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Friday, October 21, 2011

ticked off

No body ever told me that the beautiful wet lands and shrubs are infested with deer ticks!

No worries, I found a wee baby one surfing on Romeo's coat of fur when we got home from playing ball in the mist this morning. (Just after he jumped on my bed which he is not allowed but he keeps testing me).

My friend Madeleine got a panicky phone call when she opened the Vet's office this morning.

I have inspected his little wiggly bod and found nothing on him but we are heading to the vet on Monday for a check-up to be sure.

We are both a little disappointed that our fun has been extinguished. Who wants lyme disease? And here, I was nervous about duck hunters...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mon Sentier

...après mon café sous un arc-en-ciel ce matin, je marche le chien dans mon sentier en bas tout près de la rivière et ma piste de ski. Je suis heureuse d'y retourner après la chaleur de l'été et les insectes...


A rainbow glowed in the sky while I sipped my coffee this morning...then off to walk with Romeo the pup....
He is finally able to enjoy a little run off the leash now that the cooler weather has killed the flying teeth. We are now visiting the ski path and the bay. He loves it.
We are alone to run free and roam around looking for treasures. His new delight.

Nous trouvons des trésors de la nature chez nous ...
...une tablette de sorcière ?
Did you hear that ?
Qui est-ce qui habite ici ?

J'aimerais lui tricoter un manteau tweed pour nos randonnées...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

seeing stars

I am still slugging away at my 'Grille No. 4' star motif for the 'Traditions renouvellés' blanket.
Of this 'Grille No. 4', the pattern says, you only need to knit 4 pieces. I find the star is the less appealing one of the bunch and that is why I decided to get them out of the way first.

I have been knitting every spare minute for days...double knitting means you knit two pieces for every one. That's 8 bloody stars so to speak.

...just casted off the last one a minute ago and went to peek at the pattern again to see what's next...only to realize I was suppose to make my 4 stars each a different colour combination. Shit la merde.

So much for that happy dance I scheduled for 4 pm...

They say bad things come in threes....I should be clear now.

1. R.I.P Mr. Frank the cat. The kids found him dead at the bus stop. I had to peel him off the pavement and I feel really bad because I was the one that thought he should go outside and get some fresh air. He is a barn cat and has been running around for months unscaved coming in and out of the house at will.

2. Unrolled my knitting needle case for packing my 2.75 mm Dpns for my trip to Monteal and inside the fold of fabric was a big Mama Spider and her Egg Sack...YUK! The babies obvisious died when I scraped them off the fabric. I'm a little nervous about Karma now.

3. And now,  knitting Grille No. 4 has gone awry. All for nothing except for the first one.

Is it the Full Moon or what?


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

indian summer

Our weekend weather was something else. I was a little upset about having promised and arranged a big festive meal on Sunday since it was too gorgeous to be rolling, basting and simmering but we managed. So when Len declared we were hitting the road on Monday, I think I was the first one in the car. We packed our portable bbq and some food and headed to the cottage for the day. I headed to the lake for a bottle of water to wash my hands and found the water level so low that I could only collect a half container of the stuff without getting my feet wet. The sand is now covered with leaves.

The cottage neighbour was there and to my complete surprise handed me my lost camera that I had forgotten on the beach back in August. So happy to have the vacation pictures I took that day of fish admiring my toes ...

Frank the cat and Romeo the pup hanging around the deck while I knit the blue hoodie.






Our last day of swimming in August. My two pirates afloat...
The bag says Minit Lite...they lied, it took me at least 10 minutes of holding a flame to the briquettes to get lunch going yesterday. The breeze did not help I think.
We took the long scenic route home through La Montagne Noir and ended up on the River road in Mayo. The trees are all putting on the ritz. I am thankful for the best summer of my life.

Ali XXX

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

blanket making

My Blanket of Snow Throw  is on its way.

A puffy pile of squares are all done. These are trinity stitch (point astrakan) rectangles in charcoal, ecru and black 100 % Canadian (Maritime Briggs & Little) wool. Adorable.

After all this, I think I like making them now. Committed to memory, that's for sure. At first, my wrist would hurt so I changed to smaller needles and loosened my grip. There are now 6 of this project on ravelry. And two other blankets I have in mind. I am 50 flavours of happy.