Thursday, June 27, 2013

My backyard...

...does not offer as much "scope for the imagination" as the open road does... but I like it anyway. I've been enjoying just being at home for the past couple of weeks. It's been rainy and cool, which is not that unusual for June in these parts.
 Laura's strawberry plants are thriving. I think they like the wet, cool days. Laura planted them last year, so this is the first real harvest we've had from these plants. I do love fresh berries.
 I've put in a tiny garden, with just 6 or 8 plants. And, of course, the weeds appreciate the rain as much as the veggie plants do. I think it's time to get out the hoe.
 Over in the chicken coop Becky's pullets are happy and healthy. They bawk loudly every time they see her step outside, and when she lets them out of the pen they trail along behind her like she's the Mother Hen. They are definitely entertaining. And finally, they are beginning to look like real chickens. We're hoping for eggs sometime in September.
 I had actually gone out back to take a picture of this year's graduation afghan that I recently completed for my nephew. (Last year's picture is here... and the one for 2010 is here.) Notice who is lurking just to the right of the chair?
 It's Tabitha the Cat, who doesn't care that she's quite fat.
Nor does she care that she's also very undignified as she rolls around on her back waving her paws in the air.

I guess my own backyard is not so boring after all!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Project Planning

Many hours in the car this spring have resulted in several completed crochet projects. I've enjoyed working on some larger projects this past winter and spring, after crocheting dozens of mug cozies and washcloths for my Etsy shop before Christmas. I'll share pictures soon. In the meantime, as you've probably figured out if you follow me on Pinterest, I've been deliberating over crochet patterns and designs trying to decide what to work on next. I'd like to branch out with some new items in my shop... and I'd love your feedback! I sorted through all the inspirational pictures I had saved to my "Crochet Ideas" category (over 400! yikes!) into more specific folders. If you have a few minutes, feel free to browse the following lists and let me know what you think. 


Do you crochet? 

Do you like crocheted items? 

What do you think would be popular in my shop? 

I'd love to know!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Big City Shopping

Frankly, I'm happy to be a Small Town girl. I've never had a desire to live in the Big City. However, every time we go to Seattle and vicinity, there are certain places we like to shop... mainly because we don't have these stores in the Spokane area...
IKEA
 Observation: Swedish names for things are hilarious. Especially when one has not the first inkling about the Swedish rules of pronunciation and tries to read all the words in a normal, slightly-southern American English accent. Because I'm a reader, and I have to read all the signs. It's an obsession with me. I can't help myself.
Fry's Electronics
One of us usually enjoys this super store more than the other one of us. However, this time I was specifically "needing" a stylus 3-pack. You see, I have a tendency to literally wear out styluses playing Griddlers Plus on our tablet. Fry's has a 3-pack for $10. Can't beat that.
Panera Bread
Great sandwiches and salads! I also like the cozy feel of their dining area.
Half-Price Books
I'm sure you can guess that this is my favorite destination. I don't always buy something, but I am always tempted... and I love to just browse!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ring Around the Sun

Unusual phenomenon in the Seattle area this afternoon.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Mountain View

The Mountain (aka Mount Rainier) is out this evening. View from our hotel room.

Busy Day

...at the Washington homeschool conference! (I took this picture this morning before it opened.) Talked to lots of friendly people today.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

For those of you who might be confused...

 ...these is puppies! (See? They're different than ponies!)

These sweet babies belong to my brother's family's dog. So let's see... if they are my brother's grand-puppies... would that make them my great-niece-puppies? I can usually calculate obscure family relationships, but when we start involving the pets... that's when I get confused.

Anyway, the wide-awake puppy is Zorro, and the snoozing puppy is Oakley. After playing with them for a few minutes I noticed that they were both girl puppies.

"Umm... Allen? Why is this girl puppy named Zorro?"

"Well... she has a black mask, don't you see? And she was named by small children. Some things you just don't question."

Makes perfect sense to me!
 Oakley was so sound asleep that she didn't even wiggle when Zorro started chewing on her ear. And Zorro's little baby teeth are sharp! Ask me how I know.
Pretty soon Zorro was ready for a nap herself, and was soon sacked out beside her sister in the cool grass.

Zorro and Oakley have 6 litter mates. I just didn't get pictures of all them, but it was sure fun to have them tumbling all over my lap and tugging on my skirt.

I love puppies!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Road Trip!

Big surprise, huh? Headed to Nampa, Idaho today (about 8 hours). First episode of Car Talk in progress.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Birds in the Airport

Several trips ago I discovered that the mezzanine in Concourse C is a nice, quiet place to sit at the Denver airport while I wait till time for my flight. Today I discovered it is inhabited by birdies! Three little sparrows were hoping around looking for crumbs nearby. Then they flew away. I wonder how they got in.