You would not believe the week (and a half) I’ve had…

…wedding stress, wedding DRESS stress, wedding invitation stress, what-the-hell-is-everyone-going-to-eat-at-this-wedding stress, then as a lovely cherry on top of the stress sundae I was dealing with, a kidney stone that would not leave.  For a week.

All this happened during the week leading up to the Tour de Fleece kickoff which means I had NO prep time at all and, since I was on lovely painkillers, no ability to think about what I wanted to do with the TdF if I did recover in time.

Which means…

Tour de Fleece 2009 Goal

…the box is back.  This is the photo from last year and yes, the box is just as full.  What box, you ask?  That would be my Spunky Club box.  Every month I get roughly 4oz of fiberly loveliness from Amy and every month I don’t get around to spinning it which means…it gets put in the box.  I have about 20 months of club fiber to do which adds up to 5lbs.  This year there isn’t a Sock Summit so hopefully I’ll have time to finish – or at least try to finish.  ;o)

This was my view on the first day of TdF spinning:

Spinning by the lake - TdF day 1

(it was my view on day 2 also but I didn’t take a photo)

So far I’ve spun and plied 8oz:

Day 1 - 4 Plied

Top:  Lame Duck Mallard/Superwash BFL/October 2008/4 oz 234 yds 2-ply DKish

Bottom:  Raisin Wannabe/Shetland/November 2008/4 oz 268 yds 2-ply DKish

Right now I have Champagne from December 2008 on Maybelle – and can I just say thank bob I have a CPW for this year?  ;o)

Thankful Thursdays…

Cows...and sky...

This week, the three things I am thankful for are…

1.  My new wood stove.  Those of you who follow me on Twitter and FB know that R and I started heating with wood last week.  I’ve never felt warmer (not counting the summer months).

2.  Peppermint Mocha Lattes.  It’s the best part of the Holiday season.  ;o)

3.  Audio books (from the library, no less) – without them, I’d go stir crazy with all the sewing I’ve had to do lately.

What are you thankful for this week?

The photo above is another fall scene  from the archives.  I drive by this pasture on my way to the grocery store.  ;o)

Thankful Thursdays…

…my friend Carole proposed an idea earlier this week.  She was reading Kate’s blog and saw that Kate planned on posting three things she’s thankful for every day in the month of November.  Carole thought it would be a good idea to do this on Thursdays in the month of November and I agree.

Therefore, I give you…my three things for this week.

Us Cropped

1.  RR – he is my center and my rock.  He was let go from his job last week (was there 15 years) and if he wasn’t so optimistic about our situation and willing to do whatever it takes to get work, I’d be a sobbing mess.  (in fact, for the first two days, I was a sobbing mess.  He handled it very well – hence the ‘center and rock’ statement at the beginning)  ;o)

2.  My friends.  IRL and online.  I have some really good ones in both places.  Without you guys, these past two weeks would have been harder to get through.

3.  My daughter.  She’s made me crazy over the years and there are days I wish she’d be more thoughtful but I’m glad I made the decisions I did that brought us to this point.  She is showing more maturity every day and for that I’m very proud.

Now you have my list – tell me, what are you thankful for?