Monthly Archives: August 2013

SNAFU – Situation Normal, All Fouled Up


The Dang Blasted 😛

Wouldn’t ya know it, I declare!

Oh well, stuff happens. Then you get up and do it again.

I was paid as expected, got the parts to replace the compressor pulley and the dang blasted thing is giving us the devil’s own time coming out.  Should have been R squared today.  I’ve got a bad feeling about these two mount bolts.  Tomorrow the son-in-law goes back to the parts store, after work,  and hopefully gets another tool to help us get them out. Can’t use a tap set in there where the dang thing is, it’s too close. We’ve been spraying the seeping lubricant.  The car was made in 1996, so they’ve probably been in there ever since.

It’s like when you fly a jet, the G’s you pull really set some of those B nuts in there, takes an act of God to loosen them sometimes. Same thing, over time vibration, push and pull…

Technically I have another job, gotta wait for the background to come back, no worries there.  Some time next week, so I really need the dang part outta there!

Sleep now…

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Perks of Unemployment


I am technically unemployed, even though I didn’t quit.  Because the compressor blew on Saturday I can’t replace/or reroute until I have the money to, being this Thursday, I was considered no longer employed because I would have missed too many days.

I was actually bummed, even though I didn’t want to do customer service for a really great bank in a call center.  I was more than happy to give it a good try especially considering the benefits.

Thankfully, my phone is ringing again 😀  Interview on Thursday, my daughter will let me use hers.

In the meantime I am once again making progress on the Feather and Fan scarf after having finished the sweater for sweet Xander . The only thing missing from it are the buttons.  After going through my extensive stash of buttons, I’ve come to the conclusion that I will have to buy some.  I want to get the ones that look like the leather ones you’d see on a “nice” sweater.  I guess, technically, it is a nice sweater since it’s a very nice wool/Angora mix.

Gramps Sweater

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Stuff happens!

I declare! I think it’s a test to see if I can handle frustration gracefully.

Oh Allah, I will do my best to get right back on the bicycle and start over.

I have completed the first week of training, feeling pretty comfy with what is expected of me.  While driving back and forth my car had begun to make a strange noise.  I was thinking, yep, going to loose the AC, thankfully, here it’s not an absolute necessity as it is in Florida and we are experiencing a very pleasant August.

I was thankful to have made it through the week and hoped I could do something about it after I got paid on the coming Thursday.  My daughter and I with grandchild in tow, went out to do a little running around, got into the car, turned it on and it made a terrible sound of screaming belts for about 5 seconds before I turned it right back off.  Then there was smoke (insert big eyes here). Put my “auto stuff gloves” on and opened the hood, the smoke had already begun to dissipate.  The belt turned out to be broken, not a big deal.  I had been expecting the AC compressor to seize and it finally did.

I wasn’t too worried about it having had a similar experience once before. My son-in-law came home from work and they went to the parts store and groceries.  Turns out I’ll need $70 to fix it, which is not a problem, we just pull it out and reroute the belts.  Problem is that I won’t have the money before Thurs so I’m out of work again 😛

The training is something that you really can’t miss or you’ll be lost.  Hopefully they will let me get into the next training course or  maybe I’ll get a job doing what I’m already in debt for having learned in college 😛

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First day of training tomorrow

I am kind of excited. My first permanent job in years.

I was doing temporary/staffing positions to keep my skills up and occasional training while raising children and being a significant other.

Since the children are married with children, and he and I have separated peacefully, I have been re-acquiring and fine tuning the skills I have for the past three years.

Six weeks of training to go 😀

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What a year!

My son, the soon to be CNA!

My son, the soon to be CNA!

My daughter, the new section supervisor.

My daughter, the new section supervisor.


The little man in question. Napping ❤ under another of my creations.

This year has had so many changes, most of them good.

Last year when my son learned of his son’s Leukemia, it was the catalyst that put into motion much of what has been happening in all of our lives.

At that time, my daughter and I pretty much decided that as soon as we where able we where moving to were my son and his family lived.  We all wanted to be together for support with the added bonus of being in a beautiful part of our country.

I was blessed with a very good temporary position that enabled me to save the extra money I needed to move and I earned a bonus on top which was a very welcome boon for one relocating to another city over 600 miles away.

Before I actually moved I was blessed to find an apartment, online,  that is very comfortable and in a great area too 😀 This enabled me to simply arrive and move in.  I got a two bedroom so I could have space for my computer stuff/desk and my sewing and knitting/crochet supplies.

After I was here for almost two months, my daughter called to ask if she and her family could come and stay with me until they got jobs.  Another blessing, they both got jobs almost right away and she only worked for maybe three days before the company realized what a jem they had and offered her a supervisor position.

My son decided to attend CNA classes and is doing so well there is a very high probability he’ll be offered a position where he is doing his clinicals or by one of the Doctors he sees often in his current position.

The young man, Xander, that has mobilized us all is doing very well.  He sometimes has a low white cell count, but, Hamdulilla, recovers. Thanks to him, our family is all in the same city for the first time in many years, yet another blessing.

I hope Allah doesn’t mind hearing thank you so often, I can’t help it.  There is so much to look forward to.

I forgot! There is another blessing for me,  I have been offered a permanent position with a world-wide German company with a  local office.  I begin training on Monday. I’m hopeful.  They offer all of the benefits a girl could ask for at a good rate.


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Exceeding the “No More Than Three” rule of thumb

Back when I started knitting, one of the “good for you” rules of thumb was to NOT have any more than three project going at one time. Every time I catch myself wanting to start another one, I think about which one I could finish real quick to be able to start another one, lol.

I think the hat is going to be very nice and snuggly.  It’s my first hat so it’s not very “pretty”, but they’ll get better 😉


Not felted yet.

Not felted yet.

Not right Thneed
Not right Thneed


The felted version.

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This week’s projects



Afghan swatches



This is the Gramps Cardigan from Tin Can Knits and a kind of swatch/sample of an afghan I’m thinking about making.  The pattern for the Gramps cardi can be found here.

I used these yarns on the Gramps Cardi;

Cascade Yarn – Alpaca Lana D’Oro in 1050 for the body.

Ella Rae Classic Heathers – 122 Iron Heather for the accents.

The swatch was from my stash again;

The light pink and light green (fern) are Loops & Threads from Michael’s

The others are Red Heart Solids.

I’m trying to decide if I want a large granny square or a ripple without openings….decisions, decisions, lol.


I think I’m leaning toward the ripples….

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The Granny Ripple Blanket

I stumbled across this blanket/afghan on Pinterest and fell in love with it.  The tutorial and “pattern” can be found here.

Because I am just hired, meaning no misc. budget, I am using a lot of my OLD stash which is Red Heart.  You know the drill, acrylic, durable, very washable AND I’ve had it for EVER, lol.  At any rate, I have a lot of it and my fingers and brain jumped on it, so the pictures are below.  I must still be a little technologically disadvantaged, because every time I try to post pics with captions on this site or the NOT upgraded account I have won’t let me move them around where I want them like Blogspot use to 😛  Stuff happens. It is so frustrating I am seriously considering going back!

Any who, it is now the proud possession of my daughter.


Temporarily close quarters.

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