Monday, November 28, 2011

Extended season

The advantage to not shopping on the weekend after Thanksgiving is being able to enjoy a quiet walk on the beach, which I did on both Saturday and Sunday.  While folks were rushing from store to store to build up points on their credit cards, I listened to the crunch of fine wet sand under my shoes.




The gulls were looking for food.




The remains of a horseshoe crab, looking so very prehistoric.




Barnacles holding several shells together. 




This one reminded me of angel's wings.



There were only about 20 people along the entire beach.  Two months earlier, I would have been weaving my way through beach blankets and toys.

In this section of the world we have been blessed with lovely weather which is about to change.  Tomorrow's forecast brings rain, followed by colder temperatures.  Perhaps I should find my coat now.....

Sunday, November 27, 2011

button, button.....

My vest is almost complete, having spent a few evenings knitting the neckband and seaming the sides.  Progress was stalled for a few days while I hesitated over buttons.  I narrowed it down to two choices....

these look like they were cut from a seashell...




and these classic vintage faux leather knots...




I'm leaning towards the knots, so I can use the other ones on something linen-y.  The knots always remind me of those wool plaid blazers with the elbow patches. 

I love Autumn wool plaids, capturing the rich colors of leaves, squash, and wine.  I saw some beautiful plaids as I wandered through JCPenney last week.  One skirt in particular caught my attention.  It was a bias-cut maxi!!!  I wore one very similar back in '75 and '76.  It was a favorite of mine back then (sigh!)



I've been watching these for the past few weeks.  This is the best display this little plant has ever had.  Such a delight to open the drapes in the morning!






It's a gorgeous day, here, so I'm heading out to get my vitamin D.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Greetings!


 
I'm thankful for having met ALL of YOU  :)

 

Happy Thanksgiving!
Best wishes!

Joan

Last week a friend had to have a procedure done by a specialist and would be under anesthesia for a bit.  I drove her for the appointment and brought along a book to read in the waiting room.  Actually, I brought an extra book in case this one didn't meet my expectations.  However, I found that I couldn't put this one down and finished it at home that night.  Those of you who have known me for a while may remember my posts about books on women who I admire (here, here, more here.)  This turned out to be another book written by a woman with drive.

A Year by the Sea, Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson is a small book and a fairly quick read, but there much insight in it.  She makes a physical separation from her husband of many years to find herself, spending a year at a family home by the shore.  It takes a special woman to strike out on her own, not knowing what she'll find...or what she may be giving up.  Digging deep into yourself can be a frightening thing.  Joan made the most of her year, as should we all.  I was inspired by this true story.  This is the first time I've ever underlined sentences in a book, always having treated them with utmost respect.  But there were two passages that spoke to me and I wanted to save those thoughts.

I recommend this for a quick wintery weekend read.  If your library doesn't have it, ask them to borrow it for you.  And let me know how you like it.

Have a great Tuesday, folks!

Monday, November 21, 2011

New digs

We're still settling in at work.  It's kind of exciting, with so many new things there.

These are some of our neighbors.





Here's a view of the late Autumn scenery surrounding us now.  The colors are dull and rusty this year due to the hot-hot-hot Summer we had, but I don't mind looking at this while I'm out for my lunchtime walk :)





I'm wondering if I should bring in my snowshoes this winter ..... (* wink *)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A-hem.....

It was my most interesting Friday Night Sew-In, producing this....



I should have trusted my instincts when the number of stitches picked up around the neckline made it pucker.  The finished neckband was too tight so I ripped it out.  So here's where the vest stands after blocking the pieces and stitching the shoulders together on FNSI....




Productive?  Yes.  There may not be a finished vest, but I am more confident in my instincts than I was yesterday morning ;)

I also hemmed two pair of pants that were purchased at the secondhand store almost three months ago.



Thank you, Heidi for hosting this month's FNSI!  I soooo needed some warmer slacks for work!

I'll be stopping by to see what all this month's participants have created.  Use this link to see some great works and inspirations, and have a great Saturday!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In tonight!

The other day I revisited some blogs in my bookmarks and found that tonight is scheduled for Friday Night Sew-In, the once-per-month evening dedicated to creativity hosted by Heidi.  I've participated many times this year and eagerly signed up for tonight's party.  After all, I've got some projects already begun.....

I found quite a few great knitting books this past summer at the secondhand stores.  Last week I chose a pattern and some yarn to make a vest for myself (unlike the last few years where I knit gifts for everyone else ;)



It was relaxing to let my fingers fly over sections of patternless pieces, laughing at the thought of passing slipped stitches over and tracking k2, p3, k8, or RSS and t2r.  Somewhat zen-like.



The three sections need to be blocked (tonight) so that I can assemble them and add the neckline garter edging tomorrow.

And tonight I will also be tackling this.......




I'm moving away from my more traditional color schemes to stretch my imagination :)


Have a great Friday!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you to our Veterans


Thank you for your service to our country.







Thursday, November 10, 2011

1.3 miles

.....is my new walking route.  Our company relocated to a brand-spanking new building.  The finishing touches are still being completed on our offices but we've moved in anyway.  It's in a hilly area which means I'll be able to get quite a workout at lunch by completing the loop created by the way the road runs.

The move was exhausting and we're still getting caught up.  Lots of extra hours at work but it was worth it!  I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend.

Have a great Friday   :)

If you're looking for it, it's out there on the web....somewhere!

(Please note that this post is not intended to stir up a political debate.  On this blog I do not discuss "politics", but that which revolves around it.  That being said......)


Shame on CNBC.com.

I choose to be an informed citizen and am a bit of a news-hound.  So I wanted to watch the debate last night but, having no television, found that the sponsoring station (CNBC) did not run a live feed on their free access website.  Instead, they chose to show it on their premium site, CNBCPRO.com.

By contrast, earlier this year the PBS-sponsored debate was shown on the PBS website and the Washington Post-sponsored debate was shown on their site, both gratis.

Funny thing about the internet, though.  I was able to watch the debate without paying a premium.....on a European website  ;)