Wednesday, July 1, 2015

tending my summer yarn garden and some general musing...

First there was this...

and now there is this...

Seams undone, sections unwound, and what remains is 12 balls of yarn in various sizes. I've yet to determine what this collection of reclaimed yarn will become and really need to make a decision because time is ticking, ticking, and the fair is only five weeks away! If you have no idea what this is all about, you can read all about it on Ravelry where I shared the details. :)

Here's something new that I finished up for AnnaLynn...

A rather grown up looking picture, I know. A new pattern I'm hoping to wrap up soon. :)

I don't have a picture of my reading since I forgot to take one, but suffice to say I'm still lost in Mitford and enjoying it tremendously.

Happy July, by the way! We're in the middle of a heatwave and have been watering like crazy every morning before the sun peeks over the tree line to the east. Thankfully, our elevation provides cool nighttime temperatures, so the house has stayed pretty comfortable without the AC. Hot summers are not typical here, and especially hot Junes; we had virtually no rain all month which is not normal. Things are dry which means fire danger is high; I'm not excited about fireworks this weekend and am praying no new fires start as we already have several burning here in the Pacific Northwest. People, be careful!!

The vegetable garden is doing amazing due to all the sunshine and warmth; raspberries are ripening and blueberries are close! I've got more lettuce than we can eat and hope I can keep it from bolting (we keep it covered with a shade cloth, and so far, so good!). What is amazing to me is that our corn patch is doing so well this year -- we will have (already do) corn that is knee high by the 4th for the first time since we've lived out here in the foothills!

Life is slow but busy, so I've had little time to spend here. Hope you are all enjoying your summers, and just in case I don't make it back here before this weekend, have a happy and safe Independence Day! :)

Joining Ginny :)

~Lisa

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

tending my summer yarn garden...

So, I couldn't decide whether to use this picture:



Or this one:



So I'm using both. :)

Started last week, my beanie and mitts set is all finished up and will be tucked away for Christmas gift giving. The pink is a wee bonnet for a friend's granddaughter! So thankful that six months remain for the finishing of other larger projects like my Brennan and Citron. Another project I started this week is the deconstruction of this:




I haven't decided what it will become once I've reduced it to hand-wound balls of yarn, but I can tell you that my purpose is to enter the finished project at the county fair in hopes of winning the Elsie Thompson Award which is a special rosette and $10.00 cash award for the best use of recycled materials to make a new garment. Here are the requirements:
  • Submit a picture, duplicate or display of the original materials and indicate what the garment was made from (i.e., dress from drapes, vest from jeans).
  • Must be a new garment, not an alteration for size, etc.
I've always admired seeing what people come up with each year, but I've never seen a "re-knit" of a second-hand garment. And while $10 isn't much, it will more than compensate me for my half-price Goodwill purchase -- wish me luck!

Not a lot of reading happening here this week other than my morning Bible reading and nightly visit to Mitford. Father Tim and Cynthia are like old friends who I'm so glad to be reacquainted with. :)

Thanks so, so much to those of you who've inquired about my AnnaLynn and lifted her up in prayer; she's doing terrific and has been diligent in following her grain and diary free diet. What a trooper! I'm still perplexed as to what caused her to be in such pain what is now two weeks ago, but I'm thankful for answered prayers nonetheless.

Joining Ginny :)

~Lisa

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Monday, June 22, 2015

...and some things that made me smile :)

Earlier this month on a warm spring day...







...splashing to cool off was the perfect thing to do. Oh, how I love this girl! :)

Happy Monday! On Friday I shared something that made my AnnaLynn smile, so I figured today was as good a day as any to share some things that made me smile. These photos were taken the same afternoon as the Belmont when we had family here for the weekend; four generations together which also makes me smile. Today just happens to be Miss Charlotte's 2nd birthday -- a third reason to smile. :)

Have you read or seen The Book Thief?
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
We saw the trailer a while back and picked up the dvd while at the library last week, AnnaLynn's reading the book, and even though she's not quite finished, we watched the movie on Friday evening (yes, more WWII for me). It's quite an interesting story and well acted -- Geoffrey Rush is amazing (IMDb here and trailer here)!

Other weekend happenings included:

Working the garden: weeding the corn patch and spreading wood chips here and there to keep the weeds at bay. Picking strawberries, basil, and lettuces.

Dancing: we attended an English country dance hosted by a family in our church to celebrate the beginning of summer -- yes!! Welcome summer!

Feasting: grilled burgers, corn on the cob, and watermelon for Father's Day -- delicious! Yes, AnnaLynn and I both took a no-guilt break from our grain-free diet.

Joining Karen, feeling blessed, and looking forward to a slow day...

~Lisa

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Friday, June 19, 2015

something to make her smile :)

It's been two weeks, but I'm posting nonetheless because this made my girl smile...









A little blurry, but that's ok! Not that we're all huge horse-racing fans, but AnnaLynn's excitement was contagious, and we all joined her in celebrating 'cause that's what family does. :)

Congrats to American Pharoah!!

PS: Thanks so, so much for all the well-wishes and prayers for Anna; she's doing much better and being rather cooperative with the grain & dairy free thing so far. I did allow her a small dish of good yogurt this morning (cultured, low sugar, high probiotic) which I hope will be a blessing to her. She was craving it, and a momma has to follow her instincts, right? Snack suggestions are welcome...

~Lisa

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

knitting, reading, musing...




Oh, what a bad blogger I am -- two weeks have passed with nothing shared here. Lots of reading, lots of knitting, lots of life happening here. I'm sure the same is true in your world. School is officially "out" even though we still have a few subjects to wrap up (logic, literature, government), and we'll be writing throughout the summer in preparation for an online fiction writing class both kids are enrolled in that will begin in the fall. But let's not get ahead of ourselves; it's not even officially summer yet!

That May "catch up" post is still sitting in my drafts, and soon I'll need to do one for June. This space needs it. I need it. So many memories made that need to be documented in some way, that need to be remembered. It seems that the sand of the hourglass slips all to quickly through our fingers. Time marches on so swiftly, it seems, and like Ann (who I relate to more and more even though I didn't so much like her book when I first read it). I want to acknowledge all those blessings and embrace every single moment for the gifts they are, to open my eyes and see, to really, truly, see and embrace all the life around me and to feed upon the goodness of His hands. Note to self: slow down!

After reading a mention of Heather King over at Ginny's a few weeks ago (at least I think it was at Ginny's -- looked but can't find the post or I'd link to it), I clicked over and wound up buying her memoir about her her breast cancer diagnosis since a friend is going through chemo for the same. Heather is raw, edgy even, but her faith is consistently drawn upon, and the quotes...oh my. I loaned the book to my sister who's going through a hard time (not cancer, but a hard time all the same), so I don't have it with me to share any quotes. So sorry!

It Starts with Food is a borrowed book that I picked up from a friend yesterday... A week ago AnnaLynn was in the hospital for what we all thought was appendicitis, but (thankfully!) her ultrasound revealed a healthy appendix. We've been trying to solve the mystery of what caused her such pain (pain that every single nurse and physician and surgeon who examined her last Wednesday immediately proclaimed was appendicitis). The pain has pretty much resolved, but she's having some digestive tract troubles leading me to look to food. We eat pretty healthy, but we're not purists. As of yesterday, both AnnaLynn and myself are grain and dairy free, at least for a while. This book recommends a 30 day diet of sorts that is supposed to help with inflammation...I'm joining Anna in solidarity because what 14 year old girl wants to give up cream cheese and tortilla chips and toast all by herself? Really, we're just trying to figure out if she's developed some sort of sensitivity to gluten or grains, or dairy, or ???   Please pray we find some answers and she's feeling better soon. :)

Knitting has been frustrating in a way. I had to rip out my Brennan and start over as I got mixed up. Too much going on and too much on my mind, I guess, to get it right. I did cast it back on and think I've got it now. I did cast on a few small projects (a beanie and mitts) to set aside for Christmas, and those have brought me knitting peace after the Brennan frog. My citron hasn't seen much knitting time, but I'm looking forward to a long, slow day at the river to remedy that...

Joining Ginny :)

~Lisa

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