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Finished completely.

Yesterday afternoon I blocked my knitting project.

Blocking is a fiddly process and I’m not super good at it either.

Then I had to do more waiting until this morning when it was completely dry to remove all the pins and blocking yarns.

All done!
The finished shawl is 60 inches by 59 inches – almost managed to get it square, and weighs 2.7 ounces or 76 grams.

Light as a feather. Very pleased with this project and loved knitting the pattern. Yay!

Cheese cushions.

It’s time to make one of our most favorite bread recipes. It’s amazing what happens when I’m not being obsessed with knitting all day long.

I have fiddled with this recipe off and on for years because I can’t seem to resist doing that, and it’s gluten free. This is the stickiest dough and it gets on everything. The benefit though, of being gluten free, is that I don’t have to let it rise first. Make the cheese filling first, divide it into fourths and set it aside. Make the dough and divide it into four parts and then divide each quarter into four little balls of dough and set all the dough aside covered with more plastic wrap to keep it from drying out. Then I can make sixteen rolls.

First four rolls completed and ready to divide the next fourth of bread dough into four more balls of dough.

I use a lot of plastic wrap making these because it is so incredibly sticky. One benefit of this is that the rolling pin stays clean. Washing my hands between every four rolls keeps my cup of tea clean as well.

Roll out each sixteenth ball of dough between two pieces of plastic wrap and then put a sixteenth of the filling in the middle and fold it all up.
Filling is now all enclosed in dough.
Added to the greased large baking dish to await it’s compatriots.
Two balls of dough left!

Halfway done. Yay! Time to wash hands yet again and then drink some tea.

All finished. Cover the dish with yet more plastic wrap and pop it into the oven on the bread proof setting, and wait.

Done rising and ready to bake.

Now the hard part. Waiting 25 minutes.

Done baking! Some cheese always escapes no matter how careful I am making the rolls.

The good news is one can eat the evidence.

The recipe book says to wait until the rolls are cool to eat them.

As if!!

Yesterday a new desk we ordered, and a chair, arrived. We assembled both and Oro is extremely happy to have his favorite human closer for conversations and the occasional head pet.

Oro is waiting almost patiently for his little piece of cheese cushion. I better get with the program.


We used to make our own yogurt, years ago. Somehow we got out of the habit.

First batch!


Knitting is finished and off the needles; all yarn ends have been woven in where they belong. All that’s left now is blocking which is a whole other project. Maybe tomorrow I’ll tackle that.

There are four sections to the pattern.
The world famous knitwear model is inspecting the project. Or maybe wondering why I woke him up from his nap.

This was the most complicated pattern I’ve ever made but in actuality one of the easiest to follow on the chart because it was so complicated. Except for the outside border part which put me to sleep.

It should look spectacular once it’s all blocked.

Three quart jars of pickled beets.

This was our beet harvest, for the most part. We didn’t plant very much this time around. And we also ate some fresh in mid summer, roasted in the oven. Very delicious! Now the jars have to sit for a couple of months to become well and truly pickled. We can start eating them in January which will be here before we know it.

Speaking of harvesting things this little chipmunk has totally fat cheeks!

We can’t really tell what it is that they are harvesting but they have been super busy the last couple of weeks. Mishkin has a fit when he sees them on the porch and he chirps at them. They are unimpressed.

They appear to have set up a winter home under the front porch.

We hadn’t been seeing them by the house until late this summer, probably because the last people here had dogs. It could be bad news next year for our red currants as chipmunks totally adore those and will harvest them incredibly quick. We know they are just fancy mice, but we love these little guys and it’s much fun seeing them so close. They have already gotten tame as far as seeing us outside. At first they would run and hide and now they just take a quick look to see what we’re up to, and then resume their important work of storing seeds for the coming winter.

Snowing????? Snowing!!!!

Winter storm predicted for today which is just absurd for October. Then we saw a pickup truck drive past our place, from up the road, all covered with snow. Shortly thereafter this happened.

Doesn’t look like much but there are big fat snowflakes flying around.


It didn’t stick.

Didn’t stick down here. Right up the hill from us the trees are white and what we can see of the mountains is also snowy. Ye gads.

Mish has the right idea.

The couch wasn’t soft enough, oh no. Must use pillow.

Remember the old story about the princess and the pea? Well, is he the princess or the pea? I know which one I’m voting for.

600 Rows

600 rows completed.

Just twenty-four left to knit, and then the top border which is the equivalent of another 39 rows, stitch count-wise.

Fall harvest.

We picked a bunch of things from the garden today.


We already roasted some earlier, so these are the remaining beets and I’ll make pickled beets out of them this week. A couple of the beets are huge!

Carrots, two varieties.

The slender carrots are called sugar snax and they are very sweet. I think I’ll slice them up and steam them and then freeze them in small batches to be added to tofu scrambles. The larger carrots are nantes and they are delicious roasted with potatoes.

The last zuchinni. It would be nice if we liked it better as it grows like crazy here.
The last strawberries!

I’m making a cake and we can eat these for dessert this evening with cake and whipped cream. Dessert? I think it will just be dinner instead.

That is all the harvesting. There were some neat colors in the garden.

Asparagus fronds.

If the amount of fronds we have are any indication, next spring we should have more asparagus than we know what to do with.

Blueberry plant.

Our two blueberry plants are still so tiny. It may be quite a few years before we see much of any production from them.

Black Raspberry.

These plants did really well this year for what is basically the first year they actually grew. Next year we should be able to freeze some and make jam. I love this color on their leaves and it’s so interesting how dark purple their canes are.


This gooseberry plant has fall colors which look like the ripe fruit does.

Peach tree.

Probably going to be a couple of years before we get any fruit from the peach tree, but it’s so amazing that the fall colors of the leaves is a peach color.

Bear fence?

Somebody or something tried to climb the fence! And they had to be pretty strong to have bent the top of the wire this much. We are assuming a bear. The fencing near the ground also has some bending so they were pretty heavy, which lead us to think this was a black bear. They didn’t actually get into the garden. If the corn had grown properly I bet they would have tried harder. Probably black bears are any fonder of zuchinni than we are!

So that’s the end of gardening for the year. Next year will be better.

500 Rows

The end is starting to be in sight.

Only 124 rows left plus the top border.

I’ve finished the center panel and now working on the inner border that surrounds the center panel.

Mishkin is amazed, apparently.

Row 400

Almost two thirds completed.
Bought a freezer which fits in a corner in the kitchen next to Oro’s cage.

We had to do some other re-arranging to make it fit, but it worked. Yay!

Going to do some baking this afternoon.

Row 300

I finished row 300 several days ago and have made a lot of progress since then. So, it looks like it won’t take quite as long to finish this project as I thought. It might even be done before the snow starts!

Fall is definitely here and the weather completely changed with very cool temperatures and lots of rain in the immediate forecast. The high mountains are getting snow but not around here yet. That may change overnight if it gets as cool in the lower elevations as predicted and it is still raining. Yesterday we saw some Larch trees beginning to turn high up on the mountainsides. It’s so beautiful when that happens to all the Larch trees and the Aspen groves join in.

My pattern is really easy to follow on the computer.

It took longer to get the pattern set up on the computer than it is going to take to knit the shawl. Going through the pattern this first time I’m finding and fixing errors I made in making the pattern. Who knows, by the time I finish this first shawl I may have fixed all the problems.

The ball of yarn is getting smaller, always a sign of progress.

It’s an amazingly fun pattern to knit.

The world-famous knitting model is staring out the window, looking at nothing.

Nothing to see is his most favorite view. No pesky deer or turkeys invading his world is always preferred.

“What do you mean, I need to model something? It’s time for my nap.”
“If this gets damaged it is so not my fault.”

He does look a little bemused by it all. No knitting was harmed and Mishkin went back to napping shortly after I took the picture.

The Ash tree in full fall colors. It’s even starting to lose some of its leaves.

The first real strong wind storm will take all the leaves off the branches.

This morning a Flicker was hanging out on the bottom of the Ash for a while.

Today has been a birdie morning here. In addition to the Flicker we just had a flock of adults and juvenile Western Bluebirds, Yellow-rump Warblers, a Junco, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a Downy Woodpecker all in the plum tree. The bluebirds, Junco, kinglet and warblers are all on their way south. It is very colorful.

Banana coconut cream pie.

I made this yesterday as the grocery store had some really pretty bananas. It isn’t going to last very long.

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