I’m Back Blogging… with a New Toque
I recently got an email that included an encouraging “update your blog, already, sheesh.” (Thanks Janet! It is nice to know someone has been missing my posts!) I’m sorry dear
fans friends and family. Sending my short lens away for repairs really affected my blogging abilities. But I finally got it back on Friday. So I promise I will get back into keeping you updated on all the exciting details of my life. Or at least some of the birdy, bakey, crafty details.
That said, I took the photos here with my new iPhone! I never expected to become one of those crazy smartphone people, but it was a too good to be missed deal, with the phone for free and a way better plan than my old one for only $2/month more. I’m super excited about getting the Sibley eGuide to Birds app. And I may have bought a White-throated sparrow call for my ringtone. (I wanted a Swainson’s thrush, but it isn’t available. )
So… what have I been up to? Well, as I mentioned last post, my mum came to visit, and I will have a post about that soon. I’m working on what I thought was a simple DIY picture frame project but I keep having setbacks… it feels like it’ll be ready to hang just about the time I have to move out. I’ll post about it when it is done. And I’ve been knitting a toque, which I just finished today.
It’s called Mod Cables hat, and I found it on Ravelry. I actually planned to start it about a year ago, started it in blue in the fall, but decided I wanted to use green instead, and then didn’t get to it until February. And then took a long time to actually get going. I am going to start my next knitting project immediately (another hat, Canadians can’t have too many toques, even if it is now spring.) Now I am in knitting mode I should keep at it.
I really like it. It’s a one-size-fits-all pattern, and fits rather snugly, unless perhaps you have a tiny head like my friend Katie.
Cooking and baking-wise, I haven’t been overly creative lately, I suppose, or my point-and-shoot photos turned out too embarrassing to publish. I am in “use my up food before I move” mode. But I’ll have some recipes to share soon as well.
If you know me in real life, I am sure you expect me to be heading out to the field again for another spring/summer/fall of avian field work. You’d be correct. From May to early August I will be doing MAPS banding (a breeding season bird monitoring program) in the Fort McMurray region of Alberta, AKA the oil sands. It is going to be an interesting experience, I’m sure. (And I am sure I’ll have plenty of use for my new toque up there!) Then for August-September I will be back for another fall migration season at Mackenzie Nature Observatory.
I’m not sure if I’ll squeeze in something else in October, but at some point in the fall I will be returning here to the island. For my fifth winter already! And you know what? I am going to try to make this a permanent move this time. This time next year, I’m going to try to stay put. I’m getting too old for this living out of a suitcase lifestyle. Ten years as a nomadic field biologist is enough. I have no idea what that is going to mean for me career-wise, but I guess I will figure it out. This area feels like the right place to call home. Plus Chai will be happy to not have to go on epic roadtrips to and from my parents’ farm every year.
I’m not planning on getting a lot of apps for my iPhone, but are there any that you love?
What have you been crafting lately?
Any big news in your life?