Tuesday, November 24, 2015

thankfulness :)

O Lord that lends me life,
lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
~William Shakespeare

I'll be busy tomorrow getting ready for the big day. My list includes baking a pecan pie and making mashed potatoes, lime jello with diced canned pears, and homemade keilbasa. Yum. :)   I'll also be cleaning...lots to do to get the house ready for family. The turkey we raised this summer will be roasting in the oven when company arrives mid-afternoon on Thursday -- filling the house with that wonderful aroma that lets us know it's Thanksgiving. My mouth is watering just thinking of all that deliciousness...

This annual tradition of gathering to rejoice and feast and give thanks is time consuming, yet it's worth it. I've so, so much to be thankful for even though at times I grumble. And I've grumbled in my heart this year at having to host...again. My heels were dug in and I tried getting out of it, but the Lord, in His kindness, will fill my house with loved ones...again.

That Christmas cactus up there at the top of this post is a good reflection of the way I've felt the past few weeks. I've just not kept my focus where it needed to be and so I couldn't see the promise of all the good in store for me if only I would open my eyes to see it. I love my family. But I'm tired and feeling spread rather thin, as Bilbo Baggins once said, “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread."

What's been missing, I think is the perspective that flows from a thankful heart. O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness...

for a house big enough to fill with all my loved ones
for health and warmth and a pantry filled to overflowing
for friends who know me and love me anyway
for solitude when I need it
for beauty at every turn
for good books, wise words, and thoughtful quotes
for friends near and far and those I've met through this space
for safety, for comfort, for security
for grace, mercy, and forgiveness
for salvation
for my husband, my best friend, the love of my life
for my children who teach me so, so much
for yarn
for busy hands and lots to do
for clarity and aha moments

Thinking it's time to take a break from here, but not for too long. Company will be here for several days, Saturday will be wrapping up Advent gift shopping (four Sundays...four gifts for my kids and my grands: jammies, books, ornaments, and special treats). In the meanwhile, I'll be popping up on IG (DoleValleyGirl) if you want to follow along. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

See you soon,


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

weekending :)

A lovely, lovely weekend! Saturday morning was breakfast in Yacolt with a dear friend who sent me home with a beautiful violet that now brightens my kitchen window sill, my Starshower is off the needles and needs only to be blocked, and if you follow me on IG, you know that Miss Charlotte joined us for a fun overnighter. Oh, how I love this girl and take such great delight in her smile, her laughter and inquisitiveness, and her sweet hugs!!

Joining Karen :)


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Friday, November 20, 2015


A peek into my week...

The view from my porch is changing as rain and leaves continue to fall, the river is high (a very good thing), more starshower knitting in the car (I'm on section 5 and hope to finish this weekend -- fingers crossed), sampling perfume and shopping for Advent and Christmas gifts, and a few Etsy orders ready for shipping.

Today I'm finalizing Thanksgiving plans, blocking some finished knits (!!), catching up on housework, and hanging out with my favorite 15 year old. :)



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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

tending my yarn garden...

After my whirlwind knitting last weekend...two Tiny Tea Leaves off the needles...I took a break due to those sore, achy shoulders and arms I complained about on Monday (thanks for all the sympathy, my friends!). Everytime I'd go to pick up my needles, my Anna would chime in with a Maaahhhhmm, and I'd sigh. With several projects calling my name on Sunday afternoon, I organized them, updated my Ravelry page, and then played Scrabble with Dan and the kids. Talk about will power. I didn't knit a single stitch. Monday was a stitchless day as well, but I did pick up my Starshower on Tuesday afternoon when all my work was finished. Hooray for busy hands!

I'm nearing the end of Come Rain or Come Shine which has been a delightful read...I'm getting in a few pages each night and almost don't want it to end. With Advent just around the corner, I'm trying to decide what to read next and am hoping for some suggestions. Something Christmasy? Any recommendations?

Joining Ginny :)


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Catching up...

It's Sunday evening as I type -- I love looking through my pictures and counting my blessings...so much to be thankful for!

The view through my kitchen window makes it clear that the weather has changed. It's cooler, the trees are nearly finished shedding, and there's snow on Larch and Silverstar! We're not high enough in elevation for snow here, but I spied some on the mountains when the clouds cleared on my way home from church. If there hadn't been a car behind me, I'd have stopped to take a picture. My fingers are crossed that we'll get snow sometime soon. With the changing weather, we've had a small herd of deer bedding down in our lower field. They've been nibbling on the lawn and in my herb beds.

Thankfully my busy week of catching up is behind me and I was able to relax and knit most of the day on Saturday. Those Tiny Tea Leaves are proof and sadly, are the cause of sore arms and shoulders which kept my hands free of any knitting today. :(  All that's left is to block and sew on buttons which I hope to get to in a day or two. I'm sad that I didn't have enough yarn to knit sleeves on Linnea's cardi, but it fits her (tried them on the girls after church), and that makes me happy. Charlotte's is a wee bit big, but that will give her room to grow. I'll order yarn and knit a slightly bigger one with sleeves for Linnea after the holidays. Too many other projects to finish before then! [Ravelry notes]  A new skein of Madeline Tosh merino light found its way into my stash this week...the colorway is composition book grey which is lovely.

And speaking of the holidays...the first Sunday of Advent is just two weeks away! Crazy! I have had a few orders for Advent candles and was reminded by AnnaLynn to be sure to keep a set for ourselves. Smart girl. I do have a few more sets available in my shop if you need a set. :)  I'm still finalizing Thanksgiving plans...

Psalm 2 is my go-to scripture when world events get out of sorts. My heart is heavy for the people of France and also for those who lost loved ones when that Russian airliner recently crashed. It grieves me, and yet it is a great comfort to have faith and to pray. Be safe, my friends, and join me in praying for France, for Paris, for peace. After all, it is nearly Advent...
Then the angel said to the, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all the people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men! ~Luke 2:10-14
Joining Karen :)


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