Last week I got a

Last week I got a few new gadgets. It made me happy but that’s because it usually doesn’t matter what type of gadget it is. When we moved into this house, Tom got me a dishwasher and I was thrilled.

Electronics, cooking stuff, ease of cleaning things, computer equip. All Fun!

I haven’t had the hours it takes to make yogurt, yet, but I’m happy the machine arrived. And Peggy sent me some yogurt starter which she said is “never fail”. I’m on the road to better health!

On one of my trips to Lowe’s and Home Depot (less than 1/4 mile apart) for painting supplies, I also picked up this wonderful Electrolux Pronto. It’s a really neat stick vac with SUPER suckage power. And it’s got a little “hand vac” that pops off for using on stairs or for small pick-ups. See? It’s a cleaning tool (and I hate to clean) but it’s pretty and fun! Motivation is what it’s all about.

Don’t think I’m not a party animal (I’m not). Here’s a shot of some naked flesh and fireworks from the 4th of July…
Tom’s foot with an Anne covering. Pretty hot, huh??

I would have had more done but the past few days have been great for my sinus headaches, bad for knitting.

I found out that I’m not in my car enough. My car is parked in the driveway and someone decided that this would be a good place to have some kids. No, not 4-legged kids. 8-legged kids! During my trips to the stores, yesterday, I smooshed 14 teensy-tiny spiders. As big as the head of a pin, maybe.

When I got home I tore the car apart and found the mother, 8 legs to the air, under the drivers’ seat. I put the mom into a snack bag (evidence) and smooshed a few more kids.

I called an exterminator because I didn’t know WHO to call.

True to form, I was the first one to call them with this type of problem. (Dentist – “I’ve never seen a tooth like that”. Washer Service Guy – “No one has ever had the washer vibrate so that it shakes the whole house”. Different Washer Service Guy (different house) – “Gee, I’ve never seen a POSSUM crawl into the back of the washer/dryer unit and die in there”. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.)

While going nuts on my car the lens popped out of my prescription sunglasses. I figure I’m cursed.

The exterminator co. sent out a lovely gentleman this morning. He said – are you sitting down? – he didn’t want to make me pay a huge amount of money for something I could buy at Home Depot. That’s a rarity, I’d have to say. He was also impressed that I saved the Mom’s carcass. I guess I watch too much C.S.I.

I re-vaccumed the car and much muttering was done. Now I’m on spider watch. Every few hours I go outside and fling open the doors and track down spiderlings. I figure that I’ve gotten rid of about 2 dozen so there may be, what?, another few dozen left? I have to hope. I’d hate to have to spray bug spray into my car. ICK!

On the knitting front, I’ve been pretty exhaused after all of the painting and spider smooshing. I did a little bit of work on the Lucy bag. And I’ve done a LOT of planning for the Weekend Getaway Satchel, which is now a KAL.

I’ve ordered the yarn (KnitPicks “Wool of the Andes”) and did some swatching with yarn I have. I can get the stitch count but the row count is too high. I think I can work with that. I’ve searched for a fair isle pattern to substitute for the intarsia. Some good prospects are coming from “Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting”, page 61.

I’ve got to get some knitting done. Tom says I don’t know how to relax so I have to practice. ha-ha.

Idiotic terrorist cowards.

Let’s send some healing thoughts to London.

Here are some Sweet Pea flowers to ease you into Friday.

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