Tuesday, 11 November 2008

A Jumble of News

Well ... lots of news:

I keep forgetting to blog about the beautiful healthy coyote I saw dead in the ditch on Mountain Road on Friday. S/he had been hit by a car and I felt as saddened as I would have if it had been someone's pet. It was the first time I have seen a coyote close up. Its incisors were half the size of Kenya's and s/he likely weighed about 15 pounds less than Kenya ... not skinny at all, just a well proportioned smaller animal. And certainly not at all feral looking ... or wily.

I have finished Merle's Door and written a letter to the author thanking him for restoring my faith in my own dog rearing philosophy.

I just started reading another book on the Book Club list: Heather O'Neill's Lullabies for Little Criminals. I was captivated from the first page.

I've been baking and cooking up a storm and enjoying the Suzie Homemaker feeling that comes over me when I tip loaves of homemade bread onto the counter and look out over my healthy house plants at the lake beyond.

I spent a few hours yesterday painting stars with glaze to help Carrie prepare for her show next weekend. We munched on the chocolate zucchini bread I had brought with me. Carrie asked me if I would consider sitting a potbellied pig. She is thinking about getting one this spring but needs to know that she has a reliable care back-up plan.

I've also received a couple of queries about dog sitting. Yay! Some money-making potential finally!

I have been working on a sweater for Arrow for Christmas, and I also want to make a basket of felted slippers to keep at the front door, so if you visit often, please get me an outline of your feet or your favourite slippers.

As part of this project I contacted a Mongolian friend to ask for Mongolian patterns for slippers and boots. Seema didn't have information on felting at her finger tips but said she would hunt for it. Then she posed a question: "Would I consider coming to Mongolia for six weeks this spring to conduct lessons for ESL teachers?" Well ... that was certainly a surprise ... but I felt that old excited whoosh of anticipation surge up and asked a few questions myself to determine whether I could do it.

I just received a copy of my friend Philippe's novel in the mail yesterday, and Claire's chemo is producing good results ... her tumour is shrinking.

So ... life is good and I feel younger now that there is promise in the air.


Erin Kuhns said...

This post really made me smile...I also began to think about when I can make my way over there for some tea and a visit! (I love the idea of having a pair of slippers my size waiting at the door for me!)

Thank you for the inspiration!

Tamarak said...

Poor coyote isn't very healthy anymore...and I saw that healthy looking fox the other day here in town...guess it was a good summer for the wild animals...lots of food for them to fatten up for the winter...as long as they don't meet their end under a moving vehicle...

Glad your next book club book is better...I want to read that one too...have heard it talked about a few times on the radio...

Your chocolate zucchini bread is most delicious! We know firt hand from dinner on Sunday night! Thanks again for a wonderful evening...one of these times we will have to get out in time for a walk before dinner...lately we have been showing up at dark!

It will be so nice to have a pair of beautiful slippers at your place (I usually forget mine) and my big, wide feet don't fit in your dainty little slippers!

Oma said...

Erin and Tamarak: Give me your soles and I will give you felt shod feet!

I am glad you enjoyed the evening as much as I did, Tamarak ... and yes, Erin, let's make a definite date! I will feed you chocolate zucchini bread too.