Thursday, January 29, 2015

IT"S WINTER

Tonight I rolled the windows down
even though it was freezing &damp;
I turned the radio up and I let the
cold air whip my hair around. I
I smiled because it's winter and
I'm not even sad.

~Observando









The days have been cold here
in the south, and while there
hasn't been any snow it has
been cold enough to keep the
wood stove going round the
clock, although I will admit
to opening the windows for
a little while each day just
to bring the fresh air in.

I have been consuming mass
quantities of grapefruit, grape-
fruit juice and grapefruit seed
extract, along with daily doses
of elderberry tincture to ward
off the cold I feel like I am
coming down with.  Getting
outside and walking everyday
has helped too; there really
is something about being in
nature that is healing both to
the body and the soul.

Miss Bette Davis seems to
think it's okay to sleep on
my bed, it's Not, but that
doesn't stop her from getting
on it every -single- day!

I bought a new strap for my
camera just because it makes
me smile.
Have a great weekend and I hope
you find something that makes
you smile too.

Love,
Tracey
XO


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

YARN ALONG

"You should always be learning.
If you're the smartest person in
the room, you're in the wrong
room."

~ Erika Bearman












 I have a great fear of developing
dementia so each year I make a
list of four or five new things to
learn for that year. This year
one of those things was to learn
to knit socks from the toe up.
I bookmarked this as soon as I
saw it and now that I am almost
complete with stonecrop I couldn't
wait to cast on. It  only took me
two times to get a cast on I liked,
I have made all the toe increases,
and am now working on the foot,
so far it seems to be going well so
I will keep you posted.

I read the reviews for The Girl
on the Train and started reading
it the a few nights ago. I am
loving it and have stayed awake
way past my bedtime just to read
a few more chapters..

Joining with Ginny

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MY DOOR IS OPEN

"When our eyes see our hands doing the
work of our hearts, the circle of creation
is completed inside us, the doors of our
Souls fly open and Love steps forth to
heal everything in sight."
 
~ Michael Bridge










Heavy rains and winds on Friday
brought in much cooler weather
making a place by the woodstove
the prime spot to sit. While the
ground is still a squishy, wet,
and muddy mess, the skies are
now crystal blue and being outside
feels rejuvenating.

There was the usual weekend trip
to the market, making me long for
the time I can pick my dinner
from the garden,  a little house
loving and of course knitting.

Once a week I am taking the time
to create something other than
knitting and while the plan was
to set up my easel and paints
I found myself drawn to the
felt basket and spent some time
playing around. I used a knit gauge
swatch I had for the center and
added bits of cotton scrapes
and thread to make a needle book
to carry in my tool bag.

How about you, is your door open?

Weekending with Karen

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A SERIES OF MOMENTS


Our lives are made up of a series of moments. If you're
lucky you'll get to have hundreds, even thousands of
them. There will be small moments. Moments when
you're doing something so mundane you won't realize
you're in a moment. There will also be big moments.
Life changing ones. There ones will be in your memory
for an awfully long time. Keep them all safe.
This is a moment.










My days have been filled with
highs and lows, gut retching
emotions that have left me
feeling utterly drained.

I learned this week that the
six degrees of separation can
really be the two degrees of
separation and because of
this blog there is a dear soul
in this world that I can not
say thank you to enough.
I'm sorry I am not being more
clear, but  I can say that miracles
still happen because I lived
one this week. It really is amazing
just how close we all are to each
other.

My ten year old baby, Twinkie,
isn't doing very well and I have
been a little worried.  He has
been dealing with terrible allergies
and now has a hacking cough,
poor baby.

I won a beautiful giveaway hosted
by the ever lovely Donna and am
looking forward to casting on this
yarn for a new pair of socks.
I also one a spot in Michellegd's
28 Moments e-course which looks
to be a lot of fun. Thank both of
you ladies very much, I am honored.

The weather has been very spring like
this week, and I even noticed the
blueberry bushes are beginning to
bud. Tomorrow rain is predicted along
with a new cold front . Crazy, crazy
weather. And while I am still wishing
for snow I did take advantage of the
warmer temperatures to sit outside in
the sunshine and knit.

Today I wish my oldest son a happy
30th birthday, it went by in a blink,
really it did.  I love you from the bottom
of my heart.

I hope you enjoy all the moments
of a beautiful weekend.

Much love,
Tracey
XO

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

LOVE KNITTING

It's not how much we give,
but how much love we put
into giving.

~ Mother Teresa




 







One row at a time my Stonecrop is

growing. I had originally planned
to only knit nine repeats of the
pattern, but now I am thinking I
will just knit until I am almost out
of yarn and then complete the top
boarder. Since this wrap is the first
of my 2015 Christmas gifts I do not
feel any reason to rush,   I am enjoying
myself too much, putting love into
each and every stitch.

As much fun as knitting Stonecrop
is I will be putting it aside for a little
while to cast on the hat I am knitting
for the Mystery Hat Swap. It took
me a few days to decide on a pattern,
and then I went digging deep in my
yarn trunk for some special yarn I
have been saving and I think this is
the right time to use it.

My reading this week is Beaded Hope.
a book from my church library. While
I am finding the story line a little too
'soap operaish' I do the love the concept
of helping women from anywhere in
the world inspiring and empowering.

Linking with Ginny