Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Unraveled Wednesday 09/30/20

 Hello and Good Morning!

How are you today?  I slept better last night (thank God), though I was awake some hearing rain.  By our rain gauge it looks like we received about an inch over night.  There was nice, cool air coming in the back window in our bedroom as well.

Last Wednesday in September and, as usual, I am linking up with Kat - be sure to hop over to her blog not only to see what others are making and reading, but this week she has some adorable acorns knit!  Though adorable, I think they may be a bit too fiddly for moi.

There has been a little knitting (emphasis on little) since last Wednesday.  My first Lava sock is progressing and I should be at the toe decreases later today.

This pattern (free from Valerie) is a fun and easy one to knit.  Normally I would already be on the second sock...or even finished that one...but work has been extremely busy.  September & October are my busiest months at work and the pandemic certainly hasn't slowed things down!  I'm also taking a few days off around the wedding, so that has compressed my time even more.  No complaints!  I'm happy to be employed and I'd much rather be busy than not.

You all know I've been in a reading slump over the last year or so, but I'm happy to say I read, finished and really liked a book!  I read the latest Louise Penny Inspector Gamache book All the Devils are Here and liked it better than the previous one ("A Better Man").  The latest takes place in Paris rather than Canada, but they do end up in Three Pines at the end (insert happy face...wouldn't you love to visit Three Pines?).  Last night I picked up Olive, Again and continued reading in that a bit.  The writing is good but the stories tend to be a bit bleak.  Luckily this is a book you can pick up and put down.

Yesterday when Fletch was walking around looking at the garden (just about spent) and other things he noticed that one of the Asian Pears had fallen from the tree.  We had been holding out picking any (there are only 2 this first year), hoping to share them with Colin & Mailing, but apparently this one did not want to wait.  Last night I cut it up and we shared it.

It was not strongly flavored (I'm not sure any Asian Pear is), and it was small, but it did taste good and it was just nice to consume one that we (that's the collective we - meaning Fletch) had grown.  Hopefully we'll be able to share the last little one on the tree.

The figs (yes, plural) continue to grow in size, but are no where near regular fig size and no where near ripe.  I don't think we will be sampling them this year, but maybe next.  At least being caged in the fig tree has survived this summer and the deer have not nibbled it down to the ground!

On my agenda today (besides work which is looming) is running out to get a flu shot.  Normally we have a nurse come to the office one day and give out shots for free.  But...not this year...  Fletch got his shot the other day at Acme (grocery store) and I think that's where I will go.  We need a few provisions anyway (and cat food for Tyg). We are having dinner with some neighbors Friday and I promised to make Spicy Cuban Beef (a recipe from the mother of a college roommate who had honeymooned in Cuba in the 40's!!).  Fletch and I may run out for an errand later.  The traditional Tea Ceremony that Colin & Mailing are doing is this Saturday and Mailing's parents are hosting.  We would like to pick up a gift for them.

It's already after 8 a.m. here, so I'd best get busy.  Wishing you a very good Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Tiny Needle Tuesday 9/29/20

 Good Morning!

How are you?  I am sleepy after yet another night of tossing and turning in the middle of the night.  But, I'm home today, so I can always sneak in a nap if I need to.  It is also grey and damp out - not raining, but you can feel the moisture in the air, and that is not making it any easier for me to feel wakeful.

I spent yesterday morning in the office.  Tom from IT was able to figure out what was happening with my laptop.  Skype for Business - which we don't use, so I'm not sure why it was loaded onto my laptop in March - was screwing things up.  We kind of disabled it and now everything is fine.  Tom was the only person I saw until just about the time I was leaving at Noon when Sally from HR rounded the corner from her office.  I managed to get a lot of things done - printing in color and on what we call "big boy" paper!  It's ledger paper (11x17) and perfect for really large spreadsheets, etc.  And I shipped off a big package to Kevin.  The UPS guy has a key to get into our office, so he is still delivering each day and picking up packages each afternoon.

By a little after Noon I had finished everything I wanted to do at the office, so headed out.  I stopped at Joann's for some DMC floss and then stopped in at Trader Joe's.  We were in the mood for salmon for dinner, but there was none at home.  I got that and a few veggies and headed home.  The afternoon wasn't terribly busy work-wise and I was able to shoot another few rounds of archery.  I can feel it in my arms today!

Well, it is the last Tiny Needle Tuesday (TNT) in September!  Not sure how that happened so quickly, but tomorrow is the last day of September.  I'm happy to say that Dona Dorothea is finished!  I can't remember when I started stitching this (I don't keep records of that), but I know it had been "put away" for several (or more than several) years.  Most likely it was around 2013 or 2014.

This really is a pretty sampler and I really am happy to have finished it (LOL).  Here's a close up of the final section:

I like the way the Greek key motif looks.  And, a close up of my favorite creature in this - the checkerboard deer!

The flower (carnation?) in his/her mouth cracks me up.

I have chosen my next piece to stitch, but I have not yet started it (hopefully today).  It is a Quaker style sampler - more about it next week.

Meanwhile, I will leave you (I need to get busy with work) with shots of two different trees I saw as I drove down the long driveway to my office building.  Stunning!  

It never fails to move me when I see Fall foliage like this.  Simply glorious.

Hope your week is going well.

Monday, September 28, 2020


 Good Morning!

Hard to believe this is the last Monday in September 2020.  Harder to believe that Colin & Mailing's wedding is less than 2 weeks away now!  

So how was your weekend?  Mine was good.  Nothing special.  Fletch and I had planned to be outside Saturday - do some walking, go out to lunch, that kind of thing.  But rain happened.  So I stayed in and worked on some stitching.  Sunday was one of those back and forth days.  The sun would come out for a bit but then the dark clouds would roll in.  It never did make up its mind what it wanted to do or be.  We had more rain last night.  The rain was welcome.  It's been so dry lately that the yard is beginning to turn brownish.

I discovered a new (to me) poet over the weekend.  Badger Clark.  Don't you love the name?  I was thumbing through "Smithsonian" magazine and read this article and then I found a volume of his poetry to download for free on my Kindle.  I haven't looked at it yet, but I thought it could be fun.

Between rain drops and rain showers, I was able to get some archery in both Saturday and Sunday.  It feels good to be back at it.  I'm not great and I miss the target more than I hit it, but I'm practicing and having fun.  Usually the target looks like this:

But every once in awhile, I do hit a bullseye!!

One time walking across the yard to gather up the arrows I saw these:

Beautiful wings just laying on the grass.  They are now on my kitchen windowsill along with other treasured things.

I'm heading to the office a little later.  I have a bunch of stuff to print in color and some on the BIG paper (17x11) that my printer can't handle.  I also need Tom from IT to look at my laptop.  We have a sign-in verification system when we change passwords, but lately I've been getting the requests every single time I turn on my laptop.  And now, a text for verification came in at 2 a.m. this morning - something weird is going on.  Anyway, I know Tom is in the office Monday mornings, so I shot him a quick email this morning letting him know I would be in.  Hopefully he will have the time to look things over.

Wishing you all a great week!

Friday, September 25, 2020

Friday Felines


That was yesterday's cat nap!  It's pretty rare for Tyg to be in during the day - unless he comes in for a bite of food and then goes right back out.  But yesterday, late afternoon I ran upstairs to get something and there he was, all stretched out.  Apparently he had been up there for some time and he stayed up for another hour or so!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes for Fletch.  He had requested BBQ shrimp (New Orleans style) for dinner which is one of my favorite meals, so that was good.  And I did manage to bake and frost a cake (his request - chocolate cake with chocolate frosting).  My day was very busy though work-wise and, in fact, I didn't shut down the computer until after 9 p.m.  Now I'm back at it and it will be another crazy day.  TGIF!!

Here's to a great weekend ahead.  Enjoy.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Thursday Stuff

 Good Morning!

This will be a quick post because today is Fletcher's birthday!!  Happy Birthday to my guy.

Yesterday ended up being a very pretty day (and warmer).  I managed to get out for a 4+ mile walk at the canal and then in the afternoon did a little archery!  Fletch made a new target for us and he cleared away the mass/mess of weeds and things at the end of our boggy area where we keep the target.  Tyg showed up and I got him in the house and then shot a round of arrows (because Tyg is an indoor/outdoor cat and we never know where he is when he is out, we won't practice our archery unless we know he is indoors).

None even close to a bullseye, but at least a few hit the target.  It sure felt good to do this again.

Later we saw this guy hanging out in our apple tree...pecking away at the last remaining apple (or rather half-apple).

There were more squirrels than usual running around and boy were they chatty!  Look at that blue, blue sky.  Gorgeous!

Later in the evening we had a fire in our firepit.  A wonderful evening for it.  I even toasted a couple of marshmallows.

All in all, a lovely day.  I even managed to do a tiny amount of stitching...but no knitting.

Now I need to hustle and get my Thursday financial reports done for work so that I can get busy baking a birthday cake!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Unraveled Wednesday 9/23/20

 Good Morning!

A milder morning for us - temp this a.m. was 50.  Much nicer feeling than 37!  And abundant sunshine.

Yesterday ended up being a very long day...and longer at the office than I wanted.  I was busy (thankfully), but my meeting at 1 p.m. was a total waste of time.  All that was done was a review of last year's procedures (which we all know and understand and have done for a number of years).  It's too late to make any changes for this year.  So why did we need to meet (for over an hour)?  Bill came in and pulled me out of the meeting for 15 minutes or so and that was nice.  But still...

I was surprised at how many people were in the office yesterday.  All masked, of course.  I saw Bobby (our CEO) for the first time in a couple of months.  His hair is longer and greyer - lol.  People with "cubbies" (rather than offices) have always decorated their areas with seasonal things.  The St. Patrick's Day decorations are still up because March is the time we closed our office.  Bill commented that we will probably re-open just around the time for the decorations to be appropriate!

Fletch and I sat on the patio before dinner and then he fired up the grill and we had nachos.  They are so good done over the grill - you can close the cover and get a real smoky flavor to them.  Delicious (especially with fresh jalapenos from the garden!!).

Well, it is Unraveled Wednesday.  No unraveling this week, but not much knitting lately either.  

See my "Crazy Cat Lady" mug?  LOL  The Eye of the Patridge heel flap is finished.  The heel has been turned.  But only 5 rows of the gusset have been completed.  I could not keep my eyes open last night at all.  I actually went upstairs to bed before 9 p.m.!

I'm hoping for a slower paced day today with time to knit and/or stitch and time for a walk.  We'll see.

As usual, linking up with Kat for Unraveled Wednesday.  Be sure to check out her blog and the links for others to see what everyone is making and reading!  (We are still reading "South Moon Under" after dinner.)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tiny Needle Tuesday 9/22/20

 Good Morning!

Happy First Day of Fall!!  It's a bit warmer here today - my phone says 40.  It is still dark, so I can't really read the thermometer we have on our patio (even with the patio light on!).  I never did get out for a walk yesterday.  I ended up being fairly busy work-wise, but also spent the entire day sneezing and blowing my nose.  I don't know if it was/is allergies or a cold or what.  I also could not get warm!  It doesn't help that there is no heat in my home office!  Yikes!!  We have electric baseboard heat and each room has a thermostat.  The one for the office room stopped working several years back and we just ignored it because we rarely used the room.  Our neighbor, Rob, will be over to replace the thermostat before we get into Winter for sure.  I also discovered one of the windows was still open - letting 37 degree air blow in - lol.  No wonder I was cold!

Fall is being ushered in on Tiny Needle Tuesday.  I don't have much to show this week.  The third and final section at the bottom of my sampler is taking FOREVER!  I'm liking the way it looks - a lot, but geeze it's taking a long time to stitch.  There are so many color changes and then weaving in the ends on the back is a picture of the whole thing and then a close up of that final section.

You can see that the final section is divided into 3 bands.  I still have some stitching on the top band.  The middle one is similar to the top and then the bottom one is (thankfully) just one color and the pattern is like a Greek key - very pretty.  My hope is to have this finished by next week, but we'll see.  My sock knitting is also calling to me...

I'm going in to my office later this morning.  I have some things to go over/review/work on with my boss Bill and then I have a meeting from 1-2 with finance to review one of our year-end procedures.  Our fiscal year ends September 30th and then the scramble begins to finalize those numbers and start a new fiscal year fresh.

Somehow we ended up with an invasion of fruit flies in our house.  Oy!  We have traps out, but it takes a long time to be rid of these pesky devils.  And, they get in everything!  I'm constantly wiping down counters with disinfectant.

Well, time to do a bit of work before heading out.  Wishing you a beautiful Fall day!

Monday, September 21, 2020


 Good Morning!

A chilly 37 degrees this morning.  What a beautiful weekend we had.  How was yours?  Those of you who read Dee's Blog know that we met up on Saturday for a walk along the canal path.  There were a few turtles out and we saw blue herons!

We walked the path/trail and then had lunch at Fitzwater Station which is situated right by the canal.  We were able to get a table on the deck overlooking the water.  There were plenty of folks canoeing and kayaking and plenty of ducks too.  After lunch we headed to a local coffee shop for some knitting/sipping/chatting.  A lovely time.  Thank you Dee!

The cooler weather and so many birds migrating prompted Fletch to pull our feeders out from the shed (we don't feed the birds in the summer).  Lo and behold someone - Mr. Mouse - had built a cozy nest in the feeder we use for sunflower seeds.

Luckily no one was home when Fletch pulled the feeder from the shed!

The cooler temps also had me putting out a few Fall things:

A vase with goldenrod and winter berry and my squirrel candle holder.  I bought squirrely years ago at Restoration Hardware and I love him.

I also felt like a Fall dinner, so I made some Butternut Squash Peanut Curry (recipe link) - delicious and so easy to make (in about an hour).

Saturday night Fletch and I watched Little Women and I confess I dozed through some of it...but enjoyed what I saw.  All in all, a lovely weekend.  A very little bit of knitting was accomplished.

I started the heel flap when Dee and I were at the coffee shop...and I knit a few more rows on it, but didn't quite finish.  Maybe today.  It's not a race.

Meanwhile, the workday is here.  I have a conference call at 10 and have some things I need to prepare for that.  Here's to a good week!

Friday, September 18, 2020

More Trail Pictures and a Friday Feline!

 Good Morning!

Another grey morning and a little nip in the air.  Lots of rain around us, but we didn't get any.  In fact, Fletch and I sat around a fire last night for a little bit.  No conference calls today!  But, I have a rather large spreadsheet I need to work on, so I will be busy.  I'll try to walk a little later.  First I need to go back to feed Talbot & Marcel (Colin and Mailing will get back tomorrow).  C&M had a rainy time in Richmond, but were able to meet up with Fletcher's cousin for dinner.  I believe they are heading to Washington today to see a friend.

I did get out to walk yesterday (5 miles) in Oaks.  This trail is paved and easy to walk on.  I looked out at the Schuylkill River and saw a Blue Heron hanging with some ducks.

Herons always look so regal to me.  Then I came upon this EVIL SERPENT and almost screamed out loud (well, I kind of did...)

Yes, I know it's a harmless garter snake, but EVIL SERPENT to me.  Just about scared the sh*t out of me!

On to nicer things.  Just because it's Friday, here is a picture of Tyg (and yours truly).

He doesn't look happy in the picture, but he was purring up a storm.  Tyg is not fond of the fires we have in the pit, but last night he actually came around and hung with us for awhile.  Maybe he is getting used to them?

Well, cheers to the weekend!  Hope you all have a wonderful one.  Enjoy!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Pictures Along the Canal

 Hello All,

Last night saw me put 8 more rows on the sock, but not enough to merit an updated picture.  We ended up watching The Wife with Glenn Close (finally).  Very good!  Unlike all of you (or at least almost all of you), I don't knit while watching TV - we usually have all the lights out and I can't knit in the dark - lol.  We also saw Rocketman earlier in the week, but neither of us really liked it.  I was bored during most of it.

Yesterday after leaving the office, I came home and had a bit of lunch and then took off for a walk along the canal.  It was a little bit warmer, but still pleasant walking and once again hardly anyone on the trail.  Here are some pictures from yesterday.

My old friend, Mr. Skelton is still hanging out on the bench.  I love the Purple Martin House too.

Some lovely flowers trailside and a house on the opposite side of the canal with a beautiful display of flowers.

A picture looking down the canal.  So calm and peaceful.

Finally, this guy was fly fishing in the Schuylkill River (the canal is on one side of the trail, the river is on the other).  It was mesmerizing to watch him cast.

It was a nice walk (I ended up walking 4 miles) and I'm looking forward to going back there on Saturday with Dee!!

Hope your week is going well.  We are almost at the weekend!  Now I need to go over to Colin & Mailing's to feed Marcel and Talbot.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Unraveled Wednesday 9/16/20

 Hello and Good Morning!

Another hazy morning here - they say it's from the smoke on the West Coast!  It is also another cool morning - 45 when I got up at 5:30.  The air is so fresh.  When I got home from the office yesterday I took a 5 mile walk on the River Trail and it was wonderful.  Refreshing, cool (I even had a sweatshirt on for half the distance!).  There were not many people at all on the trail (though more unleased dogs!!) and it was just so peaceful.  Turns out the River Trail is 3 miles my goal the next time I am there is to walk the 3 miles and then back for a total of 6!

I showed some knitting the other day and no more progress has been made.  Monday was devoted to finishing that one section on the sampler and yesterday there was not time for knitting or stitching!  Not a good thing...but here is a picture of the sock that I started using Val's Pattern somewhat stretched out so that you can see the pretty lace.

Isn't that pretty?  And this yarn is fun.  The various colors that show up are so subtle and pretty.  Wish I could remember where and when I bought it!

So, as mentioned, no time for crafting yesterday because 1) I was in the office in the morning, 2) I walked in the afternoon, and 3) when I got home from walking and cleaned up Fletch and I left for Colin & Mailing's.  Mailing had been in NYC for the day and hadn't gotten home by the time we arrived, but she showed up shortly thereafter.  Colin made homemade pesto using garden garlic and garden basil.  OMG - so good!  And he grilled shrimp.  Can you say yum?

Since the kids are leaving for Richmond this afternoon, Fletch and I brought the leftovers home with us.  I didn't have dessert, but the others finished up the coffee ice cream I had made for Labor Day and Mailing brought home some cookies from a bakery in New York.

There are some definite signs of Fall around.  Here is a look at the kids' Dogwood tree.

And these berries (Poke Berries?  Poisonous?) growing amongst the thistles Colin is letting thrive.

What a pretty magenta color.  And gosh, the bees and the goldfinches LOVE all the thistles.

Here is Colin after firing up the grill.  The stand of thistles is in the back...hiding their table and chairs for dining (though it was chilly enough that we ate inside).

His hair is beginning to curl a bit!  After dinner Colin built a fire in their fire pit and we sat and chatted for a little while.  We didn't stay late - I had to get up dark-early again today to be in the office.  I'm hoping to leave by Noon and get a walk in again this afternoon.

As I mentioned the other day, the latest Louise Penny book came through on Overdrive for me, so I'm reading that (only 2 chapters so far, but it is good) and then some other books have come through on Overdrive or I am very close to getting them (#1 or #2 on the wait list).  I'm hopeful that my reading mojo is back and raring to go!!

Like other Unraveled Wednesdays, I'm linking up with Kat - head on over to see what others are making and reading.  Inspiration abounds!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tiny Needle Tuesday 9/15/20

 Good morning!

It's a bit later this morning as I drove in to work earlier.  And gosh!  What a nip in the air (it feels wonderful).  It was 47 at my house when I got up at 6.  And DARK!  Right now it's a bit hazy, but it should brighten up a bit.  

Yesterday I did steal away from my desk for a bit and walked at the canal.  The trail was pretty empty (except for two women with a nasty looking dog NOT on a leash).  I didn't even see any kayakers or canoers.  Kind of weird, but it was a great day for a walk.  Not sure I will get one in today.  I have to be at my office till Noon or a little maybe once I get home I can get out again, not sure.

At the last minute (meaning pretty late - for me anyway) yesterday I finished up the bottom middle section of Dona Dorothea:

It was not the most fun (meaning it was BORING) to stitch this section, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.  Here is a close up of that middle section.

There is one extra space on the right hand side which makes me slightly crazy, but that's the way the design is.  I did change the colors a bit as they were all over the place and some of the changes in color were barely noticeable.  I like my version.  

So now I just have that bottom right section and this sucker sampler will be finished!  I like it (especially the top part with the checkerboard deer and the alphabets), but I will be happy to put it away and move on to something else.  A few ideas are percolating in my head.  I need to go through my stash (again) and see what calls to me.

The latest book by Louise Penny (this one) just came through on Overdrive for me yesterday.  You all know I've been in a bit of a reading slump - starting a book and not finishing it numerous times.  But, I love this series and I'm betting this gets my reading mojo back.  I only read the first chapter last night (because it was late when I finished stitching the middle section above), but so far I'm loving it.

Fletch and I are going to Colin & Mailing's for dinner.  I think Col said he was going to grill shrimp and make pasta with home made pesto sauce.  YUM.  Not sure if we will stick around for a fire or not.  Those two are leaving for Richmond, VA in the morning.  Mailing has to go to a plant in Richmond for work and Colin is tagging along and will just work from the hotel.  They will be home on Friday and we will be on cat duty till they get home.  And I think Colin leaves Monday (9/21) for his Batchelor Party which is a 3 day, 2 night (camping) kayak trip.  Suddenly everything is happening so fast leading up to the Wedding!!!

Hope everyone's week is going well.  

Monday, September 14, 2020


 Good Morning!

Did you all have a nice weekend?  I hope so.  Mine was lovely...and three days too!  Thank you all for the kind birthday wishes.  I had a very nice day and apologize for not responding to comments, but...I turned off the computer and left if off for 3 days.  So nice!

Meanwhile, Dee came over on Friday and we took a nice long walk along the Perkiomen Creek and then went out for coffee, knitting and more chatting.  It was such a nice time.

I imanaged to get out for walks on both Saturday and Sunday as well.  Saturday I was back at Oaks (Perkiomen Creek) and Sunday I walked the River Trail in Valley Forge which goes along next to the Schuylkill River.  I took a couple of pictures on Sunday, but nothing fabulous.  I saw one guy canoeing on the River (opposite side, so far away) and one bee very busy at some flowers.

It was a beautiful morning for a walk.  Our temps in the morning have been in the lower 60's.  Some humidity, but not as bad as some days.  I'm hoping to get out today to walk along the canal...depends on how busy it gets work-wise.

Our garden is continuing to produce.  Fletch picked some more green beans and Sun Gold cherry tomatoes.  Also orange bell peppers which have finally turned orange!  Best of all, our large tomatoes are FINALLY ripening!

We were happy to see this guy show up yesterday...hadn't seen him in a few days and were worried that Tyg had gotten to him!  But he is ok.

Turns out there was another one in the water too!  This little guy jumped right in as soon as Tyg walked by on the patio - lol.  He was not going to take any chances!

I did manage to get a little knitting done over the weekend as well.  I started a hat Antler Toque by Tin Can Knits - free on Ravelry and a new pair of socks using the Hera's Peacock yarn.  The pattern is This One - Val's latest release and it's free!!  Thank you Val.  Loving the way it is knitting up.

I even managed to find time to switch to a Fall tablecloth!  (Also a Fall runner on the buffet).

That's pretty much a wrap on the weekend.  It was a good one.  Now it's back to work.  I'm home today but need to go to the office both Tuesday and Wednesday (Kevin is conducting panel interviews for an RVP position).  They won't be full days for me, luckily.  I'm looking forward to catching up on everything you all have been up to.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

September 10th

 Hello All,

Today is my Birthday!  yup...67 years young today.  Yikes!!!  And it is a grey and wet day - heavy rain expected/forecast for later today.  And I'm in the office for most of the day!  It's all good.  I received a lovely bottle of wine, gift card and such a funny b-day card from my bosses.  They are all so good to me.  I've been sending out my usual Thursday reports and it's been a busy morning.  Now the pace has slowed a bit and I wanted to share some pictures with you.

Yesterday I got out for a walk at the canal mid-day.  The temp was not high, but the humidity had snuck in, so it was pretty warm walking.  I saw a few turtles (not as many as during the height of Summer), a bunch of ducks and this little guy:

A Leopard Frog.  Dee and I also saw one of these last Friday when we walked on the River Trail.  They are rather pretty.  When I was finishing up my walk and coming back to the parking lot I spotted this:

A tree that has already turned to Fall shades!  I've spotted a few branches here and there, but had not seen an entire tree.  It does seem early, doesn't it?

Fletch cut one of our sunflowers.  We always hang one on our shed door for the birds to peck at, but I like this one just sitting on our picnic table.  A nice centerpiece!

And, finally, this cute guy trying to help with my stitching last night.  Having no opposable thumbs puts him at a definite disadvantage though!

Definitely a sweetie!

OK, time to get cracking on a few more work items.  I've got that retirement luncheon at Noon for my co-worker and then I'm hoping to leave the office and go home.  Wishing you all a wonderful day - enjoy!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Unraveled Wednesday 9/9/20

Good Morning! 

Here we are at Unraveled Wednesday and yup - there has been unraveling this week for sure.

Gulp!  No more Hellebore Hitchhiker.  I realized I was no longer loving this and looking back at what I had knit, there were some obvious "problems."  Spots where I had dropped a stitch and not picked it up properly and as tiny as those spots were, I knew they would stand out for me.  So poof!  The other day I completely unwound it.  

The Hellebore yarn is just so beautiful and I will use it still for a shawl, but a different pattern.  I'm in the midst of reviewing options, but believe I have picked out Zilver as a good option.  Time will tell.

There will be more unraveling today as I un-do the raspberry colored sweater I started the other year.  Not feeling the love, you know?  I'll figure out something for that yarn...again too pretty to let it just sit and marinate a bit (it's been marinating in a project bag for some time now - lol).

I also caked up two skeins of yarn for some socks because you always need to have socks on the needles, right?

On the right is "Aspen" by Less Traveled Yarn.  This is a skein I bought the other week when Dee and I were at Purls of Wisdom in Kimberton.  On the left is "Hera's Peacock" a Flocksock Fingering by Holiday Yarns.  I have no clue when or where I bought that!  Patterns have yet to be decided upon, but I will try to figure that out today.  Aiming towards something lacy in the blue and something more plain in the Aspen.

Fletch and I are continuing to read (after dinner) "South Moon Under" by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and enjoying it very much.  I'm waiting for a few books on Overdrive to come in.

I'm home today and it should be a fairly easy work day.  Hoping to get a short walk in at lunch time.  Tomorrow will be a full day at the office.  I'd best set my alarm, because it will be back to my pre-Covid days of getting in by 7:15 or so.  My bosses will all be in for a meeting that starts at 8 and then we have the retirement luncheon for my peer who is retiring at the end of the month.  I was going to say I was jealous/envious of her retiring, but my new schedule of (primarily) working from home is great and I'm really enjoying it.  I will stick it out for a bit longer!

As usual, linking up with Kat for Unraveled Wednesday.  Head on over to her place to see what she and others are making and reading!