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December 4, 2017

Larry ordered me a Craftvent calendar for my birthday.

Like a traditional Advent calendar, there are 24 compartments. You open one each day.

Unlike an average Advent calendar, this one contains a pattern, yarn and notions. The idea is that if you follow the instructions, by Christmas Eve you’ll have a finished shawl to wear on Christmas day.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up with it for the whole month, but right this moment I’m on track. What’s the worst that could happen, really? It doesn’t get finished until New Year’s Eve?

It’s still a glorious gift and a fun project.

He got it at Jimmy Beans Wool, if you are interested.




November 28, 2017

We had a lovely Thanksgiving. Friends, family, lots of laughter and plenty of food.

We ate the leftovers on Friday (meatloaf with a layer of stuffing in the middle, and the rest of the green beans and carrots),

and now we are on to Christmas.


November 17, 2017

We have finalized our Thanksgiving menu; housework and food prep begins tomorrow.

stuffed mushrooms
pasta e fagioli
cornbread stuffing
dry-fried green beans
roasted brussels sprouts
parmesan crusted butternut squash
sugar glazed carrots
garlic mashed potatoes
deep fried turkey
smoked turkey breast


November 9, 2017

Last night we had our first really heavy frost of the season. Everything was white-tipped when I walked the dog early this morning.


November 4, 2017

Halloween has come and gone.

And just like that, we are on to Thanksgiving.


October 26, 2017

We carved pumpkins a couple of weeks ago.

It has been so warm here that they rotted in less than a week.

So on Saturday we went to the craft store and bought the foam-core equivalents. Last night we carved them.


They were so easy (we used a drill to score the larger areas for cutting) and quick, and there was so much less mess to clean up; honestly I’m not sure I will ever carve an actual pumpkin again.


October 23, 2017

Yesterday was my birthday.

It was sunny and mid-70’s, so after breakfast we went up to the Fells for a nice easy hike.

Then home for some downtime. Chores and housework, of course, but I also managed an hour of knitting during daylight, which almost never happens these days.

And went to dinner at a local steakhouse.

All in all, a pretty great day in general, and even better for it having been my birthday.