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The Racing and The Celebrating

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It was Paul’s birthday last weekend so it was all about him.  On Saturday (his actual birthday) we went to the Buick/Olds/Pontiac Day at the race track.


I had my usual pit crew duties, which involved writing the number on the window and lots of waiting…

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And Paul was second place in his class!  Hooray!

The next day, since the actual birthday was all racing all the time (which isn’t a bad birthday for Paul), we went and did some other celebrating by driving up to Lake George. We went for a walk near the lake:


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And then, of course, made a trip to Martha’s Dandee Crème:


They have this great new covered area with tables and we thought that would be a great place to have our ice cream and watch all the crazypants people on the Six Flags rides.  However, even though it was a really nice day, some weirdo thought the overhead heaters were needed so we had hot air blowing on us and our ice cream started melting FAST.  We ate in the car.

In other, non-birthday news, I started this long cowl What Alice Found  with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Tonals (which I LOVE) and got a good start on it:


Except I keep calling it “What Alice Forgot” which is actually a great book by Liane Moriarty!  You should read it.

And the garden is getting a makeover:


Rearranging the layout and putting down mulch to walk around the beds.  Hopefully planting will happen this weekend!

A Yarn Emergency

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You can put this on this list of “Crazy Things Knitters Do That No One Else But Other Knitters (and Paul) Understand”….

Paul and I were out early on Sunday morning, running errands and having breakfast at Panera.  As we were eating, we were discussing what we were going to do with the day ahead of us, both assuming we’d be going home to do house-y or garage-y things.  Then Paul said what he really wanted to do was get an ice cream at Martha’s in Lake George.  I jumped at the suggestion, especially because I will do practically anything to get out of vacuuming. (I had been putting it off for an obscene amount of time.  Just be glad you didn’t come over.)

However, there was one problem.  I had left the house without any knitting.  This constituted a true yarn emergency because who wants to ride in the car for a whole hour (each way) and not be able to do any knitting?  I couldn’t stand the thought.  I actually would truly rather buy new yarn and new needles (of which I have many, many, many, many, kinds at home already) than go for that trip without it.  And we happened to be right near a store that sells yarn and needles.  It was not my tried and true local yarn shop (The Spinning Room!), and didn’t have my favoritest of yarns, but that was ok.  It really was an emergency.  Seriously.  Did I mention how I would not have been able to stand the ride without knitting?  And let me tell you this:  Paul did not even blink at the idea/suggestion.  He knows.  He sort of just sighed and said, “Let’s go then.”


And we were off!  I happily started a new pair of socks with my new surprisingly-nice-to-knit-with yarn by Deborah Norville (who happens to also be the new host of Knit and Crochet Now on PBS, a show I like).

We stopped at Martha’s Dandee Crème first:


Not only did we get a great ice cream cone, but I got the best t-shirt ever.  Except Paul said that I should add “and Knit” on the bottom of it.  We decided it would be best to drive right by the tempting outlet stores and then we went for a nice, long walk along the lake and in the town of Lake George.  Nice and quiet with no tourists!

What a great day, and look how much I got done on a sock!….


(Love those striping purples!)

And today I vacuumed AND mopped the floors.  See what a little down time (and knitting time) does to the cleaning mojo?

P.S. Paul mentioned that this is the third time this season we have gotten ice cream and my seasonal tally is not on the blog yet.  I took it down, thinking that we wouldn’t have as much ice cream this year since we are trying to eat healthier (ha!), and now I can’t remember how to re-put it up.  I’ll work on that since apparently I was a tiny bit wrong in my thinking.

All The Fall Things

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A list of all the Fall things:

1) Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Pumpkin Spice bread, because nothing says Fall like pumpkin-y things:



2) Candles because nothing says fall like the cozy warmth of candlelight:


3) Annual trip to Lake George to bring Paul’s mom to the outlets to buy her favorite sneakers and get ice cream for the last time at Martha’s Dandee Crème because nothing says Fall like…. well, like that:

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4) Mashed Potato Casserole, because nothing says Fall like comfort food:


5) Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting, because nothing says Fall like apples:


And here is where there would be a picture of the cake with the frosting if I had remembered to take it before I took it to the yarn shop and it got eaten up.  (Because it is soooooo yummy!)

6) The leaves, because nothing says Fall like the changing leaves (and that flag):



7) Hand-knitted socks, because nothing says Fall like needing hand-knitted socks because it is getting chilly:


8) A knitting class, because nothing says Fall like knitting your own cozy sweater:

And here is where there would be a picture of the class I taught today and the Tea Leaves cardigans they are all working on if I had remembered to take a picture. (I was on a forgetting-to-take-pictures roll today, apparently.)

9) A Christmas ornament knitting kit, because nothing says Fall like getting ready for winter!:


10) That is the end of my “All the….”  posts.

The Book Sale

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Recently, it was the town-wide garage sale.  Which also meant it was the annual Altamont Free Library Book Sale/Fundraiser.


Which meant I was all over that.

As I have discussed before, books are, to me, exactly like yarn:

1) Can’t have too much/many.

2) Even it you have a lot at home, there is room for more.  Mostly.

3) No, you can’t NOT buy more, because what if you never get the chance to see this yarn ever again or buy this book at such a great price?

4) They are wonderful.

5) They smell good.  Mostly.

So, at 8:30 am I was there, even though it started at 9:00 (and I was not the first one) and got my first haul:


(Ha! Two books, same title, different authors)  Then I worked at the yarn shop for the morning.  It was so funny to see customers/garage sale-ers coming in to look at the yarn, holding a single book, or a tool box, or a frying pan:


After my shift, it was time for the $1-for-as-many-fit-in-a-bag book sale back at the library, so off I went and got the rest of my haul (2 bags worth):


You may ask, “Why not just wait for the bag sale?”  Well, I’ll tell you.  I’m terribly impatient and can’t stand the thought of missing some kind of great book at the beginning, that someone else might get.  It truly is a sickness.  So, for all those books (which happens to number 23, which happens to be the exact number I bought last year), I paid $10.50 (plus $4.50 added donation because I love the library and I use it often).  So great.  However, now, I have outgrown my bookcase and they are sitting in bags on the floor.  Just so you know, that in no way, no how, proves the above #1 or #3 wrong (see #2, #4 and #5 for added emphasis).

In other recent news of the doodlebug variety, we read a book about a policeman who was looking at fingerprints, so we decided to look at our own!


And we planted our Scarlet Runner bean plants outside:


And in other recent news of the knitterly variety, I taught the Heaven and Space shawl class, which went really well and everyone got a great start to their project:


And I am this close to finishing the second side of my Second Story Tee.  I’m not showing it to you yet, because it looks exactly like the first side (except slanting the other way) and that would be boring.  So, I’ll show it to you when I am completely done with the tee….I just wanted to create a little anticipation-dare-I-say-suspense on this blog.

Oops, almost forgot there was this, too:


The Last Day of Summer

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Today is the last day of summer.  To celebrate, we made our yearly trek with my mother-in-law up to the Lake George outlets to get her favorite sneakers at the Easy Spirit store.  But really, it was an excuse to stop here for lunch:


No lines.  No waiting.  We figured we better go before they close for the season (October 13, if you are local and interested).   I would have taken a picture of our ice cream, however because of the humid day, the rainbow sprinkles on my pistachio soft serve were abandoning ship like nobody’s business and I had to eat the ice cream in 5 seconds flat.

And also, a few days ago, we had to go here:


…. because it WAS the last day.  Again, no lines.  No waiting.  And again, if I had remembered, I would have taken a picture before we ate it:


I did get a picture of this sign, over on the right hand side, which you cannot read, but I will tell you what it says:


“Money cannot buy you happiness.  But it can buy you ice cream, which is kind of the same thing.”

This guy also showed up again this weekend:


I don’t think we usually see him this late in summer, but it’s always cool.  We watched him eat a mouse, which was gross.  I have a feeling we won’t see him again this season.

And while we were gone today, since it’s the last day of summer and tomorrow is fall, this seemed to happen all of a sudden:


And I’m pretty sure, because it’s the last day of summer and we are going to grill hamburgers, the grill will run out of gas.

All this last stuff?  This is all ok with me.  I love fall.  I’m ready for it.  Goodbye humid, make-your-ice-cream-melt weather.  I can wait until next season for ice cream.  Bring on the pumpkin everything.  Bring on the chili, meatloaf, and other cold weather inside meals.

More soon.  Knitting, cooking, baking, reading.

Forcing Spring

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We were so sick of being stuck inside by the cold that we decided to stick ourselves in the car for a ride to Lake George last weekend.  We had a great dinner:


Then went to look at the still-so-frozen-that-people-were-snow-mobiling-on-it lake:

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And then, because Martha’s Dandee Crème opened that day, and it IS supposed to be Spring and getting warm, we decided to try and force the issue by getting an ice cream cone.  It was 35 degrees.  And this is what we encountered:IMG_2097

LINES!  Long lines.  Tons of people wanting the same thing.  Not just ice cream.  SPRING.


It was yummy.

How about some knitting?

Remember that cool Pieces of Eight mitts pattern I showed you in the last post?  It was definitely challenging, needing double pointed needles and a circular needle at the same time.

Here is my first mitt:

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Sorry – the pictures could be better.  But this was so fun, because it was so challenging.   This is one of those patterns where you wonder how in the world the designer figured out how to make this.  This will be an upcoming class at The Spinning Room!  Speaking of The Spinning Room, did I tell you that I’ve got another part-time gig?  I’m working there as a shop girl now!  Just a few hours a week.  Yay!

I also started the Shadow Spiral Scarf and am about halfway done.  This is the coolest thing.  It’s a striped scarf:


But…. when you look at it another way, it’s got a spiral in it:


Another upcoming class.

And I’ve got another project in the wings for a summer, short sleeve cardi-with-no-buttons thing…. stay tuned for that.

But first, I’m off to work on my other part-time gig:  Mending a scarf and an afghan and finishing (seaming) a sweater.  I will be ignoring the large amount of snow still outside my window, hopefully until tomorrow when it is supposed to be 50 degrees and maybe half of it will go away.

The Good and the Bad

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Ugh.  Dreary weather around here this weekend.  We’ve had some ups and downs this week and now the weather is crappy.  The pole building got started, so that was good.  The inspector came and gave the all clear so that was good too.


Paul did his own inspection and found the builders had cut the phone and cable wires he and his brother so painstakingly placed during the hottest weather of the summer, so that was bad.  He spent time yesterday and today, in the rain, fixing it, so that was also bad, especially given that his reading up on the subject indicated that splicing an outside wire means it won’t last long anyway.  It’s worth a shot to try.

I was supposed to teach a class for the Cozy Wrap yesterday, but there were not enough sign ups and the class had to be cancelled so that was bad.  But, Paul and I took that found time to bring a whole load of things that didn’t sell at the tag sale to donate at the Salvation Army, so that was good.

Yesterday I made the Pumpkin Spice Cake from the Martha Stewart’s Cakes book:

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Doesn’t it look just like the picture from the book?:


Sort of? …except for the crumb stuck in my frosting.  So it was good that I baked.  But it was bad that it didn’t taste I good as i thought it would.  I’ll still eat it, mind you (it’s not that bad).  I just thought it would be better.  It has a cream cheese/butter/honey frosting that is a little rich.  And also, I had to make it in an 8″ pan instead of a 9″ pan, which meant I had to cook it longer and that made the edges a little overcooked, and it made the frosting to cake ratio off-kilter.  In other words, when you put your fork in the cake, the cake is too high so you can’t fit the whole bite in your mouth.  You have to end up scooching the frosting around and taking two bites out of the one forkful and it’s just a lot of work.  These are the kinds of things I care about in a cake.  I need a 9″ pan.  It might seem as if it would not make a big difference but I really think it did.  Or I needed to turn it in to a layer cake.

Today it was raining like crazy and that was bad since we were bringing Paul’s mom up to Lake George to the Easy Spirit outlet so she could get her favorite sneakers that she can’t find anywhere.  They are buy one, get on 50% off at the outlet and you can’t beat that.  I may have also gotten in on the deal since she wanted three pairs and needed another pair to get the 50% off, so that was good.   I was only doing my part.

We drove to see the lake and it would have been nice if it was a sunny day but:

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Still pretty, even in the rain.

And of course we had to stop for ice cream:


..which was still tasty, even in the pouring-at-that-point rain.  When can ice cream ever be bad?

The dreary weather, and the drive to Lake George, gave me some inside time to work on my knitting!  So that was good.  I made a lot of progress on the front of the Aaron’s Aran Sweater:


Just one short little left-side section to do and then it’s on to the arms!

And I’m just starting the right armhole section of my Ecuador Sweater:


The dreary weather did make for some pretty good leaf peeping pics in our yard:

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Seen amidst all the construction, from front yard, to side yard to back yard, to other back/side yard by the pond.  AND we got a short visit from the blue heron:


Not the small green one that’s been around all summer.  This is the big heron that flies in like a cargo plane and looks like a pterodactyl.  He only comes once or twice in the summer/fall.  One day I will get a really good picture of him.  Or a good-er camera.

So all the dreariness and frustrations were peppered with fun, yummy, pretty, good things.  And that made it not so bad.  Bring on Monday.