Monday Project Report – Imagine Sweater and Boy, Do I Ever Appreciate My Husband!!


What a week!!  Sunday was buying groceries for Thanksgiving – which continued through Monday before we got everything (and I still couldn’t find chestnuts).  Chip was working on getting everything ready for the opening of his exhibition at the resource center.  Tuesday I had court and then we started cooking.  Wednesday was a heavy cooking day for me and Chip started moving stuff into the resource center.  Thursday was the same – focused on both food and the exhibition.  I didn’t expect to complete anything on my projects through Thursday – that happens on holiday weeks.

And then Friday came.

No school for the kids.  No Chip from 10 in the morning until 8 at night.

Have I mentioned how time consuming it is to make both lunch and dinner for the family plus make sure the dogs are going out regularly and clean up their messes and clean up the kitchen after Thanksgiving and referee the fights between kids and referee the fights between dogs and try to get the laundry folded and get food up to Chip and – oh – maybe draft a motion for actual income?

It takes all day.  I knit 15 rows of 26 stitches on the front of the Imagine Sweater.

How does he do all of this and get leatherwork done in a day?

Then on Saturday Chip was still gone all day – and I had my sit and spin group and then a spinning class after that and then errands to run and then run home and make dinner – which wasn’t done until 8:00 at night – and then time with the boys before hustling them into bed before we both fell into bed, exhausted.  No knitting today.

And by the way, Ladybug (the neurotic beagle) had escaped while we were gone so add walking the neighborhood at night calling out “Ladybug” to the evening activities.  Sigh.

My husband is amazing.  I am feeling grumpy.

Sunday Chip was gone again all day.  In the morning Mom called – did I want to go to my sister’s and pick her up and bring her to my house until tomorrow.  Of course I did.  That’s 2 1/2 hours of driving.  Add to that getting two boys in and out of the shower, getting Jesse new sneakers, getting more groceries and then cooking again for the family, getting Mom situated and showing her how the spinning wheel works and how to card fleece and there was no knitting done last night either.

Animal Control called us back.  Someone had found Ladybug across the street from our house and called her in and we could pick her up Monday (today) from the shelter.

My husband is a saint.  I am barely hanging on.

So this morning came and I thought of this post and knew I just could not do a post telling you I only knit 15 rows of 26 stitches four weeks from Christmas.  I just couldn’t do it.  I had to get something done.

So after my sister arrived to pick up my Mom, and after I made a few phone calls to make sure I was ready for tomorrow’s court appearance, and after I went to Agway and picked up more dog food and then went to the shelter and picked up Ladybug ($75.00 plus the license fee to get a dog that only walked across the street – sigh) I picked up the Imagine sweater and finished the last 30 rows so I could say that  . . .

I finished the front of Elaine’s Imagine Sweater this week.

Well, actually I only did the neckline going up to the shoulder seam because the rest had been completed when I knit in the peace sign – but still – the front is officially done.

Chip is home today.  He made dinner.  Leftovers from the last few days but who cares.  HE MADE DINNER!!!

I love my husband.  I don’t think I could function at all without him.  He even brought me breakfast this morning PLUS two cups of coffee and tea for Mom.  I am going downstairs now to have the dinner he made – and I will be thankful that I finished the front of Elaine’s sweater – but really I am thankful for my husband!!

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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3 Responses to Monday Project Report – Imagine Sweater and Boy, Do I Ever Appreciate My Husband!!

  1. danielle says:

    That man is a saint. I don’t know how either of you do it. I feel overwhelmed right now with only one child and no pets and my husband is cooking dinner and I STILL can’t seem to get anything done. It took my entire lunch break to email you guys the Thanksgiving pics and it’ll probably take me all night to form a blog post….or not. I should really get some knitting done…3 gifts to go before the 25th. I got my rubber stamp in the mail today…now to find time to go to AC Moore for paper for my tags and ink for my stamp, take professional looking pictures of all my dyed yarn, post everything on Etsy once I make sure it’s all ready to go, and pray someone wants to buy it!
    Give your husband a hug for me, he’s a special guy.

    • Shelly R. says:

      How did we both manage to find husbands who make dinner!!! I think part of the insanity is trying to be self-employed on top of it. It takes alot more time than working folks realize because there is never a point that you really leave work. I got hardly any work done today and there is alot I have to do. I’m hoping to get back on track with work tomorrow because today became a lost day. I’m debating whether to spin or to knit tonight. I really think I have to knit because presents have to be completed. Maybe Vash’s illusion scarf tonight. I have to frog more of his penguin sweater to get more green yarn first. But next I am off to doing (more) dishes. The kitchen has not been finished since before Thanksgiving. Every time I start to pull ahead I have to make dinner and the kitchen explodes again. Tonight was reheated leftovers. 6 more pots. Sigh.

  2. Barbara Antonelli says:

    You Should be thankful for your husband because he IS wonderful! No one knows more than me

    I don’t know where you get the time to write your blog and take all those pictures!

    Going to bed, Love you, mom

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