A View From the Field
So I was in bed by 10:00 last night. I was up several times, no doubt because I drank almost my whole fluid intake after I got home. I got up around 8:30. That should have been enough sleep, since I did sleep most of the time, but I didn't feel very good today. Maybe I have a little cold again.
I got right at the knitting, and it didn't take me very long to find where I'd dropped a stitch, so I got that fixed. Unfortunately, that part of the repeat is now stretched out and very ugly, but I hope that washing and blocking will fix that, or I can work with my crochet hook once it's stretched. It turned out that the bad spot was at the beginning of the third side, so I ended up doing six sides and I'm back where I should have been. It only took me 2½ hours, which is pretty good for that many stitches. The last row I did, and several more, are fairly easy ones, so maybe it will go fast. I hope so. Every so often I miss a yarn over or put one where it shouldn't be, but if that's the only problem, it's easy to fix. What happened yesterday is that I dropped a knit stitch in a place where it wasn't easy to see what had happened, so I had to count back a couple of rows to get it right. That happens occasionally with lace where the pattern is only on one side, and when it's on both sides, it's even more likely. Well, the challenge of being completely right is one of the things that makes me love lace knitting so much.
Other than that, I didn't do anything. I don't feel good, so all I did was my surfing, plus a few other things that occurred to me.
I was doing my surfing around 11;00 when Debbie called me - amazingly enough. It seems she was at the Crocs store - I didn't know Crocs had stores - and they were having a buy one, get one free sale, so she wanted to know what kind of Crocs I wanted. We'd talked about that when we talked last week. Wow! So she called back much later to say she'd gotten me two pairs for $50. Hard to beat that. It was so nice of her! She'll bring them with her when she comes. That's still stressing me out, but it will be so nice to see her.
The weather was not so good. It was quite warm overnight - in the 50s - and the high temperature during the day was 57º at 7:00 this morning. It went down steadily from there and it's now about 40º. It was cloudy when I went to bed, but it cleared up a bit early in the morning, and it stayed fairly clear until around 10:30, when it clouded up. The wind was from the southwest for most of the night, with gusts up to about 25 mph, but around 7:00 AM it died down and by 11:00 it had picked up from the north, in the 10-15 mph range. I guess that's what blew the clouds in. Between 3:00 and 4:00 PM, we had 0.03" of rain. I wish, if it's going to rain, it would rain hard. We really need the moisture. I believe, though, that I write that every year. Spring around here seems to be very dry.
The guys thought they were going to get canned food today, and they were very disappointed. They think their dishes are empty, but they aren't, and they can just eat what they have until tomorrow. Boy, do they get spoiled easily!
So it was a very quiet day, and now I have to wash my hair and get ready for tomorrow. It's a cool, cloudy, breezy evening in the field.
I apparently have a problem getting to bed before 11:00. I wish it was earlier, but I did wash my hair last night. I slept quite well, except right at the end, and I got up about 8:30.
I started to knit. I thought that if everything went well, I could get a row done before I had to get ready to leave. Well, everything didn't go well. The first side was fine, but somewhere in the second repeat on the second side, I had screwed up on the previous row or two (I'm not sure which), and after fiddling for 15 minutes or so, I had to just drop it. I will fix it tomorrow.
My car appointment was at 12:30, but it takes over an hour to get to Houghton, depending upon how many tourons I run across, so I wanted to leave by 11:15. I made it - just - and i don't remember why. Anyway, the one really slow driver I encountered pulled over, so it wasn't a bad drive, just long. That's 50 miles. I didn't try Cliff Drive, even though it's open, and I forgot to try it coming home tonight, so I guess I will see how it is on Sunday, if I remember. It's never in very good shape and I'm sure the winter didn't do it any good.
I am happy to say the car didn't break the bank. I wouldn't say it was cheap, but the cost was labor. It seems like the entire brake shoe for one parking brake had come loose from a rear wheel rotor, which was causing the noises I was hearing. The other one is still attached, so I just had them remove all the pieces that were loose. It's a matter of rust. They tell me that one tie rod is beginning to loosen up, but hopefully that won't go soon and it's apparently not too expensive to fix. I was relieved.
I was so relieved that I went off to Walmart and spent money on stuff to play with. I wanted to stop there, because I decided it would be a good idea to wear a dust mask when I try to clean up the basement and those horrible cat pans. I'm hoping to do that next week. I wanted to get some zippers and thread for some of the sewing I hope to do someday. Then I looked around and, oh, well. I still hate that store. Now they don't have their pens and pencils nicely displayed on racks, they're all jumbled together in boxes, and they've stopped carrying a lot of the stuff I use all the time. It was a mess. But now I have colored markers, colored pencils and crayons to play with. Ooh, goodie!!
The only trouble I had, besides not being able to find a lot of stuff I wanted to look at, was that I got into a checkout line manned by the slowest checker I have ever met and three or four people who were just as slow at unloading their two carts full of stuff. I didn't check it, but it felt like I spent half an hour standing there. I guess I should have moved, but they didn't have very may lanes open anyway. I guess they are trying to force people to check themselves out, which annoys me.
I checked gas prices on my way south and ended up getting it at Walmart, along with everybody else, I think. They had it for $2.899. Everybody else had either $2.949 or $2.999. Just in time for the summer driving season. You can't convince me that isn't on purpose. I just don't buy their excuses.
I was so long getting the car fixed and so long in Walmart that it was a good time for an early dinner when I got out, so I moseyed down to Bambu, and they are open again, so I finally got my Chinese fix. Oh, how I love that stuff! I got home about 6:30 and i just finished eating what was left over from dinner.
The weather was nice. The temperature got up to 64º here for most of the afternoon, and I think it was a bit warmer in town. There was a strong south wind with gusts as high as 34 mph. It wasn't completely clear, but there was a lot of sunshine. The humidity got as low as 22%, which, along with the wind and our lack of measurable rain, is making for very high fire potential. It's good for my comfort, but we really need rain and I don't see much in the forecast.
I'm sure the guys slept. They got some canned food they liked today, and they were both waiting when I got home.
So that was it. I'm warm. It's very warm in the studio and I was sweating by the time I got out of Walmart. Oh, summer is coming in. Sigh.
Now it's a partly cloudy, breezy evening in the field and I'm exhausted.
I was a little later than my target time again last night, and I got to bed a bit before 11:00. I slept fairly well, but I woke up at least three time with night sweats. That's not a good sign.
I got up before 8:00, because I had to pee and I didn't want to be as late as I would have been if I'd gone back to bed. Well, it was an idea. I knitted, with far fewer problems than yesterday, but it was still 2 hours to do four sides. I only dropped a couple of things and there was one repeat where I seem to have left out all the yarn-overs, but the rest of it just took time.
I kept thinking of things I could do today, but when I finally got breakfast and my surfing over with, I couldn't remember any of them, so I didn't. Instead, I got out the blue summer sock that I had so much trouble with. I had unraveled the whole heel (twice, I think, the second time a couple of days ago), and this time I had no trouble with it at all. I do not know what my problem was, but it's actually very straightforward. I'm about halfway up the back of the heel. I think I will take that with me tomorrow; it has enough pattern to be more interesting than either of my other socks.
Mary Ann called to say she wasn't going to choir tonight, and when it came time to get ready to go, I felt so lousy, I bailed. My head hurts. Sometimes eating will fix that, but it hasn't, so I'm glad I didn't go. I do need to wash my hair (again - this gets old, but it's better than while I was working and had to do it every night), but hopefully, I won't be too late.
The weather gurus were more right today than they have been. The high temperature was only 45º. It was clear and lovely until around 3:00 PM, when it began to cloud up. Of course, because there is a pretty conjunction of Venus and the crescent moon around 9:30 tonight that we won't be able to see. Anyway, it was quite humid until after 5:00 PM, when the dew point went way down, and the humidity is now under 50%. The humidity isn't the whole reason for my assorted aches and pains, but it does make them worse. There wasn't any wind.
The guys were their sleepy selves, except that Grayson really, really wanted to sleep on me. He got to do that a lot, although I had to chase him away a couple of times. He wanted some of my dinner, too, but when he tasted it, he wouldn't eat it. That's why I don't usually give him any. Louie came around just a while ago, but after I was typing, so he couldn't come up.
So that was it. I don't feel good, so I hope to get to bed early tonight. Tomorrow I have to take the car in and hope whatever is wrong with it doesn't break the bank. I'm hoping Bambu is open again. I've missed my Chinese fix.
Now it's a cool, cloudy evening in the field.
I was running later than I like last night, and with my bath and all, it was 11:00 before I got to bed. I slept fairly well, I guess. I woke up just before 8:00 and decided I might as well get up.
I knitted, with considerable difficulty. I'm not quite sure why, but I'd made some mistakes in the previous row, and those right-leaning decreases on a purl row are always hard and slow. I think everything is all right now, but it took me 2½ hours to do four sides. Admittedly, that's about 920 stitches, but still. The knit row should be faster, but we'll see tomorrow.
I thought I was going to have plenty of time to get to my appointment, but I had an accident - the first one in three weeks or so. I'm sure it's cyclic, so I'm probably in for a couple of weeks or so of yuck. Anyway, I had to change my underwear but not my jeans. That took enough time that I was a bit later leaving than I wanted to be. I wanted to stop at the post office, because I was pretty sure I had at least one package, but Ron wasn't doing anything, so we had a nice conversation and I didn't leave Copper Harbor until almost 12:55. I did leave with a very nice (as it turned out) piece of camel-colored fabric for slacks. Now all I have to do is find that pants pattern!
Anyway, I made it to the eye doctor after what I thought was my appointment time but before what they thought ti was. That was good, too, because I had to visit the restroom twice. I had rice for dinner tonight.
Something happened to me that hasn't ever happened before. Most of these doctor's offices I visit have unisex restrooms. They are all very clean and neat. But when I went in this one today, someone before me had left the toilet seat up and he hadn't flushed the toilet! Well, maybe he lives out in the woods and doesn't have running water or maybe he has dementia. I did mention it to the assistant, not that there's anything she can do about it, but maybe they will have to start checking the restroom.
My eye exam was fine. Nothing seems to be changing very much. The doctor has some new equipment that gives an even better view of cornea problems, and he says that these days they can fit hard contacts just from all the scans they do. When I had mine, back around 1960, everything was by guesswork and as i found out, that isn't the best way. He had some suggestions about how I can deal with my dry eyes, but overall, nothing much has changed from last year, which is a good thing. I'm seeing fine, thank you.
Oh, I forgot - I had a full-blown allergy attack right before I went to bed last night. I guess I got that antihistamine just in time. I took one, and I've been fine since. Now I know that when the forsythia comes out and I begin to see green or red on the maples, it's time to start my pills.
On my trip today, there were many places where I could see a cloud of very pale green on some tree on the sides of the hills, or a flush of red on a maple or the birch twigs. Ah, spring is here! There is still some snow in the woods and down in the culverts, but it's less every time I go out. I don't think I've ever seen as much on Mother's Day as there was on Sunday, but it's already a lot less.
I'm not sure what's with the car. I heard the strange noise sometimes and sometimes I didn't. It has to have something to do with the wheels, or I think it does, because it seems to get faster or slower with my speed, but I have no idea what it might be. I didn't hear it much, if at all, on the way south, but I did on the way north, until I stopped at the blinker in Copper Harbor, and then it went away. Well, I guess I can get to choir tomorrow and Friday maybe I can find out what the problem is.
The weather was unsettled today. Nobody had it right. Even Environment Canada screwed it up completely. While I was knitting, it got very dark and there was a lot of wind and a few raindrops, but then it almost cleared up. While i was driving south, every so often, there would be a few raindrops on my windshield, but the road didn't even get really wet. Around noon, the temperature spiked up to 69º (officially - it never got that warm here), but by 2:00 it was 46º and it only got a couple of degrees warmer later. Down in Calumet, it was around 73º when I was there and it was nearly clear and sunny. Different country, and it's so much fun! It never cleared up here, although it looks like it might be clearing now.
I guess the guys slept. Grayson got a little lap time before I left, but not much. I haven't seen Louie lately.
So that was my day. I'm tired. Since I washed my hair last night, I don't have to do it tonight, so I can crash, although I won't be early, because it's not far from 10:00 now. It's so nice to be able to go running out without struggling into a coat and hat and gloves! I'm not saying it's warm, or at least it won't be tomorrow, but it isn't coat weather anymore and the day is now just over 15 hours long. So nice. And everybody I've talked to about it agrees that this is one of the longest winters they can remember and it sure is nice it's over!
It's a cool, possibly clear night in the field.
It's the middle of May already! The year is nearly half over already! Where, oh where did the time go? Ack!
I was a bit later than lately last night - it was 10:45 when I turned out the light. I slept very well, with only two short wakeups, and I got up around 8:00. I knitted 4 sides. I'm glad I'd decided to do that, because it took me an hour and a half. The next few rows are completely different from anything I've done on this project, which means I have to knit more slowly and check the pattern more frequently. I discovered another error in my chart, but I fixed that. Now I have to transfer it to the chart files. Forgot that.
Let's see. My appointment with the optometrist was confirmed. The information for the bulletin hit my inbox at 1:30, and I got the bulletin out by 3:45, after I finished my surfing. There may be a couple of minor changes, but if they don't get made, it isn't vital.
The weather was about the same as yesterday. Everybody was wrong about the temperature again. Again, the high temperature was at 2:00 AM. The high during the day was 47º for a couple of hours lately, but it was in the low 40s for most of the day. It was cloudy overnight, but it cleared up around sunrise, and it was nice and sunny until after 5:00 PM, when it began to cloud up again. The lake was muttering when I got up, which was surprising, because the wind was under 10 mph all day.
Both guys got some lap time, but maybe not as much as they wanted, because I had to do something or other.
So that was my day, Tonight I have to wash my hair so I am presentable for my appointment tomorrow. it's a sort of cloudy, cool night in the field.
I just got off the phone with Debbie, which wasn't the way I intended to spend the evening, but it was a good conversation.
I got to bed by 10:00 last night, and I slept well, with the usual wakeups, until 8:30 this morning. I felt much better today. I'm beginning to understand the parameters of my disease. Evidently, I'm much stiffer and I have much more pain when I'm tired. What a good reason to be sure I get enough sleep! And what a good reason to get my sleep-wake schedule under control. So will do.
I knitted, and I'm thinking that from now on, I will only be doing four sides a day. I'm ready to do a knit round now, so it will work out well. I washed a load of fleece, which should be the end of that for the season.
On my way out of the bathroom this morning, I looked out the north windows of the bedroom and my neighbor's forsythia is in full bloom! Wow! Spring has come! And yesterday, on the way home, I noticed that the maples in Kearsarge were beginning to show leaves! The ends of the birch branches are turning red, too. We aren't that far advanced here, but it's coming. It's coming! Maybe we will appreciate spring the more this year because it's so late coming.
I called about the car, and between their schedule and mine, I can't get it in until Friday. We'll hope to keep it together until then. However, when I think of some of the other things I've driven around with, I think I'll be able to make it.
The weather was much cooler than yesterday and much cooler than they predicted. I noticed that it was still 68º at midnight, but it went down from there to 39º at 2:00 PM, but then it recovered to 56º at 4:00 PM. Now it's down to 48º again. It was clear this morning, but it got cloudy later in the day. There wasn't much, if any, wind. The camera picture broke up for a while this afternoon - the first time that's happened in a very long time - but I was able to fix it in a couple of hours. I still wonder why that happens.
The guys were sleepy. They were happily full of one of their favorite canned foods. Grayson slept on my lap for a very long time, but I didn't see Louie today, except when he was sitting where I wanted to walk.
So it was a quiet day, and I'll be off to the north end very soon.
It's a cool, cloudy, calm night in the field.
May 13 - Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers, etc. out there. I hope you had a wonderful day.
As for me, I'm terminally tired. I didn't sleep well last night, and there was no apparent reason for it. At one point, around 4:00 AM, I was just dozing off when I woke up coughing and found my sinuses were draining, for no apparent reason. For the rest of the night, I only dozed, unfortunately. So I'm really, really tired.
I got up when the alarm went off - I was about to fall into a deep sleep then, too. However, I got up and did my thing and I got to church early.
On my way south, I began to hear a funny noise from under (?) the car, so I think something has broken again. My guess is it has something to do with wheel bearings, but I'm not sure, and I will try to get it to the dealership this week. It looks less and less likely that I'll get my drain field maintained.
Anyway, I made it to church with only funny noises. It was good, but I find I'm having more and more trouble hearing. I can hear sounds, some of them just fine, but understanding somebody talking is a complete other matter. It's depressing. I don't know where I can come up with $3000. After church, the lady who prints the bulletins showed me how to do things like change paper and toner in the copier, and then I had a very long conversation with Pastor. I've had a number of those, always interesting. I got home around 3:00.
Oh, and I wet my pants, because I really should have visited the restroom before I left, and I didn't. It was OK, though, because when I got home, I did the last load of clothes, so I just threw my bottoms in with that load. And I have another pair of camel slacks anyway.
I was so exhausted that I had some cheese and crackers and spent the rest of the afternoon staring at the screen. There were enough interesting things to do that I didn't fall asleep, but as soon as I finish this, I'm going up to the north end and crash.
The weather was delightful. The high temperature was 72º, at 6:00. However, starting at 3:00, it went 59º, 60º, 72º, 70º, 66º and the wind didn't seem to have much to do with the swings. It sure was nice to have it so warm, though. And for a while the humidity was 17%! Since I knew I'd be mostly inside, I wore heavy cotton sweater and no coat for the first time since last September or so. Oh, it's so nice to go running out without anything on...There was a bit of a breeze, with gusts up to 22 mph from the north, but lately the wind has died down almost completely. I've had the window open, but I'll have to shut it soon. It was mostly clear. There were some clouds between 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM, but they've mostly gone away now. What a lovely day!
I notice that all the lakes are open now and there isn't any snow visible in the MODIS pictures. Of course, there still is snow. We still have at least 3' down in the culverts, and there is snow in the woods, but it's going away fast and the warm temps today should speed it away. Good. We've had enough of that. The only good thing about spring being so late is that the bugs may be late or nonexistant this year. Let's hope nonexistant.
The guys were sleepy. They both got some lap time and Louie even jumped up on my lap without any new scratches on my legs.
So that was my day, and now I'm going to bed and, hopefully, sleep hard and long. It's a warmish, clear spring evening in the field.
Well, that was nasty. I had just finished writing over 5,000 words about my day when I spilled some water on the keyboard, and in the course of getting rid of that, I answered a question without reading it thoroughly and lost the whole thing. Ack! So i guess you won't get to read about all that.
I got to bed around 11:30 last night, I think. I slept well and i got up around 8:30. I knitted without too much difficulty, although the startup was rocky. I'm halfway through the rows of the border, although obviously, I'm not halfway done with the border, because it gets bigger by 4 stitches on every row. It is sort of a milestone, though.
Today was washday. One load is in the dryer - it's sweats and jeans and it takes forever to dry - and another load is in the washer ready to be dried. I'm getting into summer mode, when I use a whole lot of clothes. I'll have to do the white stuff tomorrow.
Last week, I was wearing my pretty new purple socks when I looked down and discovered a run right from the toe to where the toe shaping starts. Ack! I'd worn them for several days, so I wanted to wash them, and i wanted to fix the run before I did, so after I did my surfing, I got at that. I picked up the other sock first and discovered that I'd dropped a stitch on the foot. Egad! I've been knitting for 70 years, for heaven's sake. I'm not supposed to do that! I think both problems happened because I was trying to knit and read at the same time, but when I used to do that, I never dropped anything. Anyway, I managed to fix both problems, although it wasn't easy. I had to zip up the runs from the right side, but I had to get the last stitch to the wrong side to tie it off, and that was a problem. I managed, though, and they are in the washer. Fortunately, my fingers weren't stiff today.
The other mending job (I have a bunch) was to an Eddie Bauer sweater. It's heavy navy blue cotton yarn with intarsia roses all over, and I love it. However, the last time or so that I wore it, I discovered that when they bound off the neck ribbing, they cut the end of the yarn much too short and it was beginning to unravel, since I have to stretch the neck when I get into and out of it. So I had to fix that. It wasn't easy, because the end of the yarn was only about ½" long. I managed to get it sort of worked in and i took some sewing thread and sewed the join together. I hope it holds, because I love that sweater and I wear it a lot.
That set off a chain of events that lasted the rest of the afternoon. I thought I might want to use one of my antique darning eggs, which were in a plastic shoebox under my feet, but it turned out I couldn't. but I got to thinking about the contents of that box. I think it was what I took out of my mother's sewing box when I moved. I didn't take her box, because I already had one here, but I did take the contents, including a remarkable number of sewing needles. So I unloaded the shoebox into the sewing box and spent the rest of the afternoon looking at my collections. In this case, it was mostly collectible sewing needle sets and embroidery scissors. I use some of the embroidery scissors, but the needles are just for show.
Oh, yes, and I finished the heel on the cream colored summer sock. Since the yarn stripes, I used a short-row heel. I was sure I'd screwed it up, but it turned out that I was miscounting, and it came out fine. For once. It helps a lot to be knitting in light-colored yarn.
And I was glad I found something to do. around 2:00, I almost fell asleep. I don't know why - I should have had enough sleep overnight.
The weather was just about like it's been for the past few days. It was clear overnight, but not especially transparent, and it was clear today until around 5:00. when it began to cloud up a bit. The high temperature finally got to 55º at 7:00 PM; it was in the middle 40s for most of the day. There wasn't much, if any, wind.
The guys slept. Grayson slept on me until I had to do something. I have the horrible feeling they are doing their business up in the loft, probably on the couch and the daybed. Sigh.
So that was my day, and now I have to get that load of clothes into the dryer, take my bath and try to get to bed at some reasonable hour. It's a sort of cloudy, sort of warmish night in the field.
Well it was more reasonable last night - I was in bed by 10:30. I slept fairly well, although I was up several times. I got up around 8:00. It was clear for part of the night, and I finally ascertained that what I was seeing in the west is indeed Leo. I keep forgetting that Regulus isn't very bright and the star at the end of his nose is nearly as bright. Boötes is still too far overhead for me to see it. So is the Big Dipper, although it appears that some of the dimmer stars I was seeing may be part of Ursa Major. I don't know; at 1:00 in the morning, I'm not likely to sit with the star chart and puzzle it out.
I knitted, but I had a ridiculous time getting started, and I had to fiddle a while before I got it right. Once I was in the groove, it went well, and I managed six repeats again.
i didn't do much else but go to the post office, where there wasn't much mail except for a couple of bills, one of which I had already paid. I had some other ideas, but then I forgot about them.
The weather was cool again. The high temperature was 48º, but at least during the day, the humidity was under 45%, which was nice. it started out fairly clear this morning, but it clouded up as the day went along, and it's quite cloudy now. There was a bit of a breeze this afternoon, with gusts up to about 17 mph. It was from the west overnight, but between 9:00 and noon it shifted around to the east, and now it's trending south. The snow continues to go away, although there is still a lot down in the culverts. I noticed on the MODIS imagery for yesterday that all the snow it can see is gone and even half of Lake Medora is ice-free. So we're finally thawing out.
The guys slept, mostly. It was Grayson's day on my lap, and he wanted to sleep on me. They got canned food this morning, but evidently they wanted something with gravy and they didn't get that.
I need to report that the ants have disappeared. I haven't seen any for over a week. Perhaps it's because there isn't any snow outside anymore, but it still freaks me out. Only the next time I am attacked, I will just try to endure and hope they go away again.
So that was my day. I won't be going up to the north end until 10:00, because there is one of my most favorite Beethoven sonatas playing right before then. It's a cool, cloudy night in the field.
I was late last night. It was 11:30 before I got to bed, what with the bath and all. I slept fairly well, although I was up a lot. I could tell when the humidity started to go down, and at some point, I looked out and there were nice, bright stars, for a while at least. I have no idea what they were. The strange view I have out the front windows when I'm lying down make it hard to figure out what's there. I guess I was seeing Boötes, and one of the bright stars was Arcturus. By the time I could see stars, I guess Leo was setting. Like I say, it's hard to sort things out.
I got up around 8:30 or so, and I knitted my 6 sides without much problem. I'm getting into the rhythm of the next part of the pattern. I am halfway through row 34, so I'm nearly halfway done with the border, but it gets 4 stitches bigger on every row, so it's a slow slog. I think probably I'm going to like the result, when it's finally blocked, but it's a humungous thing and I'm not sure how I'll ever block it. And I need to wind those last two skeins into balls!
I paid a couple of bills, but I discovered, finally, that the bank is paying my electric bill with a check, not through the ACH, so I will have to start paying it earlier. And I did a system update on both computers. It went well on the desktop, but I had to try it at least six times before it worked on the laptop. I'm not sure why, but evidently the download stopped working. I think I got everything, finally, but it was a pain. I always liked to think the desktop and the laptop were about the same, but that clearly isn't the case, and I frequently have more problems with the laptop. I don't know why, but I just keep beating on it until it works.
The weather was nicer than yesterday. The high temperature was only 44º, but it was sunny for most of the day, although it's gotten cloudy as the sun started to set. There was quite a wind overnight, with gusts up to 31 mph from the north, and there were a couple of times this morning when there were 25 mph gusts, but the wind has died down to around 14 mph now. The lake was singing there for a while. It was quite humid overnight, but that has gone down, too, and it's under 50%. That makes me feel much better.
The guys weren't as sleepy as usual today, and I think part of the problem was that their food didn't quite please them. In fact, I think Grayson brought a piece of his now hard canned food into the studio and ate part of it. I haven't looked at what he left. So when I went out to get the package that came (mostly toothbrushes and floss), I hauled in the big bags of dry food and filled the bowls while my dinner was cooking. Maybe that will make them happier. What little snots they are! It turned out that I gave them the same thing yesterday that I had on Sunday, and they let me know they weren't very pleased about that, since it's not one of their favorites. Tough toenails.
So it was a nice, quiet ay, and I'm off to the north end very soon. I like being on an early schedule, and I'm going to try to keep it up. Now it's a sort of cloudy, cool night in the field...and my fingers are out of sync.
It was nearly 10:30 when I got to bed last night, and it's going to be even later tonight, because I discovered a whole lot of new information about Sjogren's Syndrome and I had to read it. Yup, if symptoms are any indication, I have it, although it's not as debilitating for me as it is for some people. In fact, a whole lot of the odd symptoms I deal with all the time seem to be Sjogren's symptoms. And I also learned that there is not one or even two or three tests that will tell if I have it. It's still mostly a matter of adding up all the symptoms. So Dr. Haller was right not to order the test. She and I were both pretty sure when I saw her several years ago. Oh, yeah, the symptoms include chronic fatigue, muscle pains, arthritis, sinus problems, and probably some of my intestinal problems as well as the dry eyes and mouth I've had for years. And lymphoma, although, curiously enough, they don't mention much about that anymore. It's an autoimmune disease, and I guess after what my mother died of, I'm not surprised that I have one. So I will cope and talk to the doctor about it when I see him.
I got up around 8:30 and I knitted. It went much better today, and I knitted my 6 sides in a bit under two hours. That's 12 stitches a minute, but when you realize that most of those stitches have to be manipulated, it's not a bad speed. There are 844 on the needle now. I never claimed to be a fast knitter anyway. It's the process, and it isn't bad if it takes a while.
Today the task of the day was the bulletin, and I got it out so fast that I was afraid I'd missed something, which doesn't appear to be true. I guess I'm getting into the swing of it, finally. Of course, I'm going to miss things occasionally, but then, I never made any claim of being near perfect. It's why I have a couple of proofreaders to help out.
The weather was miserable, so mostly I ignored it. The high temperature was 50º, but it was only briefly and around 7:00 PM. It was in the middle 40s for most of the day. There wasn't much wind. It dribbled rain all day, with a total so far of 0.32", and along about 2:00 PM it got very foggy, which it still is. Obviously, the humidity was over 90% all day. Yuck. However, we need the rain so badly, and even more than we've had, so I'll endure. It doesn't make my joints feel very good. The rest of the week is supposed to be better.
The guys were sleepy. As it turned out, Grayson didn't get any lap time, because I was doing something else - like eating - when he wanted to sit, and he never came back. Louie did get a long lap sit, and I have some new scratches on my leg to prove it. One of these days, he isn't going to be able to make it onto my lap at all. Grayson spent most of the day in the ugly chair, and Louie went after him at least twice, once so badly that I actually got up and chased him away. That was all right, because the camera was at an angle and I think I managed to get it straightened around. But still.
So that was it. I have to wash my hair tonight, although I'm not going out tomorrow. Tomorrow is Ascension Day, and the service is at the other church, which I don't like to go to, so I will stay home and celebrate by myself.
Now it's a cool, damp, foggy night in the field - a good one to spend asleep.
It was 10:00 last night, and while I didn't sleep quite as well as the night before, I did all right. Part of it was that the first time I woke up, I discovered that I had a cat on either side of me. Louie was up by the pillow, but Grayson was right behind my back. I don't know why, or how he stood it. It was really warm in the bedroom, and it was around 4:00 before I could even have my summer blanket over me. I'm sure that's part of the reason I didn't sleep as well, and besides it got humid. I got up around 7:00. It was a bit earlier than I would have liked, but I knew if I went back to bed, it would be too late when I finally did get up.
I knitted my six sides, but it took me 2¼ hours. I'm going to have to cut back to five sides, I guess. I'm through with the part that was the same as part of the center, and I'm going to have to pay more attention. I didn't have any problem, except that I had screwed up the first repeat on the previous row - again. I think I got everything right, so I can forge ahead. I did discover a bad error in the chart yesterday, so I should probably print it again, except that I've already knitted that row. i will fix the file, though.
That was about all I did. I had some ideas, but I don't feel all that good, so I did nothing. I didn't even embroider, but that was in part because I had a cat on my lap.
The weather was dull and gray and much cooler than yesterday. The high temperature during the day was only 48º,for a while this afternoon. There was almost no wind. Lately, the humidity has climbed to 86% and there has been a bit of rain. No wonder I hurt. But we really need the rain, so I'll just eat Tylenol and endure. It was cloudy and gray all day, a good day to ignore the outdoors.
The guys did. They both got some lap time. Grayson felt better today, or at least he was dancing around this morning. Louie is such a low-energy guy that I don't know quite how I would know if he was sick, although he is shedding so much I'd be surprised if he doesn't have hairballs.
So that was it, and as soon as the Beethoven ends, I will be tottering up to the north end and crashing. It's a cool, dark and probably rainy night.
I was in bed at 9:00 last night, which is before sunset. It was shining through the trees a long way north of the lighthouse, but it certainly didn't keep me awake! I woke up around 1:00 AM, I think. I was up a couple of times more, but I slept very well. So well, in fact, that I think it was about 7:30 when I got up, maybe earlier, I don't remember.
I knitted, but with some trouble. I've finally finished the section I've been working on for a while, which is all the same, and the stitch count has doubled, from 14 for each repeat, to 28. It takes some change of mindset, especially since the whole center section had a 14 stitch repeat, too. However, I was getting really bored with that part, so it's nice to have something different to do. Only it took me almost 2½ hours to do my six sides.
There wasn't anything else to do. The lady who prints the bulletins pointed out something I'd forgotten about the one for Thursday, so I fixed that, and with her help, got it all on one page.
I did spend some money. There were a lot of bathroom-type things I needed, and I'd seen a piece of fabric I think will make nice pants. That got me in a tussle with JoAnn's, but don't get me started on that!
The weather was nice. It was clear most of the night and all day. The official temperature only got to 63º, briefly, but it was 10º warmer here, for some reason. There was a bit of breeze early in the day, with gusts up to 20 mph, but after 4;00 PM it went calm. The breeze is picking up again now, from the southwest, which is nice, because the temperature had gotten up to 80º in here, in spite of the open south window. It's nice to have a cool breeze coming in to try to cool it off.
Louie actually jumped up on the counter and went over to the window after I opened it. He didn't want to see me - he wanted to sit in the window. I wondered if he could get up there, even though there is something he can jump on halfway up. He had no problem. Grayson got some lap time, but Louie didn't.
So it was a very quiet day. I think I'm going to go to bed rather than take a bath, as soon as the Allegri is over. I can just be smelly and greasy. I wasn't as sore as yesterday, but when I got up to make my dinner, for a few seconds, I couldn't put any weight at all on my right knee. I guess the humidity is going up again. And I'm enjoying that deep sleep I've been getting, as well as the long days when I get up early.
Now it's a sort of warm (for May), clear evening in the field.
i made it into bed by 9:30 last night and I went right to sleep. I had strangest and most wonderful thing happen to me. I began to wake up about 4 hours later - strange and wonderful by itself - and while I was coming to, the thought crossed my mind that I had died and gone to heaven, because I was in absolutely no pain whatsoever! I can't tell you how wonderful that felt, and I just lay there for a while, feeling what it feels like to have no pain. There was a bit in my knees when i got up, but not much, and when I got back into bed, I was pain-free again. This went on for a couple of hours - I was up a lot in the middle of the night.
Unfortunately, I paid. When I got up this morning, I hurt all over, and it was all I could do to get up and out to church. Standing up in church was excruciating.
After church, I learned how to use the copier, which is extremely easy. I don't know about adding paper and changing toner cartridges, but copying is more than easy. So I copied the bulletin for tomorrow, and when I went upstairs, I had a conversation with Pastor that lasted too long and when I went out to my car, I could hardly walk. That's not new - I've had the same problem with my knees since I was in my middle 30s. What is newer (old now) is the associated pain in my back and hips.
Anyway, I had to get gas, and I managed to do that. I got home around 2:30. Well, it was earlier than that but I had a driveway moment with the program that was on the radio. I changed my clothes and my incontinent pad and had some lunch, and before the afternoon was over, I almost fell asleep. That's why this is so early. I'm going to crash. I took some Tylenol when I got home, and I'm not quite as sore as I was earlier, but I still hurt.
It was a cool day. The official high temperature has finally gone up to 51º, although it was warmer here. There wasn't much wind, but until about 2:00 PM, it was very humid, which no doubt is why I hurt so much. It's better now, It was 41º until 2:00 and 45º until 7:00 PM, but the humidity was down in the 58% - 60% range, which is tolerable. The wind has been under 7 mph all day, It was quite clear until after I got home, but there have been high clouds for the rest of ther afternoon, which means the harbor was gray and not the pretty blue it should be. There was some sunshine, but it was muted.
The guys slept. Grayson got a lot of lap time until I had to type. Louie came around once, but Grayson was on my lap then and I can only hold one cat at a time. The rule is, i don't boot one cat off to let the other get on. They have to work that out by themselves.
So that was my day. Now I can dream about waking up without pain, but I doubt it will happen very often. Oh, that was so nice!
Now it's a partly clear, cool evening in the field, and I need to go to bed now!
This is way early tonight, but I don't feel very good and I have to fill the pill dispensers at the north end. It turned out to be a busier day than I anticipated, which was good, because I was bored.
I was a bit later than I wanted to be last night - around 11:30 - but I got into the bathroom and just sat and stared at the floor. I slept fairly well, but I was up several times. I got up around 8:30.
I knitted without too many problems, but wow, is that thing getting big! Apparently I have 984 stitches on the needle now, although I'll need to check that to be sure. It's a lot.
While I was knitting, I think I was hearing some kind of woodpecker (not a pileated) drumming. Ah, the sounds of spring!
The day started out quietly, and I did my surfing and kept trying to find something else to do - nothing that I had to do was interesting - when I started getting emails from Pastor.
There is going to be a funeral on Monday, and since it will be in the church, it needs a bulletin. At first, I thought it would be easy - take one of the half-sheets and he gave me the information in just about the right format so all I had to do was copy it. Hah. I got the first email at 2:15 and the last one, with the "looks good," at 6:00. In between there were other emails flying all over creation. The person who usually does the printing is out of town, so I will have to do it (or somebody there tomorrow) and there were all kinds of little changes to my original draft. In the end, I was wielding my shoehorn, but I managed to get everything in. It's not beautiful, but the information is all there and it's readable.
Well, it made the afternoon interesting. It's a shame that the funeral is on Monday, because that's usually Pastor's day off, but when it's your time, God takes you. It sounded like Pastor was being very pastoral today, too. Some families need more support than others. Thankfully, we haven't had very many funerals - two, maybe? - since he's been with us, but it's going to happen to all of us. I'm not planning to have a funeral, because I have no family and there doesn't seem to be much reason for it. Pastor Boelter, my old pastor, insists that I must have a graveside service, but that's OK. Put me in a pine box (in a crypt, of course), cover me up and I'm fine.
When I came out of the kitchen with my dinner, there was a dingy out in our end of the harbor with some fishermen (I guess) in it. My mother always said all fishermen are crazy, and I think so. The air temperature was OK, but the water has to be right about 32º, and I wouldn't want to risk ending up in it. I didn't check to see if they were wearing life vests, but I doubt they were; those guys seldom do.
The weather started out beautifully clear, but by 1:45 PM it clouded up completely and it was dull and gray for the rest of the afternoon. Radar thinks it's raining, but it isn't. It may rain later this evening, though. That's because we are in the path of a CME and there may be northern lights. Fortunately, we may see them tomorrow and Monday, too, when it's supposed to be clear. The high temperature during the day was 54º and there wasn't any wind. We need the rain, but it would be nice to see the northern lights, too.
The guys slept. Grayson got a little lap time (I think - I don't remember) but Louie didn't come by. He got his this morning. Grayson was bugging me to give him some canned food, but he doesn't get canned food on Saturdays. While I was making my breakfast, he kept sitting down under my feet until I finally kicked him (not hard). It's not like he doesn't have any food.
So that was my day, which was a bit more exciting than I'd counted on. Now I have to fill the north end pill dispensers and wash my hair and try to get to bed early. It's a sort of warmish, very cloudy evening in the field.
It was so nice to get home early last night, and I was in bed by 11:00. I slept fairly well, although I was up several times and I hurt, mostly in the shoulders and hips. I got up around 8:30. The knitting went fairly well, although I had to rip out and redo one repeat - it was one I did this morning, and I have no clue what I did. It's fine now and I did my six sides.
I didn't do much else. I had a nice, and fairly long, conversation with the guy from the TV station, and it turns out that I did indeed give them permission to use my images last summer. I remember now, because the then weather person had a very unusual name - she's no longer with the station. So that got resolved, and we agreed that we love it here in the UP.
I went to the post office where there was a lot of mail, most of which went into the recycle bag. I was pleased to find that I used a bit less electricity this year than last - my budget billing settles in May.
I got the small gift I bought myself. Some time ago now I started collecting scissors. I guess it started with all the scissors I inherited from my foremothers, plus the ones I needed for my embroidery. In the past few years, the manufacturers have begun to come out with some very decorative embroidery scissors. I even have a pair that is shaped like a black cat! A couple of weeks ago, I saw a pair I had to have. The Chinese make scissors with very large, teardrop-shaped handles. I've wanted a pair since I first saw them, but the time never seemed right. These aren't Chinese, but the do have the big handles. The blurb for these said the handles were "rose gold," but when I saw them, i realized that they are the copper-handled ones I've had my eye on for quite a while. The finger holes are big enough that I can get three fingers in them, which is a big change from the first ones i bought, which have holes so small I can't get any of my fingers in them. And with this pair is one of those airline-safe thread cutters, also copper colored. I've never tried the thread cutters, because I don't fly anymore, but it's a pretty pendant. So that was nice.
The weather has turned summery again. It started out cloudy and cool - and calm - but by 9:00 the clouds were mostly going away. Around noon, there were some more clouds and enough north wind that there were whitecaps on the harbor, and it took quite a while for the temperature to warm. It was stuck right around 45º until after 5:00 PM, when suddenly it spiked up to 67º. It's dropped off to 48º again now, and the wind is picking up to 20 mph gusts. It's still clear, though. It appears that the sun is now setting out of the camera picture, as it will for three months or so. So spring is coming after all! There is still some ice right around the shore at our end of the harbor, but not much, and if it gets as warm as they're predicting over the next few days, that will go away, too. When it was warm for that couple of hours, the relative humidity was down under 30%, which is nice for my aches and pains but not so good for potential wildfires.
The guys were sleepy. Grayson slept on me as much as I'd let him, and he had a coughing fit, so I suppose part of his problem is that he doesn't feel very well. I don't think Louie does, either, because he's still going after Grayson. They're so much like little kids!
So that was my day. I don't feel very good - the sinus thing again - and the music isn't that great, so after the Dvorak (which I've never heard before) finishes, I think I'll go and crash. It's a clear, cool night in the field.
I guess it was almost midnight when I got to bed last night, but I had to wash my hair, and you know how that goes. I had a wakeful time in the middle of the night but I made up for it by not getting up until 9:30.
I knitted, and I'm progressing. I spliced in the next ball of yarn without too much trouble, but I was doing a mostly plain purl row. This is going to be an incredibly huge thing. Pretty, but huge.
I didn't do much else. There wasn't enough time between my surfing and when I had to leave for choir to do much. I did have a conversation with my doctor's office about all the intrusive questionnaires they keep giving me and about some of the things in my online medical reports. I will be talking to the doctor about them. The thing about Medicare is that if you have a "Wellness Exam" (read: yearly physical) they require you to answer all sorts of off-the-wall questions or they may not approve the exam. Oh, yes, and echocardiograms now need to be pre-approved. Sheesh. Apparently you may refuse to answer some of the questions but if you don't answer too many of them, they may not approve the exam. And frankly, I think some of those questions are none of their business. I guess I'll do it - although I'm undecided about the 9 page questionnaire for the bone density - but I don't like it.
I also had a conversation with a nice person at the local TV station (TV6 in Marquette) about their use of my webcam images. He was only an engineer and can't do anything, but he promised to send my information to the proper places and get them to call me. We'll see if that happens. The issue is, in the past month, two local people who look at my webcam have seen my images on the TV station's weather report. I don't recall giving them permission to broadcast that stuff, and it is copyrighted. I try to be generous about usage of my images, because I like to promote Copper Harbor as much as I can (and I modestly believe I have the best images going), but I think it behooves something like a TV station to at least ask permission before they use them. The issue in this case is that TV6 is associated with FOX, and I am not sure i want to be linked to FOX in any way, shape or form. Only first I have to have a conversation with someone at TV6 who has some authority over what they broadcast. I sent them an email a month or so ago when I learned about the first use, and I never heard anything back. If I don't hear from them in the next week or so, I am going to get exercised about this. Oh, and I'm updating the copyright notice on the bottom of the livecam page (not on the image) tonight, to have the right end date on it. There are some principles involved here.
We went for choir, but we didn't stay for Bible Study, because they were going to watch a video, which Mary Ann had seen and I don't do video very much, especially on the little screen they have. So I made it home by 8:00, which was nice, because it wasn't dark yet.
We both remarked how fast the snow has gone away. There are still piles in the shaded places in the woods, but it's going fast and it isn't causing any problems now. The drifts in the culverts are still up 6" or so over the bottom sills of the car windows, but the roads are clear. There are wet spots, of course - all that melt has to go someplace, and the road is on bedrock - but the road is in surprisingly good condition. I noticed that at least part of Lake Lily is ice-free, and there isn't any ice at this end of the harbor today. Lake Medora is still ice covered, but it looks very mushy and I wouldn't walk on it.
The weather today was conducive to more melt. The high temperature here was 55º between 1: 00 and 3:00, and there was a bit of wind then, too, up to almost 20 mph gusts from the southwest. Otherwise, it was nearly calm. The humidity got down under 50%, which was nice for me. Apparently it was clear at sunrise, but by the time I got up it was clouding up and it was mostly cloudy for most of the day. Mary Ann and I agree that we need rain. They keep forecasting it and then changing their minds.
The guys slept. Grayson got some lap time twice - after breakfast and after dinner - but Louie didn't come around. He came to the door when I came home, but that's about it.
So that was my day, and maybe some of the things that have been bugging me have been resolved enough that I'll be able to sleep better tonight. It's a warmish, cloudy night in the field.
Well, I made it into bed by 10:30, but I didn't have a very good night. I went right to sleep, but I was wakeful for four or five hours in the middle of the night. Then I settled down and I was only up one more time. I got up around 9:00, I think. I think possibly my problem was getting the temperature right. It was warmer in the bedroom than I'm used to but not so warm that I was completely comfortable under the summer blanket. Once it cooled off a bit and I could cuddle under the comforter, I was fine. I was also running off at the bottom more than I usually do. Anyway, one way or another, I seem to have gotten enough sleep.
I knitted, of course, and tomorrow I will have to splice in a new ball of yarn - the last one I have wound into balls. I have the rest of the yarn here now, but I forgot about it, so that's something to do tomorrow.
The task of the day was to get the bulletin out as quickly as I could - I didn't get the info until nearly 2:00. I accomplished that, and I think I got everything in that needed to be in. I called the contractor about my septic system, and they will probably be here in a couple of weeks to do the maintenance. Of course, that's the week I have to see the eye doctor, so there may be a conflict. Of course. Things like that always happen, even when one has as few scheduled events as I do.
Oh, and there was a small system update that I installed on the desktop, although I forgot to do it on the laptop. Tomorrow, maybe?
The weather wasn't very nice. It was cloudy and dull. The high temperature was only 40º and it was quite humid. The wind was at or under 10 mph all day. Blah. However, this is typical early spring weather. All the rain they were saying we would get has evaporated. The snow is still disappearing at a great rate, so I guess I can't complain too much.
The guys were sleepy. Louie was going after Grayson all day, including in the ugly chair, where they both wanted to sleep. Grayson got some lap time, but I wouldn't let Louie have any. They got canned food this morning, and it looks like they've eaten most of it before the ants arrived, although Grayson may have gotten into them while I was cooking dinner.
So it was a very quiet day, and now I must wash my hair and try to get to bed at a semi-reasonable hour. It's a cloudy, dull, chilly evening in the field.
May already! I can't tell you how discombobulated that makes me feel. How can almost half the year be over already - and there's still snow on the ground! How to totally disorient a person!
I tried to pull an all-nighter last night...it was that game. However, I think possibly I got it out of my system. I tried playing it again today and found it boring and annoying. Well, it was fun for a while.
I got up around 11:00 - not nearly enough sleep! - and after I did my knitting, I actually did something useful. I noticed, a couple of days ago, that the bathtub trap had finally dried up. It does that periodically, since I don't use the bathtub (don't dare, since I probably couldn't get out of it). i didn't fix it at once because the tub was a mess and full of cat hair and dust bunnies, but I decided today that I'd better take care of it. I won't say I cleaned it well, but it's a whole lot cleaner than it was. My water is so full of iron and tannins that when it dries, it leaves nasty brown marks all over everything, and for a while I was wringing out the bathmat after I took a bath. I don't do that anymore. The mat does get wet, but mostly it dries before I need it again. All winter, I've had it on the floor anyway, so I don't have to put my feet on the cold tile. But first there was that mess and then all the stuff that precipitates out of the air. I used to think it was cleaner here than in the big city, but it certainly isn't. Most of the dust is white or gray rather than black, but there's a lot of it, and I get a whole lot of grit and sand, partly from the beaches, I suppose, and partly from the terrible soil they put down in my backyard. And then there's the cat fur... Now my tub looks pretty good as long as you don't look too hard, because I didn't scrub it. And I think I got the drain plug cleaned off pretty well, too. So that chore is done, probably for another two or three years.
I was late enough that I didn't do anything else except for my surfing. While the talking was going on, I embroidered a bit, but I'm just filling in the backrground behind the straw now, and it's fussy, so I didn't get a lot done.
The weather started out hopeful. The temperature actually got up to 74º between noon and 2:00 PM, but then it plunged and it's now down to 50º. I have the window open, because it was hot in here, but I'll have to close it soon. it all happened because the wind shifted around to the north and picked up to gusts of 30 mph for a while. It's died down now, but that wind blowing across all that cold water was bound to drop the temperature. It was partly to mostly cloudy all day, but it was bright. They've decided it's not going to rain this week which is too bad, actually. The humidity was so low during the day (34% for a while) that they put out a fire warning, and we need the precip. However, if I'm driving around in it, I'll take clear and dry.
The snow is going at a remarkable rate. The plow piles are still pretty high, and the drift at the back of the drain field is still there, but it's amazing how fast it's melted - or sublimed, probably. There is still a lot of ice at our end of the harbor, which you can't see in the camera, but most of the harbor is ice-free. At last.
The guys slept. Grayson got some lap time, but Louie didn't today. Maybe they trade off. Louie got some loving last night and this morning and he slept with me. When I opened the window, it took Grayson a little time to notice it, but then he sat down in it and shut off all the air for a while. Now it's too cool for him. It is breezy, but I want to cool down the studio as much as I can before I go to bed.
So tonight, I'm going to bed early. The music isn't quite as nice as it was last night, and I won't be playing a game. There are some things i need to add to Trine 14 and I think I can see enough of where it's going to start writing again, but not yet. I wish I could get my hours arranged so I get to bed early every night, but I'm not there yet. It's getting better, but...
So it's a coolish, cloudy night in the field and it's bedtime.
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