Tag Archives: nature

Are You Staying Warm?

I am . . . as long as I am staying inside.  It’s still very cold here in northern Illinois, but it has warmed up a bitty bit from the negative minus twenty-something wind chills.  I still haven’t been able to get outside for a walk though—same old story as last time.  Oh well… maybe soon, I hope.

I forgot to wish you all a very happy 2018, so Happy New Year!!!  I hope it’s a great year for everyone; we all need one of those.

Have you noticed the moon lately?  One night we watched the full moon rise in the east and the next morning saw it setting in the west at daybreak.  For some reason it seemed quite wonderful to me; I’ve never noticed it before like that.

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The sunset that evening was pretty noteworthy pictureworthy too!

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I am still knitting socks.  This is my third sock… and it’s not a mere test sock; it will have a mate.  This one got finished yesterday—it fits my daughter, and the second sock was started today.  Yay.  This was made from Susan B. Anderson’s Crafty class, “My First Toe-Up Socks”.  I used Knit Picks Stroll Tweed Sock yarn in Garnet Heather.  I am still perfecting the fit for the next pair.  I think the size large would fit my daughter even better with the foot about a 1/4″ longer.  These fit me perfectly though, so this will be my pattern when I get to knitting a pair for me. 🙂

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My Little Darlings have been calling to me.  I think they want new sweater coats with cute li’l pockets for their tiny snow people to snuggle in.  Here are Gina and Lucy wearing sweater coats from last winter.  They really do look toasty warm, don’t they?  I need to get my needles busy.

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Stay warm everyone!  If you are already in a warm climate, sending a few positive degrees my way would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you! ❤

Have a great weekend, my friends!

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Busy, But Beautiful Time of the Year

My daughter got home last Friday night.  This fall she has been flying home from school as her “ride” graduated in the spring.  It’s super quick which makes up for the increased cost.

It’s so nice to say that it feels like she’s been home a long time and it hasn’t even been a week yet.  I’m hoping her entire break passes this slowly.

So far we’ve done Christmas shopping, baked cookies, watched movies, and caught up with news.  Yesterday evening we baked Birds’ Nest and Snowball cookies; last Saturday I made Snickerdoodles.  I think we’re set with cookies, don’t you?  If you’d like to see our Christmas cookie baking from 2014, it is here.

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We’ve properly tested the cookies; all are delicious. 😉 Our favorite—the Birds’ Nest cookies with peach Bonne Maman preserves.  The peach flavor adds a tiny bit of tartness, yum.  This is a recipe my mom made from when I was a little girl.  If anyone cares for the recipe let me know and I’ll include it in a blog post.

The morning light was magical this morning.  The light changes so quickly, and my camera was right here!  Got it!

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This (above) turned to this (below) in a matter of minutes.

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And out our front window…

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Maybe some day I’ll dye a skein of yarn called “Winter Sunrise”.  The colors in nature are ever changing and beyond beautiful.

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My last phalaenopsis orchid plant has produced a stem of buds.  It’s still pretty tiny; I can’t wait until it blooms.  This is the orchid we had found in a broken planter at the end of our driveway a couple of years ago.  We think someone put it on the roof of their car and took off; it looked like it had been a gift.

A great way to start the morning—coffee, a cookie, and a little knitting.

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I hope you all enjoy this last Wednesday before Christmas.  Geez, cannot believe it!  Other than me going for a walk, we are staying home today (I think) and will most likely do some gift wrapping.  I’m going to try and finish knitting this little merino cap for the Little Darlings too.  Not sure what else we’ll do today.

Thank you for stopping by today, my friends! ❤

It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas

Hello!  What a beautiful morning we have here in northern Illinois!  It snowed last night, only a tiny bit, but enough to make everything white and beautiful, and oh so peaceful.   The front porch light was on, and it was still dark when I took this photo.  It’s so magical.

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And as light comes to the day, so do the birds come for breakfast.

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I love learning something new this time of year.  This year sock knitting has caught my interest.  Sock knitting seems like something impossibly hard, so I knew I needed a visual class to learn.  So far this Craftsy class by Susan B. Anderson has taught me Judy’s magic cast on, which is how she starts the sock.  I have the toe completed, and am now knitting away at lengthening the foot.  Slowing down the lessons has helped me a lot, and Susan is very thorough.  I have no doubts that I’ll be able to figure out how to make the whole sock.

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This past week I baked another apple crumble.  If you need dessert, like we seem to in our house, this is one of the healthier (Is there such a thing?) ones—lots of apples, oatmeal, nuts, and little sugar.    My recipe is from here, but I keep adapting it.  I found that half the topping seems to work fine for 2 pounds of sliced apples.  We prefer lots of baked apple yumminess and not super sweet—you can eat more that way. 😉

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Even though I have no photos to show you, I have been working on dolly things.  One dress needs a new sweater, and one cape/cuddle cap set needs a new dress.  Sometimes things don’t go as planned.

I hope you all have a most festive weekend.  Take it slow, and enjoy every moment.

Ah, it’s snowing again here, big white flakes!  Bye for now, my friends.