Good and bad, life keeps moving on.
Yesterday, just two days after Christmas, I found when checking my bank balance before beginning to pay another round of monthly bills, that some scumbucket had stolen my debit card numbers and charged $424.14 to my bank account for a goatload of makeup from a company called Too Faced Cosmetics in Irvine California. I caught the charge as pending. Due to that mess, my water this icy cold winter had been turned off since I had no money left to pay my bills.
Yes, I have already talked to my bank so the card is now defunct. I have been checking my credit to keep my identity from being stolen as well. My particular bank happens to be very protective of their customers and will be fighting the payment for me. But until it goes through, the fraud department cannot begin its dispute. And it will take about 10 days before the bank can give me provisional credit so I can pay my bills. In the meantime, I have been draining all my pipes to hopefully help keep them from bursting without water moving through them. To my dismay, that didn’t work and I have been without water for about a week. I find out today if indeed I will have running water again.
I suspect that the person using my debit card numbers was a woman who obviously must have needed some serious help in the beauty department. Personally, I would never have even thought to purchase anything from a company with a name like that when it makes them sound untrustworthy. I cried a lot last night and this morning; then today, I thought I had better come to the library and have some quiet in a corner with my hardly used laptop. At least my stress headache is better.
A dear friend of mine gave me a 3 gallon container of water with a spigot on it and insists I should come over any time she is home to take a shower. That’s pretty awesome! How comforting to know I have a friend who is concerned for my personal well being. Its also encouraging to know I am not facing this all alone.
I explained the entire situation to my church and they helped me. However the people in charge of the church finances were not around what with the holidays. So help from my church with my water bill has been covered people who got together and pooled some money for me to use to pay the bill to have my water turned back on. But then it froze anyway.
My best friend of over 30 years passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in October. I keep thinking I should call her and tell about what I am spinning or knitting or weaving, but I can’t. I miss her, but I know she and my dear sweetheart Jim are up in heaven, kicking back laughing and talking about old times. ;/ I still miss my dear sweetheart Jim so much. I can’t help but feel that way. ;(
I know God has a plan for me. But I am in the dark concerning it. This long dark hallway of not knowing God’s plans for me really sucks. I hope to see the light soon. I know I must have faith, but it can sure be scary.
Ok, my whining is all done! I want to get on with the good things happening in my life.
Little Hats Big Hearts
I have been knitting cute little baby hats for the American Heart Association. Did you know that the most common congenital birth defect that babies have are heart related problems? Often due to poor cardiac performance, they are often born underweight or prematurely. Since they have difficulties controlling their temperatures and keeping warm, much of their heat is lost through their heads.
The hats cannot be made from yarns that are wool or wool blends due to flammability (those struggling youngsters are on a lot of oxygen!) and skin allergies or irritability. The hats can be made out of cotton or acrylic red yarns.
After completing one hat and starting another, I met a lady who had an 8 month old child who had been born with cardiac difficulties. His lips were tinged blue one evening and she and her husband raced him over to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City. She told me that it was a wonderful blessing to her as a parent to one of these little red hats that somebody had made was put on her sweet little baby’s head in the ER. She was greatly comforted by that small simple thing.
I hadn’t thought of the parents of these children, but if it blesses worried stressed out parents as much as the baby, then I need to knit a whole lot more of these hats! I am such a slow knitter; weaving goes so fast by comparison for me. Its taken me weeks to make 6 hats. It didn’t make me more productive making baby hats when I caught a nasty head cold the week of Christmas.
I have a picture of the five sweet little hats that I have spent 45 minutes trying to download to my blog here from my cell phone. So far I have not been very successful.
The shrug that I first posted on my triloom has long been woven. Again, I am having difficulties in posting a picture. Sonia has been too busy with school, the holidays and finals to help me fit it to her. But we will get the final touches put on it soon.
Blending Dyed Romney Wool in my Combs
I have been inspired by one of my other blogging friends, Jennifer of JenJoyce Designs, to play with and blend dyed locks of white and naturally colored Romney. Again, I am having trouble downloading the pictures of the wonderful colors I have been creating when making my combed top in the sharp tines of my Indigo Hound double pitch combs.
The Iris, together with the Magenta, and just a small bit of Bright Blue is making a stunning lavender purple blend. I also made a combination of the orangey Mustard yellow, Bright Red, overdyed natural brown Romney with Bright Red. It was just like fire!
Though I feel that knitting the little red baby hats is important, I want to do more weaving. I have ideas cooking around inside my head. So today I started weaving on the grain instead of on the bias on my smaller 14 inch continuous weave square loom with some variegated purple and white cotton from Sugar and Cream. I want to spin and/or weave things that I can wear so bad, I can almost taste it!