Taking Stock
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Taking Stock September 2015

Crochet blanket

So, this year is officially flying by, I have proof of this by the fact that I just looked back to see when I last ‘Took stock’ and when I saw July I though that was too recent past for another one.  Then I read the post and it all seemed like ages ago, the middle of summer, Warped Tour, so much time has passed since then, but so quickly.  This must be one of my good reasons for keeping a daily diary where I just jot down what we have done (or not) in a day, so that I can look back and remember each moment before they slip out the back door of my brain and skip down the garden path of my memory.

I decided to forge ahead and do a ‘Taking Stock’ post because they are fun to write and see what I am up to at this very moment!  What are you up to at this very moment?  If you fancy a stock take, I have a blank list for you at the bottom of this post.  Hurrah!

Making : Very chunky knitted cowls, I made one which is a little wide, so I need to make another!  They take about an hour in all to make which is my kind of knitting.
Cooking : Pozole for the first time, I hope we like it.  I have never used hominy in my whole life, today I get to try it.
Drinking : Frothy coffee, but wanting pumpkin beer!
Reading: ‘Purity’ by Jonathan Franzen.
Wanting: The new David Walliams book – ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’ to arrive from the UK so that I can read it to my 10 year old!  So excited to get it.
Looking: Outside and wishing it would cool down please, just a little at a time would be fine, but high 80s is not a late September temperature in my opinion.
Playing: Football/soccer, Swingball and basketball all in the garden (not at once!) now that the evenings are cooling.
Deciding: Which smells to mix into the hand, body and lip balms I am making.
Wishing: It was cooler in the daytime.
Enjoying: The windows open at night, so the lovely breeze can flow through the house.
Waiting: For my tomatoes to ripen so I can pick them.
Liking: That we have had a good aubergine crop even though I don’t like them.
Wondering: What people cook with aubergines to make them nice.
Loving: That I can catch the train into the city this weekend to go to the Strangefolk Festival at Union Station.
Pondering: Which colour to use next on my crochet blanket?  Yes, that half done one in the photo.
Considering: New boots for the winter.
Buying: Long trousers and hoodies for my boys.
Watching: The Big Bang Theory and The Great British Baking Show (not sure why PBS renamed it, but they did!).
Hoping: That I can get my hair coloured purple tomorrow and the colour sticks to my grey hair.
Marvelling: That I can actually use Photoshop even a little bit without my brain exploding messily inside my head.
Cringing: At all kinds of nonsense on social media and yet still I keep going there.
Needing: A new pair of arms after a killer pilates class this morning.
Questioning: The labels I have made for my balms, I think I need a re-design.
Smelling: L’Occitane Verbena perfume, I just love it.
Wearing: Still t shirts and Birks and looking forward to jeans and scarves!
Following: My kid as he zooms to school on his bike/skateboard.
Noticing: That the leaves are starting to fall, making the woods crunchy as we walk through.
Knowing: The plot of Harry Potter is not spoiling it as I read the books to my son.  I am enjoying reading them a second time around.
Thinking: I need to mow the grass.
Admiring: Lisa Congdon as I take her classes on Creative Bug.
Sorting: Markers which work from markers which don’t.  It is amazing that we keep all these pens and half of them don’t work!
Getting: Lots of inspiration for lots of things.
Bookmarking: She Who Rambles who makes me laugh and think and inspires me to do and make.  Thanks Reannon!
Coveting: Koi colouring pens in many many colours.
Disliking: When I am taking photos and my card is full. Erase. Erase. Erase.
Opening: A surprise parcel which arrived today!
Giggling: At the boys playing with cap guns and making way too much noise!
Feeling: Pleased that I have been working with lots of people this week, getting photos taken and balms made.
Snacking: On chocolate digestives.
Helping: With homework.
Hearing: BBC radio on the interweb.

Happy mid week!  Here is a list if you want to stock take.  Taking Stock is the brainchild of the wonderful Pip of Meet Me At Mikes, I am just borrowing the concept and list.

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I live in St Louis, MO, but I am originally from Lincoln, Great Britain. My family and I have lived in the Mid West for over 15 years now. My blog is www.catseatdogs.com where I blog and chat about all kinds of creative stuff.


  1. Nice, Claire! I am wishing the weather would warm up here! Our Melbourne winter has dragged on far too long. I’m looking forward to shedding scarves and jeans for skirts and sandals! Lisa Comgdon is great, isn’t she?

    • I still can’t get used to hearing about opposite weather! You are entering growing weather and we are grabbing our socks and scarves!

  2. Oh this: At all kinds of nonsense on social media and yet still I keep going there. Can definitely relate! Why do we do it?

    • I must admit that I don’t use social media much, I am a self confessed Insta addict, but I could drop Facebook in a heartbeat, it is just that I am part of this lovely group……

  3. Yes! This year is going by so quickly! Glad it’s not just me. I love your blanket, Clare, and it looks like you’ve got some cute cacti in the background there too. Love a good Taking Stock post – bless Pip and her brilliant ideas, hey? 🙂

    • I am working on the blanket this weekend! The cacti will all have to be rehoused inside soon, goodness knows where they are going to fit!

  4. Great stock take Clare. You don’t like aubergines (I would call them eggplants, is that weird?)…maybe you could try cooking them Chinese style, fried with chilli and garlic and Sichuan peppers?! Or an Italian eggplant parmigiana? That is delicious. OR even Ottolenghi style smoky eggplant salad, middle eastern style? I LOVE you blanket. Such great colours. I used to really enjoy watching the Great British Bake-Off, nice family-style TV, I wonder why they changed the name…what’s wrong with a bake-off?! I do not know what pozole or hominy are, and what is pumpkin beer? It sounds straight out of Harry Potter! I want some! How sweet to be reading HP to your son. That must be a nice part of having kids, reading to them 🙂

    • I must make more effort to cook my aubergines/eggplants as I have at least two more growing! Pozole is a Mexican style soup and hominy is canned sweetcorn which has had something done to it which makes it look like teeth and taste like nothing at all, just with a weird texture (not like teeth though which is a relief!) I don’t see any more hominy in my future. Pumpkin beer is yummy though and yes, it does sound like it is from Harry Potter! I feel like I should buy some to snap a picture for you!!! Ha, I don’t take much persuading do I?!

  5. look at that blanket!!!! your hooking skills have gone MAD!!!
    i’m crazy for aubergine! my fav is eggplant parm!
    my husband always brings me a treat from a l’occitane counter when he travels. i love their lotion and oil body wash the very best. i can’t remember verbena perfume but i’ll be sure to check it out.
    sounds like the weather is still very hot there. we are still cool here. when i went out for my morning exercise it was +7c. a little chilly!

    • I am about to pick the aubergine as it is getting nice and big, not sure what I will do with it though. The Verbena perfume is super lemony and lovely.

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