What a shame it would be to waste the gift of warm December days.  The weekend was gorgeous.  Taking a full Saturday off this time of year wasn't possible, but with a bit of planning, we got the afternoon freed up.   The morning was good work; going to the greenhouse for tropicals and the wholesale supplier where we get orchids, silk plants, and ribbon.  

The reward was lunch at a favorite restaurant and an afternoon hike.  


The light was spectacular.  



So were the views.  We made it back to the van just as the sun went down.  We decided to get a bit more work in Saturday night to free up Sunday afternoon.  Another beautiful day was in the forecast.  

I don't do a tree in my house these days.  After decorating all those corporate trees, I really like to keep it simple.   Tw0 weeks or so ago, when we cut all our brush, we also cut a tree for the deck.  As big as would fit into the van, it stands at about 9 1/2 ft.  Lights and (this year) balls.. Visible indoors and out.  



The outdoor pots are filled with greens for the winter.   The wreaths are hung.  If only the guy would come and wash my windows...

Terrarium #2



While I was at the floral supply buying ribbon and balls, I bought a new piece of glass for a second terrarium.  Some of the material I used in this one has been out of the woods for several weeks or more.  It is too early to know if either will be successful.  The temperature in the room has been warmer than I hoped.  Too wet, too warm, too.... ???  I'm learning.







Happy Thanksgiving!!

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the annual turkey pardon, now would it?

"As you may have heard, for months there're has been fierce competition between a bunch of turkeys trying to win their way into the White House," Obama said.  





This year's winner.. Abe!

 or TOTUS 2015


 (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

Ten Minutes

Every morning, weather permitting, I spend some time outdoors wrangling cats. It can be interesting if the cat and I can poke around.  If the cat decides to sit in one spot for 20 minutes and wait for a mouse, well.. it can be pretty boring.  That's when bringing a spindle is a really good idea.  I can get a lot done in those bits of time each morning. 



Last summer, I spun 4.5 oz. of hand dyed silk.  After spinning two shafts, I'd wind them onto a plying ball.  




The yarn is a little under plyed.  Over twisted and under plyed.  When I decide what it will become, I may add twist.  It'll wait.




Weekending.. a terrarium



Last week we cut as much balsam as the truck would hold, and headed south to begin the decorating season in ernest.  Here, I moved my dye equipment and inventory into storage.  Everything and every bit of space will be filled with poinsettias and other holiday stuff by tomorrow morning.  It is a major shifting of gears.  Not only does the job change, but so does my landscape.  Maples to Oaks.  Literally.  I love each.  One not more than the other.  The smells are different, so are the colors.  

Before we left on Friday, Willy and I spent some time in the woods.  He hunted squirrels while I gathered moss to bring back for a terrarium.  It has been years since I last made one.  It'll be the first one of moss.   I'd hoped to keep it open, there is a wonderful woodsy smell to it.  Willy may change my mind.  The smell draws him, too.  Twice, I've found him investigating, pawing at the moss.  



I'd like to find another container and build a second one.  They're beautiful and fun to build.  The bugs will be the deterring factor.  Let's wait and see what hatches. 

against the grey

The juxtaposition of even the smallest bit of color against the ever persistent grey of the season, is part of what makes November so beautiful to me. I know the short grey days can be depressing. I like to think of these more neutral tones as huge backdrop. The structure of the woodlands is visible again. Color, what little there is, appears especially vibrant. Throw in a drizzly day to shine everything up a bit and I can't wait to get outside and poke around.

The other day I mentioned that I've been working on a couple series.   This is from 'small worlds / fairy gardens.




There has been knitting. Really, there has. I have a shawl to show you, and a sweater. I sewed the buttons on it last Saturday. I don't have much in the way of pictures. Instead of setting them up to photograph, I went for a walk. So... you get another of those pictures. They are what I love most. The autumn light is too beautiful not to enjoy.

Here's one to tease..

I love the buttons. They were my one purchase at FFNE.

and one to please..