Monday Lines

Monday Lines

It was a quiet weekend in my corner of the world. Quiet, hot, and muggy. Relief is in sight however, which is ironically forecast to arrive on Thursday – September 1st.

I think the weather gods are having a good laugh over this. But, really. I am so ready!

We picked volumes from our little garden – we picked some things that were not quite ripe, which turned out to be a very good thing when the deluge of rain hit last night. It was nice (not!) to leave us with a foggy steam bath this morning.

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My list seems long today, however, I was up bright and early. Yogurt is at work in the Instant Pot, quick Roasted Raspberry Jam is done and cooling in a jar, and in moments these lovely tomatoes will be on their way to the most delicious jam ever.

I hope your weekend was filled with good things! Here is to lots lines crossing things off my list for this week… how about you?

Behind the Eight Ball

Behind the Eight Ball

Hullo, Monday… nice of you to bring the cooler weather. Too bad you did not bring some organization with you because I am feeling decidedly unorganized today!

Friday Happy Hour was an inside affair, but it was good. And, that Tomato Jam is to die for! Couple that with some icy cold Martini’s and a bit of music and you have the makings for a perfect weekend!

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We did a little retail therapy over the weekend and did some walking of the indoor type (thank goodness the mall is air conditioned!) And, then there was some Olympic viewing, which was a pleasant way to spend some quality knitting time!

I would like to say that the remainder of the weekend was wildly exciting, however, it wasn’t, and that was fine with me!

However, I did finish Jen Lucas Mystery Shawl (2013). I did need to break into the second skein but I only used a few yards. Blocking will commence shortly as the weather is perfect blocking weather. My Autumnal Pincha will be joining in on the Soak wash and a light blocking as well!

I did some reading as well. I am only about halfway through Knitlandia because I got derailed on Friday with the delivery of my friend, Jillian Moreno’s new book – Yarnitecture.

Last week, Kay and Ann talked about having a little Wash-Along that I am going to be joining in on this week. The humidity has departed, so things should dry fairly quickly. I am also going to be doing a bit of Knitting Kon-Mari. (Thanks, Vicki for this fantastic idea!) There are so many knitted things that I no longer wear (or never wore, if I am perfectly honest). These things need to either find a new home or discover a new life by either repurposing the item or repurposing the yarn!

This weekend was the Michigan Fiber Festival, which was kind of melancholy for me because Blogless Karen and I always went together. However, she came up with a fantastic idea – we are going to knit the shawl that Ann Hanson has in the latest Interweave Knits! It will be a little fall knit along we do and we are knitting it with the same yarn! Twinning in separate states is so much fun! Thanks, Karen for helping me feel like I was there, without being there!

How was your weekend?

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The Heat is On

The Heat is On

It’s Tuesday and that can only mean one thing…Carole wants to know something very important!!

This week she is asking: 10 Ways to Beat the Heat

This question could not come at a more appropriate time, because we are in the midst of some of the warmest weather we have had all year here in Pittsburgh.

So let me share a few things I have been doing, or will be doing before this heat spell snaps…

  1. Cooking and heat are not the best of friends, and sometimes even grilling when it is 90+ degrees out is too much for any sane person…However, if you were smart on Amazon Prime Day and were able to snag an InstaPot, then you are in luck. Cooking with this thing is Ah-mazing! We used it once this week already, and I have to tell you – I am IN LOVE!!!
  2. If you don’t have this gizmo, then perhaps you should queue up my go to summer meal – a Classic Salad Niçoise, made even better by the fact that very little actually needs to be cooked.
  3. When the weather gets hot… the tough go shopping in an air-conditioned facility.
  4. Or perhaps take in a movie, at an air-conditioned theater
  5. Water – as in submerging your body in it… so head off to a local pool, lake, river, etc.
  6. Museums are also a great place that are air-conditioned!
  7. Your local library – you can sit and read or knit. You can even listen and knit if you have ear buds!
  8. Take an afternoon siesta – there is something so perfect about a nap on a hot summer afternoon.
  9. Embrace the heat and go see a ball game…bonus points in that cold beer is readily available!
  10. And, if all that fails – then plunk yourself in front of a fan with a glass of iced tea and do not move until absolutely necessary!

How about you? How do you beat the heat??

Photo courtesy of Terry Freedman

A Dog Days Weekend

A Dog Days Weekend

This was the weekend that I was beyond thankful for central air conditioning, because it was hot and humid. If you don’t have AC and you live in an area that was included in the Heat Dome, you have my sympathies.

In a weekend of unstable weather with intermittent pop up heavy thunder showers creating sauna-like conditions outdoors, but all I was interested in doing was staying cool indoors!

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Happy Hour on Friday was an indoor affair, but we had cold drinks and I made some crab dip that was fantastic!

There was knitting and spinning; I finished the Mystery Shawl and TdF. More on them later this week.

I spent some time reading – I am plugging through Brad Meltzer’s The Inner Circle. I am, thus far, not impressed.

I harvested the first, full-sized tomato, which was fantastic!

I also enjoyed the early morning garden views with some spidery artwork and water kissed roses.

All that and Monday still arrived right on schedule.

How was your weekend?

In This Moment

In This Moment

Planning: A vacation to Northern Michigan – hello AirBnB! There are so many choices, but I think we have narrowed it down. I am so thrilled that there are places that will allow pets…and Sherman is most happy about that as well!

Also planning: An overnight get away to somewhere nearby in the next week or two, this will make up for Steve having to work this weekend.

Enjoying: All the summer bounty! I am picking beans every other day and I am so surprised how many beans four plants are producing! The pepper plants are likewise producing an amazing bounty! I have picked a few yellow grape tomatoes, and I think that the tomato harvest this year is going to be crazy! Potatoes in containers seem to be doing phenomenally – I have mounded them with dirt to the top of the container and they are still growing! If this works, this will be the best thing we did in the garden this year!

Reading: LOTS! I cannot believe how much I have read since the start of the year – and this summer’s Book Bingo has really expanded my reading dramatically!

Watching: Big Brother… wait, what? Yes, I admit – I am a Big Brother fan. Summer and Julie Chen just seem to go together.

Anticipating: a weekend alone – this does not happen often and I am looking forward to it!

What does your currently look like?

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