Friday, October 22, 2010


I've been seasonally unemployed since the 10th, and have been taking this time off to explore what it might be like to be a housewife. So far, so good.

Here's what I've discovered:

There still isn't enough time for all the knitting you want to do.
Running hurts more than walking, even if it's the same distance.
Guinness Cake
Long walks with Cao make us both happy!

About half way through last month, we moved to a new place. I am so in love with it. It receives direct sunlight for most of the day, isn't 55 degrees when I wake up and I finally have all of my belonging around me. This off-season has been great, partially because of the new place, and because I know that I'll be returning to Alaska for 3 1/2 weeks soon. A dear friend of mine is planning on moving down here for the winter, which will make Big Sky even better.

In knitting news, Stix has agreed to let me knit store models for them, so I've been working on a Colonnade Scarf in Malabrigo Lace in Autumn Forest.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall Cleaning!

The Mister and I moved into a new place a week before the beginning of the month, and have only just now finally settled in. We've had quite a few guests to the new place already, including a dear friend, who we hope will be moving up to Big Sky for the winter season. We have new plants, a beautiful mantle and a heinous chest freezer. What more could we need?

Today we've been cleaning up in preparation for a visit, and I looked up recipes for natural glass cleaner. I combined a few that I found and here's the one that I used today with great success:

Verre Propre
1:1 ratio of water to vinegar (I used 3/4 C apple cider vinegar)
dash of lemon juice
1 t Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap

I'd also read somewhere that old newspaper cleans glass well. I highly recommend it!

I'm now searching for a recipe for a Tea Tree oil-based household cleanser. That stuff is amazingly powerful.