Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

Here in Idaho they build straw mazes in the month of October. I haven't been to one, but every time I go into town I drive by this one on the highway. Right next to it is this one and the sign that is next to it has blown over because it has been breezy here the last 3 or 4 days. What the sign says is "Maze for blondes". So here's wishing you all a peaceful and fun Halloween and don't forget to set your clocks back. I'll leave you with this thought I saw on the sign at one of the vet offices in town:
You can tune a piano, but you cannot tune a fish.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Beautiful Day

Today was a beautiful day. It was what October is supposed to be. The last week the trees here have started to turn colors. This is in our back yard this morning. The second picture is looking from the front of the house. Last week the mountains had snow on them which has now almost all melted. The third picture is one I took last week while they were harvesting the potatoe field just down the road from us. The birds are seagulls looking for bugs from the freshly turned earth. We are about 2.5 hours from Salt Lake City which is where the seagulls come from. It seems strange to see them here in the desert.
Last night I finished a shawl, but will have to post pictures of it later. I'm making a couple for gifts for Christmas so until they are given they shall remain a mystery. Hard to believe there arel only 69 days until Christmas. I'd better get busy or I won't be ready in time.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Quick Note

In the midst of unpacking I have been busily working on my SSCS project. It is coming along nicely. I've also been knitting dishcloths in the evenings while I watch t.v. I came up with my own pattern because I didn't really care for the patterns I tried. I just cast on 27 stitches and knit every row until I have 48 - 52 rows, then I cast off, do a round of single crochet, and a row of double crochet and call it done. They have sold very well at craft shows and the people I have taught to do them also have good sales. Feel free to give them a try. Well, back to unpacking I think these boxes are related to rabbits.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Crazy Weather

Still haven't unearthed my card reader so I can upload new pictures yet. However, I do have some on file I can use. The reason I bring this up is Kristie at the Cowgirl Quilter asked "What Is On Your Bed", so I went looking for a picture of the quilt on the bed. I have two scrappy quilts on the bed at the moment, but only have a picture of the top quilt. The lump is Emma taking her afternoon nap. If the weather keeps up as it has been we will be adding a third quilt to the bed. So what is on your bed as winter approaches?
The weatherman here says we have had the second warmest September on record and as soon as October hit the temps have been 12 - 15 degrees below what they usually are this time of year. I guess the weather we have been having the last week doesn't usually get like this until Thanksgiving. We had snow the 4th of October which melted in a couple of days.
I have been working on a quilt from Bonnie Hunter's website called Blue Ridge Beauty. I'm hoping to get it pieced and ready to quilt when we bring the quilting machine down in the spring. What have you been making? Have you already started on Christmas gifts? I have started knitting a shawl for a gift, but so far that's about it. Well, guess I'll go snuggle in bed with a couple of quilts and a book for awhile.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Alive and Well

Here I am in Idaho finally. I have been back to WA to finish packing up the kitchen, loaded boxes in the truck drove back down to Ontario, OR to meet DH. We left the big truck parked at a motel and drove across OR to go to our nephew's wedding in Redmond, OR, had a good time and drove back to Ontario where DH got in the big truck and drove up to WA to get his music room and computer packed up to bring down before we dig in for the winter. I drove back down to the house because we had left the cats with water, food and a clean litter box for 3 days. So I have been back for a week unpacking and trying to find places to put everything. DH should be leaving WA sometime this week to head home. While he has been in WA, DS, the girlfried and DH have all come down sick with a cold/flu.
This morning I woke up to snow here in Idaho. I have taken pictures, but so far I haven't found my card reader so I can download the pictures to the computer. As I just looked out the window it is snowing still. Idaho now feels like home and I feel like a visitor familiar with the area when I go to WA. I have even found a quilt group to join which meets next week. I am really looking forward to that I am more than ready to get back to quilting again. I'll add pictures as soon as I can. More later.