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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yarn Along

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My knitting mojo is coming back and I've missed it!

Over the weekend I finished the first sock of my Christmas knitting (appropriately Christmas themed socks) and the book Becoming Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre being my favorite book, I enjoyed this fictional look into the writing of it. 

On Monday I began the second sock and The Namesake which I am also loving. The author grew up in my hometown and went to my high school so I especially love anything she writes just because of that!

These socks may be a little small for the intended recipient. Does anyone have any recommendations on Christmas colored yarn? I may have to keep these for myself and make a new pair as a gift!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Look for the Light

The light, the green, the blue #wherethelightis #seekthelight Sitting on a bench with my girls, feeling the breeze lift our hair, watching it move the water. Peace. IMG_1960 IMG_1966

I did not mean for there to be so much silence here for so long! I have taken a break from social media, but fully intended to keep up with my blog & blog reading. What do they say about the best of intentions?

There has been so much tragedy and heartbreak in our country, in our world the past few weeks. I can't take it. I needed to step back from the social media because of all the comments, opinions, judgements and the general bombardment the sheer weight of the news. I made the mistake of going on Facebook this morning. Oh my aching heart!

I do not live in a vacuum, I do read the news in order to be kept up to date a little bit and what I see and hear is so sad. I was starting to get a bit depressed, hence the stepping back. This morning though I realized that stepping back from reading it all and stepping back to fall into a little bit of a void are two different things. I long for a world of peace and beauty. My thoughts need to be "how can I bring even a little bit of that peace and beauty to the world" rather then thinking "I wish someone would bring peace and beauty to the world."

My first step will be to get back here regularly, if nothing else! I miss the interaction of all the inspiring women who stop by this space and whose spaces I stop by. So be looking for me to come knocking on your doors this week!

My second step is to finish fine tuning my Poetry in Everyday Beauty workshop in order to have it ready to run in early September. Look for more information on that at the end of the week. I have been hemming and hawing about finishing this all summer. Now is the time. I want to find & create beauty in my everyday and I want to find & create it along with all of you.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Around the Garden

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The garden is coming along nicely!! This week we harvested some lettuce and radishes. We like the lettuce. I don't care for radishes, very bitter! But they are my mom's favorite. So she will be getting a good amount! I could pick some of the spinach too. I need to get a few cucumbers and tomatoes and I have a nice salad all ready!

A few of the gladiolas that we planted a few years ago are blooming. And the other day Ree and I spotted the praying mantis hanging out over there. 

How is your garden coming along?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Weekending

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So far this weekend has been:

*harvesting radishes from the garden
*a slow Saturday morning
*a few errands just Momma & baby
*chasing said baby who can now crawl very fast
*baby proofing the house as she finds the things she can't have
*finishing up the big girl quilt top
*working on my craft swap goodies
*finishing my book
*helping clean out the garage; we finally got rid of the extra couch in there
*stepping outside to watch the almost full Super Moon rise
*watching this movie; we enjoyed it; time to read the book!

Today is more of the same
*Church
*maybe putting the back on the quilt
*family time
*visiting time

Joining Karen

Friday, August 8, 2014

Rhythm

Rhythm. The seasons have begun their slow, subtle shift. #writealm

The rhythm of the seasons is going full steam ahead here. I am noticing a subtle shift in the mornings this week. The air is just a little crisper. The sunlight is shifting as it moves across the living room. When I went out to check on the garden this morning I found this leave in my path reminding me that very soon fall will be knocking on the door.

Today I will be working on a little pre-school rhythm for the fall. Ree is pre-school age and she is very insistent that she "do school" so she can read and do math. So I ordered a few things and today will be putting together a rhythm for our days. On paper at least. And really nothing will change to how we go about our days. Except that we will do a few things at the table that we will call school and she will (hopefully) be happy!

I am ready for the rhythms of our days to change. I like summer and the slower days but I am looking forward to our fall and winter rhythm too. And by the time spring rolls around I will be ready for a summer rhythm. I am so glad nature provides these changes for our bodies and minds.

This past week we were camping and it seems like after this annual trip I am always ready for the shift to begin. Although I will also be squeezing out every last drop of our summer too. I am not quite ready to leave behind the fish n chips, the beach evenings or the sound of the peepers at night!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Make & Listen Along

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This weeks Make & Listen Along comes to you from the kitchen!

We have had smoothies; fruit on sticks (always taste better that way!) humus on bread (and carrot sticks); blueberries in smoothies and muffins; and lots of iced tea. It's been a slow, quietly productive week around here. There has been no rushing, lots of focused time doing art and knitting and reading and a little baking. 

Listening has been to the sounds of the birds and cicadas. They haven't been very numerous here but when I notice them they make me happy. To me they are the quintessential sound of mid summer. The other day we heard them while making blueberry muffins. That seemed appropriate as my husband has always called them "blueberry bugs!"

What are you making and listening to these days?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Morning::Noon::Night

Morning, noon and night...three little peeks into my day yesterday. Joining with Kim

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Morning:: 11AM

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Noon:: 7:15 (a little late...I forgot to take a true noon picture!)

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Night:: 8:30 she was working so hard and so focused it was hard for me to interrupt that and say "bedtime!"