Monday, August 08, 2016

Late Summer

:: Late Summer ::

We have almost reached the point of mid-August and I can begin to feel summer slowly dwindle away as only a few weeks remain before the Fall routine begins again. I would have loved to write more this summer in this space but life got busy. We have filled our days with all kinds of fun and places. Most nights I collapse into bed too tired to sit at the computer to write and share the day. We still have a few adventures to go on and next week we had off for a couple days away in Virginia. Exploring the homes of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe. We will drive down part of Skyline drive and savor all that the Shenandoah Valley has to offer. We also have our tickets reserved for Members night at the National Aquarium. A family reunion to attend and a few more late evenings and ice cream cones to eat. It has been so nice to have a summer where we aren't worrying about too much or gearing up to move. Our home search has been slow but fruitful in some respects. We know what we want and now we just have to find it. I know that the right home is out there and we will find it but I am not in a hurry. Some things can not be rushed. 

I am hoping to finally open my Etsy shoppe and showcase some of my work. I have been diligently working in a writing community and hope to start sending off some pieces for publication. It is kind of scary to put myself out there in the world and see what happens but if I don't try then I will never know what might have been. 

Lots of things are going to start happening around our home this Fall and I can't wait to see what the change in season can conjure. It is my favorite time of year and the one I feel closest too. There is something indescribable about the weather and change that takes place. Change can be hard but good can come out of it. 

I will be visiting this space more and putting down more of our family life. 

Even if I haven't been here, I have been taking my camera with us....

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along :: 

It has been so long since I last joined up for a Yarn Along with Ginny's blog but I am back. It has been so hot here but I am dreaming of cool autumn days as I knit myself a cowl entitled, Adama. I wanted something in a lovely pink so I bought some Lark from Quince and Co. in dogwood pink. It is shaping up nicely and I can't wait to finish it. I am also starting a baby sweater for my cousin who just had her second child and another baby sweater for my other cousin who will be having their first baby in September. I might just slip one in for us too. You never know. Our boy needs a sweater for the fall so I am looking through my stash to find the perfect color for him. I get a lot of knitting done in the summer because we are always going on little road trips on the weekends. 

I am halfway through The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. It is the story of a family who owns and operates an apple farm told by the daughter. It is an excellent story so far. She recounts her childhood and the struggles the family faces. It is a calm and soothing read. I had finished reading All the Light We Cannot See. I liked it but I didn't love it. I think it up to each reader to decide about the story. Next up on my shelf is Lily and Octopus. It is the story about a man and his companion, a dachshund. I have a dachshund so I immediately identified with the cover. I know, judging a book by its cover. But usually my instincts aren't wrong. 

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer or winter (depending on the hemisphere). 

Happy Knitting. xo. 

Joining up with Ginny from Small Things

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Mid-Summer Catch Up

:: A Mid-Summer Catch-Up::

I have largely ignored my blog this summer because I have wanted to focus on my children, summer, and a writing course I am taking over the summer months. It has been such a lovely summer thus far and I know the second half will be equally as lovely. We have spent so much time just having fun and doing things as a family that each night we collapse happily into bed. We have been cooking, making, sewing, exploring, finding, playing, and just being lazy. And we have started looking at homes and searching for our little homestead.  I am so glad that I wrote a summer manifesto early this summer because it has helped guide us through each day. I hope you all are having a lovely summer to with family and friends. I will be checking back in periodically as summer draws to a close and the school year starts in September. 

Please enjoy the photos.