04/13/2012, Kingston, Ontario
So Wednesday evening I left Al alone while I went to a knitting class. It was called Ravelry 101. Ravelry would be akin to an Active Captain for knitters. The program itself is very diverse and the class was amazing. In Ravelry you can manage your stash, needles and projects. So this morning I spent some time entering some yarns and needles, it even includes a spot for notes and where you have Stashed this new purchase. It occurred to me that Active Captain should have this feature, maybe it does? How many times had Al needed a tool and has no idea where it is stored. The user needs to be diligent in entering all new purchases and related items. WOW, knitting and cruising really do have so much in COMMON.
Last night I bussed to my LYS (local yarn store) for their knit night. It was a busy, lively group. At times it was too loud for me to concentrate on my lace socks. I hope in time to identify some compatible comrades to branch off into a more intimate group for chat, inspiration and help.
My sister and hubby are coming foir supper, she has requested Cuban Picadillo, something we were introduced to in the Florida Keys.
04/08/2012, Kingston, Ontario
All the Rage
I made these fingerless mitts and they were given as a gift last night to our new Dr. Prue-little. Courtney Prue is my next door neighbors daughter who has just graduated from veterinary school. She is off to Australia for a year to do an internship. It will be fall there when she arrives so she can examine the critters and still keep warm. Whats hard to see is the little silver kitten button at the wrist.
Fingerless mitts are all the rage with the young folk. I think its because the fingers are free to text. Everywhere you look fingers are flying over cell phones, I draw the line though when my guests bring them to the dinner table, seriously.
04/07/2012, Kingston, Ontario
Move Over Rachel Ray
I whipped up these chick deviled eggs for Good Friday at my brothers. I could hardly contain myself when I was putting them together. They are just too funny.
Heres wishing everyone a HOPPY EASTER. Al's daughters will arrive tomorrow for a couple of days. We are planning a feast of lamb chops and roasted potatoes, carrots and parsnips. I'll steam some fresh green beans for colour and finish off the meal with an apple crumble pie with whipped cream.
04/02/2012, Kingston, Ontario
April Already, Time Flies
Where does time go? Al and I have been in our new apt. a whole month. It has been nice having space, long baths with unlimited hot water, and having a place to entertain and get reacquainted with our family and friends. We are happy with our home furnishings. So I think Al misses the boating more than I do, but I have a great social life here so I am busy, busy, busy. As word spreads that I am back, my involvement in Stroke survivor initiatives will increase. I have a talk booked for the 19th so it will be fun to ease back into supporting stroke survivors.
Tonight I'm giddy about a KNIT night with my girlfriend Anne. I was organizing my knit Bagsmith for the evening. As you can see I have several WIPS, and I just had to show off my new shoes. I left a few pairs of really nice shoes on the boat. I had to choose between bringing shoes or yarn. The yarn won so now I'm on a mission to replace shoes to have in Kingston. All that is missing is a really nice pair of RED shoes. I have tarts in the oven for our tea and knitting tonight. I have a lunch date with a former employer. Al is keeping himself busy wheeling and dealing on Ebay.
I have been noticing that guest posts on blogs is becoming popular. I am lining up a guest to interview and feature on this blog so do stay tuned.
03/25/2012, Kingston, Ontario
The three chairs returned Friday. Charlene had them complete in a week. I am pleased. And they look lovely. This completes the furniture, we just need artwork. We will collect that as we find pieces we love. Mackenzie came for a two day visit. She being our first over night guest. She says the bed was comfortable. With setting up our new abode mostly behind me this week I've filled with social activities with girlfriends, lunches, pedicure.........whoa.
03/23/2012, Kingston, Ontario
My sister and I did a road trip to Toronto yesterday to Canada Blooms and Home Show. We both felt the show is not as good as it was when we first started going 5 years ago. But we did see some amazing blooms and unique gardening ideas. We walked for miles. Mant people on our tour brought home plants but I thought a road trip would be rough on them. What I did get consumed with and bought was 6 pieces of Cutco knife ware. It was pricey but it was easy for me to use and I do love to cook. So having knives that work with ease is going to be wonderful. I purchased their peeler and on demonstration it was a charm to use. It was a long day of walking and I arrived home just before my youngest daughter arrived for a wee visit for a couple of days. She has some Kingston errands to run and we will knit. Today is going to be super exciting because this is the day all the furniture makes its way home. The china cabinet I had refinished from my parents is being delivered and the three covered chairs come back. I'm over the top to see them. The only thing we need to pull this home together is some art work. The only picture I have hanging is a picture my youngest gave her dad and I the Christmas before he passed away. It is a picture I have always loved called "Dance me to the end of Love" by Frank Vetriano (sp). When she arrived last night she squealed with delight to see it was out of storage.