Dang!

The usually kind, helpful and considerate folks over at ivhosting.com took down my blog because it was "abusing the server". That would be okay except that they did not tell me that anything was wrong, did not ask me to attempt to fix it, they just took it down.

I have been spending time bringing it back up, only to have it brought down again. I could not figure out what was causing the problems, and they were not willing to help me figure it out.

Here I am in a new space, choosing to retype some previous entries, and being somewhat okay with letting go of the older stuff. Restoration from the old blog is not possible. For some reason WordPress does not have an export to another WordPress location. Weird, huh?

It isn't the end of the world, but maybe the beginning of the end of the world 🙂  ~~~  I have a Plutonian sense of humor.

Speaking of Pluto, WT and I went to an absolutely fabulous lecture on Friday and then a workshop with Richard Tarnas on Saturday.  He speaks about history, ecology, life, from a very interesting perspective.  He is an astrologer, and not so ashamed to admit it.  In fact, he recommends one to know ones chart and keep track of transits.  A deep fellow, one to watch.  His two books are huge!  We are starting his 2nd book, with plans on going back and reading his first just as soon as we can.  If you are interested, check them out:

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The Weekend and Such

WT took Friday off for Sprung day, and he had a great idea to go to the Margorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park. It is a tradition for most Twin Cities folks to visit the conservatory during Easter/Passover to see all the beautiful spring flowers. Going before Easter proper means less people. Here is a bit of what we saw:





On Saturday we took mom, dad, and Chaachi to Kramarczuk’s Deli just because.


Here’s WT and my dad, Louie
Here’s Chaachi and my red-haired mom, Helene
Here’s my delicious leek and potato soup and bits of a varietyplate that we shared.I had a wonderful weekend. I hope you did too! but now it’s back to regular weekday thang. A bit of knitting and spinning, planning on doing housework but rarely following through, aclient or student or two, whatever.

Kat Knits has a contest on her blog so I thought I would play along. She writes:

Post your list on your blog and put a link to it in the comments of this entry. Whomever has the most original place as picked by my DB will get a little knitting gift package from me. We’ll pick our winner on Friday, April 21

Here’s my list of unique places where I have knit:

  • At the racetrack, Brainerd International Raceway.
  • On a cruise ship
  • At the off-leash dogpark
  • At the Minnesota State Capitol, for the Knit for Roe demonstration to oppose Samula Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court
  • Recently at Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park.

Peace!

Happy!

For me, Easter/Passover equals Happy. It is really Spring outside right now. I am hoping we get rain so that we can get that Sprung day pretty soon.

The air is mild and smells like almost rain. The light outside is really beautiful. ~~~ SNIFF ~~~ Ah!!!

I am trying to get all the plastic and boogery clear caulking peeled off all the windows so that I can actually smell and feel that clean air inside. WT spent all that time putting it up, and it kept us stuffy and warm all winter. It saved us about $300 this year on our heating, definitely worth it. But now it is time to take it all down. So far I have the living room main windows done, and one window in my office.

I have been spinning more than knitting lately. Oh, and bead crochet too but I forgot to photo that. Maybe next time. This is what I have done up so far:

spinning easter

That huge Lendrum plying bobbin is holding almost 8 oz. of Australian 64’s merino. So soft! The Easter colored stuff is something I purchased from last year’s Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival. I think it is probably Coopsworth. I spun it up thick and thin – fast and fun but it plyed out a lot smoother than expected. I think it will make some really nice felted slippers, or maybe a hat and scarf. I was trying out different ways of separating the colors when spinning. That’s why the two big skeins are different. It was planned – really!

The small bit of dark grey/silver is Alpaca/Silk. I really wanted to spin the whole amount up (about 6 oz.) but it is just too fussy for me right now. Very silky, like hair so it is kind of creeping me out. It looks like a big bag of silky crone hair. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be a crone with hair as beautiful as this, but it’s just too fussy for me right now. It has absolutely no spring in it, and anything without spring just isn’t doing it for me.

Back to why all the spinning. This year at the Shepherd’s Harvest thang I am going to be in a group competing for the sheep to shawl contest. I am a member of the Northern Lights Handspinners Guild of Minnesota, and a call went out from the group to get some of us together to do this for fun. I thought it would be a good way for me to get out and amongst other spinners, as I keep forgetting to go to the meetings.

So that competition/fun takes up one whole day of the 2 days of the festival. I am taking a 4 hour class, Intermediate Spinning, on the other day, and then the rest of the time shopping. Now this is a pretty small fest – nothing like Maryland’s or New York’s but for me small is just fine – I don’t have the money for travel anyway. I want to buy more fiber to spin, and maybe a book or two, maybe some gadgets – whatever.

It is getting darker out, probably going to rain soon. Spencer is barking outside so I should get my hiney out to bring him in.

I will leave you with this photo of him playing with his new toy – a huge carrot. Seeing him with this toy really cracks me up.

Spencer and his carrot

Peace!