Winter

I spoke too soon about us having a mild winter. Yesterday afternoon it started snowing and it’s been the snow equivalent of drizzling pretty much ever since. Just now I went outside to take some pictures and a break from homework.

The beautiful calico, trying to get me to pay attention to her as I was bundling up.

Drooping cold jonquils. I hope the ones that haven’t bloomed yet still will.

The snow-covered deck

Our new flower garden with a blanket of snow

It wasn’t all that cold considering how much warm clothes I was wearing, but it was really windy, so I didn’t stay out long.

The calico got in my lap and let me pet her after I went back inside, but she wouldn’t stay still long enough for the pictures to be clear.

And now it’s time for me to get back to my Legal Issues paper. If I just get to work, it won’t take me long to finish it. I just get distracted easily, which can be problematic when you need a computer in order to do your work.

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Tech

Today in between my two afternoon classes I walked around a little bit and took some pictures.

It was chilly today, and it didn’t really get sunny until later in the afternoon.

I think I might have looked a little strange, walking around with my big backpack and taking pictures of random trees.

But, then again, who’d rather sit inside the same building in between classes instead of looking at pretty things?

I walked around behind Kittrel, Jere Whitson, and South Halls, because I never walk behind those buildings (and apparently, neither does anyone else) and I thought I might be more likely to see new things to photograph.

Tech has such a pretty campus

Soup

Today I made some soup. Last Saturday when I got groceries, I bought some V8 low sodium vegetable juice, intending to drink it, but it didn’t taste good. At all. Some might like it, but it was too cold to enjoy as a beverage. So I decided to made some soup with it.

I started out with a hamburger patty, which I browned, then set on a paper towel so that the fat could drain off. I then put 3 cups of V8 juice and some water in the pan.

And I did what you’re always told not to do when cooking. I used a mixture of fresh, frozen, and canned foods. Gasp!

I put in 2/3 cup of frozen corn

And 2 chopped up potatoes. I also added the meat back in, and, after it got up to boiling, put a lid on it and let it simmer. While I was getting the lid out, I accidentally dropped one. It fell to the floor and bounced and made all these clanging noises, which attracted the attention of a certain black tabby…

And yes, I did put that lid in the dishwasher.

After the soup simmered for a while, I added a can of beans and let the soup cook for a while longer.

Then I added some pepper, and garlic and onion powder. Then I ate it. Or rather, 1/4 of it. The rest I froze to eat later. The potatoes weren’t entirely soft, but it was still very good.

Cria

The day before Christmas Eve, I started knitting Cria, and last Friday I finished it.

Pattern: Cria

Needles: US size 4

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport

Color: Blossom Heather

I took this picture on accident, I was setting up the camera and took the picture without setting the self timer, so it took right away.

Modifications: obviously, I made it as a pullover instead of a cardigan. I started knitting the pattern as written, but when I got to the row where, as written you would switch to stockinette stitch, I instead started knitting in the round. I held the first 7 stitches on a needle out of the wat, then when I got to the last 7 stitches of the round, I knit the two stitches together, kinda like a 3 needle bind off, but just knitting, not binding off. I also just did a k2tog, yo buttonhole, because I had trouble understanding the buttonhole as written. I knit it in size 30, which is one size smaller than I actually needed, because my stitch gauge was a little big. I also made the sleeves closer fitting, because they were huge on me as written. My row gauge was a little too small, so for the yoke, I added in a few rows (I think 2) in order to make up for that, and for the body and sleeves, I just knit until it was long enough. I added a little more shaping than the pattern called for (I think I did 3 decrease rounds, decreasing 4 sts per round, then after a few inches, did 13 increase rows). I also knit the bottom garter stitch band in two pieces, front and back.

I quite like it. I wore it on Sunday with a skirt, but I also think it works well with jeans too.

The buttons were my Grandma’s; I have, like, 150 of them.

Here are a few pictures that I took last night after I took a walk (after supper! Isn’t it exciting that it’s still sorta daylight at 5:10?)

The moon. I had to have it kinda off-center, because there was a street light near by and I didn’t want it in the picture.

Residual sunset lightening our backyard. I think this might be what my dad refers to as “dusky dark.”

My class tomorrow is canceled, which is exciting. I need to study though, I’ve been kinda lazy here of late.

Beautiful

The other day I took a walk and took some pictures, because I live on a really pretty road, even though there’s a lot of trash that accumulates. But I didn’t take pictures of the trash, I took pictures of trees and fields.

This is a picture of the sky taken from my front yard.

So sunny, can you believe these were taken in late January?

The little creek by the railroad.

The railroad.

An early Jonquil. These are my favorite flowers. Or maybe it’s a tie between these and really good smelling roses. These are definitely my favorite early flowers.

This was taken on a walk that I took a few days later. All the time I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen anyone crossing cattle. I think they do it very early in the morning.

A bird perched on the power line.

I’m so blessed to live in such a beautiful place, and to be able to take walks without being worried about being hit by a car. Sometimes I see pictures of really pretty far away places and wish that I loved somewhere interesting like that, but then I remember that it’s beautiful here.

It’s been a fairly warm winter this year, and I just love it. Don’t get me wrong, I like snow well enough, but I really don’t like the cold. Especially if I’m having to walk ten minutes across campus to get to my class, and then another ten minutes back to my car. It’s just not enjoyable when your legs feel frozen. But this winter, unlike my first three years of college, has been beautiful. Just last Thursday, in fact, we went to the Tech greenhouses for my Experimental Foods class to plant seeds, and I was wearing short sleeves and it was only a little bit chilly. While we were there, we got to pick salad greens and take home, which was nice.

I’ve had a few salads since then, but I think some of the greens that I picked aren’t fit for eating raw, because they kinda made me gag, but most of them were pretty good.

Well, that’s all that I’m going to post for now, because I need to finish some homework, and I think I’ll take another walk too. I hope that these pictures brightened your day!