A very long time ago, my sister sent the loudest, scariest chicken toy to Mia along in a box full of wonderful stuff for us. After at least a year of terrified attacks, Mia suddenly bonded with the chicken. Now, anytime of the day you will spot them hanging out together. But never at night. The chicken goes in its own cage at night. When shaken it crows like the sun is heaving over the horizon right then & there. Not a problem after dawn, but a huge problem at, say 3am! Does your pet have a preferred toy?
I am always so completely amazed every time I try on my February Lady Sweater and it looks like a piece of clothing. You’d think I’d get used to it eventually but it never grows old. 🙂
Can you believe how far down my back it goes? I think I need to decide if it’s time to knit the border now but I’m horrible with decisions like this because then I have to go back and figure out sleeves. Like take one ball of yarn and make two sleeves. Ack!
I’m including this shot so you can see that ball of yarn that I have left. And cute, but very worried, Mia who would rather go outside for her walk NOW thank you very much. Ignore the book. It’s trash and extremely badly written. Don’t read it, because I’m not.
Today I was feeling full of words – long, leisurely, lovely words thoughtfully strung together. I could have sat and pondered each carefully selected word, or I could help out a friend. Not just any old friend but a friend in real life who actually lives in my neck of the woods. So that meant rather than a peaceful poetic picnic of a day, I spent it like this:
Today I had a little helper in the kitchen. She was pretty proud of her helpfulness… you know… getting soaking wet, picking up glass plates to hand to me, diving for the sharp knifes and just generally being the cutest thing on all 4s in the kitchen (sorry Mia).
They’re not the best photos I’ve ever taken, but the subject wasn’t exactly posing as a still life either!
This is my gardenia, Mom always had gardenias when I was a child so when I spied this one in Albertson’s this cold January I had to grab it. It was, of course, in bloom then and then it promptly stopped as so many store bought flowers have a tendency to do. But as I was watering this morning I caught a glimpse of a new bud! Yay! Nothing smells quite like a gardenia!
Now, on to the yarn portion…
Having just a tad bit of that green corn silk left, I’ve been browsing around looking for something small and fun to knit up with the remnants and I think I found it! What do ya’ll think of this offering from Spud & Chloe? Perfect in a spring-like, gardening, green way, right? Ribbit, ribbit!
Returning to offer this photo this afternoon.
Someone was chasing frogs again in the garden today, weren’t they, Mia!
Remember the pretty blue yarn from last week? I’m still plugging away at it. The yarn is so soft, it’s a delight to work with!
Unfortunately, I frogged the first try. The bamboo needles Mom sent along with the yarn and the pattern were too small – for me anyway! I stepped up from a size 9 to a size 11 and now the wrap is looking lovely and lacy not felted and rug-like.
- I’ve begun reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and it is excellent! Utterly engaging thus far but I’m seriously thinking of trying out the Kindle feature on my new phone, this sucker is 800 pages long! It is not one you prop up in bed and read yourself to sleep with. If this thing fell on your head, you’d black an eye!
Every single photo I tried to take today I found Mia bouncing around in the background. Crazy pooch!
Dinner has just been slid into the oven, so I poured myself a hot cranberry cider and gave the dog a treat before I decided to sit down here for a bit of Sunday evening chat.
So, hello! How are you tonight?
Already the house is filling with the most amazing scent from the oven, inside are Nigella’s Finger Licking Ribs from her fabulous book Feast. Potatoes are sitting nearby, just waiting to be popped in to bake away, it has been forever and a day since we’ve had baked potatoes but I had 3 large ones in the last bag of potatoes that I picked up. It is still odd to be buying groceries in any quantity, you’d think after a year and a half of living on land I’d be used to the fact that we have the storage for an entire bag of potatoes and one of onions too! But old habits die hard.
For many, many years I inhabited my own little fantasy world where I was living abroad in the USA because I was truly French and thus had to purchase all food as the French supposedly do, one meal at a time consisting mainly of bread, cheese and wine. Not really! But it sure did make the repetitive trips to the grocers’ a tad more bearable.
Marianna and Hal are off at the movie theater this afternoon, Tron finally came to the island! They’re incredibly excited and have been prepping for this Daddy-Daughter Date by watching some old version of it, etc…
But in anticipation of their return home, I guess I’d better go slide those potatoes in the oven! I’ll leave you with one last shot of Mia. I completely stressed her out by giving her a treat before I sat down here. She’ll spend upwards of several DAYS moving her treat from one location to another, burying it in my flower beds or under the couch before finally succumbing and scarfing it down.
I hope your weekend was warm and wonderful!