I was doing so well

and then I decided that I can’t blog everyday…my life is just not that interesting and to blog just for the sake of blogging is not what I want to do.  So anyway, if I can keep up a pretty reasonable schedule of blogging I will be happy and the fact that I have blogged 15 times this month is pretty good.

We’ve been working on our house, and until yesterday and today, you really couldn’t see the progress because the changes were just little and not very noticeable.  But yesterday we started hanging the floor joists and now you can see some real progress:The floor will sit on top of these and then we’ll have a deck to stand on.  After we get all 47 of them hung we’ll start putting the sub-floor down and then we can take the wall up another 5 feet.

We have a Jack Russel Terrier that I’ve shown before.  One of her character traits is that she is nosy…she has to check everything out.  We were working on the joists and all of a sudden she had walked the beam and jumped up on the joists to see what they were:Now this is something that you would expect from a cat, not a dog because dog’s don’t usually have this type of balance, but here she is.  There is about 14 inches between each of these boards.  She also walks the walls of the house:  and the beams inside the house:

To be fair, I had called her to come to me and that was the only way to get to where I was, but still, she jumps the walls and gets on the beams and walks to where she wants to.

I’ve been helping on the house and even have a hammer of my own…we had to color code them so that we knew who’s was whose…think the boys will use mine?Nope…me either!

We got a picture of a gorgeous sunset tonight and the boy went out and took several pictures of it:

and here’s another one:

I had posted about the Medano Fire and here is a picture of the smoke cloud that we can see sometimes from our house…this one was taken on June 20th, but the link will take you to the current info about it:One of the effects of having a wild fire burning so close to your town is that a bunch of wild land fire crews move in to fight it.  We were having breakfast last Sunday and some people came into the restaurant we were eating at and asked if they would feed up to 130 fire fighters that night for dinner.  Now this is a pretty small establishment and there is usually one waitress and a cook on duty.  There is no way that two people could do that, so DH and I volunteered to come in and help with the serving and dishes.  DH was a sport and spent the whole night washing dishes and we ended up serving 87 dinners to the fire crews.  I bussed tables, filled pitchers, drinks and etc.

Look what my friend Sarah of Perfect Day Yarns dyed for me:  

I asked for a solid or semi-solid brown to complement another of her yarns called Stout Old Ivy to knit one of Wendy’s Patterns, Norwegian Rose Socks.  I love that she named it Mother Trucker cuz it was for me…I LOVE Sarah!!!!!!  Go buy Yarn from her…her cashprose is yummy, as is all of her yarn.

I also was able to get a skein of Wollmeise from a destash:

Makes you want to like the screen, huh?

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Working on the house

I didn’t get a post up yesterday because we went out with my cousin and enjoyed some wings, fries and beer after they built two beams yesterday.  One of the beams that got put up was 63 feet long.  They built it on Tuesday and then were trying to figure out how to get them up on the posts that are supporting them.They finally decided to cut them in half and then glue, bolt and screw them back together.  That move made them much more manageable and they were able to actually move them around.  You can see the one long one and then the shorter one that is across my kitchen/pantry area.  Here’s another picture of them working really hard:

Both of them are working on gluing or nailing part of the beam and I would probably be censured if they knew I had posted this one.

I promised a panoramic view of my mountains the other day, and I was finally able to get it uploaded this morning, so here it is:

These are the mountains that I will be able to see out my kitchen window, but from a little further away.  This was taken at the end of the street in town and this is the park where things happen when there is a festival or something in town.

Dh and I took a walk around the land the other day and I took pictures of the different flowers that we have.

These are the several varieties of flowers and cactus that we have on our land.  The only one that I know what it is for sure is the Indian Paintbrush that is the last picture in the line up.  The rest of them are just native to the area and are scattered throughout the land.

Well, I’m thinking that DH is getting restless and wanting to go get some work done.  I think that if I can today, I might take some pictures of the yarn that I have gotten in the mail this week and while we were gone.

Today

we worked on our house and got two of the beams done that are going to be the support for the whole house.  They are 63 feet long and right now they are sitting on the ground waiting for the guys to figure out how they are going to get them onto the posts that are going to support them and the house.  They are long and they are heavy and they are inside the house.  We’ll see tomorrow what they come up with for getting them on the posts.

I was looking through the prompts on NaBloPoMo and on the fourth the prompt was “What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of your father?”  Steady would be my answer.  Not just steady in that he is steady, but that he is always there and always the same.  He doesn’t change and is always someone to be counted on.

This is a skein of BMFA rare gems.  I haven’t owned any Blue Moon Fiber Arts that I would ever use.  I was gifted a skein and traded for a skein of the same colorway that was not something I would ever use, so when we went to Stitches West this year and I saw their badly picked over booth, I went in and found  this lovely skein.  I haven’t used it yet, but I will.

See you all tomorrow.

Wow! Day six!

I can’t believe that I have been able to post for six days in a row.  I almost didn’t get to it tonight because we went to church this evening and then instead of coming back to the truck, we decided to go up to my aunt and uncle’s house to pick up our mail.  We then ended up sitting around and visiting for a couple of hours and didn’t get back down here until fairly late.

I promised a picture of what the mountains look like now without all the snow and I finally got some.  I even actually got some pictures of the whole range and was able to stitch them together to form a panorama.  This is the whole of the range of mountains that we see everyday when we are at home.  If I stand where our house is, I can turn about 80 degrees and see the whole of the range.  For some reason, I can’t get the panorama to load to Flickr, so I’m going to give you this picture of the mountains: This was taken at the end of town on the road that runs parallel to these mountains.  I am shooting across the Wet Mountain Valley towards the Sangre De Cristo Mountains…beautiful, aren’t they?

I haven’t been knitting very much because I’ve been waiting for some yarn to finish a baby sweater, and I was trying to beat some yarn into submission and it just wasn’t cooperating.  I have finally started on the pattern that came with the yarn and it’s going much better.  Mine doesn’t really look like the picture on the pattern, but I am following the stitch guide, or as I read it, and it’s close.  I’m loving the yarn that is from Perfect Day Yarns and was one of the colorways that we got from the Dead Poets sock club.  I’m really sorry that Sarah had decided to take a break from the club because that means that I won’t be getting any more surprises from her and her wicked good color sense.  That doesn’t mean that I won’t be ordering from her…I just won’t be getting sock club packages.

I also finally got my Loopy Ewe’s Sock Club Lite tonight and it’s gorgeous.  I know that there are pictures all over Ravelry, and I will get pictures up soon of my kit.  The yarn from String Theory is gorgeous and yummy, the pattern from Wendy Knits is, as always, something that I want to knit and how cool is it that Sheri, the proprietor of the Loopy Ewe, designed a scarf pattern for us?  Anyway it’s a fabulous kit and I’m pretty glad that I didn’t get into the sock club and was able to snatch up one of these kits.

So that I can get this posted on the 6th…even though it is in Pacific Daylight time, I am going to close and post this.

Day Three

I started to write a post that said I really didn’t have anything to blog about.  I said I hadn’t done anything exciting, hadn’t been anywhere out of the ordinary and really didn’t have anything to say, but that changed this afternoon.  We delivered our load this morning and went to the truckstop to take and shower and have a bite to eat.  We also got to do laundry (woot!!!) and hang out at the T/A for several hours…but then we went to Environmental Stoneworks and picked up the fake stone that is going around the bottom of our house.  It’s called Cessna Tan and I can’t find it on the website anywhere, but it was an overstock and cost less than the more popular stuff.  It looks like real rock and DH is happy with it and of the two colors that were overstocks, I got to choose the one I liked better.  I didn’t choose the color that was cement gray. 🙂

Yesterday I posted from my phone (love the wordpress app for my Droid) because I knew I wouldn’t have any signal for a long time and I could snap a picture and send it out into the world.  Today I have some better pictures   The reto post of some of the areas we went through yesterday on our way through Arizona and Colorado:

I love driving through Monument Valley in Arizona, especially in the Spring.  The red rocks contrast with the spring green of the foliage and it’s gorgeous. See what I mean?

And then there are the mountains of Colorado where the grass really hasn’t started turning green yet and it was nearly dark but the clouds and the sky were doing some funky things and we got these pictures: I did doctor these a little bit, but they were so dark because we were taking them so late that they were really hard to see.  They were taken somewhere north of Buena Vista, CO.

The Boy is going on a trip with his grandfather and his cousin this next week and we’ll be on our land working on the house.  My cousin is coming down to help and hopefully we’ll get the beams, the floor joists and the sub floor laid this week.

I also kind of chickened out on this blog post.  I went to the NaBloPoMo site and they are giving prompts for writing everyday.  I didn’t know that, and I read Leslie’s blog yesterday and she said something about them, so I decided to look and see what it was today…Define Freedom.  That was the prompt.  That kind of scares me because I know that what I believe freedom to be is going to make some people angry and make people flame me and I really don’t want to do that.  I want to live in a really bland happy world so that I can believe that everyone actually gets along.

And finally another picture of some of the yarn I got at Stitches West in February.  This is a super skein of Tess SW Lace yarn in a really wild colorway…I don’t have any idea what I will do with it, but I love it and will find a pattern for it soonish.

NaBloPoMo

So I have told you all before that I am a joiner…well here we have another instance of that, but this time I think it will be a good thing that I have joined NaBloMoPo. I have a terrible time thinking of anything to blog, or thinking that y’all would actually like to hear anything I have to say, so I don’t post. Hopefully the NaBloPoMo will remedy that and I’ll post a bunch of really insightful or inane blog posts that y’all will read. We’ll see.

I’ve joined the group Ravelry Bloggers (there’s that joining thing again) and may get some inspiration from that.

In exciting news, I got a new laptop because the one I had, has pretty much given up the ghost (stupid computer repair man) and needed to be replaced. We went to Best Buy yesterday, in Las Cruces, NM (WORST Best Buy ever) to buy an Asus laptop that I had been looking at. We ended up with a Toshiba that got really good reviews (better than the Asus) and so far, I loves it.

We have been working on our house and so far we have the first 4 feet of the walls in the crawl space poured: the Crawl Space This shows the area that will be my Kitchen (closest) and the living room (furthest away).  When it’s all finished we will have nearly 2700 feet of living space.  Do y’all know how big that’s going to feel after living on a truck for 10 years?

I can post some pictures of some pretty yarns that I haven’t posted yet that I got at

Stitches West back in February.  I got this sweaters worth of Tess Superwash Merino worsted weight, and isn’t the color yummy?  I saw that and it kept calling my name, so DH said to get it.  I did find a pattern from Tess that I wanted to knit, but there also might be a knitspot pattern that I want to knit.

Anne Hansen, of Knitspot fame, was teaching at the Spring Fling this year and was wearing one of her newest designs that I just fell in love with.  It’s the Henley with a Twist and I want it and think it would look really good in this yarn.  The other pattern I was looking at was the Cables, Cables, Cables sweater.  I think the Henley would be more usable and wearable, but I don’t know yet.

I made it through three rounds of  Sock Madness before I was out.  I kind of booted myself because I was at the Spring Fling when the fourth sock started and it was a knee high and there was no way with driving for two days and all of the stuff going on at the fling that I was going to get it done.  I do have the yarn for them and will knit them at some point, today just isn’t the day.  Here are the socks that I did get done:

Simple Sideways Sock Cool Beans Gams

I think that this enough of a blog post so that I have something to blog about tomorrow and the next day and so on.

I will leave you with a picture of the rocks we had on our truck this week:

Those are pieces of Petrified Wood that were dug out of the earth 300 feet below the surface in Wyoming.  Heavy stuff.

Until tomorrow!