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Olallieberry
Spruce Grove CANADA
Interests: Knitting, sewing, making, growing. And a little bit of baking just for good measure.
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Mr Mylo has a new little friend. She is a 4 month old Himalayan Siamese cross, and she has just about the sweetest disposition we have ever seen. Mylo agrees. Hard as he tried to resist her charms, within one week he has become completely besotted with her, as are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Olallieberry
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Just a few images I've collected over the past week showing where my focus has been. I have a surprise to share... we have a sweet addition to our little family. Soon, very soon, I will introduce her. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Olallieberry
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Not a day above -8C this past week, and we still had more snow. Certainly manageable compared to what some have been experiencing mind you--spring blizzards on the east coast and painfully frigid temperatures on the eastern prairies that just won't let up. Still, we plunge forward with the certainty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Olallieberry
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It was -39 celcius this morning, -47 with the windchill... which I'm sure has been the coldest day we've had all winter. And it's March 1st!! Oh that sun has been shining all right, deceiving us into believing spring is around the corner. The Mr and I even attended a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Olallieberry
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Early Morning Progress Report: 1) Rosemary Soapmaking - basic recipe found here, 2) Felted Stone Embroidery - inspiration found here, felting instructions found here, and general natural dyeing instructions found here (I used onion skins followed by a dip in an iron bath concocted from steel wool and vinegar to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Olallieberry
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We celebrated a birthday this past week, the Mr is another year older. I whipped up a scratch strawberry shortcake and a version of his favourite soup as the meal of the day. Now normally I make this soup with leeks, but in keeping with my current experimental spirit and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Olallieberry
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The light finally starts to show itself again in February, albeit in fleeting moments. Photography in my house during the first and last months of the year ranges from painfully difficult to virtually impossible. We have several large windows but, alas, none are south facing. It takes until February for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Olallieberry
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I am up and at 'em long before dawn every single morning: rain or shine, work or play. I try to be quiet for everyone, but it's tough to tippy toe around for hours before the rest of the house starts to stir. It's not that I can't sleep... it's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Olallieberry
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Hello friends! I hope January has settled in for you in a good way. After celebrating Christmas with family and friends and ringing in the New Year, we have managed to move back into some semblance of routine. Balancing work and school with social engagements and household chores, I've been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Olallieberry
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Hello? Is this thing still on? And if it is, is there anyone left out there listening? Nevertheless, I am happy to announce that I, along with the rest of the Olallieberry clan, am here, happy, and well. We are starting off the New Year this morning with a painted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Olallieberry
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That's right, the Mr and twelve-year-old K worked very hard over the last couple of weeks to finish this deck project which has been on our "to do" list since we moved into our house over four years ago. It's a little late in the season for us to get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at Olallieberry
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It's been such a humid summer-- odd for August on the prairies. We've had showers almost every night followed by beautiful sunshine throughout the day. Perfect summer weather. Or maybe it just seems perfect now that we've been able to find respite with the air conditioning. Normally I melt into... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Olallieberry
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While summer is here in all her glory, I can't help but think how fall is just around the corner. I can feel her presence in the coolness of the evening breeze, and I catch glimpses of her in the lengthening shadows cast by the early morning light. The leaves... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2013 at Olallieberry
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Man oh man, are we enjoying this air conditioning! I've been wallowing in all the activities I love to do that in the past had to be set aside for more appropriate weather. Things like seeking relief inside after a hot workout in the garden (see the lemon thyme I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2013 at Olallieberry
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More rain (thank goodness, the heat is hard to take), we're having air conditioning installed as I write this (yes, we are shamefully weak), I baked cinnamon buns from scratch (old family recipe I'll share soon), and I got stung during a garden visit today (my own fault for inadvertently... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at Olallieberry
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Whew, this week has flown by! I didn't even begin to touch on all of the things I was hoping to, but I did manage to finish off the tealeaves cardi (raveled here) in 32 degree celsius heat (ugh). Not exactly ideal knitting weather, but that's never stopped me before.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2013 at Olallieberry
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Just a few "bee" shots from the garden over the past week now that the sun has decided to make a very welcomed and timely appearance. I love how lush and moist everything is--a nice respite from the typical dry, unbearable heat we normally experience in summer. The bees response... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at Olallieberry
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Summer has arrived so late this year; I can't believe the lilacs are still in bloom! I remember the year we got married the lilacs were blooming well in time for our mid-May wedding. It was a perfect day with just a few fluffy white clouds floating in a clear... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at Olallieberry
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Lots of rain always makes for good gardens, good baking, good projects, good reading, and... ...very grumpy kittens. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at Olallieberry
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"I'm bored." "??.. What was that??" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Hmmph... whatever...." "...I'm bored." Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at Olallieberry
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It's been rainy and overcast all week long. We really needed the moisture though--spring has been very late in coming and everything in the garden is waaaay behind. The bees have been foraging furiously at every pause in the rain. Yesterday the sun peeked out for a couple of hours... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at Olallieberry
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Spring arrived late this year. We finally got the yard cleanup done other than the lawn maintenance which we've put off until the very last, and wouldn't you know it, that's exactly when the much-needed rain decided to make an appearance. I'll tell you what I haven't been doing, and... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at Olallieberry
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The weather has most certainly changed for the better, and Spring has definitely arrived! Blue skies dappled with soft, fluffy, white puffs of smooshiness; green grass; fresh breezes; the sounds of activity clamouring through the neighbourhood as the weather draws everyone outside. Sweet. We haven't cleaned the yard yet, this... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at Olallieberry
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While everyone else is posting about wafting spring blossoms and beckoning garden plots, we are solidly hunkered down, enduring one of the last (we hope) of the season's miserably wet, cold, and wintry blizzards. Luckily I have some very satisfying knitting close at hand. I'm just getting ready to add... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2013 at Olallieberry
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