Archive for January, 2006

It’s the Year of the Dog Today we will celebrate Chinese New Year over at Cindy’s…she tries to hit all the holidays that would have food involved, i.e. May 5th, Cino De Mayo, and such. Pretty funny to see a bunch of Washington country folk (i.e. rednecks) enjoying this holiday.

I’ve been to many, many, many celebrations for Chinese New Year (part of life with the Ex) and the kids loved it when they were little, all the money that would come in those gold labeled red envelopes were the best. I’m sure the Dragon made it’s way down 38th street in Tacoma to bring in the new and scare away the old. LOL Budda’s with cigerette’s burning, a shot of cognac and fruits surrounding it.

My dish is NOT a traditional dish, the only thing it has going for it is the title, “Oriental Chicken Noodle Salad”. I should have made Vietnamese Spring Rolls but that just seemed like to much energy for the day. The salad is delicious and will work. I stayed up till 2am reading a juicy book, too tired to do alot of cooking.

Knitting: Started a scarf with the one skein of black fingering weight alpaca I have. The pattern is from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, “Airy Scarf”…yep, it’s for me.


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I received a half dozen or so skeins of this Knitting Funky Fringe Yarn for my birthday last year. Not fun to knit with…requires way to much attention for doing just a garter stitch scarf. This little piece is for Karla, my co-worker that loves these colors. A scarf for her, a skein de-stashed and a project completed and posted on the What’s Your Skein KAL I am a member of. Dreaming of wool: Priceless.

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Seems we are bound for rain, at least the 10-day forcast says so for my zipcode. Ok, I’ll take rain, no snow though, thank you.

The rain puts a bit of a damper on my wattle…but I will prevail. I still have stakes, poles and posts for the teacup birdfeed/water for butterflies to finish painting. Being in the gardenshed counts as “garden time” for me.

I am slowly….slooowwwwlllyy, working on my vest for the Vested Interest KAL. Last night I started to watch Season 1, O.C. I like it. Don’t laugh. Ok, laugh, it’s good for you. I also started a one skein project for the What’s your Skein KAL. Think I belong to enough KAL’s. It’s like eating potato chips after not having any for years…one just won’t do. The one skein project is a scarf out of some really trendy yarn that was given to me for my birthday. It’s for a co-worker. I really need to finish it tonight so it’s not looming over my head this weekend.

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Got Wattle?

Wattle Fence
Wattle you say. Yes, wattle. As in wattle fence. As in gardening. I have been thinking for the past week how to keep the chickens out of the garden beds yet let the ducks due their job of eating slugs and slithery things and still create my cottage garden, even if it’s partially with raised beds. Wattle is what I found.

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. with this fencing on my mind. NO MORE chicken wire is my ultimate goal. DH talked of fencing off the whole garden with a chicken wire fence. I’ve decided against it. Besides, five acres of trees, I’m sure to get all the poles and limbs I need for the wattle fencing.

It may not come out looking just like this, as I am now thinking to make sections that fit nicely into each raised bed…so a bow saw, pruners, hammer and some skinny little nails will be used this weekend. Now where are my wellies?

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I’ve been tagged…

I believe I’ve been tagged by my knitting buddy, Heideho
4-Jobs you have had in your life.
1. Concession Stand/Cheney Stadium(through Jr. High & High School)
2. Hairstylist (don’t laugh, beauty school is where I met my first husband, 12 years of wedded bliss) LOL
3. Receiving Manager, Environmental Laboratory
4. Secretary/Accounting

4 Movies you would watch over and over again.
1. Jane Eyre, the BBC series
2. Pride and Prejudice, BBC & New Version out
3. Sweet Home Alabama
4. Bridget Jones Diary (a modern version of Pride and Prejudice)

4-Places I have lived.
1. Graham, WA
2. Tacoma, WA

4-tv shows you love to watch.
4. The Weather Channel

4-Places you have been on vacation.
1. Canada (BC & Alberta)
2. Oregon
3. Nebraska and a few states between here and there

4-Websites you visit daily
1. HeideHo
2. The Green Onion
3. Knit the Classics
4. The Knitty Coffeeshop

4- Favorite Foods
1. Chocolate
2. Strawberries dipped in chocolate
3. Strawberry Twizzlers (the very worst thing in the world for ones digestive system)
4. York Peppermint Pattie

4-Places you would rather be right now.
1. Lottery office in Olympia collecting a big fat check.
2. Working my garden
3. East coast of Canada (PE Island, Halifax)
4. Shetland Isles, Scotland

4-People you tag to complete this.
1. Paula
2. Jenni
3. anyone… LOL I’m feeling the need for more friends.
4. My Secret Pal ha ha


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Karma Baby, Karma

For those that are wanting to get out into the garden or yard, but haven’t been able to do so because it is still the middle of winter, here’s the karma I get for even posting about it.

I was stung by a bee today. Luckily, it was after I finished a 4 1/2 hour dig, weed, mulch, clean, move, episode in my garden. The thermometer that I take a reading on when I’m out there said 54 degrees F. Just as I was taking off my apron (I’m messy when I work), I felt something hit the back of my neck. I haven’t been stung by a bee since I was a kid. LOL I called DH home from the neighbors to take a look at it. I had the girls take a look at my neck while I was waiting for DH to get home (an EMT in his younger days), and they found the bee still on my shirt. I assume I’m not allergic, but you just never know. I took a Benadryl to help with the swelling. I’m a big baby…but will survive.

But, the best part is my garden is looking very well. I cleaned up three of my raised beds, dug up four paths between the beds, with “organic” on my mind, I laid down newspaper, followed by leaves that have been composting on top of some of my beds, followed by woods chips in one area (until I can get to the store for more mulch) and mulch in the others. I will win the battle of fighting the weeds and unwanted grass in my paths. I did get a Graham Thomas Bush Rose planted today. I have a long ways to go before it will ever be the cottage garden I dream of…but with this sort of headstart, it will at least be worthy of having friends over for lunch, maybe even out in the garden.

Knitting: Put in a good hour this morning before hitting the garden…totally rewriting the pattern I started out with, but that’s ok, I am preferring how it is turning out.

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Work in progress

Yep…a whole 2 1/2 inches on my vest so far. Haven’t had a whole lot of time to knit this week, where has the time gone? Today was, as I planned, dedicated to my garden. After an interesting Friday night (I was sick from the dinner at a local resturant, felt like battery acid as it came back up and out), I took my queezy self up to Home Depot this morning to get a few things for my garden. I also hit the thrift store on the way back home to pickup a few interesting saucers and cups to make birdfeeds with. (Love superglue). Mulching was the order of the day…the small perennial and strawberry beds were nicely mulched. I purchased two more bags tonight to do a few other areas for now…one bit/day at a time, right?

Well, I think I can get in another hour of knitting before Mr. Sandman calls…

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