Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Knitting This Week

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time to share books and yarn with everyone for the Yarn Along.   I've been knitting a lot for C's school.  First I made the hats for Children's Hospital and when I had yarn left over I made this cute little Aviatrix.  I had yarn left over from that so I thought I'd make the mittens to go with the hat and the school can raffle it as a set.  I used this pattern and got to knitting.  I had a good game of yardage chicken going and ultimately I came out victorious!  
 This is how much yarn I had left over after completing the mittens!  I made two hats and a set of mittens our of gifted yarn!  Now on to some fingerless mitts for C's teacher.
 I started reading Boundary Waters this past week.  My friend, whose mom lives in Northern Minnesota on the boundary waters has been reading them and passing them to me before she mails them to her mom.  We are reading them in order and that fits in with my compulsive need to read them from start to finish.
Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!  Have a happy Thanksgiving my friends.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Random Thoughts on Thursday

*  This Arctic blast got here on Monday.  I was room mom on Monday.  We left for school at 8:45am and it was 57 degrees.  By 11:30 it was 35 degrees.  Half of the kids didn't have coats, but only light jackets.  Of course I had wanted to work in the yard to finish up those last minute things before it got so cold.  I thought I had several hours after school.  By 3:00 it was 25 degrees.  And it hasn't been that warm since.   But why did I have to find 20 things that I could have done outside now that it is freezing?  When I could have done them last week when it was 75 degrees.

*  Brrrrrrr.  Yesterday our high was 7.  When I landed back in Denver last night is was -2.  And by the time I got home it was -6.  Not.  Right.

 See, it was so cold and snowy, that even the ladies didn't even go outside.  Bonnie and Dolly stayed in the underneath part of the coop all day.  The older ladies stayed in the enclosed part.  I opened the coop door to let them.  They looked at my like I was crazy.
I don't mind the cold.   But I like to ease into it.  It is the extreme changes that bother me.  

Happy Thursday my friends.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Knitting This Week

It is Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly yarn along.  I am joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.   Do you remember the last time I posted with the yarn along? I was going to use some yarn that I got from a friend who was cleaning out her stash.  Well, that was two weeks ago and here is the hat.  You cant' see the eyelet pattern for all of the crazy striping of this hat.  But I love the striping!
This wasn't the intended pattern.  I actually started two other hats and ripped them out because I didn't like the way they were progressing.  Then I decided I was going to make a sweater for one of the school fundraisers.  I didn't like that one either.  So I went back to hats.  With the other skein of yarn I am going to make an Aviatrix for the school fundraiser.  One of these days I'll finish my socks and work on my Hitofude.  So many projects going right now and it's driving me nuts!

I have about 50 pages left of The Fifth Woman.  While we know whodoneit I don't the details yet.  Definitely going to drag it out until the last possible page! A friend of mine just gave me a stack of books by William Kent Krueger.  He writes suspense books that take place in Northern Minnesota.  My friends mom lives on the Boundary Waters in Minnesota.  I have read a couple of his books but not from the beginning so I'm pretty excited to start them.

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The 52 Project- September & October

When I sat down to post my October pictures for The 52 Project, I realized that I never posted my September pictures (probably because I was beside myself...I lost the online photo album and had to start over).  Here are the September pictures...

The 52 Project- a portrait a week for a year.  

36/52 (9/7) First day of Polliwog class at Steele.

37/52 (9/14)  Snuggling with Winston.

38/52 (9/21) First dentist appointment.

39/52 (9/28) Hiking with daddy.

40?52 (10/5)  Looking out the window.

41/52 (10/12) Hiking outside of Leadville.

42?52 (10/19) At a friends wedding reception

43/52 (10/26) Carving pumpkins for the front porch.

Can you believe another year is almost over?  It has gone so fast.  I finished re-creating my photo album and I obsessively hit the save button.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Random Thoughts on Thursday

*  I spent yesterday cleaning up the garden.  Since it was a cool and rainy summer, I left the tomatoes a bit longer hoping that more would ripen and I could make tomato sauce for the upcoming winter months.  It frosted twice this week.  The first night everything was covered the second night we forgot.  I picked a bunch of green tomatoes and will hope that they ripen in a box in the basement.

*  A couple of weeks ago I made this Apple Dumpling desert that was absolutely fabulous.  The only thing healthy about it is the apples.  But, oh my, is it ever good.  Don't let the amount of butter and sugar scare you.  Or the bottle of Mountain Dew.  Go for the taste.  It's definitely a once in a while type of desert.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yarn Along

It is Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly yarn along.  I am joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.
Rather than bore you with updates on the never ending sock and scarf knitting, I have new yarn!  One of the moms at crafting is stash busting.  She gave me two skeins of this variegated blue yarn.  I'm hoping to whip out two hats for Children's Hospital.

I found this book on the airplane.  I've never read this author before and had never heard of his Kurt Wallander character.  I have noticed Wallander done by the BBC on Netflix so I've put it in my queue.    I am enjoying the read and I love a good murder thriller when I can't figure out where the author is headed with his clues.  

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Random Thoughts on Thursday

*  I have a mouse problem in my chicken coop.  Little %&$@$'s are eating the chicken food.  I've seen the ladies chase them, catch them by the tails and fling them in the air.  But that was months ago.  I'm not sure if the ladies are just used to the mice now, but they don't seem to be bothered by them.  I am, however, bothered by them.  I'm not scared of them.  But rather annoyed the mice are eating the food.  We (and by that I mean Bryan) put out small little live traps.  I don't want to use glue traps and I'm afraid the ladies would set off traditional traps.  I've read posts about rigging a bucket of water and drowning them.  I would be a little disturbed to find dead, floating mice in a bucket.  I'm also disturbed by the thought of the poor mice stuck in a live trap, starving to death until we (again I mean Bryan) either let them go somewhere else or just toss the whole trap in the trash.  Now, I'm a big believer in Karma and I haven't quite come to terms with the idea of killing the mice.  I mean, I kind of invited the buggers with the chicken feed...

*  We (and by this I mean me) only ended up with 18 New England Pumpkin Pie pumpkins!  Still way too many for this no pumpkin eating person!  C carried one into the house and said "I brought you a pumpkin mama, so you can make me a pie."  I may.  Or I may just have her carry it over to Oma's house!

*  We've had an explosion of chicken feathers in our chicken run.  The ladies are molting.  We haven't had an egg in over a week.   Poor Gracie is naked from the top of her head to the middle of her back.

*  My 52 Project photo album that I have been putting together since the beginning of January is missing.  I'm pretty sure that I put it together in Shutterfly but I can't seem to find it.  And I know I hit the save button.  Ack.  So I'm starting over.