Sunday, November 26, 2006

Knit unto others

After reading about Knit Unto Others, I decided that since I was already doing what they suggested, I'd sign up! Dulaan got me going last year, and I had done Red Scarf, too (and plan to do so again), and KnitYoga got a couple of hats for her very good cause. The items that fall into the time category (Nov 18-Dec2)that I have completed are here below:

Hats for Vancouver via Rabbitch!

Cap for the Capital

Planning at least another baby cap or two and hoping to start my Red Scarf Project this week.

Any spare yarn? Got a few minutes? Cast on for someone who could use a warm, wooly hug! C'mon, all knitters are know you want to join in!

Belated Thanksgiving photos

Yam with lemon tree. Yam destined for greater things, namely to be boiled, then peeled, sliced, and fried with butter and brown sugar.

The star of the show. A Red Bourbon turkey, raised humanely and eaten happily. Note the huge cheese skulking behind the chair? My in-law's kitchen is papered with a London billboard extolling the virtues of Edam. I love these people.

Grandma's stuffing. Tradition calls for everyone to taste as it's mixed, and then complain that there isn't enough sherry in it yet, and then add a tot more. Who am I to question tradition?

The table, set and mostly ready for dinner. Note M and her fab Auntie K--they are inseperable when beneath the same roof. We actually had to leave Marion at my in-law's overnight as the two of them collapsed in the living room after dessert.

This was NOT done on Thanksgiving, but was in fact rigged this afternoon. For some perverse reason, I am ridiculously smug that ours is the first house on the block with lights up. I love coming home from work in the evening to Christmas lights.

Here's hoping that everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving in whatever way it was spent.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006




1. Yourself: goofy
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend (spouse): tenderhearted
3. Your hair: messy
4. Your mother: literate
5. Your Father: jolly
6. Your Favorite Item: words
7. Your dream last night: forgettable
8. Your Favorite drink: beer
9. Your Dream Car: classic
10. The room you are in: jumbled
11. Your Ex: deceased
12. Your fear: hate
13. What you want to be in 10 years? me
14. Who you hung out with last night? Marion
15. What You're Not? tidy
16. Muffins: pumpkin
17. One of Your Wish List Items: travel
18. Time: meandering
19. The Last Thing You Did: surfed
20. What You Are Wearing: pajamas
21. Your Favorite Weather: overcast
22. Your Favorite Book: yes
23. The Last Thing You Ate: carnitas
24. Your Life: diverse
25. Your Mood: cheerful
26. Your best friend: huggable
27. What are you thinking about right now? snacking
28. Your car: geriatric
29. What are you doing at the moment? typing
30. Your summer: incendiary
31. Your relationship status: harmonious
32. What is on your TV? penguin
33. What is the weather like? fresh
34. When is the last time you laughed? earlier

(stolen from Rabbitch--thank you! Hats are being knitted!)

Monday, November 13, 2006

My other favorite dog

Have you met this chap?
We just love visiting with him and his mates.

You can even go play with them here.
(You may need to click the "skip intro"
button in the lower left corner to get it

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Random Sunday Ramblings

I guess I need to go back to smaller photos or to try again to tackle the camera's menu of how much memory to use per photo. I love our little digital, it's a Sanyo Xacti, but we got it on the E-bay, on the cheap, and I'm having a little trouble with the instruction book, which has amusing illustrations but is written predominantly in Japanese.......

Here's my November calendar page for Deb. I've really enjoyed this one all year--it's called "Bon Apetit" and features illustrations from French food adverts from the 1900's. Will likely keep this one around apres nouveax annee.

Here's himself with freshly trimmed ears and heaven knows what on his nose. I really do love this guy.

WIP--Pincushion Challenge Swap

She manned the nutcracker with minimal assistance and got this pecan out unscathed!

Pecans in the myrtlewood bowl

It was an interesting day. Seth had a job, so M and I hit the park and played catch, then came home and sat on the patio and sketched our versions of the backyard. I started Spot's fall grooming--Santa, if you're listening, a short-haired doggie next time?--and will progress to the wash and shave-down in the next day or two.

It felt funny not to have a softball game tonight! And I mentioned to Seth that this was the first Sunday in months that I did not look at the clock and think, "Cripes! It's already (fill-in-the-hour) o'clock!" I don't know if the first fact influenced the second, but it was a good day. Got lots of household stuff done and fun stuff and a little more of the part-time stuff as well.

Here's hoping everyone has a good week. As my friend and neighbor, Fred Rogers, says,

"Wish you well!"

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Have I mentioned how much I love leaves?

Seeds and their respective pods often run a close second.

Especially when they look so good on the leaf plate which was a
gift from dear folk in ol' Virginny. Thanks again, B&L!

These say "Arizona Fall" to me. Calm in color when compared to
the riotous fall hues elewhere, but very rich.

Here are two glimpses of recent finished (and sent forth) objects: one and two. Still working on the Pincushion Challenge Swap--should be working on that on the morrow.

Happy rest of the weekend!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Black Sox Win! Black Sox Win! Black Sox Win!

We played a double-header this evening and won the season championship! I made the final run to win the early game and put us into the final with the one undefeated team in our league.

And we pounded them handily, 15-4.

Yeah, I'm smug. And sore. We had some great plays and terrific catches, a slew of literally-over-the-fence homers, and a coach with a very happy smile at the end of the evening.

Time to hit the showers and plan for next season.

That's all tonight, just a happy little note.