Monday, September 11, 2017

Views from my Chair

So our youngest Son has left and returned from a vacation in Germany with friends. He's now making plans to move to Florida. Yeah, I know...Florida right now is kinda getting it's butt spanked. The plans are being extended a week.  But I got his old desk in the front room. It comes with a window that loos out to the south and to the side yard.  I like it. It's better than my old spot where I get to see directly into the bathroom...yay.

So I see the sun, and green grass, and until about 2 weeks ago, peaches on the peach tree. They're now happily in canning jars waiting for a cold winter day when a peach would sound tasty. My new laptop sets well on the desk that has a real drawer and everything!

But now onto the fun part: last weekend was WI sheep and Wool Festival and I got to go this year! I was worried that work would get in the way, but I finally decided to take the Lab Tech job in Monroe for Swiss Colony.  It's lab work, temporary and they claim that after training that it will be part-time which fulfills my need to continue looking for a Med Lab Tech job and still contribute cash to the family coffers while gaining needed Lab experience.

As usual, two barns are full of lovely things like yarn and fiber and more fiber and more yarn. I maintained a focus of fiber this year, as I'm allowing more time in my schedule TO spin.

I found a wonderful new spindle that is really well-balanced.  

(more later, gotta bathe a duck)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Updates galore

So ah yeah. I totally forgot that I have a blog. After graduation, I got a new computer FOR graduation and was busy transferring stuff to the new laptop. I really like it.  I has battery power and weighs much less than my old one.

Work wise? WOW...I've already been through 2 jobs; neither one in my field however. I was a cashier for a month, then got an offer for a job that paid $5 an hour more. I took the job and after a week, realized I was not in shape enough, nor young enough to continue.  It was very physical work.  It's a shame though. The people I was working with were great.

I've finished a few knitting projects, started more. With some of this free time, I've been cataloging my yarn stash on Ravelry. It's a time-consuming work to do, but it will help me in the future.  A friend of mine who lives in Alaska is selling off her spinning equipment and focusing on quilting. I bought her Bosworth spindle off of her for a deal.  I really do like to spin on the Bosworths!

On the farm, we had a rocky spring with no new hatchings. Once I started with the work, we're now getting back on track.  Dobby, our duck hatched by a chicken hatched out a goose! We decided to raise that one to be more of a pet than livestock.  So that one is Hedwig and she's just a cutie.  Hewig is the one on the right front. Her adoptive Mama is Poppy Pomfrey and she just LOVES to take care of Hedwig.  Here she is in the back warning another girl away from her baby.

 Carrie took advantage of us not paying attention to her to hatch out 3 new goslings. Her mate is Aberforth, so we can't get 5' near them. Mom and Dad have enlisted the help of Sweet Pea and Elsa to help them with the rearing of the kids.

Dobby was undeterred by our efforts to get her to stop being broody and hatched out a baby duck about a week ago. She'll have another one in the next few days. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

And so, back to the real world!

Graduation was last Saturday. A rainy, dreary day here in Wisconsin, but a good day for a graduation inside. I did not invite the whole family. Hell, Alex had to work. I was there mostly in support of my fellow classmates.  This is their first go-round in the realm of post-High School graduation and I could not be more proud to stand up with these ladies and celebrate this achievement.

Now it's 'find a job' which in reality started about 2 months ago, but has stalled after the first 2 rejections. I was upset that I did not get into my first 2 selections, but not surprised.  With all the preparations for graduation, I left the rest of the applications on hold until now.  I'm glad I did. I can focus on polishing up that resume so it gleams. I can rehearse my good answers to the interview questions, assess what did not work the first 2 times and just go.

I've gotten some bad advice lately that has me re-evaluating what it means to be me. But after trying it their way, horribly failing and spinning myself into a corner, I did what I should've done in the beginning: reject the advice and kept on being me. So I'm back to me.  The ever inquisitive, blunt but funny me. I'll never be the Belle of the Ball, but I will certainly rock the bar next to the Ball!

Lot's of UFO's on the needles here to finish off as well. I'll get some photos up too.  One is an ode to my Tigger. I do miss my old orange kitty.