Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Unraveled Wednesday

Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.

I finally finished the Frostbite Fighter cowl! Just in time because I was getting a little tired of stockinette and ribbing. Since Justin won't be home for a while, I had to recruit another model.

I think Snuggle would give it a thumbs up if he had thumbs.

That means I can now work monogamously on this.

Because that photo doesn't show the gradient very well, here's a less picturesque view of the back of the house. The gradient is still much nicer in real life.

It seems like I can only focus on one thing at a time, so reading has taken a back seat to knitting. I did start The Book of Lost Things. It's decent so far, but it reminds me a lot of Inkheart. I'll have to listen more to see if it's really as similar as I think.

What are you making and reading this week?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Meet Daphne

You saw her briefly last week, but this is a more formal introduction. Meet Daphne.

She arrived with two flower shoots already peeking out of the bulb, and she's grown incredibly in just a week.

Her tag says she is single, mottled cranberry-red and white. I've resisted looking at her flower photos in the White Flower Farm catalog, as the surprise and anticipation is part of how much I'm enjoying her. She is providing an enticing preview in one of her buds.

Stay tuned for getting to know Daphne better in next week's amaryllis watch!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Catching Up

This was a weekend for catching up - with errands, laundry, ironing, and work. Don't worry; I'm not going to bore you with photos of those things. There was also snow, and I did take loads of pictures of its beauty.

There was a funny photo from catching up with family (I don't know what they were talking about, but it looks interesting) and a very sweet baby.

There was some catching up with knitting - binding off and returning to a well-loved project.

I could have used a longer weekend to catch up on everything that I have to do, so I better get started on the rest of it now. Hope your week ahead is a good one!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Good/Not So Good

If I use the "Popcorn" button, it warms things up for two minutes, and then the best part -- 
my microwave tells me to "EnJOY". That's Good!

I love blood oranges and I like Diet Coke, so how bad could this taste?
Well, it doesn't taste like blood oranges or Diet Coke, so Not So Good.

I got this Severe Weather Alert on Feb. 6. Usually these are for snow, freezing rain, high wind, etc., but this one informed me that there was no tsunami threat along the east coast. Yes, I live in NJ, but am about 75 miles from the coast. It made me laugh, and I am glad that there was no tsunami headed our way. That's Good!

We have a friend that has been brewing his own cider and we've been the lucky recipients of some of his experiments. The already empty bottle of apple-grape, and the pear and ginger-apple I've polished off since I took the picture were all Quite Good. That just leaves the brown bottle of garlic-apple cider. I'll admit it sounds like it might be Not So Good, but I think I'll taste it this weekend and then maybe cook it down in some spaghetti sauce if it's a little too experimental for me. I will be seeing this friend next week, returning the empties, and it would be Very Good if he kindly offered some refills.

I hope your weekend is filled with lots of Good!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Three on Thursday

Joining Kat and Carole for Three on Thursday.

The Olympics and the athletes' stories are inspiring, but there have been some announcers who seem to imply that anything less than a gold medal is bordering on failure. I'm personally impressed by all of the participants, whether they win a medal or not. And then there are the rest of us, average people doing the best that they can in life, who will probably never be in a position to win public accolades and have their perseverance and successes praised. With that in mind, today I am awarding virtual medals to three people who I think deserve some recognition. I've thanked them in person; I only wish I could present them with real medals as a symbol for others to see. 

To the empathetic deputy in the Register of Wills office in Northampton County. She was welcoming, pleasant, kinder than she needed to be, and knew just how to conduct our transaction efficiently, even when I got a little unexpectedly emotional. 

To the friend who made baked macaroni and cheese for me, knowing that it is my favorite. This was an even bigger deal than simply providing food for a friend, because her son is severely allergic to dairy, so I know she had to clean her kitchen thoroughly afterwards to remove all traces of milk protein.

To Justin's boss' assistant. There are normally two other people working on the ranch with Justin, but for unavoidable reasons, he is working by himself for a week and a half. The assistant is a kind and thoughtful woman who has set safety guidelines for Justin during this time (like no chain-saw use) and is having him text her at the end of each day so she knows he is safe. He's also texting me, but she's closer than I am and will be there within 30 minutes if he has any problems. She and his boss are visiting Justin this weekend at the ranch to take him out to dinner and provide some human contact. It's not often that an employer treats you like family, and I am grateful for the care and concern for my son. 

Here's to all the people that deserve medals every day, even though they may not ever be up on a podium to receive them. 

Head on over here to read more Three on Thursday posts.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Unraveled Wednesday

Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.

So close! I haven't had time for much knitting lately, but last night I tried to make a concerted effort to finish my Frostbite Fighter Sockhead Cowl. I think I've only got six rows of ribbing to go, but I was so tired that I'm not sure I trust my counting. I fell asleep with my knitting in my lap several times before I finally gave in and went to bed. Hopefully I'll catch up with all my necessary duties this week and find a few free minutes to finish this project, because look what's waiting patiently for its turn next ...

My Fading Tardis Hitchhiker, at long last! I hope this doesn't sound too strange, but I actually knit a few rows on it during my father's viewing. It took the edge off of things for me, and gave me and our visitors something to talk about after they had expressed their sympathy. I can hardly wait to get back to its beautiful blues. 

Reading time has also been curtailed, but I was surprised to look back and see that I've finished three five-star books: Every Note Played, Reservoir 13, and Tell Me More. I'm currently listening to Redwall, but that's a family favorite comfort read while I wait for the next great book to find me. 

What are you making and reading this week?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Like many others, I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Many of my issues began during last year's election season. I thought that lots of people seemed to be confused about the differences between facts and opinions, were woefully deficient in empathy and the desire for equality, and I also discovered that Facebook is not the place for clear-headed, well-reasoned inquiries and discussions. Oh, the drama (and it's not always about politics)!

I've used Facebook less and less over the past few months, and have deleted the app from my phone and Kindle. I've come very close to deleting my account several times, but just can't bring myself to completely walk away. There are some people that I'm only connected with through Facebook and I want to maintain that. I can occasionally read some interesting articles, find some new recipes, see what books friends are reading that I might have missed on goodreads, keep up with Carole's exciting candidacy for Selectman Committee, and even see what my kids might be doing.

There is another feature that I like, and that's On This Day. It's just what it says; Facebook reminds me what I posted or shared on this day in the past. Most of them are inconsequential or even inane, but given my poor memory, I do enjoy these throwbacks.

We've had plenty of snow, sleet, freezing rain, wintry mix, and cold temperatures this winter, but recently Facebook reminded me that it really hasn't been that bad. These photos from the end of January 2016 showed me a real snow storm (three feet +) and that I had lots of help clearing it.

And these photos from 2011 remind me what will be appearing in the spring!