She has so much fun chasing and hunting for squirrels in the snow that she will not come inside even though she is covered in snow and shivering from the cold.
A little dog plays on the East Coast.
One winter’s day many, many years ago, I came home from kindergarten with a note. The school was having a winter themed concert. My Mother was asked to make me a costume that depicted a snowflake. Lest you think this was presumptive on the part of the school to ask my Mother to do this without warning it was not. When I was enrolled at the school, she had told the teacher that she could sew and she was willing to make costumes for any plays or concerts.
My mother made a circle style skirt from white wool. She edged the skirt bottom with a row of white satin ribbon embroidered with silver snowflakes. I wore a double crinoline to made the skirt puff out from my body. I wore a plain white blouse that closed with tiny pearl buttons down the back. My long blonde hair had been curled in long ringlets; it was pulled back at the sides and tied up with white ribbon. There were silver snowflakes sewed to the ends of the ribbon. I wore shiny white shoes. I was a snowflake! I was just 5 years old.
On the evening of the concert, we travelled to the school with my very best friend Lynne and her parents. Lynne wore a new red velvet dress and shiny black patented leather shoes. Her naturally curly hair was tied up with a red satin ribbon bow. She was beautiful. Lynne was the star of the show as she told everyone and the dress had been bought new for her debut performance that evening.
When we arrived at the school Lynne and I where taken to the stage door and left with the teacher in charge. After our parents parked the car, they went to the auditorium door where Lynne greeted them and she gave them a programme for the concert. A bit puzzled our parents took their seats and began to read the programme as they waited for the concert began.
The programme listed the cast and their character’s name. Much to everyone’s surprise, my name was listed next to the Snow Queen. I had the lead role, which not only was a speaking role; I was also to sing and danced. Lynne listed as the programme girl and concert greater.
Mom says this happened more than once that she and Dad would arrive at the school on parents night to find out I had won some award or other.
I don’t know why she was surprised that I never said anything as she always told me, it was not polite to brag...
Throughout my life, I’ve rarely mentioned my awards or accomplishments to others. I’ve always preferred a quiet acknowledgment to the public ones. That said I’m always pleased when someone tells me that they like something I’ve done, or feels me as a kindred spirit.
About two and a half weeks ago Elizabeth from kittycafe listed me as one of her You Make My Day blogs. Now it is my turn to pass on the award.
1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make your day
2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver
3. Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs.
I wanted to pass on the award to the blogs that make my day however I could not choose just five.
So, being the rebel that I am I‘ve made my one rules….
The list of blogs that I read is ever changing and diverse. I read a number of food blogs, there are blogs, which have dogs, cats or green monsters. There are blogs featuring knitting, crochet, or sewing. There blogs with children and parents who parent the way I would have if I had children. There is one blog which seems to give away very expensive prizes every few weeks, although that is not the reason I’m drawn in, her photography is wonderful, her writing funny. She also has an unpretentious cooking blog featuring recipes, which use ordinary ingredients found at her rural local store. Be forewarned she is not cooking diet food… There are blogs of plants and gardening, blogs that are just beautiful photos, blogs about design, of art, and creating. Blogs of joy, sadness, and ordinary lives.
All blogs which open a gate to another world.
Take a look an enjoy.
You all make my day on the East Coast.
Winter for me is a time of hibernation. I hate being cold. On the weekends, I’m happy to stay home inside reading, reading and reading or watching old movies.
I love movies from the 30’s, 40’s or period dramas, especially those made in Britain or Europe. The décor and clothes can often distract me from the plot. I remember the first time I saw an old Grace Kelly or Deborah Kerr movie, the clothes their characters wore; I thought I was in heaven.
This weekend as the storm rages outside, I can be found on the chesterfield cosy and warm under a wool blanket watching The House of Eliott. The clothes… sigh… All three seasons. Twenty-nine and one half hours of glorious clothes.
Bliss on the East Coast.
It is Shrove Tuesday, the night before Ash Wednesday; when the season of Lent begins.
Shrove is an old English word meaning "to confess" or "to repent." It is also known as Mardi Gras (literally, "fat Tuesday" in French), Carnival (from the Latin for "farewell to the flesh"), and Fasnacht (the Germanic "night of the fast").
It was also a day to rid the house of the rich foods that you were supposed to give up during the Lenten period — foods like milk, eggs and fats.
Why pancakes? Well, because they used up many of the forbidden ingredients.
I’m not one to break with a tradition, so it was pancakes for supper on the East Coast.
Lately we have been thinking we should buy a new mattress, as we often wake in the morning feeling as if we have slept on rocks...
*The malapropism in my title was intentional the original phrase comes from a Scottish Traditional Prayer:
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
This was actually a good morning sometimes there over 10 toys buried under the pillows and covers.
Lumpy, not bumpy or grumpy on the East Coast.
Details for the knitters.
I held a strand of two colour coordinating Fleece Artist yarns together throughout the knitting.
Yarn: Fleece Artist™ Mo - 78% Kid Mohair, 13% Wool, 9% Nylon
Fleece Artist™ Blue Face - 100% Bluefaced Leciester Wool
Colour: hand-dyed, Indigo, a touch of purple, turquoise and green colourway
Needles: 4mm bamboo circular needle (I detest all circular needles)
4mm Bryspun dps, I use the ones made in New Zealand.
Pattern: Based on the knittyville hat from Stitch 'n Bitch : The Knitter's Handbook There are free copies of the original Kitty62, Adults Only Devil Hat & Lil' Devil Baby Hat patterns.
I cast on 10 more stitches than the pattern specified, other than that, I followed the pattern until I got to the crown decreases, which I adjusted, slightly for the extra stitches. I left off the kitty ears. I added bobbly bits to the end of the hat ties. It is a very easy hat to knit. I will make another one for me to keep.
The only complaint I have is I HATE knitting with circular needles. I know they where invented for more comfortable knitting, however for me they impede my knitting style. I find the stitches do not flow around the circular needles as easily as with straight needles or Dps. The circular needles are less comfortable to hold in my hands and they slow me down. Did I mention I HATE knitting with circular needles?
Indigo - chullo style hat
The hat is for sale in my Mingling Threads shop.
Knitting on the East Coast.