Saturday, January 25, 2014

Looking for rain

Patchwork, housework, yard work.  Typical week here.  My laundry room was such a disaster.  I haven't seen the counter in months.  Right after I finished cleaning, my dryer broke. At least it was clean when the repair man showed up.
I ordered some Dishie yarn from Knit Picks, to make some new dishcloths, and immediately set about NOT making dishcloths.  I don't know what that crochet piece is going to be.  I'll just keep making those little squares until an idea forms itself, or I get bored with them.  Then I saw a picture of a bedroom on this blog, and was inspired to make the quilt that was in it.  So now I have 3 quilts started, and 5 more in my head that want to be made.

It's now been over 50 days since we've had any measurable rain here.  Yesterday it was 79 degrees, warm  and sunny.  It felt just like spring and I feel cheated out of winter.  I have a closet full of scarves, shawls and quilts that I made, and I'm not using any of them.  I love a good storm, wind howling, rain beating the house, even if the power goes out, and we have to light candles and talk to each other in the dark.  There has been no cuddly, snuggling time under a blanket in front of the fire, or digging through the closet for the umbrellas and rain coats. Today I'm wearing yoga pants and a short sleeved t-shirt. Weird.  Our country feels lopsided, with too much winter weather on one side and not enough on the other.

 It needs to rain.  Soon.

 Our house is not hooked up to city water, we have our own well.  I'm worried about our water level, and what this lack of rain will mean for our water supply. The rivers and lakes are all low, and there is little to no snow in the mountains. I find myself checking the weather forecast almost daily.

So I made some granola to take my mind off of it.  It looks kind of dark in the picture because it's chocolate granola, not burnt granola.  I used this recipe as a springboard and changed up a few ingredients.  Instead of peanuts, I used almonds and some Chia seeds, honey in place of the maple syrup, and coconut sugar for the organic sugar.  I only made half a batch and cooked it for 30 minutes.  The aroma wafting from the oven was intoxicating, as only the smell of baking chocolate can be.  I highly recommend it for what ails you.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  We are gladly accepting your rain/snow donations.


  1. I stumbled across your blog while looking for crochet inspiration. I am so glad I did, it is such a lovely place. I look forward to many visit!

  2. Such pretties...the yarn, and the fabric! Oh how we need some rain! We are really going to be in trouble this summer if we don't get some soon! I am interested in your chocolate granola. I make granola all the time. Adding different ingredients to change it up now and then.
    I too have so many crochet and knit scarves and cowls, and earwarmers....and no can do. Today I wore flip flops! Yuck!
    xo Kris

  3. Oh I do wish we could send you some rain, friends in the next village still have flooded gardens even though their houses are now ok, well the water is out, but the clearing up and drying out continues!!!! And still rain falls! You are being very productive!!!!

  4. Wish I could send your some of our snow. It has been snowing for the past 2 days and is still falling! I'm glad I don't have anywhere I need to be. LOVE your churndash blocks!!!!! xoxo

  5. You make me laugh because I have a sweater on my needles and several in my head wanting to get out!

    The granola looks yummy and your crochet is beautiful.

  6. I like the colours you are using, in crochet as well as in patchwork.
    The weather is funny this year, we haven´t had any snow this winter jet, and it is way too warm here too.

  7. I am with you on the rain (N Bay here), it's not good at all. I, too, would like to use those scarves and cowls I have made.
    Your granola looks delicious, might just have to give it a try.
    And I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll make with your granny squares, such pretty colors.
    Doris L

  8. I love the vintage-y palette you have going on the crochet. Also, I've just fallen for Susan Branch--if I click that link, it'll be a whole rabbit hole of gorgeous inspiration, won't it? Here I goooooo....

    Wish I could give y'all some of this effing snow. Mercy on us all, already.

  9. Such pretty yarn, crochet, blocks and the yard work well it's way too cold here to do anything much outside!! Hope you get rain soon!

  10. I would send you snow if I could. Have over a foot outside thats been there forever and more on the way. Havent seen pavement in over a month so driving is necessity only. What I wouldnt give to wear just one layer!

  11. Wishes for rain to come your way! MMMMM...chocolate granola -reminds me of Count Chocula but healthier. :-)


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