Flora & Fauna

Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium
There is no good reason why this plant is loving life in my Central Texas courtyard, being that it is the state flower of freaking Oregon, but it is.

Blackfoot Daisy Melampodium leucanthum
Drought & heat tolerant… attracts butterflies

Bloodgood Japanese Maple Acer palmatum
Loved this so much we went back to the nursery the following day to buy another one of these

DSC00444 Maisy Blue Canis lupis familiaris
Needs lots of water & kisses

Those Damn Biscuits, a Blanket & a Noodle

Biscuitsafter Remember these? I couldn't get them out of my mind, so I made some. While these were indeed yummy, I will cut the salami into much smaller pieces next time…. these were great but a bit more rustic than i hoped for. I will also try them with ham and cheddar.


I harvested so many collards and mustard greens I had to give a bunch away. These were amazing.

Blanket Another Moderne Log Cabin on the needles, knit in lovely woolly heathers.


and the sweet kitty Noodle (one of this blogs namesakes). Noodle will be 13 this March, and while he has slowed down a wee bit, he's still a tiger. I love his h(ears).

cluck cluck


I know, I know…I've said this before, but this time I just may mean it! I still worry about my high strung Catahoula making mince meat out of one of the gals… but I think that I just need to try it. If there is blood, we'll build a funeral pyre and I can always deconstruct the coop/run to fashion a larger compost arena. The thought of walking out back in my jammies and scooping up blue/green and café au lait hued eggs makes me so dizzy that I am willing to set my fear aside and see if Callie Jo can be trusted.

at lunch I ran out to buy some Robin Eggs because I do not have children to steal them from. Easter just isn't Easter without hurting my tongue on these little buggers.


Happy First Day of Fall!

I know the temperature is about 90º today but I am determined to begin fall today with the rest of you. I love fall, or more accurrately, I love October… which is right around the corner.

Today, I am working from home. I have a pot roast in the crock pot and I'm working on this…

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which is not making my pining for cooler weather any easier. Aah, doesn't it look just dreamy?

More seeds for the fall garden. I'm planting in succession to get more greens over a longer time. I just love scooping up th ebulk seeds at the nursery.


I spied this bird out my living room window… yeah, they like the giant teacup turned birdbath.



I am hoping to finsh Rayne Wrap Cardigan by Laura Chau ( I woul link here but typepad is acting up) before

our trip to the Ozarks. I'm at the first armhole…may happen yet.


Still need to hang all this stuff


After much thought and consideration, we finally decided to give No Bark Collar a try with Callie Jo. She's a Catahoula and will tree a squirrel and bark at it for 7 hours… and is undeterred. We finally came to the conclusion that it was more humane than letting her get shot by a neighbor ( We o live in small town Texas. Yesterday she was very surprised… today she is just staring at squirrels.

Here she is napping and waiting for pot roast.

My New Grocery Getter


a 1961 Columbia replete with new wheels and white wall tires… now to find a basket… perfect for hopping over to the HEB for some soy milk and Fancy Feast.
the perfect ride to my city council meetings, don’t you think?

My Huge Triangle Shawl. I do love it, it’s so soft but I think I would probably add a stitch every other row to make it a more gradual deeper triangle. I finished it a while ago, but just got around to taking a pic.

Curious about the squirrel? He just left and we quickly covered the hole… or more like DH did. I was out back drinking coffee a couple days ago and a squirrel traveled the whole length of the rain gutter to the corner of the roof and stared at me for like 10 minutes….I hope he finds a nice new home.

The dogs so want to be in these days…  both the heat and the mean-spirited mockingbird make inside a much happier place to be. The damn bird keeps swooping on them, seems late to be protecting a nest…may just be an asshole. 

Tuesday I made a mild dish soap spray to combat the darn stink bugs on my tomatoes… I spritzed them up and I swear it’s been two days since I’ve had to flick one of those little buggers off. I like this… instead of killing the bugs or poisoning my tomatoes I just made them taste yucky to them. 

“I Love Playing the Harmonica”


Definitely my favorite quote of the day… shouted out by a coworker. I work with some interesting people.

Tomorrow DH is heading off for the weekend. Aaaah, just me and the dogs, the cat and a stack of movies. I am so looking forward to unwinding. I picked up Twist again this week, I’d put it down for a while. I was on a brainless meditative dishcloth binge, but I’m back and ready to knit.

I just ordered my gocco replacement part so will not be printing up the storm I’d hoped to this weekend

My List for this weekend

Potluck Friday at friend’s
knit some more of Twist
Visit my LYS for a book signing
Buy yarn
Cut denim skirt to less Branch Davidian length and add patchwork bias binding on bottom
Pick green beans from garden for Salade Niçoise
Lay on hammock and read the pile of magazines I picked up for the weekend… I am a magazine freak
Sew wrap skirt (if I’m not too lazy)

Please note that this weekends list of things to do while DH is away is all about quiet, regeneration and beauty, unlike the home improvement, chore laden ones of the past two years. Finally the pay off for all the hard work.

One day it’s peach blossoms and soy beans, the next it’s bare trees and cheese curds


My very first hand-spun yarn….it’s so cute at this age.


DH bought this for me at an estate sale….so sweet


Peach blossoms


Plums again. I drink my coffee outdoors every morning watching the dogs and just being still before the day begins. I love planting new things each spring but I think I get more pleasure seeing things come back to life for another season. it’s like catching up over a cup of coffee with an old dear friend.


Soy beans, I think the leaves are such a lovely shape.


Hey Maisy Blue, how’d you get stuck over there?


Wanna come out in the big yard?


Sweet girl, no one else is awake, let’s spend some time alone….shh.


Sweet, Sweet girl. Sometimes I just cannot resist curling up next to her and looking at what she sees. The world is pretty beautiful from her vantage point.


The compound. DH is building himself a studio next to the shed.



Notice that the shed where we keep the lawnmower and shovels has clerestory windows… he’s quite the over-achiever. We still need to set up another barrel to collect rainwater for the nearby garden.

I am presently in Wisconsin at a press check and have been working off and on since 3:30 this morning…yuck. the last time I was at press (in December) He was about 75% done with the shed. I bet there will be walls up on the studio when I get home Saturday.

One great thing about a press okay is lots of down time ALONE which translates into lots of knitting time. I brought Twist with me hoping I’d get further along. I’ll let you know. I also brought a whole bunch of Mission Falls 1824 Cotton for dishcloths. It is hands down my favorite for dishcloths, the secondary colors are lovely and they stay lovely wash after wash…the little bumpies give a little scrubby action too.

I took these photos at home yesterday before my flight (except for the peach blossoms…last month I think). You can see it’s definitely spring in Texas…. not so much here in Wisconsin. I love coming to Wisconsin, I even like these bleak months. I think it was sleeting when I got to the plant this morning. Great knitting weather!

I need pancakes, so I’m off.

Oh, I forgot to mention. I ordered something last weekend and it PAINS me that it will arrive while I’m gone, but will be so thrilled to see it when I get home. Thank god I have a couple comp days to play with it. What is it? Wait and see.