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Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Peace And Quiet And Sorting

The past couple of days have been kind of crazy around here. So I was already slightly stressed when I realized I had no idea where the fiber I'd gotten from The Fleece Artist, which I mentioned in my last post, was stashed!

I went to look through my fiber bins once... twice... three times. No cigar. Well, I'd about had it with having to open all of the darn things every time I wanted to find something, so I promptly sorted through each and every one, and labelled them with what was currently in them.

I also put all my Ashland Bay fibers together, my Bountiful Alpine Meadows fibers together, and my Sandy Sitzman Woolgatherings handpainted rovings where I could be sure to find them, as I want to spin them as soon as I'm finished with the yarn for Jeff's socks.

But still no dyed Wensleydale from The Fleece Artist! Well, I finally checked the paper bags in which I keep my own dyed fleeces, and sure enough, I'd put them in one of those. Phew! They now live with the Sandy Sitzman Woolgatherings fiber, and will be spun promptly afterwards, for socks as well.

I am not the cleanest person, but I like to be relatively organized. I am, however, positively psychotic when I can't find something I know I have, and I will obsess about it until I unearth it! I'm glad the fiber turned up! (So did the sunglasses I'd misplaced several days ago... under the bills in my bill basket!) :-)

Organization is a good thing (if you don't let it control you!) When you know where your stuff is, you can get to it whenever a creative urge strikes... and not waste time sorting!

Realizing that I will not be able to bike outside any more because of the cold, I dusted off an ancient exer-cycle that has been hiding in our basement. I WD-40'd the chain, got the seat to the proper height, and put it next to the treadmill, in the wool room.

I'm hoping that I'll be spending more time in there, fiber-ing or exercising, as the cold weather really hits.

I'm very grateful for the fact that Jeff's grandfather gave us the treadmill, and his parents gave us the stationary bike. Hand-me-downs are a good thing. I'm also grateful I didn't throw them away when I wasn't able to walk a few years ago, because I hope to put them to good use now that they're set-up - again, organization is the key to actually using things.

After I got the bike set up, I was so motivated that I got on it and rode for a bit, even though I was in street clothes and my Birkies! :-)

I found another good use for Wood Beams. I'd ordered a new stick shuttle, a pick-up stick, and a warping paddle. The paddle came with residue from a price sticker on it - ick! (Sticking things on wood is some kind of crime in my book!)

I put my wood-polishing washcloth, which is completely saturated with Wood Beams from frequent use, around the handle for half an hour. I was then able to get the sticker residue off, without harming the wood. All three items were treated to a good rub-down, and they look all enriched! Yay, Wood Beams!

Now I'm ready to weave a couple of holiday table runners, in the blue-and-white colors which seem to represent the holiday season to me this year... I am all obsessed with blue and white, and sparkly silver snowflakes, and snowmen. Must be my new Lollipops! spindles (dutifully wrapped up by me, from Jeff to me, waiting for Christmas... no, make that Chanukkah!)

I'm sure it wasn't the peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils I was diffusing this afternoon - those were intended to give me energy and clear my mind (which they did)...

Perhaps it was the Celtic Legacy CD I played which was so soothing...

Or maybe it was the afternoon walk I'd taken each dog on. We went around the yard, under overcast skies with an occasional blue patch peeking through...

Well, for some reason, amazingly, there was utter peace and quiet around here this afternoon!

Thinking they were up to no good, scheming away as they often do, I went to see what the pups were up to, and found the following:

Chester and Val were resting quietly on the futon.
Val was uncharacteristically unglued from my side for once.

Fiona had made a warm nest on my pillow.

Tori was snoozing with her duck.
Look at that moosh face!

Most people like to watch their kids sleep. Well, I get all weak in the knees when looking at my babies all snuggled up for a nap. They just melt my heart, every day.

I guess the afternoon walk worked! The good thing about a walk is that it energizes me, but relaxes the beasties!

I hope you are as comfy as my pups today - have a great one!

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