Saturday, May 23, 2015


While I've been vacationing in DC, Dennis has been busting out the chicken coop. Here is the perfected foundation with critter proof wire along the inside trench. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

In Between...

... Digging ditches and being an all 'round  shovel wielding bass ass-I made this! And if you're a real man who doesn't eat quiche in this house, I guess you starve. Once again, my hero comes through. Thank you, Martha. 

Ditch Diggin' Ain't for Wussies

And now we have a ditch for the cement foundation. I also have a couple of dandy blisters. 


Den started the digging and frame construction for the chicken coop. After much searching and analyzing on style, and weather to insulate or not, we decided on this design, and yes, it will be toasty and insulated in the winter.Our dimensions will be 4 x 4 due to the size constraints of our yard. We decided on this location, a bit closer to the house, so that trudging through the snow might not be as bad as if we positioned it in the far back corner. I'll still have to shovel a path, but we do that anyway for the dogs. I'm pretty sure the overall expense of building the coop will exceed my budget, but I'm a 1000% sure the quality of the construction will be light years better than a ready made coop! ;) Dennis is making a pretty solid foundation using cement pavers, and he is also using some sort of wire "cloth" as a foundation barrier against critters that may try and dig their way into the coop. Although I'm not sure that there is enough precautionary measures that will keep the JR out. She might be our biggest challenge, not the raccoons! Try to avert your eyes from the raggedy shed in the background, I think that may be getting a little face lift in the near future! Here are some less than thrilling first pics:

Friday, May 8, 2015


Soooo, my friend is getting rid of some of his baby chicks..... I might be getting 2 or 3.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

An Early TBT

For your amusement... First I'd like to say, can you blame me for sulking in that picture? If you had that haircut you'd be sulky, too.This was taken in Anchorage, Alaska, 1967. My brother was born at the end of August, so assuming this was September/October time. I had to throw in the one of Denny, don't you love the "hipster" hair?

A Thank You Gift...

I know it's spring, but I needed to give a thank you gift. What could be a better gift for someone who lives in Michigan? Besides, they probably still have snow on the ground!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

That's a Wrap

After 6+ years I finally finished this itsy bitsy needlepoint scissor case. I call it, "color vomit." Now I have to save my pennies to have this finished. I did a little calculating, and what I determined was needlepoint is way,way more expensive than knitting, and nowhere near as enjoyable. I'm going to give my hand at painting my own canvas for my next project. Prepared to be underwhelmed. 
*Note the coffee stain between the two halves. Sweet! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Sooooo, over the years I've become, well, averse to doing much of anything that requires leaving the house. I'm not really sure why, other than school and homework don't really allow for much free time, and well, the world is a little nuts. Yesterday morning Dennis proposed that we go out to dinner. Really? I immediately cringed. That would mean showering, washing my hair and putting on clean clothes. Pretty picture, huh? But ok, I agreed to go. We get to the restaurant, it was very lovely, very she-she, and very upscale. The menu had a glossary on the back page so you could translate what the *bleep* you were ordering. At this point Kraft mac 'n cheese sounded great. After we ordered drinks and the food, and at the start of our lovely conversation, Dennis' face goes red. He left his wallet at home. Huh? That box of mac 'n cheese would have cost me a mere .88 cents. Despite my unexpected expenditure, I had a lot of fun.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

We Moved!

Well, sort of. We relocated the master bedroom across the hall where yarnia used to be. A fresh coat of paint and it's looking pretty spiffy. Yarnia still needs some work, so we won't go there just yet.

Sun Shiney Day

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cockatoo Brae Cardigan

This was my very first steeked project. I was a wee bit nervous to take scissors to my knitting, but I did it. Kate Davies' tutorial on steeks made it almost effortless to do. I made Kate's woven buttons just to make it that much more special. I loved every stitch it took to make this. I'm a little sad the process is over. Never fear! I have another project in mind!

Monday, January 19, 2015


We took a spontaneous trip to Lauritzen Garden yesterday,it was our first trip to the conservatory. An impressive addition to the garden and for Omaha.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

This Past Week

I am recovering nicely from a simple outpatient procedure I had on Thursday. My two days off of work was pure bliss, and while I should have been doing nothing but relaxing, I couldn't quite help myself. I did some baking, cooking, and of course a little knitting. On Friday I received a new pair of clogs in the mail. After a dozen years of wear, my old ones blew apart. Dennis so kindly offered to glue them back together, but after that many years I felt I deserved a new pair. At least he didn't offer to duct tape them. I ordered these from England, although they are Lotta of Stockholm clogs, go figure. I love 'em! I spent quite a bit of time working on my Cuckatoo Brae sweater. That project is a true test of patience and persistence. It's coming together, just not as fast as I thought it would. To alleviate the monotony of that sweater, I decided to knit a pair of slippers for Dennis. Eh, they sucked. So now I'm hell bent on redeeming myself. I found a different, more adjustable pattern, one that allows you to really customize the fit. I'll post progress when I have something to show.