Wow, the weather has been extremely extreme. It is so warm that we made the National ABC News. It's Winter and I am still wearing my favourite Summer dress with my thin mesh cardigan. True, there was frost on the ground on Saturday and I wore jeans for the second time this year on Sunday, but it was 16*C here today and 19 on one of the islands.
I made some absolutely delicious treats for The Labradors and their friends: I roasted half a butternut pumpkin till it was soft and gave them the seeds and skin in their dinner. Then I beat the pumpkin with two eggs, a tablespoon full of Leatherwood honey, oats and enough plain flour to stop it being sticky. I pressed it into a tray and baked it for an hour until it was cooked. I cut it into teeny tiny squares. When we are walking at the dam, and I put my hand in my packet, this happens:
And then when no delicious pumpkin treats appear, off they go at breakneck speed.
MrsDrWho's Outdoor Cat Entertainment Area is taking shape. We had a cat netting cutting day. We all went to the, what I like to call, village green and stretched out the netting. My job was to interpret the diagrams and check that all the pieces were correctly measured and cut out for the 100m2 piece. There has been a lot of progress and once the cat door is in the laminated glass window, it will be all cats outside!!!
MrsDrWho, MissSkipping and I went out for dinner. MissSkipping had been to an international wedding and so we looked at all the pictures on her Ipad. How times have changed, no paper photos being passed around. We ate delicious food: I had steak with yummy greens and chips, MrsDrWho had chicken with Malibu prawns and MissSkipping had lemon fish, garlic chats and salad.
MrsDrWho and all my teaching friends are writing reports. Kiss biscuits ameliorate the process and I baked some for all the doctors and nurses at The Vet too.
Many, many years ago I taught twins in Grade 3/4. Now, many, many years later their mum is The Lovely Librarian and when I saw her last week she said she had spotted some sock wool and it was perfect for me. Today I went to The Library for a chat and a visit and lo! what beautiful sock wool it is. I love it so much and, what a surprise, it matched my dress and cardi perfectly. Such a kind and thoughtful gift. The Lovely Librarian has saved my Book bacon when I am overwhelmed and poorly. I really appreciate that too!!
I wanted to take her a gift to say thanks and so I made a reversible Japanese Knot bag using this tutorial. I love the zany bird fabric, and so did she.
There has been knitting. The Jayne Cobb set is on its way to completion. It is MrsDrWho's birthday this month, so I need to get a wriggle on.
My Ravelry Queue has just clicked over the 1000 mark. I shall never knit all the patterns, but I prefer to queue rather than favourite. (NB 'favourite' has now become a verb)
This week I read Trudi Canavan's new book, Thief's Magic. It is not part of her previous series. Well I don't think so. In fact, the two protagonists never meet. Their stories are told turn and turn about as the book progresses. Of course now it is finished and I am aching for the next book to be published.
I've just started reading The Smartest Kids In The World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley. I love learning and it is so sad and frustrating to know that many children are not excited by learning. Most don't like, or enjoy, Maths. I love Maths, I do Maths in my head quite a lot of the time to amuse myself. I am not a Mathematician, but I am fascinated by numbers and the way they can be manipulated. I enjoy the theoretical as well as the concrete, and I love playing with mental maths tricks. The nuns taught us how to cast out nines to prove our equations and I still do that today. I prefer to calculate with a pen and paper, though I do use a calculator for giant numbers. When I was in B Class (Grade 10 now) we used Log books, I expect I missed slide rules by a hair's breadth and we never saw a calculator at all.
This week I am making some cute and easy custard tarts for Morning Tea, our Sewing group is making a new patchwork block, and I have a meeting at the Cancer Council Wellness Centre, where I am the Consumer representative. I feel useful and worthwhile, and I must carefully read the agenda and documents before I do. On Friday I plan to sleep!!
The new hardware superstore opened last week,and there was a huge fireworks display. I came home in the middle of the noisy explosions. Peri and Gilly were alert, but not alarmed. We all went out to the verandah, because the store is directly across the river from our house. I took poor photos. Much as I appreciate their beauty and go 'wow' along with everyone else, I do think fireworks are a waste of money. Perhaps they could have donated the money to a local charity?? Oh, maybe I am a wowser??