A Trip To My Happy Place

Those of you who know me well know that things have been crazy in my life for the last couple of months.  It’s been one beat-down after the next and things are still up in the air with some of those issues.  An utterly sucktastic last week ended with me and my 24 year old neighbor in a disagreement over the extremely high volume of her stereo.  When she plays it, I can’t even hear the sound of my own T.V.  What’s even crazier is that she admitted that she does play loudly but basically told me that city rules say she’s not a noise menace if she doesn’t go past 10 pm so what’s my problem.  Where I come from, no matter what city rules say, you be kind and considerate to your neighbors.  That interaction and the crazy week had me questioning just about everything  … everything I tell you.  But since I’m not one to keep complaining I realized it was time to take a trip to my happy place.

When I go to my happy place:

I take the weather for what it is … snowy on the first day of Spring … no problem.

Snowy Spring 2015

I knit a cowl for my friend then add my signature tag to it.

Xerox II

I fight with the “porcupine” aka dpns (double pointed needles) and seem to be winning.

bulky mittens

I bake my signature cranberry nut bread then have my aunty over for tea; she comes bearing gifts, laughs, and sage advice.

Cranberry Nut Bread

I enjoy my new spindles (the two in front).

Kundert Spindles

I enjoy new spices from my friend Porsche from her Dubai trip.

Spices

I meditate, pray, let some things go then allow God to do what I can’t.

The thing about being in the happy place is that I never know what I’m going to get.  Laugh till I cry conversations with my mom or my “Shirley” aka Andi.  Real talk with Porsche or Elisa.  Running together with Preeti.  Unexpected cards in the mail.  “I’m checking up on you” texts from Nizzy.  Devotional readings which get to the heart of matters.  Being able to vent to my cousins and my home slice Dominique.    Linda, Sudana, Asha & Courtney staying close on IG and Tracey, Paula & Lisa keeping me in prayer.  I could get anything on any given day.  And it’s all good!

I suppose I just need to go there — every day — so I can replenish my reserves consistently instead of waiting until I’m totally dry.  I took a little trip to my happy place this weekend past and came out feeling renewed.

Have you been to your happy place lately?

Journaling 2015: The Journey So Far …

Prompt: In 3 sentences, describe the impact of a momentous decision or event in your life and your current feelings about it.

Disclaimer: 3 sentences don’t seem to be enough to describe my moving to the US without my immediate family and how I feel about my life 15 years post move.  It was tough to go through, difficult in some ways to process (that’s why it took me so long to write) but here it goes:

  1. I left home with so many plans, goals, and dreams; life hasn’t turned out to be what I thought it would be here …. so far …
  2. 15 years later, on my move anniversary (2/27) I didn’t expect to be dealing with health issues, unemployment, some feelings of failure and displeasure at particular aspects of my current living situation; makes me question why am I here.
  3. But since one is never too old for dreams or goals, with every day being a chance for new beginnings, with God’s mercies being renewed daily … each day that I live, I’ll get up and continue to work towards some of the old dreams and a few new ones.

Here’s to the next 15 … better beyond all I can ask for or think of.

Determination

I’m not even going to start going on about the Harry Potter House Cup on Ravelry.  Y’all already know what a Potterhead I am so let me just get to the project.

The Quidditch cup matches have been insane this term and the fourth match was a speed round.  We were given 6 projects to choose from — knit & crochet — to test our concentration and speed abilities.  First day submission equals maximum points and with all the other houses gunning for Slytherin this term (we are three in a row, Quidditch cup and House cup champions) it was all systems go on the first submission day.   This was one time I was extremely glad that I know how to knit and crochet.   My submission was this slouch:

Slytherin Girl I

Slytherin Girl III

Pattern: the Hadley Slouch and my  Ravelry notes are here.

I finished this in 2.5 hours and will definitely do it again.  My fingers were in pain from the death grip I wielded on that hook but I got it done in time!   It didn’t fit me like a slouch although it fit Ziva (my hat dummy) just like it should.  On my head with my fro unleashed, it fits like a beanie.  I think I’ll work the pattern again and add  extra rows to the body to make it more slouchy for my head/hair.

The other crafty bug that’s gotten under my skin is spinning.  My spinning wheel and I are still not talking so I’ve gone back to spinning on my spindle.  Well … as at yesterday.  I honestly think I need to sit with someone to help me with wheel spinning but the places I’ve contacted in NY regarding wheel spinning classes want upwards of $595 and I just don’t have that laying around right now.  LOLOL!  Even if I did, I still don’t think I’d want to pay that much for classes.   One woman even told me that I MUST take her studio’s spindling class before she would have me in her wheel class and that first class is upwards of $195.  Needless to say I declined because there is NO place in spinning history where spindling MUST precede wheel spinning.  NO PLACE!  Some crafters do one or the other or both, but there’s absolutely no learning “order” so I let that go too.  But I’m determined — I’m going to be on someone’s Tour De Fleece’s team in July.  So as at today, I plan to spin for 30 mins a day.  My goal is to start learning to ply by the end of the month.  Fingers crossed!  No scratch that … I’m going to do this!!!!

I posted this pic on IG but ended up changing my spindle to a Bosworth high whorl one instead of the Turkish one shown.

spindle and fiber

I also changed the fiber.  The fiber I chose initially need a shorter draw and at this point I only know how to spin using the long draw.  The spindle was a little wobbly and unbalanced but I believe it’s because I was trying to do a long draw on short staple length fiber.  The fiber kept breaking and the spindle kept crashing to the floor.  I guess they’re not named drop spindles for nothing.  I switched fibers to BFL (Blue Face Leicester) that has a long staple length making it easier for beginners to work with and I used my Bosworth which is worth every dime!!!  Good for me, one of the teams I supported at my old job gave it to me as a thank you gift on my last day before the agency closed.   Now I think I need another well balanced high whorl spindle so I could split my fiber and get to plying faster.

So there you have it.  Some of my goals for the next couple of months.   What are you planning to work on?

ETA: this post was brought to you by the letter U for Umpire: something to do with sports in my Scavenger Hunt 2015 Stashdown challenge.