Weekending: Spring Is Almost Here

This weekend was busy. Saturday we loaded Tuxley in the car and made a day trip up north. We met Lobstermom half way between our houses and had lunch together. It was awesome seeing them. Of course she spoiled Tuxley and brought him a new toy. Grandmas seem to always know how to spoil the best. Besides the day trip on Saturday, we also had breakfast at the local Co-Op this weekend (they have the BEST breakfast food), loaded up on specialty chocolates for the week (again the Co-Op has the best around), did some on-line and in-store clothes shopping, crossed off a major portion of our Spring cleaning list, and I finally mended the items in my mending basket.

I hate mending! Hate it with a fierce passion. Because of my hatred for it, the items in my mending basket really stack up for months before I finally breakdown and mend. This time I had two pairs of pants, a dress, one shirt, a sweater, and five of Tuxley’s favorite Lambies to mend. I finished my mending pile and will start collecting for another 6-10 months before I mend again. Overall, it was a fun weekend and we are ready for another week of work.

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Spring is finally coming to the PalouseIMG_5100

I love seeing the first signs of green. So Beautiful!IMG_5097

Tuxley chilled in the carIMG_5101

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There were lots of suspicious looking cars in the cityIMG_5104

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Such a spoiled dogIMG_5102

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ApolloIMG_5114

ZeusIMG_5113

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A Lambie on the operating tableIMG_5118

more Lambies waiting for surgeryIMG_5121

Their concerned ownerIMG_5119

This is the face that stared at me the whole time I was mending Tuxley’s LambiesIMG_5120Such a spoiled rotten little doxie boy

I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful weekend. Here’s to wishing you a fabulous week.

Kiera

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{This Moment} Cycling to the Snow Line

A Soule Mama Inspired Ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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03-28-2014

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Kiera

{My Crafting Corner} Drop Spindle Adventures

Over the weekend I tried my hand at something new. I went to the local specialty yarn store and took a class in spinning with a drop spindle. The experience was….interesting. The instructor showed us how to spin fibers on the spindle using the plant and draw method. A similar explanation can be found here if you are curious. I found the spinning to be easy to pick up, but hard to create a consistent thickness in the fiber. I also got bored really fast, but that is more to do with my attention span and less to do with the drop spindle. While I will not be adding drop spinning to my regular hobbies, I am so glad I took the class. It gives me another crafting skill I am familiar with. I would like to pick up a dyed gum ball, spin some actual 2-ply yarn, and make something with yarn I spun myself. Maybe that will be my project next fall. For now, I will put the spinning aside until cycling season is over.

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Kiera

Cycling to the Snow Line

Yesterday, Mr. Tux and I ventured out on our second cycling trip of the season. We loaded Tuxley up in the trailer, packed the panniers with snacks and extra layers, dragged out the steels, and off we went. The first 25 miles flew by. The weather was perfect. Sunny and clear. Perfect cycling weather . The return 25 miles sucked!!! We hit a nasty headwind and our energy just tanked. I really struggled on the ride back. I barely had the energy to get myself and my bike home. Mr. Tux was my hero. Not only did he pull the trailer with Tuxley all the way home, but he also let me draft him. So thankful for that. I wouldn’t have made it home otherwise.

Overall, it was a glorious day to go cycling. But we are sure feeling it now. Jumping from 25 miles our first ride out to 50 may have been a bit much. We definitely have a bit more work we need to do before our century in June.

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We made it to the snow line. That officially ended our outbound rideIMG_5081

Saoirse looks and handles awesome. The new fenders are so worth it!IMG_5082

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Kiera

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{This Moment}

A Soule Mama Inspired Ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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03-21-2014

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Kiera

Weekending: Adventures at Lobstermom’s

Mr. Tux, Tuxley, and I spent the weekend up at Lobstermom’s. Mr. Tux spend Saturday night and part of Sunday morning building her a project desk. While he was doing that, I conquered a 3 year long project and FINALLY finished Mr. Tux’s quilt. Tuxley spend time with the other dogs and getting lots of love and spoiling from Grandma aka Lobstermom.

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Beau doing what Beau does best…sleepingIMG_5044

Tuxley guarded my lap while I knittedIMG_5068

Mr. Tux’s finished creationIMG_5055

Getting the quilt all ready to tieIMG_5063Sewing on the binding.

Overall, it was a splendid weekend. I am so thrilled to have the quilt finished and out of my project queue. Now I can finally cast on for that sweater. Guilt free.

Kiera

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{This Moment}

A Soule Mama Inspired Ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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03-14-2014

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Kiera

Adventures in Needle Felting

Over the weekend, Lobstermom and I tried our hand at needle felting. A couple weeks ago, I convinced her to sign up for a class through a local yarn store. Neither of us had ever done needle felting before and we were looking forward to trying our hand at a new hobby. The class was three hours long, and we each got to make our own needle felted owl. We had a blast! The owls turned out so adorable! Overall, the class was a wonderful learning experience, but it will probably not be the newest hobby Lobstermom and I add to our repertoire.

While I was a horrible blogger and forgot my camera for the class, I did end up getting some decent pictures with my cellphone.

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the felted inner-coreIMG_20140308_142541_349

The brown/grey wool addedIMG_20140308_141019_727

my owlIMG_20140308_141007_227

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My owl is on the left, Lobstermom’s on the rightIMG_20140308_141057_369

A close-up of Lobstermom’s owlIMG_20140308_141034_447

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My nearly finished owlIMG_20140308_154802_373

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The owls together. It is fascinating that, even with the same materials, the owls turned out so vastly different.IMG_4994My finished owl. I haven’t named him yet, but Zeus has discovered him already.

Overall, the class was so much fun and the owl is adorable as he sits in my project room.

Kiera