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Monday, September 09, 2002

So Much To Be Thankful For - Wow!

Today is a day rich in abundance! Please bear with me as the photos upload and I share the wonderful blessings that came my way...

Herman Update

Herman has been a chrysalis for about four days now and should be hatching later today or tomorrow. Today his chrysalis changed a bit, deepening in color near the top, and gold dots have appeared on the bottom. Shouldn't be long now!

Herman's chrysalis with gold dots

Norah Jones CD

I received Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" CD for my birthday and it is fantastic. Blend a smoky, velvety, jazzy voice and arrangements with a dash of singer/songwriters of the 70s (Carole King, Carly Simon) and this is the perfect disc for a fall afternoon. Throw on a cozy sweater, go sit outside and smell the neighbors' burning leaves, and give this a listen. You won't be disappointed.

Dragonfly Dance

Last night, Jeff and I were privileged to attend a dragonfly dance in our yard. There were 15-25 dragonflies zooming above a patch of grass for over half an hour. It was like the Oshkosk Fly-In! I'm amazed they didn't crash into each other. Backwards, forwards, side to side they darted, so quickly that I could only get the following photo of a single dragonfly:

Either they were eating mosquitoes, or finding mates, or maybe even just having fun in the late summer sunlight as it set... they were all different kinds and colors. It was such a spectacle to see!

While out there, I realized that it might be one of the last times I saw that slanting summer evening sunlight, so I snapped a couple of September shots:

My favorite time of day, with golden sunlight on the grass and leaves.

"Helicopters" almost ready for takeoff.

Pierogi Paddles!

I received an order I'd placed with spindle maker Edward Tabachek in Winnipeg - a lovely Purpleheart one-yard niddy-noddy, and a Walnut support spindle bowl for the "porpentine" quill spindle I'd received from my friend Diane (it works great in the bowl! I now like supported spindling!)

But what's are these in the box? Why, they are two pierogi paddles - beautiful Elm spatulas that Edward sells in his local craft gallery!

Edward writes:

    "Because the grain of Elm wood is an interlocking grain, it resists splitting and abrasion and makes a perfect kitchen tool."

Everything is gorgeous! I have pierogies in the freezer, and will put these spatulas to good use right away! Great work, as always (no affiliation, just a very satisfied spindle-and-wood-stuff repeat customer!)

Edward and his wife Jo-Anne have always been super supporters of the Spindlers Emergency Fiber Fairy FUNd, making many appreciated spindle donations for prizes and awards. Thank you both so much! Visit their site to see their beautiful work - Jo-Anne is a prizewinning weaver!

New Sock Yarn

As if that Tabachek package wasn't enough to make it a Happy Mail Day, I also received my new sock yarns from Ellen at The Fifth Stitch. Wow, that was fast! Great service and a nice gal - Claudia recommended Ellen, and I'm glad she did.

These are all 100g balls, so I'll have to divide them to make identical twin socks (I like matching sox, made two at the same time, on two circular needles each. See my sock pattern for more info.)

Now I will be able to make sox like Claudia's! (I'm sure mine won't be half as nice - see her Meilenweit pair on her page!)

Clockwise from top left:
Meilenweit 617; Meilenweit 616;
Opal Brasil 5006; Opal Brasil 5002.
Click name to see completed sock examples at Ellen's site.

Cosmos Yarn On Gem

I began spinning up the Cosmos-dyed wool on my new Gem wheel. I really, really like the no-orf-hook-needed delta orifice, and the adjustable, single-hook yarn guide (both are delightful for my not-too-dexterous fingers!) But I am having some difficulty with a bothersome noise and a "wobble/jerk" from a mis-aligned treadle... e-mails sent to vendor and manufacturer, respectively. Darn! Keep your fingers crossed we'll be able to work it out... in the meantime, better get out a Swan...


Today I had a doctor appointment, then various and sundry errands which tired me a lot. I gave up on the idea of making a maple birthday cake, and instead just bought a chocolate cake while at the food store getting FruitWaters. What a combination in the shopping cart! Healthy water and naughty cake! (I won't call it unhealthy cake - I think a little splurge, and a little chocolate, every once in a while are good for the soul... but undoubtedly a little naughty, too!)

While I was at the store, I had to get some beer for Jeff - it's the first Monday Night Football game tonight! And, get this - I got carded! The day after my 37th birthday! Now that felt good!

It was a lovely day here in Wisconsin, even though it was approaching ninety degrees, and listening to the Norah Jones CD in the car made everything go smoothly. But I was glad to get home.

I hope your day was as richly blessed as mine has been. It's time for me to sit and rest up a bit, so I'll see you tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by, and please say hi in the TagBoard!

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