Monday, November 29, 2010

5 things...

I'm enjoying the quiet today after a wonderful holiday and long weekend. Ryan and his father spent the weekend away at a hockey tournament, while Matt stayed home with me. Both Andy and I spent great one on one time with our kids. Hopefully, they feel the same. We are easing slowly into the holiday season. The weather has been warmer than usual, making it hard to get into the spirit of things. It is supposed to turn colder through the week and snow by week's end. Perfect timing for our town's tree lighting ceremony!
1. I discovered that my son still has that dry sense of humor that he had as a little boy. He makes me laugh when he's not complaining about something.
2. Lots of knitting in the early hours. Easy stuff, with no pressure.
3. Many fires in the fireplace. I've found myself asleep with the cat curled next to me. It's a good feeling.
4. Advent is here, and in a round about way, we are preparing.
5.There are many geese gathered on the lake and in the fields, eating and waiting until it's time to fly south. I wonder if they know something that we don't. We, on the other hand, are all waiting anxiously for the first sizable snowfall.

Have a good week everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you to all that stop by to read about our daily adventures. It means much to me that you take time out of your day to see what we are up to.
Enjoy your family and friends today and always.
As I searched and searched for this picture(I had another in mind, but couldn't find it. Man, do I have a lot of pictures on Kodak CD's.) I realized that I'm quite blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. We certainly have had some fun times together!
And to the three important men in my life, thank you for making my life as sweet as it can be.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone~

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hey There Handsome!

As I was searching for a picture of Matt with a turkey ( I know it's here somewhere) I came across this picture. I've been wanting to write about this sweater for a long time, but it's packed away for Ryan's kids (may that be far, far away).
I started this right before Ryan was born and knit on it during our first Adirondack vacation. It's probably one of my most favorite knits that I've ever made.
Ryan has always been good about wearing the sweaters I made for him. In fact he's running around the house now in a pair of handknit socks.
I have long since forgotten all the specs of the sweater, but if someone really wants the pattern, I think I may still have it somewhere.
Ry's always been a handful...but does it so gracefully in handknits from me.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Socks!

I've been knitting everyday.
It's kept me calm over the last few weeks.
These have been finished just in time, as we received snow last night.
colorway: Handsome Devil
size 1 needles
60 stitches
Next up: a Christmas present! Shhhh...don't tell.

Monday, November 15, 2010

5 things....

It was gray for most of the day today and I was feeling rather uninspired. But now that I look at these pictures, I'm sorta happy that it was gray today.
1. Spoke with this man the last night. He's my neighbor and the nicest guy. He took the time to help me with a few photog questions that I had. He never once talked down to me...only encouraged my growth in photography.
2. I've been playing with the presets in Lightroom. Can't you tell?
3. I've decided to grow my hair to my shoulders. I haven't had it this long since the beginning of college (and you don't want to know how long that was!). I'm not sure I will last.
4. I have pumpkins rotting on my front porch...and dead mums. I'd rather knit, then clean them up, but I suppose I should do that tomorrow.
5. We finally got the Netflix streaming on our Wii. (have I mentioned that already?) I'm obsessed with Say Yes to the Dress and the boys have discovered Cake Boss. It's the simple things people.

Have a good week!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Link Love

It only seems fitting that I put a cow up today. Matt has his last performance of Oklahoma today and it can't end too soon. I'm tired of the drama (at home) about how his friends will laugh at him (why can't the school musical have the same cool factor as sports?), homework being put to the end of the list and just plain lack of sleep. He does like the end product and looks like he is having a blast on stage, but oh, the road to this point has been long and hard.

There has been extreme goodness out on the web as of late. Here are just of few of my faves this week. enjoy!

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Thought this might be a new take on the traditional pumpkin pie.

Amy Butler has printables that are free. Who knew?

I saw these mittens at a local sale this week. The vendor was selling them for 20 bucks a pair. Even I can make these.

Adorable! I'm trying to figure out who I can give these to.

And lastly, these look just sinful....

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Couldn't Say No

Someone called and asked me to donate a purse for a silent auction that they are having here in town. It's for a very sick woman. I, of course, said yes. I haven't knit many felted bags since I bought my front loader washing machine. Felting is still possible, but not quite as seamproof as the top loaders.
I'm okay with the outcome. There are a few creases that you can't see (created by being late to the washer to pull the purse out). It will do.
My favorite part: the handle. I bought it a few years ago while visiting NYC. If you ever have a chance, stop in at M and J Trimmings. It's a mecca of every accent piece you can think of: buttons, lace, beaded trim, handles, appliques. I could go on and on.
Pattern: Sophie
Lamb's Pride Bulky
needles: 10 1/2

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

5 things...

Greetings! No, I didn't forget you, just another busy week!. The weather is beautiful for November and we've been outside enjoying every minute. So let's get on with the list so I can go back outside and play!
1. Made pumpkin biscotti today for my neighbor. First time making this recipe and I will make it again and again. It came out perfect!
2. Finally, the middle school play is here! October was a long month around here with much drama from a very overtired thirteen year old. Oklahoma has been conquered by the seventh and eighth graders.
3. My dining room table has been overtaken by Lego men. The boys are making stop-motion movies. Let me know if you happen to see them out on the web and that they are using appropriate language.
4. A view of an eleven year old's bedroom door. I knock and then proceed in. Privacy smrivacy. I'll save the privacy post for another day.
5. Starting the Christmas lists for everyone and as always I'm finding it difficult to buy for the boys. Everything on their lists is a tech object and costs over $200. Not gonna happen in this house. Ideas? What are you buying your kids for the holidays?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Yay a winner!

Mary is the winner of the little contest I threw out there yesterday. The correct answer was Jim Carey in the Truman Story.
The actual house is in Seaside, Florida. Mostly the whole movie was filmed on location. We vacation in Seaside every year and, of course, have to watch the movie every year. I think we can all recite most of the lines.
Mary, drop me an email with your address and I'll send you a prize in the mail.

I'll leave you with some looks from the Sartorialist. Happy rest of the weekend to all!

There's this one. Oh, how I wish I could wear my hair like this!
And if I've shared this one, I apologize. But, I can't help but love everything about both of these pictures.
Then there is this one. Oh, dear, I just want to take this poor girl and feed her a giant pizza, some wings and a pitcher of beer!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Fun!

I came across this photo today and thought we should have a bit of fun with it.
That's my husband having fun himself.

Be the first person to guess what movie this house is from and the actor that stood in this exact doorway and I'll send you some yarny goodness.

Happy weekend!

okay's not that hard.  Let me know if you need a hint.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Go, Take a Look...

You'll be sorry if you don't.
photo courtesy of Camilla

My friend Camilla has finally opened up an etsy shop.
She creates beautiful art yarns in wonderful colors.

She can also be found here and here!
I know she would love to hear from you!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


for a moment.
Because I don't have much.
and I've been asked to donate a felted handbag for a purse auction
which is in two weeks.
and there's a lot of other stuff to do in those two weeks.

like haul kids to hockey (although my husband is doing that tonight)
and finish my husband's hockey sweater
and haul one kid to play practice.every.single. night. until November 13th
and then it's over
Thank God...and whomever else wants to be thanked.

And I still have to plant some more daffodil bulbs.
Which I should have done today because it was BEAUTIFUL outside
but I didn't
so I know I will be planting them when it's snowing outside.
So now I need to go and gather Matt from school
and wait for the other two to come home from hockey practice
and it will be the end of another day.