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Scenes From the Week

17 May

Bianca

bleeding heart

Bob

Aphrodite

peacock

Tootles, John and Pepe

Canada geese flying over

Ava, Squanto, and Sacagewea

Rocky

Tinkerbell and Wendy

Reva

robin in the nest

Bandit

Aurora, Odie, and Maybeline

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Egg Overload

13 May

The girls have really kicked the egg production into high gear.

Nugget and ladies

I can’t keep up with them.

I used to use one or two eggs each day for Snickers, but he’s on a canned cat food kick-specifically seafood.

Snickers

I keep forgetting to ask people at work if they’d like a dozen eggs.  Luckily, it’s spring salad time, so I’m making egg salad and every other kind of salad I can think of that takes eggs.  Today it was pea salad.

Mix together and refrigerate:

  • 2 cups frozen peas (mostly thawed)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs (diced)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 Tbsp. bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip (or mayonaise)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. brown mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. dill
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Yum!

My Best Mistake Ever?

12 May

I got the message that my roving was ready to pick up from the fiber mill!  Yay!  Aurora’s is pretty white.

Aurora’s roving

From left to right we have Buster, Tony, and two of Odie’s bags of roving.

Buster, Tony, and two Odie

Aurora, Buster, and Tony have a fleece that should work for spinning into yarn for general use.  Odie has a classic fleece, so it would only be good for felting, rugs,or other crafting things.

Then I read the invoice a bit more closely and saw that they had turned Maybeline’s fleece into cored yarn.  Um. I’d never heard of cored yarn.  I asked why they had done that, and they sent a picture of the form I filled out with the wrong box checked. Instead of roving, I had checked cored yarn.  Well.  What to do???

I am trying to be positive and think that this might be the best mistake I’ve ever made.

Snickers was checking it out too.  He thinks it would make a nice bed just the way it is.  It’s actually fiber twisted around a core so that it’s ready to turn into a rug, crochet or knit with.

I decided to try a pattern that I might be able to turn into a circular rug.

I do like the way the test project turned out.

doilie

Snickers was checking that out too.  Honestly, he’s in everything I do.

I decided to try a coaster sized circle with the cored yarn, just to see how that worked.  It didn’t.  I need to just figure out how to knit with something that big to start with.  So I got the straight needles and started a rectangular rug.

That worked much better!


We’ll see how looks when it’s done.