A weekend without camping -----
Is like a weekend without sunshine
Let me tell you, we aren't having much sunshine here in Wisconsin. The trees are all brown yet, just tiny buds are starting to open 1/8 of an inch. The ground in our woods is all bare or brown, but there is some greening to the lawns. Take heart, spring WILL come. But WHEN?? is the question. The local news media is saying we are 2-3 weeks behind schedule right now, and with the recent rains, the fields are all too wet for the farmers to even think if plowing or planting. And I do recall a Mother's Day a few years ago where we had snow.... ick!
We had flood waters this week on our river by our house--- it came over the 9ft mark of the noted flood level. But we have had it as high as 13.36 feet in 2004. It doesn't come near our home, which is built high enough to be out of the flood plain. But it still is interesting to watch it rise up higher and higher as the rain came pouring down. I "drew" on these photos to show you were the shoreline should be. That flooded area is really another 20-30 feet of terraced land of ours. Beyond that is another shoreline down to the riverbank's normal edge.
The waters have now receded some, and barring any more rain storms, we should be okay again soon.
Saturday morning, Steveio wanted to take the motorhome out for a test run. He had replaced the idler pulley with another one from fellow Safari-ite Mel. Thanks Mel! He had to change a location of one lug on it to properly fit on our engine. Yes, it worked wonderfully, and we are no longer holding our tension on the pulley with a wire tie!
(if you read my blog of our last day home from our vacation, we had to use wire-ties to hold our pulley under tension, or risk not having the alternator properly charge our system while driving)
We loaded up the dogs for the test drive this morning, and drove the rig over to Oconto Falls to fuel up with diesel. Our tank had been about 1/4 full when we got home 2 weeks ago, and needed to be filled up. The cost of diesel keeps going higher and higher. We filled at $4.07 a gallon, $300 worth, and saw on the highway it was at $4.17 a gallon there!!!
We backed the rig into the driveway, opened the door and let the dogs out. DRAT! We tricked them! They thought they were going *somewhere* and just ended up back home in their own yard. Duke had his normal temper tantrum and didn't want to come in the house.
We had a nice surprise on Saturday afternoon... Daughter Erin and her husband Mark wanted to finish some lawn work, do a few trips to the dump, clean their garage and haul some stuff up to GoodWill. So they left little Monster Baby Chelsea Beedle Bug with us for the day!
we ate lunch,
we teased Granfaddah,
we played "fetch" with Duke...
(she called it "gatch" in her baby talk)
we looked for birdies,
and we napped.
They came and stole her away before bedtime, as they said they missed her so much. We had been hoping to keep her overnight, but no.... they took her away back home again. It sure was fun!
That was okay though because I had a lot planned for Sunday. I got a few more rugs done in the loom room.... and off the loom and tying up the fringes on some.
I have an rug order to prepare for next up on the looms. It's a large Birch Tree rug made from "sock loopers". Let me explain: The type of factory-made socks that you buy in the stores are made on machines. During the manufacturing process, they have loops or rings of knit fabric that are discarded after socks are cut apart and the seam sewn on the toes. Bales of these factory-waste knit loopers are tossed in the landfills. So in the effort of recycling and reusing and keeping things out of the landfills, various weavers get them by the bale before they get tossed. Then weavers like myself buy them by the pound and loop them together into long chains. The chains are then woven into interesting heavy rugs. They remind me of birch bark, so I call them my Birch Tree Rugs.
The lady that ordered the rug for this week would like it more colorful, so I am dying loopers today into greens and browns, and it will turn out similar to this rug..... (which has long ago sold)
Today's project is to bag up the sock loopers into mesh lingerie bags, and steam them in large pots of dye. I do this outside on a propane burner stand from a turkey fryer setup. I keep some stainless steel pots marked for dyes only, so they never get used for food.
Here are some shots from some other times I have dyed the loopers for other rugs. Here are the mesh lingerie bags that I had tossed in the dryer to take out the final dampness before chaining them.
Probably more than you ever wanted to know about sock loopers, eh? But I needed a break from tasks today to sit down a bit, and thought I would ramble on about the process to you, my faithful blog readers. Some of you are family, some are RVers, some are weavers and some are just friends.....
By now you should know, we blend our RVing adventures with my fiber pursuits. Next weekend we are heading down to Beloit area, actually a tiny town of Shopiere, to Vavning Studio. We will be staying in the motorhome all weekend while I attend some classes and help hostess the event with Juanita Hofstrom, the owner of the studio. Having the motorhome nearby makes it easier to attend the classes, saves on hotel fees, prevents us from having to board the dogs somewhere and we can make our own meals instead of eating in restaurants. So it's the best of both worlds!
And that is about it for us non-camping folks this weekend. Sigh.