Thursday, April 17, 2014

This Week In My Kitchen

I'm linking up this week with Heather as we take a glimpse into each others kitchens.  It's like having a quick cyber-visit.  Feel free to join in the fun and share what's going on in your kitchen these days.  No words necessary - just pictures.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yarn Along

The prayer shawl is moving right along
It's really hard to photograph at this point because it's getting kind of long. 
It feels so light and airy which is a good thing since my friend lives in Florida. 
My plan was to get some nice shots outside this morning. 
But I wasn't fighting the snow and wind. 

Happy Spring!!

Joining Ginny

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

10 On Tuesday

We got some more Spring like weather this past weekend which meant we spent some time outside. Carole's ToT this week is coincidentally 10 Things I Like To Do Outside. Let's see...

1.  Listen to the stream in the back yard.  This time of year is the best because there aren't leaves on the trees to muffle the sound and it's so much louder than in the summertime.
2.  Knit.  This seems so obvious but the natural lighting makes my eyes happy.
3.  Spin - of course.  I love to sit and get some sunshine while I listen to my Podcasts and spin away.
4.  Have a fire in the firepit.  We haven't done this yet, though most people have.  It's simply too windy by us (another downfall about living near the water - the constant wind) and it's not really safe.
5.  Hang clothes outside.  I love how they smell after being in the fresh air.
6.  Eat dinner on the deck.  There's nothing like a good dinner on the grill and getting to eat outside.
7.  Hike.  We were just talking about going real soon.  The mud season should be almost over.
8.  Play with the dog.  He loves being outside and it's hilarious to see him run till his hearts desire.
9.  Go to the Farmer's Market.  We have an indoor one all year, but the outdoor ones just seem more authentic to me.
10.  Take pictures.  I find it so much easier to capture good shots outside.

Do share - what do you like to do outside?

Monday, April 14, 2014


As always, the weekend flew by!  I cannot believe it's Monday already.

It was a full one though
We went to a Providence Bruins hockey game
Spent some time outside making decisions about where to put the gardens this year
I actually read for an hour straight
Hung out with mom at her store for a while
(And for those of you who guessed she was the lady on the left Friday - you were correct)
Sunday was the big RI YARN CRAWL
Where I only went to a few stores
And bought NOTHING (did you hear that?)
Spent the rest of the day spinning at the farm and completed the yarn for my next Brickless
I ended up with about 425 yards.  It's not as soft as I was hoping.
I think it will work though.  It's so hard to see the different shades of blue.
I'm sure it will be more noticeable when it's knit up.

How was your weekend?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Paint and Vino

First - thank you ALL for your thoughts and prayers for my friend Cathy.  I will be talking to her this weekend and will pass along all your good wishes.  It is truly appreciated.  Y'all got me teary-eyed.

Now onto some humor.  After seeing so many people enjoying these Paint and Wine nights I decided to take my mom.  While she isn't much of a drinker she is a good artist and I knew she would enjoy it.

My mom invited my stepmom (yes, we are one of those odd families where the parents and step parents all get along pretty well - I consider myself very blessed) and off we went to paint. Mom picked Starry Night which wasn't my favorite, but being the artist that she is, she knew it wouldn't be too difficult for me or my stepmom to paint.

We had a blast.  And the paintings?  Not too terrible.

Considering I had never painted before it wasn't too bad.  And to be honest, I can't wait to do it again.  I found it very relaxing.  And immediate gratification for sure.

And here's a group shot. Can you guess who is the mom and who is the stepmom?

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Yarn Along

I know you are expecting to see pictures of finished socks in bright colors.  But I don't have any.  I haven't finished them. I was moving right along last week and getting real close to finishing.  But then I got word that an old friend was sick.  Really sick.  And my brain shut down.  It took me a day or so to get it together but I knew what I wanted to do.  Knit her a prayer shawl.

I'm sort of making it up as I go along and combining patterns that I have.  I'm using some hand spun stash that I had been saving for something special.

The only needles I had in size 13 are bamboo so this seems to be slowing me down a bit.  But I think God knew what he was doing.  As I knit slowly I pray for her and that she can recover from all of this.  I know she can.  She says she is going to beat this.

If you would send healing thoughts, prayers, and energy to her it would be awesome too.  Her name is Cathy and I know she appreciates it.

Joining Ginny.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Week Ending

Truly Week Ending - it was a real busy week.  So busy that I barely blogged.  But being busy means things are getting accomplished.

-there has been a lot of organizing and cleaning going on
-there was some gardening
-there was fun with some new forms of art
-lots of visiting with friends and family
-going to the beach and trying to play with the camera, while holding onto a dog who desperately wants to    jump in the 30 degree water and swim
-a bit of shopping
-and I may have gotten slightly addicted to Game of Thrones.  I'm only on season 1 so it will be a while  before I catch up.  Call  me late to that party

I'm off to catch up on all of your lovely blogs.  Not have I only been a bad blogger, I have been a bad reader.  Please forgive me.


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