Third Party

I opened my blog the other day only to discover my backgrounds had disappeared and there was a message that I needed to change the settings on a certain account if I wanted to continue to have third party hosting.

My first reaction was well, of course I did. My background was a photo taken ten years ago when we, as a family, climbed Mount Ruapehu, a still active volcano (and which, incidentally, erupted just a short time afterwards). As well as being a rather attractive photo, it had special meaning for me.

So I went to the account in question but despite using the Help function and spending far too much time searching and whatnot, I could not find any place to change the settings. Now, I admit to not being exactly computer literate, but I suspect part of the reason may have been the device I was using. It doesn't support a lot of apps and only runs some programmes in part. Usually that's not a problem ...

Too lazy - and by this time, too frustrated - to open up another device…

Winter Getaway

The plan was to take an honorary long weekend and head to sunny Gisborne for a few days. Sun we saw on the long drive to and fro, but during our time there, Gisborne failed to live up to its reputation.

Still, there are some advantages to getting away mid-winter. Such as:

Spectacular scenery ...

Experiencing sights at their worst and still finding them breath-taking ...

A Sore Thumb

I don't hear it often these days, but growing up I would often hear my parents say about something or someone that they/it "stuck out like a sore thumb." Which is immediately what I thought of when I saw these mittens that I made to match my latest cowl.

But for all their awkward-looking-ness, they are very comfortable mittens and I'm grateful to be wearing them as I type this, even with the fire roaring and the house cosier than it has been all winter (and it needs to be given the forecast for the remainder of the weekend).

As I mentioned, I made them to match my cowl. This one.

I wasn't sure if I wanted a scarf or a cowl so did a provisional cast on just in case. For a variety of reasons I ended up choosing a cowl. (They stay around my neck when I'm busy better than a scarf; they don't dangle into food or washing up water; they use less yarn than a scarf; and, I was bored stiff with the pattern by this point and decided I really, really wanted another c…

Bleak House

Yesterday was the shortest day of the year.

Today, I think, was the coldest.

Sweet Spot

Craving something sweet last night I tried this chocolate cake in a mug from here. I used half the amount of sugar and replaced the cocoa with cacao powder and only used half, and maybe went a little over with the chocolate hazelnut spread, but it was super yummy!

I made it again today, doubling the recipe as I did last night but divvying it up between three teacups. It went down a treat especially with The Most Adorable Granddaughter#5 who came for lunch following church.

Later, we met up with her family to feed deer at the local park. Son#3, or more specifically DIL#3, had collected a huge bag of acorns and given them to Son#2 a little while ago, and the deer certainly appreciated the treat.

And before the day became too cold for little ones (and bigger ones, too)  there was time to play in the park and kick up some leaves.