Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Last Leaf

The last leaf on the tree outside our dining room.  Everything looks so stark now.  But look how pretty the empty trees look against the late afternoon sky and the sunset....

(My focus leave something to be desired)

But, we are absolutely ready for winter now...

Fingers crossed.  This plow Jeep has been limping along for several years (that's what you get for $400). Luckily Paul is the handi-est guy ever when it comes to motors, so he has been able to do whatever it is he does to keep it running.  The top is new (to us -- Paul got it from a co-worker who just happened to have a 1960 jeep top in his yard).   Paul thought this would help when he has to plow when it is snowing.  He still thinks this despite there being no windshield.  I'm a little skeptical.

Speaking of pictures being out of focus (back up there where I said the picture of the sunset was out of focus), I'm on a mission to learn to take better pictures with my digital camera.  Somehow I just couldn't get that one of the sunset in focus, no matter how many pictures I took and how steady I thought my hand was.   I found two books on Amazon (one is not out yet) that I'm thinking of getting:
The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos: The Best Techniques for Showcasing Your Handmade Creations

Shot Doctor,The: The Amateur's Guide to Taking Great Digital Photos

Any other suggestions?

And here is Phoebe, sitting in front of the fire that isn't there, hoping it will be there.  That is where she always sits when the fire is going.  Not in her little bed (to the left).

And in knitting news, I'm on to my next Christmas projects:
An almost finished pair of Mukluks.  One of at least 6 pairs I'll be making (I hope).  Cute huh?

Finally, when I had my yarn shop, I put out a weekly email and I always included some sort of quote at the end.  So, I thought I'd try to do that here, too.  Wa-la!:


  1. Sometimes the school districts offer continuing education classes. I have gotten them in the past for Guilderland and Voorheesville. Another place to check is Desolation Road Studio in Altamont. They might know someone who could help. By the way, I love your blog.

  2. Nice photos! Cool Jeep!
    I am a sucker for pet photos and Phoebe is cute waiting for the fire. I bet that Phoebe and Mandy are happy that you are around more often these days.

  3. Hi, have you worn them yet? How did the paint wear?

  4. I would love to find the pattern you are using for your mukluks.. care to share the info please?

    1. The pattern is called Mukluk Slippers by Diane Soucy and they are a Knitting Pure and Simple Leaflet. Knitting Pure and Simple patterns are usually found in local yarn shops and might be available on line too. Hope you like them!