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Poor man’s Dinner with the Frogs

We have finished the first ‘poor week’ dinner and it was totally decadent and yummy!

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche with homemade chips!

 

I also have to write a little bit about my amazing weekend. My birthday was on August 1st and I sort of had a really long work day that day so it was awesome that the long weekend made up for it. I was totally spoiled in getting a kayak and a pair of binoculars for my birthday amongst other things. I have been dying to learn to kayak since my parents were raving about how relaxing and fun it is. I had heard it was a lot more stable than rowing a canoe so I wanted to check it out. Last Saturday I got my opportunity to learn to kayak – but actually it was sort of natural…no real learning curve…not something I am used to! I definitely need to do it more to get better at keeping my strokes even and my boat straight but I pretty much got the hang of it. I am in love with everything where water is concerned – beaches, boats, the ocean, the great lakes, cleaning up the ocean, and so on…..so this is a nice opportunity to get out on the water and have a whole lot of serenity, as well as see things you can’t see from land. Now I am planning on how to paddle out to all sorts of small islands I have seen and wondered about.

The great thing about my hometown in Prince Edward County (well, one of the great things) is that there are so many places you can get in touch with nature, and well…frogs! I love frogs, and toads. I have since I was a little kid. I grew up in a really small village mostly filled with seniors while I lived there, so I had to find a lot of ways to entertain myself and ended up doing so at the local pond catching and releasing frogs.  I dropped by one of my favourite ponds while back home and found a few cutie pies! These frogs were really docile, mostly bullfrogs, not fast and furious like the leopard frogs.

 

 

Fresh Air and Sunshine

Yesterday was a great day. I got up early, opened all the windows in the house,  had breakfast and got started working away on a bunch of work stuff. Working at home can be so much more pleasant than sitting in a dull, flourescently lit office.  I got a lot of work done thankfully, but also embarked upon a recipe for Cherries Jubillle with Butter Crunch Icecream. I will post photos of the entire 2 day process a little later. Note to self – next time read the recipe to fully understand the prep time – holy cow!

Anyhow, other than working on that I also finished up a handspun yarn, my ode to the Golden Girls:

And, I finished up a bit of pottery, watched ‘Up’ and thoroughly enjoyed it and knit a bit of my sock.

I also emptied my camera of it’s pictures so here’s a bit of what I have been up to:

Worldwide Knit in Public day brought me to Hiawatha Park where I worked on my Totem Pole sock.

The tide had been high the day before so there was still a lot of fresh seaweed on the rock ledge just below where I sat. This is one of the most peaceful places in this city. I come here often just to look at the water, reflect and watch different birds swimming, fishing and flying. There were a lot of cormorants that day. I am starting to wonder if the introduction of their species to this area might be one of those ‘oops’ situations and now they are massively overpopulated. It sort of seems that way.

I am really enjoying the warm summer with cool breezes we seem to be having in springtime. It’s nice and I have even been making time to run, go for long walks and hikes and such. I am starting to find my balance among artistic endeavors, exercise activities and work.

I also love working at home because I can hang out with my dogs. I spent a good hour working away on a project plan and throwing this lamb rattle toy for Poppy. This is after he was sort of tired out, but still springing inward with energy. He’s a happy guy.

I have been cleaning the house like crazy too. Part of me could really love being a domestic goddess I think. The perfect life might be held in being your own boss, being artsy and just having time to look after a family and a house. I think my path is getting a bit closer to that. I am trying to take more pictures of the various houses and such I have lived in. I always think back to the different apartments and condos in which I have lived and wish I had more pictures of the decor.

I am the last of the holdouts in not buying one of those flashy flat screen televisions. We don’t watch a lot of TV in this house so it hasn’t been a priority much.

Here’s a bit of the yarn dyeing adventure from yesterday. These are still drying on the rack in the sunshine of my kitchen.

And I am engrossed in reading ‘Sweater Quest’ right now, and managed to finish up another octopus yarn bowl. I have 3 done and they will go into my next bisque. I went to the pottery guild lastnight and finished up a couple other pieces and threw more. I think I need another bisque before I will have enough to fill up a good portion of our large kiln for glazing.

And, now it is time to get cracking on more work stuff and start packing for the weekend. I am going away for a little bitsy, visting the family and such. Pictures to come!