Monday, May 31, 2010

Rain rain go away...

Finally success. I have successful not killed a plant. My Rhodo is in bloom!

And there are lots more blooms to come.

I manage to get out there and snap a few shots in between the torrential downpours that are neverending around here.
Well, I have just spent three days trying upload some pictures. I give up. You win rain. You've broken my soul.

Monday, May 24, 2010

May Short

My, we have a lot of catching up to do!
Yesterday I made cinnamon buns for the first time. Big mistake. BIG ONE. There are none left today. None. I will not make that mistake again. Unless I have exactly 12 people in my house the would like one each. My icing kind of melted because I was really impatient, but warm melty icing on a fresh warm bun, good lord. Have mercy on me.

Two weeks ago, I attended my first meeting of the Slocan Valley Thread Guild! It was a wonderful evening! Everyone was very kind and welcoming, exactly as I knew they would be! I made a new friend even! There was a girl just a little younger then me, and I'll give you one guess what her name is. One hint : starts with a J. And my list of friends with the same name as me grows by one! She is an encyclopedia of knitting and spinning information and very talented! I am so excited to meet her, but then my happiness was crushed when I found out she is leaving in a few short days for the rest of the summer! But we did manage to get in one spinning and knitting date yesterday, my living room was yarn and fibre from one end to the next and it was heaven!

Last weekend I went to Vancouver to meet up with my mom and my sister and spend some time crying over pretty white dresses. I did manage to weasel in a trip to the yarn store (and Ikea of course, oh and Pajo's of course). It was a great store, we got to have a little tour of a hundred year old carding machine that was bigger then my bedroom! Surprisingly, there were very little safety checks in place, so we were thankful it wasn't running! The drive belt was longer then a car! And the drums could have easily carded an arm into some nice quilt batting! They actually use it to this day! It was crazy! Of course I bought some yummy fibre and a new bobbin for the Louet! And I persuaded my big sis to put a zipper in the cowichan for me, it would be all finished, but the collar doesn't line up, so I have to do a little reworking.
My new knitting friend convinced me of the good that comes from swatching what you spin, so I spun a little, tried her new technique of thwacking! And knit up some of my new fibre! I'm glad I did, I can see I need a little more twist, but all in all I think it looks pretty good so far!
Today we finally saw a inkling of summer, so we quickly mowed the jungle, aka lawn and planted the majority of the garden. It was even warm enough to get out the swimming pool and Madeline gave Dorian some swimming lessons. We also bought Dorians first life jacket this weekend, it's really nice, but the one strap covers up his little dong, so I will have to do a little sewing. Dusted off the patio furniture and cleaned the porch! Phew, starting to look good out there. It even looks like we might get a bloom out of the Rhododendron we planted last year! I was very jealous driving around Vancouver, they were in full swing there, so I have been talking very nicely and I can see a little smudge of pink under one of the buds!
(PS mom, I set up the little bistro set over by the hammock, looks really cute there!)
And the may long weekend comes to a close for another year...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!

To all the human mommies and all the fur mommies. I guess fur mommies are still human, so that didn't make any sense. Happy Mothers Day anyways! Hugs and Kisses especially to my mom! Dorian got me up nice and early around 6am! I think he was excited to give me his present, some really nice fog! So I followed him outside and we took some pictures. It was a little unsettling, so early, so quiet, and possibly some rustling of a wild animal somewhere out of sight!
Apples in the mist...

The Saskatoons are in full bloom! I am so excited. When we moved into this house, I couldn't believe my eyes in the spring to discover I had saskatoon bushes growing right in my own yard! And if we venture out behind the property to the power line right of way, there is an endless amount and us and our buckets! The first year we couldn't get enough! But last year the crop was really poor and I don't think I got enough for even one pie. It was so disapointing. When I saw the flowers in bloom yesterday, it was very exciting. I don't remember there being so many flowers the other years! It's going to be a bumper crop! Pie anyone? Perogies? Jam?
Countdown to July begins!

I finally got started on the paint in the bathroom, Benjamin Moore H2O. I have only done one wall and to be honest I am not to happy with how the color came out. It was not the calm soothing spa like blue that I was going for. It was more of an Easter Egg blue. But when you buy Aura, it's an expensive pill to swallow, so I am going to carry on, maybe it will look better when it is all done and the tape is down. If not I will paint over it. I took the picture of the corner, so you could all remember the minty hospital green it was before. I'm not sure if this is any better!

Oh, and that rustling I thought I heard earlier....

I'm not crazy after all!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Green Sleeves

We spend our first good evening working in the yard last night! Weeding is in full swing, and the lawn has been mowed twice already! My seeds, ordered back, waaaay back in January, have finally arrived. If the rain stays away we will rototill and plant this weekend!
The pups were so thrilled to be running around outside all evening, especially since Ling has officially been released from bed rest! Dorian stopped to smell the tulips, in between barking insanely at the lawnmower. I tried to get a picture of their green paws!

It almost appears that Dorian is no longer the little brother! He actually is still a little bit smaller then her, with a slightly larger head!
Here's a better shot of Madeline holding up her green hands!

Sort of!

We spent hours outside! When we finally came in, exhausted and thirsty, we realized it was only 7:30! My goodness, we need to work on our gardening stamina! Well I should say me, Tommy continued mowing the weeds for another couple of hours. It worked out well though, I had some knitting to do!

I finally finished Tommys scappy socks, meant to use up little bits of yarn leftovers. I don't think I actually used up any though! They fit a little weird because of all the different size yarns, but hopefully they will get better after a few washes! The sad part of these socks is that they were almost completey knit during work hours, which tells you just how busy we were in April! Yikes, good thing there's yarn to get a girl through the day!

The cowichan is on the home stretch, just the collar is left to be knit! Hopefully I will finish it off this week!

Today is our last puppy training for the summer. We could have continued on with agility, but with Maddys knee and that fact that classes are moving outside into the heat, it is not a good option for us. So we are taking a well deserved break! We did pretty good, we made it to level four obediance in one year!

And one last exciting news! I am finished paying off one student loan! FINALLY! One more to go!