Tra-la-la

Okay.

Migraine gone, summer here, and 1/3 of my house* is clean, including the windows. And I discovered that I have tilt-out windows, which tells us that I haven’t washed them ever since moving in a year ago. Great invention, tilt-out windows, right up there with pre-moistened Windex wipes. Now I’ll clean another 1/3 tomorrow and the final 1/3 Wednesday, and the basement next week. I love summer vacation!

Oh, and I planted a tomato and some flowers, and a hen and chicks. I am most certainly NOT a gardener,** so that little bit feels like a big deal.

As for the bicycle, it’s a Sun Bicycles EZ-Sport AX recumbent bike. Recumbent bikes are great — good for the back, stable, ultra-comfortable in the buttocky regions, easy on the wrists (a big issue for me). Not cheap, although Sun is the least expensive quality brand. I’m trading in my little folding bike, which was great for grad school but not as safe for road riding and a misery on my wrists, and I’ve had the bike on layaway. I plan on riding it for recreation, to the store, to work, to my friends’ farm. I may even get a special dog lead at some point for Ricky. And, even though deep, deep down a tiny part of me thinks it dweeby, I will wear a helmet for every single ride — I spent a lot of time, effort, and money on the contents of my head and I don’t want some yahoo in an SUV, juggling a cell phone and a Big Mac, to spread said contents across the pavement.

My other plans for the summer include going to meeting every Sunday (between winter weather and school, it’s been a spotty semester, spirituality-wise) and to apply for membership in the late summer/early fall. I’ll be going to Bozeman, MT in July for a family reunion; none of us actually lives in Bozeman or in Montana, but it’s sort of half way between Iowa and Oregon, where my brother lives, and out of the way for my sis in Kansas and my sis in L.A., but we have to meet somewhere, right? And it’s a nice little college town and it will be cool, esp. relative to Kansas and L.A.

I have knitting projects to finish and give as gifts, and I’ve decided to start knitting and crocheting scarves and hats for local charity. I’m even thinking about starting a charity knit & crochet group on campus in the fall — I know some students/staff/faculty do knit or crochet, and I bet others would like to learn. While there are many excellent knit charities around the country and internationally, I’d like to keep this one local — BVU does a lot of organized service nationally and internationally, and locally, but not as much. And it does get cold around here in the winter. Sometimes when people hear about knitting charities, they say, isn’t it cheaper and easier to buy scarves/hats/blankets to give out? Well, yes, but for two things — 1) given sweatshop labor, buying the items may be harming one community as it helps another and 2) I think people like to know that someone put real effort into a charity item. I know I knitted a scarf for a friend’s husband (not charity, but stick with me) and he was really touched — he said no one had taken the time to knit him something since he was a child and his grandmother made him a hat.

Oh, and I want to work with my spinning wheel, although that always seems to get pushed to the back burner. I figure this is either my time to really figure it out, or, if I go another year with no real progress, to sell it and stick with spindle spinning. We’ll see.

*not counting the basement, which we won’t because then it would only be, like, 1/10 and I wouldn’t feel as good and accomplish-y

**for example, I have no houseplants. Not one. If a living entity in my household does not actively ask for care, it gets forgotten. If they ever create a houseplant that whines when it needs to be watered, I’ll be able to keep it alive***

***although that would be so creepy, I wouldn’t want one…

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2 responses »

  1. For some reason…”riding to your friends farm” made me chuckle. You’d have to ride quite a ways to reach a farm around here!

  2. You planted a hen and chicks? How does that work?

    Good luck with all the projects, and congrats on the cleaning! My study’s still a disaster area.

    I think the knitting charity is an excellent idea — partly because when we invest time in projects for other people, we become invested in the people, too. A woman at my church knits prayer shawls for folks who are sick or need comfort, and it’s a great ministry.

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