Sunday, July 10, 2016
It's hibernate in the A/C season here. I feel for the people who plan summer trips to Disney at this time of year, it's just gawdawful. And the interior of my car is filthy but I can't bear the thought of sitting in that oven to clean it. The dirt will remain until the heat breaks.
I received some Amazon gift cards (my favorite presents) for my birthday and hoarded them for a week or two until I decided what I wanted. It had to be something I'd normally not buy for myself, so no books or movies or soy curls for vegan crockpot barbeque. It had to be something different and something creative, because I spend my days staring at GIS mapping and spreadsheets and physically crave color and texture when I get home from work. So I thought and I thought, and ended up with an itsy-bitsy loom. Also a book of pattern ideas.
Though it's 100 degrees most days I'm still on the log cabin afghan binge, because that's why the sainted Mr. Carrier invented air conditioning. I've somehow promised afghans for each granddaughter by Christmas (and I'd still like one for myself) so I'm spending many hours in a sweatshop of my own making. I've nearly finished the first afghan and it has generated a lot of golf ball sized balls of leftovers. It dawned on me that the little Zoom Loom would be both fun and a way to use up those golf balls, and that has proven to be the case. When I need a break from the afghan factory I create a little square or two. They are fun and addictive, and I'm going to crochet a border on each little square and then assemble them into throw pillow covers that will more or less coordinate with the afghans. I have some charcoal gray and cream leftovers that will be perfect for the warp and joining colors. The square below is one of my first "learning" squares. On this one the warp was a bit of lavender left over from something else.
Now that I think I have the loom figured out, I'll start being more deliberate in my color selections with an eye toward throw pillows that will actually be assembled sometime in 2017, because let's get real here.
The Disney booking ninja found a great rate at the French Quarter and we jumped on it for the last weekend in October. By then it will still be warm enough for swimming but not heatstroke hot. We aren't doing any fancy sit-down meals this time, just quick service meals, which are often really good. I'm already dreaming of beignets and coffee for breakfast. Mmmm....
Ellie remains fabulous. When I woke up this morning she was sleeping less than a foot from Sophie and both were fine with it. Sophie IS being a bit of a bitch about guarding her food dish when Ellie walks by, but Ellie just retreats. She's bigger, smarter and faster, and she humors the odd little dog. Best cat ever.