Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day 5: Halfway lazy

Well, it's Wednesday and my vacation is already half over. No matter how long, it always goes too fast. So today, I decided to slow things down.
Taking a cue from Tux, I've been camped in a sunbeam, just enjoying the world around me. It's still quite cool outside, though yesterday's snow has melted.  But in the sun, with my blankie, everything is warm and cozy.

From my perch, I've watched the bunnies cavort in the yard.
And chase the birds from the fallen seed under the feeder. And chase each other around the yard, which is really quite funny.

I can see Stan and Opal (so named by Samantha) guarding their new batch of eggs.
You can't see it, but on the back of that leaf there are at least 100 eggs. Hopefully they don't eat them this time. Earlier this week I got some new plants for the tank, so if the eggs do hatch, it gives the babies places to hide from hungry mouths.

And, in addtion to watching the world go by, I've been knitting.
The Cobblestone cowl is almost done.
I'm basically just knitting this one until the yarn runs out, and the end is very close. I expect to finish it up tonight, which is going to be just as lazy as the day was!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day 4: Spelunking

Remember that rain I mentioned yesterday....? Well this morning it turned into this.
Seems like the perfect day to hibernate to me....

To the craft cave!
Umm.... I guess I better clean it first.

Long-time readers will remember my semi-annual posts about cleaning my studio in the old townhouse. When we moved to this townhouse, I made a promise to myself that this studio would be kept cleaner. Not only did I want tidy storage, but I wanted a room I could actually sew in, instead of constantly toting everything up and down the stairs every time I got the urge to make something.

As you can see... I haven't quite kept that promise. To be fair, when we moved a year ago, I never properly unpacked and organized the room in the first place. So any time I needed something, I was shifting through boxes, digging through piles and just generally making a bigger mess.

But today was the perfect day to rectify that. And it didn't take nearly as long as I thought.



As you can see, I still have a few boxes to unpack- it's mostly books, beads and some paperwork.
And cleaning up gave me room to give the seedlings a good home, safe from furry threats.
And speaking of seedlings, look what I found while I was cleaning
About 50 seed packs including daisies, marigolds, columbine, Japanese lanterns and more... I'd bought these back in 2007 when Dave and I were planning a fairly large wedding. These were to be the wedding favours. For various reasons, the wedding didn't happen (and our plans have changed drastically in the last 7 years)  so now I have a buttload of seeds. I'm not even sure if they are any good, but I'm going to try planting a few and see what happens. I just have to get some more seed trays.

And while we're on the topic of caving...
Yes, I absolutely caved and cast on for my Cobblestone cowl...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Day 3: Nothing to see here

When that warm wind blew in yesterday, I had a feeling that it was blowing in a storm. My feeling was confirmed when I woke up with a weather-induced migraine this morning. That, and the rain that started pouring buckets around noon put the kibosh on most of plans I had.

Mom and I still got our errands done this morning, but by the time I got home, I wanted nothing more than to close myself off in a dark, silent room for a few hours.

A four hour nap later and it's still not gone. I'm going to try to get some knitting in tonight, but I suspect I'll just end up stretching out on the couch with a purring cat on my head (the purrrfect headache therapy)

Despite the pounding in my head and the title of the post, I do actually have some pictures to share. When I dropped Mom off, I nipped down to the dye studio and snagged a skein of yarn off the drying rack.
Alley Cat in Johnny Jump Up. Smoking Hot Needles' daughter just finished knitting her a pair of socks in it.
Photo by Smoking Hot Needles.
I loved the yarn when Mom first dyed it, and as soon as I saw it knit up, I knew I had to have a skein. It seems like everyone else felt that way too - we've been getting requests left and right for it. She just dyed up a big batch, some on Alley Cat and some on Barn Cat.  I figured I better grab a skein while I had the chance and before she gets sick of making it!

Mom had  also snagged me a skein of the Sanguine Gryphon's Codex in one of her swaps. 
I've been wanting to try the Codex for a while. It's a single ply worsted 52% Silk/48% BFL. This colourway is Delirium. I think it will be perfect for a cowl to go with the beret and mitts I have made from Kroy FX.
I still have two skeins of the Kroy tucked away, but I think the Codex will be much nicer around the neck. Now I just have to resist the urge to cast on!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Day 2: Springing into Summer

Apparently Mother Nature has decided to skip spring all together and head right into summer.  That or she's still smoking crack.

This morning was cold enough that I still had the heat on a little in an effort to keep my feet warm (and I already had socks and slippers on).But, around  2 p.m., a warm wind blew in a hot and humid summer day
The socks and slippers came off, and the kids and I headed outside to tackle one of the outdoor jobs I'd planned for this week.
The goose berry and josta berry planted by some long ago neighbour were just starting to get their buds. Long neglected by previous tenants, they've gotten pretty out of hand. My plan was to removed them entirely and replace them with raspberry canes, but that will have to wait for another year. Besides, the rabbits like to hide in them and I like the rabbits.

This year, I just chopped them right back.
I don't know if I should have done this in the winter or not, but if they are anything like the wild roses at the old townhouse, this won't hurt them one bit.
The wild mint has started to come up again. I've promised a coworker I'll dig some up for her, but I think I'll wait a few weeks to do that - let it get a little more  established. These are growing in my garden area, which I'm planning on expanding this year. (I may even keep a few of the mint plants) I'm going to check out the garden centres and see if they have some bags of soil - I can't plant outside yet(no matter how warm it is at the moment), but I can get the bed ready.

Indoors, the cat nip has sprouted
I've got to get my studio cleaned out so I can move these and the other garden goodies upstairs. If these get much bigger, there's going to be no keeping the kitties out of the
Even the three-legged one will find a way to get on the table for fresh catnip...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Day 1: Deep cleaning and dragons

My plan for the first day of vacation was to get up early and get all of my housework out of the way so I could spend the afternoon working on my Daenerys shawl. 

That plan was thrown out the window when I just couldn't get to sleep last night. I finally managed to nod off around 4 a.m..... but that meant getting up early today was not going to happen.

I finally rolled out of bed at the crack of noon. And I managed to get all the housework done that I'd planned. It's nice to finally see the last of winter's salt stains cleaned from the hall and the weather was even nice enough that I had the doors and windows open to let in some fresh air.

But the shawl did not get as far as I'd hoped.
It's about half-way through the scale repeats now. I'd been hoping to get much closer to the edge charts, but c'est la vie.

I still have a few hours left this evening - I can add a few more rows of scales while snuggling with my friends.

Friday, April 11, 2014

I'm freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

As of today at 6 p.m. I am on vacation! A whole week without work worries! Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

No, I'm not going anywhere with warm sandy beaches or exotic cocktails. I'll be kicking it close to home and getting  a jump on spring cleaning. Mom and I also have a small excursion or two planned, and of course, there will be lots of cat snuggling and knitting.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

At last!

Yep! I'm gonna say it! Spring is finally here.

Yes. I know Mother Nature may toss another bout of snow at us (but it wont' last long) and some of my fellow Ontarians are still trying to get rid of the snowpiles they already have. Including this one at Mom's...
Of course, Ladydog doesn't mind it so much.


But I'm declaring Spring at last because we've had several consecutive days above freezing (sure it was cold and rainy for some - but it wasn't ice and snow!), and look what's happening in my gardens...
The ever-bearing strawberries in the back garden are starting to green up! I was a little worried I lost these because I forgot to cover them up before winter, but looks like they did okay.

Out front...
I believe these are the mini-daffodils
And these should be the tulips. The squirrels did run off with some of the bulbs, but I've got about 25 plants just starting to poke up, so I'll consider that a success for this year!I've got to get out and clean some of the old dead plant life away, but that will wait for a warm sunny day - we should have one soon.

Indoors, I had to cover up the black eyed susans with saran-wrap again... the trays were getting noticiably sparser every day.

I strongly suspect someone striped and furry...
"Don't look at me... I was sitting here watching the squirrels the whole time... honest."