Saturday, November 29, 2008

Advent Giveaway - Week 2

The winner of the Christmas dishcloth is: SHIRLEY
Congratulations! I hope you like it.

It is time for the second week of my Advent giveaway. Next weekend I will give away these 3 crochet ornaments.

If you would like a chance to win them just leave a comment on this post. If you commented on the post for the first week and did not win your name stays in the basket for the remaining weeks.

Good luck!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Our Thanksgiving Dinner:

And a very happy dinner guest. ;)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Advent Giveaway

My favorite time of the year is approaching fast and I thought it would be nice to do a giveaway for my dear readers. So, here is what I will be doing:

Each Sunday in Advent I will be giving away a holiday themed handmade item. I will put up the sign-up post the Sunday before and if you sign up for one your name will remain in the basket for all four Sundays.

On the first Sunday in Advent I will give away this knitted dishcloth in Christmas colors.

If you want to play just leave a comment on this post, I will draw the winner next Sunday, Nov. 30.

Good Luck!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Snow, Snow, Snow

This greeted us this morning (photos taken through bedroom window).

A Little Silliness

Sometimes I just can't help myself. ;)

I remember a Peanuts cartoon where Woodstock and the little birdies are playing hockey in Snoopy's water dish and driving around a zamboni, I was trying to find it but had no luck so far, but that was the inspiration for the zamboni in the bird bath (I did find several others with either Woodstock or Snoopy driving the zamboni). :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Productive Day

I spent some quality time with my sewing machine today and got quite a lot done but I cannot show too much of it here. I made a Christmas gift for a friend and some items for my upcoming Advent giveaway. If you like to guess, here are some pictures. ;)

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Day in My Life - November 14, 2008

I must be part bear. As soon as the weather gets colder I slip into hibernation mode and I find it really hard to get out of bed in the morning (it still being rather dark does not help either). ;) But, I am a good little bear and so I left my warm cave at 6 am as usual and got started on my day.
I put cat food into the bowl in the mudroom and opened the door for our feline guests, one of them was already patiently waiting on the steps although it was raining. We currently have three regular guests, one of them is the little brown one who has been hanging out in my garden for over a year now, recently she moved into the shed.
Then I started the coffee, made and packed Del's lunch, made breakfast and put on a big pot of beans to use in chili later today. After breakfast and seeing Del off I read my emails and favorite blogs.
I washed dishes and tidied the house and finished my shopping list for tomorrow.
Then I got all my Christmas cookbooks out and Miss Kitty and I spent some time looking through them for inspirations and new ideas. Do you think I might have a few too many? ;)

I started the chili around lunchtime and while it was cooking I was knitting some squares for Warm Up America and added a few more rows to my little curtain. Come to think of it, I think I made enough chili to last us several days. ;)

It has been raining all day today and yesterday too, Miss Kitty is not happy about that and I don't like it much either. It feels a lot colder when everything is wet and the gloom makes me sleepy.

I will be making corn muffins to go with the chili for dinner and maybe we'll watch a movie tonight or the last truck race of the season. And I'll be knitting more squares.

Around 4 pm Del called to let me know that he was able to schedule a delivery of heating oil for today! The guy is on his way. I had barely enough time to make myself a bit more presentable than I usually am around the house, get the key for the tank and make sure none of the outdoor cats got in the way of the truck. Now our tank is full again, Winter can come.

As I stepped out into the garden I found something on the back stairs that looked a lot like mouse or bird liver. I guess one of the kitties gave us the best part as a love gift. And there is another dead bird stashed away in a dark corner of the carport. I would really like to know which one of the cats is the bird hunter.

It was a quiet day and I hope the weather will improve a little over the weekend, my garden needs to be cleaned up.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Here are my latest dishcloths, knitted during the past few weeks.

And with all the leftover cotton yarn I knitted a double sided bath math.

I am planning a special Advent giveaway, so stay tuned for more details to come soon.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


My weekend started with a used book sale on Saturday, held by the friends of the library in a former furniture showroom. Lots and lots of books, luckily I was out hunting for knitting and other craft books and did not pay too much attention to all the others. ;) I had some money left from selling dishcloths at the yard sale and it was burning a hole in my pocket (I paid for my books with quarters). I was a good girl and bought only two books, a Christmas book with lots of lovely craft projects and yummy recipes and a day book that sounded interesting.

After the book sale we met with friends for lunch at a Chinese restaurant, a late birthday celebration for Del. The food there is really good and since it is an all-you-can-eat buffet we all came away a little stuffed.

We did our grocery shopping and also stopped at two thrift stores. I always wanted one of these and I found this one at the thrift store for $1.99, I hope it will fit. I don't want to try it on before I wash it.

And here are this weekend's penguins. The little glass pendant was a gift, the other one is an ornament for the Christmas tree and is actually a bell and I found the wrapping paper at the dollar store.

Today we went to church, had lunch and in about an hour we will head out to watch the Veteran's Day parade on Main Street.

Apart from having a horrible headache and sinus problems it was a pretty good weekend. I bought one of these rub-on headache medication sticks and I hope it will help, I hate taking pills. Del will be off on Tuesday and we plan to clean up the vegetable garden and rake the front yard (our maples are now bare so I hope it will be the last big raking for this year).

I leave you with a picture of Miss Kitty in her new favorite sleeping spot, her own little hammock (I had problems with getting the laundry dry outside and hung it on the rack in the bedroom, now I have problems with taking it down because she is so cozy in there and she sleeps there all night).

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Happy Birthday Del!

Today is my husband's birthday. Yesterday I made two of these, one for us and one for him to take to work to share with his co-workers. It is a simple fudge cake with orange flavored ganache icing, yum yum. We will have ours tonight for dessert. I am going to cook him a special surprise dinner and maybe I will even have his gift finished when he comes home. ;)