Monday, September 17, 2012

Keep Kalmia

I'm really not sure how it became mid-September.
I better hurry up, I'm running out of year.

This is my late, lamented Kalmia (Mountain Laurel) in spring bloom. It was another of the All Pink All The Time shrubs in the backyard: pink roses, pink rhododendrons, pink kalmia. Oh, and a lilac, but I think that got added later on.

The blossoms are pretty and unusual. Right before they open they look like little lanterns to me.

Cookie says I am not allowed to fall apart until after the move. I have a date for the movers now, which is coming up in just a few weeks, and I am not taking the stress well. Also there is much headdesk and facepalm with some of my coworkers today and ongoing. Others of them are so great I don't want to leave. I don't know when I'll be able to dye again, so I'm using it for my pretty much only creative outlet right now. Which would be going better but I'm trying to dye a special request and I'm not getting the colors right at all. Aggh. Back to the dye pots. But I am running out of time.

Look at me and my first world problems. We even have (hoorah!) full service movers coming, who will box up all my crap and lovingly carry it on their laps to my beautiful new empty apartment so it can get filled with my crap.  Current plan is to sequester Frances the cat and everything that is not going (clawed-up old couch, old Ikea chairs, silly old antique vanity I once bought on an ill-advised whim) in one of the bedrooms and tell them to have at all the rest of the house. Then when it all arrives up to 2 weeks later (WTF movers, what are you doing in all that time?), to drive Cancer Kitty Who Cannot Fly Because She Can't Have A Rabies Shot It Will Kill Her. Did I mention how much my cat detests the car? I can't really blame her, as it's associated with really horrible things in her past. 11 hours of sad cat wailing. I cannot wait.

I am going to be having a massive yarn sale on Rav. If you want, I'll keep you posted, it'll be Any Day Now (tm). I have a couple of huge boxes full to sell, and I'm not even done sifting yet. I try to be ruthless, but it's not a skill at which I excel. I just feel like such a loser, having acquired all this and never even used it. I keep trying to think that it doesn't matter, it's a mistake in the past, I don't have to continue this way, but I need more yoga or meditation or something because detachment is difficult.

I have one sad set of boring socks on the active needles (that don't see much action). I need something more distracting but not too distracting. The latest lace project was perfect, just enough of a mix of interesting but repetitious. I need to block it and pictures, ha, I'm only a couple years behind on those.

Time to end this pitious party and go to bed. I'll end with my little snail friend, who although he has munched through most of my hostas is still cute.


alittleweirdo said...

The kalmia is beautiful! Just wanted to say that you are NOT a loser for buying yarn you haven't knit with yet! Is there any yarn you can let Frances snuggle with to help with the car ride? My kitty likes to sleep in the yarn stash box when she can... Good luck with everything

fillyjonk said...

Could your kitty tolerate kitty tranqs? My brother is going to be driving his large and potentially-violent-to-strangers cat from IL to VA in a week or so, and the vet is giving a prescription for "Kitty Dramamine" to try to reduce the chance of his freaking out in the car.

kitten said...

Yeah, I was thinking kitty valiums myself. Couldn't hurt to ask.

Cookie said...

So beautiful!

How about Rescue Remedy and asking the vet about getting kitty on ACE for the drive... assuming kitty can't have Ativan, which would be my first pick.

Joan said...

Ugh, having flashbacks to our move earlier this year... It'll all be okay in the end, I promise. The kids were voluntold into driving two very vocal moggies eight hours to ther new abode. Kitties refused a pre-drive treat of tuna laced with sleeping pill and yowled for 45 minutes until they hit the freeway. I think they are still mad at us though.

Knittripps said...

Full service movers? That is awesome! Traveling with cat - not so awesome. I hope everything goes smooth for you!