Good morning! I’ve been working on my Antarktis shawl, and it is an enjoyable, easy pattern, with the exception, that at least for me, with diagonal patterns, I have to keep track of where I am with pen and paper. So after a couple false starts, it’s going well and kind of fun.
I worked all weekend, and if you don’t know me already, I’d much rather be at home. It’s not the work that bothers me, it’s the talking to people all day that wears me out. Being a quiet person, it takes a lot of effort, but this only makes me more grateful to be home. So, yesterday evening, feeling very happy to be home, we fired up the Bar-B, and put some potatoes on to boil, and while the meat smoked, we took a walk down the street, enjoying the greenery that arches over the road, the fresh air, and our friendly neighborhood llamas.
It was so funny! They were minding their own business way out in the field, but soon they all joined a line and came trotting toward us, (I love how they run, it’s so adorable), to see if we had snacks no doubt. No. The sign says we can’t feed you. But I assured them I’d be back to visit and we’d be friends. So cute!
This morning I ventured outside to take a look around. Everything is loving the rainwater that came overnight. There has been so much rain, I didn’t think I’d have blooms to share with you, until I turned and saw these around the side of the house. A surprise to me, since the last time I looked, they were only tan looking buds.
My daughter sent me a picture of the baby robins that hatched near her back door. Do you remember the picture of their eggs? She said the mama was calling her to get away as she took the photo. Our world is full of so many cute and precious little things. So grateful am I for all of them.
And I’m grateful for all of you. Your kindness has been so wonderul, astonishing to me even. I appreciate you friends; so very much:)
Later today, Nolan is having friends over. We’ll be going out for icecream and then spending time together here at home. But for now, I’ll grab another cuppa, my knitting, and enjoy the quiet of the morning. I hope your day is off to a good start, and I hope things you love to do can be worked into your day as well.
Hello! I hope this weekend is treating you well! I’m wondering if there are barbecues planned, quiet knitting time, gardening perhaps? What ever it is, if you are at home, it must be somewhat lovely. Sweet tea would certainly go good with any of the above as well! We’ve had a big pot on the stove all weekend.
Yesterday I had to work at the away from home job, and I thought I’d be there early enough to visit with you, but realized when I grabbed the bags I take with me, my computer was not in the bunch, even though it was packed and ready to go the night before. sigh.
Later in the day, I knit for a little while on socks for Kayla, and I like the feel and color of the yarn. I think she will too. I also worked on one of my "almost finished” shawls, and counted forty rows to go, so it should be done soon.
The meals this weekend have been what ever I can whip up quick, but I put my heart into it all the same. I’m so grateful for gathering time together, for the peace in my home, for good food. So cloth napkins with pizza bread? Yes, why not! My son asked, “How do you clean these?” My husband said, “Don’t mess them up.” And we laughed. I am happy to have stained napkins, if it means we had the opportunity to use them in the first place:)
I grew up with a beautiful Magnolia tree outside my front door. It’s long been a favorite of mine and my daughter’s too, ever since she loved Grandma’s magnolia. The fragrant dinner-plate size flowers are such a gorgeous creation. Even the name is beautiful, isn’t it though? I’ve been waiting for this one to bloom and I was excited this morning to see that it had.
Well then, Happy Memorial Day to you! To all of you who have served our country, spent time waiting while someone you loved served, or lost someone special who has served, I’m truly thinking about you today. I said a special prayer for you last night, as I rested in bed, safe and secure in my home because of your sacrifice. Thank you so much! Have a happy day friends. Jeannine xo
Happy sweet, Saturday to you!
Late yesterday afternoon, I took a drive along the river to see what I could see. The river is high from all the rain. My husband and boys have played on dry land before, right in the middle of where all that water is now. I took a few photos, and hurried home to hungry boys.
After a simple dinner of baked fish and Au Gratin potatoes, I found myself in a quiet house. I noticed my husband had fallen asleep while trying to watch a movie after a hard day’s work, Jordan was engulfed in a re-read of Harry Potter, and the older boys were content playing games. So I pulled out my cutting mat, made a cup of hot tea, and cut fabric for the new quilt. It will be the star pattern I shared on the last post. A trip to the fabric store will be necessary to buy some matching solids and light grays for the background color. I’m looking forward to quiet evenings and hot summer days, piecing it together in the cool of the house.
This morning, I poured a cup of steamy coffee, and in the early morning glow, I started a new shawl. After seeing Ginny’s over at Small Things, and seeing how it looked in green on Ravelry, I knew it would be just right for the Budding Apple yarn that was still in my basket.
Today will be much like yesterday, quiet, simple, and time spent with family, nature, fabric, yarn, and homemade food. It’s all quite perfect really.
I hope your Saturday, and this holiday weekend brings you joy, happiness, and love. Wishing you a beautiful day friends! Jeannine xo
I’m checking in for a very quick hello today. Unfortunately I am still fighting the worst cold and I really hate to bring it up again, but just want to let you know, recovery and having to work the past two days with it, has taken up my visiting time. I hope each day that this will be the day it has run its course, but nope, not yet.
Meanwhile, I just wanted you to know what I’ve been thinking about for a new project. This was the first quilt I ever made and I had little idea what I was doing, but I do like pinwheels, and I am planning on starting a grown up quilt with a pin wheel pattern out of the fabric I shared a few days ago. (Bright and sunny, colors of summer!) If any of you quilters know of a good pinwheel pattern and want to share it, please let me know!
It’s been raining heavy today, but the sun is starting to come out bright and beautiful. I’m kind of cleaning house, but not much is getting done. I did run to the bakery this morning for the boys and couldn’t hardly state my order because I was having a wild coughing attack. Good grief. Before that though, I managed to stop and buy new sheets and a summer cotton blanket, for each of the boys beds to lighten things up. I’m sure changing them all will brighten my day and the house.
I look forward to getting out and taking photos soon and visiting with you over tea! Miss you friends! See you as soon as I feel well. Hopefully that means tomorrow! Yes, that’s my wish for today! Jeannine xo
Happy Monday to you! The sun is shining and it’s the first day of summer vacation for the kids. I just love it when they are home and there is nothing on the schedule. Our summer days are filled with “What shall we do today?” moments, and it’s a feeling I never get tired of. I know too well, how fast they will be heading to college, so I appreciate every moment they are home with me.
I am slowwwly recovering and because I’ve been under the weather, sadly, there has not been any project progress and I really have been missing my crafts. But this morning, I realized there was a bowl of lemons in the kitchen...
And although the blueberries in the yard are not ready to eat, there was a pint of blueberries that I bought from the market yesterday. And when life gives me a bowl of lemons and blueberries...
I go straight to one of my family’s favorite recipes, Blueberry Lemon Cake With Lemon Glaze. Originally written for a bundt cake, which is how I most often make it; today I made it in two loaf pans, so I can easily take some to work with me later in the week.
A few areas around where I live have native wildflower gardens and they are often my favorites….
So then, would you like the recipe for this cake? Just remember that the recipe really needs to be doubled or it will only make one loaf or a very small bundt cake. I doubled each ingredient and it works perfectly each time:)
Right from my recipe card, page one:)
And page two. The glaze is the best part of the cake! I hope you like it!
I haven’t really mentioned the pets here at Stone Cottage, but there are a few and we love them dearly. This is Rose, “Nolan’s Cat.” She prefers to be outdoors, but does sneak in to sleep in a favorite drawer in Jordan’s room every once in a while. If we can’t find Rose, we know where to look.
“We live in a world where lemonade is made from artificial lemons,
and furniture polish is made from natural lemons.” - Mad Magazine
Hmmmm. Well my friend, I hope you have a perfect week, full of sunshine and a happy heart. Jeannine
It's Thursday! Those of you who know me, probably know, that by Thursday, I'm starting to get excited about another weekend. Yes indeed! The family will be together and I'm already making little plans for how we'll have fun together. Of course my idea of fun is sometimes just sitting on the front porch, so I don't exactly mean anything too exciting. But I'm hoping tomato plants are involved and some good homemade food. That would be all I need for a good weekend.
Today however, is not a typical day. I've made myself a spot on the couch with a heated throw, numerous cups of hot tea, Motrin close by, and the television set to the cooking channel. (I almost never watch television. But if you remember me saying, I do like the show Extra Virgin, so I will be watching today.) I've got a case of, whatever it is, when a cold gives you chills and a headache, and doesn't let you enjoy your day. I have plenty to keep me busy as I rest though. Those little bags all filled with projects I love.
I hope to be up and about tomorrow, because doing nothing has never been easy for me. Until then, I'll be here thinking of all the things I'm thankful for. I haven't told you lately how special you all are to this little space. I just can't believe the kindness of the friends who visit me here. Thank you so much for being who you are! You are amazing! See you tomorrow! Jeannine xo
Good morning! I didn’t think I’d have time to write today. The boys are finishing up their last week of school, (always a busy time), we have violin lessons to catch up on today, and it’s our anniversary today, so my husband is home, and we’ll likely be eating out. I’m not sure how much crafting time there will be. But I’m grateful today for my family, and also for the friendships I have with you, so I slowed down a few minutes, and wrote a bit regardless of a busy day ahead.
There has not been much knitting time the past few days, and today I have a pesky cold, but I want to finish this shawl and I do need to push on and get it done. I think I’ll have time to set up my sewing maching today as well. I promised my friend Diana a bag, and by gosh, I need to get going on that too. (Hi Diana!)
In addition to the mental project list I have, I was thinking about all the flower photos I have taken since starting this blog. I am often amazed at how the flower photos catch the sun (usually by pure luck), and the soft transparency of the cloth-like petals as well, and I thought I might like to try my hand at painting them with watercolors!
One of the surprising things I’ve noticed since writing here at Stone Cottage, is that my mind is more creative than before and I enjoy this very much. I can’t say why it is, and I don’t know yet if I’ll have the ability to paint, but I’ll have fun trying. I mentioned that I’m going to learn to paint to some co-workers yesterday, and one commented, “But do you have time for that?” I’m pretty certain he thought it as a waste of time. I said, “No, you are right, I really don't!” But what I didn’t say outloud, I did say to myself. “And I’m glad that won’t stop me from doing it anyway.” Oh, because I know being creavitve, is the farthest thing from a waste of time!
The truth is, there is not a lot of time to do extra things we love, is there? But I’ve found the moments I take to do them, is when I have the deepest feelings of peace and gratitude, and those times, are often when the most quiet reflection of my beautiful, precious life occurs. Craft on then! Wishing you the most beautiful day! xo Jeannine
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.
-- Mark Twain
Late last night when the house was finally settling down, I sat with my crochet, and worked a couple rounds.
The roses in the garden, always peeking through the gate.
A favorite in my kitchen is Vanilla sugar in a jar! It makes everything a treat!
How about a look around to see what we can see. We’ll listen to the birdsongs, and breathe nature’s potpourri.
Wishing you a very happy Monday. xo Jeannine
Happy Sunday to you! Is it a relaxing knitting kind of day, or an outdoor, plant a garden kind of day? I think I’ll take this one slow and perhaps next week, I’ll start the work outside. The weather is as beautiful as it gets here today, sunny and cool. The birds are all singing different songs, creating sweet music that I love to hear. After a cup of coffee early this morning, we drove to my daughter’s house, to go out to breakfast. Then, the boys stayed with her and her husband for the day. They are headed here, and although I’d love to see all that has to offer, I am not a fan of crowds, noise, or walking all day, so this time, my husband and I decided to let all the grown kids have fun and we’d save a little money and have a quiet day together. (The kids are each other’s best friends and that makes me very happy!) My dad was in the Air Force, and my son-in-law is a pilot, so we do love planes. Over the years, Nathan has memorized most facts about each and every one. He must be having a blast and he will have a lot to talk about when he returns home.
The blue socks for Kayla are under way, and hopefully a good vanilla sock pattern, to go back to later, is under way as well. There is a quilt in the making for Kayla too. It’s been on a hanger a few months. A surprise that can’t yet be revealed. Nolan wants a hat, Jordan socks, and Nathan a quilt as well. I have my work cut out for me, for sure! Thank you to those who made suggestions about vanilla socks!
Well sweet friends, a short, (late morning) post today to say hello, and whether you are knitting or working in the garden, I hope your project grows! Much love. Jeannine
Happy sweet, wonderful Friday to you! I know I get overly smitten with this day, but it’s the day we all meet back home, with nothing on the schedule for the next morning except being together, and that’s just the best feeling ever. Last night we had an orchestra concert and two nights before, an end of year band concert. Both made me so happy, but emotional too, as I see all the kids at the school growing so fast, having so much fun, and the seniors ready to take off and begin their independent lives. If you are a parent of a senior, I get it. Congratulations, but I know it’s bitter sweet:)
When dear Andi shared this sock book, I think I bought it two seconds later. I don’t have a vanilla sock pattern that I love yet and I’ve been trying. I hope to find a pattern as my go to pattern for socks, using this as a helpful guide. I’d love to know if you have a great vanilla sock pattern to share, if so, please do! I’m casting on socks in blue for my daughter, who like me, is usually cold. Blues and teals have always been her favorite. I’m also going to visit with some of my works in progress today, tucked away for too long, deep in the basket.
It’s sunny and beautiful here this morning, despite the chill. So, would you like to throw on a shawl, grab another cuppa, and see what nature is gifting us this morning? Let’s walk shall we?
The wonder of wildflowers makes me think of Little House on the Prairie and simpler times. I love them so.
The rose buds are perfect now. Apparently loving the combination of cool and sun.
I’m not sure why dew is so beautiful, but for some reason it is. I won’t often talk of faith here, I’d rather show it, but if you wish, you can hear one of my favorite hymns here. I can’t help but think of it when I see dew in the garden. I’m a fan of old hymns because my father cherished them. Words would not be able to explain here, the happiness an old hymn brought to his expression.
Dear squirrels, I don’t mind sharing plums with you, (well I kind of do), but please, just leave me enough for a few jars of jelly. Thank you!
Have a happy Friday and a precious weekend. Love to you, Jeannine