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High Fiber--Spring at Last! Not Kidding This Time!

The pups are enjoying their walks:

If they look a little scruffy, it's because they were due to go to the groomer today. Poodle fiber, spinners?

We certainly have had enough rain and snow to last us! The seasonal streams are flowing full force, and the snow is disappearing. There is none left in our yard. In fact, snow is so scarce, I saw a man removing snow from the short street that's closed every winter for snow storage. I don't know if he was stealing it or trying to get the road open!

Some things uncovered by the disappearance of the snow include these vole burrows:

I assume they construct them so they can get around under the snow without getting too cold. They probably live deeper in the ground, because these will disappear, leaving no trace. Or maybe the voles pack up the kids and head northward in their little trailers....

More rain last week brought us this:

We just happened to be on the road, coming back from Home Depot, when we spotted this. We had a perfect view of it because the land is fairly flat along this highway.

Spring has brought some excitement into the lives of the DGDs. DGD1 graduated from high school last Thursday. She's the second from the left. Off to college in the fall!

DGD2 is on vacation in Texas, as you probably know if you read last week's blog. She and her family went to Galveston, where she enjoyed the sun and wind.

They did a lot of walking, and her feet were sore. 

Daphne is trying to take after her DGM, who can put both feet in her mouth at once and keep talking. (You didn't know I was that limber, did you?) But Daphne has outstanding technique and will no doubt excel at it eventually.

Yes, it is spring at last! We have the wildflowers to prove it! Here's the Yellow Columbine.

Then we have Mule's Ear, which is prettier than the name:


DBIL's cardigan may be done in time for summer. I now have the left front done up to past attaching the pocket. Just a straight shot to the armhole.

Will spring continue? Will more wildflowers grace the mountains of Utah? What will the pups look like after their grooming appointment? Tune in next week to find out the answers to this, and maybe see more knitting, spinning and quilting.

What's on my needles: DBIL's cardi and a felted bag for my MacBook, and I'm working on my applique project again for a special quilt.
What's on my wheel: The Louet Olive Green Corriedale, bobbin #2. Getting fuller.

What's in my hoop: The languishing hand-pieced quilt.

What's on my iPad: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. 

What's on my iPod: Various podcasts, still including The Sweater Quest by Adrienne Martini, read by the author. 

What's my app of the week: Dean Koontz. (Yes, the famous author has an app!) I use it to find out when sequels are due to come out. That was how I learned that Frankenstein: The Dead Town was coming out. It's out now, and I downloaded it from Audible.

What's in my wine glass: Tapeña Tempranillo 2009, from Spain. (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla.)

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and MacBook working together, but no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by angelkarhu on June 6, 2011 at 9:54pm
Exspenses are going up everywhere. We'd never be able to sell house in this market and my insurance is no good outside of Oregon. I'm literally stuck where I'm at.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 6, 2011 at 9:39pm
Well, I can't complain about my health, when compared with you two. Arthritis pain and an absess in a hair follicle that was easily fixed by my doctor. Not much! I'm a lucky woman, and I know it!
Angel Bear, I only have free room and board for a few days, and I had to raise DS1, or they wouldn't have offered. Our living expenses keep going up, so we may have to leave here in a few years. It will be too bad, though. Still, things are mostly good.
Comment by angelkarhu on June 6, 2011 at 9:19pm
Hey, I'm here too ya know! Unfortunately I dont have free room and board. Back from dialysis. Only 2 pokes this time. Yeah! But then after a little knitting intense pain up the arm the rest of the time. Finally found a position that didnt hurt and tech pulled blanket off it and started unhooking. Can ya say ouch! Definately something going on or the tech just hit a nerve.

Frances, I hear ya with the medical. Two colds, two ER trips, with a near miss on admittance, two bouts of thrush, an allergic reaction to an antibiotic and now one to Alpaca. And when I left dialysis my heart rate was in the red, i.e 120. Well crappers thats high.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 6, 2011 at 8:59pm
This has been a bad year for expenses for me, but I had to make the effort. With a place to stay and be fed and a car to drive...and even someone I love to go with me and learn to knit socks, how could I not go?
Comment by Frances Tornese on June 6, 2011 at 7:57pm
Thanks. I certainly do!  I hope you have a wonderful time.  Take some photos.  Since I've never been to one I'd LOVE to see what one is like.  I used to go to conventions for harpists, but they  are so expensive now and I didn't feel I was learning anything new that would make a difference in my playing or my teaching.  So, I stopped going. I am sure I'd learn a lot at a knitting one, but I just can't do it now for both reasons, health and money.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 6, 2011 at 7:47pm
I'm signed up! I just got my plane reservations. DH got me a good price with Southwest. I have free room and board with the kids, and use of a car, or I couldn't afford it!

Frances, I can identify with you. I've had my health issues, but things are going well right now. Hope the same for you very soon!
Comment by Frances Tornese on June 6, 2011 at 7:32pm

Thanks.  I don't understand what's going on.  I had two dangerous infections in just a few weeks of each other and one required surgery.  I hope I won't have anymore.  I am good and tired of all these health problems!  I want to KNIT, spin and make lace!!!

Are you all going to Sock Summit?  Gee I wish I could attend some of those wonderful conventions.  Maybe someday.

Comment by christina | AlohaBlu on June 6, 2011 at 7:21pm

great photos! i love how babies can easily put their feet in their mouths and make it look cute . . .

congrats to the high school graduate!! how exciting!

Comment by cherylbwaters on June 6, 2011 at 6:27pm
Oh, Frances, it is so lovely to hear from you. Sorry you had to be in the hospital again. Hope this time the surgery gave you some relief. Take care and we will be here when you are ready.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 6, 2011 at 6:24pm
Thanks, Susan!

Frances, I hope you'll have a quick recovery! We missed you! Did you get your moccasins finished?

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