A Mabon Surprise

Yesterday, I went out to check the mail. While on the front porch, I heard a kitten crying. Now, there have been a lot of kittens/cats around of late, so I looked around to see if I knew which one it was. No kitten/cat in sight. I clipped my letter to the post box, and as I could still hear the kitten, I said: “I hope that kitten finds it’s home”, outloud.

Yeah, You’d think I’d know better than to do that on the Equinox…

Next thing I know, there is a tiny black kitten running up the stairs out of nowhere. It’ starts rubbing all over my boots, and purring. (shit!) It won’t leave. So, I picked it up, and noticed that it was scrawny. Maybe 5-6 weeks old if that, and I can feel its bones through its fur. So, I took it inside and via Facebook, tried to find it’s owner. No such luck. Most people replied with “Oh, your familiar arrived on Mabon!”

Sigh… I spoke to Dan at lunch time, and we decided to keep him. We’ve named him Alban Elfed, or Elfed for short. He’s tiny. 1.5 pounds, and shows signs that he has been neglected. A neighbor thinks he’s a kitten she’d given to a family that lives a couple of blocks away, which would make him 8 weeks old. Both of us agreed that the kitten is now mine. No one should let a kitten starve.

Hell Freezing Over

Yesterday, it was 93F. It had been in the 90’s for the last week. Today, it is 34F at present, and has not only rained, but SNOWED. Yes, and this is with nearly 2 weeks before summer ends.

I’ve covered my garden, and it now looks like tent fort city. My neighbor thought I had a homeless person sleeping in my yard. (no, I used an old skirt to cover my mint) What a crazy week. Smoke from fires, wind, record heat and now record cold temps. Brrrr!

I brought a ton of potted plants inside, and hope that what I covered survives. We are looking at lows of 29, and maybe 8-12 inches of snow. Damn!

I’ll keep you posted on what happens.

September!

Wow. August was crazy. We actually saw people! Yeah… did the dangerous thing, and went outside our bubble, our community… Even went to a party. Socially distanced of course, but… it was so nice to SEE people. Granted, I have to admit that I sort of held my breath for 14 days to make sure we hadn’t gotten ‘Rona as a friend calls Covid-19. It was still nice though to be sort of normal.

Let’s see… Thora got spayed. No puppies for us! She’s 77 pounds, and taller than Saydee. I finished up 108 masks for the school district and in total donated 291 masks with the help of 3 other people. I have been working in the garden, sewing!!!!!, finally back to reading, and I’m part of the committee that is working to pass a bond issue in Huerfano RE-1 for a new high school.

Oh, and I bought a trike. I realized that I was having issues with vertigo every time I tried to ride the bike. Balance!!! Frustrated, I finally looked at trikes. πŸ™‚ It’s purple.

Now we wait for school to open and see what chaos that does or doesn’t bring. Dan has been working overtime to get all the IT stuff done for the schools.

Damn, It’s August!

Not that life has changed much in the last few months. Most things are still canceled. No SCA. No vacation. No Celtic Music Fest. sigh…

While not in lockdown, we tend to stick close to home, wear masks, and try to keep busy. I’m baking, sewing, knitting socks, watching Thora get BIGGER, and working in the garden. πŸ™‚ We’ve gone to Colorado Springs twice, and Denver once for a computer client. Part of me misses being out and about, and part of me doesn’t. One thing that I have realized is how this whole situation has upped my anxiety at times. I think twice about things like shopping, meeting people, etc. Argh… Granted, I think a lot of people are dealing with mental issues they never had before either.

Dan’s revving up work at the school district. They open on the 17th for training of students and then the kids will go to online school until Labor Day. By then, it is hoped that the state/district will know what to do about school. Or, the virus will have either blown up or gone away. (not holding my breath~!)

Talk to you later!

 

May!

It’s only been a month this time! Wheee!

Life under lockdown has continued. We did venture out to Pueblo and Colorado Springs this month. We had to do some shopping we simply could not manage in town. We broke it up into two different days, and Ohhh were we glad we had done so. We were exhausted. Not only was it the longest we’d been in the truck in months, but it was the most people we’d seen/been around in ages. Wow!

Most people were civil, and a high percentage were wearing masks. We were so glad to get home though. Oh, and it was the longest we’d left the dogs alone since we’d picked Thora up in March. They survived. πŸ™‚

I’m working on the garden as the weather is warming up. We have decided to put fencing down the center of the back yard and have garden on one side and dog central on the other. Why? Well, Thora is a digger. 😦 I have yet to put anything in the ground where she can get to it. I have refilled planters multiple times. sigh… So the fence is in progress. It helped that my SIL brought down a ton of garden supplies. πŸ™‚ paves, pots, etc. Wheee! I now have a new paved area under my clothesline. I’m also working on the house, craft projects and in general, keeping busy. Plus, not having our SCA events means that we will be trying to figure out what to do with holiday time…

Dan is back to work full time. From now until mid-August is going to be very busy as schools try to figure out what to do. It is not going to be an easy process.Β 

Time to pick things up I’ve dropped

It’s nearly May of 2020. Life in the time of Covid-19, the virus from hell. We are doing well, as we are introverts, so life has had some restrictions, but it hasn’t been too bad. We are healthy, and keeping busy. Dan is an ‘essential worker’, as one of two people of the school IT department. We wear masks in public, and go out only when necessary.

Now for a bit of catch up.

October

We had a lot of garden veggies to harvest. Tomatoes, squash, beets, lots of herbs, the last of the green beans and even a few tiny potatoes. I made apple chutney and tomato chutney. Yum! I pulled out winter clothes, bagged trash from the yard and garage, and did lots of garden clean up. Dan caulked windows, rearranged the lab, tool room, stacked firewood and dealt with the first really COLD weather and snow. Lots of cold. 2F was the lowest I believe. At the Aarquelle Harvest Festival, I once more became the Bard of Aarquelle. On the same day, we also attended Daniel and Breanna’s housewarming for which I made house and key shaped cookies. I attended the CASB Fall conference in Breckenridge, and the CASB Region 6 meeting. I also made lovely heavy winter curtains. Best of all, we changed things up in the basement so that all my woodworking stuff has a place in the basement. Halloween was slow, as it was very cold. We had 55 tricker-treaters.

November

I turned 60, and after 8 years on the school board moved to the reporter’s chair. πŸ™‚ So, I’m still at all the board meetings, but I’m writing the articles for the local newspaper. I revamped our microwave stand, and we tackled more renovations in the tool room. Wow! What a difference. I continued to put the garden to bed for it’s winter rest, knitted socks for Dan, spent a lot of time on the road to Pueblo, Denver, and Castle Rock. We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary with a steak dinner. (been together for 15 yrs, but only married 4) I made wine jelly, and bits of sewing for the Holiday Market. It was alright, even if the wind did ‘steal’ three stockings.

December

I attended my last CASB Annual Conference at the Broadmoor. I actually stayed in the Broadmoor this time. Wow. The event was lovely yet bittersweet. A little part of me will always be CASB and school board. I worked onΒ  the Clothing bank for the school district, worked in the garden (yeah…. even in between snow storms!), rearranged the knick-knacks in the living room and put up the Yule decorations. On Yule, we went up to see Daniel, Brenna and grandson John. He got all his Yule prezzies and his birthday prezzies. (born December 29th) He’s so cute! We built bookcases, rearranged the library, moved the old couch into the library and… got new living room furniture! First new couch and love seat in um… forever! The living room looks so classy now! New Year’s Eve was a lovely quiet time at home. Snow kept us from attending Yoolis and many A&S nights. sigh

January!

Lots of sewing. Dan got a new coat for Viking Vinter Vunderland. I was the feastocrat, making soup, and desserts. It went really well. With the ‘new freedom’ from school board events, I planned to do lots of sewing, and planned to do a number of SCA feasts. A friend’s laureling, possible Spring Coronation!!!, Harvest Fest, and of course, Battlemoor. We also had the fun of cleaning out our sewer. Ewww! In between snow storms, we watched the burnt out house across the street get torn down. What a process! Oh, and yet another celebration of John’s birthday! The first one got snowed out!

February

Hmmm… Snow! Cold! More Snow!!! I have to admit that it was beginning to wear on all of us! During a break in the weather, we spent time with friends in Colorado Springs. Ahhh! I also sat down and thought about a number of things, one of them being the anxiety I had over the 25+ UFO’s (UnFinishedObjects) in my sewing pile. I realized that the last 5 years, while taking care of my parents, that I’d only had time to craft of any kind in bits and snatches. Now I have time, and after taking a metaphorical deep breath, I realized that I didn’t have to run around like a headless chicken, but could work on a project from beginning to end. Ahhhh! This included socks for Dan and a sweater for me. We babysat my nephew’s dog, and our grandson John! It was a lovely time. πŸ™‚ Three days of lovely cuddles. Best of all was the SCA event on the 29th. It was a Kingdom A&S event, and the Laureling of a dear friend. She honored me with the task of providing food. I made breads, tarts, oat cakes, cookies,rye griddle cakes, cheese spread, and procured other meats and cheeses. It was a beautiful day spent with our SCA family.

March

While we’d been hearing that this virus was out there, we didn’t begin to worry until about the second week of March. Weather had started to warm up, and I even had a few days in the garden! Our kitchen drain backed up, and we discovered it is collapsed somewhere under the cement stairs. So, we started to break those up with help from friends and family. I finally processed all the herbs that had dried, and began to think of spring, gardening and being outside. Silly me. Instead, we began to think on how to deal with the coming issues associated with the virus. We did get our groceries in as best we could and… picked up the puppy that we were getting two weeks early. Her name is Thora, and shes is Rottweiler, Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherd and Bernese Mt. Dog. We both had this feeling that the state would be shut down faster than everyone was talking about. We predicted that schools would close, etc. They did. Dan still had to work as he is one of the two IT team for the school district. SCA events were canceled, and soon the only sewing I was doing was making masks for friends, family, and the hospital. What a whirlwind. I had such lofty plans on taking it easy. Dan has been 3D printing stuff for the hospital too. We haven’t slowed down one damn bit. I did finish my sweater, learned to Zoom meeting and done our best to cope with staying home.

April

So far, we’ve done much of the same thing. Stayed home, cooked, sewed, played with Saydee and Thora, Oh, and ventured out masked for coffee a few times. Life as we knew it is gone. Now to see what happens. Dan and I quietly celebrated our 16th year of being together. I have started the garden work again, and after making more masks than I care to think of, I’m taking a break. Time to reorganize.

Boy Did I Fall Off The Blogoverse!

John David’s quilt

Well… I did finish that baby quilt. I also bought a dough trough and refinished it, repaired the umbrella style clothes line the wind tossed 10ft, revamped the library, stdio and laundry room by moving bookcases around, did a lot of yard work when it wasn’t freezing, dealt with bloody cold weather and WIND! OMG! Oh, and went to the CASB Winter Conference.

March

I tackled my UFO sewing piles. Pillows, quilts and the dreaded repair pile. I built and stained two storage boxes and we sorted out 5 or 6 bags of stuff to take to the ARC, our local second hand shop. Clothes, books, etc. We also dealt with more cold weather than I really wanted to.

Quilter’s Coven block duvet cover

Witchbonnet Sue quilt

April

Aarquelle Defender was the highlight of the month. Beautiful day up at the Pueblo Mountain Park. Lots of SCA fun. πŸ™‚ I made a bunch of new clothes for our friends wedding. πŸ™‚ They looked beautiful! Granted, I was beginning to hate the sight of my sewing machine.

The Wedding clothes! Three outfits.

April 22nd was the 4th anniversary of my dad’s death. We went out to Lathrop park to do a trash clean up. My son Bryan and his family came out and helped. It was a good day.

I also spent a lot of time revamping the guest room. Touched up the paint, oiled the floor and reorganized things. We also worked on the garage roof and the garden. Oh the garden….

May

May is a combo of ALL the school events in 20 days including graduations, field trips and board meetings. Chaos. Add in crazy weather and snow! In between all that, there was gardening, roof work and furniture revamping. I had three pieces in the guest room that didn’t match and were driving me crazy. So, I painted them all the same colour scheme. πŸ™‚ I painted the stairs to the basement as well, and we finally got the handrail up on the stairs.

We were suppose to go to an SCA Coronation, but both of us got food poisoning. Ugh. Not good. Luckily we were better in time for a family wedding. πŸ™‚

The revamped dresser.

June

Movies! Sewing! Roofing! (yeah… slow work!) Gardening, and best of all, time with my granddaughter Anabell! She was part of the reason for the sewing, as she was going with us to Battlemoor! We also had to buy a new tent, as our old one died. Getting all the stuff ready for Battlemoor was an adventure. One of the big achievements was the removal of the last of the trash out of the yard. Lots of e-waste and two dead fridges moved. Phew! I also worked at a local restaurant for a bit. 😦 It didn’t work out.

July

Battlemoor! It was lovely. Once we got back, I started baking for the local Farmer’s Market. πŸ™‚ Lots of gardening and general craft stuff. πŸ™‚ Finally got my new phone to work too. Oh was that a mess. I built a keyhole garden with some of the leftover bricks and will be using it next year. The compost has to settle. πŸ™‚

Me!

Dan

Anabell after receiving a cup from the King and Queen

August

Me at the Farmer’s Market

I realize that gardening, baking, sewing and working on the house have sort of taken over our lives. πŸ™‚ Not a bad thing, but a thing. I’ve been enjoying the Farmer’s Market, and we are beginning to get lots of veggies!

August 23rd marked the 1st anniversary of my mom’s death. Dan and I realized that we had literally not had a vacation that was not dual purpose in over four years. So, we ran away to the mountains for a 4 day camping trip. It was marvelous!

We had to cut down the big cedar tree in the back yard. It was lifting every time the wind blew, and we were afraid it would hit the house. 😦 We plan to use the stump for a table base. Once the wood is dry, it will be firewood.

September

We are working on a Farm to School project in our school district. Dan and I donated about $300 worth of gardening tools to the project. πŸ™‚ I’ve been working on our garden a lot as well. Best of all…. We FINALLY Finished the garage roof! We installed my witchy weathervane as well. Our daughter Morgan helped Dan finish it up.

While I’ve been attending various CASB things, I went up to the Western Regional National School Board Association conference in Estes Park. It was a really good event.

The Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival is over for another year. Lots of good music as always, and a side of politics. One of the bands which came from Brazil couldn’t get work visas. grrr…. They played at free events, but grrr… Next year, we will just be concert attendees, as this was the last year that Dan did sound for the festival. We’ll see if I volunteer for anything.

I’m harvesting pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, greenbeans and herbs. Wheee!

2019!

You know it’s been too long since you’ve updated your blog when you have to double check your login AND password. Gads. The last four months of 2018 were a mix of joy and hell. So get comfy, grab a cup of tea and read on.

September.Β  There was a lot of clearing out at my mom’s house. Lots of plants to move, things to sort and worse yet, issues on where to put stuff at our house. I swear every cupboard is overflowing. Then there was Fall Crown Tourney. Wow! What a marathon. I had 6 people to help with the prep. We did a Middle Eastern feast. It went very well, and about the only thing I would do is pre-cook the kabobs next time. Oh, and I did the whole thing hobbling, because I was having foot issues. (more on this later)

Next up was the death of my computer. 😦 I wore my Dell laptop out. Dan gave me a stop gap computer. We got a new car as well. A new to us car. πŸ™‚ Then I got sick. Due to a disagreement with a podiatrist, I got an infection and lost 2/3rds of my left big toe. (on my mom’s birthday)Β  I got out of hospital just in time for the first of the big concerts for the Celtic Music Fest. It was grand this year. I got to meet Moya Brennan of Clannad. ahhhhhh!

We got a new washer and dryer, as we’d been using Mom’s for the last few years. Wow! How they have changed. It’s a front loader. We ended the month with a visit from my sister-in-law Judy and her sweetie.

October.Β  Β  We started out the month with a lovely visit with my son Stefan. I also got to see Raven and Talon, Bryan’s kids. I’d seen Kouei last month. We had lots of Arts & Sciences nights (SCA) and mid month we had a fundraiser/SCA event. Small, but very nice.

I also changed podiatrists after more arguments over care of my toe. The new one is a dream and we spent a lot of time on the road to Denver, but is is so worth it. I’m getting use to counting to 9 & 1/3. I have no trouble walking, and life goes on.

I also lost the ‘new’ computer. It just couldn’t keep up with me. 😦 So, iteration 2 came online. We started getting snow, so I harvested the last of the herbs out of the garden. Oh it smelled lovely as they dried. The fun of having lost weight hit as I dug out the winter clothes. New wardrobe time. Have I mentioned I hate shopping? I ended up with 4 big bags that went to the ARC. Another reason for the new clothes was a CASB event. All my dress clothes simply hung on me. So, new stuff, including a coat!

I also went down to St. Golias for Queen’s Prize, an SCA event held this year in Sorroco N.M. It was a great couple of days. We ended the month with a cold, snowy Halloween! Brrrr!

November.Β  Β I got my own server and UPS for my yet again New computer. This one should survive my power user habits. πŸ™‚ I had to re-arrange my desk a bit, but that’s okay. I had to work on the mess that is my studio as well. I celebrated my 59th birthday and went out to dinner. πŸ™‚

We did a bunch of yard work, fixed the chimney issue and worked on sorting more stuff with my sister. I marvel at how much stuff my mom had in that little house!

Thanksgiving week was busy. Lots of test cooking for an SCA feast, Tday with two more people in the house and a party with our SCA household. The event, Harvest Fest went well. I got an award, The Aarquelle Sun and Mountain, for my artistic talents. I cooked the feast and in general, had a great time. I even finished the 14th Century gown that I’d been taking in like a madwoman!

November 28th, our SCA family lost a man who’d been king, a great fighter, dad and all round human being. Jarl Leif will be missed.

December.Β  Hell month. We had to work the day of Lief’s funeral. Then a quick turnaround as I had the big CASB Annual Conference. Everything was more difficult, as one car was down and Dan was feeling ill. Ill enough that he stayed home from work.

Tuesday, he still felt bad and we went to the emergency room, as he was worried he was having a heart attack. The local hospital treated him like it was too, but things didn’t add up. so, as he was an “atypical cardiac patient” they sent him to Memorial in Colorado Springs by ambulance. I went home, packed all my stuff for the conference which was in the same city and then headed north. Dan was on the cardiac ward when I got there. Feeling okay, but not good. They let him eat, gave him heparin, and then things got weird. First off, he was having twitches. Really bad ones. We were told that wasn’t anything to do with the meds they were giving him. Then we decided to sleep. I was in the room with him. About 20 minutes later, he woke up, and called the nurse saying he felt dizzy, cold and clammy. While they checked him out, he coded. They thumped him in the chest and that brought him back. Up to ICU we went, as he was “Atypical”.

When I finally got into the ICU room with him, things had changed a little. While they were giving him a check up, and more blood thinners, there was another small near-code. The doctor was concerned, and asked Dan if he had had any other symptoms. Yes, Dan explained that he’d had tarry stools, but they didn’t look bloody. He got no farther when the doctor grabbed and pinched off the IV. Dan had been bleeding internally, and all the heparin and the nitroglycerin before had been making him worse! (yeah…. like a heart attack) So, 23 liters of saline and 2 whole units of blood later, he was feeling much better. He was taken out of ICU and put on the cardiac ward.

I went to my hotel, slept and went to the first day of the CASB event, because there was nothing I could do at the hospital while Dan awaited an upper GI test. he knows me well enough that he knew I’d be more of a mess at the hospital, than if I was somewhere and being ‘on task’.

Over the next few days, while I was at CASB as much as I could cope, Dan had lots of tests. The upper GI showed that he had a massive H-Pylori infection. Lots of scar tissue, and the GI doctor was amazed that he was in as good a condition as he was. As there had been a misdiagnosis, they also checked his heart. They found he has a genetic thickening of the lower left part of his heart, and an artery that is 99% clogged. They couldn’t do anything about it until the stomach was healed though, as a stent would require 6 to 12 months of blood thinners. The CASB Board and all of my friends kept me glued together. We didn’t mention it on Facebook at all. Not with Leif just dying and most of Dan’s friends being SCAers.

After we got home, Dan took it easy and we got ready for Yule. Madison came home from the Army and was here for two weeks. We had our big SCA Yoolis party, hauled firewood, saw Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns and one other movie. December 29th, our newest grandchild arrived a month early. John David Thomas. We got to go visit him and his parents, Daniel and Brenna.Β  We celebrated New Year’s with some quiet time and a final appliance casualty. Our fridge died. 😦

January.Β  Β A new fridge, a new keyboard and back to our usual craziness. We built a compost bin in the back yard and did a bit of roofing work. I’ve learned to use a nail gun and a reciprocating saw. We built a four section raised bed that will be a cold frame eventually too. We have spent lots of time on the road with various doctor’s appointments. The local cardiologist reminds us of Lurch from the Adam’s Family and inspires no confidence. Neither does the local physician’s assistant we see.Β sigh.

On one of the trips, we stopped at IKEA, and I got velvet curtains and a rod for the front door. No more drafts! πŸ™‚ We’ve been doing a lot of little house repair/cleanup jobs too. When the weather has been bad, I’ve been working in the studio making spoons, repairing things and sewing. I have this baby quilt to make…

January 19th was Viking Vinter Vunderland with SNOW this year! It was a lovely time up at Pueblo Mountain Park. I got my Flower of the Outlands from Queen Slaine. πŸ™‚

We’ve had lots of interesting weather over the last couple of months. Snow, ice, wind… I had a doctor’s appointment on the 29th. It had snowed the day before and I knew the roads were icy. I did my best to drive safely, but black ice doesn’t care. I slid off the road. Neither the truck or I were hurt, just shaken up. I even made it to my appointment with 2 minutes to spare. But…. Damn that was scary! We ended the month with a trip to Denver to see my podiatrist and our daughter Morgan. It was a good day.

February.Β  First weekend was the big CASB Board of Director’s retreat up in Florissant. Dan drove me up as I was still a bit shaky about driving. It was a good weekend, and Dan picked me up afterwards. He’d been fighting a sinus cold, and I came down with it too. Ugh. It took a week to get over.

We had another visit with Lurch the cardiac doctor. He’s still amazed that Dan breathes…. Gahhh! It was a bleeding ulcer, not a heart attack! Oh, and we saw the GI doctor yesterday. He gave Dan the all clear to get the stent done! Now to get that scheduled!

More later! I’ve a baby quilt to finish!

Labor Day

Normally we’d be up in the mountains at Battlemoor. This year it was in July, so we have had “time at home”. Considering the hectic chaos of August, it’s probably a good thing. We’ve spent most of the last week juggling things from room to room, trying to decide where a painting or basket or pile of X goes.

Today I finished the last of the linen cupboard items, adding nearly half a bag of stuff to the ARC pile. (the local thrift shop) We have 99% of the art hung, and I spent this morning reorganizing the knick-knacks. I have a number of my mom’s carved cottonwoodΒ  Tarahumaran dolls now to put with my Navaho dolls.

This afternoon, I made tomato soup with all the tomatoes I’ve harvested. Most were not “pretty”, but oh the soup! I added onions and garlic and garnished with fresh basil. I made zucchini and cheese cakes too. Sort of toasted cheese style. Yum. My two gardens have been producing well. I am really happy that we plowed up the front yard and turned it into Squash Central. πŸ™‚ I will be doing the same next year with more variety. I want to build some trellises for peas and runner beans.

Next Saturday sees us at Fall Crown Tournament. The SCA will be chosing a new king or queen by right of arms. I’m cooking the luncheon. Aieee!