Archive for September, 2009

Hey, LOST Fans

Check this out:

Fanmail that Jorge shared with us on his blog.

What can you even say?

Hope you had a laugh/smile!


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10 on Tuesday

Ummmm this is going to be impossible!

10 Favourite Current Athletes

first of all – do I even KNOW 10 athletes? from any time period? let alone current? Doubtful.

Here goes:

1) Lance Armstrong — is he current? no idea

2) Roberto Luongo — even if he is whiny, he has something

3) Derek Jeter — ’cause he’s cute — SO shallow!

4 & 5) The Williams’ girls because they’re not in the trash news – that I have ever heard of

6) Kyle Shewfelt…..

and I’m out.

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Ta Da!


See, there has been some knitting around here!  While I was away my lovely landlords looked after my place. And my cats. And my chickens. And my fish.
Kind of a lot to look after.
As a way of saying thanks, I knit her some Mason Dixon Ball Band dishcloths (I love the way the colours pooled!) and added a jar of my Accidental Plum Sauce*. On the morning of my 1st piano lesson, I brought them with me. Her surprise was well worth the effort. 😀

I am also trying my hand at quilting. See below:

Quilt top

I’ve finished the top. Now the applique begins! Someday.

I accidentally cut out some of the fabric the regular way, not knowing what “on the bias” meant. My mother educated me and…I had to pick up some more fabric. Once I cut that out I discovered, I don’t own any pins?!?? So I had to make a trip to Wal*Mart and pick some up. By the time I got home…interest had waned in favour of The Office Season 3. So…there you have it.

scan001001A little closeup of the binding strips dividing the panels. Love the little ladybugs.

Now I wanted to make a gift for a friend who had a new baby, oh 6 months ago (yes Queen of Procrastination am I) and I love this little coat. So darned cute. I decided to make one for the new baby and one for her toddler sister. I cast on for the 6-12 months size and made quick (for me!) progress.New Project? YIP>5/365

I really like the fabric the seed stitch creates. As I was knitting and watching the Battlestar Galactica Miniseries premiere, I became increasingly uneasy with the piece.

Check this out:

Umm that is my February Lady Sweater placed below the Smock Coat. And yes. They are the same width.

Ahh…I’m a plus-sized gal and this baby is decidedly typical, size-wise that is. 😉 I don’t know what sort of monster this coat would fit! Maybe this guy: So I was going to scrap it completely (though I did wonder if I kept on if it might fit me…)but after reading boards at Ravelry etc. Debbie Bliss’ patterns would seem to run wide. So now I am thinking this might be ok for the toddler and I could make the next size down for the baby?

What do you think?

 *I tried to preserve plums according to directions – they had only cooked 12 of the 38 minutes and were mush already — plus they were supposed to be processed for an additional 10 minutes! madness — my Aunt shared a simpler, more effective recipce with me that might have done the trick. You prepare syrup, fill hot jars with plums, pour the syrup over and then process the jars. The plums still softened up but at least they retained their shape! I’ll let you know later in the year how they taste === looking forward to that. Mmmm….

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I’ve seen this at a few blogs I read and thought I would try it out…let’s see if I keep it up!

this week’s theme: 10 Things You Plan For

1) Waxing — your hair has to be a certain gorilla-length to make it worthwhile

2) Vacation — though even that I leave to the last minute

3) Blog posts — I’m going to try not to over think them – HA! that should be interesting…or not

4) Gifts — I love to buy or make them — it’s the joy of the giving.

5) Projects — sometimes. Most of the time I’m pretty impulsive.

6) Reading —  just a necessary part of each day!

7) Work! I do the scheduling of the children AND staff. This Fall was particularly complex. Let’s not even talk about it.

8 ) Fine viewing. I am cable-less and online-less at my Little House in the Woods. So I either have to finangle some burned discs or pirate my way into a viewing … which reminds me, LOST is only how many weeks away?

9) Eating. Yeah – I should plan that. Since tonight I am likely having an apple and maybe some Kentucky Bluegrass Fudge Pie with whipping cream So you know, fruit AND dairy. As soon as I get home I am running right out the door again. Poor pets. 😦

10) Sleep. I like planning a little nap during the day where I can — usually it happens on weekend afternoons — could be part of the reason there is a shortage of FO’s & project news here… Just sayin’ ;-D

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Last weekend was the Brackendale Fall Fair. The weather was perfect – sunny and warm. Even at opening, the place was packed. So much to see and do.

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This young violinist was very talented (but I was country-musiced-out in about 20 seconds — ugh) 

 Cutest Cupcakes!Over in the food tent (not sure what it was really called) there were the most amazing cupcakes! A troop of Beavers – and check out that Cob of Corn! People can be so creative.

I was disappointed for them that they were only second place. 😦

1st Prize Cake @ Fall FairThis Sandwich rivals the Ace of Cakes, I think. A well-deserved Blue Ribbon.

Hair cuts at the Fall FairThis struck me as very funny – you could get your haircut. Right next to the Petting Zoo – for $10 no less!

I had the best breakfast at the Ninja Crepe. Fresh strawberries, Nutello and whipped cream folded into a hot crepe. Yum!

There were awesome booths this year and I am determined to have some FO’s by next September so I can enter them.

This year I entered some Kiwi Lime Marmalade that I made. I love it — I think it tastes like a Morning Margarita. Mmmmm….I used the recipe from the excellent book, Well Preserved, that I picked up while on Quadra Island.

And looky! It won 1st Prize! My very own Blue Ribbon preserve.
My Award Winning Jam

To celebrate, I picked up a coupla old gals and headed home.

Need a lift?

My Mom made some delectable scones, I whipped up some mock Devonshire Cream and voila:

Afternoon Tea

A most delicious day.


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Back Home

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Home from camping on Quadra Island.
I realize that I have continued to neglect this blog. I have written so many entries in my mind…that I forget I haven’t actually published them.
I wish life were a lot slower!

I took a week and slowed down intentionally. You can’t beat camping for introspection.

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I’ve been up to a few things since my last post — sadly, I had to get new chickens. RIP Chickanzees. {these are the new ones – 4 little girls and 1 boy}

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Spent some time being a tourist close to home:

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Started quilting:

1st Quilt!

Took up canning:

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Spent time with family:

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and pets:

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How did you spend your summer?

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