Thursday, June 14, 2018

I Like Thursday: Homebase, Howlite and Pigs

See?  See?  This is progress.  And I like it!  I have the triangles sewn to the first corners.  The Homebase block looks good, so I'm ready to start trimming and sewing the rest.

Oh, this makes me so happy.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Boston Spring Pignic 2018

The Boston Spring Pignic had a lot of firsts.  It was Mabel's first pignic.  It was the first time (that I can remember) that both of my girls went in (and stayed in) the common sow's pen.  Eventually Wedgwood had enough, but she played nicely for quite a while.  Lastly, an interesting first - it's the first time we've had more boars than sows.  It was close:  20 boars, 17 sows.  A lot of those males came in pairs, which is so cool.  Word has gotten out over the 15 years we've been holding pigics that boars can be kept together.  Years ago most boars came in as singletons and were so excited to meet other guinea pigs!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Some Quiet Time

There's lots of whining, some rumblestrutting and the occasional snapping.  But beyond that there are long periods of quiet.

Wedgwood does not share well.  But she's not aggressive as Pinniped had been to Willow:  there's no hostile guarding and herding; she's not eating everything in sight so Mabel has nothing.  If anything, Wedg appears to be afraid Mabel will make off with the silverware when she's not looking.  It's kind of funny, since Mabel is so unassertive.

This photo is a perfect example.  I found Wedg sleeping half on the pile of hay with her butt blocking the cozy opening.  Like that was really going to stop Mabel.  I think the idea was Wedg would wake up if Mabel started eating the hay or moved elsewhere.  Not that Wedg would stop her - she just needs to know.  Because you can't trust little old ladies like Mabel.

Friday, June 8, 2018

It Has Started to Speak!

I purchased three more fat quarters on Sunday and finally, finally! the quilt is starting to speak to me.  This was the initial haphazard throw down I did last night.  I was looking simply for color combination and basic placement.  It's talking, and I like what it's saying.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

I Like Thursday: Orange and Green

I'm not on stride this week - I'll blame that on a long weekend at Kripalu (a yoga and retreat center).  I went hiking nearly every day.  So much to see and do (and not do).

I liked this little critter we found right in the middle of the path.  We thought he was plastic at first, he was so bright.  He was so small my camera didn't want to focus on him.  Neat!

I like the sunlight on the leaves in the trees.  So much of where we hiked was heavily shaded.  Then we suddenly came across this opening in the canopy and the leaves just glowed!  Beautiful.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Chick Yoga Weekend XVI

Ah!  A weekend at Kripalu.  I look forward to this every year and this year did not disappoint.  The weather started out hot and humid, but it was sunny most of the time.  I hiked with my sister on multiple days, including a trail I've been meaning to try for years.  Pretty views, lots of greens and blues; some surprising oranges (the little newt? salamander? was so tiny my camera refused to focus on it). 

I have been remiss with my yoga in the last year, but did pretty well in classes.  I must be in shape because I wasn't stiff and sore each morning (although a couple of dips in the whirlpool may have helped).

I spent as much time as I could outdoors, reading or writing.  Some swinging chairs have been added to the grounds in the last year or so.  Love them!  I sat in one spot for nearly an hour and didn't see another soul.  The tranquility and solitude were wonderful.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cardboard Barriers

I've gotten such a kick watching and hearing Wedgwood run full tilt under the couch.  However, Mabel and Wedgwood were spending too much time under there during floor time.  As I was thinking about how best to solve this, I saw these wonderful long boxes at the library.  Ooh - they looked perfect for what I wanted.  The librarians were curious why I wanted their discarded cardboard.  Guinea pig barriers!  I was pleased the long box just fit into the car, from dashboard all the way to the hatchback.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

I like Thursday: Brookie, Metalwork and Pigs in a Bowl

The one New Year's resolution I have been enjoying is trying out new recipes to bring to Game Day.  The latest was Chocolate Chip Skillet Brookie.  I don't have a cast iron skillet, so this was baked in a 9" pan.  Ooh, I liked this - so did everyone.  I think it would be best as the original recipe suggested and eaten warm, with ice cream.  But it was hot on Game Day, and I didn't want to have to fire up their oven.  So I came with it ice cold... which was also delicious.  Which was obvious by the empty plate I brought home.