Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Food for Thought








There is much improvement with regards to my shoulder, although physical therapy continues. The Doctor released me from the immobilizer, so that is good news. I still sleep with a little 'fort' around me, to protect the shoulder, but I know that soon that won't be necessary. To add to my distress, allergy season is upon us. It has been for a while. All manner of tree are releasing their pollens, with the promise of fruit and harvest for the future. Oh, my! If only I didn't feel so much discomfort with the sneezing and coughing.

Well, enough about health issues. I had said I would show the kitchen towels I worked on recently. They are very simple, nothing elaborate. I wanted to learn how to do the actual pulling of threads and doing the bundles. My actual results are nothing compared to the lovely example I provided in the previous post. I do plan on enhancing them with some machine embroidery, using some kitchen motifs. For now, the simple towels are posted for viewing.

I finally also used up the spool of crochet thread to complete my crochet trim project. I was able to come up with about seven and a half yards. That should be enough to embellish some white towels or curtains. I think that will be enough crochet for a little while, I am anxious to start some knitting. Perhaps I will do another acorn hat for my grandson. The one I gave him before Thanksgiving fit him so nicely. For the hat I used CariLuna's pattern. I also really, really want to do another FakeIsleHat. Of course, I also am very behind on my sewing. I must use up some of my stash before the Hubby thinks I am merely a hoarder. I'd really like to use some vintage patterns, as in from the 1940's. I would love to dress in 1940's housecoats or other similar feminine dresses.

In closing for today, I also share a picture of our pet chihuahua "Cocoa" and the little feral cats which have taken up residence in our back yard. I have to decide whether to keep them (the cats), since I plan on raising chickens for our egg supply. I don't think cats can resist the sight of young chicks. These cats tend to stalk our beautiful songbirds, so that also has me thinking I must make a choice. I love the sight of the cardinal which is still making the rounds of the birdfeeder, as well as the mockingbird who always cheers me up with his song. But there is something so peaceful about watching a cat lounge around lazily, able to relax in a way I can only dream about. What should I do? More food for thought.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

To Him

Acts 10:42,43

And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spring!

What a beautiful day to symbolize Spring! Sun shining, clear blue skies, and my baby Grandson home for a visit! Well, today is his parent's anniversary, so that makes it even more special. What's also great is I won't have to wait too long to see him again. I have my six week (since the surgery) doctor appointment Tuesday in the city they live in, so I'll be able to visit them then. My little one is such a joy in our lives!

I think this much improved weather has definitely lifted my spirits. I see visions of sewing, knitting, and so much gardening, I am beside myself with hope! My beautiful roses are happily blooming away, and some of the larkspur are on the verge of blooms.

I've been working on learning drawn thread stitchery. I remember my dear Grandmother working on some old cotton remnant and making the humble fabric look glorious. At the time, I had no interest in any stitchery, being very young, but it must have stayed with me. I just had to try it, so I purchased "The Embroidery Stich Bible" by Betty Barnden which has a small segment on drawn thread stitches. I've been practicing on some kitchen towels, and I'm well pleased with the results. The effect is similar to hemstitching, only a bit more ornate. I can imagine some beautiful gifts embellished with drawn threadwork would be very appreciated. I will try and post a picture of my towels, but this is an example . Next on my 'learning' agenda would be tatting, either needle or shuttle.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Gleaning Diamonds


Isaiah 43:1,2

".....Fear not; for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Some of My Favorite Things
















Went out to the garden today. How I wish I could just putter around. Because my arm must be immobilized, I have to be careful of where I walk. It gives me such a warm feeling to see our two resident cats following us around. They're stray cats who have stayed around after we fed them through the winter. Out pet chi, Cocoa, is afraid of cats, silly dog. She'll cautiously approach the door and sniff through the screen, but then shies away quietly. We got her as a little runt of the litter and I think she has issues.
It was a glorious day! Another sight that thrills me are the purple martins which return every year. They arrived in February, but then the cold winds pushed them south again, I think. I had not seen them for a while. When I awoke this morning I could hear their cheerful banter as they circled the martin house my DH set up about 8 years ago. Since that first year, they set up their nests once the first scout found the house. I love to see them soar high in the air. But then in mid summer, when the heat is unbearable, they leave once again. I often wonder how they could have lasted as long, with the blistering sun heating up their abode. It never ceases to amaze me how they find their way back year after year.
Inside the house, I'm just trying to stay positive, trying not to get too frustrated with my limitations right now. One thing which cheers me up is the sight of my yarn and fabric stash. I love to touch and feel the softness of the wool fibers against my skin. I'll post a few pictures now of my pretties. I think it's a delightful way to 'color up' a journal. The knitted hat was made from a pattern called 'Fake Isle Hat' at Magknits. The tangerines are from this past harvest. The tree itself still has a few. I only wish I had washed them before I took the photo. They are covered in dust, but they are still beautiful. I am also enjoying my new book "Vintage Vavoom". So many wonderful ideas for decorating can be found in it. The yarns in the wire basket are just a few from my stash.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Shouting to All


Psalm 107:8
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

And so it is that I give praise and honor to the Lord for all the wonderful things he has done in my life! My cup runneth over!

Friday, March 7, 2008

From Warm Days





















The sun is shining so brightly today. Looking out the window, the view is somewhat deceptive, as there is a cold, chilly breeze blowing. I know that folks in the northeast are having a prolonged bitter cold winter. This weather inevitably makes me pull out my pictures to remind me of pleasant warm days. One of the pictures is of our koi pond, complete with water lilies. I can assure you there are no lily blooms at this time.
I thought I'd also post a picture or two of some of the projects I worked on last summer, well before my injury. I need to be reminded that I have lots of work to look forward to. Patience, my dear, patience is what I keep telling myself.

The baby blanket and frame were done for a baby shower. The felted buttonhole purse I made using a pattern from masondixonknitting.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Trust




What amazing times we live in! With a click of a mouse we are able to venture into so many people's virtual lives. I am often amazed at how even with the ability to inflict much harm in our hi-tech world, essentially people wish to trust one another. Like Anne Frank, we prefer to think that people are basically good.


That is why we blog. I am so thankful for all the generous helpful people in blogland who share their talents, their knowledge, and their expertise in all walks of life. People like Beverly from teatimeandroses whose site is an oasis of beauty to visit and Anna from pleasantviewschoolhouse who shares a wealth of hints and anecdotes which serve to inspire and motivate. There are so many other sites which bless me with their content. Over time I will slowly be adding their links to my site. I would hope that I might also enrich people's lives on their visits here. As I love to look at people's pictures, I will add another one of my garden from last summer. Right now most of the garden is dormant, with a few things beginning to sprout here and there. I can hardly wait until I am healed so I can repot and plant beautiful plants again!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Day After


It's the day after the election primaries in Texas, and we've been checking out the numbers on the news. Never before have I seen such an interest by so many people in the outcome of politics. It's encouraging to see so many young people involved. As for me, I will trust in the Lord for whatever outcome he deems must be. Having voted, we trust the Lord as sovereign in all our affairs.

My shoulder is slowly feeling better. It is a long, slow process and being patient is the hardest part. I long to sew and knit once again. For now all I've done is crochet lengths of lace. I'm working on this simple pattern for now Fast and Easy Crochet Edging. I don't know how to post the picture, or if it's even allowed.
I know I can post my own pictures though. Instead I thought I'd share a picture of a corner of my garden.


Monday, March 3, 2008

Words

So this is the third day I post, not consecutive, but only the third. There is an immense sea of words within me, yet they refuse to even trickle out. In essence these are baby steps for me. I am hoping this blog will perform much as a weight bench works to strengthen the muscles of a body builder. Baby steps, one day at a time.

One thing I do know, at least for now, this blog will be a hopscotch of knitting, Scripture, cooking and baking recipes, gardening, and general subjects. All things which are dear to my heart, namely Family.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Rounding Out The Day

Or should I say Framing the Day:

Jeremiah 6:16
"Thus says the Lord: stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls "

Is that not something we all long for: rest for our souls?

Inspiration

I can't believe it's taken me this long to attempt another post. This will have to be short. I had shoulder surgery on Valentine's Day, so I need to take it slow. I will eventually add more to this blog. This hiatus has inspired me to take action on those things I put off for another day.

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