Wednesday, September 14, 2016

YARN ALONG



We are finally in for a wee cool down, thank goodness! As you may have heard from me once or twice on this blog...haha, I am not a hot weather person! Fall is by far my favorite season with winter running right next to Fall. What can I say say, I'm a knitter/spinner, and quilter, three loves that are difficult to do in 90+ heat.  As matter of fact in 90+ heat, everything is difficult to do for me except to whine of course.
So here we are in the beginning of Fall and I am knitting on a Fair Isle Sweater hoping to complete this week. And we are to have a full day of rain, ( rain happened yesterday and it was lovely) What could make this knitter any happier?
Perhaps a pot of Chicken soup, ( I need to prep that today for my knitting sit in tomorrow-oh, and maybe chocolate cake).

Reading: The Last Season 
Just started this book about an hour ago-so far so good, sad though.

Please join me over at
YARN ALONG
with Ginny 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

YARN ALONG



Yarn Along, so glad to be here this week, it's been awhile;-{
Betty in some hand knits ( sorry for the rotten pic, but it's hard holding a moving 4mo old with one hand and taking a pic with the other hand}, she has on a sweater , Kumfy  knitted by me and the hat knitted by Julie at My Sister Knits.
The grey and white sweater is a Norwegian pattern I picked up from these guys, Wall Of  Yarn.
Love, love these simple patterns! They give very few instructions and some how these sweaters turn out great!

Reading: Lots lately! I have completed the first 3 books of McCafferty Mysteries
and am  reading Sandra Dallas; The Last Midwife.
Can say I loved the murder mysteries and will let you know about The Last Midwife. 
Although, the books I have read that Sandra Dallas has written have been terrific! Highly recommended:
The Persian Pickle Club
Nettie Spencer
Alice's Tulips
The Quilt That Walked to Golden
Really any and all are worth an afternoon.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

YELLOWSTONE....








We have just returned from spending 2 weeks in Yellowstone! What a wonderful time we had this year. Eric fished of course and I knitted and spun some yarn. We read books, ( I finished 4), Eric  got me hooked on crossword puzzles too. But the best part of our stay was the hiking we did! First time I have been hiking in 20+ years and I can say hiking with an adult is much easier than hiking with young children who after the first two steps want to know " how much longer"?  I must admit though, on our last hike which was rated "Easy", ( easy apparently meant only the mile section on the board walk, not the climb to the falls), I thought I was going to pop a lung and a few heart chambers. I honestly was not sure if I could get off the mountain on my own, having visions of helicopters...ugh.
But, I did it and it was so worth that climb!
Yellowstone and the Tetons were burning this year. Sad to see but know it's all part of the circle of life. The flowers on the forest floor next year, ( reservations already made) will be BEAUTIFUL! 

Being home is great because I don't feel rushed to get LOTS of things done before returning to work.
Oh yeah, that's because I don't work anymore- I'm retired. I now have 2-3 days to get all the laundry done and put away.  What a great vacation, one that just keeps giving and going on!

I do have lots of plans for dying yarn over the next several months.
So stay tuned!

Friday, August 19, 2016

LOVING HOME

















Home, I love being home! I stay home most days, mainly I just am so content to putter around the home, but also every time I venture out I think, " where did all this traffic come from"? Not to mention all the road construction!! Ugggg!
Life at home with Mr P. is so layed back. We have days with our pumpkin, she is so adorable, I love her to the end of the moon. I am reading like the library is going to close any second. I use to read a lot but haven't for years, but now it is a book every other day if not daily. 
Knitting and sewing but not nearly as much as I should. No pressure  though at the moment and if I fall back into feeling anxious, { old habits}, I just push it out,  take a deep breath and read another book.
I have been canning and drying tomatoes like no tomorrow. Watching my pitaful garden, oh well next year for the garden will be better, eternal hope gardens are!
Just breathing! 

Friday, August 5, 2016

HOME
















I'm retired and LOVE LOVE it. I have been home for a month now with my best friend and hubby. Today is the first day I feel I don't need a nap! It is amazing how much stress we carry around from our jobs and I must say the last several years my job had been over the top with stress. So good to be done with that. 

What am I doing? Well a lot of baby time! and Loving it!!!! She is the apple of our eyes that wee little one. Three months old and so interactive. We get to enjoy her company 2-3 days a week at the house while her Mama and Papa work. Can't think a better way to spend our time. I just sit and hold her for hours, yes even while she naps! Oh, I think I should put her down and get something done-but then I remember how fast this time goes and settle in snug like with her. Oh the wonder of having time to enjoy this little girl! Not getting much knitting or sewing done and that is OK too!

I did finish this shirt for son Nathan.  Pattern is Negroni and I have made several of these shirts for Nate. He likes the fit and I enjoy the pattern.

Other things I have been up:

finding the joy in letter writing
finding absolute glee opening the mail box to find a letter for me!
watched the entire RNC and DNC (never have I done that before).
Cooking a lot more
not out shopping for yarn or fabric
Read 7 books thus far
2 visits to the library
But most of all
enjoying being home in my house, slowing down.



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

LOTS GOING ON



















Much merriment has been going on around here, we had a party for 3 graduates over the Memorial Weekend and a baby shower for Miss Betty. 
My sister came to town for all the festivities and we were busy every day doing a lot of things I can no longer recall, but I know we had great fun and it was all important doings. I did take Mary Margaret to the Abby. Oh, was she impressed! We walked Station Road, though we did not say the Stations of the Cross, we had very little time. Walked all through the Chapel building, picked up a few reading materials, then we walked around the back ( I had not been there) and a huge barn with a heard of cattle came into view. It was breath taking!!!! 
The first weekend in June we had another  family graduation and my daughter's birthday to celebrate! I am not use to this much socializing, we loved it but were in bed sooo early Sunday evening, I mean by 6:30! I slept all night too.
For Caitlin's birthday I made a BIG quilt! She and Jason love it, the quilt fits the bed.
It is  2inch squares sewed and sewed together, a great way to use up scraps, however, I feel I always end up with more scraps, how does that happen?
I casted on a new scarf, something I really needed..Ha Ha Ha!
It is a mindless knit, "shawl in garter stitch pattern". Easy peasy, the edge has a simple crochet stitch that gives the shawl a very elegant finish look.
I'm using yarn from my stash- another bonus!
It doesn't look as if this weekend will be a slow one either, The Wool Festival in Estes is Saturday and Sunday. Next summer, since I will be retired, I plan on taking at least one class at the Wool Fest. 
How is your summer shaping up?
Keep safe and be happy! Till next post......

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