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Knitting and Reading (Because I Do Not Do Football)

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Kat's KAL ended on Labor Day, but my TTLM (now known as Thistle Rambles) did not meet the deadline.  A couple of weeks ago, while admiring my work of, I noticed a section that wasn't like the picture of Kirsten's shawl. It was then I realized I would have to take out ALL of clue 5 (because I had not read through it thoroughly enough) and reknit. I am very grateful I hadn't yet started the beautiful, but time consuming, picot bind off. As of today, the first few picots are now in place. Wish me well!

The book, The Underground Girls of Kabul, is for my Book Group. (This month marks our 29th year together!) I am only a chapter into the book and have 300 pages to go. However, I didn't buckle down and put in the time needed to finish, instead I found other things to do. 

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I left for work a little early so I could take a picture of the sunrise. I love a crepuscular rays and it was worth giving up my reading time to capture this shot.

When I got home I cleaned the bathrooms. (It had to be done!)

I, also, worked in the garden because the weather was superb and I had to be outdoors. 

I sipped a glass of wine whilst enjoying the patio (I do drink alone). 

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And, I ended my day with a walk and pictures of the sunset, which I painted with Prisma (Caribbean).  

With summer ebbing I have to revel in the beautiful days as much possible.

 


Eye Candy Fun

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Thank you, Vicki! I'm totally in love with the Prisma app and the all the many ways it can change one of my simple photographs. 

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Love this birdhouse created with Prisma Love!

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Eye Candy created with Prisma Candy Paper Art.

I've been going a little crazy trying one effect after another. The reason I dropped was to tell you enjoy the weekend. Our weather this weekend looks quiet wonderful, albeit with a little fall in the air. As you well know, I am not ready for the summer to end and I'll take every warm and sunny day that's offered. 


Not the Last Gasp

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1. The weekend started with a night out with a girlfriend and a trip to my favorite LBS.  The Kinds English will celebrate their 39th anniversary on Saturday and I'm all about shopping at my local independent bookstore. Let's hear it for LBSs everywhere!

2. Saturday I took a little time for some personal hygiene-ing, as in a haircut, manicure, and pedicure. All summer my toes have been blue (Venice a Party?), but I opted for "O'Hare and Nails Look Great" (red!).  The toes will be bare as long as possible, which I expect will be a couple more months. The fingernails are only every buffed only, thank you. 

3. Saturday evening Smith and I went to our favorite taqueria with Larry and Cheryl. We then spent the evening playing Cribbage. We're learning. Counting to 15 is proving difficult for me. Larry is the master at totally the cards. (But, Cheryl still won all the games). 

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4. I worked in the garden and harvested an eggplant the size of a football. It was the only fruit on the plant, a plant that wasn't tall enough to keep it off the ground. This eggplant was huge and slightly soft, so I opted to harvest, even thought it was green. Smith plants odd varieties and he does not keep track, which means it may not be the type that goes totally aubergine. I'll let you know how it tastes once I decide the best way to eat it. 

5. I also made a small pot of Vicki's tomato sauce out of our ugly tomatoes. The sauce also included a few small eggplant, a couple of squash and a bunch of onions and peppers from the garden (plus, of course, garlic). 

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6. Just in time for the weekend several of the postcards I'd sent via Postcrossing arrived at their distant destinations. When postcards arrive the sender can then send out more cards. I have received 388 and sent just as many. I love this fun hobby of connecting the world one postcard at a time. 

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7. I walked around Red Butte Gardens and then, because all the cool kids are doing it, I played with Prisma, a fun (new?) app. 

8. Smith and I spent a lovely Sunday evening, and then a lovely Monday evening together. Rarely do we get two nights in a row together. This weekend we've had three! 

I guess this ends up being Ten Eight on Tuesday (by Carole).  If I tell you anything else, I'd have no reason to come back here the rest of the week. How was your Holiday weekend? 


The Bingos Revealed

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This is my not so attractive Bingo card.  If you can make it out, you'll see I have 4 Bingos and, for this, I am quite happy. Many of my blog friends have made it through to a coverall, but I just couldn't pull that off this summer. I read (as in "real books"), listened, and even got through a Kindle book, or two. 

The  best books out of all that read (and that are involved in Bingos) were: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Dandelion Wine, Chicago, Secret Scripture, Hour of Land, Love Poems, and Homegoing. I read a few books I would never have read, but I can't say I like them. Few of their genre will be on any future reading list. I have books in mind for most of the other squares, and I hope for a coverall by the end of December. Winter is dark and cold, the perfect time to cozy in with a book and read on and on. 

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However, I want you to know summer is not gone, although it's being pushed hard by autumn. I see red leaves on the mountain sides and know within the next couple of weeks we will see the aspens leaves changing from green to gold. It will soon be time to wrap up in a layer of fleece, but the change to winter is months off. I'm hanging on to summer for dear life!