Birthday Weekending

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Have you ever heard of a glyptodon? Well, I hadn't either, but it's a very mega relative of the mammal we call the armadillo. Smith and I went to the Natural History Museum and visited the Extreme Mammal exhibit and, let me assure you, it will bring out your internal kid. I wan't even sure it was possible for me to curl up that small, but I did! Not bad for a 65 year old, eh? 

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You may remember Saturday was the Pi Day of the Century. Thanks to my sister, Neena, I have the T-shirt to prove it. What you may not know, is it was also my birthday! I had a wonderful weekend with a whole boatful of love coming my way. I feel very grateful to have so many wonderful people in my life--my friends and family, who make me feel nourished, loved, and full of joy. I open my heart and hope to pass on the love and joy to others. 


What's Happening Now

Watching ...House of Cards. I losing interest in Frank and his wife and would rather watch the last episode of Downton....hopefully tonight.

Reading ...The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, I was hooked after reading the first page. I haven't decided on my next audio book.

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Knitting ...I'm having a bit of a redux, as I bought a lovely kit of Zen Yarn Garden in the Monument Valley Series. What else would I do with three complimentary colors, except reknit my favorite shawl, Germinate

Dreading ....I'm trying to not dial up the anxiety level, so I dread not.

Listening to... Jazz on the NPR website because they no longer podcast the shows. This does not make me happy, NPR!

Thinking about ...completely redoing the look of my blog. But, if the red umbrella goes, it won't come back and that stops me in my tracks.

Celebrating ...next week, my birthday.

Planning ...be outdoors in the extra light of day. Hurray for DST!

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Itching to ...finish outlining of the petals on my Alabama Chanin T-shirt and start to cut (and bead). 

Drinking ...The last of my Royal Golden Safari tea from TeaZaanti. I need to find a new favorite and Hong Shui or Gin Shan Creme are running neck and neck.

Needing to ...try out some of the crafting materials I purchased. Needing to carve out the time to do.

Organizing ...I still haven't tackled the pantry (after months and months of wanting to do so).

Inspired by ...Beverly and Maryse who have been sharing their artwork on Instagram. And, by Kym who is sharing her artistic pursuits on her blog.

Delighted by ...The snow! Any precipitation that comes to the very dry West is welcome, although, spring is returning this weekend.


You're Invited...

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Carole came up with a topic for ToT that had me searching through my book shelves. This is a difficult subject, as I rarely think about hanging out with characters from the books I read. I read to lose myself in other people's lives, in their times , and the places about which I know nothing, but wouldn't necessarily want to stay. I decided to go for some of the memorable characters from books I've read over the last few years in hopes of having an unpredictable evening.

1. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the main character from the Louise Penny's Gamache series, one of my favorite characters of all time, as he is a very kind person.

2. and 3. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird and if you don't know why, you haven't read the book. Yes, I'd like Atticus at the table, too.

4. August Boatright from The Secret Life of Bees because she is no nonsense and down to earth, but also has a magical quality about her.

5. Lily Bere from On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Berry because her story has never left me. 

6. Aritomo because he created the garden in Garden of Evening Mists.

7. Ifemelu the main character Americanah because she's a complex character I would like to understand better. I also think she would add much to any dinner conversation. 

8. Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind, because who doesn't want a rogue at the table.

9. Josefita (Tita) from Like Water for Chocolate, because she couldn't help but cook a passionate meal for us.

10. How do I introduce my last choice? This one may surprise you, but I think you'd all agree, Winnie-the-Pooh would be a wonderful character to invite to dinner because he'd bring the honey. 


Weekending

Saturday was cold, somewhat wet but Smith and I made the best of the day by spending leisurely time together. It was a weekend of no obligations, the kind of weekend you need to recover and regroup before another week at work.

Walk in the Park

Overnight Sunday we had what counts for snow around here, which amounts to a skiff on the lawn. It was chilly in the early hours, but by 10:00 the sky was a mixed of clouds and bright blue sky, nice enough to take a walk around the park.

Saturday I was able to block what had turned out to be the endless shawl. I was so into the process and ease of garter stitch I just kept knitting on my Duane Park Triangle. Finally, I realized I needed to count stitches and figure out where I was in the pattern. Thank goodness I had plenty of yarn because, without intention, I ended up knitting a large. 

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The lace border was easy and the edging quick, and by then, I was so happy she was off my needles. The yarn, The Woolen Rabbit Lark, is soft and light as air, but I've had the yarn so long, I think Kim no longer has it in the line up. The only way to get a picture was to take a sun-washed selfie.

TaDa! I have a finished object to share! How long has it been since something finished has shown up around here? FOREVER! 


No Idea

The Ten on Tuesday topic gave me a belly laugh. What? 10 Time Periods You Would Visit If You Had a Hot Tub Time Machine! I have no idea what Carole is talking about, but I'm sure there will be some great posts today. 

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 1. I'm wondering if I would I like living in the time of Edith Wharton? (Thank you, Kym, I love this sticker so much!

2. Maybe the time of Shakespeare would be interesting, as I love Shakespeare, plus this is also the time of Elizabeth I.

3. Perhaps the time of Emily Dickinson would be nice. 

4. I think I would be able to get into the late 1950s when Miles Davis was in his cool period.  Just to think I might be able to hearKind of Blue and Sketches of Spain in person! 

5. What about the time of the Roman Gods and maybe getting to know them better than I do now. Would I also gain an understanding of the mythologies? (No idea what time period I'd be going back to.)

6. Maybe I could just live this life over and over until I get it right. 

7. How about going back to the future and being totally surprised about where you'd land! It would all be new and foreign, just like going back in time would be, only weirder. 

I think that's about as many places as I really like to "go", but mostly, I just want to live with all of today's amenities and in a time that is familiar. There's no place like home. 


In The Now

Ten Things I'm Looking Forward to Right Now!

1. Smith's birthday celebration today! He's deciding where he'd like to go for his special dinner. 

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2. Just for fun, I took Carla Sonheim's Crazy Birds tutorial and signed up the Junk Mail Artist Book class and I'm looking forward to giving that pesky junk mail a reason to be.

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3. I'm looking forward to another week of above normal temperatures before winter tries to subvert the high that's kept it at bay. The weekend temperatures are headed to the "below normal range", but since normal is 43, and they're predicting 42, this isn't much of a threat. However, we are used to living in paradise. 

4. Looking forward to the end of the book I'm reading. It's for my book group, otherwise, I bother to wouldn't finish it. 

5. We've decided to paint our bedroom, or you could say, I've decided the color I want on my bedroom wall. Smith is now painting our bedside tables in a complimentary color and the walls will come next. I'm looking forward to having it finished and the work hasn't even started. 

6. I'm looking forward to finishing the Duane Park Triangle, but seriously...did you think it would take me this long? I truly thought I'd be finished by now. It will be another week or so. 

7. I'm looking forward to the weekend. After a long weekend, I don't want to return to work. I like my job, it's just that I like weekends better. 

8. On the said weekend, I should have time to work on my Alabama Chanin project and finish sewing the front. I have a beading extravaganza in mind as embellishment. 

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9. I'm looking forward to snow? I would love to see a foot of snow on the ground. It isn't just that we need the water, snow would help me remember and understand the date. It is mid-February after all. See how little snow and how dry the brush is? We need winter to return. 

10. I'm looking forward to DST. I like it. You're entitled to your opinion. That's mine. 

What are you looking forward to now? 


Love Long Weekends

T'was the weekend of skies.

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Golden skies, blue skies, sometimes a few clouds. The temperatures stay in the fifties, both high and low. Birds started their mating behaviors and sang songs of love and joy. It is heartbreakingly wrong, but it is hard to do anything but enjoy the warm weather and the sun.

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T'was the weekend of mail. Postcards came from far away places, but the one postcard that brought surprise and delight was from Beverly. She has an on-going Postcard Project, one for every day of the year, and I am the lucky recipient of a card. It thrills me to no end that her great-grandmother's lapels have an Alabama Chanin look. Beverly has a new moniker for those of us who dabble in AC stitching...Chaninistas! 

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T'was the weekend of of silly love notes. Smith collected all the sticky notes we've left for each other over the last year and set them inside a frame. Happy Valentine's Day to me! 

 Truthfully, I didn''t do as much crafting as I'd hoped, but plans are being made and ideas evolving. I do have one more day to do as I wish. We'll see what I can cook up. 


Friday Letters

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Dear Weather Dogs-

From what I understand, you have a change in store for us, but it doesn't look like much of one, nor does it look like it will give us much in the way of precipitation, let alone snow. As you can see from the above picture, a weeping willow is leafing. In February. Seriously, I don't like to complain, but will you please bring us weather appropriate for the month? We need a little winter before we have real spring, not that we expect you to honor the calendar or anything. 

Dear Andi & Anne,

Thank you for having a contest, the contest in which I won a copy of Anne's Legendary Knits Vol. 3! I've known Anne a long time and I love her designs based on legendary people and fairy tales. 

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I'm quite fond of The Little Mermaid Sweater and I am completely smitten with the Guinevere Shawl. I even think I have the perfect Wooly Wonka yarn marinating in my stash. 

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The colors in the elegant Flora Mitts are a reminder of beautiful colors of spring and summer, seasons we all love (and miss!). 

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 It's always fun to win, but even more so when the designs are something I'll knit (if I ever find time to knit again).

Dear Readers-

Please make sure you check out Volumes 1 and 2 of Legendary Knits. And, that you have a great weekend!


We Are 11!

For eleven years the SnBers of SLC have been meeting up on Tuesday nights (and Sunday afternoons). We do what you think any bunch of knitters would do, we knit, we chat, we bitch, we share ideas, we help with problems both personal and knitterly, AND once year, we knit for each other.

Our eleventh year theme was Parallel Lines (thanks to Susan!), which is brilliant, because, if you think about it, all knitting creates parallel lines. We had a varied line up of interpretations, which made the evening all the more fun.

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Susan knit Extra which ended up in Cheryl's hands.

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Cheryl knit a pair of mitts which Anna now wears.

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Anna knit a cowl which Caroline wears with aplomb.

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Caroline knit a pair of mitts which Susan was thrill to own.

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Jacquie knit (and designed) a unique scarf, which Laurie now sports.

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Laurie knit a nice long Linen Stitch scarf, which I now love and wear.

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And I knit a headband, which now keeps Jacquie's ears warm.

 Thank you to Laurie who put the group together and to the Jitterbug who has been our host for all 11 years. The Grrls of SnB Rock!!