Friday, September 30, 2011

THIS MOMENT: DRYING SEEDS IN THE SOUTH

{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, September 29, 2011

THE LAST THURSDAY OF SEPTEMBER

The philosophy of mine earth
 can be summed up as this: 
 Sunshine creates happiness,
and I create myself.  Nights
are long and life is predominantly
 good.  Wind is refreshing.  Tea is
wisdom.  Do the best you can, and
 be good to yourself so that you
 can above all be good to others. 

 ~Jessi Lane Adams


I left all my work inside
yesterday afternoon and
sat in my yard, knitting
in hand and watched a
butterfly feast on my
overgrown basil. It was
nice just to relax in the
sun and have a little time
to reflect on these last
few months. Even with
all the sorrow that has
entered my life these
last few weeks, over all
life is predominantly good.
Yes, the nights are still
long, but the days make
it worth the hours of
sitting in the dark, listening
to the crickets and frogs.
I am doing the best I can, 
trying to be good to myself
and to those near and far
from me. I hope you are
treating yourself well, are
enjoying the sunshine on
your face, drinking a cup
of tea [coffee] and are at
peace with yourself on
this last Thursday in September.
xx


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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? Joining with Ginny
I am moving right along
with my Christmas list and
have now cast on an
 Infinitude Scarf/Cowl
using Bernat Bamboo yarn
in the color Wicker. I love
this yarn! I wish I could
afford to make a blanket
for my bed using it since
it is so soft. This is one
gift I have to keep reminding
myself isn't mine and I can't
keep it! ;)
I mentioned the other
day that I am rereading
all of Sue Grafton's books
in anticipation of her
newest book being released
in November. I like her
easy style of writing and
it's fun to start at the
beginning [1982] when
cell phones and personnel
computers were not around.
It really is like visiting
with an old friend.
What have you been up to
this week?
xx

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SELF PORTRAIT TUESDAY

"My business is not to remake myself,
But make the absolute best of what God made."

~Robert Browning

Courtney has been posting Self Portrait
Tuesday's. She is the mother of the 
cutest little boy and always posts
the most amazing recipes with 
pictures and great book reviews. I think
it is a wonderful way to put a face with
the words so many of us read each
day. I finally worked up to posting my
picture and not just the little profile
picture that I updated, but a regular
sized picture...I feel so brave! No,
really don't. I feel like I want to be sick,
but here it is...graying hair, wrinkles,
the glasses  I usually wear [if I want
to see clearly]. I did put on a little make
up since I'm in my 40's for goodness 
sake and I need some help!
Other than that, this is how
I look on most days if my hair
isn't in a ponytail and I'm not
in running clothes with no make up.
I never, never ever have my portrait
taken. I like to be behind the camera
not in front of it. When I have to face
a camera I usually blink at the wrong
time and my eyes are always closed,
I do weird things with my mouth and
it ends up looking like I'm talking.

Last week Emily rolled right out of bed and
took a picture of herself! Wow, not only
is she beautiful, she is so much braver
than I  am. I was suppose to post and
didn't. I hung my head in shame and
tried not to think about it. Well, I did
think about it, a lot. I am not thrilled
with my looks, but I do not want to
pass my hang ups on to my granddaughter
so I am trying not to be so self-
judgemental. These are the looks
I was given so I must make the
best of it. It's hard, but I'm working
on it! xx

Sunday, September 25, 2011

WEEKENDING: TODAY

The best thing you have in this world is
Today. Today is your savior; it is often
crucified between two thieves, Yesterday
and Tomorrow.

 
Today you can be happy, not yesterday
or borrowed from tomorrow. There is no
happiness except Today's.

Most of our misery is left over from
Yesterday or borrowed from tomorrow.
Keep Today clean.  Make up your mind to
enjoy your food, your work, your play
Today anyhow...

Today is yours. God has given it to you.
All your Yesterdays He has taken back. All
your Tomorrows are still in His hands.

Today is yours. Take its pleasures and be
glad. Take its pains and play the [wo]man...

Today is yours. Use it so that at its close
you can say:

I have lived, and loved, Today!

~Frank Crane

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 commentsJoining with Amanda for her weekending post.
*******

First I would like to say Thank you
for all the sweet comments to my
last post. They have meant so much
to me and I hold each one close to
my heart.  I have decided to let
yesterday go and concentrate on just
Today, since that is all one can really do
isn't it? I can't worry about the 'what ifs '
or 'could have been's'. So, I have dried
my tears and am making the most of
the day and am not going to think of
the yesterday's or the tomorrow's.

This weekend has been a quiet one.
I have been working on my artist
trading cards for the swap Amanda
is holding. With the passing of the 
Lima Bean, I have had to redo my
cards since they featured drawings
of him, but I should have all the new
ones finished and in the mail by Tuesday.
Twice now I have baked the apple 
cake Ellen mentioned on her blog.
My guy's inhale it and I already 
have plans to bake another one.
This recipe is a keeper!
I finished my cowl and have it
blocking along with the shawl
I completed earlier. I hope
have pictures taken and upload
this week.
I am getting in a Lot of
running time and am enjoying
listening to my first ever knitting
podcast [ that I didn't even
know existed, thanks Karen].
It makes it seem like I am running
with a group of friends..it's nice.
I pulled out a stack of old books to
reread in anticipation of Sue Grafton's
newest book, V is for Vengeance.
I ordered and watched Bridesmaids
and wish I had just saved my
money and read or knitted instead. I didn't
enjoy it and had to send my fourteen
year old out of the room for parts of
it. I just thought it would get better,
but it never did. Have you seen it?
What did you think?

Friday, September 23, 2011

THE LIMA BEAN

Death is only an old door
  Set in a garden wall.
On quiet hinges it gives at dusk,
  When the thrushes call.

Along the lintel are green leaves,
  Beyond, the light lies still;
Very weary and willing feet
  Go over that sill.

There is nothing to trouble any heart,
  Nothing to hurt at all.
Death is only an old door
  In a garden wall.
 
~ Nancy Byrd Turner



The Lima Bean that
was so wanted and
so loved isn't
meant to be. He has
gone over the sill and
my heart is broken.

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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? Joining with Ginny
I finished the Shawl
I had been working
on and once it's done
blocking I will post
pictures. I had several
skeins of yarn left over
after completing the shawl
so I am using the same
yarn and cast on my very
first chart pattern. I am
knitting Elizabeth's Cowl
from Wendy Knits Lace.
It is a beginner's pattern
and after practicing a
few times, I think I've got it!
I have plans to knit
every project in this
book since they are
all amazing. I am
very pleased with myself
for finally knitting something
using a chart and a
little shocked at how
easy it is to read.
I had made chart reading
into something much harder
than it is.
I have started reading
The Catcher in the Rye
along with the fourteen
year old. It is a book
I read many years ago,
but reading it  now as an
adult I have a different
perspective. I am actually
enjoying the conversational
tone of the book quite
a bit, if not the foul
mouth of the narrator,
and I look forward
each day to picking the
book up.  Oh, and the
discussions I am having
with my son are great.
What have you been
up to this week?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

WEEKENDING: A DIFFERENT ROAD

People take different roads
 seeking fulfillment and happiness. 
 Just because they're not on your
road doesn't mean they've gotten
lost. 

 ~H. Jackson Browne

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 commentsJoining with Amanda.
*******


I spent most of my Saturday
watching Spirit of America,
and while the show was very
well performed, it really just
seemed like a huge recruiting
demonstration aimed at having
you sign up for the Army to
"be all that you can be".  As the
daughter of a father who was a
career Marine Corp Officer, this
is not where I would have expected
to spend any of my time.  I was
there to watch my son in-law
participate since he has enlisted
in the Army and will be heading
off to boot camp in January.
Once boot camp is complete he,
along with my daughter and
granddaughter will be heading 
off to a yet to be determined duty
station. While this is not what
I would have chosen for them, 
they are very happy. Me? I'm trying.
I spent Sunday enjoying much
cooler weather; we were only
72 today -Hooray! I managed to
get in a little running although
I know I am not near ready to
run a marathon next month.
I discovered putting Asian Ginger Dressing
on quinoa along with steamed
broccoli and yellow bell pepper
makes for a wonderful dinner that
even my guy's will eat. Picked
up The Catcher in the Rye to
read since it's been awhile and
I am planning on using it for
literature reading. Have you read
it? I'm curious, did you like it?
xx
                                  
.

Friday, September 16, 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, September 15, 2011

A THURSDAY IN SEPTEMBER

Let us dance in the sun,
wearing wild flowers in
 our hair... 

 ~Susan Polis Shutz


...and be thankful for
   this day!
Happy Thursday my friends!
xx

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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? Joining with Ginny.


Since beginning lessons with
the fourteen year old my
knitting is being done very
early in the mornings. I love
to sit at the table, knit and
watch the sun rise. It is a
beautiful, calming way to
start my day.
I am slowly making progress
on my shawl and with
my reading of Auschwitz,
although I am having to
make myself read this since
it really is so depressing.
On a good note, I
received a wonderful
and totally unexpected
surprise in the mail.
Gerry  sent me a copy of
Wendy Knits Lace.
I have been drooling
over all the beautiful
projects this book contains.
I have never used charts
before, but I now think I
understand them. I do have
a question for anyone who
might be able to help,
if you knit left handed,
should you flip the
chart knitting the pattern
mirror image? Most patterns
I have been able to adjust, but
am not sure about knitting lace from
a chart. My LYS is no help since
they only teach right handers or
they want me to knit right handed
which is just not going to work
for me as I am a true left hander.
I taught myself to knit last year
from YouTube videos so I don't
have a lot of experience. Any
help at all would be greatly
appreciated.xx

What have you been up to
this week?

Monday, September 12, 2011

WEEKEND and GIVEAWAY DRAWING

"As each day comes to us refreshed
 and anew, so does my gratitude
 renew itself daily.  The breaking
 of the sun over the horizon is my
 grateful heart dawning upon a
 blessed world. "

~Terri Guillemets


This weekend was one
filled with time to relax.
To listen to the waves
as they crashed to shore.
To walk for miles with
the warm sand caressing
my feet...
To feel and smell the
warm water of the
Atlantic...
To watch the sea birds,
porpoises, and horseshoe crabs ...
To have the sun turn
my skin just a little
too pink...
To daydream and to
just BE!
I am filled with gratitude
for this as my day's shift
from  the unscheduled time
of long summer days  to
planners and to do lists...
to alarms and schedules...
appointments and meetings.
It was a beautiful weekend.

I drew a name for my
giveaway.  Renee,
if you can send me an
email with your address
I will send the necklace
out this week. Thank
you to everyone who
entered, I wish I could
give each of you something.
Keep an eye out as I am
already making plans for
several more giveaway's
before the end of the year.
I hope you have a Monday
that is overflowing with
love!
xx
 xx

Friday, September 9, 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, September 8, 2011

A DANDELION

"It gives one a sudden
start in going down a
barren, stony street, to
see upon a narrow strip
of grass, just within the
iron fence, the radiant
dandelion, shining in the
grass, like a spark dropped
from the sky."

~ Henry Ward Beecher


I hope everyone discovers their spark
today and has a Thursday radiating with
beauty.xx

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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? Joining with Ginny.
I am moving right along
with knitting my baby blanket,
but I also cast on another
Ladawan's Shawl. This time 
I am using Bamboo Ewe
in the color Beach Glass.
Don't you just adore the
names of yarns? I would love
the person who names
yarns in my next life ;)!
This will be one of two I hope
to knit as a Christmas gift.
For my reading this week
I am reading Auschwitz in
preparation for a school history
lesson. While it is very informative,
it is a book that leaves me
deeply saddened in the face
of such horror. This  is not
something I would just pick
up and read for pleasure, but
as a mom with a young man
interested in WWII, I find
myself reading out of my
comfort zone in order to carry
on discussions with him.
Thank you so much for all the
birthday wishes,  it was
a wonderful day and I am
looking forward to drawing
a name for the giveaway. xx
What have you been up to
this week?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

MY BIRTHDAY AND A GIVEAWAY

"Doing nothing for others is
the undoing of one's self. We
must be purposely kind and
generous, or we miss the best
part of existence. The heart
that goes out of itself, gets
large and full of joy. This is
the great secret of the inner
life. We do ourselves the most
good doing something for others."

~Horace Mann


Today is my birthday.
I am now 48, although
inside I feel like I am
17!
Over the last year of
having this blog, I have
had the chance to
connect with some
pretty awesome women.
Y'all are all really great!
I am always inspired
by comments left here
and from visits to your
blogs. In honor of my
birthday I wanted to give
a little something back,
a little something to
bring a smile to your
face like you do for me
on a daily basis.
This giveaway is a little
red and black glass leaf
necklace that I thought
would be perfect for fall.
Leave a comment telling
me what brings you
joy, I'll draw a name 
and post the winner
next Monday Okay?
I hope your day is
a beautiful one filled
with much happiness~
Now we can all eat cake!
xx

Friday, September 2, 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, September 1, 2011

SEPTEMBER


The goldenrod is yellow,
The corn is turning brown,
The trees in apple orchards



With fruit are bending down;
 
The gentian’s bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
 In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun;
The sedges flaunt their harvest

 In every meadow nook,
And asters by the brookside
Make asters in the brook;
From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes’ sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies–

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.
Even if my thermometer is still reading
in the 90's I am beginning to notice a
change in the feel of the air and the
light as it makes it's way across the sky.
Shadows hang around a little longer,
the grass is wet with a heavy dew in
the mornings as I drink my first
cup of tea and the smell of the 
air has "that" smell- do you
know the one I mean? 
 My table is piled high with
books waiting to be shelved and
the smell of fresh paper and pens
lingers in the house as we prepare
for the start of a new school year.
It's time to restock my planner 
with meals like stews and Sheppard's
pie and I can't forget pumpkin pudding.
My knitting basket is full of beautiful
wool yarn just waiting by my rocker
along with a soft throw to keep away
the chill.
Firewood still needs to be split
and quilts laundered for the beds,
but for those things  there is  time,
but soon, oh so soon, cooler weather
will be here!
September, my favorite month of
the whole year, welcome.xx
Photos from my land as I took a
stroll around the property yesterday.
Poem~ September by Helen Hunt Jackson