Wednesday, March 30, 2016

He is Risen!

True, it's a few days after Western Easter ... but it's still true, and I'm still thinking over it.  Going through John 18-20 on a daily basis does rather keep that in the forefront of my mind.

Life has been quiet -- a bit of snow, a bit of rain, a bit of gorgeousness just perfect for yardwork -- in other words, spring in Minnesota.  Filius and I worked yesterday morning to move the asparagus bed to a new location.  The asparagus did not want to move.  We will see if any of the bludgeoned crowns we did transplant survive, and I will just be constantly picking asparagus out of the pepper bed, since I am sure we did not get even half of the plants out of there.

Todays' to-do list, made yesterday, was fairly lengthy.  As the night progressed, it got shorter and shorter due to the rain continuing on and on.  It's down to 'housework and knit'.  It'll be a lovely day.

Knitting pictures!
Welsh Country Stockings

Ruffled Baby Hat
See you next week!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

After the paint

After the paint, I have a lovely blue room.  Cheerful, blue, uncluttered ... no doubt that will change.  My next job is finding someone to build a bookcase, then getting an estimate, then recovering from sticker shock and deciding if there will be a built-in bookcase or not.  

With the painting out of the way, there has been much more time for knitting. Behold, die Pfeilraupe!  I don't have a finished picture of my own, but it is lovely and I am looking forward to teaching a class on how to make it. 
And I'm now back to working on my Nattrojer. It's growing nicely and I finally made friends with my knitting belt after around 20,000 stitches. I'll blame being shortwaisted. 

Seeds have been started, and I got quite a few things transplanted before the winter storm hit.  We've been bouncing back and forth between very early spring and late spring.  Some days are for yardwork, others are for blankets and tea.  The variety is nice.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

In which not much has happened of note

 First, we have paint chips.
Then we have primer.  And a dog who does not like it when his household gets rearranged, and his favorite area rug put into an inaccessible location.
And then we have a solitary splotch of blue, to remind me of where things are headed. 

Vir and I did a bunch of priming last Saturday, and Filius and I did a whole bunch more today, plus we painted that portion of one ceiling which could be done with a roller.  That leaves ... about 8 small areas to prime, one ceiling and a beam to paint with ceiling paint, and a whole lot of surfaces to paint blue.  I am hopeful that by the end of the week, the ceiling bits will be done. 

Knitting has been moving slowly, but is getting done.  The weather has been on the pleasant side of gorgeous of late (minus yesterday, which was 20-30 degrees colder than the days surrounding it), so I unearthed my gardens, ordered some seeds, plotted, planned, filled all our spare trash cans with dead leaves and debris, and plotted some more.  Playing in the yard certainly cuts down on knitting time.

The soup of the week was Cheesy Corn Chowder.  Yummy, especially with a dash of hot sauce. 

And now, to go get out of my painting clothes and have a normal, non-painty, afternoon.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

It's been a wee bit topsy turvy

 First, we have a finished mitten.  One, singular, solitary mitten -- because there is not enough of the brown OR tan yarn for another mitten.  It's a nice sample, and may remind me that when I shuffle the beginning of the round on the fly so as to have the tip of the mitten look pretty, the cuff pattern goes askew. 
Then we have my kitchen.  This is what it looked like before Filia and I headed off to my mom's house on the 22nd of February.  It is a wee bit crowded.  The dining room looked like the photo below.
 Then, after staying at my mom's for two days, Filia and I headed down to Kansas for a funeral, came back the next day, and stayed at my mom's for another five days before the drywallers were finished, leaving that corner of the dining room looking like the photo below.
We have been cleaning.  And cleaning, and cleaning, and cleaning.  I've done some knitting too -- most notably, a modified Nattrojer for myself out of Crushed Raspberry Frangipani.  I love having scope for organizing things, and this past week has certainly had an abundance of scope!  Mom and I did a good bit of decluttering at her house, and Filia and I have been wielding dust clothes, vacuums, and mops with a vengeance.  The house is liveable, and so today we are going to bake bread in our Very Own Kitchen (as opposed to making treats for church in someone else's kitchen, because our kitchen was somewhat occupied with living room furniture.  That was the 26th.) 

And since I'm still catching up .... see you next week!