On the Needles – July 22, 2016

It’s the 6th and final Tour-de-Sock that’s on my needles. I took this picture early yesterday evening because I have such a hard time getting decent pictures with our bad lighting.

TDS #6

TDS #6

But, then I got so much done that I had to take another picture. I used the bad lighting to my advantage so hopefully you can see the cables.

Entanglements

Entanglements

This pattern is so fun! You use a dice (or random number generator) to determine which “vines” will be moved and you flip a coin to see if they will go left or right. I’m having a hard time putting this one down.

The pattern is Entanglements and for anyone who loves making cables, or who wants to make cables but aren’t real sure about them (because who knows if there’s something wrong in these cables!), I really encourage you to try this pattern. Obviously, it’s a toe up pattern, which I’m also loving more and more every time I make toe up socks.

I wish I’d used a more solid yarn.  I thought this would be solid enough but it really isn’t. But, it was in the house and it was already wound and it’s a sponsor yarn so . . it’s good! 🙂

What’s on your needles?

Happy Husband

Vince doesn’t ask for much. He’s usually pretty easy to please. He isn’t perfect but I have never told him that!  🙂

Way back when we were dating my mom wasn’t happy that I was going to marry him and move away, she asked me what was so special about him. I think she was saying “Can’t you find someone who’s happy to live the rest of their life in Louisiana?” 🙂

I told her that he was honest. At that point, I needed honesty more than I had ever needed anything in a relationship. To this day, no matter how aggravated I get with Vince about anything .. and we do have our share of issues, I never forget how much I appreciate his honesty.

Back in those early days, I didn’t realize that he would also eat anything I put in front of him and not complain. That matters to me too because I love trying new recipes and most of the time, they’re pretty good but every now and then, there’s a not so great meal and he eats it with enthusiasm. The worst he has ever said about anything I fixed was “It’s not my favorite” and I know that means he would like to not have that again.

But when he likes something . . he never hesitates to ask for it over and over again.

Over the weekend, he asked for cucumber spread. I still can’t believe I had never fixed that for him before but I guess I’d never had a bunch of home grown cucumbers before last year.

Cucumber Spread

Cucumber Spread

So, I made another batch of cucumber spread. I like that stuff a lot too – especially on a hot day!

Then, before we ever cut into the second loaf of salt rising bread, Vince said “When do you think you can make more of this?” That was Saturday and I said . . I guess I can start another batch today. He said “Good. I really like that!”

Salt Rising Bread

Salt Rising Bread

By Sunday evening, we had two more loaves of salt rising bread made.

Salt Rising Bread

Salt Rising Bread

Through the years, I’ve come to appreciate so much more than Vince’s honesty, though that is still very much appreciated. I love that he enthusiastically eats pretty much everything I fix; that he never minds if I say “I think we’re having sandwiches tonight”, and I love that some of the things . . cucumber spread and salt rising bread these days . .  make him happy enough that he asks for them over and over again.

Maybe Too Friendly

Last night I went out to put the chickens up and there was Cat. She’s back in the habit of waiting for me right outside the door and wanting to be petted. Vince keeps an old chair out there so I sat down in that. Cat was on the ground, walking around my legs. I was petting her and she jumped up in my lap. Hmmm . . this is nice but kinda scary! She looks at me one minute like she wants to say “I love you! I’m so glad you’re nice to me!” and the next minute, the look in her eyes says “Who the heck do you think you are touching me like that? I have a good mind to scratch your eyeballs out!”

Cat

Cat

I sat there and scratched around her ears for a few minutes. She was purring. I was thinking . . how am I going to get you down? I’m not brave enough to pick her up yet. Vince was in the house watching TV. I wondered if it got completely dark if he would come out to see what happened to me, or if it would be morning, when he awoke to notice there was no smell of bacon frying before he came to see what happened to me.  🙂

She decided to jump down on her own without me having to sit in the chair all night waiting to be rescued by Vince.

I’m amazed at what a small kitty she is. Not only is she just little but she hardly weighs anything and doesn’t seem overly skinny. She’s just petite! I don’t know a lot about cats but Boots is at least twice as big as Cat. Boots has real silky, fine type hair and he constantly sheds. Cat has more of a coarse hair and now that I’ve brushed her, she doesn’t seem to shed nearly as badly as Boots does. I’m guessing it’s all dependent on the breed and indoor vs. outdoor.

I haven’t checked the trail cams around the house lately but I haven’t seen any other cats so maybe now that Cat has become part of the family, she’s keeping the others away. I think she needs to do just a bit better with keeping the snakes away but I can’t say that I blame her for steering clear of those blasted rattlesnakes.