Monday Rewind

Monday Rewind

I would love to be able to push a button and go back to Friday. This weekend was one of those weekends that you just don’t want to end. The weather was perfect, including the slow, soaking rains on Sunday! The only “gardening” I have left to do is to fill the containers for the porches and the patio. It would have been nice to get that done over the weekend, but time ran out.

By Saturday morning, the poppies were in full bloom. Their cheery red catches my eye every time I go to the kitchen, and stopping to look at them is the best detour of the day. And, the perfect contrast of petals and the purple center is so stunningly beautiful. As Kym says, flowers are indeed magical.

I worked more on my Book Bingo list, invited a couple more people to join, and then began to work on my “Summer Knitting List” of things I need to finish, and things I want to knit. Both lists will take some dedication to make headway on so, I spent some time looking for audio book options on my Bingo list. I was quite successful at the library which I hope means that my summer knitting and reading will be successful!

I did hit a bump in the road on the KAL knitting project. Pro-tip… dropping a stitch with super slippery yarn (read not wool) is a very bad thing. Not noticing the dropped stitch for half a dozen rows is devastating to the knitting. I tried, unsuccessfully, to pick the stitch up but in the grey light of Sunday afternoon reality spoke clearly in my ear – rip back and start over. Reality is right – this is gift knitting and so I ripped back and will start again today. For the record, I am blaming this incident entirely on the fog that is brought on by allergy medicine. Thanks, Zyrtek… NOT!

I know this should be an “unraveled” story for Wednesday, but I am hoping by Wednesday I am as far as I was pre-mistake-discovery. So, if I could rewind this, I would have not knit this on Saturday and worked on simpler projects with wooly yarn!

And that is all I have for today! How was your weekend?

Weekending, May 15

Weekending, May 15

Weekends are over just too darn fast, aren’t they?

Anyways, here we are and it is Monday and I was not ready to say goodbye to the weekend!

Saturday, we headed down to Mt. Lebanon for the return of the Farmer’s Market. New vendors this year meant that we had a bit of a Whiskey Tasting with Wiggle Whiskey (yes, before 10AM) and we also had a Maple Syrup tasting. Okay, stop the presses – that maple syrup was so good we bought a gallon of the stuff. Because, you know, we might want to bathe in it or something. Now, I am by no means a maple syrup connoisseur, but I know that I do not like any of the mass produced, high fructose corn syrup varieties available at the super market. This is made locally and it has a slightly smoky taste due to the fact that it is cooked over a wood fire. It is so good. Really. And, they ship, hint hint! Oh, and the wonderful gentleman who was there let me know that his mom is a knitter, so really can it get more perfect? Perhaps if they had sheep, and maple syrup, and knit…but 2 out of three is not bad!

We did a good bit of walking after taking our spoils to the car. The rhododendrons were all in bloom and even though it was an overcast day, the riot of color everywhere was stunning.

We also did a good bit of garden prep work. All the “deer netting” has been replaced and I will be transplanting my young plants out to their new beds over the course of the week. I am a bit worried about planting so close to our “safe time” (which is Mother’s Day) but the forecast is calling for a super warm week, so maybe I am okay. (Says the person who has been burned by this every single year since moving here…)

Mother’s Day was quiet, which was fine by me! I am almost caught up on Call the Midwife and am in the semi-mindless repeats on the Brambles Shawl. And, I made my favorite dinner – fresh asparagus, wrapped in Speck and roasted in the oven – topped with a couple of poached eggs.

Also, a blogging note…no post tomorrow but I will see you back here on Unraveled Wednesday!

How was your weekend?

A Sunny Start

A Sunny Start

Bright and sunny Monday’s are never a bad thing and this morning was really a glorious start to the week.

This is good because after the weekend of indulging in Cinco de Mayo foods and beverages (and yes – weekend! And, there are still leftovers!), I am in desperate need to take a nice, long, extremely brisk walk this morning!

Did you all catch President Obama receiving the Profile in Courage Award last night? His speech was, as usual, amazing! If you missed it you can watch it in its entirety here.

I also have one long-ass list of stuff to get done this week…

So, with my list in hand – I am off and running! Hope your Monday is amazing!

Dear Monday

Dear Monday

On this rainy Monday, it seems like a good day to get out the mail bag! So, lets see what we have in there!

Dear Target,

Can you please explain to me the thought process behind how you stock shelves after your stores have opened?

Do you really think that customers appreciate not being able to navigate the main aisles due to the cluster-fuck of employees with hand carts blocking the way?

Oh, and their utter rudeness at being inconvenienced by your customers is really awesome… NOT.

Regards,

Your Used to be Customer

Dear Mother Birds,

It all started with Mrs. Robin and her nest in the hedge.

Then, Mrs. Sparrow decided to move into the Cardinal House – building her nest in what seemed like a few hours one day last week.

And, the Stone House my kids built for me ages ago has an occupant for the second year in a row! New babies will soon be filling my yard and I could not be happier!

Signed,

One Extremely Happy Bird Nana

Dear Kat,

It has now been four months of daily stitching. Four months that have been the most wonderful thing ever!

Last month, however, was really especially wonderful. You see, all the fabrics were sent from a dear blog friend and her inspiration combined with that of another dear blog friend helped to create May’s “Quilt of Stitches” which you see above.

I am so proud of where your unplanned creativity has taken you. You stepped out of the box and embraced the uncertainty of not having a pattern. You trusted that each day by doing a little, you would end with something wonderful.

Love,

Your Inner Creative Voice

So, this May Day, the month is a blank canvas before us – what will you do with your month?

 

Sweet Monday

Sweet Monday

It was really a great weekend with some must do things and some fun things – good balance is the key in all things, right?

A big high point for the weekend was the first trip of the year to Janoski’s and the local asparagus was in so of course we loaded up! They also loaded us up with some “free for the taking” hyacinths which were still blooming beautifully! I cut the top-heavy ones off to sweeten my office. They will be planted in the garden along with the paperwhites from January. But, that fragrance! It is so heady. I really love it!

The lilac bush has burst into a tiny bit of color, but the most amazing thing is all the new shoots that came up this year! Great job to Steve from snatching it from the trash pile – it took three years of nurturing, but I think it is going to make it!

I started the MDK KAL on Friday and sadly, by Saturday I knew these colors had issues. They aren’t playing well together at all. To my eye, it looks muddy and even though I love both yarns individually, together…. not so much. So, by Sunday Plan B was hatched and wound and cast on. I will be joining Mary on the One-Color Yarn Bus. This is not necessarily a bad thing. This is some of my oldest stash that was procured eons ago at the Michigan Fiber Festival (I think it was the first one I ever attended!) Anyway, the colorway is Basil and I think it will work.

I cannot see the stitch pattern at all in the two color version.

Muddy, even in black and white

We even got a tiny bit of work done in the garden as well and that feels so good! There is plenty more to do, but the work has begun.

How was your weekend?

Fly by Monday

Fly by Monday

Perhaps in the grand scheme of things, scheduling a colonoscopy on the day after Easter is not the most genius thing ever…

But, as far as being Monday? Well, I think it is safe to say that I it will go by practically unnoticed! So, take that Monday!

As far as the weekend went, all in all it was pretty darn nice (if you exclude Sunday from noon to 9PM)

Steve had Thursday and Friday off at work and we got a minute amount of yard work done and we put the top on the pergola and worked on opening the porch for the season.

We also caught up with Homeland. Yikes! And, that is all I will say about that!

I did some knitting – brief moments, but of course it was not on anything that I needed to be knitting! Rather, I was inspired by Vicki to do a bit of stash diving and cast on the Brambling Shawl from the Year of Techniques. I had enough colors to get started and tomorrow I will pull out the ‘deep-deep’ stash and find the rest of my KSH stash…

I am seriously loving how light and airy this is knitting up! And, even though the colors are not very spring-summer right now – I think I have fuchsia, blue, and maybe a teal. Colors aside, I think this will be the perfect little wrap for the summer! So far, so good on the knitting with KSH (or KSH wanna be’s)

As for today, perhaps a nap, more knitting on the fluff on these needles, and maybe some reading. Tomorrow will be soon enough to get back to reality knitting.

Hope your Monday is awesome! See you tomorrow!

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