Saturday, December 31, 2011

A NEW YEAR IS BEGINNING AGAIN

New Year's eve is like every other night;
 there is no pause in the march of the
universe, no breathless moment of
silence among created things that the
 passage of another twelve months may
 be noted; and yet no man has quite the
 same thoughts this evening that come
with the coming of darkness on other nights. 

 ~Hamilton Wright Mabie



2011 is drawing to a close;
I look back and it feels like
it was all a blur because it
went by so fast!

I didn't want the year to end
without  saying Thank you to
all the wonderful people I
have met here. You have
all enriched my days, my
life and I am a better person
for having our paths cross.
As the new year unfolds, with
all the joys and heartaches,
the ups and downs, the boring
and the highs that life always
brings, I know one thing...I
will always be thankful for you!
With much love on this night,
stay safe and I'll see you in
the new year.

Friday, December 30, 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, December 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? Linking with Ginny
Even with all the knitting I have
done, especially for the
Christmas season, I have
never kept anything for
myself except a few dish cloths.
On Christmas night I decided
I would knit myself a little
something before I begin
my Christmas knitting for
2012, which I will start on
January 1. I cast on an Elizabeth
Cowl, from Wendy's Knit Lace
book, using a lovely
shade of lavender. I have no
idea what kind of yarn I
am using as it was a gift
without a wrapper, but I
do love how soft it feels
and since I don't own anything
in purple, or a cowl for that
matter, I thought this would
be fun.

One of my son's received
The Book of Awesome
as a gift and since it was
on the table I picked it up
and began reading. It
reminds me of Ann
counting 1000 gifts, like
how awesome it is when
a cashier opens a new
line at the market or when
you get the milk to cereal
ratio just right. Sometimes
it's just nice to read something
easy [and happy] especially
when it's school break.
xx

Monday, December 26, 2011

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS HAS COME AND GONE

THE SOUTH

The place where...

sweet tea and accents are sweeter.
Summer starts in April.
Macaroni and Cheese is a vegetable.
Front porches are wide and words are long.
Pecan pie is a staple.
Y'all is the only proper noun
Chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy.
Everything is Darlin'.
Someone's heart is always being blessed.
Darlin',
It was a beautiful [although
warm and rainy ] Christmas
here in the south and I am
Exhausted and a little sad.
It happens every year... I get
up extra early and stay up
way too late; I make and bake;
I decorate and wrap; I gift
to all I know and some I don't,
it is what I do during and
for the season.
Now?
Now I feel a little lost, not
quite sure what to do with
myself and sad that another
Christmas has come and gone.
I have spent the day napping, knitting
and reading. I learned how to
use my swift and ball winder.
[they are a lot of fun].
I have worked on finishing up
the fudge and the last of the
pecan pie.
Tomorrow the decoration will
come down, bags will be started
for Goodwill donations, the juicer
will provide my meals and life
will slowly return to its normal
pace. I hope y'all had a wonderful
Christmas and I am looking
forward to a wonderful new
year with all of you. 
xx

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

CHRISTMAS TIME

Our hearts grow tender with
 childhood memories and love
 of kindred, and we are better
throughout the year for having,
in spirit, become a child again
at Christmas-time. 

 ~Laura Ingalls Wilder




There are quite a bit of Christmas
memories being made here in my
home so I'll be back to this space
next week.
I wish each and every one of you
a holiday filled with love and
happiness.
xx

Monday, December 19, 2011

A SPARK

Without inspiration the best
 powers of the mind remain dormant.
There is a fuel in us which needs to be
ignited with sparks.


~Johann Gottfried Von Herder

Not long ago I was introduced
to a very creative woman when
I won a prize from Rhythm of the Home
winter edition giveaway. Chris,
of Mamaroots posted a wonderful
tutorial on making walnut boxes
and I was so inspired to try them
myself.

I didn't bake my
walnuts and I drilled my holes
a wee bit different, but I do love
the way they turned out. They
really were not hard to do at
all. My only recommendation is
to be prepared for broken
shells as walnut shells are
very thin. I learned to drill
the holes first and then sand
with the Dremel so I wasn't
wasting time on something I
would break as soon as I
started to drill. Sanding the
shells smooth can take a little
time, but it really is worth
the step.

It has been a lot of fun trying
to decide what special gift
should go inside and I can't wait
to hand them out.

Now that I own a Dremel,
thank you son I love it,
all of my own [!] I see
many more projects in my
future. 

My husband even got into
the act and made little
walnut baskets...too cute.
xx

Sunday, December 18, 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.

I spent a few hours in
town Saturday morning
and except for a visit
from the UPS truck, all
of my Christmas shopping
is complete! Christmas
will have a lot more handmade
gifts under the tree this
year and I am so excited.
While I was out I discovered
that Tuesday Morning has yarn, 
hand dyed cotton and
a cotton/linen blend
yarn that will be perfect
for this hot and humid
area I live in. Who knew?
Guess I really should get
out more.
Stayed up late knitting
and watching old Cary Grant
and Katherine Hepburn 
movies. I am almost finished
with my last Christmas
knit and then I can move
on to wrapping.
I rearranged the kitchen,
organized my supplies and
am now ready to begin
some fun baking. It wouldn't
be the holiday to me without
fudge and caramel turtles;
do you have a special
treat you only prepare at
this time of year?
xx

Friday, December 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
 
 

Wednesday, December 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? Linking with Ginny
There is still a lot of late
night 'santa' knitting going
on in my home, but I do
see [finally] the end in sight.
scarf was completed in
about a day using Alpine Wool
in the color blueberry. It was
very easy to follow the
pattern, my only complaint
is while using size 13 needles
it felt like I was holding baseball
bats.  This scarf is on my gift
giving list so that is the reason
for the unclear pictures  [sorry].

There are still two more hats on
my needles and then I will
be done with hats! Really,
I am getting bored with them
so it will be nice to move on.
There has been a request for
headbands with flowers, so I hope
to cast this on soon.

I am very happy with my reading
this week. First, Jacqui sent
the wee one the most adorable
Christmas book, Little Grey
Rabbit's Christmas, which we
have already read three times
today; it has fast become a
favorite in my home. Next,
I am reading and loving,
The Knitter's Life List.
It deals with all things fiber
and I know I will be reading
and loving it for years to
come. There are lists of things
to try, information about yarns,
people in the know, styles,
it has it all and then some.
I think anyone who
loves knitting [all of us?]
would love this book.

I am very excited to see
what y'all have been up
to this week so Happy
yarn along and thank
you Ginny.
xx

Monday, December 12, 2011

IT"S A BABY SHOWER: WELCOME

A baby is God's opinion
 that the world should go
on. 

~Carl Sandburg

First I would like to say
welcome and thank you
for coming.
Today is the
day of Amanda's
shower. 
 The coffee and
tea are on the sideboard and
the dining room table is
set with an array of goodies
so please help yourself.
Once you have a plate 
I thought we could all
sit in the living room.
Amanda, you have the rocking
chair Okay? I think it
will be most comfortable
for you and also easy
to get up if you need
to. I have you a corsage
for your wrist if you
would like to put it on.
After all, you are the
guest of honor.
I really am not one
for baby shower games so
I hope you won't mind
if we get right to the
gifts and I'll be happy
to start things off.
First, as many of you know
I was to have another
grandchild, but that wasn't
meant to be. I did however
make a little knit vest,
which was inspired by Amanda,
and I would like to give
it to the Caboose. I still need
to sew the buttons on, but
that won't take but a minute.


Next, I have a few burp rags
that I decorated with a little
retro material. Just so you
know, in my head I am a
seamstress, in reality, not
so much, but I did make
these with love if that counts.

There is also a little denim
bag since I don't thing you can
ever have too many bags.


I loved knitting Ginny's hat
so much that of course I
needed to do one for this
little one too.

[picture taken earlier as it is cloudy outside today]
With Christmas right around
the corner I do have a little
something else, but I would
like to keep that a surprise
Amanda okay? You will just
have to wait until the box
arrives! :)
Amanda, I wish you an
easy labor, a quick recovery,
and lots of love as you
welcome this new life into
your family.
Now, who would like to
go next? I didn't figure
out how to work the linky
thing so I thought everyone
could just leave a link
to their post in the comment
section. If you need Amanda's
address you can contact
either me or Amanda.
Thank you all for coming
and I hope you have
enjoyed yourselves.
xx


Friday, December 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

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

YOU

"You are you,
Now isn't that
 pleasant?"

~ Dr. Seuss

....yes it is and I
am so thankful for
all the well wishes.
Thank you for being
          You!
I am finally feeling
'normal' and am trying
to reclaim my home
since for the last
few days it's belonged
to a group of guy's.
My guys did their best
and I am so thankful
for their loving support
and for them looking
out for each other,
but it's not how Momma
does it so I've got
some housework to do.

I did want to remind
you of the baby shower
that is scheduled for
Monday, I do hope
you all can come.
xx

Sunday, December 4, 2011

WEEKENDING

The more serious the illness,
the more important it is for
 you to fight back, mobilizing
all your resources-spiritual,
 emotional, intellectual, physical.

~Norman Cousins


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.
Saturday was fine
a lovely day spent
in Charleston doing
a wee bit of shopping,
but by nightfall things
began to fall apart.
It started with just a 
little sniffle, then a strange
croupy sound in my
lungs and a prayer that
I am not getting pneumonia.
Today has seen a fever,
grapefruit seed extract,
elderberry drinks, pomegranate
seeds , hot tea with lemon
and a lot of naps.
I'm sick.

Friday, December 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