Friday, April 29, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. xx

Thursday, April 28, 2011

MY CINEMA LIST










"I think cinema, movies, and magic
 have always been closely associated.
 The very earliest people who made film
 were magicians."

~Francis Ford Coppola

I am not a [huge] television watcher,
but I do love a good movie...
pure magic.

I sat down and came up with a list
of my [top] ten movies to watch at
least once in a life time ...if not
a dozen [or more].

[This list does not contain holiday
 movies...that's another list for
 another time.].

1.:: GONE WITH THE WIND
2.:: THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
3.::ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
4.:: CASABLANCA
5:: YOURS,MINE AND OURS
6.:: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
7:: LOST HORIZON
8:: THE WIZARD OF OZ
9:: HARVEY
10.:: SABRINA 

What would be on your list?
xx

Linking with thelittlelist.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

ANOTHER FIRST THIS WEEK

Remember these?
This evening one of them
left me this egg.

  The First!

 To give you an idea as to
the size of the egg, it
is sitting in a taper candle
holder. It weighs 1/4 ounces
which is the same weight
as a quarter.
 It's tiny! xx

YARN ALONG

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Linking with Ginny.

Potholders in my kitchen receive
a daily workout. No frilly or thin
potholders are allowed. I need
something that can take lifting a
#12 iron skillet with lid out of a hot
oven and know that I won't get burned.

After finding out [ the hard way] that
my favorite potholders had a few
weakspots I decided to double knit
a few new ones and learn a new
technique in the process.

Double knitting isn't hard, but I
still need to practice getting
the tension correct and to remember
which yarn to knit and which to purl.

I have been reading The Secret
Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister.
It is a free Kindle download and although
the subject is sad, the book is a good one.
I am finding it to be an informative
story concerning what happened to
Russian citizens during such a horrific
time in history. I plan on having my thirteen
year old read it in a few years along with
The Diary of Anne Frank and The Hiding Place.
xx

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

BLACKBERRY 2011

"Love is a fruit in season
 at all times, and within
 reach of every hand."

~ Mother Teresa

I do have love at all times,
but I do not have blackberries.
I wanted to have a record of
when I picked the first of the
season and although it seems
very early...here is a picture
of the first blackberry.
Isn't it pretty?! xx

LEISURELY BREAKFAST

"All happiness depends on
 a leisurely breakfast."

~ John Gunther

I am NOT a morning person.
Most mornings I get up at 5:00 a.m.
to just enjoy the quiet and so 
I don't have to rush before the
day gets rolling. I never-ever like
to rush.  I have time to read, knit
and enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

When the weather was cooler
I ate oatmeal every morning. I 
would soak a quarter cup
of steel-cut oats overnight in
2 Tablespoons of yogurt and half
cup of water. The next morning  I
would add another half cup of water
and boil. Then I would top with it
yogurt and raw honey and hemp seeds.

Now...it's hot! I know, already and
it's not even May!
I am now making a smoothie
every morning for breakfast.
Besides not having to turn the
stove on...it's really yummy.

Plus it gives me an excuse to use
these cool straws.

What do you have to start the day?
xx

Clover's Breakfast Smoothie

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup canned in juice peaches
or 1 fresh mango
the meat of a young coconut
1/2 cup yogurt
3 Tablespoons hemp seeds
2 Tablespoons agave nectar

Add all ingredients to blender,
mix until blended smooth.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

NOTHING LACKING WEEKEND

"Be content with what you have;
 rejoice in the way things are.
 When you realize there is nothing lacking,
 the whole world belongs to you."

~Lao Tzu




weekending, my favorite part of the week. a time to relax, live, love, just to be. if you'd like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to a weekend post in the comments.

This weekend was:

:: listening to rain on the roof as I drifted to sleep
::  waking before dawn
:: quiet mornings
:: iced french vanilla coffee
:: cleaning the herb bed while munching on fresh basil
:: fresh pizza with spinach and feta
:: painting eggs
:: learning to double knit
:: a clean closet
:: finding forgotten dress in clean closet
:: a surprise Easter lily and chocolate -oh yes!
:: a day trip
:: hours to knit while traveling on day trip
:: kneading and baking yeast rolls from grandmom's recipe
:: eating too much Sunday dinner
:: dirty dishes piled high
:: lots of left overs for the week
:: two year old hugs after days apart
:: bubbles
:: squeals and laughter  from the people I love
:: old jokes heard again...and again 
:: a weekend that lacked nothing!

How was your weekend? xx




::
Getting together with amanda

Easter 2011

"Angels, roll the rock away,
Death, yield up thy mighty prey:
See, He rises from the tomb,
Glowing with immortal bloom."

~Thomas Scott-Easter Angels

Happy Easter


Friday, April 22, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. xx


[ladybug ready for flight]

Thursday, April 21, 2011

GRAPES

"One of life's gifts is
 that each of us, no
 matter how tired and
 downtrodden, finds
 reason for thankfulness:
 for the crops carried in
 from the fields and the
 grapes from the vineyard."

~J. Robert Moskin




Last year it was a sad looking
stick with two pitiful little green
leaves sticking out of it's side.
This year it is taller than me,
covered in leaves with tiny fruit
growing across the trellis
I am so thankful as I plans
for both fruit and leaves. xx
              GRAPES

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

YARN ALONG

Except for a face  and
some hair, I finished
the doll I began last
week.  I solved the sewing
problem by putting the
doll in a dress that I wore.
The doll was so easy and quick
I have already begun another.
This time I thought I would
make a boy doll to have a pair.

I am not usually a magazine
reader, but during a past
Yarn Along  the MaryJanesFarm Magazine
was featured. I picked one
up at Barnes and Noble  and
love it! I will be sending in the little
card so I will not have to hunt for
it, it will arrive right in my mail box.
The article about chickens and
making chicken nappies is over
the top! Of course, now I am back
to the whole sewing issue! xx

Linking with Ginny.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

QUILL

"There are a thousand thoughts
 lying within a man that he does
 not know till he takes up a pen
 to write."

~ William Peacemaker Thackeray





Having a great pen makes writing
so much nicer don't you think?

I picked up MaryJanesFarm Magazine
the other day and discovered
a fun project for the thirteen year old
and I to do.

We made our own writing quills.
It won't replace my favorite pen,
but it was a fun way to spend
the afternoon. xx

Monday, April 18, 2011

WEEKENDING

Fair flower, that dost so comely grow,
Hid in this silent, dull retreat,
Untouched thy honied blossoms blow,
Unseen thy little branches greet;
...No roving foot shall crush thee here,
...No busy hand provoke a tear.

~Philip Freneau- The Wild Honey Suckle

weekending, my favorite part of the week. a time to relax, live, love, just to be. if you'd like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to a weekend post in the comments.

A very uneventful weekend:
Waited Saturday for a storm
that never arrived.
Shared a movie and some laughs
with the thirteen year old.
Ate way too much popcorn and
stayed up way too late.
Did not touch the first piece of laundry,
but I do have beautifully clean
hard wood floors.


Sunday brought clear, sunny skies.
A long walk with extra language  
practice on the ipod and the smell
of honey-suckle in the air.
Tried a new recipe [it's a keeper]
Started a new book on the kindle
and practiced on some new
art work. xx

How was your weekend?

Linking with Amanda's Weekending .

Friday, April 15, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. xx

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A NEST

"Unto this wood I came
 As to a nest,
 Dreaming that sylvan peace
 offered the harrowed ease-
 Nature a soft release
 from men's unrest."

~Thomas Hardy




My first felted piece-
a little nest-
a home for a few
colorful, cotton eggs.
Not sure how I feel
about felting items
I have so carefully knit-
we'll see. xx

Pattern based loosely from Natural Suburbia.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

YARN ALONG

I am trying really hard
to be prepared far in
advance for all the
special days in the
lives of the people
I know and love.
I discovered this pattern 
and knew there was
a wee one here who
would love it for a
third birthday this
August.  I just finished
the body and am moving
on to the arms.  I'm finding
the pattern extremely 
easy to follow and knit.
I am a little concerned about
having to sew the gown as
I just can not seem to
get the hang of sewing
on a sewing machine.
I think since the gown
will be small it would
just be easier to sew the
whole thing by hand and
not worry about sitting in
front of a sewing machine
for hours in tears. It's never
pretty when the 'machine'
is involved.


On the reading front
I was given Soul Survivor
by a friend who loved it
and thinks I should read it. 
The book is about a two year old
who's parents believe he is
reliving the life of a WWII
pilot who was killed over
Iwo Jima.  I have only
just begun reading the book
so I am going to reserve
any opinions until later.

Has anyone else read it?
xx


Linking with Ginny

Monday, April 11, 2011

`Ducks' Ditty.'


All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling,
Up tails all!

Ducks' tails, drakes' tails,
Yellow feet a-quiver,
Yellow bills all out of sight
Busy in the river!

Slushy green undergrowth
Where the roach swim--
Here we keep our larder,
Cool and full and dim.

Everyone for what he likes!
WE like to be
Heads down, tails up,
Dabbling free!
High in the blue above
Swifts whirl and call--
WE are down a-dabbling
Up tails all!


~The Wind in the Willows
 by Kenneth Grahame


I would like you to met the
newest members of the group:
On the left in his best white is Spencer Tracy
The lovely lady in back is Lauren Bacall
and to her right is Humphrey Bogart.

Now...does anyone have a milk goat or
a small cow that I could adopt? xx

WEEKENDING

weekending, my favorite part of the week. a time to relax, live, love, just to be. if you'd like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to a weekend post in the comments.

















This weekend turn out not too bad,
in fact, it was a very good weekend.
2010 taxes were completed by lunch on Saturday.
Have I told you how much I enjoy being self-employed?
It was hot with temperatures in the
low 90's and lots of humidity-I glowed,
but now have a little color on my legs.
Adopted three more souls to the farm
who will be introduced later in the week,
Celebrated Beloved's birthday
which meant a birthday cake and
everyone knows there are no
calories in a birthday cake.
Was able to sketch a little,
knit a little and nap a little.
The beans and corn were
cultivated and weeds were pulled.
My lesson plans are ready for
the week, along with all
of my menu planning.
I am now looking forward
to a very productive week.
How was your weekend? xx

Joining Amanda for her weekending post.

Friday, April 8, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. xx

Thursday, April 7, 2011

CRAFT IT FORWARD

                                                    

The idea?
Create something for the first 5 people who comment on this post and send it to them until the end of 2011.
It can be whatever you want it to be - something sewed, something painted, something felted, a photography, just anything you like.

Wanna play along?

I just saw this on amanda's blog and thought it would be fun to play along.
xx

THE EAGLE

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
close to the sun in lonely lands,
ring'd with the azure world he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
and like a thunderbolt he falls.

~Alfred Tennyson


I was shooting blind
into the bright sun so
the pictures are not as
good as I would like.

They were gliding,  
hunting and moving fast.

Two males and
a female...

Bald Eagle  right
over my home.

I have seen them
before, but never
three together at
once.

Magnificent! xx

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

YARN ALONG



I finished my very casual
produce bag and now have
plans to make at least a
dozen more. I think this
is going to be my go-to
summer bag.
I cast off when the bag
measured 9 inches and
then cast on a handle
for the same length.
I am not very tall so
when the bag is full, this
is a good length for me
to reach in to put items.

For reading I am deep
into The Omnivore's Dilemma by
Michael Pollan. I am reading it
along side my 7th grader who
is reading The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids.
These books have opened up
some very interesting discussions
in my home.

I can't wait to see what everyone
else is knitting and reading as I
have discovered some awesome
patterns, yarns and books to add
to my collection. xx

Linking to Ginny

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

FIRST TOMATO 2011

"It's difficult to think
 anything but pleasant
 thoughts while eating
 a homegrown tomato."

~Lewis Grizzard



Isn't it beautiful?!

I have been waiting
for months to eat a
tomato and this evening
I will get my wish.

This is the first tomato
of the season and I am
already having happy
thoughts before taking
the first bite! xx

Update: It tasted great! I have really missed eating tomatoes since the season ended last year.

The Marsh

"To stand at the edge of the sea,
 to sense the ebb and flow of the tides,
 to feel the breath of a mist moving
 over a great salt marsh, to watch
 the flight of shore birds that have
 swept up and down the surf lines
 of the continents for untold thousands
 of years, to see the running of the
 old eels and young shad to the sea,
 is to have knowledge of things
 that are as nearly eternal as any
 earthly life can be."

~ Rachel Carson




Before the rain I took a
walk to my favorite place
on the property.

This is my marsh....
a quiet place to relax
and just to 'be'.

Sometimes having time
alone with one's own
thoughts is what is needed
to make it thru the rest of
the day.

Have a great Tuesday. xx