I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Random stuff....

A Happy Thanksgiving to all our American neighbours. 

We have a nice skiff of snow now, that I hope won't melt, but temperatures are drifting up into the plus side of freezing today.

First snow

 Last night we ate the final fresh broccoli shoots and pak choy in a stir fry, livened up colourfully, by the chopped red peppers I froze earlier. I love to look at something I've made and identify all the stuff in it that grew in my gardens.

The overwintering pepper has put out 3 peppers, but seems to be slowing down on the blooming front now, since daylight hours are shorter.

Just before the snow came, we had visitors in the yard.

We watched a flock of turkeys meander all over, constantly vocalizing with each other. Apparently this wasn't the first time they'd been here, as a trail camera close to the house caught them strutting by on another occasion. 

When starting a knitting pattern, it is wise to read through all the instructions first. In the case of the Papillon shawl, that is a bad idea, as it looks very, very confusing. Even the designer says to just start and work through the instructions one at a time. With some trepidation, I finally did just that, and she is right! There is a lot of counting involved, but it is much easier than I expected, and the pattern makes total sense. 

There is still a long way to go, and think I'll have to invest in a longer circular needle cord.
Back at our Thanksgiving time in October, on a foray around the back roads enjoying the coloured leaves, we came upon an eagle and a crow arguing over some road kill. 

The bird swooped up in front of the car and perched in this tree, waiting for us to leave.




  1. The shawl is gorgeous! Absolutely brilliant! I confess that knitting patterns always confuse me, and that if I just make a start and work my way through them as I knit, it usually makes sense.

    My overwintering pepper has put out leaves too! Interesting that your's is busy making peppers!

    1. Thank you Leigh. It is somewhat addictive, watching the colours change, as one knits....and counts...and counts!
      I think you cut your pepper back a lot further than I did mine. Some pizza night, we'll have fresh peppers!