Pretending to help Chris dig out his car... (we only have one shovel, so there wasn't much for me to do) in my favorite tights ever, from blackmilk

Really not sure why my street was only half plowed, and only today, three days after the snowfall. The streets are mostly okay, but the smaller ones (like where I live) are still a bit unnavigable. We dug out the car but left it in the spot and did errands on foot. It was pretty nice walking around the city though, the weather was a bit warmer than I thought it would be, and I got to see more than I do when we drive. Like this awesome snow dragon. The guy was still working on it, he said it had been three days work so far. He was worried about the rain forecast, because it would melt it all away. If we’d been driving, I never would have noticed this beauty. Or if I had, I wouldn’t have been able to talk to the guy making it. Cars are wonderfully convenient and definitely have their place, but living a place where walking is a real option is great.



Snow Dragon




Yes, that’s the kind of day it’s been. Errands all morning, back to the house around 4. Packages shipped out, fresh pico de gallo made (with grilled corn!), fresh fish BBQ’d, dark chocolate peanut butter cups bought. All in all, a rather successful day. Now for some pre-season hockey and some work on the owl sweater. Absolutely loving this autumnal weather, even a day full of slightly-annoying-things-to-do is better.

Yup, didn’t get to that shirt, or to the hair clips. Lots of errands, melting in the heat….  We got the ingredients for jambalaya at Reading, but even thats been put off till tomorrow.

On the plus side- my African Violet is finally blooming! It hasn’t bloomed once since I bought it at the grocery store, but I bought some food for it, and its been doing well ever since. A few days ago I noticed the buds- and now its blooming! I’m pretty excited.

the first blooms

Nøgne Ø Winter Ale at Belgian

Attempts to get a drink and sit outside relaxing have been foiled by the strikingly beautiful weather. It seems everyone else in the city has the same plan. There were no tables outside at Belgian, but they did have the winter ale by Nøgne Ø…. one of my absolute favorite breweries. They’re from Norway, and I’ve never had one of their brews on draft before… a great start to the weekend.

My main task this weekend was to grade my student’s finals. Its a task I did not look forward to, I find grading very frustrating. A few clever responses here and there, but overall its a difficult balance to be tough, fair and understanding. I wish everything could be multiple choice. Black and white- no room for misunderstanding or slightly off answers. Right or wrong. Ah, to teach a scantron class.

I meant to get a lot of sewing done this weekend, but it didn’t really happen. Although, I did learn quite a lot about my machine, and ordered some attachments that hopefully will fit, and make my life much easier. From what I can tell, I have a Model 99-13 Singer, but with a foot pedal, not the knee control. From the serial, I think it was made between 1928 and 1930, and would have cost around $77 at the time. She’s a solid machine, but for straight, forward stitches only. Or so I thought. While trying to figure out online how to use an attachment Mom and I decided was a button holer (turned out to be an adjustable hemmer) I found a zig zag attachment! I’ve been dying to sew some nice cotton jersey, or other stretch material, for ages. I always felt so limited by my beautiful old singer- a work horse, but not for any of the materials I wanted to use. If the attachment fits, the possibilities are endless! I think I might be getting my hopes too high, but I’m pretty excited, so I can’t help it. Summer skirts, new dance gear…. oh, my imagination is getting carried away.


Though I didn’t get anything substantial done on the crafty end of things, I finally got my garden started. I turned over the soil in the garden box out back, finally pulling out all the old plants. I must have started my garden much later last year, because when I went to Lowes there were none of the plants I was looking for. So I bought seeds instead, and they are now germinating in a nice little box. I’m not sure what to do if they all sprout, since I definitely don’t have room for all of the plants, but perhaps I can find some friends to give them away to. I bought an already started strawberry plant, too, and put it in the garden box. The front plants are now in the pots, too… I can’t wait till they start growing. I got some big crazy Dahlias… I wanted big bold color this year, instead of the boring petunias or whatever they were. I also scattered some “mixed colorful flower” seeds in the larger pot…. I don’t know what they’ll turn out to be, but thats part of the fun. I hope I didn’t jump the gun with the weather. Truth be told, I’m not a very good gardener, I just do what I want to do and hope the plants will play nice. So we’ll see how well it goes.