I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Friends for Lunch and a New Scarf.

Yes! Flowers and a tablecloth. Company was coming.
On Monday and Tuesday I pulled out some stored Boxes of Christmas and did some decorating. A little here and a little there...
...to make our little house feel warm and holiday-ish.
Two friends arrived bearing good will and homemade apple butter.
One friend is in my gourd group and the other is in the goat club... and they have known each other for years... way before I knew either of them.
Both live in the valley and have farms. Sylvia has a garden (both vegetable and flower) that makes me want to move to the flat land of the central valley and dive into the wonderful soil down there. She grows gourds that are absolutely wonderful... all kinds and thick skinned. Her Dahlias are to die for and she saved us from an over population of GOPHERS a few years ago when she gave me some gopher purge. It worked.
Jane has goats,.. Alpines...lovely and sweet. I have posted about Dick and Jane's farm before, here. I wish you could stand in the middle of these goats in the field and watch them. They are really beautiful animals and some will be having BABIES next year. I hope I can go down and take pictures of the kids. Jane thinks I need some does. Wouldn't that be lovely. Goat milk to make cheese and ice cream with, and some babies... sweet little newborns. Oh yes, that sounds delightful.
So they braved the fog in the valley and our scary road, to come up for lunch.
Having them here was so nice. I made vegetable soup and salad with Pumpkin pie for dessert.
The Prospector disappeared to find paydirt in the hills and leave the afternoon to the women.
After lunch I showed them my newest felted scarf. I had tried to take some photos of it on a gourd Tuesday. No one has a neck like this but I just wanted to see how it wrapped.
Fluffy butt Carl didn't want to model it for me. He wanted to chew on it, so I tried the gourd.
 It was OK, but I got a real person to model it yesterday and it made such a big difference. Thank you Jane.

I could see how it wrapped and tied on someone.
This was a felting experiment that worked out rather well. I love using separate pieces of knitting and adding crochet for trim. I love to detail a scarf with old buttons and eye cords.
this will be a Christmas gift for someone.
We had such a good time yesterday. I love having friends up here.
I'm having a quiet day today. There are a few things to do. Got to go to town this afternoon.
Tomorrow my sister is coming up for the weekend to help me celebrate another year of life. Oh lord. I guess I should be thankful... and I am... really, but I didn't think I was going to get THIS old. Guess you just have to go with it. It's better than the alternative.
My friend "C", from Sacramento, is coming up for the day too. I'm looking forward to her visit. She is the same age as I am. She understands. We can commiserate together. We knew each other when we were 16 years old. Where did the years go?
My birthday isn't until Sunday but, since I found myself alive when I woke up this morning, I might as well milk it for all it's worth (Life, not goats.) and stretch it out for as many days as possible.
Don't ya think?


  1. absolutely...it's worth at least a week of celebrating those birthdays now that we are of a certain age!
    Love the scarf, it does look much prettier on a real neck. The colours are just lovely.
    Sounds like you have a busy weekend planned...take care and have a wonderful birthday friend.

  2. Jane is really married to DICK? As in DICK and JANE? ;-) Pretty scarf. Lovely color.
    xo, Cheryl

  3. it is a very cool color...and it always fun to have friends over...esp if they bring apple butter...smiles.

  4. First off, love the scarf!! But more importantly—apple butter. It immediately brought a memory of your mother. I had never heard of apple butter until she gave me a peanut butter and apple butter sandwich when I was about 5 or 6. I thought that was some great stuff! The only thing was, she also put butter on the bread UNDER the peanut butter. I want to say, “yuk!” but that would be rude so I’ll just say I didn’t care for that. I like my PB naked, thick and chunky. Along with the memory of your mother, it brings a picture to my mind’s eye of sitting at your kitchen table. That’s a nice memory. ~Dawn

  5. Homemade apple butter, yummy. Your scarf is really pretty. It is so nice to have friends come for a visit. I want to wish you an early happy birthday. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  6. You should MOST CERTAINLY soak your upcoming birthday for all it is worth! After all, it will be a whole year before you have another one!

    Your scarf is lovely! I'd like to see more photos showing how it is laid out. It's very unique looking.

    Have a great weekend and a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  7. Oh! Well, Happy Happy Birthday Connie! I hope you are having a wonderful day and I'm thrilled you are having so many visitors. Such a fun time isn't it?

    I'll say it again. You are so creative!! ♥♥♥

  8. Oh Connie, Happy Birthday! I hope it was wonderful to have Lisa and your friend there to help you bring in another one. Yes, the alternative is not good!! Keep celebrating! Get the goats, how cute would that be? Guess they eat everything? Love your scarf, toooooo cute! Hugs, Riki


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