The dogs are absolutely and utterly done in. They had Alexia for a week and then a visit this morning from DIL Missy and our Oregon grandsons. I told Missy that if she wanted to drive in on her way home, she could have my backup Kenmore sewing machine.
Don't get me wrong. The dogs love the grandkids and Sammie will endure any amount of loving, but they have given all the grandkid loves they have had to give. I am sad I forgot to pull out my camera, which wouldn't have mattered since I had plugged the battery into a different and live power socket during the power outage when Ian had the generator running and I had forgotten all about it. It took me a while this evening to figure out why my camera was unresponsive.
Missy has never sewn before, though she thought watching her mother sew all these years would have her ready. We went through the machine, winding a bobbin, threading the machine and how to thread the needle. The documentation on this machine is good - I know this - so she has backup. I had Missy go through all those things. She stepped right up the plate, sewing like she knew what she was doing. Grandson Logan was excited, wanting to try it all. I love it that boys are okay to knit and sew these days. They were late getting out of here and we both knew she was facing harsh road conditions in her rental car. Long day, rough drive, but they were home by 6:00. Two of my hats left for Oregon this morning. Moms never go off duty.
As of last night, Ian and I have a partner to share a CSA basket with this year. Carol signed us up and we'll figure out pick-ups, etc later. It's not cheap, but we will get organic locally sustainably raised produce from April through October. Carol is thinking about buying a greenhouse and putting it here. She's not home to take care of one but she wants the outcome. I'll let you know if that pans out. Meanwhile, I decided to knit a hat kit hat while Ian and I watch NCAA basketball - it has been a wonderful year of upsets. My pool bracket tanked several games ago but I love watching these young athletes pour their hearts into these games. I think basketball is the perfect college sport since only five team members are on the court at one time. VCU (Virginia Commonwealth) who came out of the backfield to win, has just 14 students on their bench. North Carolina has a graduate student playing who still had a year of eligibility. I love how articulate the players are when interviewed. Can you tell that I'd love to see football eliminated from college sports??
So hats. Yes, where was I?? Well, I found an error that I'll have to fix in the printed pattern. I figured out that if I weigh the yarn before I knit the hat and then weigh the leftover yarn afterwards, I'll know how many ounces to include so someone can knit the hat without running short of yarn. I also have figured out that I have an error - thought I had caught them all.
The wind has pounded relentlessly all day. Even if the roads are dry, the dogs won't walk in these gales. If the forecast is right, I will finally be able to walk the dogs in the mornings, beginning tomorrow. Every day for months it's been either snow or wind - I'm not holding my breath but I am hoping. My body is hoping.