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Been Knitting

The garden has slowed down. It's very dry here in Missouri. And there are a lot of chiggers, a really nasty tiny creature that bites in the most awful places. Thus, I have remained inside and switched to knitting.

I am working on motif #4 of 7 that make up the waist of the  Celtic knot sweater.

I finished the socks. And I like them.

Today I mended two pair of socks, not my favorite task, but I have a hard time tossing hand knit socks,so I darnedd. Failed to get the husband to make me a darning egg so ordered one from good old Amazon. Today I used a lid that didn't work too badly.

Every morning I cruise the garden and pick what's out there, lots of cucumbers, the odd zucchini, a few tomatoes and today I pulled some more beets. The green beans that were planted in April are still blooming and should have another crop soon. Never have I had green beans so long lived. The husband continues to to say it's due to the worm castings he added to the soil. He could be right. He has been before.

Moose was accepted back into the foster program and went to his new home about 90 miles from here, last week. I am hoping he will be loved there. I tried, but he was just so big that he was a danger to my remaining upright. Erin and Anah are relieved. Not only was he destructive, but he was expensive. I think Erin has learned her lesson well this time and will not be adopting another dog, not ever.

On Monday last our old dog encountered a young raccoon sitting in the birdbath. He/she had been stealing the birdseed for some time. Natty turned into a killer and snapped the coon's neck quickly. I felt sorry for it, but Nature will prevail. At least the mystery was solved as to how the raccoon was reaching the feeder, hah - by climbing into the birdbath.

The weather has been unseasonably cool for the last couple of weeks and I've been walking in the local park where there is a delightful trail, nicely paved and wandering through the old oak forest. I am most grateful to be up to walking 30 minutes now. Last year I couldn't make 10, so huge improvement in mobility...YES!!

The air is quite heavy today, perhaps it will rain. Rain would be appreciated and welcomed.

I've been tired and rather out of sorts all week. Though my children make fun at my ideas, I attribute my state of weariness to week this marking the death of Jerry Garcia, the bombing of Nagasaki, a full moon and the coming eclipse. That's a lot of powerful energies coming together imho.


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Aug. 10th, 2017 09:42 pm (UTC)
I love those socks. They look so comfy and warm. That's so important for a pair of socks. What a lovely bowl of veges. I have to go to the store for mine. There is no comparison.
Aug. 10th, 2017 11:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, they're wool so are warm. True no comparison, guess that's why we're still gardening even though it's a lot of work.
Aug. 10th, 2017 11:26 pm (UTC)
Is that pink and purple on your socks self-patterning, or do you have that much patience for colourwork? (It's already obvious that you have more patience for cables than me LOL).

And wow, you've gone so far as a darning egg. I'm impressed. :) I don't throw away hand-knit socks myself until they are hopelessly past repair, and even knit new patches if I must. I'm sooo my thrifty village grandmother's girl! (and besides, I hate to throw away my own work, so I end up adding more work to it).

Ouch, poor raccoon!

That's a nice harvest you have there. :)

Aug. 10th, 2017 11:39 pm (UTC)
Self striping on those. Love colorwork and have done a lot, but it makes socks lose their stretch. Are you on ravelry? I am there but as Mystic Mooma I think.

Its good to be frugal I think.

Little raccoon, big dog....no contest.

Thanks on the harvest, its been a good year.
Aug. 10th, 2017 11:44 pm (UTC)
Isn't that a great photo of him.
Aug. 11th, 2017 02:10 am (UTC)
Yeah I think so, its hard to find pics from his later years in which he doesn't tired and ill.
Aug. 11th, 2017 11:41 am (UTC)
I'm glad the cooler weather has found you. I wish we were as lucky. There does seem to be a lot of crazy energy in the air. I'm trying to harness it, but not very successfully.

Wow, your garden is really producing! Our tomatoes are starting to peter out and that's okay with me. they liked where we planted them, but I didn't.

Your socks are great! I can see why you wouldn't want to get rid of them. I have a darning egg and use it! congrats on (soon) owning you own.
Aug. 12th, 2017 01:03 pm (UTC)
This is the third year our tomatoes have not done well, even though we moved them. So it goes with gardens. I'm ready for fall!

Edited at 2017-08-12 01:04 pm (UTC)
Aug. 12th, 2017 10:07 pm (UTC)
We had a fabulous year followed by a stinky one. This one wasn't bad, but it wasn't as good as two years previous. Odd because we planted in the same spot with the same fertilizer and everything. Who know what will happen next year.

Like you, I am really ready for fall!
Aug. 12th, 2017 07:48 pm (UTC)
Lovely socks and great start on the sweater. When it is so hot to be outside, yes - our weather is still in that strange either rainy and cooler or too damn hot. There's no chance to acclimate to the hot weather and when it hits it is more brutal.

I've become more adept at mending. Not something I enjoy but afterwards I feel... good for having added life to clothing. A satisfaction of a job well done I guess but it does not make starting it any easier. I feel useful doing it.

Good photo of Jerry - it is hard to find pics where he looks happy, not worn down and ill. :( I still think on the Grateful Dead doc and feel sad bc I did not realize his last years were not good for him.

Yes, the combination of full moon and eclipse and other energies - I have a feeling of dread that an eruption ... worse than what we've seeing already? Something big feels like it is nearing. I understand your weariness of this as I too am attuned to energies and follow the moon cycles. My friend Kay and I have both been feeling that 'off' sense and trying harder to shelter in place as we call it and BE. Hugs!
Aug. 13th, 2017 11:36 am (UTC)
Thanks on the socks. I do love handknittd socks but they wear out easily it seems to me.

Poor Jerry I think it was just all too much for him, too many hours on the road, too many people depending on him, and too many drugs. All he wanted to do was have fun.

Its nice to know I'm not alone in feeling weird. It's hard to feel good whrn the planet is such a mess. And, you've had rain, wow I'd love to see some of that. HUGS back at ya.
Aug. 13th, 2017 01:30 pm (UTC)
The negative energies you speak of have been gathering in Charlottesville as well. I hesitate to bring politics to another person's journal--because I'm uncomfortable with it in my own and I consider my presence here a privilege in any case--but those energies now permeate our country, extinguishing the greatness to which we once aspired. So that now we have Him-of-the-Small-Hands in the White House, white supremacists rallying on the UV campus and, very likely, Charles Manson celebrating the long-awaited coming of Helter Skelter in his jail cell. Please don't hesitate to remove this comment if you're uncomfortable with it and my apologies in advance...

Edited at 2017-08-13 02:35 pm (UTC)
Aug. 15th, 2017 10:45 pm (UTC)
This country is so fucked up I can't bear to think about it without crying. No problem with your comment as it echoes my feelings. I starting losing hope the day we bombed Baghdad. I participated in any number of protests against that war, but it didn't help. Now I just feel lost and like a "stranger in a strange land."
Aug. 17th, 2017 08:03 pm (UTC)
I've been getting more and more pull to try my hand at knitting socks. They are so lovely. Especially with self-striping yarn.

I've never encountered chiggers but I thought they bit and burrowed in your skin... the thought gives me such heebie-jeebies. Staying inside is good.

It's been unseasonably cooler here, 65-80F the past couple of weeks... way more "autumn" than "dog days of summer." I'd love to share some of our rain with you, because here it rains almost every day, and hard too! Very unlike our normal summers. Usually it's a storm here and there.

I too feel an oppressive, suffocating feeling of dread. I guess I mostly thought of it as the anxieties of the impending school year, but you're right - all this unrest politically and energy-wise is definitely part of it. You're not alone.
Aug. 17th, 2017 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, do try socks. I was slow to get into making them, but now always have a pair on the needles. They fit so much better than purchased socks too. Knitpicks has some great self striping yarns at reasonable prices if you shop there. I like to watch the way the colors unfold.

I do think it might be a myth that chiggers burrow under your skin though I thought it was fact when I was a kid. They do itch like forever. We also have mosquitoes, but it's been dry until yesterday (thanks for the rain vibe) so not many around.

No matter that I don't have TV and don't watch the news, it still finds its way into my consciousness. I don't suppose folks will ever understand that we are all ONE and learn to cooperate.
Aug. 21st, 2017 02:50 am (UTC)
Dear E, on a different note, uh, you should excuse the gratuitous pun, I just noticed that the David Grisman Sextet made an appearance this weekend at a festival just south of us in Lafayette. He was good friends with Jerry Garcia and together they made this really cool album called "Grateful Dawg," so-titled because of Garcia's association with The Dead, of course, and Grisman's nickname "Dawg."

I'd totally forgotten that I had the CD until I came across it, a week or so ago, in a box from the house in town and was reminded of it again when I saw your post. I'd heard a broadcast of their collaboration on NPR, or saw it on PBS, years ago and was so taken with it that I searched it out online and got the CD.

Anyway, if you'd like to hear it and have a problem finding it, I'd be glad to send it to you, just LMK...
Aug. 21st, 2017 10:17 pm (UTC)
Dear L,

I did find it, listening to it now. I love bluegrass, heard Dave Grisman play mid 90's at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. I appreciate your offer of the CD, but thanks to tech can save you the postage.

And, while searching for the music found a movie on YouTube by the same name, a documentary of Jerry and Dave's friendship and musical collaboration. Looking forward to watching it.

If you've any interest in hearing more from them, there's a great album, "Old and in the Way." They do a killer version of "Wild Horses." Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan and a couple more are in the group.

Thanks for turning me on to these two great works. *smooch*

Edited at 2017-08-21 10:22 pm (UTC)
Aug. 22nd, 2017 08:35 am (UTC)
Hahaha, "Old and in the Way" sounds like it was made for me personally. Love "Wild Horses" but knew it from the version by Ariana Grande's Nickelodeon pal Liz Gillies. (I watched a lot of TV with grandson Jason, back in the day, lol.)

Now that you mention it, I'll bet the doc you found on YouTube is the one I saw on PBS that turned me on to "Grateful Dawg" in the first place. You young people are so good with the technology, lol.

Beautiful picture, BTW, and *smooches back...*

Edited at 2017-08-22 08:51 am (UTC)
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