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Monday, May 23, 2022

ELEVENTH Self-Imposed Year or Projects - Salmonella Poisoning can suck it, Trebek! (Update #21)

Yes. I realize it's Monday. I don't care. I'm sick, Stormageddon is sick, and Little Man was sick (not entirely recovered but he's functional for the most part). 

I expect this update to be rather brief. We'll see how things go. 


FOs (Finished Objects)

Nope. I'll get there. Maybe. 


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) *These are carried over year after year, as needed*
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 2018
6. UW Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
7. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
8. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
9. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
10. Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
11. Sand Drift Blanket: started 17 January 2021
12. Vanilla Socks: started 12 December 2021
13. Dishcloth: started 25 February 2022
14. Mixed BFL (Annie): started 18 March 2022
15. Lakeline Tank: started 18 March 2022
16. Baby Blanket: started 22 April 2022

I'm pretty sure I did not do any knitting at all this past week. None. I looked at it. I thought about it. I brought it with me. But I didn't do anything. 

 

OMGLSGWTFBBQ


Design WIPs:
1. Messed Up Moss: started March 2009 - write pattern as PDF (iterations: firstsecond)
2. Susan's Hat: started 31 August 2010 - need new prototypes & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthirdminififthsixth)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket: started July 2010 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
4. Chunky Scarf: started 6 October 2012 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
5. Pacific Waves Hat: started 9 March 2016 - need new prototype & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthird)
6. Fall in San Francisco: started 18 September 2016 - need new prototype & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
7. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017 - need prototypes & write patterns
8. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017 - need various weight yarn prototypes & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
9. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)

 

Design Ideas:
1. Christmas Stocking for Husband

2. Christmas Stocking for Little Man

3. Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon

4. Baby Blanket
5. Stomping Grounds Collection

 

Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):
1.
Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
2.
Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)
3. Musselburgh (any weight - likely DK or worsted)*
4. 3 Color Cashmere Cowl (fingering weight, 3 colors)
5. Gradient Band Cowl (fingering weight - Safronie Fairy Tales gradient and a solid)*
6.
Fine Tune (fingering weight - uses minis so maybe a rainbow type one with the Canon Hand Dyes?)
7. Stashbusting Helix Hats (worsted weight - bits and bobs of worsted)
8. Hüj Tüb (laceweight - maybe that 100% lace cashmere I've had forever?)
9. Undone (bulky - maybe the reclaimed Freeport Vest yarn?)

 

Children's Items/Knitting for others
1. Flax for Little Man (worsted weight - likely Baah Yarns Shasta in London Blue)
2.
Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. The Mandolorian (sport weight - need grey, white, and green...which I might have)*
4. Zelda Beanie (worsted weight - black or grey and yellow, which I'm sure I have)
5. Wasabi for Mr. K (worsted weight - Cascade 220 in Moss Agate if possible)
6. Bugle for Miss E (worsted weight - multicolor; htNEVELE in Reverie if possible)
7. Bonbon for Miss C (worsted weight - Cascade 220 in Vinci if possible)
8. Baby Bear for Mr. T (fingering weight - anything will work)
9. Pig for Earle & Duane (worsted weight - need pink, of course...maybe a good use for the one skein of Molly Ringwald I have?)

 

Utilitarian/Household Items
1. On-Trend Chair Socks (worsted weight bits and bobs) - I have a lot of chairs that could use these
2.
Garter Chevron Blanket (KP Mighty Stitch - may need to get some more black or white)
3.
Diagonal Knit Dishcloths (cotton of some sort, possibly a cotton/bamboo blend, depending on use)
4.
Reusable Produce Bag (cotton or acrylic of some sort - worsted)
5. Harry Potter Blanket (worsted weight - based on several dishcloth patterns to make blocks)
6. Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth (cotton or a cotton/bamboo blend, again based on use)
7. Pop Blanket (worsted weight - a little of this and that?)
8. Holiday Countdown Stockings (worsted weight - various colors)

 

Spinning:
1. Wonderland Dyeworks BFL in Stream Bed
2. Wonderland Dyeworks BFL in Winter Night
3. Timber Ridge Farm Alpaca Roving
4. Ashland Bay Fiber 100% Merino Top in English Garden
5. Anne's Fiber Expressions Elynenium

 

Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
(I think I have 5 left)

2. Random worsted/sport skeins (I have maybe 2-3 left)

3. Anything el
se I find along the way (I don't think there's anything else, but maybe?)

 

Other Fibery Endeavors:
1. Stash Fit
2. Create a project bag inventory
3. Update library inventory (on Ravelry)
4. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry) and reorganize yarn
5. Stitch markers: make kits and individual for Etsy shop
6. Destash as necessary/needed

 

The week started out just fine. Stormageddon had a field trip to the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison. They had lots of fun, even if all the birds were off-site (bird flu).




After that, the week went downhill. 

Little Man started not feeling well on Wednesday. By Thursday, he couldn't keep food down, was throwing up, and had the backdoor squirts. I wound up taking him to the emergency room. Now, a lot of people may say that it wasn't necessary....but that pesky metabolic disorder. He hadn't had anything to eat in over 14 hours and couldn't keep anything down....so rather than let him go into a metabolic crisis, I took him in. 

Four hours later, a bunch of tests (including various blood tests, urine tests, and ultrasounds), and a couple IV bags, we were on our way home. The plan was to keep him hydrated and start introducing food. Okay fine. 

And then Stormageddon started not feeling well. And then mom. And then we found out about the Jif recall for salmonella. And of course I had just opened a new jar. And it was part of the recall. And then Costco called to let us know, as well. 

So what the ER thought was probably a stomach virus was likely salmonella. And now Stormageddon and I have it. This was him, yesterday afternoon. I think. Maybe Saturday.

 

And this was Little Man on Thursday after we got home from the ER.




Aside from that, I got the fence up around our garden and Puppy got loose. He made it 3/4 of a mile down the road to our neighbors' house. I was in socks and jammies, Little Man got his boots on. Husband got out of the shower and hopped on the tractor. It was not a fun way to start my Sunday morning while sick. ::sigh:: 


I hope you all had a better week than we did!

Sunday, May 15, 2022

ELEVENTH Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Happy Syttende Mai Weekend (Update #20)

 Happy Sunday and Syttende Mai Weekend from Southern Wisconsin! Let's get going.


FOs (Finished Objects)

Nope. I'll get there. Maybe. 


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) *These are carried over year after year, as needed*
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 2018
6. UW Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
7. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
8. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
9. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
10. Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
11. Sand Drift Blanket: started 17 January 2021
12. Vanilla Socks: started 12 December 2021
13. Dishcloth: started 25 February 2022
14. Mixed BFL (Annie): started 18 March 2022
15. Lakeline Tank: started 18 March 2022
16. Baby Blanket: started 22 April 2022

I've been focusing on the baby blanket this week. I'm in the home stretch for the first one. I'm on the moss stitch border, which means I'm less than four pattern repeats from finishing. I may actually have my first FO next weekend! Maybe. 

I do have a partial FO....I mean, it counts in the LSG Monthly Thread(s) on Ravelry and Discord but I don't count it as an FO here. I finished up the first half(ish) of the Mixed BFL on the first bobbin on my new wheel, Annie.



I know it looks small on here but the bobbin is huge. It's made to hold 16 oz of fiber. So 4 oz is....tiny. I also started the second bobbin, another 16 oz. I didn't have a lot to do. I think the last little bit took me a half-hour at most. And that likely included switching the bobbin and starting on the second one. So 🤷

I had intended to lay out all the granny squares to figure out what size I wanted the blanket but that didn't happen this week. Maybe this upcoming week? We'll see how things do. 

That's about it, though. It was kind of a "all baby blanket all the time" kind of week. That's fine, I need to get those done and shipped. After that, I may have to pause everything else and work on toys to replace the ones that were tossed due to smoke damage at my sister-in-law's house. I have them on the list, which is good. I need to dig out the yarn or pick up something new. 

 

OMGLSGWTFBBQ


Design WIPs:
1. Messed Up Moss: started March 2009 - write pattern as PDF (iterations: firstsecond)
2. Susan's Hat: started 31 August 2010 - need new prototypes & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthirdminififthsixth)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket: started July 2010 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
4. Chunky Scarf: started 6 October 2012 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
5. Pacific Waves Hat: started 9 March 2016 - need new prototype & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthird)
6. Fall in San Francisco: started 18 September 2016 - need new prototype & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
7. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017 - need prototypes & write patterns
8. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017 - need various weight yarn prototypes & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
9. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)

 

Design Ideas:
1. Christmas Stocking for Husband

2. Christmas Stocking for Little Man

3. Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon

4. Baby Blanket
5. Stomping Grounds Collection

 

Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):
1.
Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
2.
Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)
3. Musselburgh (any weight - likely DK or worsted)*
4. 3 Color Cashmere Cowl (fingering weight, 3 colors)
5. Gradient Band Cowl (fingering weight - Safronie Fairy Tales gradient and a solid)*
6.
Fine Tune (fingering weight - uses minis so maybe a rainbow type one with the Canon Hand Dyes?)
7. Stashbusting Helix Hats (worsted weight - bits and bobs of worsted)
8. Hüj Tüb (laceweight - maybe that 100% lace cashmere I've had forever?)
9. Undone (bulky - maybe the reclaimed Freeport Vest yarn?)

 

Children's Items/Knitting for others
1. Flax for Little Man (worsted weight - likely Baah Yarns Shasta in London Blue)
2.
Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. The Mandolorian (sport weight - need grey, white, and green...which I might have)*
4. Zelda Beanie (worsted weight - black or grey and yellow, which I'm sure I have)
5. Wasabi for Mr. K (worsted weight - Cascade 220 in Moss Agate if possible)
6. Bugle for Miss E (worsted weight - multicolor; htNEVELE in Reverie if possible)
7. Bonbon for Miss C (worsted weight - Cascade 220 in Vinci if possible)
8. Baby Bear for Mr. T (fingering weight - anything will work)
9. Pig for Earle & Duane (worsted weight - need pink, of course...maybe a good use for the one skein of Molly Ringwald I have?)

 

Utilitarian/Household Items
1. On-Trend Chair Socks (worsted weight bits and bobs) - I have a lot of chairs that could use these
2.
Garter Chevron Blanket (KP Mighty Stitch - may need to get some more black or white)
3.
Diagonal Knit Dishcloths (cotton of some sort, possibly a cotton/bamboo blend, depending on use)
4.
Reusable Produce Bag (cotton or acrylic of some sort - worsted)
5. Harry Potter Blanket (worsted weight - based on several dishcloth patterns to make blocks)
6. Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth (cotton or a cotton/bamboo blend, again based on use)
7. Pop Blanket (worsted weight - a little of this and that?)
8. Holiday Countdown Stockings (worsted weight - various colors)

 

Spinning:
1. Wonderland Dyeworks BFL in Stream Bed
2. Wonderland Dyeworks BFL in Winter Night
3. Timber Ridge Farm Alpaca Roving
4. Ashland Bay Fiber 100% Merino Top in English Garden
5. Anne's Fiber Expressions Elynenium

 

Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
(I think I have 5 left)

2. Random worsted/sport skeins (I have maybe 2-3 left)

3. Anything el
se I find along the way (I don't think there's anything else, but maybe?)

 

Other Fibery Endeavors:
1. Stash Fit
2. Create a project bag inventory
3. Update library inventory (on Ravelry)
4. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry) and reorganize yarn
5. Stitch markers: make kits and individual for Etsy shop
6. Destash as necessary/needed

 

 

This week has been hot. Like ridiculously hot. We skipped spring and ran right into summer this past week. It was in the 90s and humid and sticky and just generally icky. The good news is that all the trees decided to go poof...but the bad news is, of course, the amount of pollen. So. Much. Pollen. I didn't get out to check the bees until today and we stopped work on our garden because it was so hot. It looks like I'll be putting fencing up this week. ::sigh:: I hate dealing with chicken wire. I'll get there. 

Thankfully, the weather broke this morning and it hasn't been a sauna. We had storms roll through Friday night, which also helped. Further east of us there were places that had hail and gusty winds. We just had the thunder, lightning, and rain. Now, it seems, we're back to some semblance of "normal" for this time of year. 

In other random events, both boys had field trips this week. Little Man went to Cave of the Mounds on Friday. Both Husband and I have been there and I've always loved it. It was so hot on Friday that being down in a cave sounded like a good idea to me. But, alas, I was on Stormageddon's field trip to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. The kids were so excited to dig with nets in the pond and see the baby geese. I mean, there were other things, as well, but those two really stuck out. 

With everything blooming, I've been waiting to see what kind of annuals are in my yard. Apparently the previous owners liked tulips. We've got a few that have popped up. And some daffodils. And some.....I don't know whats because they haven't actually come up yet. So, we'll see. Surprises all around. And Little Man plucked me a tulip from the yard and I put it in a cup with water. 

 

 
 
 
 
I took Little Man to my hometown yesterday for our heritage celebration, Syttende Mai. We basically ate our way up Main Street. We had "breakfast" at the Sons of Norway: fruktsuppe (fruit soup), sandbakkles (kind of like a shortbread cookie that's like a small dish), and Norwegian fry donuts. Then we wound up getting a donut at the bakery, cheese curds, and more food. I took a photo of Little Man at the bakery eating his cheese curds.

 



We also stopped to see my bestie at work on our way home. Good times. 

This morning, I spent a little time with my bees. They're doing what they should be, as far as I can tell. They're building out their combs and one of the hives has capped brood, which means babies and honey. I'm a little concerned as one hive has capped brood but the other does not...but I see evidence that they're working so I'm not super concerned yet. I may ask our friends that have been keeping bees for 14 years if they want to give my girls a look as they have more practiced eyes. I'll probably check them again in a few days. 

 

Aside from that, not much has been happening. I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend!

Saturday, May 7, 2022

ELEVENTH Self-Imposed Year of Projects - *sniff sniff* Is that spring?! (Update #19)

 Happy Sunday and, if you're a USian, Happy Mother's Day!


FOs (Finished Objects)

Nope. I usually have something done by now but, well, yeah...it's not happening yet....


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) *These are carried over year after year, as needed*
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 2018
6. UW Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
7. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
8. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
9. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
10. Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
11. Sand Drift Blanket: started 17 January 2021
12. Vanilla Socks: started 12 December 2021
13. Dishcloth: started 25 February 2022
14. Mixed BFL (Annie): started 18 March 2022
15. Lakeline Tank: started 18 March 2022
16. Baby Blanket: started 22 April 2022

I finished up my granny squares...meaning I ran out of yarn, mostly. I have a small ball of yarn left but it's definitely not enough to make another square, and 37 squares doesn't make sense anyway (if I've counted correctly). I'm hoping to lay them all out sometime this coming week and decide if I want a square 6x6 blanket or a 9x4 blanket (using all 36 squares) or if I should toss another square out and make a 5x7 blanket (using 35 squares). I need to see about how big each one would be. I feel like the 9x4 may be too narrow but we'll see. 

I also finished a sock the other night (#12 on the list) and started the second one. So that's plugging along, I guess. I was going to work on it last Monday when I went to knitting group but I knew I was close to the toe decreases and I really didn't want to be taking my sock and shoe off to try it on so I opted for other things.


 

I worked on the Lakeline Tank instead. It has a ribbed bottom but the neckline and the armholes are i-cord. I'm thinking about changing those to ribbing, as well. It's not a big change and I have time to decide if I really want to go that route or not. I'm still on the ribbing for the bottom. The pattern calls for just a few rounds of ribbing and I don't think it's enough so I added some more. I think I'll probably double what the pattern asks for. I need to see how long it is. Then I'll be in stockinette hell for awhile (16" if I remember correctly). 

I also worked on the baby blanket, obviously. I need to measure the length but there's a possibility that it may only wind up being three stripes instead of five. But like I said, I need to measure first. ::sigh:: I can't believe I agreed to make two of these. I grossly overestimated my knitting ability on a deadline. Again. It doesn't help that the babies were a week early (which isn't surprising because twins do that). I'm going to wind up with a bunch of leftover yarn, too. I suppose I can make a scrappy baby blanket and sell it or donate it or something. We'll see. I suppose I could attempt to return the yarn (it's Big Box Store yarn). Regardless, I'm working on the baby blanket.  

In other related events, Stash Dash (hosted by the Knit Girlls on their Discord) will be from 27 May - 31 August 2022. I'm planning to try to partake. We'll see how things go. I set up my spreadsheet, which is always a good start. I need an extra excuse to finish things up and work on things that I've not touched in awhile. I need to get my rhytym going around here. 

Oh....and I went to the yarn store this past week.

Twice. 

When I dropped Husband off at the airport on Monday, I went to a new-to-me shop in Madison called Fiddlesticks. It's near downtown, which is about 40 minutes away so it's not super close but it's not super far, either. My closest shop is The Sow's Ear, which is only about 20 minutes away. I picked up four skeins of yarn, three of which were done by local dyers. It was a good day. And then yesterday, Husband had the boys out so I picked up my college roommate and we went back (she hadn't been in yet). I picked up two more skeins of yarn (local dyers, again) and a bottle of wool wash because I can never seem to find mine and it's always good to have it. 

Oops. 

But that's it. I swear!


OMGLSGWTFBBQ


Design WIPs:
1. Messed Up Moss: started March 2009 - write pattern as PDF (iterations: firstsecond)
2. Susan's Hat: started 31 August 2010 - need new prototypes & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthirdminififthsixth)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket: started July 2010 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
4. Chunky Scarf: started 6 October 2012 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
5. Pacific Waves Hat: started 9 March 2016 - need new prototype & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthird)
6. Fall in San Francisco: started 18 September 2016 - need new prototype & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
7. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017 - need prototypes & write patterns
8. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017 - need various weight yarn prototypes & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
9. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)

 

Design Ideas:
1. Christmas Stocking for Husband

2. Christmas Stocking for Little Man

3. Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon

4. Baby Blanket
5. Stomping Grounds Collection

 

Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):
1.
Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
2.
Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)
3. Musselburgh (any weight - likely DK or worsted)*
4. 3 Color Cashmere Cowl (fingering weight, 3 colors)
5. Gradient Band Cowl (fingering weight - Safronie Fairy Tales gradient and a solid)*
6.
Fine Tune (fingering weight - uses minis so maybe a rainbow type one with the Canon Hand Dyes?)
7. Stashbusting Helix Hats (worsted weight - bits and bobs of worsted)
8. Hüj Tüb (laceweight - maybe that 100% lace cashmere I've had forever?)
9. Undone (bulky - maybe the reclaimed Freeport Vest yarn?)

 

Children's Items/Knitting for others
1. Flax for Little Man (worsted weight - likely Baah Yarns Shasta in London Blue)
2.
Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. The Mandolorian (sport weight - need grey, white, and green...which I might have)*
4. Zelda Beanie (worsted weight - black or grey and yellow, which I'm sure I have)
5. Wasabi for Mr. K (worsted weight - Cascade 220 in Moss Agate if possible)
6. Bugle for Miss E (worsted weight - multicolor; htNEVELE in Reverie if possible)
7. Bonbon for Miss C (worsted weight - Cascade 220 in Vinci if possible)
8. Baby Bear for Mr. T (fingering weight - anything will work)
9. Pig for Earle & Duane (worsted weight - need pink, of course...maybe a good use for the one skein of Molly Ringwald I have?)

 

Utilitarian/Household Items
1. On-Trend Chair Socks (worsted weight bits and bobs) - I have a lot of chairs that could use these
2.
Garter Chevron Blanket (KP Mighty Stitch - may need to get some more black or white)
3.
Diagonal Knit Dishcloths (cotton of some sort, possibly a cotton/bamboo blend, depending on use)
4.
Reusable Produce Bag (cotton or acrylic of some sort - worsted)
5. Harry Potter Blanket (worsted weight - based on several dishcloth patterns to make blocks)
6. Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth (cotton or a cotton/bamboo blend, again based on use)
7. Pop Blanket (worsted weight - a little of this and that?)
8. Holiday Countdown Stockings (worsted weight - various colors)

 

Spinning:
1. Wonderland Dyeworks BFL in Stream Bed
2. Wonderland Dyeworks BFL in Winter Night
3. Timber Ridge Farm Alpaca Roving
4. Ashland Bay Fiber 100% Merino Top in English Garden
5. Anne's Fiber Expressions Elynenium

 

Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
(I think I have 5 left)

2. Random worsted/sport skeins (I have maybe 2-3 left)

3. Anything el
se I find along the way (I don't think there's anything else, but maybe?)

 

Other Fibery Endeavors:
1. Stash Fit
2. Create a project bag inventory
3. Update library inventory (on Ravelry)
4. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry) and reorganize yarn
5. Stitch markers: make kits and individual for Etsy shop
6. Destash as necessary/needed

 

Let's start with something totally unrelated to my fiber enthusiasm. A bee update! 🐝 I had checked them last Sunday morning, before I posted and all was as well as expected. I had intentions to check on them Tuesday or Wednesday (really, it was to check the syrup feeders) but the weather was less than cooperative so I didn't get out there until Friday. I got my bee smoker working and headed out in the early afternoon. I checked both hives, saw both queens crawling around, and saw evidence of my girls building out their comb(s). And no stings. My girls were in a collective good mood. The smoker may or may not have helped with that. I also decided that it was time for them to survive without their syrup feeders as there are enough flowers and blooms happening, plus the weather is behaving. So I brought those in and washed them. 

The unfortunate part is that the bee stings I have sustained are grumpy. The one on the back of my knee and the one on my stomach are itching like crazy. The two on the back of my neck (because I got two, not one) are swollen and painful, but not really itchy. So, who knows. 

Each kid spent a day at home this week due to coughing. Stormageddon was at home on Tuesday and Little Man was home on Friday. They're not sick otherwise so I suspect these are lingering symptoms from Covid. Both Husband and I are coughing as well. Throw in the weather changing and everything blooming and seasonal allergies.....and here we are. I expect the next couple weeks are going to be a bit of a hot mess with regards to this coughing and snot thing. 

Husband was gone from Monday afternoon until Thursday afternoon. I spent most of those days knitting and watching TV. I remembered we have Hulu so I started watching Castle Rock and I'm almost finished with the second season. I may or may not be binging a bit. I also baked banana bread, went grocery shopping, and did laundry. The "usual" things, I suppose. 

Here are a few photos from this week.

This was Tuesday, when Stormageddon stayed home from school. We snuggled for a bit and he allowed me to take his photograph.



I may or may not have drank an entire bottle of wine on my own on Thursday. Maybe.




My maternal grandmother and I painted this cast iron, 150(ish) lb. nisse when I was around 12 years old. I picked out the colors, of course.




I took a selfie with a weird filter thingie turned on. This is how it turned out. I was being silly...




Also, the sandhill cranes have been back to visit a few more times. They were all over the backyard this week.



I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend! And Happy Mother's Day if you're a USian :)