Thursday, November 19, 2009

I want one of these...

I came across this today on YouTube as I was searching for ways to keep the chicken's water from freezing this winter.

To think I've been going out morning and evening to open/close the chicken door and I could have had an automatic door... ?

I soooo want one!
Now.. where can I find a drapery motor...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bench Monday: Circa 1973 Edition

My husband found this picture of me in his desk this morning. When he brought it in to the kitchen he said.. "Look.. You've been a fan of Bench Monday since you were a kid."

Me, on a bench, 1973.

Love the shoes.. I still remember them. Only because I stepped on a carpet tack strip without them on and those shoes hurt to high heaven to wear them after that.

I think we may just still have that bench...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Been working on filling the woodshed. One load at a time.

Finally got around to tossing in a bit of Chard in the cold frames. I found it at Whole Foods a few weeks ago. Couldn't resist trying it after reading about the Five Color Silverbeet in the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

The autumn lettuce crop is doing very nicely under glass.

The ladies were a bit disappointed they couldn't have a bite... or two.

The carrots buried under the leaf stacks are doing great. I love going out to dig a fresh carrot for a snack or a salad. A bit of fresh picked lettuce for our dinner last night. So much better than the summer lettuce. Must be the cooler weather!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


I am not so much of a morning person.
But.. I'm working on it.
Today I was up before the sun.
Deep purple sky.
Sliver of moon.
Morning star.
I was glad I didn't miss it.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fingerless.. woo-hoo!!

Meet the Project of The Month -
"Throw Down The Gauntlets" fingerless gloves! Pattern by Gabi Bolland at Posh Knits. I purchased the pattern last week at my knitting class and with thanks to Linda and Carol... I am off! Above is the cuff on the second glove that I started this morning...

This would be what I call the Hula Hoop scarf. A lesson learned in how NOT to "gauge" a circular scarf pattern. Took this baby off the circular needles and I swear it could be a hula hoop cover! Gave up after about six loop around my neck.. I like the yarn (called beeswax, although I think it looks a bit more like corn-off-the-cob), so I may take it apart and start over.

TA - DA!!
One fingerless glove down and one to go! Hope to have the second one finished today. The double pointed needles weren't as bad as I thought they were going to be sooooo...

I'm ready!

Monday, November 2, 2009


So I get this phone call from my mom..
"Don't let the chickens out, your father saw the hawk."

Next thing I know...
Dad is at the back door whispering.. "Come here..."

Sure enough, perched in the tree next to the garage..
Mr. Hawk - heavily eyeing up the coop for lunch-du-jour.

When he saw us watching him, looks could kill. No chicken salad for you today mister. I am leaving the ladies in! I think he is a Sharp-Shinned Hawk? He took off shortly after he learned his lunch plans were spoiled.