Sunday, January 29, 2012

Life in Indiana

I'm in a suburb of Indianapolis for the next 10 days. I arrived yesterday via airplane and could have driven it faster than flying. I flew out of Milwaukee to Kansas City and then on to Indy, but there was a 2 hour delay in KC, so the entire trip took about 10 hours. It's a 7-hour drive if the traffic around Chicago cooperates.

Today we spent the morning at a wrestling meet. My grandson was supposed to wrestle, but he didn't make weight so he couldn't compete. Luckily, I took my knitting. :–). This evening we went to an Indianapolis Symphony Concert that was wonderful. (She proudly explaines - my son is Assistant Principal French Horn in the ISO.)

They played Shostakovich's Festival overture, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto # 2, and Prokofief's Symphony #4 - a very obscure work that I had not heard before. Super evening. While sitting there I realized that I had not heard a symphony orchestra concert in more than 8 years. That's way too long.

The Rachmaninoff was one of my mother's favorite piano concertos. I remember her playing an old 78 recording of it over and over when I was a child. The performance tonight almost conjured her up. She loved that piece so much that I am reasonably sure that she heard it tonight from somewhere.

On the knitting front, there is a yarn store in this town, so I'm sure I will darkening their door Monday morning. I brought 2 small projects to work on while I am here, but they were chosen because they are small and light-weight - easy to pack, etc. Maybe something else will meet my fancy here. I also want to hit the Apple store. I need a new power cord for my IPad. We don't have an Apple store in Green Bay, so I might as well take care of that need while I am in a town big enough to have one.

 

Life in Indiana

I'm in a suburb of Indianapolis for the next 10 days. I arrived yesterday via airplane and could have driven it faster than flying. I flew out of Milwaukee to Kansas City and then on to Indy, but there was a 2 hour delay in KC, so the entire trip took about 10 hours. It's a 7-hour drive if the traffic around Chicago cooperates.

Today we spent the morning at a wrestling meet. My grandson was supposed to wrestle, but he didn't make weight so he couldn't compete. Luckily, I took my knitting. :–). This evening we went to an Indianapolis Symphony Concert that was wonderful. (She proudly explaines - my son is Assistant Principal French Horn in the ISO.)

They played Shostakovich's Festival overture, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto # 2, and Prokofief's Symphony #4 - a very obscure work that I had not heard before. Super evening. While sitting there I realized that I had not heard a symphony orchestra concert in more than 8 years. That's way too long.

The Rachmaninoff was one of my mother's favorite piano concertos. I remember her playing an old 78 recording of it over and over when I was a child. The performance tonight almost conjured her up. She loved that piece so much that I am reasonably sure that she heard it tonight from somewhere.

On the knitting front, there is a yarn store in this town, so I'm sure I will darkening their door Monday morning. I brought 2 small projects to work on while I am here, but they were chosen because they are small and light-weight - easy to pack, etc. Maybe something else will meet my fancy here. I also want to hit the Apple store. I need a new power cord for my IPad. We don't have an Apple store in Green Bay, so I might as well take care of that need while I am in a town big enough to have one.

 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Off to Indy

Tomorrow I drive down to Milwaukee to catch a flight to Indianapolis, where I will stay with my 16-year-old grandson for about 10 days. It's such a big deal because I can't carry any luggage yet - hand is still too sore and weak for that much weight. I am also wondering what I will do while I am there, as grandson will be in school during the day. My son tells me there is a new yarn store in their town, so that will take care of about half a day. Then what will I do.

On another front I am anxiously awaiting the delivery of a new Erlbacher Gearhart sock knitting machine. I have hankered after one for years, but the only machines that were available were antiques. You bought them on ebay or from folks who bought and reconditioned them, but you never really knew if you were getting all the parts until it arrived. Now there is a company in Missouri making NEW antique knitting machines. I ordered mine shortly after Christmas and they said there was a 6-8week wait. That means - anytime now. Can't wait!

 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gray in Green Bay

The weather person says a winter storm is moving in tonight, and it has been gray all day. Temps are in the 20s, so that's not so bad, but drizzle/freezing rain over night will make the morning drive difficult.

AJ installed the new light fixture and finished painting the walls in the kitchen. Then I did my vacuum thing, so we are looking better in that regard. The television news is all about the death of Joe Paterno and the outcome of the SC primary, and I am feeling at loose ends. Yes - I can knit, but I had wanted to add borders to a wall hanging I am making of Oregon's Multnomah Falls and just discovered the I cannot use a rotary cutter. It requires too much downward force from a hand that just had surgery 3 days ago - so - here I am, telling my tale of woe.

AJ took Jessie to the park. She is a three-year-old Springadore - at least that's what we call her. She came from a litter of pure bred Springer Spaniels on a farm East of here, but her father was a black lab from the farm down the road. Therefore, she has black fur, slightly wavy, that shines a bit brown when the sun hits it. We got Jessie when we moved to Green Bay. I was alone all day and missed having someone to talk to, so Jessie became my best friend. She's very smart, loves romps in the park, makes up her own hide-the-ball-in-the-snow game, and then delights in digging it out.

Weeping Willow Shawl

Weeping Willow Shawl

Finished - surgery and all. What a relief!

Friday, January 20, 2012

New Look at Time Management

Given that I can't knit or quilt for the next few weeks, I am looking at how to spend my time in a more efficient way. In the evenings I usually sit with my husband and he watches TV while I listen to it and knit. That won't be an option for the foreseeable future. Sitting and doing nothing drives me crazy. I was raised to produce, produce, produce - perfectly if at all possible. So ... what's a girl to do?

Reading: I have several books I would like to read, and today I downloaded The Great Gatsby - a book I haven't read in decades. I also signed up for an e-book program in which you read the entire Bible in one year. Of course, I am already behind, but now I will have the opportunity to get caught up.

Housework: Need I say more? Pick one task and do it, however slowly. I can vacuum with my left hand.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Early Morning Serenity

The house is quiet. All I can hear is the occasional motor that turns when the furnace kicks in. The children are asleep, the dog has been out and in, coffee is down, and all is right with the world. I get them off to school this morning and then come back to the house, load up my things, and head North to that City on the Bay - probably a very subdued City as they lost the game they played last night that would have probably sent them off to the Super Bowl.

Green Bay is an interesting microcosm of Packer fanatics, blue-collar workers, University employees, health care workers, and truck drivers. Home of Schneider and several other trucking companies, Green Bay hosts thousands of native Wisconsin people who are extremely well traveled, and because the city is small, just 100,000, it is unique amongst football franchise cities. Where else would you find a city that turns out with shovels to remove snow from the playing field before a big game? These folks would pay to do it.

But there will be no joy in Green Bay today. The chat around the water cooler will probably rehash all those dropped passes and center around the extra week off that the Packers had. I'm no big fan of football, and certainly lay no claim to expertise on the subject. However, concentration/focus must be at the root of it all. In the end, I'm just glad that I finished a placemat during the game. One down, One to go!

 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bay Lakes Knitting Guild Reaches Out

I spent the most amazing hour this afternoon with about 20 ladies at a local retirement community - the result of the Bay Lakes Knitting Guild's outreach program to bring the community to our senior citizens through knitting. It was our first time meeting each other and mainly organizational. Residents just kept showing up, and before we knew it we had a room full of people who wanted to to hand work together.

We went around the circle, and each resident stated what craft they like to do. I took notes fast and furiously, because many of them had no supplies. Two out of the group wanted to learn to knit, and I am meeting with them tomorrow, apart from the group, to get them started. One of the two celebrates her 95th birthday this month. The rest were mainly interested in knitting, although there were some who wanted to do needlepoint.

We shared stories, talked about Continental and English knitting styles, what size needles would be best for those with arthritis, etc. But what was so interesting was that they just really wanted a way to connect with others. In one discussion about the benefits of knitting, one of the ladies said, "It breaks up the lonelyness." I thought, "Aha! That is why we are here."