Sunday, August 26, 2007

August is Almost Over!

Can you believe that August is just about finished and September is looming right around the corner. Now September is my darling daughter and my sweetie-pie granddaugther's birthday, within two days of each other so it's always a very happy month. I'm just completely amazed as to where August went and how fast it got there!

Our garden has produced such delicious tomatoes and cucumbers. The green peppers didn't fare so well though for some odd reason. On the other hand the herbs grew beautifully.....peppermint, basil, thyme, parsley, and chives. I whipped up a cheese omelet for myself and my husband this morning and put some chives in and a side of sliced tomatoes which is my very all time favorite. I love having omelets with a ripe, summer time tomatoes.....I should have taken a picture because it looked mighty tasty (and it was, LOL).

Instead, I'll leave you with a picture of the banana chocolate chip muffins I made with milk and white chocolate chips. They were deliciouso, if I do say so myself. The trouble was trying not to eat too many which was quickly remedied when 3 of my sons came over at the same time and pretty well wiped them out. No worries about weight gain here!
Till next time, dear readers, knit on, be happy and take it one day at a time....the present is all we have so let's enjoy it.
P.S. Sorry for the lack of knitterly pictures or the current status of my time for sure.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Shawl Saturday

I've been trying to get somewhere with the progress on my linen shawl and so far so good. I'm close to halfway finished and although I'm not in a terrible rush to complete this, I'd like to be able to say, "ahh yes, one more WIP has bitten the dust". I counted my ongoing projects last night and I have a whopping 5 items on the go as we speak. I think that's too many and I know I've said this before but I am going to take 3 and put away and work on the remaining 2 solely, so that I can FINISH each one in turn!

Isn't this a sweet picture reminiscent of days gone by, sadly enough? My mother bought it for our main bathroom saying she thought of me when she saw it.....the necklace laying on the sink, the rose water, and fresh flowers in the vase. These days it's a spartan bathroom for many with just the essentials and no added touches to supply the beauty that can transform a room.

I'd like to start bringing some of that beauty back into our everyday life here in my home. I think the time is overdue to start 'using' many of the things that have been in china closets, or locked away carefully for special occasions. Time is going by quickly and if I don't make my own special occasions, I'll be waiting quite some time for them to come, which as we know, they never, if not now, when?
So, I'm on a quest to find beauty and luxuriate in it right here in our home day after day. Celebrate your own special items by displaying and using them and see how wonderful doing so can make you feel. I'll leave you with a beautiful picture of one of our petunias which has the deepest of purple color to it....enjoy and have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I Do Love August!!

This is my favorite month for one reason only and it's a selfish one, at that, but ask me if I care, and my answer is absolutely NOT. As you can see, this is my birthday month and I always look forward to it regardless of my age....or perhaps now, in spite of it! I don't like the heat of the summer one bit but I manage quite well thanks to my trusty AC, which I don't know how my mother, grandmother, etc. managed to survive without .....especially when you get hotter than a firecracker at the drop of a hat, so all I can say is bless their hearts!

Our garden is coming along quite nicely and if the truth be told, a bit too quickly as far as herbs are concerned. I have sooo many of them and need to use them as well as give a good many away......any of my family members or friends reading this, just holler and I'll give you some next time we get together. Here are a few pics of them, pepperming, english thyme, and basil and parsely.

We're also getting some delicious tomatoes now and we've had at least 10 crisp, tasty cucumbers, along with some wonderful green peppers. I absolutely love eating a homegrown tomato and often times just eat it like a piece of fruit because they're that sweet and tasty.....yummy!

Above you can see some of the yarns I just got yesterday. Now, I know I said no more yarn for this over zealous yarn fiend, but, here's the thing, and a head's up for all of my knitting pals out there: Jaeger is discontinuing all of it's yarn lines---yes, you read it right---very soon, Jaeger will be no more! So, if I don't get a few of my favs now, I will wish I had when they're no longer available anywhere. I love Jaeger yarns! I've never been disappointed with any of the yarns I've purchased from them and now it's all coming to an end. Why is it that the best things in life seem to end way too soon and the "okays" linger on forever?

I guess that's it for today, friends, so on that note, I'll say bye for now and wish you a wonderful weekend with your favorite things to do and favorite people too!