Sunday, October 4, 2020

Living in October

I had a big gluten free pancake with Sondra for my birthday!  Do you like the art behind it?  I printed it out for her, my painting pal, because my cousin mentioned it in her book Holy Ground: An Alphabet of Prayer.  


I saw this little project on a vlog.  It's a free pattern by Ann Wood.  She suggests making 100 horses, but I just made one. ❤️  I'm sending it to Lisa as her Jolly Postman gift.  I have to jazz the horse up first and then I'll name him.  I must break out the Modpodge.

My sister sent me some birthday money, so I bought this cute basket.  I love it!

I did not BAKE my birthday cake, I bought it.  It was lovely and yummy.  I had to dispose of some of it because turns out I can't eat a whole cake.
Noah has been gardening.

I was sitting upstairs in my study (a pretty disastrous room really because it's full of stuff) and I found this book.  Laurel's Kitchen Recipes.  Doesn't this salad look yummy? 
We had these precious visitors stay for a few days.  They are such sweetie pies.
I'm subbing some of my coffee drinks for loose leaf tea.  I have so much tea.  Please come over and share a pot with me.

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It really is high knitting season!  FUN!  It's also high READING season and walking in the October beauty season - and using up all my baking ingredients season . . .

Update on Jolly:  Well, it's almost been a year since I decided to send him around.  Hmmmmmm.  One of the problems is the envelope book I started to make.  It now seems clunky so I'm maybe going to paste the envelopes in a ready made book.  I really want to keep things light because of postage. I'd like to launch him soon so he can enjoy Christmas in the various hostesses' towns and cities. 
I'm not sure if I told you, but Jolly is lonely and sort of wants to meet a girlfriend along the way.  The hostesses may have to arrange blind dates.
More about that later.  
He truly loves his fairy tale life, but he's eager to be included in new contemporary stories and festivities.   
I put another blanket on our bed because the night air is cold and delicious.
I still have SOME flowers out in the garden. It's not so hot during the day so it's a good time for sun naps.
I pray YOU are well, enjoying October and feeling hopeful.
God be with you!  



Angela said...

Such lovely pictures of the family. I must make one of those horses for my Rosie, she is horse-crazy. So glad you found our worship service on YouTube. Life is so strange right now, but through technology we can share the Good News. God bless you and your loved ones, dear friend xx

Angela said...

Such lovely pictures of the family. I must make one of those horses for my Rosie, she is horse-crazy. So glad you found our worship service on YouTube. Life is so strange right now, but through technology we can share the Good News. God bless you and your loved ones, dear friend xx

Lynn said...

Your knitting is amazing. You are so clever. Lovely post, as usual. I would love to sit and drink tea with you again.We would chat, pray and laugh together and this crazy world would seem OK again!Thank you for sharing the salad recipe. Our October days have been very dark with torrential rain. We have had lamps on all day, heating set low and we've made soup with warm bread rolls. Life is still good. Thank you for your happy posts. x

Granny Marigold said...

I like the basket you bought yourself for your birthday. I wonder if you will use it for shopping!!
I watched that Last Homely House video where Kate J talks about the 100 horses and how she made them. She's so interesting to watch.
I think I'd really enjoy the Astonishing Salad.

Susie said...

Beautiful loving grandkids, pets, projects, and needle work. You are keeping busy. I know you loved that sweet time with the children. Blessings to all of you, xoxo, Susie

happyone said...

Lots going on at your house. Love that rose of top of your birthday cake!
The knitting pattern with the blue and white is so pretty and looks hard to do. I have to stick to the more easy knitting. :)

Debi said...

I can't wait to see your horse finished and fancied up. I think my granddaughter would like to make one. I've picked up my knitting and crocheting again too... it's the cooler weather! I love your needle projects... so pretty.

Jeanie said...

Oh, I forgot to hit the captcha before closing! I love the cute horse idea -- and Hi, Tim!

Farm Girl said...

Wow you have a lot of knitting projects. How nice to have them to work on and I love all of your pictures. I think Tim is so pretty, How nice to have cold weather to sleep in and under extra blankets.
So very nice to see all of those lovely pictures.

Happy@Home said...

It looks like a lot of fun and creative things have been happening at your house. Your new basket is beautiful.

M.K. said...

What a fun post, PomPom! I'm also pondering swapping out for our winter comforter on the bed, but we're supposed to be back up to 80 degrees tomorrow for our high.
Your knitting gets more and more beautiful! I love the blue and white. And Timmy is such a handsome cat. It IS the time of year for knitting and tea (I also have way too much and intend to drink it all winter to clean out my shelves!) Happy birthday! The pancake looks scrumptious. I understand about the cake and sympathize :)

Bonnie K said...

You are always so busy. Happy birthday! I love your projects. Thanks for sharing.

Connie said...

I truly enjoyed my visit, your posts are so interesting and your photos so nice. Is that a denim slip cover on your sofa and did you make it? I love that!!!
Have a sweet day,
Connie :)

Sondragayle said...

I love you and your posts, dear Karen. ♥️

ellen b. said...

A happy belated birthday to you. I'm glad you bought yourself a birthday cake. Such a blessing to be close enough to get sweet visitors. Hope you have a good weekend.

Lisa Richards said...

I'm so excited to see the Jolly Postman in my PO box! I LOVE my horsey! I just watched Kate's video on the 100 horses, so this was such a nice surprise. :)
Your knitting is an inspiration, as always. I hope to knit a bit this winter.
Sorry you had to dispose of your cake. I send a lot of my caloric treats next door to my daughter's family, after I have a little bit, lol.
Thanks for another cheering post! Hugs from Minnesota! :)

magsmcc said...

Oh to share tea with you! I loved these glimpses of your cosy corners. i named a new Google Classroom "Year 10's Cosy Corner of English today". I do hope they'll pull u a stool by its fire. I do also hope Jolly finds love on his travels... said...

Happy Birthday!! Your pancake looked great. I love all your happy pics of your days. I have a basket very much like yours. I used to carry it to and from work each day. Rainy up here and my flowers are still hanging on. Take care and have a great week. Kit

Kezzie said...

Ah, your girls are lovely. And Cuddly-Timmykins!
Your new basket is beautiful- happy belated birthday! Your flowers are so pretty too! The horse is a cute idea!

Lowcarb team member said...

You are keeping busy.
I like your birthday basket, the flowers all look lovely too.
Nice to see your family pictures.

Enjoy these October days.
Stay safe and well.

All the best Jan

gretchenjoanna said...

I used the original Laurel's Kitchen a LOT, and also Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book, but I had never heard of this one! I almost ordered one just now... but in this season I am trying to give away cookbooks, I had to remind myself. So I will copy the picture of the Astonishing Salad and see where that takes me.