Friday, June 21, 2013

Cloudy With a Chance of Yarn

The skies were dark this morning, and the forecast full of thunder. Today being a day off (from paid labour at least), it was a great treat lie in bed and hear the storm come crashing and rolling in, to watch the lightning flashing through the blinds, and to reflect that I couldn't possibly take a training ride in all this weathery commotion. (I'm having a bit of cycling burnout right now.)

Stormy weather is baking weather, so a blueberry-apple crumble was added to the breakfast menu.


What a lovely colour blueberries turn when baked ... divinely dark and juicy purple, staining the apple juices with a rosy blush.


Also on the menu were scrambled eggs with goat cheese and fresh-picked chives. Such a treat to have fresh herbs again, growing outside the kitchen door.


Such a treat to use my  great-grandmother's plate, and to be reminded of my mom, in whose cupboard it sat for decades.


Mr. M and I ate in the porch. We watched the lightning flicker behind the grey clouds, and listened to the sound of falling rain.

"I hope it rains all day," I said. "A nice soaker rain," he agreed.

Then the postie turned in to our driveway. "Are you expecting a package?" I asked. (Usually the mail is delivered to our mailbox across the street.)

"I don't think so," said Mr. M. He got up and leaned out the door to take the delivery, which included a box addressed to me.

"It's from Astri! I forgot this was coming!" (I had recently won Astri's Summer Guessing Game.)

Inside the box were my prizes:


Three skeins of luscious "Cloud 9" yarn by Cascade (how appropriate was that?)...


...a bag of Lindt white chocolate truffles (mmmm), and, inside the card, one of Astri's justly famous crochet roses (purple of course - she knows me well):


The perfect ending to a perfect morning. Thanks Astri! :)

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37 comments:

  1. What a perfect day!!!

    We have dark skies, but not due to storms.

    I'm getting a little bit of cycling burnout, too. You think maybe we should both go on a wildflower hike??? ;)

    Nothing like yarn in the mail. Nothing like it! One of the best things that can happen in a day! Next best thing to chocolate in the mail!!!

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    1. Yes to everything you said! :)

      A wildflower hike would be awesome.

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  2. What a fun package on a lovely rainy day. I went for a walk on the beach this morning, it was sooooo hot I think I was severely dehydrated, then got home just in time for a major storm, it was beautiful. I wish it had stormed all day.
    Glad you got a break from the bike.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks, Mere. It was great to have the break, and to enjoy the storm. We had a weekendful of them. :)

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  3. I love to watch a storm ...I love the crashes and flashes. Your breakfast looks decidedly yummy, mine was the same old, same old, rushed before taking the boys to school, Chester for a walk and a morning of hoovering.

    What a fabulous package, the yarn looks and sounds so soft...any plans for that? Ooh, I do love the White Lindt chocs, I like the coldness and smoothness of them....what a well picked box of gifts!

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    1. Don't know what I'll do with the yarn ... next winter it will probably cry out from the yarn basket, begging to be made into something soft and warm and fluffy. :)

      Great description of the white chocolate Lindt!

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  4. What a sweet post, Sue. Thank you! Funny that the "cloud" yarn came with "clouds". Hope I didn't sent it along with the package. :-)

    Oh my goodness that crumble thing looks so good. Might have to make the soon for our weekly Paleo cheat. ;-)

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    1. Believe me I didn't mind the clouds at all - it was great that they matched your gift. :)

      Surely the cavemen ate SOME grains?

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  5. The crumble looks yummy. Seems like the rain came to make sure you got a little rest. Packages in the mail are just the best!!! Do you have a project for that lovely yarn?

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    1. Thanks Beth - no project yet. If I stash it, it will come.... :)

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  6. Aww... you made my morning, Mrs. Micawber! yumm yumm the blueberry-apple crumble! and awesome gift..in such a weather! postmen are brave!
    Have a happy weekend!

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  7. Oooh, I do love a good storm and your breakfast looks delicious Sue......then to top it all off a wonderful giveaway package. What a great start to the day......enjoy your weekend,

    Claire x

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  8. A perfect morning indeed Sue, your breakfast looks yummy and the plate is so beautiful, don't you think that food always tastes better when eaten off beautiful china. Congratulations on your win, now you can eat those lovely chocs and ponder on what to do with that gorgeous yarn, have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thanks Linda - and I never really thought about it, but you're right about the china. :)

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  9. What lovely gifts. Shame about the weather. Cycling is not much fun in the rain. Has been raining all week here and I've been stuck in the gym.

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    1. I didn't mind, Paul - I really enjoyed the days off and made up for it on Sunday. Hope you get some clear weather soon! :)

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  10. M-M-M --- crumble, choc and yarn look delicious! Cloudy and humid here with spot showers in the forecast. Yard (not yarN) work also in the forecast. I have been checking out crochet books from the library and have seen several patterns that will be worth a try when the time comes for that. I'm not adventurous & inventive like you! Have fun with your new yarn.

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    1. Thanks Sue! Hope your weather was not as nasty as ours this weekend. :)

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  11. Yummmm...

    You have the cutest Blog Titles!

    Happy June Strawberry Full Moon!!!

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    1. Thanks Auntie! What a great name for the full moon. Even better, I think, than Flower Full Moon. :)

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  12. I love a good summer soaker rain too. Juliex

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    1. We've been getting lots this spring ... the plants are loving it. :)

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  13. Hello SUE, I reckon us crocheter and knitters love those kind of days when we can sleep in a bit and listen to the sounds of stormy days. The sound of rain always put me to sleep eventually. LOL But I do love listening to the sounds of weather. Your pressie from Astri looks absolutely wonderful. I am sure you will create something fantastic with that yarn. Hugs Judy

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    1. Thanks Judy - I love the sound of rain too. It's so soothing. :)

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  14. Oh I love the rain, too. Sounds like a perfect day...and yarn, too. Wow!

    Blessings always

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  15. Your breakfast looks delicious! I love to lay in bed and listen to the rain, but not the thunder and lightning, that puts me under the couch with the cat.

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    1. Somehow even thunder sounds nice when I'm snug in bed. :)

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  16. It was a lovely start to your day. Such happiness in such a lovely package and what a delicious breakfast.

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  17. Goat cheese? Did you say Goat cheese? :) Life can't be all work. Sometimes you gotta' just lay around. Just ask a goat. We know these things. I think you ought to take that wildflower walk. If you ask me...and nobody is...but then they ought to. :)

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    1. Yes, I said Goat Cheese - my FAVOURITE cheese with eggs, especially in summer when there are fresh herbs available. I am looking forward to tomato season, when I can have tomato-basil-goat cheese omelettes every morning. Best ever!

      (You don't happen to make cheese, do you, in the intervals of lying around?) :)

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