Monday, August 29, 2016

weekend euchariteo...









We got a puppy!! Birdy is a rescue dog that made AnnaLynn's dreams for a dog come true. She's an adorable mix of German shepherd and black lab. The owners didn't want the puppies and gave them up a bit sooner than they should've been taken from their momma, but Birdy is doing incredibly well, eating and playing and all the other things puppies do including stealing AnnaLynn's (and the rest of the family's) heart. :)

We had company!! My weekend began a day early when Christina and the girls came to spend the day and a night with us. Friday morning before they left, I was out watering and was joined by Charlotte who will, I'm fairly certain, be a gardener when she's grown up. This girl always wants to go out and dig in the garden and plant seeds when she's here -- love it!

We made gf peanut butter cookies!! These are so good that I'll share the recipe this week, I promise!

And last, but not least, I enjoyed a lazy afternoon on the back porch finishing my blue shawl which promptly received a bath and blocking. I'll share pics when I can get Anna to model for me...she's a busy, devoted puppy momma now, so I hope I can drag her away for a bit later today. ;)

Weekending with Karen :)

~Lisa

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tending my yarn garden...



I'm cheating today...this is a cropped version of last week's Yarn Along photo. I was hoping to finish "something blue" yesterday, but it looks like today will be the day for that, LW. :)

This book! I. am. loving. it!

Halfway through and would park myself in the shade with a pitcher of iced tea for the next two days (supposed to be in the mid-90s) if responsibility and to-do lists didn't exist... I've been reading lines and occasional chapters to Dan and telling him he MUST read this one when I'm done.

What's on your needles and nightstand? Joining Ginny :)

PS: I shared here yesterday about our 24th anniversary...a lovely mini-getaway up the Columbia River Gorge.

~Lisa

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

celebrating 24 years :)
{weekend eucharisteo}















Where do 24 years go?

I blinked, I guess.

Good times, hard times, smiles and laughter and tears.

A family blended and added to,
A major move from town to country,
A company of our own after 20 years of stable employment.

5 childen, 3 married kids, 3 grandbabies,
Gray hair, wrinkles, and worn out knees,
Prayers answered and prayers still being lifted,
Patience tried and patience rewarded.

Thankful for 24 years with this man.
Euchariteo!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Weekending:  A one day/night getaway in which we enjoyed beautiful weather in the Columbia River Gorge. Thankful it's just a short drive away. :)

Camas :: dinner here :: Jason Bourne :: Cape Horn :: Fall Creek Falls :: Hood River :: a late lunch here :: and a pink sky to welcome us home as we begin our 25th year.

Weekending with Karen :)

~Lisa

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

something blue, something new, and something different



Something blue is what's on my needles and nightstand. My knitting is moving along with stitches and rows being snuck in every moment I can. I'm loving this delicious blue fingering from Palouse Yarn Company and am happy to have 475 yards to knit with!

Something new is this pretty spring-themed yarn (KPs Palette)! The yellow wouldn't behave when I was snapping this picture -- it's a much more soft shade than it looks here -- but these soft colors will be knit into a yummy shawl once "the blue" is finished.



As an aside, I really need to organize my WIPs and prioritize! If I'm feeling brave, I'll share... In that regard, I'm loving my new project bag! This one is from Stolen Minutes. It arrived the same day as my KPs order, and I was tickled to see how perfectly the colors match. :)



Finally, something different: All the Light is a new read -- more WWII fiction (!!) -- the short chapters are perfect for bedtime reading as I tend to nod off so quickly these days.

Joining Ginny :)


~Lisa

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Monday, August 15, 2016

weekend euchariteo
{and a before & after!}

Friday morning...

Friday evening...

Saturday...

Sunday...


Happy Monday! Now that my desk work is complete for the day, I'm enjoying an iced coffee while looking at photos from our slow, yet productive, weekend:

a lazy morning spent knitting :: a gorgeous evening sky :: stargazing in the late night (Pereids!) :: blueberry jam making :: post installation by my hard-working men :: Worship with a church family I love :: Sunday afternoon fellowship and volleyball.

I've been promising to share some of the work we've been doing out back, and the pictue above pretty much says it all! Stairs installed off the deck, a little landscaping to make it look pretty, shrubs planted along the tree line on the east side (the back of the photo), and posts installed which will support shade cloth that still needs to be installed. Here's a pic from last summer for comparison:



So thankful for the completion of homestead projects, even when they take a long time... So thankful for a new week and all the opportunity that comes with it! Summer has finally arrived with warm days and hot days. Lots of watering happening here to keep flowers blooming and the garden growing. :)

Weekending with Karen :)

~Lisa

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