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Knitting, spinning, pets, food and other thoughts


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Boo!

Yellow Garden Spider

Yellow Garden Spider

This is a Yellow Garden Spider who has taken up residence on the side of the garage. She/he disappeared when it got cold, but then was back as soon as it warmed up, so must have found someplace close that’s sheltered. The Missouri Conservationist featured an article by Joel Vance on spiders that I found interesting.

There is progess in the construction zone, not as much as I’d like, of course, but we’re getting close to concrete – the forms for the footings are done, and the concrete guy was out this morning, checking access for the concrete truck.

Added Sat am: We have concrete! The footings are mostly poured now, and they’ll finish them today πŸ™‚

Forms for the footings

Forms for the footings

I’ve finally gotten all the merino/silk blend roving spun, and plied 1 skein. The bobbins are big, so there’s a lot more on there – possibly 2 more skeins like this one. I guess the next thing is to figure out what it wants to be. I’m thinking something lace πŸ™‚ Note: The color is quite a bit darker than it appears here.

Merino/silk blend yarn

Merino/silk blend yarn

The last of summer and a bit of fall; the upper right and lower left are seed pods on the hardy begonia.


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In this corner …

we have a corner, and string, and not much else so far. The guys showed up bright and early in the cold this morning and started in with boards, stakes, string and long steel tapes, and after while they vanished, but we seem to have corners and a layout now. This is the view from the back porch – don’t get too close to the edge, because it’s about 8 feet straight down, and very rocky! πŸ™‚

The Construction Zone

The Construction Zone

The Regia Mosaik Color socks are coming along, but except for a couple of spots on the heel and the beginning of the gusset, the colors aren’t banding like the photo on the label. I’m not sure why, but I like them anyway!

Regia Socks (color #5558)

Regia Socks (color #5558)

It was about 29 this morning, so most of the plants are probably done for the year, but there are still some colorful leaves to enjoy!

Maple Leaves

Maple Leaves


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A fun visit …

except it was much too short. A while back I had an email from Edie Eckman that she was going to be in Kansas City and St. Louis, doing a book tour for her new book, could we get together? Well sure we could work something out!

So we [Himself & I – you can see us on Edie’s blog] took off for the city on Tuesday morning, picked her up at her hotel, had lunch at McGurk’s (one of our favorite places to eat), did some running around including the Art Museum, then finished off with frozen custard at Ted Drewe’s (much less crowded on Tuesday than on Saturday!), before dropping Edie back at her hotel so she could get ready for the book signing at Knitorious. We had a great time, I just wish we’d had more time to visit.

On the way to St. Louis and back, I finished the Trekking Ribbed Socks (Ravelry link), and started another pair with some Regia Mosaik Color #5558 – nice colors, but the color’s not doing anything like the photo on the label. Pictures to follow.

It’s supposed to turn cold overnight tomorrow, so I scurried around and brought in the houseplants – whew! I’m glad it’s only once to get them out in the spring, and once to bring them in in the fall!


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[Nearly] Wordless Wednesday

Some things I like about where we live:


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Cookies!

At the store the other day, I saw chocolate chips made with semisweet and white chocolate, and just had to try them – your classic impulse purchase. The recipe on the bag is almost the old standard for Toll House Cookies, except it calls for mixing 1 cup of the chips into the cookies and reserving the other 2/3 cup to put on top (I also left out the nuts, as I didn’t have any handy). I like easy, so I mixed them all in but there’s really no advantage to the swirled ones that way. The cookies are good, of course, especially right out of the oven, but I think the all semisweet ones taste more chocolatey. It’s a Good Thing I don’t do this very often, as neither of us has ever met a warm chocolate chip cookie we didn’t like πŸ˜‰

By the way, I don’t mind making drop cookies nearly as much since I got my handy little 1-1/4″ ice cream-type scoop – for me it works best if I chill the cookie dough a while before scooping. Sometimes I freeze the balls of dough, then wrap them, and just take out a few at a time. I can do 4-6 in the toaster oven.

Cookie dough

Cookie dough

Cookies!

Cookies!

We’re hoping the concrete guys will be here bright and early in the morning to start on the next step in our own Big Dig!

Grass & sky

Grass & sky


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Now we know …

why they didn’t dig a full basement under this house when it was built in about 1961. Look at the layer of rock underneath the red clay – they broke rock off and on for 2 days. It was a good thing the white pipe (connected to a downspout) was there when it rained yesterday afternoon, as it carried the water out so it wasn’t pouring down right next to the wall.

Lots of rock!

Lots of rock!

It’s been a good, strong house, and you can’t get lumber of the quality they used any more, but it’s definitely got some strange construction details. One of Himself’s very early projects was to go up in the attic and turn all the insulation batts over – they’d been put in wrong side up. Another detail we’ve just discovered is that there isn’t a conventional foundation, so the concrete guys are going to have to do some seat-of-the-pants engineering to make sure that what’s here stays put until they get the new walls poured.

Maggie

Maggie

Maggie does cute so well.

The first Trekking sock is done, and I’m past the gusset on sock #2, so I’ll have another pair of socks in time for cooler weather πŸ™‚

Trekking Sock

Trekking Sock

The bittersweet that grew up the electric pole is turning color, another sign that fall is here.

Bittersweet vine

Bittersweet vine

Bittersweet Berries


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2 Scoops …

with the big Cat excavator = 1 truckload, and a whole lot of truckloads came out of this hole! We weren’t sure if we’d have a basement under the addition until they started digging, but after much pounding/rock breaking today, there will be a basement. Now we’ve got our fingers crossed that we won’t get much rain while it’s all dug out!

New basement

New basement-to-be

With Amber’s supervision (Himself was making interesting noises that she just had to check out) the new dishwasher is finally working – notice the lights – yay! It has a setting for washing just the top rack, which looks like it will be ideal for us most of the time, and it does a great job.

Maintenance Guy's helper

The Helper

We have lights & action!

We have lights & action!

Saturday, I finished the first Trekking sock in the car, and started the 2nd one. I don’t have a good photo of the sock yet, but there sure were some neat clouds!

Saturday clouds

Saturday clouds


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Changes & a Fall Drive

We’ve been talking about adding on to the house for a number of years – a new kitchen, master bedroom, more than just 1 bathroom … then when we finally got ready to do it, it’s just kept on raining, and raining. So one machine showed up yesterday and dug around, largely locating the water and septic lines (and making a lot of mud), then bright and early today, a much bigger machine arrived and is making much bigger holes (and even more mud!). It looks like we will be able to have a pretty good basement underneath, although given how rocky it is, we weren’t sure until they started digging. When we dig around here, something old usually comes up; this time, we found an old hoe and a sad iron. I think things are going to be in an uproar for quite some time.

Stealth knitting revealed! Now that these socks have been gifted, I can show them; they turned out really bright and cheerful πŸ˜‰ The yarn is OnLine Supersocke 100, Savanne-Color (color #1033) which I picked up in Wisconsin this summer. Nice to knit.

Yesterday afternoon, we took a drive down south of here – a machine shop customer asked Himself to take a look at a big ‘dozer with problems (bigger than either of the ones here). While the guys were discussing ways to fix it, I wandered around and took pictures*. We also saw some neat longhorn cattle in a field, but with after-school traffic and no shoulders at all on the road, stopping wasn’t an option.

*ETA: I thought the graphic on the back of the truck was amusing πŸ˜‰