Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, we had a day off school due to heavy rain and flooding. Well, Matthew gifted us this time. Oddly enough, our area wasn't expecting it this time, as the forecasts all suggested it was going to be well off the coast. Thankfully it wasn't a neap or spring tide situation, but it was bad enough. This is one end of my street.
This is one block over; I took a walk yesterday morning to check out my neighborhood.
My next door neighbor lost a tree, but I hear there were many, larger ones down throughout the area, due to the rain saturated ground. Notice how there isn't any water in the street in this picture? That's what's odd and lucky about my house's location. It's three houses away from serious flooding, but I'm ok. As a matter of fact, when I woke up Saturday morning, it looked like I was having a party, because many of my neighbors had moved their cars to my house.
This is one block away, on my walk to the beach. This corner always floods, but this was pretty deep.
I made it to the beach Sunday afternoon and there were three young men enjoying the water!
I enjoyed the wind and fresh air, but did not go in the water. Crazy hair, don't care.
I spent some time having a blocking party. This is the Brickless shawl I finished and blocked awhile back, but I hadn't stretched the lace enough, so I did it again.
I also blocked out the brown shawl and the grey/green shawl. I keep forgetting which pattern is the Nirmilintu and which one is Antraktis.
I finally found my Lopi yarn leftovers, from my Stopover sweater in February. I decided to use this yarn for my Baa-ble hat, since I had it. I did not want to spend more money on yarn before next weekend! I decided on pink for the brim/ribbing, and the lighter green for the cap. I will probably make my sheep grey, since I have that, and wing it on the black, since it's such a small amount of it needed.
Gracie's ear looked so cute here!
And while this may look cute, sometimes it's annoying. I am in the bathroom, and she thinks it's her special petting time, and will head butt me to get what she wants. If I close the door, she acts all hurt and jams her paw under the crack. Sheesh.
As for my guidelines for self care these days, I found this on the internet somewhere, and made a couple of laminated copies to remind me to pay attention to myself. Pretty good advice.
Friday, October 7, 2016
October is here! It's one of my most favorite months, even though I don't think the weather is cool enough in this area; oftentimes, it's more like a rainy season. But I still love it. Going to Rhinebeck usually gives me a taste of the October weather I love and luckily I'm going again this year, with the same three women who went with me last year. We can't wait!
These are the last of the apples I picked the weekend I went to the Shenandoah Fiber Festival.
I made an apple pie for my parents on Saturday; the apples were perfect but the pie crust was more like a strudel. It was good (with all the butter I used, how could it not be?) but way too tough.
I used a bunch more on Sunday to make a small batch of apple sauce. I wish I had bought more, but I wasn't sure I'd make the time to do anything with them. I'd forgotten how easy applesauce is.
Since I was in a cooking mood, I threw a butternut squash and a sweet potato in the oven. They are quintessential October foods, aren't they? That's butter pats and cinnamon on top; it was a delicious lunch.
Gracie, relaxed on the couch.
And in one of her new favorite places, the living room chair. I've taken to reading in there once in awhile, and she usually wanders in and hops up on the back to keep me company.
I made homemade mac and cheese this week. Although my cooking skills are rusty, I keep trying. This turned out pretty well. Definitely going for comfort food these days.
Although I've been making food suited for fall, it still looks like spring around here. My lilac bloomed again.
No matter how spring-like the lilac makes it seem, fall is here. And in just a week, I'll be in the Hudson Valley at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. My friends and I are as excited as kids before Christmas, planning our matching pajamas, knitting projects, and the knitwear we want to wear, as well as the yarn we want to buy. We're all also trying to finish our Baa-ble Hat. Which is going to be difficult since I haven't started mine yet. And this year's hat is pretty cute too. Plus I never made a replacement for the Saugerties hat I made and gave away. So many hats, so little time. But it's supposed to rain all weekend, and I have a new-to-me mystery series to watch, so I just may make my goal. Happy weekend, friends!