Wigglin’ Nubbins Inc.

Ok, so I haven’t really gone into business, although I’ve been toying with it. I’m thinking of starting up a pet-sitting service, specializing in large dogs but I also have experience and can get references for cats and chickens. Yeah, don’t ask.

20150602_113731But I’m thinking that being able to offer up photos of two hundred pounds of dog, loose leash walking, is a pretty good recommendation.

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This was the first time The Brindle met Ms Daisie and while they weren’t thrilled with each other, I think they like me more than they possibly disliked each other.

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Also, Daisie, via her mama I’m sure, had this wonderful gift for me today.

Well Hello There!

It’s been a while, again. Funny how life has a way of getting away from you when you aren’t looking. And oh my, WordPress went and changed their gui too, what the hell!

I was inspired to write by a few photos I took yesterday while out with my girls. We were in the hometown for lunch and the old hotel across the street called to me.

People have different definitions of old when it comes to buildings. My Mister┬ásays our house is old, but it can’t be because it’s younger than him. My other house, the one I share with my sister, is much older and in fact is a style of architecture particular to this area and it’s era. It too could be considered young compared to the hotel though.

IMG_20150516_150528438The Arlington Hotel was built in the 1850s and is a designated heritage site in Ontario. I could go on and on about it’s history, but there are better places including that link I just posted to read about that. Suffice to say that all of the histories do tend to gloss over some of the seedier years of the Arlington.

For my 40th birthday some of my friends and I stayed there after my party and it was so beautiful. I was disappointed when it closed but extremely pleased when it was bought and opened again. It truly is the nicest hotel for miles around.

This is not meant to be a review, although if I wrote one it would be pretty good. I will admit to not having tried the new restaurant but if the sun comes out tomorrow I’m thinking I may go sit on their patio for a bevvie or two.

IMG_20150516_150510884There were two things yesterday that caught my eye and made me want to share. I love the Muskoka (Adirondack) chairs out front that invite you to sit and watch the world go by for a few minutes. And clearly they don’t mind if you do so with your canine friend. In fact they posted an announcement on the Arlington Facebook page that the complimentary water bowl was back outside for the summer.

But more importantly, for my friend Isobel, in my hometown we treat cyclists right. That thing on the left is the repair station with all kinds of tools, an airpump in the middle and then of course the locking rack to the right. All sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery. Because beer and bicycles right?

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Knitterly Things

As promised, today I’ll round up the few Yarns I’ve been able to squeeze in around the Boxers.

46I think I blogged at least twice about my friend’s socks using Haldecraft’s Fissility pattern. Have I raved enough about that pattern? Seriously, if you knit socks you have to try this pattern because it’s so pretty and it’s an easy knit, no mental gymnastics here folks! That’s my project #46.

47Project #47 did require a little bit of brain work. Another friend had asked if I could make a hot water bottle cover for her son. There was a catch, they both have sensitivities to wool so she wanted it in cotton. Since I know a little about her young man I decided I had to use the Toronto Maple Leafs as the design. That means I had to find a pattern and then redesign it slightly to chart the leaf. I’m pretty happy with the result and I hope he will be as well.

49Now that it’s March yet another friend convinced me I should participate in Malabrigo March. There are a bunch of us that she invited to play and it’s ended up being a Jeweled Cowl March as I’m not sure everyone is using Malabrigo but I am, this colourway is called Velvet Grapes.

Oh, and just so you know, the distractions continue. This is our little Ti Sweetie, we figure she’s around 10 years old which means The Brindle is pleased to finally have a contemporary to hang out with. Clearly, since he’s sharing his beloved hedgehog with her.

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