Sunday, January 19, 2020

'Rusty' knits - and dogs!

This winter I changed up my wardrobe a bit to include shades of RUST.
Still wear a lot of grey and of course black, however thought the golden browns
 fit in well and brought color and warmth - although still neutral/natural - to what 
was becoming my somewhat dreary 'twenty shades of grey' closet. 
I'd also bought the lovely taupe wrap coat whilst in ZARA in London, and the
 camel coat at H&M, so adding warmer colored sweaters seemed the way to go

This rust color, more dressy cowl neck, I wore to dinner on board the ship as we
 headed to the Western Sahara desert in October - it was a bit more dressy and
 worked well for evenings with a black trouser or silky printed skirt. I pinned on a
 favorite brooch rather than dangling necklaces. . . . . . 

The neutrals - classic naturals.

. . . . . . . and then there's this gorgeous chunky sweater - found this week in the
 clearance sale at Target for just $17!  Of course I didn't go there looking for 
clothes but this was on a mannequin with black pants and caught my eye!  
It ticked all the boxes - rusty gold, loose crew neck and longer length, with
 very long sleeves to roll up or cover the wrists on cold days, and with just a little
 shaping knitted in to make it non-baggy looking. It's extremely light and feels
 awesome on - don't think it will itch - and goes with my reddish hair!  
Anyway it was tossed into the cart along with the items I was really there to buy!

Have you read this book?  If you enjoy classical music as I do, you will find
 this is a wonderful true story written by Korean violinist Min Kym. 
I grabbed this at the Dollar Tree store and must say it's been a great read.

While talking about the color rust I have to share my hairstylist Suzi's
'babies' (she's given me permission to post their picture). 
Roxy the miniature Schnauzer and Lucy the Goldendoodle were at the
 salon on my recent visit - so well behaved and of course adorable.
They posed for me. . . . . . and made me wish I had a doggie of my own!

Hope your weekend is fun, as ours has been so far.

Dogs were also in the spotlight for us last evening when we
 spent a couple of hours at our local theatre watching the 
English play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
It also included a handsome 'rusty' Golden Retriever named 
Sandy - much admired for his acting skills during his brief appearance.  

BTW - I'm actually a cat person, my favorite being rusty colored
'marmalade' kitties, although I've never had one of my own!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

January days at home. . . . . . . .

I baked this loaf of 'no-knead bread' this week.
The recipe is known and enjoyed by many - so many versions of it are
 available on the Internet - I use Jenny Jones because she's so much fun to 
watch on her video. It turned out well and gave me that sense of enjoyment
 possible from a simple, basic, homey food made in one's own kitchen
 on a dreary day.

Yesterday I decided to also get going on my 'sourdough starter'
in hopes I can make a loaf of real sourdough bread soon.

The amaryllis tale continues here in the dining room.
The first four blooms on the initial stem are almost over, in fact two have been
nipped off, the remaining two now fading also. However, the second stem is now 
showing three new buds - a total of seven delightful flowers from one bulb.
Meanwhile the second bulb is in full bloom with four perfect flowers. . . . . . . I feel 
like I'm in a garden. 

Winter beauty.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Baking and books . . . .

When I can make time - perhaps on a cold, preferably snowy, winter day, 
if we ever get one - I hope to make a sourdough starter and then 
learn how to bake a crusty, fragrant boule of sourdough bread.
This is the book I'll use because Emilie Raffa is my kind of gal when
 it comes to the kitchen and cooking. 
It's subtitled as "A Beginner's Guide to Delicious Handcrafted Bread with
 Minimal Kneading."
Instructions are clear, design and photography beautiful, printing and book
 quality excellent for a soft cover publication.
I discovered Emilie when I picked up "The Clever Cookbook" as gift for 
my granddaughter who now has a kitchen of her own. I admit I almost kept
 that book for myself as it's so fabulous.

I gifted myself with several new books at Christmas. I keep a Wish List on Amazon, 
just for books and music perhaps not available in our local independent book shop.
This year I also had to order my annual wall calendar for the kitchen online - the one 
I've bought for years - Swedish artist Carl Larsson (1853-1919) whose paintings of his 
house and family are amazing.
Being the age we are, purchases made online are minimal really. Getting out and
walking, looking, sometimes buying, and shopping in bricks and mortar stores seems 
to be exercise for us. . . . . . go ahead youngsters, you can laugh!
 My neighbor told me yesterday, during a discussion focusing on several major
 shops closing - or cutting back on store numbers as Pier 1 and Macy's have
 announced this week - that his young adult daughters purchase almost everything 
online.  Highlights of my younger days were meeting my girlfriends to 'go shopping',
 have a coffee or lunch, talk face to face. . . . . all made for a jolly good time and 
bring me so many great memories.
I still meet my friends now and then for a coffee or lunch outing, however 
must admit spending hours trawling malls and shops are infrequent. 
That part is usually done with Bob for items we really need. . . . such as food 
and a good bottle of wine!

Until that snowy day arrives I often seem to be spending time here, 
not only knitting whilst watching a movie of an evening, but grabbing an
 hour to catch up on magazines, read a chapter of my current book, or enjoy
 turning the pages of a cookbook. The latter often inspiring me to
unwind myself from the cozy throw, start moving, and get back into the
 kitchen, one of my favorite places to be.

Have you baked sourdough bread?
Did you get any great new cook books for Christmas?
Do you have snow, and are you enjoying snuggling in your
favorite comfy spot at home?
Any new yummy recipes to share for a cold January day?

Thanks so much for the really nice comments on my last post.
You are such great friends.

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