Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Flowers Yes...Knitting No

Just a few random shoots of blooms picked from my yard....before this happened

22 degrees out this morning.
This insult added to the "Earthquake" of last week.
And no time to Knit!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Women vs. Men

In the 11 years of owning a retail garden shoppe, I have always enjoyed these 2 tried and true mottos.
1. Any 2 women can do anything a man can do.
2. We don't need no stinkin' men.
I certainly didn't start out thinking that I would only employee women. My newphew Drew worked for the last 2 summers and that is the only "boy" we have ever employeed. It was great the 1st summer, but by last summer he had totally lost interest and it began to be problematic to work for your aunt.
Which brings us to today...
It was my plan to add additional plant shelving to our courtyard. We began with 56 cement blocks, which Paula and I unloaded, carted and set up. We then hauled out of the warehouse some 1x6's all of various lengths, and colors. As we were laying the 1x6's , I was marking how much needed to be taken off each to make our new shelving even. Then I got the hand saw.
Paula remarks, "You are going to saw those off, why not just find some guy with a circular saw?"
I proceeded to saw each board to it proper length.
I then attached some electrical conduit to the wall with a screwdriver and she remarks " Aren't you going to wait for Dan to do that with a screwgun?" I just looked at her, proceeded, job done in less than 1 minute.
Paula has a lot to learn. I'm just sayin'!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

1st Day Back at the Shoppe

It was my first day back full time at my shoppe. Tax Season officially over at 12M last night. I am still trying to understand why after 21 years, I had to be included in the tax season madness...not my cup of tea...I'm just sayin!

So, 62 degrees, gale force winds, shoppe that has been somewhat neglected and the spring gardening season upon us.
We had dirty ponds to clean out, random leaves to get out of nooks and crannies, but we also had time to enjoy the Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Dove Bars that my little friend "Milkweed" brought by. (thanks Heidel!).

Please don't notice that I have chocolate all over my face. Remember gale force winds, tax season , pond scum!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Fling Ended

My weekend Fling has ended.
This was the 1st time I have worked with fine mohair/silk, I think I may have found yet another addiction. Cons of this project - casting on 325 stitches, with very slippery mohair. Yikes!
So worth it in the end, a very long narrow scarf, which has endless possibilities.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Just a little glimpse, of a little Fling I had over the weekend. Love that Rowan KidSilk Haze and Cheryl Niamath Designs yes, yes I do.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Tax Season

Only 3 more work days left in this tax season. Notice the furrows on Dan's brow.
When I am bored and he is being particularly snarky, I find I can amuse myself by counting them. He of course does not find this particularly funny. His dreaded "11" between the eyes has become 11,111.
This photo was snapped during the photo shoot (term used lightly) Seed Starting 101, on my other blog
He soon tried of me giving direction so I could get the photos I needed.
I had no recourse other than to continue to snap photos of his furrrowed brow.
It makes me laugh!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Travelers Pocket - # 3

Well, I am almost pleased. My tension was all over the place and even with blocking it is still a tad wonky.
Am sure I will do more stranded work in the near future. Possibly mittens?
Still need to line bag and attach strap.
1st Fair Isle/Stranded Project Complete.

Monday, April 7, 2008

My Signs of Spring

Crocus, Snowdrops and Narcissus Buds

Flip flops and Painted Toes!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


I made the mistake of asking Dan to gather his coffee cups so I could wash them.
It is not his all time record, which is when he brought me 27!
The test is still in progress, for I have not washed these, I put them in a box and suggested that it was time for him to take care of his own dirty cups.
2 weeks later......cups still remain in box.....still dirty. Speechless.....