Friday, April 16, 2021

Who Am I?? and...New Stash!!

 Hello and Welcome to the Weekend!

Well, I still have some work to do and a conference call at 10, but I'm calling it the start of the weekend now.  Plans for the day include getting through the morning (LOL) and then Fletch and I are grocery shopping.  Since Colin & Mailing are coming for dinner tomorrow, I'll be busy in the morning baking and making some salads.  Fletch will grill burgers and I will make a pineapple upside down cake (YUM), a corn and black bean salad and marinated eggplant.  The kids are bringing rolls for the burgers and we'll have sliced onions and tomatoes and lettuce to go with.  Tonight is home made pizza.

So, back to the title of this post.  Usually I am a one project person.  One stitching piece and one knitting piece.  Occasionally I might have a second knitting project on the go, but not usually.  Lately, however, I've toyed with starting numerous projects.  I showed the yarn for the felted French Market Bag the other day (which I still have not been able to start....).  Now yarn arrived yesterday for not one, but two shawls!  For a long time I have wanted to knit Steven West's Botanic Shawl and now I will!  Kim knit this a bit ago and it is just gorgeous.  Here is my yarn:


The Zauerball Crazy is the same colorway (Sanduhr) that is shown in the pattern picture.  My light grey is Cascade Heritage.

The second shawl I want to make is Wintertide Shawl by Beatrice Perron Dahlen and I picked a similar color to what is shown in the pattern picture.


It's a little dark in the picture, but it is again Cascade Heritage yarn (75/25) and the colorway is Cerulean.  such a rich looking blue!

And, of course, there are more socks to knit (plenty of yarn in the stash for that!).  And I discovered I have sufficient lace weight yarn for a shawl (Birch Leaf Shawl) that is gorgeous.  Karen is currently knitting this shawl in a beautiful shade of pink.

It's possible that I will make myself a little bit crazy with all this yarn!  LOL  And again, Who Am I?

Last week Dee had a fun post titled "Know Your Needleworker" where she listed a number of questions and then her answers.  I thought it would be fun to copy.  So, here goes:

1. Where do you live?

Eastern PA - suburb of Philadelphia

2.  What do you do for a living?

I work for a company that provides outsourcing services to health care facilities.

3.  Do you have children?

Yes.  Colin is our son.

4. Do you have any pets?

I think you all know about The Tygus (that’s Colin’s name for Tyg, our rescue cat) 

5. Do you have any hobbies?

 I enjoy knitting, stitching, reading, walking/hiking, cooking, traveling to name a few 

 6.  What is your favorite movie?

 I’m not much of a movie person, but if I had to pick it would be “Out of Africa” or “Cross Creek” or “Gone With the Wind.”

 7.  What is your favorite book?

 Well, too many really to pick just one:  “The Poisonwood Bible,” “Ahab’s Wife,” “Shadow of the Wind,” “Stones From the River” to name a few.

 8.  What is your favorite music?

 I enjoy most music.  Favorites at the moment are jazz and classical.

 9. What is your favorite project that you have made?

 Oh gosh!  I have stitched so many samplers that I really love...but I don't frame many.  As I've said before, I don't want needlework hanging all over my house.  I think my favorite is PPL...A Parrot, A Leopard, and a Lion from the Scarlet Letter.  I will be framing this one - actually for Colin who likes it a lot.



10.  What one word describes you.

Hmmmm… maybe STUBBORN

 Well!  This has turned into a lengthy post and I need another cup of coffee.  Enjoy your weekend!!


Thursday, April 15, 2021

What's For Dinner?

 Good Morning!

It's a little later than I normally post, but I had an early eye doctor appointment this morning.  I'm still a bit blurry after the drops, but that should wear off in a bit.  My eyes have gotten worse and, specifically, my cataracts are much worse and it's time to have surgery.  I was hoping to last another year of so without have them done, but no such luck.  The doctor in the practice I see has cut back on her hours and she no longer does surgery, so the doctor who did Fletcher's cataract surgery will do mine also.  I have an appointment with her in June and at that time my first surgery will be scheduled.  I'm not looking forward to the surgery, but I sure am looking forward to seeing better!

Meanwhile, it's Thursday, so let's talk food.  Tonight I am making "Ellen's Pork Chops" for dinner.  Named after my Aunt Ellen in Vermont (my Dad's older sister) who usually made these at some point when we visited her.  These are quick to pull together and the baking time allows the maker to relax a bit and do some knitting or reading or whatever!

Ellen’s Pork Chops

 Place pork chops in lightly greased casserole dish.  You can use any type of chops – I prefer thick cut boneless chops and I do trim any fat off.

 Place a slice of onion and a slice of tomato on top of each chop.  I typically also add sliced fresh mushrooms.

 Mix up some stuffing – any kind will do – I usually have a bag of Pepperidge Farm Herb stuffing on hand.  Spoon stuffing on top of chops and bake at (approx..) 365 for (approx…) an hour.  Temp and time can vary depending on whether or not you are cooking anything else in the oven and need a different temperature.

 Cooked this way, the chops stay moist and good!

I like the fact that this recipe includes a meat, some veggies and a starch in one dish.  I always add another vegetable side dish, but it makes for an easy and quick dinner.

Well, it's Thursday and I have a bunch of reports to do and send out.  Hopefully I can see spreadsheets well enough to work on them!  Hope your week is going well.  I'm enjoying winding down to the weekend.  Colin & Mailing will be over on Saturday for dinner.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Unraveled Wednesday 4/14/21

 Good Morning My Friends!

First of all, I meant to say that I did drop off my sewing machine on Monday to be cleaned, oiled and the foot peddle looked at.  They cannot repair the foot peddle, but said they can give me a new gas peddle - LOL.  So, it should be all ready for me to pick up in a week to a week and a half.

My computer issues have been solved.  Something - not sure what - happened with my cell phone over the weekend so that I'm not receiving either texts or phone calls for Microsoft Verification.  As I mentioned, I need to log into a VPN each day in order to access my files.  It is a double verification process meaning that first I put my password in and then I receive either a text or phone call to verify/authenticate that it is moi.  Everything is set up properly, so IT swears it is my phone.  Verizon tech support could find nothing out of the ordinary with my phone and swears it is on the computer end.  Oh well!  For now the verification is coming through a call to my home phone (thank goodness we still have one!!).

Here we are at Unraveled Wednesday (is it me or are the days/weeks flying by?).  I'm happy to show one finished Beekeeper sock and the second one already started!



These are knitting up nicely and I'm sure Colin will like them.  Once they are finished, I will start a new pair of socks using the Muse handpainted yarn I showed on Monday.  They will be for a friend.  No pattern chosen yet, but Valerie showed a pair the other day that she is knitting in the pattern I Smell Snow (Ravelry link...and the pattern is free) and I think that might be what I make!

The other yarn I showed on Monday that is new (here's a reminder picture:)


100% wool and the color is Thistle.  I plan to make a felted bag!!  Specifically French Market Bag (another Ravelry link and another FREE pattern).  If this turns out well, I'm thinking it would make neat gifts for my "sister girlfriends" - the ones I used to get together with every year pre-Covid times.  The plan was to start this bag right away, but discovered that I did not have DPNs in size 7 and also was missing a 32" size 7 circular needle.  Amazon remedied that situation and needles arrived on Monday.  Then things got crazy with computer and sewing machine woes and yesterday afternoon was BUSY with work once I was able to access my files.  So...it has not been started yet, but maybe later today.

Yesterday was gorgeous and I would have taken a walk except that in the morning I was on the phone with Tom from IT a lot and then in the afternoon was busy catching up on work.  I did manage to get out and do some archery - both in the afternoon and after dinner.  I am really enjoying it and actually managed to get another bullseye!!  But look at this - our Redbud in the back by our shed is simply gorgeous - opening more a bit each day.


On the reading front I read Benediction by Kent Haruf.  Such a well written book.  Not sure how I missed this one having loved both "Plainsong" and "Eventide" by him.  Now I'm back to reading a quick mystery, but just picked up several very good looking books at the library (Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo and Mudbound by Hillary Jordan).

As usual, I'm linking up with Kat to talk about making and reading.  Take a look at her blog when you have a chance - her Day Tripper is GORGEOUS!!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tiny Needle Tuesday, 4/13/21

 Good Morning All!

Another damp, kind of chilly day here.  But, I think it is supposed to warm up some.  Fletch is planning to grill some lamb chops for us for dinner!!  Lamb is one of those meats that I don't want to have really often, but a nicely grilled loin chop is delicious (as is 7 hour leg of lamb - some day I'll share that recipe!).

This morning finds me still having connection issues to the VPN when I am remote.  I can put my password in, but when the screen comes up stating that a code has been texted to me, I don't receive the text.  I tried having a call to my cell instead, but that didn't work either.  Tom from IT (kind of like Jake from State Farm - LOL) believes it is something that can be fixed remotely...hopefully that is the case as I am unable to access any of my files on the network!  That, my friends, means I can't do much work.  Yesterday I did go into the office, but as soon as I turn my laptop on at the office I am connected to the VPN.  Tom was in the office yesterday and looked at some "back" things on my laptop, but everything is set up the way it should be.  I was going to have to change my password in a few days anyway, so I went ahead and did that, but the problem wasn't solved.  Tom is not the fastest to respond to me, but I'm hoping this can be taken care of this morning.

In the meantime, here we are at Tiny Needle Tuesday.  The finale is getting closer and closer!  This past week I stitched a couple of leaves, a couple of letters and a pretty toadstool.  Here's a close up of what was stitched.


All of the letters except my initials have now been stitched.  The red in the toadstool is the color I will use to stitch my initials and I will also put in 2021 in that color somewhere in the sampler.  There are still two border motifs to be stitched and a couple of creatures.  Here is an overall shot of where things are as of last night:


Because I belong to the Free Library of Philadelphia, I get emails from them all the time.  Yesterday the email contained a link to an article in the "Philadelphia Inquirer" for a plant swap that the library is doing.  What a fun idea!  Along the lines of a Little Free Library, but this is taking place at the library (initially at the Chestnut Hill branch).  Wouldn't it be cool if this took off and started happening all over?

That's it for me on this dreary Tuesday morning.  If things (weather) improves, I may try to get a walk in...or I may have to hang around to deal with computer issues...hopefully not.  Enjoy the day!!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Weekending

 Hello!

How was your weekend?  Mine was so nice.  Another weekend that was filled with things I love:  knitting, stitching, reading, napping, cooking, etc.  It never gets boring to me!

I finally got around to repairing/doing some visible mending on a pair of favorite jeans.  This is like a throwback to the 60's!  LOL  I love these jeans, but was starting to get a tiny hole and then the fabric on a seam was beginning to wear away.


I just did a random flower-like shape over the tiny hole - purposefully making it not symmetrical (which I know will drive some folks nuts, but not me).  The seam was really too hard to embroider over and I remembered I had some decorative tape and voila!  I love the way this turned out.

Saturday was a beautiful day to be out and about...and I was.  Later it was still very nice, so Fletch built a fire and we sat out at the fire pit for a few hours.  Very relaxing.  Sunday was not such a nice day.  But, that is the day we eat breakfast together, so I made an apple & blueberry Dutch pancake.  Yum!


I'm not a fan of meatloaf, but Fletch likes it, so I made a large one for dinner (plenty of leftovers for lunches for that boy).  We had that with baked potatoes and roasted Brussels Sprouts and Parsnips (I love parsnips...Fletch not so much).  I just tossesd the veggies with EVOO and sprinkled on an "Everything but the Bagel" seasoning - they roasted while the potatoes baked and the meatloaf cooked.

Later in ithe afternoon I opened up my sewing machine and tried to do a mending job on one of Fletcher's jackets, but my machine would not work!  I could turn the wheel by hand (but that is slow going)...the foot peddle is not working.  So, Fletch unbolted the machine from the cabinet and it is now on the floor in the office room.  There is a shop in King of Prussia where I have taken it in the past for cleaning and oiling (which it needs again...anyway...).  They open at 10 this morning, so I will call and see if I can drop the machine off to be fixed.  I may just put the machine in the car, drive to the office to do some work and then (hopefully) drop off the machine.

I did manage to wind some yarn this weekend:


Pretty, huh?  The cake on the left is one I showed in skein form a few weeks back.  It is from KnitPicks and is in the "Muse" line - hand painted, 75% superwash and 25% nylon.  The colorway is "Enthusiasm Speckle" and it reminds me of bubblegum or confetti.  This will become socks for a friend.  The other yarn is new and is 100% wool from Juniper Moon Farm.  Patagonia Organic Merino and the colorway is "Thistle."  Any guesses as to what this will become?

Well, time to grab another cup of coffee and try to wake up.  I'm having issues connecting to my work stuff, so I guess I'd really better go into the office.  Tom from IT is always in on Mondays, so I can have him look at my laptop.  Wishing you all a great week!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

What's for Dinner?

 Hey There and Good Morning!

I should be doing my Thursday financial reports that I run EVERY Thursday, but I don't feel like it - later I guess.  Never got around to walking or doing archery yesterday.  I ran out before lunch to get carrots and pick up a library book.  It was cold and raw.  So after lunch I napped.  When I got up it was GORGEOUS outside.  Too late to run to a park to walk and Tyg was outside, so I couldn't do archery.  Oh well.  Maybe today.  I needed the carrots because I was making the chicken pot pie recipe that Bonny posted the other week - it is delicious by the way.

For now I seem to be turning Thursdays into cooking or food days on my blog.  Tonight's dinner is hot & sweet Italian sausage that Fletch will grill.  He will grill plenty extra so there will be some for left overs and also some to freeze for another day when I feel like making spaghetti sauce.  Yum.  I will saute some peppers, onions and mushrooms to go with the sausages and will most likely pick up some crusty bread or rolls to go with it all.  None of this encompasses recipes I will share.  

But, we had two new salads this week that turned out pretty good.  With the warmer weather, I've been in the mood for cool sides or summer food as it were.  A few nights ago Fletch grilled some steaks for us.  The salad I made was this:

Tomato-Avocado-Cucumber-Onion Salad

 

1 Cuke – peeled, seeded and cut into chunks

~ 6 Compari tomatoes chopped

1 avocado chopped

Some onion sliced very, very thin

1 jalapeno minced

Chopped cilantro

Dressing:

1 TBS Canola oil

1 lime juiced

¼ tsp chili powder

Generous pinch of sugar

Salt & Pepper

Pour the dressing over the chopped veggies, toss to mix.  Serve cold or at room temp

It was pretty tasty.  There was some left over, but when I looked at it for lunch the other day it looked pretty runny and I'm guessing the avocado did not do well.  I'll look today and see if any can be salvaged or if it should all be tossed.  We had some home made corn muffins to round out the meal.

Another night I cooked fish (fried blue fish for Fletch - I can't stand blue fish...for myself I baked a piece of cod that I had covered in salsa verde and lemon slices - very good!!).  We had some steamed new potatoes and this salad:

Carrot Salad

1 lb carrots shredded or julienned (I shredded in my mini processor)

3-4 dates chopped

¼ Cup pistachios

Chopped cilantro & mint

Dressing:

2 TBS EVOO

2 TBS Fresh lemon juice

1 TBS Tahini

1 TBS Honey

1 Clove garlic minced

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp salt

This was so good!  Very tasty - loved the pistachios and dates in it and some great flavors in the dressing.

For some time now (a few years anyway) I've tried to make a new recipe at least once a week.  Between the pie for Easter and these two salads, this has been a good experiment week!

Not sure what today will be like.  I would love to take a walk, but I need to run the financial reports first.  Also, I did not sleep well - Tyg was on the roof (again) meowing around 1:45 a.m.  I let him in (the back door, downstairs), and did not get back to sleep until after 4 (what's new?).  Then Tyg was meowing in the bedroom at 5 a.m. to go back out.  I let him out and then slept till 6.  I'm guessing I may nap again today, but we shall see.  Sometimes I get a second wind!

Hope you all are doing well!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Unraveled Wednesday 4/7/21

 Good Morning!

How are you doing mid-week?  Yesterday was such a great day for me.  Another day with a little bit of everything.  A little (very little) work, a little stitching, a little knitting, a walk, some archery, cooking.  All good!

On the archery side of things I managed two sessions yesterday - one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  I will admit to not always hitting the target (more often than not I over shoot or go off to one side...and when I'm tired my shots are short.  However, occasionally when I do hit the target I get a really good shot:


Bullseye!!

My walk was nice, but abbreviated.  The wind was pretty brisk and was bothering my ears.  I walked alongside the canal and again, no blue heron sightings.  I did, however, see plenty of sunbathing going on.


Not too many people on the trail either which was nice...a couple of folks walking and a few on bikes.  That was it.

The Beekeeper sock is progressing nicely.  Last night while Fletch read after dinner, I started the heel flap.


I'm not sure why this colorway is called Beekeeper, but I am liking the patterning in the yarn and it's a pleasure to knit with it.

We watched the 2nd episode of Ken Burns' "Hemingway" and enjoyed that.  I only caught the first hour.

No book finishes this week.  I'm back to reading one of the mysteries in a series I'm enjoying.  Certainly not great literature, but entertaining and I'm liking it.  A few more books came in at the library which I have picked up, so perhaps I'll have more to report next week.

I told Fletch I would try to walk this morning before lunch for a change, but the sky is looking rather gray and I think there might be a chance of rain.  I'll check weather.  If not, there is always stitching, knitting and reading to keep me busy.  Hopefully work will remain quiet!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tiny Needle Tuesday

 Good Morning!

The sun is out and the sky is blue.  I slept a bit later than usual...Tyg was out all night and therefore wasn't meowing to go out at 4 or 5 a.m.  And I slept well!  Halleluiah!!  Did anyone else watch the Ken Burns special on Hemingway that started on PBS last night (on for 3 consecutive nights...2 hours each night)?  We watched and thought it was well done (as all of Ken Burns' productions seem to be).

Before we get into TNT (Tiny Needle Tuesday), what with April being Poetry Month, I wanted to mention that my friend Leslie just had another poem published!  It is here: ohenry magazine and if you scroll down to Poet's Corner, her poem is "Industrial Fabric."  So happy for her and proud of her!

Now on to our standing Tuesday date with my stitching.  It is moving ever closer to the finish!  There is still much to stitch...some more creatures and more letters, a leaf and a mushroom!! (or maybe it is a toadstool).  Here is an overview:


This past week I stitched a moose, a second rabbit, a second fox and a couple of letters (R & W).  Here are close ups of the new critters:



I know I say this every week, but I do love the way this is coming together.  Also, I was so curious about whether or not the motifs at the bottom would match up that one day I basted from the bottom of the motif on the left over to the one at the right corner and YAY - they meet up perfectly!  No need for me to fudge anything.

Still to be determined is the color I will use for my own 3 initials and I will also add 2021 somewhere.  Any suggestions?  I want the letters to not be the same green as the other letters...I could use another color from the sampler or use a completely new color that is not currently in the sampler.  I'm mulling over ideas, but if you have thoughts please let me know.

Such a beautiful looking day - I'm hoping to get out for a walk and maybe do some archery.  I did go to the office yesterday so that is not on today's docket.

Here's hoping your Tuesday is sunny and pleasant - enjoy!!




Monday, April 5, 2021

Weekending

 Good Morning!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and, for those who celebrate, a Happy Easter.  My weekend was what I could call perfect.  A little bit of everything!  Knitting, Stitching, Reading, Archery, Napping, Cooking.  It was all wonderful and the weather was pretty nice too.

As noted, I was able to do a bit of Archery.  I think this was Saturday afternoon if I remember correctly.


Our poor target withstood the winter, but the colors are done and it is in a bit of a bad shape.  But...it works!  The above represents the best of the lot that I shot.

We were going to Colin & Mailing's for dinner on Sunday and I was making desserts.  I did finally find the unsweetened coconut at Kimberton Whole Foods, so I made the Lemon Macaroon Pie to take.


It turned out well and is one I will definitely make again - it was like a cross between lemon meringue and coconut custard pie.  So good!  I also made a batch of brownies to take.

Mailing's sister, Anna, was there with the dog she just adopted 3 weeks ago.  Marcel and Talbot were NOT happy!!  But Otto is so well behaved.  He is 2 years old.


He is some kind of a mix (with a tongue that is always hanging out - lol).  Anna just taught him to "sit" in the last week.

Dinner was delicious.  It was nice enough that we decided to eat outside.


There was a lot of food:  Falafel, Tabouli, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Muhammara (a red pepper dip with pomegranate seeds that I had never had - DELICIOUS!!) and pita bread.

After dinner but before dessert we decided to take Otto for a walk and move a bit ourselves.  We walked in Whites Road Park which is just down the street from where Colin & Mailing live.  There were a few others in the park, but it definitely was not crowded.  There is a bit of work being done in the park - lots of trees have been planted and they are building a new playground.  We noticed a number of "shelters" that someone had constructed.


So fun!  When we got back to the house it was beginning to cool down, so we had dessert inside.  All in all, a wonderful, relaxing day with family.

Today I'm debating whether to go to the office or not.  I have a bunch of printing to do and a conference call at 10, so I thought I would go...but...I did not sleep well last night and I'm thinking I may stay home.  Still to be fully decided!  Nice to have the option either way.

Hope your Monday is the start of a great week - enjoy!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

What's For Dinner

 Hello to you all on this rainy Thursday!  Kind of gloomy out there but not too chilly which is nice.  I think tomorrow will be cooler though.  Happy that this Thursday is my Friday.  Tomorrow, Good Friday, is a holiday for me.  Though, my company calls it "Spring Observance" so that they are politically correct (which I find so tiresome I will admit...).

Anyway, on to a blog post.  The other day Bonny posted some recipes that are standards in her house and it was fun to get some new ideas (Goop!!) and several of us thought it would be fun to share recipes on our blogs.  So...that's what I'm going to do periodically.  

I do love to cook - especially when I have the time which has been afforded to me this year working from home.  I'm able to often make dishes during the week that in pre-pandemic times were limited to weekends due to cooking time, prep time, etc.  Almost always I cook more than enough for one meal.  I tend to freeze stuff to make some nights easy and also Fletch loves leftovers for lunches.

Tonight's dinner is one that I used to make on weekends.  My Dad loved this dish.  It comes from a Virginia cookbook and is simply called "Chicken Casserole Supreme."  Here's what you do:

Grease a casserole dish

Break up dried beef and place in bottom of casserole

Put chicken on top (I use boneless/skinless chicken breasts, but thighs would work well too)

Cut up a bunch of mushrooms and add them to the casserole.

Sprinkle with pepper (no salt needed due to the dried beef)

Mix a can of cream of mushroom soup with 1 Cup of sour cream and pour over the chicken.

Cover and bake at 275 for about 3 hours.


The original recipe calls for canned button mushrooms, but we prefer to use fresh.  The original recipe also calls for wrapping a slice of bacon around each chicken piece.  Now...I LOVE bacon and use it ALL the time, but we found that it just did not get cooked to our liking in this dish, so we don't use it.

I usually make rice to go with this, but we have some left over couscous from the other night, so I'll just warm that up.  Some steamed veggies (probably broccoli and cauliflower) will round out the meal.  It doesn't take long to put this dish together and you don't need to do anything to it while it's cooking - I like that it cooks for so long at a low temperature - a perfect opportunity for some reading or knitting!

If you make this dish, I hope you enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Unraveled Wednesday 3/31/21

 Good Morning and Good Bye to March!

It doesn't seem possible that today is the last day in March and we are a quarter of the way through 2021 already!

Our first vaccination shots went off without a hitch yesterday.  After all my complaining about what a cluster Southeastern PA is/was in reference to scheduling shots, I have to give them an A+ for how things are being run.  We arrived early - like 45 minutes early!  Fletch was all set to wait in the car, but I said I was going up, so he tagged along.  The two police at the entrance told us as long as were scheduled that day, we could go in.  As soon as we walked in there was a guy with an I-pad who took our names and had us verify our birthdates.  Then we got in line which looked like airport security.  There were two lines and they moved right along.  We got our shots, waited the 15 minutes and were on our way home before our scheduled times!  It was great.  So far no reactions for me.  Every once in awhile my arm feels heavy - not sore - just heavy and that's it.  Last night Fletch said his arm was a little sore.  He is still asleep, but I'll find out later how he feels this morning.  Our second dose is set for April 20th.

This Unraveled Wednesday finds me with a new start.  I posted about the finish of my Northern Lights Socks on Monday.  My new start is:


A side note:  My new "Attempted Murder" mug arrived!!  Love it.

The new start is my Beekeeper Socks.  The yarn is from KnitPicks - their Static line and the colorway is Beekeeper.  These will be for Colin since he wants to raise bees.  The pattern is very vanilla-like.  It is just a 2x2 rib for the cuff and then the leg is knit 6, purl 2 around.  This is what I did when I knit Fletcher's Barn Owl socks and he says they are so comfortable and feel great.  Hopefully Colin will feel the same.

On the reading front, I did finish "Clock Dance" by Anne Tyler.  It was ok.  The first half of the book was definitely better than the second half and, like so many of Tyler's books, I find the characters engaged in activities that just don't seem plausible to me.  I also realize that her characters (to me) seem the same from book to book.  I am now reading Gone to Dust which I believe is a mystery Bonny read and recommended.  It is a quick read and I'm enjoying it...will most likely look for another in the series.  Fletch and I are still plowing our way through "Decline and Fall" by Evelyn Waugh which at times is just plain silly.

As usual, I'm linking up with Kat for Unraveled Wednesday.  If you head over there you will find inspiration from others in the making and reading departments.  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tiny Needle Tuesday March 30, 2021

 Good Morning!

Back to the chilliness this a.m. - 28 degrees which is a bit of a rude awakening after the warmer weather we had last week.

Yesterday ended up being different than I expected.  My boss Bill called shortly after I hit publish for my blog post and it turned out that I ended up going in to the office for a bit.  No big deal...it is only 12 miles away and the drive is a pretty one wandering through Valley Forge Park.  Plus, as I told Fletch, it gives me a chance to check on the hawks.  Sadly I didn't see any hawks, but the sticks are still on top of the light fixture.  No one sitting on them, so no eggs yet.  It was a quick trip in and out - I got to the office at 9 and left before 10:30, so not bad.  I still managed to get the bathrooms cleaned and do some laundry.  Now I need to find new bath rugs for the downstairs bathroom as the toilet bowl cleaner leaked onto the rugs and left a trail bleached out.  LOL

Here we are at another Tiny Needle Tuesday and I'm happy with the progress I made this past week.  I stitched 3 more letters (G, S and H) and...drumroll...stitched the second fir tree!  I love the look of those trees, but geeze, what a PITA to stitch.  LOL


And here is a close up of that fir tree clump:


I think next up will be another creature or two.  Time will tell.  I also need/want to finish the bottom border (fingers still crossed that it will meet up the way it should).

Today is our first vaccination appointment.  Hoping it is not crowded and goes smoothly and quickly.  Fletch has an eye doctor appointment this afternoon, so we will be rushing back home so that he can get to that.  I hope to knit/stitch/read this afternoon...oh, and I guess I will check work email - hahaha.  I am also in search of unsweetened coconut.  All I can find at our grocery stores is the sweetened kind.  I found a new recipe I want to try for Easter:  a Lemon Macaroon Pie!  I may head over to a "natural foods" store later today to see if they have the coconut I need.

Hope your week is going well.  See you tomorrow for Unraveled Wednesday!

Monday, March 29, 2021

March Winds

 Good Morning!

It appears as though March will be going out like a Lion...at least in Southeastern PA.  I was woken in the night by the wind howling and windows rattling!  My goodness what a racket.  Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day and I even got some more archery in during the afternoon.  We also had a fire in the pit Saturday night - delightful sitting out.  But Sunday we woke to rain and then the winds picked up.  We'll be lucky if our daffodils survive the wind!

How was your weekend?  Ours was nice.  We wrapped up feeding Colin & Mailing's cats on Saturday night.  I think we should have gone over Sunday morning too, but Colin said no need...however, they did not get home from DC until late afternoon...I'm sure those cats were starving!

Over the weekend I managed to get some knitting accomplished and the Northern Lights socks are finished!



I do love the way they turned out.  The yarn is Stroll from KnitPicks and the colorway is Northern Lights.  The pattern is Twinkleberry (a free pattern that is no longer available).  I used Size 1 needle.  These are for a friend in Rhode Island, so into the gift bag/box they will go and one Christmas gift is finished!  I've picked out yarn for the next pair of socks which will be for Colin, but I have not yet caked it up.  Maybe by Unraveled Wednesday.

Nothing much on the agenda today.  Work is quiet so far which is just how I like it!  I doubt that I will walk given the wind, but I will do an inside work out.  Bathrooms need to be cleaned and there is laundry to do.  Even with that, there should be plenty of time for knitting, stitching, reading, whatever.  Should be a nice day.  Hope yours is off to a good start!

Friday, March 26, 2021

Friday Good News!

 Hello All,

Yes!  Finally Fletch and I have confirmed appointments for our first vaccination!!  Woo-Hoo,  We are both scheduled for mid-day next Tuesday, March 30th and then 21 days later we will do it again as we are getting the Pfizer vaccine.  It is a huge relief to finally be scheduled.  We registered with the County and, then, Southeastern PA just seemed to be in a cluster mode...so slow...so we registered with several drug stores and our grocery store, etc., etc.  Never any appointments available.  Yesterday we received the emails from the County with links to set up our appointments.  I'm glad we were able to get them together too.

Yesterday remained foggy pretty much all day and it is still looking a bit foggy this a.m.  Very soon I need to run over to Colin & Mailing's to feed Talbot and Marcel.  I'll open up the sunroom for them - they love being in that room and watching all the activity in their back yard!

Fortunately my 8:30 a.m. call was cancelled.  I still have a call at 10 and another one at 11.  I'm hoping to either walk and/or shoot some archery this afternoon.

A nature photo for this Friday morning.  When my friend Carol came up to visit she brought us a bird feeder that sticks to your window.  We have a number of feeders out back, so Fletch put this new one on my front office window.  For a few weeks we didn't notice any activity, but recently purple finches have been coming to dine (and I've watched them feed each other - so cute!!).


I have a little stool that I use as a foot rest sometimes under that window.  Tyg likes to come in, hop onto the stool and then put his front paws on the window sill.

Time to gulp down my coffee and fix a travel cup for the drive to Colin & Mailing's.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Unraveled Wednesday 3/24/21

 Good Morning!

It's a foggy one here (outside...today my head is not so foggy).  Rain is coming in and it looks like we will have rain all day.  Hopefully not too heavy - Colin & Mailing are driving down to Richmond, VA after work today.  Mailing has to go down for her job and Colin is going along since he can work from anywhere!  They will wind up with a weekend in DC with some friends.  Fletch and I are on cat feeding duty starting tomorrow morning.

As I said, rain is coming in, so I probably will not walk today.  I didn't yesterday either but I managed to get some more archery in (another 25 arrows shot).  It was such a beautiful day yesterday that we had a summer-like dinner.  Fletch grilled wings (half hot and half BBQ) which were delicious and I made a potato-leek salad to go with.  And we had some roasted cherry tomatoes.  Sigh...I do love to eat!

Before I get into Unraveled Wednesday business, let me briefly tell you about yesterday.  The virtual luncheon was nice.  A lot of folks attended - probably 70 or so logged on, but it went without a hitch.  I did not win any prizes but oh boy! the prizes were very nice ($200 Amazon gift cards, $200 Chef-at-Home cards, Apple Watches, I-Pad minis, Bose ear buds, Yeti coolers, Google Nests, X-Boxes, etc., etc.).  Like I said before, Bobby and the company are beyond generous.  Also learned a few nice things:

  1. My office, though open if you want to go in any time, will not officially open before September.  And then it will depend on the status of vacinnations as well as the status of schools (since so many I work with have school age children).
  2. When we do re-open, no one will be working at the office for more than a few hours at a time.  No more 8-4 or 9-5 or whatever folks used to work.
  3. Our office space is much, much larger than we need whenever we do re-open, but we are stuck in our lease until 11/24, so we will not be moving to a smaller location or anything.

All of this was so nice to hear.  I had talked with Bobby previously and he had indicated that this was what he was thinking, but it was nice to hear it announced to everyone!

One other thing:  the Hawks are back!!  Do you remember that last year we had hawks nesting on a light fixture on my office building?  It was so cool to watch the babies grow and finally fledge.  The building and surrounding walkway, etc. were a MESS though - bird poop on the side of the building, on windows, on the walkway, etc.  Property management finally put up a canopy over the entrance!  Anyway, maybe 6-8 weeks ago I had noticed some sticks on the light fixture and then they disappeared.  I figured property management had cleared them out.  Yesterday there were many more sticks on the fixture and the hawk was squawking at me from a nearby tree.  When I got up to my office Bill told me the hawk had buzzed him as he came into the building!  I hope property management lets them be (even if they are a terrible mess).

On to Wednesday business!  Some progress has been made on the 2nd Northern Lights Sock:


Last night I turned the heel and started down the gusset.  It won't be long now!  I think I've already decided (subject to changing my mind, of course) on the next pair I will make.

Still no more progress on the Guernsey Wrap.  Every time I think I will pick it up and knit on it, something else gets in the way.  Oh well!  No rush, no deadline, and it is a good thing to have projects from which to choose.

On the reading front, I did finish Miss Benson's Beetle and I loved it!  I am now engrossed in Clock Dance by Anne Tyler and am enjoying it.  Anne Tyler is one of those authors for me who I sometimes really like and other times her writing just bores me.  Reviews on Clock Dance are mixed, but I like it so far (roughly half way through it).  I also received notice from the library that a book I had been waiting for came in, so I picked it up yesterday on my way home from the office.  Victorian Gothic is not a genre I typically read, but the reviews of This Book have been good, so I will give it a try.  Have any of you read it?

On this Unraveled Wednesday, I am linking up with Kat to talk making and reading.  Head on over to her space to catch up with her and others.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Tiny Needle Tuesday 3/23/21

 Good Morning!

Gosh - yesterday was such a beautiful day!  I did manage to get out in the morning for a walk (just over 3 miles) along the River Trail in Valley Forge.  The Schuylkill River goes alongside the trail.  I only saw a few people (either biking or walking) and no wildlife, but I did hear woodpeckers in the woods.  At one point I spotted this hanging over the river:


At first glance I thought it was some strange kind of nest, but then I saw lots and lots of them.  It's just clumps of leaves that washed together when the water was high.  But so strange that almost all of them are round in appearance.

Work stayed quiet all day and later in the afternoon I got in some archery for the first time this year!


My first two arrows!  I did not continue doing as well...but I shot a total of 25 arrows which I thought was a good start to the season.  Rather than shooting all the arrows at once, I'm shooting 5 and then fetching them.  Since a good portion of them do not hit the target, it's easier for me to stop after 5 and walk up to retrieve them - less likelihood of missing one or just forgetting where one went.  Anyway, it was a lot of fun.  Obviously our target has weathered a bit....

Well, it is Tuesday which means it's time to report on Tiny Needle Progress.  There was a tiny amount of progress this week.  Another motif in the bottom border was stitched.  First a close up and then the overall sampler.



It is coming along.  Just two more motif figures along the bottom edge and I sure do hope it meets up well with the right hand side.  If not...I will fudge...I will not be ripping out - LOL.  There are still some letters to stitch (and I should decide on a color for my initials - I want them to be different than the other letters), also a larger fir tree than the one at the top, a few more leaves and a bunch of creatures.  I'm enjoying seeing this come together and, fortunately, it is still a joy to stitch.

A little later I'll head to the office for a little work and our virtual lunch.  Thanks for the wishes for me to win a prize!  I don't really care - I already received gift cards, a lovely candle (forgot to mention this, but it was in the box with the gift card and golden egg).  Bobby and the company are beyond generous!

One thing I need to work on is planning a meeting for April.  My one boss, Bruce, has decided he is having a meeting for his team in April in Florida.  What???  I told him I would organize it, but I will not be attending.  I have no desire to travel at this time and I think he's nuts to be holding a meeting...but that's my opinion, not his....

Enjoy your day!  Time for me to pour some more coffee and try to wake up.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Monday Fog

 Good Morning!

The "fog" in the title refers to my brain, not the weather.  I'm having a case of the Monday fogginess for sure.  Could be because I heard Tyg on the roof at 2 a.m.!  Went down, opened the patio door and he scrambled down off the roof and into the house.  Then at 6 he came upstairs meowing because he was ready to go back out.  So, I slept ok, but it was interrupted.  Better than no sleep however.

How was your weekend?  It was a pretty one here.  Fletch worked on outside projects - mainly pruning our apple tree.  Portions of it died over the last couple of years, so I'm curious to see how it leafs out this Spring.  

The call that our taxes were ready didn't come until late in the day on Friday, so Saturday I drove up to the office in Souderton to pick them up...and pay our bill.  It was a brilliantly sunny afternoon and just perfect for a drive through some lovely countryside.  I guess a number of people had the same idea about a drive that afternoon as traffic was a bit on the heavy side.  But, mission accomplished.

Sunday dawned even warmer and nicer.  I got some laundry done (and was able to hang it out on the line to dry!!) and Fletch and I did a quick grocery shopping in the morning.  After lunch, without giving myself a chance to feel drowsy, I headed over to the trail alongside the canal.  I was lucky to get a parking space - very crowded, but everyone kept their distance and I had a nice 3+ mile walk.  The ice was gone from the canal and both mud and ice were gone from the trail.  No sign of a blue heron, but I did see a number of turtles basking in the sun.


Love the reflection of the blue sky in the canal.

Today I'm hoping for a quiet morning.  My 10 a.m. conference call has been cancelled.  I want to wash sheets and hang them on the line to dry and I'd like to go for a walk this morning rather than waiting until after lunch.  I'm planning to head over to the River Trail in Valley Forge Park which I have not walked since last Fall!  

Tomorrow I'll be heading to the office.  We are having a "virtual lunch" from 11:30 - 1:00 and I figured I'd just do that from the office.  I have a bunch of things to print and some other things to take care of.  Everyone received a box at home that included gift cards plus an extra gift card from Wawa for lunch and a golden egg with a raffle ticket inside.  I almost never go to Wawa, so will most likely give that card to Colin & Mailing.  So, pretty much it will be like our lunches pre-Covid times, except it will be virtual and you will provide your own lunch.  It will be fun to see how they pull off the raffle for prizes.  As usual, extremely generous even in weird times!

Hope you are having glorious Spring weather where you are - enjoy!!

Friday, March 19, 2021

Friday Felines and Other Miscellaneous Stuff

 Good Morning!

Thankfully it appears as though our rains have stopped.  Yesterday was a washout.  I never got dressed!  I did work and I did some domestic chores, but I stayed in PJ pants and a tee shirt and sweater ALL day.  Today I WILL get dressed.  And, hopefully, I'll receive a call that our taxes are ready to pick up.  Federal and State are e-filed, but local we have to mail.  And, of course, the firm will not e-file for us until we pay their bill.  And, I want to stop at the grocery store for a couple of things - home-made pizza for dinner tonight!

This was the way things looked last night:


Tyg on a messy table keeping me company.  Sock #2 started; spent tulips still in a vase and stuff EVERYWHERE.  A fresh tablecloth is on the agenda for today...along with general kitchen cleaning.  I have a conference call at 10, but that will be a quick one, so I should be able to get my chores done this morning.

I saw this mug on the internet somewhere and I need/want to get it.  I love crows, and this type of humor just appeals to me so much.


If you are looking for something new to watch, Fletch and I saw The Dig the other night and enjoyed it.  We both enjoy archaeology and this is based on a true story.

We don't have any plans for the weekend...yet...how about you?  Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Unraveled Wednesday 3/17/21

 Good Morning Friends,

How are you on this St. Patrick's Day 2021?  I am doing well.  Last night was another one of those nights where it took me FOREVER to fall asleep.  I was tired...too tired to read any more so I turned out the light, but 2 hours later I was STILL tossing and turning.  Luckily I fell asleep shortly after that and, thanks to Tyg being outside all night and not being noisy on the patio roof, I slept until after 6:30.  

After I finished typing my post yesterday and hit the publish button, I stepped outside on the patio and this is  what I saw:


Gorgeous, huh?  It lasted about 2 minutes and then was gone.  And, of course, we all know the saying "red sky at night, sailor's delight...red sky at morning, sailor take warning."  True enough it turned grey and cold.  We actually had sleet in the afternoon!

My visit to the office was very quick - I was out of there before 10 a.m.!  I saw one other person in my office - she walked by my desk and said good morning and headed to her office at the opposite end of the building.  When I left, I saw one maintenance worker in the lobby downstairs.  Fully masked and keeping distant.  That was it!  Kind of weird.

Meanwhile it is Unraveled Wednesday and I'm happy to say I have a finish!


Pretty, pretty.  I am so pleased with the way this has turned out.  Now, of course, I must cast on for sock #2 today.  I don't want to tempt the 2nd sock syndrome gods.  The yarn is KnitPicks Stroll and the colorway is Northern Lights.  The pattern is Twinkleberry (which I don't believe is available any more) - a lace and cable pattern.  I just used the pattern on the leg and knit a plain foot.

On the reading front, I finished one book and started another.  I finished The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg.  It was ok, not great literature, but one of those "feel good" books.  And sometimes that's exactly what you need to read.  Yesterday I started Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce.  I read about this book on someone's blog...maybe Bonny's?  I can't remember.  But what a hoot this is.  At times I am laughing out loud as I read it.  I was on the hold list for months at the library and it finally came in the other day.  I almost didn't bother with it, but am so glad I did.  Fletch's and my after dinner reading is Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh and this is another laugh out loud book.  At first we both thought it was going to be just too silly, but now we are both enjoying it each evening.

As usual, I'm linking up with Kat for Unraveled Wednesday.  Head on over to her corner of blogland to see what she and others are making and reading.  Inspiration abounds!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Tiny Needle Tuesday 3/16/21

 Good Morning!

Last night (finally) was a good night sleep-wise and I feel as though I am beginning to catch up.  I'll head in to Chesterbrook (where my office is) in a little bit.  First I need to consume some coffee and wake up.

I'm happy to say (and show) that I finished the motif at the bottom of the sampler that I had started last week.  My gosh!  That single motif seemed to take FOREVER.  But I finished it up, stitched another letter (the U), a little fox and a cluster of leaves.  First up a close up:


The little fox is just so darn cute!  Still an open space there - one more letter and another creature will go in there...and after that the left hand side of the sampler will be finished!!

Here's an overall shot of where things stand:


It's coming along.  Still quite a bit to stitch on this one, but I'm beginning to feel as though I am closing in on it.  Still definitely enjoying it, but I admit I will be happy to be working on something else (eventually).

There is not a lot I need to do at the office today - mostly some printing of spreadsheets for Bill (and printing a couple of patterns for moi).  I also need to scan some documents - got word yesterday from our accountant that our taxes are finished, so I have the E-file authorization forms that Fletch and I have signed to scan and send so that taxes can be filed.  Guess I need to head up there and pay the bill as well.  Glad to have that pesky part of life over with!

Still pretty chilly here.  I don't think I'll be walking today unless things warm up significantly.  And, I can't tell yet what the wind situation is.  It was still pretty blustery yesterday.

Hope everyone's week is going well.  See you tomorrow for Unraveled Wednesday!

Monday, March 15, 2021

And Another Week Begins

 Good Morning!

How are you?  How was your weekend?

I'm sleepy.  That seems to be my mantra more and more, but it's true.  I woke at 2:15 this morning hearing Tyg crying on the patio roof (again).  I came down, opened the door, called to him and a minute or two later he was off the roof and coming in the back door.  I didn't fall back asleep though until after 4 a.m.!  And yesterday, I guess due to the time change, Fletch and I were both walking around like zombies.  Normally changing our clocks doesn't really impact me very much, but this time it has.

Oh well, the weekend was nice.  Saturday when I got up the first thing I did was make Cuban Bread.


This is a nice, easy bread to make and the house smelled wonderful!  Colin and Mailing came over for dinner and, since they are still vegan for another couple of weeks, dinner was vegan (and delicious!).  I made the enchilada stuffed mushrooms (no picture - I forgot) and a huge bowl of fresh guacamole.  Mailing brought over some roasted potatoes that were delicious.  I never got around to making a dessert, but it turned out to be just as well since we were all stuffed with the main course.  Fletch got a fire going outside in the fire pit and we sat around out back for a few hours just talking and laughing.  Such a nice evening.

Sunday was a blur.  We did a little grocery shopping and that was about it.  I managed to knit a little.


Working my way down the foot of the sock.  It did not fly off the needles as I thought it might, but the heel flap and turn are finished and I'm partway down the foot now.  This yarn looks so different in plain knitting rather than the pattern that is on the leg.  But, no matter, I like the way it is coming together and I think the intended recipient will like these.

So, it's mid-March already!  Wednesday is St. Patrick's Day and Saturday is the first day of Spring!  Our temps have dropped some and the winds have picked up again (March Lion).  I will be working out inside this week rather than walking.  I also think some rain is in our forecast later in the week.  I had thought I'd go to the office today, but now think I will wait until tomorrow.

Wishing you all a great start to the week and hoping for those of you in the path of the Spring snowstorm that you are not getting dumped on too much!  Stay warm!!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

A Walk by the Canal

 Hello!

Yesterday was another beautiful day in Eastern PA and work cooperated nicely (meaning nothing was going on) that I could get out for another walk.  This time I decided to walk the path that I love with the canal on one side and the Schuylkill River on the other.  There were folks out running and biking and some walking dogs, but again it was not terribly crowded.  I even saw a kayaker on the canal and another on the river.  This time my round trip walk was just over 3 miles.  My biggest surprise was seeing ice on the canal!


I had not expected that at all.  There were clumps of snow in the woods, but parts of the trail were covered in ice as well.  Our weather has been so warm it really surprised me.  The trail was also pretty muddy in places.  Even the ice could not keep the turtles away!


It was good to see them basking in the sun.  Also my old friend:


Still no mask on the dear fellow.  

There were a lot of clumps of pretty yellow flowers.  I believe these are cinquefoil.


It was so nice to be back along that trail.  Last year there were several trees that had fallen across the canal, making it interesting for those kayaking or canoeing.  I noticed yesterday that they have all been cleared out.

I did make curried vegetables for dinner (onions, pepper, ginger, garlic, eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini) along with jasmine rice.  It was good, but not great.  I can't seem to find a really good curried vegetable recipe.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.  Later, Fletch lit a fire and we sat outside for almost two hours - it was delightful!


Another wonderful day.  I am hoping to get out for another walk today, but first I have my usual Thursday financial reports I need to run and distribute.  Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Unraveled Wednesday 3/10/21

 Good Morning!

I loved reading about hints of Spring you have all seen.  Truly I love all seasons, but I have to say that I am really, really looking forward to Spring this year.  Whether it's due to the quarantine and being home all the time, or the fact that our Winter was colder and snowier than it has been in some time, I don't know.  Whatever the reason, I am happy that Spring is right around the corner.  Nancy in Wyoming said that she had a few patio days, but now two (!!) winter storms are forecast which is not unusual for March, but still...  My little brother in Boulder, CO said that someone told him Boulder is expecting feet (that's multiple!) of snow this weekend, but this week has been nice enough that he has been riding his bike to work.  Spring - any and all kind of weather can happen!

Yesterday I did manage to get out for a walk after lunch.  I walked at Oaks which is a paved trail and I did use my trekking poles.  While walking I was thinking "what's the big deal?" but later last night, I could feel it in my shoulders and across my upper back.  Nordic Pole Walking CAN be a workout!  I walked to where the Perkiomen spills into the Schuylkill and it was so nice to be back on the trail.  I walked just under an hour and just under 3 miles.  Enough for a start.  I saw a gorgeous red tail hawk soaring above me and there were numerous clumps of snowdrops alongside the trail.


There were people out running, walking, riding bikes - some in shorts and tank tops!  It wasn't mobbed though - not as crowded as last year at the beginning of the pandemic.  Fortunately I saw no snakes.  Unfortunately I saw no blue herons either.

With the nice weather, Fletch grilled out last night.  He grilled lambchops and acorn squash.  Yum!  We also had sugar snap peas.  Tonight we plan to have a fire in the fire pit.  I can't wait.

Meanwhile, it is Unraveled Wednesday, and I am linking up with Kat to talk about making and reading.  Monday's post included finished pictures of my Heart Warmer cowl.  I have not knit anymore on the Guernsey Wrap, but progress is being made on the first Northern Lights sock.


Just love the way this yarn is knitting up (Stroll by KnitPicks in the Northern Lights colorway).  No pooling.  The pattern I'm knitting (Twinkleberry) is an easy one to memorize.  I'm making these a little longer than I usually do, so my normal 15 rows of ribbing for the cuff and then the leg is up to 96 rows.  I think I'll continue on with the heel flap and turn and then down the foot.  I don't intend to knit the pattern on the foot, so they should fly off the needles in no time (should being the operative word here).

Here is Tyg last night keeping me annoyed company while I knit.  He wasn't fooling with my yarn, but wanted to play with a cable needle and then stuck his head in my project bag to see if there were any shiny objects he could grab in there!


Silly cat!  He has been enjoying the warmer weather - rolling around on the patio, running across the yard, searching out mice and other edibles.

On the reading front, I mentioned the other day that I finished Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley.  This is not a book for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it just charming.  Over the weekend I read two mysteries I had gotten from the library - both in series that I am reading.  One by Linda Castello (they all take place in an Ohio Amish community) and the other by Deborah Crombie.  Both were easy and enjoyable reads.  Now I have started The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop but am only about 35 pages into it, so no decision yet.

I'm hoping today will be another easy work day and that I can get out for another walk.  I'm debating whether to head to the River Trail or the Canal Trail.  But first, the morning has a few chores (in addition to work) for me.  Wishing you all a wonderful day - enjoy!