Tuesday, June 29, 2021

TNT and sweet faces

 In TNT news--the summer table runner is done! I will get out the iron for the first time in a year and a half and finish it up today.

The quick trip to Eugene yesterday was successful, and hot. It was odd taking my computer in to the office and leaving it with the IT people, and turning my keys into Tami in the faculty office. My office is stripped--the furniture is removed. And I don't even have a mailbox anymore! I teased Tami about it and she said she has a box that she is collecting stuff for me and will send it out here. 

Tomorrow is technically my last day.

 Here is the outside temp reading driving back to the coast in the early afternoon yesterday. 

I went to the farm and it was hard to take photos of the  animals because they were all either in the shade or sleeping in the sun. But here are a few. 

These last few are of Chaco, the cria. He's adorable.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Hot hot hot but still nice

 As I write this, on Sunday afternoon at almost 5pm it is pretty hot here. It's almost 80 which is really the hottest it gets, and in the house it is about 77 but the breeze is picking up and the windows are open and the blinds are down. 

To say it another way, we will survive this heat episode.  The Big Ass Fan  (I don't think ours' is an official BAF but I put the link in there so you know it's a real thing) is going at top speed. We do have AC but don't want to use it because of the strain on the power grid and because we have high ceilings.

We got up this morning and decided to do a paddle before it got too hot. We went out into the Bay and after paddling for a bit Tim noticed we were by a sandy mud flat and he said 'you want to try to dig some clams?'  So we did. We didn't have any tools (like a shovel) (or a bucket to put them in) so we just dug down into the sand wherever we saw a hole (they were everywhere) and before long we had found a dozen. Tim checked the limit and it was 72 so we dug up another dozen. Now he is making clam chowder and we'll see how that goes. (He did call the poison shellfish hotline to make sure nothing we gathered was a biotoxin.)

I made some bracelets--this is origami paper and many layers of mod podge, including Mod Podge with little sparkles in it. 

Tomorrow I am up and at 'em early to drive back to Eugene to do a bunch of little errands--dentist, turn in my computer, get some boxes out of the garage, and see the alpacas. Hopefully I'll be able to do all that and be back on the road to the coast by noon.

Oh, have I mentioned we've had some amazing sunsets?

Friday, June 25, 2021

The Neverending Shawl Story

 Powder is going fine, I guess--I'm almost 440 yards in, and it requires 800, so I'm more than halfway done. 

I don't have a lot I'm dying to start on, knitting wise, so I'll just plod along on this and the grey one. 

You may have heard there's an extreme heat warning in the Pac NW--Eugene is supposed to break 100 both Saturday and Sunday. What that means for us on the coast is: too many people from the valley coming to the coast to cool off, high temps in the high 70s low 80s which may sound lovely to you but they are not at all the norm here, and fog that gets sucked in from offshore. It was foggy when we got up this morning, it cleared up around 10, and at noon we were socked in again. 

We're also in a drought period so that's worrisome. 

I need to go to Eugene on Monday to get my crown placed and I'll pick up some boxes at the house and then go see the alpacas.  I also need to turn in my 'work' computer, which is my final link to the University (although I guess if I want to spend an hour on campus, I can turn in my keys and get $10 back, but I don't think I want to do that. :-)).I think I can get all this done in the morning, so I should be on my way back here before the awful heat settles in. 

In big news--not really--but I won an online contest! It was on the Gathered website (which is the online home of Mollie Makes and a few other brit magazines) and I won a set of cross stitch charts from Tiny Modernist. There are four different PDFs for a bunch of projects, all with a sea theme (how perfect is that?).

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Good news!

 Whatever you've heard about the current real estate market in the United States, I can confirm. We put our house on the market Thursday night, and as of last evening (Tuesday)  we are under contract. The offer was very, very strong. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the inspection goes well. The buyers are coming from out of town and apparently really want the house (I think they really want the neighborhood--there is almost nothing for sale in our neighborhood, which is in the best school district in Eugene). 

It was a bit of a stressful day yesterday, as the offer we accepted came in after the deadline we had set (they let us know it would be late) and we had a lot to consider in deciding which offer we'd take (we had three). Our realtors were incredibly, incredibly helpful.  

In order to keep my mind busy, I made some cards yesterday. These first ones are made with Washi tape and are nice summery cards. 

I made these second ones to send out with my Frida Kahlo trading cards---there's a famous Frida Kahlo self portrait where she wears a hummingbird necklace, and I thought this was a nice call back to that. 

I hope your day is happy!

Monday, June 21, 2021

It's TNT!

 Not a lot to show, but I'm getting close to having this table runner done.

I'm eager to start some counted cross stitch! 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Sunday Updates

 It's Sunday and a beautiful day on the coast. The temperatures in the Pacific NW are climbing--and it is warmer than it usually is in June here. I had to open the transom windows to get some air in, and we generally don't need to do that until August. 

But it is indeed a beautiful day. 

We are hanging out and doing house things today. Tim is working on some shelves and I've been doing my July Artist Trading Cards.  We had two choices on the theme--either July 4 or Friday Kahlo (her birthday is July 7). I went with Frida, and created these:

These were incredibly fun to do!

In other news, we have two offers on the house so far (yay!) and we're telling people we will review them Tuesday morning. Both offers are good and so we're confident we'll be under contract soon!

Other than that, we're just walking around being nervous about the house. 

How are you?

Friday, June 18, 2021

Here we go!

 The house is on the market! Here it is on Zillow: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2655-Augusta-St-Eugene-OR-97403/193465650_zpid/

Our neighbors Ed and Katie did a great job getting it ready to go--we're so appreciative of them! We only signed a contract hiring them two weeks ago, so maybe that's some type of a record? We've sent Tuesday at 10am for when bids are due, so it will be a bit of an exciting weekend here!

In scarf news, I've moved on to the second ball of sock yarn. It is supposed to take three balls but I don't know if I will make it that far!

Finally, I received edits back on my first Alpaca Mystery cozy and I've been working through those. They'll be done soon, then back to the editor for another look, then I start submitting it to agents! 

So much excitement!

Monday, June 14, 2021


 It's time for TNT! 

I've started the 'second half' of the summer table runner.  Once I"m done with this, I'll move on to more complex stuff that I put on hold while I was finishing up the term.

TNT is also my final faculty meeting of my LIFE! I'm so excited. The term is ending on its usual morose note and a few people keep dumping little projects on me but I'm good with it! I'm technically paid til the end of June and I'll get everything ready to hand off to....someone. 

Monday  I set up my new (non University!) computer, did a little playing around with some cards, did the dumped-on projects, and made a Massaman curry for dinner. 

We may put the house on the market on Thursday!

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Should I stay or should I go?

 If you've lived somewhere for more than 20 years, raise your hand. You, with your hand raised, you will know what I'm talking about. There's all the STUFF that you accumulate that you forget you have. At some point you will rediscover the STUFF and have to make the decision: does it stay or does it go? For the Eugene house, so so so much stuff went. So much stuff. But there was still the stuff that you don't know what to do with--like your high school diploma? Your college diploma? Between the two of us, we have ten diplomas. We don't need them. We haven't framed them. Many of them are in tubes and folders.  Diplomas were one of the (pretty few) things we just decided to put in a box and deal with later. (Photographs too, although Tim has a plan for them). 

I found while cleaning out a closet several needlepoint things that I had finished but not done anything with. Before I knit, I did a bit of needlepoint (and now can't remember why I stopped, except it is kind of pricey to needlepoint). We brought them out to the coast and discovered that they look great with the furniture and with the rugs we bought last summer.  

They're complimentary but not matchy-matchy. We like this one because we have two camels living down the hill from us. 

And this one seems like happy elephants to me.

SO I found a place to have these made into pillows for us and we're both very excited about that. The place I'm using will also block the pieces as part of the service, so even better. 

I also found this very large (30"x7") thing that I think is supposed to be a bell pull but I don't know. 

It's called Winter Wonderland and has several nice wintery vignettes. 

I just may finish this one myself (I'm going to get a sewing machine this summer) and then we can hang it somewhere during Christmas time.  We'll see.

Yesterday we went over to the Cape but the parking lot was full so we went to the little beach north of the rock and took a little stroll there.

We saw some black oystercatchers with bright orange beaks (you can't see the orange here).

And had a happy afternoon.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

 Certainly not me. What have I been doing since Wednesday's post? I had grading (done), meetings each day (long), organizing my masters program for the handover (in progress) and dealing, still, with stupid university politics.  I have one more meeting left, a few bits and bobs of organizing to do, paperwork for putting the house on the market to complete, and then the start of the Great Unpack. Even though most of our stuff is in the garage in Eugene, we did bring out a bunch of stuff and I'm working to get it all organized now. Yesterday: bathroom stuff. Today: craft stuff. 

I have been working on the Powder Shawl and am done with the first ball of yarn (the recipe says it takes four balls). I still like it although this isn't the most exciting shawl. Which is good, given that we're both still pretty exhausted from our Eugene Marathon. 

Here it is:

We're (mostly Tim is) organizing some home improvements for here: meeting with a landscaper, booking a cabinet maker (we have two places now that just have a bench and we want more formal cabinets) and our builder---we're going to put a barn door in my craft room to block out the washing machine and dryer (and will then give us a lot more storage).  

I have also been trying to read! I'm so off my reading game. I'll share my book reviews for May in the next day or so.

I hope you all are good!

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Back on the coast

 We're back! It was a crazy time. We have everything from the house into our garage, with much of it given away to neighbors or to St. Vinnie's, with a bunch going to the dump. We came back yesterday, and as I drove away the powerwasher came. A handyman is coming to do a few fixes over the next few days, then we'll have the garden fixed and the house will be deep cleaned and then it might even be on the market in a week! We're excited and exhausted.

In addition, I had to clean out my office at school and got to see a lot of my masters' students in person! Retiring got very emotional: my masters' students gave presentations Monday and Tuesday and I basically sat and wept during most of the presentations on Tuesday. 

Most days we collapsed on the couch and watched an episode of Bosch and went to bed, then woke up at 6:30 and did it all over again. But there was a bit of needlework. First, I finished my TNT:

And I'm doing well on this:

And now we're back to this:

And I'm so happy.

Monday, June 07, 2021

We're wrapping it up!

 Just about done cleaning out the house. Man, this has to be the hardest I have ever worked in my life.

I'll probably miss TNT tomorrow (sad face) but should be back later this week. 

Tuesday, June 01, 2021


 I'm finally getting around to writing the TNT post at almost 6pm Pacific time, but at least I got in under the wire!

This hoop is just about done, and it is a good thing to work on at the end of these long days.

Today I cleaned out my office at school, so that's all done. It took about six hours but a lot of that was chatting with my master's students who came by.