Thursday, October 9, 2014

Determined

To learn how to knit socks.  It won't be sockless sandal weather forever and my feet are gonna get cold.  I've knit enough scarves to last the rest of my life.  While my neck is toasty, my toes will be blue.

Between the internet and strolling through the aisles of Hobby Lobby, I am easily empowered to think I can do anything...even knit socks!!

Wish me luck and patience :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Don't Sit Still Too Long

We've had a busy morning.  One minute he was sitting on the kitchen rug playing and the next he was in lala land.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Okra

It's what's for dinner.  Well, it will be one of our veggie side dishes.  I just harvested these from the garden.  I'll wash and dry them, then simmer in water until tender.  I drain the water and place them in a 9x13 glass baking dish, all in the same direction.  The final touch is pouring a homemade lemony, garlicky, olive oil dressing over them.  My husband will love me because two of his favorite things are okra and garlic.  We'll also have roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, and a stir fried mix of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.  I'm making myself hungry. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

It's 65 Degrees Out This Morning

and I just felt the need to snap some backyard pics and post a note.

Hello!


The okra towers over my head and keeps on and on and on.
I've been able to put many pre-cooked packages in the freezer for gumbo this winter.


This industrious squirrel continues to pluck acorns from my back neighbor's tree, scale the fence, and plant those sweet little nuts in my garden.


The zinnia patch has gone wild and I fear getting bit by something if I walk too close.
The plants really need to be pulled up and composted as they've seen better days.


The beloved lemons are growing.  My back neighbor's tree with the fruit hanging on my side of the fence. 


Beautiful zinnias in nice colors




The summer tomato garden being prepared for a winter broccoli bed.


I did do a bit of sewing - made two dozen new dinner napkins out of pretty floral fat quarters.


The bell peppers, like the okra, go on and on and on.


This....
this consumes much of my time and energy...babysitting the sweetest little 20 month old boy and in a couple weeks, I'll get his newborn baby brother.

It's been an interesting summer and early fall...

*Menopause...oh my...enuf said!
*Boy two moving back in and then out again...oh my...enuf said!
*Girl starting college...loves it...wants to transfer to another college...oh my...enuf said!
Prince Charming working more than ever...oh my...enuf said!
No vacation this summer...oh my...enuf said!

Life as I've known it is slowly changing,
Oh, everything is good,
It's just changing.
Some of it, I like,
and some of it I don't like at all.
There is nothing I can do about much of it.

I've been knitting a bit and sewing (not much) and cooking and laundry and some days treading water to stay afloat.

I hope whomever reads this has a lovely weekend!



Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's Graduation Time

This Saturday...two days from now...
our baby girl graduates from high school.
The years seem to have flown by so quickly.
It's odd thinking that we're completely done with the high school years.
I've been told there is life after high school and I think I can get used to that in time.
I'll surely have a clean hanky or two close by on Saturday.


This was her last day wearing those plaid skirts.  She was headed to graduation practice and stepped outside to tell us goodbye.  I wanted to snap a pic.  She scooped up baby boy and sat on the swing.  He's wondering what the heck she's so excited about.
I love that he has no ankles and his legs go right into his fat little feet.


In the sewing room, I've completed the pink chevron bishop.  
I so enjoyed working on this dress.
I thought it would make my eyes hurt...it did not.
The fabric smocked beautifully and the zig zag chevrons matched up really well.
The good sewing fairies certainly sprinkled their pixie dust on me and this dress!


I used the Children's Corner bishop dress pattern for this dress.  The sleeve edge is trimmed with a sweet Swiss eyelet.  The smocking design is named Bayless by Trudy Horne.  I will use this design again on a solid fabric as it is very beautiful.  The French knot designs were fun to stitch and so petite.
The dress back buttons up with mother of pearl shank buttons...pretty.



It didn't take me long to begin another quiet time project.  
I've been wanting to begin knitting my first cardigan type sweater.
I turned my hank of Carnation MadTosh Pashmina into a cake.



and started following the directions...very slowly and carefully...paying tremendous attention to keeping my place.
So far, so good



This morning while baby boy napped, I was able to separate the sleeves and transfer those stitches onto waste yarn.  I then casted on for the underarm area with backward loop cast-ons.  
Thank goodness for internet videos!!
Baby Tea Leaves is the pattern I'm using in the 6-12 month size.
My goal is to practice on this tiny one and if all goes well then I'll make one for myself.


I also had a birthday.
My people spoiled me real good!
Sweetpea brought me four macarons from one of my favorite places on Earth.
I love their macarons.
She also gave me a pedicure gift certificate.


This beautiful bouquet was delivered to my front door,
a gift from precious baby boy and his family.
My parents brought me a blooming orchid plant..so lovely.
The boys gave gifts also,
 Firstborn gave me a stevia plant and
 Secondborn had the day off work and came spend the day with me.
Prince Charming is a gift to me every day of the year!


In the potager...
cherry tomatoes
still mostly green, but starting to turn red,
soon. 


My Seven Sisters Rose bush bloomed heavily this spring.


Check out these lovely bags from 
I got the large size to store my knitted blanket in and I really, really like this bag.
Plus, I really like Wanda at Reinventing Mother and she is the sweet gal who makes these beautiful bags.





Thanks for visiting this little world of mine.