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“Rabbit Proof”

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The garden has absolutely exploded in the past two weeks.

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Here is what it looked like on July 18:

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I can’t see my pepper plants anymore.  Poor planning.  From last night until this afternoon, I watched a zucchini grow an inch and a half.  Crazypants.  I harvested one yellow cherry tomato last night which Paul and I split.  It was yummy.   No other tomatoes ready yet.  But pretty soon, we will have cherry tomatoes, zucchini and beans coming out our ears, then bigger tomatoes and hopefully corn.  And Paul says, “Clearly, we need to expand next year.”

If you’ll recall, I only got two pea plants to come in because “peas are fussy.”  The other day, when Paul came home from work, I was talking to him about my day, yammering on, blah, blah, blah and I realized he did not seem to be listening anymore (with all my very important blah, blah, blah-ing, I have no idea why something might distract him…).  He was staring out the dining room door.  Then he suddenly leapt out the door and into the backyard yelling, “There’s a rabbit in there!” WhaaaaaT?????

Here is what used to be one of my two pea plants:

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All the flowers and the two little tiny growing peas nibbled off by A RABBIT!!!!!  In our FENCED IN garden.  Which has  RABBIT PROOF FENCING.  Rabbit proof, my a$$.  We chased him around with the gate open and him trying to leap through the rabbit proof portion and not getting out, from the inside (oh the irony).  He finally found his way out the gate.  The next evening we saw who we assume was the same rabbit sitting out there looking at the fence and we chased him away.  I could just see the thought bubble over his head, “Hmmm.  Now which part did I jump through….?”

Ok, that rabbit has gotten enough blog time.  On to some knitting….

My Shawl Society Amulet has sadly been put on the back burner and very soon there will be another pattern coming out and I’ll feel woefully behind.  But, I had to move on to knitting projects for fall classes.  While we were at Washington Park seeing Chicago, I started knitting the Sultana Cabled Hat:

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I got this far:

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And now I am ripping it out.  I love the hat and think it is so pretty. This was going to be a cool pattern to teach too, because it has a cable that needs two cable needles. Fun!  BUT.  My hands started hurting when I was knitting it.  Maybe it’s all the knitting I’ve been doing anyway and this put me over the edge but the small circular needle and the cables requiring some tight knitting just made them hurt.  In fact, I had to stop knitting for a few days to let my hands/arms rest.  Horrors!!!  I didn’t know what to do with myself, especially in front of the tv.

So, I think I will do a different hat with a pretty slip-stich pattern instead: Tamarugo

Then, I taught the What Alice Found class last Saturday:

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And showed everyone the pictures of the superhero masks I made for the doodlebugs.  They all agreed that would also make a great class, especially to have before Halloween.  So, I knit the class sample for that:

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Then I started the Frida Baby Cardigan in my new favorite Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Tonals:

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And then I got all excited about finding this Silverleaf pattern and had to start that, too:

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In doodlebug news, we painted al fresco the other day:

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They love that they get to wear Uncle Paul’s old car t-shirts as their smocks.

That was before it got REALLY, REALLY hot and I found this super funny cartoon on Facebook:

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I laughed so hard.

And finally, tomorrow is Deirdre’s last day of running The Spinning Room yarn shop!  We will miss her as an owner but will be lucky enough to still see her at knit-ins.  And I was lucky enough to have her want me to come back and teach classes after I sold the shop to her and I am thankful to her for that.  She was great to work for and did a great job with the shop.  I made her a cake:

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And after a two-week shutdown, The Spinning Room will open again on August 16 with six new owners!

The Garden – Finally! And a knitted thing. And a goodie.

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We’ve been working on the garden, trying to improve it and make it easier to be a garden.  It has taken us a while but finally we have our garden in!

We used to just have an 8×8 square of dirt with a fence around it and I would have to walk in and amongst the veggies to weed and pick.  But now we have two 4×8 beds with a border around them for me to walk and a fence around the whole thing:

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It’s so great!  I can’t wait for all my veggies to grow.

Also, it’s been so cold we didn’t know if our peonies were ever going to bloom (our forsythia bush didn’t, and our flowering crabapple trees didn’t and our rhododendrons didn’t).  They looked like this for ages:

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But this week they finally bloomed!

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In knitting news, I finished my What Alice Found cowl:

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I love it!  I especially love the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Tonals yarn.  It is a dream to work with.  This will be a class on July 23 at The Spinning Room if you are local and would like to participate!

And now it’s on to working on my not-terribly-secret-but-sort-of-secret project for my college bound nephew…

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In baking news, my friend Deirdre, owner of The Spinning Room, gave me some rhubarb from her garden!  So I made this Rhubarb Snacking Cake from Smitten Kitchen:

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Excellent!  Make it.

Also, did you know that there is a magazine out there for everyone?

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“Chickens” !!

It Was Hot.

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A couple of weekends ago was Memorial Day and Musclepalooza at the track.  And I’ll tell you what: IT. WAS. HOT.

I pretty much melt when the hot weather comes, and I turn into a whiny, sweaty, kind of pain in the neck.  But this time, I really tried to rally because this event only comes twice a year, and this year we are not going to as many events as we usually do, so we have to make the ones we go to count.

So, we went and Paul got his time trials in:

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While he did that, I did my best to find a spot to sit with the ATV in the shade.  Because, it was really hot.

And I tried to knit on my What Alice Found with my fan:

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Didn’t really work, because it was too hot.

And, have I said it was hot?  It was.  So in between rounds we had to just sit still and drink beverages:

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And then, before Paul could even get his first elimination round in, at about 2:30pm, after a whole day and part of the afternoon of HOTness:

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And we all ended up in the trailer:

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“We” = Paul, me and the car.  After waiting for a while to see if it would stop, it didn’t, so the event was rained out.  And then it was nice and cool.  We’ll be back for the one in September.

In other news, the Doodlebugs’ mom had a birthday and we made her some Confetti Cookies from the Smitten Kitchen blog:

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They had so much fun and were so excited about giving them to her and wondering whether she would share the cookies with them.  So cute.  They were then extremely excited when I informed them we would have to taste-test them to make sure they were ok to give to her.  So we did that after having lunch al fresco:

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They are SO. YUMMY.  Mr. Doodlebug asked if maybe I might make them for their birthday.   Even if you don’t like sprinkles, you might like these because they get baked into the cookie and you don’t really taste them so much.  But what you do taste is a really great, tender and cakey butter cookie.  And they LOOK so festive.  And really, they are just really good. Go make some.

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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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