Sunday, July 9, 2017

Things here lately

Summer is progressing nicely, if not a little too quickly.  My husband and son are at the National Cubing competition in Fort Wayne, Indiana this weekend.  My daughter and I stayed home this year. She has work and I've kept the animals company.  

Darren, reluctantly posing for a picture.


While they've been away I've been keeping myself busy with different little projects.  The weather has been lovely so I've been doing some much needed yard work.  We finally had some rain which makes weeding the flower beds a breeze.  It's a shame the wild bunnies refuse to eat the clover.  I wish our investments grew as quickly as the clover.


I've also been working on my summer blanket.  It is very close to being finished, maybe it will be completed before August.  Bru has to wear the cone of shame till his allergy medicine kicks in.  He has seasonal allergies and is licking his paws raw.  We go through this every summer.


The guest bedroom is back to being a staging area for decluttering.  The endless cycle of going through closets and book shelves.  I'm always shocked at what I've squirreled away in this house.


I know I'll never be finished decluttering because I can't stay out of the shops.  Although I am much more selective about what does come home with me, I still shop.  I stopped by a thrift store on my way to the public library.  I found a cookbook and a pottery pot.  The cookbook looked interesting but once I've read it I doubt it will stay.  The pottery pot on the other hand might be here awhile.  I've always wanted a lidded pot and this was such a bargain :)


The book I got from the library is by a local author.  My neighborhood book club is trying to arrange for her to attend one of our meeting.  So far I'm enjoying it.  It's an easy read, perfect for summer. The story starts with a tragedy and follows the family's struggles as they cope with the aftermath.  


The other book I picked up at the library is "Goodbye Things."  Doesn't it look so pretty next to my new pot?  I've actually listened to this book on Audible.  Since I listen while driving to and from work, I wanted to reread a few of the chapters.  I know I will never be an absolute minimalist and that's ok.  I find the minimalist movement fascinating and inspiring.  I like things but I'm learning that my things don't define me and it's ok for them to come and go.


Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  Have a lovely week,  Lisa

Monday, June 26, 2017

Looking for the perfect summer read

I've been in a major reading slump for almost a year.  I work in a library so you'd think I would be able to find something to read.  I bring books home, start reading, and then stop reading. Nothing seems to holds my interest.  Books that everyone else enjoys I'm only so-so with them.  My night stand looks like a mini library.


This past weekend there was an enormous used book sale held at one of the local middle schools.  I love going to this event.  The building is filled to the brim with books.  It is  fun to browse all the tables full of books.  After the time I've spent purging clutter, I am much more selective of what comes home with me.  Most of what I do buy I will re-donate for next year's sale.




The Martha Stewart book and the Still Life with Chickens will be passed on to my sister.  I think the book that has the most potential to stay for awhile is the Wildflowers guide.  It is in great condition and even had a bonus of a pressed leaf.

I'm going to clear off my night stand and only leave the books I want to try and read on it.  Hopefully I will find that one book where the characters become my best friends and I never want the story to end.  I think that's part of the issue, my expectations are too high.


At least the crocheting hasn't hit a slump like the reading.  I'm still working on my summer blanket and I made a set of 4th of July coasters.


I've made this pattern before and love it.  It's on Ravelry - Ombre Crochet Coasters.  The cotton yarn helps soak up the condensation on cold drinks.  Plus crocheting coasters is so satisfying, a quick project I can finish!


Well, summer is in full swing at our house.  So far I've not been able to rally these two to do a summer purge of their rooms.  They don't get as excited as I do with the clutter clearing.


Thank you for stopping by for a visit, Lisa

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

normal life shall resume

Oh the end of the school year, it's always a crazy time.  This year was filled with banquets, award ceremonies, senior prom and then all the activities for graduation.  I'm not saying they weren't fun but I will admit to being extremely tired.  Ok exhausted is more accurate.

Lindsay, Dan, and I the afternoon of prom.

my graduate!

Lindsay's school is the oldest in our county.  If weather permits the graduation ceremony is held on the front lawn of the school.  The ceremony was at 8am in the morning and it was perfect.  We were finished before the heat of the day.  The front of the school makes for a lovely backdrop for graduation.

Bru has the right idea.
I started some cosmos from seed this spring.  It's nice some of them survived Bru's attempts to un-plant them.  He can be such a rascal.


When I haven't been too brain drained to concentrate I've been working on a summer blanket.  I wanted something to throw on my legs when I get chilled because of the air conditioner.  The pattern is Triangles & Stripes baby blanket from Ravelry.  I adjusted the size to be a little larger.  It's an easy and fast pattern.  Hopefully I'll finish it before cold weather.



Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  The plan is to post more frequently during the summer months.

Lisa

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hello May

Hello May, but where did April go?  It zoomed past with a whirlwind of filled days.  April started with a visit from my sister.  There are so many things we want to do while she is here.   No matter how long she stays, it's never long enough.  We did spend a day in Washington D.C. doing our touristy things.


We saw the Lincoln Memorial from a distance.  After walking around the National Mall we went to the National Postal Museum.  It is located very close to Union Station.


There were mailboxes of all shapes, colors, and sizes.  I always thought it would be fun to have a mail slot in our front door but we have a box at the curb.


We had such a fun time there.  There were so many fascinating stamps to see.  I enjoyed trying to find stamps I remembered using as a child.


These are enlarged stamps on the ceiling of the museum.



We giggled like teenagers making our own personal postage stamp.

It's a shame you won't find these issued by the United States Postal Service anytime soon.  I'm sure they would become quite the collectable!


After our trip to D.C. we spent the rest of her visit close to home.  My daughter had to have her ACL repaired.  The surgery was a success but the recovery is slower than she would like.  I miss her ability to drive.  She's only had her car since the fall but how quickly I came to rely on that independence.


We were able to manage a trip to Barnes and Noble bookstore and the local yarn store.  We both made a cowl from this book.  I wish I had taken a picture of her cowl.  Hers was a blueish color, very pretty.  I am really enjoying this book.  I haven't bought many crochet books for a while.  This one has such lovely and easy patterns.  There are two cowl patterns, slippers, a blanket, and many other things.  I bought the yarn to make the second cowl.  It's a chunkier weight yarn and will feel so cozy.


Yes, that is a hot dog in the lower right corner.  It's a pencil pouch I use to hold my hooks and scissors.  It has a little weight due to the hooks and such so it's also used to hold open pattern books.


The weather has been very bizarre.  It snowed on my daffodils and then we've had summertime temperatures.  We are behind on our rainfall but tomorrow there will be thunderstorms.  The poor plants don't know what to make of all the craziness.  It was nice to see a few pink bloom in the front flower bed.  However the weeds are thriving, ugh.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.   Lisa

Sunday, April 2, 2017

So many projects

I took a picture of all my current works in progress.  The crochet blanket and the hexie quilt are long term projects.  The hexie quilt wouldn't be that long term of a project if I'd take the time to read the instructions and find out the next step.  The knitting in the lower left corner needs to be frogged and restarted.  It's a cowl and I want it longer.  The way it's turning out now it would be a choker.  I know I won't wear it at the current size.  The orange snowman looking thing is suppose to be a scarecrow cat.  I started this back in October.  All I need to do to finish it is close the bottom and make a hat.  I did the hardest part of sewing on the nose.  No progress has been made on r2d2.  I was going to make spring coasters for our kitchen table.  I have one and it's not finished.  I've used this pattern before but for some reason this time it's much larger.  I will probably frog the coaster and try a different pattern. The gold yarn in the upper right corner is a cowl I will wear to work tomorrow.  I need to wear red and yellow, it's a school thing.  I don't wear much yellow.  It's not a color that looks good on me.  I'm hoping gold is close enough.


I love this yarn and I like knitting the cowl.  My sister will be visiting the week before Easter.  I hope she will be able to help me restart it.  We may have to make a trip to the yarn store to seek help from a professional.  : )


Gardening always gets pushed to the back of the home projects.  I always have high hopes but life gets busy.  This spring I was inspired by the new Taproot magazine to try planting cosmos.  The seeds were planted last weekend and they are already growing.  I hope they survive once I plant them in the flower bed.


I'm still trying to understand our DSLR camera.  I have a new smaller camera bag, a new camera strap, and two books.  So far I've not taken any pictures I've liked.



I've been obsessed with reading this journaling website/shop Jenni Bick DC.  The store is located in Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. I have lived in the Washington D.C. area for twenty years and I've never been to Dupont Circle.  To say I want to go is an understatement.  I am already plotting a trip for when my sister is visiting, lucky for me she enjoys shops like this one.  I hope we won't be disappointed.  Do I need a new journal? NO! Do I want to go look at pretty journals? Yes!  Just so you know, I am in no way affiliated with this store.  I happened upon it via Instagram and thought it looked like a place I would love to explore.

The day I took this picture of Avi I had a headache.  I could totally relate to wanting to sleep in this position.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Have a lovely week,  Lisa

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Snow days and stitch markers

We finally have had a small amount of snow, enough to close the schools for two days.  Maybe about five inches, two of which was sleet.  I can't believe we are having our winter weather the week before spring officially begins, oh well, such is the weather.


Avi is a very fluffy cat but that doesn't stop her from sitting on the heating vent.  I love to feel her toes when she does this, they are so toasty and warm.

I started making a crochet R2D2 in December.  I got one leg completed, as with what happens to most of my projects, I put it aside to start working on other things.  Yesterday I decided to work on R2 again. I successfully completed the second leg only to realize I used the wrong hook size.  I am the world's worst at keeping track of what hook size I use for projects.   You would think I would learn but obviously I don't.


I've seen pictures on-line of stitch markers with letters on them to indicate the hook size.  This is something I definitely need.  I decided to try and make them myself.  My husband would tell you this was just an excuse to make a trip to the craft store.




Cute storage containers for my supplies
The leg on the right was made with with the larger hook.  The leg that has my nifty new stitch marker is the correct size.


I put out a few of our Easter decorations.  It's nice to have a few festive things around for the different holidays.  My sister sent the ceramic eggs to me after she cleaned out my old toy box.  The large egg is from 1976 and the pink one is from 1977.  My Mom and Grandma made my sisters and I each some for our Easter baskets when we were young.  In all my getting rid of clutter it is nice to hold onto a few keepsakes.  These make me smile.



Thank you for stopping by for a visit,  Lisa

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Winter project link party

I've missed Jennifer's last few winter project link parties so I'm very happy to be able to post in the last one for this season.  I hope she might host another for the coming winter but that seems so distant at this point in the year.  The blanket isn't as far a long as I had hoped.  I removed two rows to get my stitch count correct and then there were those evenings I didn't pick it up at all.  I do enjoy working on this blanket.  It will be for my son when it is finished. He helps me select the colors and it's nice to see stash yarn being used.  Who knows maybe I will finish it before our next winter arrives.  It's been so warm I wonder what winter 2017 will be like?




As I use up stash yarn I've been winding yarn balls.  I already have thoughts of making a granny scrap blanket.


I've been putting the tiny scraps in an old terrarium jar.  Terrariums always look so pretty but I don't have much luck keeping one thriving.  I think the yarn will do better than the plants, plus the lidded jar keeps it away from kitty paws.


I drive a rural route to work.  Usually I don't meet too many cars on my commute.  This allows me to drive at a slow pace and see what wildlife I can spot.  Coming home Monday afternoon I spotted this owl.  I was able to pull over and get as good of a picture as my iPhone would allow.





I haven't been posting as many comments to other's blogs recently, my apologies.  A traveling husband, clutter clearing, and spring soccer practice (the kids not me) have been keeping me busy and tired.  I have been visiting all my favorite blogs.  I think we have finally found a bit of a rhythm and hopefully things will slow down.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit,  Lisa