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Comings and Goings

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Still pretty busy around here – this is just a crazy summer! – so you get another list of all our comings and goings:

1) We went to some non-Fourth-of-July fireworks:

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This was at the end of Schenectady Summerfest.  We had no idea where we would be seeing the fireworks so we found a parking lot, hoping we could see them from there.  We sat facing the wrong direction for a while, until other people, apparently in the know, came and sat facing the other way!

2) We went to the July Guptill’s car show.  It was hot. So we got:

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And saw this:

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And this adorable pedal car with a lawn mower handle attached that made a perfect “stroller”:

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3) I was commissioned to make these for a friend’s mother:

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That’s the “before” picture.  I’m just about ready to felt (shrink) them to size.

4) We got ice cream another time:

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It was so hot, I couldn’t get a picture sooner because it was melting.

5) We went to Brimfield last weekend.  Here is my haul:

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A just-from-the-box (so the guy said, but I’m inclined to believe him because I’ve never seen one in this good condition) Acme dress form from the 1960’s.  A set of 4 pretty blue polka dot glasses.  The dots are raised up, but on the inside.  And two Fire King azurite blue dinner plates.  We already have two luncheon plates and two fruit bowls, so now we have a little collection going.

6) I finished my Fractal Danger:

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I love it!  Class scheduled for Aug 8 & 22, 10:30-12:00.  Call The Spinning Room to sign up!

7) Our CSA boxes have started coming!  We (and by “we” I mostly mean “I”) enjoyed grilled scallions and squash with fig balsamic drizzle:

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And we have only semi-enjoyed the chicken/pasta/kale dish I made.  It made a lot and now we are tired of it.  Tonight Paul is eating it for the second time and I am eating it for the fourth time.  Kale is pretty chewy and takes some work to choke get down.  To be fair, we made some yummy things with kale last year.  I think this batch may have been a little “mature”.  Tomorrow we are expecting collards, so I’m not really sure what/how we’ll do with that.

8) I took the doodlebugs to the park today and this kitty was there:

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There was a woman there with her dogs and this is her cat, who follows them to the park all the time.   His name is Arthur.  When I was growing up we had a cat (actually two different cats) that looked almost exactly like this (I think ours had a little more white on the face).  AND their names were Arthur!  Yes, we had two cats, one after the other, that looked the same so we named them the same.  Miss Ladybug kept asking why he looked so mad, but I didn’t think he looked mad.

Stay tuned for more knitting. I  have an almost-finished something.

Odds and Ends

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I don’t have a coordinated thought today, since this past week/weekend just wore me out.  So you are getting a list….

1) I taught the 2-in1 Socks class on Saturday.  Everyone got well on their way with their socks and loved the lunch I made.  Wouldn’t it have been great and made for a more interesting blog post if I had remembered to take pictures?

2) While I was teaching, Paul went and did pick-your-own by himself:

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Did I tell you that they always give us a little bouquet of flowers (and sometimes a gladiola) when we go to pick-your-own?  So pretty and they really brighten up the kitchen.

3) I have forgotten to water my house plants for about a month.  I just watered them and I hope they survive.

4) After teaching class, Paul and I went to babysit the doodlebugs so their parents could go to a grown up party.  When they were put to bed, we heard them talking on the baby monitor:

B: “Oh no, Peep [stuffed lamb] lost her blankie.” (read: B threw his blanket out of the crib.)

M: “Oh no, Peep!”

B: “Maybe Auntie Liz can help.”

M: “Well,  Auntie Liz is not in here right now.”

B: “Maybe Peep should call for Auntie Liz….  AUNTIE LIZ, SAID PEEP!  AUNTIE LIZ, SAID PEEP!”

I went and retrieved blankie “for Peep”.

5) We saw this on the way to babysit:

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6) Paul washed all the windows in the house.  He is so great.  (I cleaned the whole rest of the house so I’m pretty great, too.  But he is especially great because I just cannot stand to wash windows.)

7) I did this with our pick-your-own and CSA share:

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Tomato puree, dilly beans (never had them. hope we like them.), applesauce with some plums and pears thrown in (REALLY yummy); beans to freeze, more beans to freeze, broccoli to freeze, peas to freeze.  We may need to buy a supplemental freezer….

8) I was working on cleaning up the craft room and found my Downton Abbey Mystery Shawl that I never blocked (I finished it in February), so I blocked it:

Before:

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After:

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9) Jigsaw puzzles are a time suck.  We had lunch for two and a half hours yesterday.  We didn’t even know what happened.

10) Here’s where I’m keeping my ribbon for the next little bit:

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More interesting and cohesive thoughts next time.  I am this close (thumb and forefinger held really close together) to finishing my Wheaten wrap and I can’t wait to show it to you.

Grand Champion!

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Just.  Wow.

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That’s my name up there.  Next to the big rosette. I still can’t believe it.  Grand Champion Wool Product.  Best of Fair.   I can’t stop getting teary-eyed when I think about it and I have no idea why.  I teared up when I saw it, I teared up when anyone congratulated me, I teared up when Joan said I made everyone at The Spinning Room proud, I teared up when Kathy said she was proud to know me, and I’m tearing up now while I’m writing about it.  It’s crazy.  I guess I’m pretty proud of myself.

But enough about that.  On to other fair things.  So here are my entered items before:

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And here they are after:

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Not too shabby.  I’m happy with all my other ribbons… one third place and three fifth place.  And I got fourth place in the Spinning Bee contest with 96 yards spun in 30 minutes:

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I spun 72 yards last year so I’m getting better.  My friend/biggest competitor/spinning nemesis Lisa got third!  I have some work to do to beat her next year.

After that excitement, Paul and I did our usual food tour to celebrate:

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I’m not showing you everything we got since that would be embarrassing.  But there may or may not have also been a cider donut and a gyro involved.

We really like to watch the horse competitons:

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And this was there, which I couldn’t watch without shrieking and almost having a heart attack because I was pretty sure they were going to crash so I turned around while Paul watched and narrated what they were doing:

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Could anything beat the excitement of the fair this weekend?  Well, there was the birthday party for my nephew, Nicholas, who turned 16. SIXTEEN.  He is so grown up and I just can’t believe it.  And I forgot to take any pictures.   We had pigs in a blanket and a yummy dessert and he opened presents and we all visited. Those are the pictures you would have seen.  But, I did ask if he wanted me to knit him something for Christmas and his eyes lit up and he enthusiastically said, “YEAH!”  So it was cool that he still wants to wear knitted things from his Auntie Liz.

And the other excitement of the weekend was another pick-your-own session at our CSA farm, for which I did remember to take pictures….

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(beans)

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(there are peas in there somewhere)

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(jalapenos)

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Cherry tomatoes, purple pepper, basil, parsley, sage, a huge zucchini which became bread, and a huge cucumber which, with some more cucumbers, became a million pickles:

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These are canned pickles instead of refrigerator pickles since we currently have a lot of refrigerator pickles and now we can keep these for a while.

If you can stand it, I’ll probably have more vegetable freezing/canning pictures since that seems to be overtaking my life these next few days.  Another thing taking up a lot of time are finishing/blocking/repair projects for customers of The Spinning Room.  Stay tuned for those too.  Somehow, these just don’t seem quite as exciting as recent events, but I’ll try to keep your interest.

Ice Cream and Veggies (but not at the same time)

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On Saturday, there was a post on Facebook stating that it was National Ice Cream Day.  And since I believe everything I read on Facebook, I told Paul and we quickly adjusted our errand date night to include a stop at an ice cream place.  After all, ice cream aficionados like us HAVE to have ice cream on National Ice Cream Day.  Back home, after a very yummy PB Mallow (vanilla soft serve with peanut butter and marshmallow topping) for me and a milkshake for Paul from Kurver Kreme, we were watching the news and they reported, “Tomorrow is National Ice Cream Day.”  Hooray!  Two days of ice cream.

In the meantime, I made a trip to The Spinning Room yarn shop to knit for a while and start all my things that needed to be started.  The Sea Glass Cowl, made with Autumn Wind, just flew off my needles and is already done:

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A really simple pattern – this would definitely make a quick and easy holiday gift.

I also started the What if….? scarf……

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…..and very quickly discovered that I cannot use the Tangier yarn in this one.  It is took thick to use with size 7 needles which made it very difficult to knit.  So much so, that my hands were hurting.  And no, my hands weren’t hurting because I was knitting too much.  It was the yarn.  It also has a fair amount of silk and cotton in it, which means it is not very stretchy and therefore harder to knit with.  So, now I have to wait until tomorrow, and stop at the yarn shop on the way home from babysitting to grab a new yarn.  And no, I’m not waiting until Wednesday afternoon when I will be working there anyway.

But, let me tell you, here is a nice way to knit and then find out you can’t knit something:

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So relaxing and peaceful out on the deck.  Even when you are realizing you are going to have to start over.

And finally, I started the second section of my Wendy Knits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014 Knit-a-long scarf.  Looks pretty much like it did before (but now we are adding short rows) so you are not getting a picture of that yet.  Picture to come when I’m done with the second section.

Ok, but really, the greatest thing about this weekend?  We got to dig into our very first ever CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) delivery from Patroon Land Farm!:

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There are some collards there that I don’t think we are too keen on, but the CSA gave us a recipe for collard slaw that we will try.

We had some yummy salad with lettuce, frisee and broccoli (some from the CSA and some from my garden)….

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I also made these totally yummy Corn Cake Stacks with Arugula and Cheddar:

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So delicious!  Especially with fresh, sweet corn. These are from the The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden.  (click there to get it on Amazon)  And here is my learned-from-watching-cooking-shows-fancy-pants way of getting the corn off the cob:

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We ate the corn cakes with grilled pork chops and grilled zucchini, scallions and broccoli.

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(Yes, my food styling skills are seriously lacking.  Except for the corn cakes.  They pretty much look like the recipe picture.)

So good to eat fresh veggies and so good to know we are supporting a local farm and food bank.