Good morning and happy Friday! Once again, I am connecting with Nancy over at A Rural Journal for her weekly Random 5. It’s been a great way to connect with other bloggers, so come join the fun!
Here’s my Random 5:
- I finished knitting my first hat this week. I won’t show it yet, because I want to do the blocking and finish work, but I’m pleased with myself.
- My tip for the week: always get the right tools for the job. When I was making said hat, I tried to use my double-pointed needles instead of a circular one, because that’s what I had in the house. It didn’t work out, though, so a quick trip to my local yarn shop, and I was good to go! With the right needles, it went faster and easier.
- We arrived in NYC last night. It was our first flight into JFK, and we waited in line for 45 minutes for a cab. It took less time to get from JFK to Chinatown than it did to wait for the cab.
- I’d love to tell you about my Neighbor from Hell, but since we’re in a legal battle with them, I’ll keep mum for now. The good news is, he’s a lot older than we are, so odds are that we’ll outlive him. We figure he’s going to be a thorn in our sides until the day he dies. He’s just that kind of guy.
- When one decides to live gluten-free, then more planning needs to go into travel. We ate a hearty breakfast, and then ate lunch at the airport rather than getting food on the plane (I read Delta’s menu, and the only gluten-free option was cheese and dried fruit). For the flight, I took some homemade gluten-free granola and some apples. We needed something before bed, and the nearest open restaurant was Italian, which is a bit like a recovering alcoholic going into a bar…but I found a nice shrimp salad on the menu. We’ll see how the rest of the trip goes, but so far, so good.
Have a great weekend!
Oh I read this and became excited y goal is to say I knitted my very first hat just like you did:) B
I’m pretty excited! As I’ve gotten back into knitting, I’ve found youtube to be an invaluable resource. If I get stuck on a stitch, I just look up a video, and presto! It’s so much easier than trying to follow a book. Happy knitting!
congratulations on your first hat — there will be many more. you’ll collect yarn and all the tools. i always seem to never find the needles i’m looking for and go and buy another pair and then, wouldn’t you know, find the other pair — extras! enjoy NYC.
Oh, the yarn supply has already started to pile up! I also have batts of fiber to spin, and it’s piling up, too. It’s addictive!
My daughter is trying to eat gluten free…but she also has so many other restrictions that it is mind boggling.
Sorry for the crummy neighbor…we have mostly had wonderful neighbors wherever we have lived. And the ones that weren’t so wonderful…we didn’t really have run-ins with.
I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s food challenges. That’s so tough to deal with. Mine are minor, so I feel fortunate. This is the first time in my life I’ve had such a neighbor. We’re just trying to get to the point where they’ll leave us alone, though I just don’t see that happening anytime soon. It’s such a waste of time, energy, and money, when we all could be enjoying our lovely properties with their heavenly views. I also think of what the lawyers’ fees on both sides could have been used for…there are so many community needs,… Read more »
Congrats on the hat! I’ve crocheted a couple of hats, but I’ve never gotten the hang of knitting. Between you and Buttons, you’re inspiring me to try again! 😉
Have a wonderful time in NYC!!
Thanks, Tina! I’ve been knitting on the subway ever since we got to the City. I’m making a bedspread, but it’s done in lots of little pieces that are sewn together like a quilt, so the project is very portable. I find I need to keep my hands busy, so it’s good to keep the needles and yarn nearby at all times.
blocking your hat…I’m impressed. I just stick it on the head of the intended victim and call it done.
Ha! Well, my stepdaughter is a hat connoisseur, so I’m feeling the pressure! She has a wall of hats in her apartment, some from the 1800s, and knows a great deal about hat history (who knew?).
Have fun in New York! I bet you’ll find a lot of delicious gluten-free food there. And congratulations on the hat! You’ll have to post a photo when it’s all finished!
Thanks! I finished a dog sweater for my new grand doggie, and I couldn’t post a photo because it was a surprise. Now that he has it (and loves it) I get to post photos! Stay tuned!
Have a safe trip Nadine —
Your neighbor sounds like a pip and not in a good way.
And I know what you mean about following a specific food regimen — gets difficult once you leave the house!
The good news is that my stepdaughter avoids gluten, too, and she lives in Queens…so she knows where she can get meals that work for both of us.
Nadine, after reading this post this afternoon, I saw a woman knitting on the bus and thought of you! She looked so relaxed. I wondered if knitting really is therapeutic. What say you? Really, you’re still batting with that old coot you have for a neighbor? My heart goes out to you. There’s nothing worse than having bad neighbors. Have I mentioned how much I’ve missed this Random 5 posts? I’ve been away for far too long. Damn the physical therapy sessions and doctor’s visits that take up so much of my time and energy! ha! Hugs! 🙂
I’ve missed having you around, and I was glad to see you post a blog recently. I hope the PT is helping and that you’ll be back in the groove soon. I picked up knitting again because I realized that I need to do something with my hands. In the evenings we would watch TV, and I would play games on the computer just to keep my hands occupied, so I decided that with knitting, I’d actually accomplish something! If I’m working on a more complex project, it’s not always so relaxing, but the easier ones are like a meditation.… Read more »