Thursday
May212015

for hauling projects around the country (and mother's day gifts)

I decided to post early today because it could be another day like yesterday.  I was in bed by 6:15 pm.  I did not know if it was going to be a nap or all night.  It ended up all night.  But the cough that was starting is gone.  Sleep can be magic.  I am not currently as tired as I was this time yesterday but I felt better safe then sorry.  I was a zombie yesterday at this time.

I was read a few design blogs.  I came across a post about a new store that had a lot of cool designs.  For things like ways to carry your calligraphy supplies around.  My type of stuff.  They carried a lovely origami bag.  Linen.  Leather around the handle.  Large enough for my fiber projects, whether crochet, sewing, or spinning.  But they wanted $165 for it!  Yes, linen and leather but the bag takes very little work to make.

I went to Home Depot.  Bought the smallest canvas tarp they had.  With tax, it was $12.  I washed it twice and dried it in the dryer.  How very odd for me but I wanted the softness and for it to dry quickly.  I did some rough calculations, and cut four large rectangles.  Four bags.  My calculations were off or it would have taken less time to put them together.

A bit of stitching.  Taking some hemp fabric I had in my stash to make a contrasting handle and they were done.  Four bags for $12 and time.  Mine took all my fiber arts across country with me.  I sent one to my Mom and the Tall Short Person for Mother's day.  The last was supposed to go to my best friend but our meeting in Colorado did not happen and I have not gotten the newest forwarding address.  But that is life.

If I had had access to some soft leather, I would have put handles like that on them but I was being a hermit and did not wish to leave my machine.

 

Tuesday
May192015

my first zinnias this year

Before I left for gallivanting, my first zinnias bloomed.  They are so pretty.  There are more now and I will cut another bouquet soon.

I need to spend time in the garden because it has become a jungle.  It rained so much while I was gone that the mint stands waist high.  I ate salad from the garden tonight and it was a bit leggy due to the heat and amount of water.  It did taste good.  I like a simple salad. 

I need to spend morning this weekend pulling weeds.  But I am actually hoping for surf.  Or if not surf, time at the beach.  It is not like the Oregon coast.  The Gulf is just not but it soothes similarly. 

Coming back to work was interesting.  I had people wait for me to come back to make requests.  I am not imagining because I was told this was the path taken.  So after dealing with a interestingly busy day.  Fun in some ways. 

I have spent the evening spinning and crocheting, watching Call of the Midwife.  Hoping a bit for good sleep and surf.  Should have taken my boards, surf and skateboard, all long boards.  There were many people at the campground, dirt bags, with both.  I would have been even more relaxed.  But that is life.

Monday
May182015

gallivanted to the coast

I went gallivanting to the coast.  I was supposed to stop and see my best friend but her movie set went crazy.  It seems like the production is one of those where anything that could go wrong did.  I have no idea how she is going to be credited either for this short.  She has done about everything on this set but be the director and producer.  It did mean that I could not stop and see her.  It also meant I missed Durango, Colorado which I was looking forward to.  I think I have been there but it was when I was a short person.

I headed on to the coast, seeing parts of the country I know I have never seen before.  I drove through southern Utah.  It is gorgeous.  I came back supposedly the same way but missed a turn.  So a different road and it was just as gorgeous.  Me and my little old truck like travelling.

I walked a lot when i got to the coast.  From one end of the beach,

to the other.  I am not really sure how far it was but it was miles.  In the morning, with a thermos of tea.  Other times of the day still with a thermos of tea!  It was cold.  Beautiful and sunny at times but then it was so windy it cut right through you.  When it was still, it was foggy.  It rained too. 

The surf was just the right size for me.  But I did not bring my board or wet suit.  It was probably a good thing because I overdid by just walking!  Yes, I may be laughed at.

The Tall Short Person and Koda Bear came down and spent Mother's Day with me.  They even spent the night.  Lovely. 

I drove up and saw my parents and then to the mountain.  The boyos are working hard.  There is now less trees, an outhouse, and a bath house.  I refused to sleep in the trailer.  I set up my little tent again.  The trailer  smelled and was very boy messy.  But it was good to see what they were doing and it was nice to my Beloved. 

On the way back, during part of that beautiful drive through Utah, where I could not do anything about it, I got called and texted that our hot water heater was leaking.  I came home to no water and an appointment for the plumber today.  The hot water heater ruptured.  It has been an interesting day.  But spinning and crocheting has been done.  Not as nice as crocheting on the beach or spinning in front of my camp fire, but I will not complain.  Especially since my best friend needed me and I could be here.

Monday
May042015

the sweater I fell into

This is the sweater I fell into.  Other then finding the right buttons, because the ones I thought would work are really not going to, and a few ends to weave in, it is done.

The funny thing about this sweater is that it is all yarn I spun.  I had points where I needed to spin more yarn because I was out of the main color.  I still have more of that fleece. 

The shape is called a "boyfriend sweater."  It is oversize but the shoulders fit just right.  It is heavy.  I actually wore it a bit around the office this afternoon because the air conditioning made me feel very cold after being outside.  I like how it engulfs me.  Engulf is a good description.  I probably look like a little girl in it.  I have gotten carded and gotten called Miss recently.  The world is odd.

It was actually an interesting pattern to work.  I did make the comment to my Beloved that I really need to do one part once and then do it again right because I will have figured it out.  I am thinking about another.

I am gallivanting for almost two weeks starting tomorrow.  I am so excited I did not pack anything tonight because it would have met I would want to leave this evening.  Durango first, and then the coast.  There was a stop that I was hoping to make but it does not look like it is going to happen.  Just life.  I am taking fiber, my drop spindle, a crochet hook, and my Sunshine sweater to take apart.  Who knows what I will really come back with!

Send me smile and prayers for a safe trip please.  I will be smiling big.

Friday
May012015

hot non-cross buns

I know most people think of hot cross buns for Easter.  I think of them for any time, and usually not Easter.  This year it was a couple of weeks after Easter when I made them.  I have a got recipe but I wanted to try something new.  I think I found something better.  I want to make them again but I need to write the recipe down, which is what I am doing today.

Hopefully, the evening with much tea, I will finish the last sleeve of my sweater.  I am also washing a canvas drop cloth to make a bag.  I have been looking at the origami type bags for ahwile now, pondering making them.  I saw one today in a linen with a leather accent.  $165.  The drop cloth I bought was $12 for the same look.  I was thinking it would be great for taking fiber, a spindle, and crocheting on my trip.  And if I truly enough extra time, a few extra Mother Day prezzies.

Now, tea, typing.  Get the recipe recorded!

hot non-cross buns

sourdough starter

1 cup flour

3/4 cup water

1 cup milk

4 tablespoons butter

1 egg

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup dried currants

about 4 cups flour

3 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

white frosting of your choice (powdered sugar, vanilla, milk)

The night before, mix sourdough starter, 1 cup flour, and 3/4 cup water in a large bowl.  Cover and let get bubbly.  In the morning, take a bit of the starter out for next time.

Mix in the milk, 4 tablespoons butter, sugar, egg, and allspice.  Mix in the currants.  Mix in two cups of flour.  You should have a thick dough.  Cover and let sit for about two hours or until bubbly.

Mix in the salt and 1 cup flour.  Keep adding flour until you have a stiff dough.  Turn out onto a counter and knead until smooth.  Do not add too much extra flour so you will have a lighter bread.  Put back in a clean bowl and let rise.

I divided my dough into 18 small balls because I wished to use my small muffin pans.  You can make larger buns and just place them on a cookie sheet.  Roll the dough the size you wish and either put in a greased muffin pan or on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Those on the parchement paper, flatten bit.  Cover, and let rise for one hour.  The buns need to be puffy.

Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.  They will be golden.

After you take them out of the oven, in a small saucepan mix the honey, 1 tablespoon of butter, and cinnamon.   While the buns are still warm, brush or dip each bun in the honey mixture.

After the buns are cool, frost.  I always do more then just the simple cross.  But they are homemade so why not?

I think another batch.  I do not think there will be time before gallivanting.  When I get back.

Time for sweater immersion, Battlestar Galactica, put the drop cloth in the dryer, and tea.  Just a quiet evening.