Surprise, Hey Chick!


In my ongoing organizing, donating, trashing, recycling project, I came across a box that’s been underfoot for a long time but remained uninvestigated in recent memory.  Opened that baby up and look what I found!!!  I vaguely, very vaguely, a brief infatuation with novelty yarn but I’ve no clue why I am the owner of a cone of Sugar and Cream, colorway Potpourri.  I see a lot of dishcloths in my future.  Wait!!  Babymama has recently fallen madly in love with knitting dishcloths and given Babydaddy’s austerity program, this could be right down her alley.  Now I see  lot of dishcloths in HER future.  There were other goodies in the box, two pairs of brand spanking new Clover needles, size 8 and size 13, you can never have too many needles, you know.


We have a chick!!!  It’s pretty good size, probably about a week old or so, and fuzzy.  I spotted it this morning when I went out to check on Mama Dove.  I guess it’s just now getting to the peeking out of the nest phase.  Can you see it’s beady black eyes?  It’s to the right of Mama Dove, just peeking over the big leaf.


No FO Friday offering today, but the Karma sweater is humming along nicely, along with the Crocus and Sunday Swing Socks.  Maybe next week……

Persistence is self-discipline in action.  Brian Tracy



Knitters, Flipping Out, It’s A Bird!


A little bit more about the Fiber Arts Extravaganza.  Did I mention how awesome it is to be in a room full of knitters, most of whom don’t know each other, all knitting, talking, laughing and admiring?  Or, how completely normal it felt to go up to a total stranger (though anyone who knits I don’t count as a stranger) and fondle a piece of her clothing or her project?  Gotta tell you, it felt pretty darn good!  And if that isn’t cool enough, I won a door prize!  Yay!  A set of Annie Modesitt Flip Knit books which are really neat, like a tiny knitting movie!  If you haven’t see these, you’re missing out on the cool factor alone!


Mr. and Ms. Dove are still keeping house on the electrical box.  I can’t tell if the chicks have hatched, the nest is never unattended, but I haven’t heard any baby bird peeping so far.  What’s the incubation period for doves?  Don’t know.  Off to google….  Google says 2 to 2 1/2 weeks, so we should be getting really close to hatching, if they haven’t already.  Like I said, the nest is never unattended.  I think I’ll just check  on it a little more often.  Maybe I can catch a glimpse.

Smile, breathe and go slowly.  Thich Nhat Hanh



I Need a Tissue, For the Birds, The Good Life


No FO Friday project to post today.  Several WIPs, just no FOs.  I just can’t seem to settle down to focus on any one thing; I’ll pick a project up, knit a couple of rows, put it down, pick up a different one, knit a couple of rows and on and on.  I suppose I need to tweak my outlook a little.  Instead of feeling unable to settle and work on one thing enough to make a big dent, I need to look at it as working on all projects, neglecting none.  Yeah, that’s the ticket.  I’m attending to everything.  Commence attitude tweaking now.  Ah, much better.


A pair of doves have built a nest and taken up residence on our electrical box outside, underneath our patio roof.  I’m pretty sure there are eggs in the nest, they’ve not left it untended since building it.  Us going in and out, taking pictures of them, watering plants, this all occurs within probably eight feet of the nest, but they seem unperturbed by the activity.  We put a feeder out in the yard so they wouldn’t have to range far for food.  I’ve seen a dove a couple of times at the feeder, I hope it’s one of the pair.

Under the covered deck – smart birds, I think


Pool Fun, Reunion 2013

The Sprout says, “It doesn’t get any better that this.” and “Oh, Poolboy, bring me another bottle, straight up, room temp.”

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.  John Ruskin