Thursday, April 26, 2007


I've made the perfect lemondrop martini.

2 oz. vodka
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup


I was headed to the drugstore last night and since it had been converted to a shoe store, I found a pair of cool WHite leather Diesel shoes. I've been meaning to get a white leather motorcyle jacket, so I've found it and let's hope it fits and it all comes together as cool as I hope!

Last night I finished a baby sweater—pink and white striped. It looks pretty cute - just needs blocking tonight.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Tonight I finally went to the gym and attended spinning. It was good, but I wanted to sneak out aftr 40 minutes. I guess that's the point of taking group classes, you wouldn't ever work yourself as well alone. Anyway, I was glad I stayed, stretching out the end felt great.
After attempting the watch the end of the catty show "Pussycat Dolls: The Search for the Next Doll," I had enough and just looked up online to see who the winner was.
Then, I finished this pillow project. I am pretty proud of how they turned out. I made the piping with 2" strips cut from the bias and 3/16" chord. I think we still need another coordinating fabric, for more pillows. I'm thinking velveteen. I think I can find something at Pacific Fabrics, I was impressed with their contemprary fabric choices in the home decor department. I got the fabric for these pillows on Bainbridge Island on one of our sailing trips.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Stella in her finished Kitty Pi bed


This past weekend we did so much! When we came home from work, the very dead pine tree in our front yard had been removed and we cleaned up the wood chips.
I made pumpkin bread/cake. I've been meaning to for a very long time. It turned out very nice and I am going to take out the chocolate chips next time and add cinnamon chips. Chocolate chips go better in zucchini bread.

Saturday, we went to our local nursery to pick out some trees for the front yard, just in time for Earth Day. We picked out a cool weeping Birch tree and two apple trees. It looks so bare with the dead tree gone, but there was no chance of it coming back to life, so it had to go.

The weekend was slated for sailing - so by 4PM, we left the dock and headed out to Blake Island State Park. The tide and wind was perfect and we didn't have to tack (made a turn) until we were almost there. The trip took a few hours, sometimes it can take 4 hours. A friendly sailboat let us raft up to the last spot next to the dock and we started the quest we had come for.
Jesper got it in his head that we were going to find a Madrona tree sapling and bring it home. We set out examining the ground and trees and I helped Jesper notice differences between leaves and named what I knew. We decided to walk around the island. About 10 minutes in, it started to rain pretty hard. By the time we circles the island, we had been drenched and had traversed many mud puddles. We saw a lot of deer wandering in the dark.
We've heard that Madrona don't transplant well, and so that challenge made Jesper want to get one badly. He thought he'd found one at the beginning of the hike and after dinner he snuck out into the dark and spent some time with a knife, spoon and a raccoon digging at the wrong species, it wouldn't come up anyway. Somehow we had started out grabbing the wrong example leaf. Sunday we got the right leaf and still found no saplings. It was fun to look anyway.
There was only enough wind to take us half way home, so we motored back and had time when we got home to mow the lawn, make dinner and relax.
Notice Jesper is wearing his new Fuzzy Feet.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Jesper was sick and also dealing with his taxes on Saturday, so I went to Costco and found some good deals. Of course you have to spend money to save! I got great deals on Geraniums and strawberries to name a few things.

Since I had so many strawberries, I made Bisquick strawberry shortcake. YUM!

This weekend I worked hard on the house/mainly on the outside. After hours and hours of weeding, the vegetable garden was planted. This is my first veggie garden and here are my veggies of choice:
• Cucumber
• Zucchini
• Sunflower (‘cuz they’re pretty)
• Basil
• Carrot
• Bib Lettuce
Rhubarb is already on track in another part of the yard and is going to be a big success thanks to the pigeon manure from dad’s coop.

I’ve been knitting a baby sweater that’s turning out pretty cute, I’ll be writing up the pattern once I get it finished. I also put in an order to KnitPicks for the interchangeable set. My Denise set join snapped a 4th time too many. I also got the yarn to make the Telemark ski sweater.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Thursday night, Michelle came over and we made Chicken Phad Thai. I found a recipe online. It ended up being peanut sauce chicken thai noodle, but was yummy anyway. It was such a vivid pile of food, we had to snap a photo!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

We went up to Victoria this past weekend. As a "travel agent," I get cool perks like free nights at the Empress hotel! It was great to get the hotel bill covered on our trip, because then we could splurge on things we wouldn't do normally, like take a sea plane up and visit Butchart Gardens. The plane ride was really amazing. We were so lucky to be flying on the nicest day of the year so far. We also ended up walking a ton and watching a lot of sports on TV in various locations across downtown like hockey, curling and golf. We also had a lot of really yummy food. It's not hard to find a good restaurant. I decided to skip out on Victoria's great yarn store since I had no urges to purchase any yarn. I've been doing really well with my knitting stash.

Some sad news for when we got home, my goldfish of 5 years died while we were away. It was love that killed him... Actually, Jesper had made a gesture of caring by adding a fish tank ornament to his bowl. Something about that fake coral sent Pedro to the grave toilet.
I felted Stella's knit bed, but she seems to have liked it more before I washed it. I think because it's more like a bowl now, it's not as comfy since she's not interested in curling inside. She just sits on top and the sides fold in.

I'm going to try to get my little 12x12 garden weeded by the end of the weekend. It sure takes a lot of time when grass has established it's self in the dirt. I am not looking forward to the ripping up of our lawn to put in the walkway I want to build. I guess when I do that, I won't be as concerned about saving the dirt though. My next step will be to load up on bags of steer manure. Yum!

Also, thanks to Mom and Dad for loaning me their digital camera!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I finished Stella's kitty bed, now we'll see if she likes it as much when it's felted.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

I killed my camera, but managed to get a few last photos before it stopped focusing. Here are my fuzzy feet pre-felting, they are felted now and cozy for wearing around the house.