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E has been gone to Summer camp this past week. J and I took a spur of the moment trip to a state park quite a distance east of us.

There are very few beaches in Colorado. Growing up in Michigan you tend to take going to the beach for granted. I miss the waves and birds often. It was nice to sit and watch pelicans and knit the afternoon away. I got another stamp in my Colorado Start Park passport too!

I’ll blog more about my Summer kitting in a few days. I was working on a scarf in this pattern while we were there.

Summer is flying by!! Does it feel like that to you?

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Sun and Snow

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We had a lovely warm weekend and then a bunch of snow.

We had planned to rearrange bookcases and dressers through the house because we bought some new ones to replace things that are truly worn out. Instead we ran away to Rocky Mountain National Park to enjoy the snow there. We didn’t have any snow at our house at the time but that has changed.

I took the picture of the iridescent cloud on Sunday while enjoying coffee and the the 67 degree weather on our back deck.

Today it’s 12 and I took this picture of a bird talking to the bird feeder, through the window!

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Birthday Thank You!!

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Jerry’s sister came for a visit last week, the week of my birthday..it was a week long party and I’m exhausted!!

We went places every day, much shopping and consuming of food occurred. We hung out with all the kids on various occasions and drank a dangerous amount of coffee.

It was a great week! I did squeeze in a little brioche knitting which I’ve just learned. The pin is from T, he got me 5 adorable pins (with some input from his mom) and Amber got me some makeup sponges that are too pretty to use and look sweet in the snow. The bunny is from Jerry’s sister and I treated myself to some herb plants!

Thank you, thank you for all the happy birthdays over at facebook. I’ve been off facebook for more than a year now so I don’t see what’s happening there. I appreciate the thought so much!!

I’ve been trying some pretty great recipes lately. I’ll be posting a few very soon.

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PS Janet gave me my first lessons in oil painting while she was here…yet another hobby???!!!

A change in plans…

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Well Winter Break was very good and I turned the webshop back on … and found out I was locked out of my blog!! I’ve obviously fixed that but only to tell you that another (unexpected) break is ensuing.

I’m hopping on a flight tomorrow to spend time with close family while they recover from some unexpected health issues. At this point I’m not sure when I’ll be home and I won’t have a computer with me while I’m gone.

So, Hello…Goodbye, for now. Here are some pretty pictures I took today.

PS … prayers are appreciated and….I’d love to keep in touch with you over at Instagram!!

March goes flying by!

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I know I said I’d be back, and I meant to be, sooner….we’ll just pretend we chatted yesterday and move along…

It’s been a mostly Spring-like month here, we had about 9 inches of snow last week but zoomed right back to the 60s and 70s. Yesterday we had a whopping 18 or more inches come floating down upon us in a very short length of time. I’m glad to say our nice summer shade tree survived, not all my neighbors were so lucky. We have tree limbs down all over town and power out in many places but we did very nicely here. We had a nice melty day but more snow tomorrow!?

In the sewing room I’ve been busy making things and shipping them out. Here are few things I’ve made for our house…Ethan and I have embarked on a project together. We are making a Minecraft Quilt. You can find the patterns here. We have the first six blocks finished and the first thing I’m asked in the morning is…Can we make another block today! I’m using Moda Grunge fabrics for our project.

I’ve also been creating little quilt squares with pretty fabric in an effort to improve my sewing skills. I’ve sewn a lot, for a lot of years, but you can always use practice and pretty things I say!

A couple of recipes to recommend. For St. Patrick’s Day I made a very nice dinner, I impressed myself with this one. I don’t care for boiled corned beef and like to bake mine. I followed this recipe. Also these potatoes were amazing with it. I just sauteed some cabbage because you must have cabbage…it was delicious too! Last night I made Perfect Chicken Florentine…it was pretty darn near…I used fresh spinach which is delicious, I don’t know how it can quite be perfect with frozen!

In case you don’t see me before then….I wish you a very Happy Easter! He is Risen!

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PS… I bought some fabric and a new purse and love how they look together!
PPS….Jane says Hi! Yzma and Ophelia are well and happy too.

Autumn Stitching

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I’ve done a bit of Fall stitching and finishing and pulled out my little finished bits for the season from years past.

Most of these can be found on the ‘Featured‘ page at the webshop. One is retired (the more detailed Prairie Schooler that says Autumn at the bottom). There are two Little House Needlework projects in the picture taken on my kitchen table. One is brand new and one is from the Novermber/December thread pack, I changed the word to ‘Autumn’. The larger project that says ‘Pumpkins’ is a Memorial Sampler, for a fellow stitcher who loved pumpkins.

I’ve put out some real pumpkins, a squirrel is gnawing on the small orange one as I type this…I also made a little fabric pumpkin based on the pattern you can find here. ‘Halloween Night’ was sent to my sister, here it is at her house, she’s very creative with her chalkboard!

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I’ve also been enjoying some festive Fall cocoa during the chilly evenings!

Wishing you a happy week!

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A week of wildflowers

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Jerry and I took a drive to drink in the wildflowers yesterday. It was a perfect afternoon! I thought I’d share a few pictures from our outing each day this week. I reserve the right to interrupt this plan with pictures of new releases (from Impie, Hattie & Bea) and new patterns (from Prairie Schooler).

Wishing you a beautiful week!

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Easter!

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My Favorite Easter Song:

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

 ~Charles Wesley, 1739

Baked some empty tomb rolls, an Easter tradition started by Amber (who is in Portland this weekend).  Empty tomb rolls are made by wrapping a large marshmallow in Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough – I leave 2 ‘triangles’ of dough together to form a large rectangle for wrapping each marshmallow.  Bake according to instructions on can.  When they come out of the oven the marshmallow has melted away leaving an empty cavity.  Lightly glaze if desired.

 

 

Blessings!!

 

Rocky Mountain Wednesdays

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I’m still in (super slow) recovery mode here, some days are better than others. I don’t go anywhere I don’t have to and have only a little energy to get things done.

We did go out for a drive over the weekend. Jerry asked where I wanted to go and I said I wanted to see birds. As you can see there weren’t many about, also we have no snow here, it’s been in the 70s. These pictures look more like Autumn than Winter. The thing I do love about there being no snow is that you can see the beautiful Winter grasses. They are like Winter fur coats on the hills.

Happy Wednesday!

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So much for my good intentions…

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I was doing pretty good getting back to blogging for about a week there and then the flu struck! I’ve been pretty darn sick here. I’m still sick. It’s been 11 days of it and today I don’t feel nearly as good as I did yesterday (and that wasn’t all that great). I also have tonsillitis which may have become something else again in the last day or two. The worst part is that I can’t lay down to sleep because my throat has been so swollen, so I sleep, about 30 minutes at a time, in a chair…and no, we don’t own a recliner! I’m so miserable I wan’t to cry, while I’m sure that might be helpful emotionally, I’m pretty sure it will make me feel even worse!

Before all the yuck began, while I was still putting Christmas decorations away, my sister-in-law sent me something I didn’t even know I needed – a popover pan! I made a batch right away. I used this recipe, and wow, I love popovers and my new pan!

I’m keeping a busy as I can with webshop and IH&B work here, but if I close my eyes for a few seconds I sometimes nod off for a bit.

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Looking back at Christmas

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Christmas was so very nice this year. Somewhat quiet, a little rushed, spread out over several days, but highly enjoyed by all, and we had snow. Sharing a few pictures (quite a few actaully) I hope you’ll enjoy.

I’m not one for resolutions but I do plan to get back to blogging on a more regular basis – I thank you for visiting me here, truly!

Hoping 2015 has been wonderful to you so far! :0)

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PS – I posted a No Sew Knitted Gift Bag tutorial/knit-along over the holidays, search hashtag – #nosewknittedgiftbag on Instagram :0)