Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Friday, March 25, 2016


I made it to spring break! It's such a wonderful feeling, knowing I have nine days ahead of me to do whatever I want! I kicked it off by doing some yard work as soon as I got home. I think this is the earliest I've ever started, so I hope that means I'll have more time to do some of the cool ideas I've been pinning on Pinterest all winter.

I finally finished and blocked the wrap I started three years ago: Shades of Truth, a pattern by Laura Ayler, using Madelinetosh and Dragonfly. I would have finished it on my Rhinebeck trip but the border color had so much breakage due to moth damage that I lost heart and put it in the freezer for a month or two. I took it with me to the yarn retreat so I could try again, and this time I was successful. I do love the colors I chose, but I'm not sure how often I'll actually use it.

I made a pair of handwarmers using some colorful chunky yarn I won at the retreat. Actually, one of my friends won it but she didn't want it so she gave it to me. They were too small for me, so I gifted them to another lady who knits with our group on Thursday nights.

And speaking of our knitting group, our LYS held its annual pajama party last weekend, so our matching pjs made yet another public appearance. Needless to say, we won the prize for cutest pjs! My stepdaughter took this "action" photo of us. And yes, that is wine in our little plastic cups.

Last Saturday was an eventful one, as it started out early thanks to Gravie peeing in the bed right beside me! Not the best way to wake up. I took her to the vet to see if she had a URI, but after a few tests and a $400 vet bill, it turns out she was just acting out. Possibly due to stress.

She looks adorable here, but I'm hoping she doesn't repeat the behavior. I'm relieved she isn't sick but I really have no idea what prompted the incident. I'm hoping the memory of going to the vet and being locked out of the bedroom for a day made enough of an impression on her to deter any more inappropriate peeing.

I'll probably post a few times during my vacation, depending on what projects I end up doing. But let me just say, I hope I never repeat a week like I just had. The full moon coinciding with the week before spring break made it quite challenging to say the least. I'm hoping nine days will be enough.



  1. Happy Spring Break Rose, love the photo of all of you in your pj's. Have a wonderful break.

  2. Oh yay for Spring Break! Love the wrap you made - it is gorgeous. I've never heard of putting wool in the freezer...I may have to have my husband cut back on the number of different ice cream treats he keeps on hand! Love that pic of you all in your pj's. What fun! Poor kitty...hope she/he is ok and behaves moving forward.

  3. So sorry to hear about Gracie. Perhaps she is upset by your absence. If it continues, I would take her back again; it could be that it was early on in the infection, or it could be something else that simply did not show.

    I know: more $$$$. Hate that. But cats are very secretive about their illnesses sometimes. Be careful disrupting her routine that way; it can sometimes make things much worse.

    1. I bought the Feelaway plug in, aka, Kitty Xanax plugin and have been liberally using catnip on the polar fleece blankets she loves and hoping that helps. She seems to be doing much better. Who knows, could have been when Steve and I were going thru our rough patch that triggered it.

  4. I'm just finishing my break -- and not looking forward to going back to school tomorrow.
    I wonder what is up with Gracie; hopefully, just a freak-out. Although, as the mother of a vet students, I'm in favor of large vet bills.
    Have a relaxing and productive break!