Saturday, July 16, 2016


We have company this week: DD#2 and DS#2, plus a DIL and three of the "grands" are here.  We're spending lots of time visiting and telling stories.  And, of course, eating and snacking.  Lots of fun!

DS was demonstrating a feature on his Apple phone, a program called "Siri."  He asked it, verbally, "Siri, I would like to order pizza nearby.  I would like to make it two pizzas."  Siri replied, correctly, that he could order from a Pizza Hut nearby.  Then DD demonstrated her phone.  DS had a woman's voice on his phone, DD had a man's voice with an Australian accent.

She asked Siri, "What are the library hours today."  Siri replied, "The library is closed today."  DD said, "You're wrong, Siri, I was just there."  Siri was silent for a little bit and then said, "There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip!"  We all had a huge laugh about this!

Monday, July 11, 2016


Today we had the first of three "Beginner's Knitting Classes."  Eight women, well seven woman and one eight-year-old girl, had signed up.  We sat in a circle and attempted to learn how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.  I was amazed at how hard it is for a beginner to manage knitting needles and yarn.  It was an intense two to two and a half hours for them.  They ALL managed to do it.  I sent them home with their new knowledge, needles and cotton yarn, along with a simple pattern for a cotton knit dish cloth.

Next week Monday we meet again.  It will be very, very interesting to see what they have accomplished.  At this point it's very hard for them to believe that knitting will be a relaxing hobby.

But I didn't have time to take any pictures!

Friday, July 8, 2016


 These socks are for my friend Marcy, who lives in Arizona year-round.  She shyly asked me in January, "How would I get Louise to knit a pair of socks for me?"  I said, "Ask her!"  Then buy the yarn, and I bet she'd do it.  The first sock was finished before the end of January, as I was wanting her to try it on and see if it was a good fit. It was a little tight in the leg. 

Then it was time to come back to Alberta, and the sock came along.  I ravelled it back to the ankle and reknit it twice before I was satisfied with it.

Then some other projects came in between--notably two pair of socks for Jim, and lately I picked up Marcy's socks again.  The second sock was knit up fairly fast, and now they are ready to be illustrations in the sock class I will teach in August, and they will go back to Arizona with us when we go back.

They are really pretty, I think, and I'm very happy with how I got the stripes in the yarn to match.  The method: before you begin to knit the first sock, pull the leading edge of yarn out from both balls of yarn and cut them off where they match.  

I must love to knit socks, because the next pair is already about 3" long.  These are a pair of fairly plain socks, pattern: BroadRipple named after a leisure center in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I was at the pool at BroadRipple with some cousins when I was a little kid, so of course, this pattern appealed to me.  It's a very simple, two row pattern, and turns out looking quite pleasing, and really appropriate for a man's pair of socks.  I'll post a photo when the first sock is finished.

And then I know just what socks I want to knit after these are finished.  A two colour pattern, found in Fancy Feet by Anna Zilboorg.  I bought the yarn some years ago, intending to use it for "Double Helix" by Jeny Staiman, but the pattern didn't work out for me.  I unravelled it and put the yarn in a cupboard.  Now I have a doable (I think) pattern to use the two bright blue yarns.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


We have such interesting cloud forms these days.  So fascinating to watch as they are constantly changing, rising and billowing above us.

Beautiful to see, but when they begin to turn a deep, dark grey on the undersides, you know something nasty is on the way again.

Monday, July 4, 2016


Our area has been caught in a cycle of severe thunderstorms on a daily basis for several days.  The day dawns lovely.  By noon the clouds are starting to pile up and storms are spawning off the foothills of the Rockies.  By the time they cross Highway 2 they are wellformed and menacing.  Usually they reach us around 5 p.m. in a series of storms, two or three following each other at about 45 minute intervals.  They carry very heavy rains, lots of lightning and thunder, and hail.

Up to this afternoon we were spared great amounts of hail, but today was our turn.  The storm arrived around 2:15 p.m. Here are some pictures taken when the rain stopped.  This first one shows the sales building roof covered with hail.  Those shingles are a dark brown, underneath the white.

The balcony floor was quite solidly white:

The walkway to the deck and garden was white:

The lettuce and spinach looked pretty pitiful.

Those really droopy greens are a row of broad beans (fava beans).

The deck is not exactly ready for a picnic:

Jim just came in from a little tour around and says there is not all that much damage.  In a week or so the landscape and garden will have recovered, provided we don't get another hailstorm.

We started out the summer in a drought condition.  Then the deer came by the dozen (literally).  Then we had rain--buckets and buckets.  And today hail.  I begin to wonder if we will harvest ANYTHING from our garden this year.  The entire crop so far: one lettuce salad.

This is a photo of the government weather radar site.  Where we live is about in the center, just above the smallest circle.  To the right are the storms that passed through earlier.  To the left is the next line of storms coming at us.  They don't look as bad as the earlier batch.

Saturday, July 2, 2016


The rosebush has a new home:

After that deer demolished the blooms and buds we moved the rosebush to the balcony, outside the dining room window.  The balcony has no access from the ground, so it's safe here.  And, look at that! there is one lonely bloom that that glutton missed!  We hope the bush will recover from that disaster and bloom again later this summer.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


S., who is here pretty much every day, commented on yesterday's post that the picture of the roses didn't do justice to how beautiful they were.  The rose bush was quite a bit more luscious than the picture showed.  This morning it was even better as more of the buds had unfurled.

Between 4 and 5 p.m. today, Jim went to town to pick up the mail, etc., and I was at my sewing machine working on a project.  When he came in the back door, he said, "Dear, I have terrible news for you."
      ALL GONE!

I am SO SAD!!!  I tried so hard to protect this beautiful rose bush, just three feet from our back door.  But while I wasn't looking sometime between 4 and 5 today a deer snarfed all the blooming roses and all the buds.  AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!