Thursday, March 14, 2019

One Mermaid Tail Down

One mermaid tail down, five more to go.  Do you like the water-y over skirt?  

You may have seen on the news that Colorado got a lot of snow (airport was shut down).  Tim is cold and tired of freezing temps.

 I found a baby picture of Timothy.  Can you believe how cute that face is?

 I made granola and it tastes so good, but makes me feel a little blah.  I think I'll give it to Jenny's family.  Gluten free oats still have gluten as it so happens. 
 Still loafing around on the heated blanket.  Soon the heated blanket will be put away.  Tim will miss it. I probably will, too! 
 If I could ever get away from my multiple knitting projects and sewing responsibilities, I might work some of my cross stitch kits.  Yikes! 

 Old ping pong tables are nice for cutting fabric.
 Do you love purple potatoes? I do.  I think I need to buy a new pan, don't you?

 I made some cookies with almond flour AND coconut flour (and a little of that Italian flour) and they are pretty tasty.  They aren't pretty, but tasty.  Isn't it a little scary that some of the food additives were invented to make our food look better but not actually BE better for US?
 It was a pretty amazing snow storm!  This is over at Jenny's house. 
 I ordered some Icelandic Lopi wool from The Woolly Thistle.  Isn't it pretty?  More pinky purple.  I can't resist.

I really do love to do things that are homey and involve sitting (lol) but soon the weather will be bright and cheery and I'll go outside more.  
Thank you for stopping in to see what I've been up to.  I'm so thankful for my blog because I can go back and back and back and look at all of our doings and see growth.  I believe God's hand is clearly evident both in the seen and the unseen.  Encouraging.
Take care, good visitors.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Purple and Bread

Hello friends!  Isn't the color above SO pretty?  It's a pinky purple-y dark lilac shade.  It's the same sweater I'm knitting with our daughter in law, April.  Hers is finished and I am soldiering on with the sleeves.  It fits!  Yay!  

I have a new theory and it's a guess so don't quote me, but I think that USA grains are tainted because of the pressure to produce a higher yield (and thus make more money) and because of all the "messing about with soils, seeds, chemicals" our USA grains cause digestive issues AND inflammation issues. I have learned that many people with gut problems do not have a problem when they are eating in Europe, but when they come home to the USA, they can't eat gluten.  So I ordered some flour from Italy.  Look at the lovely loaf my new Italian flour made!

I think I told you that I am helping our Kelli with her new Christian musical theater company.  I am sewing costumes.  I admit to a little worry that my sewing skills may be a smidge rusty, but I'm jumping in.  Do you like Tiger Lily's costume?  That's the mattress (behind the dress) the grands jump on when they come over to play.  Not a lovely backdrop, is it?

 Kelli didn't like my creative feather.  
 Here is another pullover "jumper" I am making.  I am very purple these days.  

 When I ordered wool from The Woolly Thistle, Corrine sent this cute card.  Oh, how I love sheep themed EVERYTHING.  It's a bookmark in my Bible now. 
 Smoked salmon and pineapple look pretty together don't they?  Someone at our grocery store likes this Norwegian salmon, too. Last time I was there it was all sold.  Also, the paper towels I like weren't available.  Weird.  We didn't used to have this problem at the local store.  I wonder why it's happening now. 
 James is getting so grown up, isn't he?  Oh how I love his sweet and handsome face.  Doesn't it seem like a short time ago he was a brand new baby?  I know you remember. 
 And "thank you, God" that this one is only two years old.  My friend Kim has two striped kitties and they are old so I hope that means our Tim will live a long long long life.  He's such a darling little teddy bear. 
 Which summer bulb is your favorite?  I like freesias and glads!  I like them all.  It's still too frozen to plant anything here. 
 MK mentioned that I take a lot of photos of the grocery store produce section and I do!  I also like to take pictures of the flowers.  These sunflowers are so delicate and pretty.  
 I have a new brand of favorite shoes.  I am always trying to find the perfect comfortable shoes and Skechers fit the bill.  These look like slippers but they are light and spongey, just the way I like for shoes to feel.  

March is very nice so far.  She's a little cold, but we change the clocks this weekend and the days are brighter.  Yay.

Kelli is coming over later so we can make mermaid tails.  I forgot how many characters there are in Peter Pan.  I forgot about the mermaid lagoon and the pirate scenes.  I still need to make Wendy's nightie and Tink's green top.  At least sewing is faster than knitting.
Well, it's time for a cup of tea and a little smackerel of something. Thank you for popping by to say hello 💖

Monday, February 25, 2019

All Good

 Hello!  I've been reading Bleak House by Charles Dickens.  Our Brad recommended it to me because when he finished he was so full of exuberance and called to talk about it.  I have only read A Tale of Two Cities, so I branched out a bit.  I'm loving it.  Kim at My Field of Dreams is a big Dickens promoter, too. Between the two of these book enthusiasts, I have a nice little panel in which to present my own observances.  Yay!  Isn't book talk fun?

Tim is such a cuddle bug these days.  He can't get enough lap time.  He even sleeps on the bed with us ALL night long.  He is a lap cat to be sure.  I'm grateful.  I love cats.
 On Friday night it snowed and snowed.  The up side of big snows is the way the white brightens everything!  It's a good time to clean the house because the light shows all the dirt.  Hmmmmm.  I'll consider that.
 See?  He's such a floppy little gentleman.
 As I try to figure out knitting color work, I have a bigger appreciation for things like this LL Bean sweater my mom gave me.  I think I am overthinking my color work.  It just doesn't seem to come naturally to me.  I look at the chart all the time.  I am sure I need much more practice.
 It's definitely boot weather.  I love my Blundstones.  I ordered the "work" version because they were cheaper, but they are heavy.  I think my heavy shoe days may be almost over.  I need light shoes so I can hop about (yeah, right).
 I'm practicing my mitten making.  I still have a whole mitten to finish but I started this version.  I'm like a blind old mole staring at the chart.  It's hard work, I tell you.

 I looked back and back and back at my old blog posts to see what I was thinking about in late February for the last ten years (wow - I am a long time blogger, I guess) and every year there has been lots of cold snow and ice and every year I have whined about it. 
 Spring will come.  At least the Easter candy is out at the grocery store.  It's so cheery looking.  I do love to squeeze all the soft bunnies, lambs, and other springlike soft toys I find in the seasonal aisle.  
Look who got his first professional haircut! Cutie! Christie sent me this photo.

Lent begins on March 6.  Are you observing Lent?  I like to do a few quiet and personal activities, so I'm thinking about it.
It's almost time to go kite shopping.  FUN!
Thank you for stopping in.  You are very kind to do so.  

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love is a Hot Water Bottle

 Happy Valentine's Day to you!  Love!  Love!  Love!  
I hope you have a wonderful day of red, chocolates, tender love, and maybe flowers!

 Oh, and maybe WOOL, too! 

Do you remember a special Valentine's Day?  I remember one year when I was a teenager my mom gave me a hot water bottle.  Is there anything as cozy as a hot water bottle?  I don't think so.
God bless you, sweet lover of others.  YOU are greatly loved.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Very Cozy Stuff

Isn't butternut squash difficult to cut?  I like to buy it already prepared for roasting.  We've been eating a lot of oven roasted veggies.  Delish!
I finished a pair of thick socks (you've seen them before - in progress). 

 I finished this pair of wrist warmers before I left for Washington.  I love them.
 I watch a YouTube vlog called Tales From Cuckoo Land.  She's so fun to listen to.  She's an English mama and a maker of lovely things.  She decided because December was so busy at her house that she would designate January as a very cozy time.  January sped by for me, but I am trying to keep February peaceful and home-y.  I've moved things around, tidied surfaces, lit candles, made coffee and tea, read good books, knitted and ironed.  I've even done a little organizing. 
 Our Kelli has a lot of pets at her house (if you remember).  Well, here are two new members of the pet squad.  

I'm still enjoying using my planners.  I do my own thing.
 It's cold.  Timothy must find warm places to snuggle. 
 I try to stay up a little later each evening, but our bed beckons and soon I am snuggled under the covers.
 We've had the humidifier going nonstop and I have been wearing my slippers a lot.  Winter is like that, you know.
I'm re-reading A Circle of Quiet.  It's a very inspiring book.  I am rearranging my office so I can use the computer in there AND get cozy with most of my books.  It's a little bit like a rat's nest, so I have small plans for clearing some of the "junk" away. We'll see.

I have been huddling close to the space heater and sitting on a heated blanket.  It's that cold. Soon the sun will move and the sunshine will make our house warm again.
I'm so thankful for a cozy house, a sweet and attentive husband, kids who love us, grandchildren that grow my heart, and friends and neighbors.  Oh!  And my family in Washington.  They are all so very dear to me.
I bought a new gratitude journal.  It's pink.  I'll take a photo of it next time.
What are you thankful for right now?
My dear friend Lori just became a grandmother.  When I met her she was in high school (forty years ago).  Now she is married and has a family.  She is a teacher and A GRANNY.  I'm so happy for her.  She's one of those kindred spirits that stuck in my heart.  You know the type, right?
Thank you for reading, kind person.