road to "one step forward, two steps back". I will be resting today, drinking lots of fluids, and hoping I will be better tomorrow. 
Until the next time................................ 

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Back In The Land Of The Living

We are experiencing cooler weather. Temperatures are below 0C during the nights and closer to 0C during the day. Winter is here.

Lifestyle

I made it back to the land of the living. I felt much better yesterday and only laid down once to rest (not sleep) for an hour. I have the nasty cough which is quite annoying but it will disappear in its own good time.
I weighed in last night and was down 6 lbs. Most of that loss is fluid but there is a bit of weight loss there also. I know I have lost the fluid as I can put on by snow boots and they are loose when I easily zipped them up. 
I did a bit of housework yesterday and am planning on doing a bit today. I look at the house and think I'm a total loss but I'm not. Being sick doesn't help keep the house in order. But it does make me feel negative about my abilities. I need to move on. 
I stopped reading A Slob Comes Clean blog. I really enjoyed it. After reading her two books, it was time to figure out a schedule. I found this idea on Pinterest and am going to give it a try. I will try to do two squares a day. 
I may come up with a plan of my own that works well for me and my brain. 

Sewing

I got into the sewing room and made sure the lining was the same as the outer part of the bag. I am hoping to sew the outer part this afternoon. 

Knitting

I had no attention span or brain cells that worked for knitting so it waits for me to get better. I really don't need to make mistakes. 

Today

The goal is to make beds and clean the bathroom. I do need to shop for a few groceries and then I want to sew. I'm sure I will be quite tired tonight and will be resting in the evening. I know I can't over do it for a few more days. 
Until the next time......................