Friday, September 22, 2017

Nature Journal and Finish for the Weekend

Happy FALL!  I read somewhere that fall is the knitters season and I think it's true!  When the weather cools we can bundle up in wool makings.
Noah's birthday was fun!  He's one!

My birthday is Monday and I have received many early gifts.  I love this Willow Tree figurine that Jenny gave me.  TIM! 

 The grands have been waving the butterfly net around.  Speedy painted ladies! 

 Last Saturday we got to see these precious ones.  We saw all 11 grands last Saturday!
 I pulled out the zucchini plants and picked some flowers.
 Plum's birthday is today!  We went to the American Girl store on Wednesday.  Isn't the new American Girl doll pretty?
 I made her try on her sweater (it was still damp from the blocking process).  CUTE little birthday girl! 
 Noah's birthday dinner was on Wednesday night.  
 This is my Finish for the Weekend this week!  Noah's birthday socks!  

 Today is our first nature journal day (Marcie and I and maybe YOU!)  Let me know if you posted a nature journal entry today and I'll add your link at the bottom.  

 I have a busy weekend over at Kelli's house.  Our renovations are going so well.  Almost done!  I'll take pictures when the furniture is in, the shower curtain is hung, and the window curtains are up!  It's so clean and fresh!
I hope you are happy that another lovely season is upon us.  I wish you snugness.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Lots of Commotion and a Finish for the Weekend!

I finished a knitting project!  Yay!  I found a cute new blog (to me) called Emerald Cottage.  Jill started a new little bloggy game called Finish for the Weekend, so I decided to join in.  Plum's cardi will be ready for her birthday and she can wear it with her pink cupcake dress.   

In this photo I did some weeding with the marking tool.  I love the bright sprinkler and the paddle pool full of beachy balls. 
 The sky is so September blue!  I walked around the corner to have coffee with a friend and when I came back I had to take some photos of the amazing day we had today!

 I started this week with a mammoth moving job.  We had to completely move out of our bedroom and bathroom so the remodelers could do their work.  Yikes.  I am out of shape for moving.  I found so many dust bunnies of unusual size.  I can't believe how lazy I can be. I need to re-read Side-tracked Home Executives
 Tim's been somewhat traumatized by all the demolition noise so he just wants to cuddle.   
 I made a bird bath out of a chipped bowl.  So far, no birds have been seen swimming in it.  
 They don't seem to like the make shift bird bath below either.  

 Poor Tim!  To add insult to injury he had to go to the vet for his yearly shots.  He yowled at first but then quieted down and endured.  The vet office is so kind.  They were very welcoming and gave him lots of compliments (perfect weight, nice teeth, soft coat).

We're sleeping in the garden level guest room while our bedroom is being transformed.  I kind of like sleeping in a full size bed (instead of our queen sized bed) and Bill and I don't bump each other or take up more than our fair share of the bed like I thought we might.  It's cozy.  Tim likes the window.  I think all the dirt blowing in from the flower bed at the window is making me quite headache-y, but the cool air feels good. 
 Aren't the zinnias gorgeous?  Do you see the one rose that managed to survive the Japanese beetle invasion?

 My rhubarb plant is thriving!  Next year I shall have rhubarb pie, rhubarb sauce, and rhubarb cobbler!  
Here is a photo of the amazing tile team that made our bathroom look lovely and new!  What an incredible group.  We loved having them here.  Now the carpenter will come and put the bead board on the walls, patch the sheetrock and put in a pocket door between the bedroom and the bathroom.  Oh, and finally after one hundred years or so we will have closet doors!  Ha!  We decided to order a new bed frame from Target because our log bed is so big.  I have a history of buying big furniture, forgetting that we live in a little house.  Our Kelli wants the log bed so that makes us happy.  We will wait to buy a new box spring and mattress.  They are expensive and I don't want to make the same mistake I made with our current mattress ("We'll just take the mattress that's in it now.") That was very dumb.  It's been hard since day one.  We put a foam pad on it, but we want a soft dreamy bed, so we'll save our pennies again.  

I went to Bible Study Fellowship with Kelli this last week and LOVED it.  I also went to our church's study and I liked that, too! I had to skip book club because of all the construction commotion.  
Plum and Noah have birthdays next week and I'm going to stay at Kelli's with the girls next weekend while Kelli and Bryan go to Texas for a party.
We have our dear Australian friend coming for a few days, too.  FUN!
So September is very busy but busy in the very best way.  People busy.  
Thank you, nice person, for popping in at my place today!  xoxoxo

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September Start Up

 I found a new yarn  dyer while watching a video podcast.  Don't you love ordering things from real people?  I've already wound this lovely skein into a ball and I'm thinking about making a shawl with it.  I'm amazed at the skills that so many fiber artists are able to acquire.  

Plum was doing a little gardening last week.  She planted the nasturtiums, so she was very happy to see them blooming! 

 Tim on one of his thrones
 Mary Poppins is good knitting music๐Ÿ˜

 He's awake!
 Kelli and Bryan are digging a swimming pool!  (Well, the swimming pool installers are)  I can't wait to float around on my noodle.  I hope it's finished in time for a nice Indian summer! 
 We went over to see the big hole and James and Noah wanted to see the cats.  James asked me, "Why did you want me to see the big hole?"  
 The girls were enjoying the company.

 Winnie the puppy is growing!
 James in the pink carseat.  He didn't mind.

Here's some of my knitting mess and some new Colorado dyed yarn!  

 Lizzy and I went to the yarn store and she wanted to pretend that she worked there so she kept saying, "You go look and I'll be nearby.  You tell me if you need my help finding what you want."  ๐Ÿ˜‚

 I've made friends with my food processor.  James wanted to try all the blades as we shredded and sliced the mammoth zucchinis.  No more zucs next year.  None.  Please remind me.

Thank you for sharing about what you have too much of.  It sounds as if we have a lot in common.  I have a big bag of stuff to give to the Goodwill, but two of the donation drop off places have closed.  I must venture further afield with my loads of "too much".
Are you going to make a nature journal?  We decided to start on the first day of fall, but you can begin whenever you wish!  Please share!  I accidentally drank real coffee instead of decaf at around 4:00.  I might not sleep well tonight, but I still feel as though I am falling asleep in my soup.
Thank you for checking in.  I hope your September has started well. We have three birthdays later in the month.  First Noah, then Lizzy and ME!