Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yarn Along in the Garden

 ~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

The Baby Drops blanket is moving right along.  The last section needed a lot of frogging.  The chart was hard to decipher.  But this middle section should be much easier.

See those peonies?  If you have been around here for any length of time you know those are near and dear to my heart for many reasons.  This is the plant that came for Monticello.  A lovely Sarah Bernhardt variety.  This bloom popped open this morning and I have admired her most of the day!

Aunt Leila's book arrived a few days ago.  I can't put it down. What a blessing to have this woman to walk us along the liturgical path.  I am pondering as I read where my prayer table is going to be place .

Joining  Ginny for another linkup!

Another Year, Another Rose

I've told this story before.  I miss her. very. much.   Walking around the graden this morning, there she was.  Blooming in yellow glory.  I love you mom!

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Day After

Easter did not turn out as I expected.  After tending to all the details of the Easter ham, we got to church and I realized I had forgot to put it in the oven!  Things just went downhill from there. :(
I am feeling glorious for the season and praising that Jesus has risen!  How wonderful to sing the Alleluia yesterday!  But, we had some issues at our family gathering and I think the fact that I feel so bad with this pain had something to do with it.

So after taking a few needed days off from the sewing I am back creating this morning!  There should be many new bags going into the Etsy shop this week!

Happy Easter!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

{ PHFR} The Garden, Old Friends, My Back

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Every Thursday, here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

These pictures just make my heart sing.  As much as I love the coziness of Fall, Spring is just joyous!  I adore watching life begin again in this cycle God created.  It seems I may be drawn to yellows in the garden, so I am trying to add some other colors.  Can you believe I captured that sweet bee on the Gerbera Daisy?
Columbine is such a dependable perennial.  It weathers green during the winter here and just pushes those sweet blooms out on schedule every year.  The blues are Delpheniums.  I have difficulty growing these so I am trying a new place this year.  A little more shade and less intense sun.  We shall see.  My beloved St. Joseph Lillies and a hollyhock that is trying to recover from the harch winter.  Two of the peonies that I have babied for almost 20 years and the full bed of them in the front of the house.  That last picture is part of the back garden I just had cleared.  That was home to coneflowers..... lots of coneflowers.  Take my advice and do not plant these unless you want an entire bed.  Containers work best.  It is now sectioned off for a cottage cutting garden.  I am going to be slow to plant as I don't want to have to go through this clearing again!

These two ladies are very special to me.  I have known them both over 30 years. Joan, in the middle, just returned from a 2 month stay in Indonesia at a seminary where she went to teach conversational English.  Before she left she asked what we would like from Indonesia.  Well what would a knitter say?  Yarn!  Well this lady took that request seriously and looked and looked and looked...... but alas...no yarn.  The closest she came to was this lovely embroidery thread. And look at that fabric!  Cotton Voile! It has a lovely border already there for a skirt.  Perfect! I'm so thankful to have friends like these ladies!

I did see the Dr. on Tuesday about the back pain.  He was on the same page with me that surgery would be the last thing he would suggest.  I am one of those patients that" if it can go wrong it will", so we stay away from that option if we can.  No MRI for now because he is sure it will show a mess in my back.  Steroid pack for 6 days, meds for nerve pain which should help the sciatica in the leg, and exercises to do.  The biggest issue is I have no reflexes in my legs when sitting or standing.  This makes me pretty unstable and explains the couple of falls I have had.  This will most likely cause me to back off on the number of days I keep the grandchildren.  I have already toppled over holding the baby.  It's ok...we were close to the ground.  I'm very sad about this and having to deal with that as well as the pain.  Pray?

Linking up with  Aunt Leila today!

I wish all of you a very Holy Triduum and a Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yarn Along

The Baby Drops Blanket is a work in progress.  I put off knitting this pattern for a very long time because the directions scared me.  I don't find the Drops'  patterns very well written.  So I read and re-read this pattern until I thought I was very comfortable with the instructions.  I did fine until the second section. A lot is left to assumption.  Maybe I have now become enough of an accomplished knitter to figure it out, but it took a lot of frogging to make that happen. I do think it is going to be lovely.  The Pima cotton is, of course, a dream to knit with.

I have loved just about everything Elizabeth Berg has written. This is not a new book, but new to me finding it.

And that rug.... don't you love the color?  My daughter Caitlin is making a move and doesn't want to travel with her rug.  This is the one splurge she made in Istanbul last summer.  So 2 weeks ago when I went to visit she said, " Mother, could you keep my rug for a while?"   " Of course sweetheart....
of course" :)

Pop over to Drawstrings to see a couple of cute bags that were monogrammed for Easter.  Thanks Julie!!

Joining up with Ginny for another link party!