Thursday, December 06, 2018

Silver Bells

Not a lot to show on the knitting front, although I did finish the 'body' of the grey sweater and last night did one last row of horizontal stitch (it takes a while. Each stitch gets knits twice and there is much to-and-fro of the stitches so it took about an hour to do that row). I also had insomnia the night before so I was not in a great place to do anything too intense yesterday. I also did my required time on the surprise present and I THINK I CAN GET IT DONE! Although I think Miss Mindy's thought that a half an hour a night would be sufficient was a little off.

So in lieu of knitting, here are our silver bells.

We have one of these bells for every year we've been married--my mom gave us the first twenty (one each year) and then she stopped so we guy them for ourselves. I should polish them more (I have actually polished them a few times so I'm not a total laggard). Each one has the year on it and a little design and they're all different (design wise, that is, obviously the years are all different).

We hang these from a high window ledge that also serves as Tim's cactus garden, and we like it so much we won't be taking these out to the coast til we move there permanently.

Let's see, what else. I finished grading and submitted grades. Yay! That kind of gives me the day off today and i have meetings all day tomorrow. I did just find out that a manuscript just got returned as a 'revise and resubmit' and it's from a good journal that I've never published in, so that is good, and we'll work some on that during the break. I have two other papers that I'm working on with co-authors but I'm trying not to start any new topics even though I really want to (ok maybe I will). I also have three things--no four things---out under review right now so those should start coming back soon. Ah academia.

I just started "Once Upon a River" by Diane Setterfield--she wrote 'The Thirteenth Tale' which has always been one of my favorite books. I have just started it but so far it is great!

We are having our last few 'winter' days---it has been quite frosty on my early morning walks with the dogs. The way it (it being weather) tends to work here on the West Coast is that we get a high pressure system and it gets cold, and then the high pressure system goes away and it gets a bit warmer and we get rain. Winter weather is rare but is getting more common (maybe a little snow once a year, but no one knows what to do with it here). So I'll be sad to say goodbye to cold mornings (although sometimes there is fog, and that is the worst) when the rain comes later.

There is your weather report for the day.


kathy b said...

the bells are a lovely idea! How cool. I wish you many many more!

Tired Teacher said...

Glad the mystery knitting is progressing on schedule. The silver bells are an excellent way to commemorate your wedding anniversary.

Vera said...

Love those silver bells - so pretty. all the cacti - looks like a lot. Do any of them bloom?

Glad your knitting is going well.

Kym said...

What beautiful bells -- and what a great tradition. XO

Delighted Hands said...

I love the idea of the bells! Wish I had some for me and wish I had done that for each of my married children!

KSD said...

The balls are GORGEOUS.

We're maybe supposed to get the edge of what could possibly be a little sleet mixed with rain in the next day or so. CUE THE PANIC.

Jeannie Gray Knits said...

LOVE the bells! Love their beauty and the collection itself.