Sunday, June 28, 2015


So clearly I'm not making it with writing each day about things that make me happy..but I AM thinking about them.

My dog Kasey and my cats, Mimi and Zipper make me happy.  Keeping them fed, brushed, loved and paying attention to them every chance I have makes me happy.  It's what I'm supposed to do.

And really, right now it is all about doing what I am supposed to, until it feels right and natural again and not an effort or exercise.  It's the only coping mechanism I seem to be able to effectively employ.

Today I am simply happy that it's been overcast and the heatwave eased a bit.  It's enough.

I'm also grateful for a job and a way to get there and a fine ham sandwich I just put together.  So there.

Happy Sunday.

Monday, June 22, 2015

So...I saw today a post where it says that writing for 2 minutes a day about a positive experience in the last 24 hours can increase happiness dramatically.  Seems like it's worth a shot.

Today I washed my incredibly filthy car, thanks to my landlady reassuring me that it was ok to use the water here for something like that.  I also did some gardening..repotted a few things, got a baby violet plant ready to take to a friend at work, checked the tomato and basil and rosemary.  Started a pot of pasta sauce for a casserole for the week.  Little things but such steps forward to me.

I also took my dog, Kasey for a long walk.  She has plenty of room here to run outside but she so enjoys different smells and paths.  She is a joy.  She is currently outside with me here and intent on the baby kittens just beyond her sight in the garage.

I enjoyed taking the time to groom the cats-they give me so much joy also!  All in all, it's been a  nice, relaxing 2 days off of work and I feel ready to face the week tomorrow!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

So...again a long time, blog.

I'm sitting outside in glorious Oregon at my home.  It's tiny, perfect and I love it.

That said, life hasn't been so perfect.  We moved here last June, got legally married in August, found this place in December.  It's 32 miles one way from work but a gorgeous drive every day.  I don't mind it.

In mid April, things were great.  Loved our home, I got hired full time at Lowe's instead of seasonal, things were balancing. Then on April 29, Jack (Maureen) left me suddenly and without warning.  It appears for someone else..she's told me she is seeing someone although I didn't ask who.  I guess it really doesn't matter, you know?

So life for me right now is about finding balance.  Getting ok in my own skin, shedding the pounds of guilt I've managed to acquire in my 11 year relationship/marriage.  Learning to live alone again and budget and get up every day in spite of the hurt and anger and keep moving forward.

It's not easy.

Friday, June 6, 2014


I've been working for Kroger (store 410) for 4 1/2 years.  This week is my last week there and I have been thinking a lot about how much time one spends at work and how miserable it must be to actively dislike your job or coworkers.  I've been lucky.

Generally speaking, I don't care for retail.  My face shows incredulous instantly no matter how hard I try and there are just too many incredulous moments when dealing with the public.  I have stumbled through though and for the last 2 years have been the store receiver, interacting with vendors and the whole other world that exists behind the front end.

I have gotten to know so many people I wouldn't have known otherwise.  The personalities are huge and funny and sometimes infuriating but I wouldn't have missed it. 

There was the time the milk delivery person arrived so early that he went to bed in his truck cab.  One of my coworkers went to wake him at 6 and he jumped up-buck naked.  To this day I can't look at the guy without laughing.  My coworker was so indignant and grumbled all day about things swingin' in the wind. 

The time I kept seeing something in my peripheral, so many times that I questioned my health only to realize a large bird had made it's way inside.

The all around job guy that sings Kroger radio like a boss, changing the lyrics to make Kroger the bad guy, or the good guy or the discarded lover.  He's also a Redskins fan and we're a rare breed these days.

The time they put a mouse trap in my desk..the countless times they've put something in my reclaim bin deliberately upside down and open. 

All of the crazy makes me sad to leave it tomorrow.  I'm excited for our move but wish I were keeping my work family.  I'll miss them a lot. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Coming Together

A few days later and things are starting to come together.  The minpins have a new home together with a family that really wanted them.  It was touching, Jack said.  They have an autistic son and the 'fierce' minpin, Sake jumped into his lap almost instantly and laid down.  Fate.

Lucy the imperial tortie went to live with our friends at the Gayboy Mansion.  She is being spoiled rotten and is finally the Queen she obviously felt entitled to be. 

My two beloved black boys, RuPaul and Fey Wray went to live with the lady who found them originally, running under parked cars at 4 weeks old.  It was a difficult parting but they're together with a new family that will love them like I do.

Someone is coming today for the tarantulas-he has THIRTY (Oh My God) so I have confidence in his ability to care for them.  Anyone with 30 spiders is some kind of special, I guess.  Yikes.

I've gotten more done this week than I could initially see.  The garage is packed full of things for next week's sale and the stacks of boxes in the house have grown.  I've purged a ton of stuff as I went so it's not as bad as I thought it would be.  Still a lot to do however.

19 days till moving day.  5 more days of work till my last day (coincidentally the day of the sale, bwahahahaha).

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Moving to Portland

Oregon, that is.  We have exactly 21 days until the moving van arrives and I am not ready. It seems no matter how much I purge or how much I pack that every surface is covered with things and stuff and such.  Very frustrating.

We have wanted to leave Memphis for nearly as long as we've been here.  It has not been a comfortable place for us to live as a gay couple and the racism here is terrifying.  So is the poverty.  I realize these are things that exist nearly everywhere but in Memphis it is amplified somehow to a pitch somewhere just under the shriek of a 2 year old.

We believe Oregon is more progressive and plan to marry there after our arrival.  It is clearly the fiber mecca and I have information on 5 guilds/groups that meet in the Portland area on a regular basis.  I have my spindles and wheel packed and ready to go into our little pull along trailer.  Such things cannot be handed over to movers.

Everything has come to a halt to prepare for moving.  No knitting, spinning or exercising.  Our entire world revolves around moving and work.  It is starting to wear me down.  Rehoming all our rescues has been emotionally draining and I've cried frequently. 

21 more days.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Back In The Saddle

At least for today....

So.  Here we are, blog.  We grew so distant and I don't understand why.   Actually I do-I am LAZY.

That said, it's been an eventful few years.  Chez L-Robinson boasts a current rescue level of 10.  Five each cats/kittens and dogs.  Two tarantulas, a ball python and a 29 gallon reef aquarium that's really taking off nicely.  We like animals here.  I don't think anyone's noticed yet however.  Keep that to yourself.

In 2012 I decided to try this little app called Couch to 5K (By Active - there are several different ones).

Changed my life.

After smoking for 30 years and quitting, gaining enough weight to begin struggling with breath when I tied my shoes and buying progressively larger clothes I became A.Runner.  I did it on a treadmill and entered my first 5K last fall.  My second is this June and I'm repeating the program outdoors because there is a HUGE difference in treadmill and outdoor running.  The injury I sustained in the first 5K reminds me of that every time I'm up at this ungodly hour to go to physical therapy on a day off.  Still and yet - I want to run.  I can't believe it is me.

I'm still knitting but not at the intensity of a few years ago.  I spin all the time now and mostly on spindles.  All sorts-heavy, light, Navajo, support, top whorl, bottom whorl, kick-crazy obsessed.  I also started a little Etsy shop full of things that interest me on a production level.  Orifice hooks for wheels and project bags for knitters are my primary gig.  I am vending my first festival in May - Magnolia State Fiber Festival.  I will also be teaching a class for Beginner Spinning - Non Wheel.  I'm very interested in what new spinners want (or think they want) to learn in their first class.  Comment here or email me at lazysockmonkey at gmaildotcom if you have thoughts on this!

Pics next post!  Lots of spindle candy to show!  (just ask Jack) (she'll tell you)