Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekend in Verde Valley

beautiful grasses
fiona and i decided they were fairies
back in the water
fiona in the creek
the girlies on a walk
playing in the creek
sagan in deep thought
rowan, as challenging to photograph as bigfoot
fiona and the bullfrog
could it be a frog prince?
crossing the river after the rain

It was our annual homeschool trip to the Verde Valley.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

* Gratitude Sunday *

Joining Taryn from Wooly Moss Roots for Gratitude Sunday. Sunday's heartfelt tradition.A time to slowdown, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.

~ So grateful for the rain over the weekend
~ My garden, it is doing so well after a shaky start.
~ The kids for working together so well lately
~ Sagan's friends, for being so awesome.
~ A few more cool days before we hit 100 degrees
~ Bull frogs
~ Our beautiful neighbors
~ Chocolate covered almonds

Friday, April 24, 2015

{ This Moment }

Joining Soulemama for This Moment. A single photograph from the week. A moment I wish to pause, savor, and remember.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thoughts on a Thursday

Last week was a rough one, so much emotional drama. After about a year of not dealing with something, it finally came to a head. I couldn't just ignore it any longer, and so it got dealt with. And you know, I didn't realize what a weight that whole mess was until finally it was gone. I wish I had had the courage, the strength, the whatever it was, to deal with it a year ago. Maybe NOW was right time, even though it was a hard time, maybe I needed that time for growth?
Whatever the reason, what's done is done. And I am better for it. I worry too much about what people think of me, if people like me, if they want to be my friend. Instead I should be wondering should I allow myself, my family, my children to be treated this way just so I don't upset someone? This time I decided that "Nope, this isn't how we deserve to be treated". And so we worked it out. And it was good, really good. Suddenly I realize that we are worth more, my kids deserve better, and it's ok that not everyone likes me. It is a totally freeing feeling. Not that I'm going to turn into a jerk or something, but I am surely not going to sit back and allow us to be hurt again just to not make waves. Waves work to make change, and change is good.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crafty Yarning

Oh the knitting that has been going on here! I started and finished the Plain Tunic for Nuala using Noro Silk Garden #87. I don't know if I need better lighting or a better camera, but the yarn is so so much more lovely then in the photo. It is a bit big on her which is good, because she won't need a wool tunic dress until fall, but man, oh man was it fun to knit. I love Pickles Plain line of patterns for children. I need to order some toggle buttons from Wooly Moss Roots for this cute little tunic.
As soon as the tunic was off the needles I started two new projects, another Plain Sweater by Pickles using Wool of the Andes in Wonderland Heather. Which I think will be lovely. I am sure I have enough yarn to make one for Nuala and Fiona, so maybe this fall they will be all matchy matchy in their blue sweater vests.
And finally I cast on a pair of socks (well the first sock of a pair) using Araucania Nuble in colorway #21 which seriously looks like Easter and spring time. The yarn is so beautiful to work with. I am not sure I like the sock pattern for this yarn since it is such a fine fingering weight yarn, I am going to have to search Ravelry for another pattern I think. I want these socks to be extra special because I am making them for a dear friend.

Joining Frontier Dreams and Small Things

Monday, April 20, 2015


Joining Pumpkin Sunrise for Weekending.

The weekend started with illness, MY illness. Some sort of yucky sore throat, cough, fever thing. But there is just so much stuff to do around here: laundry to wash and hang on the line, the garden to water and weed, the chickens to feed, food to prepare, house to tidy. I swear if I don't do it all it doesn't get done and then this huge hot mess is waiting for me when I get better. So I plugged along, occasionally mumbling under my breath, getting done what needed to be done and letting the rest just fall to the sides. I listened to "This American Life" podcasts and knitted, drank either ice cold water or hot tea depending on what felt best to my throat. And seriously, that was my weekend. I had so many plans, so much to do, but I guess the universe had other plans for me.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

* Gratitude Sunday *

Joining Wooly Moss Roots for Gratitude Sunday. Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slowdown, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.

~ My friends who listened for hours
~ Owning my truth
~ The garden which is doing so well
~ Warm days and cool evenings
~ Getting sick now, instead of next weekend when we will be off in the woods
~ This American Life podcasts
~ Having a full deep freeze
~ Naps (for the girls and for me!)