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Summer Update

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It’s been SUCH a busy summer!  Not long after my last post we went on a family vacation and things have not stopped since.  It seems as if we are settling down a little now, so I can share with you ALL THE THINGS, including some yarn and knitting!

Cape Cod was beautiful:

I got some vacation knitting done.  Made some progress on Helen Stewart’s Fairyhill Shawl:

And I got some new yarn at A Great Yarn in Chatham to start Helen’s Sprite’s Fen shawl:

And I may have gotten a little bit of other yarn there too…

We’ve also been to our favorite summer dinner spot, Jumpin’ Jack’s:

We also found a great Mexican restaurant which we went to three times in 10 days because we heard it was good.  It was.

And made another trip to the Brimfield Antiques Fair/Flea Market where Paul found a dump trac to go along with his Murray pedal tractor he is restoring, as well as a scooter:

I got a great recipe from my friend Pam, which I am now obsessed with: Firecracker Slaw….

Coleslaw in a bag; red, yellow, orange peppers; scallions, a few pickeled jalapeno slices; dressing.  Dressing is 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 3T olive oil, 1/4 cup sugar, 1T pickled jalapeno juice, 2T mustard seeds.  Nice and spicy and YUMMY!

I couldn’t resist a new Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors yarn at The Spinning Room:

Not my usual colors but I just loved it.

I’ve also taught some knitting classes but only managed to get a picture of the A Gentle Diversion class progress:

The garden is taking off!:

We currently have cucumbers coming out of our ears and I’ve been making pickles like crazy.  Soon we will have zucchini and beans coming out of our ears too.  Peppers and eggplant are doing as well, but we’ll see.  And I’m really hoping the butternut squash starts doing better too.

It’s been a fun summer so far!



Recovery Mode

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We finished off our vacation with ice cream for dinner:


I’ll tell you what….There is nothing better than eating ice cream when you are hungry and not after dinner when you are already full.

Then, it was time to get into vacation recovery mode.  It was great to be away and all, but I’m sure you can relate to the fact that it is so hard to get back into the swing of things when you come home.  I get so discombobulated.  Trying to figure out what day it is becomes an impossible feat.  Getting up at the usual time seems like the most unreasonable hour.  At the end of the day it seems like it’s been a year since morning happened.  After eating out for several days in a row, I had no idea what that room in our house with the refrigerator and stove was for.  And I almost forgot how to babysit.  My first day back with the doodlebugs, I kept feeling like I was forgetting to do something.  Thank goodness I remembered to give them lunch.  And I did manage to help them with a craft project:


Now that it’s Friday, here’s to hoping I’ll be back on track soon….

The only thing that didn’t get discombobulated was my knitting.  Thank goodness for my knitting.  Even if it gives me trouble, at least I’m still knitting.  I’ve been whizzing along on my Wheaten wrap:


This is one of the patterns and yarn I got at the Bare Naked Wools Boutique on our trip.  I just love the pattern and the yarn (Kent DK).  I can’t wait to see what it will look like when it is blocked and the lacey parts open up.

And, once we got home and I had my scale, I finished up my What if….? scarf:




I pretty much like it.  I’m not thrilled with how ragged the lighter sections look, because of the short rows that are knit into them.  And the color changes are still very subtle.  But from afar, it looks nice.

Ok, so wish me luck…. I’m bringing my items to enter into the Altamont Fair today.


Weekend “Adventures”

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Let me preface this blog post, after that intriguing title, to say that by “adventures” I mean “what usually happens around here”.  The first adventure was the large amount of yard work I agreed to do Paul and I did together.  We had to move several piles of dirt and reeds that had been taken out of the pond:


(there were many more than this picture would indicate) and put them in the woods:


My favorite kind of yard work: The hard, boring kind.  Luckily it was a beautiful, not-hot day.

Then there was lots of weeding and tidying up of the beds in front of the house.  As I was trimming back the huge mound of flopped over daffodil stems, there was a sudden flurry of activity that scared the bejeezus out of me.   At first I thought there were rats coming out of it.  But then I realized they were three baby bunnies.  UGH!  I had totally messed up and disturbed their nest.  No more cover or protection since I had chopped it all away.  They ran for additional cover around the corner, under some lilies, next to the house/chimney.


Smack in the middle of this picture, you can just make out a little bit of fur.  I felt terrible!  They stayed there for some time.  I checked on them later and they were still there, then in the morning they were gone so I assumed their mom came to get them.  When I looked online, I was relieved to see that at the size they were, they can likely survive on their own anyway, and that the mom stays away during the day to lure predators away from the nest.  She likely came back around dusk and found them.  I hope.

Our other adventure was our yearly trip to the Washington Park Playhouse to see an outdoor musical.  This year there are two productions and this month it was “Hands on a Hardbody”.  It was about the lives of the various people taking part in a contest to win a truck by being the last person with their hand on the truck. A musical about this.  We were intrigued.

It was a beautiful night to sit outside and I did a little knitting while we waited for the show to start:


Does this tell you how exciting the show was?:

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Not really.  [This was Paul joking around at intermission about how “exciting” it was. Pretty convincing.] That first picture of the stage is pretty much what we saw the whole evening, except sometimes during a song, the car would turn and people would sing/stand on it.  Entertaining enough, but not one of our favorites.  We really enjoy the Park Playhouse and go every year, but I guess we can’t love them all.  We are hoping to enjoy the August production of “Oliver!” a little more.

Paul also worked on “my” car, which is not normally terribly remarkable, but I walked outside and saw this and it was just kind of funny:


That’s him in the car, apparently doing some sort of loud, grinding of spot welds on the floor.  I think.

And finally, in preparation for lunches this week, I tried a new salad recipe:  Quinoa with Tomato Basil and Mozzarella


It doesn’t look terribly appetizing (I had to arrange the red tomatoes to give this picture some color) but it is really tasty!  I used my cherry balsamic vinegar in the dressing, and I added some fresh corn.  A great, cold salad for hot summer days!  Plus, it’s from the Pioneer Woman and I pretty much love everything she does.  I love her cooking show.  I love her ranch.  I love her blog.   She’s up there with Martha and Ina in my book.

I’ve got a busy week ahead.  Stay tuned for knitting, spinning, doodlebug adventures and who knows what else?

Odds and Ends

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1)  We had a ton of rain last week.  So much that the mallard couples that comes to visit us now and then decided to swim in the puddle in the side yard, rather than going all the way to the pond in the back yard.  “All the way” is about 50 more feet.


2) The good thing about the rain is that I did a rainy day project with the doodlebugs and helped them make a card and some BBQ sauce to give their dad on Father’s Day:


Got the idea, including the free printable “For the KING of our grill” tag,  here.  The sauce was so yummy that I went home and made some for my own dad!

3) Then the weekend had beautiful weather and our peonies finally bloomed and I got to bring them inside:
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I just love, Love, LOVE peonies.  I carried them as my wedding bouquet.  They are kind of messy and kind of complex (kind of like me…Ha ha!)  with all those fluffy, ruffle-y layers.  And I love that they look so pretty now, but they will open up even more and have that wonderful surprising yellowy center.

4) My humongous knitting project is done and I’m on a starting-more-projects streak.  I think this.  And these.  And maybe these. Stay tuned.

Christmas Week Tidbits

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Whew… What a week.  Holidays are so busy!  I’m giving you some tidbits of my week and we’ll return to regular blogging (if there is such a thing) next time….

Holiday Baking:

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Burned edges due to my not seeing the directions circled in red.  The middle was yummy!

Having a cold muddled my brain apparently, so I quit while I was ahead and didn’t make what I really wanted to make:


I can only imagine how it would have turned out.  So, maybe I’ll make a middle-of-winter-we-need-some-cookies-and-cocoa cookie tree in February.

Pre-Holiday present giving and present preparation:


The doodlebugs playing with magnifying glasses that Aunt Liz and Uncle Paul gave them.


Making chocolate dipped and sprinkled pretzels for the grandparents and Miss Susan (my mom).

Holiday Gifting:


My mom was the perfect recipient for the mismatched mitts.  She loved them.


I got a popcorn popper – the kind you make with oil and butter drizzles down on the top!.

So we ate popcorn while playing Uno with Paul’s family:

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The popular “toy” that wasn’t a gift:


An infrared temperature guage that Paul picked up on the way to my mother-in-law’s.  He bought it to take the temperature of the garage floor in preparation for painting (which didn’t happen – don’t ask).  It was used to measure the temp of the Christmas tree, the presents, foreheads and food.

Holiday Eating:


My Aunt Christine’s famous clam puffs.  I ate many.  Oof.

My nephews in prime position for dessert:


They are so cute.


The desserts at my mother-in-law’s house.  Also oof.

Holiday week knitting:

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More on these later.  (I’m up to my ears in Ravelry, looking for new projects to teach classes on.)

Christmas week reading:


1) Excellent murder mystery.  2) Excellent young adult but good for adults book. It made me cry. 3) Just started.

Check out this cartoon:



How was your week?

Something’s Cooking

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A few things are cooking around here today.

Our pole building is getting started.


Yes, that man is standing in a very deep hole.  Exciting stuff, aside from the hassle of trying to figure out when they would get here and coordinating that with the building inspector who, because of our small town, has a “regular” full-time job in addition to his town inspector duties.  And, it’s raining:


Ugh.  I feel bad for them.  They will go home to Pennsylvania for the weekend and come back on Monday.  Hopefully the building will be completed by Wednesday of next week.

In the meantime, my knitting is cooking along. Back on track with my Aaron’s Aran Sweater:


That picture doesn’t show you much.  Sorry.   But I was also knitting the Treads tipless mitts to get ready to teach a class last night:


Had to get to a certain point on the second mitt to do some demonstrating.  I forgot to take a picture of everyone’s projects.  I’ll get one at the second class when we do the fourchettes.

And, finally, in some real cooking, I’m trying to figure out which cake to make first:


Martha Stewart’s Cakes: Our First-Ever Book of Bundts, Loaves, Layers, Coffee Cakes, and more  (click there to get it on Amazon)  What a great book. Have I said (lately) how much I love Martha?  So many yummy looking recipes and I want to make them all.  Today.  But I think I’ll just start with this pumpkin spice cake since I still have some pumpkin in the freezer: 011

Except I just realized I don’t have any butter.  Or cream cheese. Sigh.  Stay tuned.  I’m going to the grocery store.  Where I might also get the ingredients for this: