My mood has been in a funk. The downward economic spiral has not helped. Neither has the continuing cool temps and the threat of rain every single day.
I try to find solace in the little things of life i.e. pets, family and knitting/crocheting.
Ms. Phoebe was at my computer "typing" away on the keyboard. She was fascinated with the movement on the monitor. Now if she could only clean off my desk.
We have plenty of wildlife around here to keep Mr. Bettis busy. Here's Mr. (or is it Mrs?) Rabbit sitting within feet of Mr. B. Just far enough out of the fenced area so Mr. B can bark..........and bark.....and bark. 6:00 am barking.
Mr. B was barking up a storm at the front door on Sunday evening. Lo and behold a mama bear and her two cubs crossed the front lawn. The minute they heard Mr. B's big mouth they went on a sprint. I was fumbling with the camera and of course missed the picture. Our SIL and Vet Girl were visiting and they tried to get pictures but to no avail. The bears will be back. Did you know that each bear needs a 10 mile radius to survive? In the meantime, mankind continues to push them out. Don't get me started, I could rant for days.
Given my funky mood concerning the economy and the ongoing medical saga, I decided that a crochet granny square afghan from stash yarn was a must-do project. So I dug in my Red Heart stash and filled a basket with colored yarn. Yes folks, I said the nasty yarn word Red Heart. First off, my yarn purchasing power has been cut off and secondly, you can't beat an afghan made from the stuff. It is durable. Throw it in the washer with a little fabric softener and viola! A soft blanket.
This is a bright and cheerful project and I can't put it down. We're going to need this afghan in the winter as our furnace temperature will be kept on the cooler side this year.
The temperatures have been cool around here this summer which means I can bake in the oven without sweltering. Hubby saw a farmer selling fruit and vegetables along the road on his work commute. He brought home a nice bag of tomatoes and a large box of peaches. Yum! .
I made peach crisp last evening.
Preheat oven to 400F. Peel and slice 4 large peaches. Place in a small casserole dish. Toss with 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons flour.
In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons butter, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/3 cup flour and 3 tablespoons sugar until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle on peaches.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until crust is golden brown.
Serve warm and add a dollop of ice cream if desired.