Friday, April 30, 2021

Same Old, Same Old

I wish I could write with exciting news, photos -- something, but it's same old, same old here. We're in a strict lockdown in Ontario, not that that means much given that Bill and I have been avoiding social interactions for over a year. I haven't been inside a shop of any kind since March 2020. Thankfully, Isabel is living within walking distance of us, at least temporarily until her big tech employer calls its employees back into the office in Kitchener/ Waterloo. She's "bubbling" with us, following identical restrictions. Not so for James, also within walking distance. I see him at a distance only, but we chat periodically by phone.

What's happening in my insular world of making? A relatively plain vanilla sweater, enjoyable rather than boring after all the chart following concentration of the aran cardigan project.

The yarn is Ultra Alpaca worsted in "blueberry mix", looking as usual with my camera, more grey than blue.

I finally plyed some singles that had been sitting on spindles into a nice DK weight, shown drying on my music stand. It's Ashford's Corriedale in "Grape Jelly".

Yesterday I cut out and began to sew a cotton dress for warm weather. The fabric is "Meet me in Ibiza" from Cotton + Steel. Love those Japanese prints.

Finally, I'm having my annual contest of wills with a robin determined to build a nest atop one of our porch pillars. I think the terracotta pot has succeeded in thwarting her ambitions. I feel slightly cruel, but the resulting mess from bird poop on the porch can be dreadful, and there are plenty of other nesting opportunities out there.

Note the mayflies (bird food) dotting the pillar. They should be over in the next week or so. It's the curse of living a stone's throw from Lake Ontario.

Going for my first dose of Pfizer on Tuesday. Wish me luck.


  1. I do indeed wish you luck but my elderly parents (90s) have both had the Pfizer vaccination without any reaction at all and I believe that’s typical. Here in the UK the general experience seems to be it’s the Astra Zeneca that upsets quite a number of people - and I’m not talking the rare dangerous blood clots, just flu-like symptoms for a couple of days,

  2. Our annual Robin encroacher is on top of the rack for the wound up garden hose! We leave one hose out for muddy dog.. We were away for 48 hours and she built a nest and laid three eggs.

  3. You'll do fine. I'm in Southern CA and it seems it's the Moderna vaccine that can cause some mild discomfort. Both my friend and I had the Moderna and were a bit under the weather the day after the second shot. It passed by mid-day for me and by the end of the day for her. I wouldn't worry about it.
    Sure enjoy your blog,

    1. The second dose of Moderna slowed me down, too - I had to take a three-hour nap the following day, but after that all went well.
      -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

  4. Good luck with the vaccine! Happy to hear you're finally getting one. It must be nice having your daughter close again. The Grape Jelly color is nice.

  5. Good to hear that you'll get your shots. I felt a huge sense of relief after the second, especially knowing that so many others are now being vaccinated too.
    -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

  6. Here in Canada the time between jabs has been extended to 4 months due to lack of vaccine. It's going to be a while before we can have some degree of normalcy.