The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

About that sweater…

My first sweater! It's a Nanook.

My first sweater! It’s a Nanook.

I’m nearing the end! I need to add the bottom ribbing and then I’m done. It looks more cropped in the photo above, but that’s because it’s bunched up on my needles and I didn’t want to get it too straight lest some of the stitches escape from the needles. The yarn also looks really nubby–it’s not. I think it’s a combination of the lighting and the dirty mirror. (Also, I’m told once I block it any little bumps or uneven bits will smooth out.)

I did lighten the photo because the yarn itself is very rich, forest green and looked like a big blob in my original picture.

It look me forever, yes, but I’ve learned a few great new skills:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Spit-splicing
  • Working armholes (that is, joining the finished arm to the unfinished body and then knitting down)
  • More advanced (to me) pattern reading
  • How to knit an actual sweater! 😀 😀 😀

    Yahoo! I already have a couple sweaters picked out to work on when this is done… 🙂

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    How can 2018 be halfway over?

    It’s July! The year is halfway over! I thought it was time to look at my goals and see where I’m at. I’m not a big resolutions fan, but each year I do like to jot down some things I’d like to try to accomplish in the new year. If nothing else, it serves as reminder of “Oh, yeah! I did want to do/try/check out that place/hobby/whatever.” Sometimes it’s to get me in a new habit, sometimes it’s simply a reminder. It’s pretty loose and fast.

    I wrote down 11 items for 2018. It was a big list, to big in fact. Some were carryovers from the previous year, but even so. Next year’s list will be shorter.

    Completed Goals

  • Land one (1) new freelance gig
  • Pay off student loan (FREEDOM!!!)

    In-progress Goals

  • Knit a sweater – This has been so fun! Challenging and fun and I’m so glad I finally did it.
  • Get certified in Google Analytics – This ties into a work goal.

    Not-Yet-Started-But-Still-on-the-List Goals

  • Make meditation a regular practice
  • Update the blog more often

    The rest of the goals don’t interest me anymore, so off the list they go.

    For the second half of 2018, I’d like to:

  • Finish my sweater. I’ve got about four inches left, then weaving in ends, then blocking. I’ve enjoyed this project so much and am excited to finish it (and start a new one!).
  • Get certified in Google Analytics.
  • Update the blog more regularly.
  • Make meditation a regular practice.
  • Tied into the last one, I want to practice yoga more often. I feel SO good when I do yoga, so the trick for me is to make it regular habit. I’ve got to remember even 15 minutes is great.

    Looking at the new list, there is definitely a them of doing things that make me happy. This year has had some challenges, so I think it’s especially good to do things that make you happy and keep you positive, or at least relatively calm.

    Sophie and Grizzly lounging in front of the window

    How I want to spend the rest of my 2018…

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    (Not quite) Wordless Wednesday

    Sammi puppy taking a break from driving.

    Sammi taking a break from driving.

    Sammi puppy in the driver's seat, looking at the camera

    Let’s roll!

    I’m tired! Dog tired! hahaha (Sammi is not amused by my jokes.)

    Why so tired? I’ve been getting quite a bit of freelance work. This is great, because extra money. My boyfriend wants to travel so this is definitely helpful, but oof. This week I’m feeling burned out. It’s hard going to the day job and then essentially working a second job.

    Adding to my overall tiredness, last weekend was my brother’s wedding/vow renewal ceremony. In the weeks prior to that were three graduations, two of which were out of town. I had fun at all of them, but my goodness am I ever glad to have some quieter weekends coming up. Again, I enjoyed the family time, but it can be really draining. I’m still processing it. It’s weird, as I’ve gotten older, to see how the family dynamics change. Maybe it’s that they were always that way and as we get older people put on fewer airs? Regardless, it reinforces (to me, at least) how important chosen family is. 🙂

    Now I’ve got to prep for an eight-hour meeting. Ahhh!!

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    Monday mind dump

    Do you ever feel like you’ve been busy but you’re not exactly sure with what? That’s been me lately. I’m having a hard time realizing it’s already May June. (Can you tell I had this in my drafts folder for a while?)

    What have I been up to? (ETA: Keep in mind some of these things are old projects.)

    Working. Been doing some freelance consistently lately, which is nice. It can be a lot, but I figure as long as it’s here, I may as well take it.

    Knitting. I finished my second sweater sleeve and now I need to finish the back and sides. I’m trying to figure out some strange instructions for under the sleeve, but I know I’ll get there. (Update: I’m stopping by the yarn shop after work!)

    Spring cleaning. I moved a little over a year ago now, but I still need to sort through things. On top of that, which I moved into a bigger space, I’m sharing that space with another person and said space has fewer closets. Ergo, time to sort. Update: Which I’ve been doing. The thrift stores have been getting quite a few items from me. It feels really good, though; better than I thought. That is, I’ve always found satisfaction in purging things I don’t need and having a good clean-through. But this time, I feel a sense of lightness.

    For example, in the mornings I’m better able to picture my closet and figure out outfits because I don’t have to sift through a bunch of pieces that aren’t my style or taste anymore. I didn’t realize all that stuff was weighing on me so much. Maybe it sounds silly, but I think I’ve had so much going on this year, so many things taking up mental and emotional space, that adding something as simple as “What should I wear today?” was a huge burden.

    Also on decluttering note, I stumbled across this make-your-own bingo card site: http://an.owomoyela.net/fun/bingo_generator. My goal is to complete one square a week through the end of the year.

    Wedding and graduations. It’s that time of year, and this year I’ve got a lot. So far I’ve been to one graduation (out of town) and I have two more graduations (one out of town, one in town) and one wedding coming up. (Two graduations were knocked out this weekend, yahoo.)


    Overall this year has been pretty…I don’t think the right word is “stressful,” but it has been a lot to process with family and family health issues. That’s taken up a lot of time, but also a lot of mental and emotional space, which I didn’t realize until recently. There’s also been a big work project going on. As a result, I feel like I inadvertently holed up for a time. :/ But things are calming down, and the decluttering has helped, so hopefully this upward trend will continue.


    But what about the kittehs?

    On a kitty note, shedding time is here! I should have taken a picture of the bin where I’ve put Sophie’s extra floof. I’ve never seen so much! She loves to lay atop the dryer while I brush her, while Grizzy likes to lay on his cat tree as I brush him. We’ve had some super-hot days lately, so I think they are both very happy to shed their winter coats.

    sophie lounging on the big chair with grizzy beside her

    I love how peaceful she looks. 🙂

    Sophie has also become really demanding lately. She was always the one to wake me up bright and early, but lately she cries and runs around me until I follow her into the basement…where she proceeds to have a very loud, lively conversation. She doesn’t seem distressed, more like she wants me to pet or brush her.

    I think that’s long enough for now. Hard to believe the year is almost halfway over, but time marches on…!

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    Wordless Wednesday: Sleepy Sammi

    Sammi puppy under the green and white fleece blanket 1

    Snuggled up on Daddy’s lap.

    Sammi puppy under the green and white fleece blanket 2

    Peeking out just a bit.

    Sammi puppy under the green and white fleece blanket 3

    ‘Sup?

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    We’re still here!

    Work has been pretty intense, given a big project I’m working on in additional to my regular duties. Home has been intense given my parents have been either ill or going through some procedures. (My dad had cataract surgery, which normally is a fairly easy thing but because his are *really* bad and he’s had some eye issues, it’s a bit more of a to-do.)

    The stress has been getting to me a bit. I worry about my parents, naturally, and I’m also the child who seems to be taking on a lot of the responsiblities. I’m totally fine with this–I’m happy to help–but it is an extra layer of stress/worry/what-have-you.

    That said, I know I need an outlet and I love blogging and interacting with other bloggers and I’ve been leaving this space empty. :/ So I’m trying to get up at at ’em again.
    The cats have been really wonderful, as has Sammi (puppy). It always warms my heart to see these two snuggled up together.

    Sophie and Gcat snuggled up on the green blanket on the big chair

    We’re still here!

    So…a quick note to say I’m still here!

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    Wondering Wednesday

    I am trying to do more with analytics, add them to the site so I can learn for work.

    I’m also trying to do more with blogging, but I think I’d like to chat more about thrifting, share my projects (like the sweater I’m knitting), while also chatting about the cats (of course!) and Sammi, too. That seems to be where I’m going lately, and honesty I think if I give myself that leeway I’m more likely to blog.

    I have a non-wordpress URL for The Rosie Bee. I’ve tried to move all my files over and I seem to get them there but then it kind of…stops. I must be missing a step, even though it appears I’m following directions to a T.

    What do y’all think?

    Do I start fresh with therosiebee.com OR do I try and move everything over? This site would still stay up, just inactive.

    Bonus question: Would you be interested if I talked about things I’ve done and am doing (like knitting, thrifting), in addition to pics and stories about the cats and Sammi? Or would you be “eh.”

    G looking serious right up in my face.

    Serious G needs to know.

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    The G and his chair

    I snapped these pics of Grizzy a few weeks ago. He was in his usual spot on the chair that looks out the window. He sits there so often the cushion has a permanent butt-groove! 😀

    Grizzy sitting in his butt-groove chair

    You can see the “V” indent he’s made.

    The G definitely chills out a lot, but he has very concentrated bursts of fiestiness. Like, he will tear after Sophie for a good half hour! Sophie seems to have smaller, more frequent bursts of playfulness and energy, whereas G powers up for some super intense play sessions. It’s so interesting, how their personalities are different!

    Grizzy with a big yawn showing teeth.

    Look at those teeth! 😀

    And on a different note…
    In my last post I mentioned “project paralysis” and this weird low-grade anxiety. Well, guess what? It turns out I’ve been on the wrong dose of thyroid medication. The pharmacy filled the wrong dose (from a now-outdated prescription) and I didn’t check it (I only checked that I had the right kind of medication).

    I’ve had a bunch of other symptoms that I’ve brushed off as stress-related, seasonal, etc., etc., but now it all makes sense. So here is my PSA: Check your medication! Not just that you have the correct type, but also the correct dosage.

    Fingers crossed that I feel like my old self soon!

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    Mind-dump March!

    Sophie on the dresser looking down at me.

    My view as I try to meditate.

    I feel like this is Sophie looming over me, saying, “You haven’t blogged lately…”.

    I do have a ton of picutres to upload, I just haven’t gotten around to it. February was such a whirlwind and so far March has been, too. Lots going on at work, so I get home and flop on the couch. I think it’s one of those seasons of life. I have energy, but I feel like I have no time. I think I have this low-grade anxiety that came out of nowhere. Maybe because of some family stuff?

    This all makes me feel really lonely, too. :/ But I know we all have the same 24 hours in a day, it’s how we choose to spend it, so I’m trying to change this.

    Anyhow…some random thoughts:

  • I got up a little earlier than usual today. I’d like to continue getting up earlier. An extra 15 minutes in the morning seems to make the entire day go better for me.
  • I had an awful dream that I lost a loved one last night. It’s hard to be at the age when you have to start having serious talks with aging loved ones. Who is your power of attorney? Do you have a Five Wishes document? Where are your health insurance documents in case I or someone else needs them? What happens when the person is gone and I miss them so very much?
  • Along those lines, I’ve been thinking about people I used to be close with but have drifted from. What happened? Was it me? Will I ever talk with them again? It’s especially odd in a world of social media where you can see people posting and them interacting with others but your messages to them get no response. (It’s also awkward when you know you will see at least one of these people in the relatively near future…what do you say then?)
  • I seem to be having this project paralysis of sorts. For example, I’m taking a sweater knitting class and I started the arms but I had to miss the last class and now I’m paralyzed. I’m scared to start them again because what if I screw up the arms? The arms are done by knitting in the round, which is awkward no matter what and it’s a completely new-to-me technique so ahh! I freeze. I need to get over this fear but how? (Also, how annoying is this fear and where did it come from?!)
  • To end on a positive note, it’s March! My goals for March are to wake up a little earlier than usual during the week (15 minutes earlier, to be exact) and meditate daily. So far I’ve missed two days, but hey, it’s a work in progress. I’m trying out a few meditation apps to see which one I like best. Let me know if you have a favorite you’d recommend!

    Have a wonderful week!

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    Tidying up and mystery kitty

    I think a theme for this month will be “Waaaait! Slooow dowwwwn!” Work is really busy right now and so are things at home. (Lots of birthdays and some upcoming travel.) Still, I’m trying to focus on my goal of getting organized. I haven’t make that my official goal this year, but now I have. 2018: The Year I Get Organized (hahaha).

    Anyhow, I’ve mentioned before that the spare bedroom is the catch-all room. Countless times I’ve said “I’m going to clean it this weekend!” and I don’t. It struck me that instead of saying I’m going to clean it–the whole thing–I need to break it down into tasks: cleaning off the dresser, cleaning off the desk, cleaning off the bed. It seems when I tackle one thing, like the dresser, it stays clean.

    Last night I cleaned off the bed, which has previously been home to a few piles of clothes, and you wouldn’t believe how much lighter and how accomplished I feel. It feels good to be more organized (although that room is definitely a work in progress).

    And now for something totally different…

    Last week my mom told me a new cat came up to her back patio. She said it was a sweet orange tabby with a partially black ear. She gave him some food and said if he came back she’d take him to the humane society. He was so friendly, he needed a home.

    A few days later I scrolled through Facebook and saw him!

    Orange tabby from my parents' house

    The mystery kitty from my parents’ house.

    The local humane society posted he was found on my parents’ street, was scared but very friendly, and “If you know me, call…”. I hope he get adopted soon. The funny part it, he looks so much like our now-passed cat Bob (or “Loo,” as I called him). Bob had frostbitten ears, too, so the resemblance is striking.

    It makes me happy that my parents were able to get him and take him to the humane society, where he had a chance of finding a happy forever home. In fact, I wonder if my parents will adopt him…

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