MovingKnitter

Why moving knitter? Because it's me. :) Not only am I in the process of moving from California to Oklahoma, but I knit on the move in all kinds of places. I'll write about the knitting I do or want to do and the places as I knit in them.

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Location: Lawton, Oklahoma, United States

I'm an ample in my mid 40s with 2 kids, both grown and on their own. My favorite list is ample-knitters! I've lived in 9 states so far and hope this move to our home state is the last one.I have 3 shih tzu's that are my kids. My husband is retired (again) and very mechanical.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Moving Again

Now that whomever was reading this blog has probably given up, I'm going to start posting again. :) or maybe [sigh].

Todate: Mike and I have split. I'm staying temporarily with a friend near Duncan. Not working out well, but OK at least. And I'm being driven back and forth or borrowing a truck until I can get things together. Probably at least 2 weeks after this one, if I'm lucky. I have leads on apts/houses in Geronimo that are definitely cheaper than Lawton, and a couple girls know of cars that I might be able to buy....

"How does that apply to knitting?", you ask. Simple, I can't do any and I'm having a bad case of withdrawal! When I left, I barely managed to get enough clothes to get by for work and my library books. So I have to wait until he's willing to get any of my knitting. if he is.... He wanted me out, so I left. But he's still in a snit. Guess even in this I can't suite him.

Jim is staying with him since his name is on the trailer purchase agreement. He's dislocated his arm and has a green/black bruise all around the shoulder. But his work, of course, says he's not injured. Sometimes....

WIPS:
  • Blue Green Shawl
  • Red-multi shrug for Tish
  • Blue Bag that was for the tote exchange.
  • Purple Socks
  • Maple Leaf Socks
  • Clover Leaf second sock
  • Cotton raglan tee (could really, really use this right now)

It's hot here! First day in a week or so it has not hit 100.

The WeatherPixie

Friday, December 09, 2005

Where did the month go?

Anybody else notice that Nov. just flew by? I know I've been busy, but surely not that much.
I'm still working temp at the hospital. Don't know if it'll turn perm or not. Not worrying about it either. I had an off er of a job near Carnegie still through the temp service at almost double the money and couldn't take it. .... All because we only have one car. sigh.

We now have cable turned on and the cable dsl is working really well. Mike's quite happy with it. My PC has decided after the move that it can't see the hard drive. sigh. So once we're settled, I'll put a second drive with XP on it in the system and try to recover all my info from the first before I reformat it. Hate to do that. I don't know where the original software for it went in the move. I saw it at least once after the move, but have no clue right now. I'm using a w3.1 machine at home. It's not bad. :) Can't get online. But I can now play all the old games again.

I have the main bathroom in some semblance of order. Both the shower and tub are great. And all the tub jets work! After we cleaned all the dirt and grit out of them. We have the waterbed semi-set up. The base is up, the old plywood that needs replaced is on it and we have blankets and pillows on that. Still need to get good plywood for our bed and to put under Jim's so we can fill the bladders.

Clothes are mostly put away in the bed rooms. There's still stuff from the little trailer in the fron room that I need to do something with. But until we get a curio cabinet or just bookshelves, we're hung up. We want to expand that cabinet in the bathroom also. There's not enough room to unload everything that goes there either. I'm thinking a small dresser would work in there temporarily.

We're still hunting for really cheap appliances - refridge, washer and dryer, then freezer, stove top, hood, then dishwasher. The stove top semi works as does the dishwasher. There is no refridge, washer or dryer and the hood doesn't work at all. Of course with the cold weather, I'm using a cooler on the front porch for a fridge successfully. It's just small. :)

We did go to the foodbank while we're waiting for the regular food stamps to arrive. Mike is entitled to foodstamps through his SSI. What we got was rather interesting....

  • bag of frozen liver!
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cans of past a sauce (plain)
  • 5 lbs of pasta
  • 18 small eggs
  • 12 pudding snack cups
  • 4 peach snack cups
  • 18 donuts
  • sm tray of crossaints
  • jar of apricot preserves
  • small canned ham,
  • 9" apple pie - baked
  • 4 lbs of frozen corn
  • bag of dried milk
  • bag of dry black eye peas
  • bag of rice
  • platter of peanut butter cookies
  • 3 cheese vending machine crossants
  • 6 power bars
  • 1 can greenbeans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can pasta and bean soup (expired)
  • 1 can tomato juice
  • 1 can veggie juice
  • bag dry jalapeno rolls

Maybe its my age showing, but I expected more staples and canned goods, and much less baked goods even if they all were several days old. Not that we won't use everybit of it, mind.

My knitting is still in storage. We have to clean enough stuff out of the 2nd bedroom to bring it home. I can't wait.!! There's some soft blakc wool and some red boucle wool that are just screaming at me. LOL

My sock is still not done, I'm working down the foot between unpacking boxes. If I could just get 3 or 4 hours solid to just knit, the foot and toe would be done! My partner in the swap is already done. I feel bad. But I thought the move would move slower than it has and I'd have time to knit.

The WeatherPixie

Friday, November 04, 2005

Moving Up and out of the travel trailer!!

Well, I think things might maybe be looking up.... We have found a house trailer that we can rent to own with 3 bedrooms, and 2 baths. We've paid down on it and hope to move in by Hannukah. Depends on how healthy Jim and Mike are. The Fur Kids all approve. They've been running laps from one end to the other and around the island in the kitchen. It just takes $300 here to get the electric turned on. We haven't had electric in our name in 5 years or so. It's been billed to the parks, who in turn have billed us. So it's now deposit time. Let's see.... gathering change, hunting through pockets.......

Mike's SSI finally came through, it's not much but every little bit helps. Thanks to PT on his neck, he's starting to feel better and for the first time since the wreck, his legs are less swollen. He's on Lasix and potassium on top of all his other meds.

I have a new job, still a temp position, but again it may become perm. It's at the ccounty hospital in engineering. I get to answer phones, page engineers, take care of work orders and POs. Keeps me busy anyway. Folks are really nice too.

On the traveling knitting front, the SSS Sock Swap sock has gone from Ft. Sill, to home, to the SOTE clinic to home to SW Hospital Emergency Room, to home. And I finally have the heel turned and am working on the foot! I've changed pattern on my purple socks 3 times and haven't decided yet. And my shrug/wrap in purple is still on hold due to not being able to make my mind up about the pattern. And holiday knitting, right. If I can get to my stash, maybe hats for the guys and start on Mike's socks.

I can't wait to get into the house trailer! Our own bathtub and shower! On opposite sides of the trailer's bathroom. The shower and toilet are actually in a separate room from the tub and sinks. So much better than the park's shower house or the tiny bathtub in the travel trailer! Don't know if I'm more excited about that or the working kitchen! LOL

The WeatherPixie

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Temp Position Ending, Finished New Harry Potter, Shawl

The last week of my temp job is next week. The lady who had surgery will be back next week, at least part time. I'm hoping she'll still try to get me on at the home office so I can cover for her when she goes on trips etc. So far as I know, I've not made any major mistakes or anything. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

When we were consolidating storage from 2 rooms to 1 for a cheaper cost, I found some worsted weight wool bordering on chunky that a friend from APAC gave me earlier in the summer. I don't think there's enough to do anything great with, but It should make a winter weight shawl or two. Very useful, since all my winter stuff got put in the top back right corner of the new storage. One of our firends was helping and....
At least it doesn't get that cold here. Usually a tee shirt, sweatshirt and sweater will do the trick. Just enough to make this ample look like she weighs about 30 lbs more than she does. sigh. oh well.

I finished the newest Harry Potter this morning. And I cried and cried. Think I could have given Hagrid a run for his money. And that was my favorite character in the books. I do hope Ginny can talk sense into Harry, though. :)

I have a grey tweed that the lady said won't show a pattern, several balls of purple, a bit of brown, 1 ball of grey and one of white. I just tired the vest or sweater back she made on and it fits without blocking. I may just finshis a couple of fronts and use it as is..... The backs a lace and bobble pattern. The YOs show up but not the bobbles. Maybe I'll just use some basic faggoting stitch....or other simple YO pattern. Anyone have any suggestions? The purple will make a small sweater or a nice large shawl. Either way, I think I'll use some kind Aran type patterning. ..... If no one has suggestions, I'll ask the AK list. :


The dark is just poised again. I hate this feeling. I can get my other meds at the SOTE clinic, but have to take a 1/2 day off work to do so. But my Serzone is off the list of things they can get free for me. Because it's now generic. That doesn't lessen the cost to affordable though, sigh. So i have to take 1/2 day off of my last week of certain work to go down there and see if they can find some combination that will let me sleep, work for my depression and stop the anxiety attacks. It was such a releif when I found 1 med that did it all.

The WeatherPixie

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Working Sort-of

I'm working through a temporary agency at a construction company on Ft. Sill for the next 5 weeks. I think they'll hire me, but they can't for 90 days according to the temp agency. I thought they could but had to pay some set fee to do so. At least that's the way Kelly Svc. worked years ago.
It's clerical and quite slow, so I have time to knit again. Best part of the job. I'm the only one in the office trailer over 3/4 of the day. LOL So the green socks are finished. And the dk blue that have been giving me fits have the heel turned and the gusset picked up. If I get ambitious, they may be down to the foot today. And I started my broadripple socks in kpppm in purple! So I'm still in the sock mode. LOL Been thinking about how to do hand warmers. But don't have them quite pictured in my head yet. I've looked at the available free patterns, but haven't found one that's just right.

Jim did get on at Goodyear through the same temp. agency. They were betting he wouldn't make it through the first few shifts, but he has. I'm proud of him. If they leave him in the same job and they give him excellent reviews, Goodyear could hire him within 6 months. That would mean a raise of 3X what he's making as a temp. I know that's what keeps him going.

Mike goes to a neurosurgeon soon to find out what they can/can't do about his neck. The wreck definitely damaged 3 of the 7 neck vertibrae.

And now mine's starting to give me problems. Gotta get him taken care of and Jim really on at GY before I can afford to miss a day of work. Guess it's going to be lots of advil or ibuprofen. sigh. I hate not having insurance. Can't even get his meds, let alone mine.

We did get our fur kids groomed. They are much happier after being sheared. No, I didn't keep any of the fur. Someday, after we get something bigger than this trailer. Even with all our heat, they are asking to be covered up at night (crawling under our blankets) and while the AC is on during the day. Should get some great cute furkid pics of them with blankets if I can find the camera.

The WeatherPixie

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Lost Job

Accident Update: I'm doing OK. Except my left hand is going numb and my shoulder and elbow both hurt. Going to have to see a dr. about that if I can find one. Mike's only problem is in his neck. He's had another round of tests, so I hope they show something!

And on top of everything else, I lost my job yesterday. I'm not fast enough at putting eyeglasses together, it seems. The boss was apologetic, though and said he'd give me a good reference. If he had another opening, he'd said he'd put me there. And he'll give me a week's severance pay. So it was sort of on good terms.

So, Monday it's off to unemployment, APAC to see if they are hiring ( since I'm re-hirable there ), Merry Maids, ChemPac (they pack chemicals for Goodyeear), and all the temp agencies. Then it's about hitting the retail stores and offices to see if they need help. sigh. Bad thing is that Jim, DS, is out of work too. We stocked up on groceries last night.

On the knitting front - I'm working on a dark blue kid's sock. and have a dark blue baby sock made. Hand warmers in a purple multi. Have the green second sock's heel turned but need to finish the things listed above first. And everything else is on hold.

The WeatherPixie

Thursday, June 30, 2005

We totalled the truck

Yep. We sure did. Mike rolled the truck on the way to a Dr. appt. in OKC yesterday. He was pinned and has a sore head, neck and back. No concussion, thank goodness. I got slammed around, broke a toe, re-injured my back, and my arms/hands go numb. I'm off work for at least 4 days. We're supposed to see our regular doctor, which we don't have. No one in Lawton, it seems, is accepting new patients. I was working on a sock when it happened.
I remember the back end swinging from a wind gust as we came around a hill, and running straight in the ditch. Next thing I know I'm looking at cracked glass and I think I was dangling by my seat belt. But I'm not sure. And we're out the truck we use to haul the travel trailer. Just had liability on it too, due to cost.If we can get it out of the tow yard quick enough Mike's going to make a trike out of it, since the drive train, and engine are fine, to try to recoup some of the money. Not sure this makes sense, Dr. in the emergency room gave me some muscle relaxant and loratabs. More later when I'm more coherent. I'm going back to bed.

The WeatherPixie