Friday, September 30, 2016

Adkins Arboretum

:: Adkins Arboretum :: 


We visited Adkins Arboretum last Saturday. It is very near where my husband grew up and spent time with his family. We picked up his dad for lunch and a trip to the arboretum. I had never visited this place before and didn't know how beautiful it was. It was amazing. The walking paths with some plaques describing trees, an outdoor sculpture gallery, and goats! It was one of those afternoons you want to bottle up and keep forever. It will definitely be worth another visit. 









Thursday, September 29, 2016

Three Thoughts on Thursday

:: Three Thoughts on Thursday ::

Oops! Tuesday was here and left before I could even put a post up. So here we are on Thursday already. The weather has been up and down all week so it throws me for a loop. I like rainy days but not several in a row. It really depletes my energy. Things have been calm this week in our home and I love it. Slow weeks are needed to catch up on just taking a moment to live. 

#1 Chocolate Cake 

My little ones have been begging for a chocolate cake for what seems like forever (not really, maybe just three days). We set out yesterday to bake a cake. I am on a bundt cake kick lately. I have really pretty pans and I love how easy they can be. No fussy middles or lining up layers. We picked out a recipe from Martha Stewart's website and off we went. Mixing, measuring, pouring, and spilling. I got the cake in the oven just in time to turn around and find our youngest guy covered in chocolate batter. He had taken the mixer paddle and began "cleaning" it for me. I usually don't mind if they taste it but the raw egg thing kind of worries me. So- we quickly cleaned up and set about making chocolate frosting because we go big in this house. The kids really enjoyed cooking and I did too. I have learned to relinquish some control when it comes to allowing the children to help. I used to try and control the mess but now we just go with it. They love to help in the kitchen and I don't want to turn them off to cooking. Let's face it, they will need to cook to live someday. It is one of those important life skills. The cake was great not as good as Ina Garten's: Beatty's Chocolate Cake. That is by far my favorite recipe. But I didn't hear any complaints from the family because who doesn't like cake. Our middle gal told me that I was the best mommy because I make cakes. Not a bad way to end the day. 


#2 Politics  

I make it a point never to talk about politics on my blog. It is not my thing. I have well-informed opinions about the direction of our country. I read newspapers, journals, and articles about different issues and I have a set of values that I try to use to navigate the ever dangerous waters of political conversation. I am not associated with a political party. I am not thrilled by my choices this fall. My candidate did not win the primary. I feel very hesitant to ever bring up politics around anyone because it is met with great debates and hard feelings about both candidates. I hear people say that they are looking for the person who will fix our problems. But there is no such person. We have to be the ones willing to work for change, fix the problems, and be the change we want to see. It is so much easier to sit back and tell someone else to fix it. That person will not be there in November. We have to be the change. I started to make myself a list of ways that I can be the change I want to see in my community. It is a work in progress and I know that I will fail at different times trying to achieve those goals but it is better than sitting back and waiting for some else to do it. 


#3 Trees 

Fall is here! Every day my trees in the backyard change a little bit. It is so wonderful to see the change of seasons. We are hoping to get a lot more hiking trips in over the next couple weeks. Autumn is our chance to marvel at the spectacular show nature has planned for us. It is also an excuse to get away from the busy nature of the world. I feel like this time of year inspires me to dream big and work on new things. It is so lovely to see the trees. They give so much and expect so little. I guess that is why some people just want to hug them. I might the next time I am out in the woods. 





Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Works in Progress

:: Works in Progress :: 




Works in progress these days consist mainly of my garter stitch blanket (for fun and ease) and starting completely over on my Real Sea Urchin Slouchy Beret. I am ready for the fourth color to be added to the blanket. It is so squishy and soft. It is fun to knit while watching TV or chatting with my husband. I had to completely restart my beret. Not a good night for that little revelation. I am not sure what happened but my stitch counts were way off. I may have missed a stitch in the first round of the eyelet pattern. I still don't know but I went back to the beginning and started again. Hence why I am the world's slowest knitter. So there is no progress to show there but I did make some more head way on a shawl I put away over the summer. Next week I will share some photos of it. 

I am more than halfway through The Fifth Avenue Artists Society. It is really good so far. I love reading historical fiction. I also have been skimming some new cookbooks from the library while looking for new recipes to dazzle the family. 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! 

Happy Knitting. 



Joining up with Ginny of Small Things

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekends

:: Weekends ::

Our weekends are never long enough because before I know it the sun is down and it is Sunday night. I really wish that they were three days instead of two days. Another weekend has come and gone. We have enjoyed every minute of it. 

* homemade pizza and movie on Friday night. I finally convinced the girls to watch Aladdin. They loved it. 

* Saturday morning was a quick breakfast followed by dropping off my parent's dogs that we have been watching all week. The girls enjoyed their furry friends all week. 

* we headed off to the Eastern Shore to visit with James' dad. 

* lunch in Easton at a cute little pub and a tour around the theater next door

* afternoon of walking the trails at Atkins Arboretum

* long evening ride home enjoying the beautiful sunset

* catching up on the newest season of Longmire and lots of knitting 

* Sunday morning omelets and enjoying the sudden arrival of fall

* Mass and a stop at my parent's home to say hello

* an afternoon of hemming pants and going through winter clothes

* kale, white bean, and sausage soup with homemade bread for supper 

*tonight will be lots of knitting. The weather is getting me in the mood for cozy knits. 







Hope you and yours had a wonderful weekend! 


Joining Karen of Pumpkin Sunrise




Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along :: 




                                     

























Knitting news! I actually have something finished. Ha! I am slow in the summer and find myself spending time outside with paints or going for walks with my children and husband than knitting. But alas, summer is over and fall is here. It is my favorite season and I am getting back into knitting more. I finished my Adama a few weeks ago and I had to block it twice because I didn't like the outcome. Then I just forgot to take some pictures of it. But here it is! I love the soft pink (dogwood) of Quince & Co. Lark yarn. It was a fairly easy knit and I love the diamond pattern. It will be cozy around my neck in the near future. 

I am working on a simple garter stitch blanket with a set of seven different colors from Knit Picks
(Billow is the yarn name). I wanted to work on something that was easy and simple while watching TV, chatting with friends, or playing with the kids. It is going to be a long term project but one that everyone in my house has already tried to put dibs on. 

Lastly, I just finished the ribbed band of my favorite beret pattern, The Real Sea Urchin Beret. I made a blue one about two years ago and I really wanted something grey. The yarn is from Madelintosh  but I forget the name. 

I just started reading Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway. So far- so good. I recently read Ann Patchett's new book, Commonwealth. I did not like it as much as I did her other works. I am also savoring every single article and picture from the latest Taproot. I try and stretch it out until the next one arrives. 

Hope all is well. Happy Knitting. xo. 


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