Sunday, November 9, 2014

Wi-Fi & Upside-Down Socks

Dear John,
 
Have I ever told you how much I love the internet? The animals and I are piled up in bed and I just finished paying bills. How wonderful is that? I save a fortune on checks, stamps and envelopes, and don't have to worry about when the mail is going to get something to its destination. I get irrationally irritated over the few bills that I still have to pay by check. And I owe any remaining sanity to the internet. I can't imagine having gone through these last three years without it. It has kept me in touch with family and friends when I couldn't bear to do it any other way, has kept me company in the wee hours of the morning when I couldn't bear to turn the light off alone, and has given me my widowfriends. All that remains is to get Wi-Fi in Heaven. So get to work!
 
This is what my day was like. I knitted two-thirds of a sock for Elyssa, always with one or more cats in my lap. The sock has been an adventure, my first one knitted from the toe up. The directions assumed you were doing Magic Loop - using two circular needles intertwined in a ridiculously complicated manner. I like to use double pointed needles on socks, as you well know. So I resorted to that inexhaustible source of knowledge, YouTube. I found a tutorial and went from there. I wish I could show you how the Turkish Cast-On works. It's fascinating.
 
I've been a football jinx all weekend. Everybody I cheered for lost. The Saints almost came back and won this afternoon; they ended up losing to the 49ers in overtime, in what's probably the most exciting game I've seen all season. But I jinxed everybody - UK, Notre Dame, Saints, and Steelers. I'm not staying up for the Green Bay game tonight, but no doubt they'll lose, too. I'll try to do better next weekend. And here's your trivia for the night: The last time the Saints and 49ers met in overtime, the quarterbacks were Joe Montana and Archie Manning.
 
Go to sleep now, picturing that game! And think of me, knitting socks with cats in my lap and a dog at my feet. And, for goodness' sake, get to work on this Wi-Fi issue!
 
Adore you,
Joan.

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