Outdoor Adventure

The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by the mountain, he is inspired by it. ~ William Arthur Ward

2017 is the year of outdoor adventure! The British Hubby and I vowed to hike 52 hikes this year. We are off track slightly for that goal, but getting into mother nature more is the ultimate goal. Hike number 10 (it’s also day 10 of no sugar & no carbs) was a completely new hike for the British Hubby and I. Our original plan was a relatively flat four mile hike, but we ended up on the wrong trail. Instead, we were sharing a path with mountain bikers for most of our six mile trek.

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Once we were off the main mountain bike trail, this was our view. It was accompanied by a babbling brook and waterfall.

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We had a close encounter with a gigantic slug. We thought about hiding off the road while the slug passed, but we managed to slink by him on the outskirts of the trail.

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This vertical drop was for ultra experienced bikers! We didn’t seen any adventurous bikers attempt this route while we were close by.

No action shots of finished knitted items on this hike (it’s already too warm!)

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Back at the ranch, Ernie was rolling around with his pizza cat nip toy. How cheecky of him to remind us of carbs!

Homecoming

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. ~ William Shakespeare

It’s the start of the weekend. This Friday is an extra special celebration of life with the British Hubby’s return from his travels. He knew I’ve been having a tough February so he brought me a special treat some of my favorite tea biscuits and a cute sheepy tea tray! I would have been perfectly happy to just have the British Hubby back home, but this tray is so stinking cute.

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Also, I finished two more dishcloths. I’m counting those as project number four for Feb-blue-ary. The patterns are Diamond Mosaic and Dimpled Washcloth. 

Here are loaves five and six. Loaf five is a pineapple carrot which sounds odd, but is lovely especially with tea or a cocoa night cap. The loaf looks a little funny, but looks can be deceiving. Next is a bacon cheddar loaf. I’ve used this in a toasted sandwich. It has a smokey flavor. I haven’t decided if I like this one or not.

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Look at what I can do!

I hope your weekend is off to a great start.

 

Snow Day the I

Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers. ~ Kahlil Gibran

This was my view this morning when I woke up. Getting out of our drive wasn’t really an option without some digging. So the British Hubby and I put on our boots and did a local hike around the neighborhood in our eight inches of snow!

It involved numerous neighborhood children sledding and downed trees blocking traffic.

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This storm pond was particularly pretty.

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I even found a few flat surfaces to make a snow angel.

This is Ernie’s idea of a snow day:

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Reflections

The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear. ~ Lao Tzu

This weekend, I took some time to reflect. I went on hike number six. This one was very different than the previous five. It was full of pavement, buildings, more super kitty hats and about 129,999 other people. It covered about eight miles. While, I didn’t commune with nature this weekend, I still feel uplifted, rejuvenated and oddly at peace.

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Here’s an extra kitty photo since I don’t have any new knitting snaps. 

Update on other wips:

My wips took a mini break while I made numerous super kitty hats. I pulled them back out yesterday. With a week left in January, wouldn’t it be awesome if I could finish one of these?

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Tonight, I tried a new recipe, Mom’s ground turkey and peppers. Well, I started with this recipe and then decided it needed pineapple along with sweet n’sour sauce. The British Hubby contributed by adding some bacon chipotle spice. I’m a big pineapple fan (okay, that’s probably an understatement).

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The kitties had a new treat over the weekend. Cat nip bubbles. They don’t understand what happens when the bubble bursts. Ernie was very intrigued by the bubbles. I think you can just make out the bubble by Ernie’s face.

 

Super Kitty Hats

Life doesn’t give us purpose. We give life purpose. ~ The Flash

Earlier in the week, I posted a teaser photo with two wound balls of super bulky yarn. I know I’m trying work down my projects, but sometimes when inspiration strikes one just has to go with it. Here are projects three and four for January! Super Kitty Hat 1 & Super Kitty Hat 2. Both are made with Malabrigo Caracol using size US 11 needles. The first hat had a few false starts trying to get the stitch count right. I settled on 52 stitches in the end. The second one was a breeze and knit up in a few hour.

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Friday night, I came home feeling slightly less than 100%. I’ve been fighting off a cold most of the week. The British hubby decided we should do an easier hike this weekend. While I know this was a good idea, I’m still a little bummed. We had a lovely chilly hike through the woods. We caught this little guy going about his day. He’s a little hard to find in this photo (hint: look in the middle).

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And because I had some extra time, I managed to prep a baked french toast for Sunday brunch. I made a few alterations to my normal baked french toast recipe. It was a big hit with the British Hubby!

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Here’s Gracie’s favorite way to spend a lazy Sunday.

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Four wips done and four more to go! Stay tuned for our cake baking experiment.

 

Wildlife Corridors

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~ Albert Einstein

I love living in the Pacific Northwest. One of my favorite aspects of the PNW is how passionate people are about the outdoors and wildlife. Even in urban areas one can find acres of land dedicated to natural habitats for wildlife or wildlife corridors. I recently discovered the first wildlife crossing started construction in 2016. You can read more about it here. This just makes my heart happy.

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Today, I completed hike number four on our 52 hike challenge. The British Hubby and I live close to some wildlife preserves. I didn’t make it out into the mountains, but I was able to escape civilization for a little while with a short three mile hike. We crossed a partially frozen stream and saw some unusual ice formations. Isn’t mother nature amazing!

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My Snoqualmie Hat had it’s first adventure into the wild.

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Update on other wips:

  • Frank in Paris: Three Paris rows finished. I’m making progress towards stripe four. Check out a progress photo below.
  • Dewberry Dancer: 71 rows completed in section two. Just 21 rows to go in this section!
  • Project Peace: 19 rows completed.

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Here’s Burt emerging from his slumber today.

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It’s warmed up to just above freezing, but it looks like it’s a brief reprieve. With a little luck, we’ll have more snow and maybe a few more finished projects this week.

The Big Chill Continues

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ~ John Steinbeck

It’s day eight of below freezing temperatures at my house. (I still have snow!) Poor Ernie has constant static because he’s been sleeping on the heating vents. Our humidifiers are getting a workout attempting to put moisture back in the air.

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This week I’ve made some progress on my Malabrigo Love of my Life Hat Edition hat. The pattern is Easy Ombre Slouch Hat. The yarn is Malabrigo rios in English Rose and Rios. You may remember this hat is to match my Malabrigo Love of My Life socks.

Today the British Hubby was able to do hike number four. Sadly, I had to attend a workshop for the day job (boo hiss). Check out his awesome photos. I’m planning to get a short hike in tomorrow.

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Gracie was trying to look scary this week. I think maybe she’s trying to spook Ernie.

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