Tuesday, October 29, 2013

last bit from the garden

As I was cutting things down in the raised bed there was another welcome stalk of dill weed in there. But that's all, folks.

Except a beautiful autumn mess.

Monday, October 28, 2013

a kitchen day

I did something different and took a day in the kitchen.  It wasn't as productive as I'd hoped, but I finally made rock buns, which I've been wondering about for years. The recipe I used is here. They seem to be scones in rock bun clothing - I mean, doesn't that look like a scone recipe to you? You roll the dough into balls, but you could do that with scones if so inclined.

I ended up adding quite a few extra teaspoonfuls of milk but they're quite nice.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

leaf garland in the kitchen

I saw it online, colorful leaves strung together with something thin-looking like thread. So I took a walk and did some gathering, and now they're over the sink.

Maybe closer together next time, but this is still very nice.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I heard the Voice

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Come unto me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
Thy head upon my breast."
I came to Jesus as I was,
So weary, worn, and sad;
I found in him a resting place,
And he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down and drink, and live."
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"I am this dark world's light;
Look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
And all thy day be bright."
I looked to Jesus, and I found
In him my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I'll walk
Till traveling days are done.

               -  from Magnificat, October 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

drying things

The weather's supposed to take a cold turn in a few days, so today I was drying things. These sunflower heads will be for the birds, and there are more.  I picked the last of the basil and again dried it in the microwave. And some pita bread I tried to make the other day got turned into bread crumbs.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

bright day

A day only October in New England could produce - warm, glittering, balmy. Perfect.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

gray day

but I don't mind gray autumn days much, once in a while. The trees are just as pretty as on the bright days.

Monday, October 14, 2013

happy at home

"To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition."

                        -  Samuel Johnson   (from Simple Abundance)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

making do

Well, yesterday was Columbus Day, and tomorrow is our observance of Columbus Day. Today is in between the two, so I decided to make a weekend of it. This is an Italian household (well, half Italian).  Our friend who was coming to dinner, had been looking into panini presses, so I told him I'd serve panini next time he came.  Today was the day -  minestrone and panini.

I've never had panini, but I had an idea of a heated-up pressed-down sandwich. Wikipedia says, "in Italy, the word for a sandwich made from bread other than sliced bread... Examples of bread types are ciabatta,...."  Looking for recipes online, I saw a few versions which had meat slices, apple or pear slices and fancy cheese, with some kind of tasty dressing. Well, I've been in a bit of a frazzle lately and ended up forgetting to buy a few "essentials".

I'd imagined there was some spinach for the soup in the freezer, but there wasn't. However downstairs I did find wilted romaine - bingo!  I remembered to buy ciabatta, but forgot about any fancy cheese. I would just have to make do. I defrosted leftover chicken and picked it all off the bones - there was plenty; sliced up a couple of apples, and decided plain old American cheese would be good enough. But what about a dressing? I really didn't want to bother looking up a recipe, so I mixed up mayo with a cherry pomegranate dressing that we don't like too much but which is good for salads with fruit - bingo again!  I melted some butter in my Scanpan and heated them up, pressing down with the spatula, and oh how tasty!

panino is singular; panini, plural

Very filling, too. One sandwich was enough with a bowl of soup. And, Stella D'Oro Anisette Sponge cookies for dessert, because I really have been too frazzled lately to make dessert. So, aside from the ciabatta, which was kind of expensive, I used what was around. And maybe next time I can try and make my own.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

the mother of invention

For some reason, as we gathered our stuff for the trip, I grabbed my knitting, even knowing that I wouldn't have time for it at our destination. And I always get sick doing anything in the car. But for some reason, I was able to do some knitting in the car! 

At the point where I put the thumb stitches onto a stitch holder, I realized I hadn't thought to bring one. What could I use?  

The eyeglass cord from my magnifiers, looped through the stitches and tied in a knot!

Monday, October 7, 2013

being prepared

It really does pay to plan ahead. I knew I wanted to wear my lighter weight linen dress to this early October wedding, but had no idea of what weather to expect. Looking online I found an archive of temperatures on that date, in that region, for the past five years - it ranged from sixty three down to forty seven. And that's daytime temps; nights are always cool in autumn. I bought a pretty wool shawl, I knitted wool hand warmers, I bought under-layers and even footless tights!

When packing time came I almost left the mitts home - it's been pretty nice around here and I was wondering if I'd been overdoing it. Saturday was a nice day, even when we checked in. But I ended up with my shawl over me the whole time, and even my mitts, because the reception area was partly open-air and it was overcast and kind of damp.

I'm glad I don't have to think about this anymore, but it seems that planning was a good thing.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

a wedding in Vermont

There and back again in twenty six hours.  A foliage tapestry in the hills everywhere you turned on the way up; a pretty backyard plot at the inn where we stayed with a flower and corn shack right next to it;  a simple and lovely ceremony at an old meeting house with a string trio playing lots of Handel beforehand, and a bagpiper playing afterward in the town green; the bride and groom driving themselves off to the reception in an old Ford; a rustic but charming and well organized reception venue which was "decorated" outside with an antique car. (Model A?)

Back home to one kitty who was so excited to see us (Dolly), and one kitty who surprisingly hadn't thrown up from eating too much (Henry).

Friday, October 4, 2013

pastry-shop Christians

Today Pope Francis is in Assisi, on the feast of St. Francis. This is a part of what he had to say:

"The Church, all of us should divest ourselves of worldliness. Worldliness is a murderer because it kills souls, kills people, kills the Church. Without divesting ourselves, we would become pastry-shop Christians, like beautiful cakes and sweet things but not real Christians."

Thursday, October 3, 2013

a whole lotta bangin' going' on

at least, there was. The cats are breathing a sigh of relief now in the quiet, especially The Dolly.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

mitt progression

I finished my super bulky, thick and thin hand warmers. I absolutely love them.

You may be able to see the predictable hole near the thumb on the left-hand one.  The other is better since I wove in the ends and tightened up the holes. And that's okay, but I'd rather learn how to knit that thumb gusset without holes instead of having to sew it up!  

I'm practicing; I started another pair, with yarn I thought was a charcoal color, but is really more of a plummy brown. 

see the cat hair?

They work up in a trice! I'm still reading Outcasts United, but sometimes I want something a little different, so I've been going through L. M. Montgomery's work. Thanks to some tips I stumbled on at Ravelry, I picked up stitches further down when I did the thumb on this one, and that's an improvement. But I still don't have it quite right. I'm so sorry this yarn is discontinued - it lends so much interesting texture to these mitts. But I think there are some etsy sellers who make something similar. 

Here's a closeup of what I mean -

How satisfying to quickly whip up something with so much personality! 

Joining Ginny today for yarnalong.