Thursday, March 26, 2015

IT IS SPLENDID

"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things
there are to find out about? It just makes
me feel glad to be alive - it's such an
interesting world. It wouldn't be half
so interesting if we know about every-
thing, would it? There'd be no scope for
imagination then, would there?"

~ Anne of Green Gables
   Lucy Maud Montgomery









 

I've had a great week and I
hope the same can be said
for you too.

I have been waking up way
before the sun and enjoying
time to meditate, practice my
yoga, read, watch the sun
rise, dream dreams and prepare
for my day.

Next week we are on spring
break and I have plans to
gut my studio, do a little
painting and a lot of donating
I would also like to cut my
clothing by 50% since I have
a few favorites and the rest just
takes up space.
.
Yesterday my order for  Bulltetproof
coffee arrived and I had my
first cup of coffee in two years.
Well, it wasn't bad, but there is
a whole production thing to just
getting a cup of coffee...
heat the water
grind the beans
time the French press
pour coffee into the blender
add 1 tablespoon of butter
add 1 tablespoon of XCT oil
Blend and drink.
The coffee isn't bad, just
different, but I did miss
my cup of tea this morning
so am not sure how long I
will keep this up.

I have been reading all about
natural plant dyes and now
have yarn dyeing penned on
my list of things to do this
year. I think I've told you how
I try to learn three new things
a year, how about you?

The clover has grown and is
taking over, but with all
the rain we have been experiencing
the ground is too wet to mow.
This weekend we are suppose to
experience a cold front with a low
in the upper 30's, and my fingers
are crossed it doesn't get too cold
for the fruit trees.

I hope you enjoy a great weekend.
Can you believe this is the last
weekend in March?

Much love,
Tracey
XO




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SPRING:: A YARN ALONG

I am doing something I learnt early to do,
I am paying attention to small beauties—
as if it were our duty to find things to love,
to bind ourselves to this world.

~Sharon Olds






 
 
 
 


 




I have two projects that
are getting equal attention
this week, the first is super-
secret knitting for a spring
swap I am taking part in. I
am thrilled with the ideas I
have come up with and just as
as soon as I can share the details
with you I will.

I knit a pair of duck socks
using the baby sock pattern
from this book and then thought
they really needed a cute hat
to go along with them so I
am keeping my fingers crossed
that I have enough yarn to finish.

I am still reading The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
and while I am enjoying the book I did
have to skim over a few pages that dealt
with the mistreatment of an animal, something
I can not stomach; my hope is that that will
not come up again or else this will be a
book I do not finish.

Joining Ginny.




FOR MARI

"Cheers for spring; for life;
for a growing soul."

~ Sylvia Plath



For Mari. To warm and
brighten your day.

Much love,
Tracey
XO

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WEEKENDING

"We need beauty because it
makes us ache to be worthy of it."
 
-- Mary Oliver.
 








I have spent the weekend deep
cleaning my home, it really
needed some loving attention
and from there I moved on
to the birds homes for a little
cleaning too. The turkey's,
Leroy and Daisy have been
quite adorable lately as have
the little Bantams. Lannister,
the little rooster continues to
make me laugh with his tiny
crow and each day the girls
lay two wee eggs for me to
enjoy.
 
I knit a hat and a pair of baby
socks using this book. and
now I am working on a pair
of duck socks just because
I thought they would be fun.
 
I have discovered the show,
Parenthood [thank you Lisa]
so am spending my time watching
the first season while I knit.
Have you seen it?

Last night before the rain moved
in I sat outside and watched the
sunset. Have you ever looked at
the sky and just had to stop because
it was so beautiful? It happens to
me a lot.
 
Weekending with Karen
 
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ANOTHER WEEK

Life is too deep for words,
so don't try to describe it,
just live it.

~ C.S. Lewis

 Another week has come and
now is almost gone.
I try to pay attention and
hold on to each moment,
but there are so many days
that seem to just fly by too
quickly and I wish time would
slow down.
 This week I saw
the temperature reach 86
degrees and then drop
to 56 a few days later.
Everything is wildly
in bloom and pollen
has blown through
the air giving everything
a yellow haze. 
There are blackberry blossoms,
in March!
 
The pear tree is heavy
with flowers promising
a good crop this year, and
I hope the squirrels will
share.
 The blueberry bushes
are busy making tiny little
blueberries.
 My favorite, the fig tree,
is just starting to dress with
leaves, but I know by the
end of July the figs will
be there.
 I woke to rain this morning,
which continued all day,

So I stayed in and finished
a baby blanket and started a
wee hat, my favorite hat for
new little heads.
I have enjoyed not one,
but two loaves of bread this
week, each slice slathered
with butter since that is the
best way to eat bread.
And drank gallons of tea
with fresh squeezed lemon
juice and honey as I savor
a favorite magazine.

I signed up to take
Heather's Whole Food Kitchen
workshop and Michelle's
Intention for 7 movement,
both sound amazing and I
am looking forward to them
immensely.

Tomorrow I will wish my son
a happy birthday, he will be 22
years old. This photo? This is
how I will always see him no matter
how tall or old he becomes. I love
you son.
 
Enjoy your journey!

Love,
Tracey
XO

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

An AMAZING THING HAPPENS....A YARN ALONG

An amazing thing happens when you
get honest with yourself and start doing
what you love, what makes you happy.
Your life literally slows down. You
stop wishing for the weekend. You
stop merely looking forward to special
events. You begin to live in each moment
and you start feeling like a human being.
You just ride the wave that is life, with
this feeling of contentment and joy.
You move fluidly,  steadily, calm and
grateful. A veil is lifted and a whole
new perspective is born.

~ Bigbearminingcorp.








 
 





The Window Panes Baby Blanket
is almost complete.  I have decided
to add a few more inches and then
once I bind off sew a handful of
satin roses in one corner with a few
roses scattered around the panes.
I love the simplicity of this pattern
and have an idea floating around
about casting on another blanket,
this time for my bed.

My reading, The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
grabbed me from page one. The writing
is easy, the story compelling and the
characters interesting...a perfect book to
sit outside on a lazy afternoon as the sun
shines down.

Joining Ginny.