Thursday, January 25, 2018

And we are back to gray

Just a little update on the last post, really. That sunshine didn't last long. I went to the hairdresser immediately after posting -- leaving home by about 9:30. It was already gray by the time I walked back before 11. It's been gray since then, but not raining. And more rain is predicted, here, but at this instant, it's not raining. The rain has not stopped elsewhere and the rivers are still rising. The Seine is expected to get up to, maybe even go over, the 2016 flood, which was pretty high. There are plenty of photos of Paris and the rest of France on the Internet.
Nogent sur Marne is on the Marne river, a tributary of the Seine, not far from the confluence. The mayor of Joinville-le-Pont, just across the river from Nogent, has initiated an evacuation order for some homes. I've read that the Marne is at the highest in 40 years.
Don't worry about us, though. We're on the other side of the hill that rises from the river to the main street of Nogent. That hill keeps rising after a first crest. The Fort de Nogent, which is really in Fontenay-sous-Bois territory, is at the high point and we are not far below that. Here's a map. The blue dot is where we are, right up next to the Fontenay border.
Today, I'm going to visit Victoria, in Versailles. Those who know me, know I am an avid reader of her blog, which is also listed on the sidebar, here, on the right. She wants to learn to knit - handknitting. So, I've got to go, now, and collect some yarn and needles. I'm driving. The RER C, that I would normally connect to in Paris, is cut off because of the flooding.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The sky is blue

Paris is always gray in winter. Gray and rainy. However, I don't think I remember it being so horribly gray and wet for such a long time without a break.

Last year, the Paris weather was mediocre. Still Paris had 81 hours of sunshine in January. This year, so far, only 35.5 and we are 3/4 through the month. Add to that, already 88 mm. of rainfall. The ground is soggy; it just can't absorb any more!
So, in the brief time I have this morning, sitting in front of the computer, it's sunny. The sky is blue. Scattered showers are expected. I am not going to sit at the computer any longer.

Monday, January 15, 2018

One down

The first sweater of the year is done. Claire had taken a photo of a cardigan she liked for C. and I figured out the alternating ribbing at the top from the photo. Rather, friends in a couple of Facebook machine knitting groups helped me figure it out. I have a strand of raspberry pink left -- maybe 15 cm. That's it! I have a little more of the dark yellow -- the gauge swatch I made and maybe 10 grams unknitted. In all, maybe enough to do a dark yellow trim on another sweater. As I said previously, my aim is to reduce the stash.
I did have to buy the buttons, though. I didn't have the right color or size in my button box. I'd like to reduce that stash, too.
I've reorganized the yarn. I'm taking over the IKEA closet in the room. I didn't realize I had so many cones of yarn to get through in addition to the skeins. I still have box to sort out. I've got years of yarn ahead of me!
We have made a little room in the basement. The kids took some things with them when they were here at Christmas and identified other lots for the bin. There's still tons more. The idea is to make room for the grandkids to play. Once upon a time, our kids had room to play down there.
The freezer died last week. Thirty-three years old. Luckily, I was in the "have to empty the freezer to defrost" phase, so we didn't lose too much. I made a very thick raspberry and blueberry pie. We ate some barbecue spare ribs and gave the last batch of that to the Paris Lebelles. The couscous vegetables went with the frozen chicken broth and veal paupiette sauce to make a rich soup. The only thing we had to throw out was one thawed pizza. The new freezer should be delivered by Thursday. It's a good thing we have a clear path in the basement to get the old one out and the new one in place. Before Christmas, we didn't. It's just a clear path, not really a clear space!

Monday, January 8, 2018

While the bath is running....

I'm a bath person, not a shower person. I like to soak in the bath, read in the bath. I don't have to rush. And while the bath is running (and why do we say "run"?) I can stand still and write.
Back to that question, why does water run, which becomes "the bath is running"? In French, "on fait couler un bain". I hate running. I'm not a runner. Stockings and pantyhose run, too. There are place names where creeks flow fast; they are call "... Run". Or where animals pass through. Deer Run is fairly common.
I'll look it up. But now, the bath is ready.

That was this morning.
Check this out if you want to get lost in all the ways we use "running".
Or this, for a more humorous outlook. (Thank you, Claire!)

We had a good AARO Meetup lunch, today.