Saturday, August 5, 2017



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Monday, May 29, 2017

Planted the herbs

I missed the no-sun-in-the-backyard-yet window yesterday, and remembered this morning just in time to get out and plant the herbs, and only had to wear my hat for half of it.

We're still not sure what exactly is wrong with my face, but Polymorphous Light Eruption comes closest to the breakouts I get from sun exposure, even from short drives in the car around town. I pray our kiddos don't develop it; no sign of it so far, knock on wood.

So the herbs have been planted, the drip hoses reset for good watering, and the rhubarb and catnip have perked up from yesterday's watering. I just have to remember to check on them frequently to water, once the rainy season has passed, which will probably be mid-June.

Now for some reflection and rememberance of those who have gone before us and gave their lives in defense of our country. Thank you and God bless in your rest.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spring planting 5/29/2017

Our pitiful little garden in the arid west. The rhubarb is the only thing that came back, the strawberries didn't make it, so we'll have to get some new, maybe in a vertical planter. The catnip is happy growing in the grass off of the back patio, the kitties are happy that's coming back. So on Fri we picked up basil, Italian parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary, peppermint, and lavender. Set them out where we'll plant them in the morning, and ran new drip hoses in the garden and around the lilacs. Progress! Hopefully no more snow surprises! #squarefootgardening #springplanting #brownthumb #pleasenomoresnow

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Here's wishing a healthy and happy new year - hoping it's a better one than 2016!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

I've switched to a different blog authoring app, so let's give it a go. Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate!

ok, so far, so good. Usually the other app would have crashed and burned three sentences ago. Hopefully, this one will be a keeper. :)

And now to upload an image to test that interface... here's our kitty girl inspecting our second sea monkey colony:

And now, to publish.

Happy Thanksgiving, again!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Planted carrots!

So we planted 45 carrot seeds today, organic Atomic Reds. They should be ready to harvest in early October. Yum!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

We won the House Cup!

So exciting, we won the House Cup two terms in a row! Whoo hoo!!!

Soar, Ravenclaw!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Still pathetic at blogging!

So it's been two months since I last posted. I really am pathetic at blogging, I'm afraid. Winter 2016 Term is almost over in the House Cup, and I can't believe it but have finished both my 13 hat Mission and large Morticia OWL projects. 

I still have that pile of WIPs to cull through, and I'm not sure when I'll be doing that. I've cast on a new pair of CookieA socks, Pointelle, in pink:

I haven't made anything pink for myself except Professor Umbridge's pink cat scarf, so I'm liking these. Unfortunately, I've started them at the same time as spinning a new braid of Rambouillet in Rowenon, dyed by a fellow Ravenclaw, so I'm torn between wanting to knit and wanting to spin. 

I may have also started a fishie sock yarn throw today (not calling it a blanket!), for which I need a miniskein swap or two to help feed it. 

I'm seriously considering an SoS Term next, as a Student on Sabbatical. With Real Life home and work challenges, I'm not sure how knittingly productive I will be. I think I need a break from knitting to deadline and striving for class minimums, and miss the knitting for the relaxing pleasure of it. I'll miss being on Tower staff, having just returned; they're a great bunch of folks of whom I am very fond. But I need the mental break, or I may end up having a breakdown myself. 

I'm also afraid I've damaged my right shoulder, between daily work mousing and evening and weekend crafting; its really gotten crunchy again and I should have the Dr take a look at it. It was a prior Dr who did X-rays of it and that's how my osteopenia was caught early, so that really was years ago. I suppose joints get rougher with age, but the right shoulder is way worse than the left. Will have to look into chondroitin supplements and the like. 

My, I'm sounding quite whiny today! Sorry about that. We've had a nice week at home for spring break, I took off from work to be with the kiddos. Really needed a breather from work, and I guess I'm getting grumpy knowing its back to the grind on Monday. 

So, happy things -- I'm using one of the new sock yarn skeins I bought on sale from Knit Picks for the new socks, and getting back to the relaxing and meditative joy of spinning on my wheel. We are finally healthy, after several weeks of stomach ailments going around. DS has 35 hours completed of the required 50 on his driver's permit. Both DDs are doing better on their respective meds, when taken regularly. And a disappointing winter guard season is over for DH in a week. 

We still have our challenges, but are getting through one day at a time. And Spring is on the way, even though we just had a few inches of snow last night - that's two barrages of snow during spring break!

Happy Saturday :)