Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Saturday, November 10, 2007

squeezing out some photos

A seasonal shot from the last local farmer's market of the year. These are eating pumpkins, not jack-o-lanterns. Anyone have any recipes for how to cook a pumpkin?

Mandatory kitty photo. This is Candy, nested on DH's lap blanket. Candy's motto is, "Don't make me cut you." She has grumpy old kitty down to an art.
At last, the orphan sweater! It's fluffy and oh, so warm! Got to get it delivered right away!(Medical teams International.) It should fit anyone from a very small woman to a child with several other layers underneath, and the sleeves rolled up. I am crocheting a belt for it.

In Dave Daniel's blog, I always admire his wonderful atmospheric photos of the beautiful old buildings in Boston. Portland is about a century and a half younger than Boston, but we still have a nice old building or two. This is our Multnomah County Library. It really is a monument to education and literature. High ceilings, awesome marble staircases, gracious enormous windows, and acres of books that anyone with a card can borrow and read! Also, on cold and rainy days, it's a warm, dry, safe place for bums to come and doze. Compassion lives here as well as nobility and knowledge.

Across the street from the library is a nice old three story brick house (Now a legal firm) which has been covered, freaking COVERED with ivy! Pretty impressive. And rather pretty. But the ivy is probably prying the bricks apart, and will one day tear tha whole place down. The power of implacable growth. Entropy rules!!

The laptop screen can be seen, through a glass darkly, with the use of strong light. I was able to pick up these photos yesterday by holding the screen in the last rays of the setting sun. Hooray for good solutions!!


  • At 10:29 AM , Blogger Angela Martínez said...

    Beautiful pictures! Glad you were able to get them posted.

    On the pumpkins: Simply cut them in half, scoop out the guts and seeds, place them cut side down on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven at about 350 until they're soft and sort of brownish. The skin will come off easily, and then you can mash/puree them for pies, breads, soups, whatever you like.

    I suppose you could also cook them just enough to make the skins loose, then cut them into chunks and add the chunks in any recipe you might use potatoes in, just add them a little later so that they retain some of their shape.

  • At 5:32 PM , Blogger Pat K said...

    Love the pictures. Old buildings really are the best. Love the kitten in the bowl picture.

  • At 5:40 PM , Anonymous Dave Daniels said...

    My favorite pumpkin recipe is to cut it open, clean it out, and dice it into small chunks (After peeling) and steam it for about 20-30 minutes. Serve the chunks with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar, or mash it up with a pad of butter, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a pinch of salt.
    Beautiful photography of the library. It could easily pass for something from one of Boston's universities.
    And that sweater? Gorgeous. What yarn is that, is it a handspun? Pretty color combination.

  • At 7:13 AM , Blogger Amy Lane said...

    I am always so amazed at how many beautiful things you make for worthy organizations...

    And isn't it funny how ivy LOOKS so picturesque, but is really evil... I'm never sure how to treat it in a story....

    Grumpy kitties rule the world!!!

  • At 9:45 AM , Anonymous MonicaPDX said...

    The one of the dear ol' library is magnificent! I've always loved that building - aside from the fact that it holds all those lovely books. ;) The sweater is beautiful; so is Candy, firmly ensconced; not to mention the pumpkins, with all those deep oranges.

    And that ivy? Makes you wonder, with people knowing what it does, how they end up deliberately planting it in the first place, decorative or not! Sort of like putting "a little patch of mint" in your garden. Hah! (Mom and Dad tried mint once. Hooboy, did they cuss themselves for the couple of years it took to get it all out, after they realized it was inexorably marching towards the house...)

  • At 2:48 PM , Blogger Warrior Knitter said...

    Beautiful sweater! Love the whole freakin' thing ~ colors, collar, pockets and the pose with 'tude!


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