Sunday, April 23, 2017

Rainy Days...




... don't get me down! (the Carpenters) Yep, still lots of rain here, but much higher temperatures and we've even enjoyed a few days with full-on sunshine! 

I always find it difficult to write again after a longish hiatus. Where to start? Let's just say that life is moving along just fine. 

The husband and I spent a couple of days in and near Port Townsend, WA. The first day we had super blue skies and only sunshine. The next day that was all gone and it became quite blustery, stormy even. Also fun along the coast. It was just really nice to be out and about in different surroundings together. We stayed in the cutest little cottage ever at  Chevy Chase Beach Cabins. Seriously, how cute is this? (see below)



Port Townsend...



We brought our own Italian coffee machine, plus my favorite coffee mug of course...


Spring Break is over again and we are now looking forward to Master C.'s graduation from college in three weeks time.  (Gonzaga) How did that happen so fast??! We are so happy for him, great times!

I'll leave you with some fun pictures of the birds that we are finding in our yard right now. Lots of new faces (migratory birds) and the old well known ones as well. They always make me smile...

Steller Blue Jay...


White-Crowned Sparrow...

Evening Grosbeak...


Robin...

American Goldfinch...

Band Tailed Pigeon...


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Cocooning...

Captured by my daughter, sometime earlier this month...

(Is that a word, cocooning? ) That sort of sums up how I've been feeling the last two months. Living in a cocoon, not feeling like communicating with anyone. Nothing bad, just being quiet. Just me and my knitting... (see my Ravelry  page)

Winter has come and gone, but spring hasn't arrived yet. We are so many weeks behind schedule. Lots of rain, and clouds and only a couple of hours of sun. (and those hours felt soooo good!) 

The kids each came home for a week, but only at the same time for a couple of overlapping days. Nice to have them each for ourselves. The two of us had a great roadtrip to central Oregon in February visiting Mr. G's middle brother and wife. Good times and several beers were had...

Now we're getting closer to our Spring Break. We're thinking of spending a couple of days near or in Port Townsend and maybe a cheeky visit to the Dutch/ British/ Scandinavian grocery store in Poulsbo on the way there. My licorice stock (= drop) is nearing its end...

I've been loving our treadmill purchase. Almost every day you can find me on it and I'm finally starting to see and feel some results! With the awful weather we've had (and still have) it has been an excellent purchase!

Well, that's it for now. I've just started my most ambitious knitting project to date, the Clio sweater. I had a hard time finding the right weight yarn. It called for a light DK, but I'm using a sock weight yarn by Madeline Tosh in the colorway 'Asphalt'. I'm loving all the colorful bits in it. Her's to hoping that my gamble will be paying off...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Winter For Real!


Wow! It started snowing Sunday afternoon and wham! we were in the middle of winter all of a sudden. Over here 6 inches (= 15 cm) fell and it was just like a winter wonderland, so incredibly beautiful...

We did hear lots of strange sounds that night and some creaking. The next morning I found that a  50 foot tree, which had been standing with the help of studs already when we bought the house nine years ago, had come down. It narrowly missed our garden shed by a foot or so! The snow was incredibly wet and heavy, thus the breaking of a lot of branches and downing of trees.

Yesterday, Snow Day number 2, we went out and started removing the limbs by hand. An enormous job for just the two of us, but we like doing these kind of projects together. We did as much as we could with some clippers and a hand saw, but now we've ordered a chainsaw so that this weekend we can hopefully get rid of the rest of it. Well, at least to have it cut in pieces. I think we'll wait with loading pieces into our pick-up truck until the kids are home to give us a hand. Of course it happened at the complete farthest end of our garden away from where the truck is, so lots of back and forth walking/ schlepping in our future...

School started again today after two days of, but with a 9:30 start. Roads are still icy in places and there is apparently still a lot of debris every where. I think I read somewhere that up to 140.000 houses were without power. We only suffered from no internet for 14 hours...

Anyway, I'll leave you with some pics from all the happenings over here. There is lots of rain in the forecast so I think this is the last of the snow we'll be seeing for a while...

Downed tree in the foreground. You can see the shed peeping through behind it...

Same tree the next day. Husband for scale...

After an hour and a half of chopping and schlepping...

The root ball.  The fence is 6 foot tall...

The back of our house from behind some downed branches...

View through our kitchen window...

Front of the house...


Our neighborhood...



Snow Birds... {smile}


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Hot & Cold...


It has been a bit quiet over here lately. I suddenly find myself in perimenopause with a bang.  Hot flashes every 40 minutes, day and night. I expected changes but not this sudden and this severe. I'm now trying to find some balance in it all and have started on some meds yesterday...

In the mean time I'm just knitting along and keeping things quiet. I haven't been to any knitting groups even. Maybe I'll pop by the shop a little later today for a "sit 'n knit"....

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Meet My New 'Friend'...


Yes, it is a treadmill!!! (I had to add some festive layers over this pic, otherwise it would be so boring and who likes that?)

A little over four years ago I started my 'running' program. Nothing fancy, lots of walking in between etc. The point is that after four years I still find this the only acceptable exercise for me. I don't love it, but I also don't mind it. What I do mind is the cold and the wet outside and I've found myself basically not running since mid October, not good at all!

The treadmill arrived little over a week ago and I've been on it almost every day! It connects with the internet and you can make maps online on which you can then run with the Google camera car, how cool is that?! I've been running in my dad's town of Muiden, in Utrecht (passing two of my abodes) and today I ran in Burgh-Haamstede. (all in The Netherlands) The machine automatically takes in the different elevations (which in The Netherlands is not much of course) and so it goes up and down while you're running. Very fun!

I'll keep you posted on my (hopefully) progress! {smile}

PS: Another reason for doing more exercise are my hot flashes that started about three weeks ago. Not funny you guys/ gals!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Some 'Knittering' In The New Year...




Ha, I finished this Pointed Firs  Shawl yesterday and am wearing it already. (it is just around freezing over here, with some snowy remains from New Year's Eve) 

I wanted do some 'stash-busting' and decided my limited amount of DK yarn would fit the bill. (Madeline Tosh yarn) It was an easy knit and very comfortable for working on during the busy days of December...

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

With Love...



A few weeks ago I posted this unedited picture on Instagram. One of my wonderful followers mentioned that I looked so healthy. I thought that that was the loveliest thing someone has ever told me!

After having lost so many wonderful people, especially a close friend of mine,  this year, this is what I wish for you all: a Healthy 2017!   (and beyond...)

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Christmas Miracle Of Sorts...



Cast on was at the end of September, cast off was yesterday. Yay!!! This was the first time I made a sweater for someone else and the pressure was certainly there. So glad with the outcome though.  {smile}

Yarn is Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter (worsted) in the color Barn Owl. Blocking this yarn was a miracle in itself, the sweater came out so soft with a lovely drape. (it was rather stiff to work with...)

The sweater was designed by Ann Budd. It was knit bottom-up with both armhole and neckline shaping. Short rows in pattern on the sleeves, which was 'tres tricky'. All new techniques for me. I prefer the top-down method with more control over the whole thing, but I love how sleeve shaping worked out. (no raglan shaping!)

Mr. G. is wearing it as I write this!

Hope you're all having a wonderful time with your family and/ or friends...

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Let It Snow...








At 5:20 am all the phones in our house started ringing; Snow Day!!!

Last night we actually had some snow coming down. Not so much here at home, but definitely more in Seattle and surroundings. Since our area is very hilly and there are a lot of student-drivers, several school districts decided to close down for the day. We don't mind at all!  {smile}

The above pictures are from this morning in already melting conditions, but the one below is from last night.

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!"



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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lord Frost...



17 F / -8 C this morning: so crisp and frosty out. I love it!

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Rainy Days...

... don't get me down! (the Carpenters) Yep, still lots of rain here, but much higher temperatures and we've even enjoyed ...