Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The day after we painted the whole room (two coats!) Home Depot Orange we went back to Home Depot to get the lighter shade we intended for the room to be in the first place. The same thing happened with the pale blue in Noah's room, and the blue-gray of our bathroom. We painted the entire stinkin' room before figuring out it was the wrong color. We did manage to get our bedroom right on the first try. It is hard to mess up beige. Now I am going to head back into the kitchen and hope that the tiny bit of wall I painted in the color we chose is the lovely pale, sunshiny shade of yellow that I am picturing in my head.
Update: Didn't like it. Way too bright. Sigh.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
What can you find at your local grocers? The essentials--bread, milk, eggs? On a beautiful holiday weekend like this, some will find burgers, brats, and their favorite chips. Today, we found Mick, the Budweiser Clydesdale! As Mom got ready for work, me and Dad took a trip to visit him.
Mick arrived in a specialized semi all to himself, as his buddies rested elsewhere. He had two designated drivers who did their best to maneuver the semi through the already over crowded parking lot. Mick is in the area to trot in a Memorial Day parade tomorrow. He came all the way from St. Louis, Missouri just to say 'hello.' He's 8 years old and quite the handsome fella.
Dad and I waited patiently as he stepped out of the truck and clip-clopped his way over to the grocery store's entrance to be a greeter. He drew a lot of attention and his coat was extra shiny in the sunlight. He was very friendly and let all of the children who came to see him, pet him.
Mick let us take our picture with him. Dad let me pet his nose. I said 'hello' to him using my horsey words. He's much taller and cleaner than Winston, but just as nice.
It was a fun surprise after Mom, Dad, and I worked all morning in the garden. It's not every day you see a horse at the place your Mom and Dad buy shaush (applesauce).
Thanks for the visit, Mick! Have fun in the parade tomorrow. Bye bye.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Go outside! Photograph your favorite blooms. Find a lilac bush and inhale deeply. Close your eyes and listen to the chirping of the birds while the sun warms your face. Enjoy spring!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The seedlings continue to grow and many are in the process of transitioning to life outside. I managed to plant the morning glory and moonflower seedlings under the pergola today while Noah entertained himself with a small stone, alternately 'hiding' it in the grass and then finding it again. "Where dit go?...there id issss!" He also likes to help me weed (i.e. dig in) the beds that are yet to be planted. That may become a problem later on when there are actually plants in them.
My biweekly bread baking is seeing some improvement. In the beginning I was having problems getting my dough to rise. Using the recipe in The Tassajara Bread Book seems to have solved that problem. In fact, last week it rose up out of the bowl and all over the oven. Too warm perhaps? Or maybe I just need a bigger bowl. This week I caught it before it did that again.
I had to bake a few days early this week because we already ran out of bread. I think that is because the last batch was the first that Curtis actually liked and he ate a lot of it. Today I added some millet for something new and different (I don't like knitting the same thing twice, and apparently I don't like baking the same thing twice either). I have a feeling this bread will last a full two weeks as Curtis doesn't like anything crunchy in his bread. I didn't plan it that way on purpose...really, I didn't. I have been having good luck keeping it fresh by slicing it all after is has had a chance to cool and then storing it in the freezer. I just stick some parchment paper between every 6 slices so it is easy to take out a couple days worth at a time. It stays moist and mold-free for several days on the counter in one of these bread bags. Here are today's loaves, ready to be sliced...missing the requisite test slice that I must taste fresh out of the oven with melted butter.
There has also been some sewing and knitting going on, neither of which have produced anything worth photographing at the moment (except maybe the crazy plaid pants in the previous Birthday post). Now I must excuse myself to wash the dirt and flour from my hands and hair before the little munchkin wakes from his nap.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
When it was finished, the lace pattern decreases formed what looks like a starfish. It was unplanned, but looks kind of neat and summery.
Just in case you know of anyone who might want a snood of their very own...
Lacy Starfish Snood Pattern
Yarn: Dale of Norway Lerke (52 % Merino Wool/48% Cotton) dk weight
Size 6 circular - 12 inch or long enough to Magic Loop
Size 8 circular - 12 inch or long enough to Magic Loop
Size 8 DPNs for finishing if not using Magic Loop Method
This is the first pattern that I have ever written, so please let me know if you find any errors. I do tend to be a tight knitter, so you may have to size your needles down to get a gauge that fits your own head. An advantage to using the Magic Loop method was that I was able to try it on after the first inch or two to check the fit. You want the ribbing to be pretty snug so it will stay in place, otherwise a couple bobbypins may be needed to keep it from slipping back.
Using Size 6 needles, cast on 90 st, join for knitting in the round.
K1P1 around for approx. 1 inch. Knit one round.
Switch to Size 8 needle for lace pattern:
Round 1: *[k2tog] 3 times, [yo, k1] 6 times, [k2tog] 3 times, place marker. Repeat from * to end of round (a total of 5 times). Use different colored marker to indicate beginning of round.
Round 2: Purl
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: Knit
Repeat these 4 rounds until desired length is reached (about 7-9 inches).
Round 1: *[k3tog] 2 times, [yo, k1] 6 times, [k3tog] 2 times. Repeat from* to end of round.
Round 2: Purl
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: *[k3tog] 2 times, [yo, k1] 4 times, [k3tog] 2 times. Repeat from* to end of round.
Round 5: Purl
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: *k3tog, k2tog, [yo, k1] 2 times, k2tog, k3tog. Repeat from* to end of round.
Round 8: Purl
Round 9: Knit
Round 10: *[k2tog] 4 times. Repeat from* to end of round.
Round 11: Purl
Round 12: Knit
Round 13: *[k2tog] 2 times. Repeat from* to end of round.
Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches. Weave in ends.