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First, [livejournal.com profile] maddiec24 Thank you! I opened your gift this morning and I love everything you sent. I also taste-tested both tins of sugared pecans. Yummmmmmmmm. Are the pecans from your trees this year or was the harvest too small?

Second, as soon as I stop typing and we load the car, we're off for our traditional late Christmas/New Year's Eve excursion to Indiana. We'd be on the road already if it weren't for an unexpected need to take Hamish to the vet this morning. I spotted a red lump on his foot a few nights ago and felt we ought to have it looked at before we left. No telling what it is yet -- the advice was to keep an eye on it for a few weeks to see if it's growing. If it is, come back soon. If not, we can put off surgery indefinitely.
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Home safe.
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We are back in Ringgold, Georgia for what remains of this morning. Said our goodbyes this morning, drove for a long time (actually, [livejournal.com profile] jebra drove; while I either snoozed or knit), had dinner with my brother in Atlanta, then climbed back into the car for a while. Tomorrow morning we press on toward home. I miss our kitties. I hope they won't be too mad us when we return.

12/12/12

Dec. 13th, 2012 12:39 am
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We spent pretty much the entire day with [livejournal.com profile] jebra's family. Other than an entirely wonderful dinner at Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, we didn't do much other hang out or go for a stroll around their neighborhood.

We plan to stop by tomorrow morning before we start the drive home.

I miss my kitties.
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We arrived safely earlier tonight and have visited [livejournal.com profile] jebra's parents along with his brother, sister & her husband. It is hot here in Florida and I neglected to pack shorts.
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We're in Ringgold, Georgia. [livejournal.com profile] jebra did all the driving and I knit a scarf. We started listening to Cabin Pressure but had to take a break after the second or maybe it was the third chapter as I was laughing so hard I couldn't breathe. We switched to The Stupidest Angel which was also very funny but not quite as prone to making me short of breath.
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Because tomorrow morning we pack the car and leave for Florida. We plan to make the drive in two days, arriving in or near Zephyrhills Tuesday night. Wednesday, 12/12/12, we intend to spend with [livejournal.com profile] jebra's parents as it is both his mother and his sister's birthday. Thursday, after breakfast, we fold ourselves back into the car and begin the drive home, intending to return home sometime on Friday. Saturday begins the next round of concerts and parties.

[livejournal.com profile] jebra played his first TubaChristmas gig of the year a few weeks ago and his second last Sunday. This afternoon was the FCB's Holiday Show, the last FCB concert of the calendar year. The band played really well and I actually liked every piece they played.

Yesterday I spent the day at Knit Club, working on bed socks for [livejournal.com profile] jebra's mom. I continued working on them when I got home, and again today before and during the concert. I finished them about an hour ago and now have them wrapped and ready to go with us. I also picked out my next three projects as I expect I'll spend the ride to Florida knitting. If I'm lucky I'll also be able to knit all the way home, but if [livejournal.com profile] jebra is too wiped out I'll step up and do some of the driving.

In work news, late on Friday I finally got caught up from the week we took off to attend Worldcon. One week off, three months to catch up. I sure hope I can get my life more under control before the end of the year.
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Well, it's been a busy few weeks. After nearly ten years of being a Dish subscriber, I had enough and switched to WOW. The switch has been far from seamless. The installer discovered he couldn't reach the easement thanks to our overgrown Elderberry bushes and the self-seeded mulberry tree that was growing into cable lines. The installer needed us to clear a path, so installation was delayed for a week.

We cleared a path for the installation guy, which is when I tore up the skin on my ribs. Fortunately I was mostly better the following Friday, which is when I got to haul the trash and yard waste to the curb. I got to do it because [livejournal.com profile] jebra was away at Anthrocon. I was both annoyed and amused with his absence. Most weeks we put out one or both recycling bins and *maybe* one bag of trash. Instead, this is what I got to haul to the street:



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After [livejournal.com profile] jebra returned, so did the cable installer. Which is when we discovered our semi-new Vizio tv does not like WOW, or perhaps that should be WOW without a DVR. I ordered basic service, which does not require a DVR, but I already regret that choice. Pushing the channel up (or down) button 200 times to get from the first channel to the one I want to watch is a drag. I've called the installer to order a DVR, but so far it's the up button for me. And don't even get me started on how much I miss the pause button. I had not idea how addicted I am to that thing until I no longer had one.

Not that I've had much time to miss it. I'm at work during the day, and I've stayed late to work on a few personal projects, such as sewing bags for my electronic devices. Add in the usual routine of laundry on Monday, dance class on Tuesday, and grocery shopping on Wednesday, and well, the weeks practically over. We weren't home last weekend either, as we were in Elkhart for the Jazz Festival. For me, the best part was not the music but the opportunity to see my friends on the Production Staff. I spent pretty much the entire long weekend (we took Friday afternoon off from work) hanging out in the Production Office. I had my Kindle, my netbook, and my knitting.



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So, other than yesterday's tale of the visit to the nutritionist, that's what's been going on with me.
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First, [livejournal.com profile] bloggingchick, yes I will be at Penguicon. Whenever and wherever it is. [livejournal.com profile] jebra knows and I believe he has already made our hotel reservation.

In other news, it's been a busy few weeks. Although with what I have no clue. This is the downside of having a wonky memory. I remember knit club met last weekend. There won't be on next month as just about everyone in our club will be at the knit-away. Not that I can remember where that is either. Although it might start with a "C." If I had time, I'd watch knittingblooms podcast -- I'm sure she's talked about it but I'm about three months behind.

This past Monday the FCB Concert Band performed with the Farmington High School Symphony Band. It was a really good concert and I was enthralled by Mark Flegg's solo performance. He's an amazing trumpeter.

This weekend we're heading for Indianapolis. Actually, we're leaving tomorrow morning as soon as we escape the clutches of our dental hygienist. I'm trying to cut down on the amount of stuff I travel with and am debating not bringing my traveling laptop. I will, however, have my android tablet and my cellphone. As long as I don't want to use a graphics program, that should be more than enough.

Lastly, for those of you who like critters and people who can really write, I recommend reading http://honeyrockdawn.com/2012/03/nicu-part-ii/ Just thinking about what I read this morning is making me smile.
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I don't yet know how many miles we traveled, but we spend Thanksgiving Day in Indiana and then had another Thanksgiving Dinner in mid-Michigan on Saturday. We returned home afterwards, getting in somewhere around 8 or 9 pm. I was up late again doing laundry and catching up on email, and then slept in until four this afternoon.

After I breakfast, I popped Hobson's Choice into the DVD player and sat down to watch with [livejournal.com profile] jebra. It's a fun movie and well worth watching.

Oh, and for the record, I'm a very mean wife. I made [livejournal.com profile] jebra take me to Walmart at the crack of Black Friday. Not because I wanted to shop for Christmas presents, but because I forgot to bring a yarn needle with me and I wanted to buy one. I've never seen a store as crowded with shoppers. I found my yarn needle and then spotted balls of hemp yarn/thread thin enough to string beads. I picked out two. I believe we were in line for the checkout for about a half hour, but it was worth it to me to be able to finish the Jayne Hats I was working on in the car. While we were gone I finished five hats and started a sixth.
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Friday after work we drove down to Pendleton, Indiana, for our nephew's high school graduation. His parents hosted his graduation party on Saturday while the actual commencement ceremony took place Sunday afternoon. I ate way too much cake and baklava on Saturday, then spent Sunday ruing how fat I've become. The high school gym is air conditioned, but it was no match for the number of people crowded in there combined with the excellent insulation my fat provides. I was miserably hot and spent the next two hours dwelling on how I wished I were thin and wearing something light and breezy.

During the drive to and from Indiana, as well as during our stay, I knit. To the point where I was on my fourth scarf on the drive way. I gave one of them away while we down there, but the other three will go to the National World War II Museum. I think I've sent them 26 scarves so far this year.

We didn't get home until nearly 11 p.m. on Sunday night and although I was dog tired I didn't sleep well. The cottonwoods are putting out allergens like its nobody's business and I'm so congested that my poor CPAP machine is no match. I've taken to getting up around one or two in the morning, taking more meds, and reading email or fanfic until I can't keep my eyes open a moment longer and then falling back into bed until the alarm goes off.

I spent most of yesterday in a daze and today isn't shaping up to be any better. On the other hand, at least I'm awake enough to recall that I forgot to post sandygood' birthday card on Saturday.

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Home again

May. 10th, 2011 02:06 pm
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We're back from our drive out to North Carolina for my nephew's wedding (and the drive from Greensboro to Indiana on Sunday, so that Jebra could wish his mom a happy mother's day in person).

Jebra (that wonderful man) did all the driving, which meant I could knit and crochet to my heart's content. I knit four scarves and crocheted a little bag for my cell phone charger while we were on the road.

In other news, my brother Rob is now officially engaged to his girlfriend.

I'm glad to be home and I know the cats feel the same way. They ran out of food while we were gone.
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Busy weekend. Drove to Ionia Friday night, stopping in Grand Ledge to visit Jebra's sister and her husband. And to hand over one of the five berets I've knitted in the past few weeks.

Saturday up reasonably early to drive to Grand Rapids to visit the Dale Chihuly exhibit at Meijer Gardens with mbumby. Got a surprising number of good photos and was interested in seeing how the exhibit changed with the season. Last time we were there it was late summer and the colors were brighter. Depending on the piece, Chihuly's work either blends in better with the landscape or pops out more.

In the evening we went over to Amy & Kim's place for the ArtPrize party. Enjoyed seeing them, greeting mutual friends, and meeting a few new folk.

Sunday we were up not-quite early enough to get to the Davis & Jones Family Reunion in Onondaga. We were an hour late in arriving (thanks to my insistence on returning my mother's house to the state it was when we arrived), but no harm was done. No one had left yet and I had plenty of opportunity to talk with everyone. I took photos again but none I'd call outstanding. We stayed a couple of hours then headed home. Was peopled out by the time we got to the car so it was just as well we arrived late.

On the way home we stopped at Costco for gas and to pick up a couple of boxes of frozen chicken pot pies. They make for an inexpensive lunch and one I don't have to run out to fetch.

Once we arrived home I loaded up th washing machine with dirty clothes, felted the two berets I finished while we were out on the weekend, cleaned up after the cats, and jumped in the shower. Then it was time to transfer photos from the camera to the computer and then settle down to watch
Inspector Lewis.

Now it's Monday and I'm back at the office.
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Friday afternoon [info]jebra and I went up to Houghton Lake to spend the weekend with his parents. Friday night we went out Chinese, did some shopping, then came back to the house to watch CNN, and (in my case) knit.

Saturday we got up earlier than we anticipated as [info]jebra's cousin, his wife, and their two girls had also come north for the weekend and stopped in. We had a nice time visiting with them, ate a late breakfast, then went to Arnie's (a locally-owned craft store) and the Tractor Supply Company for some recreational shopping. When we came back to the house, [info]jebra's mom cooked dinner, Gabe did something on his laptop, and I knit another Jayne hat. After dinner I finished the ear flaps on another pair of Jayne hats and read a book.

Sunday we slept in (although me moreso than [info]jebra), ate a leisurely breakfast, packed the car, and started the drive home. We decided we'd go via Mt. Pleasant and have lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant (Taco Boy). When we arrived in Mt. P we embarked on a driving tour, trying to find the places were we'd lived. This was a challenge because we left town some twenty-five years ago and we couldn't remember the house numbers, or in two cases, the name of the street. We did pretty good, finding five of the places where I used to live. I knew from a previous visit that my old place on Mission had been torn down and I'd heard that the place nearest campus had been demolished to make room for more student housing. As it turns out, that one was still there, but the first house I lived in when I moved off campus was gone.

After completing our tour we went to Taco Boy as planned, only to discover their building was once again empty. I noticed a sign on the door and we pulled into the parking lot. Happily, the sign indicated they'd moved up the street. Unhappily, once we found the new location, we discovered they were closed for Father's Day. We continued down Mission, hoping to find something that sounded good, but nothing did. When we reached Alma, we thought the Braveheart Pub sounded promising, but we soon discovered it was closed. We thought we'd end up having dinner in Lansing, but as we continued along the two lane roads we were traveling, I noticed a place with an amazing number of parked cars. We quickly recognized it as a restaurant and concluded that the food must be excellent to draw such a crowd. We stopped. The food was everything we hoped for.

After dinner we decided we were having so much fun taking the old state road that we should take them the rest of the way home. This stretched what would have been a three and a half hour trip to one that took eight hours, but it was relaxing and we saw some neat stuff.

Mt. Pleasant House Tour )

 

Discoveries made along the drive home )
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Friday afternoon [profile] jebra and I went up to Houghton Lake to spend the weekend with his parents. Friday night we went out Chinese, did some shopping, then came back to the house to watch CNN, and (in my case) knit.

Saturday we got up earlier than we anticipated as [profile] jebra's cousin, his wife, and their two girls had also come north for the weekend and stopped in. We had a nice time visiting with them, ate a late breakfast, then went to Arnie's (a locally-owned craft store) and the Tractor Supply Company for some recreational shopping. When we came back to the house, [profile] jebra's mom cooked dinner, Gabe did something on his laptop, and I knit another Jayne hat. After dinner I finished the ear flaps on another pair of Jayne hats and read a book.

Sunday we slept in (although me moreso than [profile] jebra), ate a leisurely breakfast, packed the car, and started the drive home. We decided we'd go via Mt. Pleasant and have lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant (Taco Boy). When we arrived in Mt. P we embarked on a driving tour, trying to find the places were we'd lived. This was a challenge because we left town some twenty-five years ago and we couldn't remember the house numbers, or in two cases, the name of the street. We did pretty good, finding five of the places where I used to live. I knew from a previous visit that my old place on Mission had been torn down and I'd heard that the place nearest campus had been demolished to make room for more student housing. As it turns out, that one was still there, but the first house I lived in when I moved off campus was gone.

After completing our tour we went to Taco Boy as planned, only to discover their building was once again empty. I noticed a sign on the door and we pulled into the parking lot. Happily, the sign indicated they'd moved up the street. Unhappily, once we found the new location, we discovered they were closed for Father's Day. We continued down Mission, hoping to find something that sounded good, but nothing did. When we reached Alma, we thought the Braveheart Pub sounded promising, but we soon discovered it was closed. We thought we'd end up having dinner in Lansing, but as we continued along the two lane roads we were traveling, I noticed a place with an amazing number of parked cars. We quickly recognized it as a restaurant and concluded that the food must be excellent to draw such a crowd. We stopped. The food was everything we hoped for.

After dinner we decided we were having so much fun taking the old state road that we should take them the rest of the way home. This stretched what would have been a three and a half hour trip to one that took eight hours, but it was relaxing and we saw some neat stuff.

Mt. Pleasant House Tour )

 

Discoveries made along the drive home )

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