Soup day

In a few hours, the girls will come over for a soup day. Each of us will bring the ingredients for a batch of soup and we will spend the morning chopping and cooking. We put the soup in jars and each person goes home with three different soups. I put my jars in the freezer and take one out in the morning for my lunch. By the time I am ready to eat, the soup is nearly thawed. I took a class on winter foods for health a number of years ago and the instructor told us that when it is cold outside, we need to eat warm foods. Salads are harder for our systems during the winter so a good veggie-filled soup is a great option. I will be making this one today.

Happy Saturday.


Hello Saturday


Just curious.  Anyone planning to join in with the Project Peace 2017 KAL? I very much want to start planning for this but I also want to be realistic.

I finished All Over Creation and I very much liked it. There were so many themes that touched my own life and characters that I liked. I am not sure what comes next. I have two audio books ready to go but I have neglected my podcasts so maybe I will play catch up before I start another book.

Happy Saturday. Mine is a rare one with not one single thing on my calendar – just what I need.

Monogamous knitting

I am a distracted knitter, so easily pulled away by pretty new projects and knit alongs. But I am determined to make that sweater so I spent the last few days being a monogamous knitter and I am happy to report that I am back on track. Last night I moved to the next section of the yoke and it really is a lovely pattern. Now I need to look up how to do a Sunday short row so I can get going on that little vest. Goodbye monogamous knitting!

Happy Saturday.


There was snow and rain, flip flops and tennis shoes, wonderful music, a few tears and a lots of smiles, cupcakes, donuts, and plenty of sprinkles. And now our family is a bit larger and overflowing with love, laughter, and reasons to celebrate.

P.S. the bride and groom were much happier looking than their LEGO counterparts!

Hello winter?

I heard that we might have a cold winter but it is only November so I was not at all prepared to wake up to snow on Friday. The flurries continued most of the morning but by late afternoon, it “warmed”up enough that the streets were clear. I am NOT a fan of the snow and will be eternally grateful if we can get through this wedding weekend without it.

We did make it to Vogue Knitting Live. I am so overwhelmed by these events and they are small in comparison to other big name events. I got one skein of yarn for a shawl – more about that later.

Now it is time to get ready to host a pizza party and I need to get a bit of cleaning done. Excited to do some weekend blog reading!

Weekending – outdoor time

I just returned from my annual retreat weekend.  For years this was a quilt retreat weekend and I have created many quilts over the years.  This year I made some fun project bags, a pair of pants for our tiny person, and did some knitting.  Today, instead of staying inside and sewing, I pulled on my hiking boots and went for a hike before heading home.  It has been a hot weekend and the trail was dry and dusty.  I did a short hike, just a little over three miles, before it got too hot.  The trail was very quiet.  Everyone must have headed to the lakes and rivers.  But I saw some lovely wild flowers, butterflies, two eagles, and a hawk.  On the way home I stopped for a very large iced tea.  Now I will unpack and perhaps take a nap before thinking about heading to work tomorrow.  Hope your weekend included some outdoor time.

Weekending – a long one

It has been a long time since I had more that one day with nothing scheduled.  I have had to remind myself numerous times to relax.  I have had a lovely run, a hike on the trail that was a bit warmer than I was expecting, a bit of sewing, a frustrating evening with a knitting project that had to be put aside (I really need a simpler project), and plenty of time to sit on the deck with my book.  And there was some good progress made on the travel planning – just 5 weeks now.

On Sunday I decided to tackle my little whimsy garden bed.  I created this space a few years ago with some fun garden art using tea cups and pots that have little cracks and breaks.  I have not been successful with plantings.  I found some large pots that I will fill dirt and add some flowers.  I am hoping that having them up, off the ground, will keep the rabbits from snacking on the leaves.  We will see.  I do know that I want to get back in the garden more often – a great way to melt away stress.

It has been a lovely, long weekend.