Friday, September 22, 2006

Holiday Knitting & Crocheting

I've been happily making Christmas ornaments, some of which I'll give away and some I'll keep.

I've had a busy week and haven't had much time to do my crocheting and knitting which just won't do. The next couple of weeks look even busier so I'll have to fit my needlework in wherever and whenever I possibly can! I'm knitting a gift for my DIL, possibly two gifts, (for Christmas) but can't say what they are because sometimes she reads my blog and I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise. I'd like to begin at least one or two other Christmas gifts but I'll have to see if time allows because it's sure flying by. I can't believe it's almost October, for heaven sakes.
at this gorgeous sky! Big old cottony clouds rolling around in a clear blue sky. This is my 'Saturday Sky' on Friday. It is amazing the way the sky changes so much each hour, day by day. I think though, that the sunset skies are my favorite because they seem to have so many colors of the rainbow in them.

I wish you, dear readers, a peaceful, happy,and safe weekend and may God hold you in the palm of his hand today and always.

"I now am wise, I now am true,
Patient, kind, and loving,too,
All things I am, can do, and be
Through Christ the Truth that is in me."

Hannah Kohaus

Friday, September 15, 2006

Summer's Harvest

Rosemary and Sage, however, only Basil. I did a search for the best way to freeze our herbs for optimum flavor and found a great website with just the info I was looking for.....thanks, KALYN . The jar holds the basil which really reduces itself once you add the olive oil and pulse it in the food processor. The rosemary and thyme just get washed, dryed, and put it the freezer and when completely frozen, I'll take off all the leaves and voila! Herbs all year long fresh from our own garden. It's a good thing, isn't that right, Martha? So, if you're interested in doing the same, check out Kalyns Kitchen blog for all sorts of info and good recipes too.
As for the peppers, I'm going to roast them, drizzle with olive oil, add minced garlic and refrigerate them to enjoy with a nice french bread.....ooooh, I'm getting hungry already.
On the knitting front (well, actually the crocheting front), I finally completed the lap blanket for my Mom for Christmas. It was a labor of love because when I was originally near completion, I found a "hole" (can you believe) which seemed to spring out of nowhere, very close to the beginning. Now, I checked this blanket frequently as I crocheted for any signs of trouble so that I would only have to rip back a minimal amount. I have no idea where the offender came from, but come it did, and I was forced to rip all the way back and trust me, it was a long way, and begin anew. I know my Mom will love this because her legs get cold during the winter and currently she's using a lap robe I crocheted for my dear Grandmother. It was lovely but through wear and tear, it's seen it's day and besides, the new one is a wool blend which will keep her much more toasty on those cold (please, hurry) days. Here is a picture of the completed blanket.

Tonight we're having an Artisan show in our neigborhood and I'll be displaying some of my knitting and crocheting along with others. Some will be selling their hand crafted items but I am just displaying. I don't think there will be any judging for prizes, etc. but if there is, I'll keep you posted. In any event, it's fun to have others see your creations. So, I wish you all, dear readers, a lovely weekend, filled with faith, hope, charity, and of course, YARN. 

"Success is the sum of small efforts,
Repeated day in and day out,
With never a thought of frustration,
With never a moment of doubt,
Whatever your cherished ambition,
Begin now to make it come true,
Through efforts, repeated, untiring,
Plus faith in the thing that you do."

Florence Taylor

Monday, September 04, 2006

Bring On The Cool Weather!

Labor Day is here and that's a sure sign that Fall is right around the corner. I can't tell you how happy that makes me because I detest the hot, humid weather during the summer. Yes, I know I'm way in the minority but it wouldn't be the first time.
I'm making considerable progress on the lap blanket for one of my Mom's Christmas presents. I need to finish at least 3 other projects for others before the big day gets here and only 1 of the 3 is about half finished.....the other 2, I just started so I have alot of knitting to accomplish and I know I would if I could just stop starting other projects! I know darned well I shouldn't start something else but the excitement of the new yarn and pattern always sucks me in! :) However, I'm sure there are many worse things to be guilty of and to be honest, I only feel a very slight twinge of guilt for this one. I have Very Happy Birthday wishes to my sweet daughter and my very sweet granddaughter, both this week! They make my heart fill with joy and happiness and today we get to celebrate with them and my wonderful son-in-law. Hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade tray of mac n' cheese, baked beans, devilled eggs, assorted snacks, and the all important birthday cake. I may even take a small sliver of can I resist?

I managed to break into double digits with my walking goal and moved the ticker back to the top of my blog so I can keep better track of things at first glance. Wow, I cannot believe that I've walked 54 miles so far.....this is a record for me as far as staying with my exercising, and weight training, but now I have a great addition to my routine for burning calories and here it is, the picture I promised you last week......isn't it a beauty? Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
My wonderful kids (and that includes my daughters-in- law and soon to be DIL) went in together and bought this for me while I was at the shore. We went to the bike shop there and I got to try out about 4 bikes called cruisers which just have the foot brakes, regular handle bars, and a nice seat. It was pretty comical watching me trying to navigate just getting on the bike at first, and then when I finally got started, my husband and sweet DIL, held onto it until the front wheel was able to right itself after all the shaking, rattling, and rolling I was doing. My son actually took a picture of me wobbling my way down the sidewalk with his cellphone camera which I'm still insisting he delete.

Geez, I remember the good old days when I'd hop onto my bike and ride for hours, nary a wobble in sight. Not only that but WOW, what a major workout for the legs and caboose area (not that there's anything wrong with that). Was it this hard then, because I never noticed it if it was and we went up hills galore. I guess that's just one of the "not so great" perks of getting a bit older....ahh, sweet youth.
Having my bike will allow me to add something else into my exercising routine and trade off walking and bike riding on different days. My kids even got me the basket so that I can take my cell phone in the event I have a spill. Oh boy, I can see it now, me lying in the gravel crying like a baby and trying to dial "somebody". I just hope I don't have to say, "help me, I've fallen and I can't get up".
Seriously though, I hope that never happens but if you saw me shaking that front wheel, you'd have some reservations, believe me. :)

Well, that's it for now, as I want to get everything all set for my sweetheart's arrival and I wish you all a wonderful holiday and a good week ahead.

"Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway." Mignon McLaughlin