Those hotel beds are queens; ours at home is a double. No room for the big fella and me and the two dogs. There’s a little bit of musical beds going on there. Apollo loves it when we stay at a hotel because then he gets to sleep with me! At home he spreads out on the spare bed and loves it.
As I mentioned earlier, I did hit up a yarn store on Sunday after brunch:
I checked out River City Yarns and wow, what a great store!They have a lot of stuff crammed in there, but it didn’t feel disorganized (hello, my so-called LYS) or cramped. It was lovely. A nice lady greeted me at the door – she was waiting for the mitten class to start. Another girl was working the till, etc. and I overheard her say she was checking something on Ravelry, so clearly this is a store that’s in the know. I milled around for a nice long time. In addition to the wool above, I also got two sets of new rosewood sock dps, some sewing needles, a little needle gauge because I keep losing my other (two, three?). I also picked up the IK Accessory magazine which in retrospect is a bit of a rip because many of them are free patterns. Oh well, it’s nice to have them all together in a magazine, I guess.
So the goodies above are (l to r, top to bottom): 2 hanks of Cascade 220 Heathers in 4011 Sparrow and 4 hanks in 9459 Yakima. I’m not sure what I’m doing with those yet – maybe a s/s sweater? Two hanks of Mirasol Miski (baby llama) #112 which is very, very soft. I might make a Double Wrap Cowl if I have enough. The rusty orange yarn is Araucania Ranco, #487 iron. No idea what I’ll do with it. Then next row is all sock yarn: three balls of fantastic Zauberball 1508, 1702, 1564. They’ll make awesome socks! The rest is Lana Grossa Meilenweit (1606 & 5208), Trekking Maxima 904 and Noro Kureyon Sock S236. Hmm, I keep buying Kureyon and Silk Garden sock but have yet to do anything with it. Must do something!
Yummy yarn. I want to push ahead on these accursed black socks (made pleasant by the lovely, warm and elegant rosewood dps) so I can get my hands into some colourful yarn.
Some sad news from the left coast: Ande had to send the Monk to the rainbow bridge:
Sabrina had mixed feelings about the news. While she is sad for Auntie Ande and Uncle Jim and her cousins Sarah, Ella and Buddy, she remembers too well ending up like this:
after taking a snap at Monk after being tormented past bearing. That cat, he’d sashay around and make a pest of himself until Sabrina flipped out. Heh. Then there was the time he ate my Malabrigo …
Big ol’ kitteh full of attitude and personality. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
We had Apollo in to see the vet today for his shoulder. It appears to be what we suspected, arthritis, which we’ll treat with a long course of mobicox/meloxicam anti-inflams and see if it improves. He had this about the same time last year (maybe because of the damp weather?) and it cleared up once it got drier. If it doesn’t improve, we’ll get a referral to the vet school/clinic at U Sask for further investigation. Vet was quite confident it wasn’t osteosarcoma. That was a relief. Just creaky old bones on an ol’ dog. (He’ll be 9 in a couple of weeks.)
And we got back home Wednesday night after a draining and exhausting week away (me a week, the big fella 10 days) dealing with his mother’s passing and funeral and estate business. We were sooooo glad to get back to our little house. The first night I slept like a log. I had a ton of laundry to do and other chores but am pretty much caught up. Except the dusting. Maybe tomorrow.
While we were away, I blew off my Couch to 5 K workouts (the hotel did have a nice dreadmill, but I didn’t have the energy/time to use it). Today I got back on and had a good workout. Hopefully I’m back at it now.
Oh, I also unearthed my long-unused HP iPaq handheld; if you have any favourite PocketPC/WinMobile 5 software, leave me a note in the comments, hmm?