Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy Gratitudes (25 - 40)

A list of awesome things...
(inspired by Barbara Ann Kipfer's
14,000 Things To Be Happy About)
A portion of the field behind our quietly walking back there and seeing rabbits
Huge tomato crop this year.   After learning how to properly freeze and bag, we are enjoying homemade tomato sauce in the middle of November. 
How to live



Afternoon walks



Starting a new project

Up and on the road by 5:30 to be able to spend an hour with her before her surgery...
all is well.

doesn't everyone drink a beer at 9:30 in the morning?

Date Night:

Cold November skies


Red popsicles

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Little Bit of Everything

Mother Nature is behaving a little strangely this year...
We had our first frost in October and
mid-November we are having warm fall breezes
that feel more like spring. 
 I am not complaining. 
 I am totally enjoying her crazy ways...
for I know very soon winter will be here. 
 Coats and scarves and hats are already hanging up
ready to be used.

Is anyone participating in the CAL over at Lucy's
I saw her first post and remembered that I had a whole stash of "fall" yarn left over from my Nanny McPhee blanket. 
 I pulled out every half used skein I had. Decided which ones would stay and which ones would have to wait for another project. 
I shortened the starting chain to 150 and got started. 
Such an easy pattern and so far I am loving the results.

A few of my favorite shades:  Woodland Heather, Sage,
Pumpkin, Persimmon, Maize, Chocolate

While I was pulling out my stash I found this
garland I had made last year. 
Ends all sewn in and everything. 
 The only thing left to do was block and string them up. 
 I think they were made using the Maybelle pattern. 
 On the last row, I did a sc, hdc, 2dc, hdc, sc to get more of a pointed edge instead of the rounded edge. 

Hanging up looking very fallish!

also found a Mandala from last year.  I think I actually made a few more, but I have no idea where they are. 
Maybe wadded up in a bag isn't the best way to store my crochet.
I have got to do a better job keeping my seasonal things together!

I was off yesterday and took the opportunity to go and visit Alex.  He is only 48 minutes away but it feels so much longer. 
He is adjusting well and has already made new friends .
He is experiencing so many new things. 
Everything we wanted.
But I still miss him so, so much!
(this tree is right outside of his dorm...he hadn't even noticed it!)

We walked around the campus, had lunch and chatted for a while.  Too soon it was time for me to leave.  He was going to the movies with some friends and I needed to get home before it got too late.
The drive home was gorgeous!  Such an amazing sunset!

Maybe the truth is, it shouldn't be so easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It's the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something's difficult to come by, you'll do that much more to make sure it's even harder  -  if not impossible  -  to lose. 

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Summer Garden Throw Ta-Dah!!

I've noticed quite a bit of criticism floating around one of my very favorite blogs recently.  Isn't your choice to read or not read a particular blogger.  Isn't the blogger's choice what they choose to post?  I personally get a huge amount of joy from every single blog that I CHOOSE to visit and am always so grateful they continue to share  what they want to share.  Whether it is pretty pictures, what they are currently baking or their deepest thoughts.  We all have our crafty heroes here in blogland, don't we?  People who inspire us to create, to throw color together and trust that it will all work out in the end.  A lot of mine are listed right over there on the sidebar.  I am always so amazed to see what others have come up with...sewing, knitting, crocheting, re-purposing, simple living.  You are all such an inspiration!

The beginning of my throw...

My Summer Garden Throw is done. 
 I have already enjoyed this blanket so very much!

Colors like berry blue, pistachio, plum, sunshine,
lemonade, raspberry, robins egg blue,
strawberry makes this truly feel summery. 
It has come in handy on some very cold mornings as the season is slowly starting to turn to Fall. 
 Early Saturday mornings cuddled up with my favorite little boy. 

This is a little gazebo where I go and have lunch sometimes.
  Doesn't it just look right at home?

165 - 3 round squares
all using the join-as-you-go method

Pure happiness!!

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