Friday, June 28, 2013

6-28-2013 Delphinium

I've got the blues...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

6-27-2013 The Book Thief

My current read...
I'm about 1/3-1/2 of the way through...
still waiting for something to happen...

6-26-2013 Super Storms

Let the summer fun begin...

...and the Mississippi River is flooding 
for the 4th time this spring/summer!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

6-25-2013 I Wish...

I wish...
had been around 
when my kids were little.
I received this awesome fleece 
for my birthday
with pix of my GS:

How cool is that?!?!?
Earlier this year we received
2 photo coffee mugs as well.

When my kiddos were little
all I had was a film camera
and prints to put in an album.

Thank you so much, dear D-I-L.
Love you all...

6-24-2013 Sally

Had to revisit the 
another baby born on June 11...
here's to you, baby Allison!
More variations of the doll pattern here.

6-23-2013 Packer SAL

 Packer SAL is finished
and ready to ship
to baby Lucas!
I love his Cheesehead!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

6-22-2013 Not a Drop

It is starting to feel like last year's drought...
clouds roll in (at 80 mph!)... over... out...
and not a single drop
of rain...
But today sure felt like
the first day of summer!

6-21-2013 Wings of the Dove & Packers Doll

Now that I have finished my pine tree shawl
(see 6-14-2013 post)
I have cast on my 3rd lace shawl:
by iceknitterly designs.
Can't wait to see how it turns out!
My first 2 shawls had resting rows on the WS 
while this one knits lace patterns on both sides
so it will be a new challenge for me to learn this technique!

I started a little 
Green Bay Packers toy/doll
(while at "Friday Night Sit & Knit" at the LYS)
for a new baby boy born in Wisconsin!
I plan to add two arms
and a cheesehead too...

6-20-2013 Emotional Attachment & Red White Blue

Today I went through my clothes closet
and decided to get rid of things
I have not worn in the past year
or no longer fit.
I was
surprised at
the emotional attachment
I had to some of the clothing!
It was all I could do to let them go!
Why, I wondered?!?!?
I guess it is because of the memories 
attached to the items of clothing...
t-shirts from running in different races (BIX 7, etc.)...
and riding motorcycles in different rallies...
items purchased for special occasions (weddings, etc.)...
I finally decided to share the clothing
but keep the memories!

While I was taking load after load of clothing
out to my car
my next door neighbors were out mowing their yard
and saw me loading up the car.
So, off I go to Goodwill to donate the clothing,
and upon my return, 
my neighbors were just finishing up
mowing MY yard too!
They had seen my dear husband out mowing 
with the borrowed reel push mower this past 2 weeks
while our gas mower was in the repair shop
and now that temps are in the upper 90's (98*F)
they didn't want him out there getting heat stroke!
Bless their hearts!
We live next to angels.  
I promptly went out and bought them a nice thank you card
and gift certificate to a nice local restaurant
as a thank you!

Later that evening, 
DH & I attended another cooking class by Chef Monika.
It had the theme: Red White & Blue:

Red pears poached in red wine
White fish poached in white wine 
with a white chocolate and white champagne sauce
Blue Mountain coffee and blue cornmeal crusted pork tenderloin
topped with a blueberry & smoked blue cheese reduction.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

6-19-2013 Just chillin' ZEN master...
...watching the world go by...

6-18-2013 Reeling

Our gas powered, self-propelled lawn mower
is in the shop
so for the past 2 weeks DH have been borrowing
a reel push mower from our kids
to cut our grass.
He is looking forward 
to getting our mower back!!!

6-17-2013 Missing

Missing my GD today
and for the next two weeks
as her other granny
insisted on doing her daycare.
I plan to spend my 2 weeks 'off'
taking on online "Lace Shawl Design" class
and cleaning out my clothes closet.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

6-15-2013 Surprise

What a surprise
when I arrived at last night's 
"Sit & Knit" at the LYS...
A birthday card full of love and good wishes!
A gluten free chocolate birthday cake!
A bag of chocolate candies!
A bowl of fresh picked organic strawberries!
A bottle of ChocoVine!
A surprise birthday party for moi.
Love you gals!
Thank you soooooooo much!

This morning I turned most of those strawberries
rough chopped the strawberries...
mixed 2 c. strawberries with 4 c. sugar...
then stirred in 1.75 oz. pectin dissolved in 3/4 c. boiling water...
and stirred for 3 minutes before filling containers...
I had enough for two batches of jam
and a few strawberries left over for eating!

Friday, June 14, 2013

6-14-2013 Finished L'il Bunny Foo-Foo

I finished knitting...
inserting blocking wires...


(pine trees and pine cones detail)
this morning!
I love how it turned out!
A few more steaming/drying sessions
 to finish blocking it
and it is ready to send on its way
to the recipient!

She's always been a 'mountain girl'
(Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska)
and I'm sure she loves being surrounded by pine trees
and their intoxicating scent
not to mention their amazing cones!
(And don't miss the four 'deer' 
up the center spine of the shawl...)
When I saw this pattern
I immediately thought of her
and knew I had to knit it for her!
What a wonderful forest
to wrap around her shoulders
as she sits outdoors on her new front porch...
or indoors in front of the fireplace!
Every stitch with love!  

Thursday, June 13, 2013

6-13-2013 OUCH!

Starting this new knitting project today...

My friend who purchased the pattern
does not knit in-the-round
(which is how this doll is knit)
so she asked me to help her
to convert the pattern so
that she can knit the doll flat.
Not sure if I will be able to do that,
but will give it a go!
Wish me luck!

6-12-2013 Ant Hill

Can you tell
that I got into an ant hill
while I was helping grandma
in the garden this morning?!?!?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

6-11-2013 New Swing

Upon our return home
from our weekend road trip
DD and S-I-L 
invited us over for pizza for dinner
and to see the new swing
in their backyard tree!

6-10-2013 Workbench

While on our road trip this past weekend
to visit my M-I-L
we ate where the locals love to eat:
and The Egg & I.

DH & I disassembled and brought home
(from our M-I-L's condo this past weekend)
his father's workbench and tools...
they have sentimental value to my DH
and will come in handy now that
DH is doing woodworking again.

6-9-2013 Safe Place

The gutters at my M-I-L's condo...

My "safe place"  =  my dear husband!

6-8-2013 When it Rains it Pours

DH & I drove through pouring rain
during most of our road trip this weekend
to go visit my dear M-I-L.
Now in her 100th year,
she recently had a stroke.

Distance and jobs keep us from visiting
as often as we would like.

6-7-2013 Rhubarb Dump Cake

Our garden is growing like gangbusters
with all the rain we have had this past 3 weeks
(more rain than all YEAR last year!)
so I picked some rhubarb and
made this to take to "Sit & Knit" tonight:

Rhubarb Dump Cake
1 pound rhubarb, cut into 1/4 inch pieces (3 to 4 cups)
1 cup white sugar
1 (3 oz.) package strawberry jell-o
1 package yellow cake mix DRY
1 cup water
1/4 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease a 9x13" glass baking dish.
Spread the rhubarb evenly in the bottom of the baking dish.
Sprinkle the sugar over the rhubarb, followed by the jell-o, and finally the dry cake mix. Pour the water and melted butter over the top. Do NOT stir.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender.



6-6-2013 95,000+

I've been accumulating 
"Rewards Points"
on one of my credit cards
for many years...
95,000+ points...
so decided it was time to redeem them!

The result:
(1) a free new blue-ray player
(2) a free iPad
(3) a free iPad cover


Friday, June 7, 2013

6-5-2013 Dragon's Tongue

Saut├ęd the mirepoix...

stuffed the pork roast...

topped and bagged the roast...

baked at 250*F for several hours...

6-4-2013 Thinking of Mom(s)

Mom(s) = Love

Monday, June 3, 2013

6-3-2013 Pine Tree Shawl

I'm making good progress on this
for my sister...
hope to have it done before this winter!

6-2-2013 Arroyo

Today I started this Arroyo Shawl
...something for me to wear to Symphony next season.
The black yarn has some bling/sequins.  

6-1-2013 Collateral Damage

After yesterday/last night's storms
I found this nest and three eggs
on the ground beneath or birch trees.
Two of the three eggs seemed intact
while the third had a large crack.
Using some yarn, DH helped me 
tie the nest back into the tree
and we then put the 2 good eggs
back into the nest
and put the cracked egg
back on the ground.
We are waiting to see 
if the mama robin returns to the nest.