The Amazing Adventures of Tom and Bel

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I love the PNW


Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day

I'm late to this party, but hopefully not too much so.

I love the idea of talking about the environment, and what we can do to fix it. But as Terry mentioned, my ability to speak from a place of scientific knowledge is lacking.
What I do best: taking public transit when I can, re-using plastic grocery bags/using cloth bags,
but my number one thing that I do is cleaning house naturally, as I mentioned last week.

My favorite resource in this regard is the book Clean House, Clean Planet.
If you can't get a hold of that, the tools you truly need to get started are simple: Dr. Bronner's soap, baking soda and vinegar. I've found these three things are enough to get out most any dirt we pick up.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

How Cute Are We?

Our shiny new haircut. The wait was outrageous, but he's awfully pleased...


Friday, October 12, 2007

Housework is Hazardous to Your Health

This has got to be the ultimate news story:

LONDON (Reuters) - Housework might be bad for your health, according to a study suggesting that tidying up as little as once a week with common cleaning sprays and air fresheners could raise the risk of asthma in adults.

Heh. Best. Excuse. Ever.
Now when people come over, I don't have to apologize for the scary state of our home. I can just say we're looking out for the kids' best interest.

(Nevermind, of course, we only use Dr. Bronner's soap, white vinegar and baking soda in our cleaning. It's still a good one.)


Saturday, October 06, 2007


Unbelievably, I started a sweater about a month ago that hasn't seen the light of day on this blog. Here, my puppy girl and I record the progress for posterity.

Bel and me under the cherry tree.

This one started when I was swatching for a work project, and realized how much I enjoy this particular cable. It's easy to execute (mostly w/o a cable needle) yet it looks really good. I'm especially enjoying this project because it's been really spontaneous. Most decisions have been made by the "Huh. Looks good. I should keep going" method.

I'll be picking up the sleeves in this darker color and working my way down.

I just cast on the saddles and started knitting, aided by my trusty beaten-up, dog-eared, broken in two pieces copy of Knitting from the Top. (Scroll waaay down on the page for that one.)

The yarn is Peruvian Highland Wool from Elann that I picked up ages ago. It is soft, easy to knit with and everyone but everyone loves the color.

I'm still not entirely certain of where I'm going with this piece, but it's been a blast finding out thus far. I can only hope that it continues to be this much fun!