9th Day of Christmas

We started the year off with 70°, sunny and the house open to a light breeze. Even for Texas this is unusual weather. It’s cloudy today, in the low 60’s with thunderstorms on the way. The temps will stay in the 60’s and 70’s for the next couple of days.

I picked out a few bits of leftover yarn that should work well together for the long scarf. I’m just going to knit until each small ball is used up and then switch to another color. The test knit worked out so I’ll just keep going with that and adding to it.

I’m also working on the ribbing of the purple socks, trying to get those finished this week. My shoulder is bothering me so I’ll leave the spinning for later and concentrate on my knitting. In fact, the 12 Days of Christmas is a traditional rest period for spinners who went back to work with spindles and distaffs on the day after Epiphany. St. Distaff’s Day or Roc Day is January 7. There is an article here you might enjoy: What is Saint Distaff’s Day? I might as well wait until until Roc Day to take up my spinning again…keeping in the Christmas spirit and all.

Brad spent some time on the rifle range yesterday afternoon and enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air. With rain on the way it was a good chance to get in some range time before the ground is too soggy to drive across the pasture. We both stayed up a bit later on Saturday night than usual due to it being New Year’s Eve and he had to be up early to pick the grandkids up for church, so he was due some down time.

There isn’t anything much going on this week, just our usual puttering around the house and appointments with the chiropractor. I want to spend some time reading. I want to finish one book I’m reading and get started on another one. I got bored with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series for the time being. Chaos is only interesting in small doses. I’m ready for a little nonfiction for a change.

I didn’t get my pot of Black Bean Soup made yet but I’ll probably do that today. I still had two servings from the last pot in a container in the freezer and we had that for dinner last night. I’ll go ahead and make up a large pot of soup, divide it up into containers and freeze it for later. I’ve thawed the last of the smoked brisket so we need to buy a couple of pounds of that plus more BBQ sauce. Of course, I could make my own sauce. I’ve got everything I need to do that. Another pan of cornbread would be nice, too.

Speaking of food, it’s time to think about breakfast and this would be a good morning for hot cereal. Looks a little dreary out there and hot oatmeal would be nice. Brad will start the coffee when he gets up and we’ll make plans for the day. Have a blessed Monday, ya’ll.

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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