Sunday, January 25, 2009

Spinning Wheel Savings

The budget! We all have one. and with the economy it gets tighter. My husband and I have each allotted a certain amount of money for ourselves each pay period (two weeks) for lunch, books, spending , whatever. It goes quick. I am often picking up an extra loaf of bread or when I have class that will include me getting my dinner out as well. I try to include more in my grocery shopping, but you can only carry so many meals with you. And coffee is a must when you are out running 12 to 14 hours a day. Anyway, for several years I have wanted a spinning wheel, and for several years it was not going to be in the budget and I knew it. So for the last several years I spin on my hand spindles when between classes and hope for a wheel, but a year and a half ago I figured if I don't find a way to save for one I would never get one. So enter -- the box -- the spinning wheel box. Every payday I take whatever I have left from previous personal of $40. and put it in the box. It may be 50 cents or $5 but it is mine. Now I have almost $300. I am starting to get excited. At times I think, I don't need that and don't but some things, I don't need another book to read, not till I finish the last 4 I bought anyway. And I don't need a candy bar. I will buy healthier snacks and all. Some weeks I don't put in anything, but occasionally I have put in $20. that was a real boon.Anyway, at this rate I will keep saving and maybe this year sometime I will get a spinning wheel, if not it will be next. We have a LYS that sells wheels. I never get in there. With school and work I don't get much time except every once in a while. I am so looking forward to getting my wheel, but wheel keep saving a bit longer. Spinning wheel I am getting there.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sick Days

The flu is no mans funny business. I started with just sinuses on Saturday. By Monday I was getting miserable. Monday night if Bill hadn't been out of town I would of had him take me to ER. AS it was I couldn't drive that far so waited and went to dr around corner on Tuesday. Monday being a holiday was earliest I could go. So flu and sinus infection. Rest, fluids, I am starting to finally keep some sprite down and some crackers.
Plan on starting some baby knitting. Guess I will swatch for that. See if I can keep my mind going on that. And since dr has me out of work till next week I will have time to work on it.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Have I forgettten

Seems like I have been too busy to remember to post here in forever. I've opened a few times and looked but not posted. I've thought about the things I wanted to say (which are now escaping me) and not posted. I've celebrated birthdays and holidays with my family and not posted. I've taken pictures and not posted. Whats worse is I've knitted and not posted. Now camera is dead and on charger and I have to wait to take any pictures before I can post.

On the completed list is 2 baby sweaters. and one hat. I know, not much, but then my knitting time is so limited. I hate not having any time to do any knitting or spinning. I mostly only knit during weekend movie time and spin between quarters at school.

I'm back to working on hats in waiting rooms at Dr's offices. The kids are always asking for them and I know they can use them. I also want to do a few extra up to take to Jean next year when we go. I figure she can take them bake with her to Ukraine and either wear them or share them. I am thinking she will like them. I may make her a couple scarfs too. She has the ones I made before she went to Japan, but not very many warm ones.

Classes last quarter went great. I got a B in Med Microbiology, and a C in General Chemistry 1. My first C. Bummer. But at 47 going back to school and almost completed my AA degree thats not too bad. I am only taking Chemistry 2 this quarter so my schedule should be a lot better. I hoe so anyway, last quarter was way too much on me. 5am to 10 pm every night plus studying and homework. probably had alto to do with me not blogging also.

I will try to get pictures later of at least hat. Baby sweater 1 is gone, but 2 is still here and then I can post. As soon as I can get camera off the charger. It will probably be under flash as the weather is very dark and cloudy and crappy today. But pictures anyway. And now that laptop is working and I am using it so much, maybe I can get on here more regular.

Oh, and anyone who is interested, Jean is a full-fledged teacher in the Ukraine now. She teaches the 3-11th grade. She teaches English. Bill and I get the luxury of talking to her regular and she seems to be doing well. Each week she has a story to tell. I should (if she doesn't) write these up as little short stories to be shared in a book or something when she comes home. They are fun, unique and would be such a great way to look back on her experiences. There is the story of the how the chicken chases the pony, butchering a pig or eating a pigs ear, this is America-right here, we don't sell no milk, and Spaghetti with hot sauce. She said something once about buying a coat, wonder about that story, also, don't tell me about cold. I expected that, growing up here in Georgia and then moving to the Ukraine was definitely going to be a big change in climate. I knew she would feel the cold. Next year year she will be prepared. Every new climate takes a year to get used to.