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mystery bag: an assortment of this n’ that

rhododendron ready to bloom in Parksville, BChomemade baked beans & artisan bread || www.dianeschuller.comKindle and knitting || www.dianeschuller.com
stitch markers for knitting

Kindle nestled in lace mohair scarf || www.dianeschuller.com

Now that the rhododendrons are threatening to pop open, I’m thinking how nice it would be to throw a brunch party — just like this — (well maybe for us ‘more mature’ gals)  just because, or maybe to celebrate something or another — spring perhaps.

The other day I made enough homemade baked beans that, after I filled a bean pot and added one of my homemade artisan breads for a friend who is not well, we had enough leftover so we could also enjoy some for lunch.

We are always amazed at how surprised people are when they realize we don’t feed our dogs kibble; instead feeding them strictly real meat and raw bones. We made the switch more than a decade ago after finally thinking for ourselves about how to feed our dogs. I came across this blog post quite serendipitously and thought I’d share it with you. It’s about how dogs deserve better health (even if you’d rather not consider what we do): “Your Dog Deserves The Best …

One other ditty you may not realize about me: I am really drawn to __(these things)____ .

Have I mentioned that I’m actually enjoying my Kindle Paperwhite? I used to be one of those who said I’d never read anything but real books thank you very much. But I’ve loosened up on that. There’s no glare, it’s easy on the eyes; it can easily be read in bright sunlight or a darkened room; it’s much like holding a real book; you can make notes or highlight while reading right on the device or even use the vocabulary builder (how cool is that!); and the battery life is astoundingly generous before needing to be recharged. It’s easy to carry around, especially with it being in a protective e-reader carrier. That said, I still prefer holding a real book and have only read a few books so far on my trusty little Kindle.

The pretty black and white chevron e-reader came from this Etsy shop. But if you care to make one, here’s a decent tutorial.

The beautiful stitch markers are from Lavender Hill Knits on Etsy. I love the ones made from tiny shells.

Thanks for slogging through my bag of miscellany. To end this all with a smile on your face, take a look at this little ditty I recently added to my Pinterest boards.

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Debby - March 5, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Vancouver island sounds so lovely. I just picked up a Louise Penny novel recently just because it’s set on your beautiful island. What pretty photographs you’ve shared. I have a big pot of rose coco beans cooking on the stove. I cook them with a big spoonful of tamarind sauce and serve them up with lots of fresh lemon juice squeezed in and a glug of olive oil. What a lovely idea to make some for a friend with your home baked bread. It sounds like a good remedy. I still love the feel of reading a real book. How the weight shifts from one hand to the other as you go through the pages. But I can see how practical it would be, especially when travelling. Think of all the tomes you could carry in one go.
Thanks for sharing.

Candace - March 5, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Diane, beautiful bokeh in the first photo. I love labyrinths also and the one you showed is especially beautiful. We have one here that I frequent altho it is made of stones.

One of my co-workers has a paperwhite. I still have and use an older Kindle but I really like her paperwhite. She dropped her old Kindle in a swimming pool so had to get a new one. I kind of keep hoping mine will fall into a pool, too, because I can’t justify getting the new one when my older, larger one works fine.

Nat @ Made in Home - March 6, 2014 - 4:57 am

I love your pictures! That knit looks so soft -a nd great quote on Pinterest, very funny and very true! Thanks for checking out my blog.

Jenna | The Eighty Twenty - March 6, 2014 - 6:06 am

Thank you so much for linking back to Danielle’s post on The Eighty Twenty. Our pets, like our children, really deserve the same quality of life, and food, as we do! Thanks for spreading the word.

If you’re ever up for writing a guest contribution on the topic, we’d love to have you!

Jenna | Founder + Editor

Leanne@CottageTails - March 6, 2014 - 6:56 am

Hi lovely to meet you! I’ve just had a peek through your blog – all the very best for your journey back from a stroke. ((HUGS)) Life changing I bet!

I too love labyrinths, don’t feed kibble to our dogs and love nature. But I’ve yet to do kindle SMILE.
Love Leanne Nz

Susan - March 7, 2014 - 11:55 am

I’m still in my PJs but as soon as that is rectified I’ll go take a look at my rhodos, I’m desperate for something to bloom. I have two brave little primroses and one crocus so far. I love labyrinths. I’d like to see one in our small town on a piece of unused land by the seawall. Unfortunately our council lacks imagination and I have my finger in too many pies.

Kelly @ JAX does design - March 7, 2014 - 12:02 pm

The beans & bread look delicious! I love my Kindle too – although it’s been a while since I read a book. Too busy playing Words With Friends and doing jigsaw puzzles on my iPad! I would love to come to your brunch party to celebrate spring – too bad you’re so far away! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

katieb663 - March 7, 2014 - 2:55 pm

hi diane~ beautiful photo’s! thanks for sharing lavender hill’s shop, lovely goodness~

happy weekending~


lisa - March 8, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Thank you so much for the doggie link, Diane. Definitely something to consider.

I just love those stitch markers. Surely they are far more attractive than the plain rings you normally see.

I actually just played with the Kindle Paperwhite a couple of days ago. Like you, I never thought I would use a reader of any kind, but then along came my iPad. I added the Kindle app, and the rest is history. I love the ability to carry many books all in one place.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo.