Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Good-bye, My Friend

Today I'm mourning the passing of a long-time and faithful friend. We first met in 1996 and our relationship steadily grew. Sometimes it would be a month or more between visits and sometimes we would get together a couple times a week. My friend was always there on my busiest days, helping out and making sure my family was taken care of. Sure, she had her quirks, but don't we all. Sometimes her quirks would annoy me but, when push came to shove, I was very happy to have her in my life. Whenever I needed her, she was there.

In the old days, when a horse broke its leg, it would be shot. Today my friend broke a leg.

Good-bye, my friend. I hope the slow cooker I got for Christmas turns out to be as good and faithful a friend as you were.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Sweet Relief

The past week and a half has been brutally hot...in the 30 - 35C range with a humidex of 40+ some days. That's 86 - 95, heat index of 104 for you non-metric folks. Normal summer temps here are around 22C/72F. The weather folks start putting out heat warnings at 25C/77F. (You southern folks can laugh. It's ok. lol.)

For you folks living below the 49th, 25C is probably a nice summer day, but for us folks who live waaay above it, 25 is almost unbearable and 35 is just plain crazy (and rare). The hot, hot days have brought thunderstorms and damaging hail. A few farmers have had their crops destroyed and many people have lost their gardens and flowerbeds. All that time and effort all spring, gone in just a few minutes.

Today has seen steady rain almost all day. It's cooled the house off (finally!). Perhaps we won't have to put on the AC in our bedroom tonight.

This week's forecast is predicting 25C for a couple of days. You know it's been hot when 25 doesn't sound hot, at all. For us northerners, anyways.

Have a good week, everybody.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Another Shopping Spree

Grampa had an appointment in the city on Thursday so we did some shopping while we were there. It's a 3 hour drive to the city so we like to make the most of any trip there. He wanted to stop at Golf Town so I went to Michael's which is just 2 doors down. Here's what I came home with:

 There's a purple loom missing. I was playing around with it and forgot to put it back in the package before taking the pic. I bought it as an activity to do with La Princesa but I discovered that loom knitting isn't as easy as I thought it would be. The instructions that came in the package weren't worth sh*t so I had to head to YouTube to learn how to use it.

Random yarn I bought for the colours. I'll figure out what to do with it later. That small ball beside the green skein is where I pulled out some guts to practice on the loom with.

More random yarn for an as yet undetermined project.

I've been wanting to make myself a shawl and I fell in love with this yarn. It has a thin thread of gold glitter running through it and it'll be perfect for dressier occasions. Now I just need to find a pattern.

I also got this yarn to go with the multi-coloured baby yarn I bought on my last trip. And some stitch markers. Cuz I might decide to knit my shawl. Not that I actually know how to knit. I kind of do but I'm much better at crocheting. I might try sweet talking my mom into making it. She's the knitter.

It's been hotter than God's basement the past couple of days and will continue to be so for the next week. The temperature range will be from the upper 20's to the lower 30's. Celcius, of course. Humidex will be in the lower to upper 30's, all the way to 39 Monday and Tuesday. For us folks in the Great White North, that's HOT! I expect that copious amounts of beer, the quintessential Canadian beverage, will be consumed.

Yesterday, Grampa set up the portable AC in our bedroom. I hate how noisy it is. But it does keep the room nice and cool. A little too cool for me. I usually end up adding a small blanket on my side of the bed. I'm sure that Grampa is half polar bear. He feels the heat much sooner than I do.

I've been working on a couple of projects. I'll post about those another day. In the meantime, stay cool, my friends.