Friday, April 25, 2008


I have been adrift waiting for the next Knit Along to begin. Our Mystery Lace KAL is in a holding pattern for the time being. I have been working half-heartedly on my socks. Miss Laura Perry of Crazy Aunt Purl blog fame is to blame for that - I have been watching the Deadliest Catch. I cannot knit and watch the Deadliest Catch because I want to see if someone is going overboard, going to be rescued and how many crabs are in each pot. Then there is the torturing of the Greenhorns. I am riveted, so no knitting gets done. My tumor is still growing, but it is not a factor because it does not bother me when I am knitting.

Best Place to Work in the SF Bay Area. Our firm won this honor for the 4th time. It is Staff Appreciation week. Monday we were served Breakfast. Tuesday we received 2 Golden AMC Theater Passes each. Wednesday we had Make-Your-Own-Sundaes Ice Cream Bar. Thursday we received $25 VISA Gift Cards. Today we are being served Dim Sum from the best dim sum restaurant in the city, Yank Sing.

Booked. I was shocked when I booked our cruise to the Panama Canal. There were only 6 cabins with windows available above the 4th deck. OMG, we are 6 months out. I have always booked our cruises six months before sailing and never had any problem with availability. Geez, what goes on????? I got THE last cabin on deck 8 with a balcony. My Mom will be 73 this year and our vacations together are getting fewer and farther apart so we NEED this time. That probably sounds wierd since we live together. But I leave for work at 5: 30 am and get home at 6:30 pm. I eat and go to my room to do mail, computer stuff, maybe watch one TV program and knit for maybe one hour, then it is bed time. On Saturday and Sunday I do chores, laundry, cleaning, filing, dusting, etc. and rub the dog for about an hour. So even though we live together, we don't get to enjoy each other's company for more than a hour or so here or there. Our vacations we get caught up on family gossip, and world events and watch golf together. So we are off to the Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Mexico for 14 days in October on the RCCL Radiance of the Seas.

14 Night Eastbound Panama Canal Cruise Ship Name: Radiance Of The Seas Departure Port: San Diego, California Ports of Call: San Diego, California; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Acapulco, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Panama Canal (Cruising Canal); Cristobal Pier, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; Fort Lauderdale, Florida 2008 Date(s): Oct 26

We have lots of cruising days, or days at sea. I am trying to decide which knitting project to take with me. On our last cruise to Alaska I finished my Mom's ribbed Cardigan and the back and one front panel of my vest. She got to wear her Cardigan off the ship on her birthday. I have read some Ravelry and travel blog entries that it is very humid on this cruise and that the wool starts smelling a little funny. Also, that it might get a little damp if stored in plastic. I am thinking I should choose a project which calls for silk or bamboo yarn instead of something made of wool. There are a gazillion shawl/stole projects in my queue. I have several hanks of silk yarn I bought in the Marketplace at the last TKGA/CGOA Conference in Oakland. I don't think I have enough Bamboo yarn in my collection for a Shawl, but maybe a lace scarf.

I am also trying to pick a project to take to the Conference in San Diego week after next. I need so much stuff to do lace - I use rulers, and post-tape and highlighters, and pencils, and tons of stitchmarkers and most of my lace yarn is cones. I have my two non-lace projects in hibernation. Maybe I should take one of them. There's always socks, but my love of socks has twindled since I did not meet my 52 pair plunge goal. Maybe I can rekindle the joy - I really like the Rocking Sock Club pattern I am working on. But I have to rip it all out and start over. The gauge is all wrong, the cuff is HUGE. I could restart them and work on them during my stay in San Diego. That sounds, good.

My cough is finally gone. No more headaches and sore throat or ears. The guy in the Vanpool who sits behind me is still sick though, I hope he does not give it to me again!!!!! Mom's cough is back and has worsened. We have had a death in the family and we also lost a very good family friend. Glynda Oliver-Allen was a superior educator, loving sister and wife and one of the best friends you could ever hope for. I will miss her. My Uncle Earsel Neal was the last of the family historians. He was married to my Aunt Jurestine who was the oldest of my Mother's Sisters. When my Grandmother lost her eye sight due to diabetes and glaucoma I went to Arkansas to take care of her until we could arrange to move her to California. My Uncle Earsel drove down from Minnesota to help out because I was too young to drive. He was a wonderful man, he remembered all of our names and interests. He knew every branch of the family tree. When we had our family reunion in Minnesota he had 5 generations represented at the picnic, he being the oldest and my Cousin Sylvester's 3 week old great-great- grandaughter being the youngest.
I cannot tell you what a loss this is to our family. Minnesota was planning to host next year's family reunion because he could no longer travel. He was not able to attend the reunion in Las Vegas and it really bothered him. So we were all going to him next time. I miss him already . . .


Adrienne said...

You are going to have a FAB TIME BEV!!!!!!

Virtuous said...

1st I want to say how I am so sorry for your loss of family member and friend. Hope you remember all the good times for ocmfort!

And that trip is going to be AWESOME!!!!!
I think that is so neat you knit things up for your mom and she wore it right off the boat! ;o)

Good thing you did research about the wool on the boat. I am sure you will have no problems finding knit projects, just all the decisions to make are though! Haha!

Gurl I hope I can knit ONE pair of socks this year!! You did AWESOME with your plunge - consider your needles 1/2 full! ;o)

Great to get an update on you!! :oD