Hal took some photos of my in my pullover after I got through about 20 rows of the body, the part below the yoke/armhole section.
It's a bit short at this point and the pattern only called for a total of 30 rows. I'm within 2 rows of 50. At least it's now below my belly button.
Once I finish the body I start on the sleeves, I must say though it looks really nice sleeveless. I may make another one some day without the bell sleeves the pattern calls for. Heck, if it turns out I don't have enough yarn I could just end this one this way. I have 2 skeins left though so hopefully this will be enough.
Just had to add, the body is finished, a total of 50 rows of the pattern repeat of 4 rows, plus two.
So something ate through the two stems of one of my potato plants over the course of 2 nights. I assumed it was a cutworm but couldn't find it buried in the sand any where in the vicinity, nor could I find hide nor hair of it the second day. Fortunately, there was a small leaf at the base of each toppled stem so I put a small mushroom can around each leaf as well as the potato plant right next to it. No damage today. Doesn't mean there won't be damage tomorrow, plus my bean plants which are just sprouting are only a few inches away on the other side of the bunny-protection chicken wire.
On the other veggie fronts, 4 of my tomato plants are poking out above the walls o' water. I'm leaving them on another night because it dropped to 39f last night and tonight is also supposed to be cool. Summer returns Friday with highs predicted to be in the 80s and lows in the 50s and 60s.
tomatoes in walls o' water
I have lots of cucumber and zucchini and pumpkin sprouts, too. Every variety I planted including seeds from last year has at least one sprout and often 2 or more. No real leaves yet, another day or two before those appear. I really need to think about planting another crop of beans, too. I have lots of space left. Perhaps another hill or two of cucumbers would be good, too.
And these are the flowers I picked up in Alpena last week. The orange ones are Gerbera and I got some yellow French marigolds and some dusty miller. I think they look good in my purple pots.
I started this Bell Sleeve Pullover on May 18th. I had about 4 false starts, first trying size Small (bust 36) which seemed almost ridiculous and indeed when I got to the underarms it was much too tight. So then I tried Medium (bust 39) which was closer but still too small. One of the biggest problems seemed to be that both those sizes only had 15 rows before the underarm join was made. Being a tall person I should have just realized that would make a big difference and head straight into the Large size (bust 43) even though a 43" bust seemed much too large. But I went for it, with a size US7 (4.5 mm) hook instead of the G hook (4 mm) I started with .
This is the finished yoke section. I've gotten much further now, at least 20 rows of the body done. I've dropped from the US7 hook down to the G hook just below the bust and now the F hook, 3.75 mm to make it just a bit slimmer in the body. I do have more photos but the camera is on the shelf 10 feet away and I do not feel like getting up to download them. But now that I finally have the size it's going quickly. Hopefully, the sleeves will be fairly easy to do.
Went back to Art Van's last Monday and exchanged the Serta iComfort Prodigy mattress we bought 2 months ago with it's softer cousin the Savant, the one I originally preferred. Perhaps I should have pushed harder for that one, but I really thought there wasn't much difference. But after sleeping on the stiffer Prodigy for 60 days and occasionally waking up with aching hips, (Hal also had some uncomfortable nights) we decided to return it and get the other one. Besides we never heard that celestial choir telling us the mattress was pure perfection.
It arrived Friday and we've had 2 nights on it already. I like it better, I think Hal does, too though he still hasn't heard that choir. It's possible we need to break it in as we were told we'd have to break in the other one. This mattress is actually $200 cheaper than the Prodigy but the Art Van policy is you have to replace a mattress with one of equal or greater value. We weren't expressly told that but it's in the fine print which, of course, we ignored. So we didn't get that money back, plus we had to pay shipping this time which was close to $100. The lesson learned here is try the cheaper item first THEN get the higher priced one if you have to. We'd be $300 richer now if we'd done that. Could have bought 2 nooks this weekend with the sale Barnes and Noble is having.
Which brings me to the nook. B&N had a sale before Mother's Day so I finally bought a nook as I've been wanting an e-reader for some time now but $269 was more than I was willing to pay as there wasn't a lot you could do with their HD+ model. But then they added Google Play apps this year and dropped the price to $179. (For Father's Day they dropped it to $149, the bastards!)
It's a nice little device, touch screen, color, an 8.9" screen. I've read a book on it as has Hal, and we're reading another now. We've been sharing it to see if we want to get another, but those virtual keyboards leave a lot to be desired, it's a bit slow with the online stuff, though the couple of games I've loaded give me some amusement. Hal has decided the nook is mine to keep, he wants a tablet with a detachable keyboard, a better ability to utilize external memory (he wants to load camera cards from his wildlife camera and though I did download a photo viewing app for the nook, it's not really tailored for it). What Hal needs is one of those Microsoft Surface tablets but they cost around $1200, so he's planning on waiting a year or two till the market has more or better and cheaper offerings. Till then he'll just keep using his laptop.
I'm taking my neighbor and friend to Alpena today to one of her doctors. After that we'll be going grocery shopping and having lunch at the all you can eat China Buffet. We eat there almost every time we go shopping.
I was also in Alpena yesterday with Hal. Two months ago we bought a mattress set, one of those memory foam sets from Young Appliances, now an Art Van franchise. It was a Serta iComfort and those things are NOT cheap. But our old Sealy Posturpedic pillow top was almost 20 years old and sagging badly. Since we had taken out a first mortgage on the house to make essential repairs, (new roof being one of them) and had some extra cash we figured why not, with both of us having bad lower backs it seemed like a good idea.
So we've been sleeping on it for 8 weeks, about 3 weeks into it Hal determined he didn't care for it, so called our salesperson who said we had to actually sleep on it for a whole month so we did, he got used to it eventually but never really fell in love with it (on the other hand, his sister bought a new King Koil from them downstate and LOVES hers, it was a lot cheaper, too.) During the final 5 weeks I also woke up a few times with aching hips. We had picked the firmest one of the series, the Prodigy. We actually waffled between it and the softer Savant. I preferred the Savant at the time but Hal thought it might be too soft. Well, we obviously picked wrong. So we called Art Van a few times, finally talked to the rep and we went back to Alpena yesterday and made an exchange after trying out the 2 beds once more.
Immediately we both felt we preferred the Savant, which is actually $200 cheaper, but we won't get a refund because their policy is to exchange for the same or higher price set. We didn't realize in the fine print that was the case. We did know we'd have to pay for delivery this time. I'm sure the salesman could have made us a deal for something but we are lousy negotiators and just wanted to get this over and done with. So the new bed will be here Friday. With the original mattress and therefore this one costing close to $3000, including fancy pillows and a mattress protector (required for the possible exchange guarantee), I feel it's only right we LOVE our bed. Hopefully, this will be the case.