Wednesday, January 28, 2015

tending my yarn garden...
01/28/15




Still reading my Bible and still enjoying my sojourn in Mitford. Still making my way through the latest copy of Mother Earth News (yes, Steph, recycling is worth it!). And as if that weren't enough, the latest edition of World arrived in our mailbox chock full of articles about Roe v. Wade and life and hope. Good stuff. Less important was a short review of this season's Downton which gave me hope...
"As in previous seasons, sinful behavior is mostly hinted at rather than reveled in, and with the rise of Stalin we see the consequences of both socialism and an unmerited ruling class. However, the moral arc of certain Downton inhabitants--particularly ladies' maid Baxter--as well as unexpectedly tender relationships give this season more heart and smarts than just about any other series on television."
Except for a button to go up top, my Cotlin beanie is finished and has been put aside to patiently await the completion of it's matching cardigan. Then it will be gifted. :)  But first, grandbaby knits must be completed! That's a sock up there...love the colorway and stripes! And, yes, secret knits are still in the works.

What's on your needles? What have you been reading?

Joining Ginny :)

~Lisa

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Mindful Monday #4














Once again I'm joining Kathleen for {Mindful Mondays} -- a good starting place for the week and a nifty way to document what I am...

Reading: is much the same... At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon, still. My Bible, still. And the latest copies of Mother Earth News and World magazines.

Listening to: Humanities lectures by Dr. Grant, the Scriptures via this link, and the glorious sound of my kiddos playing a duet on the piano (Nocturne by Adolph Jensen)

Studying: theology with Daniel using David Hagopian's Back to Basics and still researching essential oils using this book.

Creating: soy candles, soaps, a sweet wee beanie in brown to go with a wee cardi that I'm working up in a larger size for my dear friend's baby. :)

Cooking: last week's chicken-in-a-crockpot provided for several days' lunches (chicken salad sandwiches) as well as one of my favorite salads. :) This week's menu includes taco salad/nachos, chicken noodle soup (with last week's homemade broth!), beef stew, and homemade pizza.

Educating: biographical essays are still in the works (Daniel: Enrico Fermi, AnnaLynn: Joseph Haydn). I should add that we're studying US government this year...Daniel will be of age to vote for our next president!

Feeling: overwhelmed a bit that tax time is here...I have three weeks to have all our paperwork to our CPA.

Thinking: how thankful I am that we have a CPA we completely trust and that I don't have to do our taxes!

Praying for: endurance for my daughter-in-law through the final weeks of her pregnancy! Wisdom in raising kids who are not really kids anymore.

Thankful for: a warm, sunny Saturday in January, the promise of daffodils, deer (even though they ate my rhododendrons), spending Sunday afternoon with friends after church, a delicious meal and great conversation. Have I mentioned that I love Sundays?

Go Seahawks!

What are you mindful of today?

~Lisa

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tending my yarn garden
1/21/15



Last week's Cotlin has been cast on, finally. I love working with this yarn and am enjoying the process of creating a beanie pattern to match the cardi I knit for baby Tucker a while back. [Ravelry] Secret projects are still in the works!

I'm almost halfway through the first Mitford book which I look forward to picking up off my nightstand when I climb in bed, my morning Bible reading is still going strong, but I figured I'd best share something new this week. The latest Mother Earth News arrived in my mailbox Tuesday; I'm looking forward to curling up with a cup of tea by my woodstove and reading it cover to cover. I'm especially interested in the article about pairing vegetables and flowers which I've done the past two years purposefully with great success...marigolds with tomatoes and cukes with cosmos. Have you begun garden planning yet?

The skies have been mostly clear here which means it's been cold; I snapped the top pic after taking my Yarn Along picture out on our front porch...late afternoon with the sun having gone down behind the mountains. So pretty. :)

Joining Ginny :)

~Lisa

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Mindful Monday #3

Once again I'm joining Kathleen for {Mindful Mondays} -- a good starting place for the week and a nifty way to document what I am...

Reading: At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon, still. My Bible, still. And this blog.

Listening to: my new Chris Rice CD :)

Studying: still researching essential oils using this book

Creating: sweet pea and lavender soaps are curing, honeysuckle scented soy candles have been poured, and secret yarn projects are being worked on as time permits. [soaps & candles coming to the shop soon!]

Cooking: a home-grown chicken (6.5 pds) was cooked in the crockpot on Saturday providing lots of shredded chicken for this week's lunches and dinners; homemade bone broth is simmering away on the stove.

Educating: talking about MLK today, enjoying short stories this week in our literature class, and starting new writing assignments; Daniel will be researching and writing about Enrico Fermi, and AnnaLynn's paper will be on composer Joseph Haydn. 

Feeling: happy that I'm meeting Jessica for coffee in BG this morning and that granddaughter #2's due date is just 3 weeks away! 

Thinking: how blessed we are and how good we have it!

Praying for: endurance for my daughter-in-law through the final weeks of her pregnancy!

Thankful for: spending Sunday afternoon at Shirley's (Dan's mom) house and for friends who are ok with us dropping by on our way home... I love Sundays. :)

...and before I go, did you catch the Seahawks yesterday? Unbelievable! Superbowl plans are in the works. :)

What are you mindful of today?

~Lisa

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekend update...2015/1


I mentioned on Monday that we had tickets to the Oregon Symphony -- Mr. Perlman was fantastic in his performance! In our family, I'm not one of the actual musicians nor am I as passionate about listening to music as are Dan and the kids, but being in the presence of greatness is (or should be) obvious to anyone, and I sat in awe as fingers flew effortlessly over the stings. Although we were near the back of the main floor, our seats were just off the center aisle providing a good view of the entire orchestra. What a thrill (especially for our violinist, AnnaLynn) and what a blessing!

We enjoyed dinner prior to the concert at the Deschutes Brewery in downtown Portland...Dan had their mac & cheese with sausage while the kids and I had burgers (Anna and I shared), all of which was delicious. That same night was the big college football national championship, and you can imagine all the Duck fans that filled the place to watch the game. We don't really follow college football, but people around here love their Ducks; naturally, we cheered along. :)  Later in the evening, as soon as the concert was ended, cell phones came out and the disappointment was evident as folks learned their team had been beaten badly (just as I was a couple weekends ago when the Steelers lost to the Ravens).




The weather has been cool, clear, crisp. I love the look of frost on the landscape as the sun makes its way over the mountains, but as much as I enjoy watching winter sunrises, I would love a good snow. The kind of snow that stays around for a week or more, the kind that makes it possible to build a snowman; we haven't had more than a couple light dustings this fall or winter (so far). Thankfully, we've had plenty of rain, so I'm not complaining about the sunny days even when it's in the 30s. Our woodstove has been working overtime...



I picked up a new frying pan this week at Target. No, it's not cast iron... I know I need to use my cast iron regularly in order to get a good non-stick seasoning going. No excuses, But I don't feel too badly as this new pan is supposed to be made with a special non-toxic coating. It's a compromise I'll live with in order to keep my eggs from sticking. :)

Lesson planning and reading the kids' recent short stories was a quiet way to spend an afternoon earlier in the week. Friday evening while Dan and the kids attended gym night, I made two batches of soap (sweet pea & lavender) and watched episode two of this season's Downton. I have to say that I'm not liking the Lady Mary story line at all. Otherwise, Downton is a fun escape even though it is somewhat of a glorified soap opera. I do love the period clothing, manners, etc., and enjoyed watching "The Manners of Downton Abbey" -- a special in which the behaviors/manners of the time are explained and how they are kept true to the time on the show. If you're interested in history, you'll enjoy it. Fyi, (and thanks to Melissa!) you can watch for free on the PBS website. :)

What have you been up to this week?

~Lisa

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