Never Too Old To Learn New Tricks

This photo is a reminder of what I can do when I put my mind, and hands, to it. All of my 4 ounce bobbins ready to ply. I really enjoyed that summer. I can do it again as long as I take care of myself and stay on top of things. Age really is just a number and compared to some folks I know my complaints are very minor.

For one thing, my days of sitting for hours on end spinning, knitting, or reading are over. It’s time to be reasonable and take breaks every hour no matter what I’m doing. The Fitbit is helping me do just that and I’ll be glad when my new band comes in so I don’t have the silicone thing around my wrist. It makes me sweat. I take it off to shower but put it back on when I’ve cooled off. The band I liked is one of a pair, packaged together. Both are metal. One is mesh and the other is metal links that can be adjusted. Reminds me of the watch band I had on my old watch back in the 90’s. When I still wore a watch.

We got the SUV serviced on Friday and everything went well. It needed to be inspected as well and that is done and it’s been registered online. Both vehicles are in good shape so we don’t have to worry about that with cold weather upon us.

Brad and I were talking about Thanksgiving a couple of days ago and I mentioned that I’d just as soon have BBQ brisket and sides for dinner and he agreed that would be great. Audrey and David are doing the traditional turkey dinner and already have everything they need to make it happen so we don’t need to run errands for them.

It’s nice to have free time to run errands when we can and Friday we picked up some dog food for her at the feed store where we get cattle feed. Audrey thinks Magen needs a different brand dog food, the same stuff the breeder uses. Some German Shepherds don’t tolerate chicken very well and Magen seems to be one of them so I hope this will help her put on weight and feel better very soon.

I’m enjoying wearing my wool pullover sweater when I need to go out. It felt great on my last few trips in to town for shopping and to get the SUV serviced. In the house I’m swapping off wearing my shawls and scarves so that I have something on the back of my neck to ward off drafts. The living room stays warmer than the other end of the house but the air vent blows right across both of our recliners and my neck doesn’t like the draft.

I wear a shawl when I spin since I’m sitting in front of a north facing window and even though it’s a very well insulated, double pane window it’s still a bit cool sitting in front of it to work. I’ve made a lot of changes in my studio to be able to consolidate my yarn, fiber and spinning in that room. Of course I still do my knitting in the living room with my feet up in the recliner, but it’s nice to get the clutter out of the bedroom at long last.

I’m able to sit for longer periods of time at my wheel now. As soon as my shoulder starts to tighten up I call a halt and get up and do something else for a bit and come back later to spin a little more. I’m also back to using my elastic band exercises for upper body. I had slacked off of that and only used it when I felt tight and knotted up between my shoulders. It’s good for stretching and building strength as well and it will help me get back to spinning every day.

Hope your Sunday is a blessed one. Stay warm and enjoy time for worship, prayer, and family.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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