Monday, August 23, 2010


Steam Punk, is a genre new to me and I am loving it. I don't think it is as popular here in the US as it is in the UK but I was able to find one book at one of the larger libraries in the area.

The one I am reading now is The Affinity Bridge by George Mann, totally awesome. It is very Sherlock Holmes like, but still very entertaining. I am going to seek out more of the various books in the genre.

Has anyone else into the Steam Punk?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Fiber Friend

It is funny how small the world is sometimes. My blogless friend Anna, who is an awesome spinner and knitter as well as shepherdess, was in the field doing something work related and met Jennifer. Jennifer is a knitter and is learning to spin. Anna invited Jennifer to our office for a little lunch time fiber fun and just like that, we have a new fiber friend! Jennifer is off to a great start with her spinning. Her first attempt produced some nice yarn for a hat or scarf, that will be extra soft and warm! I think she is a natural.

You can read about how awesome Jennifere is at Jennifers3bagsfull

Happy Knitting!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Weekend Ritual

I imagine everyone who works Monday through Friday has some sort of ritual on Sunday to help them celebrate the last few remaining hours of the weekend and prepare themselves for the week ahead.

I have several rituals, practiced at different times. Some of them cannot be repeated too often, such as my one for last night.

A Saint Luis Rey Rothchilde cigar and a glass of Cabernet. I do enjoy a nice cigar once in a while, one of those things you don't want to do too often, and I enjoy wine a little more frequently.

It was the first time trying the Rothchilde and it wasn't too bad. It was pretty mild and didn't have any notable after taste. It was a slow burning stick so it was nice to relax and enjoy it for a while.

The cabernet was nice as well. So now after my Sunday ritual and some sleep I am ready to face whatever the week throws at me. I hope you are ready as well!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Calm Before and After

There is always a calm before the storm, in this case the calm was before it was too hot for anything to be moving, triple digit temperatures, gardens and lawns dying, everything turning brown. We were 3 inches under the rain count for the month of July.

Then the rains came....

...and came.

Two hours later we were 1 inch above the normal for the month. Four inches of rain in two hours, reeked some serious havoc. Our end of the street flooded for the first time in 15 years. I have never seen even get close to our driveway, but this came up the driveway, over curbs and sidwalks. Incredible.

After the storm we have had much cooler temperatures, today for example, August 1, is a high of 71 degrees. August is normally our hottest month. I'm not complaining it is nice to have the doors and windows open and hopefully what is left of the veggie garden will be saved.

Makes for excellent knitting weather. A gently reminder, four months until Christmas! Time to get knitting!