Sunday, January 8, 2017

Le Weekend

Hello All,

We ended up getting some snow on Saturday which hadn't really been forecast (until it was happening).  It was pretty.  Here's a picture that I took right after lunch yesterday:

That is our shed with a wreath on it.  The birds were feeding like crazy ALL day.  We have a feeder on our clothesline with sunflower seeds in it and then on our patio we have a peanut feeder and a suet feeder.  The birds all flit from one to the other and then back again.  The little bit of snow that landed on the patio was soon covered with bird tracks.  Tyg sat at the door a lot talking to his friends.

I decided it would be a great day to just stay put.  I made a loaf of bread in the morning (which we were able to sample at lunch with soup), did some laundry, knit, read, napped.  It was a beautiful day!

Today it was about 9 when I got up.  According to the radio the wind chill factor made it feel below zero.  I made a German pancake for breakfast with pears and pomegranate which was really good.

We did venture out to go grocery shopping and it was bitter cold.  Sunny, but so windy, not a day for a walk.  So, more cooking was in store.  Tonight we had curried shrimp chowder with some of the bread from yesterday.

Plenty left to freeze, so another meal later on.

Meanwhile, I was busy at work Friday until about 1 or 2 in the afternoon.  This is not good.  A visit to Amazon was in store for me and 5 (yes, 5) books were ordered.  Two cookbooks and three knitting books.  They arrived today - YAY

Knitlandia has been on my list of books to read for some time now.  The Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone sounded wonderful (it is) and In the Footsteps of Sheep also sounded wonderful.  I had never heard of it, but basically it is a memoir/travelogue about walking across Scotland, gathering wool from brush and fences and spinning it and then knitting socks.  What's not to like?  The books IS wonderful - gorgeous pictures, patterns for all the socks and maps showing where she walked.  I haven't really looked at it much because Fletch grabbed it and looked through the entire book this afternoon.  Even he said it was great!

The cookbooks I got are:

I had just finished reading My Kitchen Year and almost every single recipe in it (there are a lot) is something I want to make.  I had borrowed the book on my Kindle, but definitely wanted a "real" book to thumb through.  It's great reading as well.  The other one, Bowl, just looked fabulous.  I've already picked out several recipes to try.  Will let you know how they are.

And, if that wasn't enough, you all convinced me I needed some yarn from Wandering Cat, so an order was placed there as well.  Once the goods arrive, I will reveal my choices (everything looked so yummy, it was hard to pick...but I did).

Hoping everyone had a great weekend.  This coming week will be my first full week at work in a long time.  I've gotten awful used to having a day or two off.....this will be a struggle.....


  1. What a clever idea,to gather the bits of wool, spin and make socks! The books you ordered sound fabulous - enjoy!

    I like making meals and freezing the leftovers for another day.

  2. I loved Knitlandia! Savor it --- dont' RUSH through. LOL

    All of your meals sound SO cozy and warming!

  3. So many things to envy in this post!

  4. Your weekend sounds pretty perfect to me! Loved Knitlandia, love MJ Mucklestone. I've heard of that other sheepie book but haven't read it. I'll have to get it. As for cooking -- yum! Hope the full week of work isn't too hard on you. Always hard to get back to routine.

  5. what a fantastic weekend and I've been combing through my cookbooks and marking pages of what I'd love to cook :)

  6. I really enjoyed Knitlandia, and feel like there are parts I'll go back and read from time to time. A worthy investment.

    Your other books look really interesting - I'm especially intrigued by the one about walking through Scotland ... hmmm.

    Hope you survive your week - at least it sounds like you work at a nice place. Stay warm!

  7. I love your cozy weekend. I need a day to just read and knit when I want to. ANd yum on those delicious meals. I am coming over for leftovers.

  8. I love your cozy stay in weekend too. Let me know if you like KNitlandia. and I scored some gorgeous yarn from Wandering TOO!!

  9. Good luck with your first full week back at work. An adjustment I'm sure. Food looks good!