Friday, May 27, 2016

Purposeful Habits

Tilly the Turtle (hoping it's a girl)
 Hello!  Another Friday upon us and this weekend looks like it's going to be a hot one.  The month of May seems to be fickle with temperatures.  It starts out mild or chilly and then -boom- we get a heat wave.  The temperatures here have been flirting with near 90 degrees.  Not quite making the 90 but the humidity, oh my.  I wilt!

Our walks have shifted to after 6:30 p.m. to avoid the full sun, I love this time of day because the birds are singing to each other and traffic on our little roads is minimal.  The walk is quiet and calm, my husband and I talk about our day and plan out what we would like to accomplish this weekend.

I believe there will be a garden planted!  We skipped last year because of the wedding and laziness.  I regretted that decision all summer long.  We had volunteer tomatoes and basil but it's not the same as tending purposeful plantings.

 So yeah, a garden.  He has to do all of the labor, I get to be the overseer.  It's a nice working relationship :)

Since returning from Santa Barbara, I (we?) vowed to not eat out for a month - I don't know about you but eating out twice every single day for six days just destroys my body.  Restaurants rely on "flavorings" from dubious sources that leave me feeling "blah".  So I've been diligently plotting out menus and dishes.

Mainly we are eating a big salad for lunch every day if we are home.  If he is working he takes a wrap.  I am quite proud of myself for sticking to this purposeful habit.  The fresh food at home tastes good and it feels good to know I know what is in my food!

I've returned to a comfortable rhythm each day, knitting a bit but not too much, reading a bit and getting tasks done around the house that were neglected while we were prepping for our trip. I love that my husband is on his summer schedule and he is around more.

Frodo keeping watch
 I continue to improve with my health (thanks again for the well wishes!!).  The challenge is being patient and pacing myself.  I want to do everything!!  And yet I rest, listen to my body and toe tap with impatience.  I am not one to NOT do things.  I'm a doer.

I started up my yoga routine again, ah.  I have modified some of the poses for comfort but I love how I feel afterwards which means it is good for me.  I am celebrating this milestone every single morning when I engage in the poses.  Life is good :)

surf pattern in line weight purl soho wool

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Currently on the Needles

I've been reviving my menu plan and what better way than to flip through a magazine :)  Since we ate out every single day while on vacation in Santa Barbara, I felt the need to eat at home, clean eating and not "restaurant" eating.  Oh, does it feel good to do this for our bodies.

I am reading The Nightingale on my Kindle and enjoying the period writing of World War II.  This novel took a couple of chapters for me to be engrossed.  Also, I prefer real print books and have trouble reading my Kindle in bed, so I might be starting another book for the late night readings.

My knitting has something new!  I started this shawl over the weekend and while at first the pattern was baffling, the pattern ended up being "potato chip" knitting.  I cannot stop and love doing a repeat and seeing the shawl grow.

In the evenings, I'm knitting my dandelion daze shawl, slowly but surely.  Unfortunately I had to rip out an entire repeat last night so I lost some work (but made it up the same night).

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Sunday, May 22, 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.

Hello!  Another weekend here and I had a great one!

Friday found me sitting in a bicycle shop while my husband test drove (rode?) various bikes in stock.  I said each one was nice if asked.  I behaved since I had a book to read in my lap, you know, everyone should have a novel and some knitting in their tote, just saying, it helps pass the time when you are not interested in bike shopping.  However, I have learned a lot about bikes passively.  I wonder how much he has learned passively about knitting?

my santa barbara yarn buy!
 Saturday found me sitting in another bike shop reading the same book...honestly I think I know how he feels when he is sitting outside a yarn shop.  Let's be honest, knitting stores are WAY more exciting than bike stores.

Seriously though, it was nice to be home and doing nothing exciting and enjoying the nothing - we are back to the two of us, a quiet house and its nice to be back to regular life.  I love sitting in my kitchen early in the morning drinking my coffee thinking these thoughts.  I find when I travel and come home, I have a new appreciation and awareness to the life I am living.

Today was church and solving a sudoku puzzle and a crossword puzzle.  Doing those remind me of my mom who advanced to doing the NY Times puzzle in INK.  I believe in mistakes and erasing so I use a mechanical pencil, but I do admire her smartness and sureness in an answer!

I did knit a little bit yesterday and plan to knit a little bit today.
wool snarls, oops!  Purl soho line weight

Oh and before I forget, my husband made curry for dinner (that means I did not cook!) and the house smelled even homier than ever before :)

How was your weekend??

P.S.  I am feeling better (again) and than you all for the well wishes.  I have the best doctor ever and I am confident that we are on the right treatment path :)