Sunday, July 21, 2024


I finished reading Douglas Preston's book, "Extinction" on the Kindle yesterday.

Then the Kindle died.




I think for an e-device it had a good run - it was purchased 8/14/2015 - almost 9 years of daily use.

My replacement Kindle arrives on Tuesday, I hope it lasts as long (or longer).

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Friday, July 19, 2024

First Pic

The Man and I went to downtown SLO to the Apple Store to get a new iPhone for me. Much to my relief I didn't need to get a new phone instead they could repair my 2022 SE by installing a new rear-facing camera for $80. A bargain.

Truth be told the iPhone's camera was glitchy from the beginning but I was always able to get it working with Youtube's help. With just a few weeks left of the warranty I was ready to take the iPhone in but then the camera worked perfectly, every time. Then a couple of months ago I got the black screen after every couple of pics.

Lesson learned, next time I'll take the phone in even if it works "perfectly" while I am there. And, of course, today it took picture after picture without the dreaded black screen but their diagnostics did confirm it was a hardware problem and that the camera needed to be replaced.

The first pic with the new rear-facing camera: Summer canopy with the screened walls.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Slurping Noodles

Tried a new dish for dinner: Japanese Cold Udon Noodles with toppings: egg, tofu, grilled veggies (cast iron grill pan) and leftover pan-fried Copper Rock Cod (caught by The Man).

It was good, quick and easy. The best part is you could make it ahead of time since it's eaten cold. Thumbs up.


Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Cool Spell

We are expecting another triple-digit heatwave that will last into next week. Using the last moments of daylight to sit outside and take advantage of the cool evening.


Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Strawberry Tomatoes

Today's CSA produce box included Heirloom tomatoes and Okui Strawberries. I don't remember receiving strawberries this late in the season before but I'm enjoying the heck out of them.




Monday, July 15, 2024

Tdf: Day 17

Today was supposed to be a "Rest Day", no spinning required, but then again yesterday was supposed to be a "Challenge Day".

So today I plied on the EEW 6.0 and added four more 2-ply (and one 3-ply) yarns to the bobbin I started yesterday for a total of eight plied yarns.



I have my bag packed and ready to go to Spinners' Group tomorrow. While there I will plan to wind off each color separately onto the 2-yard Niddy Noddy then tie the wee skein in four places. Next I will label each skein to include Base12 year - 2022 or 2023 - as well as the Envelope number. The number on the envelope corresponds to the Fiber Key which tells me the fiber content and the colorway name.


Sunday, July 14, 2024

Tour de Fleece: Day 16

Another Challenge Day today and it was supposed to be a Ply Day. 

Last week I plied eleven mini-skeins; today I plied three, sigh.

Instead of plying The Man and I worked on setting up my new Warp Tensioner Device for the 28" Ashford Knitter's Loom.




I thought I had sanded the dowels smooth but when I ran a cloth over the sticks the cloth caught on the grain. Tomorrow I will need to do a better job of sanding and smoothing the dowels otherwise my warp threads will catch and snag on the wood. Sigh.




Saturday, July 13, 2024

Home Sweet Home

The Man's 2001 Dodge Ram truck needed a little help getting home from Ventura Harbor.


The Man will install a new water pump but the old truck might need to be retired - used as a farm truck - remaining closer to home.


Friday, July 12, 2024


Last night's "successful" Falcon 9 rocket did not fare well after all.


Thursday, July 11, 2024

Under Smoky Skies

Another successful SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from VSFB this evening.

The beautiful summer sky overshadowed by smoke haze from the Lake Fire in Santa Barbara County.



Wednesday, July 10, 2024

On Hold

I am on the Library's Hold list for Book #5 of the Joe Ledger series. I finished Book #4 (Vampires) over a week ago. My cleaning has not been as exciting.


Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Still Strawberries

The Okui strawberries are still going strong and they are as sweet as ever.



Monday, July 8, 2024

Tick Beach

We're going to have to stop hanging out at our favorite Coastal Beach spot. Sure, it's got a huge parking area to accommodate the Truck Camper, hardly any people, nice weather, lots of marine life: elephant seals, sea otters, pelicans, and other sea birds, but - it's got ticks.

The Man and Mattie took a walk along the Bluff trail and it turned out to be a Tick Fest.

Two days later and we're still trying to clean up. 


Sunday, July 7, 2024

Plan to Ply

TdF: Day 9, Challenge Day

So far, so good. My goals for Tour de Fleece have been doable and in fact I have spun up all of Hipstring's 2022 fiber and have started on the 2023 fiber kits.

Today I'll be plying but first I like to rewind the singles onto weaving (storage) bobbins.


 Ready to make a 2-ply yarn.


Using the EEW 6.0 e-spinner to ply. (Colorway: Goldenberry)


Often one bobbin ends before the other. Easy-peasy, I take the remaining single, make a Plying Bracelet (Andean Ply), and use up every last bit.



I plied continuously and joined colors end to end on the same bobbin.

Bottom layer, three yarns:


Middle layer, four yarns:


Top layer, four yarns:


Good progress today. Next Challenge (Ply) Day is next Sunday, July 14.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Hot and Cold

It got up to 110.1° today. We didn't stick around to watch the thermostat climb, instead we headed to the Coast. Mattie whined all the way, not sure if it was excitement or from being enclosed in a soft crate.



It was a nice clear day but surprisingly windy and cold.



I didn't bring warm clothes but I brought all of my craft projects: knitting (socks and charity scarves), both potholder looms and new yarn, EEW Nano and 4 empty bobbins along with the HS Base12 fiber, a book, and my daily notebook with my pencil case.


I didn't get to everything but I managed to spin 3 bobbins of fiber (TdF: day 8).


I wove on the smaller potholder loom and the Potholder Pro is warped and ready to go.



Friday, July 5, 2024

Hunker In

We got up to 109.2° today. It felt like being in an oven when I stepped outside to check on the animals and refill water buckets. The goats were laying in the sun so I guess they were okay.

The cats enjoyed their frequent misting with the spray bottle.

Ants came into the garage seeking shelter and water, I used the Shop Vac to suck them up.

Yesterday we killed a small rattlesnake. I saw it's tail sliding under the doghouse a few feet from where Jack and I were standing. It moved slowly so I could see the color and pattern of it's skin and - yes - the rattle on the tip of it's tail. I called The Man and kept an eye on it till he showed up. It had curled up in the shadow and though I could see it facing us The Man couldn't focus on it. It's scary how well they blend into their environment and camouflage themselves.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Hunker Down

It's the start of a nice long Holiday weekend and the beginning of scorching temps: 102.9° today.

The Man got busy with chores before the sun got too high.




I spun on the EEW Nano (TdF: day 6) and watched The PLY Spinners Guild "Spin In" episodes. Trying out Jacey's tip I used a diz to thin/attenuate Hipstring Base12 2022 #8 "Canopy Signature Blend".


Dizzed fiber on the right


Three bobbins in two days.


Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Spin Faster

TdF: Day 5



Instead of a Spindle I took the EEW Nano for a spin today. Using the wee e-spinner helps to spin faster.

The fiber I spun is called #6 "Poseidon Signature Blend" and yes it's blue-green. Tomorrow's spin is #7 "Violet Blue on Grey Merino Silk". Beautiful.