Monday, July 29, 2013

Walking In The Sand

I won't be posting a 10 on Tuesday, because the topic is "Ten Favorite Beach Songs" so I'm not clear if it means "Little Old Lady From Pasadena"or things you sing around the campfire like "Barnacle Bill the Sailor", which if you're drinking Pina Coladas- you forget everything after the 3rd verse anyway.  Back in the day, you understand.  Wasn't there another song by The Stranglers "Walking on the Beaches, Looking at the Peaches"

I do like the beach, but being a fair-skinned (ok, optic white) complexion, I can't really sit in the sun. I have no objection to a beach umbrella, but usually it's crowded and I don't like the sensation of sand in the bathing suit, or bringing half of it home in the car. I have been to a few lovely beaches here in Ontario- Sauble Beach is great, white sand, as well as Ipperwash, both being on Lake Huron. I admit to not being as keen on Georgian Bay, or even Lake Ontario, but it's nice to walk along some of them. I do like watching the water, and I find that peaceful. My favorite lake would be Nipissing in North Bay- very clear and clean, and shallow. You can walk practically into the middle of it.  I have been fortunate enough to have visited alot of cottages on lakes, Lake Haliburton, Rice Lake, Davis Lake, Kushog- tons of them. I love Haliburton- it is truly gorgeous.

Had enough of Ontario geography?

I spent this morning updating my Ravelry stash, clearing out some stuff in the basement, and I am working on some more Biscornu's as well as spinning. My goals in August include working on some quilting, knitting up some handspun and making some gifts. I am dialing Christmas right back this year. I am already feeling totally overwhelmed, so maybe a few handmade gifts and cookies, and that's it. I don't have the money or the energy for a full-bore Lorraine-goes-batshit Christmas, so we'll see.

This past weekend I attended a craft show, and met up with a lovely potter whose work was introduced to me by my buddy. She and I agree that there is nothing better than getting up in the morning, and enjoying your tea in a handmade pottery mug- and these just spoke to me.  She's lovely and so talented- so 4 of them came home. I also got to palm off some of my other mugs to my daughter, so it was a win-win.

My niece and sister brought me some gorgeous flowers- yellow being the couleur de jour- pretty eh?

A certain kitten has been climbing things in the house and not caring if he gets sprayed in the face.  Howard is easily scared away, but not this Valentino. No sirreee.

Huh? You mean me?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ten On Tuesday- Ten Ways To Beat The Heat

Hey, it's mid July. How come I never realize that unless I am blogging? Which means (in my world and probably Bridget's) that we are halfway through summer, and thus closer to FALL, and gross heatwaves and blogging about heat will be over, for another year anyway.

Onto the 10-

1. Eat frozen yogurt.
2. Go to a mall with epic a/c-
3. What used to work when the kids were small was to fill a kids pool, let them play in it, and put your feet in it.  Of course, if I did that now with no kids and/or dog, it may appear strange. I still have the kids pool.
4. Don't cook (one advantage to summer)
5. Hang around by the lake.
6. Go to the splashpad - (see # 3) kids are probably required. No dogs allowed (but wouldn't it be hilarious?)
7. Close the curtains and blinds during the day.
8. Ceiling fans (ala Casablanca) really do help.
9. Have cool showers and birdy baths (my sister calls it that)
10. Think of polar bears and igloos. (What can I say? I ran out of ideas- the heat must be getting to me)

Tour de Fleece has been sort of slow for me- I did spin, and I hope to spin some more this week, but I was in the game. No pressures on Team Fat Cat, which is cool. 

Just for sh*ts and giggles, here are some pics from July's past-
 2010- North Bay, Ontario. This is Lake Nipissing. The water was low that year, and we were just in time for the shadflys.
2011- The Royal wedding year, my niece brought me back some tea from Heathrow.
July 2012- Rocky the bulldog comes to visit.

 Which brings us to 2013- kitties beating the heat.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Man The Lifeboats

Lots of excitement going on the past few days in term of weather. There was a storm that dumped a record-setting amount of rain and 70% of this city lost power for several hours. People were stranded on GO trains, the subway was closed, flooding everywhere... total pandemonium. 
 And as you can see, this has upset Valentino and Howard greatly.
 Haven't got much done on Tour De Fleece, but it's about being in the game.
I'm finishing a pair of Monkey socks.......
And did a few more Biscornu's, which are addictive.

Stay cool- stay dry.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Favorite Burger Toppings

Happy Canada day- and happy upcoming 4th of July.  I am on day 4 of Tour de Fleece, and this year decided not to kill myself spinning everything, so I'm doing 2 oz of fiber a day.

Valentino has become the model for TdF 2013, mainly because Howard started chewing the fiber, which is immediate disqualification.  Other things happening, another Biscornu, knitting socks, frogged one projects and deciding if I will finish another, and deciding to start a sweater.  It's a full life.

Onto the 10- it depends of course what kind of burger and where it comes from. I'll include sandwiches.

1. Hero Burgers- cheese, pickles, mayo.
2. Harvey's- cheese and pickles.
3. MacDonalds- any way they make'em.
4. Burger King- Whopper with cheese, no tomatoes
5. Home made sliders or burgers- relish, mustard, pickles
6. Club sandwich- make sure there's mayo
7. Grilled cheese- Zucchini relish (my friend Pat told me about it) or ketchup
8. Ham and swiss- melted with a hint of mustard
9. Toasted tomato- salt, pepper and MAYO
10. Grilled veg- zucchini, peppers, eggplant, with mozzerella and basil.

I probably haven't eaten any of those in the last few years (possibly a Hero burger or 2) but my favorite would be the Club sandwich with a side of french fries and gravy.

Ok- I'm fleecin' out.