Monday, August 14, 2017

Back to Work

Hi All,

Well, my weekend flew by!  And now I'm back in the office.  So soon!  This promises to be a busy week:  yoga tonight, a work dinner at my boss' house tomorrow night, another work dinner here Wednesday night (and I have to stick around until the caterers come back to clean up), meetings all day Wednesday and Thursday, and (finally) a massage Thursday night.  I'll be more than ready for that by the time Thursday rolls around.

Even though it went quickly, the weekend was nice.  Friday night we had pizza with eggplant, green peppers and tomato from the garden.

That's Trader Joe's ready-made pizza crusts which are SO GOOD (and cheap) and easier than their dough (which is what I used to use).  There was more stuff on the pizzas - sliced garlic, mushrooms and pepperoni on one for Fletch.  Oh, and mozzarella.  This is the green pepper Fletch picked from the garden - he thinks it's the nicest bell pepper he ever grew!

Saturday I was up early.  Thinking of Honore, I wrote this Haiku:

Hummingbirds fly by
The sun is just coming up
My MSQ time

Fletch and I went to a local farmer's market which was packed and had delicious veggies, but we didn't get anything since I won't be home to cook for the next 4 nights.  It was fun to wander around though.

I cooked up some green beans from the garden for dinner along with an acorn squash and a meatloaf (not my favorite, but I was trying to make things where there would be plenty of leftovers for Fletch during the week).  I also made drinks for us:

Lemon sorbet, blueberries, vodka and ice blended up.  Oh my!  Very, very refreshing.
Sitting on the patio, we noticed how many leaves have fallen from our apple tree. 

It's looking like Fall!  No other trees are losing their leaves yet, so it's kind of strange.  And there are lots of apples, but they are only about 1/3 of the normal size.  I think we'll just let the deer have them this year.  It would be a pain in the butt to peel, core and cut up enough of these to make a decent amount of applesauce .  And our grass is so green!  Normally by this time of year it is looking brownish and not so pretty.  We've had plenty of rain to keep it nice looking.

Saturday afternoon late, while I was inside doing food prep, Fletch was sitting on the patio and saw an owl fly by at the edge of our woods!   He is pretty sure it was a Great Horned Owl.  I'm so disappointed to have missed it.

Sunday I managed to get in a walk along the river.  Surprisingly I saw no one kayaking or canoeing or floating on the water.  It was a beautiful day, so I'm not sure where everyone was.  There were fewer people on the trail too.  Luckily the park rangers had been out and cleared the fallen trees off the path.  There were plenty of these guys around:

The blue on the wings was so beautiful.  The underside of the wings had no blue, but orange dots instead.  I'm not sure what type of butterfly this is, but it was gorgeous.

A little knitting was done over the weekend - another square on the blanket and about 15 rows on the sock.  Not a lot, but progress is steady, even if slow.  And I finally finished A year of Living Danishly.  Some parts were interesting to me, but overall the author's writing style just irritated/bored me.

Well, as the TV commercial used to say:  "Time to make the donuts."  I'd best get to work.  Hoping everyone has a wonderful week.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Hi Everyone,

The rain has stopped and the sun is trying to come out. swap package from Kathy B arrived!  I have been spoiled rotten and I love it - lol.  Sorry the pictures are such crap - I quickly took them last night before running out to yoga and didn't look at them till now (when I am at work and the lovely presents are at home).

So happy that Kathy sent me one of the felted bags she has come across...she knew I had been drooling over the one she sent to Nancy!  But there's more!  Sweet note cards, a darling stocking key chain that she knit (I may save this for my Christmas Tree though...) a lovely sachet of lavender which has already been tucked away in the chest where I keep (most of) my yarn and gorgeous scissors (and she didn't even know that I have a scissor collection!!).

The felted bag will work beautifully as a sock project bag...or a bag to store knitterly things would even work as a little lingerie bag when I travel.  The scissors don't show up in the pic above (everything is such lovely shades of lavender and deep purple), so here is a shot of them:

A Seahorse!!!  These are perfect for my sampler stitching.

Kathy - thank you so much for 1) organizing the swap and 2) sending me such perfect surprises.  I love everything.  And...your package will be going out today (probably UPS from work because I can't escape to get to the post office...).

Meanwhile, I'm moving slowly this morning - last night's yoga class was a real workout.  There were just 3 of us in the class (the past two weeks there have only been 2 of us!!).  It's like having private lessons.

Finally, Tyg brought a bird into the house this morning.  Oy!  It was still a little dark outside when I opened the door to let him in.  He did not go directly to his food which is unusual, but ran into the bathroom.  Sometimes he does that when he wants the water turned on to drink from the faucet, so I followed him in and there on the floor was a bird (dead, luckily).  I so hate this part of having an outdoor cat.  I know it's only natural, but I would prefer not to see it.  I scooped up Tyg and put him outside then got a ton of paper towels and a bag and disposed of the poor little bird (I think it was a sparrow - I tried not to look too closely).  When Tyg came back in he was going crazy trying to find his prize.

So, I need to practice my yoga breathing and calm down a bit.  And I need to get back to my work...another busy day.

Have a great week!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Weekend Walks and Two Surprises!!

Hi All,


Tis a grey, rainy day here and I’m wishing I were still home in bed listening to the rain and dozing.  Ha!  But reality is here and I’ve got a busy day ahead of me.  I had intended to write this post Sunday evening but I got lazy instead.


The first surprise came on Friday afternoon.  Fletch and I were enjoying beverages on the patio before dinner and noticed a new bloom by a tree in our backyard.



So pretty!  A hollyhock.  Fletch had planted some seeds several years ago and then promptly forgot about them.  There are now 3 open blooms and many more buds.


Saturday morning I took a nice hour-long walk along the canal and Schuylkill River in the Phoenixville area.  First up:  Fungus!!



I love all different types of fungi.  They can be so pretty.  I also saw a new (to me) flower:



Don’t know what it is, but I love that its leaves are fern-like.  Very small and delicate.


This is one of my favorite spots on the opposite side of the canal.  Wouldn’t you love to have a drink by the water and just sit and knit?  Or read…or dream.  I imagine it might get buggy at times, but it is such a tranquil setting.  To the right, just out of the picture is a hammock strung between trees.



There were a few people kayaking on the canal, lots of geese and then these guys:



The next surprise came when I dove into my yarn stash.  I moved some things around and discovered (another) bag full of yarn…put that away and came across a tiny bag that I almost threw out.  Luckily I opened it up and found:



Cute stitch markers I had bought back in the Spring when I went to the Steel City Fiber Festival.  I had completely forgotten about these.  The one on the right is a little bird - so sweet!!  I also found a list of events that one of the vendors at Steel City will be attending and saw that they will be at the Phoenixville Farmers Market next Saturday.  I will HAVE to check it out!


I took another, longer, walk on Sunday afternoon.  Again along the Schuylkill River, but this time in the Oaks area.  Part of the walk involved a little bit of a detour off into the woods:



Guess the storms we had last week were stronger than I realized!  I came upon trees across the trail twice.  Then, towards the end of my walk I came across this:



I’ve noticed a few trees that are already beginning to show signs of Fall, but look at this leaf!  So red, so pretty.  I am ready for Fall!  In fact, I’ve requested time off in October for a camping trip with Fletch.


All in all, it was a beautiful, nice weekend.  I did not get very much knitting done, but I relaxed and enjoyed life!


Hope everyone has a beautiful week.

Friday, August 4, 2017

TGIF 08-04-17

Hi All,

The weekend is just about here!  I am more than ready.

Last night's stuffed portabella mushrooms turned out great...sorry I forgot to get a picture...probably because I was drinking a margarita.  And no walk last night...maybe because of a margarita.  Or the weather...we heard lots of thunder and the sky turned pretty dark, but no rain.  This morning felt very refreshing though.  Not hot and no humidity to speak of (yet).

Here is the handsome Tyg.  This picture was taken a little bit ago. 

See how his lip is kind of pink?  Every summer he gets like that - part of his allergy attack.  Since he has been on prednisone (one week) that has disappeared.  His mouth looks normal!  I need to check the label on the prednisone bottle.  I'm thinking he is done the treatment now...or we can cut back on the amount we give him.  The spray gel is also helping with his itching/scratching.  His neck is almost completely healed.

What are you doing this weekend?  Once again I have no plans which works for me.  I do want to walk and I do need to clean (bathrooms and kitchen).  What I really want to do is go through my yarn and find something new to cast on.  I'm getting the urge to knit another shawl.

Wishing you all a peaceful, happy weekend!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Creatures Great and Small

Hi There,

The "great" creature is, of course, Tyg.  The small?  A bit of a pest I think...but not sure what species it is.

That's some kind of caterpillar on the figgy pot.  Sitting on the patio before dinner last night we spotted a caterpillar on the fig pot twice.  Fletch flicked it off each time (I, of course, wouldn't touch it).  Now we will have to really, really thoroughly check that plant before it comes inside late September or October.

Yesterday was very muggy in the a.m., but we had some strong showers in the afternoon and by the time I got home I needed to put on a flannel shirt!  Woo-Hoo.  A pleasant evening.  Hoping for more of the same tonight.  It was really foggy this a.m.

Colin will be over for dinner tonight (stuffed portabella mushrooms) and, hopefully, a walk somewhere, weather permitting.

The downside of my work week is going smoothly...hoping your week is going well also.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Mid-Week Post

Hi All,


Mid-Week!  And August!! 


Not much to show today as not much knitting and no stitching has taken place this week.  I did manage to start another square on the blanket, but I only got about 8 rows done yesterday.


So, how about some lovely vegetation photos?  Here are my eggplants!  I have two plants in this small, old cast iron kettle and they are thriving.  I’m excited.  Can’t wait to use some of these on pizza (I grill or broil sliced eggplant with EVOO and S&P and then put on pizza – heavenly.



And here is my fig tree, or as I call it, Figgy.  I love figs.  A few years back Fletch gave me a fig tree at Christmas.  Our climate here isn’t warm enough to keep a fig tree outside year round (unless we wrapped it, etc. which I am not going to do).  We thought this one would be perfect as it was supposed to start producing fruit once it got to be a foot high.  3 or so years later and definitely more than a foot high, but no fruitL  And, it is getting big/heavy to move outside in the Spring and back inside once the temps cool.  But, it is a pretty plant.



That’s about it for me.  It has been a crazy morning at work, and our internet was down until just a few minutes ago.  I’d best get cracking as I’ve got things to do.  Hope everyone is having a good week.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday So Soon??

Hello All,

Here we are - already back at the beginning of a week.  Not sure how that happened so quickly.

Thank you all for your comments/concern about Tyg.  He is fine.  Turns out he has allergies!  Ever since we rescued him we've been aware of how he dislikes the heat.  Come the summer and the hot weather his lips get all red and sometimes puffy.  Well this year that hasn't happened as much, but he has been scratching more than normal (no fleas, thank goodness) and apparently has scratched himself raw!  The vet did give him all his shots which he was due for in August and we have prednisone to put in his wet food each morning and a medication to put on his scratchy areas which will reduce the itchiness.  He was pretty lethargic both Friday afternoon and Saturday (shots will do that), but by Sunday he was already noticeably improved.  He is not scratching as much and the areas he had been scratching are much, much improved.  He doesn't like the gel stuff we rub on him, but it's working!

The weekend was really nice.  Saturday was pretty grey, but we never got the forecast rain.  We did grocery shopping in the morning including checking out a new place called "Foodery" billed as having "Food and Beer From Around the World."  It was almost ALL beer and wine.  That is not necessarily a bad thing, but don't advertise food from around the world if you only have a few snacks and deli items.  But, at least now we know.  I walked by myself that afternoon for a little over an hour in Valley Forge Park.  It was so humid that I was dripping by the time I got back to the car.

Sunday was gorgeous.  I ran errands in the morning and walked again in Valley Forge for over an hour. 

A little knitting was done - not a lot, but some. 

I've turned the heel and am in the midst of decreasing gusset stitches on the 2nd sock.  The end is in sight!!

Today should be a relatively easy day and I'm looking forward to yoga tonight.  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well!