Thursday, October 12, 2017

My youngest Son moved out of the house and WAY the heck down to Florida about a month ago. It's been weird. We are officially empty nesters now.  No kids around, and we've been just kinda chilling.
There's been some stuff being sent down to near Tampa, but other than that, he's supposedly doing well.
The last of the kids to leave the house, Alex

I've taken a job as a lab tech at a local company that does catalog sales of stuff like sausage and cheese. You probably have heard of them, Swiss Colony.  Well, I'm working in the Microbiology department.  Our team tests the food to make sure they are safe. There are times when I am elbow deep into samples of cheesecakes and cheese and stuff.

It's as close to medical lab tech as I'm going to get for now. The pay is less but the schedule is Monday through Friday so that's good. 40 hours a week for now until after the Christmas rush. Then it's layoff time. I'll deal with that when the time comes.

It's been an adjustment NOT studying. I've gone back to doing some family tree stuff, spinning yarn and knitting.  I've mostly been vegging during the nights and playing solitaire.  Ambition is just about nil and oddly enough, I'm ok with that. 
New Bosworth

I've busted my ass for over 4 years to get a degree and where did it get me? Petit fours. I'm glad for the job and the time to adjust to real life and real people again. But I had one interview for a Medical Lab Tech job where the interviewer asked some question about what would cause issues with a blood sample.

What she wanted was me to list all the possibilities including an IV. What I told her was that there were many things that would mess up a blood sample and I was not really aware of how much IV's were given to patients in the ER these days, since I haven't been in one in like.......evah.

Ok, so in the hell am I supposed to remember shit that has like TOTALLY no bearing on my current work whatsoever? I mean, if she really wanted me to be at my best on the knowledge of Medical Lab Tech, she should've interviewed my ass 4 months ago! Every stinking day they decide I'm not worthy to interview, more knowledge goes to the back of my brain in storage. Sorry, chickiepoo, but knowing the reasons why a hematocrit could be low has absolutely JACK to do with whether or not that sample of sausage could be reading a high pH.
My pirate Duck, Norbert. Everyone needs a pirate duck. 

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.