Showing posts from January, 2016

Snowshoeing at Navarino to a Porcupine Den

My friend, Nancy, led a local Sierra Club outing last weekend at Navarino Nature Center in east central Wisconsin. We could have used a little more snow but the sun was shining and temps were in the 20s - perfect weather for snowshoeing!

The highlight of the trip was visiting a porcupine den in a hollowed-out oak tree. 

Porcupines do not hibernate. On nice days they will come out of their den to feed on branches, pine needles, bark and such. I guess our guy was sleeping in because we were certainly there on a nice winter day!

After visiting the prickly fella, we took a shortcut through a hummock-y bog to catch up with a trail on the other side.

This was my first time snowshoeing at Navarino but I'm sure I'll be back. After all, there's 15,000 acres to explore!

Dogs really DO eat homework!

I led a local Sierra Club outing (a snowshoe hike) this past Saturday. I had the waiver/sign-in sheet folded up and sitting on a chair in the kitchen. When I came home from the coffee shop on Sunday, this is what I found:

One of the dogs ate it!  I don't think I'll be submitting this one to the outings chair! LOL. 

Books of 2015

I'm pretty diligent about tracking what books I read throughout the year. I tend to get through more audiobooks than paper books due to my long commute. (I spend about 2 hours a day in the car.) According to Goodreads I got through 60 books in 2015. That number kind of shocked me! I wanted to mention my favorites in case you're looking for some recommendations. I rated the following books 4 out of 5 stars. My favorite audiobooks of 2015: Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Land Girls by Angela Huth
The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
The Witness by Nora Roberts
The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw (non-fiction)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Crazy Love You: A Novel by Lisa Unger
Split by Swati Avasthi
Angels Walking (Angels Walking, #1) by Karen Kingsbury
Chasing Sunsets (Angels Walking, #2) by Karen Kingsbury
The Highway by C.J. Box
Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

My favorite paper books of 2015:
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Caro…

Yarn Along: My Kitchen Madalynn

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

Knitting: Madalynn Cowl
This project was set aside for awhile to work on Christmas and baby shower gifts but now I'm back at it. I had to modify the stripe pattern to 2 rows of blue and 1 row of gray so I won’t run out of gray. I almost like my way better because half of the cowl is predominantly gray and the other half is blue.
Pattern: Madalynn by Leah B. Thibault
Yarn: Quince and Co. Chickadee in colorways 108 Delft (blue) and 150 Sabine (Gray)

Reading: My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl
I am in love with this book. Ruth Reichl was the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine when it went under. Abruptly left with no job, she finds solace in the kitchen. Each recipe begins with a Twitter post and then a short story as to how Ruth ended up making that particular dish. The recipe is written in a way that makes you want to read through the whole thing - it's not a set of directions but a story in …

Winter Walks

After an unseasonably warm December, arctic air has finally blown down from the north. That doesn't stop us from getting in our daily walks! These shots were taken on Sunday. The sun is almost set when we make it out for a walk during the work week. But - the days are getting longer!

 I'm hoping for more snow so we can get out snowshoeing this weekend!

Yarn Along: 2015 Knitting Recap

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

In this new year I wanted to take a look back at the knitting projects I finished in 2015. I'm not sure why, but I was disappointed when I filtered out my completed projects in Ravelry and only 15 showed up. That's still more than one project a month so why do I feel like I slacked off this past year? Three of the projects that I completed had been hibernating for years and years so I think I'm most thankful that I completed those.

Favorite Knit Gift: Egg to Penguin

I made this Topsy-Turvy toy for my cousin's little guy's first birthday. I have to admit, when I finished it, I had a hard time sending him off to a new home. Susan B. Anderson's toys are brilliantly designed. Instead of having a bunch of little body parts that you have to sew on at the end, she has you pick up stitches and start knitting them right onto the body. Brilliant!

Hardest Knit: Grove Mitts

This was one of the projects that took me…