Wednesday, July 29, 2015

on top of the world!



Tuesday morning of our "staycation" found us on top of Silver Star Mountain, the highest point in southwest Washington (4364 ft.)! I took the photo; that's Dan, Daniel, and AnnaLynn along with Mt. St. Helens in the background with Mt. Rainier just to the right of Anna's leg (it's there...squint a little and you'll see it!). Praising God for the glorious country we live in!

Happy Wednesday,

~Lisa

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

when it rains...







When it rains, it pours!

Dan and I were drenched, literally soaked to the skin, when out for a walk Sunday afternoon after church. It was sunny when we left the house. Who knew those dark storm clouds were just over the mountains out of sight? After a hot bath, I discovered that Daniel had the kettle going for tea and a slow fire was crackling in the woodstove. Crazy way to spend a late-July afternoon. It was all of 60 degree outside, and although the sun reappeared, I opted to curl up on the sofa to finish my Mitford story rather than to venture back outdoors.

Other weekending included:

Transforming AnnaLynn's room from one suited to a young girl to that of a young lady...she picked out new bedding at Ikea which inspired the new paint color.

While I was busy painting, the guys busied themselves with the building of a rabbit hutch for Anna's bunny.

The kitchen got a much needed deep cleaning.

We watched a old, kinda corny, yet fun Heath Ledger movie with the kids on Friday night:

A Knight's Tale (2001) Poster

(Yes, we forgot about the lack of clothing on Geoffrey Chaucer who had lost them while gambling -- "Ooops! Anna, don't look!!")

Finally, we enjoyed yummy pizza and wine at the Rusty Grape with Jess, Zack, and his folks on Saturday evening. Only about three weeks before J & Z leave for Scotland, so we're taking advantage of every opportunity we have to spend time with them. :)

Lots for which to be thankful! How about you?

Joining Karen :)

~Lisa

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Friday, July 24, 2015

moments & gifts...

However many blessings we expect from God,
His infinite liberality will always exceed
all our wishes and our thoughts.

~John Calvin











This morning...
  • Enjoying another chilly morning listening to the birds sing as the sun rises
  • Recovering from a day spent at the river in which we all got a little too much sun (trying this remedy (will update))
  • Creating project lists for what has become a five-day working staycation rather than a camping trip. That's right, our camping trip has been cancelled due to much-needed rain in the forecast; it's ok 'cause we desperately need the rain
This week's...
  • Discovering a close-up captured by AnnaLynn's steady hand
  • Krispy Kreme -- a rare treat
  • An incredible Goodwill find (commemorative tea cup and saucer) (!!)
  • Healthy, home-grown chicken
  • New Ikea dishtowels & glasses
  • Zucchini from a friend
  • Homemade soap :)
Capturing moments & gifts and wishing you a weekend filled with God's abundant blessings,

~Lisa

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

recycled yarn project update!
{tending my summer yarn garden}




It's been a couple weeks since I've shared my recycled yarn project [Ravelry], and with just two weeks to go before the fair, I figured I'd better share to keep up my enthusiasm and to give my attention to this project a nudge. It's coming along, and I just love the yarn (it's 55% cotton, so it's super soft). Since it's a moebius, I had to buy a 47" cable needle, this according to Cat Bordhi's excellent tutorial on you tube (which you can watch here).

Have you ever knit a moebius? Not me. Until now, that is. :) I found Cat's awesome video and was quickly on my way to moebius happiness. And just in case you're wondering...

"A Möbius strip made with a piece of paper and tape. If an ant were to crawl along the length of this strip, it would return to its starting point having traversed the entire length of the strip (on both sides of the original paper) without ever crossing an edge." [with thanks to Wikipedia]
I'm about three-fourths of the way through Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good  and wish I had more time for some lazy-day summer reading. Did you know another new Mitford novel will be released this fall?!!

Joining Ginny -- looking forward to seeing what you've all been knitting and reading :)

~Lisa

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

unwrapping gifts...



When we see calendars not so much
as rows of boxes to fill up with things to do,
but as boxes that we get to unwrap,
the present moment always becomes a gift.

What a perspective changer this quote is. If you know me, if you've been reading here for a while, you surely are aware of my need to order my days, to create lists, to take on too much. The filling up of boxes on the calendar with to-dos can turn the doing of even simple things -- wonderfully ordinary things -- into items to be checked off rather than to be enjoyed. To be present in the moments we have been given is indeed a gift. :)








this weekend's unwrapped gifts:

dappled sunlight,
shady swimming holes,
our short drive to the national forest,
a lazy weekend with three of our kids,
silliness,
knitting by the river,
a cool house on a hot Sunday.

Daniel didn't feel well on Sunday, so he and I stayed home from church and listened to a sermon online. The rest of my day was spent reading and knitting among other things. And yes, I made a list for the coming week which includes violin lessons and an orchestra audition for AnnaLynn, our weekly book study and park day on Thursday, and bookkeeping and prep for an upcoming camping trip.

Looking forward to unwrapping a new week!

Joining Karen :)

~Lisa

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