Wow…

What a wild ride. Insurrection at the Capitol, #45 inciting riot and rebellion, impeachment, a new president sworn in and Covid-19 deaths have reached half a million. I truly understand that ‘curse’ of “may you live in interesting times.”

Meanwhile, I participated in a sewing contest held by Foundations Revealed. Create an item of clothing from a favourite book and for one of the characters. The book I chose was The White Witch by Elizabeth Goudge. The character was Froniga. I made a 1620’s smock with embroidery. It was totally hand sewn. I had procrastinated, and only started sewing on January 5th or so. It was due February 3rd. I made it by about 15 hours.

Once I got that done, i went back to what I’ve been doing for the last 11 months: knitting, sewing, reading, cooking, staying home, attending Zoom meetings, and dealing with life in general. It’s kind of hard to believe it’s been almost a year. Dan has gotten his first dose of the vaccine, and I will get mine hopefully by April. sigh.

I think what I have missed the most besides hugs, is seeing friends and family. I miss my SCA family something fierce. Yes, we chat via Zoom, and on social media, but it isn’t the same as sitting around a campfire, or having a good meal with friends.

I am totally done with the bitter cold weather as well. Last week we got down to -13F. That was horrid. Granted, not as bad as what Texas suffered, but damn! I’m ready for Spring and Gardening Time! I keep walking outside with the dogs, and plot the garden. This plant here, those plants there, a shed over in that corner, etc. I’m working on doing something besides sitting and watching videos while I knit as well. It is just so hard to get motivated when it is cold.

Wow! It’s 2021!

Yeah, I kinda fell off the blogverse. Between Covid, the end of the gardening season, and elections craziness, I just didn’t blog. I’ve done a ton of baking and gardening. We’ve been reworking the basement spaces again. The tool room is now the computer room. I have a really nice area in my half of the basement. I can get to ALL the tool boxes, and I have room to work down there. The garden is as ‘put to bed’ as it can be. We took down the keyhole garden, built new beds, and we will be adding a greenhouse at some point this spring. It will be on the dog yard side, as there is no good spot on the garden side. We’ve expanded and contracted our social bubble a few times, as we dared. It was so good to see people! Plus, we’ve been doing a lot of Zoom meetings with various A&S groups. Once again, good to see people. I’ve even gotten back to sewing and reading! However, here is a short synopsis…

October: We had one hell of a snow storm! Our friend Ben ended up staying with us for a few days as there was no way for him to get home. Elfed got sick, but survived. Phew! And, he started playing with Thora and Saydee. On Halloween, we handed out 54 individualized bags of candy to trick or treaters.

November: This month was a little busy. I turned 61. We celebrated our 5th Anniversary. (yeah, of being married, although we’ve been together 16.5 years) We had a great thanksgiving, saw Morgan and met her partner/boyfriend, and got a set of furniture for the breakfast nook. It’s a corner bench and table set.

December: Lots of sewing projects! An apron for Dan, a curtain for the basement back door, a hotwater bottle cover, and a skirt. I’m getting ready to start a sewing project so I’ve been clearing the repair pile. As with the rest of the world, I’ve been keeping an eye on the political shenanigans. Gads! Plus, by now, we have taken 4 Covid tests. October and November saw a huge bloom of Covid cases in our county, and a number of deaths. Schools are all on remote learning, yet Dan still has to go to work, as he is IT. sigh…

Now to see how things work out. Politics is still crazy. Covid is still plowing through people. It’s too cold most days to garden, and I’ve got knitting and sewing to do when I’m not baking!

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!