Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Nature gives us grand lessons on this idea. That's why I love spring. So much is happening that the eye doesn't see, but we KNOW it's happening. So, we're not concerned that after our winter season, nothing will come back.
Many times it's not easy to discern that someones' confidence is growing, that fear is subsiding, that compassion has started to bud, that patience is gaining a foothold, that practice is paying off, that latent talents are ready to bloom. But we KNOW it's happening. So we can look forward to the fruits of that progress.
Laying aside judgement... cherishing what's possible...knowing and loving what's already true... that's some serious mental exercise!
Monday, March 30, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
I've got a young plant doing quite well at the other end of the house, getting all light from the east windows.
And then I must rejoice in the pretty purple blooms of my African Violets. This one has been blooming away!
Now my other violet went into a dormant phase, so I started sweet talking to it to coax a new shoot of blooms. I'd like to think that it appreciated the love, and has finally sent up new buds. These are a deep purple and are so pretty when they open. Anxiously awaiting.
Monday, March 23, 2015
The knitting needles, which are holding the slow-moving lacy scarf, are laying motionless, waiting for me to return. Maybe soon I'll return...
Friday, March 20, 2015
Hmmm....what do I cast on next... while the lacy scarf is still in progress?
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I was able to take pictures of my progress pretty easily during the first hour, but as we got into the 2nd hour, I was barely keeping up with the instruction and had no time to snap a photo. The details we were to paint were taught quickly... furiously. I'll share a few pics of the progress and the final piece.
Monday, March 16, 2015
At first, I didn't think it would be necessary, but now I'm convinced that I will need to put a finished edge around it, perhaps a crocheted edge. I won't have too much yarn left over, but I should have enough white.
Friday, March 13, 2015
On this gnome, I used up some roving that was not so great to work with...but would be good for experimenting. So, on the next one, I'm going to use nicer roving, and the gnome will be shaped a little differently as well. Stay tuned...
Thursday, March 12, 2015
It's definitely a summer weight blanket, using 2 strands of DK and size 11 needles. Perhaps I should have gone down one size in needles; I'll have a better idea next time. The baby arrives in June, so a light, summery-weight blanket will be just fine.
I'm finding that I could have used another skein of the purply-pink yarn; but with this pattern, it's easy to improvise and let the stripes evolve as they may.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The kids on this year's team are very talented and driven. They were behind for the 1st quarter, but then inched ahead, staying only a basket or two ahead. In the final 5 minutes, it looked like they could lose the lead...what a sinking feeling. But I don't think the boys felt that at all. With confidence and determination, they played hard to the very last seconds. It payed off. And in the first time in the history of our school, the boys' basketball team won the Championship Trophy.
Monday, March 9, 2015
I was thankful for clear roads. At the opening of Wind River Canyon, snow was melting and dripping over the entrances to the tunnels. On the other side of the river, the train tunnel was visible.
Water in the river was moving right along and looked absolutely frigid. I saw one fisherman along side the road, wetting his line.
A long line of railroad cars stood motionless.
The ancient rocks, exposed by erosion, sat silently, letting the busy occupants of noisy cars and trucks rush by.
Some rock structures stood like sentinels, guarding the canyon passage way.
Friday, March 6, 2015
My neighbor bladed the big drift, so I should be able to get my car out of the garage today.
The bunny is quite pleased to feel the warmth of some sun. We are both happy about that!
Last night I decided I should cast on the Gradient Baby Blanket. I looked the pattern over very closely. No needle size was included. What? I texted Nancy S, and she directed me to one of her past posts where she had recorded the needle size she used on her blanket. Thank you, Nancy!! I wasn't sure I had a long enough cable for my circular needles, so the search was on. I was actually surprised that I found a long cable; I don't think I had ever used it. As a result, I was able to cast on and get in the rhythm of the garter stitch for several rows. It is soft...and I'm looking forward to changing colors.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
I got busy this morning and built a hot fire in the wood stove to warm up the house. Then, I shoveled snow so I could get out of my doors. A sizable drift blocked getting the truck out of the garage, so I worked on that drift until I was pretty sure I could get through.
Side note: I saw the prairie dog again, and he's a busy little fellow. In answer to kathy b's question, I don't really now if they are destructive or not. Usually, when I see them, they are a way from civilization where they have their own little prairie dog towns. I am wondering how in the world he got out here... probably hitched a ride, hiding in something being hauled out here.
I still haven't picked up the knitting needles, and I agree with those of you who have commented that it's sometime good to take a break. I ordered some baby-soft yarn to make a baby blanket for an expectant mother who is also one of my piano students. The package arrived!! The colors I could choose from were limited, but I think these will work just fine. The yarn is so soft, and I'm looking forward to starting this project.
Monday, March 2, 2015
I've not been a knitter either. I don't think I've picked up my needles for nearly two weeks! Yikes. "That kind of behavior is NOT contributing to any progress on your lacy scarf," I tell myself, pointing a finger at my nose. I shrug my shoulders; I turn away; I sit at the piano; I promptly forget the reprimand and the knitting. When I was a teacher, I saw teenagers in the classroom do this, and wonder how they could ignore what seemed so important to me... hmmm... I get it.
To redeem myself a bit, I'm going to point out that I have been observant. I spotted a new critter, a little prairie dog, who evidently has taken up residence under the cattle guard at the entrance to my road, coming off the highway. I don't think he's been living there long, but this was the second time I spotted him. This time, I saw him pop up out of the grate; I stopped the car; he sat there for a few moments, giving me time to pull out my iPhone and snap a picture through the front windshield. "Well, little fella, I hope that you are smart and fast. Living right on the highway could be a hazard. Talk to your realtor."