The End of a Starter Project Pan

So, a month ago I decided to try my hand at panning (or using up) some items even though I am less than 6 months into a makeup obsession. So, let’s see where I got.


The clinique cleanser is gone, the container in my empties box. The Clinique CC cream is gone, thrown in the trash. I actually think that it really had gone bad. In front of that cover fx highlighter drops. I tried to make these work for me a few ways, and each time I was just ridiculously annoyed at them. They are gone too, but by “gone” I mean they are in Miss Butterfly’s collection now. The perfume I used daily, or almost daily, without using any other kind. No discernable progress. This is a great lesson in just how long it takes to use perfume. The elf setting spray I used 5 grams. I really only started using it seriously about a week and a half ago, so it’ll be easy to pan next month. The elf eyebrow pencil, because it really was my only eyebrow product, did get used. I think I can get that panned next month too. As for the eyeshadow, I did hit pan on the transition color! And I used a total of 2 grams.


Next group from left to right. The Origins eye cream I used 1 gram. The night cream I managed to use 7 grams and the gel moisturizer I used 3 grams. A funny thing happened this month while trying to use up the hair balm, over 3 grams used, and that is I fell in love with it. I guess that’s what these subscription boxes hope will happen! I haven’t purchased any yet, as I’ve got a ton of other hair products to try to get through before I try to get serious about settling in on a favorite product. Then there’s the lip exfoliator. I didn’t figure I’d find any progress at all on this, but I used 2 grams.

Halfway through the month I decided I didn’t have enough to pan with this (silly, I know) So I added a few things.


The peeling gel is close to gone, but I really only use it once a week. And, well, I found another on sale and purchased it so there’s a back up on its way. The Clinique gel is gone. The porefessional 1 gram, and no discernable progress on the Urban Decay primer potion.

So, I completely used up 3 products, moved another product out of stash, and made progress on everything else. Not too shabby really. I’ll be adding another post tomorrow of the next project pan, but I’ve decided to do things a little differently. So you can call this past month a starter project pan, next time I’ll be a little more focused, and the blog post will be rather large. Miss Butterfly helped me though, so it was fun to spend time together with it.

I’d Better Update My Totals

Because I haven’t updated my spinning totals for awhile, and look what I finished!

That’s a very large skein of 2 ply, 1285 yards in fact. No wonder it felt like FOREVER while I was plying! I think 1285 yards is actually enough for a sweater. Maybe even a featherweight cardigan! So I plan to set this aside for a future date and a future sweater.

I love that I combined two similar bumps of fiber. It really added to the depth of the project, and I was quite surprised while plying that it wasn’t just shades of green, purple, and green and purple barberpoled. Of course, when I look at it in skein form, all I see is purple, green, and green and purple barberpoled. So, I think its depth won’t be seen until I knit it into something.

I began spinning another spindle spun project, so we’ll see how that goes. And I pulled out some fiber to put on the wheel next too. I have two bumps of the same colorway, and am considering doing a traditional 3 ply for one bump and a chain ply for the other, in order to have two different but complimentary skeins. Might be fun for a change!

Up next will be two days of makeup related blog posts, one on my May project pan, and the other on what I’ll be working on over the summer.

I am glad it’s a short week because in just two days the week has been brutal. Thankfully the heat broke somewhat and we got a little rain. That’s a relief at least! Now if only work would slow down a bit so I can get back on track there…

One more day of this….

This was a genuinely needed long weekend. I spent all day Sunday just a little amazed at how much I was getting done around the house and also that I had one more day to keep it up. It remains ridiculously hot. I got up early and got my watering of all my plants done early, as well as a little more planting too. Everything that I currently have purchased this year is now in the ground. Including this lovely addition to my lily collection:


A lovely rose on the outer edges and a cream in the middle. I am THRILLED to have it! I am sure it’ll bloom closer to the others next year, but this year I get to enjoy its drama all by itself.

I do think I’ll pick up some more stuff this year, annuals to fill some bare spots in. Mr. Ink did an overhaul on my shade garden by the shop. He had put a Japanese maple in there, and I’d been mentioning that it needed his expert touch. The soil was pretty bad and needed good turning. And he wasn’t thrilled with the placement of plants. And I wasn’t thrilled with one of the huge hostas in that garden. I didn’t really want to get rid of it either, so he took it and found a new spot for it.


It’s by a new tree in another shady area with some ajugas we’ve been nursing along for the last 3 years. And that is again, a bit less yard to mow for Mr. Ink.

Saturday night I finished all the singles from the purple and green combo spin.


I didn’t bother to start plying Saturday night, but bright and early Sunday morning I got to work on the singles I’d spun on spindles.


I was done with this before noon, and with the high heat all I had to do was soak it, run it through the spin cycle on the washer, and lay it out in the sun for a brief time. And I had finished yarn! 570 yards of 2 ply.

Now I am on to plying the combo spin which is going to take a little longer. I am also itching to organize my yarn stash and fiber stash, in part because that room itself is a little dirty and out of control looking. It’s mostly Mr. Ink’s problem, but he’ll think of it as a problem perhaps once a year. So I may get to tackling that project today. Plus, shopping with Miss Butterfly who desperately needs more shorts.

And that’s about it from my corner of the world. Have a great day, and if it’s an extra day off, that’s extra special!


What a Day

When I look back over yesterday, I realize we really got a massive amount accomplished. And yet, since it was one of those days where we had no where to be (Mr. Ink and I) it seemed very relaxing. Today is day 3 of 100F here in the heartland, unseasonably hot for this time of year. Typically we could expect a mild summer after a particularly cold winter, but doesn’t look like that’ll bear out this year. The trees are taking it very hard. (As am I.)

Miss Butterfly had a wedding to attend and was being picked up by her stepmom at 11:30. So, I let her know what her chores would be prior to her leaving the house. Also, she decided it was time to give Lizzie a bath. And ever so right she was. I mean, I knew Lizzie stunk but the bathwater was so brown with dust! We also trimmed the fur on her paws and she got an extra lot of brushing which was good because she’s going through another shed and seemed to really want to be brushed yesterday. She looks, feels, and smells great now! But, it really is a long process.

Then Miss Butterfly, after finishing her chores, decided to do half her makeup for the wedding while still at home, leaving the eyes to work on at her dad’s house. She put her foundation on herself,using Dr Jart+ bb cream, as she tanned up so well in Alabama none of her own foundations match anymore. (And I tanned up so well in Alabama that my sample of Dr Jart+ is too light for me.) She was also thrilled to realize she could use my Tarte shape tape as she is now dark enough to do so, prior to this it toned yellow on her and looked terrible. She used my Coty airspun powder to set everything, and then decided she wanted me to work on her bronzer, blush, and highlight. So, I did that for her, keeping a light hand as she’s still so pale it’s hard for me to adjust. We used PF Butter bronzer, Flower Beauty flower pots blush in sweet pea, and the new PUR cosmetics palette for highlighter. She also wanted me to work on her eyebrows which are notoriously difficult. Her brow hairs are light and sparse, so almost every brow pencil we try to use is too dark. Her brows hang pretty low on her brow bone and one arches much higher than the other. So she gets totally frustrated with it all. She added some eyeshadow primer to her brows and I tried my best to fill them in with a light eyeshadow in a neutral very light browny taupe.

I told her she had better send me a photo after she finished her eyes.


She did! This is her completed look. She’s wearing my Tarte be a mermaid and make waves palette on her eyes (Which she left at her dad’s, so no more of my makeup goes to dads now…) and flower beauty petal pout matte on her lips. In the end, I think she looked quite natural overall, and her look held up well. We did this about 10:30 am, she returned after 11 pm with makeup still looking great. Even though it was 100F. Nice job kiddo.

Now on to my weekly shop my stash for my makeup look. Now, it’s a long weekend and I doubt I’ll wear makeup tomorrow. It’s too hot, and I am just working around the house. I might get an early morning bike ride in with a friend, which also won’t lend itself to a makeup look. Also, my May project pan is coming to an end this week. Which means I will have an opportunity to wear something else on my eyes without feeling a little guilty!


Vaguely left to right. The wet n wild palette that’s on my pan list is up there for the three days of use, along with the wet n wild contour palette I try to get use out of. Below that is a NYX happy birthday palette. Miss Marja gave it to Miss Butterfly for christmas, but Miss Butterfly has decided that only one of those shadows works for her, so she’s set it in my room so I can use it. I love those warm tones and can’t wait to play with the green as well, so I’ll be giving it some love on June 1. I may also try to incorporate it into looks using the wet n wild palette.

Under that is the elf eyebrow pencil I am trying to pan, but also a nyx eyebrow pencil below that as I wanted to experiment with colors that suit me better. Below that is the brown/green toned eyeliner I got in a box this month, I am going to go ahead and try to use that right up. There’s not much in it, and I also don’t feel tied to it like it needs saving.

Under the eyeliner is a IT cosmetics bye bye under eye sample I got in a box a few months ago. I tried it once and hated it. But, I am ready to give it another try, just in case I was too harsh. I’ll experiment with it this week.

Back up to the top with the Coty Airspun, which is a staple and I won’t buy any more powders until I finish this and my laura mercier sample. You’ll see this regularly forever probably. To the right of that is my butter bronzer, which is my only bronzer so it also gets a repeat appearance. Under that is the urban decay eyeshadow primer and the benefit porefessional, both of which I am attempting to pan. They are close, but tubes like that are deceiving, as there’s a large amount of product in that very bottom area.

Back to the top, for foundation this week I’ll be getting some use out of my wet n wild photofocus foundation. I’d like to pan this really, and not buy it again. It looks fantastic on the skin, and it wears well, all except for my nose. I can’t get it to stick to my nose for more than half a day, and that’s highly irritating. I’ll be trying to apply it with no moisturizer on my nose this week to see if that helps, but even if it does help this has already angered me and I am ready to give it up once it’s gone. There are a lot of foundations out there, and while I see value in using them up once they are purchased, I do not see value in repurchasing something that doesn’t thrill me, even if that product is inexpensive.

Under the foundation is Benefit dandelion sparkle (I think that’s what it is called) highlighter because Miss Butterfly also took our new face palette to her dad’s and it didn’t return. Then beneath that is L’oreal’s lash paradise and to the right of that is the elf setting spray I am trying to pan. It won’t be gone this week and is likely to make it into next month’s project pan.

For my June project pan, I think I’ll try to get a little better at documenting progress in a manner that’s easy to see. For some products this month you’ll just have to take my word for it, but my word for it is hard to take even for me, as I want tangible progress. Other items I’ve been weighing which works pretty well for me, but I’d like to try marking containers for progress. I’ll have to work harder at that this week.

Anyhow, if any crafters made it to the end of this, I’ve got spinning pictures tomorrow. 🙂 Have a great long weekend.

May Boxes

Hey all,

I wanted to talk makeup again but wasn’t sure what I had to talk about beyond next week’s makeup and it’s a bit early for that on a Saturday. Then I thought perhaps I could grab all the products from my 3 may boxes and let you know what I’ve used, what I haven’t used, and what I thought of what I did use.


Now, I was trying to get this photo pulled together while Miss Butterfly was packing her makeup for a wedding she is attending this weekend. There’s quite a bit in there that she wanted to take with her, and since we share boxes I wanted to make sure she had the opportunity. Which means I forgot the one little single eyeshadow in gold that I received, immediately pulled out of its little container and threw in my empty magnetic palette only to find that it doesn’t actually stick to the magnet. No matter, I hadn’t used that eyeshadow anyhow and I don’t have anything to talk about.

So, let’s go bottom up, left to right if necessary. The first items are the brushes. Out of on box we received a very pretty little eyeshadow brush. We both think this is absolutely beautiful and unlike everything else we own. The hairs are a gradient color, there are two little jewels on the gold area of the handle, and the rest of the handle is a gorgeous blue. It’s from Slmissglam which seems to be a company that makes a bunch of pretty but twee brushes. I can’t speak for the quality because we like looking at it so much we haven’t used it. Hah.

Above that is a set of eyeliner brushes from aesthetica cosmetics, we also have not used those and then a powder brush from aesthetica. This powder brush is extremely fluffy and soft. I saw a lot of reviews where subscribers didn’t really care for this brush, but we love love love this brush. It lays down the bare minimum of powder which keeps us both from getting too heavy handed. In fact, I like it for blush too, which I have a tendency to accidentally overdo and have to go back and correct. This brush was one of the things Miss Butterfly wanted to take with her today she likes it so much.

There’s a pure heals face mask, we received two, and I haven’t used them yet. I’ll probably do that today. I have a dedicated baggie in the bathroom since I think that oftentimes these samples give enough for two or three applications. I like to save the excess in the baggie and get extra use, but the baggie wasn’t free until last evening.

Next to that is pretty vulgar’s gel liner, and THIS is a product I’ve been using a ton. Am I capable of a winged liner? No I am not. Do I think I’ll ever seriously wear a winged liner? No I do not. Would I love to learn anyhow? Why yes I would. But, I had never tried a gel liner before and it really goes on so ridiculously smoothly. I’ve used this about every other day since I received it. There’s a TON in there, the packaging is so so pretty, but the product is so far down in the tub that it can be a bit difficult to see what I am picking up on a brush. That would be my only complaint.

Next up a sephora mud mask. This immediately went to Miss Butterfly. I see the word “mud” and my skin wants to cry. It cannot handle getting that dried out. Miss Butterfly has to be careful too, but it works well as a spot treatment for her teen acne, and that’s how she’s using it.

Then there’s a full size of cover fx blurring primer. I’ve been using this sparingly and it needs more time for me to figure out how I really feel about it. But, initial thoughts are that it works fine, it doesn’t break up my make up or move it around my face. The only reason it’s a sparingly situation is that I am trying to pan a benefit porefessional at the moment.

Then there are three black tubes that seem to have rolled before I snapped a photo. They are a marc jacobs velvet noir mascara which I am not going to even open until I finish up my current lash paradise. I’ve decided that since one is only supposed to get 3 months of use out of mascara, I could probably get by just on samples from subscriptions. So I am not about to start opening them and using them. I’ll wait until a more appropriate time.

There’s also a kat von d tattoo liner, which I haven’t opened and experimented with, so much am I enjoying the gel liner.

And there’s a touch in sol style sepia gel liner. This one is a brown toned liner with a green undertone that also seems to have a faint bit of gold sparkle too. There’s very little of this product to use, and I have used it and liked it just fine. It glides on smoothly and I have nothing bad to say about it. But I doubt I’d run out to get another either.

There’s a sample size of drybar dry shampoo. I don’t use dry shampoo, Miss Butterfly has two kinds already here at the house and SHE doesn’t use it either, so this sample is going to miss Marja. Quite frankly, even if I gave it to Miss Butterfly and she liked it, it’s too expensive for me to purchase for her anyhow. Best let someone else get use out of it.

Next up is the PUR cosmetics contour face palette. This palette is…annoying. The contour colors I’ve tried everything with, but they don’t blend nicely at all on the skin. It’s a serious challenge to get them to look any way other than “You’ve got dirt on your face.” So I decided I could use them as eyeshadow instead. Only trouble is, when I do this? They blend away to nothing. So…they won’t blend on the face but they disappear on the eyes. It’s kind of irritating. I’ll still play with them some more in the future. However, we are liking the highlighters actually. This is another product Miss Butterfly wanted to take with her this weekend, simply for the highlighters that look fairly natural on the skin. So, half of it is a hit and half of it is a miss.

Next up, beauty creations matte lip gloss, which all over the internet people are saying “What?” “That’s not a thing!” So, I’ve worn this once. When I put it on it’s super sticky. It dries down and doesn’t transfer much at all, but also doesn’t quite lose it’s stickiness. So, I don’t love that. One of my goals this week is to see if I can make this work for me, and if I cannot I’ll pass it on to Miss Butterfly. I am not sure about the color either. Bright lipsticks look great on me, but there’s this certain tone that one would think is bright but then goes dark on my lips and then makes my lips look really thin, and I don’t love that. And this may be one of those.

Above that is another sample of porefessional. Now, to be fair, I purchased the sample I am using now, this is my first subscription sample. But, you know, it’s a product I like and use, so I am not mad about it. I do, however, have plenty of other primers to use so I may set this one aside even though it’s a very small sample.

And then there’s the sample size of YSL black opium. Which….I don’t even know how to get into. I apparently have to crack open the plastic container, and then the lid will get turned upside down and put back on the container. However, I can’t figure out how to do it. I had been looking for a video on how to do it, but no one has posted one that I can find. And, the internet forums have horror stories about product spilling all over when the vial is cracked open, so I am not too eager to just give it a try. I’ll be honest, I’ve been really enjoying trying different sample perfumes from boxes, and I am downright annoyed by this. I cannot imagine that a company put their product in this vial, sat a panel of potential customers down, and said “OK, get into this and let us know what you think of it.” without mass confusion and irritation. It’s dumb and I do not like it. I feel dumb that I can’t figure it out, even though clearly others cannot as well. And I’ll feel dumb if there’s some easy solution I am not catching too.

Overall thoughts on these subscriptions. I am pretty pleased with May, we’ve certainly got more than we paid for, big time. I like many of the products, I still have plenty to try, keeping us occupied this month. I am currently getting 3 subscriptions but one is on the chopping block. We’ll see in the next few months if I keep with it. The samples in that particular box are just….smaller than the others. Then again, they are also higher end, so it makes sense. But, maybe I don’t need samples of higher end products. So we’ll see.

That’s it for May, now we get to keep trying these products while waiting for June boxes.


Then there was spinning

Miss Butterfly had her first day of summer vacation. It’s gonna be a long one guys…because I came home to this:


This kid LOVES to bake. So much baking love. And Mr. Ink and I are (were?) on a diet. But now we are going to come home to baked goodies daily. This one went a little unexpectedly though. I’d told Miss Butterfly she needed to eat a banana during the day. Instead, she decided to use the banana as a decoration on a plain vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. Now, I knew that probably I wasn’t going to like the cake infused with banana essence, and indeed that was the case. Problem was, SHE didn’t like it either! She didn’t realize that the banana was going to flavor everything. Mr. Ink on the other hand thought the cake was JUST FINE and ate two big slices. I told him he’d better bring the cake into work today. We’ll see if he does.

One of the rules we discussed on Tuesday evening was that if Miss Butterfly was going to play in the kitchen, she needed to clean all her dishes. Thankfully, she took this seriously and I didn’t come home to a kitchen mess.

It was hot last evening, and when Mr. Ink got home he wasn’t particularly interested in running right outside and messing around in the gardens. This is unusual, but I think he’d had a particularly miserable day. So, we stayed cool and watched a tv show, then went out later in the evening. I planted my canna garden. 3 varieties of cannas this  year, and then I added some tropical milkweed to the garden. It’ll be my butterfly and hummingbird garden.

I finished the singles on my spindles, the ones I hit pretty hard while my knee was out of commission. Someone remind me during the winter when I regret not spinning that spinning is seasonal for me, please? I have no desire to pick up my knitting at all, spinning is everything right now.


These are from batts I made on my drum carder.


This is a common color theme for me, I am pretty sure I’ve made almost this exact color in the past. For that spin, I made a 3 ply so I plan to do a 2 ply here. But, I am going to set this aside for a time so that I can work on finishing that green/purple combo spin. I am halfway done on that and look forward to finishing in the near future though I really haven’t had time to sit with it recently.

In makeup news, I hit pan on the eyeshadow palette I’ve been concentrating on this month! Just on the transition color, but still it’s good to know that it takes a full month of wear on one of those little palettes to even hit pan in any way. I’ve got two more of those little palettes so come fall/winter I will spend a month on each of them. (The color scheme on both of them really doesn’t scream summer, that’s for sure. They are better saved.) I’ve been spending more time combining the little brown palette with other palettes in my collection these past few days, I’ve just been way too bored. But it is still getting used.

That’s it from here! We are almost through the week and into a long weekend here. And it’s going to be hot. 97F on Saturday! Spring was….very short this year. So much for thinking the exceedingly cold winter would mean a gentler than usual summer.


Brutal Week!

I am having one of those weeks where I feel like I just can’t keep it together. I know that these weeks happen every spring, so I suspect it is cyclical. But it has definitely hit hard this week. I think it’s a combo of end of school year, plus busy work, plus trying to add in all the wonderful outdoorsy stuff we love to do because the weather has gotten pleasant.

Despite my very behind feeling (I bowed out of my tuesday night bike ride this week because I just couldn’t imagine adding another thing in) I have a high schooler on my hands! Miss Butterfly finished middle school yesterday.


She’s clearly relieved to have a little time off, the end of the year was really getting to her as well. We spent a bunch of time discussing expectations for the summer last evening. She didn’t get to sleep in this morning either, as we were up and out the door quite early for an orthodontist appointment.

We had a huge rain yesterday, rather unexpectedly. And the heat has begun. So, when I walked out the door to grab this photo of Miss Butterfly, I was startled to see my favorite peonies blooming all at once! I knew they were pretty close, but they went from pretty close to full on blooms in half a day.


Isn’t this bush just the most dramatic? I love it. Of course with this one blooming I had to go check out peony alley, the area on the far side of the shop where we’ve got peonies all along the side. The bushes that the sun hit are blooming now, though the other more shady ones aren’t there yet. I love that, as it means we get to experience blooms for longer.


I feel like peonies are such an old fashioned flower somehow, and fit right in at our mid-century home. And their drama really makes me happy. I’ll be cutting vases of them to enjoy shortly, and getting hollered at by Mr. Ink and Miss Butterfly for bringing peony loving ants in the house. (I don’t mind, I just catch them and take them back outside.)

In knitting news, here’s a finished sock!


It’s super nice, and fits quite well, and the colors are really easy to wear. I cast on the second sock this morning at the orthodontist’s office.

In makeup news, I’d had a couple of goals for this week. Figure out how to make the Urban Decay all nighter foundation work for my skin. I think I’ve got this now, adding a drop of facial oil to the two pumps of foundation works pretty well. I still don’t like the foundation much, I won’t buy it again, but at least I’ve got a way to make it look more like my skin and less like something smeary laying on top of my skin. I’ll at least not let it go to waste. It’s a bit light on me, and there may be times this summer that I have to put it away for a bit (Today I am looking very light.) But I am fairly certain I can get it gone before it expires.

My other goal is to keep working at panning the tiny wet n wild palette of browns. Well, today? I just needed a new look. I did use two colors from the palette but then I went WAY off course with a different palette and two dark forest greens, one shimmery and one not. I ended up with a very smokey eye look today, FAR different than I’ve worn most of the month but it was just the thing. Eye shadow is my most favorite part of makeup, I am completely obsessed, and I really needed the break from the boring browns. I mean, if I can’t make it fun, what’s the point really?

And that’s it for today. I’ve got spindle spinning to show off tomorrow since I haven’t been able to quit since the knee injury Saturday. (Knee is fine now, thank goodness! I did stop in time!) I am almost done with another set of singles, and it was a pretty big project!


A Pleasant Evening

We are supposed to have temps in the 90s this week. So when I realized that last evening was not going to be 90, and it also wasn’t going to be raining, I decided it was time to do some gardening.

Now, I am WAY behind in that job. Between the slow start to spring and our very busy spring schedule, I just haven’t had it together enough to get plants in the ground. Despite the fact that I’ve had 4 tomato plants in pots on my back patio since before our trip to Alabama. That being said, they seem to have done well on the patio, doubling in size and strengthening their stems by withstanding the wind.

Last night I put in 4 tomatoes, 5 pepper plants, 2 basil plants, 1 eggplant, 3 parsley plants, and a rosemary plant. Then I pulled out half the oregano that was trying to take over the garden. The sage is blooming beautifully and I didn’t want to disturb it yet. We rarely use it, so you might call it more ornamental than anything else. The thyme is doing well but not in danger of overtaking the garden. So, I am pleased to have my garden completed for this year. I still have dreams of green beans and so on, but I am not positive we have the space for that so I keep putting it off.

I also repotted a geranium, it needed to be done and I decided to use it in a hanging basket for the summer. Then, I planted a brand new clematis, the first for our yard. I am hoping for good things out of that! I’ve got a trellis up for it and everything, even though it’s not large enough to reach the trellis and be trained yet.

And that’s it! I didn’t get my two patio hanging baskets done, and I didn’t get my canna garden done, but there’s plenty of time for those still.  As I write this, a large storm is going through so I know all my plants will be watered appropriately today.

I’ve been working on a scarf, another polar opposites scarf. I am using corespun yarn that I JUST finished, and then pairing that with some cotton laceweight from Habu Textiles.


It’s looking pretty wild! I took this on the Alabama trip, but ended up not working on it because during the plane ride the laceweight yarn would get tangled with the corespun yarn and felt together, creating a massive knot and I spent more time fixing that than I did knitting. I’ve got it at work now where I can separate out the two balls of yarn appropriately so they don’t get tangled. And now it’s flying right along! I am on the second ball of corespun now, so it’s about halfway complete.

I haven’t gotten much knitting done at home, but I do have a full sock done. Mostly because of the plane ride. I can show that off tomorrow!

Shopping the Stash

First of all, a quick update. My knee is better! I mean, I haven’t felt a twinge at all this morning. Yesterday morning it was still pretty painful. I did some weeding, and identified some areas of the garden that need serious work in the near future. Mr. Ink and I went to two places to pick up plants. This seemed like a much different trip than the last times, as in the past it seems like we’ve really gone overboard during these trips together. However, I think our gardens are filling in beautifully already. And, our trip is later in the year than normal, so we can actually really see them filling in beautifully. That’s kept our desire to buy ALL THE PLANTS to a minimum. Our first place is a locally owned farmers market where we find lots of unusual variety. Then we decided to stop at a chain hardware store for the “filler” plants this year. Most of what we purchased were veggies and annuals. We were unable to plant them yesterday due to the rain off and on all day long. Tonight we plan to do the major planting. Anyhow, that rain kept me off my feet pretty regularly, and I was able to do a bunch of spindle spinning to keep myself occupied.

So, while I was doing that spindle spinning with my knee up, I was watching youtube videos. I was in that youtube rabbit hole, where you just keep clicking on something new from the sidebar, and I came across a video that one of my favorite makeup reviewers had done. (livluvsmakeup)  She was posting a shop her stash video where she was pulling what she wanted to concentrate on wearing that week from her collection. And I thought “Now there’s a video that could translate into a weekly blog post!” So, that’s what I did. Now, I don’t have a huge stash, and I am already working toward keeping it pretty low, so if I try this weekly there’ll be a lot of things that are seen repeatedly. However, there’s also the box subscriptions so those items will be new.

Here’s what I pulled:


I have to find a better way of organizing a photo like this. But, here are some goals for this week:

That Urban Decay All Nighter foundation was the first higher end foundation I purchased just at the point where I was realizing I was madly interested in makeup. It looked so bad on my skin that after a few weeks, I walked into Sephora, asked a salesperson to get me something that fit my dry skin and to color match me. That’s how I ended up with the hourglass Illusion skin tint. I believe that a couple things were happening here. First of all, at the time my skin WAS dry. It was winter. My skin was also not at all well taken care of and probably dehydrated. My skin isn’t nearly so dry anymore, probably because I’ve been taking care of it and because it’s heading into summer. So, my goal this week is to pair this foundation with a few various primers and so on to see if I can get it to look good on my skin. I’ve got a cover FX smoothing primer, a becca backlight priming filter, and tarte maracuja oil to try, in addition to the benefit porefessional I am trying to use up on my forehead.

Here’s a secret. I don’t like the tarte shape tape concealer. It’s too heavy and it looks dry under my eyes. I only wear it when I wear my glasses, so that it tends not to show too much. I’ve put it in the mix this week because my eyes are allergy itchy this week and I think I’ll skip the contacts most of the week. I may try adding the oil to this as well to see if I can get it to look a little softer. Why not experiment? I stuck the wet n wild contour palette in there too, since I want to use the lighter color as an under eye setting powder to even it out a bit.

You’ll see the wet n wild eyeshadow I am trying to pan in that photo, but I am getting very bored of this daily eye look, so I’ve added some liners, the silkissime teal liner I’ve had, then there’s a new brown/green sparkly liner from a box this month to try, and the pretty vulgar ink gel liner to try. (That goes on so smooth and easy, who KNEW a gel liner would be so easy to use? I have always been intimidated by them.) I also added in the tarte palette because I may pull some colors out of there to pair with the brown wet n wild for added interest. Plus the laura mercier caviar stick eye color as one more thing for some added interest.

The rest. I am going to use that elf setting spray no matter what. I am just using it AS a setting spray now. I am working on the elf eyebrow pencil, the lash paradise mascara and bad gal bang mascara, that Coty airspun powder is like my favorite thing ever. Yes, I know it smells like my grandmother on her way to mass, but I think I love it in part because it smells like my grandmother on her way to mass. That makeup revolution matte blush is my current go to blush as it’s a nice summery color. I only own one other blush, and that one is more of a dusty rose which is a great cool toned winter color. So, I am sticking with this one for the foreseeable future. And finally, there’s that Flower Beauty Petal Pout lipstick in an absolutely lovely coral shade. This has been at home, so it isn’t getting used. Mr. Ink HATES lipstick transfer so I don’t even bother to put anything on until I get to work. As such, this is headed to work to see some use. It’ll be a good lipstick for those moments when the eyeshadow is so boring.

And that’s it! I hope any of you makeup lovers have enjoyed shopping my stash with me for the upcoming week. Only a week and a half left of that wet n wild neutral palette, can’t wait to put it away for awhile!


An Active Day

Yesterday I set out on a 53 mile bike ride. I knew I was pushing it, trying for 50 miles this early in the year, especially since I haven’t kept up with the biking properly over the winter months. But, while I know that I am known for biting off more than I should be able to chew, 98% of the time that pays off for me. So I wasn’t too worried. My friend and I set off to a town about 45 minutes away from our home. Mr. Ink couldn’t join because he had to work. My biking friend is a far stronger rider than I am, and we are both introverts so we knew that we’d be mostly spending the day riding “alone.” He would ride ahead at his pace, then wait for me to catch up from time to time. It worked for us. Now, this was an organized ride so there were other people on the ride. But I personally did not know anyone. Furthermore, the anticipated weather was rain all day long, with scattered storms. And it was cool. So many people registered to ride didn’t show up.

The ride ended up being pretty nutty. For at least 30 miles we were pushing into extremely strong headwinds. The kind where you get SO excited to find yourself at the bottom of a hill, because that hill gives you a break from the wind. Only to crest the hill and realize you now have to push just as hard into the wind as you did to climb the hill. We stopped at a couple of places, a fruit farm for homemade pie, and then a little cafe for lunch. We were able to sit with 3 guys that my friend knew, and we all had a lovely break and lunch. Company was very good. But, during the time we ate, the rain began.

At that point, we were already so far into the ride that turning around to go back was pointless, we might as well push on through the ride. There was about 15 miles of gentle rain, and then 15 miles of absolutely drenching pouring rain. My bike bag took on water and became a pool. We’d had the wind at our back for awhile, which was such a relief that I didn’t even mind the pouring rain that much, but then we had to turn into the wind again and that’s when things began to take a real downhill for me. Between the unrelenting rain and the unrelenting wind, I began to notice my right knee twinging. This isn’t something that happens for me, and there was nothing I could do really, so I geared down a bit and pushed on. And then I geared down again, and again, moving slower and slower. Meanwhile my friend would find a tree to stop under in hopes to stay out of the rain while waiting for me to catch up, while I just continued to ride slower and slower.

Then I realized I really couldn’t put pressure on the right knee at all. Ok, now it’s time to change the tactic again, new tactic, allow the right knee to just be along for the ride and let my left leg do all the work. I eased off that right knee, and since I am connected to my pedals, I concentrated on both pushing down and pulling up with the left leg. This kept me moving slow, but consistently. My friend waited again at the end of a road, I stopped and asked how far we were from the end. He said “12 miles.” I said “We’ll be turning again now, right? With the wind at our backs?” He said “Yes, just right around this corner.” “Ok, I think I can make it.” I remarked, and we set off again. But, even though I was able to move much faster with the wind at my back, I began to feel the left knee twinge. It wasn’t appreciating all the extra stress I was putting on it. I tested out the right knee, was it maybe magically better? No, no it was not. I kept on, but I was in such a bad way. All I could THINK about was walking. I just desperately wanted to walk. My friend stopped again, I flagged him down before he could take off in front of me, and asked again “How many miles?”  “5.5” he said. I said “I can’t make it. Why don’t you just ride on back, pick up the car, and come get me?”  “Really?” he said. “You are feeling THAT bad?” he said. Now, don’t get upset with him, this was not a comment questioning how I felt, it’s just that in the 7 years I’ve known him, he’s never seen me give up and he’s watched me push through heat exhaustion even. So he was incredulous.

But, he quickly agreed this would be for the best. He rode off quickly, and I got off my bike. I rearranged my gear, I dumped the water out of my bag, I removed the rain jacked since at that lovely moment it decided to quit raining, what a relief! My toes were numb, I was completely drenched. I looked forward to a bit of a roadside hike, at least I wasn’t biking! I took a step. And experienced extreme pain in my right knee. As it turns out, the one thing I desperately wanted to do, I couldn’t even do. I leaned over my bike, tried a few more painful steps, and rested for a bit. I tried again. Thankfully, I found myself able to limp along a bit. It was slow going, but at least I was moving forward. The sun came out. I stopped for a few minutes, took off my soaked tshirt as I had on a “wishful thinking” tanktop under it. It was actually warming up. I tried to walk again, and it was worse than when I first got off the bike. Ok, new plan, don’t STOP walking. Just keep walking to keep it from stiffening up.

Not long after, my friend came to get me. I got in the car, he loaded my bike, and said “There’s Ibuprofen in the glove compartment, TAKE SOME. By the time we get home it may start taking effect.” I listened. After a pleasant ride home, it had taken effect. He unloaded my bike, Mr. Ink was in the yard planting things, and I told him I’d done something terrible to my knee. I dropped my bike right there, said goodbye to my friend, and headed inside.

I am thrilled to say that this morning it is significantly better. I’ve been keeping up on the painkillers, icing when I can, and getting up and moving regularly until it gets bad enough I need to take a seat. I have high hopes this will be an injury I can get ahead of quickly.

Final total, 48 miles.  2 miles shy of my goal.  I will call that a win, but keep that ice bag coming!

Meanwhile…Miss Butterfly and Lizzie were running a race. I’ve got photos of that! They, too, got rained on. I was told that Miss Butterfly’s dad had to hold the leash for a good portion of the run, since Lizzie was SO excited that she’d just run circles around Miss Butterfly. With dad holding the leash, Lizzie would run after Miss Butterfly, making the experience quite a bit more pleasant.

I’d have thought after actually running a 5K, Lizzie would be worn out. But she wasn’t. I don’t know what I was thinking, she walks a 5K regularly with me, and it NEVER wears her out. All in all, I suspect a new tradition was begun, as they really enjoyed this race together.

Today I am hoping that in between my sitting times, I will be planting and weeding. It rained overnight and the weeding should be at a point it goes fairly easily. Mr. Ink has been too busy planting things to get around to the weeding of things. We also plan to see if we can get to our favorite farmers market for more plants. And he tells me he’s going to build me some tomato cages today, since I don’t like wimpy cages, and he doesn’t want to spend a ton of money on hefty ones. We’ll see how it all goes! I am feeling the desire to get out there though, so here’s where I’ll leave you. Have a wonderful Sunday!


Some Spinning

I am not gonna lie, last evening I mostly didn’t do anything. After traveling last weekend and into the week, then the extended family upset and readjusting to work, I was just absolutely DONE. So exhausted. I got a tiny bit of spinning in and a photo of my bobbin because it was scheduled to rain all day today. And then I put the spinning away and sat around watching youtube videos instead. This is highly unusual, usually I can AT LEAST knit while watching videos. So this was a sign I needed the quiet evening.


I am very close to being done with this bobbin now. I imagine I’ll be working my way through the second bobbin by the end of this weekend. But today I’ve got a 50 mile bike ride planned. For pie. A ride where we ride to eat pie. Great concept, and I am hoping we don’t get poured on. Mr. Ink has to work so I am going with a good friend. It’s a ways out of the city so being able to carpool will be nice. Lizzie and Miss Butterfly are also off being active, Lizzie is running her first 5K. She can walk a 5K in a heartbeat but I never run them. But she does love to run! So I think they’ll have a good time. It’ll be a trail run with other dogs too, so I am hoping there will be fun photos of that.

In the garden, it’s resembling my spinning:


The first of my tiny irises has bloomed with lots more to go. I’ve done no planting myself, but am hoping to find a yellow iris or two this year to plant in both iris areas.

That’s it from here! I’ve got some knitting for a post tomorrow, and then maybe a makeup new impressions post after that. I’ll have to see where the weekend leads me. Have a fantastic weekend!

Stuff and Pan

Look at these pretty flowers in my garden!


This is the first year the columbine have flowered, after nursing them along for the past 3 years. They’ve had a lot of upset in that flower bed but they keep trucking along. I need to get my gardening inspiration back, at the moment we’ve been too busy for it.

Last evening turned out to be a cluster of epic proportions. I can’t go into it all, as much of it is Mr. Ink family drama. The arrival of family back in this city went precisely as expected by me, which is to say a whirlwind of boundary breaking, boundary pushing, and expecting my family to drop everything to tend to needs of someone who is an adult and could help himself but has chosen instead to not communicate or plan anything in advance. My answer to all this was a very firm “No, that’s not going to work for me.” (Thanks Captain Awkward!) The moment you set boundaries with someone who doesn’t have them set regularly, all hell breaks loose, right? But I feel strongly that setting them now, upon arrival in the city, is the ONLY way to begin as I mean to go on.

I genuinely wish that my 41 year old self could teach my 21 year old self all about boundaries. There’s a point that you finally need to set them despite knowing that you will NOT be liked, and yet that’s still more peace of mind than not setting them at all. I went to bed with a clear conscience last evening, despite high irritation. I have limited the affect this extended family can have on me in my own home.

So, let’s talk about the stuff that happened that can be talked about. Miss Butterfly had a choir concert last evening. The last one of the year. There’s always a fairly quick turn around between getting home, getting the dog walked, getting a snack, and then setting out for choir, since the kids need to be there early. When Miss Butterfly went to change into her choir dress, she realized that she had grown out of it and donated it earlier this spring. She never mentioned it to me, and I assumed she still had it and we were all set. So we both panicked. After about 15 minutes of flailing and trying to come up with acceptable options (leggings, white tshirt, and grey flannel) that all didn’t work that well, I thought “I wonder if we could get away with the blue and white striped dress she wore to the wedding?” I took a look at the dress, and indeed that blue does shade toward grey. So we decided that would be the best option. She got all ready to go and we headed out the door. Thankfully I do believe we got away with it. That dress did look grey and white striped from stage, and so many people complimented her on it.

Due to the family drama, Mr. Ink had to miss the choir concert, which he was quite disappointed about. Again, a child should not suffer lack of parental support due to the drama and poor planning of extended family. We are NOT doing this again.

Stay tuned for actual knitting and spinning photos in the near future. Maybe even biking photos! But, today is for my mid month project pan check in. Plus, with all the drama I didn’t have time for knitting/spinning photos, nor did I have time for knitting and spinning.


Here’s the first original photo. The Clinique cc cream is gone, as in thrown out. The Clinique cleanser is at that point where I will need to cut the container to dredge out the last bits. I’ve made almost no progress on the highlighter or the elf setting spray. I’ve been wearing the dior perfume daily except while on vacation, but naturally it looks like no progress was made. I’ve been wearing the elf eyebrow pencil daily as well. And, on the eyeshadow? Well, I got smart and weighed it before I began, I have used 2 grams. Which I think is great! I’ve been trying to jazz up the eye look with adding in different eye palettes or colored eye liners when this gets boring, but I am going to need a break at the end of the month I think. Plus, I’ve looked at spoilers for my June boxes and I am anticipating at least one new eyeshadow palette.

Now on to the second original photo:


I did think to weigh some of these. No weight difference in the eye cream, but 3 grams of the night cream and 2 grams of the gel cream are gone. I failed to get a weight on the hair balm originally, but I have been using that regularly as well. I didn’t check the lip scrub, I’ve hardly used it and I feel confident there’s not much gone.

So, mid-month check in, I’d say things are moving along pretty well. During the past week or so I’ve identified some other products that need finishing, so these are getting added:


Left to right:

Peter Thomas Roth peeling gel exfoliant-I LOVE this product. It came in one of my boxes, and this is one of my absolute favorite products I’ve received. I didn’t expect to love it, but it’s fantastic. Will I repurchase? I dunno, it’s pricey and since I haven’t tried many face exfoliants in my lifetime,  I think I’ll wait and see if I get any more in boxes. I use this product about once a week, and I’ll be surprised if I can get another month of use out of it. But a girl can try.

Clinique gel moisturizer-I think this sample came to Miss Butterfly via Miss Marja. We actually have a full size of this one, so I guess you could call it a staple at our place. But, Miss Butterfly decided she prefers the Clinique cream moisturizer over the gel. So this became mine. There’s very little left in there at the moment, and it’ll need to be cut for the dredges soon.

Benefit Porefessional primer-I use this on my forehead as I’ve got a strange hole in my forehead. It’s not a pore. I don’t know what it is, perhaps a long forgotten injury. But it becomes very pronounced the minute I put on foundation without primer on my forehead. As soon as I kick this one, I’ve got another sample size, as I got another in a box this month. It’s a good primer, so I am not mad about it. But I do also have other primers I like better. Of course, if I use it as I did this morning, bending the tube to try to get the remainder out and then accidentally having it erupt all over my desk, it’ll be gone post haste.

Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer potion-this works very well for me, and it’s almost gone. This is another sample I picked up. I need to cut the tube to finish at this point. I will not be repurchasing at this time, as I have a wet n wild eyeshadow primer that is nice and cheap and works just as well. Plus, I am testing out a heavier duty mac painterly paint pot to see how I like it. Totally different kind of primer but it too works very well for me. I also have heard recently that there’s a great cover girl eyeshadow primer out there that I can try. I think-when I can go drugstore brand with similar results, I should.

And that’s the mid-month update. I’ve got some items worked on, some items not at all, and now I am even adding some in. I’ll update again at the beginning of June. Meanwhile, Miss Butterfly is busy working on some of these as well, so I get an extra face to work with. She’s also emptying some products, so I’ll have to see if she wants to add anything to my empties box for next month, and give opinions on it. In the meantime, I am trying to think of what I can next post about in my makeup world, and I am thinking I may choose a thing or two from boxes and give a quick review on those. I just wanted to get a little wear time under my belt for those things.

The Look


I grabbed a selfie with Miss Butterfly in the chapel right before the wedding began. I have to say, it’s tough when you are new to makeup and you think something looks good but you aren’t sure because you don’t see yourself all the time. My makeup looks good, I am PLEASED with how far I’ve come in a short amount of time. Now, this look is certainly my most “precious” foundation look, as I am using hourglass vanish stick foundation (just a little) with hourglass illusion hyaluranic skin tint, both in color Sand. I’ve been suspecting that if I want my skin to look really amazing, this is the way to go. It’s nice to have this confirmed by photo. Plus, this seems to be the combo that sticks to my nose super well. The other products in this look are a little less precious overall, a nice mix of higher end and low end:

  • -Benefit Pore-fessional primer
  • -Becca undereye primer
  • -Urban decay eyeshadow primer potion
  • -Elf instant lift eyebrow pencil in taupe
  • -Tarte be a mermaid and make waves eyeshadow palette. Colors used were sandbar, shipwreck, shore thing, nude beach, beach please, and mermosa
  • -Maybelline instant age rewind eraser dark circle treatment concealer in light
  • -Laura Mercier translucent setting powder
  • -Sleek cream contour in light
  • -Wet n wild megaglo contouring palette in dulche de leche
  • -Physicians formula murumuru butter bronzer
  • -Makeup Revolution matte blush in Beloved
  • -Wet n wild megaglo powder highlighter in golden flower crown
  • -Hourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light
  • -L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
  • -Ulta automatic lip liner in bloom
  • -L’Oreal infallible lip paints in fearless fuschia

My hair is curled courtesy of Miss Butterfly. I am really glad she did it for me, as I’d begun it and then quickly tired of it. It stayed pretty well all evening. I’d asked for “beachy waves” and her response was “No, that’s not the look I am going for. You’ll get what you get.” Yes Ma’am.

She is wearing pretty light makeup overall, she decided she didn’t actually need any foundation. I think because it was so hot she just couldn’t be bothered. Wise kid! She wore the same eyeshadow palette on her eyes, not sure what colors but she smoked out the lower lash line with one of the blue colors. She did some highlighting in a rather blue shade of highlighter, not sure what brand, but it looked cool and trendy and young. I believe she may have used my blush, and then she used flower beauty petal pout matte lipstick in a nude to brown color. She topped this off with either wet n wild megalash mascara OR, L’oreal voluminous waterproof mascara from my mom who had just discovered it bothered her eyes. It was pretty fun to be in the hotel together and working on our makeup at the same time with plenty of space.

This was the last time I wore makeup on the trip, after that I decided that there was too much pool and bike time and I just couldn’t be bothered. Now I am back at work and back to my project panning at home. So basically, my look is more subdued out of necessity. That being said, I’ve already got more items to add in for next month, providing I don’t work through them this month.



Alabama Wedding Trip

As someone who has an event planning background, I know just how difficult weddings are in the planning department. As such, during our time away I had really hoped that we’d be able to be of help during the wedding. But I also knew full well that sometimes these things are so carefully orchestrated that stepping in at the last minute to help can be more a hindrance and annoyance than a help.

Miss Butterfly and I arrived in Alabama at 10:30 am on Friday morning. We’d gotten up at 3:30 am to do that. We picked up our car, a nice red Nissan, and headed out to find our first coffee of the day. I remarked to Miss Butterfly that it was nice to be given a bright red car as a rental, because it would be easy to locate in a parking lot. We went in for coffee. We came out to our car, and tried to get into 2 other bright red cars before we managed to find our own. I blame lack of sleep and coffee.

I had not been anticipating seeing the Alabama family that evening as I knew they’d be busy. However, they are also gracious hosts and pretty good at realizing that good company is the most important thing. So, I was surprised to get a text that they had sandwich fixings at the house and we were welcome to come over. I headed to the Inn, picked up my parents, and then to the Alabama family.

And that’s when I realized we were going to be able to be helpful after all. After a long swim in the pool (it was in the 90s the entire time we were there, so pool was a must!) we headed back to the Inn to check in, drop off our bags, and get ready for the rehearsal dinner. Then we picked up some supplies from the store and some flowers on order, then went to the restaurant to create vases of flowers for the tables. Nana (My mom) and Miss Butterfly created some beautiful vases while Pop pop (My dad) and I cleaned up behind them. We were so glad to be able to help!


And the vases looked truly lovely once they were done, though there were a few moments where we had worried we didn’t have enough flowers for the large vases. The restaurant was in an old train depot, so my nephews had a great time watching the trains go by.


We all had a lovely social evening, making a great start to a wonderful weekend.

Day of wedding I am struggling to remember what we did! This does happen sometimes when there’s so much going on. But I do remember that we needed to be ready by 4 for potential photos. I was surprised to see not only my nephews matching, but that unexpectedly, Miss Butterfly matched them.


So very cute!

I did get a selfie with Miss Butterfly in the chapel right before the wedding, so I’ll post that tomorrow with the detailed makeup look included.

Sunday was a day spent at the farmhouse with family. Many treats were consumed, it was an all day feast of homemade delights. And so much good company as well. Miss Butterfly swam all day, getting good and tanned. Many naps were had by various family members. It was a day of mostly relaxing and hanging out.

My cousin was struggling with a sore back and a blown out knee, so biking was not in the cards for him. My brother and I rode his route without him. We had some serious hills and great directions. At the top of the mountain I decided we needed a selfie. It was ridiculously bright out and I managed to get my brother in the frame as well as some of the top of the mountain but not much of me at all!

Anyhow, it’s a beautiful ride, too bad I wasn’t in a position to actually get a shot of the valley. Or me. It was so hot and humid! We talked about how we were going to eat homemade perogies and jump right into the pool with our bike clothes on. So, we did just that. We rolled in, quickly removed our helmets, gloves and shoes, and cannonballed into the water. My cousin handed me a beer. A pool beer!


This really is the most refreshing way to ride on a hot day. The promise of a full body temp cool down really did make us feel like we could get through the ride. And while the temp change was absolutely shocking, it was very welcome.


Here’s a quick look at what my view from my hotel door was, isn’t that spectacularly relaxing looking? Turns out at night the frogs get to talking and are so loud they are deafening. It was a great venue and fantastic experience.

Miss Butterfly and I stuck around until Tuesday at the farmhouse. On Monday we took the kids into a town so they could hang at a coffee shop and feel like proper adults while my cousin’s wife and I visited some antique shops. We had planned to grab a late lunch and then see a movie to beat the heat, but once the kids ate they all decided they wanted to go back home for naps. I guess the weekend really wore them out. On Monday evening my cousin and his wife were talking about how they still had to go over and pick up stuff from the reception hall. I told them that since we weren’t flying out until afternoon, if we planned it early enough I could go help. They thought this might be good as they weren’t sure how much stuff the bride had brought that needed to be picked up.

Turns out my offer was a good idea. We took two trucks over, backed them right up to the reception hall, and then set about doing a major clean up and pack up. We completely filled one truck and partly filled another. Once home, we worked on washing the many table clothes, sorting through boxes, getting the perishables indoors, and then unloading the rest of the equipment into the barn. Since we hadn’t anticipated the large job, we were both underfed and underhydrated, so we grabbed a bit more breakfast, more of a brunch really, then I hopped in the pool once more before we left for home. After an extremely smooth trip home, we are glad to be settling in at home and also sad to know that there won’t be monthly Alabama trips anymore. But I do think our goal of finding ways to help during what is always a stressful time was successful.



This post will be another departure from regularly scheduled programming, and it’ll post while I am flying to Alabama. Here’s the thing, as you are well aware with the help of Miss Butterfly I’ve really gotten into makeup. However, besides Miss Butterfly, I don’t really have anyone to discuss it with. Plus, I would like to be able to keep track of what I have tried and what I liked and didn’t like. Since I began considering blogging about these new experiences, I’ve been saving product empties I’ve finished off. I can get a grouped photograph, and list out experiences, and reference those on my blog. I keep worrying that this will be ridiculously boring, but in the same respect I am trying to remember that the blog is for me and if this works for me, it works for me. No one else actually has to read it. 🙂

So, here’s what I’ve emptied recently:


Working predominately left to right again:

Tarte’s Tarteist lip paint, I am considering this tiny free sample done. Now, I do plan to experiment with this sample, removing the stopper to see if I can get any more product out of it. However, as the packaging currently stands, it’s done. It was an easy one to empty to be honest. I really liked the formula, it was easy to apply, it wore nicely at work, and the color is great for a pulled together look without being bold. I have been wearing this fairly consistently since I got it, I love wearing it on a day I am rocking a bolder eye shadow experiment. I was highly tempted to run right out and get a full size of this in the same color. Except….it’s expensive and since I am still really exploring products I’d feel really sad if I purchased the full size, and then got another sample of a different brand that I liked better. This is the only lip paint I’ve tried. How do I KNOW this is The One? I don’t. So, I am going to scratch out the last little bit from it by removing it’s stopper, and then it goes in the trash. But luckily I’ve got this post to remind me that I like it in case I forget! (I won’t forget. I really like it.)

The Nars velvet matte lip pencil sample I am considering done. You may see that there’s still product there, but there’s no real way to get it onto my lips without making a royal mess. I tried a lip brush, but it’s not working. Here’s what this product taught me. First of all, surprisingly, a super bright magenta or hot pink looks good on me. It was a bold color I never would have tried had I not received it in a subscription box. But, I did receive it, so I felt like I should use it, and in doing so discovered the color is fantastic on me. I actually really enjoyed the formula of this product, I don’t mind a matte lipstick at all. It didn’t transfer easily and I could wear it all day without reapplying, which makes it a very appealing product. Except that I’ve also discovered that matte lipsticks in “crayon” form are very difficult to use without making a mess. That’s my experience anyhow. I’ve got a crayon style tinted lip balm that works great, but I don’t have to be very precise with it. But with this bold a color, a mistake really shows, and I was making a ton of mistakes with the crayon style application. I won’t repurchase.

Clinique’s take the day off makeup remover. I truly want to know, is there any difference in these types of shake them up and apply with a cotton pad makeup removers? In the past, I’ve tried this one, almay ones, estee lauder once, and none of them, truly, seem any different from the other. So that’s a no, I am not going to purchase this product. If I get a sample, I’ll happily use it up but I don’t see the point of purchasing it outright.

Clinique cc cream, which is featured in this month’s project pan (or use it up in this case.) Ok, I’ve given this the ol’ college try. This is expired. And, this does not look good on my skin. It’s not just that it is the wrong shade. It does NOT LOOK GOOD on my skin, I can apply with a sponge, a brush, or my fingers and it DOES NOT LOOK GOOD. It’s gotta go. I can do better. WAY better. In fact, I wore something else yesterday and after numerous days of the cc cream I hated, I kept looking at myself in the mirror and thinking “So much better!” The astute among you may observe that if it’s outdated, perhaps it’s spoiled and that’s why I am having such trouble with it. This may be true. I DID use it when I purchased it for the 2016 conference, I did use it to have some photographs taken for my job as well, and I don’t remember having an awful time with it. Either it is genuinely spoiled, or I am just way more critical than I used to be. Or some combo of both. In any case, it hits the trash NOW!

Urban Decay’s all nighter setting spray, this was a free sample. And…I don’t think I’ll repurchase this either. I hear about this product a ton, but I guess this is another “How is this actually better?” situation for me. I mean, I used it all up, but I think there could easily be less expensive options out there, so I won’t repurchase. I’ll explore some less expensive options for awhile, and may even decide that setting spray isn’t for me.

Loreal’s voluminous lash paradise. Would I repurchase? I ALREADY HAVE! For real, this is my jam. I love the applicator, I love the formula, I love how it stays on my lashes, I love how it makes them look, I love the price, and I love this product. You might wonder how I’ve managed to go through an entire mascara in the short time I’ve been hard core exploring makeup. But, shelf life of opened mascara is only 3 months and with this product, it pretty much gets too thick to apply and look great around that 3 month mark. I repurchased this product, but didn’t open it, as I wanted to save it for the wedding. In the meantime, I am trying to use up other mascara samples to tide me over until then. After this next tube is done, I may try exploring a few other cheap drugstore brands I’ve read good things about, but I am eager for another 3 months of this product.

Belif moisturizing eye bomb, this was another sample sent in a subscription box, and I actually am working through yet another free sample now. I really do like this product. When I first began applying makeup, the wrinkles in my undereye area pulled all the way out onto my cheeks, and they don’t anymore. Is it due to this product in particular or to a better skin care routine in general? I don’t know. Might even have something to do with slightly more skilled makeup application routines. I do know that I like this better than my clinique all about eyes sample that I tried right after Christmas.  Will I purchase this? Not at this time. It’s expensive! And I’ve got two more eye creams from samples or boxes that I can try before I make that decision. I am ready to keep exploring on this category. Not ready to commit.

So, that’s my try on/empties for this month. We’ll see what I can manage to work through next month. I can tell you this, that perfume I am trying to work my way through? Guys, perfumes go SLOWLY. Which is great, for the price one pays for them. But less great if you have this idea you need to see discernible progress on going through something.







Last evening was full of packing and getting ready for our trip tomorrow. My brother and his family are already in the air now. We are getting ridiculously excited. I have to say, it’s NICE to get excited about traveling and doing things again. After 2.5 years of extreme exhaustion with an awful coworker, and basically being uninspired about anything that wasn’t coming home and relaxing, it’s so fun to be ready to do ALL THE THINGS!

I thought I’d get this picture of the Scottish Stripes up today though. I haven’t worked on this at all lately, but I got another section complete right before I started doing all the spinning.


It’s not that I am bored with this, it’s just that I wanted to spin, and then when I finished spinning I wanted to knit with my corespun, and also knew that this scarf wasn’t going to be a great travel scarf, but that the corespun one would. So, I’ll resume this upon our return.

That’s about it for me, it’s another full packing evening, and I doubt I’ll have any more crafting photos until after our return. Have a great weekend everyone!

Quite an Evening

First up, spinning stuff. After that huge load of two ply yarn I had to figure out what next to do with my life. I stash dove, and came up with another combo spin. But, this combo spin isn’t really a huge departure.


The top braid is Fat Cat Knits, of which I have 6 ounces. The bottom braid is Edgewood Gardens, 4 ounces. These two are very similar, but the Fat Cat braid has more color and more depth of color. Rather than just spinning them separately, I figured the best thing to do would just be to combine them into one spin. I divided everything in half, pulled them into strips, and began to spin.


I think this will be a real win. My plan is for a two ply. It’ll look totally “handspunny” when it’s done.

Last evening Miss Butterfly had invited Mr. Ink’s daughter and wife over for a visit, as she had figured out they’d be in town. I know full well that while they’d said 6 pm as their arrival time, they are never on time. so, I decided to go on a bike ride with friends. It had been predicted to rain which had kept many people away, but those of us who were willing to get caught in the rain were eager for a ride. Spoiler alert, it didn’t rain. Even if it did, at temps of 85, no one cares about the rain. We got a 20 mile ride in, stopped for a gorgeous sunset, and had dinner at our original meeting place. A great night with friends! Despite my concern I might get left behind without Mr. Ink there to make sure I was around, I didn’t get left behind. Here’s what I could capture of the sunset:


We did a two lake ride, we rode around this one, out to another, and then back to this one when the sun was setting. I wish my photo was straighter, but you get the picture.

When I arrived home around 9:45, the gals were still over. They stayed until about 11:30 which is pretty late for me on a work night. But we were glad to have their company. They hadn’t arrived until around 8 so I am glad I went on that bike ride! They brought Daisy the service dog with them, as they do:


But she was off duty. This is the first time Daisy has been in our home, and it was the first time the gals had met Lizzie too. Naturally, it was Lizzie and Daisy’s first intro. And….it didn’t go great. They were fine together in the back yard, but in the house, Lizzie spent all her time herding Daisy. Complete with snapping at her to get her to do what she wanted. What Lizzie wanted was Daisy in another room from where the humans were. Daisy, to her credit, took all this in stride.  She’d get pretty nervous about the snapping but would otherwise be herded and wait until the humans came to her rescue. (Though things got really out of hand when Daisy tried to steal Lizzie’s pineapple toy, but we fixed that quick by getting Daisy her own favorite toy.) Needless to say, cute side by side dog photos were NOT in the cards. Anyhow, KK agreed that Lizzie was the perfect post Coco dog. “Awww! She’s like Coco’s little rambunctious sister!” And many dog photos were taken. We’ve agreed in the future we’ll have to take the dogs to neutral territory, it would be easier on everyone.

Anyhow, that was one very busy evening, but also extremely pleasant. I’ve got an actual knitting photo to post tomorrow! More progress on that Scottish Stripes scarf that has mainly been neglected for spinning this past week.


On the Brain


Last evening was the first evening of the monthly walk our dog at the botanical gardens. It’s SO FUN! We just love the event. We have memberships to the botanical gardens anyhow, since we are very plants positive in our home. Being able to take our dog just makes everything better. Plus we get to see all the other cool dogs. For the first time ever, Lizzie didn’t do her stress drooling on this walk. She must be feeling ever more confident in our care. They key, clearly, is exposure to new things. We’ll just keep at it.

Anyhow, the above photo was from our walk. The trees are all budding beautifully, and I must have the upcoming wedding on my brain because this just looked like a bridal veil to me. Such a gorgeous evening!

There is also an artist display going on right now for the next few days, gorgeous pieces all made out of trash. I am really happy I got to see this before it left. This was too large to even get a photograph of.


Now on to the spinning. I finished my huge Loop! bump project, 725 yards of 2 ply yarn in a gradient.


So, that huge gradient skein turned out great. Then I took the leftover black singles and plied those together. And I do NOT know what was going on with those. But they are significantly thicker than my gradient. I don’t know how that happened. But, this is often the case when I leave something for long periods of time and then come back to it. I can only imagine that those black singles were the first of the very first bump and way back at the beginning of December I planned for a thicker single.

These fiber bumps had been in my stash for a very long time, they were some of the original loop! bumps I purchased. I just went back and checked, these were from the end of 2012. They held up well! I have often felt that keeping Loop! bumps around sometimes gives you slightly felted fiber on the outside. This isn’t how I’ve felt about my own stash, but I don’t typically keep loop! bumps long. But it is how I’ve felt about loop! bumps I’ve received from people who are destashing them. I can honestly say that if you store your loop! bumps carefully, with very little movement and squishing, they really can stay a long time as they are with no felting on the outside. And, to that end, I think I am done picking them up on a destash.

I’ve got one more spinning related post for tomorrow! My spinning mojo has been very high lately. Then I’ll probably be mostly off the radar for a bit during our travel. Hope you are all having a fantastic week!


So Many Pictures

I took so many photos of crafts and plants this weekend that I had to read yesterday’s post to remember what I’d already shown.

In spinning:


I completed this corespun yarn I began in February. I washed it and hung it to dry, then completely failed to count yardage before I wound it and began knitting. Oops! So, I’ll just try to get an idea of how many yards once it’s all knit up, I think I can because I am knitting it into another polar opposites scarf like this one:


In plant news:


One of the load of plants is in. This is the weepingest weeping japanese maple that Mr. Ink could find. It went into the garden bed I asked him to create last year to cover the gas and electric line to the garage. That little hill was eroding and I figured a flower bed would suit it so much better. It does! That’s the only plant that went in this weekend, the rest are all for next weekend when Miss Butterfly and I are gone. Mr. Ink is planning a marathon of planting that weekend. It’ll be fun to return to see what he accomplished!

In puzzle news, Mr. Ink and I continued working on Miss Butterfly’s puzzle despite the fact that she was with her dad this weekend. We did this puzzle the exact opposite of how Salpal1 suggested. We did all the fun bits first and are stuck with a massive slog of sky and roof now. It’s SLOW going. But, everyone still puts a piece or two in as we pass by the dining room table. Mr. Ink and I have begun working on the puzzle after breakfast for awhile, a nice pleasant new weekend tradition. Miss Butterfly and I sat with it quite a bit when she returned home last evening as well. I do believe that puzzles may be in our home to stay for awhile. (Miss Marja loaned us two more big puzzles for once we have completed this one.)

And, in project pan news, I ended up deciding to weigh almost everything I am trying to work toward using up this month in hopes that’ll give me a better idea of progress when I check in mid month. I am not having high hopes at all for the foundation choice though, after just a bit of extra sun this weekend I realized that I am looking rather ghostly today. I’ve got maybe the rest of this week to use it before I have to tuck it away for the summer, as I expect that much of our time in Alabama will be spent outdoors.

That’s it from here! More spinning photos tomorrow and the next day. For real! It was a lovely productive weekend, wonderfully low key. Much crafting was done!

The Elusive Desire to Knit

It’s gone! It fled! I don’t care about my knitting! Instead I’ve been spinning, among other various things.

However, I did force myself to finish my pair of socks.


They were too close to a finish to quit. But then I got on with my spinning.


I finally finished all the singles on this gradient project. My project page tells me I began these singles at the beginning of December, so they were heading toward half a year in progress. I think I’ll get the plying done today.

In order to begin plying, I had to finish another handspun project I began at the beginning of February. That was on the rose, and I wanted to use the rose for plying. I did finish that yesterday, but it’s currently drying. I will get a photo of that posted tomorrow.

I ran an errand yesterday and when I came home, the garage was full of trees and shrubs!


It was quite a surprise. Apparently a “delivery” showed up while I was out. Mr. Ink tells me this is everything (with the exception of a tree not pictured here) that is to be planted this spring, so he’s got his work cut out for him.

But, sometimes you get to see when work pays off, Coco’s memorial tree, almost 3 years old now, is so large in just those three years! And it’s blooming.


So pretty! I’ll get photos of the new trees as they go in. We did lose a couple to the ridiculously harsh cold winter we had, and the ones which are left are showing signs of having trouble. But, despite this slow start, we are well on our way now.

A Tidy Up and Goals

If you care nothing at all about makeup, skin care, or getting the most use out of what one purchases, this post won’t be for you. But if you are interested anyhow, stick around. Just know that this post will be a vast diversion from regularly scheduled programing. But it will look a bit similar to the weekly lists I used to post in order to try to stay motivated during the week.

So as I’ve mentioned, Miss Butterfly is totally interested in makeup right now. And, since that’s something we could share and do together, I got totally into makeup too. The trouble is, she’s 13, and I haven’t cared about makeup ever really, so we have no clue what we are doing. We don’t know what products we like or what products are good. We wouldn’t know a good deal if it smacked us in the face. So we’ve been doing a ton of research and a ton of trying samples.

And then I came across the concept of “project pan” which is basically to use up your makeup and skincare before purchasing more. I quickly realized that just like crafting, there’s certainly a desire to buy more and more stash. Well, I don’t need another hobby with stash. Plus, these products have actual shelf life.

So-the first thing I did was get rid of old makeup. I knew it was old, but I didn’t know just how old. And how old? Anywhere between 8-20 years old. That got dumped. Then, I signed up for a subscription box that delivers various samples to our door to try. And then there’s the shopping, where Miss Butterfly and I, after researching various products, go check them out in stores and sometimes get a thing or two. Already we are accumulating stash. And that’s ok, we just also need to use it up.

So I am going to do my own little project pan here on the blog. I am posting two photos of products that I hope to make progress toward “panning” in the next month. These products will be in very regular rotation during the month. In 2 weeks I’ll do a check in and mention how far I’ve gotten, if there’s been discernible progress. If not, I’ll just do a monthly wrap up when I pick the next month’s products. I will mark that which can be marked to see if we can actually see some progress on some things.


Skin care and hair care up first. The Origins set just came in as freebies. I’ve never tried this brand before. I don’t like the smell. It’s not a hate, but the fresh fake citrus with a sweet overtone isn’t pleasant to me. So, I want to get these used right up and moved back out and I won’t have to worry about purchasing them ever in the future.

The hair balm came in a subscription box. It’s fine. Keeps hair nice and smooth. It does exactly what it says it should. It’s just that…I don’t like my hair smooth. I like wild hair. Hair with texture. So, it does exactly what it says, which is exactly not my style. This month I’ll try to wear my hair nice and straight and smooth and then once it’s gone, no purchase necessary.

Then there’s the Mary Kay product. This is about a year and a half old. It’s a lip scrub, but honestly I don’t think it’s scrubby enough. Now’s the time of year to use it up, when lips aren’t that dry anyhow. I have an elf lip scrub I like a lot more, so I will just put away the elf scrub for this month.


And from left to right again, the first thing is a Clinique cleansing gel that we got around christmas time to try. This works super well for both Miss Butterfly and I. So well in fact that there’s now a full size in the main bathroom. I tend to have dry to combo skin, and she tends to have the same with the bonus of teen forehead acne. This stuff really doesn’t dry us out overly much but still feels like it has some serious cleaning power. So-since we’ve got a full size, no sense keeping this travel size around, time to use it up! Shouldn’t take much time really.

Next is the Clinique CC cream, that’s about 2 years old and probably past it’s life. I purchased it right before my 2016 big conference, as I felt like I should attempt to pull myself together for such a large event. The woman at the counter when I purchased it gave me a color that has never looked great on my skin, it’s a little light. And-it doesn’t make my skin look great anyhow. So, I won’t be going out and getting this again. However, I would like to get a little more use out of it, and now is the time, before I get darker due to the summer sun.

In front of that is a sample highlighter from a subscription box. So-I don’t really get highlighters in general. Their purpose is a bit of a mystery to me. Maybe they are for young people. Furthermore, I can tell you that a liquid highlighter is totally not for me, I don’t think. Not that I’ve even used this product yet. Anyhow, my point is I need to try it, and then hand it over to Miss Butterfly if I don’t like it, and/or use it up. We’ll see.

Then there is my perfume. That perfume is 10 years old. It’s good, it smells fantastic. But, 10 years is OLD, and it’s not even the color it was originally. It’s time to use it or lose it. I’ve been wearing it daily lately and want to continue to do so until it’s gone. It’s a good scent, wears well for summer, so that shouldn’t be an issue.

In front of that is a Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette. It’s nicely neutral, but Miss Butterfly convinced me to buy a beautiful big palette and now that’s all I use for eyeshadow. So, I want to concentrate on this little one this month. I can pair it with other things to jazz it up, but this one needs to be in heavy usage. AND I just realized that I forgot to add something to this photo. A sample size of a matte lipstick in hot pink. I figured I could use that up this month as well, since the eye theme of the month will be so neutral. I’ll try to get that into the mid month update.

Miss Butterfly wanted to try a brow pencil and so she picked one up from elf. That is pictured above. Because she thinks it’s too dark for her even though it’s the lightest shade. She gave it to me, and now I am trying to not let it go to waste.

Behind that is another one of Miss Butterfly’s purchases, an elf setting spray. She gave it to me when she didn’t like it. It’s close to being gone, but it’s not particularly useful unless I use it to put on an eyeshadow brush to set eyeshadow in a more highly pigmented manner. Since the eyeshadow of the month isn’t particularly pigmented, the spray may just get some use this month.

What will I get through this month? I think I’ll be able to use up the hair balm and the cleanser for sure. Maybe the setting spray and eyebrow pencil. It’s possible I’ll get through the origins products, but I find that those sizes generally last me more than a month. No matter, I’ll just use them until they are gone, I can add them to the next month’s project pan.

A Start

Surprisingly enough, I began knitting another sock. I haven’t even finished the blue ones! I am partway through the toe on the second sock, and I already knit the heel, so I am close. But, I needed something mindless for this week and a sock seemed to really work for that idea.


So, 2 days of sock knitting brings me to the above photo. Guys, this is a DEEP stash dive.  This is A Swell Yarn Shop duet skinny sock. I probably put this in my stash in 2008. So, a 10 year deep dive. I have always LOVED this yarn so it’s not surprising it stuck around so long. Sometimes if I love something, I have a hard time working with it. (I am trying to get over that.) Or, if I think something is of “high value” I won’t work with it. In the end, yarn is a material for a creation and there’s no reason I can’t use it.

ANYHOW, this is one of those yarns that has a separate heels/toes color that matches the main sock color. The picture isn’t the most clear, but it’s a pinky purply pastel color with brown being the dark color and the color of the heels/toes yarn.

I wanted to get this sock started because we were headed out to play trivia last evening with some friends. But, as it turned out, I spent most of trivia holding a 3 month old baby instead, and the sock never made it out of my purse. On that note, she was a good luck charm, as we took second place, only two points behind the winner!

It’s been so busy that knitting really hasn’t been a priority. I can’t believe I am not done with the other pair of socks yet. It’s really strange. But, we’ve been having a great time this week, so despite it being unusual, we’ll take it. I’ve got one quiet but busy weekend left and then next weekend we are off to Alabama again for the wedding. We are so excited! I guess I’ll have to consider what I plan to knit for that trip too.

That’s it from here, but you WILL see socks tomorrow, I am certain!

Perfect Timing

It was sprinkling all the way to work. I walked indoors, and it began to DOWNPOUR. Perfect timing for me this morning.

Thankfully, while we’ve had thunderstorms, our immediate area has been free of severe weather. And rain is good. This was….maybe Lizzie’s second thunderstorm in our home? The first she ended up sitting on my lap and then sleeping on my legs. This one she sat on my feet and barked at the thunder. They make her nervous, but if we don’t react poorly she doesn’t get too bent out of shape.

Before the storm, I got Lizzie’s walk in, and also snapped a photo of my blooming primrose. This is the first of two, and I can’t wait to see what other color I purchased last year. I plan to add to this collection this year, once I figure out what colors I can still purchase.


I think my phone is still suffering quite a bit, as my photos are blurry and sometimes I distinctly remember snapping a photo but then that photo isn’t there. It’s not great. It’s like it hiccups regularly. I had thought that I got a photo of how we spent our evening yesterday, but that one has gone missing. No knitting was done. Miss Butterfly got herself a 1000 piece puzzle, which to be honest is a bit too much for her. She prefers something in the 500-750 range. And even then she wants help. Plus, this puzzle was too large for her desk in her room, so we set it up in the dining room. Since it was rainy and storming, all three of us worked on that puzzle last evening. Or rather, Miss Butterfly got it started, then she disappeared and Mr. Ink and I worked on that puzzle. It IS a tough one. But we were up for the challenge, and in fact even after Miss Butterfly headed to bed, we stayed up working on it until it was time for me to go to bed. Miss Butterfly was up early this morning and managed to put together a few pieces while she was looking at it fresh.

In the ongoing saga of Lizzie getting me up far too early in the morning, we’ve made some progress. Here’s what we’ve done. First, we’ve added another walk to her day, after dinner. Then, we changed her dinner schedule, pushing it back a half hour. And, Mr. Ink takes her out when he comes to bed a few hours after I go to bed. This bought me time this morning. Instead of 5:17 am, I got to sleep until 5:40 am. I am calling that a win. Or at least a very good start. This morning she did not fuss at me for her breakfast at 6:30 either, she seemed to understand that she has a new schedule.

On that Lizzie note, here’s a photo Miss Butterfly insisted on taking last evening. For a dog that hates being on her back and hates being picked up, she sure allows Miss Butterfly to do just about anything.


Belly skritches for our queen goofball.


We are having what can only be described as wild weather. This is….fairly typical for our area this time of year, but being an east coast gal, even after living here for years, I still tend to forget what it is like. The past two days have been windy. And pretty hot. We had to turn on our AC last evening. When I say “windy” it might be hard for you to really grasp the extent of that unless you are out here experiencing it. So, as an example, let’s take a look at what has happened just west of here. Two days in a row the interstate was closed due to multi vehicle pile ups caused by wind and reduced visibility. We are also struggling with fires, it’s too dry and combined with the wind, things get out of control extremely quickly. Now, around here when you see these types of conditions and then notice it’s predicted that the next day you’ll have a significant drop in temperatures, it doesn’t matter what the forecast is at the time, you can guarantee that 95% of the time this will lead to severe weather. The temps are dropping, and severe weather is predicted. But….at least we’ll get some rain?

Since the weather has been weird, and I can tell you this, no one wants to be out in that wind no matter how warm it is, I didn’t get much in the way of photos lately. But this morning I was up quite early (Thanks Lizzie.) and decided to spend a half hour before work outside on the patio with my coffee and knitting. I am also attempting to change Lizzie’s schedule, but she’s a persistent little doggo, so I had a dog in my face the entire time wanting to be fed. I did grab a photo of the sock I just finished.


It fits me perfectly so I guess it’s mine. The second sock is about 3/4 done, and I may even be able to finish tonight depending on what is going on.

It’s been an interesting couple of days in general too. Miss Butterfly was at camp this weekend. We picked her up intending to take her to a movie, but she didn’t want to go. So, she stayed home and made cupcakes while we went to the movie. While making cupcakes she managed to break my ipad screen. Majorly. I had been throwing around the idea of getting a new ipad, as mine is very old. But…I realized that even if I did get a new ipad, I’d intended to keep the current one as a way to read patterns while knitting. So, I made an appointment to have the screen fixed. The next morning I woke up with a dead phone. Now, I just invested in a new screen and battery for that in hopes to continue to use it for a little while longer. So, it was a bit upsetting to have that happen. Thankfully, at some point in the morning I realized that the phone was quite hot, as if it were still trying to work, so I was able to get it fixed with a hard restart. Thankfully. I am well aware that phone is on it’s last leg, but I just….don’t feel like replacing it right now.

In gardening news, a little tulip I rescued from the overgrown garden that turned into a veggie garden last year managed to survive. I replanted it at the wrong time, then dug it up twice last year while attempting to eradicate the garden of plumbago. So, I was very surprised to see that lone tulip pop up, and thrilled when it bloomed.


It looks a bit small and weak, but it looked that way last year too. Hopefully if I leave it alone for a few years it’ll begin to strengthen and propagate. I definitely want a few more of these in the garden.

My propagated lilies look like they are going crazy this year. I am hoping we see blooms on the propagated ones from 2 years ago. I am also hoping to add both some red tulips and various lilies to my gardens this year. It’s great to see what is coming up and how fast at this point. My geraniums have overwintered at work, and today I plan to begin bringing them home. They probably need to be repotted, they tend to go nuts in the winter.

That’s about it from here. I do hope everyone’s week is off to a good start!