Sunday, August 26, 2018

Le Weekend

Hello All,

The weekend is winding down.  It has been so nice (really, what weekend isn't??).  I got an awful lot accomplished on Friday, leaving work by 1:30.  Before dinner both bathrooms had been scrubbed, rugs and towels washed and the kitchen floor scrubbed.

Saturday morning dawned so beautiful.  Cooler and no humidity.  I did not venture out to the seafood market - I had called on Friday and learned they did not have bluefish.  Poor Fletch.  Instead we had lobster, corn on the cob and green beans.  A better dinner than bluefish in my opinion. 

Saturday afternoon I decided to wind yarn in an attempt to pull something together to take to Hilton Head.  First up was the Manos del Uruguay yarn I bought the other week...the yarn that reminded me of river rocks.  The yarn broke near the end of winding it.  Disappointment.  But salvageable.  Just annoying.  BUT, I realized the yarn is more like lace weight than sock weight and would not work for the shawl (Shh! Wrap) that I was hoping to cast on.  Next up I decided to cake up the Mad Tosh sock yarn I had bought a few weeks back (Electric Rainbow).  This is what resulted:

Yup - Yarn Barf!  Oy vey!  It's better than this now, but I am not quite finished with this mess (and it probably won't be finished until I come back from HH).

Saturday night we finished watching "Ordeal by Innocence" on Amazon Prime - very good!  If you have not watched, we highly recommend it.  Tonight I think we will watch the first episode of Loch Ness on Netflix (waiting impatiently for the 5th season of Shetland on Netflix...hoping this fills the bill for a bit).

I started reading "Ape House" by Sara Gruen (of Water for Elephants fame) and so far I am really liking it (about 1/4 of the way into it).  And tonight after dinner Fletch and I finished reading "Mornings on Horseback" by David McCullough about Teddy Roosevelt's childhood and early foray into politics.  We both enjoyed this read immensely and highly recommend.

Oh!  I was a bit domestic today.  After breakfast I set about chopping up tomatoes, peppers (bell and hot), onions and making home-made ketchup.  This batch was a bit runnier (more juice/water in the tomatoes), but it was good to put the volunteer tomatoes to use.

This stuff is addictive:  has cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, mace and apple cider vinegar in it.

Well, I'm packed and boarding passes are printed.  For once I've packed reasonably and am just taking a carry-on bag.  I have a tote that my kindle, knitting chargers, etc. will fit in easily.  The past few nights I've been dreaming of alligators (I'm sure you've heard of the woman who was killed on Hilton Head last week by an alligator...I will not be walking a dog...but still.....)

Have a great week!  I'll catch up with you when I'm back in town.


  1. Have a wonderful trip and hope you get some time to hit the knitting!

    See you soon.

  2. Oooh - I've never thought of making homemade ketchup...!

  3. I hope you have a good trip and no alligators try to have you for an hors d'oeurvre! I got a giggle out of your yarn barf.. my husband is my untangler and I showed that to him. Be careful and try to have fun. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. What a nice weekend for you-the yarn tangles can drive you crazy!!
    The canning is impressive. Happy travels! Be safe!

  5. Yikes, your yarn barf looks time-consuming! I thought of your trip when I heard about the woman on HH. I hope your trip is enjoyable.

  6. Have a wonderful time, Vera! Adventures are always exciting! (And let's just hope your adventure does not include any hungry alligators. . . ) XO
    (I get so grumpy when yarn Does Not Behave.)

  7. Oh, not alligators AND yarn barf!

  8. I think homemade ketchup is really domestic and it sounds delicious! I hope you found some appropriate knitting, and enjoy a relaxing, alligator-free vacation!

  9. I'm with you on the lobster vs bluefish!

  10. Have a fabulous vacation.No alligator worries. They attacks are few and far between.

  11. Wow! You got so much done this weekend. That homemade ketchup sounds delicious. Sorry about the yard barf. I hope you were able to get something together to take with you. Hoping for a wonderful time in Hilton Head. No alligators! I did hear about the lady and her dog. Just terrible. Be safe!
    Blessings, Betsy

  12. I hope you have a wonderful experience with Hilton Head ... and know you have some very good things to come home to. xo!

  13. Oooh, Ordeal by Innocence has been added to the queue! I love Bill Nighy. :)