2010 accomplishments

Looking back over the last year I’ve accomplished a few new things, but not nearly as many as 2009.

First, I rode 65 miles in a row on my bike for my birthday.

I also rode 75 miles in one week (in preparation for the big birthday ride).  DH wants to do the 100 mile ride next year.

We visited several dinosaur museums/exhibits. This is the Museum of the Rockies.

We also saw some amazing sites out west (Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the Upper Terraces).

I didn’t do much new in knitting, but I did make an amigarumi for Little Bug and some crochet French Press Slippers.

I did make a few new things in the kitchen, like the chocolate bark from Emeril.

Even though it isn’t new to me, I made several different kinds of biscuits, too.

Finally, I did make a little Bat… 🙂


Concentration and a little adventure

I thought I’d try to post a little more.  Mostly, I am a photo-inspired blogger, so I’m participating in the post-a-week “thing” at wordpress.  One of the topics for yesterday was about concentration.  I can be very focused and actually work better that way.  Multi-tasking dilutes my concentration and I am especially distracted by sound.  So, when I want to concentrate, I try to remove all distractions, particularly noise.   I can focus intensely some times to the point of ignoring all the distractions, but that is not the best.

In other things… Classes don’t start back here until Jan 13, so I’ve been working at school in the mornings and then playing hooky in the afternoons. Syllabi are mostly done and I’m working on writing up new projects and revising lectures.  I’m back to working on my blue malabrigo scarf (one row scarf) and am done.

I finished Bug’s pink kitty (crochet, variation on the reindeer pattern).

We also went to high tea at the Savannah Tea Company in Nashville.  It was delicious.  I had mountain huckleberry black tea and DH had rhubarb-strawberry black tea.  We bought some red currant to take home.

Today was a snow day (and tomorrow is, too), so I made chili and peanut butter gelato (variation on Mario Batali’s Vanilla gelato recipe).

New Year’s Ramblings and a smile :)

Well, Christmas and New Year’s Day is done and we’ve put away all the Christmas decorations.  It is sad, but also a bit liberating.  The decorations take up so much space and now that they are away and things from the past year are cleaned up, I feel I can breathe much easier now.

There are a number of things I’d like to work on this year, not exactly resolutions.  I always feel like I am a work in progress – constantly reading books and trying to learn new things.  I read and think and try to change, but I end up the same old person I was before I started because I forget or run out of energy to keep it up.  I sometimes wonder if change is at all possible.  I must have hope that I can because I keep trying.


Some things I’d like to work on this year are: my health (mainly losing weight), my inability to manage my time well, my tendency to take on too much, and my general unkindness to myself.  All of these things are inter-related, I think.  I treat others better and with more respect than I do myself.  I will take some steps I think I can live with.  First, I’ll start by drinking 2 large glasses of water every day this month.  Also, I’ll take 2 hours out of the week to do something for myself.  We’ll see how this turns out as a busy semester gets busier…

Anyway, I think reflection is a very good tool, so I’ve also joined the postaweek2011 move on wordpress.  The topic for today is: write about something that makes you smile.

That would be my lovely daughter, Miss Bug, who thoroughly enjoyed Christmas.  She is so energetic and enthusiastic.  Sometimes it is nice, but it also wears me out!


On a roll, into December

Repeats, that is what has been happening around here lately.

Knitting of many hats for soldiers (classic watch cap)

Baking of many biscuits…

Parmesean cheese biscuits

buttermilk wheat biscuits

Visiting of several local and ‘on the way’ wineries…

Silliness of a little Bug, who is doing well in kindergarten, is learning to read, and has a knack for carving even sillier pumpkins…

How did it get to be the last of November already?

Fair 2010 – behold the Great Pumpkin!

The Brown County fair this year brought some GIGANTIC pumpkins!  The winner was 654 pounds!

Usually we take little Bug’s picture on the largest pumpkin, but they had them fenced off this year 😦

The recycled art was again a favorite of mine.

the pepsi can dress won big…

but my personal favorite was the John Deere tractor made from soda cans.

The lady bug was also cute!

As always there were canned items,

a multitude of various cakes (note the giant cake pops at the left),

and a large variety of fruits and vegetables,

along with animals.

This year little Bug was big enough to ride the rides with Dad.

There was also a high representation of crochet with some knitting.  The thread crochet is definitely dwindling… 😦

And of course, the fair would not be complete without a fresh pork tenderloin with the family (here, my Dad).

Autumn, please come here…

Dear Autumn,

I really look forward to your arrival.  I love your crisp cool days and nights.  Please hurry!  I think Summer may be planning a coup d’etat and trying to take over all the seasons, at least here in TN.  I am making some nice things to give away and wear myself…

See you soon (I hope!)



Jawoll Magic Ball, US 9

Finished, not blocked

Double rose-leaf mitts (a variation on the Merletto mitts, using a lace pattern from Victorian Lace Today)

Knitpicks stroll, US 2

1 done, 1 about 20% done

Merletto Mitts

knitpicks stroll, US 2

done except for thumbs


Misti Alpaca lace

to the nupps row where I will put beads instead of nupps