Monday, September 26, 2016

Yarn, Flowers, and Hygge


 I always forget that in the fall flowers look stunningly bright.  Mums, zinnias, even the petunias perform a late show.





Do you know what this is?  I did not plant it.  A bird did.   

 The coleus are still so hearty and the nasturtiums are fresh.

 Bill gave me a huge basket of mums for my birthday!


 Jenny's family gave me roses!
 My mom gave me money and I went straight to the yarn store to buy fancy yarn.  Hedgehog Fibers and Madeline Tosh.  Socks and more socks!  
 Christie and Jeff bought me yarn, too! Lamb's Pride for a fun West Knits pattern. So between three of the kids (Kelli gave me adorable bird mugs and earrings) and my mom, I am RICH in yarn! 
I thought this stash basket made for a lovely color pop. 

Bill broke one of Jeff's old swords while sword fighting with Atticus and Finn so he ordered James another one and it came with this funny hat (and a genie pot which he thought looked like a teapot so he doesn't want THAT!)
 It's been so fun to have Plum Cake and Samantha here.  They are so sweet!  It's absolutely heaven to cuddle with them in the morning and sit outside and talk to them.  
 We've been conducting Granny's Writing School.  Ha! 
 After we went to the yarn store and pet supply store, we stopped at Trader Joe's.  This shopper was SUPER!
Timothy has adjusted to Jenny and Scott's pom (not a cat chaser) and their beautiful cat George (pouting in the basement even now). He is the NICEST baby cat.  He never scratches, loves to cuddle, meows very quietly and is over-the-top ADORABLE!  

And now for a little hygge education from The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits

"Hygge gives us a framework to support our very human needs, desires and habits.  There is a simple, material structure beneath the immaterial rewards.  To learn to hygge is to take practical steps to evoke it - to shelter, cluster, enclose, embrace, comfort and warm ourselves and each other.  Cultivating the habits of balance, moderation, care and observance will then comfortable ensure more hygge in our daily lives." (pg. 20)

So tonight after a taco supper, we will huddle around the tv and watch the presidential debate (argh!) but I am going to light a candle to make it at least a little bit hygge.  

The sky is blue so blue and the leaves are making the outside look magical.  I drank apple juice for lunch.  I DID make the mistake of buying one of those plug in air fresheners for the laundry room.  Wood smoke.  Blech.  The fake smell of it gives me bad dreams.  I threw it away.  I can't tolerate many candle smells so I must remember to buy cinnamon and pine and MAYBE lemon and that's ALL.

Candles ARE very hygge.  
Now I shall brew a cup of peach tea and eat another piece of my lemon cake.  I bought a pink and white polka dot tin tea set at Homegoods and Plum just informed me that she'd like to have an outdoor tea party right now.  Done!
Thank you for coming by!  

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