Thursday, November 19, 2015

Five Great Things About Today

{ Five Great Things About Today}

#1 Early morning coffee in the french press of Pike's Place from Starbucks while listening to the rain gently hit the window. It is a slow start to the day but a good time. A friend not so long ago said that this process allowed her to stand and meditate on the day and spend a few quiet moments with God before the start of the day. I couldn't agree more with her thoughts. So, not only do I have hot coffee to enjoy but her friendship as well. And while we no longer live near each other (the downside to the military) we are able to share our lives through Facebook and Instagram on a daily basis. Good coffee and good friends. 

#2 Homeschooling my oldest girl. We finished the second part of the lesson from the Story of the World book. We learned about the ancient Egypt and the Nile River. She built a pop up map of the Nile River. It is such a blessing to able to teach her and spend this time with her. Every day doesn't always go swimmingly but for better or worse we are learning and enjoying this time together.  I am so proud how she jumped into the project today and made it her own. She continued to work long afternoon ended. That spark starts a fire for the love of learning. 

#3 Sewing. I am getting things set up to sew some sleepy time pants for our boy. I bought some fun fabric with mustaches and sports fleece. I am looking forward to spending some much needed me time with my sewing machine 

#4 Baking bread. Salted bread knots. A big hit with the family. What more can you say about bread other than it is delicious! 

#5  This little guy just waiting so patiently for me to sit and knit a few rows. He has always been my knitting buddy. I think he just likes me for the warmth I provide but I'll take it as long as he tolerates my snuggles and hugs. 

A lovely day and so many things to be grateful as it comes to close. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along :: 

I am so exited that I finally have something to share with you all. I think the change of seasons and the time change has really spurred my creative side and my desire to read more. I finished The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichart. It was the perfect book to escape in these past few days since there has been so much anguish and tragedy. It would make the perfect romantic comedy movie. Two of my favorite things about this novel are that it is based around cooking and love. It is just a happy read (with a few sad moments). My next read is Little Woman in Blue by Jeannine Atkins. It intrigued me at the library because it is based loosely on the Alcott family. They were a very interesting family based on some nonfiction books I have read. 

I have finished a cowl (pattern: forest glade found on I only had one skein of this lovely yarn from Blue Brick Crafts and I know isn't very wide but I do like that is almost like a piece of jewelry rather than an accessory to keep the cold out.  I have to say that my pictures do not do this yarn justice. The colors are just great. I also finished the last of winter hats for our boy. He was not having a modelling session to show it off, so maybe next week. I am starting the Isla Wrap for myself with Madeleine Tosh yarn (grey owl).  I am also working on a few gifts but I can't show them here because it will ruin the surprise.  

The days may be getting colder but my knitting needles are heating up! 

Joining Ginny of Small Things

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mindful Mondays

{ Mindful Mondays }

:: reading- The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Riechart. It is an indulgent read about love and food. I love it so far. A fun read. 

:: listening to - NPR morning news

:: watching-the rise from our kitchen table. We expect to have a warm day today which is unusual for November but I will take it because I know cold is just around the corner. 

:: studying- My husband is starting a new job soon and that means new healthcare. It is not fun to read or try and understand it must be done. I am also looking at homes and floor plans. We have some time before we build or buy but it is so fun to dream and plan.

:: creating- I made a new set of floor pillows (pictured below) which I am in love with and it is my pattern. I am starting to do some Christmas sewing and knitting. We have a whole free week next week and I am looking forward to doing some serious sewing. 

:: cooking- I am roasting a chicken today and the neighbors are coming over for dinner. Dinner with friends on a Monday. Why not! 

:: educating - a full week of homeschool lies before us but the goal of a free week next week is at the finish line. 

:: feeling- my heart is in France with those who have suffered so greatly from the horrific acts carried out by truly evil people. As always prayiing for peace in our world. 

:: thinking - of Christmas and Advent. I always feel ill-prepared for Advent. This year I want to take the time and really enjoy the season. It is the perfect time to slow down especially when the rest of the world is in a hurry. Any recommendations? Books? Projects?

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