I'm noticing that even though the Germans are bundling up and putting their gardens to rest for the winter, they haven't moved themselves indoors. Not even a bit! Our local newspaper advertised some hiking get-togethers over the weekend and I see just as many bikers (commuting and joy-riding) as ever. And while I can totally get on board with a good, brisk autumn walk (and frequently do) I'm realizing that I need to seriously step up my toughness factor. Why? My neighbors are still drying their clothes on the balcony every day. This impresses me for several reasons.
1. I do not do laundry every day. Unless you count cloth diapers. Even then, I wash those every other day.
2. My neighbor (who is the one I see drying her laundry outdoors) has two little kids and is obviously showered, dressed, and finishing laundry hours before I've even had my first cup of coffee.
3. My fingers are just a little numb typing this out. (Maybe it's time to turn the heat up)
4. My clothesline currently looks like this.
Speaking of autumn walks, I saw this really cool snail the other day. Check out that shell. Isn't it wild?
In yarn news I visited a new-to-me craft store in a neighboring village and came home with a wee bit of wool (it's so tiny it doesn't even count as a wool purchase, right? RIGHT.) and some KnitPro wooden DPNs. It has taken all of my self restraint not to cast on for baby socks right here, right now. But instead I am diligently crafting away on Baby G's Halloween costume (hint: it's going to be adorable).
Also I may have frightened a fellow knitter today with my sheer enthusiasm for yarn. I somehow ended up following this poor person down the block rambling about stretchy bind-offs before I got a grip. Oops.