Wednesday, July 30, 2014

tending my yarn garden...






We spent Tuesday at the river. Just a short five minute drive away from home is this beautiful place perfect for HOT afternoons. The kids explored and swam while I enjoyed the tranquility of a trickling waterfall and the shade. The perfect opportunity to read a bit and to finish a copycat washcloth for an upcoming baby shower. There are, I think, 6 or 8 (or more) women in our church who are with child (including my daughter-in-law!!), so I'm going to be busy with baby gifts at least through February. I need to make up a batch of oatmeal soap to gift with the washcloths! Maybe that's what I should do when I wake in the middle of the night. Hmmmm. Maybe not since the stick blender might wake the rest of the house from their peaceful slumber. :) I'll be nice. By the way, thanks for the sweet comments and prayers for my insomnia... I've slept through the night for two nights in a row. Of course, I'm typing this on Tuesday, so who knows how tonight will go. Thankfully, I've got a couple of good books going!

I'm working on a couple secret knits that I just can't share here, yet. One for my swap partner (!!) and a couple others that will be Christmas gifts (!!). It is July, you know, and that means there's only five months (it's the 29th, so less than five months) to go 'til the big day. It sounds like a lot of time, but it never turns out that way. At least for me; I'm usually rushing to finish in December, but then, I guess that's just part of the fun. :)

Current reading includes Pacific Northwest Foraging. Have you ever foraged for food? Of course you have. Blackberries are a fruit not typically grown in cultivated settings (if you do or know of someone who does, please share!). According to this book, picking them where you find them is foraging, and that means that most of us have officially foraged for food. My Daniel told me he thinks it's an interesting book, but he hopes I won't be going off finding dinner in the woods. I told him I think it would be a cool idea to see what we can find growing right here on our small acreage and then do a forage-tasting. Sort of like a wine tasting only different. :)  I know for fact that we have hazelnuts, blackberries, huckleberries, Oregon grapes, skunk cabbage, and a variety of other edibles according to the pictures. Will post an update on this adventure... I honestly can't imagine putting a piece of skunk cabbage in my mouth.

With the current turmoil between Israel and Hamas, I decided to pick up yet another WWII book: The Hiding Place. Have you read it? It deeply saddens me to hear any people in this country or any other, for that matter, calling for the complete destruction of another. May God have mercy. Sorry for getting political, but this stuff is serious and scary. Praying and thankful that God is sovereign over the affairs of men.

So, my friends, what have you been reading? What's on your needles?
*edit* Don't know if Ginny will be hosting today due to the loss of her friend. Add Eric and family to your prayer list...such a sad and tragic story.

PS: My friend, Sarah, has a giveaway going this week -- check it out here. :)

~Lisa

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

a treat :)

My friend Sarah, who blogs over at Gentle Home, has a giveaway going this week. :)  I met Sarah earlier this year through a blog swap when I received a sweet package filled with all sorts of homemade goodness all the way from Pennsylvania! If you know me, you know how I love PA and all things Pittsburgh, so how exciting for me to make the acquaintance of a new friend from the land of my birth. :)  Click on over and say hello! Be sure to check out the wonderfulness that fills her Etsy shop, too!



Good luck!

~Lisa

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10 on Tuesday...



It's been a while since I joined in with Carole for Ten on Tuesday. This week's topic was a no-brainer -- "10 patterns you could knit again . . . and again and again!"

Here goes...
  1. Hitchhiker
  2. Tea Leaves
  3. Charlotte's Sunday Shrug
  4. Copycat Dishcloths
  5. 777 Beanie
  6. Shale Baby Blanket
  7. Little House Shawl
  8. Silky Wrap
  9. Chevron Baby Blanket
  10. Perfect-fit Newborn Socks
I'm really eager to see what patterns the other 10 on Tuesday gals list! Thanks, Carole, for hosting!

PS: My friend, Sarah, has a giveaway going this week -- check it out here. :)

~Lisa

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Friday, July 25, 2014

on fog in the morning & other random thoughts...





That most unwelcome of  visitors, Miss Insomnia has come calling somewhere between 2 and 3 a.m. most nights this week. I wish she'd get the hint that I just don't appreciate her visits. I've been so bold as to tell her not to stop by, but night after night, there she is. So rude! To redeem the time, I've been knitting. Lots. And praying. And reading. Three beanies and a long scarf flew off my needles and I even cast on a secret project for my blog swap partner. Due to Internet connection woes, I wasn't able to join in Ginny's yarn along earlier this week, so I'm just sharing here. (I'm not even sure if this post is going to make it -- someone from CenturyLink is supposed to be by later this afternoon...)

In need of something a little lighter than my most recent reading, I pulled our copy of Writings of a Deliberate Agrarian off the shelf. A collection of essays on the good life that reminds me why we made the choice to buy land and live so far from town. Herrick blogs here if you want to take a peek.

Warmer weather with lots of sunshine is rumored to be heading our way this weekend. After a week of fall-like weather here in the foothills, I'm looking forward to it. Foggy mornings are beautiful, though, even when the fog doesn't lift until late morning, but too many days of them can be dreary. Not that the break from the summer heat hasn't been nice, but I think I'm in need a good dose of sun. :)

Happy weekending,

~Lisa

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

birthday girl :)

Another photo-heavy post to document Miss Charlotte's first b-day which was one month ago today. I sure do love this granddaughter of mine! :)












Hard to believe how quickly a year goes by. I thought they passed quickly watching my own kids grow up, but it seems the speed at which the months go by increases exponentially when it comes to grandbabies. Speaking of grandbabies, we are beyond excited that Charlotte is going to be a big sister sometime in February! Yes, the knitting ideas are rolling 'round my mind; I'll settle on projects and colors once J & Ch find out whether it's a he or a she. :)

I had the pleasure of baking a mini cake for Charlotte to enjoy! I used half of a layer cake recipe from my old Betty Crocker Cookbook and baked it in small round Pyrex dish coated with coconut oil (I lined the bottom with a small piece of parchment paper so the cake would come out more easily). It worked! And while I'm not a cake decorator, I think it turned out pretty cute anyway.

B-day gifts included then 'lil chick as well as the bunting, a plastic dinner plate with a farm theme, a shrug, and some books, too. The long-handled white spoon? That is a "whoa-shack." For whatever reason, my kids loved playing with utensils and called them whoa-shacks. Why? Who knows. But apparently, the enjoyment of playing with a whoa-shack lives on in the next generation. :)

Happy (belated) birthday to my first-born's first born. May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may His face shine upon you and give you peace. May you walk with Him all your days, baby girl. With love from your Baba. :)

With apologies for the somewhat out-of-focus photos,

~Lisa

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