Sunday, December 26, 2010

Boxing Day

We're having a 'heat-wave' today. It actually got up to 50F-ish! A lot of the snow that fell just before Christmas has melted. So we were able to move the chicken tractor again. They like having fresh grass to peck at. And they've been happy to get all the root veg peelings from our winter meals. No eggs yet, but that's really to do with the hours of daylight. We'd need to put a light out there, but the chicken tractor is just too far away from the house for an extension cord.

I spent 99% of yesterday inside, doing Christmas things. So Ken and I took a walk down to the end of Sunny Ridge this afternoon, just to get out into the fresh-but-not-freezing air. There was blue sky and everything! This is a view of the snowy Owyhees from the end of our road. We came home and the house seemed so hot and stuffy! We turned the heat down and I opened the back windows to get some new air in here.

My crochet project is progressing nicely. I'm getting down towards the end of the skein. It'll be interesting to see how long the scarf is when the yarn runs out. I hope it's long enough to be usable. I did buy another skein of the same color and dye lot, but I'd prefer to do something else with it if I can. I wonder if I can find a good crochet pattern for a tam. Anyway, as you can see from the picture, I need to work on my edges. There are 3-4 short rows near the beginning that I didn't see until I was already 4-5 rows past them :(. I didn't feel like unraveling all that, so I'll have to ignore it. It's a "pattern" I made up, nothing special. Just 20 single crochet stitches per row with an extra chain stitch at the end for turning. It seemed easier for now to put in the extra chain. I wanted to focus on getting an even tension and making sure the rows were all the same length. I'll try something more adventurous next time.

We had a nice Christmas. Ken and I were on our own for Christmas Eve. We had a bottle of Prosecco with my family's traditional cold finger foods for dinner, I opened the box my parents sent, and we watched a movie, 'The Ghost & Mrs. Muir' with Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney.

Christmas Day Ken and I had eggs and sauteed oysters for breakfast and waited for the kids to get here around lunchtime. We opened presents, then Beau and Victoria went on to the next relative's house. They really do the rounds on holidays, five different houses I think. Later Roger, Ken and I put together a lasagna for dinner and watched 'Inception'. Interesting film! Not sure I want to watch it again now I know the ending, but I can see why people would. There's a lot going on that you might not catch the first time.

Ken and I were going to get an Apple Movie box for ourselves, but it requires an HD TV, which we don't have - and no expectation of getting one in the near future. So we thought about it for a while and decided on a Kindle. It's pretty fun! We messed around on it a few days just getting familiar with things, but now we each have bought a book and are taking turns reading. I've found I prefer the landscape setting for the text. Makes it easier to hold upright in bed as well.

We figured since many of the things we read we don't plan to keep forever and read again, why not save a few trees and read those things on the Kindle. There are plenty of books I want paper copies of because I'll use them over and over again, but many of the novels I read I don't plan to read again. Lately I've taken to sending some of those on to friends who enjoy the same kind of fiction - but I do wonder sometimes how appreciated that is :). At least with a Kindle I can read those novels and not have a bunch of paperbacks cluttering up the house.

Anyway, that's our holiday so far. I have the week off, which is really nice. I'm looking forward to sleeping in, getting lots of stuff done, and generally messing about doing things I don't have time for while I'm working.

Hope your holidays are as fun as you want them to be!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

First of December

Well December has come in with a blast. We got about six inches of snow from yesterday afternoon through noon today. After that it warmed up a bit and some melted, but there's still plenty out there. The forecast predicted freezing rain tonight, but so far it hasn't shown up. Now *that's* precipitation I can do without. We live at the crest of a hill. Frozen roads do not agree with us.

Spent the day at home typing work stuff. Managed to get a lot of old stuff finished and sent off. Of course I'm already loaded up with new work, but that's nothing new. I have a bunch of interviews tomorrow, so I'm hoping the roads will be reasonable.

We knew there was no point in getting up early this morning, but even so we were outside as soon as it was light enough, taking pictures, taking care of chickens and shoveling snow.

I made sure the chickens weren't frozen and had enough water. Ken shoveled a path from the door and down the driveway so his customers and violin students could reach our front door without bringing all the snow inside with them.

I'm wishing we could put up the Christmas decorations, but the Pollard tradition is to wait until after R's birthday. So I'll get to it next weekend. This weekend I want to finally finish transferring all my files to the new computer. It won't take long, I just keep putting it off. I also need to put one more coat of paint on the bathroom trim. Maybe I can convince Ken to hang two of the towel racks as well. And if we're lucky, maybe we can get outside for a walk somewhere too.