Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It snowed

It snowed last night and all day today and is still snowing.

Making tracks in the snowWe left our tracks on the white snow blanket, while singing silly songs about it.

Snow-penguin Made a snow-penguin (it had to be a PENGUIN) :-)

Birds in the snow And created a story about the birds lost in the snow.

Penguin in the snow


Katya (at about age three) "I want a sister, a brother and a baby"
Ultrasound Photo 20weeks
Well, she is getting a brother in April.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Finished knitted hat

Unlike people in some other parts of England, we don’t yet have snow on the ground, but everything was covered in frost in the morning. I love frost – it looks beautiful and magic, but doesn’t disrupt things like snow and ice do.
Autumn gives way to Winter

Same as previous two years we aren’t exactly prepared for the cold winter. However I recently finished knitting a hat for myself, which should keep my ears warm. I finished it despite making silly mistakes (extremely silly ones, which made me shake my head in disbelief when I discovered them), having to frog and restart, knowing that I can crochet a reasonable hat much faster and wanting to give up. It fits. It looks good. My husband, who usually looks slightly amused and at the same time worried about my sanity whenever I display my latest crafting project to him, likes it and wants me to knit him a hat!
Autumn gives way to Winter

It felt extremely uplifting to make something. The success proved to me that there is some progress in my acquisition of the knitting skills and hopefully it will push me into tackling other harder projects. I may attempt knitting a pair of socks for myself. I have to say that getting rid of the TV was a great help. It appears that I’m unable to concentrate enough on knitting while watching crime shows, but listening to CraftLit is perfect – my knitting progresses at reasonable pace without mistakes and I get to listen to good books.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Please allow me to introduce to you
Goldfish Ozzie
Shubunkin Milly
and Stripe
Goldfish Stripe

Katya named the first two and got stuck on the name for the last one, so I suggested Stripe. Yes, I know, my name suggestion wasn't very imaginative. I like the names she gave the fish and am glad that she didn't come up with the silly ones like the ones she is creating for the baby (the most memorable so far was Ballooney).

I never thought that watching fish can be so addictive, relaxing, funny and energizing. We are spending silly amounts of time sitting in front of the aquarium, but it is such a pleasure to be able to stay still for a bit.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Fly Agarics
It must have been an endless
breathing in: between
the wish to know and the need to praise
there was no seam.
from the poem "Butterfly" by Margaret Atwood

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bye-bye TV

Good bye TV
TV gone

Welcome aquarium
If everything goes to plan we'll get some goldfish this weekend.