:: It felt nice to turn the calendar to February at the beginning of this week, partly because I was feeling pretty done with January, and partly because my calendar is one I made myself using pictures from my trip to Ireland last September. I have a whole year of Ireland to look forward to this way, and the thrill of turning the calendar page each month is made even better by the fact that I made the calendar so long ago I've forgotten which pictures I used, so it will be a year of surprises.
:: In knitting news I have finished another Milo, this one in a newborn size for a friend's daughter who has just had her first baby.
:: On the sewing front I laid out all squares for the quilt I'm making on the floor of the upstairs bedroom, trying to get the colour groupings right. I then started sewing squares together. Three rows in I started to feel overwhelmed, so took a break and put together this Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts. It was fast, easy and fun, and I'm sure I'll wear this top a lot once the weather warms up a bit.
:: I have been eating gluten-free for over four years. In December I decided it was time to do a trial of gluten. I introduced spelt into my diet, and I have to say it was wonderful. I enjoyed cooking with it every bit as much as I did eating it. Working with bread dough and rolling out pastry crusts again was a delight. But, alas, after a month of eating spelt it was becoming clear that we were going to have to part ways. Knowing this, I made one last pie. It wasn't just any old pie. It was a raspberry huckleberry pie. It might just be my very favourite food in the whole world. I use a recipe out of my old Joy of Cooking book, a treasure that is one of the things I would grab on my way out of my home should it ever catch on fire. Where else would I be able to find recipes for things like beaver tail, muskrat or lamb head? I suspect even Google might fail me in those culinary areas.
:: The weather here lately can be summed up in one word. Rain. There was a brief respite on Monday so I had a chance to hike up Teapot Hill. It's always fun to see if any new teapots have been left since my previous hike.
:: Remember the picture I had at the end of my last blog post? I submitted it to the BC CBC's Listeners' Lens and it was chosen as the feature photo of the day. I was pretty chuffed about it. So chuffed I took a screen shot of the website.
:: I've had another picture appear on a website recently. My brother needed a profile picture for a dating site and used one from last summer when we hiked to Lindeman Lake. This wouldn't be a big deal except for one small detail. I'm in the picture!! Yes, unbeknownst to me, I have been on the Farmersonly dating site, a place that proudly proclaims "city folks just don't get it." I only found out about this yesterday, and he has since put his account on hold, but still...
:: There's nothing sadder than a weiner dog that's missing her person. Jay has been away visiting his sister for a few days, and Jenny has spent most of that time watching out the window, waiting for him to return. Jay being away has resulted in me curtailing some of my evening consumption of British crime dramas. I'm a chicken at heart, and there's no way I could sleep at night if I had just watched something scary. He returns today, so I plan on catching up on my shows tonight. And Jenny can stop pouting.
:: Happy February!