Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wednesday, Unraveled, 8-23-17

Hello All,

Here we are mid-week and time for Unraveled Wednesday.  Joining Kat and friends.  I will admit to a bit of unraveling this week....

Monday morning I had a surprise e-mail around 9:00 telling us that we were free to leave around Noon that day if we wanted to for the Eclipse.  I did not need to read that twice - lol.  By the time I got home it was very overcast.  I cast on Close to You and knit some rows.  Fletch had the TV on and we were watching the Eclipse that way.  We did end up going outside around 2:30 and just at the crucial moment (around 2:43 p.m.) the clouds parted and we were able to see the crescent sun (where I am the Eclipse was at ~ 80%).  That was cool.  It did get quiet (no bird chatter), but it did not get as dark as I had anticipated (maybe because it was so overcast to begin with), and we did not notice any drop in temperature.  After that I promptly took a nap!  Got up, dressed for yoga and went out the door.  When I got home I picked up my knitting again and discovered a huge mistake...everything came out.  Luckily I had only knit 15 rows or so, so not a big deal.  Here is the yarn from Wandering Cat - Val that I am using:  Fluffy Cat Lite in the color Grenache.  So soft...

I've brought it to work today and hope to cast on at lunch.  Hoping...I've got another busy day in front of me.

Monday I mentioned that I had pulled yarn for other projects.  First up, I plan to knit a new pair of socks.  Pattern:  Charade - a free pattern on Ravelry.  Years ago a friend of mine went to a yard sale and bought 12 skeins of this yarn for $1.00!!  It is from Scotland and 100% wool.  I thought that it would make some nice Fall/Winter socks.

I have yet to cast on....

Finally, if you have read Dee's Blog you know that we are doing a KAL beginning on September 1st.  I will be knitting Nutkin - another freebie on Ravelry.  I've chosen KnitPicks Stroll tweed in the color Autumn Heather:

I think these socks will be beautiful!  Won't you join us?

During the past week I only managed to add two more squares to my cozy blanket:

Both squares (upper left green & black and upper right aqua, cream and a bit of purple) come from more Wandering Cat yarn.  Some months ago I bought a sampling of Val's yarns - all mini skeins wound up.  The colors are such fun and I'm having a good time figuring out where to put them in the blanket.

So, that's it for the knitting.  I have been reading, but nothing fits in any square on my Bingo card.  That's ok though, I'm enjoying the books and that's what counts.  Last night I finished Peony by Pearl S. Buck.  I can't believe I had never read anything by her.  I want to read The Good Earth next.  I am in the midst of The Year Before the War by Helen Simonson and am enjoying that too.  And, I have a number of books I'm waiting for on Overdrive - hopefully they won't all come in at once.

The garden is continuing to produce.  Our lettuce finally gave up the ghost (it lasted really long this year) and the spinach seeds Fletch planted for a Fall crop have not come up.  But, we are harvesting potatoes, a few last (small) onions and tomatoes...lots of tomatoes.  I'm having them every day for lunch and often dinner too.  I've made Tomato Jam which is delicious - more like a chutney or very thick catsup, and am thinking of making some gazpacho this weekend.

That is an Anaheim Chili Pepper in the foreground from our garden and two small spaghetti squash from our neighbor Rob.    The basket is full of potatoes and the last few onions.

Well, that's it for this Unraveled Wednesday.  What are you up to?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse Monday!!

Happy Eclipse Day!  I’m at work and I don’t have Eclipse Glasses anyway…but I imagine it will be pretty dark outside even though we are only having a partial eclipse here.  Pretty cool.  I heard on the radio that the last total solar eclipse was 99 years ago!


I managed to survive my busy week last week.  The summer has been so slow, it was strange to have a week where I was going non-stop for 10-12 hours per day.  The meetings went well and everyone had a good time.


The weekend was more than welcome.  We noticed that our Hibiscus is finally blooming!  It is really short this year – only 2 feet high or so, but the blooms are gorgeous.



Friday I was pretty lazy, but miracle of miracles, on Saturday I managed to FINALLY finish those pesky socks that have been on the needles since April (what??).



I love them.  The colors are so gorgeous.  Usually I don’t block socks, but these were very tight and the blocking worked perfectly.  The yarn is Black Bunny Fibers 100% wool in the color Estuary.  I used size 1 needles and the pattern is Spring Socks Orla.


Once these were finished, I pulled out all my sock yarn and picked out skeins for two new pairs of socks.  Yes, two.  But, in my defense, one pair will not be started until September 1st.  Have you all popped over to Dee's Blog blog to see her announcement of the KAL we are having for Nutkin?  Won’t you join us?  You know you want to be one of the Cool Folks!!


I’ll show the yarns I picked out later – forgot to take a picture.  I also picked out yarn for a new shawl cast-on.  I will be making Close to You in Fluffy Cat Lite yarn from Wandering Cat Yarns.  The color is Grenache.  Again a picture later.  I haven’t started it yet, but it came along to the office today and I’m hoping to cast on at lunch.


Saturday night we finally watched “A Man Called Ove.”  That was one of my favorite books from last year.  The movie did not disappoint.  It stayed true to the book and was a good watch.


This weekend was the Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival.  There is a Rails-to-Trails path that goes right past the back side of the Old Pool Farm where the Festival is held.  In prior years we have ridden our bikes, but this year we decided to walk.  We parked at Spring Mountain and from there it is only a 20 minute walk to the Festival.  Lots of joggers, walkers, dogs, bikers, etc. on the path.  It was a gorgeous day Sunday – low humidity and lower temps – only 82 or so.  The Perkiomen Creek flows by the trail and we saw Mud Turtles basking in the sun



One was huge!  But I couldn't zoom in that close with my phone.  We sat on a bench for 10 minutes or so and listened to some of the music and then continued our walk.  At one point we stopped to rest and have lunch.



The path wanders through some cute villages/small towns and at times there are some interesting old buildings.



We spotted this – not sure what this hopper was used for, but there are old train repair places along the way, so it may be related to that.


We turned around and walked back to the Festival area stopping again to listen to music.  Lots of hammocks in the woods, lots of tie-dyed clothing and plenty of weed being passed around.  A mini Woodstock!  We ended up walking about 4 miles total which felt great.


We ended the weekend by watching the 1st episode in the new season of Endeavour – good to have that back again.


Hoping you all had a great weekend as well.  I’m looking forward to an easier week this week and yoga tonight.

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!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday At Last

Hi All,

Welcome to Friday!  At last!!

I had the most wonderful massage last night.  When I got home, Colin was there having dinner with Fletch (Mailing had another work function).  I expected to be extremely lazy, but instead felt energized, so Colin and I took another hour plus walk - this time in part of Valley Forge Park.  A very pretty trail and we even saw two little fawns.

They looked like twins - so sweet.  Not too many folks on the trail (but it was getting dark).  And it was so humid - my tee shirt was soaking wet by the time we got back to the car.

Today will be fast at work.  I need to leave by 1 to get Tyg to the vet.  He is due for shots, etc. (I think she - the vet - calls it a "well check!!") in August, but he has a little wound on his neck that continually opens.  I don't really think it's anything to be concerned guess is that as it heals it starts itching and then Tyg scratches it and re-opens the wound.  But we felt it best to have him seen.

No real plans for the weekend.  I have some major cleaning that really needs to be done and the frig definitely needs to be cleaned out and wiped down.  Hopefully I'll be able to get some knitting and stitching accomplished (I'm at the heel flap on the 2nd sock!!).  We are supposed to have rain today and tomorrow and the temps are forecast to be low (70's), so perfect weather to stay in and do stuff.

Wishing you all a fun weekend doing whatever you want!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Unraveled Wednesday 7-26-17

Hello All,


It is a grey day here, but I’m enjoying it – a nice break from the heat we’ve been having.


Joining Kat and friends once again.  Not as much knitting or stitching has gone on this past week.  I did work on the 2nd sock which I shared yesterday and I did get two more squares knit on my blanket:



No stitching on the sampler though…hopefully I will get to that this week or over the weekend.


On the reading front, I wrapped up Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman.  Definitely not as wonderful as A Man Called Ove, but it was good.  It took me a little while to get into it, but I did enjoy.  Backman definitely has a way with characters in his books and I enjoy that.  I am now reading The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline (who wrote Orphan Train).  This is turning out to be a light – sort of beachy read.  It’s ok, but not wonderful writing.  I’m waiting for my hold on A Piece of the World by her to come in.  I think that will be better.  Meanwhile I need to pull out my Bingo Card and fill in some squares - I keep forgetting to do that - lol.


Colin stopped by for dinner last night as Mailing had some work function going on.  Fletch grilled some steaks and we tried the pickled green beans which were just ok…neither Fletch nor Colin liked them very much (Fletch thought they were too vinegary…I just thought the beans were too tough).  What was left of them has gone into the compost.  Glad I only made one jar!!  Luckily I had also roasted some Brussels sprouts and made garlic bread.  My boss had brought me several heads of garlic from his garden on Monday.  Oh yum!!!  Used some of that on both the bread and the sprouts.  So good!  Colin and I walked for an hour after dinner.  It was such a pleasant evening for a walk.  We finished up just as it was really getting dark.


Over the weekend I noticed a bug/insect flying around that I had never seen before.  Unfortunately, Colin found it dead out by the garden.  Does anyone know what this is?  It was really pretty with the double wings.



I think today is going to be slow-slow-slow at work.  I brought the sock to work on, so will definitely take a lunch break today.


Happy mid-week to you all!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Foody Post

Hi Everyone,


Wow!  Another very strong storm last night while I was at yoga.  (And yoga was fabulous – only two of us in the class last night – just like a private lesson!!)  Strong winds and 2” of rain within 30 minutes or so.  It cooled things off so well.


This morning the air felt so refreshing.  I was just about to go out on the patio with my coffee when I noticed the mama doe and 3 (!!) spotted fawns in the yard.  A number of apples have fallen from our tree and they were busy cleaning up.  I wish they would learn to chew with their mouths shut though – lol.  The fawns stayed far enough away that I wasn’t able to get a clear shot of them with my phone, but here is the mama:



We had such a nice weekend.  Grocery shopping Saturday morning and then a pedicure in the early afternoon.  Around 4 we headed up to Colin & Mailing’s for dinner.  What a feast!  We had drinks and some appetizers first:  deviled eggs, home-made roasted mixed nuts with fresh rosemary and dried pepper flakes (so good!!), home-made salsa with chips.  I tried not to load up on that because I wanted to eat dinner too.


Although not vegetarians, both Colin and Mailing have cut way back on the amount of meat they eat.  Saturday’s dinner was delicious and all home-made.  We had tabouli salad, falafel and baba ganoush.  I was too busy scarfing down the food to take any pictures.  After dinner we took an hour and a half walk.  There are miles of walking trails near where they live in Bucks County (I wish we had those where I live).  When we got back to their place we had fresh fruit salad for dessert.  It was all so refreshing.


We had another strong storm on our way home – raining so hard you could barely see the road (luckily Fletch was driving).


I spent most of Sunday cooking.  Fletch picked some green beans from the garden and I pickled them.  Hopefully they are good because we’re going to try them tonight!



I didn’t do such a great job of keeping the beans upright in the jar, but I’m more interested in flavor than appearances – lol.


Then I poached a roasting chicken, let it cool and made chicken salad for dinner.  I saved all the bones, etc. to make stock later. 


Fletch had also picked rhubarb and I made a rustic tart with the rhubarb, some blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. 


In between the cooking I did manage to do a little bit of knitting on the 2nd sock.

I don’t want to jinx myself, but it seems to be going a little quicker than the first (thank God).
Hoping everyone is having a good week.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Q&A

Hi All,

Welcome to Kathy B's weekly Q&A.  Why don't you join in the fun??

1. Do you remember a bad sunburn?  Too many bad ones as a teenager – I had no sense at all!


2.  What is the last game you played?  Gosh it’s been so long, I can’t remember.  Probably Scrabble.


3.  Do you have a statue in your house of any kind.  Nope, but we do have a head on one of our living room walls!


Now I want a gargoyle or two like Dee has!!

4. Have you seen the new needle that threads your safety line for lace?  No, but that has got to be GREAT!


5.  Why do they call them point protectors when they are really stitch protectors keeping your stitches from falling off?  They are both!  They keep those pesky stitches on, but they also prevent me from poking myself – lol


6.  What kind of knitting has dominated your summer knitting?  I thought it would be socks, but it appears to be shawls!


7.  Have you seen an ice cream truck this summer?  I think I passed one on the way home from work one day, but there seem to be fewer around this year.


8.  Cold summer salad preference:  Pasta? Bean? Fruit?  Oh gosh!  I love them all.  Fruit salad is so refreshing, but I love a good pasta salad with plenty of veggies in it.


9.  Your favorite summer sandals are made by . . .  I live in my Nike flip flops at home.  At work I have a few pairs of sandals I wear – nothing special – and some ballet flats.


10.  Do you have a favorite old photograph taken in the summer?  There’s one of me sitting on a rock by the lake in Vermont we went to each summer.  Not sure where that is.  I also love a photo I have in my kitchen of my parents sitting on a rock at Hawk Mountain (but that was probably taken in Spring or Fall).  I think I love rocks – lol.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Miscellany

Hello All,

Welcome to Friday!  It's supposed to be another scorcher in the Philadelphia area, but for now the sky is a bit cloudy which I welcome...keeping the heat away for a bit longer.

Discovered yesterday that our Milkweed is blooming!  So pretty and so very fragrant.  Hoping the butterflies will come.

Other than green beans (of which there are plenty to an over-abundance), things are a bit slow in the garden.  our cherry tomatoes are beginning to ripen, but we only get 2-4 at a time.

Our regular tomatoes are forming, but are still very, very green.  I love fried green tomatoes, but really would prefer to have some ripe ones first.

I'm growing two eggplant plants in an old cast iron pot that we keep near our patio.  They have been blooming like crazy and we finally noticed the beginning of fruit on them.  Can't wait.  I love grilled eggplant and it's really good on pizza too.

I've got a conference call this morning and then need to run out to the liquor store.  Mary posted about a frozen watermelon drink yesterday that I MUST make.  Just need the St. Germain and discovered last night that we are very low on gin.  Not sure how that happened....then I'm off to Trader Joe's to pick up a few things.

It's Friday and also still summer, so I leave work at 3 today.  YAY!  The only thing we have going on this weekend is dinner at Colin & Mailing's tomorrow night.  Looking forward to that.

Last night I managed to cast on the 2nd sock and knit about 2/3 of the cuff...need/want to make significant progress on that this weekend.

I'll leave you with a bunch of cuteness.  Marcel (one of Colin & Mailing's cats) turned 4 on Monday.  This is such a cute shot of their cats in younger days -- Talbot with his beautiful arm (I love that mark of white) around Marcel.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Unraveled Wednesday 7-19-17

Well Howdy!

Hard to believe it is already past the mid-mark of July.  Don't hate me, but I am excited for Fall (my most favorite season).  Other than fresh garden produce, I'm not really all that fond of summer - especially since I no longer sun (I did used to be a sun worshiping fool, but no more).  Anyway, past mid-July and here we are mid-week again and time to join Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.  Here's what's been going on in my world.

My cozy blanket is coming along, albeit slowly -- it can't be anything but slow!  But I do now have four squares!

The sampler is progressing nicely.  I finished up the latest dividing band and started in on the next section (still plenty of stitching left on this one):

And...drumroll...I have a finish!  Or a HO as Dee would say (in that it is the first sock of - hopefully - a pair):

This one lonely sock has taken FOREVER to complete (I started it on April 4th!!).  I'm not sure if I just got tired of socks (heaven forbid), or the yarn was bothering me or what.  The pattern is Spring Socks Orla (free on Ravelry) and the yarn is by Black Bunny Fibers (color is Estuary).  The yarn is beautiful and soft, but I found it to be a little bit splitty - I had to really watch it all the time.  I used size 1 needles, and this sock is VERY tight on moi.  My feet aren't particularly fat (at least I think not!!), but I do have an extremely high instep.  At any rate, I think the pair (once complete) will go into the gift pile.  Now I just need to cast on the second one right away.  I thought the yarn and needles were in my bag that I bring to work, but I just discovered they are not.

On the reading front, I finished South of Broad by Pat Conroy and loved it.  His writing is so beautiful (in my opinion).  I have not loved all his books, but I have loved his writing.  I am now in the midst of Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (author of A Man Called Ove).  I'm enjoying it, but it hasn't grabbed me like Ove did.  I forgot to look at my Bingo card to see where I am...don't believe I'm at a bingo yet, but I'm having fun with Summer Bingo.

That's it from my world on this HOT July Wednesday.  Hope your week is going well!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday's Q&A

Hello All,

Welcome back from the weekend!  Kathy B has another fun Monday Q&A:

*Have you ever changed up a S’more?

Nope.  I’m not really a fan of S’mores.

*What yarn is on your needles?  (That you will work on today?)

Sock yarn!  Brought to work – my cozy memory blanket currently working on a square in a KnitPicks yarn.  On the sock needles at home:  Black Bunny fibers yarn for the pair of socks that is taking the longest time ever!!

*You can have a gift certificate to Knit Picks, Etsy, or Webs.  Which do you choose?

Knit Picks!

*What’s your middle name?  Do you use it at all?

Ellen.  My full name was used a lot when I was young because my Mom was also Vera.  Now-a-days it is not used much.

*Last place you went that took cash only

Can’t remember – either a vendor at a fiber festival or a small food vendor.

*Have you ever had Baked Alaska?

Yes!  My Mom would make it usually once a year or so.

*Give a yarn skein a name that reflects the nighttime

Shooting Star – deepest, darkest blue shot through with trails or white or yellow.

*Bar soap, foam soap or liquid hand soap?  (in your bathrooms)

In the shower – Araignee’s soap (THE BEST).  By the sink for washing my face – Araignee’s soap (THE BEST).  To wash hands:  foaming soap (love that too)

*Last time you got a ticket?

Hmmm, believe it was before I got married, so probably 39 or 40 years ago!

*Last time you had a car-hop bring your carry out to you?

When I was a youngster – at an A&W in Vermont.  I loved going there.


The weekend was lovely.  Had a great time with my friend Leslie on Friday night.  The new (to me) Mexican restaurant was just okay.  I had vegetarian enchiladas and Leslie ordered fish tacos and we shared everything.  The food was average and they were unwilling/unable to modify some items to not include jalapenos for Leslie, and our margaritas were weak.  But, the main issue was the noise volume.  The music was blaring and there was so much noise echoing around that it was difficult to have a conversation without shouting.  Not a place I will go back.  We ended up at a Starbucks for after dinner coffee.  Despite that, it was wonderful to see Leslie again.


The rest of the weekend rolled into place with nothing on the agenda.  I got laundry done and grocery shopping and other than that I read and knit and stitched.  Pretty much a perfect weekend if you ask me!