Quit Smoking Week 1

DH has quit smoking! He stopped cigarettes last Monday, his last one at 7:30 pm.

Since then, he’s on his second 5-pack of cigars.  Yeah, he’s still puffing, but he’s not inhaling, and says the taste is cutting him off quicker-he doesn’t like the cigars at all, they are just a placebo now.

Storms on the horizon this afternoon, DH and I sat outside and enjoyed the fresh air. I knitted like a maniac on my Camo Vest, and got the neck/armhole shaping nearly half-done. I hope to have the shoulder shaping done and BO by Saturday night.

The approaching storms brought the woods and pond alive with the sounds of frogs of every species. This one was sitting on the back door window trim. He is tiny at just 2 inches long.

Tree Frog, aka Peeper

I’m planning a 2.26 mile walk with the neighbor tomorrow morning, if the weather clears up during the night, and again on Sunday morning.

Igor just plans to sleep in.

Art in the Woods

I stumbled upon a wonderful find while ridding our perimeter of the invasive garlic mustard plants that seem to have exploded into bloom in the last two days. ARGH! it’s everywhere!!!

I was walking around, looking for new blooms like Bloodroot, and Wood Anemone,  when I almost stomped the life out of a lovely Trillium cuneatum, and snapped some shots of it. It was pretty windy, so I had to wait patiently for a break in the wind (!) so I could get a still shot.

Trillium cuneatum

Igor nearly ran it (and me) over in his mad dash of  freedom, just moments before. I hastily snapped the shot, and a couple more of some neighboring Virginia Bluebells, and quickly vacated before the Beast came back around.

Virginia Bluebells

The Creeping Phlox on the rock wall was spectacular again.

Creeping Phlox

and we still have a few tulips that have survived the ravages of hungry deer that had recently passed through, looking for nibblins.

Headless Wonder Tulip
The ones that got away…
DD19’s boyfriend changed the oil in her car today, while DH and I watched the proceedings offsides. It was fun watching those two go at it as he attempted to show her the ropes. Needless to say, she was not humoured when he drove the car up onto the ramps, and nearly went completely over them!
When he was done and had things cleaned up, she and I took a ride to the gas station, Igor sat in the back seat,a new experience for the Boy. We wanted to see if her “check engine” light would come back on. It didn’t, this time. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow. She is planning a trip to Indiana to see family, and is anxious to have her car in tip-top shape before making the trip in 3 weeks
I’m about half-way done with the Right Front of my Camo Vest, and hope to have it done by this weekend.
Camo Vest back and right front
It looks like scattered showers and possible T-storms off and on over the weekend, so I anticipate getting in plenty of knitting, starting now.
Buona Notte~

The Sentinel

Prince Igor LOVES his new jacket. We had it made by SpoiledBratzwear, they make doggy apparel for Mini-Greyhounds, so this was a new experience for her! Holly is a pet wellness consultant, and dog rescuer,  Dog Mom, and also has a website: www.silverhounds.org.

Igor's new jacket

It’s been cool enough for Igor to wear his jacket in the mornings, on walks, and just for sporting in general. If the temps stay below 68, he wears it all day. He’s even worn it to bed a couple times.

Auntie Holly made him a matching stuffed toy we call his “Funny Bone”.

Igor was on high alert again tonight. And it wasn’t long before we found out why. Across the pond, there was a ruckus; one of the resident geese apparently met an unfortunate end, at the jaws of hungry coyotes. The yip-yip chorus announced that dinner time had commenced.

Being the Protector that he is, he came in and ate all his Yums, then proceeded to terrorize Dad for his own amusement, as though saying, “It’s ok, I’m here now!”

At which time he went inside and had a Teddy Bear Moment.

My Funny Bone

My Funny Bone

Of Cloudless Climes and Starry Skies

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Lord Byron

A dear friend sent me this lovely poem, it really sums up the essence of Woman.
I had a beautiful day today-nevermind that it was my birthday, but I did get lot’s of  birthday wishes today, WOWSER! 3 of my 4 kids called to wish me a Happy Birthday.  Nat called as she was leaving work, and I got to see her 10 minutes later, silly girl~LOL!
I got a surprise this morning, from my oldest daughter, CJ. It arrived just minutes before we headed out the door.

Birthday Iris and Tulips

Yesterday, a package arrived from my California Sis, Susie. She sent me a lovely lavender blanket, big enough for a Queen-size bed, and of course, Igor thought it should be his. I had to beat him and Nats off before they absconded with it, Blanket Thieves. Susie also included a nice set of cutting boards, dishwasher-safe!
We got our showers out of the way, and got on the road, didn’t want to waste a single minute of the day. Our first stop was the Post Office to drop off the mail, then on to Sandy’s Country Pickins in Delavan, to pick out a Yard Gargoyle statue.
We found the perfect little guy for our Zen Garden. A Plurk friend named him and it stuck.

Al Gore-goyle

We spent the rest of the day at the office, business as usual. The weather was mild, but a little chilly for a walk, so Igor and I will wait another day.
Soon it will be time to put out the Hummingbird Feeders and await My Girl’s return. I look forward to their antics in the summer as I look out the office window behind my monitor.

Summer Visitor, 2009

Soon, we’ll have a pile of wood chip mulch to pad the perennial beds with, a fresh carpet to keep the weeds down. I have seen our truck pass by many times already, and expect they have many loads, as the last winters’ storms left many a tree badly damaged and limbs broken, in it’s wake.  Saturday, a neighbor came over and felled a very large dead oak in our back woods. He took most of the wood, and we kept a few pieces for camp fires this summer and fall. There were quite a few limbs and small trees that toppled under the weight of the snow last Dec. but we’ll leave much of it alone to provide shelter for smaller critters until it’s gone back to Mother Earth.
Time to give thanks for another day, and say good night~
Hinááh bee atiingóó éí naashá
On the Trail of Life, I walk in beauty
Nizhóní naashá
In Harmony I exist, I walk in beauty

Julia’s Cabled Headband Done!

I finished Julia’s Cabled Headband this morning, and had DD19 model it for a photo shoot before she left for work.
The pattern is from Julia’s Cabled Headband by Pauline Chin.

This was a great practice piece for getting ready to make a cable knit cardigan. I’m definitely planning to make more of these, quick and easy~

Our neighbor came over and helped us take down a large dead oak tree that had started to lean at a dangerous angle. We were afraid it would eventually come down as it gets pretty windy here in Spring. The risk and subsequent liability was not worth leaving it up. The neighbor needed wood, and we got some for our fire pit in the deal, as well. I figure I walked a mile, back and forth between hauling out the cuttings, and am definitely deserving of a double-dip ice cream waffle bowl, with sprinkles, thank you~

After we were done with the tree removal, we noticed another neighbor walking his dog, and flagged him down for a stop-over chat. He is still recovering from a terrible snowmobile accident last Jan, and is doing well. It was good to see him out and about, considering the alternative.

CJ called to announce they have moved Teh Babeh Rhonda out of the Parental Bedroom and into her own ROOM! They painted and hung wall borders, got her furniture in place, and just have wall decorating left to do. Pictures will follow.

Miss Rhonda also got a new Froggy Potty this week, YAY!

“Where teh wheels??”

It’s chilling down fast, so I’m heading to the kitchen to rummage up some leftover fajita chicken and do a little knitting. I feel a nap attack coming on, so I better keep busy or I’ll be up all night, nothing unusual for me…

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Julia’s Cabled Headband : Part II

The Julia’s Cabled Headband is coming along nicely.  I’m heading on to the last cable pattern before completing the band and bind-off.

Julia's Cabled Headband, day 2

I’m making this for my daily facial scrub as a resolution to my new hair cut with bangs. The width will be perfect for holding my hair out of the way. It’s also going to be the perfect gift idea for next Christmas~an ear covering for those brisk Fall days, without the whole-head cap thing…

This headband is incredibly easy to make, the pattern is free and a great way to get comfortable with cable stitch, in preparation for a project like this Cabled Cardigan.

Cabled Cardigan

Today was gorgeous,  80, breezy and sunny. I spent a nice evening just before sun-down sitting outside, knitting away on the headband. And playing with Igor. Mostly playing…we played Frisbee and watched people walk up and down or ride past on their bicycles. The Sand Hill Cranes were making a joyous noise over at the pond, and the tree frogs came alive. The fruit bats made their come-back, just in the nick of time-we had our first mosquitoes in the garage tonight. Ugh…

Tomorrow promises more of the same~

New Project Cast On : Julia’s Cabled Headband

I started a new project yesterday as a quiet Sunday afternoon revelation came to me. I started this latest fun project as a resolution to a new problem I was experiencing with my new shorter hair style. I needed something to hold back my bangs while doing my morning face scrub, and found this very lovely headband pattern, just the ticket!

Julia’s Cabled Headband is available for free.

Julia’s Cable Headband

The cables are very easy, but definitely something to be done during Quiet Time…12 rows of pattern.  I’m easily distracted by text messages from DD19, had to rip back 2 rows on one cross-over, purled when I should have knit, ooops!

I hope to have this one done in a couple days. The Camo Vest is awaiting my return, I’m on row 39 for the Left Front, it’s mindless Garter stitch, and can be done in between orders throughout the day.

Back to work! Happy knitting and enjoy the pattern!

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