I took off of work early today to go to a flu shot clinic at my local grocery store. You know the regular flu shot, not the H1N1 (swine flu). Everyone else has had their flu shot clinics earlier in the fall and for some reason they either didn’t make enough vaccine or people are paranoid and flocking to get them, so I thought, I’m lucky to find one that is getting in some more vaccine. WRONG. I went at 3pm because the clinic was suppose to be from 3 pm to 6 pm and they had said to get there early because they might run out. I went in and waited in line and when my turn came to be waited on, I was told that they didn’t get their vaccine in and that they had posted a sign in the store last week end. Last week end I shopped at their store in another area, so I didn’t see the sign. I lost 1 1/2 hrs of work and no flu shot, sigh. I’d go to a Dr to get it, but Im just working a temp job and I don’t have insurance so I don’t have a Dr and the free clinic doesn’t offer them. I hope I don’t get the flu this winter, sigh. I’ll be glad when I find a permanent job and can have regular benefits again.
Back to spinning the Llama.
It's offically fall
I was wondering if the leaves were going to turn this fall. Things were green until about 1 to 2 weeks ago, and leaves were starting to fall off the trees without turning colors. I took this last night at my church and the beautiful fall colors are finally here.
I went to a Family History (geneology) Symposium this morning. Geneology is really fun to do and it’s so cool getting to know more about those in your family who came before you. My mom was very into doing geneology before she passed away, and my dad gave me copies of all her work plus he even made an album for me and my brothers and sister of him and my mom from all the pictures he had showing my moms life and relatives and his life and relatives, it’s very cool. My mom had found that my 5th great grandfather died in the Alamo. If anyone is interested in doing their own geneology you can go to familysearch to get started and there you can also down load a free geneology softwear called PAF (Personal Ancestoral File). If anyone has any questions about getting started if you will email me I would be happy to direct you to other websites. I may try, as time allows, to set up a page on my website with geneology information.
Christmas Cactus in bloom
My Christmas Cactus is just blooming away. Those flowers are sure a pretty pink color. I really need to re-pot it this coming spring into a larger container, I’m pretty sure it’s probably root bound. I have a friend in TN that has a really large Christmas Cactus but she has potted it in a larger container ;P.
My church had a talent show last night. I took my spinning wheel and demonstrated spinning and had samples of fiber and spun yarn and items that I had knit from the hand spun yarn. It went over well. I had fun and saw some awesome talents from the other members, singing, instrument playing, skits, jokes, it was all good. I love the talent shows. 🙂
**Thanks son, it does look better :).
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This is the chocolate Llama roving that my son bought for me to spin for him. It is turning out a beautiful heathered brown.
People have said on my spinning list that the Alpaca and Llama are dirty fibers to spin, wonderful but dirty (because they roll in the dirt), and I thought how bad can they be? Well, this was professionally processed and it still has some dirt. I can’t even imagine trying to spin the unprocessed fiber. Still I’m sure it would be worth it, because it’s soft and this one is a breeze to spin. It will get another washing after the yarn is plyed and skeined and I’m betting there will be dirty water.
I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to spin it thick enough as I’m use to spinning sport weight to baby weight yarn and my son wanted worsted weight, but it seems to like being worsted weight so I’m happy :).
Somedays there are more than a week between blogs and sometimes there are just more things to talk about.
Snow in early October!
Yes, that is snow! I woke up this morning to snow coming down. Not the big flakes, just little ones but there it was, bold as brass. And it was a bit on the chilly side as well, only 30 or so but still with the wind blowing, I had to stop and get some ear muffs and of course I couldn’t find my gloves this morning and I knew I would be outside (see next paragraph) so I had to stop and get some on the way out of town. sigh. The snow stoped shortly after mid morning and never really stuck anywhere but on the cars, flowers and bushes and that is now all melted too. It really could have waited another year or two to snow as far as I’m concerned ;P.
Alpaca - Llama - CVM rovings
Ok, for my birthday, my son took me out to breakfast this morning and then to an Alpaca farm that was having an open house. You can see all the goodies that I came home with in the picture on the right. One is my son’s, who wanted me to spin the Llama for him to knit with (the chocolate color) and the auburn color is mine :). We got the Llama on sale at less than 1/2 price, what a deal and oh so soft!!! I also bought some light tanish (is that a word? :P) CVM roving that is from a local owner. I didn’t know we had any in IA but seems that there are two here who raise the CVM sheep. 🙂 It’s nice stuff.
Lots of Alpaca and Llama were in attendance. They don’t really like to be petted by strangers, tho some will tolorate it. I was able to scratch a couple on the lower neck, you don’t really touch their heads, they seem to be kinda funny about that :P. Tho they had a few that would take a treat out of your hand. Fiber on the hoof, so to speak, is very soft stuff :). One of the Llamas (wish I had taken a picture of him) was a beautiful white with black ears and black spots just above his feet and he had a single rather than double coat which was extremely soft. His name was Radar.
Beautiful Fall Bouquet
And when I got home this is what was waiting for me. A beautiful Fall Birthday Bouquet from one of my dear sweet friends in TN, thank you Anne.
Since my memory has always been bad, when people remember my birthday I’m always amazed. 😛
I’m off Monday for the holiday and even tho it’s unpaid, it will be a welcome day to rest and relax. 🙂 Hope you all have a wonderful week end too.
I try not to think about birthdays anymore. It was certainly easier to do that when I lived farther from my children, but they insist on helping me celebrate one. My daughter and almost son-in-law are taking me out to dinner on Saturday evening. My son that knits is taking me to an Alpaca farm on Saturday morning – I will get to pet an Alpaca and I can see a little fiber in my future (saving a little out of my paycheck for that) :). I’m sure my other two son’s will be showing up or calling to let me know they haven’t forgotten it either. My dad sent me a wonderful birthday card that had my picture, of when I was 16 years old, on it. I’m sure he’s probably trying to make me feel better about having a birthday :P. Why can’t we start out older and each year get younger instead? 🙂
I’ll take my camera to the Alpaca farm and bring back pictures :).
Last year in mid November came the first blossoms I had on the Christmas cactus that had been given to me for Christmas the year before.
This year, because of the unusually cool Summer and early Fall temps, my Christmas cactus already has buds on it and it’s only the start of October. Hmmmmm. Wonder if that is just the difference in the cooler temps here for fall vs TN last year. With winter coming soon, I sure miss TN about now :P. I’ve already had to bring my plants in from my balcony due to the lower temps at night, sigh.
I’m still looking for that pattern that screams at me, KNIT ME, KNIT ME, for the alpaca shawl. In the mean time I like to hold the skein of yarn and feel it’s softness. It’s time to start spinning the 2nd skein of yarn :).
Yesterday and today I’ve been able to listen to General Conference on the BYU station of cable TV. It’s been great and very uplifting, I love General Conference time in the spring and fall every year.