two a toe


Elena finally got another pair. She has worn out the most hand-knit socks of anyone in this family.
Wool: Cascade Heritage Wave, colour Checkers
Pattern: Oak Ribbed Sock from “Knitting Vintage Socks”
Loved both; socks, wool and pattern!

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the concept of


I mentioned to my girlfriend that I was tired of adulting. She didn’t understand. Not that I don’t wish to be an adult anymore, I merely wish to be relinquished of all responsibilities relating to my adult life. Just a reprieve, if you will. This sudden urge came yesterday, after Chadd got hung up on a snow drift with his car a few hours from home, and the snow drift (which was in the middle of the gravel road) took his front spoiler off and loosened the front bumper.

A more adult person may remark that this winter has been difficult for driving, but my only response is that I no longer wish to be adulting enough to have to deal with this sort of stuff. I’ll get back into the thick of things shortly, OK? Just let me stare at pretty pictures of summer flowers and knit for a while!

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the knitted tube is done


Too busy to be introspective these days…but there isn’t much point in being introspective anyway. Life continues as is, with me not disconnecting from distractions. I love my iPad too much. The romantic notion of me working diligently and productively all day is in my head, only.

Of course, I would have to be home to work diligently and productively. This morning, we took the dogs to visit the house of the new dog sitter (lovely and wonderful!) and then I spent the afternoon skiing.

And now, instead of studying for my arborist course, I am putting the heel flap on Elena’s second sock. I also tried a stint of sweater knitting almost all day Saturday. Unsuccessful. I did discover the 6 stitch to one inch gauge on 3.25 mm needles while knitting in the round; thank goodness that info will be useful shortly. Hopefully shortly. I went from the mitten knitting jag to the sock knitting. I’ve already wound the next ball of yarn. It’s some kind of spectacular self-striping…I can’t wait.

The arborist course is fascinating, and I’m learning so much more than I knew existed. Soil science is actually really interesting. The plant ID portion at the end of each class made me yearn to get my hands on some greenery, so I cleaned up the lemon tree. Wiped, trimmed, aerated and watered. I’m also thrilled to announce that after one full year, my orchid has decided to rebloom. New leaves and new shoots. The succulent on the kitchen sill bloomed over Christmas, and has since sent out new growth as well. Have I mentioned how much I love my south-facing windows? (Which at the moment are showing the vast expanse of white snow? Good thing I’m so fond of skiing!)

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the newest socks


The to-do list has “work on crocheted chicken” written on it. Also: return gloves; sourdough starter; bus tickets; walk dogs. None of which has been done yet.

I’m feeling like I’m falling behind. Thank goodness the list also said “Elena sock.”

Ta-da! Accomplishment!

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with light and roses


I love looking back on summer photos this time of winter, being very grateful that I appreciated that beauty in the moment. How many roses were on that shrub! I can absolutely feel the sun and warmth and light of that June day.

There are roses on my kitchen table, too; a small bouquet left over from my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday party. She had an absolute joy of a day for her celebration. It was a wonderful tribute to a much loved lady.

And so I’m taking a moment to bask in the sun, after the busy of the weekend. Because I went skiing, too, with my best lovely ladies. Eight kilometres, we figured, with excellent weather, in a beautiful provincial park. So much good skiing to be had here!

The weather, though, is a whole ‘nother topic for January. Crazy -30° cold, and now it’s supposed to be above freezing for the next week. Above freezing! In the coldest month of the year! Not to say that the dogs won’t love it; getting out every day and getting a good walk…but then there is the slush and the re-freeze, and the yukky driving that goes along with it.

In the busy of last week, I got new glasses, which has been nothing short of thrilling. My fear of night driving has disappeared with the new anti-glare lenses, and I’m very happy with them during the day, too. I can see, which is good! My prescription is still horrifying, but at least lens technology can handle it. And the frames are not cute, sexy or dramatic; just understated brown metal with the frameless bottom. I’m good, and I look like me wearing glasses…which is what it is.

I was watching a day-time talk show in the week after the new year, and the comment was made about motivation. Because of course, it’s a huge thing after New Year’s Day, the need for motivation of a new self. One guest commented that there is no need for motivation; there is just the doing. Do it, and the action is the motivation. Interesting concept that I have found is not too far off the mark. Just do it. (Is that to say Nike had it right all along?!?)

So off I go, to do for today!

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a summer day


It’s so cold outside that the weather channel is giving updates on how long it takes to freeze exposed skin. I know. You don’t need this information if you have no intention of venturing outside!

But the dogs were feeling a little antsy, and being outside was actually bearable when the wind is behind you…so out the door we went…and I had a laugh at the dogs. They are so short that the snow banks on both sides of the path were blocking the wind for them, and making it “just another walk in the park!”

(Well, I would have laughed, except it was so cold it hurt your teeth to smile!)

January does a good job of reminding me to enjoy the time and space that is dedicated to each moment. And that summer is coming!

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in so many ways


The sun is desperately trying to shine through the cloud cover and the whirling, whipping snow. I can’t quite figure out if it’s still snowing. It would be nice to have the sun shining. Everything looks different in the sun, including the socks I am working on (I haven’t knit a pair of socks in a year! What?!?) which were a delicate spring green in the overhead light last night, but are a much more of an acid lime this morning! All good, I love an interesting gradient. This yarn was a Christmas present from Sonja last year, and sat in the yarn cupboard until I decided I needed more socks for cross-country skiing. Many more, I think. Socks for everyone!

There has been so much skiing in the lull between Christmas and the new year, and it didn’t stop after that, either. Between my friends, my girls and Chadd, there has been skiing almost every day, and sometimes twice a day. I’m keeping track…have to make good use of the season pass.

I haven’t been sleeping well, though. You’d think I’d fall into bed exhausted after a good ski, but my back is creaking too much at night. Just adjusting to the extra level of fitness being demanded of it; hopefully it adjusts soon. I’m going to give it a dose of yoga, as well.

Being outside has been wonderful, but an extra cold bit of weather is blasting our way this week. Hence the yoga. Dog walking won’t get very far in these temps, either. Sonja and I did get a very good ski in yesterday, but my face felt a bit raw when we came home. (The balaclava was frozen.)

So. January. Which had previously, traditionally been my slump month. I’m making a list of knitting, reading and tasks. Adding as inspired, or as required, it’s a great way to get it all done and feel accomplished at the same time. The month, it will fly. And I’ll be leaving scrubbed tiles, washed floors, books read, and finished socks in my wake. All good.

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