Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Our mascot came to our department Tuesday morning!  You'll notice that both of us are still wearing our cycling pants, so that's awesome, but it's Willie!!!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Scenes From Fall

We didn't take enough advantage of October. It seemed like time just flew by and then we only had one weekend before Halloween. We went to one haunt (could have potential, but let big groups move through, so we just kept coming up on the big group in front of us, which meant all the big scares were ruined for us).  We went to one corn maze (fun! beautiful day!).
The promised photo of dried out corn. It just sums up everything that is perfect about autumn in the Midwest.
We carved pumpkins, we bought bags and bags of candy, and exactly no trick or treaters came to our door. Whatever. More Paydays for me.
And my Christmas cactus is in full bloom. It's totally confused about what month it is.
And, honestly, I think it's important to point out that I rode my bike every day this week even though it's November. After six years of good work, my Axiom basket broke (here's a version, but it looks like the kind I used is no longer made, but you can see what it looked like in this old post if you're interested) and I had to buy a new one.
It was windy today. Look at my streamers stream!
Enter my new basket from Nantucket Basket Company. It's so adorable. 

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Sewing Class - Tote Bag

For the last couple of months, I've been taking a sewing class once a week through the continuing education program at a local community college. The three hour classes were structured so that we spent 30 - 45 minutes at the beginning of class talking about some fundamental sewing technique and then we'd use that technique to make a tote bag.
Here's the end result. I think it looks pretty nice. We used interfacing on the body of the bag and on the pockets and I think that it created some bubbles I'm not super crazy about, but that's because I'm a bit picky.
I didn't take an interior shot of this one, but you can kind of see that my lining is a light turquoise with white polka dots if you look closely by the pull tab of the zipper.

So that's the one I did during class. Since I believe in the power of homework, I gave myself homework in the form of using the same pattern on a tote bag at home. Here's how that one turned out.
I think I should have used the light blue as the base for the bag and the flowers for the pockets, but I guess you can't go undoing your fabric choices when you realize you're not super crazy about the color.
You can't really tell, but the lining has pockets! I customized a tiny little pocket for Blistex tubes!

I'm currently taking the next class in the series. I got to pick my own project and I'm working on a wrap skirt (wrap skirts require So. Much. Fabric.) with a lining and pockets. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, October 26, 2015

In Memoriam

My love for these trees is well documented.  I'm glad I was so obsessive. Because this happened:
The developer cut them down. 

In a typical story of small town life, this proposal went through the correct process and no one noticed that it involved the deaths of these two lovely living creatures. And now every day when I drive by the murder scene, a small part of my soul withers away.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

CSA: Week 20 (The Last Week)

Our last share of the season brings us on last big basket with:
Leeks (1 - but a big one)
Honey nut squash (2)
Kale (OMG! We still haven't dealt with last week's kale)
Sweet potatoes
Peppers (3)
Onions (2)
Cabbage (2 tiny ones!)
The cabbages are adorable. I wish we had gotten tiny little cabbages all season long.
Okay, the plan is not worry about any of this because I'm so far behind in my CSA vegetable consumption at this point I'm not sure if we'll ever catch up.  But we will catch up because this is the last basket, so in about three weeks I'm going to be depressed that we don't have enough vegetables on hand for my lunches. The good news for you is that you  won't have to hear me yammer on about our vegetables again until next June.

I leave you with ginger.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

CSA: Week 19

We got a perfect fall basket this week!
Leeks (2)
Honey nut squash (2)
Sweet potatoes

So I have no clue at this point. There's a good thing there's only one week left because I have a million carrots, onions, honey nut squash(es), garlic bulbs, and sweet potatoes. I'm SO BEHIND IN EATING. 
Celeriac is a root vegetable that is like a million times celery concentrate. It's great for stews, soups, and it's freaking delicious.   I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but probably a beef stew of some sort. Maybe in the crock pot. 

Please tell me I'm not the only one who is falling behind in the eating of the CSA vegetables!

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Walk Around Town During Fall

I'm totally crazy about these trees. So when a sign went up indicating this lot is going to become student housing (now signing leases for June 2016!) and the fence went up around the trees, I panicked a little bit. I swear to the deity of all that is good and true, I will cry if they cut these trees down to build a fucking soulless apartment building. I'll keep you posted.
I'm pretty much crazy about maple trees, but a maple tree IN FRONT OF A CHURCH is just too picturesque to ignore, despite the annoyance of all the students who kept walking by while giving me the side-eye.  I guess, even in this world of the selfie and constant surveillance, a woman with an actual camera should not be taking your photograph.
There's this park downtown and these trees just line the lakefront. It's lovely. I feel grateful to live in a place where the public spaces are so beautiful and well tended.
This was the closest I came to a cornfield. I promise you an autumnal cornfield soon.  I bet you're on the edge of your seat.
It turns out that I have no creativity because it turns out I took this same photo last year.
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