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For the first time in 5 days, there is sun outside the window and no precipitation is falling out of the sky.  It just lifts my spirits to see.  Yesterday when we were leaving work, I thought I saw snowflakes falling on the windshield of the car.  It was cold and rainy but I didn't realize it was that cold.  The weather forcast was for a "wintry mix" so I was probably right.  It's disconcerting since they are predicting practically balmy weather for the upcoming weekend.
I was thinking maybe we could have a picnic for Easter dinner but the ground will be too squishy.  It's going to take a few weeks of dry weather for the ground to firm up.
I have been working on my evenstar shawl but it's slow going.  I didn't even make it through two rows last night.  I wasn't in the mood and I didn't want to mess it up.  Each row is 560 stitches at this point so it's not a quick knit.  It's been a little contentious over there on the kal boards on ravelry.…
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I have been computer-less (or is that computer free?) since last Wednesday.  Kate went to a convention in Boston with some friends and Elanor stayed at their apartment to take care of the dog.  I let her take my computer with her so she would be able to play games and have something to do (Kate was taking her laptop with her and Patrick's isn't working). 

I figured I could go for a few days, especially since I have a computer at work and can use it all day.  Well, it seemed like a long time.  I didn't realize the number of times I reach for the laptop when I'm bored or just want to look something up.  I'm actually very dependent on the machine and I'm not quite sure how that happened.  And I 'm also not sure if I like that.  I think I want to start instituting computer free weekends and see how that goes.  There is way more to life than staring at a computer screen.

Such as beautiful handknit socks.  I finished my Go with the Flow socks made from the Patony…
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Wanna see something cool?  This is the Evenstar shawl after clue 3.  Well, almost after.  I just completed the increase row and went from 280 stitches to 560 stitches and now I have 6 rows of plain knitting to finish before I'm finished.  I reknit clue 2 three times until I was satisfied with it and clue 3 only needed one try (thank goodness).  The green lifelines separate the clues.  I wasn't sure I was happy with the yarn I chose.  I thought it would be too thin and wouldn't show the details but it seems to be good.  I'll be ready for clue 4 on Friday and I'll wait until Saturday or Sunday to start it so I can see it finished.  Someone always finishes in the first 24 hours and posts a photo.  I'm grateful.  I like to see what it's supposed to look like.


In other knitting news, I am planning to go to knit night tomorrow after the gym.  Kate is planning to go as well.  We'll pick her up after the gym and get some dinner and then head out.  I'd like t…
A couple of things.  First, I do know you can substitute soured milk for buttermilk and I've done that for some recipes.  The taste is nowhere near the same.  The chemical content of the acid works in whatever recipe I'm using but the deep buttermilk taste only comes out if you use real buttermilk. ( and thanks bells for letting me know it freezes!  I'm going to try that)

Second.  Biscuits here at my house are a staple. (This could be one reason going to the gym is a necessity).  They are breadlike products that are sooooo good with almost any meal.  You can buy biscuits in a can by Pillsbury but they're only ok.  Truly good biscuits can be made quickly and easily.  They're good with butter and honey or jam or jelly or gravy or (insert your favorite substance here).  I thought I'd share my recipe for biscuits in case you live in one of those places where biscuits are not part of the cuisine.

Baking Powder Biscuits

4 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tablespoon baking …
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It's that time again.  Not only do we have crocuses in the garden (this is a photo from last year.  They're in the middle of  really muddy patch and I can't get close enough to take a good photo), its time for one of our all time favorite breads.   Yep, that's a loaf of Irish Soda Bread.  I remembered to buy enough buttermilk when we went shopping so we could make several loaves.  Buttermilk isn't something I keep around the house.  No one drinks it (I think it would make me gag) but it makes wonderful biscuits and soda bread. 
Pk wanted a loaf to take into work tomorrow for St. Patrick's Day.  We got home from work a little late (I had clients who needed to be seen by the doctor today and so I made sure they were seen-it took a little longer) and changed our clothes and settled in for a mini marathon.  Elanor and I made 8 loaves of bread.  Each recipe makes 2 so it was only 4 batches.  We gave Kate and Patrick a loaf (and then I found out he doesn't like r…
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I didn't have to look out the window this morning to know it was raining.  Great gusts of rain and wind have been lashing the house since late last night.  Today, the world is wet and windy.  There are large puddles all over the yard (which was snow covered until just a week ago).  I'm watching a small robin look for worms on the front yard in the pouring rain.  Our crawlspace is still dry but probably won't remain so for long.  The pump is nearby and after I eat some breakfast, I'll put it in to be ready.  All of this is fine.  Rain is good.  Unfortunately, this is a grocery shopping week for us so we'll be getting wet.

I finally made it to a yoga class at the gym.  I've been thinking about it since I saw the notice go up that it was available.  I'm really waiting for t'ai chi but I'll settle for yoga. (Now there are two robins running around out front.  I thought they were smarter than that).  I missed the Wed class because it's at 8.  Now, we…
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Dinner is on the stove and I have a few minutes so I thought I'd share what I finished last night.  This is a detail of my Embossed Leaves socks made from Serenity sock yarn base (merino/cashmere/nylon)  and dyed by Roxanne of Zen Yarn Garden.  These grey/blue/rose/burgundy socks are so wonderful.  I loved working with this yarn and I adore the colors.  I wore these socks today.  In fact, I'm wearing them now.  They are cuddling my feet with softness.
I started a new pair with December's artwalk sock yarn club for Pk.  Look at this bright red, orange and yellow.  It's Diagonal Cross Rib socks by Anne Budd from 25 Favorite Socks.  I've never made these before and I'm not sure why. It's an easy pattern and so easily memorized.  It's designed for a man so it starts with 70 stitches.    Pk chose the yarn for socks for himself and promised to wear them.  The colors of the yarn doesn't detract from the pattern.  It's a little brighter than his usual so…
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Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right
Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
 Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right
Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right
It's all right
`Lennon/McCartney

The lyrics to that song were running through my brain all day yesterday so I thought maybe if I put it here, it might go away.  Probably not since the sun is out and shining for all it's wort…
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"Human beings by nature want happiness and do not want suffering. With that feeling everyone tries to achieve happiness and tries to get rid of suffering, and everyone has the basic right to do this. In this way, all here are the same, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, Easterner or Westerner, believer or non-believer, and within believers whether Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and so on. Basically, from the viewpoint of real human value we are all the same."


~His Holiness the Dalai Lama
It's all about the connections.  In my job, I see people in all stages of their lives.  We have children's programs (with which I have little contact) and programs for people who are just starting their recovery journey and those who are further along the path to mental wellness.  It is my priviledge to be invited into their lives when they're at their most vulnerable and to sometimes give them something to hold onto.  I think I've always wanted to be a coun…
Well, the weekend flew by.  After a "snow alert" at the end of the week during which everyone panicked and schools closed, it turned out to be a manageable 12 inches of heavy wet snow.  The snow is retreating around the house and melting slowly enough so that the pump is able to keep up with it.  And the air feels balmy this morning.  It's above freezing.  I noticed my hyacinths have poked their heads above the snow.  That is the most hopeful sight I know.  Little bits of green reaching out toward the sun.

It was a good weekend.  We went shopping and got Pk's new power supply (it's huge) and new video card for his computer.  He was so excited because it will make his game playing  much better.  Then our internet went on the fritz and the download speeds were slower than dialup. (when we had service at all) When you're paying for dsl, that is annoying.  Comcast came yesterday and inside of a half hour we were wired and ready to go.  As a result, my email addre…