Thursday, June 23, 2016

Celebrations

Celebrating a recent finish - Blackbird Designs Garden Borders. The colors at least in person are so pretty. I used my grandmother's initials. She always had such beautiful flowers and I wish I had inherited her very green thumb. 

Here are a few new acquisitions - with one exception there seems to be a theme.



And in the category of "I loved it so much," I bought it twice -


So...if, anyone, is interested I would be happy to send it along to you.

Thankfully, I seem to be back to 100% which is a good thing as we are a little behind on a few celebrations.


We are so proud of our son - he has worked so hard to catch up after his injury that required him to take some time off and is set to graduate with a 4.0 GPA.

We also celebrated his 24th birthday



And of course a birthday beer


Lola is celebrating another nap



Here's hoping there are some celebratory occasions in your future!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BOTNS Book Bingo 2016

I'm excited to be playing along this year! It's a good way to broaden my reading experience and read books I might not otherwise read - example - science fiction. It's also fun to know others are participating. After seeing other people's cards, I was a little nervous at what I might get. Here is my card - and overall I'm pretty happy with it.
Here are my choices for each block:
  1. Can You Keep a Secret Sophie Kinsella
  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Annie Barrows
  3. The Woodcutter Reginald Hill
  4. The Plague Albert Camus
  5. Life of Pi Yann Martel
  6. Better Than Before Gretchen Rubin
  7. Mary Reilly Valerie Martin
  8. The Devil In The White City Erik Larson
  9. Fortune Smiles Adam Johnson
  10. The Book Thief Markus Zusak
  11. Life After Life Kate Atkinson
  12. Centennial James Michener
  13. ?
  14. American Gods Neil Gaiman
  15. The Pale Horse Agatha Christie
  16. The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
  17. A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki
  18. The Opposite of Everyone Joshilyn Jackson
  19. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Alan Bradley
  20. The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
  21. Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog Garth Stein
  22. The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger
  23. Death in a White Tie Ngaio Marsh
  24. Insomnia Stephen King
  25. Goodnight, and Thanks for the Vodka Harpie, Karl Wiggins
Some of these are pretty lengthy, but I'm going to give it a good try and read all of them. I know most of you probably aren't interested in my summer reading plans, but this is a good place to keep my list. No danger of misplacing it. : ) 

If by some chance you are interested in trying for your own bingo you can find out more here. I was sad to hear their announcement on the future of Books on the Nightstand, but fortunately, I haven't even come close to listening to all of their podcasts. Thank you, Mary, for introducing me to this fun challenge! Hope you have some good reading included in your summer plans!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Takes A Licking And Keeps On Ticking

I won't go into gruesome details because it would probably devolve into an ugly crying fit. A few weeks ago, I was involved in an accident that involved falling lumber. Sounds bizarre because it really is. It took a portion of my scalp and left me with a  concussion, and bruises from head to toe. I have to avoid the mirror at all times because I can't bear to look at myself. I haven't been able to look at a computer screen or sit under a bright stitching light for very long at a time or my head feels like it will fall off. And even writing this little bit has taxed my poor brain which feels stuffed full of cotton. Because somehow May is almost over I wanted to share this little design recently finished.
May Word Play
With Thy Needle & Thread

The weather is finally cooperating, and I'm hoping to feel well enough to get into my garden very soon. 

My daughter and son-in-law recently went to St. Croix to celebrate their anniversary which meant some time with my grand-kitties. 

As you can see, Nya, the little one, was none too happy about Kahlua getting some lap time with my son. It's funny how jealous she is. Reminds me of human siblings. : )

I'm hoping to visit blogs little by little and get caught up with all that has been going on. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Margaret Randolph

Looks as crooked as a dog's hind leg in this picture.

Margaret Randolph
The Scarlet Letter

And there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it. I feel like something the cat dragged in and just don't feel up to fiddling with it. I had promised pictures of some of my recent stitching acquisitions, but they will have to wait. Our crazy weather wheel stopped on 87 degrees today which has only added to my misery. And part of my day was spent trying to toll these two back home.


They (Victoria on the left and Rio on the right) are firm believers that the grass is greener in the neighbor's field. They also like to visit their old stablemate, Sally. Sally decided that she had a thing for a little pony that lives down the road and left home one day never to return. The neighbor says she is no bother and doesn't mind having her there. 

My sweet son found my book list and ordered the top two on the list. He says they are a gift in return for my chauffeuring him around when his truck was in the shop. I know several people recommended the audio version of The Tsar of Love and Techno, but well, you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. I guess I will just have to struggle through the pronunciations. 


Some recent library loot.


I've finished After the Parade and am currently reading Mink River, which seems to either rate five stars or one star - heavier on the five stars, though. So, I guess I will either really love it or maybe not so much. 

Now I'm going to crawl back in bed with my furry cuddle bug Lola and hope to feel better soon. Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Springtime Frolicking?

Well, it has been more like wintertime frolicking. Frolicking being what you need to do to stay warm lately. These two bunnies are doing the only springtime frolicking around here.
Spring Frolic at Bunny Hill
With thy Needle & Thread

I think these bunnies are a lot cuter than the ones I see in my yard. Going back to my son's fear of spiders - I've been known to act just as silly over rodents. And for me, rabbits are just big ole constantly chewing rodents. Before we move on to knitting, I want to assure you that I am not crossing over to the other side (knitting) completely. In fact, I have been quite active in adding to my stitching acquisitions recently. : )

One knitting finish to share
Stockinette Stitch Shawlette
Purl Avenue

Not the most exciting knitting but I found it to be very relaxing. Tassels were optional, but I'm not a tassel kind of person.

I'm currently working on a couple of other things.
Churchmouse Classics Basic Socks

This pattern was recommended to me by Mary as a good first sock to knit. And she was right. I always let the heel put me off of even trying to knit socks but found it to be a lot easier than I thought. And I'm just as excited about my heel as I was about thumbs. I will definitely be using this pattern again. Maybe not on size 1 needles, though. : ) The good thing about them is they make beautiful, tiny stitches, but the bad thing about them is they make beautiful, tiny stitches which make me feel like I'm knitting and knitting and not getting anywhere.

I've also been working on 
Linen Chevron Cowl
Purl Avenue

Right now it just looks like a wrinkled mess. I'm using the suggested yarn, Shibui Linen - I'm not really loving it but getting more used to it. I've been listening to the Serial podcast season 1 while working on this which has been helpful in ignoring the yarn. I want to finish this so I can start this
Rosewater by
Janina Kallio

I may be in love with the color of this yarn - Composition Book Grey. Not at all well represented in this picture.

On the reading front, I'm glad I stuck with 11/22/63. The ending was one I can live with. And I didn't realize it was a mini-series until a couple of you pointed it out. I'm content having read the book and probably won't watch it, though. Currently, I'm reading the second book in the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache series. Interesting to find out that the first two books have been made into movies. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Jane Austen mysteries by Stephanie Barron. Thank you, Vickie, for recommending these.  I'm so behind in my reading - not sure why and not happy that Goodreads points out just how many books behind schedule I am. I think that I might not set a reading challenge goal next year. I want to enjoy my reading even if it is at a leisurely pace. : )

I've been having some issues lately - (1) medical...the kind that makes you put on your special going to the doctor/hospital undergarments...and (2) computer...the kind that makes you want to pull your hair out, so I'm a little behind on my blog reading. Hopefully, I can catch up in the next couple of days. I appreciate those of you who follow along with my little blog! Hope your days include some fun and some springtime warmth! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Little Bit of This A Little Bit of That

Stitching
I recently finished Count Your Blessings by La-D-Da. This seemed a  very appropriate piece to stitch - while the year has had a few rough patches everything has worked out in the end. I thought we were getting ready to go through another rough patch the other day. What do you get when you mix my son (the child who inherited the fear of spiders gene from his father), a shower, and a spider. Well, I will tell you. You get a ripped shower curtain, a crashing sound that makes you think something really big has hit the house...something really, really big and a busted knee. We spent the better part of 2015 getting my son through a torn MCL...and of course, it was the same knee. Thankfully, just a little bit of swelling and pain but nothing incapacitating.

Knitting
Malabrigo Hand Thingies by Anne Sahakian and seen on Mary's blog. I started these sometime in December and finished them a few weeks ago. I knit them using Malabrigo's Velvet Grapes - they go with my winter coat and I may just get the chance to wear them in a few days as we continue on this wild weather roller coaster.

They aren't perfect - and I know there are a few mistakes here and there. I thought of my grandmother while knitting these when -
a. I had to lick that calf over again...and again (Lick that calf over again was an expression she used when someone had made a mistake and needed a do-over). Especially on the second mitt. I was ready to bind off the hand when I decided to compare it to the first one. I wasn't thrilled to discover that I had left out two rows . So of course, I had to rip it all the way back and more or less start over again. I could knit these in my sleep. : )

b. I cut myself a caper (If someone cut a caper it usually meant they had acted like a fool over something). This happened when I discovered my mistake on mitt number 2 and then again when I was finally finished with both and realized I had actually made something with thumbs. Lots of ridiculous jumping around while repeating over and over again "I made thumbs!!!" My husband and son just didn't get it and the cats all ran for cover.

I also discovered that it is possible to knit inside out. Fortunately, this is easily fixed. Caper averted!

Reading

It's a big one at 849 pages. I'm halfway through and have been having too many late nights because I can't put it down. Maybe a little concerned that it won't have a happy ending because...well, it is Stephen King. On a side note - my husband has been told by many people that he looks just like Stephen King. 

Wanting to try
TRIPLE BERRY WINE SLUSH
  • (2) 12-ounce bags frozen mixed fruit (raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
  • 1 (750mL) bottle of your favorite red wine
  • 2 cups ginger ale
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
I love the pretty purple color! I may just have a thing for the color purple. : )

Appreciating
The beautiful sunset a few days ago. It seems like every time you turn around a little more of the countryside has disappeared. Fortunately, this little piece is still just around the corner from us.

Thank you, everyone, for reading along! Hope everyone is enjoying some lovely spring weather! Take care ~

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Pre-Spring Walk In Old New Castle

I used to think that crazy up and down weather was limited to our little corner of the U.S., but I know we all experience crazy up and down weather sometimes. After a couple of snowy days, we were treated to a couple of beautiful warm and sunny days with temperatures in the lower 80's! Weather like this makes me feel hopeful and happy!!! And when you have weather like this at this time of the year you have to get outside and take advantage of it. So I decided to take a walk in Old New Castle - one of my favorite places.





William Penn right before the blizzard

William Penn happy to shed his scarf on this beautiful warm day







And finally, a teeny, tiny St. Patricky finish

A few weeks ago, I got a call...my son telling me he had been involved in a head-on collision. Thank God he walked away with minor injuries. The same can't be said of his truck. He is still pretty shaken up over it, so even though he was eligible for a rental while his truck is in the shop, I've been his chauffeur. I'm not complaining but I'm beginning to add little touches to my car to make it more homey since I have been spending so much time in it. :) 

Hope spring has shown signs of springing where you are. Thank you all for visiting ~ take care.