where she gets back into the groove

I want a restart and I've decided it starts today.  I'm going to restart 2010.  Things have improved and I'm especially happy to report that dad is home and recovering well.  Thank you everyone for the continued support, kind words and keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.

What do you think of the new blog look?  Truth  be told, I forgot to save my template to the hard drive before I started playing with Bloggers great new template options so it'd take a bit (lot) to revert to the old format.  My last save is on a fried lap top that I can't get to any time soon.  I'm going to go with the change for now and see how it does or doesn't agree with everyone, or myself.  Let me know if you like it or not, and 'bear' with me while it gets some tweaking as I have a few minutes here and there.

Kids are busy with school, we're finally busy at work.  Dogs are always busy and the horses have spring fever.  While it's still doing a lot of that cold, dreary, snowy stuff around here the daffodils have broken ground in the front garden and are just peaking out.  I saw my first Robin today so spring is surely on it's way here.

There's been no knitting yet in 2010.  I mistook myself for Wonder Woman...  Linda Carter I definitely am not.  I accidentally (I'm the first to admit I'm not always the most co-ordinated diva and over estimate my physical prowess far too often...) tipped a heavy load on the wheel barrow hauling grain bags -- and in that instant where before you realize it's a really bad idea -- I tried to catch the side of the steel wheel barrow and found my hand between it and a steel gate.  It's doing and looking a whole lot better and needles should be sparking here again soon.  I did cast off a Mara Shawl pre-Christmas that I'll have to take some photos of.  I have 2 test knits that I'm terribly behind on.  Not only do I feel bad not having them done for the designers to see, but one was supposed to  be Nicole's Christmas present.  They're first on my list to complete. 

As soon as they're completed I intend to cast on Alexandria by Connie Chang Chinchino.  I have some gorgeous lavendar (it's definitely leaning more into the pink zone) Jaeger Roma that would be perfect for that.

On the tracking front, friends are preparing for tracking tests and I try to get out as often as possible to help lay tracks and enjoy tracking Chase.  Piper has started to track as well and she's really enjoying herself.  She's also had the light go on for her scent work in obedience so that's been a lot of fun for us too. 

I had a few people email to ask if we ever got our new standard poodle puppy?  "Nina" will be arriving here in May.  I'll be sure to post plenty of sweet puppy posts come summer. 

Hope everyone has been well and spring is being kind to you all.  I plan to have a great day 'cause it's my B-day!


Chris said...

Happy Birthday Renee! So nice to hear from you again and I'm so glad about your Dad. I hope your day is wonderful.

thea said...

Happy Birthday! I'm so glad your Dad is doing better and that you're getting back into your usual routine. It will be good to hear your "voice" again and hear about spring on the farm as it comes :-)

As for the test knit, don't you feel bad for a sec. Instead, enjoy the day and have a great birthday!

lucy said...

Have a great one Renee and I feel hope and relief that your dad is improving. Take care of yourself. Everyday is a good day to start again.

Love the new look btw!

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday Renee!!! So glad to read your all doing better...2010 has not been much better for us as well. I think I will take your approach and start anew too!!
Your new look is stunning, daisies are my favorite flowers!
Hope your birthday is filled with joy, love and laughter! Enjoy it!

Celestial said...

Happy Happy Birthday dearest!

I'm sorry to hear about your arm and hope you continue to recover quickly and in as little pain as possible.

I've seen several robins down this way already. Next time I see one I'll try some 'bird whisperer' moves and tell it to go visit you. But no promises that it will actually understand me ;)

peaknits said...

Happy Birthday!! That 'll earn you a re-do forsure:) Glad to see you back! Enjoy your day!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Happy birthday!! So glad you're back.

t does wool said...

Happy BD renee~~
so glad to here everything is going well and I love your new set up!!!

kim said...

Happy belated!!!! I'm so happy to hear that your dad is improving. Your new site looks lovely. Good to have you back.

Asti said...

I'm so glad things are looking up - here's to a fresh start!
LOVE the new look blog, so peaceful.

Jane said...

Happy Birthday and I'm glad you're back! Your blog looks great! So good to hear about your dad.

Philigry said...

oh, i love the new look and i am so happy that your dad is doing better!

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