Friday, October 24, 2014

Between the Trees

I probably walk between our big oak and tiny Japanese maple trees a dozen times a day. This afternoon a glimmer overhead caught my eye, and I looked up to see this between the trees' branches:

As the sun shifted, I got a much better look at what was shining, and what I'd been walking just two feet under:

Amazing what happens right over our heads. :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Found the Pattern

It didn't take me long to find a pattern to use for my Juniper Moon farm CSA yarn share (it's one for a pretty shawl that I'm altering into a scarf.) I'm now happily crocheting away. :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Juniper Moon Share

Last week my CSA yarn share from Juniper Moon Farms arrived, to my great delight:

The yarn is spun from the wool sheared from JM's sheep but is otherwise unprocessed, which means it needs a bath (as recommended by JM I use Dawn dishwashing soap):

Once it's soaked clean I finish with a vinegar rinse:

Then lay the skeins out on the porch to dry in the fresh air:

Seems like a lot of work, but this is marvelous wool, and the skeins turn out beautifully clean and fluffy:

From there I wind each one into a ball for easier handling:

All done with that. Now all I have to do is decide which pattern to use for this year's share!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sewing Stills

The other night I was working on some small beading and sewing projects and took a pic to show my friend Jill one especially sparkly string. Then I kept arranging and taking little still shots of what I was working on, for no particular reason (art for art's sake, I guess.)

Here are the results:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Air Show Race

I wanted to share a few more pics from the air show we caught; this was a race set up by Geico between their monster racing speed boat and two of their stunt bomber planes:

The race took place right in front of us, a couple hundred feet out in the water, and it was incredible to be that close. We decided to move closer:

Both planes and the boat were moving very fast, so I basically pointed the camera, prayed, and clicked.

This was probably the best shot of the day -- not perfect or centered or anything other than strictly amateur, but it gives you an true idea of how close we were. Also, while I think the announcer called it a tie, I'm pretty sure the boat won. :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Firing Up October

My guy and I finally had a chance to enjoy our first burn of the Fall season:

I'm behind the camera, while he's the one trying to catch his face on fire. :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Moss Chandeliers

Here's a look at that tree canopy I mentioned yesterday:

Winter will be here in a few months, so if you have a park you love, go visit -- and take some pics!