A Game Changer

I’m vacuuming.

Right now.

As I type this.

A few weeks before Christmas, I hit my limit. I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m not a fan of cleaning. I do it but only when I have to. I will find anything else to do – I dare say even stack wood with Paul – in order not to do the cleaning.  Eventually, though, it really does need to get done and I do it.

The thing I procrastinate the most about is vacuuming.  For some reason, I just can’t stand it.  So, with my elbows being how they were and, really, vacuuming only aggravated that situation, it was finally time to make the leap….

Yes, we got an iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. (click there if you’d like to get one too!)

So far, it’s the best decision we have made since we decided to get married. It’s the best thing since sliced bread. It’s the cat’s pajamas.

Last February, I was listening to this episode of the Knitting Pipeline podcast and she gave a glowing review of it – she loved it so she bought it for both of her sons’ families.  Her daughter-in-law said it changed her life.  Changed. Her. Life. Ever since listening to that episode, when it was time to procrastinate about vacuuming again, I’d remind Paul about this life changing device and how he wouldn’t have to listen to me complain about vacuuming anymore.  Apparently it took ten months and tendonitis in two elbows for me to wear him down.  Whew, that was an exhausting ten months.

I really can’t tell you the weight that is lifted off of my cleaning conscience.  Seriously, a total cleaning game changer. I highly recommend you get one.

On to a fiber-y non-game changer…. the Moorland Blanket crochet-a-long.  I attempted to start this gorgeous blanket this weekend.  I got my yarn chart all ready:

Such a pretty color combination!

Then I started out with my first, second and third colors:

I tried to do a little at a time.  Sort of.  Boy, is that hard.  But then my elbows started hurting and I stopped.  Today I went to physical therapy and surprise of all surprises, the therapist said the best thing to do to get better is to REST.  Heat and rest.  Heat and rest. Heat and rest. Heat and REST.

I probably shouldn’t even be typing.  So, I’m off to heat up my rice bag and rest!  The sooner the elbows get better, the sooner I can get back to my hobby passion obsession.

4 thoughts on “A Game Changer

  1. Love this blanket! And cool color chart!!!when you rest and heat til you heal would you be up for giving me a lesson on how to crotchet this pattern? I’m patient….

  2. So Liz! Heat and rest ONLY, please! We want you better! So, Chuck and I want to know how does the robot get around furniture and stuff? You show it in a bare space. And how does it get into the corners?? I do need a new vacuum, but only answer when you are able, please. Also, can you ditch the snowflakes on the screen? I don’t need any unnecessary motion with my nystagmus. Thanks, Bea

  3. Liz, I love the colors of your Moorland blanket, inspired by nature herself. I am sorry about the tendonitis. It flares up on me too. I know you are passionate about reading. Please surround yourself with wonderful books. Recently I have been reading mysteries written by 2 different Swedish authors; Henning Mankell and Helene Tursten. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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