Friday, October 28, 2016

Slow Days and Quiet Evenings

The days are creeping closer and closer to the time change, we have been eking out as many walks as possible after dinner knowing that they are numbered.  Yesterday was rainy, damp and cold.  I cannot remember a drizzly all day event for quite a while and I think our area needed that kind of rain.  My house was dark and cozy while I sunk into furiously knitting on my current projects.

I have two more hats to make and two sets of mitts.  That is the least amount of holiday knitting, there are more people on my list and I need to come up with some quick knits.  If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I knit lots and lots of projects.  I have a confession to make.  During the spring and summer I knit and finish each project then promptly put them in a knitting box and forget about them.

When the weather turns cooler and I approach the holiday gift giving weeks, I dig through that box and decide what I will give as gifts to those awesome people in my life that are totally knit worthy.  I also pick out some finished items for myself (of course!).  I am lucky that I have a whole year to knit and conduct my knitting generosity.  My crazy system works!

Along with my holiday gift giving thinking, I'm excited about seeing my daughter and son in law over the Thanksgiving holiday.  We haven't seen them since our visit to Santa Barbara in May so it's been quite a while.  I have adjusted to the long distance chatting but seeing each other face to face is a blessing.

I'm grateful for the slow days and quiet evenings, where nothing is pressing or urgent.  These are the times I wish I could bottle all of those positive thoughts and feeling up and save them for when life is turbulent.  Ah.  If only!  But for now, I'm happy and grateful and ever so present in my day to day life.

I walked about yesterday with my camera catching the last bits of color.  Autumn truly is glorious and breathtaking.  I am glad I use photography to frame and capture moments of it's beauty.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Currently on the Needles

I started a new knitting project over the weekend when I remembered that I wanted to knit another sweater for the dog groomer's baby.  I love to knit for babies, the projects are speedy!  I love this pattern so far but I am not thrilled with knitting with Lion Brand Wool Ease.  The acrylic content is unforgiving in my hands.  However, I wanted this project to be machine wash and dry AND from my stash.  Hence the choice.

Shamefully, I am not finished with my previous book, The Daughter even though I had high hopes of increasing my reading every single day.  However - today is the day.  I'm less than 10 pages away and I have no excuses. Next up is this book in the photo, which I have to say, I love the cover art.  A pile of books?  Yes please.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Weekends are for memory making, 
relaxing and enjoying quiet moments of our days.  
If you would like, please share your weekend moments 
  in the comment section with a link to your blog.

Since last weekend was a traveling out of town weekend, these three days have been a "stay at home" do nothing kind of vacation.  If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know this is my kind of heaven.

Friday night was dinner out with friends and a brisk walk around the local town.  The temperature dropped so if was chilly (a good kind of chilly!).  We received good news earlier in the day, so my husband and I were in celebration mode.  We even shared a piece of chocolate cake.

Yesterday was the beginning of do nothing.  I rummaged through my deep stash of yarns.  Deep stash is the yarn my mother owned.  I was looking for a washable yarn for another baby sweater.  I found it but also strolled down memory lane while looking at the yarn.  I should destash this yarn but I haven't the heart.

I also flipped through my mother's knitting notebook to find her notes on some longies that she made for my son such a long time ago.  She was immaculate with her notes and quite specific.  I wish I was as neat as her.

We took two walks yesterday and went to Saturday night Mass.  It's our new thing and I'm getting used to it.  My husband wants a sleep in, so we switched.  I miss my old church pew neighbors still.

Today was another two walk day.  I believe I burned all the calories of that cake on Friday!  I undid some mistakes in the fair isle hat (grrr.).  This weekend felt refreshing, kind and peaceful.

Just a few links:

Some good news:  A Day in the Life (I've been praying for him)

Have you signed up for: Gratitude Week 2016
                                        Just Five Things

How was your weekend?

(all of the photos in today's post were taken early in the morning as the sun was rising without any edits with my Nikon).