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. 


Joining up with Small Things and 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Three Thoughts on Tuesday









#1 

We are finding our homeschooling groove once again. It seems to take a bit of time to let go of summer and reengage in schooling in our home. Routines are new and the ability to handle the changes are low. Our oldest is in 2nd grade this year and that means new homework, new teachers, and new schedules to adjust to in the first weeks of September. For her, the best schedule at home is quiet rest or alone time to decompress from the day, then activities (play and dance class), dinner, and then homework/reading time. Thankfully, the school is not big on homework and they want time at home to be time at home. Love this! She is finally adjusting. Our middle girl is at home this year doing pre-kindergarten with a home program. We spend the afternoons doing school work in a structured manner while the mornings are full of crafts, cooking, play, or outdoor activities. The day can get long and she also needs down time. I made a Montessori- like box full of individually bagged activities that she can do on her own when the time arises. Our youngest little guy isn't old enough for schooling so he just plays on the high speed setting until nap time. Unfortunately, with all this organizing and planning I forgot about me. I am running on empty lately so it is time to get myself adjusted. A massage and overhauling my planner is what the doctor ordered. September is for organizing and changing pace. 


#2 

Making big decisions are hard. We had a light bulb moment last week. For months we have been searching, worrying, and trying to find a home. We have looked at about 14 homes but none of them seem to fit what we want and our budget. We realized that it was time to step back and reevaluate what we need vs. what we want. We have decided that buying a home that was well below our budget would allow us to not only save money for the home and any repairs or improvements but also allow us the financial freedom to live life with experiences and travel. Living simply. I don't know why it took us so long to figure that all out but it did. We are feeling renewed in this decision. I am hoping it works for us. I have really tried to embrace the living simply attitude. I want our family to experience everything and worry about owning less. 

#3 

God has been gently whispering to me. It comes in little waves and snippets. While alone in the car, during a homily at Mass, or just before bed. He has been asking me to give more of myself in prayer and help of others. It is slow to manifest but I am trying to quiet my mind and heart to hear what is needed of me. I am finding that if I am open to help others my own cup is filled with happiness. It is a new path in my life journey. I am excited and open to see where it will lead me. 




Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekends

:: Weekends :: 

Another well-spent weekend moving at a slow pace. We spent time catching up on all the important things in life. Family, good food, lazy & quiet days doing little things but not abiding by the quick pace of the week. 

We spent Friday evening running some errands and then grabbing a quick little bite at our kid's favorite place, Panera. Finally, we stopped in Michael's Craft store and picked up some early Halloween crafty items. 

Saturday was a quiet and slow morning with coffee, newspaper, omelets, and blueberry muffins. 

We ended up heading off to our favorite Orchard to pick some apples, eggplants, and kale. I cannot be trusted around fresh produce. It all looks so lovely. 

Saturday night was pizza and movie night. We watched Muppet's Most Wanted and enjoyed very yummy homemade pizza. 

I made an apple cake and we watched our new favorite show, Shetland. 

Today was another slow morning with blueberry pancakes. We headed off to noon Mass where the children exceptionally behaved. 

I have spent the afternoon doing some cooking. I made homemade barbecue sauce, macaroni and cheese, and slow cooked greens for supper. 

The night was spent going over a five year plan for our family. We are still not sure what we are going to buy in the way of a home. We have lots of ideas swirling around but I think putting it all down in writing will help. 

I might be lucky enough to get some sewing finished tonight. 



Another lovely weekend in the books. 












Joining up with Karen from Pumpkin Sunrise

Weekends

:: Weekends :: 

Another well-spent weekend moving at a slow pace. We spent time catching up on all the important things in life. Family, good food, lazy & quiet days doing little things but not abiding by the quick pace of the week. 

We spent Friday evening running some errands and then grabbing a quick little bite at our kid's favorite place, Panera. Finally, we stopped in Michael's Craft store and picked up some early Halloween crafty items. 

Saturday was a quiet and slow morning with coffee, newspaper, omelets, and blueberry muffins. 

We ended up heading off to our favorite Orchard to pick some apples, eggplants, and kale. I cannot be trusted around fresh produce. It all looks so lovely. 

Saturday night was pizza and movie night. We watched Muppet's Most Wanted and enjoyed very yummy homemade pizza. 

I made an apple cake and we watched our new favorite show, Shetland. 

Today was another slow morning with blueberry pancakes. We headed off to noon Mass where the children exceptionally behaved. 

I have spent the afternoon doing some cooking. I made homemade barbecue sauce, macaroni and cheese, and slow cooked greens for supper. 

The night was spent going over a five year plan for our family. We are still not sure what we are going to buy in the way of a home. We have lots of ideas swirling around but I think putting it all down in writing will help. 

I might be lucky enough to get some sewing finished tonight. 



Another lovely weekend in the books. 












Joining up with Karen from Pumpkin Sunrise