Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pass The Catch-Up Please...

I seem to be behind a lot lately, don't I? Life is fine, I've just been busy. Work is great but I've been putting in a lot of extra time (it's worth it, believe me) and sometimes I have been too tired at the end of the day to eat, much less blog! But it's Sunday and it's early, so with any luck I'll be able to finish a post before I need to get going on other things.

This is gonna be random...

The big news is that the girl half of this couple:

is now here, staying with us. Heather and her dad drove from Vermont to California last week in just over 2 1/2 days. Tough people, those Vermonters! Her dad stayed on for a few days and flew back home on Tuesday night. She's here to job hunt and settle in before Jess drives out with their stuff to join her. Hopefully that will happen soon - but not too soon - I've been enjoying having her here! My husband informed me last night that I am going to have to give her back at some point, but I'm not going down without a fight, letmetellyou.

Friends in Fun Places

Considering my walking-zombie state I've managed to be a bit social. In late March I went to see the Roger Steen Band play locally - look who's up there singing!

(That would be the lovely Janice.) As they were one of 3 (?) playing that night they had only one set - I'm hoping the next time they'll be up for more. It was great music and a fun evening spent hanging out with friends. If you're in the Bay area, go check them out!

Yesterday I went to a book-signing party at Bobbin's Nest - fellow Boba-Knitter Cookie A. has written a book!

If you're a sock knitter, you'll love this one. If you're not - it may inspire you to become one.

Speaking of Knitting...

I've been doing a little of that too.

I finished one of my vanilla socks:

I've been making progress on Lady Eleanor:

By the way, if you're itching to make this or any other project using Noro yarn, Webs has Kureyon and Silk Garden (among other things) on clearance! I'm holding back, but I thought I'd enable. You're welcome.

About a month before Jess and Heather got married, I mentioned their plans to my hair stylist. He said he'd love to do my color but I told him that while I'd love that too, I couldn't afford it (the guy is wonderful but charges accordingly. I color mine from a box - that's how cheap I am). He responded saying that he wanted me to look my best and wanted to do it for free, as a gift to celebrate the day. Sweet, huh?

Well I had to at least say thanks.

This is the Scrunchable Scarf in Dream in Color Classy (Black Pearl color way).

And I'm still spinning - though slowly. I think I'm going to adopt the 10-minutes-a-day habit. There are a ton of things I want to spin and at the rate I'm going, I'll be 90 before I get it all done. Just a little a day should make a big difference.

I'm on my third (of 3) bobbins - just a few ounces to go before I get to ply.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Quite well, thank you.

Ok, I didn't grow these particular purple potatoes but we do have some in the ground. Have you every had really fresh potatoes? They're amazing!

We did grow these - though the lettuce was a happy accident. Some must have gone to seed last season so we got a bonus head this spring.

Peaches are forming.

Cherries are blooming. Yes that's a CD hanging there. Not for musical entertainment - the glare is known to discourage birds.

This should also help discourage birds:

Vicious, vicious Beagle.

Before we moved here we used to visit the area while on vacation. I constantly marveled at how some plants that had to be replaced each year in Vermont, could grow year around (and huge) out here. More than once I told my husband that if we ever lived in this area, that I wanted a house with a rosemary hedge. Well lucky me, we have two.

These are the foothills behind our house on a recent foggy morning.

Makes me glad I live here.


Cookie said...

What a wonderful update from you!

Seeing your peas makes me happy. Rosemary is easy. Peas require planning ahead.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful vegies and I love the rosemary hedge. It must smell gorgeous. I want one of those in lavender.

"just a few ounces to go before I get to ply" - is that Frost? LOL.

Angie said...

I think rosemary hedges are wonderful but had never seen one until I visited a California garden and asked what it was. Duh. :D Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing them.

Bogie said...

There's a little bit of everything in this post! Good catching up with you and Heather at Cookie's book launch.

Thanks for the mention and the photo of "Bone Dry". I'm looking forward to another South Bay gig.

AlisonH said...

There was a booksigning by Cookie A and I didn't know? Well, crum.

Love your garden. Love living here, where, as of last year, we suddenly have a now-eight-foot-tall fig tree that was planted by the birds, as far as we can tell.

cari said...

I'm still on the fence about the potato thing, because they can be bought so cheap. But everyone's telling me how great they are fresh from the garden...

Erin said...

Your veggies are gorgous as is the Lady Eleneor.

Mrs.Q said...

Mmmm! Fresh taters are the best!

Anonymous said...

The veggies are loverly, but the Black Pearl? Ooooooo. ; )


knitinsage said...

did you just say kureyon on clearance? woo hoo!

AlisonH said...

Oh. Duh. I enjoyed and then my brain lost the most important part: congratulations on your new daughter-in-law!