August 17, 2012


07 Pivot Tables 2010.xlsx

June 25, 2009

Lemon Lollipop Daylily & Dark Purple Clematis blooming

Daylily started today; Clematis been going ~ a week. It's on the back side of the garage and so happy there that I need to put up the last bit of trellis for the plant to grow onto.

First of the bellflowers starting.

Peegee Hydrangea apparently dead.

June 24, 2009

Latest Garden Blooming

Right now:
-Wild Roses
-little single lily in front yard
-first golden gopher daylily
-Peonies just about done
-Daisies blooming all over yard
-argh. shrub in back yard name of which escapes me right now.

-Vi's Lotus trees ending
-Siberian Iris also ending
-Back dicentra ended about mid-May; front dicentra just ending blooms
-Poppies ending blooms

Wish I had:
-MN-variety of bachelor's buttons
-both bloom late May-mid June

June 8, 2009

While we were gone

The irises came and went (mostly), daisies started, siberian irises started, peonies started, and lotus trees started.

Poppies are just getting going, along with coral bells.

May 23, 2009

Columbines blooming

Pink and deep purple; front and back yards blooming...

May 21, 2009

Blood-red Crane's Bill, Irises, and Daisies in front yard started blooming today

Already blooming:
Lilies of the Valley
Snowdrop Anemone
Creeping phlox
trollius in backyard
columbine in backyard
ajuga reptans (can barely tell; migrated more to center, much has died off)

Already done:
pulsetilla in backyard
hyacinths in backyard
tulips, narcissus
dwarf iris
Puschkinia Libanotica

Moving/Dividing so far:
small bed left of front door:
added in tulips from random spots elsewhere
replanted and hopefully removed weeds from coral bells
put front yard pulsetilla in back corner - had stopped thriving in previous location

Weeding so far:
-cut down suckers from boulevard trees
-cleaned out front yard hosta bed
-weeded front bed edging sidewalk and about 1/2 of end against house; all the rest is awaiting expansion of the bed, major replanting/weed removal
-weeded bed under pine tree on left side of yard

August 5, 2008


serendipitytank.JPG, originally uploaded by amy_elizabeth_west.

I love this tank although, as always, I find photos of myself a bit disconcerting. That's not quite what I see in the mirror...

The Soysilk is great to knit with and great to wear. However, it's way stretchier than I expected. I could have reduced the tank by a repeat of the lace pattern (18sts/side = ~3"/side) and it would have been fine even though I worried that would be too tight when I started. It also stretches _down_ so that after 3 wearings it's a lot lower cut than intended. I'll certainly knit with SWTC soysilk again, but next time, I'll go narrower than otherwise and shorter in the body and neckline than I would with another yarn.

April 4, 2008

First Buds of Spring!

First Buds of Spring!, originally uploaded by amy_elizabeth_west.

woohoo!! Winter may actually end! I have to go to work now...phooey.

March 26, 2008

Annual Morning Check for Bulbs Started Today

Every year I start checking for signs of life in the yard; usually way, way, way too early. This year is no exception. I had hopes for signs of the dwarf iris, but since the *mulch* is still frozen, I think I may have a few weeks to go....

December 5, 2007


snowongrass.jpg, originally uploaded by amy_elizabeth_west.

first real snow this year on the neighbor's ornamental grass. Imagine that if you fill a huge open space with more of the same, you'd get an idea of the prairie as it used to look.

November 19, 2007

Sam's Baby Shower

Sam's Baby Shower, originally uploaded by amy_elizabeth_west.

From left to right:
Evan, Laura, Charlot, Patt, Donna, Carolyn & Raggedy Ann (aka burrito baby) made by Laura and wrapped in swaddling blanket with crocheted edging by Tammy, Sam & Sam Jr. holding dada fish made by me & beautiful quilted ball by Charlot while surrounded by more gorgeous gifts, Diane, Cathy, Kris and Wendy.

October 12, 2007

Yvonne Jr.'s washcloth/possibly towel

Needles: #7 straight
Yarn: Fantasy Naturale 100% Mercerized Cotton in color 6399

Yvonne Jr.'s baby blanket

Needles: #8 circulars
Yarn: Carron's Pound of Love in Yellow

September 15, 2007

sweater for Barney

IMG_0832, originally uploaded by amy_elizabeth_west.

Barney's first handknit sweater. I took this at 7:15am because it's going to be 95 today {in early July]. I modeled it on a sweater he has and the measurements were right, but the yarn I used is less stiff than the model yarn and I think I lost some gauge at the neck/shoulders because the upper-chest proportions are clearly off.

Ah well, he likes it. And even likes the big shoulders and neck because he'll only be wearing it over collared shirts.

Yarn: Ironstone Yarns "New Wool" Color 106
Needles: 24", 16" no. 10s, dpn 10s
Cable: Double Moss Cable; p.85 of the Harmony Guides 450 Knitting Stitches, vol. 2.
Pattern: taken off existing sweater


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