Sunday, February 10, 2008

Ok, further delima, I can take a seminar to become certified in Olympic Tae Kwon Do judging. The problem is, I have to work the morning of the seminar and I have an SCA event in the afternoon. I'd gauge it on what I will think I am capeable of or what my preganancy will allow, but that is a catch 22. Martial arts seminars aren't dangerous (generally) and judging usually isn't at all, but I don't have a uniform that will fit. SCA is basically an afternoon of helping in the kitchen (which I feel particularly obligated to do since it is an extremely difficult kitchen and new cook), but the smell of cooking food makes me throw up. Seeing it cook is even worse. Maybe that will change in the next two weeks.

Sometimes I really wish I had fewer interests.

My husband and I cleaned up the front garden today and laid down a fresh layer of mulch. He bought me a lovely bronze birdbath for just behind the fence in my strawberry patch. I don't want to put it out front due to the possiblility of vandalism. The main birdfeeders are between two spruce trees by my front fence. It gives the birds a place to hide and makes them feel more secure. I put the birdbath just behind the fence so when they perch, hopefully, they can go to either side according to their interests. (Bonus, the asparagus I put in last year is doing great! Shame I still can't harvest this year).

This year I have to remember bird netting for my berries. Working in the garden made me feel much better, but it just got to cold to continue out there. (It's about 18 degrees here). The first couple of hours felt pretty good, but then the temperature started dropping.

Next weekend is puppetpalooza at my brothers house. I have 9 blanks made up for decorating, hopefully we can get something really creative and fun for the kids. Maybe even talk them into doing a show for us. We are also going to can up the leftover Huckleberries from last summer into jelly. (It should only make about 6 gallons of jelly). This year, less huckleberries. The last goal for the weekend is to get the 8 frame hive bodies done for my yard. With Christopher's nail gun, construction should speed by. I need to pick up some concrete blocks for the hive to sit on. I have a few, but I would rather use them in the side yard and get a different style for the hive. I need to get some that I can attach bungee cords to strap the lid down to prevent racoon invasions. I'm going to try a top entrance of the bat to combat rodent access. The city has such wierd pests to think about. Looks like I will trade him my 10 frame since I'm pregnant and by the end of the summer, checking the bees will be a curious endeavor let alone lifting full supers. Thank God for a supportive and understanding husband who's willing to put up with all my wierd projects.

Juno has decided to give me trouble with my email. Unfortunately, I can't complain. I've had the email for almost 8 years and its free. You get what you pay for. Sadly, I just figured out how to move pictures from my phone to my email so I can post them and now I am cut off. Hopefully in a few days it will resolve itself.

Lets see... since my last post I have found myself to be pregnant. It's added an interesting twist on things. It's been a joke for a few months at my work that I don't really have a desk since I am daily moved to provide a warm body where needed. That has upped now to include different branches as well. From one day to the next I have no idea where I will be located or what I will be doing. I'm glad I'm able to help out where I can. My poor manager has her hands full with the two new branches our bank has opened up and I have no idea how she is managing.

I finished one of my college courses, but still have the other waiting in the lurch. I may need to withdraw. Either Monday or Tuesday I take my pretest for my life and health license in the state of Missouri. I really hope it goes well. I need to schedule my exam, but I am so overwhelmed with throwing up I'm having a hard time organizing myself.

On the craft front, I finished the Water washcloth and hope to have the corrections to the pattern up soon. Basically I had to add one stitch to each row to make the edging work. Fetal stele is already rearing it's ugly head and I neglected to realize that the edging demanded an odd number of base stitches. I have also finished two market bags and am halfway through another. I also picked up a book on freeform knitting and crochet and completed a muffin hat/beret thing that is really warm and comfy. My husband says "It looks crafty". It probably makes me look like an excentric cat lady, but it serves it's purpose and I learned a great deal. I'm looking into some of Prudence Mapstone's pieces for ideas of where I would like to take it. There are some really beautiful applications out there of this style and I'm interested to see how I might develop it to my tastes. Jenny Dowde wrote the book I read and I believe it is a great way to learn the technique. I'm not sure her style is one that I will adopt however. I think she is able to see the bigger picture with her chosen techniques that I am unable to. I feel very clumsy with the scumbles she uses and hope I can soon find time to practice and develop some of my own that I can more readily utilize to suit my tastes.

Hopefully, tomorrow paypal will clear my payment and I can look at one of the Prudence Mapstone pamplets I ordered. Her website: www.knotjustknitting.com has a great deal of information and links on the technique. I'm in love with the woad coat at http://crochet.nu/ I think I'm going to aim for smaller stitches than with Jenny Dowde and see where that takes me.

It's entirely possible I may just spend the next month in the bathroom studying for my licensure.

Oh, I was complaining to a friend last night that I can't get any decent birds at my feeders here in St Louis and I just looked up and saw a small black and white woodpecker at my suet feeder. I'm so excited! I've never seen a woodpecker at my feeders before. I only get sparrows, grackels, morning doves, and starlings. I really like the sparrows and morning doves, but the rest aren't so nice to watch. It appears to be a downy woodpecker, it's bigger than a sparrow and smaller than a grackle. I realize they aren't the most uncommon bird, but for a girl who grew up chasing snakes and exploring nature in the country who now lives in an urban industrial area, it's exciting.