photography:: a little island time

As you may or may not know, my Mom is a plant scientist.  She is also an extreme conservationist. By extreme, I mean she is a save-plants-from-extinction kind of extreme conservationist.  She is pretty awesome.

Ten plus years ago, she received a request from the government of Bermuda to help them save a fern. There were only 3 plants left in the world.  So she traveled there to get samples and brought them back to do her magic. I think she has an enchanted blender & beaker collection in her lab where she mixes and stirs and sprinkles fairy dust. Then in a poof of smoke, hundreds of baby plantlets appear in petri dishes.   After a little growing time, she returns them to the wild. Actually, a lot of growing time because these ferns are finicky.  Pretty awesome, right?

These baby fern plantlets have to be hand carried back to Bermuda to be handed off to their government officials who then give them more growing time before reintroducing them to their native habitat. Lucky for them, I needed to be one of those hand carriers this time.  So, we hopped on a plane with bags of petri dishes filled with baby fern plantlets.


This is Kim opening her haul of about 60,000 baby fern plantlets. She works at the Ministry of the Environment, aka the Ministry of Magic.  (I like to think I was brought along for comic relief. Scientists can be a tad on the serious side.)

We then wandered through Kim’s greenhouse & gardens. Excellent photo ops for someone like me who adores floral photography!  So enjoy these and I will be back in a few days with lots more photos of my amazing trip to Bermuda.

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food::annual pasta day

My friend Martha & I try to get at least 1 pasta making day in every fall in an attempt to fill our freezers with fettuccine & pierogi.  This year we recruited Darcy to help.  Frank had to work, so with just 3 of us, we still fit into my tiny kitchen.

That is 8 batches of dough resting.  What were we thinking?!


Martha is the KitchenAid queen.  I have given up on rolling the pasta.  As Darcy found out, it is NOT as easy as Martha makes it look.  She gave up within seconds of me taking this shot.  She and I are forever on measuring, mixing, and finishing duty.  We’re letting Martha stay the queen of her rolling domain.

See how pretty Martha makes it?  Yeah, she is a shoo-in for this part of the work. 

I love taking this same photo every year.  All that beautiful pasta drying is one of my favorite sights.  We work hard, but it is so worth it!

This year, we are planning a second pasta day because it never lasts long enough.  Next time, I will not only share more thrilling drying rack photos, but I’ll find links for the dough we use & get them posted for you.  We have done quite a bit of trial & error over the years, so we should have the perfect recipes to share.

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crochet:: random stuffage i’ve been making

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen all of these in the past few weeks and I’m so thankful that you follow me over there!  *cough*cough*only 4 people follow me but I love them for it*  I’ve had my ups and downs with Instagram, kind of fits and starts and quits and start-overs…I lost my first account and never really got into it and thought ‘do I really need more social media?’ and then I realized it was all in how you look at it.  If you see Instagram as more of a micro-blogging platform, then you tend to have a little more fun with it.  Or I do anyway, or something, or I dunno what was I saying?

Here are some pretty pictures to look at because I forgot where I was headed with that. We have various doll accessories, baby hats, and a throw-back to my childhood stuffed puppy (whose name is Buffy beeteedubs) 


So anyway, I’m liking Instagram lots these days and I’m totally over the whole Facebook thing.  If you ask me, it is nearly worthless already with all the ads and anger and UGH…

 [Insert grumble grumble algorithm bulls**t grumble]

And really, even my Yarnchick page gets only a pitiful 2 views whether I post daily or weekly or ignore it for months, and it just doesn’t generate any fun.  It hardly seems worth it when there are much more pleasant places to be like here, or Ravelry, or Instagram, or Pinterest.  At Instgram the focus is more on the art than the words…and maybe I like that more.  I mean, I can only be self-deprecatingly silly for so long and then I’ve worn out me welcome, right?

Not that I’m going anywhere soon, but my problem is that I’m finding less and less time to blog…how about you?  Do you like micro-blogging platforms?  Why or why not?

not just crochet:: how i spent a fall weekend

Because I am a homeowner, of course I spent much of the weekend fixing stuff. Stuff like cleaning the garage & gluing broken crap & vacuum maintenance.

Because duh, that’s most weekends. Amirite?!

BUT, because I am awesome at being a hermit and never leave my house, I was also able to finish up a few more desirable projects too.

My C~A~L socks are done & entered in the drawing for loads of squishy, pretty yarn…


My ivy has been hung successfully…

it took 2 tries because I am pitiful at measuring sometimes 



Alex’s girlfriend brought over these 2 for a play-date…PRECIOUS!


Drumroll please…

I finished a spice rack up-cycling friggin masterpiece…


Thank you to Martha for the donated old spice rack! My buttons are so OCD happy now😃

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crochet:: meandering through a day off

Labor Day in the USA…

it’s way too hot & muggy to enjoy the outdoors…

a good excuse for me to crochet the day away…


I’ve just finished a Husker scarf, almost done with a pair of C~A~L socks, then to complete a plant hanger for the ivy I recently bought…


But first, my lap must be overtaken by a cat…


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not crochet:: memory box

I’ve never told you my baby’s name before, but it’s Alex.

And well, since he is larger & more of a badass than I, it’s probably safe to disclose that information 😀

I made him a card album & memory box this weekend since he has graduated & become an adult.



He graduated in May, so I figure 3 months to get it done isn’t so bad. Baby shoes included:)