Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wednesday Yarn Along

Joining in this week for Ginny's Yarn Along.

The white I rug I have been working on.  I call it my tv rug project since it's too big to carry around it's my go to project when watching tv or sitting outside.
When spring rolls in every I get the itch to embroider.  I love seeing it come to life slowly on a blank cloth.  It's my favorite needlework in the summer.

 Still reading The Gilly Salt Sisters but these are the magazines of the month that go with me around the house for inspiration.
Cooks' Illustrated
Home Education Magazine

Hope you are enjoying a good read.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Just jazz it up a bit

Recently one of my kids posed an interesting question about my blogging "Did you regret it?" We had a conversation about when things are put out in social media that they linger and are out there for the world to see forever.  Things put out there can follow the individual years from now which could have negative consequences or close doors to opportunities from simply posting or commenting on social media .

 The example I had given was from personal experience. About 2 year ago posts from my blog were printed and used to suggest that I was overwhelmed.  My blog was something I always enjoyed writing and following blogs was a source of creativity and inspiration. Seriously have you ever met a mother that never got tired and looked great all the time. Ahem.

Because of that I took a break from blogging to minimize additional unwanted backlash on my parenting.  It was hard to return and I considered just shutting it down.  My answer to her question was no I didn't regret it I just lost my love for it and could not get back into it.  I had no regrets I put thought into what I wrote and it was my creative outlet. 

At times I have missed it and I would snap a picture with intentions of posting and of course never did. After a this question was asked to me I thought well why not return to it.  I don't have to post everyday just when inspiration strikes share something neat.  Check on my favorite blogs when I need that burst of creativity.
So here I am again. 
  • First up is change up change the blog colors/design.  A little blog spring cleaning.  
  • I had a yummy salad to post yesterday.
  • Just finished reading Labor Day by Joyce Maynard next up is The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker.  If I had a project to go with it they would have been on the yarn along this week  
  • Oh and why is the picture on it's side that you have to turn your head to see the books?  Ah well because whatever medium I use to bring in the picture it will NOT rotate.  I gave up trying otherwise I thought I would never post again. 
  • Finally got an instagram account to go with my blog thislittlekitchenblog
  •  I have feeling I'm going to be really enjoying that. Why did I wait so long?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Yummy Salad

Summer is around the corner.  So close that we are a week a way from the CSA starting up again, farmer's markets starting this weekend and various sightings of what's sprouting in the garden.  I promised myself this year we would have better garden planning but I always end up with renegade plants in the garden that I did not plan on. This is what happens when the compost  gets poured into the garden we end up with a number of tomato plants, pumpkin vines take over the yard and this year there are beautiful unexpected potato plants to join the group.  We did plant cucumbers, peppers and watermelon but no sign of them yet *sigh*.  We can always count the herbs and scallions to be the first sign that there is more to come. 

For quick salad today there was some leftover corn on the cob, tomatoes,  mint leaves and scallions.  Season with a little salt and olive oil and a bright and cheery salad to go with our lunch. 

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.
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