It's definitely winter here. We have been getting snow almost every day. The weather hovers right around freezing, though, so it is often gone within the next 24 to 48 hours.
You've seen a similar meal before. This is Kjell's now famous pork meat cakes, a Christmas meal special, but now an all year treat here.
This time I bought six pounds of freshly ground pork and Kjell made enough meat for six meals. We ate one of the meals tonight, will have another tomorrow night, and we've frozen four meals for the future. He spent quite a few hours in the kitchen doing this today, but we will enjoy the food other evenings when we don't have to spend so much time in the kitchen.
Yum! Thanks, honey!
Elsa continues to bring home the blue ribbons and titles! This new one just came in the mail.
Elsa loves Agility classes and trials! When Catherine starts to load the car to go, Elsa gets all excited and can't get into the car fast enough.
She's a true champ!
Still VERY proud mommy!
The best pizza is pizza you make yourself. I made this one last night and had all the good stuff on it: bacon, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and way too much cheese (which is just about right for us).
I managed to snap a picture of it while Kjell was slicing.
Yes, they each got some. They declared it to be quite excellent pizza.
It seems Bernie and his mittens are everywhere these days. For those who knit, there's a free pattern available on the LionBrand.com web site.
I'm not a fan of mittens so won't be making them, but I do have some lovely original coordinating intarsia hats in the shop here. ;)
This is getting funnier and funnier. Even the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra had Bernie sitting in the audience at Cincinnati Music Hall on their Facebook page.
I took this picture last night when Elsa and Catherine got home from this weekend's Agility Trial.
They did it again! Congratulations on the First Place Ribbon to Elsa and her trainer/our daughter, Catherine!
It may be cold, gray, and overcast outside, but there are blossoms opening in my needlework studio! These are for a custom order afghan blanket. As soon as there are 80 of them, I'll start putting the next colors on them, then the final border and scalloped edging. There's still a long way to go, but I truly enjoy making these.
Of course, you'll see it when it is finished. :)
All the best,
I'm making great progress on the custom order basket weave sweater. Yesterday I finished matching each row and crocheting seams together. After that I still had to do all finishing of weaving in ends, sewing in my label, and adding a "hand made" charm.
It's a long process to design and hand knit a sweater, but the rewards are great! I made a similar one for myself in navy blue more than 15 years ago and I'm still wearing it. Perhaps it's time to make another for myself, too.
As soon as I finish this sweater, I'll be back to work on the custom order afghan blanket I started recently. I move back and forth between knit and crochet projects to give my hands and fingers a rest from the same repetitive movements. It works!
Yesterday afternoon I played with yarn putting together the colors requested for a custom order afghan blanket.
I just love doing this.This will be a stained glass flower garden design.
I have other things in the works right now, but had to get started on this anyway. I always did my homework right away, too. It's just the way I am....
The Covid-19 thing has us staying home most of the time, but there are certain things that we just have to do.
It has become a joke that our road trips revolve around medical appointments, grocery stores, and the post office. That's exactly what we did today and it seems to took most of the day. We are exhausted when we get home.
Anyway., it was fun to take a picture of a freeway sign to remember the trips we used to take to Florida and Texas to cruise ship terminals.
It's a gray, cold, overcast winter day here. I've been hoping for sunshine so I can photo a new hat for the shop, but that is not to happen. I'll work on another way to do it to get some good pictures with my Canon camera. However, diffused sunlight is the very best for taking pictures of items for the shop.
All is not lost here. It's cold and a perfect day to have the fireplace roaring and to cuddle up under one of my afghans and knit.
All the very best,
All three of the pups took his or her turn in Catherine's bath tub, then came to me for toweling off. Our pups love getting a bath and argue about which one will go first.
Here is sweet Elsa after her bath cuddled up on my lap with lots of blankets.
I have four items in the works this week.
Above is a hat for the shop. I've been trying to restock a variety of colors after this design sold out completely a few months ago and continues to sell as I make and list them.
And, finally, I'm making real progress on this custom order basket weave sweater. This second sleeve is now finished as well as the front and back. Now I have to knit the collar onto the sweater, attach the arms and complete all seams.
As I sit and knit or crochet one item, I am constantly thinking about other items to make. I truly do need more hands!
What are you making, baking, growing this week?
My Honey cooked dinner again last night. This is the traditional Christmas Norwegian Pork Meat Cakes, sour kraut, peas, potatoes (baked with onions this time instead of boiled), and cranberry sauce.
We decided at Christmas that we needed to enjoy this meal many more times throughout the year.
I hope you're staying warm this January if you're living in the Northern Hemisphere.
That masterpiece you see above is the cake Catherine decorated at a cake class yesterday.
Kjell and I were the beneficiaries of the product of her cake class studies when she got home. We put on a pot of coffee and all enjoyed slices of this masterpiece.
Then we went to bed on a sugar high!
Thanks, Catherine, it was delicious!
Christmas gifts are still arriving due to delays in just about everything due to Covid-19.
We also received two large mouse pads with our late Penny's picture. What a lovely remembrance of our dear Penny.
These were all such thoughtful gifts.
Thank you, Aunt Carol!
With Covid-19 still raging through the population here in our area, we are still staying home more than we would normally stay home. We used to be news junkies, but the news is just too depressing these days. With all of the craziness in the world these days we have been watching more and more entertainment TV. Of course, I'm knitting my way through all of these evenings at home, too.
While doing other things during the day we have had the Law and Order Marathon on TV and last night we watched Guardians of the Galaxy II (again). It's fun to watch a movie we've already seen because we pick up details we missed before. And, then there are those cute little creatures....
If you are staying home more than you used to stay home, what have you been doing for entertainment?
Stay safe, stay healthy,
I happened to grab one of Catherine's cups this morning. The other side of it says, "Dog Mom." Someone gave her this one as a gift.
I must say raising human children is not as easy as raising canine children. We have three human children and I am so very happy to say they are all potty trained, educated, and employed, the three things I've always joked are the goals of parenting. They now have or are old enough to have children of their own. As I look at the world today, I feel so very lucky that I raised my children when I did and blessed that they all turned out so well.
And, the canine "children?" We have always had dogs and sometimes some cats, too. We have had Dachshunds, German Shepherds, and for the past 23 years Labrador Retrievers. They have all been wonderful, but these Labs are the most energetic, happy dogs I've ever seen. Just like human children, they get hurt and sick sometimes so need medical care. They go to school, athletic events, train, practice, and bring home ribbons and awards. They are shadows wherever we go and are thrilled when we get home if we have gone out without them. They never complain, argue, talk back. (Ok, with the "minor" exception of when Erik's tummy clock goes off and he tells us he is ready to eat.)
There is one thing you can do with canine children that you can't do with human children. You can leave your two year old dog at home alone for a couple of hours while you run errands. Not only will you not be arrested, your home will be guarded until your return.
No, our pets are not children, but they certainly are wonderful warm and loving creatures that add to the richness of our lives.
On the needles this week is this intarsia knit hat. Well, I think it will be a hat. I'm developing a new design and a hat is a great way to test it out without committing to a bigger project. I'll show it to you when I get it finished.
I have other things in my sketch book, too, that will be fun to get started. I have some pretty gray wool textured yarn that will be a beautiful shawl. I've also still got the off white baby sweater next to my knitting chair that will take center stage after I've finished the basket weave sweater pictured above.
What are you making, baking, growing this week? I love reading so many of your blogs and seeing what you are doing and making!
All the very best,
Elsa (top) and Wendy had a fantastic time celebrating Elsa's birthday!
Of course, Erik was on hand, too!
Elsa's new froggie looks like he's enjoying the party, too!
While the pups had dog cookies and snacks, we people enjoyed cake.
Santa brought My Honey a 3D Printer this year!
My Honey has been reading a great deal about and working on his own new programs to make parts for his CNC and other machines with his new printer.
While writing his own programs, he used this available one to make himself a mascot who now sits on top of the printer to keep My Honey company.
Santa sure knew how to bring just the right presents this year!
Happy New Year! We've all managed to get through 2020 and have high expectations for 2021 for health and happiness for everyone!
During the past month I've been extremely busy restocking the shop and adding new designs. Above is a Scandinavian Intarsia Knit Hat that is a very stylish way to keep you warm! $38. More images and information here.
This was a big month for custom order Toilet Tissue Toppers, too. I made and sold 16 of them for Covid-19 Survival Kits that were given as Christmas gifts. These brought huge smiles. Who would have guessed in 2019 that in 2020 Toilet Tissue Gift Bags would be a big deal! I'm still smiling about this!We invite you to browse the large collection of available wood items here.
And, finally, Kjell had a fabulous time making this remote control tea dipper. He's keeping this one. Perhaps we'll get lucky and he'll make one for the shop, too. Of course, every household needs one right? ;) Would you like to see it in action? Here's his Facebook post featuring this nifty item.
That's what we've been doing during the past month. Of course, we have other projects in the queue now, too, that will appear in next month's Update.
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All the very best for a wonderful 2021!
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