One other thing we did was stop by CVS to scan two of the patterns I used to sew my wedding dress. Friday night I was busy rounding up all my pictures and drawings and bits and pieces to work on my scrapbook today. I am sadly still working on 2004, a big year of events, and currently have invitation and wedding dress making on my next list to do for pages. We scanned in the pattern envelopes and had them printed as pictures to include in the album.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
This is how Paul makes Courgettes Provencal:
Slice 2 zucchinis and saute in a few tablespoons of grapeseed oil until lightly browned.
Slice about 1/2 of a large onion and add to the pan.
Add 1 14oz can of diced tomatos.
Sprinkle with italian seasoning and parsely and add some garlic if you choose.
Sometimes we add some plain tomato sauce, paste or marinara sauce for some extra flare, but we kept it simple tonight and let the flavor of the herbs sing their song. Serve over rice or pasta and you have a healthy, tasty dinner. If you'd like to add some protein chicken would probably be good.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Since we've been in Charlotte, though, we've done much better. We've been to the plush fitness center at our apartment complex about 2 to 3 times a week for the past two weeks. It's a great start for us!
Even Fairy has some new exercise equipment on her jungle gym!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
This is how it works for those of you not familiar with drum carding:
1) Tease out a few locks of wool (see bottom picture for a visual of "locks") so that the feeder tray is visible through the wool that you're feeding in. If you feed in big clumps the carder will jam or you'll get big lumps in your final product.
2) As you are feeding wool in to the front, small drum, turn handle to draw the wool from the front drum to the back drum. Keep doing this until your batt is the thickness you want.
3) Peel batt off large drum carefully. This would be the time to use a "knuckle-saving batt picker" if you have one. I think this is a Fricke patented item, but a skewer or knitting needle works great too.
The finished batt!
The bottom basket here is the Stansborough fleece locks, cleaned but not carded. The top basket is carded Stansborough that I prepared on my carder.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Our version includes:
- 1/2 can of Ambrosia custard (we buy it from http://www.englishteastore.com/ which has imported English foods)
- about 1/2 cup of heavy cream
- about 1/2 cup of fresh berries
Just layer the custard, cream and berries in a fancy glass and there you go!
I have about 3 pounds of light grey and three pounds of dark grey. The idea is spin very fine yarn of each and weave them together to form the very intricate pattern. So far I have only spun about 2/3 of the dark fleece.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Of course then I came back and tried to find what kind of butterfly it was and turns out it is the state butterfly of South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama and Delaware-- a popular belle. This yellow beauty is called an eastern tiger swallowtail (Notice the long tail like extensions on the wings). It can be found as far north as southern Vermont and as far west as Colorado, but it is most prominent in the east. It is noted to be a strong flier according to South Carolina State Parks, and an important pollinator of orchards and gardens.
If you are into knitting like me, and would like a lace challenge, check out Fluff Buff's new project that is called "Wing o' the moth" which reminds me of this butterfly. She posted it on Sept. 10.
In case you were wondering, I still can't figure out what type of butterfly we found over Labor Day (see picture). Let me know if you know-- I'm very curious.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Botany is such a fascinating science and so I'm working on learning the plants in my new environment. Here is some of Wikipedia's comments on ragweed:
"Each plant is reputed to be able to produce about a billion grains of pollen over a season, and the plant is wind-pollinated. It is highly allergenic, as the greatest pollen allergen of all pollens, and the prime cause of hayfever. The plant blooms in the northern hemisphere from about mid August until cooler weather arrives. It usually produces pollen more copiously in wet seasons. Two species, Ambrosia artemisiifolia and A. psilostachya, are considered among the most noxious to those prone to hay fever.
Ragweed is a plant of concern in the global warming issue, because tests have shown that higher levels of carbon dioxide will greatly increase pollen production. "
Sunday, September 9, 2007
This is my Majacraft "Rose" spinning wheel modeling Tanglewood Fiber.
And this little guy is a model specimen of our house guest that I mentioned yesterday. He is a green anole, I found out through some web searching. The above picture and following description is from Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia:
"This species is native to North America, where it is found mainly in the southeastern parts of the continent. Anoles are most abundant on the coastal plain from North Carolina to Florida, and west into central Texas, at least as far as San Antonio. They have also been introduced into Hawaii. It is sometimes referred to as the American chameleon due to its color-changing abilities; however, it is not a true chameleon. The species is also relatively popular as a pet. This and most other anole species are rarely bred in captivity, so most specimens sold in the pet trade are wild-caught. Anoles are, by their nature, curious creatures. A healthy lizard usually has a good awareness of its surroundings."
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Fairlight (Green-cheeked conure) doesn't have a real appreciation for the great outdoors. As long as she has her toys to play with and Paul within her sight, she's a happy bird. She's been extra clingy since our move though.
Clementine has made a new friend.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Off to the mountains I go (or not) so I'll be reporting back in a few days (or tomorrow) when I get home.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
My doldrums of being back in the office were also the result of having just finished a splendid three day weekend with perfect weather and having mixed fun/sense-of-accomplishment times.
Tonight, I got some things done that are not worth mentioning and then was going to dig out the box containing the rest of my Kromski spinning wheel parts and wool. But ugh. The box was on the bottom of the pile of other boxes, and it just seemed like too much work for a Monday.. I mean Tuesday. So maybe tomorrow....I do miss spinning so much though. My Majacraft wheel is the type that comes out of the box ready to go, so when I unpacked it from our moving boxes, it was all set to spin complete with half a bobbin of yarn already on it and a tease of a hank of fiber hanging from the flyer. It only took a half a minute to spin that last night, it seemed, and I was just getting warmed up. You spinners know what I mean. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night. It will be spinning first, chores second.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Today was kitchen setup day. We unpacked all our kitchen boxes, washed everything and managed to find a cupboard spot for nearly everything (our kitchen is slightly smaller in storage than our apartment in California). As we unpacked each box, we had a fun little note written by different members of my family that had packed the box in California. It was really fun reading all those notes which were pretty funny. One example by my expert poet mother, "Mashed potatoes are creamy, John Wayne is tall, it won't be long before you're saying y'all!"
We just finished getting all that put away and are heading out for the barbeque. Tomorrow is going to be a fun, no chore Labor Day!
Below are some pictures from our road trip two weeks ago and our new place:
Here's our home in California in packing mode.We couldn't have done it all without the help of family and friends!
We left on our road trip from Mom and Dad's Tuesday afternoon, August 7.
On the road-- pit stop in the shade at a Subway in Utah. See the birds in the backseat?
The Whistle Stop. On this lonely deserted road we saw this fun Kansas sign. As Paul was taking my picture a truck actually drove by! Not only that but they whistled at me.