Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

I'm really not a curmudgeon. I enjoy seeing kids in costume, I enjoy seeing pets in costumes too. But I get soooo very annoyed when this semi-holiday invades my work environment. I do pay attention to what our "management" wants to do. I do believe in enjoying your work. But...come on folks, this is a healthcare environment for crying out loud. Every last person (excepting moi) is in full costume, make-up the whole nine yards. There are spiderwebs, cackling witch noises, spooky noise makers (crap I can hardly hear fetal heart tones the spooky noisemakers are so loud)and a total boatload of candy everywhere you look. I just did a nutrition group yesterday! I have 3 patients with gestational diabetes! Good god what are these staff members thinking. It's not even 10am and I see people eating a half dozen snickers minis. If you were seeing your healthcare provider today....how would you feel about the whole "decked out for halloween" business? Just sign me...grumpy in Alaska this morning.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Pearl's Annual Haircut


Just in time for winter snuggling! She was felted from shoulders tail so now will wear a little sweater if the temp dips too far down. She still has a fluffy tail for grooming.

what's that in the background?


yep...that is the winter weather setting in here. How 'bout a closer look? Sure!

What to do with this?


Let's try again! What to do with this bulky stuff...6-700m. Plymouth Rodeo, 100% wool, primitive, lofty, softer than it looks. An early impulse bargain staff acquisition.

Now this recent stash enhancer from Cherry Tree HIll, silk, mohair, shiny, variagated...what more can a girl want? 450m....I'm thinking scarf/shawl something....

MD baby sweater w/ StitchNBitch hat (modified)


Sensational Shirttail up close



Blogger doesn't like my pics this morning. will try reposting later today.

Home Sick (cough cough) today.

Stayed home yesterday and today both...a little cough..a little sore throat... a little fever...a lot of accrued sick time....no babies due for at least three weeks (after 5 births this week alone one would hope to take a lil' break)....the midwife takes time off. But being the ADD type i can't just lounge around enjoying myself...gotta do laundry...gotta cook...and of course....gotta knit and putter around the yarn room.

Finished up the MD baby sweater and hat (modified from baby hat in Stitch N Bitch) set for midwife colleague Sara who had baby Lucille about 6 weeks ago. This is in Plymouth Encore (75% acrylic/25% wool) from stash leftover from slipper sox for DD 5 years ago...used up every last bit of it!

Blocking is the Sensational Shirttail from Arans & Celtics knit in Schoeller Stahl Wonderwool Tweed-avacodo purchased in 2/06 from Elann.com (my favorite yarn store ever) It really isn't as sheer as it looks blocking. It was a good basic cable pattern, well written, easy to follow. I "think" it's going to fit well. Seaming will be the course for the weekend.

Pulled out some oooooolllldddd stash...very rustic Plymouth Rodeo...100% wool, but soft and lofty. I have about 600m....any ideas for what the heck to make with this impulse buy will be appreciated.

Also eyeballing some new stash...beautimous silk/mohair cherry tree hill...just enought for maybe a small lacy shawl? swallowtail? any ideas? seduced by the shiny variagated stuff yet again.

Winter has arrived at chez midwife..blustery blowy snow yesterday...still more today. traffic advisories...54 accidents yesterday per police reports....this is alaska people...get with the program and slow the hell down. I hate the first couple of snowfalls....and no...i didn't get everything cut back in the garden..sigh. with any luck it will melt off in the next few days and I'll get to bedding down the garden next week or the next...or maybe in spring..hahaha
Basically if it doesn't thrive on benign neglect, it doesn't live in the midwife's garden.

Pearl got a haircut. She gets shaved about every 10-12 months. She tolerates a little brushing here and there from me...but with my schedule...i miss a few...and then she reaches a critical hair mass and ....ppptpttptptthtthhhhtththt...she felts into one huge head to tail mat. Groomer Debbie just shakes her head, shaves her down, leaves a tail tuft for grooming. If it gets too cold Pearl wears her own little sweater. No she doesn't fight it but she does get a little agitated trying to groom it. I only put it on her when its super cold (like below zero) though as she snuggles up in beds or in Grandma Clara's room (147 degrees) otherwise.

Made the BEST MEATLOAF of my life the other night...with GROUND TURKEY and shredded APPLES of all things! Topped with a balsamic vinegar/brown sugar/dijon mustard glaze...soooo yummy...and so low fat/low calorie...important as the midwife tries to regain her svelte pre-menopausal habitus. Will happily share the recipe on request.
Speaking of Meatloaf....saw him on the Today show this morning....hmmm....hard to reconcile this "old guy" with the fellow belting out "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights" and supporting actor in the Rocky Horror Picture Show...of course it's hard to reconcile mid-life midwife with the toast tossing time-warping costumed participant of RHPS so many decades ago.....

Thursday, October 26, 2006

In trying to add links, I totally wiped out some of the programming code on the sidebar. Major remodeling is in order, so am trying new things over the week.

New knitting this week!
a) Churro for DD in SWS Natural denim
b) Fibertrends worldfamous Felted Slippers, again in SWS Natual Earth-slightly under 3 balls for women's size large, these felt down a LOT more than you anticipate. I wear a size 9 shoe and these are a little small for me. DD has run off with them.

Old knitting this week:
a) FINISHED (except for blocking, seaming, little things like that) Sensational Shirttail from Arans & Celtics in Wonderwool Tweed-photos to come soon.