Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday morning snow musing...



This was a surprise this morning, and while it's not much, we'll take it! The past few weeks have been exceptionally wintery weatherwise -- not necessarily "normal" for our corner of the Pacific Northwest and a real treat whichever way you look at it. Our forecast was, for a while, calling for Christmas snow, but that's looking less likely as the temps are rising this week. It's all good, though, as we have family driving down from Seattle on Sunday, and I'd hate for them to have to postpone or cancel their plans.

On the topic of travel plans, our Jessica and her family are still in Edinburgh awaiting their wee baby son's traveling visa which without, they cannot get him back into the UK. So sad that their plans to join us for Christmas have been (most likely) dashed, but who knows? My fingers are crossed and my prayers are being lifted. We know and rest in the fact that God is in control of even this. His will is always best even if and when it's not ours.

Six more sleeps 'til Christmas! :)

xo Lisa

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Friday, December 16, 2016

dark gray & poldark...



I've been slowly reading book one of Winston Graham's Poldark series and find it quite delightful how closely the Masterpiece series (year one) follows the novel. I like, too, how the novels leave a little (or a lot) to the imagination...call me prudish, but I'd prefer some of the scenes to simply fade out, or leave things how season two ended which was enough. Sweet and romatic. Anyway, I'm looking forward to book two and am hoping someone who loves me has wrapped a copy for me for Christmas!

Currently, my knitting time is (like all of you, I'm sure) dedicated to Christmas gifts. All mine are tiny knits, hats, mitts & mittens, slippers, and a wee sweater for a certain baby boy who was born in Edinburgh.

I'm late in joining Ginny, again, but I love the picture I snapped on my frozen bird bath and wanted to share anyway. On my needles is a grass-stitch beanie knit with KPs Wool of the Andes in Cobblestone Heather -- a dreamy, wooly dark charcoal gray that I'm loving. I was concerned the texture of the stitch pattern would be lost in the color of the yarn but am delighted that it wasn't.

Only nine more sleeps 'til Christmas! Hope all your (and my!) knitting will be finished in time!

xo Lisa

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Monday, December 12, 2016

accepted :)



Last April we took a drive east to Idaho, and there, Daniel spent the weekend visiting the college he was hopeful of attending. Since then, in addition to graduating from our homeschool, passing his driving test, working part time for Dan as an electrical apprentice, continuing piano lessons, and taking both chemistry and rhetoric as a 5th year senior, he's been busy working through the application process for New Saint Andrews.



The letter arrived on Saturday! It's official, and my Daniel is one happy young man. Well done, my son! Praying for you as you prepare to go late in the summer of 2017. The time will fly, use it wisely.

This mom is happy, ecstatic, really, but my eyes keep filling with tears. I'm praying for me, too. I've gone back and reread the short speech I gave at Daniel's graduation before Dan and I presented him with his diploma and thought I'd include it here, just because I need to be mindful that this is what we've been preparing for, looking forward to all these years. :)
May 28, 2016
Dole Valley, Yacolt, Washington
Daniel,
It has been my joy and pleasure to be a tool in the hands of our Heavenly Father to guide your education; I could never have done it alone. I’m thankful for the many others He provided who’ve been an influence in your life including all the homeschooling moms I’ve team-taught with over the years, the piano teachers, the math and science and drivers ed. teachers, the video and on-line instructors, the conference speakers, the pastors, and the abundance of authors who’ve shaped your thinking.
As the arrow is in the hands of a mighty warrior, so are the children of our youth. Daniel, the arrow has been drawn, the string has been pulled back, and you are ready to launch. About a year ago as I began pondering this day, I was impressed by these wise words from N.D. Wilson that I pray are true of us and of you:
The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs. Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away. Do not try to hide your children from the world forever, but do not try to pretend there is no danger. Train them. Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter. Make them dangerous. Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown, They will pollute the shadows.
Rejoicing, sighing, smiling, and tearing up, again...

Weekending with Karen :)

xo Lisa

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

a snowy yarn along :)







Yes, I'm a day late. Joining anyway. :)

We've had snow! It was a mild autumn until the past week when we got hit with an Arctic blast that collided with moist air coming in from the Pacific. I'm thankful. What is it about a snow covered landscape? So peaceful. Birdie has been having fun, playing with AnnaLynn and not seeming to mind the cold at all. Good puppy. More snow fell today, but it wasn't much. The wind blew and blew and now they're saying freezing rain will fall tonight. We'll see. I'm hoping not as tomorrow is our humanities midterm -- I'm sure my students have their fingers crossed, though (wink).

I added pompoms to a couple beanies and like them so much! These are Christmas gifts that I'm happy to say are finished. I'm so far behind in my shopping and hope Dan and I can finish up this weekend, weather permitting, but that's another story... Anyway, my Lottie's Beanie pattern can be found here if you're interested in whipping up a few of these for gifting. :)

That gorgeous yellow is for a quick wee test knit I'm doing for a friend! Chickadee is a soft and quite lovely. Why haven't I knit with this before?

Finally, my copy of the latest Taproot arrived and I'm eager to try the hummis recipe!

Only 17 more sleeps 'til Christmas...are you ready? Not me...

Joining Ginny :)

xo Lisa

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Welcome, December :)








Well, I missed this week's yarn along which disappoints me, but this morning has been quiet and less hectic than the rest of the week has been, so I figured it'd be the perfect time to post. With Thanksgiving hosting and the organizing of a church meal behind me (yes, the Sunday after Thanksgiving...what was I thinking?), I've been deep into prep for the midterm for my humanities class. Now that all that's done, I only have November month end/December month beginning Quickbooks stuff to finish up. I figured it was time to treat myself to a little online journaling, so here I am. :)

Lots and lots and lots of knitting been happening with several new patterns being released this fall. I'm currently enjoying the rhythm of simple, small knits for my grandbabies; wool beanies to warm their noggins this winter. I've finished one, am halfway finished with the second, and still need to pick the color for the third. (Speaking of winter, our forecast is for snow this Sunday - Tuesday!!)

I'm not sure if I shared that at about the same time we got our puppy, we also got a kitten. Ginny rarely meows, likes to chase handmade foil balls around the kitchen, and she terrorizes our Birdy. Taunts her. It's fun to watch, although it's frustrating to Anna who is in charge of both.

Daniel's making a rare appearance here today; he actually posed for me! He's been busy finishing his application for college and got it all in a day before the deadline for the early application tuition discount. Now we're just waiting to hear if he's accepted (which I anticipate since it's a small Christian college he's visited on numerous occasions). Praying for God's will for my youngest son and trusting this is the best path for him. I'm avoiding thinking that he'll be absent from our home come fall...

I shared the November grid photo on IG yesterday (Dec. 1). I like the ability to grid photos like that, to remember all the blessings of a month freshly wrapped up, and to give thanks. Such a good thing.

Lots and lots of hand-rolled beeswax candles for Advent have been shipped in the past couple weeks, even late orders which is a blessing. :)  I've got a Christmasy bonnet which was a sample I knit to test my pattern notes, and I added a red tie to it which I think was a nice touch. It's a one-of-a-kind, knit in superwash wool, and it's available along with natural beeswax candlesticks in my Etsy shop which you can find here.

For Advent we're reading Christmas Spirit & God Rest Ye Merry in the mornings and evenings. Both are so good and really put us in the right frame of mind for celebrating the birth of the King of Kings! We watch a lot of holiday movies and our first this year, earlier this week, was The Santa Clause with Tim Allen. Lots of silly laughter.

I've had a rule for years that we don't start the Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving, so we're one week in! I'm already tiring of the repititious tunes played on the car radio, so I've got to dig out the CDs -- my old Amy Grant and a myriad of other favorites. I say, welcome to Advent and December! Isn't it truly the most wonderful time of the year?

xo Lisa

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