My Neighbors

I took a few minutes to mosey onĀ over to the fence to visit with my neighbors. They weren’t particularly chatty.
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I didn’t have any treats and I don’t know what treats one gives to a calf, anyway.
Calf with tongue

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Her left cheek looks really big. I hope that’s cud in there and not a big wad of tobacco.
Cow with horns

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Like mother, like daughter.
Like Mother like daughter

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These Mesquite trees don’t provide much shade, especially in February.
Resting cow

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This is the bull. I decided not to linger where he could see me.
The bull

More Signs of an Early Spring

I found some green stuff peeking up on the trail of a recent hike. Bluebonnets, already? On my drive to the hike, I also saw some Mountain Laurels in bloom (no photos, however, as Austin has a “no using hand-held devices while driving” law).

Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets

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Looks like cilantro to me, but I wasn’t about to taste it to verify

We passed two ponds. You can see how the clouds changed in just a few minutes.

I’m not sure how this prickly pear cactus pad got separated from the plant, or how it managed to get lodged on the barbed wire fence.

Pad of a prickly pear cactus

Pad of a prickly pear cactus

Cabled Cowl

Someone is learning how to knit cables! Hey, that’s me! I took a class (surprise!) and there was some pre-class homework to do for the initial ribbing. I finished the ribbing and thought I’d just dive right into the cabling task. I had seen cabling demonstrated once and I thought, you know, Nike-wise: Just Do It.

So I did it! And what did I learn in class? That I was holding my knitting backwards, or inside-out, sort of. That means when the pattern said “hold the cable needle in front” I was actually holding it in back. This is not a problem, as long I’m consistent and hold it in back for the rest of the pattern, now that I’ve oriented my knitting correctly.

Alpaca yarn from Alpacas raised by the Ply! Yarn shop owner, Kathy Utts, in Wimberley, Texas

Alpaca yarn from Alpacas raised by the Ply! Yarn shop owner, Kathy Utts, in Wimberley, Texas

I also learned that even though it sounds easy to count to 5 (purl stitches) and 6 (knitting stitches), sometimes I didn’t make that happen. One of my fellow knitters suggested using a marker at each stitch change and then I wouldn’t have the opportunity to miscount on each row (assuming I got the first row correct). Whoa! Great idea . . . for the next project.

I actually am learning something new each day.