Wednesday, May 17, 2017

17 MAY, 2017

Spring , and getting the garden ready is so exciting for me. The anticipation of growing real food right in my own backyard is nothing short of a small miracle in my world. What I don't understand is why everyone doesn't have a vegetable and flower garden!
Eric is busy getting the brick walk done, and boy howdy, was that a job! It looks beautiful!

Happenings on the back porch: well I put together a water/sand/mud kitchen for BB. The fun she has playing in this very SIMPLE kitchen is amazing. I feel that toys, simple toys, allow children the freedom to use their imagination. For me, to watch a child play using that amazing gift, (imagination), is better than any OSCAR movie. I also get some knitting done, in-between all the test tasting I get to do for BB.

Sewing: finished a cute SIMPLE dress for BB. Found the perfect buttons over at MSK  where I walked into a HUGE yarn sale! Can you believe it, I left with only the buttons. Couldn't find anything  I needed and let's face it, I am slightly overwhelmed with the GINORMOUS stash that I have stored all over the house!

The weekend got away from before posting this post and guess what...we are expecting rain tonight , tomorrow, then snow on Friday. Oh, Colorado- you never let us down. I went into the yard to pick the few peonies that have bloomed to enjoy in house while this cold, freezing snowy front moves through. I rarely pick flowers from the yard, unless of course roses, since they will bloom and bloom.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

10 MAY, 2017

Trying to stay focused with all the projects that need to get done...May has been full to the brim. Eric is almost done with re-laying the brick wall and all the replacement railroad ties that make our garden beds. I hope to get the beds turned, new top soil added and planted within the following week. The other, and much more important project, the construction of BB's mud/sand kitchen that will happen on the back porch. BB and I headed out to Goodwill to find a few items, which we did, but the best buy was the HAT, what a sun hat! BB had people stopping in their tracks to admire her fashion style.

I quilted the BRIGHT quilt, the brightest quilt I think I have ever made, a quilt that I pieced, I think 5 years ago and never quilted because the BRIGHT colors scared me. But, when BB saw the top she said: "WOW"! The quilt was machined quilted that week and given to sweet pea. I am afraid that quilt will only attract wasps outside, so it will be an indoor quilt.

Knitting wise, I am blocking a poncho knit " Shelter," I will then attach the shoulders and knit the cowl section. Not sure who will be the recipient of Shelter, I guess who ever it fits best.
I casted on my first Elizabeth Zimmerman guernsey sweater. The few instructions , measurements and math make me a little nervous, but what else is knitting but an adventure. I bought the pattern (loose instructions) and yarn from School House Press in Wisconsin. We will see how all this turns out........

It's raining here-all week long ;-  /

Friday, April 28, 2017

28 APRIL 2017

This little girl turned 1 this past week...what? One -already? B is such an easy, happy child, a joy to be around. On her Birthday she got 3 shots, 12 month well check-I know poor thing. At the house though she has a new Y bike, ball drop game and finger paints! This morning I did sew a 'wild dress' for her, it just fits now ;-[ , maybe for a month. B's birthday party will be held over the weekend with  a dinner of ham and potatoes, pie [ blueberry] and the grown ups getting excited while she looks at us with very quizzical eyes; 'what is wrong with you people?' Oh, to be a one year old. 

It is snowing today! Spring here in the Rockies is always a roller coaster ride, one day 80 degrees, the following week-snow. We are expecting snow for the next 36 hours, I do hope we get several inches. Though, I do not want the tree branches breaking since most all the trees have leaved out this past week. Always a yin/yang scenario with these Colorado springs. 

Wishing a calm, joyful weekend to all.

Monday, April 24, 2017

24 April 2017

 So much has been going on here at Little House. We are replacing all the pipes in the house, having the dreaded 'blue pipes'. Oh yes, and they are good for only about 20-30 years, we built this house 28+years ago!, [these 'blue /grey pipes' are out lawed now].  And I have so much yarn and fabric to loose if these pipes go on us. So not only is the outside of the house torn up, the inside is as well.

 The back yard, Eric is tearing apart, replacing rotting railroad ties and then resetting all the brick steps. It's a big job for a man of Eric's age, [ our joints do not work as well as 10 years ago]. After all of this gets done , we will be able to start bringing in some new top soil and plant our vegetable garden.

In my knitting world, well it has been sad! I finished the Wallaby sweater for baby B , knitted up a size two to get wear during the fall as well, added half inch for the length and it just barely fits her.  Yes, my gauge is correct, I checked several times;-[.  
I also had to frogg the front of another sweater/poncho, my counts were off. This is the third rip and restart for this pattern. Either I am getting too old to knit or am not paying attention at all!!
I did sit out on the back porch and knit all day on Thursday while Eric worked. It was warm enough without being hot at all, sitting in the sun soaking up all that Vitamin A&D. There is something lovely about knitting outside, listing to the wind and the birds. 

BB, with her morning hair-I just love it and have to get as many pictures as I can! 
Her daddy found the great vintage dress for her to wear on Easter!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

11 April 2017

It's warming up here on the Front Range, windy, but warming. Clothes are going on the line,( nothing calms my soul than seeing clothes on the line), and baby on the grass -thrilled with her sticks. We are outside as much as can be to soak up these tolerable temps and sunshine. I know that soon the temps will rise to high nineties and 100's, totally unsuitable in my book. I must say, I am a cool weather lady. In the heat of summer, I am out only in the wee hours of the morning and I will spend time in the shade on my porch, otherwise I will be found in the basement sewing or knitting.

For the past year my sister and I have been writing to each other at least weekly and often times several letters a week. Letter writing is fast becoming an art of the past. I have found letter writing to be very meditative and soothing. And, who doesn't enjoy a letter? Love it when Eric walks into house, mail in hand, "letter from your sister", it's like manna from heaven. Funny how so many simple things, {clothes on line outside, babies on the grass playing with sticks and letter writing}, bring me such joy.

Happy Spring!!!!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

6 APRIL 2017

Life  many days, (most days) is a combination of the truly wonderful side of being alive and the bitter side of 'when will I learn' and 'why did I do that?'  Of course the lesson here is to learn from the 'why did I do that' and build up on the 'truly wonderful side of being alive'. To be grateful for the small miracles that happen each day, even the ones that take a little searching to find. Often, I can find many miracles daily with a little 'reframing' of my mind/thinking. I find myself having to reframe a lot of my thinking, (particularly since November of 16). I find myself mentally aware of my breathing and to slow it down, funny how slowing down my breathing-slows down my run away thoughts and my tongue. 
Yesterday, was one of such days. So many things that happened yesterday made for a perfect day, then-then one cruel spontaneous angry word fell from my mouth.... Why does something that lasted less than 10 seconds play such a big part in a day that was 24 hours long? Today, I will again build on the positive, watch for daily miracles, be grateful, while acknowledging the positive in my day and breathing before letting any negative words pass these lips. 


:: Baby B
        :: French Toast
                         :: Walks through the park
                     :: Sewing quilt for BB
                                      :: Using scrap fabric for BB quilt
  :: Reading
:: Family
                                ::  3 minute mediation breaks


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