Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Yarn Along

Hello friends! How are you all? The snow is melting fast! And all the daffodil buds look just fine! This is definitely going to be a glorious spring when it awakens! I've been bringing spring indoors with new flower arrangements on the doors, pansies in pots and quirky little bunnies. I loved these bunnies but thought to myself, 'Surely we could knit them" and so tried. I still think the crochet bunnies are cuter. but it was fun to try!

My tea cozy just needs to be sewn together now! I can't wait. I will have a ridiculously bright tea cozy for Easter! hooray!

What am I reading? Oh, I hate to tell... I call this genre of books my "potato chip book". It's the kind of book I turn to when I'm tired and I just want to listen to an adventure. I'm reading an M.C. Beaton book. There, I've said it. Those of you who have read Beaton will know what I'm talking about.

Joining with Ginny!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Snow Day

When I heard we were getting snow on Sunday I really didn't believe it. I think because I didn't want to believe it. I'm ready to get outside and do some yard work. John is eager for afternoon trike rides. I'm coveting the color green. We're just ready for a change of seasons. After our harrowing ride home from papa's birthday party we awoke to this:

Narnia. At least I feel like I'm in Narnia. Always winter. It's funny, isn't it - if this was December I would be thrilled with the snow. I find it interesting to think about how God has built something inside of us to look forward to the next season after a while.

Well, I decided to make the best of it. For the greater part of the morning we played Postman Pat. I thought John deserved a lot of mommy attention since I had neglected him greatly last week getting ready for the tea party on Saturday.

And when we were done with Postman Pat we went outside. Did we shovel our driveway? Why of course not. I've done that way too many times this season. So instead I made roads for John to ride around on and we play red light/green light (our version).

I'm sure our neighbors thought I was ridiculous. But oh, well. John had the time of his life out there and kept on saying, "This is soooo fun!"

Back inside I had to figure out how to make lunch without an oven or a stove - only a griddle and a microwave. I was dying for a hot soup... so I made soup! Italian Beef Veggie.

It worked! We had it for lunch with toast and I plan on having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow - but I'm going to heat it up in the crock pot this time.

John and I took 2 hour naps after lunch. I was wiped out and so was he. There is something about playing in the snow. When we got up from rest time we treated ourselves to leftover cupcakes and mugs of tea (yes, John drinks milky tea). And I squeezed in a little knitting. I'm still working on my vintage tea cozy. Almost done!

So that was our snow day. I feel so bad for those who had to go into work today and brave the roads. I do hope they weren't too bad for you. Up and down the block I noticed a lot of neighbors working from home. And now it's off for a nice rest before the day begins again tomorrow!
Keep warm, friends!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Scenes from the weekend!

Hello Friends! We had quite the weekend here in the midwest. I hosted a bridal shower for my dear friend who is getting married next month. We celebrated my father in law's birthday and we received another boat load of snow! Yes! We were totally faked out of our spring! Just when we thought it was around the corner. Big sigh! Oh, Well!

Here is the play room transformed into a tea room. I couldn't have done this shower without my mother who spent two days that week with  me getting ready for it ... or my sister who ended up doing all the baking because my oven broke Friday morning! yes! I had just mixed up all the batter for the cupcakes when I realized the oven wasn't preheating. Major panic.

JK came home from work to help me try to fix it. We ended up making the problem worse. Finally at 5 pm we called Heather and changed the menu from quiches (which still needed to be baked) to sandwiches. JK and I went out for a quick food shop... and we had a picnic dinner. John said he wished we would always have picnic dinners.

Our time with Papa and Gimie on Sunday was wonderful. I was so thankful for in-laws didn't mind that I was so tired. I actually lay on the couch for a little bit.

We drove home just as the blizzard was beginning. We couldn't believe how bad the visibility was. At times we couldn't see the stop lights. Cars were sliding off the ramps and doing donuts on the highway. We made it home safely and were so happy to be tucked into our beds.

Another weekend ended and another week begins - Easter week! I hope you all stayed safe where ever you were for the weekend!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Yarn Along

Hello Friends!

Happy Wednesday - the middle of the week.  This week I've actually managed to do some fun crafting with my sister. Her schedule is so different from mine these days since she is homeschooling 4 older children we don't often get a chance to get together and create. This week we managed to squeeze it in - but just barely. We kept calling each other saying, "I'm running just a little behind." But we did it!

We made some tea and then retreated to her crafting closet and began. My first attempt at my felt wreath was horrible. So sis came to the rescue - gave me one of her foam wreaths and set about covering it while I worked on my flowers. The time went by too fast and I left much later than I should have. Especially since I had to go by the grocery and pick up things for dinner. But it was worth it!

I finished "The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton. Oh, I loved it! Now I'm about to begin "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton. I also began a brightly colored fluted tea cozy. I love how vintage these tea cosies look.

And... we woke up to snow again this morning. I guess it's not spring quite yet. Thank goodness for the potted bulbs we can bring indoors and tempt ourselves with some spring loveliness!

Joining with Ginny!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Hello Friends! Thank you so much for all of your kind comments on the last post. We are so excited and happy. I had given up hope that we would have a sibling for John. But here we are, quite delighted and happy.

We've had a bit of a thaw over the weekend. Monday morning John and I decided to head out first thing and see if we could spot any signs of spring. A robin, a beaver's thatch, and some daffodil shoots under the old tree - not a lot but still just enough to make us really believe spring is on it's way.

I've been continuing to dabble in making polymer clay handles for my crochet hooks. It is so addictive and fun! My sister pointed out that the hooks are harder to loose when they have handles on them! It's true! I'm going to have quite a collection soon!

My "misty morning" granny square baby blanket is coming along nicely. Again, using up bits and pieces of scraps and then a few larger skeins of stash. Well, I did buy the oatmeal color from KnitPicks. You really can't beat their Wool of the Andes as a good old workhorse yarn, can you? And the colors....they have quite a selection.

The sun is out again today! Wonderful treat! I hope you are all getting a bit of spring in your neck of the woods!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Warm and Cozy

Hello Friends!

We've been savoring this pretty, pretty snow by baking and crafting and drinking tea. I've finally been able to manage a cup of weak tea this week! Yes! I've been "Off" tea for nearly two months now. Can you believe it? It came as rather a shock - all of a sudden tea tasted like metal. Ah, the mysteries of morning sickness and pregnancy. =) Now that I've hit the 3 month mark "morning" sickness is lessening! Hooray! I have a lot to be grateful for.

I finished the Zig & Zag Pram blanket. Yes, remember the tiny little pink granny square blanket. I'm in the mood for baby blankets. And as you can see from my post yesterday I'm starting an a little blue granny square blanket. We'll find out the gender later on but for right now it's kind of fun to make both and dream a little. The Zig & Zag Pram blanket is a great way to use up sock yarn leftovers - and boy, don't we all have a ton of them! I still have enough leftover to do another blanket!

Now that I can enjoy tea again... a little bit at least... I know my sister has some tea tastings up her sleeve! What fun to look forward to!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Joining with Heather for her "Tea Trolley" Don't forget to join up with Heather for her Friday Tea Trolley and share your pictures of tea that week!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Yarn Along

Hello Friends!

Just when I was really hoping for some warm weather we got another snow storm. As I watched it come down last night I closed my eye and tried to imagine the excitement this kind of snow would create if it was the first snow. I'm trying to keep that remembered excitement as I look out on it this morning. My gardening plans, my afternoon walking plans can wait. I'm also reminding myself that all of this snow is replenishing the poor trees from the terrible drought we had the last 3 years. It's all part of the plan. It's okay.

I finished The World of Call the Midwife! Loved it! Especially the diary the script writer kept during the production. I loved her description of meeting Jenny Worth and savored her memories of Jenny Worth right before her death. I also finished "Shadows of the Workhouse" and therefore have now read all the Call the Midwife books. It's kind of a sad moment. I enjoyed them all so much.

I'm still reading The Secret Keeper - it's really good, one of those books you just want to keep reading until it's finished.

And... a midst other things, I'm working on yet another granny square blanket. Love them!