Showing posts from July, 2014

I should have kept my mouth shut...

A few weeks ago I was remarking on how our current two dogs don't roll in stinky stuff very often. Well, Winston must have heard me because he rolled in dead fish during our walk on Monday night. I could smell him from 20 feet away that's how bad it was. Time for a bath! Thankfully it was warm enough to bath him in the driveway. That's so much easier than fighting with him in the bathroom. Winston has a double coat so he takes almost a whole day to dry. Since bedtime was in two hours, I decided to try blowdrying him out on the deck. And you know what? He liked it!

Thursday Wake-Up

July 24th, 2014 at 6:19 a.m.

Yarn Along: Major Homesocks

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Knitting: Homesocks & A Mystery Gift
I'm still working on a surprise gift (in the yellow yarn) but I started a new project as well. (Like I need yet another knitting project!) Starting the homesocks kind of happened by mistake. I went to my LYS last Friday for an afternoon of knitting. I finished the Cowboy Cowl (pictured below) way faster than I anticipated and didn't bring another project to work on. I had the needles and the pattern with me to knit the homesocks so I just bought some more yarn and hopped to it.
Pattern: R0082 Alaska Color Homesocks by Regia Design Team (free on Rav)
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Gina in Colorway Autumn

Reading: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
I'm ready to give up on this book. 60 pages in and I'm still not hooked. Too many other things I want to read to stick with something that I don't really want to.

FO: Cowboy Cowl
I'm participating in a blogger swap and I…

Garden Update: July 20th, 2014

What a difference a month can make!

The garden actually looks like a garden right now. 

The only thing I've been harvesting so far is basil, peas, lettuce and a zucchini about every 3 days. Those plants are prolific, aren't they?

The green beans are almost ready as well as the onions and garlic. I spied a few green tomatoes hiding in the foliage but the pepper plants are still tiny due to the cold nights we had a week ago. 

The strawberries didn't do very well this year and I've been fighting an invasion of nasty prickers that I just can't get rid of. 

These are the prickers that I've been fighting. Does anyone know what they are and how to get rid of them?! They have an extensive root system that makes them impossible to eradicate.

Since I don't know what else to do, I've decided to spray the strawberries and kill everything in that area and start over next year. I don't think I will plant strawberries there again. It's just too much work weeding the…

Yarn Along: Major Surprise

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week'sYarn Along.

Knitting: It's a Surprise!
I'm still working on a surprise gift so I don't want to say too much. I just finished chart A and I still have 2 more big charts to go but I'm really loving this knit.
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish in Colorway Goldrush Tonal

Reading: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
This book was picked for book club and I honestly have no idea what it's about. I'm only 18 pages in so it's too early to tell if I'll like it or not. A mystery knit and a mystery read!

FO: "D" Dishcloth
I put together a Pancake gift basket for a wedding shower: grill pan, giant spatula, local maple syrup, Misto, recipes, and this dishcloth which has the Bride's future last name initial on it. 
Pattern: Knitted "D" Dishcloth by Rhonda White (free on Rav)
Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cream in colorway Country Green

What are you knitting/reading this week?

Lately: Early July Edition

The weather feels more like fall than summer. Cold nights and stormy days with a lot of really cool clouds. Hopefully summer isn't over already!

We bought a Prius a few weeks ago and I've been averaging 58 mpg. AWESOME! I was spending almost $300/month on gas with my old car. Not anymore!

I'm brewing my first batch of kombucha. I blame my mom for getting me into this. Hopefully the stuff helps keep my gut in check because I've been doing really well since I finished the Alcat test. 

Christian and I took a quick 3-day trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the U.P. That Big Blue Lake always blows me away with her beauty. The skeeters were bad and the trip was too short but it still felt great to get away.

What's happening in your neck of the woods?

Thursday Wake-Up

July 10th, 2014 at 5:45 a.m.