Saturday, December 29, 2007
In La Vie en Rose, the actress portraying Edith Piaf is seen knitting throughout the film - now I find a photo of Edith Piaf knitting while in the hospital - she was certainly dedicated. I particularly like the scene in the movie where she performs wearing a sweater with a partly completed sleeve. I suppose she may have knitted by necessity as well as for the calming effect of the rhythmic motions and the meditative qualities.
My blogging has been hit or miss lately due to a poorly functioning computer...well, I purchased a new one 12/26....this Microsoft Vista is much different than the previous versions .... but my blogging should be more regular...
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Aprons are generally associated with women's work - I view the apron as a woman's version of the work shirt. Women traditionally have donned aprons when doing all manners of work - cooking, cleaning, gardening, hanging out the laundry....I wear mine proudly as I do the work I enjoy...and it keeps the stains from my "good" clothes....
I hope to stop by another day for more photos but for now this grainy photo looking into the stables will do.
One of the many barred over windows...
Also along the railroad less than half a mile away, the vacant warehouse of a Roanoke based department story lost to the big boxes still stands.
A little further away on my drive home I spot this apple warehouse - again alongside the railroads so important to Roanoke's early development. In the new year I plan to be a diligent student of photography and think exploration of the warehouses dotted the railroad landscape will make an interesting study.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Along with the apron I included a knitted dishcloth I made from cotton string used to tie together the linen bundles at the hospital where I work. One of the housekeepers found a bag of this string beside one of the linen bins and I am having great fun tying the string together and knitting up dishcloths. I'm taking pictures of the dishcloths posing with the many pieces of hospital memorabilia I've acquired over the years. I love forward to hearing her response and seeing the other aprons as pictures are posted.
Yes, I am exercising - mostly riding my exercise bike for 30 minutes each day and taking the stairs at work...there is also the annual charity 5k I plan to run next weekend.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
During my walk to the yarn shop I spotted this local diner and just had to snap a photo...
On the Lamb occupies the downstairs of a wonderfully rustic home - Joe, the owner, lives upstairs....oh, to be so close to all that beautiful yarn....
Continuing on my walk .....Autumn leaves sprinkled with dew ....
Close up of tile work depicting a....
Oh, yeah, I learned how to work with mitered squares.....
Local caterer that did a great job of putting together box lunched for the group both days..... I had free time in the evening to explore dinner options. Friday night I had dinner at L'Italia - situated in a multistory house I walked up and up and up to a lovely dining room complete with a fireplace and pepper mills on the table (I love fresh coarsely ground pepper). I dined on a salad of baby greens, gorgonzola,pears, walnuts and grape tomatoes with a tangy raspberry vinaigrette. The eggplant parmigiana was thinly sliced with a fresh, simple tomato sauce. Tasty but not spectacular......Oh, my Saturday night - Staunton Grocery was recommended to me by one of the local knitters at the shop, my, oh my! After a challenging day of knitting I was ready for a good leisurely meal. Completely accommodating to my vegetarian style, I feasted on a baby beet salad and house made fettuccine with wild mushrooms, broccoli rabe and meyer lemon comfit. Portions were tiny and exquisitely presented....certainly one of the absolute best and most expensive vegetarian meals I've ever had! Yum - I will return........yes, I walked a lot while in Staunton to and from the yarn shop both days and to the dinner restaurants both nights....
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
I spent a rather blustery Sunday morning watching my DH play golf at Countryside Golf Course. This public course has been in the news quite a bit lately since the future management and continued operation is under scrutiny. A farm once occupied this land as evidenced by the barn and silo on the property.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
get up with the alarm clock around 6a or so
do a little housework - laundry, dishes, whatever
check out eyebrows
pick up around the house a little
get packed lunch out of fridge
drive to work while listening to NPR
look at the river as I walk across the bridge from the parking garage
speak to all my co workers
check my email throughout the day when I have a moment
punch out at the end of the workday
take out trash and compost materials
eat dinner with hubby
straighten up kitchen
pack lunch for next day
check email, read blogs
write in blog
get ready for bed
read in bed a while
sleep - maybe getting up once to go to bathroom
wake up and have another beautiful day
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I popped into the A.C. Moore's to check out fabric only to find they don't carry any. The yarn selection is dismal and the store appeared to be more like a flea market - no reason for me to ever go back. I did find some beautiful, vintage inspired fabric at JoAnn's for an apron swap .....didn't ride my bike on the greenway but did ride my exercise bike for 30 minutes after I got home from this shopping excursion.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Fresh collard greens, garlic, onion, cubed eggplant sauteed in a tasty olive oil and sprinkled with sun dried tomatoes, a quick dash of dried cayenne pepper from my garden, coarsely ground black pepper and a pinch of kosher salt ....
I've seriously fallen off the exercise wagon - my bike is in the back of my vehicle and I'm riding the newly opened greenway after work tomorrow!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Ghostly eggplants waiting on the market....
A balck walnut slumbering against the curb.... I attended the stage adaptation of Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed" at Hollins University. I had read the book and found the adaptation near carbon copy. Running at almost 2 and half hours, the play was a tad long but enjoyable throughout. Seven dollars for a general admission ticket in a tranquil setting - and you still say there is nothing to do in Roanoke?
Oh, I did ride my bicycle around the neighborhood for ~1 hour this morning.