Happy Roc Day!

Today is Roc Day, or St. Distaff’s Day. Time to get back to work after the Christmas holiday. I still have an ounce to spin to finish the first bobbin of BFL/Tussah Silk I’ve been working on. I’ll stick to that for the time being instead of ‘sampling’ a different fiber for the fun of it. That’s how I ended up with several unfinished spinning projects and my main focus for the New Year is to finish things, not start more things.

I’ll put my purple socks in to soak in awhile and get them on the sock blockers. I’ve already been working on the lace ribbing of the other pair of unfinished socks and I’ll stick to that knitting project until it’s finished. Then I’ll finish the Hitchhiker scarf. I have a plan! There is method to my madness and so far it’s working. I have a finished cowl and a pair of socks since the end of December. My resolution is working…

We’ve had coffee and breakfast and have been sitting around chatting about current affairs. I was surprised that the House stayed with it and called another vote to make McCarthy the new Speaker in the wee hours of the morning. The whole thing was quite interesting but I’m reserving judgement on what the Rep Party actually accomplished until I see concrete evidence of change. They talk a good line, but it’s action that speaks the loudest. I’m so sick of RINOs. MTG and Dan Crenshaw can kiss my butt!

After I get my purple socks soaking it would be a good time for our morning walk. The landscape guys should be out sometime before lunch to take a look at where we’ve had the ground cleared and the yard essentially enlarged…although we hadn’t really planned on enlarging the yard, just keeping the brush cut back. There is more trimming to be done and grass seed to sow, gutters need to be cleaned out and the last pine tree needs to come down. I need new lines put up on my clothes line poles and a better way, and place, to store the garden hoses when not in use. There’s always something in the way of improvements to be done. Then there is the new cover for the water filter/cut off valve on the south side of the house. David may have left-over scraps of stuff that would work without having to go out and buy all new supplies.

Brad and David are having dinner together this evening. They need to do that more often, but our son-in-law is such a busy guy that it’s difficult to make time to take time off! He needs adult guy conversation from time to time and he and Brad get along very well. We’ve got some things to take to him or have him come out to pick up including a large air compressor that isn’t working. Brad downsized to a tabletop compressor for use in the shop and doesn’t need the big one anymore. Something tells me David will get that big one working in no time and put it to good use.

After an interval…

It’s closing in on noon. We were headed out for our morning walk just as our landscape guys arrived. It’s all planned out, they suggested we wait until the summer to see how much grass grows over the cleared area, we agreed. They will speak to Juan about the work we need done and set a time and a cost for the work. We both feel a lot better about it. They will go over the newly cleared ground with rakes and axes and get rid of a few small stumps.

And one of them showed an interest in a metal toolbox that will fit in the back of his new, to him, GMC pickup. He got a good deal on a low mileage used truck and it’s gorgeous. Obviously well taken care of. Brad hasn’t used the extra toolbox for anything but storage in years and it’s been sitting up on blocks in the same area that Neil cleaned up. It’s still bright and shiny, in good shape, watertight and just waiting to be put to use.

Brad looked at me and asked what I thought when the question of selling the toolbox came up. I nodded. A lot. He asked how much I thought it was worth. I said it’s not worth more than fifty bucks. He agreed. We’ve had it for over twenty years! The deal was struck and when they come back out to do the work on the yard he’ll pick up the toolbox and get it out of our way. Between now and then Brad can get the targets and stuff out of it and find another place for them. One more thing taken care of!

I had to chuckle a little after we got back in the house from our walk and talking to the landscapers. They both noticed the shoulder holster and the 9mm Sig I was wearing and their eyebrows went up. Yup. The old lady carries! I haven’t been carrying like I should outside the house and I’m getting back into the habit. You just never know what you might encounter in a rural area like ours.

At least we don’t have wild hogs around the house, but there are big cats that roam around out here: bobcats and cougars. And the occasional mangy coyote that we can smell half a mile away. It’s too early for snakes, but it won’t be long and we’ll start seeing those again, especially since that ground has been cleared between the house and the road. And, once in a while we have a stranger pull into our driveway and have a look around. I don’t go out to see what’s up without the shoulder holster and the Sig. I didn’t used to worry about such things until many years ago when I was home alone, on the riding mower two hundred yards from the house, and a black SUV pulled in front of the garage…between me and the house. The house was unlocked. I was unarmed. I did not like that feeling! Turned out to be a female census taker so I lucked out that time.

It’s after noon and we had a late breakfast so it will be a bit before we need to think about lunch so I’m going to my studio to spin! Have a blessed day, 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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