Monday, November 12, 2018

Weekending

Hello All,

Chilly this a.m.  This is the first morning I had to scrape my windshield!  A frosty (but pretty) world out there.

The weekend has come and gone so quickly.  Fletch and I decided to postpone our day away until Sunday as Saturday was bitterly cold with high winds.  Instead we did the grocery shopping and I picked up my new glasses.  That night I fixed a chicken dinner:


This is such a tasty and easy meal to fix:  I sauteed garlic, red onion, orange bell pepper, sun dried tomatoes and capers in some EVOO.  Added some boneless, skinless chicken breasts and continued cooking.  Added some fresh basil near the end.

Sunday did turn out to be a gorgeous day!  We headed out around 10:30, going West and then North.  We passed some beautiful farmlands and even saw some Amish buggies on the road.  We stopped for lunch at a diner and then continued and ended up around Hawk Mountain - a favorite place to hike (but we didn't stop as it was already around 2 p.m.).  Basically we have turned into "those Sunday drivers" we used to shake our fists at - lol.  It was just so pleasant and for the most part there was not much traffic.

We were home in time to relax before dinner which was vegetable beef soup I had started in the crock pot that morning.  Easy peasy.

I am still in the "lack of cowl" phase, but a new sock has been started:


The colors remind me of an Icelandic sweater - black, grey and white.  I'm almost to the heel flap of the first sock.

Hope you all enjoyed a fine weekend!  And here's to the week ahead.


Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Creatures

Hello All,

32 degrees according to my phone this a.m.  Chilly!!  Of course, it is Friday which means that rain (quite heavy) is forecast for us today.  But, it is Friday and that's a very nice thing.  I've got conference calls starting shortly, so this will be short.

First up we have the acrobat - Tyg.  He may want to join the circus!!


Fletch had been up on the roof during the day yesterday to look at a few things/do a few repairs/improvements.  Colin stopped by on his way to go out for drinks with friends and as he was leaving, he heard Tyg on the ladder.  I can't believe he comes down head first!

Next up, the latest addition to my brother's family in Boulder Colorado.  Meet Cecilia Maria (Cici for short) who looks suspiciously like the Flying Nun here!


She is part Australian Sheep Dog and part something else...not sure what, but her paws look mighty big to me in this picture.

Fletch and I plan to take off tomorrow and just drive - kind of north and west - and see where we end up!  Should be a fun exploring trip.  Oh and my new glasses are ready, so we'll pick those up first.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend - enjoy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Unraveled Wednesday 11-7-18

Good Morning!

The sun is out and it is a beautiful morning which is a good thing since there has been a lot of unraveling this week!  I posted on Monday about ripping out the socks I had started.  And now I have what I am calling "a lack of cowl."


What had been a gorgeous start to a lovely cowl is no more.  I had finished the seed stitch border and started into the lace work.  On row 4 (I think) of the lace work I somehow ended up with two stitches too many.  I started to tink back, but the entire row was messed up in so many places...not sure what I was doing!

That project plus a new sock project (not started yet) are in the bag I brought to work, but based on the e-mails I've already had today, it appears that I will not be taking a lunch hour.  Another busy day at work...at least the day should fly by!

I did finish Warlight several days ago and enjoyed it.  I give it 4 stars.  The first half kind of dragged/got boring for me, but I really liked the second half.  I started To The Bright Edge of the World the other night and so far, so good!

Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.  What are you up to?

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Election Day!

I did...did you???


It is another grey and wet day, but the lines were out the door when I voted just after 7 this morning.  Same thing for my boss and also Mailing.  That's a good sign!  Let's hope for a positive change.

Get out and vote if you have not already!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Another Rainy Monday

Good Morning!

Another grey, wet day here.  Yesterday was GORGEOUS.  We ended up getting tornado warnings Friday night which I slept through!  Luckily the "area of concern" was actually a little northwest of us.

All in all, it was a nice weekend.  I left work early on Friday, did some domestic chores and then headed up to Colin & Mailing's for dinner.  Fletch was already there.  After dinner we played Tokaido which was fun.  It's a board game we gave Col & Mailing 3-4 years ago, and they finally got it out a couple of weeks ago to play.

Saturday was extremely windy and more than a little chilly, but Dee and I met up at the Lansdale Farmers' Market.  We made the rounds quickly (I was freezing!!) and then headed over to Backyard Beans for some beverages, some chatting, and almost no knitting - lol.


I did some ripping though!  The teal colored yarn in the front is mine and it is just too soft for socks.  Luckily I hadn't gotten too far.

Sunday was filled (unfortunately) with more domestic chores (specifically the kitchen floor) and grocery shopping and cooking.  But, I did manage to start Leaving Cowl - a free pattern on Ravelry.  Rather than sport weight, I am using a MadTosh sock yarn.


I forget the color name of the yarn, but it has lovely shades of blue with a bit of copper thrown in and some sparkly bits.  I brought it to work and am hoping to finish the seed stitch border so that I'll be ready to start the pattern tonight.

Still reading Warlight, but almost finished.  I fell asleep with my Kindle open last night - guess I was a little too tired to read.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Finished Hat

Good Morning!

Did you all have a nice Halloween?  We did not have a single person/child/animal come to our house for treats.  So...I brought the candy we had bought into the office...it will disappear quickly I'm sure.

Around here, the colors are finally beginning to pop.  I pass this tree on my to and from work.  Yesterday on my way home I was able to stop in the street for a moment to get a shot of it.  It is just brilliant!


Yesterday my office closed early for Halloween.  Lots of other places must have too because traffic was heavy at 2 p.m.!!  But, with the bit of extra time, the Crazy Hat was completed last night.  Just as I thought, a 4th color came in at the top.  This color wasn't as long a repeat as the others, but I like the way it turned out.  First up, my willing model, Fletch, in the completed hat:


And here's the top - I tried to spread the hat out so you could see all the variations in color.


I even tried it on - so soft and (I think) it will be plenty warm.  I love it.  Guess I need to make one for moi!  But I think next up will be some socks (of course) and some fingerless mitts.

Meanwhile, gotta run - more reports to do today at work and also open enrollment starts today.  I need to remember to sign up!  hope your week is going well.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Unraveled Wednesday 10/31/18

Happy Halloween!!

Yesterday was our Halloween "party" at work.  Some of the costumes were so clever (others...not so much...).  The food was quite good and there were plenty of laughs.  Pictures that were taken did not turn out well - the room was too dark.  I think the best costume(s) were from cash management who came as Little Bo Peep and her sheep.  Hysterical.  This is the same group that won a few years back for Train Wreck Barbie and Alcoholic Ken.

Anyhoo, it was a crazy/busy day for me (I was in the office by 6:30 a.m.).  It's that time of year when EVERYTHING happens and is due at the same time - performance appraisals, bonus calculations for the field, etc., etc.  Today will be a little easier.

I did manage to knit some on the Crazy Hat last night and am now up to the decrease part of the crown.  Here's a picture of Fletch trying it for me.


You can see (barely) a third color at the top.  I think a 4th color will appear, but not until the very end of the decreases.  It is soft and feels really nice.  I hope Colin likes it.

Tyg has been on a walk-about or gallivanting around quite a bit lately!  Last night as I was cooking dinner it appeared he was in a bit of a stand-off (picture a bit fuzzy as taken through the door so the cats wouldn't be scared off):


Shortly after I took this shot, the interloper (with a rather large, red collar) got up and walked away.  Tyg quickly followed and he never came back till 5:45 this morning!!

Well, the e-mails are flying in with questions regarding bonus roll-ups I completed yesterday...I'd best get to it!  Happy Mid-Week!