SAL Update

When I was a teenager I loved the work of Paula Vaughn and my grandma very kindly bought me the Paula Vaughn cross stitch book “A Quilt for All Seasons”. I immediately started on the January one. I’m not sure when exactly this was, but the project then languished on a shelf in my spare room for twelve years after I moved into my condo. Last year I heard about this SAL and decided it may help me actually get this project finished.

It was great that the last update was at the start of my Spring Break. I had the goal of finishing the first page of the pattern, and……

I did!

Here is where I was three weeks ago:

And here is where I am now:

It doesn’t look as impressive as I thought it would, but it feels great! It didn’t realize until my mom pointed it out that this means I am 50% complete!

I have to admit that I was inspired by watching the flosstuber of xstitchmd. I have been loving her podcast as I both knit and stitch. I would recommend giving her a try, though her plethora of projects does stress me out. Lol I’d have a plan for how to finish them all🤣🤣🤣

It feels great to be on the second page, to hopefully have a clean start with no mistakes in it yet, and to really feel like I have made progress:)

Happy stitching! Make sure you check out the stitchers linked below as there are some amazing projects being worked on! There is also a ton of variety and it is very inspiring:)


Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Helen

Weekend Update

Yesterday was a good day at school which was a nice lead in to the weekend.

On Friday night I met Sarah and Dennis for a run. Sarah doesn’t usually come out on Fridays but it was nice to have the company. My heart rate is still higher than it should be but I know I’m not pushing too hard when I’m running with Sarah so it was probably good she came out.

After a coffee with Dennis, I hit the grocery store and then came home and knit 66 rows on my first sleeve of the Bentley cardigan.

Saturday was a slow start in my amazing housecoat which is the perfect weekend I think.

My friend and esthetician wanted to practice doing a lash lift so I went over there late morning and then in the afternoon I walked over to a running store. It turns out I’m probably dealing with a mild case of plantar fasciitis. I got a mini massager, some arch supports and a reminder that I really need to spend time stretching out my calves as they are the problem. I may need to set an alarm.

I came home and did my FitOn workout right away as it was a HIIT workout and then followed it up with a rolling video so at least I did something good for my body.

I spent the rest of the day knitting 66 rows on the second sleeve of Bentley and creating a giant knot in my yarn.

I will now switch back and forth every two rows until I use up the rest of the first two skeins of yarn.

I am thinking I might use the third skein for a shawl.

Late Saturday night Sarah was texting to say she may not be at the run, but both Dennis and I guilted her into coming. It was great to have company on my 6.5km run on Sunday morning, but I felt horrible when I found out later that it was her birthday:(

I had a short coffee with Brenda and Dennis and then a long talk about knitting in the parking lot with Brenda. We are thinking that next year we’re going to do a Harry Potter sock each month and a self striping yarn sock each month that suits the holiday or season of the month. Area 51 and Turtle Purl Yarns seem to have great Yarns for these plans cause of course, you need to plan your knitting a year in advance.🙄🤣

I got my laundry done and my sheets changed, but that’s it for housework. My plan is to do the floors tomorrow to get back on my housecleaning schedule.

I did my FitOn app class which seemed to be two of the classes I’ve already taken put together. it was actually kind of nice as I had an inkling of what was supposed to be done. I have done a class for 34 days in a row now. Probably if I could kick the sugar habit again, you’d be able to see some improvement 🙄. I know that I need to go back to eating more protein as a lack of protein is supposedly the reason behind a sweets craving.

I then spent most of the day knitting. I have both sleeves of the Bentley finished down to the sleeve ribbing and am 1/3 of the way through the ribbing on one sleeve. Let’s hope I can finish it tomorrow as I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything in my knitting forever!

Well that’s it for me, have fun!

AJ

Happy Friday Eve!

I was telling someone about Friday Eve today and I think they’re going to adopt it too. I can’t believe how fast the weeks go!

Teaching:

Today was a busy day, but it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.

We got through printing and then I prepped for next week while the children had music. I then had to run down to the intermediate playground as I was on supervision.

We also finally got to learning about fact families today. I really don’t like only having math classes on Thursday and Friday. It’s a long time between concepts:(. Five of the girls were amazing at it, most of the rest were fine and two had no clue what I was talking about, but what I loved was how my students are starting to know themselves and what they need. My super ADHD boy has started planting himself on the other side of my desk to do his work. Another girl has figured out she works better standing up and so stands at the back counter and the two girls who didn’t understand the math today, came right up to me and told me so that we could work through it together. They are maturing before my eyes!

This afternoon we started our socials topic which is way too nebulous as usual- the natural environment affects the community and we affect the natural environment. Try teaching that to six year olds. 🙄. Today we read The Earth Book by Todd Parr and went and picked up garbage outside. 🤣

We finished the day with playing outside since it was cold, but not raining.

After school the plan was to have Bookclub and then enter the report card info into the database. Thankfully my teaching buddy’s Teams meeting with a distance student was cancelled so we got an early start on entering the report card info.

Of course right as I went to start the Bookclub meeting my computer shut down for updates to install. It was a bit of a shmozzel, but the kids were really good about it. It’s always so neat to talk with kids whom I used to teach about books. They have such an interesting way of looking at things. I had said I thought the Wild robot was sad, but none of them did and they all loved it!

After Bookclub, I finished entering all the report data! I will print them tomorrow and hand them in and then don’t have to think about them until they get handed back to me with any corrections I have to do.

The big news and excitement today at school is that our principal is on leave and we have an acting principal for now. She’s already ahead as she sent an email introducing herself, came to every class to introduce herself and talk to the kids, sent an email to staff asking for staff meeting topics and sent an email to parents introducing herself. That is more contact and communication in one day than we have had in three and a half years! She’s not a primary principal, but so far she’s off to a good start!

Exercise:

I did my FitOn class today- I think this makes thirty days in a row now! It was a Pilates class. It was nice and short, but I do miss having a warm up and cool down!

Knitting:

So I got the first stripe on my meta socks done and I did go with the smaller stripe of only three rows rather than four so that I could use the small amounts of yarn I had of two of the colours. I think this is going to be a potato chip knit!

I also got another 21 rows done on a sleeve of my Bentley cardigan. I hope I finish one of these projects this weekend. I don’t mind having my mindless project for work or socializing, but otherwise I think I’m a one project at a time kind of knitter.

Well I stayed up later last night to finish my book so I think tonight I am heading to bed early.

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Hump Day

One nice thing is that we are halfway through the first week back. Tomorrow will be the busiest day though:(

Teaching:

Most of my students really are showing their growth. We did chalkboard spelling this morning and everyone is doing really well. We are more than halfway through the alphabet and this is the furthest I have ever gotten in twenty years of teaching!

Students had a few moments to work on their signs of Spring before filing them and going for recess.

It was great as with the principal away again the kids went outside at all breaks regardless of the rain. We went to gym and learned about cardiovascular, strength and stretching and each child got to lead the class. Push-ups were definitely the most popular today so I taught them about hand release push-ups and pike push-ups so maybe next time we’ll get some variety. It is really funny watching grade ones do some of these exercises though🤣

We did a math drill and then went to lunch. I spent all of my breaks today getting the corrections done on my report cards as I want to enter all the info tomorrow into the database. We will see if there is a principal to read them or not as we haven’t seen our principal in almost a month now.

This afternoon we had silent reading while I did a reading group. The kids are doing so well and I do love this time with them!

I had them working to finish up their Fin’s Friends workbook today. I am ready to move on! I need to have a look at the curriculum and see what I still need to cover.

I have to admit I left work pretty quickly because I had been freezing all day! I think I need to knit myself some more scarves, cowls and shawls. I need to figure out a way to make them look springy and light while still having them keep me warm!

Exercise:

Sarah was back today for a run- her first after having Covid. She did really well and it was nice to have company for that 4.25km. Even better it didn’t pour on us like I was expecting!

I came home from that and went directly to do my FitOn video for the day. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was a yoga video. Oh how lovely! I was looking today and while I am thirteen days behind where I was last year in running mileage, I am way ahead in how much time I have spent working out and doing yoga this year. Hopefully this will help my running!

Reading:

Last night I finished the kids Bookclub book called The Wild Robot. I mention it because it was a great read with some really awesome ideas in it. If you have kids or just want a quick, easy read, I would recommend this one. I told my co workers I was sad for the robot and they laughed at me. What can I say, I am highly affected by what I read.

Knitting:

I did a stripe on one of my socks this morning. I don’t have enough of two colours for both socks, so I guess I’ll use one for each sock. I should be able to stand having the first stripe be different on the socks if all the rest are the same. I just thought as I wrote that though that maybe I could shorten the first two stripes too as it’s not like I need socks to be as long on the leg as other people do.

This evening I finally got the chance to pick my Bentley sweater up again and cast on the sleeve. I got ten rows done while listening to the Motivate to Move podcast. I am getting closer!

Well I’m going to sit here and read on my phone and let my nails dry. My students have all commented on my nails. I have lost three since being back at work, but will do my best to keep them asking as possible. Today they became blue as I only have two colours of polish.

Have fun!

AJ

Not That Bad

Well the first day back to school wasn’t that bad.

Teaching:

We got through some writing about Spring Break, an addition drill, library and a lesson on the signs of Spring. I had one little girl this morning who thought she was going to have a temper tantrum. I told her to clean up her area and she tried to fold her arms and say that she wasn’t doing it while I watched her. I quickly disabused her of this idea and we continued on with the day. I have to admit she is probably one of my least favorite students this year and I know she gets her behavior honestly as her mom is the same and works with me😖

It sounded like everyone had a fun spring break and for the most part it sounded like they stayed local which I appreciate people who follow the rules!

I ran out of work really quickly as my car mechanic had called this morning during writing time, to say he could put in a née battery for me as long as I was there before four. I ran home, jump started my car and got there with fifteen minutes to spare. It took him no time to get it in and I just ate a snack and read my book in the sunshine.

Exercise:

I did make myself do my FitOn class immediately on getting home. Today it was another barre class which are definitely not my favorite, but it got done.

I also went through my six magazines and got them recycled and I took three books to the foyer to see if anyone would pick them up. A friend had given them to me, but they really aren’t my style!

Knitting:

I casted on my second Meta sock as I am doing scrappy stripes in this one, but quickly learned that I was one row short of yarn in the first colour I had chosen so I have ripped both socks back to the cuff and have weighed all my yarn. Right now I have ten scraps that will work and will need to search out two more or repeat two of these. It will depend on what I find in the jar.

Well I have to go finish the kids Bookclub book tonight as another teacher needs it for tomorrow night.

Have fun!

AJ

Gone Already

It seems like my holiday went fast and tomorrow it is back to reality. No more lounging in the my fuzzy robe with a cup of tea and my knitting in the morning😥. Tomorrow I will have to hit the ground running! That’s why this will be quick as I have the feeling I’m going to need extra sleep tonight!

Exercise:

I ran 8km on Sunday with Dennis and we got lucky and it wasn’t horribly wet for a change:)

I have also kept up and done my FitOn App workout each day. I wasn’t happy with the Strong Legs one on Saturday as it left my legs tired for my Sunday run, but oh well. It would be nice if they gave you seven and let you put them in the order you want! I can’t wait until I have my high speed data back tomorrow so that the workouts will be short and won’t lag!

Reading:

I have been reading, but nothing that I need to tell you about. I’ll let you know when I hit a really good one.

Socializing:

Yesterday I was napping on my couch when my friend Lyndsay texted to ask if I wanted to go for a walk to the park with her, her son and her dog. It was a lovely afternoon! We got some food from a food truck and then sat in the sun and watched her son at the skate park. I love little outings like this!

House:

I have gotten all of my laundry done and my coffee table tidied, but I’m sad to say, not much else has been done:(. I’m definitely a failure at house cleaning. I got the accessories changed to my summer colour scheme, but I really should have been cleaning instead. I just feel like every where I look needs to be cleaned, but as soon as I clean it, it has to be done again😥

Baking:

I made pancake muffins the other day and they were super delicious. I like them because it feels like you are having a muffin and yet there is very little sugar in them:)

Today I made baked strawberry coconut oatmeal for my breakfasts this week, Tex Mex salad for lunches and ham and peas pasta for dinner. I liked the process I did this week. Usually I spend a few hours in the kitchen making all the food, but today, I just made the dish for my meal and then packaged up the rest for lunches, breakfasts and dinners.

Knitting:

I wanted to show you where all my time had been going. I finished the crochet blanket I was making to just use up yarn.

I also finished my Paris Socks by the Knitting Expat. This yarn is made out of Lady Dye Yarna in 75% SW Merino and 25% Nylon. I had bought it for the Anne of Green Gables KAL with Casapinka, but the colours of yarn just didn’t work for a shawl for me, but I love the main colour for these socks. This pattern was odd because I followed the instructions exactly and yet my pattern looks different than the pattern picture. I am thinking it had to be changed to fit the smaller stitch count. It’s fine with me though as I still like what it looks like.

I have also finished my Bentley Sweater bands and just have the sleeves to do. I managed to join the zoom call for that KAL tonight and it was neat to see what other sweaters looked like.

I have also started my SPY21 socks for this month which are the Meta socks out of the book, Operation Sock Drawer. I am hoping they will use up some little skeins for me.

Well I’m off to bed, have fun!

AJ

Run to Rapid City Update #12

I can’t believe it has been a year since I started this journey!

At the start of 2020 I was lost as to what my running goal would be for the year. I had done speed, distance, etc. Then the amazing Kathy suggested that I run to visit her. So off I went to Rapid City. You can tell I don’t run as much as many people out there as it’s a new year and I am still working on this goal of visiting Kathy.

I have hit Busby, Montana. This is a census location located on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. It is only 20 miles to the site of the Battle of Rosebud Creek. The history nerd in me is really curious as to what the National Battle Site park will be like as I have never seen one before. I took a course in university about the US Civil War, but of course, I don’t remember much:(

This is quite the change from my last stop in Billings, Montana as only about 745 people live here. It was named for the Post master , Sheridan Busby when the post office was established here in 1904.

The town is located on Rosebud Creek.

I guess I will rest here and then keep on going as I really do feel as though I’ve seen the whole place. Of course, you could blink and miss it😜

Spring Time Fun

Today was a nice mix of things.

I started the day by getting the toe done on my new sock pattern that came in my email this morning. It is the Paris sock and is part of Knitting Expat’s Around the World sock KAL. I love starting my day with knitting!

After jump starting my truck and finding parking around all the construction, I finally managed to meet up with a friend for a look around a Quayside market. The market seems so much smaller to me than it did when I was a kid. We looked in a kids bookstore, a yarn store, a games store, a jewelry store, and then had lunch on an outdoor patio. We then walked along the River path and finished the day by grabbing a few things at the market so we didn’t need to stop on the way home. It’s always a good time when I’m with my friend Em and this was a good mix.

The yarn store was small, but cute. I found the cute frog measuring tape and the three minis are actually dyed in the town next to mine. I can’t wait to put the two turquoise ones together in a sock and see how it knits up!

I came home and got the neck band done on my Bentley Cardigan. My friend is trying to stay with the group, but I think I’ll try to have it done by Monday. One less thing to worry about when I go back to work. The neck band went well and it fits nicely.

I then got my FitOn workout done. Today it was an upper body toner. I wonder if there is any rhyme or reason to these workouts as yesterday was also upper body?!?!

I then went back to work on my Paris sock. Unfortunately I misread the pattern and messed up on row 12. I have decided to just put it down and read my book instead.

Have fun!

AJ

Done One!

It was a great day, even though I ended up having to go out.

I have binge watched all the podcast episodes of The Crazy Sock Lady and one thing she mentioned was doing her household chores first thing in the morning so this morning I got the dishwasher going and the microwave cleaned while I was in the kitchen making my oatmeal breakfast and tea. I felt pretty accomplished all day because of this🤣

By the way, I preferred the sock lady before this year. She is still fine, but it seems like the focus has definitely moved to commercialism. She seems to now knit mostly just her own patterns and to hype the products of her friends. I’ll still watch her and enjoy seeing products and patterns, but it’s not a love anymore:(

I had to run to the store as I was out of milk so I took the garbage and recycling out and tried to make the trip as short as possible. Of course I also came home with crackers and cookies. I wonder what’s with all the carbs? The cookies weren’t even that good:(

I spent the morning working on my crochet blanket and got to the point where I have to decide if I’m going to switch to white again so that the two yellow sections are the same size or just work until I run out of yellow. I could put a white stripe in but it would probably use up my white so I’d end up ending on a larger yellow anyways. Any ideas?

After recess of banana slices with pb&j I worked on my stitching. It looked like I had very little left to do, but I told myself just to work on it until lunchtime. I had crab on cucumber.

However, I have been binge watching the XStitchMD since finishing the Crazy Sock Lady podcast and she inspired me to keep going. Oh by the way, I really like this podcast so far:) At 2pm a miraculous thing happened- I finished the first page of the cross stitch pattern. I was so excited, especially when my mom pointed out the pattern is only two pages so technically I’m halfway done. I thought about making myself do the backstitching on the first page before moving on, but I think I’ll take advantage of whatever Monentum I have and just keep moving forward with the stitching.

After my afternoon snack of a rice cake with pb&j and tea cookies ( I know, too much pb&j and unhealthy cookies), I moved onto working on my Bentley cardigan. I messed up the ribbing at first but did manage to get it done and get the body bound off. I will move onto the button bands next so that I will do the sleeves last and be able to make them as long as possible!

I did make myself put down the cardigan long enough to do my FitOn workout this evening. It was an upper body toner which is always a good thing:)

Well that is my day. Have fun!

AJ

My One

I am known for my list making- even my students know this about me. I have a list of places I would like to run and my running buddy said I could pick one to do over my Spring Break. Well today was the day:). He even picked me up so I didn’t have to drive!

We headed out to a dyke that is about an hour away and did a ten kilometer run. There is a marathon run on this dyke so I know we did kilometer 2-7 and then turned round. My running buddy obviously knows me well as we started right at the fence at one end of the dyke. Next time we’ll start at kilometer six where there is another parking lot and go from there. This area is well known for bird life and it didn’t disappoint today. I saw twelve different eagles up close and a mallard duck. I’m sure there was lots more that I just didn’t notice.

This was a gorgeous morning and I’m sure it will be a highlight of my vacation.

When I got home I had lunch as I was starving. A baked potato that I did in the slow cooker the other day (worked great) became fried potato with spinach. It was really good.

I then tackled my taxes as that has been weighing on my mind and imm sisterly did my FitOn workout after that so that I could sit down and knit for the rest of the day, guilt free.

That is exactly what I did! I worked on my crochet granny stripe blanket a bit and on my Bentley cardigan. I think I am ready for the bottom ribbing on my cardigan. I also knitted on the way to the run this morning and have about half of another Musselburgh hat done.

Oh I also have now watched every video of the Crazy Sock Lady. I think I liked her better before she became so commercialized, but oh well.

I’m heading to bed to read.

Have fun!

AJ