Another Collaboration – or – Pizza Night

We work well together, my husband and I.  It all started with a beautiful dough I put together out of the pizza book -James McNair’s Vegetarian Pizza- pictured.  (Page 12, by hand, basic with no variations… pepper is sometimes a nice addition though!).  Then came the fabulous sauce created by my husband out of the Better Homes recipe book- ISBN: 0-696-00012-1 – pictured.  (Section 11, page 247, by the book).

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We added a myriad of toppings and with rotated time on the pizza stone we ended up with a fabulous dinner… and then some, like a whole extra pizza!

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I actually got a picture containing of both of the quail pair today!

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Male, top left, on the leaning log. Female, lower right, just coming out into the grass.

It is hard to catch those two together, though, yesterday I got him chatting it up with a squirrel!  He is behind the squirrel, by the gate, next to the bush.

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And, just because they make me happy, and I hope you like them too…

More pictures from our yard.

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Warmest Wishes (but not too warm!)

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Budding Possibilities

Looking out at the world just a month ago I was ecstatic to see the trees starting to leaf out and a splash of color here and there.

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This tree now has buds!

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And it seems as if every time I venture outside something else is new and blooming!

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Of course in order to spend time outside, some must be spent inside preparing meals and doing other necessary chores.  Depending on the chore (of course) I can’t say I mind some of them too much, at least I won’t dwell on the ones that I do mind!  Today, before work I started a pot-pie collaboration with my husband (I started the food prep this morning, he will finish this evening)  We both enjoy cooking, we both enjoy cooking together.  Sure sometimes we step on each others toes, who doesn’t, but all-in-all, we choose to work together rather than apart.  Someone once told me that we were an anomaly, that most couples don’t cook together.  If that is true, it is just plain sad.  End of story.

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A Good Day

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The sun is  shining, but there is the smell of rain in the air! I do love such mornings.

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One pair of socks done.

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Another just begun.

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And Progress on my Vintage Palm!

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Life is good.

 

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Technical difficulties…Looking Forward

Been having technical difficulties as of late…  since the weather has been nice, and my finger has (for the most part) healed, I have ignored the computer for a bit and spent time in the yard.  Playing in the yard is my version of Heaven!

 ‘Tech’nically, I find it difficult to stay inside when there is so much to do in our yard!

Looking forward to more color…

Emerging bulbs (and others) at base of pine.

Emerging bulbs (and others) at base of pine.

I can’t believe one of our Yarrow plants is already set to bloom!

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The pussy willow is already dropping and the fennel is doing well…

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and there is a we bit of color peeking about, out by the bird habitat.

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I have been knitting on some socks, here and there…  unfortunately I am having to tweak and adjust the progress I made on my vintage palm while I was knitting with an injured finger, my gauge at that time was not always even, due to the adjustments I made in order to not aggravate the finger too much.  Ah, well… slow and steady, I am almost back on track there and then I can continue on with that project.

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Live Long and Prosper

A quick moment to fondly remember and say goodbye to a childhood idol and icon.  Goodbye Leonard Nimoy/Spock.  You are and will be missed.

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Every year it is interesting to see what comes back and what changes need to be made.  We are always in flux.  None of the ivy in our yard did exceptionally well this past season, but this needle point variety seems to have fared the best.  And, at first I wasn’t certain if the horseradish made it through the winter; I needn’t have worried, it seems.

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Last year, or maybe it was the year before (it all blurs together at times) I put succulents in the herb box planter, they appear to thrive there still, better than the herbs did in any case.

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The parsley seems well, and among the living too; maybe… provided we don’t have any hard freezes that put us back at the starting line.

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Now, I suspected the rumors that a rhubarb plant dies completely if you let it flower and go to seed were a fallacy… because really, they did survive without human intervention at one time or other through history. and… lo and behold…

Flowering rhubarb, May 2014

Flowering rhubarb, May 2014

It’s back!

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Emerging Rhubarb, February 2015

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And while my finger has not fully healed, and is still quite tender…

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 I might be able to start touching on the knitting again, very, very soon!!!

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Tick Tock

It’s been over a week since I accidentally tried to reshape my finger…  jury’s still out on whether that will happen or not.  It appears to be healing back together okay, but it looks and feels a bit gnarly.  Meanwhile I want to knit so badly, but I really don’t want to reopen/re-injure the finger.  I really am trying to be good here, but I keep thinking of other ideas and projects I want to start.  My husband is correct in his assessment…  I am worse than a 10-year-old boy told to sit still…  it’s a darn near impossibility.  Our yard will attest to that!

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Here it is, mid February, and since I discovered that I can do yard work one-handed, with relative ease… I have uncovered a lot more in the flower beds than I probably should have.  In my defense, there are so many little pretties starting to peak through, some even set to bloom already… and I really do wish to witness their whole show without damaging them.  Now let me hope we don’t have any severe frosts.

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Earlier today the birds appeared to be vying to lease space in the multiple bird houses we have in our yard… even the fixer-upper which is an old bird house that is now just for decoration on the potting shelves!  What a hoot to watch.  Maybe we need to add housing!  If only for the entertainment value.

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I do love the fact that both me and my husband love to surround ourselves with good books, mementos and memories and more!  The black sheep was given to me by another black sheep that I will hopefully knit with again, when next our paths meet!

A happy little vignette!

A happy little vignette!

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Life is good

I know it shouldn’t, but it always amazes me how one’s attitude and outlook can really shape your world.

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I find that, especially when I’m tired, I need to keep a firm grip on being positive; or at least I need to actively focus on looking for the good that is around me.  It exists, at times it may not be/seem as evident as the bad, but during these times I need to look harder…  And then, there are times it can bowl me over it is so assertive.

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It is looking like I may not lose a chunk of finger, though that still depends on my being gentle with it for a while!  That means keeping the knitting, crochet and needlework off the table for a bit more time, big sigh.  I have made huge inroads at organizing the paperwork that tends to get neglected when there are more palatable things to do.  But, it now has almost become a game for me, an organizational puzzle of sorts; I think it has kind of become fun!

When I’m not at work or playing with papers I’ve been reading!  There are a number of books I bounce between, depending on my mood including most of the ones mentioned in the last post…  the brain candy was finished in a little over a day.  Good book.  I might mention that I slept funny night before last and woke up with a severe crimp in my neck, could barely turn my head, especially toward the right.  Well, I let myself suffer through a good piece of the morning before I thought about posture; when I reminded myself of ‘standing tall‘ I almost instantly, and nearly, had my full range of motion (and virtually pain-free) return to my neck and shoulders.  Happy day!

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Another happy note, a sweet friend who saw that I was going stir-crazy not being able to knit or play in the yard came up with a workable solution for the yard!  Why didn’t I think of something as simple as a sling.  Keeps my hand somewhat immobilized and serves as a reminder not to bang or dirty it up.  While a lot of the things I do require two hands, I can manage yard cleanup with one (for the most part!)

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And we have sunshine!

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An Unfortunate turn of events? Maybe not!

I can’t do much knitting or crochet with my finger injured where and how it is, so any projects involving that or sewing (oww, owww) are still on hold.  I’m supposed to keep the injury clean and dry, and try not to bang it up too much too…  so…  gardening is off the plate as well (sad face).  Cooking and cleaning are a bit limited too, for the same reasons, but ‘rubber’ gloves at least allow me to keep up with the necessary chores.

I can read though!!! and sit and think…

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Since injuring myself, by slipping on the ice earlier this year; I have been thinking that I did myself no favors when I attended college for a second degree.

Well, that’s not entirely true, I did acquire the degree… with honors, but…

While there I incurred more of what sometimes seems like insurmountable student loan debt, I gained weight, lost my good posture and core muscle strength.  I unknowingly/unthinkingly developed the bad habits of slouching, eating too rapidly (you know, to fit food in-between classes), and of leaning on things when standing and/or standing in off-balance positions (like putting more pressure on one hip or the other).  Besides the food/weight issue, these bad habits were not something I  really noticed or thought about, probably because the body has a way of compensating for such things… until it can’t. (Long story short, I got lazy… and lazy muscles do not make recovery from injury easy)

Fast forward a few years, and throw in a minor injury to a hand (the less dominant one, thank goodness), add a kind gift from a friend (book -Thank you B) and then… the healing/retraining begins!

The more I read that book, and another one I have since acquired, the more I realize that there was a time, that without thinking/knowing about it I practiced Pilates (in my own form/way)when I was younger, more active and fit.  When Once Upon A Time I would have complete strangers comment to me about my excellent posture and the way I moved.

Slow and steady wins the race, but even after a few days of practicing the fundamentals my body is remembering and I am feeling better.  The retraining of my body’s muscles will take some time, and I have a long way to go; but in my core (literally and figuratively) I feel that I am headed in the right direction.  I’m also thinking of pulling out a book that helped me a while back, it was more motivational for me than others.  The lessons I most remember learning from that source were to move and to breathe -or- “Fat burns in oxygen” is how, I think, she put it!

Besides the three books referenced above I have started another as well, it was gifted to me this past Christmas. I do love brain candy!

Beyond that, I have been reduced to organizing paperwork and other such things that, truly, are long overdue for attention.

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February? Already!

I had hoped to be further along on my Vintage Palm, but at least I have made progress, and some days that is all one can ask for!

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I am still enjoying this knit, and the more I work with it, the more enamored I become with Red Barn Yarn‘s vintage leather color.  I am nearly finished with this stage of the pattern and can’t wait to see how the rest comes together.  As this project progresses I am becoming very comfortable with knitting Continental style and now I find myself switching back and forth between that and English Style on other projects, as the mood dictates.

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I am so very ready for this winter to be over and done.  It has been cold, wet and dreary, this wouldn’t be so bad but we had a run of icy conditions for a while too.  I actually found none of this to be terrible until I slipped (didn’t fall, caught myself) and met some muscles I have not been well acquainted with up until this point.  Mercifully, it has warmed up a bit recently, we are not balmy by any stretch, but it has given me time out in the yard to clean up a bit under trees and bushes (areas that provide car-port type conditions for the plants underneath.  Part of the clean-up involved some ivy…  which has become the latest wreath additions to our yard!

I’m not the only one thinking winter should be on its way out…

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Another sock had transformed into another little bag…

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And I have made it past the toe and onto the foot of my sock,barely, but I’m there.

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But… After a bit of a mishap involving a rotary cutter in an unrelated activity, everything is on hold until the wound has healed enough for these activities.

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Now, what to read… while waiting for that to happen!

 

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Progress and Peanuts

I am nearer today to my rip-out point on my Vintage palm, and it is still on gauge! I am still so in love with the colors of this yarn and enjoying the project when I take the time to knit upon it.

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The first toe is going well, I am also in the process of getting the directions off of paper and onto the computer, with good progress there too, slow all around… but good!  I am trying to make certain I hit all the points I need to make it a good and easy to follow pattern.

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And then I look out the window at a commotion in my line of sight.  It’s a squirrel, running back and forth on one of the barrels I use for planting… stopping every round to madly flip his tail, until I look up and make eye contact…

Ummm...  may I have another peanut please, this appears to be the last one.

Ummm… may I have another peanut please, this appears to be the last one.

Yes, I take him more peanuts, his wild attempt to get my attention was a performance that deserved something for the effort, so I guess I’m a softie!  While outside, delivering squirrel treats I note that the temperature is not frigid, cold, but not frigid… guess what I do next!

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A little bit of progress made in the yard too, and some of the bulbs are starting to push through! I believe those are Hyacinth.

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