contest winner! spring is springing! boots! birthday!

contest winner!

It’s Molly Bee! She sure seems to be on a good luck run lately, new implants, hanging out with baby lambs, a door prize… and she deserves all of it! Molly Bee is deciding which needle case she wants. She’ll let you know… (Oh No! She asked me to surprise her!)

Now we wait to see who wins the actual melt date part of the contest.


It’s been weirdly warm in these parts for this time of year. Last year? Snow and lots of it. This year? Things are growing. It might not seem that exciting to some of you, but, hey, this is Maine. And even though that knitting veterinarian has iris blooming at a preturnaturally (I hate that word) early time, most of us don’t get so much so early…

And so, what is up in my yard this evening… (and how exciting is it that at 6:15 pm it is light enough to take photos???? Very!)
scilla rhubarb crocus daylilies
scilla, rhubarb, crocus, and daylilies (the ordinary kind)

I think this was the first thing up in the yard,
goutweed, a nasty thing. But… somebody recently sent me the recipe for goutweed soup! Maybe I’ll feed it the office this summer.

I planted dye plants and sweet annie last week, and look, sweet annie is up!
The weld is up too, but not the indigo or madder yet. We’re a little short on sunny window space, and any horizontal space in a warm room, so they sit on the dryer. We learned that the washer is a bad place to leave a seed flat.

Eggplant, victim of the spin cycle.


Well, I’ve ordered boots online, at least twice, but returned them all… for various reasons. On Friday, although I was earning zero dollars (state shut down day), I contributed to the economy. I intended to by flip-flops, but came home with these,
Shearling lined, like slippers, and the price of slippers (way way less than boots)! They’re men’s and a little loose, especially in the heel, but they’re like slippers! That I wear outside! And to work! And they’re comfy in bare feet too…

birthday week

Mine is later this week, and we’re having a celebration at work that day for everybody’s birthdays this spring and for something that I can’t talk about yet (but soon! soon!!!!), and one of our interns is on a cake baking frenzy, so she decided that today would start my birthday week.

Good things come in odd packages,

and she was a little embarrassed about the appearance, but O-M-G, it was INCREDIBLE, FABULOUS, AMAZING!!!!!
bdcake (1)

Chocolatey, moist, rich, nom nom!!!!
bdcake (2)

and all gone!


First of four repeats of section C is done! Cutting up the pattern so a single line of instruction is in one place and putting in stitch markers all over the place really helped.

6 Responses so far

  1. 1

    kmkat said,

    March 15, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

    I should have had that goutweed soup recipe when we lived in our first house. That stuff was in the process of taking over the back yard. It even grew underneath the sidewalk to come up on the other side.

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    Chris said,

    March 15, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    Happy early birthday!!! :)

    It was 64F here yesterday, a record breaker. Of course, there is flooding.

    Congrats, Molly Bee!

  3. 3

    Emily said,

    March 15, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

    Aw, poor eggplant. I wonder if Monsanto has developed a gene to protect from the spin cycle?

  4. 4

    Molly Bee said,

    March 16, 2010 @ 10:21 am

    YAY! I’m a winner!!!! Wow things are coming up early. Ummm…rhubarb pie! Happy Birthday! Which day?

  5. 5

    Turtle said,

    March 18, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    congrats molly! good looking cake, looks very rich!! Our rhubarb is already more than a foot high, and the lawn has been mowed twice! Crazy year!!

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    gramily said,

    March 21, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    OOOOhhhh, you make me eager to be home….c’mon April! Well, MX isn’t SO bad…

    love your boots and are they NEW? They wear these in CA as soon as it gets below 70, ALL THE TIME. have even seen them here in MX but that goes to show you that shearling is good in all seasons. Wonder if you will wear them in July? xx

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