Wednesday, November 30, 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? Linking with Ginny



Along with all the
secret elf knitting
I have going on in the
middle of the night
so no one can see,
I have been knitting
hats, lots of hats!
I learned the wee one
didn't have a hat and
with cooler weather
finally arriving I cast
on Cotton Candy Toddler Hat.
It was a super quick
and I cast on and off
in one day. I tried teaching
myself to crochet a flower,
but after four hours I 
gave up and just did
the knit one. I like the
look of crocheted flowers 
better, but I know my
limits and crocheting is
just not working for me. 
I am also knitting several
Hat's Fit for a Boyfriend,
except my husband
would frown if I had a
boyfriend so I am knitting
for my son's and son-in law.

I am still very slowing
savoring White Truffles in Winter
and have a feeling I
will be for awhile.
When paragraphs read like
this:
"To make southern fried chicken
properly, you must add a bit of
your true self-the history of the
dish demands it. You must bring
your heart. "
there is just no way I
can rush through.
xx

Monday, November 28, 2011

IT"S A BABY SHOWER: BLOGGER STYLE

If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite,
something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go
far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite,
more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a
little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs
because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.
~Vincent van Gogh


As much as I love blogging
there is one drawback
that makes me very sad
and that is not being
able to open my doors
to all of you, especially
when someone is preparing
to bring a new life into
the world. Is there anything
more special, especially at
this time of year?

So, I am hosting a shower
via internet for someone I
have come to just love,
 Amanda from the habit
of being. Surprise Amanda!

On December 12, 2011
I will be posting pictures
of a few little gifts I
have picked up for her
soon to be born little
Caboose and would love
to have all of you join me. 
I will have the coffee hot,
the tea poured, the
scones will be baked and
it I can figure out how,
the linky thing set up
for everyone who would
like to come to the shower.
I thought we could all
post our gift, blog hop,
and then just mail
everything directly to
Amanda.

Sound good?
xx

Sunday, November 27, 2011

WEEKENDING

Nature does not hurry,
yet everything is accomplished. 

~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 commentsJoining with Amanda for her weekending post

It was a wonderful holiday
with way too much food,
lots of laughter and lots
of love.
I haven't cooked for days
because there were leftovers-
the best part of Thanksgiving
I think. Now I'm browsing
recipes as leftovers will only
last so long.
Trying not to hyperventilate
with Advent starting TODAY
and I had a missing planner! 
I tore the house apart
and finally found it. I know
 I did Not put it there!
Knowing in my heart that
I will accomplish what really
needs to be done and if it
doesn't happen, then it's
going to be alright. The
advent wreath is ready
and the Christmas cards
are bought and waiting
to be signed. I have a hot cup
of tea, new Christmas pages
to load in my planner and
the rest of the afternoon to
plan and dream.
How is your weekend
going?
xx

Friday, November 25, 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, November 24, 2011

THANKSGIVING 2011

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace,
the celebration of work and the simple life...
a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry
 of the turn of the seasons, the
connection of all these things with God. 

 ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

May your day be filled with love.

Happy Thanksgiving Day.
xx

Wednesday, November 23, 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? Linking with Ginny

I first need to thank Ginny
for hosting the Quince & Co.
giveaway. I won three skeins
of yarn and have already ordered
more, along with the abigail cardi
pattern. I am so excited to begin,
but this will be my gift to myself
for finishing all my paper work
after the holidays. I also want
to thank Jacqui , as I was
the winner there too. I am not
sure how to express my gratitude
to everyone in this blogging
world for being just plain awesome
and for filling my heart with love.
You are all an amazing group of
women and my life is so
much brighter for having been
in contact with you. My dream is to
win the lottery [if I can ever remember
to buy a ticket] and treat us all
to a week long vacation in
Ireland. I have already started
looking at places for us to stay,
so ....it could happen [positive
thoughts]!

My biggest accomplishment
this week was finishing the
long stockings I have been
knitting for the wee one!
I worked all weekend on them
and was able to finish
Sunday night, even after
pulling out two inches because
of a careless mistake.
The wee one hasn't mentioned
them [out of sight, out of
mind] so they are going to
be wrapped and placed under
the tree.

I cast on a pair of fingerless
gloves I named 'chill-in'.
I am planning on knitting all
of my guys a pair and since they
are a quick knit, it is doable.

I am still reading White Truffles in Winter
and loving it. My only
complaint about the book is
with all the descriptions of
food it makes me hungry!

I want to wish all those celebrating
tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving! 

What have you been up to
this week?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A PUMPKIN BREAKFAST

It's vite-vity-vitie-vidi-pumpkin!!

~Lucille Ball

It's our breakfast
for the season:
PUMPKIN PIE PUDDING
Please serve
it with fresh whipped
cream, you won't
be sorry!
xx

Sunday, November 20, 2011

WEEKENDING: MORNINGS

 The moment when you first wake up
 in the morning is the most wonderful
 of the twenty-four hours.  No matter
 how weary or dreary you may feel,
 you possess the certainty that,
 during the day that lies before
practically always doesn't,
matters not a jot.  The possibility
 is always there. 

~Monica Baldwin
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.

I woke early and
sat outside with my
coffee in hand and
knitting on my
lap watching the
sun come up, then
I spent most of the
day knitting, knitting,
knitting! I now have
just one toe and the
long stockings are
finished. I can't wait
to see them on a
pair of little wee legs!
I tried out a new yogurt maker,
made yogurt cheese, hummus
[I added roasted bell pepper],
and these little puffs to
serve with afternoon tea.
I did the weekly market
trip and judging by the
crowd, I won't be back
for a few weeks. I just
can not to the crowds!
I talked on the phone with
a friend who lives [unfortunately]
clear across the country.
I am now thinking we All

really need to have a blogging/
knitting getaway someplace
fabulous for all of us to
meet in person! Ireland?!
xx

Friday, November 18, 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, November 17, 2011

WHAT HAPPENED TO AUTUMN?

What dreadful hot weather we have!
  It keeps me in a continual state
of inelegance. 

~Jane Austen




Someone forgot
to tell my favorite
tree  that even
though temperatures
have been in the
80's it is really
autumn.
Well, at least
my tree will look
elegant for
Thanksgiving.

xx

Wednesday, November 16, 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? Linking with Ginny


I am still working ever
so slowly on my socks
and after finishing the
9 1/2 inches on one sock
I am very close to
finishing the other,
then it will be time to add
the heels. I have been
having a lot of yarn holding
help from a certain three
year old so these socks
are a joint project and one
of us wishes the other would
'please hurry so she can wear
them to sleep in'! :)
I was getting a little bit
tired with just going
round and round and after
seeing Ellen's great headband
I decided  to try one for
myself. I am thrilled
with how easy it is to
cable and have plans for
a lot more in my future.
I have had every female
that comes into my home
want a headband so I really
need to pick up the speed.
I found out over the
weekend that I have a
baby shower to attend
the beginning of December
so I have been doing a little
baby knitting too. I knit
Ginny's little hat. I still
need to block it, but isn't
it sweet?
I am reading:
White Truffles in Winter.
It is about the French chef,
Auguste Escoffier, and it
is super!  Descriptions of
food, life, love, it has it
all and I am enjoying
it so much. I am having to
make myself read slowly
or the book will end too
soon and it will be like
saying goodbye to an old
friend.

What have you been
up to this week?
xx

Monday, November 14, 2011

A RECIPE FOR YOU

"[Breadbaking is] one of those
almost hypnotic businesses,
like a dance from some ancient
ceremony. It leaves you filled
with one of the world's sweetest
 smells...there is no chiropractic
 treatment, no Yoga exercise,
 no hour of meditation in a
music-throbbing chapel
that will leave you emptier
 of bad thoughts than this
homely ceremony of making bread."
 ~M. F. K. Fisher, ‘The Art of Eating’



A simple recipe
for a simple roll.
Enjoy!
xx

Yeast Rolls

5 cups all-purpose flour [I use bread]
1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups milk, scalded and cooled  to lukewarm
2 packages dry yeast [ or 5 teaspoons]
3 egg yolks [ I use whole egg]
1/3 cup melted butter

Place warm milk, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add yeast, egg yolks and 2 cups flour, beat throughly. Add butter and beat well. Add remaining flour gradually, using just enough to make a dough slightly softer than for bread.

Turn out on a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, adding flour as necessary. Place dough in a greased bowl and brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise until double in bulk.

Gently deflate and knead dough, shape as desired and let rise in warm place until double in size. Bake in hot oven [400 degrees] 15 - 20 minutes.
Brush tops with melted butter.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

WEEKENDING: LITTLE GLIMPSES

"Live with intention.
 Walk to the edge.
 Listen hard. Practice
wellness. Play with
 abandon. Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
 Appreciate your friends.
 Continue to learn.
 Do what you love.
 Live as if this is all
there is."

~Mary Anne Radmacher

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.


:: Spent all afternoon
outside in the sunshine
learning to cable knit...
and once again wondering
why I was so scared to try
something...it's easy! Now
I want to knit this!

:: Sat in the sunshine
with my sixth 'child',
Twinkie and talked on
the phone with my 93
year old Grandfather.
He is a riot!

::Tried a new recipe.
The adults loved it,
the kids not so much.

::Put pecans in the
freeze for holiday baking.
Lots of fudge in my future.

:: Learned to make lotion
and now have the softest
skin.

:: Planted lots of broccoli.
OK, I watched lots of broccoli
BE planted :)

:: Watched murmuration and was
once again amazed at this world.

::Dreamed.
xx

Friday, November 11, 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, November 10, 2011

...AND CONTINUES

"What do I know of
 man's destiny? I
 could tell you more
 about radishes."

~Samuel Beckett



   A radish is easy to grow.
   The hard part was seeing
   this on Amanda's blog in
   June and having to wait
   until my fall garden to
   try it.
   Now?
   We are eating them daily!
   xx


::

Wednesday, November 9, 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? Linking with Ginny.

I have come to the conclusion
that I am a sock addict! I want
to knit everyone I know a pair!
I cast on a pair of long stockings
for the wee one since she
likes to sleep in socks and with
cooler weather coming [my
fingers are crossed], I thought
these would be perfect. I am
using Loops & Threads Sock Yarn
in color Balloons. I think it
is a great color for  a little
girl. Since knitting two socks
on dpn's side by side, I have
learned that I really prefer to knit
with wood needles. I only have one
set of size 2 in wood so I cast
on the second sock using metal
needles and  I am finding
they hurt my hands when
I use them. I guess this means
I need to make another trip
to the city to purchase more
wood needles!  ;)
With the holidays right around
the corner, I picked up a book
I read every year, Hundred Dollar Holiday.
This is a book that helps
keep me grounded when I am
bombarded with so much
commercialism and greed every time
I go into a store. I was at the
market last week and was
serenaded by Christmas music
the whole time I shopped...
unbelievable! We haven't
even had Thanksgiving yet.
I want to enjoy and spend time
with the people I love, not worry
about buying stuff that none of
us needs. OK, I will climb down
from my soap box and just 'exhale'!
What great and wonderful things
have you been knitting and reading
this week?
xx

Monday, November 7, 2011

HAPPINESS

Happiness is a warm puppy. 


 ~Charles M. Schulz
This is Wyatt.
He is an eight week old
Brittany Spaniel who
belongs to my son and
his wife. I have said
that I do not want
anything else to feed
or take care of...I already
have four dogs along with
chickens, ducks, rabbits,
children and a husband,
but I love this little dog
and offer free puppy
sitting any time.
Do you have any pets?
xx

Sunday, November 6, 2011

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 commentsJoining with Amanda for her weekending post.

Spent another Saturday in
Charleston and have decided
I really like this southern city:
the people are pleasant,
the food is wonderful,
the weather perfect
and there is just so much
to do and see compared
to my little town.
Bought a lot [a whole lot]
of yarn for Christmas knitting,
but may have over estimated
my knitting time frame.
Sunday was cleaning
chicken coops, weeding
the fall garden and
watching my meat loving
guy's process 140 pounds
of ground venison for
the freezer.  
Loving this time change,
but not sure my internal
clock will get on track
before it's time to
change it back again!
xx
xx

Friday, November 4, 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

Wednesday, November 2, 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? Linking with Ginny.



I was so close to having another
pair of completed socks to show
you this week and then I went
to ripping them apart. I am happy
that I finished the other pair of
socks , but the toes have really
bothered me. The pattern calls for
a toe that is a little pointy and
it's really not my taste. I want
a sock that is more rounded, not 
pointy.  Are there any sock
knitters that can give me some
tips?

I started reading The Hangman's Daughter
over the weekend, and while
it is OK, I really would like to
read a little more before I voice my
opinion. I did pick up Autumn
 by Susan Branch that I read every
year. I adore her writing and
the illustrations she uses.

What have you been up to
this week?
xx

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

SUNSET

The river sleeps beneath the sky,
And clasps the shadows to it's breast;
The crescent moon shines dim on high;
And in the lately radiant west
The gold is fading into gray.
Now stills the lark his festive lay,
And mourns with me the dying day.

While in the south the first faint star
Lifts to the night its silver face,
And twinkles to the moon afar
Across the heaven's graying space
Low murmurs reach me from the town,
As Day puts on her sombre crown,
And shakes her mantel darkly down.

~Paul Laurence Dunbar


                                       [ behind the house]

I hope you each have
time at the end of
the day to pause and
watch a sunset.

Happy November!
xx