I guess I have been waiting for summer to get here all summer. Our usual weather of 100+ degrees for days and days and days with 100% humidity never appeared. We certainly had our awful high temps that made the "feels like" temp 100. Then we would go through a spell of rain and cooler temps. I guess 80 degrees doesn't feel like cooler to some folks. Usually by July the drought comes, the grass slows down, the flowers are over, the trees look parched and a lot of leaves dry up. Not this year. It has rained more than normal. The trees are green and lush and I have been mowing weekly.
Now we have had cooler weather for a while. In August! It is always one of the hottest months. We actually got down in the low 50's at night! Of course, the daytime would heat up to high 80's.
This week we are supposed to have normal temps in the high 80's and low 90's. I had to turn the overhead fan back on in the bedroom last night. It is just too strange and too weird.
I have finished two hexagons in the Persian Dreams blanket. I am on number three. So far the colors on this one is my favorite. I am also still working on the Stripey Blanket. It is worsted weight yarn and is knitting much faster.
I am plying the second skein of the roving I bought in Kelleyville at the fiber show. I love the odd lime green that is shot throughout. I think it is cheerful. The fiber blends are easy to spin. It is merino, Polworth and silk. I now have a nice collection of blue yarns.
I am think that perhaps I can use all these blue handspun yarns in a knitted jacket. I am looking at Melody Johnson's Mitered Diamond Jacket. I think it would be a way to blend some of the blues I have spun. I don't have enough of one color, but I think the many skeins could combine easily. Still thinking on this.
I have decided to cancel my trip to Taos. I know I can drive that far without a problem-except for the tired factor. I don't think it would be enjoyable if I have to really push myself to drive, drive, drive. It comes down to "at what price" are you willing to push yourself. It has been a very difficult decision to make. It also means a reality check is in place. "No, you are no longer 40 years old." Ugh! That one is hard.
Noodles is another consideration. I know I can find someone to house/cat sit. It would be difficult for him, but he can adjust. I am noticing changes in him lately that indicate his age. Two old folks living in one house. UGH!
I also remember that once I started seeing changes in Patty, I started being more vigilant about her care. He is the same now. I know it is silly to some that "he is only a cat". I am his caregiver. I took on the responsibility to see that he is cared for. It is my responsibility to make sure he is safe and loved and has the quality of life he deserves. It doesn't mean I have to do crazy things; it means I just have to be aware.
I am noticing that I spend more time trying to figure out where he is during the day. I don't intrude on his space. This morning I saw the wild cat sitting by the burn barrel across the yard. Noodles was unaware that Mr. Stinky was watching him and me. I looked out the window several times just watching.
I have been reading more-again- and I have been listening to audible books while I knit or spin. I really like that my library has the "cloud" system and I can just download it to the computer. I can listen on my IPad while knitting or my computer while spinning.
I noticed that my eating is beginning to change with the cooler weather. Yesterday I heated up some leftover rice and put some milk, sugar, and cinnamon on it. Voila! Rice cereal. Soon it will be time for oatmeal. I guess I eat way too much toast with peanut butter, but that is my go-to breakfast. Cheese is my go-to snack. Soon-hot cereals. I made a meatloaf last night. That's cooler weather food. Aren't human beings the strangest creatures?
I went back to weaving on the ribbon weaving. I think I have un-woven more on this loom than any loom I have ever had. It is a strange feeling to not quite get what I want. I guess I am so used to overshot and harness-weaving that is so structured. It is varied by colors and textures. I am usually ahead of the game with that.
I know I am getting more rigid about some things. I follow the patterns pretty closely. I vary a few things. I am unsure if it is rigidity or fear of change or fear of spontaneity or laziness or what it is.
It's okay in my world, but I don't want it spilling over to other people's worlds.
September is the change month. We have Fall arriving the 22nd. Officially anyway. Then soon October. I saw on Facebook- "This is the beginning of the Ber months." What a pun!
I guess I have procrastinated enough. Time to get spinning. I am almost through with this plying.
Happy Labor Day! I am still going to wear white if I want to.