Ever Run A Marathon?

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No?  I haven’t either.  But after the last 2-3 months, I certainly feel like I have.  We have successfully sold the Southern Homestead, bought a 1+1 bedroom condo apartment and have moved in a little over 2 weeks ago.  Still trying to get my bearings and figure out where the heck I put things, but I am absolutely LOVING condo life.  When I want to head to the Northern Homestead, I walk out the door, turn the key and that’s it.  No lawn and yard maintenance, no pool maintenance, nothing to worry about, just pack my clothes and head out.

It is awesome.

Getting to this point was rough though.  I spent a year and half de-cluttering the house as after 19 years in one location, you accumulate stuff.  Lots of stuff.  So I donated, recycled or trashed what we did not need (or want) any longer. If I can provide at least one piece of advice to anyone even contemplating moving after a lengthy stay in one place, is that you have to be ruthless in deciding what you will take with you and what must go.  If you are downsizing, you can’t take it all with you.  Those knickknacks and chachkas from trips or excess dishes/china/silverware that you haven’t used in eons need to go.  It is overwhelming for a lot of folks, but look at each item and really decide “do I NEED this?”  The answer is often NO.  If you really can’t part with it, offer the item to a family member, this way, if you need to visit it, it isn’t far away.

During the de-cluttering time, we renovated the main bath and put a new bath in the basement.  Because we were crazy. We also painted, repaired and fixed whatever needed painting, repairing or fixing.  Once done, I then had to poof the house for sale.  Being in real estate, I know the importance of staging a home.  Spend a little bit of money on certain things and it will translate to a higher selling price and a quicker sale.  We sold our home for over asking in less than a week.

Once the house sold, we had to find a place to move to, which was another whirlwind of taking hubby around to different condo buildings in the city.  We found our condo on the first day out, put an offer in the next day and bam…we had a new place to move to.

Next was packing the house up – lordy lordy but do I hate moving!  We had a garage sale, which netted a good chunk of change, packed up the rest of the house, emptied the garage and ferried said garage contents to the Northern Homestead.   Then I had to do the one thing that I was absolutely dreading…. I had to dismantle Bob and take him north as well.  I finished the last weaving project on him and hubby and I took him apart, loaded him in the truck and dropped him off at the cottage.  He is still in pieces, awaiting me to come up and refinish him.  I should have refinished the loom when I first bought it, but I was too anxious to learn to weave on it.  The timing was right for getting this next project done, so next month, when I have some vacation time coming, I will be sanding and varathaning him, then bring him back to his new home all shiny and slick.

Once the house was emptied and packed, we took possession of the condo and began a 5 day painting odyssey.  We apparently purchased a condo that was professionally painted….by Bozo the Clown.

DSC02874 DSC02880The blue and orange were the toughest to cover up.  We bought a 5 gallon pail of primer and used all but one inch in the bottom of the bucket.  Once primed (which was a HUGE improvement alone), we painted every room but the kitchen and bathrooms.  Oh, did I tell you about the kitchen?  It has a lovely, BRIGHT countertop that matched beautifully to the clown walls….

Yellow CountertopWe are living with the countertop for now, they will be torn out and replaced in a couple months but wanted to leisurely unpack and enjoy some time at the Northern Homestead after being so busy the last 3 months.

With all the craziness of moving, I haven’t had a whole lot of time to work on fibre projects, but I managed to scrape out some time here and there finishing up some lovely tea towels to match the canary countertops…DSC03020

As well as a couple knitting projects.  One is a pair of ankle socks made with neon pink and bright purple Knitpicks sock yarn and the other is a shawl being made from the leftover yarn of the big blanket I wove on the loom.

Now that we are all moved in, the only pressing items are figuring out where to hang pictures and look for some new furniture for the living room as we ditched our decades old sofa and chair.  There are other odds and sods to do, but minimal and can be done over the next couple/few months.

More importantly is to get back on track with healthy cooking and getting some exercise in. We have not been eating the best with the move, relying on quick meals that have caused (me at least) to gain a few pounds and with summer here, I am looking rather like a stuffed sausage in my summer clothes.  Time to enact some discipline and willpower.

I did make some awesome low-fat apple muffins this morning which I will share the recipe in the next post, maybe tomorrow or the next day, or at the very least, within the next week.  They turned out awesome and are just the thing to curb that hunger in between meals.

I will sign off for now as this has been a lengthy post, but it is also good to get back to writing as  I didn’t realize how much I missed it.

Adios!

Deborah

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Uno’s Shroom Pizza

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What is the craziest thing you have ever done for a favourite restaurant dish?

Me? I just drove 300 km one way for a pizza…and not just any pizza, but Uno’s Chicago Grill’s famous ‘Shroom Deep Dish Pizza.  This pizza is the BEST pizza I have ever eaten, and if you love mushrooms, then you will LOVE the ‘Shroom Pizza.  You see, several years ago, they took it off their menu and I was devastated.  I even emailed the company at the time to pitch a fit and it didn’t help.

Then, a few weeks ago, hubby told me that they were bringing the ‘Shroom pizza back.  You see, hubby has been working in NY State on a temp job assignment for a number of years and the hotel where he stays at is a stones throw from an Uno’s restaurant.  He is typically there one evening a week for dinner and has gotten to know the staff quite well over the years.  The barkeep let him know that they were bringing the ‘Shroom pizza back which he then passed along to me which was the most wonderful news I have ever heard.

So it was just a matter of counting down the days to March 18th, the day it was being re-launched in their restaurants.

I had been planning on heading down to NY by the end of the month, but on the morning of the 18th, hubby reminded me that that was day it was coming back.  I quickly looked at my business schedule for the day and seeing nothing pressing, emailed him back that I was getting myself together and I would be on the road by 11 a.m.

I quickly packed an overnight bag, tossed my laptop into its travel case and headed out the door.  WooHoo! I was so excited!

I get to the U.S./Canada border crossing at Niagara Falls and the conversation with the U.S. Border Guard went as follows…

Border Guard:  Citizenship?
Me: Canadian
Border Guard: Where are you going?
Me: Webster, NY
Border Guard: What’s in Webster?
Me: My husband and a ‘Shroom Pizza
Border Guard: ??? (with a puzzled look on his face)
Me: Uno’s Chicago Grill is bringing back their ‘Shroom Pizza on their menu and today is the first day it is available.
Border Guard: ?? “OK..have a nice day ma’am” and he sent me on my way.
Me: You too!

In a span of 30 seconds I was cleared to enter the U.S. and then spent the next 2 hours driving through farm country along the southern shore of Lake Ontario in bright sunshine dreaming (and drooling) of what was to become dinner.

At hubby’s hotel in the afternoon, I impatiently waited for him to come back from work and after a quick peck on the cheek followed by a happy hour cerveza, we headed over to Uno’s.

The barkeep (Jess) brought us our drinks and asked if we wanted menu’s.  I told her I didn’t need one as I already knew what I wanted and told her I just drove from Ontario to have the prized pan of yummy goodness, I even told her the border guard story, much to her delight.

After about 20 minutes, my much anticipated pizza arrived to loud fanfare (I think I even heard angels singing and rockets bursting)….oh wait, that was me squealing….

IMG_20150318_164550The ‘Shroom Pizza as you have probably guessed by now, is chock full of sauteéd baby button mushrooms (which seem to be cooked with some herbs, thyme maybe, and some white wine as the flavour of the sauteed mushrooms are sincerely awesome on their own)  and if I calculated accurately, about 10lbs of mozz cheese.  Oh, but there is also spinach in there, so that most definitely makes it healthy for sure, along with the 9 grain deep dish crust.  Topped with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, this is hands down, my most favourite restaurant dish EVER.  I could eat this every day of the week, mind you, my arteries surely couldn’t handle all the cheese, nor my waistline.  But I would die happy.

IMG_20150318_164537Trying to get a good photo with my Blackberry camera was challenging, especially when all I wanted to do was dive into the plate.  This is a 12″ pizza, and I managed to scarf down 3 pieces before my stomach screamed Uncle.  Good news though, there were 3 pieces leftover for the next day.

We joked with the Jess the barkeep about crossing the border back into Canada with the leftovers.  Hubby said “what if they don’t let you back in with that? You know you are not supposed to bring cheese back across the border?” “Fine” I said “then I will stand there and eat it as there is no way in hell they are going to confiscate my leftover ‘Shroom pizza!”.

We toddled back to the hotel room, leftovers firmly gripped in one hand to be stored in the fridge overnight. The next morning, after packing up my things and heading out, I indeed wondered what the Canadian Border Guards would say about my one day folly for a pizza.

I arrived at the border crossing about 11:30 a.m. and pulled up to an empty booth (amazingly, I thought with March Break under way it would have been more hectic) occupied by a female Border Guard.  I handed her my passport as she asked where I lived.  Burlington I said.

Border Guard: Where did you go?
Me: Webster, NY
Border Guard: Why?, what’s in Webster, NY?
Me: My husband and ‘Shroom Pizza. Have you heard of the Uno’s Chicago Grill restaurant chain?
Border Guard: Yes
Me: Well, they brought back their awesome ‘Shroom pizza after several years in exile. Do you like mushrooms? You will love the ‘Shroom pizza
Border Guard: So you went all that way for a pizza? “So sorry honey, I came for the pizza, not to see you” she quipped.
Me: I burst out laughing

She asked a couple more standard questions, then giggled as she handed my passport back to me and said have a great day and hope you enjoyed the pizza.  Oh you bet I said!

So 24 hours, 600 km and almost a tank of gas later equals one expensive pizza….but so well worth it!!!

Deborah

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¡Bienvenidos a Mexico!

DSC01147 DSC01214¿Como está Ustedes?  ¿Bien?…¿Muy Bien?…¿Maravilloso?

Ok, enough of the Spanish, but I am still on Mexican time after having just returned a couple days ago from the land of sun, sand, clear skies and clear blue-turquoise waters.  Oh and HEAT…did I mention the HEAT?  If not, let me assure you, there was HEAT!  Much better than this minus crap we have been having in arctic cold Canada.

Holidays are a great time to clear the head, enjoy the company of your loved ones, experience awesome food, great scenery and to laze around and do nothing but expand your waistline (paying for it now though).  Hubby and I spent a week at the El Dorado Royale Resort in the Mayan Riviera with my daughter and her husband, whom were experiencing Mexico for the very first time.  Sorry kiddos if you caught the Mexican travel bug, but you probably knew you would after listening to your mother prattle on about the place all these years.

We had the best time there and one of the things that the El Dorado (our second visit) is known for is that the food being served in all their restuarant’s is absolutely fantastic.  We did not have one lousy meal, even our vegetarian daughter had plenty of choices.  Every meal was drop dead delicious and left us drooling for more.  The buffet breakfast featured the traditional North American fare of eggs, bacon, pancakes, roasted potatoes, sausage, muffins and breads to platefuls of fresh fruit and cheese, but also featured a well stocked omelet station manned by Alejandro who can deftly make an omelet in under 1 minute.

The newly added Mexican breakfast items of tamales, chicken tacquitos, cheese quesadillas, churros (these were OMG material) and a huge pot of Mexican hot chocolate served in traditional clay pots were a nice touch and I for one ate cheese quesadillas and tamales every morning.  Lunch (if you were indeed hungry after devouring half the buffet) featured a pizza joint down by the beach bar as well as an outdoor buffet for those not wanting to sit inside a restaurant for lunch.  Dinners were a sit down affair with extremely friendly and attentive “meseros/as” or “camareros/as” that spoke English for those not speaking Spanish and made you feel like royalty.   Dinners were Top Chef caliber and if  you ever get to the El Dorado, you must try the Dinner Theatre at the Fuentes restaurant.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed.  I will not go into detail here as it would spoil it for those wanting to try it as it is a fabulous experience.

DSC01114So this brings me to today’s post.  Now that I have returned from Mexico, my tastebuds are still stuck there.  So for the next couple weeks, I will be featuring some really yummy Mexican recipes either for breakfast, lunch or dinner that will transport you back to the clear blue waters and warm sunshine of the Mexican Riviera.

¡Hasta luego!

Deborah

 

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How Come There Isn’t Enough?

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I need more time.  24 hours in a day isn’t enough….

24 hours in one day
- 8 hours for sleeping
- 1 hour for eating
- 8 hours for working
- 3 hours for “domestic chores”
- 1 hour for errands/etc.
= 3 hours a day for knitting/fiber related hobbies….

Seriously

How am I supposed to get these projects done?

DSC01793This is what I have on the go at the moment (not counting the project that is currently on Bob the loom, whom is missing from this photo…sorry Bob). I have a sweater just started (the lovely gold/brown yarn), a hat completed, but matching mitts need to be knitted too, BUT first I need to finish spinning the yarn to knit the mitts. I also have a pattern created by moi for fingerless mitts (the purple coloured item) that not only needs to be finished, but needs to be written up so I know how to make them again and a *short* afghan to be made for hubby who is always complaining I never make him anything.

Oh, and throw gardening/yardwork into the mix cause it is summertime and canning season and…. well you get the idea.

I know…poor me.

Something needs to go from this list, either work, or sleep….and I am fairly certain I will make the wrong decision.

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Summer Bounty & Fiber Thrills

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Me: Let’s see…what was my password to log into WordPress?

WordPress: Username ______________  Password ______________

First Try:                Type type type type….Nope, that isn’t it, let’s try another one.

Second Attempt:   Type type type type…..
Crap, this is what I get for leaving it so long between posts.

Third Attempt:        Type type type type….. Yay! I’m in!

As for my audience here….have you missed me?  I sure have missed y’all (typed with a southern accent, make sure you read it in one).  It has been an insanely busy Spring that launched headlong into Summer.  So busy that I haven’t had time to write my daily thoughts, ideas, creations or wonders of my world…or any world for that matter.

Until today ~ Consider this your early Christmas present.  The way things are going, my next post may be on Boxing Day.

So back to the headline above…. Summer Bounty is exactly what it is.  I have been picking cherry tomatoes up to my eyeballs the past couple weeks and the Serrano peppers are all but leaping off the plants into the pickling pot. I have harvested my garlic that was planted last fall and have around 40 large bulbs hanging in the garage at the Homestead drying.  Soon they will be put into my yummy Spicy Homestead Pasta Sauce once the Roma toms are ready.  I have dried armloads of Oregano and the chive plant sprouted pale purple puffball flowers which I let go to seed to harvest.  The carrots need a weekly trim so that they don’t block the sun for the pepper plants while the fuzzybutts and honey bees are busy collecting pollen in the wildflower gardens.

I love this time of year when there is so much colour in the yard.  What I don’t love is getting stung by a wasp while mowing the lawn a couple weeks ago.  My foot swelled up like a balloon for 3 days.  I since found their nest (in the ground, I know, never would have thought to look there!) and we are attempting to evict them… not so easy apparently.

House renovations are winding down, thank &*%#@!!!  I almost applied to be on either Mike Holmes or Bryan Baeumler’s show…titled “How to do a new bathroom install IN-correctly”.  After a few weeks of fret, worry, cursing and drinking myself into a stupor, the new bathroom is now complete and works as it was designed to.  Mental note – do NOT try to install a new bathroom and renovate an existing bathroom at the same time.  It is not worth the loss of your sanity.

We have a few things left to do, but the big indoor jobs are done.  Outside awaits 150′ of 10′ high cedar hedging in need of a little of the top and sides.  I may contract out that job to save hubby from being worked to death.

Now this is the most exciting part of this post ~ FIBER THRILLS!  I have managed to squeeze some time out of my very busy days for knitting, spinning and weaving.  I have completed about 4 pairs of socks in the last few months and currently have a gorgeous purple hued Madeline Tosh merino wool on the needles that hopefully will be done this week.  DSC01674I also warped up the little Cricket loom with a faux Burberry style scarf made from some sock yarn stash, which didn’t come without its complications and me almost pitching the Cricket into the lake after a warping fiasco. DSC01670But what I have really been concentrating on is getting better at this new spinning thing.  Man, talk about total delusion with oneself for what seemed an eternity.  I am now at the point where I can say I have actually spun USEFUL yarn!

Here is my first attempt:  (Don’t laugh)DSC01677Here is the Second Attempt: (ok, you can giggle a little)DSC01680Here is the Third Attempt: (go ahead…you have permission to guffaw)DSC01682Getting better right? Please tell me you see a difference?

Here is my Fourth Attempt: (look in awe)DSC01669Which is the longest amount spun of the four, this one at a whopping 130 yards!  The others were all under 40 yards, and the first one only being 12 yards.  This latest one is long enough and good enough to actually be knitted into something other than a potholder or a drink coaster.  It will become a warm winter hat, which is about all you can use 130 yrds up with.

Now this is what is currently on the spindle…. DSC01668Pretty darn good eh?!  I have finally been able to keep my consistency and it is a LOT thinner than the previous attempts.  I guess practice does make perfect, even with some timeouts now and then for when it was acting up (it…the fleece and spindle, certainly not me).  I will fill up the spindle, then transfer it to a bobbin and spin another spindle full then I am going to attempt plying for the first time.  Plying is joining 2 or more separately spun single spun yarns into one yarn.  I have done my research and it all looks easy enough (emphasis on looks easy), they also say that plying yarns is magical, they take lumpy-bumpy singles handspun and make it look just like store bought yarn.  We shall see if *they* are correct.

I think I have babbled about everything I wanted to babble about this morning, but now it is time to head to the kitchen and thinly slice a whack of cherry toms and roast them in the oven until they are carmelized, which by the way, are excellent as a pizza topping.

Ciao for now amigos y amigas, I am hoping to get back into a normal routine soon…

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Encouragement

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The word of the day is Encouragement.

A simple word that has so much meaning to the person it is directed at.

I grew up in a family devoid of encouragement.  Now don’t be all sad for me, I figure I turned out great mainly because I like to encourage others in all faucets of life.

In my *real world* job, I am a tremendous encourager to *newbies* in my field.  I find it satisfying to help others start out in the crazy real estate business and encourage them to do their best and to always think of their clients first.  Mentoring is something I encourage everyone to do at least once in their life.

I encourage my kids to do the best they can in whatever they are doing, whether it is my daughter trying new and exciting (and scary) knitting patterns or my son with a new job field.

What brought this post on?  I was on a weaving forum last night and these words were spoken:

“Encouragement is awesome.  It has the capacity to lift a person’s shoulders.  To spark the flicker of a smile on the face of a discouraged child.  To actually change the course of another human being’s day/week/life….”

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

I am not religious by any means, but the sentence and reference above has the ability to empower a person.

People that don’t pass along their knowledge and encouragement are scared of being forgotten.  They think that only themselves can utilize their knowledge and no one else is qualified.  Rubbish I say.  Anyone and everyone can benefit from encouragement.

Take the time today to encourage someone.  Whether it is a child riding a bike for the first time, a new co-worker, or a first-time very worried and frazzled mom.  You will be surprised how good it makes you feel.

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Cheddar Chive Flatbread

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Pop up the patio umbrella, fluff the pillows on the chaise lounge poolside and fill me up a frosty glass with a delectably cold summer drink.

Hooray for Summer!

The past couple days has seen the mercury soar into the mid to high 80′s with plenty of humidity to make sweat circle patterns, like crop circles, on the patio table from ice cold glasses.  We had the most miserable, long, cold, despicable winter weather in memory and I for one am LOVIN’ the return of some heat!  The first person to whine about how hot it is gets a slap upside the head and their cold drink taken away.

With the return of heat, patio weather has also officially arrived.  Just in time too as I have been thinking of new and fresh ideas in food for entertaining with backyard BBQ parties on the horizon.  Something bite-sized and easy to handle that won’t slop all over the ground to invite any unwanted ants to the party.

This past weekend I was up at the Northern Homestead and I noticed my chive plant was in serious need of a trimming.  So I hacked off a good handful, wrapped it in paper towel and popped into a ziploc for the trip home.  Then I got to thinking… just what was I going to do with them?…..Hmmm…what goes good with chives?  Cheddar of course!  But I wasn’t in the mood for a fattening, heavy muffin.  I was going to have to think on this for a day or two amongst my busy schedule of home reno touchups (yes, we are still in the throes of a torn apart house, hence the sparseness of my posts of late).

On Sunday, as I was working a pizza dough on the counter for dinner, an idea hit me.  Why not make a cheddar and chive flatbread appetizer?  Fab idea if I do say so myself.  I just needed to find the time to get it done before my chives withered away in the fridge.

So today I managed to squeeze out an hour or so to implement my idea, with minimal ingredients (always a bonus in my book) as well as giving Black Beauty (my KitchenAid stand mixer) a well needed run, she was feeling sorely neglected of late.

Take 2 star ingredients…and this is what it turns into…

Cheddar Chive Flatbread

Ingredients
2 Cups A/P Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 Cup Warm Water (110° to 155°F)
2 1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast (1 package)
1 Cup grated sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Tbsp snipped fresh Chives
Olive Oil
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

In a medium sized bowl, sprinkle the package of yeast over the warm water and let *bloom* for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl (or stand mixer bowl), combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  When the yeast has bloomed, add it to the bowl of flour and mix on low until the dough starts to climb the dough hook of the mixer.

DSC01403Remove to a floured surface and knead in just enough flour so that the dough is smooth and elastic.  Place the dough in a clean bowl and drizzle a tich of olive oil over it, turning it over to cover the dough completely.  Place a clean tea towel over the bowl and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk (about an hour or so).

DSC01406On a large sheet pan, drizzle about a tablespoon or so of good quality olive oil and smear it all over with your hands.

DSC01412Grab your dough ball and stretch it out to a large rectangle, smooshing it along with your fingertips on the pan.

DSC01416Spread the cheddar cheese all over the dough, followed by the chives and fresh cracked black pepper.  Cover with the tea towel and let rest for 20 minutes.

DSC01420While you are waiting, open an ice cold brew and pre-heat your oven to 400°F.  Pop the flatbread into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the edges are golden. Watch carefully though so the crust and/or cheese doesn’t burn.

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DSC01433Remove from the oven, slice and serve with your favourite cold beverage and praise the return of summer!

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I’m Back!!!

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You do remember me don’t you?  The short, blond chick who loves ice in her beer?

Anyway…

Talk About Epic Technological Failures.

BUT,

I have returned to the Internet Airwaves refreshed from my forced 2 week exile.  You would think I would have taken advantage of the time off to enjoy a vacation somewhere warm.

Nope.

Instead, hubby and I have been busy with a new bathroom install, an existing bathroom renovation along with plenty of other *Spring Cleaning* activities tossed in for good measure.

It was probably a good thing that the Lords of Technology decided to mar my well laid plans for titillating internet conversation (Ha! that does sound pretentious doesn’t it? I know, it’s so not me) in order that I could actually F-O-C-U-S on getting some stuff done around here.

Anyway, I am back alive and well so look for some fairly regular posts, and if your good, maybe I will send the Easter Bunny over to poop chocolate eggs all over your house for the weekend.

Hasta Luego!
That means “Until Later!” in Spanish…basically, it means I’m outta here for now, I got a million things to do before Easter….

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Patience is a Virtue

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I wish you could just head to the store and buy as much patience as was needed for any given project or situation.  It would be a heck of a lot easier than trying to muster up your own patience…especially when one doesn’t have very much to begin with.

I have boatloads of patience in my chosen career, but apparently it doesn’t transfer over to my extra-curricular activities.  Take this new hobby of mine ~ weaving.  Like with anything new, you are all gaga over it and want to see things made before your eyes instantly.

But weaving (like knitting) brings your ego crashing down to earth with its realities.

Setting up a loom for weaving is a lengthy, time-consuming ordeal.  For my latest project (my Mexican inspired table runner), it took about 4 hours just to wind the warp threads.  8 colours, each 3 yards long by 70 *ends* (70 individual pieces of warp threads that are each 3 yds long).  Enough to make a 3″ wide stripe vertically on the loom x 8 coloured stripes gives you the width of the table runner (this is before finishing, you have to make things longer and wider to account for shrinkage).

Once the warp is wound, it is time to get it on the loom.  Which is another labour intensive function.  This takes approximately 6 – 10 hours, with many breaks in between to un-knot your back and neck muscles due to sitting awkwardly on the floor threading each piece of yarn through an eye in a metal heddle.  70 threads x 8 colours = 560 threads in total.

After all the time consuming work has been done and you have gone to your chiropractor to get things put back where they belong within your body, it is time to weave.

So you think.

I wove a header and notice instantly that something wasn’t right with one of the threads in the red section, I was missing a thread that was supposed to go up while its neighbouring thread went down when the first peddle was pushed. CRAP.  To compound things further, at that very moment, one of the warp threads snapped at the tie on point of the front beam.

%$#*&!

For the love of Pete I grumbled.  Well this is getting off to a fine start now isn’t it?  Pissed off, I pulled the newly woven header pieces out, untied the offending sections of warp, yanked it back out the reed and then pulled them one by one, out of the eyes of the heddles and re-threaded them back in their proper order.  I was off by one in the pattern sequence.  Instead of 1,2,3,4 in one section I did 1,2,3,3.   Not at all desirable and would effectively have made a visual gap down the center of the red stripe section.

2 hours later, I was back to where I started with the header section woven and ready to start my project.

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DSC00846 DSC00850I literally used up every ounce of patience in me during this ordeal so hopefully there are no more screw-ups for the remainder of the project.  Maybe Costco sells patience in super-duper-sized buckets.   I sure could use some.

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Old Man Winter…

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Can go blow.

Today is March 5th and the first day of Spring is 15 days off but apparently the ol’ grump is determined to hang around as long as possible, making us all in his path absolutely miserable.

old man winterI was heading to bed last night and looked out the front window to see large, fat snowflakes falling silently in the glow of the street lamp.  Early on in winter, I would have been happy to see the serene moment….not now though.  I cursed loudly and grumbled my way up to bed.

This morning I awoke to Mr. Cardinal singing in the cherry tree beside our bedroom window.  I bet he wasn’t being cheery of hopefully-soon-to-arrive-Spring.  I bet he was cursing Ol’ Man Winter too.  I peeked out the window to catch a flash of red before he flew off in search of his mate.  I looked at the ground, another inch of fluffy white snow.  ARGH!!! STOP IT!  I CAN’T TAKE THIS CRAP ANYMORE!

Dear Mother Nature, I can speak for everyone in the Northern Hemisphere…..please, please, beat Ol’ Man Winter into submission and bring on some warmth! Thank goodness I went on vacation in January to Mexico….if I hadn’t, I would surely be putting out a contract on Ol’ Man Winter myself.

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