Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Still Keeping The Faith

Since it's been such a long absence, I'll start of by saying I survived the winter of 2014 with no major disasters or anything too eventful. That, for me is just fine and I don't mind having it quiet, even on the downright boring side for a change. Must be because I'm getting older..Still it hasn't been dull, that's for sure!
Ari is still alive and kicking and will be celebrating her 12th birthday this summer. She's doing her best to keep me on my toes by being very persnickety in her eating habits. I finally figured out that it's best to just keep it simple and put out food and ignore her. The more fuss I made over her not eating, and the more worried I became the more she baulked, so I just gave up on all the fancy home cooked "balanced diets" I was trying to coax her gourmet taste buds with, and broke down and bought some high quality organic dry kibble and put that out and she nibbles when she's hungry. I bake chicken thighs and debone one for dinner time, drop that in her bowl and walk away, soon after it's disappeared. She sometimes expresses a curoisity for what I'm eating, but often times just turns her nose up when it's offered so that's that, and I don't force anything. This seems to be our new "happy place" of mutual agreement now, and obviously, she's getting her nutritional requirements met and we are at peace again. I'm all for opting out on stress these days. My fancy beloved embroidery machine had need of a vacation and decided to quit working (tension and over-heating issues) right before the holidays and I've been playing email tag with the lady who repairs it and finally now that it's April(good grief!)was able to make an appointment to see her this coming Friday, so fingers crossed. When I get it back I will be anxious to go back into production for restocking my etsy shops which have been sitting sadly neglected for way to long.
Mostly this winter I spent my time on Ravelry and enjoyed knitting to the max! Here's some of the things I've made this year: Then too I've had my first official clean-up day out in the yard, raking and pulling and cleaning up Ari's gifts left after the snow melted, and am planning on trying to actually do a small scale garden this season if all goes according to plans. Since last year was a no show because of foot and balance issues there is quite a mess to keep me occupied before planting can commence, but I'm hoping with all my therapy and exercising it will pay off and things will get organized sooner or later if I can remember "Easy Does It" and not work on the overkill and die principle this year.. we'll see how it goes.


  1. Aww...Ari looks so sweet and I love everything you've made! Here's to Spring, new growth, fixed machines, and better balance for us all! xoxoxo to you and please give Aria hug from me!

  2. Hiya Carol !

    I'm glad Ari and you have struck a bargain that is working for both of you :) That's lovely… and if i may say so, it's great that you decided to 'let go of the rope' on any negotiable stress factors. way to go, g'friend !

    LOVE many of the things you made- the owl draw string bag is fun design- the beige/cream shawl with the celtic knotwork is waycool - totally adore the green socks which i lust and wow- the natural white sweater is simply divine. woot woot !

    So the physical therapy has got you in a more balanced place ? yay on that too !

    Best wishes with your veggie garden this year… and on the repair of your sacred sewing machine.

    with love,

  3. Hi Carol. I'm happy to hear you made it through all the snow. Spring is here and we are looking forward to the warmth of the sun and the garden. Ari looks good. Rosie (my dog) gets picky about food too. After I give her some chicken she goes on strike from her food. It's funny. So I know what you mean. Her and I do this dance. I love your beautiful knitting. It's good to see your new blog post. Blessings ! Have a fun spring

  4. You certainly have been a busy little faerie! Don't overdo in the garden -- it's too easy when you see all that's to be done-- 'easy does it' sound good!

  5. Thanks, my friends, I won't make any promises but I hope I can be more faithful to this blog in the future because I really do have some stories and ideas in my head dancing around, if they can only find a way out through the keyboard..C~