Monday, April 28, 2014

Misc. Monday

Weekend

We had a great weekend. Rebekah and Anton were here for a short visit, and Kellen and Anita joined us on Saturday. Before everyone arrived I decided to wash the two pillows on the downstairs couch since they were covered in dog hair. They hadn't been out of the dryer for more than five minutes before I went into the living room and was greeted by this sight. I was especially impressed with how Fergus had managed to sit on both clean pillows at the same time.


The weather was perfect for a campfire in our backyard - cool, but not raining. Rebekah and Anita went foraging for sticks to use for roasting marshmallows, while Kellen and Anton built the fire. Credit for the neatly ordered arrangement of kindling on the bench goes to Anton. I guess that's what you get when you cross computer programming skills with the outdoors.



I'm a little ashamed to admit that before we toasted marshmallows we sat around the fire and had our official dessert, which was carrot cake.


Knitting

I've been on a Milo binge. It all started when I decided to knit a newborn size Milo for a friend's granddaughter. It's the pink one on the left. It was so much fun I went stash diving and found some green yarn to knit one for Lucy. It was the same brand of yarn as the pink one, and knit on the same size needles, but for some strange reason instead of coming out like the 12 month size it was supposed to, it ended up being more like a 24 month size. By this time I was determined Lucy was going to have a Milo that would fit this spring so I went back to the stash and found a different DK weight yarn in orange. I know it doesn't look smaller in the photos, but in real life it is.



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Previous Posts

Right after I wrote the Tall Timbers and a Tiny Tulip post CBC radio had a program on called Freedom To Be a Kid Without Any Safety Rules. It's well worth listening to. Note it is the "listen" button you need to click to hear the radio program. The video is a trailer to a show about one of the places discussed in the program.

I loved all of your comments on my First Meetings post. Something I hadn't anticipated when I wrote the post was being cornered by one of my kids, wanting to know who, exactly, the "duds" were. I think I made the wise decision to only label duds that were from quite some time ago. It seems a bit like firecrackers to me. When we were growing up we were allowed to have firecrackers on the Fourth of July. (Yes, they were dangerous, but they were also a lot of fun.) Every once in awhile you would light a firecracker and it wouldn't explode. You didn't want to pick up the firecracker to relight it too soon, because sometimes the fuse was actually still going and it would explode in your hands. Recently rejected boyfriends/girlfriends seem a lot like those firecrackers to me. For all I know there could still be some live sparks there, so best proceed with caution.

Word of the Week

Do you ever come across a word that makes you smile? I'm currently reading Call the Nurse, a story about a family who moved to the Hebrides back in the 1970s. At one point the author is describing the shoes she observed at a local wedding, and uses the term winkle-pickers. That has to be the best name ever for a pair of shoes.


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  1. Ooo, winkle-pickers! I haven't heard that word for ages. I had some as a teenager in the early 1960s and they were agony. Stiletto heels and long, narrow, pointed toes - a modern take on mediaeval torture. :-)

    You obviously had a wonderful weekend with your family visitors. I love your photos, especially the one of Lucy in her orange Milo.

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    1. I'm impressed! I can't believe you were even able to get them on your feet. When I read about them I immediately wanted a pair, just because I liked the name. Then I looked at a picture and not even the name would be enough to make me attempt to wear something like that! :-)

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  2. I love love love marshmallow toasted on a campfire. Thank you for the reminder, I forgot to put them on my shopping list for the camping trip. Your family sounds like a fun loving family. Lucy is such wee angel and the orange Milo looks great on her. Have a great week Kristie. xx

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    1. I'm glad I was able to help you remember to buy marshmallows for your upcoming camping trip. This was Anton's first time toasting them. It was fun watching the look on his face when his marshmallow burst into flames. :-)

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  3. Fergus made me smile so like Daisy. She is lying on a cushion nest to me on the couch as I type! Those toasted marshmallows with carrot cake sound good too! Sarah x

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    1. I guess the difference between Fergus and Daisy is Fergus doesn't mind his picture being taken. Ha! Why is it they like the cushions so much? The only nice cushions I have in the house are the ones where the dogs can't reach, which makes them sort of useless as far as cushions go. Life with dogs...

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  4. Oh I love the being cornered about the dud's! I am sure that you managed to navigate it well. There has never been any doubt for me with my parents - all thoughts were clearly expressed in no uncertain terms! They seem to like my husband though - thank goodness!! It looks as though your capitalist garden is coming along well and is certainly being well used. I think that dessert around the firepit is a great idea! Hope that you have a good week. xx

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    1. I'm glad your parents like your husband, especially since they are so clear about their feelings. That could have been awkward if they didn't approve. My capitalist garden is doing great. We could use a bit more sun and heat, but I'm sure in a few weeks I will be complaint that I need more rain and cooler days. Have a good week Amy! :-)

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  5. It's so nice to see your grown-up kids in your posts. I'm really glad they enjoy spending time with you. I can only hope mine will be so eager someday. I love Fergus' sense of comfort, he is not bothered by laundry tasks one bit. :)

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    1. I can almost guarantee your kids will want to spend time with you when they are grown-ups, Jennifer. I see how much effort and thought you put into parenting. I think most kids "detach" a bit in their late teens and early twenties. But when they hit their mid to late twenties they seem to start appreciating family more. As far as Fergus goes, you are very kind to say he has a sense of comfort. I think of it more as a sense of entitlement. :-)

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  6. Hey, my Dad wore winkle pickers in the 194040s/1950s (not sure of the exact time frame but that's when he was a teenager and before he came to Canada) in northern England! And I've eaten winkles at the English seaside, so know how they got their name!
    Love the fire pics :)

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    1. You're the second person who has heard of them before! I have no clue what winkles are. Hopefully they taste better than the shoes look. :-)

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    2. They're snails, so how good can they really taste? (Actually I don't remember, I was 7 when I had them. Don't remember any drama around it, so they must have been ok.) The shoes are named after the curved picks that were used to pull the snail out of the shell (they were served at the seaside in a cone, in the shells, as I recall).

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    3. I've now watched a video of someone eating one (or maybe it was a cockle??). You were a brave seven year old is all I can say. :-)

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  7. Looks like you had a great weekend. I'm glad. The official dessert had to come first! Besides, I'm pretty sure the fire burns away any calories in marshmallows, if they even have any! As a child I experimented with using an electric stove burner to ignite marshmallows on a fork. Not my best (or worst) idea.

    Lucy just keeps getting cuter and you're making sure she has a wonderful wardrobe.

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    1. Ha! The fire might burn away the calories, but I'm pretty sure it replaces them with carcinogens. You aren't the first person I've heard of who has toasted a marshmallow over a stove burner. It must have been a very messy experience. My guess is you only did it once, especially if your parents caught you at it. :-)

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  8. Somehow I've never heard of winkle pickets. Are winkles a thing to be picked???

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    1. According to Kate's comment above they are. Of course I had to Google it, and it turns out they are a type of mollusc. So do you think the idea is the long pointy tip of the shoe will pick out the creature inside the winkle shell? I am beginning to feel like my education is very incomplete. :-)

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    2. If I'd read further I'd see you got it! (see my reply above)

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  9. Oh my goodness, Fergus knew, didn't he? Funny how they have a kind of radar for the stuff you'd just as soon they stay out of. :-)

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    1. I should have guessed that any attempt to make those into human pillows instead of dog pillows was doomed to failure. :-)

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  10. Good times Kristie, we are big fans of the outdoor fire too but I need to show the Kids the art of kindling arrangement as they tend to plonk the big stump in followed by the little sticks. Love the Milo pattern but haven't made one for Flynn yet, Lucy is one lucky Granddaughter! I don't know why but when I read Winkel-picker I initially thought of Budgie-smuggler which is something entirely different but an excellent description of we call men's bathers here in Australia :-) Mel x

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    1. A Milo would be perfect for Flynn! They knit up really quickly, and there are choices of what cable to use going up the front panel. Thanks for giving me my next word of the week. Now I'm off to Google "Budgie-smugglers." :-)

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  11. aww...little Lucy she is such a cutie! I truly enjoyed seeing your beautiful family enjoying themselves! We are hoping to go camping at my in-laws back garden soon! :) Have a lovely day! Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I hope you have a great time camping at your in-laws!

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  12. Oh, yes, winkle-pickers: we always used that term back in the olden days for stilettos with pointed toes. I wore out many a pair of those! Great knitting, and I have never heard of a Milo (other than a chocolate drink in Australia) - a new word for me :) love the family photos toasting marshmallows, such happy times. xx

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    1. That's interesting you used the term too, Patricia. I was thinking it was just a UK word. How on earth did you manage to wear them? They look like they would have done permanent damage to one's feet. :-)

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  13. I can tell what Fergus is thinking: "But Mom, I thought you washed them just for me!" I'm surprised that Fergus and get up on the couch. Gabriel can't jump that high. Lucy looks all warm and cozy in her new Milo. An English neighbor lady taught me how to knit when I was 10. Now I wish I'd kept at it until I learned how to knit something other than a scarf. It seems to be a wonderful grandma skill to have--something to do while waiting for the next visit! I love that Anton laid (layed? never can get that straight) the stick out by size. My kind of guy! Not that I would go to that length myself, but it shows he pays attention to details and I think that is very useful. My "details skill" annoys my husband sometimes--he's not at all appreciative that I keep things in order around here. I think he thinks it just happens naturally. :-) Winkle-picker is a new word for me! Always learn something when I come here.

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    1. You're probably right - Fergus no doubt thought I had cleaned them for him. He is quite a good jumper. In a way you are lucky Gabriel can't jump on your couch. That way you can keep them just for humans. The dogs think they own ours. :-)

      Detail skills are a great thing in my mind as well, but I would never have thought to apply them to kindling. As far as knitting goes, there are so many great Youtube clips showing how to knit I think you could pick it up again quite quickly. You are right - it is a very good grandma skill to have!

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  14. your Milos are lovely, especially the orange one

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    1. Thanks Sue! The orange is my favourite too. The yarn was a very nice, but sadly discontinued, Rowan organic cotton/merino, and the other two were knit with a superwash wool. I always find the superwash to not be quite as nice as the non-superwash yarn.

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  15. It looks like you had a lovely weekend, I hope you didn't get into too much strife over the duds, it sounds like you handled the possibility of live firecrackers very well! Lol

    Did you realise that May is Milo month? you might need to knit some more!

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    1. May is Milo month? I had no idea! I'm afraid I have promised myself to be good and finish some of the projects that are already on my needles, so there will be no more new Milos this month. Plus, I have run out of little people to knit them for. :-)

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  16. Looks like a great family weekend. I'm fascinated with your Milo's. I'd better not look to long or I will want to knit one and I already have projects going. You are a knitter so you will know all about the too many projects I'm sure. I have room for a toasted marshmallow though, can't remember when I last had one.

    Darla

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    1. Ha! Yes, I can definitely relate to having too many projects on the go. I set aside several when I went on that Milo binge, and am now trying to be good and finish them. The one thing I will say though, not that I'm trying you to add to your list of WIPs, is they only take a day or two to knit. :-)

      You're welcome to come over and have some marshmallows next time we have a campfire!

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  17. Lucy is looking fabulous, all decked out!

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    1. Thanks! She doesn't seem to mind modelling the things I knit for her. Hopefully she continues to be so cooperative as she gets older. :-)

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  18. Hi Kristie, I have just had a very entertaining and interesting read! Heather x

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  19. I laughed at the pic of Fergus on your clean pillows. Our cats are the same way with the lap blankets we use at our house...the moment they're washed they become "the" place to nap.

    Loved the snapshots of the family roasting marshmallows too. And of course adorable Lucy...she's such a doll.

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