Accident Prone Knitter

Here you will find musings about knitting, home renovation, travelling, sports and the myriad of things I delight in. "Out into the brimming, sun bathed world I sped"

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Location: Central Pennsylvania, United States

I've lived in California, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Toronto and Pennsylvania. I'm a retired police officer, and I've worked in accounting and payroll related fields for the last several years.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Snakes in the Grass

Back on July 13 I said I had some finished objects without proof. Here's some more evidence. What we have here is one and a half Snake Socks. It's taking me a while as life keeps interrupting hobby. I worked about 12 hours on Monday and was heard muttering "this is keeping me from my knitting, darn it." But I have my priorities - no job, no yarn.

I didn't make it to the yarn store on Saturday to pick up my next project - the Hedgehog, but maybe I can get out of work a little early on Thursday and pick up everything I need. I have to get started before co-workers babies get here.

My friend Peri was here on Sunday for diner, duck watching and blog sharing. She lives in town and we live in what MFB and I call "cottage country". On the menu was chicken breasts marinated with a mixture of diet Sierra Mist with 1/2 a package of Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing done on the BBQ (trust me this is good). Fresh vegies and new potatoes with a key lime juice drizzled on them folded up in aluminum foil and grilled on the BBQ and some fresh mixed fruit. Here's the thing, with barbequing everything - less kitchen clean up more time for fun. Peri brought sugar free angel food cake, sugar free Cool Whip and fresh blueberries. I hardly ever eat blueberries, but these were delicious. We try to go low carb and no sugar other than natural ones whenever we can, and Peri is in training for the Nike Women's Half-Marathon in California in October so the menu suited us all.

Hope everyone is staying cool. Special thoughts going out to my family in Arizona!! I sure hope this heat wave breaks soon for everyone hard hit.

And finally...
MFB took my Volvo S80 (shown here at it's favorite shoe store on our way home from South Dakota) to the specialist in Harrisburg where it is scheduled to go under the knife tomorrow for the air conditioner injury it suffered in Canada a couple weeks ago. We received the diagnosis today and found out it wasn't terminal after all.

We had some scary moments when we were told that the timing belt might also be involved as it was 20,000 miles past recommended replacement. But when we confirmed with our local General Practitioner that we replaced the belt before our sojurn to South Dakota we were doing a happy dance.

The diagnosis was blown hose rather than blown compressor. This compares to blown ligament rather than full knee replacement. Like the ligament the hose is in a place(where we can't even see it) that would take us at least two hours to replace with skinned knuckles and colorful language. The Freon needing to be replaced like saline solution and in Canada can only be done by the professionals due to the hazardous materials so we decided to leave it with the professionals for the op. They were kind enough to give MFB a loaner of a new S40. Nice car but it's not the S80 which is very well appointed. So far I'm two days without my XM. Withdrawals - Oh the Humanity!

In a nutshell, I don't have to shop for a new car, which I hate because I have very expensive tastes in fast cars. MFB does not provide the necessary grounding in this matter because I love cars, but he is a true sports car enthusiast and he LOVES to shop for cars.


Anonymous twig said...

Well thank goodness the patient will recover and that you don't have to adopt a new one.

11:34 PM, July 25, 2006  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

Woah, a gorgeous car you have there - fortunately its illness is not a lethal one, so fingers crossed that the surgery will go fine!
You and YFB and moi (and CM) do have something more in common - a pretty expensive taste in cars and oh, especially this sports car thing, yummy! I had an Italian one in my 20s (nope, no Ferrari, LOL) and smashed myself heavily into debt for a couple of years back then, so I'm pretty much cured of this for the time being, but one day, ohhh, one day we'll get one again!
I sooo love your socks, what a great pattern - may I ask where you got it from?
This dinner you had together with your friend sounds so yummy - certainly the perfect light food for these temps! You got me all hungry now! ;)

10:49 AM, July 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And finally...
MFB took my Volvo S80 (shown here at it's favorite shoe store on our way home from South Dakota) to the specialist in Harrisburg

"My Volvo S80"?



1:51 PM, July 26, 2006  
Blogger Peri said...

Yay, I got a shout-out from APK! I must concur, dinner was delish! Way to go, YFB on the barbie!

Congrats on the color-coding -- our HTML tutorial did indeed go well! Check out my training/fundraising site -- it looks mucho bettero. Thanks to YFB for the supervisory advice and for pointing us to that awesome website to begin with.

I gotta tell ya, about MSB? I think our mutual friend is attempting to play matchmaker. I could be wrong, but I will find out before 2007, as I have told my BF from high school that I will be visiting and her husband then ... and I will need to take a side trip to visit "the guys." We shall see!!! ;-)

10:26 PM, July 26, 2006  
Blogger Peri said...

Forgot to add: heartfelt congrats on the relatively minor Volvo diagnosis! Yay, you get to hold on to the awesome car for a bit longer! And no car shopping. Hallelujah, sistah! ;-)

10:28 PM, July 26, 2006  

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