Long Weekend

We had a lovely Victoria Day long weekend. On Friday night we made a pizza from scratch, low-sodium, low-cholesterol of course, and watched a film on Netflix.

On Saturday, the only sunny warmish day of the entire long weekend, we went to the Rideau Camp early in the morning and spent the day burning brush in the camp fire pit, and moving a bit of crushed stone.

On Sunday it rained, so we stayed home, puttered around the house, and enjoyed a visit from Sister-The-Youngest-Girl and Beau Bob, who dropped in on their way home after attending a family function to the East of us. They dropped of a big bag of clothing my Mom bought for me, she is an amazing shopper! I have numerous new summer blouses, a summer dress, two new sweat shirt jackets, and lots of new pairs of pants. I am enjoying trying things on, and so far everything fits.

On Monday it was cold and wet out of doors, another good day to stay in our nice warm house, rather than working outside at the Rideau Camp. Domestic chores aren’t boring to us, but they are repetitive. Cooking for the week to come, we made muffins for lunches, salad dressing for salads, croutons for salads, and topped up many of our canisters. And then we went shopping. We began at Rona, where we went to look at sheets of lattice. We did buy a sheet of lattice, grey to add privacy to our back porch, but we didn’t stop there. Ever since I sat with my sisters and my Mom on my sister’s back deck swing, I have wanted one here at Mist Cottage. Every spring when we visit the building material stores I sit on the swings in the display section of the store. Usually I find them either uncomfortable, or far too large for our minimized lifestyle. But on Monday, at Rona, I sat down in a small swing and knew that it was the one. So we bought it. It is smallish, lowish, and will someday fit on the back porch when it is renovated. Until that time it will sit under a sun tent on the back lawn.

We didn’t stop there. After leaving Rona we dropped into Costco. Our neighbour calls it the $500 store with good reason. We don’t visit it often because our bank account is always drained by the time we walk out the door. This visit was no exception. We didn’t buy anything we didn’t need, or anything we wouldn’t use. Our purchases were primarily food, fresh vegetables and baking ingredients. We even found some frozen burgers that were low sodium, although their frozen chicken is all seasoned, and so there is sodium where I can’t afford it with the chicken. Our most surprising purchase was a new cell phone for Attila. I have been looking at cell phones for Attila for about three years, as the one he uses was purchased the August before our first Grandbabies were born, in 2006. The cell phone still functioned, but the battery would not hold a charge for more than an hour or so once it was turned on, and the cell phone towers upon which it relies are being phased out in favour of newer technology. We were walking by the cell phone kiosk, and I stopped to ask if they had any flip phones, and the did! We looked at it, and instantly decided that it was time to replace the old cell phone. In fifteen minutes they had Attila up and running on the new cell phone, his account transferred, and it only cost $67. Hopefully Attila will be good for another few years now.

I have been pondering what crochet project to begin since I finished my market bag. As I was sitting at home having a look at Attila’s new cell phone, I thought it would be a good thing if it were protected from the rough and ready pockets of Attila. I looked on Amazon and couldn’t find anything low enough priced to interest me. Later I was putzing around looking at crochet stitches, and saw a new stitch pattern that I though I would like to try, and the pieces fell together, I would use that interesting stitch pattern to create a cell phone case for Attila’s new phone.

I didn’t really think much about it, I just started practising the new stitch pattern, the Lemon Peel Stitch, ripped it out a few times, then started to make the cell phone case.

DSCF0661 Attila’s new flip phone, a pay as you go wonder. We pay $100 for the year, and since we don’t use the phone much we seldom need to buy additional time. Beside the phone is the cell phone case I crocheted. I like it, as the phone slides out very easily if the bottom of the case is squeezed. The case is machine washable cotton.

Once I finished the cell phone case I decided I should write down what I had done. But my method of writing these kinds of things down is erratic. I decided to look at software to record the steps that were followed. I ended up finding some chart software at ravelry.com, where these two links were recommended in the forum:

Stitch Works Software

Windows: Windows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7CaX7Dz9k8GTlhVNThlSVpBY1k/view
Os X: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7CaX7Dz9k8GSGxlRG5JNm1XNnM/view?usp=sharing

I downloaded the software and started to play with it.

I am just tickled to have produced my first crochet pattern in chart form!

Flip Phone Case Open Ended: Left-Handed

I have had a lot of fun today!

Worldly Distractions

Weather

14°C
Date: 2:00 PM EDT Tuesday 23 May 2017
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.1 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 13.8°C
Dew point: 9.1°C
Humidity: 73%
Wind: S 18 km/h
Visibility: 24 km

Quote

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
Charles Du Bos

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6 Responses to Long Weekend

  1. Bex Crowell says:

    The case is beautiful. Did I ever show you the case I made for my back-up thingy when I do the back-up procedure? I made it a while ago now but it works great. Keeps the dust off it.

    https://flic.kr/p/V34Bp1

    It was way at the beginning of my crocheting before I had much yarn to choose from here.

    The white is a sampler piece of knitting I’m practicing on… just doing different stitch patterns – wow, my hands really hurt a lot when doing knitting, but I want to continue it. I plan to make a bulky knit blanket like the one I posted on FB today.

    I love your little phone cover. Don’t you just love making useful things?

  2. TopsyTurvy (Teri) says:

    Hooray for many successful endeavors! New clothes, new swing, new cell phone, new cell phone pouch! You’re on a roll! None of us can afford to spend money every day but it’s great when you can add in new things that are exactly what you need/want.

  3. Bex, the dust cover for the back up is such a good idea! I do love making useful things. I used to sew things when I needed or wanted something, but being able to crochet opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Crochet means I don’t have to clear of the only table we have, so that i can setup a sewing machnine, drag out all the accesorries, work for a short time, and then put it all away again so that we can eat our next meal at the table.

    I found knitting a lot more rigorous than crocheting, and I think it requires a lot more find motor control to do a good job. But I love the way knitting looks! Your blanket will be beautiful.

  4. It certainly was a big blowout when it came to shopping last weekend Teri! We will use everything we purchased. The fellow at the cell phone Kiosk told Attila that it wouldn’t have been long before his cell phone just would not work anymore, because it is so old and the towers are all different now. It was rather painless, as they did all of the work for us.

    We don’t shop often, so we tend to do our buying in clusters.

  5. I too always wanted a swing. When I finally bought one, we were able to use it for a few years but once we moved here, the wind would blow it over and into the crabapple trees, bending the frame and so on. I had to remove the cloth canopy, and put the spring in the least windy spot in the yard — facing south, full sun, but at least it doesn’t blow away. Alas, we hardly ever use it there. But I love porch swings. They’re right up there with screened-in verandas and roofed decks, for me: dreams I never let go of. -Kate

  6. I love verandas too Kate! We might get around to renovating our back porch, it is a Frankenporch. The previous owners built a very large back porch, made from short pieces of scrap wood nailed together to make longer boards, then they put the decking on that, using particle board. Duh!!!! By the time we bought the place the particle board was rotting through, and the frame built of scrap wood was unsteady to say the least. We ripped out most of the back porch because it was unsafe, and renovating the porch is on our list, but not this year, or next. Next year is either some new windows (most of ours are single pane glass) and/or a new garage roof. Then the back porch!! So the swing is to go on the grass for now. Thanks for the heads up though, about the wind!! I will be considering that now when trying to figure out where I want to put the swing.