Busy happenings at my house this week. We got the exterior of our house painted. It is the exact same color we painted it 18 years ago, I still like it. Our roof is gray so I think this sort of beige/pinkish color warms it up and makes it more welcoming. The last few weeks my oldest has been mulching, cutting back plants and such to get ready for the painting, my husband has been doing a lot of prep work, too. I think it looks so nice and fresh.
The Longline Cardigan is still on the needles. Time restraints have interrupted my progress. Still there is no hurry. It is 89 degrees out today, not sweater weather. I am sure I will finish this in time for cooler weather in the late Autumn. I am nearing the neckline on the back of the sweater, hopefully I can start the fronts soon.
I realize I would be much further along on my sweater if I hadn't started this new project, but to be honest I could not resist. This is the Falling Blossoms Shawl. When I saw it I just knew I had to make it. I had this beautiful Malabrigo Silky Merino yarn in my stash so I started last weekend. Sometimes I just need the ease of a hook in my hand, other times it is two needles working together that soothes my soul. This way I can switch between the two and do what I want.
I now have a laptop! I know I am really slow at all this tech stuff, I just never really felt the need for one before. However, I find myself at my desk top so much on the weekends doing work when I could at least be near Little Buddy. And I have been not using my time efficiently when I know I have a patient cancel, so now I can take this along and do some work instead of stopping to run an errand. The files will update automatically on each device so that will be really helpful when working away from home. The beautiful lamp in the background was a Mother's Day gift from Mr. 22 and his girlfriend. Isn't it beautiful? You can find it at Cracker Barrel if you are interested.
I also have a new desk top. Not the screen or keyboard just the desk top. Mine has been dying a slow death for about six months. There was no storage left and I could not turn it off or it might not turn back on for days. My old one was ginormous and really, really old. We have a wonderful man who comes to fix our computers. I called him up a few weeks ago to get this new one and the laptop. He brings just what I need so I don't have to figure it all out. Then he comes in and gets it all set up. He has to come back this next week to tweak a few things, like my lost photos that are on my phone that didn't transfer, and my email contact list, but he will be able to do that with no issues and I won't have to tear my hair out trying to figure it out. I am extremely bad at tech stuff.
And just to make things even better I had a small chair rail put up behind my desk to prevent all those cords from yanking the paint off my walls. Actually I was just going to paint the wall but could not find the leftover paint. We made a trip to the hardware store yesterday, my husband stained it today and my son helped me install it this afternoon. For $10 I have no more worries about cords damaging the wall, a simple solution to something that has bothered me for a long time.
We have been sprucing up the back pool area. My husband is staining our cedar paneling, I have been moving plants and cleaning. It is so nice to get things looking clean and updated. We have given our left over pavers to friends who want to create a path to their backyard. I have recently donated about 10 bags of items to those in need, it is great to get things moving out and moving on.
Of course these two have been very helpful. They love to get in the way when you are trying to work. I have to say I do stop what I am doing so they get all the petting an loving they need. I mean who can resist this much fluff?
Okay my friends I have a pool date with a sweet seven year old. When he came home after an adventure with his Dad, (a 27 floor elevator ride in a hotel in Tampa) I told him after lunch and a quick rest time we could go in the pool. He replied, "You don't have a headache?" No, I don't but I feel bad that that is what he thinks of before we can do something fun. Ah well, hopefully when he is older he will remember the fun times and not the headache times.
Have a good week my friends.