Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Fun Things

 I realized it is time to get a new Happy Planner!  Already!  See Tim's ear?  He is always close by.  

Look at this beeeyooootiful wool I ordered from Little Knits.  I love Fleece Artist.  They are based in Nova Scotia.  Oh, I really LIKE THAT!

 I've been sprucing up our house a tiny bit. I painted four shelves and hung some old prints I had framed.  Grandma Moses.  LOVE.
 My blog friend Kim from New Zealand is an amazing quilter (and artist) and she blogged about using scrapbook paper on walls.  So instead of wrestling with picking off the old borders, I glued on lots of papers from a stack I had.  I like it.
 I tried to make plum jam.  I put in too much pectin and the jam turned out like crazy glue.  Last time I tried it was soupy.  My blog friend Annie gave me excellent instructions, I just didn't do the proportions properly.  At least now I have a feel for it and I think I could do it right next time.  Live and learn, Granny.

Soon my mom and sisters come for a sweet almost week long visit.  I can't wait!  It will be so fun to be together, visiting and tootling around Colorado, too.
God be with you.  Thank you for popping in today!   

Monday, August 5, 2019

Wool Things

 Hello to you, sweet reader.  I have been tending to wool and knitting.  I need to begin green and gold sock #2.  
Don't you like the wool below?  It's called Watermelon Smoothie.  I shall knit a cozy cardi.
 Won't this wool make a lovely hat?

 The loopy sheep is coming along.  It hurts my hands a bit to make the loops so I take sheep knitting in small doses.
 Noah had a sprinkled doughnut.  Pretty!
 Next summer, no bark.  I think it keeps the flowers from thriving.  I know it keeps weeds to a minimum, but my seeds didn't come up as well.  Maybe all the Peter Rabbits ate them.
 I made a bear.  I love his face.  I'm working on his overalls.

I made a little Susan Branch print curtain for the back door.  The door is so old and I find it nostalgic. 
School starts soon for the kids in our neighborhood.  I am so thankful that I'm not teaching anymore.  It was hard going back in August.  Now I can enjoy this sunny month.
I hope you are fine, fine, fine.  I hope you are feeling encouraged and loved.  I thank you for popping in and saying hello.  xo

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Thank you, God, for Summer's Glory

 It's that time of the summer when the flowers feel good, what with all the sun and a downpour or two in the late afternoon.  
 I always like showing you an actual finish!  Socks!  Millie Rose will wear them at night.  Her mama puts essential oils on the girls' feet to ward off sickness.  It seems to work! 

I'm knitting a sheep.  It was fun to learn the loop stitch.
 Today I took my book outside to finish it while listening to the rain storm.  The flowers all look so fresh after a good douse of water from God.
 James and Noah got a puppy!  He's an angel pie.  I went to the vet with them so Noah wouldn't have to sit in the consulting room too long. 
 When Sam and Plum were here last weekend, we ate lots of berries.  Plum likes cucumbers, too. 
 Oh God in Heaven and all around us, thank you for the heat of summer, the bright light and the garden.  Thank you for the comfort you generously give and the way you bind our hearts together.  Amen.

Thank you for popping in to see what's going on in my little corner.  You are kind and I like you.
God be with you.

Friday, July 5, 2019

July Things

Hi there!  Yay for July!  The garden grows and grows because of course it likes hot daytime temperatures and torrential downpours in the afternoon.  I have been wearing my boots because I get so dirty when I drag the hose around and tip toe through the flower beds.

LOOK!  Below I was still working away on my giant "Joseph coat" of a sweater.  I apologize that the photo further down shows so much of the grubby downstairs bathroom, too.  

 One day last week when the weather was fine (not scary with thunder clouds looming) I took a walk by this pond.  Hello, pretty goose!
 Hello to the mama duck and her two tiny babies!
 I was on a pepper kick before I remembered that peppers are a nightshade plant and can cause inflammation.  Bill's neck was stiff and I was stiff all over.  I overdid the pepper eating. I put them in a tomato/spaghetti sauce.  It was delicious but over the top.  Sigh. 
 Here is the blocked Penguono!  I made the sleeves kind of king-ish because I was trying to add some softness to the crazy color combos. 

 I made a new journal for recording my weight and my reflections on what I eat and how it affects me (silly, I know) but I like to have a just right journal with room for artsy overflows. 
 Oh, Mr. Adorable.  Isn't he beautiful?  
 The Prince and the Pea (cats find cozy spots, don't they?)
 I made an apple pie for Independence Day.  It's so pretty LOOKING but very "just okay" tasting.  I put too much water in the pie crust and I forgot to put flour in with the sugar and cinnamon.  I used the food processor to slice the apples and that was weird.  Oh well.  I guess I may have lost my pie baking skills.  
 Here, have some wool beauty.  I just get crazier and crazier about wool.  My fifth grade teacher taught us all to knit and my mother in law retaught me 35 years ago.  I'm so grateful.  I have loved knitting for a long long time.

I've been sewing a purple dress and purple pants. Yes, another weird granny outfit.  It's cute though.  It's an old handmade pattern given to me at Young Life camp by a creative young person.  I've saved it all these years (over  30) and now I am using it again. I love it when THAT happens.
Thank you for stopping in, good visitor.  
I hope you are feeling calm and happy today, but if you are not, I pray peace would come soon.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Lots of Stuff!

 Hello friends!  I took the time to make my photos work (and it does take more time than clicking around on handheld devices - LOL) Some of the funny bugs ate part of our strawberry crop but SOME escaped the nibbles.  Aren't they pretty?

I sewed something besides costumes.  Our daughters laughed at this outfit.  Kelli said it's clown-like (it sort of IS) and Jenny said it looks like a chicken feeding type of dress.  Ha!  I love the linen fabric.  I know.  I really SHOULD buy a cheap full-length mirror.  
 Sam is lounging about on her unicorn body pillow.  LOL!  She loves to watch all the Winnie the Pooh movies.  I think she likes the innocence and the friendships evidenced in the Pooh stories.  Me, too!
 Here are the tunics.  Nineteen all lined up!

 Sam and Lizzy like the show Nailed It!  It's about baking mishaps.  They pulled out all the stops when we made our own cake.  Sam said, "It turned out a bit different than I thought it was going to."  Ha ha ha!  Just like a lot of my baking.
 The show really was amazing.  The kids only had a week to prepare.  
 I'm trying to plant BIG things that the bunnies won't eat.  They are nibbling everything down to the quick.  I have decided that a watched pot never boils so I am choosing to ignore the bunny damage.
 I'm close to the finish line with my big colorful sweater!
 I saw this gorgeous thistle when I was out walking on the ridge. 
 Sondra and I are meeting at the chapel again.  The students are home for the summer so it's quiet on campus.

 Some of the cousins are having a ball in Kelli's pool.  Me, too! 
 Cousins also have fun on the Slip and Slide!
 More big sweater detail!

 Tim managed this cozy position all by himself. 

 Pop!  And into a collage they go! 
 My sewing "helper". 

Brad's family came on Saturday night.  Look at those faces.  Our first born and their first born.  Aw! 
If you are a more frequent blogger than I am I am sorry that I miss some of your posts.  I shall try to rectify that!
June has been so nice, mild and even a little chilly! We know the hot weather is coming soon.  
Thank you for calling in.  I really like it when you do so.