Another week of working from home is in the books. In a way, I like working from home. I can sleep in a little later and still start work at a time I prefer. I don't have any traffic to deal with. (A-hole drivers are my least favorite thing in the morning. Or at any time, but they seem to be more abundant in the mornings.) And the best part is I don't have to deal with any annoying office mates. I do have a co-worker here who is a bit of a slacker. I caught this one napping at her desk. Amazing how she can do that while sitting up. I'm sure she's perfected it so fool the boss.
Spring is officially here. It warmed up nicely a few days this week. Ed and I took breaks in the afternoon and walked around the block. I had the windows open on Thursday to get some fresh air in the house. It was wonderful!! Thursday evening it started to turn grey and Friday we had rain. Before the weather hit, I cut some of my daffodils to brighten my kitchen. I love their color and bright faces!
I finished the Audition shawl last weekend. I was playing yarn chicken in the last section. I knew I didn't have enough to do all the rows called for in the pattern and I had none of the dark color to do contrasting rows. After a few repeats of the pattern, I did one garter ridge and started the bind off. During the bind off, I kept checking my yarn and saying a little prayer that I would make it. At 25 stitches from the end, I lost the game. I had to rip out the bind off and the garter ridge row to get enough yarn to finish.
It doesn't match the pattern exactly but I like it. I'm not really sure why I ended up not having enough yarn. While knitting the Jimmy Beans shawl last year I learned I knit a lot looser than my friend. Since I didn't check my gauge for Audition, maybe that was the case here. I'm not concerned, though. It is still pretty. I haven't blocked it yet. I'll do that in the next week or two. Or three.
The cruise ship we were on the other week had several sea days. On those days, they had a craft time scheduled in the afternoon. I didn't notice this until the second to last day. The craft I started was a paint by number kit. It is a very pretty picture of poppies in a vase. It was too large to finish there (they only had the activity for an hour) so I brought it home. I'm glad I did because it gives me another activity to do while quarantined.
The other afternoon while working in the sunroom on the painting, Squeaks ran out of the room and then came running back in a minute later. I didn't look up. I just figured she was starting her daily energetic time. After a couple minutes I did look at her and saw this:
Obviously, the little stinker had run into the living room and grabbed the ball of mohair from my Bird of the Feather project bag. When she originally ran out of the sunroom, I'm sure she had just realized that I wasn't protecting the mohair any more. Luckily that ball was not currently attached to the project. Otherwise I would have had a huge mohair tangle to deal with. I've learned my lesson. I need to keep the project bags tightly closed to prevent a curious kitty disaster.
Oh, and on a health note, Ed is fully recovered and I'm close. I have a little residual cough but nothing bad. The fever is gone and we're both sleeping soundly. I'm sure we are past the contagious stage but we are not taking any chances. We've told the kids that we are going to still keep to ourselves for another week to make sure we are fully over this.