Working Wednesday, January 24, 2024

I’m part of a stash down group on Ravelry, which means I’m not only supposed to be avoiding yarn purchases, I’m also finishing up WiPs to get those out of inventory. The WiP part is going fairly well, but thanks to sales I bought 28,000 yards of yarn in January. Yes, I have no self-control. But I have finished a cardigan, very close to finishing another, finished four hats and a headband, and frogged a cardigan (because I had screwed it up beyond saving). So there’s that.

What did you work on this week (month)?

106 thoughts on “Working Wednesday, January 24, 2024

  1. This week I am staffing a table at a conference. I love talking to potential clients, but my colleague and I do not fit in with the salespeople that we’re surrounded by, and we disapprove of what the people at the table next to us are selling (expensive technology for early childhood classrooms that is actively harmful for both children and teachers. Their whole pitch feels very dystopian, and we have had to listen to it hundreds of times now.) I’m only doing this long enough to create a system so I know how to hire someone to do it, but I may have reached the end of my tolerance already!

    1. So, what the French women knit, crochet, whatever while French Royal heads roll off the scaffold ?

    2. Oh please let us know wht technology is harmful for kids and teachers alike? My kids are older than early childhood but when it comes to education I’m always curious.

    1. @Nancy H. I always enjoy your posts and love your aesthetic. I’ve started laying out a quilt using old sarongs. I have questions… (for a newbie like me there are sooo many places to start. I’m boggled). Sites? particular books? Tx for any suggestions.

      1. Oooh, silk! I’m sure that it will be fabulous!

        The best thing is to come up with a plan for how you want the finished product to look. Will it be squares? triangles? or something more elaborate? Things that are easier include square or rectangular pieces, and something like a gridwork pattern, that allows you to know if you’ve gone a little askew.

        I just did a quick google search for beginning quilting tips, and it seems there is a multitude of information sites out there. Hopefully, you’ll find something that speaks to you.

        I wish you all the luck in the world, and I hope you’ll share your progress!

    2. Your quilts are amazing, Nancy! Always!

      And I really have to look up this basketweave thingy. My Oma knitted me a baby blanket in a somewhat similar pattern and I never found out how it’s done. Must start searching.

      1. It looks more intimidating than it is. This pattern has blocks where you work with just six stitches at a time. You pick up 6 stitches on one side of your original 6 stitches, then slowly claiming one of the original 6 stitches a row, you get yourself back down to 6 stitches. So basically you are working that six stitch chunk and doing 6 rows. You then move on to the next six stitch chunk and do the same thing. By the time you are done with all the stitches across your needle, you’ve actually done six rows of stitching across. It takes a little bit longer to work across your row, but you get a significant amount of progress.

        I hope you try it!

    3. I’ve never heard of entrelac, much less tried it. Looking at the picture I may have seen some, but not up close.

  2. There are two wolves inside me. One of them hoards art supplies against eventual ‘if onlys’. The other hoards books. Neither of them like Marie Kondo.

    All kidding aside, I have come to the conclusion that the only way to get through my piles is to use/read them because I won’t ever be able to let them go otherwise. That said, this year I decided not to put limits on the things that make me happy. And wandering through JoAnn fabrics to pick up odd baubles and overpriced magazines on my lunch break fits that bill. So I am doomed.

    I’m working on a little tea cup collection and spent last night drawing Valentine’s. So there is that.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/C2e5KWmud0Q/?igsh=MW9ldDBrYmFyaGNibg==

    1. We have similar hoards, and I also have a cloth hoard…(I have a friend who has a roomful of cloth-but since she makes clothes and costumes her hoard changes often.)

      I need to donate more than the occasional grocery bag of books to the library, just moving some out every 2-3 months is not enough.

      1. The problem, I think, is that my hoarding is so often positively reinforced. I have a thousand interests and have never met a diy that I didn’t want to try. And I usually have a specific supply that I have thrifted when someone asks. For example, my sister started felting this fall. When she came to visit over Christmas she mentioned it and I had three bumps of alpaca roving that I had found at a thrift store and just couldn’t leave behind… I had them for two or three years. But her eyes lit up and that was so fun.

    2. It used to be the same with me.
      But moving puts a heavy damper on my urge to hoard books.
      Not long ago I committed the sacrilege to sacrifice a large number of books in the dumpster / shredder in our local recycling center. I was under the impression that one could donate books. They don’t accept them anymore. My heart bled throwing away books.
      But I still got half a dozen boxes of books to donate stored where they cannot stay stored. Must find them a new home. There’s the annual book sale by our church – if all 4 of us try to donate a not too large box this spring, will they notice that all comes from one family? Just for the book in best condition…

      When it comes to my fabric stash, I cannot think about giving that away. If ever I find the time, there’s some projects on my to do list already: pajama bottoms for especially dd who has unbelievably long legs – all her bottoms look like capri pants. Very strange.

      1. If charity shops won’t take your excess books, maybe you coukd offer them on Freecycle? The church sale sounds a good option, though; or my local library will take them – and offer them for sale if they don’t want them.

  3. Just got back from two weeks away so I’m busy doing laundry, sorting mail, and getting my section of the area library’s book sale sorted out. The sale starts TODAY!

    I had done most of the work before leaving, but donations from Bethlehem residents have overwhelmed me once again and I have to sort through DVDs (all topics) and SF/Fantasy (hard and soft cover) and YA titles. If you’re in the area, stop by today or Saturday: 11 West Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18017. Almost every book is $1 and proceeds go to buy more books!

    1. I feel your pain, spent most of my morning friending books to make room in the juvenile non fiction area.

  4. I’m searching for apartments, and while it’s only been a week, it feels like it’s been a year! This is my first time doing it, so I’m finding there’s a pretty steep learning curve, but it’s so much work and time and energy that I wonder how people do it while employed. It’s hard to figure out whether an apartment is good enough to be worth holding onto or if it doesn’t quite meet that (ever-moving) threshold and should be passed over. There are so many factors that contribute to what makes a place itself (location, noise levels on the street and in the building, stores/restaurants around it, access to public transit, safety, amenities, management, space, layout, light, utilities, etc.). Any advice anyone has would be very welcome! Thanks in advance!

    1. We cared about sound thru the walls. One of the pluses here is with doors shut I can’t hear video calls even on the same floor. Which we tested at every place we considered. many failed

      It also could be worth your time to check out the neighbourhood at different times of week/night. Our last “quiet” street is the main walking path between several pubs and the only all night food for miles.
      This one shares a wall with people that have a huge extended family that gathers here most weekends, with music. I like it but I think the other neighbours… are a little more judgemental over the culture clash. I remain impressed with parents that can get that many of their grown children to spend so much time together. and I like kid herds.

      I missed the fact that they use enough scented products, plug-ins in every room! that the scent comes in here if we both have our widows open 🙁 Oh well.

      1. Ooh thanks for all the tips! Yeah, there’s so much that you can’t really know about a place until you actually live there, huh? And I’ve even found that it’s useful to try to think about how the space will change over the course of the day (mostly with lighting and the direction your windows point but also with people coming and going, like you mentioned, and other stuff I’m probably not even thinking of). On the one hand, it’s overwhelming that you can never fully know, but on the other, it’s a bit freeing? I don’t know, it’s weird haha. Anyway, thank you for the advice and well wishes!

        1. What Clancy said on sound/noise/busy streets and neighbourhoods.
          We also always tried to get the vibe of the area, the overall feeling.

          I’m rather sensitive when it comes to sound/noise so always opted for a flat on the top floor. Which so far always had the advantage tohave the most light as well. The one time where we got a fat not on the top floor (or now a detached little house) we got sandwiched between a neurotic dachshund and a lady who had 3 very large dogs come to visit (think cane corso, not chihuahua).

          Which reminds me: the time in which the house was built might also be an interesting factor to consider (European perspective): older houses have flair and atmosphere, usually great hardwood or tiled floors and wonderfully high ceilings but usually less great insulation and sound proofing.
          In all the houses built shortly after WWII /50s, the brick material of the walls were a mix of all sorts of stuff. In our little new home we can listen to the wind scream around the edges and the plumbing system is very strange as sometimes I hear music from somewhere but have no clue from where (the direct neighbours spend their winter in the South of France, so it’s not them ;-)). It feels almost like a haunted house in those moments…

          Also useful: here it’s often the case that the renters moving out conduct the visit of the future renters (as they often still live in the flat/house and have to endure the visits anyway). In which case one can ask them about the quirks of a building/flat. If the visit is done by a realtor, that’s not possible and in my experience, those agents are incredibly useless – no offense to any realtor Argher!! All those we met so far never new the details but only acted as an in-between.

          1. You make so many good points! Thank you! Yeah, actually my favorite visit so far has been to a place I’d be subletting, where I could ask the current tenant all the nitty gritty details about living there. I mean, it’s possible he would’ve lied because he has a stake in getting me to sublease, but at the same time, he says that he wants to make sure I’m satisfied with the place as well so it’s better to answer honestly (since he’d be the one dealing with my complaints if I weren’t satisfied haha). But I’ve gotten a lot more useful info out of him than I have out of the realtors I’ve seen the other places with, so I totally get what you mean. And to your point, his place is an older Victorian, and I love the atmosphere, but I did ask about noise. He says the worst part is that he’ll hear footsteps and creaking since it’s an old building, but the other tenants are pretty quiet aside from that. The new buildings tend to have better sound insulation and appliances, but they also tend to be more expensive and not have much character haha

    2. If you have a car, or friends who will visit with cars, check on availability of parking. (It’s a big issue in the town I used to live in, although now I have my own driveway.) Look for signs of leaks under the sink or around the toilets. Make sure the windows open and close okay. Check on heat/ac. If utilities aren’t included, you can ask for a copy of the last few utility bills. I rented a house years ago that seemed amazing, but turned out to have insanely high utility bills I wasn’t prepared for. Open a few drawers in the kitchen and look for mouse droppings. (Wait, just my house?) Are there enough outlets in the rooms? Old apartments tend to have rooms with only a couple of outlets, and that can be an issue in this modern age. Good luck!

      1. @ Deborah Blake. I’m not sure how to proceed: you once mentioned that you did Tarot reading… how would I reach you or you me? If this is incorrect protocol, please accept my apoloogies.

        1. In case Deb doesn’t see this, Beth, all you need to do is click on her name & you’ll go to her website, which you’ll be able to contact her from (and I daresay will have info on her readings).

        2. Hi Beth, sorry I just saw this. As JaneB said, you can go to my website and find a link at the top of the page. You can also just email me at dblakeauthor at gmail

      2. Not just your house, Deb. I moved a cupboard a couple of weeks ago that I hadn’t managed to move in 33 years – and found 33 years of mouse droppings under it. It was … quite a lot!

    3. If you narrow down your prospects, maybe try looking for a neighborhood online forum or facebook group for the specific neighborhood? Or chatting with the people near you to ask questions.

      1. Good idea! I did stop a lady in the street in an area I just checked, and luckily she was very kind about talking to me about her experiences living in the area for the last 15 years, so that was very helpful. I’ll try to find more info along those lines.

        1. Yes, this. When my parents bought their first house my father went around to all the rural neighbors asking about the well. They all (or the ones who’d been there more than twenty years) said our well was the only one that hadn’t failed in the famous drought of 1930 (which he had lived through some thirty miles away.) So ask all the questions you can think of.

    4. Do you have a friend who would go with you to look at places? I love apartment/house hunting for someone not myself! Give them a list of stuff to look for – numbers of outlets, where are the air vents, window in the kitchen yes/no, etc, and you can then pay full attention to the owner/realtor. Do it for each place and you will be able to compare apples to apples.

      1. Ooh that’s a great idea! I’m new to the area so I don’t have any friends here yet, but my mom did drive over from NYC for one day of apartment viewings. I would feel bad having her do it more often than that, but it definitely does help to have another set of eyes in the space and someone to compare notes with afterwards. I’ll have to keep this in mind next time I’m looking for a place! Thanks!

    5. Should the time ever come when I need to search out a rental again, walkability will be a major factor, i.e., would I feel safe and comfortable walking around the neighborhood for a bit of exercise; is there anything green or scenic I can walk to; are any of my consumables in an easily walkable pick-up distance. Our current neighborhood is safe for the value of safe that means we don’t live in fear of break-ins. It doesn’t feel quite safe for a middle-aged woman to walk several blocks alone.

      1. These are all excellent points. I find it can be really hard to determine that in Philly, where safety is kind of on a block-by-block basis. But I’m definitely more interested in the areas that are more well-known for being safe. Thank you for the tips!

  5. in between things that must be done, or that I said I’d do, I am contemplating colour-pooling. The idea that you can buy yarn, that if knitted or crocheted just right, will make beautiful (or ugly, but still) patterns. Argyle, for instance. I so want to try. And I don’t have a wool scarf for these cold, cold mornings. This is maybe the third time I’ve gone “ooh, let’s do that” and tried to find appropriate yarn. For hours. Before giving up, completely overwhelmed.
    Most yarns I’ve seen as good for colour pooling seem to acrylic but that won’t be warm when I inevitably get wet. Anybody here have any suggestions? I need mostly wool, I want brighter colours, and I’d rather not import from further away than Europe

    Or, floors. I am working on putting down flooring.

    1. Not sure if I am correctly understanding your colour pooling (what i’m thinkig of might nto work with Argyle), but Schoppel Wolle Zauberball is pretty nice, and has some great mixes of colour. I have used Jubiläumsparty/ Anniversary party which was akind of mad mix (there are more subtle ones) for a scarf/shawl thing (very narrow shawl) which i love . Zauberball comes in all different weights, some pure wool and some have recycled nylon.

      Not sure where you are located but a search should be able to give stockists near you. it’s certainly available throughout Europe.

      1. ooh, excellent thought, I loved that yarn but it was so expensive in Australia. Bet it’s cheaper here

  6. I had to half-frog a hat I was crocheting with Baby Alpaca yarn because it was going to be too small. I’m not sure where I went wrong on that. Maybe the yarn is too small a gauge. So now, I’m working on a hat with a variegated yarn that is a combination of very pretty colors.

    I also have printed off several patterns for color pooling. Most of the variegated yarn I have stockpiled has intervals of color change that are too short for that. So, to Clancy, good luck finding the right wool. The frustrating thing about these innovations is that they use yarn that is only available in a certain time frame, and then they stop stocking or making it. I have patterns that are useless now, because I did not buy the yarn at the same time as I printed/bought the pattern. Argh!

  7. Yikes, remembered i am actually suppsed to be working and got distracted here….

    Have about 20 knitting projects in progress (maybe more, I’m afraid to count). Currently knitting a nice very warm hat with foldover brim which will be great if the weather gets cold again, or there are more storms (just had two), and if not will be good for after swimming.
    I wasn’t paying attendiotn to the chart so I have realised I have to rip back the decreases (I decreased every row instead of every second, and even though I was wondering why it was decreasing so fast it took me a while to realise what I had done. I wasn’t even thinking there was a problem). But it is a quick knit so not much time wasted.

    Must get back to work!

  8. My 90 year old mother-in-law passed away & she was not an organized person; so I’m sorting through decades of photographs for her 4 adult children as a gift. You would not believe the number of doubles, quadruples, decuples, blurry pix, double exposure pix, absolutely zero discretion. I have to remind myself that it’s a mitzvah. But it’s also anthropologically fascinating. Some of these pictures look like they came out of Life magazine. I wish I could show you. The treasure is worth the trash. So that’s my week (month? season?). Also, my mom fell again & is back in the hospital, so visiting her again. It’s all good.

    1. You have my sympathy Lisa. My parents never organised a single photo, there were carrier bags of them all over the place (almost every room had a bag with some in). Half of them I had no idea who the people were, or where they were taken – Dad in particular took loads of scenic photos which can look lovely but as you say some were double/ tripled or blurred. Seems they never did an edit just stuck them all in a bag. So many had to be binned. There was a Victorian photo album too but I have no idea who those folks are either. Maddening.
      Best of luck, your in-laws are in for a treat when the curated version is handed over. 🙂

      1. Thank you. I feel your pain. If nothing else, I’m motivated to clean out all of my everything so that my children don’t have to deal with this when I’m gone. Of course, I’ll pester them with how much of it they would like to have now, but they’ll get over it after I’m dead and they realize how thoughtful I’d been ;oD

    2. I bought a box of old black and white photos at an estate sale because it was the last day and they were so fun. I didn’t want them to be thrown away. The really funny part was all the school photos with messages on them to the recipient. Apparently he had a big car and drove everyone around, especially the girls… I am going to craft with them someday.

    3. sympathies. many.
      That is such a kind gift. My grandmother left hundreds of photos behind. Well curated, she loved her collections but mostly they got tossed. I was too far away to rescue any and I’m still sad about it

    4. I moved into my house 22 years ago with multiple boxes of photos (many of them the kind that came with film and doubles from processing) which every winter I swear I’m going to sort through. It’s not looking good for this winter either…

  9. I am knitting a hot water bottle cover (it was an unimportant distraction from another project, but now we have a guest coming, and it has become urgent) and trying to think about an application for a role at my current employer, except I am even worse than usual at explaining why I’m perfect for the role…

  10. I am working on not getting worked up over my health. My GP has decided my blood pressure is too high, more blood tests are required before there is a diagnosis though. It makes me angry because 19 months ago, when I went on the waiting list, I got a clean bill of health (including an EKG and all the blood tests). Just know that it will somehow be my fault rather than the 19month on a waiting list that caused my health to deteriorate (sigh).

    Got a baby blanket (crochet) and a scarf (knitting) both on the go and not really making much progress with either. Not feeling any urgency, so it can wait. All I can focus on is trying to relax and fretting about the upcoming hip replacement (whenever that is).

  11. Yesterday I finally made the supermarket etc. trip that I had postponed the previous week because of weather. Now I’m fairly well restocked, although already finding new things to put on the list and carrying over a few items that either I couldn’t find at that store or that lost out when I had a full cart and decided to end my trip.

    Today I’m feeling really wiped out, possibly in part from a cold, but also just from lugging all those grocery bags up the stairs—My conditioning is not great at the moment!

    Otherwise, I’m paying for my past pleasures by trying to catch up on chores, or at least reducing the backlog. Much of this involves light duty, so I can find productive things to do that don’t entail a lot of exercise or even brainpower. (I also already today did some reading, but I’m trying to keep that in bounds in favor of chores.) Back to something more like normal tomorrow, I hope.

  12. Did a tour of the Art Deco buildings in South Beach yesterday. Today I am finished work after attending a conference call with all the senior leadership in a company where the project team explained that we are absolutely going to make the August 1st deadline which EVERYONE KNOWS ISN’T HAPPENING. I mean, seriously – the parent company has already given the $$ for a six month extension and all the senior leaders know it – and yet here we are all pretending, accompanied by pretending PowerPoint slides, that the deadline is still on. Why oh why? I feel like I’m participating in theatre. Very boring theatre. Going to the beach to clear my mind.

    1. It seems like the larger a company gets, the more incomprehensible its decision making. Is that just my view from the bottom or does the air get thin in the lofty offices?

      1. Air gets thin. Plus people start treating senior people differently, and those senior people start to believe that their every word is magic. I called this Tom Cruise syndrome. It’s not that Tom Cruise is crazy, it’s that he’s been treated as if all his thoughts and opinions are actually real since he was 20. Sooner or later, after years of that kind of treatment, no matter how grounded a person you are, you exist in an alternate reality.

        1. Regarding people who got too far up the corporate ladder for the degree of intelligence or skills they had, we used to call them empty shirts.

          The only good that came out of that situation was that the first round of layoffs took out the highest salaried individuals first. That took care of most of the problematic personnel issues. Subsequent layoffs were smaller and stayed focused on doing the least damage to the workflow. Taf

          1. Wow, that’s a bold move – to actually get rid of those empty shirts /the ones who cost but don’t deliver: congratualtion to whoever okayed to the proper thing!

    2. I want details about your art deco building tour. Thinking of a trip to Miami in December when I’m told there is a major art festival / show and I want to see the art deco buildings.

      Do you have time to visit the Winwood district? My brother says every building is covered in beautiful graffiti.

      1. I didn’t have time to visit that district, and it sounds amazing. And I can’t be dragged out of my upper level by the pool spot, away from that noisy music that makes me think I should be in a club, and with no people anywhere near me with a beautiful view of the ocean. anyway, I digress. There are 800 art deco buildings in Miami, because of a ferocious woman who used to throw herself in front of bulldozers to stop anybody from destroying them. How great is that?? They are now carefully preserved, including their colourful paint.

        1. Don’t you bless those people who realised the value of old buildings back in the day when the developers were out to get them? Same thing happened in Tasmania, resulting in the preservation of some really beautiful old stone warehouses.

  13. A little writing, plus I redid a photoshop project—the cover for the book I’m working on. I’d done a quick draft cover and neglected to save it. No biggie, I don’t really mind starting over, but I can’t believe how often I neglect to save photoshop projects. Spoiled by writing software that saves stuff (more) automagically. I also baked a bunch of scones and muffins to stockpile in the freezer, then had an urgent email from my new doctor saying I must avoid all forms of corn. Of course, there’s corn starch in my baking powder. I’ll start avoiding corn starch once all the scones and muffins are gone.

  14. Wrote a little on my novel. Ordered a workbook from Etsy that is supposed to help you go from good vibes to plot. I need help.

    The season of paperwork will probably start after next Wednesday as there is an essential piece that is missing until then. Paperwork involving staying exactly where we are for another few years or moving somewhere else still in Pinellas County.

    Need to do laundry hopefully between more Dr Who episodes. We are about to come to the end of Peter Capaldi which makes me sad. Jodie Whitaker is next & I like what I’ve seen of her but I really like the handsome Scotsman Capaldi version of Dr Who.

    Or between episodes of Northern Exposure which is finally accessible for binge re-watching.

    So, just as much avoiding work as working – lol!

    Oh and trying to walk more to improve my mobility and my ability to walk through a day in NYC if I get to go in 2025.

  15. Working on an involuntary garage makeover. I think I’d rather be playing with yarn.

  16. Working on the last bits of getting my novel ready to go out on submission (I wrote the synopsis and my agent liked it, and sent her a pitch which I’m still waiting to hear about). In the meanwhile I’m doing final proof edits for my most recent Llewellyn book (in PDF form which I HATE), then I’ll be writing an article and a guest blog post for Llewellyn as promo for the book coming out in March. THEN I have major revisions on the last book for them that I turned in.

    I’m also working on my health–finally saw a PT for the first treatment for the shoulder issue that’s been bothering me since mid-November. OW. So far I am not impressed. I woke up in horrible pain because they wouldn’t listen when I told them that you can’t treat someone with fibromyalgia the same way you treat everyone else. Two of the three people that work there didn’t even bother to introduce themselves, and would walk by as I was doing an exercise and say, “You doing ok?” And when I said, “No, not really,” they just kept going. My second appointment is tomorrow, and I’ll see how it goes. But if they still won’t listen to me, I’ll just have to figure out something else.

    1. Get out of there, now!! I had a similar experience with a PT place, and felt worse after the second treatment. The first Tx went great, but they had called in a specialist on my problem from another office. After that, the other PTs basically ignored what he did.

    2. Good luck getting a good PT place, people who don’t listen and walk away are big red flags for me! Some doctors should be fired via getting a second opinion (new doctor).

      Over two decades ago while I was getting breast cancer treatments a group of us attended a couple of counseling sessions. The session leader and people in the group mentioned that getting another appointment to get a second opinion is part of the “standard of care” that a patient is entitled to (and it is covered by insurance). Taf

    3. I know it sounds ageist, but look for a really young PT if you can. It’s kind of counter-intuitive, because you’d think the young folks, barely grownups wouldn’t be as empathetic as people with some life experience, but I’m finding it’s the opposite, because of a change in how they’re trained to interact with patients as partners, not as recipients of godlike pronouncements. Not always, I know, but what I’m seeing is that the med schools are teaching the current generation of students to listen to patients, which wasn’t as common for older medical providers.

      I had terrible, terrible experiences with older PTs who, among other things, wouldn’t listen when I said the motion-limitation they were trying to fix was skeletal, not muscular, and so couldn’t be fixed with exercise, or that a certain movement wasn’t possible and/or hurt because of my weird joints. I swore, never again. But then I had an opportunity to work with a couple of almost-graduated PT students, supervised by someone I’d known for years as someone who was very patient-oriented, and the young PTs were absolutely fabulous. As soon as I said “I can’t do that safely,” they would stop and make an alternate suggestion until we found something I could do without being in pain or unstable.

      I’m sure there are some amazing older health care professionals, and I’ve met some, but I’ve seen a lot of evidence in recent years that younger ones are getting much better training in listening to patients than med schools used to provide. It kind of goes against the normal inclination to want someone with lots of experience, and I’m glad my cardiac surgeon was middle-aged with a gazillion successful open heart surgeries behind him, but for anything where it’s important for the health care provider to really listen, I’ve been really happy with the barely-out-of-med-school age group.

    4. Deborah, it’s too bad you don’t live closer to me; I have a fabulous physical therapist I visit whenever I need some help. She always manages to squeeze me in.

  17. I finished my proof-reading job, and also my big gardening info update & edit. So next up is finalising my garden plans & seed order.

  18. Yarncrafts, so much fun. Just can’t seem to get motivated to pick it up again.
    I’m trying to learn Reaper, which is a digital audio workstation for recording and editing audio. Bought an audio-course for it focusing on using Reaper with the screenreading software I use, thinking then I can edit my own songs and don’t need to be dependant on other people. It’s a LOT of hours of learning, but at least I can do it at my own pace.
    Had appointment with what I call the GP Shrink Lite today. I didn’t wanna go because 1. it was a dude and my experience with medical dudes isn’t the best and 2. I still don’t agree with GP that my problems are psychosomatic, but I went anyway. Turned out GPSL is a really sweet guy. I get super-stressed by the GP shrink-appointments because you only get 20 minutes, but he was chill. He said he didn’t think I’m nuts either (Hurrah!). I told him about the gastro-whatsit referral thing and that I was worried the GP had written something less favourable about me in his letter to the other doc, so he took a look in the system… and discovered that the gastro-whatsit doctor had cancelled the referral without notice or explanation. Sooo he went to set up an appointment with the GP directly – Much to my horror, because it was the same GP whom was an arse to me on the phone. MIL went with me to that appointment and he did start out sort of aggressive towards me, but he grew a bit softer at the end, especially after MIL chipped in about what she sees and notices and worries about. GP said he would throw things right back at the specialists, since the GPSL AND(!) my previous psychiatrist and psychologist all said they don’t think it’s a mental issue, and dietitian has said she can’t do anything but give me more nutridrinks and wait for medical people to figure it out, and I’m still losing weight. ALSO turns out that the internist had written in her conclusions that she was “pleased about me being down to the same weight as in 2014”, so she didn’t see any issues, and she had also claimed I’d gained weight again, which isn’t true. MIL and I both reacted with exclamations of disbelief. GP didn’t exactly offer excuses for his past behaviour, BUT he did say: “I am sorry this all takes so much time and is so difficult”, so I guess that’s a sort of attempt to say sorry.
    Went to the choir yesterday. It was…okay? I didn’t feel amazed and excited enough to feel/think: “HURRAY, I get to do this next week again!”, but it wasn’t “bad” enough to feel like an instant NOPE either. So I will do the 2nd tryout lesson as well next week and see how I feel about it then. At least the conductor is a really sweet and funny guy. Too bad he’s only temporary and will leave in about 6 weeks. Boo.

    1. Some (mostly male) doctors don’t apologize. You were lucky to get that much. I hope you finally meet someone who can parse this out for you. It sounds very frustrating.

      1. It is very frustrating. I’m happy the GP shrink was an empathetic and sweet guy at least. Both mum and Mil went: “RECRUIT HIM TO YOUR ARMY” when I told them about our talk. I think he might be good to have on my side indeed. Let’s hope this all means there’s hope.

  19. Welp, I’m probably going to get fired in February because I can’t stop screwing up. The firing letter will probably be that month, per hints delivered to Union Guy. I have been advised to go on medical leave again for as long as I have sick leave, but finding any medical professional to sign off on this is probably not going to happen. The only accommodations I could come up with are going to be refused.

    So my “working on” is applying for help with the Dept. of Rehabilitation, since they already certified me with a disability anyway. And trying to figure out if begging anyone else will work, which, probably not. I’m not permitted to change psychiatrists and I made an appointment with my PCP but not for a few weeks and she’ll probably say no too because of HMO policy. Disability services says my therapist CAN sign off, therapist keeps saying no, I can’t because I’m not an MD, I’m waiting on DS to provide me assistance on persuading her/evidence that it’s okay for her to fill out things. This sadly did not happen before my therapy appointment this week, so there goes another week. And I have been busted for multiple fuckups this morning. I can’t stop.

    Also I’m pretty close to finishing a sweater, just have sleeves to go. And working on another garment that uses up yarn around the house.

    1. I hope you can get some real help soon, what you have been going through can make any normal person make more mistakes than their average rate, since stress induces more mistakes in normal people. I hope your situation improves immensely soon!

      I had a funny visual pop into my mind from reading your last sentence, a house wrapped in yarn.

  20. I have a cold. Still. I’ll live.

    Reading the 60 or so posts above mine reminded me of the late wife, in the early ’80s. She wanted to monetize her hobbies, so she started a cross stitch company, DBA “Small Craft Warmings.” Concentrated on Navy-related projects, like ships’ patches. Much of the computer and printer equipment we owned was written off as business expenses.

    I wish I still owned or at least possessed the patterns she created.

  21. I’d been really productive lately, but seem to have hit a wall this week, with a big drop in getting stuff done. So I’m mostly working on getting my productivity back.

  22. I’ve been proofreading my next book and putting it up little by little on Kindle vella (as long as they’re paying bonuses, right?). I’m spiraling down towards the end, then have to get a big edit done by someone else. This book is taking for freaking ever.

    But I’ve been getting the sewing urge back. A coworker just had a baby, so I’m thinking of making a quilt.

    Otherwise: day job.

  23. I am very proud of myself! I managed to change the sheets on the bed without assistance.

    When I went for the follow-up X-ray on Monday, the orthopedist said my wrist was healing well and that if it continued to heal like it has, I might graduate to a removable cast at my next follow-up X-ray, this coming Tuesday! That means I will be able to take showers again, instead of sink baths.

  24. So, did not get reappointed to the Board of Elections. I am, of course, disappointed but not surprised. It was a completely partisan move by a Republican majority on the county council. Now I’ve been advised by my supporters to bide my time until the next election cycle. It looks like it will be a wild and complicated election year so a behind the scenes support of the Board might be best after all.

    And, I made a big pot of vegetable beef soup.

    Looking forward to having my youngest visit this weekend.

    I need to start a crocheting project. I have yarn for a tote and for an afghan. I need something ‘meditative’.

  25. I’ve been working on an adult novel since about 2018, usually at Christmas in the gaps between kids’ books. This year I decided I want to finish it. It’s now at 97,000 words, which absolutely astonishes me, and today I wrote the penultimate chapter. So one chapter to go, then I can start editing.

    Plus I broke my toe, which put a bit of a dampener on the morning swims and the walking. But has given me lots of writing time! Swings/roundabouts. 🙂

  26. I’m still working on getting rid of SDW. It’s not working. Mom invited her to sleep in the basement Saturday during the cold snap, she is still there, mom is sending glowing emails about all the wonderful things this woman is doing —many of which are why we keep saying she needs a home care attendant. But not this woman !

    I finally talked to a lawyer on Tuesday . He was able to access the statement of facts in the felony case against SDW for senior abuse. I will not share the horrible details but I will say there is no way they were from two falls. Even if the falls were down stairs. My siblings and I are trying to figure out how to give mom this information in a way that she will listen to and not just say are lies. It’s scary and it is waking me up at night. I am also trying to figure out how to keep mom safe if she does accept it because if mom tells her to leave I am scared she will assault mom.

    I am leaving for London tonight . I hope that’s not a big mistake and wonder if I should go to mom instead. My sibs and I have a zoom tomorrow night.

    1. That sounds really scary. It may be time to talk to a lawyer about getting a conservatorship (or guardianship) of your mother. A conservatorship deals with money/financial issues (which might include things that affect her home ownership like letting an unstable person live there, but you’d have to ask your lawyer whether as conservator you’d be able to evict SDW and/or get a restraining order against her), and guardianship deals with the person (your mother), and again, that might give you the authority to get a restraining order against SDW (if your lawyer thinks it’s an option). A contested guardianship is a potentially traumatizing process for everyone involved, but it is something to at least consider and discuss with the family.

      1. I did. I would be her conservator and guardian under her power of attorney . But mom would fight it, and she would have a case because her ability to manage her finances and health care is good. Even if I won it would take months and this woman would be in the house and have tenant rights by then. I’m willing to go there (first step: see if the original power of attorney is in the safety deposit box). But the lawyer advice is try some other stuff first.

  27. I’m working on finishing a virtual cardmaking workshop from March 2021. So far, I’ve made 19 cards from 5 classes – one more to go. Learning new techniques and have made some really pretty cards.

  28. 1. that’s a lot of yarn. 2. that’s a lot of knitting accomplished.

    Cannot pinpoint the time when I clicked over from incipient hoarder to curator, but it did happen. Pandemic lockdown was definitely when I clicked over to ‘if this craft project / supply does not inspire me right this second, it probably never will, and it is okay to divest it.’ That’s also when I finally came around to giving away hundreds of collectible books.

    Three days of rainy weekend meant my work was all interior. I did a tiny bit of actual housework, such that the room where I spent my workdays is much less dusty. Also got my teeth cleaned (yesterday), which doesn’t sound like work but it did involve 2.5 hours of driving. And this morning, signed contract for new contemporary novella that Tammy liked. 🙂

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