Friday, September 28, 2007

--Groceries with Mama and Kidlet

--Fluffy, fluffy scrambled eggs (thanks, Greg!) with home fries (thanks, Justin!) and buttermilk biscuits

--Postcards to work on

--Photo swap to plan


--A few stitches of knitting (anyone know a good kid legwarmer pattern that's really quick to knit?)

--Pizza with Mom-in-law and her Mom

--Maybe an early morning desert hike and waffles with friends (gotta mix up the pancake routine every once in a while and I can use the leftover buttermilk..ha ha, Emily! I did find a use for that buttermilk. Cake or buttermilk waffles...a difficult choice, indeed.)

--The pumpkin patch?

--Seasonal decorating?

--Maybe an apple pie...? Who will bake the pie first, Vanessa or me...

What does your weekend look like?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Well, thanks to lovely Dominque and Vanessa, I now have some ideas floating about. First off, I think once my class is over next month I will host a photo swap. I will sketch it all out and post details next month. But beyond that, having this mini dialog got me thinking. Muwah ha ha ha! 'Nuff said.

Monday, September 24, 2007

The weekend...cold, cloudy, rainy.

I did what I shouldn't and started knitting my Jaywalkers this weekend. I'm very much in love with the colorway (Lorna's Laces Shadow). I've got the cuff ribbing done and sadly, they probably won't get touched again for another few weeks. The kid has got it in her mind that I'm supposed to knit some socks for her now. I'll be lucky if I can get a pair done before she outgrows them with my oh-so-rapid knitting pace.

Getting really close to finishing my class. I have a couple of lessons left, test...and then...woo hoo! Par-tay! Huh? Who's blog is this anyway?

I've been thinking more about my photography lately. I enjoy the flickr community but beyond that, why do I do this? I have yet to print anything up to hang on the wall. They just pile up and take up space in my lappy. I am better than I once was but I certainly don't expect to sell prints or become a photographer. I guess I feel I'm at a plateau and I want to do something more, but am not sure what that is. And then there's the perfectionist in me. I can't just leave it as a hobby, I have to be good at it and if I'm not (stomps foot), I don't wanna do it (throws camera). Maybe I'm just in search of a project. Maybe I need some focus (ha ha). Perhaps I can work on putting some entries in the state fair next year?

Ok, where's my apple pie y'all promised me? Just kidding. I baked bread but forgot to put salt in it. Come on by and we'll slather it in butter and sprinkle salt on top. It's good. F'realz.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Ani's Almanac

I love the Old Farmer's Almanac. I haven't purchased one in years, but I think I may when I pick up the groceries tomorrow. Perhaps I'll try growing next year's garden according to their hocus pocus-y sounding advice. But on to my almanac. I noticed that this year the trees started turning on the mountaintop two weeks earlier than last year. We had a brief storm that blew in yesterday where the mountains were socked in with thick, steely clouds. When they receded this morning, snow was on the mountaintop. I forecast a heavier winter, although just about anything would be heavy compared to last year. Please start knitting your woolly socks and hats now. Hmmm...despite the fact that I'm buried in schoolwork and two other knitting projects, maybe I'll take my own advice and cast on the Jaywalkers (finally).

Ani's Almanac: weekend forecast good for baking apple pie. Sadly, I won't be able to follow my own advice, too many things to do this weekend already. Maybe you will bake? Save me a slice, ok?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Out of the Haze

Man, what a week. I really felt crappy. The Kidlet had about 1.5 days of minimal slowdown but the hubby and myself, ugh! But today, I opened my eyes and...I'm feeling much better. Wow! Strange and wonderful!

Despite the congestion and wooziness, I was very busy this weekend as I'm quite bad at resting. Gingerbread was baked for my mama and chocolate chai cupcakes for a friend's birthday. I mopped and swept. I changed the sheets and did about half a dozen loads of laundry. I scrubbed the bathroom. I also did schoolwork, started the postcards for my swap and I ran errands. You'd think that my house would be as neat as a pin for all the perpetual motion that I have going on, but no. How do other folks do it?

I still haven't been able to pick up the knitting needles, despite being mightily inspired. I think I have about 10 projects lined up in my head. my current rate of knitting, that means that I have enough projects to keep me knitting until 2011.

BTW...Last night in flickrland, I ran across Ms. Chockylit's donuts-n-coffee cupcakes. So over-the-top. So freakin' cool. All they are missing is a maple glaze...just kidding! They couldn't be more perfect if they tried.

Friday, September 14, 2007

What a Wonderful World...

Yesterday Kidlet painted a picture and said she wanted to give it to new friend at school (we'll call him G). This morning as we are leaving for school, Kidlet does a happy dance, with picture in tow. "G is my friend and he likes me! He is so nice, he is so nice." So very glad that school seems to be working out.

Despite the fact that my nose looks like Rudolph and my breathing sounds like Darth Vader, I had one of those feelings of warm-fuzzy-contented happiness today. I love when all feels right in my little world. It doesn't come together like that very often and if I poke and prod, I can find a ton of stuff that's most certainly wrong, but I'll bask in the warmth of my feeling for now.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

cough, cough

This just in...we have just received the one of many harbingers of the season, the first sniffle. And boy howdy, it's a doozy. However, I certainly don't mind the day off from work with the tot. Maybe we'll make some popcorn and watch cartoons. While she naps I may even knit. Really! Or perhaps sleep would be better for this body that feels as though it's been worked over by a baseball bat.

One thing I feel sorry about is that I heard hubby say this morning that he has it too. I wish he was here with us. I was just about to rant about sick days and the workplace, but I guess that's not my job (ugh! the pun was not so punny!).

Back soon with a sniffle-free post (I hope).

Monday, September 10, 2007

Balloon Love

Twas a very nice weekend. We had a great crew with us on Sunday A.M. for balloonacy, cookies and coffee. This was the first year I was into the photography thing and I took 80 photos(!). For more photos, go here. (Doh! I had lost my's there now.)

This weekend I also...

baked a lovely loaf of bread

made a yummy salad of spinach, pears, goat cheese, walnuts with balsamic vineagrette

actually bought a fancy-esque outfit for a wedding we will be attending so I won't have my usual gee-the-only-thing-I-have-to-wear-is-this-grease-stained-skirt-and-this-somewhat-fancy-t-shirt-freak-out 30 minutes before we need to be there. And better yet, I will even be able to wear this stuff in day-to-day life and I'll look...dare I say it? Nice? Pretty? Hmmm...

got lots of schoolwork done

I've been listening to lots of fun podcasts while I'm at work. The one that gets me though is a knitting podcast and dang it, I almost wish I hadn't found it. It just makes me want to look up a multitude of gorgeous yarns and patterns and start about 40 new projects. I get maybe a half hour a week to knit, at the most. Sigh. Deep breath. I'll be done with my class in a month and then I'll be able to knit until Spring semester.

That's about all for now. Keep your fingers crossed that Kidlet isn't getting a sniffle. She sure seems like it.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

It's coming...

the balloons are in the air, pears are hanging from the tree, tonight the Saints are opening the season (and will be kicking booty for those keeping score) and when I looked to my patch of aspens on the mountain top this morning...the blush of yellow was there. I'm thrilled. And by checking the date for last year's aspen change, well, we're a couple weeks ahead of schedule. Lovely. Now if I could just get my fall postcards ready for the swap, that would be an accomplishment. At least I've got ideas. You can always count on me for that.

Monday, September 03, 2007

These socks are now happily living with my mama. I was very proud when she told me how much she loved them and how they were even better than the ones that her grandma had knit for her. And speaking of that grandma, here are her knitting needles that have been in my possession for a few years now. I think they must be size 0, so tiny.

Not sure what one knits with such tiny needles except some exceptionally fine socks. Time to start looking for a pattern.