Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Yarn Along in October

"The Yarn Along began in early Fall 2010 as a weekly way to share knitting projects and good reads; motivating ourselves, and inspiring each other.  After a hiatus during 2017, it returned in January 2018 as a monthly link up. On the first Wednesday of each month, knitters, and a few crocheters as well, link up and share what they are knitting along with what they are reading. The link up remains open all month long. I hope you’ll join our Yarn Along community. It’s a sweet little place to share, inspire, and encourage each other." Ginny Sheller at Small Things

My present scorecard is reading much higher in the reading and pretty low in the knitting.  I've been reading pretty strongly for the past few months.  My hubby and I spent a week relaxing at a Cape Cod VRBO.  It was soooo lovely.  We have been getting busier and busier with our work.  And that is wonderful.  But it is also tiring sometimes.  And I just need to be away from people.  So, these are the books I have read recently, along with the 2 I just started.
 I finished The Endless Beach.  I have read all the the Jenny Colgan books I have come across.  The names are all foreign to my ears, and at the beginnings, I often get my characters mixed up.  But by the middle, I'm all sorted out and I usually finish strong!!!
  The Greater Weight of Glory was picked up on Sunday at the church we were visiting in Massachusetts.  They announced that the author would be speaking on Thursday and copies of her book were still available to purchase and read before that.  I went to the beach and read Sunday and read Monday to finish and went Thursday to hear Robin Farnsworth tell her story.  I recommend this as one of my best summer reads...with tissues...I read Britt-Marie was Here, The Little French Bistro, and Hello Universe... plus I caught up with a pile of magazines- ones I had been getting in the mail and a few I picked up before we know, so I didn't run out!
    Now I've finished Time Enough For Drums that my friend Jocie gave me to read.  It was one of her school favorites.  Finished also , The Best Yes.  Just starting In His Place and There Is More.  I was never one to read 2 books at once, but have decided, after all these years, that I can do a fiction and a non-fiction and not mix myself up.

And now the knitting... I did take a bag along.  I worked a bit on a dishcloth, and a shawl...but it was slow and I decided to read more.   But since I only have 3-4 tubs of yarn, I decided a visit to the Yarn Shoppe in sandwich was necessary and I saw a sweater and yarn that I thought should come home with me.  So... I got the light green and a pattern I'm still trying to figure out.  I just really want to knit something lovely.  My last decent attempted knitting project turned into my vest-from-hell that is now several balls of yarn in a basket.   I had some questions, so I went back to the shop the next day, and some more yarn called to me from the shelf.  Yes.  I purchased more.  The picture looks blue, but it is so much more.  I don't know what it will make yet, but it will make me happy.

What are YOU reading and knitting?  Share in your comments.  I can't wait to hear about it.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sept thursday

Another long stretch since my last post.  Yes.  No excuse.  Just life lately.  Been doing a bunch of camping in the past few weeks to squeeze in as much as possible before campgrounds close for the year.

This is my apple harvest for the year.  Last year we planted 3 trees.  Unfortunately our deer population is pretty healthy, and I think that's what ate quite a few leaves and branches this past winter/spring.  Soooo.... I picked my apples today.  I have yet to cut them open.  One has a little hole in it, but I'm just tickled to have something, and I'll cut around it.  I can't remember what kind they are.  And I think I might need to trim some of the damage out of the other 2 trees.  Guess I'll have to google it.
 And this is what I was doing last weekend, too.  My granddaughter celebrated her 1st birthday.  She wasn't so sure about the cake and all the people.  But we are working on both of those things.  Hoping to have a little spoilage time this weekend.  Isn't that what it's all about??
 I'm working on reading.  Alot of reading. This is my current read.  I also finished up a good one on my Kindle yesterday.  Max Lucado - Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe...check that one out too.

I know it's not much, but right now it's all that I've got... see you soon...

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Yarn Along..

Hello!  I have been so lax on yarn alonging.  Even reading them.  And they are only monthly.  Perhaps that's my problem.  The month gets away from me and I realize I haven't gotten through the links.  I used to keep track on this weekly post, and on some reading challenge blogs and comments, of all kinds of books that sounded like I would like to read them.  So here I try again... more reading... a bit of knitting... actually more sewing right now, but still keeping those plates spinning..

From Ginny at Small Things..."~Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here. I would love for you to join me each month and share what you are knitting (or crocheting) and reading too! Post your photo(s) on your blog or on Instagram (#yarnalong) and then share a link below to either your blog or Instagram post!~

Here I am.  In my reading chair.  Reading a ton..  It's pretty hot out and unfortunately, I'm not real productive outside in this heat.  This was on my kindle and I finished this..and it's a series,
The Brickmaker's Bride, Refined by Love Series #1   -     By: Judith Miller

#2: The Potter's Lady  -     By: Judith Miller
so I've already started on this one

And I read one of the best books and then another non-fiction that I've read in a looong time.  Actually, I think I'm on a roll.  I read this for a book group.
 Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure  -     By: Christine Caine

 Haven't been in one of those in years, and I think it could be pretty fun.  But I've been once, and will be gone for the second book.  This was a group of ladies and I'd only met one.  But by the end of the coffee time (yeah, I had iced tea cuz I don't do coffee) I knew them each a little more.  And they brought up this Rachel Hollis book, that I picked up, read, and LOVED!  I've passed mine to a friend, bought another and passed that one, too.  I think I might just turn around and read it over again.  GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE...  get it.. read it... live it...

 The second in this picture is the book they are reading for mid-July when I'm going to be gone, but I want to read it.  And I started it and it's also GOOD!  I usually tend to get distracted easily when I'm reading non-fiction.  And I don't do well reading 2 books at once, but a fiction and a non-fiction together are working for me this summer and perhaps it's just the books I'm reading, but feeling good about it.  And feeling a little guilty about not knitting.  So I dragged out several project bags... and found things I had forgotten about.  I think there are 2 in my camper, waiting for a peaceful camping trip.  None so far this year.  And then among the others I found these.  Do you find things you have forgotten and then really don't have a good idea of where you are and where to start?  It's wing it or frog it time...
There's a Christmas stocking for when I found out Elliana was a girl.  A nice cotton dishcloth.  A brown scarf from an alapaca I met personally several years ago and a scarf of sock yarn.  There is enough yarn in my crafty room to be snowed in for awhile and not run out.  If all else fails, there's that dark green vest yarn...

So now head on over to Yarn Along and see what the others are doing and reading...

And I've got to figure out how to post and move stuff around again...

Monday, June 18, 2018

Days go By....

...And here it is past the middle of June already... heading to the longest day and I haven't written in forever.  I enjoy posting here, and if I had a following, they'd have given up on me long ago.  But I feel the need to write from time to time.  Just to let you know what's happening.

Last December, after Bert got home from college, the kids set up a photo shoot with one of their friends who does great photography.  Unfortunately, my daughter-in-law had a death in the family, and they took off for Long Island to attend to things there.  The session was rescheduled for a bit closer to Christmas, but if you remember seeing Erie PA on the national news at that time, there was a record-breaking dump of snow on this area and the temps were WAY TOO LOW to have our new baby out in... plus, we'd be so bundled up, who would tell who was who??  So we postponed again.  Last Sunday, Hannah met us and the families were photographed.  We are a little different here, as the original marriage yielded 3 children.  Divorce and remarriage added 2 more spouses to the mix, and each couple added another son.   So it was pose the kids, swap the parents, slide one kid out and one kid in, add some kids' spouses, move that baby around a little.  It seemed kind of strange, but it really worked out quite smoothly.  It's been a lot of years since it was just one family, and you just have to learn to go with the flow.  So this is the picture that would have been our Christmas Card group... maybe it's not too late to send it out😊  4 kids.  1 wife.  1 husband.  1 fiance.  1 grandchild.  No dogs were invited to this party.  That would have been 6 smiles too many.  This time.

And just for kicks, this is the Grand Finale photo!

good night..

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

It is late. I'm.on a train. Traveling back home from.NewYorkCiy. it's not my first time on a train and it probably won't be my last. I rather enjoy train rides and letting someone else drive and navigate. I'm not experienced enough yet to  think I'd do it on my own. But I get braver every day. I was going to write a nice long post, but instead I walked up to the cafe car and had half a brownie and a Sierra mist and some conversation with a conductor .nice guy .got off in Buffalo. We get off in Erie. Not too much further. Then a quick sleep cuz tomorrow is a catch up day for us.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Now on the Nightstand....

I was crazy busy, but I tried to read a little along the way.  And I did manage to get a few book read already this year.  Now I'm going to be able to bust loose a bit.  I've been putting some borders on some quilt parts I had started.  I've pieced a couple of backs for those quilts.  And I've layered a couple up and pinned them and now I just need to go wind up some bobbins and get my JUKI in gear.
But until then, here's what's on my nightstand:

Before We Were Yours: A NovelStarting with Before We Were Yours...I got it from the library on my KINDLE.  Not into it far enough.  I was on a wait list.  And because it's a HOT book, the borrow is only 14 days.  I'm afraid I will not finish and then have to go on the wait list again.  But I have another book on there....and another notice that a wait has arrived...
The Masterpiece
.and that new Francine Rivers hardcover on the nightstand, too.  Just what are YOU reading these days?
And then there is a bit of de-cluttering... and some binge movie watching...actually, I'm watching HEARTLAND.  And it's just right.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Reading - the update

It's the last day of March.  I've been off my game.  I've been working the crazy schedule of this season that we try to anticipate and prepare for..but never do.  What starts out as managable, ends up more than out of control and we ride it to the deadline and we are not sure how we do it.  Sleep is at a premium.  Eating take out while working, swiftly loses its appeal and we struggle to the end, knowing we will having to recover a little more.  The house is only as dirty as the dog hair and shoe dirt that falls, as we go from door, to bathroom, to bed.  Sometimes more of a stumble than a stroll.  The hours and the days blur together and I am saddened that all the people that I so enjoy chatting with each year, catching up with their lives and their families, start melting together a bit in these last 2 or 3 weeks. 

Tonight we are taking a little break.  We have no place to go and no one to see.  The office is filled with work that needs doing, but tonight, we need a rest...mind, body and soul.  So, I'll pop on the sad update on my March reading.
 Stay the Path: Navigating the Challenges and Wonder of Life, Love, and Leadership
 Didn't finish it.  I'm not that good with non-fiction.  And this was a good book, but just didn't have me on the hook as a can't-put-it-down read.  I've added to my fiction list and that's not bad for the month of March.
So I'm making my plans for my week of rest in April.  Not getting up is on for most days. A bit of sewing and sawing.  Some reading.  Just what have I NOT been doing for the past 3-4 months?  I think that I miss that part in my winter.  Things like chillin by the fireplace...binge watching Netflix... knitting... jigsaw puzzling...lounging around...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February Book Reading...

As I continue with my reading challenge, I went over time for January, reading The Hobbit.  The February challenge that I have yet to do, was to read a book I wish I'd read in school.  So I thought it should be some classic book that we didn't have assigned.  But now, I've decided on WONDER.  It is a movie, that I haven't seen.  But it's a taste of life from someone else's shoes.  So, I'm just starting this one.  But I'll read fast, because next month is a new challenge, and I also have the whole 26 books this year goal, along with this.  So, I'm sticking to it as much as possible and hoping to finish strong.


I did manage to finish my Carl Lentz book, along with The Library at the Edge Of The World.  I bought it and started it before I read the reviews.  It was better for me, than for some of those reviewers.  I'd pass it along.  Some books I dump in a book drop or sale here and there.  Nope, I actually enjoyed this story.
What are YOU reading?

I don't really mind my job.  I actually like it a lot.  There are those times, tho, when the piles are overwhelming and the deadlines put pressure and you feel the squeeze.  There are those instances, like today at the PO in Erie when the friendly guy waiting on me with a pile of mail, says, "So, are you all done with the taxes for the year?"  I laughed and said, "Not even for the day."  Yeah... He has no idea.  But the people I have met, over the years, that I get a chance to catch up with, and hear about their kids and grandkids and pets...those people who are like the distant relatives that you see at reunions, but enjoy chatting with ...they are a big part of what I do.  But at times like this, when other people curl up by the fire and read and have jigsaw puzzles going and knit and sew, I miss those times.  The snow days where you are just lazy all day in your pjs.  And each January, when the avalanche of papers hits, it's a bit of a shock.  You know it is coming, but to suddenly go from waking up to crawling back into bed, spending all that waking time in an office, at a desk or on the phone or figuring out 'math puzzles' can get to you.  Your brain works in your sleep... you can't remember if you ate, when you ate, what you ate...and you just try not to be grouchy...but if you work with other people, in the same boat, they sort of 'get you' and you just laugh about dumb stuff and keep peddling.   And when it's over, you go into almost another withdrawl , not knowing where to go or what to do first.  Because so much of your life has been on hold...So, my hubby goes away to golf for a week.  No decision making.  No stress.  What to eat is the biggest question.  And I stay home and just chill.  And try not to answer the phone...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Yarn Along - It's Back!

I used to be part of a group that posted once a week, a post titled YARN ALONG.
The point was to post a picture of something you were reading, along with what you are knitting - or crocheting.  Then you share a little about what you are doing with others, and you link it to Ginny's mama post, so you can all get inspired and motivated by what you see and what you read.  Well, it had been going for quite a while and Ginny decided last year that she needed a break.  So it stopped.  But after a year off, she has come back, but on a monthly posting.  You are invited to join in any day of the month, up to the time that the next month's posting starts.  So.... I'm not one of those every week posters, but very often I was an every week reader of at least some.  I've read a lot of good books on the recommendations of YARN ALONG virtual friends.  So here is my January 2018 post...

Right now, I've accepted a reading challenge from my daughter.  We are both pretty busy in life, but who isn't, right?  So my beat-up red kindle holds "The Hobbit" - January's challenge is to read a book you read in high school.  I'm not young, and I read a lot, so nailing down a book from highschool was not as easy for me.  She is reading Where The Red Fern Grows.  I read that as an aide to the reading teacher.  Didn't think that one would count for me.  I'm also reading this GREAT BOOK by Carl Lentz, OWN THE MOMENT.  We heard him speak this fall at the Hillsong Conference.  The whole conference was a great experience, but he was one of our favorite speakers.  Scott read this first and I made him promise not to share it because I wanted to read it next.  And he would read a chapter or 2 a day at breakfast and he enjoyed the whole book and often shared a passage.  And I have a sharing copy ordered, on it's way to my house, along with a Dave Ramsey book that I ordered before I located this Howard Dayton book on my bookshelf.  Are you ever too old to re-examine your finances and spending habits??
My knitting is slow and sad, but this was a Christmas stocking for my new granddaughter.  Not to worry.  I know my limitations and what needed doing.  I have added family members, but their stockings were just gift bags.  This year was different and I got some fleece and sewed a nice stocking for my son-in-law, daughter-in-law, future daughter-in-law, and new granddaughter.  They are cute and they work and I can take my time to knit Elliana's stocking and maybe it will be done for next Christmas.
So why not hop over to the YARN ALONG, and so what other folks are doing with yarn and books.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Another day... a bit more snow...

 Yesterday. I talked about my front window.  Today, I'll chat about my back window.  The way my kitchen is set up, I have a great view out the back, through sliding doors, onto my deck.  Days like today, it's one of the ways that I check the weather.  If it's REALLLLY bad out, I can't see those trees at the back of my lawn.  Further away, is a street, Shadyside, and a row of houses, and then the lake.  Past that is Findley Lake, beyond, I can see houses, and also street lights.  There are trees behind those houses, and they go up and out of sight.  On clear days, I can see all the way to that end.  The trees and sky meet and it is a clear shot.  On days like today, I can't make out the lake.  There have been periods when I can see the lights on the other side, like this morning, when it was just getting light.  But pretty much since sunrise time, my view is pretty limited.  And it just keeps snowing.  I'm OK with this snow.  I've got nothing pressing.  I have sewing to do.  I have a fire in the fireplace.  I have movies and cable and Netflix.  I have soup in my crockpot.  I even have a generator.  That might seem extreme to some of you, but as a house on a road bordered by lots of old trees, losing electricity was a frequent occurrence.  If you have tried getting ready for work, lost the use of your water pump and furnace for long periods of time, and had to do stuff in the dark as many times as we have, the generator def makes sense.  It doesn't power the whole house, but enough to make it livable and we don't lose the contents of refrigerator or freezers.  So I'm camping out in my little nest.  Content and warm.  And maybe a bit crafty.... or just chillin.  What do YOU like to do on a snowday?  Or not do?

 Here's to enjoying a break in craziness...

Friday, December 29, 2017

More Snow - We GOT that !!

This was my view, this morning, out my front window.  I like having a window over my sink.  I know it is not a requirement in all homes, but it definitely a bonus in my book.  If you are going to do dishes, and kitchen sink work, it just makes it more pleasant when you can watch the world at the same time.  We have received a huge dump of snow.  If you watch the news, you know that Erie PA was a state of emergency, with the National Guard called in.  We are 1/2 hour from Erie, but lovingly known as THE SNOW BELT.  We usually get more snow than the City of Erie, and this time, I'd say it was close.  The biggest problem with them is, they don't have anywhere to go with the snow.  We are used to it.  We blow the driveway 2-3 times a day and don't drive around if we don't need to, and when we do, we kick our trucks into 4W low and take it easy.   But, I stray from my original start...
So, when the snow is up to your mid to upper body parts, the kitchen window is a great place to look at it from.  And I feed birds.  I know that my bird friends like the black sunflower seeds.  I don't get the feeders filled until the snow comes.  My mom feeds all year.  I'm not reliable enough the rest of the time.  Not enough time spent at the sink.  But, at this time of the year, there is something relaxing and comfortable to be had by spending time at the sink.  Maybe some good music in the background.. or maybe blaring loudly... smells around you - candle or cooking.  I've walked across today to the office.  Casual Friday here.  Slippers, yoga pants, and a comfortable sweatshirt from Newfound Lake, NH.  Newfound Lake- It was a nice place to visit and I visit it in my mind each time I put on that sweatshirt.  My yoga pants have never done a yoga move in their life.  But if I SHOULD think about yoga, I'm set... just casual attire.  The snow is starting up again.  The day is slowly fading, from light gray to dark gray to nighttime.  I have a date tonight with a fireplace.  Perhaps a little with a sewing machine or cutting some fabric.  Stuff I want to do.  To make the winter a little more comfortable for someone else.  Stitching up some love.  So I guess it's time to head that way... another winter day in the books...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Looking Ahead.. New Beginnings

 It's that time of year, when people are scrambling to shop and wrap and party.  But next week, they will be giving the new year a long hard look.  It's the time when you admit you have a flaw or 12, and you promise yourself to do better.  
What do you think the stats on New Year's resolution failure is?  Pretty high... across the board, and especially in THIS house!  But some years ago, I ran across a list of goals for the year.  Less pressure than a BIG resolution or 2.  And it was suggested that you write them down and tuck them somewhere that you will frequently run across them and remind you to stay the course, or get back on... make the difference...start the habit...embrace the opportunity.
  So, I think it's been a few years since I've done it's time for another shot at it.  I'll be mulling this over for the next week or so...and maybe you will too.  
  What kinds of things will YOU write on your list this year??

Goals for 2018
List three things you’d like to experience this year:
List three books you want to read this year:
List three things about yourself you want to improve:
List three places you’d like to go / see this year:
List three people you will pray for this year:
I. Spiritual goals

II. Family goals

III. Physical/Recreational Goals

IV. Career goals

V. Household goals

VI. Financial goals

Monday, December 4, 2017

Just wanted to say....I miss you..

Since life keeps taking twists and turns and I attempt to keep up, I have unfortunately, let this part of my activities slide a bit.  No sense saying I'll try better, because I have said that before.  More and more I am hit with how actions speak so much louder than words...  So we will see what can be arranged.  Technology has shifted, so that I am snapping pics with my phone and posted them on facebook or instagram, but they don't get here.  How sad.

And the fact that I really didn't have a following, but have let it slip long enough, that I'm sure I have lost the 3 people who did read the!  BOOHOO ME!

But anyway, as life has moved on, so has my title.

SO, if you are going to be too busy to post, this would be a good excuse.  The smiling has started!  They are so cute and cuddly when they are tiny, but this is a whole other phase to adjust to.  3 months old and pretty special to us.

See you soon!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hung this up in my Erie office this week.  I made it a few weeks ago, but hadn't gotten the hanger stuff on the back.  Then I got the screw eyes and left them in the camper, so I got it all in the same place finally and now it is hung.   I replaced a Titanic print that was up there...and there was another one further to the left on the same wall.  Think I'll paint something else to hang there...
This hangs by my desk, which is a less public space in the office here.  It could be an ice breaker.  You never know.  I don't preach at work, but I have been known to have some pretty deep conversations and do some praying with people.  I'm not a good rememberer these days.  It's just better if I pray right then.  It can be a little awkward sometimes, but it gets easier.  Praying on the phone works too.  And people are affected by God right there.  It is pretty cool, actually.
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And here is my new baby,  held by my mom.  We didn't do a 4 generation photo.  I didn't even pull out my real camera, just my phone.  It was a couple of hours of passing this sleeping sweetie back and forth.  And we just enjoyed that time.  In a couple of months, she'll be squirmier and it will be more of a challenge.  The new dad entertained us with a couple of baby poop stories, that you appreciate in different ways for different kids.  Hello, Grandma Mona !!

And just so you know I haven't been sitting around eating bon bons, here's a picture with one of my little friends as we are throwing color on folks at the color run.  We are a good team, because he gets the high places and I get the low ones..

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lol and have a great day

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Elliana Loren

I know I've been slacking

I know I claim I'm busy

I know you miss me incredibly

but I have to show you...

We got one of THESE~
It's not just a baby, it's a GRANDBABY !  And she is so sweet and I can't wait to see her again, and again..  She was born September 1st and we think we got a good deal.

Now we have to learn a new job - Grandma and Grandpa.  There must be a book on that...I should at least google, or start a new pinterest board.  I need to do a good job.  And now I am totally distracted.  So off I go.  I've been camping (in a camper) but I still have a week's worth of dirty laundry...  I have some sewing projects that I should work on, and just a little straightening in that room to find my way.  I think I even saw some buttons to sew on, and I can do that if I find some chocolate.  It's kind of a trade off.  I need to start a new book, cuz I finished my other one.  And it's breezy and I just think snuggling under a blanket  would be a good pastime.  I am working on that list of autumn/before snowfall type of jobs...and it keeps growing.  I have a place where the rainwater ALWAYS goes over the gutters and rushing, washing dirt down the hill under the deck and I need to find a solution to that, because I'm getting tired of all the dirt on my deck under my clothesline.  I need to build a dam at the top... I go...doubley distracted...


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I read this....

OH, and I still read as much as possible...  I just finished this...

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 and before that I read this