Sunday, February 12, 2012


GOOD GOD! it's been almost 5 freakin months since i've stumbled into the blogosphere. i haven't even had a chance to read and catch up on your blogs. WTF? where have i been? what have i done? it's all a blurr-time has been melding together lately and half the time i don't even know what day it is. yet i seem to make it to where i'm suppose to be going.

i guess i've already failed miserably at my new year's resolution to blog at least once a week! Oh crap on it- who needs stupid resolutions anyway- they just make you feel bad when you don't measure up! remind me next year- not to make any.

How can i possibly recap the missing last 5 months of my life? it's like i had amnesia and i've just started remembering things. -i guess i can give you a little photo documentation.

early last fall (yes, i'm talkin 2011) there was spinning at the celtic festival- an annual treat our fiber guild partakes in. always fun! my favorite "molly's revenge" was performing and i saw a bunch of new favorites but unfortunately with the passage of time my brain fails to recall the names. a lot of fun new punky celtic stuff.

there's been biking- lot's of biking. here's my bike....i love her!

there was biking in tahoe:

we biked the marlette lake trail which gets you to the famous flume trail-unfortunately we didn't get to do the fume trail as shuttles back to your car were closed for the season and we didn't want to ride the 9 up hill road miles back to our car-i know we're wimps!!! it was frickin cold- 30 degrees with fierce biting winds-

knocked a tree down luckily after we passed thru-

the elevation was kicking my ass- hard to ride uphill when you can't catch your breath. i'm usually not affected by the elevation but wow- it made for hard riding.
we did the stiff climb from spooner lake to Marlette lake.

the photo above shows the ride heading back from marlette lake. this is where i started weeping. it was so fricken cold and windy and i had fingerless biking gloves on. my fingers felt like they were being put into a meat grinder- the tears started coming when i thought (for sure) by the time we reached our car i would have black frost bit finger tips and they would have to be amputated and i would never knit again.

yes, i can be dramatic at times - no amputation needed! the next day was warm and fabulous and we had a great ride on the powerline trail and cold creek trail.

we did some coastal riding at point reyes. not the best mountain biking area. deeply rutted trails with california happy cow poop and hoof holes everywhere! we did get to see some roosevelt elk though!

there was local wild blackberry pie and jam making. yes, i finally made homemade jam and it came out awesome!

there has been lot's of knitting and spinning.

going to make some funky knee socks with this corriedale handspun!

blue helped me model some fingerless mitts i made for a dear friend as part of my hand made "pay it forward" project. 4 more gifts to go- don't worry friends- i haven't forgotten about you-just a bit behind.

i hand dyed some yarn for my new winter slouchy hat-

i chose to knit gudrun's norie hat from her shetland trader book. i love gudrun's patterns. this is the second norie i've made- this time i omitted the lace sections and made it shorter as i have a very small head. it turned out great -i love it and wear it all the time. unfortunately i don't have a photo of the finished hat.

finished some handspun fingerless mitts that i adore- they match a cowl i made in the summer.

what else have i been doing with my time besides homeschooling and egg raising? well, most of you know me strictly as a black tea drinker- no cream and no sugar- just good and strong. well, that all changed this past summer when hubby bought a stovetop espresso maker at a yard sale this summer-for only 2$. it was enough to get my addiction going and now i can't stop!!! ZOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

can you say instant coffee addict?????? with plenty of foamy half &- half (gawd-please no wimpy 2% for this coffee chick!) and lots of sweetener as well..real maple syrup is the best but brown sugar will do in a pinch. i went gung-ho with this addiction and well as you can guess insomnia and some aggitational imperfections have begun to creep into my personality and i just may have to put the reins on this imbibing activity- not sure if i truly understand the meaning MODERATION!!!

there were several trips to lassen. i so "heart" lassen!

here's my boy's "John Muir" pose.

the colors were amazing everywhere- i wanted to dye wool capturing all the beauty i drank in.

bumpass hell

if you have never been- put it on your list!!!!! i think that's enough so...

i end with a bang!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! better late than never.


soxchik said...

Your boy is getting big!

Birdsong said...

Love all the photos! When you are too busy living to blog that usually means life is good!

Sharon said...

Hi Steph. That was fun!

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