Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday | A Garden.

Steve & I - in Grandma's garden - Santa Rosa, California - July, 1966
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  - Marcel Proust
When I read those words, I immediately thought of this photo. But in my memory, it was my grandparents standing with me amidst the flowers. I was charmed when I pulled out the photo this morning to see my brother there with me instead. Regardless, the message I had - and the one I wanted to share - was about family. ...and about what a beautiful garden my grandma had. It's pretty clear where my mom's green thumb comes from!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ten on Tuesday (ish) | Blueberries.'s topic is blueberries, no doubt inspired by Carole's latest CSA haul (I LOVE that she's on Instagram. finally!) I was really excited to share recipes and other such enthusiasm when I planned this post last night.

Beginning with breakfast: greek yogurt topped with (frozen) blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and a few walnuts. With a side of Go Set a Watchman. while Charlie napped.

and my plan fell apart after that. I finished the book and it left me in a real funk. More to come on that front, maybe, but for now, I'm just feeling old (yet young because I wasn't even born when Harper Lee wrote those words) and sad (the thoughts and events she portrays took place sixty years ago, but they're still part of "my South" dad grew up in a small Alabama town not too far from Maycomb).

So I'm going to cut this short and share links to my three favorite blueberry recipes. I spent a good bit of time last night in denial that I'd never even posted a photo of the cake or the muffins. But trust me - they're wonderful. and easy.

1. a salad
2. a coffee cake
3. muffins (I did add a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon along with the dry ingredients)

Of course today was a Charlie day and he is ALL ABOUT the food right now. Katie said he won't even let her (or his dad) spoon feed him any more. I was able to feed him some yogurt for breakfast, but otherwise it was him - fingers and all!
That photo is just for my mom - xo!

I talked about "pouches" at our prayer shawl meeting today and the ladies had no I figured it would be worthwhile to share here.

p.s. my mom shared this about Ansel Adams after last week's post:
"Ansel Adams, a pianist along with being an artist, played at my parents’ wedding in San Francisco in 1929. He was a friend of my grandparents in the '20's."

Blueberries are one of my favorite summertime treats. I'm looking forward to all the ways y'all like to  prepare them!

I'm also looking forward to talking about the book. I've been in a self-imposed media-blackout these past two that I've read the book I'm ready to join the conversation. I hope!

Monday, July 27, 2015


FOUR teeth! ...and nothing like a cord and a box to keep playtime fun!
...I know it's going to be a good one when it starts with a visit to see this little guy (and share a glass of wine with his parents).
It got even better on Saturday afternoon when Marc decided to break in his new super-duper heavy duty blender with frozen mango margaritas (and a belated nod to National Tequila Day).

No surprise - garter stitch and eyelets goes especially well with tequila! I finished Orbit and then started Lilly Rose. Yesterday, I blocked Orbit and made even more progress on Lilly. Here's what they both look like today.
And to top it all off, I got to wear my new shawl to church yesterday.  Happy to report that the piece really isn't all that overwhelming, especially when it's worn like a cowl.
Hope your weekend was full of good beginnings and endings, too! Happy Monday!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Mystery Solved.

...why yes, it is Friday and I have an FO to share! I unpinned my Through the Loops Summery Mystery shawl this morning and got out my big camera for the photoshoot. If you don't want to see, click away. This post is full of spoilers!
spoiler protection!
Kirsten wrote the pattern for two colors, and I'd originally planned to use two, but found a fourth skein of the Ivory and decided to go for monochrome. I think it works especially well with this color (yes, off-white is a color!)

The shawl is supposed to be a semi-circle, but my finished piece is 60" wide and 33" long, a tiny bit oval. I'm really glad I omitted one of the repeats (in the section before the mesh lace) or it would be noticeably oval-ish (and yikes, even bigger!)  I modeled it on the backside of the dress form just for fun. I really think I'll wear it more like a cowl (as in the first photo above).

I do love the Shibui Staccato for lace. It blocks beautifully and has a slight sheen, thanks to the silk content; it's also nice to knit.

That's pretty much the whole story, but I've updated my Ravelry project page if you want to see more.

Wishing everyone a happy weekend!