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. 

Sunday, June 05, 2016


Hey There! The weekend is nearly over and I am grouchy because they never seem long enough. We had another fun filled weekend at our place. Friday night, We had homemade pizza (courtesy of my mister) and we watched Kung Fu Panda for the millionth time but they love it. I always enjoy pizza night because even if it is summer we still have an excuse to curl up on the sofa and watch a movie. We don't watch much TV at all in this house so it is a treat that we all enjoy. 

Saturday was a busy day of ballet class in the morning for the lovely Miss CeCe and I finished making my grandmother's birthday cake. She turned 89 this last week. We had a graduation party for my cousin who recently finished college and celebrated with yummy food, family, and karaoke. The cake was a white cake with raspberry filling and cream cheese icing. It was a hit. I am getting pretty good at this cake making thing. Now, to convince mister to add a small commercial kitchen onto the house we buy.  Speaking of homes, we are looking. In fact, we are looking at a lot of things. This was one of those weekends were we were caught up in thoughtful discussion about our life and family. Changes are ahead and we want to be sure that wherever we settle and buy a home is the right place for our family to grow. It was wonderful to hash out our thoughts, desires, and needs. Good things lie ahead, I can feel it. 

Sunday morning was quiet and restful as we headed off to celebrate Mass at my grandmother's retirement community. It is nice to have my uncle celebrate Mass there and we get to join them. The girls had to spend their birthday moneys so we headed off to Target and they scoured the aisles until I convinced them to save some of it and get a little something. I picked up a set of journal to write in as  I start a writing adventure on Monday (more to come about that this week). This afternoon I was able to finish a set of felt coasters for our living room and I wound up some new yarn for a new project. We enjoyed a quiet dinner and some outside time. 

A lovely weekend. I hope this weekend was good to you and yours. 


Joining Karen of Pumpkin Sunrise

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along :: 

"Summer afternoon- summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
- Henry James 

The warm weather snuck in one night and has settled upon us. It has slowed down our pace and given me more time to knit and read. I had put down the knitting needles last month because we had so much going on with birthdays, family events, and general busyness. Thankfully for us, summer is right around the corner and the pace will slow. I picked back up a shawl I was working on and I am beginning to knit the descending section. I have wound up two skein of radiant yarn for both my girls. They are young but interested in yarn and knitting. I need to find a project for them that will be both easy and fun. I am thinking some pom-pom necklaces and garland for their room. I am thinking of casting on another project just to give myself something different for each day. 

A new edition of Taproot arrived yesterday and I am working on finishing up First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. 

Happy Knitting! xo. 

joining Ginny of small things

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer Slow Down

:: Summer Slow Down ::

Memorial Day Weekend is over and just like that, the beginning of summer is upon us. My focus has begun to shift from our "busy" schedule, to a more relaxed pace. (In full disclosure, we are not "busy" people because I hate over-scheduling us and running around every day of the week.) Our oldest will finish the school year and summer will be in full swing. 

It got me thinking about how and what we would be doing this summer. It is the time of the year when  the days are long and they melt into cool evenings spent outdoors. I don't ever want to waste a single second of the summer. It is a golden time of play, relaxation, and family. I want a soulful rhythm to envelope our days. I will try and make this happen. It won't be perfect. I can't make our lives perfect because they are imperfect. Some days will be filled with fun activities, swimming, hiking, and friends. Everyone will get along perfectly and not a hair will be out of place. Other days will be disasterous where the humidity has taken its toll, disagreements will ensue, and the dreaded boredom will rear his ugly head. I hope that in those moments will find the perfect in the imperfect. Then it will be the perfect moment to step back, settle down, and be. Whether it is reading a book or taking a 10 minute quiet time out to just re-focus (and I am talking about me, not just the kids). 

To me, summer should be about doing all the things that we don't get to do during the year.  So I am sharing my summer manifesto.  A proclamation of summer in our home. It is going to hang in our kitchen so that when I feel like everything going wrong I can gently be reminded that we are right where we are supposed to be. 

A Summer Manifesto. 

Projects will be started on our kitchen table, crafts may take several days, and there will be glitter. Lots of glitter. The children will stay up later, eat lots of popsicles, and swim until I think I see gills growing on them. We will pick strawberries in the hot sun and have ice cream for lunch. I will write more, sew more, and experiment in the kitchen more. We will eat salad. We will eat more salad. Bonfires will be built and s'mores made. Overnights at the grandparent's house. Friendship bracelets will be made. Toy trucks will be run through the dirt and mud. Laundry will languish for another day while bathing suits will become standard attire for the day. No socks. Socks and shoes will be hidden away until the crisp air of autumn sneaks back in. The cleaning can wait. We will get bored but in this boredom will come creative new ways to have fun. The television and Netflix watching will become ancient relics because it will be far better to watch the sun set in the evening sky. Day trips. Trails will be hiked. Wild animals will make appearances and we will name them all. Sidewalk chalk and dirt will settle on our hands and feet as we create beautiful masterpieces on the walk in front of our home. We will eat vegetables. Zucchini cooked million different ways. And we will love as we say goodnight each night even if the day is one I would rather not repeat because even in those imperfect moments there was love and family. 

Summer is upon us and the memories are there for the making. We will make it a good one.