Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
When I first started this pattern I was picturing it being much smaller, something I could put on a string and hang up somewhere, but it's so big, I think I will just give it some shelf space somewhere in the house.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The cover illustration really caught my eye. Well, no wonder, as this book won the Caldecott Medal.
It begins with the man packing his cart to take to market in October. "He packed a bag of wool he sheared from the sheep in April. He packed a shawl his wife wove on a loom from yarn spun at the spinning wheel from sheep sheared in April. He packed five pairs of mittens his daughter knit from yarn spun at the spinning wheel from sheep sheared in April."
It goes on to tell of the food from their garden, including the maple syrup they made by tapping trees and boiling away the sap.
The man walks 10 days to market, and sells everything. Then he buys things his family needs to make more things: an iron kettle, an embroidery needle, a Barlow knife. He also buys them a treat--two pounds of candies! I love that he buys them candies! There is some play among the work.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
This is a photo of the salad I made last year for St. Patrick's Day. I will make it again today! St. Patrick's Day feels like the beginning of spring to me, with the fresh green color scheme and the shamrock motif.
Today we have sunshine and warm temperatures. It is the day I have been waiting for to go outside and start doing some spring yardwork. It will probably snow again before warm weather is here for good, but that makes a day like today seem like a mini vacation, or like a little unexpected gift.
Now I'm off to research blenders. My daughter wanted a smoothie for breakfast today. I must have been half asleep, because I started up the blender with a spoon still in the pitcher. Oy! The spoon was mangled and the blade isn't looking too good, either. Oddly enough, it didn't make that much more noise than usual, even with a spoon getting crushed, which proves to me that the blender I have really is unnecessarily loud. I was thinking I'd get a Vitamix, but I just looked at them on Amazon and am reeling from the outrageous price!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
This is stitched on 14 ct aida. The design area is pretty small, about 3 inches by 3.5 inches.
My favorite "pose" in this alphabet is the letter N. I always get a kick out of watching cats stretch out their hind legs!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Usually we have one or two very warm days in March (temps in the 70s F), and that is when I go outside and clip back all the dead stuff I didn't cut back in the fall.
I hope we get those days soon!
The snow from February had actually almost all melted just before we went to Florida, but while we were in Florida, home was dumped on again with almost 10 inches of snow. Luckily I had had the foresight to hire a snow removal service just for the week we were gone. We only had to pay them if they ended up having to remove snow, so it was risk-free. I think they had to come twice!