Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Yarn Along Wednesday

 Good Morning Friends!  Actually it's afternoon now. I finally have a finished project to show for the yarn along.  I started these fingerless gloves last winter and then put them down.
 A couple of weekends ago I picked them up and finished the left glove.  The left is a little wonky but I love them anyway. I decided to not put buttons for the eyes because it wall draw attention to the obvious mistakes. 
 The pattern was from a Mollie Makes magazine.  I never get tired of this magazine.
On the reading list, the older kids finished reading The Water Castle.  I'm still continuing College Prep Homeschooling and jotting down notes to refer back to later.  A couple of months ago I discovered audiobooks and playaways for the family.  I love the playaways because they are easy to carry all that is needed are headphones and a battery and into my bag they go.  It really helps pass the time doing chores, shoveling and waiting at activities.  I'm listening to Summberland by Elin Hiderbrand right now.  As much as I enjoy the playaways and audio books they don't replace books.  They are handy to pass the time while doing laundry or when I can't sit and read. 
Hope you are enjoying a good read today.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Yarn Along Wednesday

I have missed my Wednesday Yarn Alongs but the reading and knitting and crocheting never stopped
 I have few books on my night table next to the comfy chair in my library:
Don't Lick the Minivan
The Happiness Hypothesis
100 Snowflakes to Crochet
I Want to Pee Alone
Cook's Illustrated Magazine

 My thought back in December was to crochet snowflakes everyday from the 100 Snowflakes to Crochet I completed 6.  They were enjoyable and easy to make and they are only about 3 rows of crocheting.  So lets see 6 done 94 to go before next Christmas.

 What I keep in my activity bag wherever are these two books.  The Supreme Macaroni Company is the third book in the a trilogy I have been waiting for about 2 years.  It's an easygoing read but I don't love the cover the book it makes it look like a cheesy romance novel.  I picked up the College-Prep Homeschooling at the library and haven't been able to put it down.  Some parts will come in handy for future reference.
I have had these fingerless gloves in the works since last winter I'm thinking its time to finish them, so into the activity bag they go. 
Glad to be back in the yarn along this week can't wait to see what everyone else has on the needles.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Just start....

What's the best way to get back into blogging just start.  Something a friend a mentioned to me recently when I was having trouble starting something "Just start...You put it down then you can go back to it."  So I did just that started a New Year reading, learning French (yes I'm slowly learning French), meditating , organizing (truthfully that has been an ordeal) and now blogging.

So much has changed and 2013  gone but not forgotten.  There was a time I thought I would never return to blogging.  For a time I forgot that I had blog and couldn't remember what it looked like.  I guess I shut down from own blog.  But then there was a turning point back in late fall I missed writing in this space,  I missed checking everyone else blogs and being inspired.  Each time I would feel like writing I would snap a couple of pictures or think of something to write but never sit down to write.  I lost my gusto for a bit.  Part of it was because I was tired and busy being a mom, homeschooling, working, driving, etc.  The other part for not writing was the criticism from a few select former family members.  There was a time during my divorce that my blog was read and then used to criticize my parenting, choices and character.  Even now there could be the same select few people who may continue to read this blog or not at all but I decided to continue to write just for me.  I have always enjoyed sharing in this space it's like calling up a friend and sharing exciting news that is what this space is for me.  I allowed myself to feel stifled.

I also wasn't ready to write sooner because if I did want to share something other than knitting and crocheting it was going to be something pretty raw.  I couldn't just dive back into blogging and talk crafts and recipes without touching on few other day to day things.  It just wouldn't have felt authentic.

So now I return to blogging a bit more charged, independent, still growing and evolving a single homeschooling, part-time working mom to 5 kids.  Some things have changed I have new roles in my life.  After 10 years I returned to the work force part time accounting.  It's like the exact opposite of my crafting nature.  It was refreshing to return to the workforce.  I definitely do quite a bit more driving and juggling kids activities but I wouldn't change it.  What hasn't changed my love for reading (somehow that always sustains me even when I'm really busy), my craft addiction for yarn the crocheting and knitting never stopped. How could I possibly give up yarn? Just like my addiction to crafting magazines. I still carry around my activity basket with a journal, book, project and newspaper.  Discovered audio books and playaways are my new best friend.  They can make boring chores go by quickly.  They are great to listen if you have already read the book but want to hear it instead.  Or if you are like me with a long list of books on the Amazon wish list playaways can be a great alternative.

The baking and cooking continue but not much in the way of new recipes.  We have been relying on recipes we have used in the past.  Eventually the recipe binders need a cleaning up and updating they are busting with old and new recipes.  It's one of those clean up projects that I just want to hide but really I can ignore no more. 

I continue to homeschool that never waivered even at time when I was criticized by family for educating my children and later investigated during my divorce.  I have to say after all that I did come out stronger.  There is nothing like getting a crash course in defending my children and the choice to homeschool to a stranger.  My favorite moments adult meets child has nothing but nice things to say but still worries about socialization.  Really?  It was like saying "Yes hello Luisa I really enjoyed meeting your children they are great and since I couldn't find anything wrong with what your are doing I'm going to go with socialization."  The person really didn't say that but there is definitely a tone that bugs every homeschooling parent. 

In a very short amount I learned more about myself and came out much stronger many times taking the high road.  Little by little I learn more about myself.  I don't have any New Year's resolutions but I am looking forward to many new ideas in 2014.  I just want to start and do.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Blizzard Pics

 Friday morning.
 A little later Friday morning.
 Friday afternoon.

Saturday morning.  Omigod that's a lot of snow!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Yarn Along-Wrist Warmers in Progress

For the Yarn Along this week another Mollie Makes came in the mail recently.  I have been catching up on some older issues of Real Simple.  Does anyone else keep stacks of magazines and I mean a year or 2 worth of each magazine that you like?  Love having them for inspiration or in the winter and summer between books.

The owl wristwarmers are coming along. I'm hoping for the next yarn along I'll have them done.  Hoping I'll hve a completed project in February.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Moment-Hard at Work

I was browsing through my camera for a "Friday Moment" and came across many many random pictures I did not take.  Does anyone else run into that many many funny random pictures in their camera?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday Yarn Along-Hat Revamp

For this week's yarn along I'm redoing a hat I finished a couple of years ago.  When I finished it I liked it but now want to add a few more rows so that it covers my ears. The Stone Path Hat pattern is on CrochetMe.

Still reading Daring Greatly but let's just say it's hitting a few chords and making me think (see previous post).  In between I'm picking up these issues of Mollie Makes. I love the fortune cookies but right now I have my eye on those knitted owl wrist warmers to make soon.

Hope you are enjoying a good knit, crochet or read this Wednesday.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday Nights on My Own

A new way to spend this very cold Saturday night in my robe at my desk with a cup of tea and a piece of tiramisiu.  (It's already gone as I write this now.) I have a stack of movies or Downton Abbey to watch online and plenty of knitting and crochetting to send my brain into a frenzy of new ideas to craft. 

In the past year these Saturday nights have become more frequent for me.  You see it will be almost a year now that I have been separted on my own raising and homeschooling 5 children.  These "every other weekends" have now become my own weekends to eat what I want, reflect,  read, take a class,  learn something new about myself,  even revisit something old about myself that I missed and think (there is quite a bit of thinking going on).  I welcomed these weekends right from the start and during a difficult period I looked forward to the solitude.  It has been a new  journey for me to take these moments and learn more about myself. I sort of placed myself on hold during my 12 year marriage.  You see I got married at 23 and soon after started my family and with 5 kids 2 years apart well let's face it that didn't leave a lot of me time in there.  And don't forget to throw in a few life obstacles that we all go through to the mix of raising a family.  Now at 37 onto a new journey of figuring myself out something I wasn't able to do for myself before I was 23 and married.  Looking back WOW 23 going on 24 getting married give me a break what did I know then!  Look at what I know now. I have gained quite a bit of wisdom to help me navigate through this next year.

Yesterday I posted my favorite quote I don't know who said it but it was something that was passed along to me.

"Become fully what you already are,  in the deepest, most authentic longing of your nature."
I love this because it says to me exactly what I'm feeling and how I am striving to live. 
With many changes and life lessons this past year it has been difficult to return back to this space into blogland. I miss it and have been easing my way back in here slowly.   It was hard to slide back into this space sooner when I couldn't share very much and to stick to just the food and yarn and some books and pretend it was all going ok during that picture moment did not seem very authentic to me.  The snapshot moment did not reveal the whole truth it seemed shallow. 
Even taking the picture in this post with my sweet treat and tea I could have put it on a place mat on my kitchen table and a pretty plate but why I'm at my desk digging through paperwork why not share those little pieces too.  Everything isn't so pretty everyday but taking a moment seems even more important to me now.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Moment: My Favorite Quote

"Become fully what you already are, in the deepest,
most authentic longing of your nature."
Words to live by for 2013.
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