Yesterday I answered my door to a stranger that was asking me if I needed some trees trimmed. We went through the usual greeting in the South, "Do you know _____? They have the place down the road. I'm their cousin." After going through that ritual, we walked around the house. I needed my gutters cleaned out, "We can do that ma'am.", I need to do something about those hollies that have taken over the east side of the house, "We can cut them down to the ground ma'am." etc.etc.etc. We listed about three or four chores, we agreed on a price, we shook hands, and they got to work. His son and his son's girlfriend arrived in his car, and he got a big chainsaw out of the trunk. They were through in two hours. The son even climbed up into the box elder tree and re-hung my huge bell.
I have spent an enormous amount of money this year getting jobs done by others that I usually do myself. I know I couldn't repair the deck, and I did have to pay a huge price for that. But all this yard work I normally do myself makes me feel strange. I think I am finally beginning to see I cannot keep up with everything myself.
Today I didn't feel "right". I was restless. I couldn't focus. I finally got tired of it and decided to sit down with a snack and watch t.v. this afternoon. My God! there was another shooting. Well, that riled me up and I was even more restless.
I spent an enormous amount of time looking at casitas to rent in New Mexico. If I ever go back again, I am thinking of renting a small casita and using it for a base camp. I can spend the days roaming around my favorite places.
When I reported this to my friend CF, she immediately said, "You are already getting squirrely and it isn't even winter yet. You normally don't get this way until late January."
I guess I am just not in favor of cold weather. I know we haven't even hit the winter button yet, but I am already tired of it. I don't like being cold. I don't like to wear a bunch of clothes to keep myself warm. Thank goodness I have wool sweaters.
Some outside cat has figured out how to get in the cat door when I am asleep and eat Noodles' dry food. I only confirmed this when I was awakened by very loud crunching sounds in the night. My first thought was Noodles was eating very loudly. As I aroused, I remembered Noodles does not eat dry food very often any more because of his teeth. When he does, he is very quiet-no loud munching. I got up to check, and whoever it was darted out the cat door before I could register it. This morning the cat bowl was down to crumbs. The stinker came back after I went back to sleep. Tonight I have locked the cat door.
I have five bird feeders out now. They are eating me out of house and home.
I am almost finished with the linen stitch scarf. Whew! I got tired of it about two inches ago. I am pushing myself to say it is done! I think I will give it to Holly. She likes scarves.
Then I can get back to knitting sleeves on my sweater. I will be happy to call it done also.
I am working on the quilted memory wallhanging for the kids for Christmas. I have the pictures and fabric squares completed in a nine patch. I need to be quilting it soon. Oh, well, good thing their anniversary is in January.
I made cookies today. I have to freeze them to keep them out of sight. I have probably eaten ten already. They are small chocolate chip cookies, but still I've eaten too many.
I am waiting for St. Nicolas Day on Sunday to put up my little tree. I like to see the lights blinking. I turn out the lights and just sit and stare at them. I like to see my little spinning wheels and my sheep and my personal ornaments on them. Years ago I quit collecting my handblown glass icicles. I also decided to hang some of them in the windows. I do like the little tree that can sit atop the book case.
I just now thought that it has been such low humidity I could make some candy. That would be fun.
So have a great weekend. I hope you are jolly and bright and not dreading the cold weather as much as me.