Saturday, November 8, 2008

Rain, Leaves, and "Sno"

We are having a spell of warm and mostly rainy days, a "mini-pineapple express" according to the weather folk. Today though, the rains haven't yet appeared, so we snuck outside and finally planted some daffodils (to fool the squirrels) and tulips. Generally the squirrels take note of this event, thinking that their gourmet restaurant is back in business, and devour the tulips immediately. Hopefully, the daffodils will ward off the little thieves. At least the bag promised that they are "deer and critter resistant." Time will tell. The trees are dumping their leaves at an incredible rate; Dick's been raking daily. Our backyard is still pretty greeen, and in one spot the beauty berry reigns supreme.
Beauty Berry
With no snow in sight here, thankfully, I've been trying to find a few easy projects for the antepartum ladies at our local university hospital. These are women confined in the hospital thanks to a pregnancy that's become complicated enough to require hospitilzation. (One woman came up here from CA in July for a wedding and was finally allowed to go home about a week ago....with a healthy baby boy.) Knitting helps the moms-to-be pass the time in addition to allowing me a very fun volunteer opportunity. This pattern by Chris de Longpre caught my eye; next I'm going to try an ornament, a tree pattern, which I found online.
Small SnoBuddy

16 comments:

Kathy said...

Judy, your snowman is adorable! Sorry I can't take credit for the doily shown with my ornament. I can't crochet or knit. It's hopeless. :)

Kathy said...

I also wanted to mention, how wonderful of you to volunteer at the hospital and help the women who are having a rough time awaiting the birth of their child.

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Judy! Just took a peek at your lavender 'crop' in your header - and wouldn't you know it, this is the variety that I would LIKE to be able to grow but keep killing! Perhaps you should try the French lavender like mine - can't kill it with a stick!! Tee! Hee! Hee! Had a giggle at you 'critter-proof' bulbs!! Tee! Hee! Hee! Always thought sqirrels on TV looked too cute and wished we had them - perhaps I'll just stick with our native pesky critters or possums, noisy miner birds ...!! Have a fun time knitting with the mums-to-be! Bear Hugs! KRIS

Wendy said...

How adorable is this snowman!!!
Wendyt

Barbara C said...

What a fun volunteer project. I'm sure it helps the patients pass the time, and maybe to de-stress as well.

Lapplisor said...

Dear Judy
This beauty berry stands here before my room.
I like the berries in lia the winter, as color point in the garden.
Your snow man pleases me also well - a beautiful project!
Have a nice week
♥☼♥Barbara♥☼♥

Mara Zeitspieler said...

The wolly hat makes him so cute ;)
Greetings
Mara Zeitspieler

jane said...

Hi Judy, All my knitting projects are on hold. I attempted to cast on stitches today, to start an infant sweater for Annalise. No luck, the cast and finger splint on my left hand makes the finger movements impossible. So, I will have to just dream about making all those planned fun projects for the next 3 weeks! Jane

Karen said...

I love your snowman! I think it would make a great ornament.

Ele said...

Hi Judy,

always a great pleasure to look on your lovely blog...

I wish you a nice week

Gabriele

Linda said...

Thats just the cutest snowman I've ever seen!

Plays with Needles said...

I always see the prettiest bits of nature on your blog...Beauty Berry...is it really called that?

laura west kong said...

What a cute snowman! Makes me want to dig out my knitting needles.

JK said...

Hi hon! Thanks for stopping by! Been so long, I forgot my password! You have been very busy I see! Beautiful pics of all the scenery, your wonderful work and those precious little ones.

God Bless hon for taking in that little fur baby! If you can believe it, in the middle of my mess, I too adopted a new fur baby. Mine is a little Jack-Chi (Jack Russell and Chihuahua) who was being abused. So my friend took the dog and he now is a happy little camper. His name is Oliver Twist, but I call him Lil Bit. I’ll put a pic of him up later in the week..

God Bless you and yours darlin….

Jane said...

Never heard of a beauty berry,,, soo pretty and I love the purple. What a great thing to do for the gals in hospital.. sounds like you really enjoy it. The Sno dude is great too, I can see him on the tree now...

Ich bin ein Fünfzigerjahremädel. said...

Judy,I also have this beauty berry in my garden! We called it "Liebesperlenstrauch" !
Your snowman is very cute! You knit always so pretty little things!!!!
Have a nice day,Ulla