Monthly Archives: December 2013

Preparations

With the new job starting just after the new year I am in the process of getting a lot of home “stuff” back up to date so that I’m not playing catch-up after work begins again. I am usually very tired for the first week, because my brain is absorbing so much new information so I don’t want to have little messes everywhere that need straightening.

I am also in the process of “culling my herd” of possessions. My step-mom is going to be moving in just after the new year and we’re getting a three bedroom either then or when one comes available.  Technically, there are two available now, but we’re both military widows so we have to schedule that kind of thing when we’ll both have the funding available.  Due to the season, we may actually get the one we want, if not, then we’re probably going to go somewhere else with a fireplace 😀 It would be much more cost-effective to get one of these, it’s a great place and I like it, but I would dearly love having a fireplace, even if it is only gas 😛

So it’s laundry, a little deeper cleaning, and generally going through everything to decide if it’s going with or to the Goodwill.  After spending time with my Son and his boys yesterday, since all of the projects needed doing, I thought I’d hit the local grocery store, Ingles, because they maintain a small section where they put boxes for the public to take if they need them.  Talk about a blessing! The first one I stopped at, there was a young man “with a cart” :D, about to fill it up, so I suggested he just truck the cart out to my car, that I’d parked at the entrance.  Filled my car to bursting!  Happy Camper, is me!!  In recent years, I would just buy them from Wally Word so that I got boxes that I personally can pick up.  I can’t afford to pay anyone to move my stuff and to be honest, I’m a bit leery, since I’ve heard so many horror stories about possessions being stolen or so disrespected so bad they’re destroyed.

I had a brainstorm last night, late of course 😛  I have a shrug I’ve tried several times to do the finishing on and then it would be too small, but I refused to donate it or give up!

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This is what it looked like originally, rather obvious that it wouldn’t fit, the other two are how it looks now :))))

Very happy camper! Looking at the original, I now realized I’ve been carrying it around since 2012, lol.

** The trim at the cuffs is from Nicky Epstein’s book, “Crocheting on The Edge”.

I have recently finished another set for sale, hopefully, it’ll be received as well as the last sets 😀

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The New Job I WANTED

If you know me or follow me, you know that I have been transitioning in recent years.  I have been working very hard to get qualified to be able to earn a permanent position.

I have recently had a couple of very nice, life affirming events, and one kind of bummer.  Bummer first, lol.  My Daughter and her  family followed me here about 1.5 months after I arrived.  It was a little tight for me, but probably quite a bit for them since they shared a bedroom, but with it’s own bathroom though. It was the first time in at least eight years that both of my children and their children were all in the same state. They have decided to go back to Florida and I am missing her very much even though I know they have to do what is  best for their family.  I am enjoying having my place back to myself, but, still missing her 😛

My Son graduated in the top 2% of his class and has been blessed with a new job that he loves.  It has greatly improved his overall outlook on life, and who can blame him, after all, less struggle, more togetherness, more happiness 😉

I have finally been offered a full time, long term position. Since I’m not actually working for the parent company, I’m not considered permanent, but it’s almost as good with great benefits.  I’ve not done this specific job before so I am slightly apprehensive, but excited to meet new challenges. I am one of those that will work very hard to measure up.  I also try very hard to be at or preferably, above the learning curve in most things.

The title is On-Site Program  Liaison. Which means, I use my company’s contract employee suppliers to fulfill any needs in the parent company and maintain any files relating to the contract employees, myself included presumably, since technically, I am one of them.  It’s pretty straight forward, but the trick is learning the system and how best to meet the demands on time!

I have also been doing all kinds of knitting projects between my temporary assignments, since arriving in Asheville. My last temporary assignment was with the Asheville Citizen Times.  I very much enjoyed that one and they did too 😀

I have recently gotten a few of my creations into a local shop to be sold.  This is very exciting for me because it was one of my initial goals before arriving here.

for sale in Home Crafts 212-2013_Set for Missy$75 First dog sweater 2013 Molly

The purple set are in the window at the shop down town, the red set, yes, it’s red, are sold already! The little puppy sweater for Miss Molly is my first one.  I looked at quite a few patterns on  Revelry and finally decided on an amalgamation of a few of them.

I also finished a few of projects I was working on;

  IMG_1042[1]  Thneed for Jude 2013 2

The finished sweater for Xander, a little shawl for around the house, and Jude’s Thneed!

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SNAFU Update

As it turns out, we, my son-in-law and I, spoke with my ex-brother-in-law about our difficulties and he suggested simply leaving the compressor in until we could cut the bolts off and getting a much shorter belt and checking to see if it could do the required job without rubbing anything else in the system the wrong way.

What a blessing, talk about answering prayers when you get off your duff and ask, lol.  The night before I sent a quick email to the pastor teaching a class I attend at the local church to see if anyone lived in my area. I was getting pretty depressed and wanted to go to church.  I got a call the next morning and a classmate came to get me.  She suggested I ask the prayer group to pray for an answer. I swear, just before the worship ended my son-in-law tried to call me, then texted.  He said to call asap, so I was worried and went out to return his call, that’s when he told me that my brother-in-law called.  When I got home, he said he’d been thinking about ways to get passed our problem, and he and my brother in law had come up with the same idea.

Any way, it actually worked! My car is back up and running although there is no A/C 😦

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