Showing posts from September, 2015

Tending Weeds - Sweet Annie

The definition of a weed:

not wanted.

So, by definition, I've apparently been cultivating undesirable plants. Troublesome plants. Plants nobody wants. A couple of weeks ago, I was weeding a small area behind the pool filter that had become somewhat overgrown. As I yanked and pulled, I recognized a familiar fragrance. "Sweet Annie" - I'd been pulling out a patch of "Sweet Annie"! So I quickly dug a couple of holes in the back of my so-called vegetable patch, and dropped in a couple of handfuls of roots and stem. Last fall I bought some branches of "Sweet Annie", or Artimisia annua from a vendor at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York. I'd previously planted some seeds but never identified any seedlings. Anyway, I formed my "Annie" into a wreath with green florists' wire and added some dried Hydrangea blossoms to comple…

Euptoieta claudia & Indiecito

This beautiful thing is a Variegated Fritillary (or Euptoieta claudia). She didn't get into a face off with the large bee that shared the branch of butterfly bush with her. She just elegantly enjoyed sipping and flitting around on a warm September afternoon. It struck me that her wings backlit by the sun, matched the centers of the flowerettes perfectly. When looking for color combinations for yarn dying, fiber artists frequently take a cue from nature and this is a perfect example of colors that I would never have tried to combine.

I've barely started a new project - a Pebble Beach Shawl, designed by Helen Stewart in Malabrigo Arroyo in a variegated colorway called Indiecita (Little Indian). I wasn't sure if I'd like this pattern in this particular yarn. It reminds me of a beachy, summer sunset. Another inspiration from nature. Someone said that there's nothing new in the world. All we have to do is look around and appreciate what's here.

Before & After Kitchen

Here's where we started. I married a man with a son who were living in a home that had never been updated. Just a couple of bachelors (one big, one little) with a sad, yellow kitchen.

Liquid Lunch

No, not that kind of liquid lunch. The yummy, healthy kind. Or it could be breakfast, instead. But I can't stand the roar of the Ninja blender too early (and I know it grates on my husband's nerves, too). It's quick and easy and just about all I want at 11:30 a.m. if I've skipped breakfast. Now, skipping breakfast is not a bad thing if you're like me and can't stand the smell of eggs cooking before noon and you're avoiding grains. A couple of  cups of coffee (half decaf) get me moving in the a.m. but by late morning I'm looking for something to fill me up and keep my tummy from growling. This blueberry smoothie made from 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk, 1 scoop of vanilla brown rice protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of flax seed meal and a couple of drops of liquid stevia. I whirl it in my Ninja with a little water and a few ice cubes until it's thick but not too thick to pour. It has 375 calor…