Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Another Day

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.


Channon said...

What a cheerful blankie!

It's dreary here this morning. We're getting a few wells to drill, so I guess things are picking up a bit. Phew. Hope it hurries up and spreads northward too!

Laura Neal said...

The blankie is pretty! We have rain...yay! I am thinking we can use more! I am working on a sock. I think I need to get out of the house tonight, going to knitting with the girls.

Grace said...

i love peaches that looks so good, you have the coolness we have the sticky hot humidity and the constant threat of rain

I think your blanket is fabulous!

gaylen said...

What a lovely blankie and your peach cobbler looks great - even "raw." You're so right, RH is perfect for afghans. Machine wash and dry - plus soft and warm (even when it's a holey granny square).

I can join you in being down in the dumps. We had started the new window process in March, then I got laid off in May (before the windows had even been ordered). Hubby decided to go forward with it. We paid extra money for a slider with a dog door that my dogs are too stoooopid to use. Add that to the 5:30 am howling because they can't figure out how to get into the open door and I'm one cranky, tired lady. g

Nichole said...

mmm... peach crisp sounds delicious!

The granny square is cheerful...

Our wildlife has been abdundant lately as well!

Anita said...

I'm right there with ya! UGH!

Ms. Phoebe looks cute there on your computer... you think she was chatting with Jazzy online? LOL

I love your afghan!! I've got quite the stash of RH too. :) It's affordable & makes wonderful afghans!

Mmmmm... peaches!

sue said...

Oh how I wish my cats would clean my desk sometimes too. Wouldnt it be nice to have cats that do housework for food, hahaha!! Sorry your feeling blue, I too have been that way, somedays good and somedays bad. We are struggling financially too with our mtge payments which is a big pain and it is so hard to find work after being a SAHM for 8 yrs too which doesnt help any. I hope that you have a little sunshine in your life!

Bubblesknits said...

I love that blanket. And now I'm drooling over the Peach Crisp. Num!

monnibo said...

Yum that sounds delicious! I have some peaches in the fridge right now that are screaming to become Peach Crisp!!