Tuesday, October 6, 2015

tending my yarn garden...

I finished last week's book on Friday and have to say I was glad I read To Kill a Mockingbird first. So many opinions about Go Set a Watchman -- seems people either loved it or hated it. Me? I liked it. Having read several reviews on Goodreads prior to beginning, I knew what I was in for and was hesitant, but having finished it, I'd love to know what happened next, how things all sorted out. But, since there isn't more, I'm moving on to a little Reformation history about John Calvin. We're studying Christendom this year in our humanities class, and Reformation Day is coming at the end of the month, so it seemed like a good time to pull this one off the shelf.

Knitting is still the mobius and a few baby shower gifts that need to be finished by Thursday night (Ravelry). Hopefully, I'll have something new to share next week. :)

What's on your needles? Any good book recommendations?

Joining Ginny :)


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Monday, October 5, 2015


Warm sunny days continue as we work our way into October...the temerature here on Sunday reached almost 80 (and we're expecting 83 which would be a record high for today). So wishing we could send our weather to those of you on the east coast who have been inundated with rain. Praying you are all well and have been spared of any flooding. It seems that the massive El Nino in the Pacific will give us, here in the Pacific northwest, another mild and dry fall and winter, at least that's what the weather experts are sayig. I cannot imagine what the stream and river levels will look like next summer if we don't get a snow pack again this year. But I'll not complain after seeing this (so glad your house is dry, Tracey).

Enjoying the extended bloom of my cosmos, alyssum, marigolds, morning glory vines, petunias, and fuschia baskets (no pics, I know...) -- such a contrast between the changing colors in the trees and my flowers. Wondering how long until Jack Frost visits; we've been close a few nights, but not quite...

This weekend we:
  • Harvested rosemary, onions, tomatoes, and carrots
  • Baked a loaf of sourdough bread (!!) with my new starter (in my new red dutch oven -- thanks, M!) as well as two loaves of banana bread and butterscotch buns (so glad my Anna likes to bake)
  • Stacked wood from last weekend's wood day
  • Washed the car
  • Cleaned the garage
  • Visited a favorite local walking trail and discovered a new one, too (and stopped for a scoop of ice cream in Hockinson afterward)
  • Ate pizza and drank good wine at a local winery
Sunday after church Dan grilled a tri-tip that we served with a big green salad, fresh dug potatoes from the garden, and thick slices of buttered sourdough. Delicious! :)

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Friday, October 2, 2015

signs of fall...

Signs of fall are all around us...

While the leaves on my tulip tree have transitioned from green to gold, and the vine maples that border our lawn are beginning their show, still heavy with bloom, my volunteer cosmos defy the change of seasons.

We were surprised by cloudy skies and a bit of rain this morning and aren't complaining as we need it. Anna and I were eager for a fire in the woodstove, and today's weather demanded it.

A small group of deer foraged in our back yard today; they are bothersome, yet, there is something both humorous and bizaar to looking outside my window and watching wildlife roam about. We've been here ten years, and I don't think I'll ever tire of it.

Our turkey has taken up residence in our freezer until late in November. 18.5 pounds is what he came in at! So thankful for friends who did the "processing" as I don't think I could've done it...chickens we're used to. This was our first turkey. :)  In other poutlry news, our hens have not begun laying yet (argh), and I forgot to buy eggs when in town earlier this week (double argh). We've got to be close. :)

I ordered a sourdough starter from Cultures for Health that is supposed to be mild in flavor and am working on getting it to rise. The cycle is refresh (feed) every 12 hours, and I think I'm almost there. We've been buying bread all summer, and I think it's time to turn the oven back on...

I cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot earlier this week -- my favorite way to cook an entire bird. Just season with salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and a sprig of rosemary along with carrots, celery; add a glug of apple cider vinegar to release the minerals from the bones and a cup of water then cook for 4-5 hours on high depending on the weight. Makes delicious broth and tender chicken that can be served in so many ways.

Finally, we sold our faithful Expedition this week. I'm a little sad, but we waited to sell it since the AC isn't working and figured it would sell more easily once the hot days of summer were in the past. I think Dan is dreaming of a new 4WD pickup. :)


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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

tending my yarn garden...

My Inverness mobius has taken a back seat to baby shower gifts this week, as you can see from the picture...not a lot of progress. I did cast on and was able to complete the first several rows. If you've not tried a mobius before, Cat Bourdi's you tube tutorial makes it easy (thanks, Cat!). In it she describes the looped cable needle after casting on as sort of like a railroad track which goes nicely with the cover of my book...

I'm about halfway through Go Set a Watchman and wish I had more time in the day to just finish it. Having reached the part where Scout's world changes, I'm eager to find out how the story ends. Have any of you read it? Please don't give anything away, just curious whether any of you liked it, as I've read such mixed reviews.

Gloriously warm and sunny days this week have provided the perfect setting for outdoor dining, knitting, and reading. In fact, I spent the entire afternoon on my back porch yesterday and didn't come in until the sun slipped behind the trees leaving me in the cool shade. :)

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Monday, September 28, 2015

weekend productivity...

firewood chopping
apple picking
apple & tomato sauce making & canning
chicken broth making & freezing
lots of dishes washed :)

Thankful for good friends who shared their downed trees with us, for Sandy who provided filet mignon for the hungry wood cutters (I like mine almost well done, and  it was de.li.cious!), for a fun girls' movie night on Friday (Cinderella!), for gorgeous fall weather (warm in the sun, cool & crisp in the shade), for a Sunday filled with worship, fellowship, lots of knitting, and that magnificent super moon! Did you see it?  :)

Praising God from whom all blessings flow!

Joining Karen...


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