Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Here's the front bedroom window with the curtain rod installed...
Here is the side bedroom window that will face our neighbor when their house is built. The lot sold, but no construction has begun. I think this was a contingency sale, so they had to sell their house before they could go forward with this one. For now we get to see trees but that will change.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Poor Big Red has grown so fast and so tall this spring that his bark hasn't caught up with his height. So everytime a storm comes through and bit of wind starts to blow, his trunk bends over and has a hard time springing back up. We have him tied up so that he doesn't get battered.
I don't know if you recall, but Big Red is our redwood tree we bought from California, and he was just 5-6" tall last year when we moved to North Carolina. Here he is with Mavis the Maple earlier this spring.
And now Mavis is huge too! Both these guys are going to be planted in the yard this fall.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Now we are just holding out for a sale to go on, and then we'll buy the fabric. In the meantime, I've been sewing a lot this weekend. We got some inexpensive lace for the bedroom windows and two small windows by the front door. These aren't real private, but they will be put up in addition to the drapes to help filter the sun a bit for when the drapes are open during the daytime. They only had enough to do our four bedroom windows and the two downstairs, but I'm keeping my eye out for more of the same kind to put in the two living room windows, to give uniformity to our windows from the outside.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Yep, I'm down in Florence, SC working for a few days, and my job is to make sure two samplers keep their gloves and safety glasses on. So, while I'm keeping a close watch, I get a few rows in here and there. Now, me and my knitting are in the lobby of the hotel getting ready to pay some bills on the laptop. For some reason, wireless does not reach the 7th floor, so I've parked it in here in the lobby.
In a nutshell, my knitting has given me some strange looks, has inspired some conversation at the coffee shop and at the office (I'm in the process of giving knitting lessons to a guy in our office), and even though me and my knitting don't always get along, we are connected at the moment. With a good project, it's just plain hard to put it down!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Yesterday I left for church in the sun, wearing a sunny yellow skirt. During the service it sounded like kids playing on the roof, and then someone announced that there was a thunderstorm going on outside and everyone that has their windows rolled down might want to take a break to roll them up.
I was pretty surprised when I was driving home to find the streets partially flooded and have my way lit up by the lightening. I got home and had to prop up Big Red and Mavis who were sadly leaning to one side from the wind. Paul and I spent the rest of the afternoon with the front porch windows and back door open to listen to the thunder and rain, and we drank hot chocolate. Paul and the birds, who don't mind the thunder, took a nap and I sat by the window spinning.
While enjoying the weather for what it was, I still couldn't help but think how sad it is that so many people's lives are changed by weather disasters at the moment, such as the flooding in Iowa, the fires in California and the drought that we in the south are trying to get over. The unpredictability can be exciting, but can also bring disaster. I guess we just have to appreciate the good days.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I finished my first skein of yarn! Notice how different it looks in different lighting.
This was our 4th of July morning- staining/sealing the deck. No rain was in the forecast for the day so we needed to seize the day. Plus, our barbeque is on 5th rather than the 4th so we wanted it looking nice for Saturday.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I chose yesterday as my start day since I needed the weekend to pump up my tires and do a little fixing up my bike. There's no physical way in the shape I'm in to do the whole trip to work, so I drove through all the narrow country roads and up the long hill to a shopping center 2/3 of the way to work, parked the car and unloaded the bike. Luckily, the car is a convertible, or we wouldn't be able to get the bike in it. The scenic ride along one of the only bike lanes in Charlotte was accomplished with much hard work going up and down hills, and I felt proud that I made it! I was sure the ride was about 6 or 7 miles but was kinda disappointed to find out today when I drove the route that it was only barely 4 miles each way. I was too "worked" to do it again today and will try again tomorrow. A few times a week is probably all I'll do, but it is better than nothing.
When I got to work after the ride, I did a quick sponge cleanup in the restroom, washed my hair in the sink and put my makeup on. I was a bit embarrassed when people came into the restroom. I felt compelled to explain the circumstances that led to me washing my hair in the bathroom sink, but oh well.
Today on my drive in, I noticed for the first time that all the bus stops had people waiting: men and women in suits and briefcases and students and people of all walks of life. People are making a change for the better I think. We need to find ways to switch to alternative fuel/energy sources and the rising gas prices is the thing to spur the changes.