Simply Wonderful

*wipes dust off blog*

I had the chance this past weekend to spend an entire day with the grown daughter of my good friend Jen (we’ve been friends since 1976 and haven’t seen each other in almost as many years).

Thanks to a scholarship that she earned, Emma is participating in an extensive study trip that had her in Munich for 8 days, followed by 3-4 in N├╝rnberg, and ending with an extensive stay in Berlin.

I picked Emma up at her hotel in Munich Saturday morning, and took her to see some of the places that Jen and I used to spend time around, most notably our old high school and the movie theatre, both of which still exist and are still being used exactly for those purposes.

We then headed out of town on the scenic route, which took us by the Starnberger See, Andechs, and then to my house where we took a short break before heading off to a typical Bavarian lunch in a small town very near here, which recently celebrated its 1200th birthday.

After lunch, we toured the local church which is quite large and somewhat famous, having been constructed by a well-known church builder, and then we bought some white bread at the store and headed to the lake to feed the geese and ducks, and watched the large paddle-board steamboat approach from across the lake and tie up to the dock. Eventually, it blew its whistle, signaling it’s continuance on its journey around the lake.

Returning to my humble abode, we chatted and eventually broke the seal of that fabulous prosecco.

All in all, I thought it was a splendid day and I hoped that I hadn’t bored Emma to death (I was later assured that I hadn’t).

I felt incredibly lucky to meet this beautiful, intelligent, poised and extremely well-mannered young woman.

It was a good day.

Projects and Little Critters

I’ve commenced with the annual task of sanding down the table that is on my porch. Every year, there’s quite a difference between the aged, weathered surface and the lovely wood hiding underneath.

Now, yesterday, I discovered an entire “clump” of freshly hatched, teensy tiny spiders in one of my geranium boxes:

And thanks to all of the sanding dust I created, I discovered a very intricate, very tiny spider web created on the other side of the porch by one of those very tiny spiders:

It’s the little discoveries in life that make me happy.

Knitting Leftovers

When ordering yarn for a project, I generally order an extra skein or two just in case – I’m always afraid to run out of yarn just before the end of a project.

That habit of course comes back to bite me in the butt, as then I’ve loads of extra leftover yarn in the stash (and don’t ask me about the stash). So, I had leftover Baby Merino/Silk from the green and light and dark blue sweaters I knitted this winter and decided to use the leftover yarn to knit this nice thing. It’s turning out to be quite the project, as it involves a large number of ever increasing stitches.

So, doing this “leftover” projects I had no more projects in the pipeline, until I made the mistake of reading an email by one of my yarn suppliers. I saw, I fell for it, I ordered the yarn for it which arrives today.

Have a look at this gorgeous sweater here.

I just couldn’t resist. Just couldn’t.

Things in the Woods

I went to a place yesterday where I often go, when looking for butterflies and other insects and crawly things. It’s basically a very small meadow with lots of wild flowers, located in the midst of a large forest. I used to go there often, but the few times I did make it up there last year, it made me cry, because it’s one of the many “Tobi places”.

The trip yesterday was worth it. There were hardly any insects (there aren’t very many insects anymore). When I think about how my windshield USED to look after a longer drive and how it looks now, I think I could drive to Hamburg and back and maybe have three dead flies on the windshield upon coming home. Thank you pesticides and thank you herbicides, decimating the desperately needed variety of plants to sustain life, insects and birds, whose populations have also been decimated here in the last 15 years or so.

There were also few butterflies, probably because there are hardly any flowering plants this early in the year.

But I did see this:

Blindschleiche (Angius fragilis)


It looks like an itty bitty tiny little snake, but it isn’t. It’s a wonderful little (about 50 cm long) lizard that happens to be without limbs. It’s called a “Slow worm” or “Blind worm” and the Wikipedia article about it can be found here.

It’s native to Eurasia only, and it’s the first time I’ve seen a live one. I was quite excited. They have teensy tiny little scales and are wonderfully smooth to touch.

We got this little guy off of the logging road where he was sunning himself and back into the grassy meadow, where he won’t get runover.

Creeped Out

I no longer have a desktop computer, but I still have a nice large monitor which is mounted to the wall over my desk. I hook it up to my laptop now and then when I am doing eye intensive work or other large projects.

The last couple of days, the monitor has turned itself on twice, without me even going anywhere NEAR the desk. (It’s not hooked up to anything but the power supply).

Maybe I’ll steal some holy water from the church down the road and sprinkle the monitor with it to see if it melts.


Another knitting pattern from the Knitting Calendar has caught my eye, it’s a Double Brioche Scarf designed by Carol Schoenfelder, and I’ve never heard of this technique nor seen it:

I’m very intrigued by it, as it looks to be an excellent pattern for a scarf, as it is fully reversible. It’s made by alternating a knit stitch with a k1b (knit one below) stitch.

I haven’t managed to reproduce it (apparently I’m doing something wrong and need to search the net for some instructional videos) but I will persevere.