This was fun, partly because some of these songs I haven't heard in a while and partly because I've never tried to Shuffle everything on my phone. I shuffle albums, not songs. Here goes.. a fairly eclectic blend, I'd say.
Since Pink Martini got two spots on the random list, I'm including a video of another one of my favorites.
Doncha Go Away Mad Jazz Passengers & Deborah Harry & Elvis Costello
I put a camera on a tree about 20 feet from the corner of the house. I have, as many of you know, been involved in a war with the beavers. They are winning. At the same corner of the house was a huge twenty year old lilac. WAS. Not anymore. I didn't know that beavers would a) come that close to the house b) eat lilac. Now, I know. The second thing that is close to the side of the house, is the woodpile. Beavers had been dismantling the part with the freshly sawed birch logs. I'd found several pieces floating in the pond (before it froze) with all the bark eaten. Curious little buggers. I wanted to catch them in the act. HA!
Here's what I got. That ain't no beaver. This is early evening, I was probably on the other side of the wall, at the sink, in front of the window, unable to see out into the dark...
The three lights in the background are reflections off my parked car. Note, that is 6:08 pm. We'd only just come inside. I think. I've always told Chris that the bears are around, not to worry, just make a little noise so they can tell where we are. Yep. I bet they always know where we are.
This was back in November, but I have been so busy, I never checked the camera, until today. Imagine my surprise.
10 Stores... I hate to shop and even more, I hate to GO shopping. This is a tough one.
Pick and Shovel.. while not a general store, it comes close. If you need new boots, plumbing supplies, canning jars, camo undies, or a sheet of plywood, this is the place. There's a popcorn machine near the door and a Creamie Stand outside. Every week there's a sundae special.
Curriers.. Another general type store. Need snow shoes, ammo, or a box of cereal, they've got 'em. They've also got a great meat department that'll cut or order whatever I need. The entire store is filled with real stuffed wild animals.. Bears, deer, a bobcat and in the hardware department, a moose. Totally bizarre.
Dave's Market.. Specifically, Little Dave's. While this market has grown and added big new stores, I still go to the original little store. It has everything (almost) that I'd need, and a butcher that will get and slice up 10 lbs. of pork liver every couple weeks.
Costco.. There isn't a better or cheaper place to buy tequila, gin, wine and beer. They also have great prices on Starbuck's coffee, amazing breads and a fairly extensive cheese department.
Sam's Club.. Because they carry the brand of comfy jeans I like and sometimes, really delicious dark chocolate covered pretzels. Not lately, though.
Ocean State Job Lot.. You never know about this place. I get sunflower seed, kitty litter and men's t-shirts there. They carry my favorite pasta brand and Stash tea. The other day, I bought a beautiful soft shell jacket. Who knew? Their background music is wonderful. I have seen customers dancing in the aisles.
Here it is.. the last day of November. When I began the month of posts, I honestly wasn't sure it would work out. There were days when I'd be in locations with uncertain internet access. It was still show season and I'd be going into my holiday business season. It had been a long time since I'd posted regularly. But here it is..
When I started blogging in 2003, I didn't expect to do it 'forever'. My lifestyle was much as it is now, here and there, now and then. It was hard to mantain a conversation with friends when I was moving around so much and gone for so long. I'll never forget the night I decided to blog. My friend Cindy and I were at the Tuesday night knitting group. We belonged to several Yahoo Groups and read them almost everyday. There were a couple knitting blogs out there and we were definitely fans. If they could do it, so could we. Blogging platforms hadn't been written. The only way to write a blog was to have a personal webpage. Each day you could add to it. It was easy to get one through the popular internet providers along with your email for a monthly fee. AOL and Earthlink had them. We learned how to use Frontpage and DreamWeaver and worked on uploading at snails pace. It was all dial up. I played with it for almost a month before uploading my first post. I called it Smatterings. It was to be a conversation, a sharing of my days. It would include knitting and spinning, also my walks and whatever else came to mind. A bit of this, a bit of that...smatterings of the day. I never guessed then where it would lead me, the friends I'd make, conversations with family, and the business it would help to launch. It's been a pleasure, as has this last month. I've almost let it go a number of times. There's something about it that draws me back.
This isn't the first time I've posted about an event taking place at the Slater Mill. The Knitting Weekend is coming up fairly soon and I wanted to mention it here as the classes are filling up quickly.
If you haven't been to the Slater Mill, this is a great time to visit. It is possible to come for the whole weekend, with truck shows, lectures, classes, vendors, a luncheon and opening cocktail party or pick and choose a la carte. Or, don't commit. Nearby Providence has lots of great places to eat, so make it a day, browse the vendor area, check out this historic site and have lunch in town. The vendor area is open to the public, no registration, no fees. If you are interested in checking out the offerings, go here and scroll down.
The list of artist/ teachers this year..
Amy Christoffers Thea Colman Bristol Ivy Gudrun Johnston Ellen Mason Adrienne Martini
New this year, an ebook has been put together by the designers for this event, Weekend Knitting from Knitting Weekend.
Last year was the first time I'd been there. It always (and still does) conflicts with another weekend for me. I had a great time. I'll be there vending again this year.
It has been one of those very full days that you just do and get through. If I weren't participating in the NaBloPo Mo and so close to finishing the month, I'd have let this one go. The day began when I realized that the alarm hadn't gone off at 6am as it should have. It isn't my job to set the alarm. Lucky for me that my internal clock works pretty well. It was still before 6:30 when I checked the time. We moved a little bit faster. Our job was only scheduled to take the morning and if everything went as planned, we'd be off the roads before they got too messy from whatever this Thanksgiving storm was throwing our way. It did, btw, go as planned. Four trees put up, lit and decorated in 2 1/2 hours! I'm pretty impressed.
I know that some of you are getting slammed with this storm. It hasn't been too bad here. So far, we've removed about 1 1/2" of really sloppy, heavy sleet from the drive and cleared the cars, just in case. Sounds like it is raining now. My fingers are crossed that it stays that way. The decorating season has only begun. Everything is so much easier when it stays above freezing. Imagine moving hundreds of poinsettias or planting outdoor greenery in freezing temps and frozen snow covered ground. Leave the pretty snow for another week.
Tonight is about pies. The apples are peeled and seasoned, the crusts are rolled and the oven almost to temperature. Got to get back to the kitchen. Have a good evening, try to stay safe and off the roads, and enjoy your Thanksgiving preparations.