Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Yarn Along

{ Yarn Along } 


I am finally getting around to sharing my Christmas knits. I finished the Sea Urchin Beret from Tend Magazine. It was surprisingly easy and enjoyable knit. I think I will be making another in the future. I also finished a Milo Sweater for our little guy. My latest project is the Downton Abbey Cowl which is a perfect knit for this time of year since we have just started Season 5. 

I am reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I am not sure if I love it but I'll finish it and see how I feel about it once I am done. 

Joining Ginny of Small Things

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

A Snowy Day

{ A Snowy Day } 

We awoke to the snow coming down at a quick pace this morning and it showed no signs of stopping. School was cancelled and James stayed home from work because he is coming down with the winter bug. A perfect day for rest and family time. I have been trying to start off our snow days with ease and fun. We had a warm breakfast of oatmeal and raisin bread. I like to read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. It is one of my favorite books and it reminds me of the girls when they go out to play in the snow. 

The girls are still recovering from post holidays illness and my stomach was not agreeing with me so we had a quiet morning of watercolors, tea, and classical music. The girls are fond of white crayon resist paintings. I am no artist but I love to paint also and any excuse to relax with my little ones in the quiet of the house is a gift. We read some more books and made the birds a few pine cone feeders. They were worried that the birds wouldn't able to find any food with the snow on the ground. With the feeders hung and birds feasting the girls had a bit of fun before a quiet afternoon in the house away from the dropping temperatures and cold breezes. 

In full disclosure I am not a huge fan of the cold temperatures of winter but on day's like today with the snow on the ground I am learning to love winter. Every season brings its own beauty. The quietness of snow falling on the ground, the blanket of flakes covering and protecting the trees, small bright eyed birds gathering around the feeders, and purity of the air. All things dormant and resting until the air warms. Winter is important because it is a time of hibernation and rest. 

Monday, January 05, 2015

Mindful Mondays

{ Mindful Mondays } 

 I am starting a new post series on Mondays (as often as possible) that calls all things I am doing, thinking, and creating together in one space. A good starting place for the week and a way to ease into Monday. 

What I am.....

:: reading- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty as a part of a online book club sponsored by Peanut Blossom and I am slowly combing through The Knitter's Book of Wool by Clara Parkes. 

:: listening to - the BBC World News Hour on NPR and when I am not tuning into NPR I am enjoying my new Joni Mitchell CD of her greatest hits. 

:: studying- seedling catalogs because I yearn for fresh veggies and fruits in the cold of winter. 

:: creating- some new bags and play-mats for my Etsy shoppe that will open in February. (stay tuned) 

:: cooking- tonight's dinner will be Grilled Tilapia over Red Rice with a Lemon Butter sauce (can't you tell I am so over winter) 

:: educating - my little peanut by starting back into homeschooling (very slowly) Week of "H" will start tomorrow.

:: feeling- rested after 2 weeks of uninterrupted family time 

:: thinking -about my cousin who will welcome her little one into the world this week and my brother who celebrates his 26th Birthday today. Happy Birthday! 

If you would like to link up then leave your comments and link to your blog below and reference my blog on your Mindful Monday post. Thanks for joining up! 

Sunday, January 04, 2015


{ Weekends }

I am starting off 2015 on the right foot by blogging more and what better way then to share our first weekend of the year. 

:: Friday afternoon haircuts and shoe shopping 

:: lunch with my grandmother and the kiddies great-grandmother
:: yummy homemade pizza and movie (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
:: date night in of scrabble, whiskey and Diana Krall radio 

:: sleeping in on Saturday morning
:: household chores 
:: Surprise Birthday Party for my brother (I am the oldest and the shortest)

:: NFL playoff football for my husband and 2015 budget organizing for me
:: Mass & breakfast
:: getting ready for the regular work/school week
:: quiet candlelit dinner with the family
:: Downton Abbey Season 5 & tea

 Joining Karen of Pumpkin Sunrise