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I lied…
Monday, July 31, 2006, 12:28 pm
Filed under: Knitting

I move tomorrow, and I’ve been on the phone with random utility companies far too long already and I’m not even a third done.

So, in the meantime while I’m listening to the muzak on the other end of the line, I’ll fill out this SP8 questionnaire.

1) What is your favorite season of the year?

Spring or fall… I like the colours of fall, but I love what spring promises (warmth, vacation, all that jazz)

2) Where is your favorite vacation spot?

I have yet to find a favourite vacation spot, but definitely somehwere with archaeological significance.

3) If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?

Guatemala

4) If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be?

I don’t have a brand. I’m very pragmatic in my brands – I use what works for the project. As for the kind of yarn, a wool/cotton blend.

5) If you won a shopping spree to your favorite yarn store, what would you get?

I would get some nice roving, some luxurious yarns I couldn’t usually afford, and a set of Denise interchangable needles.

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Pictureless
Sunday, July 30, 2006, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Digression

Okay, no fun pictures today, sorry.

That being said, I’m moving in to my new place on Tuesday (yay!). It’s a building built in 1911, clawfoot tub, hardwood floors, the works. I think it’s pretty awesome and it’s in a really good location. Plus top floor, so nobody banging around above my head.

Tomorrow is the day to phone everywhere and hook up the gas, electricity, and phone. I say tomorrow because every business essentially closes down on Sundays in thie town – which is something I’ll have to get used to (not ever living in a small town before).

However, I’m happy to report it’s wonderful and cool here, and hopefully it will be all week. I need a break from 35 degree temperatures.

Next time I report, hopefully things will be settled.

Adieu!



Knitting Goodness
Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 5:43 pm
Filed under: Knitting

I’ve taken much time in the past few days to get knitting done. It’s been extremely hot (although there was *gasp* a breeze yesterday!) which means you stay as still as you can during the day, and then at night you might go out and do something. So I’ve taken to knitting during my days.

First and foremost, I finished the slipper! It’ll be in the mail ASAP to my mom who has been more than patient waiting for it. Of course it’s been just as hot where she is so I don’t think she needs the slippers right now anyway.

Next, I’ve picked up the old circulars again and I’m once again making a honeymoon cami because it’s awesome and I want another one. I love my brown one and all but live in it (because I do have to wash it from time to time), so I decided a nice creamy white one is in order. I’m doing everything exactly the same as the first, including the adjustments I made, but I’m lengthening it by about an inch this time and it’s going to be “natural white” in the Elann.com Sonata instead of “deep olive”.

Pictures!

And the detail:



The slipper
Friday, July 21, 2006, 12:35 pm
Filed under: Digression, Knitting, Photos/Photography

The slipper will be done by tomorrow come hell or high water!

I say tomorrow because I still have my tapestry needles and whatnot in the bed of the truck and I may not feel like getting them out until tomorrow. But I’ve begun shaping the toe, so the end is definitely only an hour or so away.

I forgot to mention this in my last post, but during the second day of travel, when we woke up in Hope, within 30 mins of me crawling out of bed I get stung by a damned wasp! Good news, I didn’t die. Better news, B. acted quick as can be, killed the wasp, and then mushed up some aspirin, put it on the sting, and to my surprise it worked! The pain didn’t disappear, but it was a lot less worse than it was seconds before.

I mention this only because for 20 years I managed to not get stung by anything, and then twice in one summer I get stung by a wasp. Both times because they were hiding in my clothes. Damned sneaky wasps.

Also, I love the Okanagan. It’s way too bloody hot, hotter than it is here, but I love the sagebrush and the brown hills spotted with green.

The above photo was taken outside of Osoyoos, possibly the hottest place in all of Canada.



I’ve arrived
Thursday, July 20, 2006, 8:24 pm
Filed under: Digression

I’m pleased to say that I’ve arrived safe and sound. No whizzing off steep curves on the highway for me!

I’m also pleased to say that even though the tarp nearly all shredded during the drive, nothing fell off the back of the truck while we were whizzing down the highway at 110 KM/H.

I’m not so pleased to report that it’s staggeringly hot here, and there’s no wind. I’ve even taken to wearing nothing but skirts and tanktops and have shed my usual black clothing (not because I’m trying to make a fashion statement, just because it’s what a gravitate to). Thankfully there are some waterfalls here that take the edge off a bit, but it’s still disgustingly hot.

I wore 70 SPF and still burned. It’s the curse of the pale redhead.

I’ve had time to knit lately though, and I’m almost done my mom’s slipper, which means I can move on to another tank top soon!

With that, I’ll sign off for now. Pictures soon!



Before it begins
Monday, July 17, 2006, 12:02 pm
Filed under: Digression, Gardening & Plants, Photos/Photography

Today is my last “day” so to speak here. Tomorrow our ride is coming to pick us up, and we are off the day after that. Tomorrow will be full of filling trucks and getting rid of the excess furniture, as well as figuring out just what has to be sent through greyhound (because we can’t fit it all in the trunk!).

I cancelled the phone and internet, which will be cut off on Wednesday morning.

Also, I’ve made my peace with saying goodbye to my garden. I understand that most likely for the rest of the season it will go unwatered, wither away, die, and then most likely be resodded. That’s okay, because I can always get new plants and a new garden. Still, it’s hard saying goodbye to something you really worked on, even if it was only a little 4×5 plot of dirt.

But that’s okay, there’ll be new dirt for me to play in Nelson. Also, lots of things for me to take photographs of which is what I’m really looking forward to.

Also, I’ve taken a bit of time to knit. I needed to knit. Knitting is good for the soul. It doesn’t look much different, but here’s a photo anyway:

It’ll be done in a week!

Funny story as well, yesterday my landlord calls me and says:

“Hi, we’re showing the place on Wednesday, and I know you’re not leaving until that morning and that’s fine, but we won’t have time to come in and clean it, so would you mind cleaning it a little?”

And my response was:

“Well, of course I will!”

That was said as I was actually cleaning at that moment. And that got me wondering, if they’re expecting me not to clean, what kind of tenants are they used to?

That being said, I think I will sign off for now. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to update you all by the end of the week to let you know that I didn’t go over a cliff or something on the drive to Nelson *knocks on wood*.

I do expect many a travel photo to be taken. Oh yes.

And with that, I bid you all adieu (for a while…).



Sun Sign
Friday, July 14, 2006, 10:32 am
Filed under: Digression, Photos/Photography

I was getting sick of seeing no photograph on the latest entry, so here we are.  Taken with a 50 year old camera with the lens reversed.  I love tinkering with my cameras.

I have today and tomorrow left of work, then four more days left in Vancouver.  I feel like I’m pretty ready to go, I just have some furniture that I need to do away with, which is admittedly the most daunting task because I don’t have a car.

Knitting has unfortunately taken a back seat as of lately, which is especially bad for my mom and her one-slippered foot.  Sorry mom, I swear it’s halfway done and will be at your doorstep by the end of July!

That being said I have lots of fun and exciting things planned.  I’m going to have time to take lots of photos again, I’m going to have time to knit, there’s only new experiences facing me which I so sorely need after far too long in this dreary city of Vancouver (and I’m not talking about the rain, I like the rain).  Not to mention, I’ll be starting up my own business.  One that will hopefully keep me out of the retail world – at least when it gets started up.

I love blogs because I can display all my little pictures and you can’t do a thing about it.

Also, be looking for photographs of me with a cacti during the road trip.  Seriously.