Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vroom Vroom

The topic for 10 On Tuesday is 10 cars you have had. I don't think that I have had 10, but I'll tell you about the ones I remember.  I may not have photos of the actual car, but I can jack some from the interwebs.

Not the actual car- but a 1972 Buick Skylark was the first car I bought.  Not exactly a boat, but really comfortable with bench seats. I am laughing at seeing some of them pimped out like hotrods- it wasn't exactly a....

2. Firebird.

Mine was a 1978- red with orange stripes and white upholstery.  I even had fuzzy dice. OMG.

3. I drove a series of crappy Flintstone cars. I learned to drive a stickshift, bypassing first gear.
4. I bought a brand new 1985 Subaru GL-
Mine was also silver, and we called it "Scooby Doo".
5. I had a Dodge Caravan, which I hated. I called it the Bozo Bus because everyone would say "oh you have room for so-and-so". Got rid of that crapcan in a hurry.
6. I loved my Jeep Cherokee, champagne colour.  Had problems with a porous block so it turned out to be a gas sucking lemon.  I think there was a Dodge Neon in there somewhere.
7. A 1998 Ford Explorer- Wedgwood Blue.
We called it "The Exploder".
8. A 2000 Pontiac Grand Am.  Millenium Silver.
9. And now I drive a 2008 Volkswagon Rabbit.  I think this is my favorite vehicle of all.

Here's the actual car, behind FC's actual shitbox.  Psst- don't tell him I called it that. Guys are SO sensitive about their cars.

Fleece out. Oh, and happy Equinox!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

10 On Tuesday- Ten Things You Do to Get Your Home Ready For Fall

I'm guessing this topic is for people who like to decorate seasonally.  I used to- but I never went as far as the wheat sheaves and hay bales.  I have a simple wreath on my front door.

1. I bake. After a hot summer (ok, not so hot but I don't bake in any month that doesn't have an "r" in it).
Pumpkin Pie bread.
2. Wash all mattress pads and duvets.  Vacuum and flip mattresses.
3. Wash outside windows- I did that yesterday.
4. Usually, begin a sweater.  I have started mine, Gnarled Oak Cardigan.
I am using handspun this year.
5. Plan Christmas gifts, but this year will be alot less.  I am only buying for the kinders and FC.
6. I am all booked for this year's wool event, being Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival.
7. Clear out clothes- 2 large bags to Goodwill. Ahhhh!
8.  Buy a new lipstick- because, why not? New York Apple this time.
9. Clean out fridge and freezer. Turkeys will be on sale soon, and I need space. I took everything out of the fridge upstairs and washed down the shelves, and the bottom mount freezer. As well as the chest freezer downstairs.
10. Go for walks, and enjoy AUTUMN!!!!!!!
Spelt pear muffins- amazing.

I have finished my girl Fox, and she also has a cardigan to match her dress.
There is an opening in the back of the dress which is hysterical.  I'm pretty pleased with her.

The kittens are MIA this morning. Tino is probably upstairs by the bathroom door waiting for his hero Alex to get out of the shower. 

And today, I'm going to get Superworms for the dragons,  It's a full life.

Fleece out.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

10 On Tuesday- Ten Books That Stayed With You Long After You Read Them

This may be a very diverse list.

"No sense makes sense"
Charles Milles Manson

1. Helter Skelter.:  I am a huge true-crime reader. The opening sentence says "this book will scare the hell out of you".  It will.  I don't think in any way that it glorifies or tries to justify what happened on the nights of August 9 and 10th , 1969, in Los Angeles.  But it changed the world.
Written by the prosecutor, Vincent Bugliosi, who to some, comes across to some as arrogant and egotistical, this book will indeed stay with you.  Forever.

2. A Question Of Guilt: The murder of Nancy Eaton.  This took place in Toronto, and examines the problem of those with mental illness, and how something like this could happen.  If you know Toronto, you know the Eaton name as well as the Oslers, whom the killer was related to.

3. Four Days In November: Many questions remain unanswered about the assassination of JFK.  This is an excerpt from the more comprehensive Reclaiming History, and follows a timeline of what happened, who was there and when.  Again, Bugliosi writes so that you will not want to put this down.  The theory is that Oswald acted alone, and backs up those claims.

4. In case you think I spend my reading time solving cold cases- September by Rosamund Pilcher. If you really want to have some great escapism, start with Coming Home, September and Winter Solstice. Pilcher brings her characters and scenery to life- but they aren't schmaltzy.  I reread this in September- maybe not every year, but this one.  I enjoy it every time.

5. Where The Wild Things Are.  Max's journey to the land of the wild things.  Completely charming, and a masterpiece of artwork.  I have fond memories of reading this to my son, and in fact, his nickname is another Maurice Sendak boy- Bumble Ardy.

6. Another subject that I am fascinated by is the downshifters, or those that live on the land.  This book is a contemporary one, and fairly new, Adventures In Yarn Farming, by Barbara Perry.  This chronicles the year on a sheep farm, with all it's joys, and sometimes mess.  For those of us who dream of it, or have yet to make the leap, this is almost as good as the real deal.

7. Tasha Tudor's Heirloom Crafts.  To those who know the author and children's illustrator, Tasha Tudor, she was a women who lived life exactly as she wanted.  In fact, she felt most comfortable in the 1830's, and her home, dress and lifestyle reflected this.  This will make you question our fast-paced, high speed world, and find joy in simple pleasures.

8. Woodswoman, continuing on. Anne LaBastille not only dreamed it, she lived it. Deep in the Adirondacks, she built 2 homes, and made a living as a Guide and a writer. Sadly, she passed away, but these books are a wonderful legacy to an extraordinary woman.

9 and 10: Sylvia's Farm, I came across this book on a remainder pile, and it is my comfort "feel-good" book.  Sylvia Jorrin lives on a farm in the Catskill mountains, and has a huge pile of a mansion. She accidentally got into sheep farming over 20 years ago, and chronicles life on Greenleaf here, but if you read this and want more, and you will, she has published this.  I ran into her at my visit to Rhinebeck, and she is a tiny little woman, but so fascinating.
I am making a girl fox doll- just doing her dress and a cardigan. Whether she will have the male companion remains to be seen, as this entails alot of detailed work, more than the mice.
And here is some fuzzy kitty feelings- Valentino- who truly cares about nothing.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

August, Die She Must

 August, die she must,
The autumn winds blow chilly and cold;
September I'll remember.
A love once new has now grown old.

"April, Come She Will"- Paul Simon

This may be a picture/link heavy post.  It's become hot and humid, and will be for the next few days.  I guess we had to get it at some point, but I was hoping we wouldn't have to turn on the a/c.  Oh well.

Miss Mew had her birthday, just a small get-together. Last year I made her the litter-box cake, which is probably just missing the acceptable taste-barrier, so this year, something different.
Kitty cupcakes. Jelly-tot noses and Swedish fish in the mouth. Chocolate, of course.
They were a hit with the Birthday girl.
We even had a visitor- I'm pretty sure it was a Baltimore Oriole.
On Saturday, we went to Black Creek Pioneer Village.
I haven't been there since I was in grade school- and for some reason, it seemed alot bigger, not smaller like you usually remember.  This is not an actual village, but the buildings are authentic, having been moved there from various places in Ontario.  There is a doctor's house, a weavers, tavern (they brew Black Creek Ale) a printing place with old presses, and the guides look like villagers.
One of the old looms was set-up for overshot weaving.  In the back is a warp swift.
They have a small flock of Border Leicester sheep- who seemed friendly.
She was very social- they shear, wash, dye and spin the fleeces.  There were several spinning wheels in and around the different buildings.  One place, a house, creeped me out so bad when I went upstairs, I was a bit shaken up.  Then one of the guides told me it freaked her out too.  Odd.

I am making a Fox doll.  This lady writes the most comprehensive patterns for various animals, and I got the Piebald (patchy) rabbit, as well as this lady fox.  Here's what the head looked like before somebody got it last night.  These are alot of work- intarsia and embroidery, but I like a challenge.  As I said, there is no guessing, the patterns are very well done.

I came across this blog- and have spent a while reading her archives.  It is pure delight to those of us who dream of keeping a small farm and spinners flock.  Her photography and photo captions are superb- and the baby pictures of her sheep Maisy were featured on Buzzfeed.  I have never seen a cuter lamb- but then they are all cute (PPPP- Popcorn Pee-Pee Pants and Chocula)- as well as cats and dogs.
I hope to get one of her calendars for 2015.

Valentino's head is upside down.  So far, no one is owning up to ravaging the fox head, but it has HOWARD written all over it.

Fleece out- and happy September!