Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Midweek Miscellanea

::  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!

40 comments:

  1. If all you've had is rain that is a reason in itself to be glad to see January go. Perhaps having a more perky Jenny will help brighten up the day, too. But your projects have not suffered--all lovely. Congratulations on your photo being recognized in such a special way, but then we all new it was worthy! Concerning teapot hill, I'd like to know why so many teapots are getting broken? Or do people leave perfectly fine pots they just don't want anymore?

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    1. Some of the teapots are broken, but most of them look fine. I suspect some people might buy them at thrift shops or garage sales, then take them up to leave beside the trail. A friend and I rescued one from our garbage bins and took up. And I've taken up my poor brown betty that developed a hairline crack.

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  2. Love your little Milo, your top, aren't you clever. Regards the spelt, could you just have the occasional pie without it upsetting your system? Congrats on the photo. What crime drama are you watching, we just viewed the latest Silent Witness series, not sure I would watch that on my own!!

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    1. Ha! Silent Witness is the one I have queued for tonight. There was no way I was going to watch it while Jay was away! I did watch the first episode of Vera, but I made sure to view it during daylight hours. :-)

      I'm not sure about the spelt. I might have it once in a rare while for a treat.

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  3. Congratulations on your photos! We like what we call "friendly murders" here, things like Midsomer Murders and Death In Paradise (not sure if you get that one?) nothing too horrific, we are scaredys! xx

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    1. I love Midsomer Murders, but haven't watched Death in Paradise. I'm very fortunate because I can watch any of the shows you have in the UK. I have an app that's connected to my English friends' TV. It's brilliant.

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    2. Oh, Death in Paradise is great fun. Think Midsomer Murders in the Caribbean. :)

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  4. I know that pie recipe! I have my mother-in-law's old Joy of Cooking here and I love to look through it, even if I don't tend to use it very often. Congratulations on the photo, what a nice honor. I'm sure the photo of you and your brother is lovely too, even if it might be holding back interested parties. :)

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    1. Yes, it's the one for a pie with frozen berries. The only thing I have changed is to add a tiny bit of flour (GF in my case) along with the tapioca. That book is a treasure, Jennifer. I would encourage you to hang onto it. As for the dating site, he told me he explained on his profile that it was his sister in the photo. But yes, I did wonder if it had the potential to scare people away. :-)

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  5. What a beautiful milo, perfect for a newborn. I am at the moment watching Silent Witness, it is quite fascinating but certainly not scary.

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    1. Silent Witness is the one I was too afraid to watch! I think it's kind of creepy, but then I'm a bit of a coward about things like that. It is a really good show though, so I'm happy to be able to catch up tonight.

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  6. What a pie! That's a shame about the gluten, but at least now you know for sure. Congratulations on the picture, they made a good choice. Our Border Collie's favorite person is my wife. The dog doesn't pout too much, but it's clear she has a favorite.

    The Joy of Cooking sounds really familiar. We might have a copy too.

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    1. Hang onto that Joy of Cooking, Rick. It's a classic! Plus it can make for some highly entertaining reading. I suggest browsing through some of the meat recipes if you need some new ideas for dinner. :-)

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  7. I have a short story about the first environmental hazard I caused, but no where to tell it! I think this is my first blog withdrawal symptom. :)

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    1. I really miss your blog! Have you thought about restarting it?

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    2. I have had that thought cross my mind. But usually it's in response to something terrible happening in society and wanting to vent about it. I don't want to expose my friends to that negativity. But if I start wanting to e-mail you positive stories I'll know it's time to reopen the blog. :)

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    3. PS - And thank you! You're very kind. :)

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  8. There are shows I cannot watch at night when I'm in Austin and by myself. OOH, no way. Too scary. And that picture you took is entirely chuff-worthy!

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    1. I can usually watch milder mysteries like Midsomer Murders or Poirot, but am more pathetic than usual because the front gate to our cottage community is broken, and the whole time Jay has been away I've been worried about the fact that anyone can drive in. Which is ridiculous because anyone could get in anyway if they wanted to. I've climbed over the gate several times myself when I've forgotten my key.

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  9. Congratulations on the photo success! It is a wonderful picture. So sorry to hear about the spelt disappointment - I enjoy spelt too, and the pie looks amazing. I have never eaten huckleberries, and don't even know what they look like. And once again you have proven you are an excellent seamstress with that cute polka dot top. So perfect for Spring. Poor Jenny - nothing sadder than a sad dog :)

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    1. Patricia, huckleberries look a little bit like a blueberry. They are a reddish-blue colour, and the top of them is flat. They are only found in the wild, and are loved by both humans and bears. :-)

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  10. Really enjoyed this post. Such talent. Poor little Jenny looks so forlorn.

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    1. Thanks Bonnie, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Jenny's great gifting in life is her ability to look like the saddest dog on the planet. :-)

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  11. Oh poor dog. She looks so sad. They do that, don't they?! Congratulations on getting your landscape photo on the website. Not so sure about the other one but funny nevertheless :-) That pie looks completely delicious. Sorry spelt didn't work out. Have you tried teff? Sam x

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    1. Jenny is very good at looking sad. She's also good at looking guilty when she's done something bad. I tried teff several years ago and I remember I wasn't too impressed. Maybe I should give it another chance. Thanks for the tip!

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  12. Jenny looks like she's posing for a pining dog photo. :) I'm sure she'll be delighted Jay is home. I love the Milo and am impressed by the polka-dot top, being a complete failure at clothes sewing myself. It must be hard to have to avoid gluten I'm a great lover of homemade bread and would miss it terribly.

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    1. Yes, Jenny is the poster girl for pining dogs. :-)

      I've gotten used to not eating gluten, but I still miss how easy it was to bake things with it. And I'm pretty much a failure at clothes sewing too, so anything you see on this blog that I have made please know you could make it too!

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  13. Poor wee Jenny, she looks so sad (only dogs can look that sad I think). You'll love the Saylor top. I have three of them and love each one. I made a knit fabric one, it works well, too. Annie made one also. We are big fans. x

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    1. I think your blog might be where I first saw this pattern, Christina. Thanks for letting me know that it works with knit fabric too. I was wondering about that.

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  14. Poor sweet little Jenny, such a sad face!!!! I am always so happy to have a few days to myself, well as much as I can with a four year old at home. I love the top, it is a wonderful pattern and I bet you make several of them in different fabrics. Funny story about the dating website, seems they are all the rage these days.
    Hugs,
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    1. One of the great things about having some time to myself is not having to think about making meals. I just sort of scrounge around and eat whatever is leftover. And you're right - I plan to make several of the sailor tops. They will be great with the jeans skirt!

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  15. Wow -- it looks like you are a knitting fool lately. Everything looks great. And you may be the first person I know who took a break from quilting to sew a top! Otherwise, while I do love raspberries, I would never contaminate my precious huckleberries with them! ;) Poor little wiener dog...

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    1. I think I go on crafting blitzes in the month of January to help me make it through it, Rachel. My production levels will slowly start falling as spring approaches.

      I could almost see the horror on your face when I read that you wouldn't contaminate your huckleberries by mixing them with raspberries. :-)

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  16. Hey Kristie,
    I love, love, love the top! It's just my cup of tea. Is it easy to make? And I'm with you on UK crime dramas. I do watch them alone, but then have to check all the doors at least twice before I go to bed. And I did chuckle at your picture on the dating site. I have a brother that would probably sin me up for a laugh. I often get junk mail through the post, advertising stair lifts, hearing aids and the like. I know that he is behind it.
    Have a lovely weekend. Hope the rain eases. It's a royal pain.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Thanks Leanne! Yes, the top is super easy to make. If you decide to try it out Christina could probably give you some tips. She's made several of them, and she's a really good seamstress. I'm not. :-)

      I watched the final two episodes of Silent Witness after Jay got back, and am I ever glad I waited. And as for checking the doors twice to be sure they're locked, I do that even if I haven't watched anything scary.

      Have a good weekend!

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  17. I'm not surprised your picture was chosen as feature post of the day, it did take my breath away when it first appeared on your blog! That is a lovely teapot you found on Teapot Hill. I'm sorry you experiment with spelt wasn't a success what a shame that you wouldn't be able to eat anymore on those pies. Poor Jenny must have had a long wait. Sarah x

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  18. Lovely knitted top for the new baby, and your own new top looks nice and breezy! Pies look yummy, and raspberry is my favourite. I never get to eat it though because my husband H.A.T.E.S. the seeds, so we always buy something easy for him to deal with like apple (yawn). Sorry you won't be baking up any more pies though (although I think I could give up pie fairly easily since I never get my favourite). That's pretty cool that your photo was chosen, but it IS a gorgeous shot!! Poor Jenny to be missing her true love. Apparently my dog howls when I leave the house, but I have never heard that howl myself!
    Have a great weekend!
    Wendy

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  19. love the finished milo and I'm so sad the dog is sad! I'm told they do not have a sense of time but I think they do!! Loved catching up on what you have been doing :)

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  20. This polka dot dress is the cutest thing! It feels like magic dress for newborn lady ;)

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