Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Unraveled Wednesday and Happy Birthday Dad!

Good Morning All,

Thank you all for your comments yesterday and my apologies for not replying to you by e-mail, but as most of you are experiencing, e-mail notifications are not coming through (what's up with that???).

Kathy B - yes!  Pavlova is so easy to make (why haven't I made it previously?)

Teresa - I intended to take a picture of the Pavlova, but Colin and Mailing were already digging in as I was putting the final berries on it!!  (Next time I'll do that at the counter rather than at the table...)

May 30th:  my Dad would have turned 98 today!!  I miss him daily - his humor, his intelligence, his kindness and love.  He passed away in 2013 at the age of 93 and was still so "with it" - interested in politics (he would be horrified at what is going on today), an avid reader, an excellent Scrabble player.  I miss his wise counsel always.

So, my new sock is Cataraqui and the yarn is some Trekking I picked up at Conversational Threads after the Allentown Fiber Festival.

I picked the yarn because 1) it was in the sale bin and ultra cheap (lol), 2) the color - I don't usually knit with a yellow/gold (I have no socks in this color) and 3) I had heard good reports on Trekking yarn.  It is very nice to knit with - soft and non-splitty.  I don't think the pattern is showing up all that well, but I'm going to keep knitting anyway (because I don't really want to unravel).  As I mentioned yesterday, the pattern is written for 54 stitches which is fewer than I usually cast on, so I went up a needle size to #2.  They seem a little bulky and big, but I figure that will be perfect for my hiking boots.

On the reading front, I'm still in the midst of Empty Mansions which I'm finding interesting.  I had never heard of Huguette Clark (or her father, W. A. Clark).  I'm hoping to wrap this one up soon, because next up is The Crane Wife which finally came through on Overdrive.  I've been waiting for this for some time.  A day later another book I've been waiting on for months came through - Never Caught which has had good reviews.  And Dee brought me another book on Saturday which she had read and said was excellent:  As Bright as Heaven which looks really good. 

I've also decided to play along with Book Bingo...I'll print out a card, but I'm going about it like Bonny this year.  I'm not going to pick books to fill my squares, I'm just going to read what I want (and what I would read anyway), and if they fit in a square - great!  If they don't, no great loss.

My dentist appointment went well yesterday - he was able to "patch" the spot where a piece of a filling had broken off.  I was out of there quickly and home in time to work out and then enjoy a drink on the patio before dinner.

Well, that's it for me!  I've got an errand or two I need to run at lunch and I'm hoping to fit a little knitting in as well.

Joining in with Kat and friends on this grey, foggy Unraveled Wednesday.  Happy mid-week!


  1. That yellow/gold is just beautiful! Those are some sweet words about your dad. This losing a parent thing never gets easier, does it?

  2. What a lovely tribute to your dad! XO
    I think your Book Bingo strategy is a winning one. Life is too short to scramble yourself about reading for pleasure.
    (If it's any consolation, I've had trouble leaving comments on Blogger blogs lately. I keep having to re-sign in with Google -- even though I'm already signed in with Google, which is very odd. And it's only happening with Blogger blogs.)

  3. I like the new sock! The colors are very pretty and will look great - like sunflowers for your toes!

  4. Thanks for the book titles, I've added them to my reading queue. I've discovered that variegated yarn and lacy patterns don't usually work well together which is why I prefer to knit plain stockinette socks. Opal yarn is one of my favorites to knit.

  5. Your new socks are lovely and I'm glad to have a "Wingin' It" book Bingo buddy!

    Karen from pumpkin sunrise let me know about a comment workaround. After you publish a post, comment on your own post and check "notify me", and you'll get the comments for that post. She said it's a temporary solution that she found on a blogger forum; I tried it with my post this morning and it seems to work!

  6. Man -Blogger has really dropped the ball!
    Love that yellow!

  7. Your new sock!!!! so so pretty. I love yellow socks

  8. gah! I'm so over Blogger! but I love your socks!! and what a sweet tribute to your Dad :-)

  9. The Crane Wife was one of the first books I ever got for the Kindle but I don't think I ever read it. Let us know what you think!

  10. I like the sock color very much. Did not know what Pavlova was so I looked it up. I love meringue cookies so this is on my baking list now. Thanks!