Friday, September 30, 2011

Page Maps Express the Moment Sketch Contest

Finally had time to do this months Page Maps Sketch contest:

And I've used the most recent Got Sketch Express sketch:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011


Sketch No. 2 from Got Sketch Express. MDSW is the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival - sooo much fun!

And I made a card from the scraps:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Time to get the mojo flowing again. I am joining some friends and taking an online scrapbooking "class" called Got Sketch Express. Essentially, two sketches are sent out each week for about a month. So, I should be doing two layouts a week this month . . . right? Well, we'll give it a try.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ready. . . Set. . .SHOOT

I was very frustrated on my last hike. There were several shots I wanted to get, but couldn't because my camera refused to focus close up in low light. So I've upgraded from the introductory Canon Rebel XS dslr to the Canon Rebel T2i. In addition to have increased light sensitivity (I went from an ISO maximum of 1600 to one of 6400), the variable lens it came with has much greater zoom (I went from 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 to 18-125mm, f3.5-5.6). I still dream of having a variable lens with greater apperature, but for now, that has to remain a dream. Perhaps a new fixed 33mm lens . . .

A quick test of the camera's capabilities in auto without a flash (better results were reached with the new camera when in full manual mode):

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Faded Brilliance

Yep, another sweater. While at Maryland Sheep and Wool, I had a telehone conversation with my sister. "I like red," she informed me. Just the excuse I needed to head back to the Brooks Farm booth. Not a lot of reds, but a beautiful coral/brown varigated yarn that came off as faded red. I was a bit worried about how stipey it would knit up, but it works well in a finished sweater. The Trio is somewhat thinner than worsted weight, as it was labeled, so I struggled to get gauge. The pattern I chosed, Brilliance Pullover by Katie Franceschi, had an unusual construction that also made it hard to determine size as I was working. The result, it's bit. Jill is taller, so it should fit her a bit better, but it will still be big.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sugarloaf and Breakneck

Christine and I headed for the hills, yet again. We drove about an hour north to the East Hudson Highlands and trekked up Sugarloaf and Breakneck Mountains (taking the Breakneck bi-pass, and not the scramble, back down).

With all the rain we've had over the last few weeks, the forest was a lush green. We found lots of fern, moss, lichen, and mushrooms.

For a full slideshow, double click the link below:

Friday, September 9, 2011


I have noticed a glaring omission in my blogging. Our lovely kitty, Abby, was lonely. She desperately missed us whenever we left, and she'd wake us up with an incredibly loud serinade every morning around 3 a.m. (Really, she'd make an excellent ally cat). We decided that the solution was to get her a companion.

Our preference was a younger boy kitty. Someone she could alpha over, but who was big enough to hold his own. We went to the ASPCA, but they had no healthy boys the right age. Then we walked over to Petco, where Anjellicle Cats has kitties rescued from kill shelters. When we walked in, we found this lovely boy.

Glenn jumped through a few hoops and his foster mother brought him home to us. Abby, unfortunately, did not think a younger brother was as good of an idea as we did. She started hissing as soon as Jessica walked in the door. She spent the first month on top of the high bookcases, and the next six weeks on the lower bookcases and counters. She still doesn't spend time on the floor, but graced us with her presence on the couch this week.

Don't let this picture fool you. This is as close as she'll let him get, and it lasts about 60 seconds. (But, in Abby's defense, after about sixty seconds he sees how far he can push things and usually makes a grab for her tail).

Sunday, September 4, 2011

End of Summer Adventure

It seemed a shame to let summer go by without a trip to the beach, especially since Labor Day Weekend started with an absolutely glorious day. Thanks to LIRR's One-Day-Getaways, we were able to hop, skip and jump out to the Sunken Forest on Fire Island.

Okay. It wasn't that easy. It was a bus, to a subway, to a train, to a train, to a bus, to a ferry . . . but if it were any easier, we probably would have found a hoard of New Yorkers when we got there. Instead, we had a beautiful stretch of beach to ourselves.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Summer Bounty

We actually didn't head upstate to avoid the hurricane. The trip had been planned for months. Glenn's mom flew in from Arizona to meet my family before the wedding. The day before the hurricane struck, we we able to spend some time outside exploring. We went to the Saratoga Springs Farmer's Market (and gathered enough goodness for a wonderful salad for lunch), then to the Washington County Fair, where we enjoyed the critters and watched a sheep get sheared.