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So I showed my friend her Cowl [that I wrote about on my Handmade Gifts post], that I had knit up for her and she was amazed at the work and all, but it turned out she really wanted something more in the line of a scarf than a cowl, so over-riding her protests, I ripped it all back to loose yarn, balled it all back up and started over with a different pattern idea.  So far she is happy with my plan and we shall move a bit more slowly to ensure she is on board with any changes or final stages before finishing it off.  I want her to be VERY happy with the final item and I don’t care how long it takes to get right, but hopefully sometime this winter so she has a chance to wear it.  😉

Mom’s vest continues to be a work in progress… The bloody thing weighs more than expected and it is a work-out hauling that thing around in my lap to get seams and ends dealt with.  Once mom had a real chance to take a look as the final pieces, she requested that the pockets be wider than they were long, please.  So they are getting ripped out and knit again so they are the right way around.  Then they need to be sewn on the vest and the whole thing washed and blocked to settle all the seams and such.  Hopefully things will be done soon so she can actually have the vest to wear.

I went out Thursday to a regular appointment and got stuck in the snow 5 times. The first 3 times I managed to wiggle and work my way out of the jam, but the last two times were just beyond me and the chair.  The 4th jam up was near where son works, so I made a call to ask him if he might get of work out long enough to help me, he asked me were I was and then all I heard him say was he was on his way and a click.  I can’t begin to tell y’all how bloody much I love that boy of mine!!!  While waiting for son to come rescue me, three older teen boys, immigrants from some African country, suddenly came up and started to work on getting me free from the snow.  They spoke English, but didn’t stop to ask if I needed help, they just stepped in and helped, suddenly I was free and moving on my own again.  I thanked them and they took off to get back to what they were doing, all I could think was how grateful I was for their help.  Thinking to get to the corner where things looked clear and meet up with son, I got not 100 yards down that same sidewalk and I was jammed again!  All this snow that looked packed down was, in reality, really loose in some areas and this kept causing my wheels to get jammed.  Good thing son was on his way, by then I am really tired, sore and running out of energy.  Son arrives, gets me broken loose once more and delivers me to my appointment.  From then on I take only the roads and the cars can crawl behind me for all I care.  Don’t like it, shovel your damn sidewalks properly!!  My last 2 jam-ups happened on sidewalks belonging to the Big Mall’s property, which they sort of cleared enough for able-bodies people to manage to get through… buggers!

Speaking of clearing up the snow, son was attempting to dig me out from the pile the snowplow left in my parking spot and the walkway in front of it, when the plow tried to bury him in yet another load of the white shit it was clearing off of the parking lot in my co-op.  I had to go out and have word with the operator and tell him that I didn’t care what anyone told him, this area had been maxed out for the dumping of snow and he was now blocking wheelchair access.  My son was having to dig me out so I could get out, not just for any daily access, but in case of an emergency and I didn’t give a damn where else he put the bloody snow, as long as he didn’t put anymore of it there.  Now with the plus temps we have been getting the past few days, the snow has melted off some, but I will still be ripping the snow removal guys a new one if they pile snow up next me like that again.

I have had fun cooking lately… I made Gramma Ladybug’s recipe for homemade Hot & Sour soup and tried making green onion pancakes from a recipe I found on the internet for supper Friday night.  The soup was easy, but the pancakes didn’t quite work out as I had hoped.  They were good and edible, but didn’t have the flakiness they are supposed to have.  Then last night I used some online inspiration and my kitchen-witch powers and whipped up a meal of Curried Pasta and Asian Flair Pork Burgers with Ginger Caramelized Onions that was all my own in the end.  Got smart and wrote things down ASAP so I have my recipes available to make these yummy dishes again [I might share the recipes if anyone is actually interested].  The kids were super thrilled with both meals and happily ate well both nights. *wink*

All this activity has pushed me physically, so of course I am sore and hurting, but some meds and my stubborn attitude are keeping my going.  Working at little bits every day gets things done, whether it is cooking, knitting, working with my fibre, spinning, cleaning or tidying up, I try to do at least one thing that I can count as an accomplishment… even if it is just getting out of bed that day!

Hey, I can now count this blog as something else I’ve done today… I’m doing good…

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Posted on Jan 12, 2014, in Rant, Variety Pack and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. You stubborn no way I cannot believe it. You go girl, keep kicking ass and taking names.

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  2. The incessant snow-jamming has got to be super frustrating for you! Good for the teens who stopped by to help. Your crafting is inspirational. Good for you!

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    • Being house bound during the winter because of snow-jamming is one of the reasons my crafting has gotten so good. Lots of months to work and practice on my wicked skills 😀

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  3. People/businesses that don’t shovel their walks, just drives me crazy. I am considering call my local rep to complain – there is one business a couple doors down from us that never shovels/clears the front. It is a death trap, because if you go to the road there is a very good chance you will be hit.

    Lovely that those boys just started digging you out of the one jam and it sounds like you have a wonderful son.

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    • The Snow Traps usually when it looks like a section of the sidewalk has been cleared, but there is still a few inches of snow left. This is enough to jam up the wheels on my chair, after I trusted that they had cleaned it far enough down I could pass through.

      Reporting any business that is not clearing their sidewalk may not get any action depending on the rules in your city about such things,but it never hurts to try and see what can be done.

      The three young men were definitely a pleasant surprise, to suddenly have them working to get me out like they did reminds me of an Southern Africa ideal call Ubuntu [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(philosophy)], I wish the world would practice a little more of this philosophy amoungst ourselves.

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  4. whiteladyinthehood

    Yes, it sounds like your son is awesome and nice to know strangers helped you! You are a woman of many talents! When I sew on a button, it immediately falls off! So then I super sew it, then the button breaks! (I have NO sewing talents)

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    • Thanks you for the compliments! My son IS awesome, to add to his list of awesomesauce greatness, he texted me this morning just to tell me he was thinking of me and that he loved me… every stress and frustration was worth it, I rocked the whole raising him right mom thing!! 😀 😀 😀

      I started out learning as much as I could about as many skill as I could so that I could do for myself. While my body sets limits on what I can and can not do physically, my mind still struggles to keep things interesting enough to prevent boredom if at all possible

      Oh and to sew on and keep buttons in place, just message me and I’ll run you through some tips that might help 😉

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      • whiteladyinthehood

        Thank you Lady Ryl! You are too sweet and your son sounds like a very nice gentleman – you definitely raised him right!

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