Archives for April 2014

Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~


I think I knit fewer stitches over the last seven days than I have in any given week over the past couple of years.  I may be wrong, but it’s definitely true that very little knitting has happened since last Wednesday.  I did divide for the sleeves on Bea’s sweater and knit a few rows past, but that’s it.

Reading on the other hand, I did.  I finished The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio.  I highly recommend it.  Now, based on recommendations I received on this post, I am reading An Everlasting Meal.  I definitely like it.  I am not the same sort of cook that the author is, a natural, but I’m learning.


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oldest and youngest (and flowers)

With an out of town baseball tournament for Keats and Gabe last weekend, I spent most of Saturday and Sunday with only Seth and Job.  Our younger kids enjoy tournaments and playing with the younger siblings of other players, but I felt that the car ride was a bit too long for Job (and for me).

Even with most of my time being spent with just my oldest and youngest children, the weekend was actually really busy.  A lot of time goes into preparing food and clothes and other necessities for tournaments.  Jonny arrived home with the kids late Saturday night only to turn around and drive back the following morning.  In the meantime I was soaking uniform pants, and trying to come up with healthy foods to prepare and pack.  Not a tiny “x” did I stitch, nor a stitch did I knit.

I did start a painting project though…

I need to do some re arranging in the house, and I’ve also been wanting to try Annie Sloan’s chalk paint ever since my friend Lori told me about it.  I sat up one night last week watching videos of Annie demonstrating different ways to use her paint, and knew I had to try it.  Job watched while I washed down and prepared to paint a bookcase that Jonny built about eight years ago.

I spent some time trying to choose the perfect color and ended up with “French linen.”

The woman working in the store where I purchased the paint warned me that I wouldn’t like my bookcase after the first coat.

She was right, and I’m glad I was warned.  The bookcase looked really ugly one coat in.  I was worried.  I said so to Seth, and he replied, “Well, it is kind of a boring color.”

(Seth used to flat out refuse to hold Job.  He doesn’t anymore and that makes me happy.)

Two coats in and it looked better.  Seth took another look at the bookcase and asked me, “Did you pick this color because it was the cheapest?”  For some reason, retelling the story to Jonny that night, I could hardly spit out those words without laughing to the point of tears.  Seth is a serious kid and rarely makes a joke.  For some reason, that one really got me, so much so that I grabbed a scrap of paper and wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget it.  I’m still working on the bookcase.  I have distressed it a bit to break up the neutral sea that it is, and I’ve got to wax it, which should be interesting.  I’ve not done that before.

Sunday afternoon, Seth, Job, and I took a trip to Belmont, mostly to wander the grounds and walk down to the river.  Seth seemed happy enough, but told me that I was having a lot more fun than he was.  Yes, I do enjoy that place.  (More from Belmont on a beautiful fall day over three years ago, and then just this past summer.)

(New gift shop at Belmont.  Lot’s of great things there!  I told Jonny that if he needs to take the kids somewhere to buy me a Mother’s Day gift this is the place.  I also mentioned that it might be really stressful.  Maybe he should leave Silas at home.)



(American Beech.  The new leaves emerging are soft as a kitten.)

(White Oak)

(Don’t know.  If you do, let’s call this unknown #1)


(Solomon’s Seal)

(unknown #2)

(Virginia Bluebells)