Friday, August 30, 2013

Feline Friday

Our pretty Miss Precious.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013


This weekend

- I watched "Don Carlos" live from the Salzburger Festspiele, a real treat for my eyes and ears.
- we bought the first apples at the farmer's market.
- I baked a Peach-Berry-Buckle and bread.
- I finished a book and did a bit of knitting.
- it rained a lot.
- we left the fans off for the first time in several months.
- I got my blanket back out.
- I wore long sleeves again.
- we watched a lot of British mystery shows on Amazon.
- was quiet and relaxing, just as I like it.

Now vacation is over and it is time to get the house back in order and establish a bit of a daily routine again.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Feline Friday

Three of our five girls, Brownie, MamaCat and Maggie. Brownie has been with us the longest, she showed up soon after we moved into the house but it took her a long time to trust us and to finally move in with us. She is a very sweet girl and happy to be a house cat. Maggie is one of our 'kittens'.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Day in My Life

Today is my 51st birthday and Del is home from work all week so it was not a usual Thursday. It started with sleeping in and fresh donuts for breakfast (because I was not in the mood to bake myself a cake).

Then I opened my birthday mail, I got some nice cards and a lovely present from a friend - a handmade over the sofa arm sewing caddy, lots of little tools and some pretty green cotton yarn. From another friend I got an Amazon gift card. I checked my emails and FB account - more birthday wishes from friends and family.

Lunch was MSG free Chinese takeout, I had hot and sour soup, crab rangoon and vegetable lo mein, yummy and there is plenty left for tomorrow.

The afternoon was spent watching old James Bond movies, slurping iced coffee and finishing off the donuts.
The temperature was in the 70s all day which made for a nice cool house and I even had cold feet. The cats were livelier than they have been in a long time, enjoying the cooler temperatures as well.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Feline Friday

Our MamaCat, she got her name when she brought us 4 kittens in 2009. She had carried them up the stairs and into the mudroom. She is the cutest and sweetest cat and I am so glad she chose to live with us.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Fall Feelings

The mornings are cool and dark and damp. The days are getting noticeably shorter and not as hot as they were just a couple of weeks ago. We survived summer without A/C and had the lowest electricity usage ever for this time of the year.
The first fall feelings are beginning to stir. The urge to sort and purge, to clean the house from top to bottom, to make things again. I am starting to look for fall and winter recipes. The first apples and winter squash are appearing on the farmer's market, my favorite season is just around the corner.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Feline Friday

The perch on the pantry window is quickly becoming a favorite spot for some of our cats. Here are Leo and Jackie.

Thursday, August 01, 2013


For some reason this week I kept feeling like it was much later in the year already. The weather has cooled down a lot, the mornings are dark again and I keep seeing leaves turning yellow. I am grateful for the lower temperatures and our house has finally cooled down a bit too. I have a huge mountain of things that need folding, ironing and putting away and I can finally tackle that.

I also have some lovely new sock yarn that I traded for some eyelash yarn with a lady on Ravelry and I can't wait to get started on some new socks in fall colors.

I will also start something new on my blog in August, something I did 5 years ago with Little Jenny Wren and that I enjoyed a lot. One day every month, more precisely on the 15th of each month, I will write a blog post about my whole day, everything I did and did not do and whatever else happened that day. I picked the 15th because it happens to be my birthday this month.

I have postponed my summer sewing project because it involves a lot of hand sewing and my fingers are not cooperating when it is so warm, but the patterns are printed, the fabrics chosen and soon it will begin.