Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Yarn along - knitty things

Me: Oh, knitty things! Where have you been?! 
Yarn: In the bottom of the basket in which you shoved all manner of quilty things on top of me. 
Me: I know. I'm so sorry. Forgive me?
Yarn: I'll think about it.
Me: {shame}

So here's to finishing up my honey hat. Once again, I have acquired a whole new ball of yarn when all I need is about 30 yards. Ugh. The irony. 

I'm doing a bit of traveling this weekend and between some time in the car and my sister-in-law's stash of needles (#3 double points) I hope to have this puppy all done by the time we are back in WV. 

As far as reading is concerned... books and I aren't getting along well these past few weeks. Since the last time I posted for Yarn Along, I have been ticking off some classics that went unread in my {apparently mis-spent} youth. I've read Little Women, My Journey to the New World and Like the Willow Tree (both Dear America books), and The Great Gatsby.  I started to read both Walden and Middlemarch, without making it far in either. In Middlemarch, I made it to the end of chapter nine, at which point it was already evidence that there would be no happily ever after, and if there was, I'd have to wait about 71 more chapters for it to be revealed. I enjoyed Walden in theory, but Thoreau wouldn't stop bad-mouthing farmers and country-folk, so I didn't make it very far in that one either. I may, however, try again in another season of life. 

On my to-read list are the following: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Love in a Time of Cholera, and something by Willa Cather. I'm taking recommendations...

Joining Ginny @ Simple Things

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Found: birdhouse

the thaw :: two canvasbacks (L) one redhead (R) ::
 three redheads (L) one female canvasback (M) one greater scaup (R) ::
 geese :: sycamore :: birdhouse :: air dry 

We went out this morning looking for birds. We are up to 48 species for the new year, and we added the Common Goldeneye, Greater Scaup and Northern Shoveler to our list. In addition to this excitement, I found a washed up birdhouse by the power plant. This spot is notorious for flotsam and jetsam. I honestly do not know where it all comes from! Last year at this same spot, Julian and I saw 17 basketballs float down the river within ten minutes from one another at this spot. I reached down and grabbed the house still covered with ice and soggy from its trip.

I love it! It is like it was meant for us to find it. I was last at this spot yesterday at 11am, so it had only recently washed up. One more thing to stow away while I wait for spring!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kitchen Notes

chocolate toffee muddy buddies :: strawberry rugelach :: banana breads :: 
chocolate chip muffins and tea :: scotch eggs :: black bean hummus

I'm sure that, if you've gotten this far down in the post, you're thinking what I'm thinking - quick, someone bring out the veggies before we all just keel over. That's why I made the black bean hummus. Too little, too late?

The good news is that most of these photos are from the past two weeks and we are both happy to be back to a more normal kitchen routine. Fruits, veggies and WATER (instead of nog, cider, cocoa and all those scrummy things) have made their way back into our daily dosing. In fact. I had to consciously decide NOT to bake this evening because we don't need the calories, we don't need the mess and have you seen the price of butter lately!?!

What's going on in your kitchen? All good things full of New Year's resolve and the like, I hope.