Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sofa Sunday

We came home from a rainy walk in West Hartford with Jason, Veronica, Joel and greyhounds Lady, Blue and Gracie. Blue walked great and loved Gracie. He is such a ladies man. 

Once home, I played Robin Hood returning the stuffies to the hound Blue stole them from. Thankfully that game ended after a few minutes. Now everyone is snuggled under & on blankies on the couch for football. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Stuffie Day!

Its Christmas morning in our house and we have heard nothing but the squeaking of all the new stuffies that arrived under the tree. While Santa didn't wrap the stuffies, much fun has been had. I think dogs must have invented the Yankee Swap version of gift giving (if someone else likes your gift better, they swap your more desirable gift for their less desirable gift). One Stuffie has already lost 3 least it can't escape now lol!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The walk that wasn't meant to be

Today is one of the WAG greyhound walks. It's 60 degrees in December and rain is in the forecast. Blue was ready to go when I checked the forecast again and saw that it's to start raining at home within the hour. So I decided to not attend the big greyhound event (an hours drive one way) and walk the hounds at home. So out we went. 

First we encountered 2 unleashed chihuahuas. They wanted to say hi and protect their territory. We crossed to the opposite side of the street. Fortunately all dogs were well behaved and no one encountered a car on this busy section of the street. After departing chichi company, I noticed Blue's foot was bleeding...walk over. I got everyone turned around and started back up the hill. 

On the way back home Blue stubbed his other foot. We paused, collected ourselves and carried on to home (we weren't even a block away). Once home, bleeding foot seemed ok. Blue tolerated a brief Epsom salt soak (I'm always amazed at how much gunk comes off his feet) and now Blue is resting on his bed. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Warm day in December

Blue, the foster dog, hasn't been on a walk around the neighboring school in weeks. First his foot hurt, then it was too cold, then too much snow. For the past couple days all the animals think it's spring so today I took everyone for a walk. 

First group was 3 greys, Blue,Pudge, & Lady, with Leo tagging along. We went around the school and back. Blue wore his Santa hat. Most of the time he looked like he had too much eggnog.  I forgot my phone at the house, so I'm without a picture. Blue is walking great today. He was tired by the time we got to the house  & had to psych himself up to climb the front porch steps. 

The second group was Salta, Lady and Leo. Salta guided us to the nearby Masonic lodge. This was a big walk for her. I wonder if she will want to sleep for the next 2 days to recover. 

I leave you with this pic of my cat, Gomez, photo bombing my pic. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Room for improvement

This week has been a collection of "could be finished if only ......"

Not enough yarn (running with soda on Ravelry is sending me her leftovers so i can finish) 

Protein recovery drink needing more liquification (almond milk, kiwi, banana, tofu, frozen kale & flax seed oil)

Apparently I can't read directions and watch TV at the same time

If only all of life's challenges were so simple. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

So close, and yet, so far away

This will be my pineapple shawlette. The yarn came from a yarn & tea club. I started it at yoga teacher training last spring. Nearly finished the knitting last summer. I don't remember why I stopped working on it. I decided to finish it this week on my vaca. 
  I started binding off 2 days ago...only to discover there wasn't enough yarn. I frogged the bind off stitches AND two more rows. Started again today. And now I'm about a 24" short. 
  I will not let this project defeat me. I don't remember pissing off the great knitting goddess. I don't know how I will rescue this...maybe a smaller picot? UGH!

Monday, June 10, 2013


I can't remember the last time I had a bowl of boxed cereal for breakfast. You know, like raisin & bran flakes, crispy rice, or the sugar cereals everyone loved as a kid. Over the past few years, I've reduced my processed food intake for a few reasons...the corn allergy, if its processed  & re-enriched is it really healthy, and in an effort to live a sustainable lifestyle. 

I don't how I used to think that breakfast had to be cereal & milk, which left me feeling extremely hungry in 2 hours. Today's breakfast tossed this notion far to the wayside to far, even oatmeal doesn't come close. I present:
Egg salad!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Today I ate my first fiddlehead. I was worried it would be to 'grassy' tasting, since it is a type of fern. However , I was delightfully surprised by the texture, crisp and fresh flavor that didn't give the slightest hint of 'grassy'. 
I posted this picture on my Facebook page and one of my high school classmates was brave enough to ask me what a fiddlehead was.  I had forgotten my roots. Maybe only a handful of old timers would know what a fiddlehead was or even how to find one. I wonder if they even grew in the woods in the land of anthracite coal. 
  I'm just thankful that my local grocery here in CT, hundreds of miles from coal region, had some this year and that I found the recipe I had saved since last year (probably because it wasn't in a 'safe' place). 
  Even better was the rhubarb crisp and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Thank you to the previous house owner that left this wonderful plant in my yard. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Productive weekend

Spring is here in CT, but it looks & feels like winter. This knitter can only cope by doing what she loves best....knitting!

This is what is finished this weekend...
A vest that I finished knitting a year ago and was waiting to be finished. Pattern (Knitwhits Shalimar) was purchased at Stitches East. It was using Noro Silk Garden Sock.

A cowl knit with merino/cashmere yarn from my July 2012 shipment of the Unique Sheep SipnStitch Tea club.

And then there are the dogs reminding me that I need to stop knitting to feed them