COVID project

I don’t know about you, but my motivation and creativity haven’t been gray these past few months. Craft-wise, I’ve only really felt like working on my granny square blanket. The focus on only one project has paid off, because I have all the squares crocheted together!

I had to stand on a chair to get it all in one shot!

I’m pleased with it, but I could have taken more time to arrange the squares to even out the colors a bit, and I wish I’d had some brighter greens to use.

Last night I started the border, and it really ties it together nicely!

Aside from this mega project, I keep myself busy in the garden and in the kitchen. I’ve canned pickles, jam, and relish so far. In the garden, my cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and flowers are flourishing. Peppers and eggplants are also looking good!

The kids and I have also been exploring outdoor swimming options around Portland- we’ve found some really fantastic places where we can distance ourselves from others and have a great time.

On a recent sunny day, the beach was much more crowded. On this day, we only saw two other parties. Win!

How have you been keeping sane these days?

A Wednesday

Today was one of those days that could have gone in any number of directions.  It was challenging, but we got by with a little help from our friends. Highlight reel:

Biking/playing at Crissy Field:   

    
Jason Bear was spotted in Botswana!

 I’m spinning while I wait for the Wee Girl to fall asleep (um, after all that biking, how is she not exhausted???).

 

Double blogging

I’m still plugging away at my Monkey socks, and they’re going well, but the progress isn’t anything special to photograph.

Yesterday I didn’t post because I was pretty worn out!  The kids and I went up to Petaluma to take a nice hike (or bike ride, for the Wee Boy) with our friend.  It was really, really lovely!  We stayed on the paved trail at the Helen Putnam Regional Park: http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Helen_Putnam_Regional_Park.aspx

It’s really pretty, and the hiking can get your heart working but not so much that you’ll hurt yourself.  And the views of the rolling hills are beautiful.  I’m looking forward to trying out some of the dirt trails as well.

The littlest trooper.

The littlest trooper.

The fish pond was definitely the highlight of the outing!

The fish pond was definitely the highlight of the outing!

"dipping toes" means different things for different people....

“dipping toes” means different things for different people….

In other news, I’ve written a blog post for my knitting group in which I recap my friend’s and my excursion to Stitches West.  You’ve read my side, but my friend’s knitterati encounter is pretty special, I’d say!

https://purljamsf.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/stitches-west-recap/