not even


Just on the tail end of two terrible weeks of sickness. There was a lot of not even being able to turn over, lift a finger or do much more than cough, wheeze and blow the poor, beleaguered nose. The coconut oil I applied In an attempt to moisturize, resulted in a raised, hot, painful rash to most of my face.

Don’t even imagine there was knitting. Or reading, or anything that involved focusing the eyes.

But, a couple more days may just declare us “all better.” It will be a happy day when I have my sense of smell and taste back!

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yes, pie


I insisted on pie, and Chadd delivered. He roasted our one last pumpkin from October, and baked the pie. The roasting was done on the barbecue, as was the baking, smoked with applewood on our Big Green Egg!

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love birds


I’ve missed having the birds at playable height (the bodies and heads are interchangeable and flipable), so while I was dusting the shelves before the house concert, I gave them their own shelf. It’s a lady bird and her mister, and I love expressing my point of view with them.

House concert?!? Why yes, I can now say we’ve hosted one of those, and it was absolutely amazing. Trying to determine if the house would fit the number of people invited (40) was the most daunting aspect; only slightly less the quandary about light refreshments for a party that size. But I shouldn’t have worried…

Fit, they did. Seated, even, thanks to the fact that the main floor is practically all one room. The music was featured by a trio of friends, teenagers all, who played a wonderful mix of classical, current and original compositions.

It’s so hard to describe; how exciting it was to finally open the doors to our guests, and have a whole hour of interesting, fun music, presented by such talented kids. We had no idea what to expect, but there was flute, accordion, violin, guitar, trumpet, and keyboard, along with beautiful harmonies.

The purpose of the evening was a fundraiser, the beginnings of which were started by an initiative from our church. Our minister declared this to be our Blessing Assignment, and she handed 10 willing volunteers $100 each to raise money for the charity of their choice. We took the $100, but decided not to make the beeswax candles like we had before; instead choosing to “do less work” (my words) and host a house concert instead. (Good decision!)

Ten dollars was the entrance fee, and the light refreshments were cheese, chips, wine and soda (finally decided on after overruling my mother-in-law!). At the end of the evening, the excited buzz assured us that it had been a successful evening; the collection (pie)plate totaling over $600 confirmed it! Elena had done a PowerPoint presentation at the beginning of the concert, announcing that the funds would support the Never Alone Foundation, which is a cancer care and support organization that is dedicated to supplying funds to people with cancer to make their lives a little bit better and a little bit easier. We also had a draw at the end of the evening for a Never Alone rose. The rose was developed by the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association to be sold to generate funds for the Foundation.

A really great evening in all, and…

Everyone who came assured us that a backyard summer concert would be happily attended as well…so this may just be the first of many!

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time and march


Spring feels so very far away, but…

We registered Sonja for university last week. We had to really start thinking about courses, transcripts and scholarships. It was a bit intimidating, feeling like every decision was the next step to the rest of her life. Grad photos are this month. Only two months until she turns 18…

It’s a funny and kind of amazing step in both our lives, one that I can hardly believe we’ve come. I always used to brag about how, when Sonja would turn 18, I would still be 40; and it’s almost here. Crazy how time keeps up.

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Because it was only a whole Christmas late…but honestly, the delay was only due to the steeking and the zipper…there is a little bit of embarrassment mixed in with the pride!

The knit was pretty easy, with some modifications. I shortened it from coat-length, didn’t put the pockets in, changed the button band to a zipper, and added a contrasting colour for the cast on, and the crochet on the zipper.

I would totally do it again; I love Lopi patterns. Zippers are useful…I just wouldn’t do the steek according to Lopi directions!

It looks very, very good when worn. The sweater hits mid-hip, and the sleeves are just past the wrist. The white was a very good choice for the yoke, thanks to my friend who was there when I was picking out the wool. I am so very happy to finally give it to my very patient sister-in-law!

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up to there


I’ve gotten the sock to the ankle, and now I’m going to start the other one. My worry had been that by the time I finished the foot, I would have forgotten what I did for the calf, not to mention the heel, so I’ll work them both together.

I know Odin’s muzzle looks funny in the picture, but that’s just what basset muzzles do.

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there’s a lot of white outside


The sun is shining and the dogs are sleeping in the sunny spots. I’m about to run off on another errand…February, I wish you had been a little warmer!

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