Saturday, February 27, 2010

Out in the Snow again...

Everyone was stir crazy today after another week of being indoors other then runs to the chicken coop or the occasional run into town. You know you are a basset slave when the dogs whine when they get close to McDonalds and so you pull in, buy them a hamburger and nothing for yourself!

So today, hubby and I decided to go to Oil Creek to get some snow pictures (like I haven't taken enough this winter!) and get the pups out for an off lead run.

Normally the park's parking lot is plowed and sometimes there is at least one trail that has had some traffic in which the snow has been packed down. Today, that was not the case so the pups were going to have to wait a little longer for their run.

I spotted this so my hubby pulled over and let me jump out and snap some pics off the bridge while he pulled on up off the road.

Yes the snow was still coming down so it was really hard to get a clear picture, but I was happy none the less.

Love the naked trunks of the Sycamore Trees in the winter.
Oil Creek didn't freeze completely this year but you can still see the ice build up along the edges.
The water is so clear you can actually see the fish. Probably why the Eagle was hanging about!

We decided to take the dogs to the archery club and let them run there;

HoneyDew was so excited she decided to take a short cut...big mistake!

Sampson was running so fast he almost looked like his feet weren't touching the ground.
HoneyDew considered another off road experience but quickly changed her mind!
Sampson is impatiently waiting for hubby to get off the path...
...just enough room and gone!
One last shot of the winter wonderland for today. Winter you are pretty, but I won't miss you when you are gone!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Urgent Update on Global Warming

As a direct result of Global Warming, the polar ice cap has been melting and it appears it has finally slipped. According to officials it has taken up residence in Pennsylvania and as far south as North Carolina! We offer the following pictures as evidence of this phenomenon...

Mounds of DEEEEEP Snow
Snow well above the "official" over the knee mark.

Record Length Ice Formations.
Atypical ice formations.

Even a day at the beach is a whole new adventure, heh watch out for the polar bears!

And the abomidable snowman has even went south, we hear he is now able to surf fish!

Disclaimer**all of the above is a Global Warming joke and not to be taken seriously...hmmmmm and that really makes me wonder :-P

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

To all our friends, family, and blogging buddies:

Happy valentine's day Pictures, Images and Photos

Tina, HoneyDew and Sampson too!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Girls Gone Wild....over yarn that is! /AKA 6th Annual Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival

So today was the first time I actually made it to the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival! Let me tell you it was great! Knitters (and crocheters) in my experience are the friendliest people no matter where they come from.

We started out at 9:00AM from Jerri's house were Kathie, Bonnie, Jerri and I met up. After a chai tea latte run from the Summer House, a must have for any successful trip (no matter how many potty breaks we have to take!) we were on our way.

Upon arriving at the festival we immediately ran into one of our mentors from the Kindred Spirits days, Jill Bigelow-Suttell of  B-ewe-tiful Designs who unbeknownst to us was right in the middle of teaching a class as we gaily waved and shouted greetings, she calmly, without missing a beat, waved and smiled as we 'quickly' caught on and red faced, hastily changed direction towards the registration table. Rounding a corner we spotted the first vendor booth manned by another of our knitting mentors Jane Bigelow of Kindred Spirits and B-ewe-tiful Design. After carefully looking around to make sure we didn't make the same mistake twice, there were greetings and hugs all around. It was beginning to look like a Kindred Spirits reunion! And it didn't end there, when we made it to the registration table who do we find but Sue Spencer! Again greetings and hugs all around, whew what fun and the day is just getting started!

Finally we get our coats checked in and we are ready to SHOP!

Into the fray we went and let me tell you the place was packed! Vendors, shoppers, demonstrators, facilitators, books, kneedles, any type of yarn you can imagine, spinners, weavers, buttons, knit pots, stitch markers, patterns galore, a live angora rabbit (sooooo cute!) on and on. It was almost overwhelming...almost!

I think next year I will make a list of which projects I am planning on making, then the list of yarns, texture, weight, and amount of skeins needed. That would be the smart way to do it. But as this was my first trip I think I did ok, next year though, I will do BETTER!

This trip was such a great time because although I started out with 3 friends, we were able to connect with my friend Jean and three of her friends, Mary Ellen, Tristina and Lori. I also ran into another friend from Pittsburgh Truth T. and her friend, so in the process made four more friends! You see how this grows?!

After we were wore out and shopped till we dropped, our shopping was done the eight of us made plans to go to lunch at Olive Garden. I don't know about you but I simply love their soup, salad, and bread sticks 'all you can eat' deal. I had the chicken and gnocci soup...

Oh and DESSERT! I believe someone called mine "death by chocolate" but actually it is a chocolate torte, all I can say is ummmmmmmmmmm, and let me unsnap my jeans!

Ok, now wipe the drool off your mouth as I can't have you getting it on my yarn,and I will show you my new additions to my stash...and I did exercise some restraint ...

First the Black and Gold Yarn and pattern were freebies, because I had a "golden ticket" that I submitted at the Cascade Yarn booth, (I felt abit like Charlie at the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory!), the lavender colored yarn is for someone that is expecting a baby and if she doesn't have a girl it is going into my grandchildren hope chest (and yes I do have one!), the turquoise is "milk yarn", it is actually made from a by product of pasturizing milk! What will they come up with next! The picture below of the hand mitts with the cabling is what I am hoping to create with that particular yarn, wish me luck, as to date I have not done cables! I have taken a brave step or am deluding remains to be seen...

*The only thing that is not pictured here is the stitch markers that I have gotten for a friend.

But at the end of the day this is what the trip was all about...

Great Friends!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Help, Help, we are snowed in!

No, that was not me. That was the squawks being heard from 100 Cackle Way. But not too fear, after DH got the path cleared again with the snow blower, BHR (basset hound rescue) was on the way!

Of course there was the sniff stops along the way!

"Well it certainly took you long enough!" cackled Miss Persnickity.

"Here now, no shoving! Plenty for everyone!" Says Sir Cockothewalk.
For myself I rather like this view of the chicken coop in the winter time...
...the one from inside the house!

Definitely enjoying the weather from here! And as you can see my car hasn't moved all day. It is the white mound in front of DH blue car...

I did have one reminder that spring would be coming. Some fresh cut herbs from a friends kitchen herb garden.
It has also been an ideal time to knit. I have been having a try at some lace work and so far these small projects have turned out ok...

After I finish a certain project that I can't show a picture of, I am going to tackle a lace scarf that is made from Kidsilk Haze Mohair. It's a wonderfully fine yarn. If it turns out I will post pics, if not, well I'll never mention it again, lol :-P

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Basset Snuggles...

Look at this sweet face!

Momma just loves her little girl especially when it is snuggle time. All that loose skin, soft ears, velvety fur, what's not to love?
Sampson loves to snuggle too, especially when his Dad has just gotten up to go to work, he jumps up, goes under the covers, then comes back up to the top so his head is on Dad's pillow!

You know he is eating this up!

Happy DOT's,
Tina, HoneyDew and Sampson too!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A new style...

Today, I had had it. I was done with it. Couldn't do anything with it anyway so it was time for it to go! As I have been known to take scissors to it myself (and with drastic results), It was kindly suggested that I make an appointment and go, don't delay, run even!

I am fortunate to have a NIL who is a hair stylist, that was nice enough to squeeze me in today. I took out several pictures that I thought might work but left it up to her as to which cut. The cut she gave me can be just wash, scrunch, and go (I have curly hair so less messing the better!) or I can straighten and "wisp it up". She decided to style it straight and show me how to do it:

Yes folks, my hair is really that silver, and you thought I was kidding about my boys giving me gray hairs!

So whatcha think? Better then me hacking on it right?!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What's for Dinner...

One of my goals for this year is to try one new recipe a week. I have been managing to do this but I thought it might be something others would want to try too. So I thought I would start posting pictures of what I made then if anyone is interested I can send the recipe to them to try. Just leave a comment requesting the recipe!

Last night I made Chicken with Kale. It is supposed to have a base of couscous or polenta, as I did not have any I substituted rice. (*According to WW this is 6 points a serving. Don't let this fact scary you off, it is quite tasty!)

My DH is not a person big on veggies, he is more of a meat and potatoes sort of guy, but he liked this tasty dish and even helped himself to seconds! This will be one that I keep and make again.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Still Snowy and Cold...

but handknit wool socks keep these toes nice and toasty!