Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy First Day of Spring!!

It's official - winter is over. It was cold and windy here today, but the sun did shine. Hope you enjoyed warmth wherever you are.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My path today..

Just dropped in for a quick Hi! We are enjoying some great early Spring weather - or maybe its late Winter. Anyways today was just a gorgeous day and I left shortly after I was done working for the park to get a walk in. It felt so good. Amazing though how crowded it gets when the days are nice. I have been walking almost all month as much as I can and I will say that most days I only see 1 or 2 people if that on the trails. Its like you have your own personal park. Today people were everywhere. Work is moving right along. This week as been a little different so I think we may be getting in a pattern. I know some people have switched over to nights as there was not enough to do for everyone all day long. I just keep typing along and we will see what happens.

My sock class is going good. This Thursday is supposed to be the last night but we are not even close to being done. I am knitting as fast as I can though so that I will have 2 socks done at the same time or pretty close to the same time. I'll have pictures next time.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week. Happy St. Patrick's Day to those of you who are celebrating!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Knitting, stitching and chilling out!!

Its raining like crazy here today, although I will say we have had some rather warm days - almost 60 is what I consider warm for northern Ohio in March. It was so nice to get outside without all those clothes you need in the winter. To wet to do anything outside - and with the rain we are having it will be awhile. Its living up to its reputation though - mud season. The chickens were even able to come out of the barn for 2 days. Once they found an opening in the gate they were out like a flash. So far they have been staying right around the barn but as soon as its dry and we are able we will have to put the fence back up. We have neighbors -they are not going to like chickens roaming in their yard.

Below is a little rabbit I have been working on. Its on a piece or orange wool that I got at a little store in Seville. I just took a pattern from a book that I have, cut him out and sewed him on the orange wool. I think Iam going to put some wool pennies around him and he will become a pillow. I cut out a couple of others - so I am going to work on them tonight. Easy, quick, cheap - and a good Spring project. Next up is my toe up sock. I really don't want to jinx this but - its going really well. I did make one mistake and had to many stitches on the needle - but I was able to rip it out and get it back on the needles without having to start over. I'm doing the magic loop method. At first I was going to do double points but it was a little confusing. This time around magic loop and the sock pattern are breezing along - maybe I just gained more experience??

Work is moving right along. The beginning of the week was sort of slow but it seems by Thursday the schedules had been moved around and I have had plenty of work. I hope it stays that way. Don't know if I mentioned this but I get paid by how much I type and when there is no work you know your not making any money when you are sitting waiting for another report to come up - very frustrating and stressful. Hopefully this week will go off without a hitch.
Hope you all have a good week!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Is it Spring yet???

I was totally expecting 65 and sunny today - Ha! Ha! What did I get?? Windy, sunny and cold. Still the sun kept pouring in the windows and gave us false hopes that it was warm outside. Then about 5:00 p.m. the wind picked up and it was snowing horizontally -- Nope its not Spring yet.

Below is a picture of some of my Easter/Spring decorations. When Lent starts - bye - bye snowmen and out comes the rabbits. I started a vest this week - but I wasn't actually getting the gauge I wanted so I started over on a smaller needle and so far so good. Hopefully next time I'll have more to show. I got out some of my Need'l Love books to see what I could come up with. I actually ended up taking the rabbit pattern on the above penny rug, cutting out a few of him in different wool colors and am going to make them into wool pillows. This week my sock class starts on Thursday - I cannot wait for that. They have never had a lot of great sock yarn at my LYS but just recently they have gotten in some Noro and Malabrigo. I can't decide which one I want to knit first. So I have a lot planned for the month of March in the crafting department.

I haven't been around much this week due to work matters. You never know when this whole recession thing is going to come knocking at your door. Tom's company has been making cuts ever since December - they have laid off some people but not that many compared to what it could be. They just keep asking for concessions - I think we are just about out of things they could take back. At least Spring is around the corner and they should be picking up on work.

My job seemed pretty safe until this week. I have been typing for this company for 30+ years - the same account for a least 20 years. All of a sudden our work seemed to dry up but we can be slow this time of year - those doctors like to go skiing and all that. Well Friday we heard that they had decided to use another typing firm and we would not longer be getting their work. They are totally satisfied with the job we are doing - just somebody else will type those reports for a lot less money and the company I work for couldn't match the price they were so low. I did get to stay with the Cleveland group and most of the other girls were shifted around to different places. It just means there will be lots of learning for the next couple of weeks trying to get familiar with new accounts. So starting tomorrow I'll be back to working hard and learning new things. After 20 years you really now the routine and who says what and what they mean. The one good thing is that on Friday evening we all got an Email from our boss that she was on her way to the hospital to hook back up the phones for the one department. They were totally discouraged with this company and said enough - they wanted us up back. Its not the department I work with but there is hope maybe the same thing will happen.

So to end my long explanation that is why I have been off the blogging track this week and will probably not be around much for the month of March. I am still reading and seeing what you are all doing in your lives - just haven't had time for posting or commenting. Have a good week everyone - hopefully I will be back sooner than I expect to be.

Think SPRING!!