Always the Simple Things

I intended to have all sorts of pictures for you but we spent a serendipitous evening with our neighbors, which means my blogging time was used up, but I did pull together a list for Carole's 10 Seemingly Ordinary Things That Bring You Joy.

1. Reading a book, whether paper, Kindle, or in my ear. 

2. Snacking on a bowl of popcorn, freshly popped, but even a bag of vegan white cheddar will do. 

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3. Watching the scrub jays fly away and hide the peanuts I left for them and talking to the male who isn't one bit afraid of me. 

4. Whiling away an afternoon on the patio...reading, knitting, sipping tea or wine, with or without company. 

5.  My smartphone, the device that keeps me in touch with family and friends by several different mediums (media?). 

6. My headphones, as I can listen to podcasts, books, the radio, as well as talk on the phone hands free. 

7. My eyeglasses, as without them I couldn't read a word. 

8. The old, yet trustworthy, Cuisinart, without which I would have a very hard time making (yet more) batches of Vicki's Roasted Tomato Sauce

Moonshine9. The moonrise, especially the full moon as it crests the mountain peaks. 

Earlysummer10. An amazingly beautiful sunrise. Watching the sky is a free endeavor and one worth taking the time to do.


Getting a Move On

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There are hints in every direction I turn--the little bit of color in the willows or the maples, the pyracantha berries turning a vivid orange, not to mention the sun disappearing earlier and earlier. I've missed the morning light for over a month now and heard reports the leaves are turning in higher elevations. 

As another sign of fall, the first batch of Vicki's tomato sauce is in the freezer. There will be more, as the tomatoes have just started to ripen. As predicted, they are all coming all at one time and it will be hard to keep up. Summer taste in the dark of winter is my driver. 

As the days shorten I find it easier to pick up my knitting and park myself in one spot. It's time to get a move on, tomake some progress with my handwork projects. It's time to prove myself a knitter.  The latest project to meet my needles is Ropedance, but there's not much to see, as yet. 

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It's taken me forever to get back to my Alabama Chanin T-shirt, but I spent an evening this week beading a few of the petals. I am in no small part inspired by Vicki's progress on yet another new AC skirt. I am slower than molasses , but determined to finish this year. 

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This weekend were able to fit in a photo shoot of my latest FO, but you'll have to wait to see how it turned out. I'll give you a hint...I have worn no other shawl since the TTL mystery came off the blocking board. 

Happy Monday, friends! 


A Week in the Life

Hallo Blog Friends-

The last two weeks, as well as the week ahead, have been overly busy both day and night. Decidedly, chronicling is not my forte and I have been negligent in keeping up with photos and/or words. 

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Last week Smith and I went to one of the last Bees games, courtesy of Susan who was away on an amazing adventure. We had a great time watching our team lose. Near the beginning of the game the opposing teams pitcher didn't like the mound and it took over 15 minutes to fix his problem and add a new pitching rubber.  How many Iowa Cubs does it take to fix a pitching mound? Ah well, we had a good time regardless of our 8-2 loss. 

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The next night we had dinner with my sister, Jana, who is marrying her partner, Kaylee next week. I will do my best to take picture of the brides, as I think they will be beautiful together. We're looking forward to welcoming Kaylee to our family.

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The skies have been smoky, which creates a pall of yellow over the skies. Some nights the sunsets are spectaular colors of red and orange, but most of the time, at least where we sit, the skies are a ghastly haze of gray and yellow. We're hoping for a south wind to help clear the air. 

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Sunday I did something you'll never believe (I barely believe it myself), I finished AND BLOCKED my TTT Mystery Shawl (which Kirsten has renamed Liz Christy). Liz was a "gorilla" community gardener in NYC and the shawl could not have a better name (imo).  

I'm busy, and happy, and having a great time away from you all and hope you're having a great time celebrating the last month of your summer, too. 


Moments In Time

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Watching...the sky. Always the sky. July was cooler than normal and much enjoyed by everyone after June's excessive heat. It looks as if August is keeping up the trend and summer is starting to bend to falls sway. I'm not ready to give it up and hope we have more days of warmth and sun ahead.

Reading...I've spent more time this summer reading than I have knitting or sewing. You can see a list of my recent reads on the side bar.  The Bees, Sleeping with Pancho Villa, and the "Neapolitan Novels"  of Elena Ferrante to name just a few and I'm enjoying a little mystery reading by making my way through the Shetland Series by Ann Cleeves. 

Knitting...I am now on the side knit edging of the mystery shawl and almost half way through the 97 repeats. This feels like a huge accomplishment!

Listening to...podcasts, music, and books, depending on my mood. I just started listening to "The Seams" a podcast by Jacki Lyden. Some of you Fashionista's may get a kick out of it. I've been listening to more music than books or talking podcasts. Currently, I'm into Jason Isbell and Courtney Barnett.

Drinking...cold white wine, cold black tea, and sipping a whiskey when the mood strikes.

Eating...garden produce. Anyone want zucchini? We're still waiting for the tomatoes to ripen and I have a hunch they'll all come at once.

Planning...to SEE IN PERSON Jason Isbell on Friday night! We're stepping out of our comfort zone and going to see a live concert. I'm not even sure what to do with myself. Maybe dye my hair blue? (Oh wait, I did that.)

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Itching to...finish the beading on my AC T. The front beading is nearly finished and I'm sewing around the motifs on the back. After seeing Vicki's amazing dress I am re-inspired. I wish my fingers moved as quickly and surely has hers do.

Organizing...my jazz collect. Long story short, I thought it was lost, but a few days ago, Smith found the box in the back of a closet (one of the closets he has stuffed full). He brought it to me the morning after the evening jazz was dropped from our public radio station. I was ecstatic to have it in my possession. I have been going through it disc by disc, prioritizing discs for burning, and general feeling euphoric the discs were found.

Delighted by...having my own jazz "station". I miss the nighttime jazz more than I thought I would.

Delighted by...my blue hair and my new physical therapist. He is the best!

Celebrating...a summer that is still here and needs to be enjoyed!


City Life

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This clock has been part of Main Street ever since I was a kid. I remember seeing it for the first time when I was about 8 years old and I'm glad to see it's been preserved.  Even though Salt Lake City is quite accessible and is full a fun things to do, and is a great place to visit , it's a place we rarely venture. Carole's Ten on Tuesday was a great reminder of this jewel that runs off our beaten path. When I'm downtown I enjoy it immensely and there are many things I like to do. 

1. I like to go to the "art house" movies playing at the Salt Lake Film Society's theater, the Broadway.

2. I find unique places to eat. 

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3. Or I have a drink at Bax X and food at the Beer Bar.

4. Enjoy a walk through the flower gardens of the LDS church.

5. I sometimes visit the mall and, perhaps, do a little shopping, and/or people watch.

6. I love to see live music at one of the many venues. We go to jazz concerts at the Capital Theater and I'm looking forward to the new season.

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7. I love looking for funky art pieces scattered around the streets of the city.

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8. And, being amazed at the new buildings, the TALL new buildings under construction.

9. I'll go downtown just to buy postcards a the grocery store, one of the best places I've found for procurement of postcards.

10. And, I always like coming home to the "burbs".


Mood Indigo

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My weekend was broken up into segments, the total of which left me no time to do the usual errands and chores. It was a fun weekend and I wouldn't trade it for anything.  I had...

  • two afternoons...one in a salon chair, one with girlfriends. I love my blue hair which has mostly been given the thumbs up. I figure if someone doesn't like it, well, it's their problem.
  • two mornings...one with Cheryl shopping at Utah Natural Meat, and one with Smith. We fit in lunch one day and worked in the garden another. We now have enough meat in the freezer and produce in the garden, that I could skip grocery shopping altogether. This is the best time of year, imo.
  • 3 evenings of fun...two with girlfriends, one alone. A friend and I saw the movie Mr. Holmes and liked it very much. The scenery alone was worth the time and I loved all the set director's attention to detail.  My night alone was great, as between rain storms I walked the labyrinth in our garden and, after that, read on the patio while rain wet my toes. 

The weekends, while fleeting, give us strength, time to share love with friends and family, and enough time for relaxation and recreation. I love my weekends.

So, my friends, what do you think?


Oy. This Shawl

You'd think by now I'd have the hang of knitting, of reading a pattern, of double checking before I start a row--you'd think. But, as you've heard before, I still make (a ton of) mistakes. I will now be tinking back the last two rows of knitting because I did a row of k2tog instead of a row of ssk. I also did the purl row that came after...which adds up to two rows of tinking (as I said).

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It's all, every bit of it, the forth-ing and backing, the good and the bad, it's all part of the process and I truly believe that. I may sit in a grump for awhile, but it doesn't last long. I realize the only way to go forward is to go back. It's only two rows, which will mean I'm 3 rows from finishing this section and moving onto the edging. That's all good, the journey will continue, even though it's a slow one. 

Things are not as they appear. The colors are COMPLETELY OFF. Maybe when it's finished I'll have better luck with photo shoot. 


Wild Wednesday

19954351785_d565e57046_oI totally lucked out with this shot. While the jays grab the peanuts I snap and snap pictures, one after the other, and sometimes get lucky as I did last Thursday. Dad was hiding a peanut in a nearby tree, mom is on the ledge and baby is the one flying.

The scrub jays endlessly entertain me as they fly between tree and bush, side to side, gliding through the air with ease.The baby still has a beautiful pristine tail and perfect wings that have not been beat up by time. He hasn't begged or fluttered his wings in the baby way for some time now, but he does call for mom and dad if he's left alone for too long. He/she searches the skies for wanted company (or if magpies are in the area) and calls and calls. However, the pretty little thing seems to be doing well alone and is left to his/her own devices.