Sunday, April 20, 2014

SPRING BREAK

The sky and the strong wind have moved
the spirit inside me till I am carried away
trembling with joy.

~Uvavnuk




The rain has moved on after
spending the last three days
dumping inches of rain on
my area.

Tomorrow begins spring
break...five days! Five days
of unscheduled time to do
with as I please, well that
is after I attend the dentist
for my annual checkup, then
it's all my time.

See you soon, I'll be at the
beach!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LIVING

To live is so startling it leaves
little time for anything else.

~Emily Dickinson







 
This week I...

... made plans to collect every
honeysuckle I find so I can
make this.

...have plans to make this
tomorrow since the strawberries
are in full season.

...Cooked these twice, yes they
are that good.

...Watched this several times,
they really are a cute couple.

...Listened to this as I cleaned,
makes me wish I just an ounce
of musical talent...I don't, but
I sang along anyway.

...Wondered if I could do this?

I would love to try.

...Dreamed one day of knitting
this, isn't it beautiful?

I hope to head to the beach
this weekend, knit and listen
to the waves. Wishing you
a tremendously happy weekend.
Happy Easter.

Love,
Tracey
XO




THIS WEEK IN MY KITCHEN :: BLOG HOP

Cooking is like love. It should be entered
into with abandon or not at all.

~Harriet Van Horne


Capturing my love of whole foods, combined with the activity of a bustling kitchen.
A weekly collection of photos from the center of my home.






 


Joining with Heather

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

YARN ALONG:: ORCHID

Flowers whisper "Beauty!" to the world,
even as they fade, wilt, fall.

~Dr. SunWolf






 







 
 
Ever since I knit Heat for
my Mama I have been wanting
to knit this pattern again. This
time I am using Bernat Handicrafter
Crochet Thread in a great color,
Orchid and while the weight is
a bit lighter than fingering I think
it will work.  The yarn is acrylic,
not cotton like I thought,  but it
feels like cotton which is perfect
for my southern spring weather.
 
In preparation for the lunar eclipse
I was reading Understanding Exposure
since I am lousy at taking night shots.
I am thankful I learned a few things,
I was able to play with the tripod, and
even took a picture of the moon
before the clouds and rain moved
in and I missed the eclipse.
 
Joining with Ginny.
 
 
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

PATIENCE

Adopt the pace of nature: 
her secret is patience. 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson




Figs, my all time favorite fruit,
the main ingredient in my favorite
salad, The fruit I need to make
this, and then I want to try this, this.
this, and this. Oh, and then there
is this too!

Patience? It's hard sometimes.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

DAWN


 'Tis sweet as the day begins to dawn,
When the lark her song is singing,
To wander at will through the grassy lawn
Where fresh flowers around are springing.
'Tis sweet at that solemn hour to go
O'er the rocky slope, all alone,
Where the scattering streamlets freely flow...
'Tis well to inhale the earthly gale,
As it sweeps the green hill's side...
Or to look on the wood in its leafy pride,
In the glen or on the grove, the dawn is fair,—
Morning is beautiful every where!


 ~Thomas Furlong, "Morning Meditations"










 
Every morning as soon as it's light enough
to see I lace up my running shoes and head
out to the back road to get in a little exercise
before the rest of the day unfolds. I use
to try to work out in the evenings, but found
I could make a lot of excuses to stay in saying
I was too tired or something needed my
attention, so now mornings it is. 
 
I really do like to watch as the day begins to
awaken, to listen to the songs of the birds
as they flutter from tree to tree, to hear
the distant sound of an air plane as it flies
to an unknown destination, to hear the
rooster crow and the turkey's gobble,
the ducks as they begin to quack, a dog
barking. It's nice to have time to dream
of what day will hold and what I will do
with it.
 
How about you, what is your favorite
time of day?

Friday, April 11, 2014

A GARDENING WEEK, SORT OF

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things
growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling
guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up
a little peace and serenity.

~Lindley Karstens









I've spent the week going through papers
getting ready to file my taxes; really there
is nothing like waiting until the last moment
to keep things exciting.

In between paper work I've stolen moments
outside to play in my herb bed. I was delighted
and somewhat surprised to see my Spanish
lavender in bloom. The oregano has gotten
totally out of control and is trying to
take over half the bed and I thought the
mint was trouble.

And did you see the worms?!!!!  There are
many worms and worm babies in there making
some wonderful soil.

There is always knitting in my day, but then
you knew that right? I have been eyeing this
ever since I saw Kate's and think I will be
casting on one today. I picked up some
Brown Sheep Serendipity Tweed in Baby's
Breath that I think will be perfect.

My Mike had a birthday on Thursday and is
now 51 years old! Happy birthday my love.
Several of the children will be here Sunday
for a fish fry and cake {German Chocolate,
always for him}.

Where ever you are and what ever you have
planned this weekend I hope you enjoy yourself.

Love,
Tracey
XO