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May 25, 2017

11:17 PM

Another Day

Another day rolled around as they tend to do. I worked on the shawl while watching a few shows.  I was four rows into the third set of repeats when it came time to head to rehearsal. Opening the new garage door, I saw how easily it could get away from me! Rehearsal went well. Debi was back from her trip so we talked for quite a while afterwards. I didn’t realize it was so late but as ten o’clock approached, Bill was wondering where I was. Oops! I have a little knitting time left before I need to hit the sack.

Broken Dreams

As children bring their dreams to parents
With tears for them to mend.
I brought my broken dreams to God
Because He was my friend.

But then instead of leaving Him
In peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help
In ways that were my own.

At last I snatched them back and cried,
“How can you be so slow?”
“My child,” He said, “What could I do?
You never did let go.” - Unknown

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May 24, 2017

9:25 PM

Garage Door

     The official word about the wreck yesterday near us came out just after I posted last night. Here is an edited version of the newspaper article. "A hit-and-run driver struck and killed the driver of a golf cart. After striking the golf cart, the man fled in his car, T-boning another vehicle a few hundred feet away. The car driver then fled into a house, where he hid for some time until deputies were able to arrest him. The driver of the golf cart died at the scene, and the passenger was taken to the hospital. The driver of the T-boned vehicle was also taken to the hospital." The road was closed for about four hours. I still have no idea why a golf cart was on the road. I have never seen one out here. Daniel, one of our neighbors, witnessed the accident while waiting to pick up his kids at the bus stop on our road. He said the perp was doing about 70 mph when he passed him. Daniel ran to help. The perp had already fled the scene. Looking inside the perp’s car, Daniel spotted an open can of beer laying on the floor of the driver’s side. The perp may very well have been holed up in someone’s house on our road before his arrest. At least he was caught and is in jail.

     Today’s excitement was having the new garage door installed. It took the guy most of the day to do the job but we now have a white lightweight door. The installer told me to be sure I hold onto the door when I lift it so it doesn’t disappear. I guess that is what the cord hanging by the door is for. I always wondered. He hadn’t been gone long before it was time for me to head into Key Center for knit night. I planned to take the shawl piece to show but forgot. I did remember to take Ellie’s birthday sweater. As I passed the scene of yesterday’s accident on my way to and from Key Center, I could see all the marks on the street for the three vehicles. It certainly makes you realize how quickly a life can be snuffed out. Such a senseless tragedy.

 

To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst. - Unknown

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May 23, 2017

8:54 PM

Crazy Day

     Ellie’s birthday sweater is done! Adding the lace panels made it more interesting to knit, even if I did mess them up and have to rip out and reknit half the sweater. The sleeves are also shorter but I think I like them better that way. Finished with that project, I started test knitting a shawl pattern for Hula Hut Yarns. I didn’t like my first choice of yarns so I looked around to see what else I had that might work. I have a rather unique color combination but it is, after all, a test knit. I found a problem with it the pattern 16 rows in and I let the designer know about it. I told her she may want to fire me as a test knitter but she said she wants an eagle eye. Barbara will be the first to tell you she came to the right place!
     It didn’t get as hot today but we still needed to put the sun shades down for a few hours to keep the sun from pouring in on the end of the house where my recliner sits. The wind kicked up and we had to roll them back up to keep them from getting ripped right off the windows. It was soon evident that they make a big difference because it got up to 79° in the living room. Shortly after 4pm Barbara heard there was an accident on Wright-Bliss Road. Our road branches off W-B Road. That makes about three wrecks in the last few weeks. We never heard any sirens but medics were called in. It was on the curves again. Various stories were going around including one about a drunk driver who hit a vehicle, took off, hit someone else, took off again, crashed his vehicle and took off on foot. Someone else said a golf cart got hit, although I don't why a golf cart would be on the road. There was mention of one or more fatalities. I hoped that would not to be the case. Apparently, there was a wreck on the Purdy spit this morning and a wreck and car fire there this afternoon. There was also mention of a jumper on the Narrow’s Bridge. What IS this - we get some nice weather and all the crazies come out? Eventually someone reported being behind the Medical Examiner’s vehicle headed to the scene of the accident. Thankfully this wasn’t a night I was supposed to be somewhere.
 
 
    
 
You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens. - Unknown
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May 22, 2017

8:16 PM

Hot Weather

    
 
 
I was surprised last night to look over at the TV and find Bill watching a Miss Marple movie. It is something he taped years ago. I was all set to watch one of my shows but since I hadn’t seen “Murder at a Gallop,” I proceeded to watch. We won’t say how long Bill lasted before he fell asleep. I was up late again, dozed off in the recliner, woke eventually and went to bed. When I woke at 7:30 Bill asked me to pick what I wanted thrown away in the fridge. I did that and went back to bed, unsure if I could doze off again. I did eventually and got another two hours’ sleep. The temperature climbed and climbed today, hitting 83° by 5:30. It was 78° in the living room which was a tad on the toasty side even with the fans going. It will cool off for the next few days before hitting the 80’s again. When it does, the AC will be going into action!
     I’m ready to be done with Ellie’s sweater. I knit until I ran out of yarn for the first sleeve but I didn’t like the “bump” caused by a couple of decreases. I ripped back and decided to knit five inches straight on each sleeve and then knit the garter stitch border and that will be that. I have two season finales left to watch this week. “Elementary” would have ended on a sad note had it not been renewed. A couple of my other British shows have new episodes so I’m good. By seven I was ready to think about dinner. I couldn't dawdle too long in the kitchen in this heat but I cooked a crab quesadilla with Monterey jack cheese topped with guacamole. Yummy! Now to see if I can finish the sleeves on Ellie’s sweater.
 
A great attitude becomes a great mood, which becomes a great day, which becomes a great year, which becomes a great life. - Unknown
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May 21, 2017

7:01 PM

Torture

     Despite the fact it was supposed to hit 77° today, it was only 46° when I got up at 6:30 this morning. We anticipate several nice days as the month of May draws to a close. My day started with the milk curdling in my coffee. Bleck! I arrived at church by 8:15. We only had four songs to rehearse so even though we didn’t start rehearsing right away, we were done by 8:35. That gave me 25 minutes to kill until time for church to start. Larry and Vonnie did their puppet skit and told about their new ministry before the sermon. The first service was done by 10:15 giving me 30 minutes to kill until the second service. I knew Sarah’s bunch wouldn’t be there today. The kids’ choir was performing at the church where they rehearse during choir season. Joanna’s family was also absent so I didn’t get my usual “snuggles.” I later found out that her older brother had a fever yesterday so they decided to stay home.
     I was out of church by noon and headed for Port Orchard. Barbara mentioned yesterday that Fred Meyer was doing their BBQ ribs outside like they did last year. Bill called and spent 15 plus minutes on the phone trying to find out if they would be doing that today. He was told they would. I arrived there only to find no sign of outdoor grilling. Grrr… The parking lot was a zoo. The minute someone backed out of a parking place, someone else pulled in. Finally parked, I saw a male and female employee talking in front of one of the doors. I got close enough to read “assistant manager” on the guy’s tag. I explained how we were told they would be cooking ribs outside today and I made a special trip there to get some. They were all apologetic. The gal was in charge of the deli so she and the man talked and she took me inside where she had the gal in the deli give me a slab of cooked ribs. They are the same ribs they do outside except these weren’t “grilled.”. She also insisted I take a pound of my choice of salad. I picked the potato salad and she gave me two pounds instead of one. They told me that the outdoor BBQ will be going Friday-Monday next weekend for Memorial Day. Goodies in hand, I went over to the dairy department and got milk. I went to one of the Express checkout lines where it “suggests” about 12 items. The couple ahead of me had twice that much! That wouldn’t have been so bad except they were trying to buy something with a coupon that had expired in December so that held up things even more. I finally got checked out and back to the car. I was not able to find a parking place where I could pull forward and drive straight out when I came in. Trying to back out of the parking space was an accident waiting to happen. A vehicle behind me backed out. Then other vehicles drove down the row behind me. My back sensor went off when a woman walked behind me “assuming” I saw her. I finally rolled my window down as a family came towards me with their shopping carts. I asked if it was safe for me to move and they let me know when I could move without hitting something or someone.
     I was exhausted by time I finally hit the road towards home. When I arrived, I told Bill the experience was torture and explained what happened! Out of curiosity, I checked my heart rate when I got in the house and it was 119. This was after a 20+ minute drive home. I’m sure it was higher 20 minutes earlier! I changed clothes and sat for a bit to settle down before having some ribs and potato salad for lunch. With only 11 hours’ sleep over the last two nights I couldn’t keep my eyes open so I went to bed at three and napped until five. We topped out at 78.4° at four this afternoon. I finished the body of Ellie’s sweater last night. I took the remaining yarn and divided it into two .4 ounce balls. Now to see how much of a sleeve I can knit with that – not much, for sure!

What we do in the crisis always depends on whether we see the difficulties in the light of God, or God in the shadow of the difficulties. - G. Campbell Morgan
 
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May 20, 2017

7:53 PM

Booooo

     I failed to keep checking the lace rows as I knit them on Ellie’s sweater so I messed up big time. I had to rip back about five inches. It’s a good thing I have two more weeks until the birthday party! At the rate I’m going, I’ll need all that time! Boooo… I made it back to the nine-inch mark by 12:45 and the lace rows appeared to be correct. Then I rooted through my cosmetic bag looking for something and out came a small plastic bag with some earrings. I realized it was the ones I thought got left behind when we stayed at the lodge on our Mt. Rainier train ride. As I recall, that was in July 2015. I have since replaced both pairs of earrings. Sigh… I was surprised to read that “Yahoo plans to sell its operating business to Verizon. The transaction would be completed in June and the sale will unite Yahoo with another fallen star, AOL, the first web portal Verizon bought last year.”
     Tom was here to mow the lawn this morning. Barbara informed me that the BBQ truck was open today so after Tom left at noon, Bill went and got a combo brisket and ribs with smoky mac & cheese. The guy opened at 11 and was sold out by 2:30. Meanwhile, back to the sweater… By 7pm I had about 10 1/2 inches knit. One inch to go before the garter stitch border. I was keeping a close eye on my lace knitting this time around. I did not want to rip out any more! My set of ChiaoGoo needles arrived today but I will have to wait until I start another project to try them out. I ordered a set of mesh project bags so that I can get all my yarn where I can see at a glance what I have. I found a couple of plastic zip bags that I got with sheets and filled one of them with red fingering and mohair yarns I got from Myra in 2008 to knit me a red cardigan. Will I live long enough? I filled another one with several skeins of Lion Brand Heartland yarn. I have most of Myra’s yarn in 2-quart plastic bags I got while taking care of Kathy. When IV meds were delivered to the apartment in Seattle, they came in these great bags and I rounded up all of them for my yarn! I’ve been binge watching more “CSI New York” today while knitting. Reign will be going to her Senior Prom tonight.
 
Trials and hard places are needed to press us forward, even as the furnace fires in the hold of that mighty ship give force that moves the piston, drives the engine, and propels that great vessel across the sea in the face of the winds and waves. - L. B. Cowman
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May 19, 2017

6:14 PM

Security Issues

     I had about 8 of 12 inches knit on Ellie’s sweater when I quit knitting for the night. I was thinking I wasn’t going to get much of a sleeve but hopefully I would have enough yarn to knit another four inches. I looked to see if I had more of that yarn but couldn’t find any. I thought I might have some left over from the other sweater I knit with that yarn but if so, it was nowhere to be seen. I closed the computer at 1:25. I was knitting by 9:30 this morning. I didn’t want to waste the day putzing around on the computer. Most of my TV shows have now had their season finales. I think I have three season finales left to watch next week.
     I was headed for a food break when Barbara called. I was about ready to check on her because Messenger said she hadn’t been online for 12 hours. She uses her iPad exclusively these days and a message had popped up saying the iPad was locked for security reasons. She was to go to a website to change her password. I checked the site and it was, indeed, the Apple website. Of course, when you can’t open the iPad, you can’t go to a website to change anything. I had that same problem when this computer locked up on me not long after I got it. If I hadn’t had the iPad, I wouldn’t have had a way to access the website to fix things. I gave her the 1-800 number and the local Apple store number and told her to call one of those and see what they had to say. She was told a support person would call her at 12:45 on her cell phone so she could be here for me to help since a computer was needed. It took a good 45 minutes to get her iPad up and running again!
      I walked out onto the front porch as Barbara headed for her van. I spied hose nozzle on the sidewalk and a washer for the nozzle on the front step. After Barbara left I asked Bill about it and he had no idea where it came from or how it got there. Hmmm… I got back to knitting and passed the nine-inch mark on the sweater. I had an inch and a half left to knit before the bottom border when I stopped to fix dinner. Now to see how far I can get before bedtime.
 
One of the best lessons you can learn in life is to master how to remain calm. - Unknown
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May 18, 2017

11:59 PM

Police Activity

     On the way to Fiber Friends yesterday I came across a black pickup truck that turned out to be an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle. There were lights flashing on the truck and there was a white sports car pulled over in front of the truck. One of the FF gals told me they also have an unmarked Jeep and a sports car that they use. Interesting… Then, as I was headed out last night, I passed a sheriff coming onto our street. When I got up to the corner intersection, another sheriff passed me. I wondered if he was headed to meet up with the other sheriff. That will remain a mystery. I got a little more done on Ellie’s sweater. I decided to put a lace panel down both fronts and the middle of the back to keep it from being just boring stockinette stitches to knit. I closed the computer at 12:15 and went to bed. Bill was out the door early this morning so I had the house to myself for several hours. I could have gone along but he always makes a lot of stops and that is not my idea of fun. Barbara shared a link about the anniversary of when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980. “The deadliest mainland U.S. earthquake in modern history happened 37 years ago today killing 57 people and spreading ash across 11 states.” I was living in Maryland at the time and we got ash there. Less explosive was a short rehearsal tonight. We are only doing four songs as Larry and Vonnie will be doing a little program with their puppets. This will be done so they can share the InFaith ministry they have joined. I got word from Ellie tonight that her nephew passed away suddenly so we won’t be able to have Fiber Friends at her house on May 26. It doesn’t look like anything is going on at our meeting spot at the church so I sent the church secretary an email to see if can meet there.

The more you have the less you can give, and the less you have the more you can give. - Mother Teresa

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May 17, 2017

8:56 PM

Vinkled

     I was done knitting the garter stitch part of the yoke on Ellie’s sweater by 12:15 last night. Yeah, I was supposed to be in bed but we know how that goes! I was amazed that I never got sleepy yesterday after only five hours’ sleep. I had a few yawns at one point but they passed and that was it. And the clock ticked on… As the clock ticked, I thought about Reign’s upcoming high school graduation on June 10. We have not received an invitation so I decided to look up and see how it works. I read that “Each student will receive 8 tickets after returning all books, paying all fines/fees/etc., and COMPLETING checkout. Additional tickets may be PURCHASED for $5.00 each through the main office starting May 1st, students will get the additional tickets at check-out time.” Well, check-out is on June 9 and the graduation is June 10. We can’t get tickets unless Dawn stands out front and gives them to us. This is crazy! 
     There were eight of us at Fiber Friends today. I worked on the Vinkel Vest, trying to finish the final corner. I still had 12 or so stitches left to bind of when our time run out. I came home and by three o’clock I was in bed for a nap since I was up longer than intended last night…..again! The timer I set went off at 4:15. I heard it but thought it was in my dream. Fortunately, it rang again and when I realized it was not in my dream, I got up. I grabbed a quick bite, responded to someone’s question from my Etsy shop and then it was time to get ready and head off to The Blend to knit some more. I finished the final corner of the Vinkel Vest while there. It was at this point I realized I measured the wrong part for the “sleeve.” I had six inches instead of nine. Grrr… After I’ve put this much effort into it I want it to be done right so I’ll have to rip back and add the three inches on the sleeve. I won’t bother with it until Ellie’s sweater is done. 
    

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. - Albert Einstein
 

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May 16, 2017

8:16 PM

Changes

     As I feared, the first yarn didn’t cut it for the pattern I selected for Ellie’s gift. I had another one on hand that should work so I ripped out the first attempt and started on the second one. I found buttons to go on it but the shanks were vertical so I couldn’t knit the buttons in as I knit the sweater. I watch the season finale of “Quantico” as I knit. Last time I checked it had not been renewed. “The series creator, who is stepping down from the drama, penned the episode to double as a season finale and a potential series finale.” This show certainly met that criteria but then I read “It came down to the wire, but Quantico has scored a last-minute 13-episode third-season renewal from ABC less than 24 hours before the network’s upfront presentation.” As I gave thought to watching another show, the internet went on the fritz for 10-15 minutes. All the current TV shows I watch on the computer seem to either have their season finales this week or next week. Sadly, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” has been cancelled after two seasons. I enjoyed the show but I was apparently in the minority.  As I watched the next to the last episode in this season’s “Elementary,” I didn’t know if it had been renewed but I later read that it has been renewed for another season. Another show I liked that appeared to have bitten the dust was “Timeless” but it, too, has been renewed. “Blacklist: Redemption” didn’t make the cut. I enjoyed the show but it was hard to see where it could go since the main guy is also on “The Blacklist.” How long could he be away from home in “The Blacklist,” after all, and “The Blacklist” was renewed so… Continuing through the list of cancelled and renewed shows, I saw that we get one more season of “Longmire” on Netflix before it ends. There were probably more shows on the list that I had never heard of than ones I had. I soon realized that several the shows were on networks I never heard of either so I guess they are cable networks. Talking about TV shows the other day, Barbara mentioned that new shows used to appear during the summer but that doesn’t seem to be the case these days. We followed “The Glades” through four summers.  A&E canceled the series after its season-four finale, effectively ending the series on a cliffhanger. That did not go over well with the fans and that’s why I liked the attitude of the creator of “Quantico.”
     Since I didn’t get to bed until almost five this morning, it remained to be seen if I would make it on five hours’ sleep. At least I didn’t have to be anywhere today. Bill opened the front door to head out and was greeted by two big slugs. He encountered two of them yesterday and I stepped over one on the sideway going out to the garage Sunday morning. Yuck! I endeavored to knit while rooting through the morning email. One email introduced a new collection of patterns by a designer I’m not familiar with. Maybe one has be of a certain age to appreciate garments knit in “faded” yarn and modeled by a gal with tattoos down her arms, on the back of her hands and on down to the knuckles of her fingers. I’m obviously not of that age because it didn’t appeal to me one tiny bit. It made me think of the jeans with holes that some folks wear. In fact, there was a young guy in church on Sunday wearing a pair of those. It makes me want to offer them money to buy a decent pair of jeans! 
     Yesterday, the chiropractor asked me if my computer got hit with the big virus over the weekend. He was referring to the massive ransomware attack "WannaCry" that started last Friday. I got an email from my Malwarebytes on Friday saying, “We're alerting you to reassure you that if you're currently using the premium version of Malwarebytes with real-time protection turned on, – which I do - you are protected from this threat.”  Then I got an email from my ESET anti-virus software company this morning saying I “should feel secure knowing ESET security products detect and block this malware.” I also read that if one has Windows 10 – which I do – it shouldn’t be an issue. Then I read that “Disney is apparently the victim of the latest round of ransomware attacks that have affected hospitals and businesses worldwide. The hackers have taken possession of the new Disney movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ and are threatening to release it in pieces.” The movie is slated to be released this Friday.
     Ellie’s mom told me today that it was low iron that caused the extremely low red blood count and sent Ellie to the ER back in April. She is doing great now. At least they know to keep check on it. And back to knitting… I don’t usually watch supernatural type movies but I watched “The Gift” (2000) this afternoon while knitting. As one might expect, the perp in the movie was the one person I really didn’t want it to be. I got to the crucial part of the movie as I trying to do another increase row on the yoke of Ellie’s sweater. When it wasn’t coming out right, I realized I misread the directions so I ripped back and re-knit the row and the count came out right. Whew! It was 7:30 so I figured it was time for another food break. Speaking of food, I saw that the Tea Leaf Restaurant closed. We haven’t been there in years since we moved away from that area many years ago. But it was somewhere we went with Clint so that makes it sad to me. Someone heard that the owner/cook had a stroke which caused the closure.
 
Having a sense of nearness to God gives me the sense of being exactly where I belong. - Christine Dallman
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