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On 1/15/2022 at 8:21 AM, Harriet said:

This sounds lovely and relaxing, and the guilt is completely unnecessary. How could knitting be right and spinning be wrong? Knitting cannot exist without spinning.

 

The guilt comes directly from my mother, who keeps asking me if I have knit the yarn she gave me for Christmas a year ago. I have a sketch pad and a pile of lace knitting books sitting out to plan that project. I have figured out the general flow of the pattern and shaping. I just need to pick lace stitch patterns to use. Then swatch them for gauge.

 

I took Monday off hoping to get some projects done. I did, but not the projects I planned.

 

Earlier in the weekend I vacuumed the family room. I had to move a pile of files that has been there for months. I got out the folder labels for them a while ago, but did not do the next step. I decided to get that done. The files are now in the filing cabinet in the garage. I also asked Dumbledore about papers in several boxes and other drawers in the filing cabinet. He agreed that we could recycle all the papers he copied for his graduate work. So many reams of paper headed for recycling. I boxed up three full file cabinet drawers, plus a couple boxes. All those papers could be downloaded if he ever needed 15-20 year old research articles again. Which he won't because he is working on different things now.  Very much not what I had planned, but a major win none the less.

 

What I really need to do is uninstall and reinstall a Linux distribution on my laptop. This is scary because I am not a computer person. Before I do that I need to verify if XFCE works with my keyboard and mouse. I strongly prefer the xfce front end, but having the cursor jump randomly is driving me nuts. In theory, it should be easy to do. I think that means easy for someone who knows what they are doing.

 

I did not have to cook this weekend because Elf and Cleo did a bunch of cooking. Elf quit their job last week after their boss yelled at them for something that was his fault. Highly unprofessional behavior for a manager. Not the greatest way for Elf to deal with it, but they had already been thinking about looking for a better position. They have already had one interview.  I hope Elf and Cleo support each other in job hunting instead of distracting each other.

 

Cleo is still dealing with health problems. She still does not have a diagnosis or treatment plan from the GI specialist. At least she can eat some of the time. I hope she can get things under control before she starts a new job.

 

My weight has been stubbornly staying the same. That tells me I can eat the way I have been and maintain. I did not make any desserts this week. Dumbledore's birthday cake is gone. There is still some of Elf's orange chocolate cheesecake left. I think I'm the only one who has been eating it. I am not going to eat the last two pieces. I expect they will sit there until they get fuzzy and have to be thrown out. That leaves a pile of chocolate bars and some wafer cookies left in the holiday goodie stash. I can be more moderate about eating those (I hope). My strategy for this week is to get enough sleep so that I can stay on top of things at work and not be stressed. I can take spinning/carding breaks instead of snack breaks.

 

I made sure to get enough sleep last night, but did not get up early enough to exercise before work. I sat zen over lunch because it was quiet and I had the right amount of time. Now I have to do my bodyweight workout. It is the wrong time of day and feels weird. I'm going to do it anyway. Thanks to all of you for accountability. :D 

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14 hours ago, Mistr said:

 

The guilt comes directly from my mother, who keeps asking me if I have knit the yarn she gave me for Christmas a year ago. I have a sketch pad and a pile of lace knitting books sitting out to plan that project. I have figured out the general flow of the pattern and shaping. I just need to pick lace stitch patterns to use. Then swatch them for gauge.

 

This is terrible yarn gifting etiquette, but understandable from a non knitter, who simply cannot know what being a knitter is like, or how it feels to have all the yarn and projects and procrastination pulling at one. Groovy that you're doing your own design!

 

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14 hours ago, Mistr said:

Before I do that I need to verify if XFCE works with my keyboard and mouse. I strongly prefer the xfce front end, but having the cursor jump randomly is driving me nuts. In theory, it should be easy to do. I think that means easy for someone who knows what they are doing.

 

Do you know how to create a bootable USB to run a Linux distro from? If you do, yo can use that to test out functionality like mouse and keyboard.

 

A randomly jumping mouse cursor would have me literally screaming in frustration. Especially if it jumps just as I'm clicking on something important.

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3 hours ago, Scaly Freak said:

Do you know how to create a bootable USB to run a Linux distro from? If you do, yo can use that to test out functionality like mouse and keyboard.

 

A randomly jumping mouse cursor would have me literally screaming in frustration. Especially if it jumps just as I'm clicking on something important.

 

Yes, I made a bootable USB with a xfce distro on it. And figured out how to make it boot, which was not obvious. I just need to take time to test it.

 

I was indeed swearing at my computer. A LOT.

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19 minutes ago, Mistr said:

I was indeed swearing at my computer. A LOT.

 

And anyone who works on computers will tell you that is the default mode of communicating with them. ;) 

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Wednesday update

 

I did indeed do my bodyweight workout starting at 8pm yesterday instead of the usual 6am. It went fine. I was wondering if I would feel weaker or more tired in the evening, but not enough to notice.

 

I met with my physical therapist last week and she gave me more shoulder exercises. My left shoulder is significantly weaker than the right one, and wants to slide out of the socket. All the Elements moves with lots of weight on the hands were probably not helping. She has me doing exercises to convince it to stay where it belongs and get stronger to keep it there:

  • Standing straight arm raise in front with a strap pulling back on the shoulder joint (like carrying a shoulder bag, but with the pull to the rear instead of down)
  • Lean into a doorway with arms in goal-post position
  • Arm raise to side (T-shape) from hands-and-knees, elbow straight, start with light weight and work up
  • Arm raise to front corner (Y-shape) from hands-and-knees, elbow straight, start with light weight and work up
  • Planks with shoulders fully engaged (pulling together and down the back), arms nearly straight. Also legs and hips engaged. Turns out planks are harder to do this way. Who would have guessed?
  • Keep to light weights on one-arm rows and concentrate on not letting the shoulder drop when the weight moves to the bottom position.

I asked about working on handstand progressions. Those are off limits until my shoulder is healed and stronger. I'm good with that. I'd like to do a couple months of general bodyweight work first.

 

This morning I did a yoga routine that was exactly what I wanted. Stretching, balance and core work. I am having fun exploring different yoga routines on my core/mobility days.

 

Tonight will be aikido. I decided to go back on Monday after the month-long holiday, cold and  Covid-precautionary break. The local numbers are leveling off and the dojo requires everyone to be fully vaccinated and boosted if available. I talked to a potential new member on Sunday, and wanted to be there to say hello if she showed up to watch class on Monday (she did!).  My front rolls are all lumpy again. I hope I can get back into shape faster this time around.

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Saw this book the other day and thought of you:

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Don't feel guilty about the spinning. ❤️ What kind of yarn are you thinking of making?

 

And it must feel good to get all that old paperwork gone. Well done.

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1 hour ago, juliebarkley said:

Don't feel guilty about the spinning. ❤️ What kind of yarn are you thinking of making?

 

 

Right now I am spinning for a 3-ply knitting yarn. It will probably be on the finer side, maybe sock or DK weight. I'll have to see how it comes out. It would be nice if it was the same size as the rose and purple yarn I spun last fall. I am afraid I drift towards spinning finer when I am not paying attention. My still-misty plan is to knit a cardigan for myself. I have been looking at Scandinavian patterns for knit jackets in multiple colors. Fine yarns work well for two color knitting.

 

I figure I have enough dark grey for at least four skeins of yarn. I have most of a fleece of medium grey Blue-faced Leicester, and two white fleeces. I just need to come up with a design that uses dark, medium and light tones with colored accents. I will post photos when I get the next skeins plied and washed.

 

1 hour ago, juliebarkley said:

And it must feel good to get all that old paperwork gone. Well done.

 

It makes my area feel a lot less cluttered. That is kind of a stretch, because there is still a stack of craft bins and a pile of books I need to deal with. I moved them in front of the piano so I could vacuum. Apparently my brain can ignore them easier in that corner of the room.

 

I made it to aikido last night as planned. It was a fun class. My rolls were a little better. My general technique needs a LOT of work. Nothing new there, I knew I had a lot to work on before Covid and those things did not miraculously go away. I just need to practice.

 

I should do bodyweight tonight but I think I'm going to take an evening off. Last night I felt sick of being responsible after I got home from the dojo. I eventually broke out of it and washed a sink of dishes, but not without eating chocolate first. I would prefer to take things easier tonight and go to two hours of aikido tomorrow. I might do more sitting on the couch listening to my zen teacher and carding wool. That sounds restful right now.

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On 1/19/2022 at 1:52 PM, Mistr said:
  • Standing straight arm raise in front with a strap pulling back on the shoulder joint (like carrying a shoulder bag, but with the pull to the rear instead of down)
  • Lean into a doorway with arms in goal-post position
  • Arm raise to side (T-shape) from hands-and-knees, elbow straight, start with light weight and work up
  • Arm raise to front corner (Y-shape) from hands-and-knees, elbow straight, start with light weight and work up
  • Planks with shoulders fully engaged (pulling together and down the back), arms nearly straight. Also legs and hips engaged. Turns out planks are harder to do this way. Who would have guessed?
  • Keep to light weights on one-arm rows and concentrate on not letting the shoulder drop when the weight moves to the bottom position.

 

I just want you to know that I am absolutely going to steal this list of exercises for my poor messed up left shoulder. 

 

Does "arms in goal post position" refer to the uprights that NFL pass kickers aim for then they kick field goals?

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On 1/21/2022 at 2:39 AM, Scaly Freak said:

I just want you to know that I am absolutely going to steal this list of exercises for my poor messed up left shoulder. 

 

Does "arms in goal post position" refer to the uprights that NFL pass kickers aim for then they kick field goals?

 

Yes, that is exactly what it means. Your upper arms will be horizontal, parallel the floor. Your lower arms will be vertical, parallel the uprights of the doorway, elbows at a 90 degree angle, hands about the level of your head.

 

I hope you find these exercises helpful. I think my shoulder is slowly getting better. I am certainly paying more attention to the habits that might be aggravating it. I am using my fractional plates for light weights for shoulder raises. I thought about using cans of food, then realized that I already have weights in handy 0.25 pound increments. Part of me is embarrassed that I could not keep my elbow straight with a 2 lb weight. The rest of me is happy to let that go and just get on with training. I'm in my own house with no one watching. No one would care anyway.

 

Last night I went to the dojo to substitute teach and no one showed up. There was a karate class finishing up, so I know the dojo was open in case any of my potential students arrived early. I did half an hour of warm up and solo weapons work, then went home, with a stop at the co-op. I earlier times I might have taken it personally. Now I think it is far more likely that people are tired on a Friday night, sick, or worried about sick people.

 

I will see if anyone shows up for open mat tomorrow. Which suggests I should take a book, just in case. I will be staying for zen after open mat, so I will be there for two hours regardless. If it was summer I could go for a walk. Of course, I could go for a walk in winter, it just is not as attractive to sit by the lake this time of year. Going to one of the coffee houses is also sadly less appealing than it was.

 

Writing this post and a few comments has been a test of Xubuntu from a boot USB. Results indicate that the cursor jumping problem is still there. Maybe not quite as bad, but bad enough. That means I either need to choose a different Linux distro, or find someone who understands drivers and can fix the problem. Urgh. Not what I was hoping for. I much prefer the front end of Xubuntu to the others I have seen.

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1 hour ago, Mistr said:

 

Yes, that is exactly what it means. Your upper arms will be horizontal, parallel the floor. Your lower arms will be vertical, parallel the uprights of the doorway, elbows at a 90 degree angle, hands about the level of your head.

 

I hope you find these exercises helpful. I think my shoulder is slowly getting better. I am certainly paying more attention to the habits that might be aggravating it. I am using my fractional plates for light weights for shoulder raises. I thought about using cans of food, then realized that I already have weights in handy 0.25 pound increments. Part of me is embarrassed that I could not keep my elbow straight with a 2 lb weight. The rest of me is happy to let that go and just get on with training. I'm in my own house with no one watching. No one would care anyway.

 

Thank you for clarifying that!  I think I'll find them helpful as well, I tested some of them, to make sure I understood form and what to do and all that, and the shoulder feels good when doing these exercises. I don't have fractional plates, but since I have cans of food as well as other household objects of varying size and weight, I'm not worried about this at all. Except for the plank. The plank was painful my abs are not at all appreciative of this particular exercise. :D 

 

1 hour ago, Mistr said:

Writing this post and a few comments has been a test of Xubuntu from a boot USB. Results indicate that the cursor jumping problem is still there. Maybe not quite as bad, but bad enough. That means I either need to choose a different Linux distro, or find someone who understands drivers and can fix the problem. Urgh. Not what I was hoping for. I much prefer the front end of Xubuntu to the others I have seen.

 

Ooof, that sounds annoying and frustrating. Is it a wireless mouse? If it is, try a USB wired one and see if that makes a difference?

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On 1/19/2022 at 3:52 PM, Mistr said:

Planks with shoulders fully engaged (pulling together and down the back), arms nearly straight. Also legs and hips engaged. Turns out planks are harder to do this way. Who would have guessed?

 

:D For sure! Also, that sounds an awful lot like an RKC Plank. The shoulder work in particular sounds a lot like the "anti-shrug" cue that they tend to give when talking about it.

 

Also, I'm really sorry to hear that GMB didn't suit you and in fact may have made things worse. :( That sucks. I hope you get to feeling better soon. This PT sounds good, though, FWIW; it actually reminds me of some of what I was doing for my shoulder too, and I had great results, so I will hope for your healing as well.

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On 1/19/2022 at 1:52 PM, Mistr said:
  • Planks with shoulders fully engaged (pulling together and down the back), arms nearly straight. Also legs and hips engaged. Turns out planks are harder to do this way. Who would have guessed?

 

My Spellbound workout program I started doing last Friday, had me do these kinds of planks during yesterday's circuit. Yes, these planks are harder. Considerably.

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My heart goes out to Cleo!  We are finding that most of the gastric testing just eliminates things that could be wrong.  Answers of what is happening are harder to come by.  In my kiddo's case the answer is in her other diagnosis's and they aren't able to do much to help her... yet. 

 

Congratulation on 4 solid pushups!!! 

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Weekend update

 

Major accomplishments:

  • Did yoga
  • Made buckeyes (chocolate-covered peanut butter balls). These were a hit with everyone. Much tastier than Reeses peanut butter cups.
  • Talked to my MIL and did filing. Apparently I let the filing pile up for a long time. It looks like there were a couple months where I put papers away, but there were things in the pile from last February. I combined this with taking the bills from two years ago and putting them in a folder to be shredded. I'm still not done with filing, but the pile is much reduced.
  • Got rid of many of the things that had accumulated in the living room. This let us move the DVD rack to a better location and vacuum the whole room. It looks much better.
  • Went to the dojo for open mat and zen.
  • Talked to my mom and washed dishes

Only two other people came to open mat and they wanted to work on a kata together. I did an hour of stretching, rolls and solo work. They finally asked me if I wanted to train with them and showed me the kata. I have mixed feelings about that. It's not their fault that no one else showed up, and they planned to train together. That said, it is common courtesy to include everyone in training. Dumbledore asked to reschedule date night from Saturday to Sunday afternoon because he had to do prep for a meeting on Sunday morning. We ended up mostly doing chores on Sunday. Satisfying to get done, but not my idea of the way to enjoy time together. 

 

I'm feeling cranky now. Put below a cut to shield people from negative vibes.

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We are at week 4 of the winter PVP weight loss challenge, and my weight is exactly the same. I've been hoping that by cutting back on snacks and excessive chocolate consumption I could gradually lose weight. So far, no good. The holiday snacks are mostly gone, which will help. I finally threw out the last two pieces of chocolate cheesecake last weekend. I am pretty sure that after Elf's birthday dinner, I was the only one who ate any of it. If you are going to ask me to make something special, the least you can do is appreciate it. Dumbledore did appreciate his birthday cake and that got eaten within a week.

 

I resolved to go walking every day after work to get out of the house and get in more steps. I did that last night. Getting out was good. Walking in the snow was not. Something is really wonky with my left knee. It does not hurt when I walk on flat surfaces or stairs, but it doesn't feel right either. I could walk on the treadmill, but I hate the treadmill. Grrrr.

 

I think the real solution will be to go back to working in the office. That will make me pack my meals in advance and stick to them. I will get lots more steps and can plan on working out over lunch. That will happen in April. If Covid ever lets up, I might go back sooner.

 

Dumbledore has overscheduled himself and is feeling out of control. He really needs to take a week for sorting through papers and stuff so that he can find everything. He does not have time to spend with me until next weekend. It also means he is not going to do anything extra around the house before then.

 

Cleo is still struggling with health issues. She has said she wants to help with projects, but has not had the bandwidth to do anything. Intellectually, I get that. Emotionally, I feel like I can't depend on Elf and Cleo for anything. They might help, but I can't count on it.

 

I am also frustrated because my laptop needs an operating system reinstall. Dumbledore said he would ask his friends who are local and know computers. That would be great, but it puts me in the position of waiting to hear back. Some things I should be doing are on hold until I have my computer working again. For now, I am using my work computer to take care of the critical things.

 

On the positive side, Elf and Cleo did some cooking and a bunch of snow shoveling. I was dreading having to shovel after work yesterday, and they took care of all of it. Elf started a new job today. I hope this one will be better than the last one. The pay is not quite as good, but the hours are more flexible and the people seem to be nice. It has the advantage of being in town and on a bus route, so Elf does not have to drive every day.

 

I finished spinning the third bobbin of dark grey Wensleydale and plied a 4 oz bobbin during my spinning group's Zoom call last night. I have been carding more of this wool during meetings at work and have a bunch more ready to spin. The pile of fleece is getting smaller in a gratifying way.

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On 1/23/2022 at 10:48 AM, Kishi said:

:D For sure! Also, that sounds an awful lot like an RKC Plank. The shoulder work in particular sounds a lot like the "anti-shrug" cue that they tend to give when talking about it.

 

Also, I'm really sorry to hear that GMB didn't suit you and in fact may have made things worse. :( That sucks. I hope you get to feeling better soon. This PT sounds good, though, FWIW; it actually reminds me of some of what I was doing for my shoulder too, and I had great results, so I will hope for your healing as well.

On 1/22/2022 at 4:15 PM, Scaly Freak said:

Thank you for clarifying that!  I think I'll find them helpful as well, I tested some of them, to make sure I understood form and what to do and all that, and the shoulder feels good when doing these exercises. I don't have fractional plates, but since I have cans of food as well as other household objects of varying size and weight, I'm not worried about this at all. Except for the plank. The plank was painful my abs are not at all appreciative of this particular exercise. :D 

 

One more bit I forgot to mention - the T-arm raise has your hand palm down, but the Y-arm raise has the hand thumb up.

 

So far I have worked up to 2 lbs. on these. I think I'm going to stay there for a week or two because my shoulder is still hurting.

 

On 1/22/2022 at 4:15 PM, Scaly Freak said:

Ooof, that sounds annoying and frustrating. Is it a wireless mouse? If it is, try a USB wired one and see if that makes a difference?

 

Sadly, all my mice are wired, so that is not the problem. The cursor jumping problem happens when I'm typing, so it is not just the mouse.

 

I do have a vertical mouse and an ergonomic trackball on order. Those are for work, but I can use them with my own computer too. I saw that the trackball had Linux driver recommendations on the product page.

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While your situation sounds both stressful and lonely, it also does sound as if it will not be going on forever? Dumbledore's overscheduling will come to an end, and Elf and Cleo can at least be trusted to wish to help, which means that when they are able to do so they will. If that wasn't the case, they wouldn't have shoveled that driveway for you. 

 

This too shall pass. We don't know how yet, or when, but it will. All you have to do is hold your current position. Tread water, so to speak. 

 

1 hour ago, Mistr said:

One more bit I forgot to mention - the T-arm raise has your hand palm down, but the Y-arm raise has the hand thumb up.

 

Thank you for adding this! I've managed to hurt my right knee a little bit by doing lunges with bad form, so I expect to be doing a lot of this shoulder workout in the near future. :) 

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On 1/21/2022 at 12:14 AM, Mistr said:

Right now I am spinning for a 3-ply knitting yarn. It will probably be on the finer side, maybe sock or DK weight. I'll have to see how it comes out. It would be nice if it was the same size as the rose and purple yarn I spun last fall. I am afraid I drift towards spinning finer when I am not paying attention. My still-misty plan is to knit a cardigan for myself. I have been looking at Scandinavian patterns for knit jackets in multiple colors. Fine yarns work well for two color knitting.

 

Ooh, a jacket sounds good. With a zipper maybe? (I find cardigans don't really close properly, even with buttons.)

 

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Weekend update

 

Major accomplishments:

  • Did yoga
  • Made buckeyes (chocolate-covered peanut butter balls). These were a hit with everyone. Much tastier than Reeses peanut butter cups.
  • Talked to my MIL and did filing. Apparently I let the filing pile up for a long time. It looks like there were a couple months where I put papers away, but there were things in the pile from last February. I combined this with taking the bills from two years ago and putting them in a folder to be shredded. I'm still not done with filing, but the pile is much reduced.
  • Got rid of many of the things that had accumulated in the living room. This let us move the DVD rack to a better location and vacuum the whole room. It looks much better.
  • Went to the dojo for open mat and zen.
  • Talked to my mom and washed dishes

 

Looking good! I mean, chocolate sounds nicer than filing but filing being done is a good state for filing to be in.

 

11 hours ago, Mistr said:

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We are at week 4 of the winter PVP weight loss challenge, and my weight is exactly the same. I've been hoping that by cutting back on snacks and excessive chocolate consumption I could gradually lose weight. So far, no good. The holiday snacks are mostly gone, which will help. I finally threw out the last two pieces of chocolate cheesecake last weekend. I am pretty sure that after Elf's birthday dinner, I was the only one who ate any of it. If you are going to ask me to make something special, the least you can do is appreciate it. Dumbledore did appreciate his birthday cake and that got eaten within a week.

 

I resolved to go walking every day after work to get out of the house and get in more steps. I did that last night. Getting out was good. Walking in the snow was not. Something is really wonky with my left knee. It does not hurt when I walk on flat surfaces or stairs, but it doesn't feel right either. I could walk on the treadmill, but I hate the treadmill. Grrrr.

 

I think the real solution will be to go back to working in the office. That will make me pack my meals in advance and stick to them. I will get lots more steps and can plan on working out over lunch. That will happen in April. If Covid ever lets up, I might go back sooner.

 

Dumbledore has overscheduled himself and is feeling out of control. He really needs to take a week for sorting through papers and stuff so that he can find everything. He does not have time to spend with me until next weekend. It also means he is not going to do anything extra around the house before then.

 

Cleo is still struggling with health issues. She has said she wants to help with projects, but has not had the bandwidth to do anything. Intellectually, I get that. Emotionally, I feel like I can't depend on Elf and Cleo for anything. They might help, but I can't count on it.

 

I am also frustrated because my laptop needs an operating system reinstall. Dumbledore said he would ask his friends who are local and know computers. That would be great, but it puts me in the position of waiting to hear back. Some things I should be doing are on hold until I have my computer working again. For now, I am using my work computer to take care of the critical things.

 

 

Sorry about the weight and the knee and the laptop and the fact that it's mostly you doing stuff around the house. That must be exhausting and have great potential for frustration.

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15 hours ago, Mistr said:

So far I have worked up to 2 lbs. on these. I think I'm going to stay there for a week or two because my shoulder is still hurting.

 

Totally. In PT, the gains game is different. It's not really about moving more weight or overcoming more resistance. It's about reductions in pain. If you aren't hurting more after exercise, that's a good day.

 

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Total sympathy for you back here. :( I know what it's like to have people in your life that have good intentions that they can't seem to actualize. It's tough. It's hard on you because you need them to step up, and it's hard on them because they want to and they have to live with their failure to do so. Which only matters if they care, but I think they've evidenced that they do, or else they wouldn't have shoveled your walk for you nor engaged in other good works for the house in the past.

 

It kind of reads to me like their hearts are in the right place, but their ability to act on their intentions is quite variable, and it sounds like a real struggle to meet them where they are, especially if you're feeling overextended at this point which is hecking valid as heck given what I've read of your struggles.

 

Just remember: you're awesome, and this situation won't last. Y'all want the same things, and y'all are dedicated to making this work. You'll find a way. I believe it. :)

 

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I am feeling much better today. Enough sleep and a good yoga session helped.

 

For the non-fiber artists in the audience, here is what I have been working on:

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The washed wool locks are in the lower right. That color difference is real, not just a trick of the light. This sheep had a mixture of grey and black locks. My wool cards are just above the fleece. These are similar to a cat brush, just much bigger. They are used to open up and align the fibers, which are then rolled up into little bundles called rolags. Spinning from rolags produces a fluffy yarn with the fibers in a spiral formation which is called "woolen". This is distinguished from "worsted", where the fibers are parallel before spinning. Confusing, because "woolen" can also mean "made out of wool". In this case it is a technical term.

 

The rolags are spun into single ply yarn which is on the three bobbins on the left. Then I hold the yarn together from the three bobbins and twist it in the opposite direction to make a three ply yarn, currently on the large bobbin on my wheel in the lower left.

 

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Closeup of three-ply yarn with singles in the background

 

That pile of rolags is what I carded in the last three days during breaks and meetings. It is enough to keep me busy spinning for about an hour.

 

There is a huge volume change when the wool goes from locks to rolags and rolags to yarn. That little pile of locks is about the amount I used to card that pile of rolags. I can't say how much yarn it would make. My guess is that I would need at least four piles that size to make a bobbin of singles.

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I found out yesterday that NF Prime autorenewed without warning me. The only part of it I use is the NF app, and that is not worth $99 a year to me. I am going to cancel and just track my workouts on my own. I've been doing that anyway. I can come up with other rewards instead of swag for my avatar.

 

I would like to look into resistance band strength programs. I bought a set of resistance bands last year because they were affordable and compact and iron was not available. I have a set of light kettlebells that goes up to 20 pounds (9 kg). If I want to progress beyond that, I need to change to resistance bands. Anyone know of a good program?

 

On the language front, I decided it is worth it to me to keep Duolingo Plus. I tried to cancel my monthly subscription to move to an annual one. That did not work. 😠. They offer a path to upgrade for MacOS users, but not for Android. I'm hoping their customer service can help me with this.

 

My French is coming back. I have reviewed the first four levels and am into the fifth. My current lessons are on future tense. I did not complete these levels before, so some of this vocabulary is new to me. It feels good to be reinforcing what I learned before and make some progress. I'm not racking up points like I was when I was flying through review sessions. That is fine, I don't really care how many points I have compared to other students. I just want to keep working at it so that I can communicate and read French.

 

Tonight will be aikido. I hope we have a good class like we did last week. I need movement time.

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3 hours ago, Mistr said:

I am feeling much better today. Enough sleep and a good yoga session helped.

 

For the non-fiber artists in the audience, here is what I have been working on:

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I look at this, and as much as I try otherwise, all I can see if the unholy mess a playful kitten could make if left alone with the rolags for just a minute or so... :D 

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I look at this, and as much as I try otherwise, all I can see if the unholy mess a playful kitten could make if left alone with the rolags for just a minute or so... :D 

 

Quite true. Luckily, my cats are older and not interested in fiber. I did have the pile of rolags sitting neatly organized in the corner by the window earlier this fall. One of the cats decided it was a lovely cosy nest for her to curl up in while watching out the window. All my organization by color was messed up. After that I put them in a box. The cats don't seem to care about the small pile by the fireplace. That location is quite cold and not interesting to cats.

 

I have to be careful of the yarn when I am plying or winding off. Dorian will watch with fascination. He has tried to grab the yarn a couple times. I tell him to let go and he does, because he is still very concerned about what humans might do to cats. I know better than to leave a ball of yarn out unattended. Skeins are okay because they do not roll. All my knitting projects go into zippered bags.

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On 1/26/2022 at 1:20 PM, Mistr said:

My French is coming back. I have reviewed the first four levels and am into the fifth. My current lessons are on future tense. I did not complete these levels before, so some of this vocabulary is new to me. It feels good to be reinforcing what I learned before and make some progress. I'm not racking up points like I was when I was flying through review sessions. That is fine, I don't really care how many points I have compared to other students. I just want to keep working at it so that I can communicate and read French.

Yay!

 

On 1/26/2022 at 4:30 PM, Mistr said:

I have to be careful of the yarn when I am plying or winding off. Dorian will watch with fascination. He has tried to grab the yarn a couple times. I tell him to let go and he does, because he is still very concerned about what humans might do to cats. I know better than to leave a ball of yarn out unattended. Skeins are okay because they do not roll. All my knitting projects go into zippered bags.

Do you get the same when you are knitting? Curious Cat finds the twitching irresistible, so my batch of coworker gifts all had at least one occasion where its yarn was inside a cat's mouth.

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On 1/27/2022 at 9:53 PM, juliebarkley said:

Do you get the same when you are knitting? Curious Cat finds the twitching irresistible, so my batch of coworker gifts all had at least one occasion where its yarn was inside a cat's mouth.

 

My cats usually leave me alone when I am knitting. Amber will sometimes want to sit on my lap. She leaves the yarn alone unless it gets in her face. I feel like that's fair, I don't like things drooping in my face either. It helps that Dumbledore is Amber's preferred human. Our other cat does not sit that close to any human. However, he does want to grab the yarn when I'm winding it onto a knitty-knoddy.

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