A Perfect Wednesday

The humidity has passed, the sun is shining, a stiff breeze is blowing and it’s in the mid 70’s today. On Ash Wednesday. Even for Texas weather this is unusual. But we never turn down a chance to turn off the heat/cooling and open the house to the fresh air.

My pot of chicken broth is bubbling away and the house smells lovely. I had a doctor’s appointment this morning that kept me from attending noon Mass for Ash Wednesday but there is a 6 pm Mass this evening. Brad is in the other end of the house trolling the poor robo callers. He had a live one just now. Seems someone out there thinks we are ‘drowning in debt’ to which he replied, “I am? Who says I’m drowning in debt? Where did you see that I’m drowning in debt?” Click. Call disconnected. He lives for those calls. Our favorite is the folks calling to see if we want to sell our property. To which he replies, “Sure! I’ll take 20 million for this 85 acres. And the next time you call it will be 25 million.” Click. Call disconnected.

He’s on his way to move one of the game cameras that isn’t catching anything on the memory card. The older cameras that finally bit the dust had a wider range when it came to something triggering them to turn on than these do. Maybe we need one near what we call the ‘rock crossing’ where the limestone comes to the surface and we can drive across the creek to the rest of the property. The house is in a bit of a low spot with narrow road frontage and most of the property is in the shape of a pie wedge with the widest part half a mile from the house. We might end up catching our mama cougar and kittens on camera if we moved it further from the house.

The appointment this morning was a regular checkup but we didn’t do lab work. I’ll see her again in three months and I’ll do the fasting lab work to check my cholesterol. It was a tad high the last time I saw her but I’ve made some diet changes and hope to see an improvement since the statins she tried me on triggered side effects, namely weakness in my lower back and legs. Not something you want to deal with even to lower cholesterol. And I’ve lost a few pounds since the last visit so that’s a positive note. Brad takes the very same drug with no side effects whatever. I’m just weird that way with a lot of drugs which can make it a pain in the butt dealing with surgeries and so forth.

The socks are coming along nicely and I’m toying with the idea of using two 24″ long size 0 needles to work on both socks at the same time. I’m a few rounds away from being at the same point for both socks and I’m going to give it a try and see how it works. In theory it should work well instead of having the loops sticking out from one 40″ long needle I’ll have the tops of both socks on one 24″ needle and the backs of the socks on the second needle. We shall see…

I’m headed to the studio to grab the other needles and I might sit and work on plying the BFL/Tussah yarn while I’m there. The house is clean, fresh air and the aroma of simmering chicken broth is throughout the house and life is great.

Have a blessed Ash Wednesday evening, 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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