Birthdays, Toads, Computer Problems, and the Stuff of Life

This week has had it all, my friends. And by the way, where did the week go?!

It all started with a mad dash to get both kids to the finish line with their schoolwork for the end of the year. It turns out when you’ve got a measly 5 math lessons remaining, it takes everything you have just to get it finished — both the kids working them and me in correcting them. My goal was to get them both to wrap things up before my son’s birthday on the 10th and thankfully, amazingly, the last test was taken on the 8th. After correcting that last test, I think I sort of mentally declared mission accomplished, whirred a couple times, and fell asleep standing up for a while because this year, and especially this spring, felt loooong.

But there was a cake to be ordered and gifts to wrap for my baby boy’s TWELTH birthday. Twelve. How is that even possible? We don’t describe him as ‘taller than me’ anymore, now it’s more like ‘he’s a little shorter than Mr. KS.’ Alas, my sweet little dude may not be very little any more, but he’s still the sweetest, kindest, most helpful kid around. In fact, I also taught him to mow the lawn this week. He did so much better than I anticipated and I’m very proud of him for it. We even found this guy in the process.

He’s the second one we’ve found in the yard, so I now know to watch carefully while mowing in one section where they like to hang out. Got to take care of these cute, little chubby guys.

In any case, I can tend toward being kind of emotional for birthdays, but I managed to hold it together pretty well for this one. I didn’t even lose it when we had his cake made with a drawing from one of the comic books our boy draws.

He writes a comic series called The Adventures of Pike & Perch so we snagged one to make one extra special cake. I got the bakery the text, the photo, and said, “I trust you to make it awesome” and they did! He absolutely loved it. Even our girl thought it was the coolest thing ever. In case you’re wondering, the big green spotted guy is Pike fighting with one of Perch’s henchmen. Seriously now, I can’t make this stuff up.

The weather was awfully nice this week, so we’ve hiked and biked (yay for Mr. KS getting a new bicycle!) and walked and been enjoying the heck out of our new town and neighborhood. I even tested out the deck for spinning.

It’s pretty much perfection. I’m oh-so-close to finishing up the singles for my latest spin. I literally have maybe 5grams left to go, but a super secret project came up so that took up and continues to occupy a bit of my week. I’ll let you in on it as soon as I can!

Β I did started to organize myself for the Tour de Fleece though…

Although “organize” might be a generous word for what was happening. It was more like pulling a lot of fiber out and putting the superfine merino into a pile next to some other random bits I’d like to spin. Yeah, I don’t think “organize” is really the right word at all.. maybe create controlled chaos is more accurate? Anyways, suffice to say I’m thinking about and starting to get things ready for my Tour de Fleece this year. It was pretty exciting to touch the fibers and dream up projects for a while.

And then one day I was thinking about the whole fade fad and this happened…

Because if I could actually spin these each into 400yard fingering weight skeins, I could knit them into one epic So Faded sweater. Just without the garter in the upper arms because I don’t need extra bulkiness in that general region. Stockinette will do just fine, thank you very much. But yes! It would be one grand find your fade if I do say so myself.

And if life wasn’t busy enough this week, believe it or not just as I finally finished up all the things I needed to do on Thursday (including settling out the last of our paperwork from the move) and planned to get a blog post or two written for the FOs sitting on my desk, my computer decided that it was through using its power connection. It was how my last computer died, also, and after a few tries to convince the connection to work, I just started to frantically back up my desktop. I do back-up regularly, but hadn’t since the move, so I figured if it was going to die I at least wanted my work up to date. It’s currently accepting power, but is slowly losing juice over time so we are marching toward a slow demise, I think. Please bear with me as I sort through the business of figuring out a new machine. I’ll attempt to keep using this one, but since the connection is failing and unpredictable, I may be able to use it for weeks or it may just die tomorrow. Whatever the case, I’ll work to do a better job of getting up my daily snapshots up which are easy to do with my phone so that we can stay in touch whatever fate holds for this machine.

Birthdays and toads and biking and hiking and cake and school work and computer problems and spinning and fiber ogling and secret projects… this really is the stuff of life. It’s nice to be back to normal, just trying to enjoy and keep up with it all.

13 thoughts on “Birthdays, Toads, Computer Problems, and the Stuff of Life”

  1. Isn’t it amazing how we are starting to think of everything as “this would work for a Fade”. I think you are onto a great sweater!

    1. So true!

      It’ll be interesting to see how the fiber translates into yarn. It may or may not work, but I like the starting point and when the worst case scenario is I have 5 skeins of fingering weight handspun… well, that’s not bad!

  2. You need to re-name your blog, “The Adventures of The Knitting Sarah”! I so enjoy living vicariously with your adventures. I have a family of toads at my house and we watch for them too – yours is such a cute, chubby guy!

    How cool that your son writes comic books – LOVE those characters! He is so creative and you were the Best.Mom.Ever for making such a cool cake.

    Those fibers for a Fade sweater are incredible. Like, you, I can’t wait to see them emerge when spun. Happy spinning and good luck on the computer. UGH on that last part.

  3. It sounds Like a pretty good week, except for the computer, of course. But the birthday and toads and fade and TdF planning – and finishing school! It is all good. πŸ™‚ Now you get SUMMER VACATION. Lucky ducks!

  4. I feel for you on the computer front. My laptop suddenly decided that I was holding down the CTRL key all the time (I wasn’t) rendering the keyboard virtually unusable. I bit the bullet and got a new one. The aggravation wasn’t worth it. Although I’m going to run my printer until it’s last gasp of ink. Good luck.

  5. It is good that you know things are going awry and you can get everything backed up. I once lost everything when my computer gave up the ghost without warning.

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