Not much going on here lately out of the ordinary.
My plumbing once again hates me and is backed up to the point I have to go to J’s to shower and do laundry. I bought two plastic basins to put in the kitchen sink to hand wash my dishes, and I just dump the used water outside when I am done. I get nervous every time I have to flush the toilet because inevitably one flush will be the one that results in me having a nasty mess to clean up. So I’m trying hard to minimize that too but one can only control their bodily functions so much ya know? I have tried and tried to snake the line out where the problem is but I just can’t get through it this time. I don’t know when J can make it over to help/deal with it.
I’m out of my mixed media paper, so haven’t been able to do any drawing or painting.
I’ve been trying to work on some knit and crochet projects that I’ve had lying around waiting to be finished up. Easier said than done, with achy wrists and hands, and with some projects that have not been worked on in years. I’m giving serious thought to just frogging a couple of them and using the yarn for other things. It’s also not easy to finish old projects when there are so many new ones tempting you. Case in point: rather than working on one of the old projects yesterday, I started yet another new one. 🙄
It doesn’t look like much now, all scrunched up on the needles. It’s acrylic yarn so I won’t be able to block it when it’s done so it will not open up like a nice wool, alpaca, cashmere etc would but it’s surprisingly nice yarn for acrylic. For this particular project I personally don’t feel blocking is totally necessary – thus being ok with using acrylic for it. I admit I am a bit of a yarn snob, but I’m definitely not totally against acrylic… I’m just very picky about what acrylic I will use. The specific one I am using for this project is discontinued which is a pity because it is gorgeous and again, surprisingly nice for acrylic. The biggest drawback to acrylic is not being able to block it. Some folks claim you can block acrylic (some refer to it as “killing the acrylic”) but I have tried it more than once and it does NOT work out. You’ve gotta be choosy when it comes to acrylic, and use it for projects that won’t need blocked. Just my experience and opinion of course.
I made a trip to a neighboring town to do some shopping a couple days ago. Given my dislike of driving, particularly on major highways, this was no small event. I very much dislike merging into then traveling with traffic that is zipping along at 70-80+ mph. It had to be done though; I needed new jeans.
I looked at the local Wal-Mart first but they didn’t have a single thing that was appropriate for my work uniform or my preferences. The whole “distressed” look is “in” again and I am sorry but same as the last time it surfaced, I hate it. I refuse to pay for new jeans that look old and are already full of rips and holes, and I would never wear such jeans for anything other than being “work jeans” for chores around the house/yard work. I decided to just go to my favorite place for jeans, Dressbarn. Their jeans fit me better than any other jeans I have tried, over the years. (There’s a couple brands sold at Kohls that are nice too, but Dressbarn remains my preference.) They are nice, high quality jeans too and, depending on how much you wear and wash them of course, they ought to last you at least a solid handful of years. I needed new ones as I have been losing weight. I’ve gone down a couple sizes but since money is tight I have just been continuing to wear the old ones I have, cinching them up with a belt. My belt has had the end trimmed off and additional holes drilled into it to keep it fitting as well. I finally got to the point where even with the belt the old jeans fit poorly enough it was time to at least get a new pair for work. So I braved the trip to the closest Dressbarn. It wasn’t easy to find something there either as I prefer bootcut jeans and right now straight leg and skinny jeans are the style, so they only had two bootcut options. One of those options they didn’t have my size. Thankfully they had one pair in the other style that was my size. I tried them on to be sure and was thrilled they fit perfectly since they’re two sizes smaller than the last time I bought new jeans. I’m hoping to continue losing weight but regardless of how that goes, for the time being I’ll have some good work jeans that fit better than what I have been wearing.
I can’t believe January is almost over, already. If this keeps up 2018 is going to be over in a blink, and it only just started!
Until next time. xoxo