You will be pleased to know that I finally got the Christmas tree hauled out to the garage and boxed up the Christmas village. It isn't all put away on the shelves but at least I'm 3/4 of the way there. I'm still ahead of my all time record of February 14th for the removal of ho-ho-holiday kitsch.
After looking at my check book and the limited prospects of an income for a couple of months, I have become the grinch when it comes to spending money. Thankfully I sneaked in some Mini Mochi and the Dream in Color Classy for DIL's sweater before my yarn diet started. Knitting from stash for a few months won't hurt at all - there is some great stuff in there! So far I'm really liking the Bugga Embossed Leaves KAL on ravelry. The Bugga from Sanguine Gryphon has a little cashmere for luxury and nylon for wear. It feels marvelous and I like watching the leaves appear.
Unfortunately my self imposed scrimping also means I can't buy books for right now. I guess it is once again time to admit to the library that I've lost my library card and plead for a new one. I'm sorting through my shelves looking for books I can sell. I've done fairly well with that on Amazon and it is pretty easy. Gotta come up with enough to buy Bitter Moon II! Shouldn't be too hard if I dedicate a couple of hours to the cause.
The really fun part of today was losing my car keys. I finished a meeting around 3 PM and planned to run errands. An hour later I was still searching. Misplacing my keys isn't unusual for me but they weren't in any of the spots they turned up in before. Hubby came home and helped search to no avail. The spare key is nowhere to be found. Cleaned a bag full of stuff out of my closet trying to find the box it was in.
My next move was to try to get a key made. No such luck. Cars made after 2005 use keys with computer chips. I had to drive to the dealership with my registration and ID to get the unique key code for my car. By then it was 5 PM and the locksmith was closed for regular hourly rates. The other fun part was being informed I'd have to have the car towed to the dealership to have the key programmed.
Went back home and tore the house apart again including two outside cans of garbage. Suddenly while preparing dinner I realized I hadn't checked one bag with newspaper from this morning. Sure enough, when I checked that bag, the key had gotten covered by a circular and scooped up with the rest. Hurray for found keys (though do you think I could have remembered before sorting through old coffee grounds and other disgusting meal remnants?)
Anyway, Icey, Merry and Pippin send you a happy purr that Monday is now over and we are on to better things.