Right Now: Early July 2015

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July. Already? I’m not ready for the summer to rush by so quickly. Maybe if I stop and talk about the things that are happening it will create the illusion of slowing it all down.

Here’s what’s happening for me, right now.

Watching: Orange Is The New Black. Once we are caught up (we’re about halfway through this new season) we will go back to House of Cards. And maybe Grace and Frankie since I’m hearing great things about that show.

Reading: Serena by Ron Rash. It’s for the book bingo square for a book I think I will dislike. Now, obviously, I liked the sound of it enough to add it to my to-read list at some point but ever since it came through for me on Overdrive I’ve felt sort of meh about it. I’ve only just started to whether I like it or not remains to be seen but it’s going to count for that square either way. And can I also say, that’s a dumb topic for a square. WHY would I read a book I think I won’t like?

Knitting: The Through The Loops Mystery Shawl 2015. I’m pretty on point with the clues. And also the Zick Zack scarf, which is mind numbingly boring. And socks.

Listening to: Pandora, the Adult Alternative station. I think Dale might be coming around to this. Okay, not really, but he’s stopped with the constant protesting regarding modern music.

Drinking: Martinis. And lots of water.

Planning: Next week’s vacation. Mark Twain House, here we come. And also the beach. And the lake. Woo hoo!

Remembering: Tuesday night’s hibachi dinner with our kids. It was fun! And also, expensive. Boo. But still. FUN!

Eating: Lettuce. Okay, not really, but I should be because our CSA this year? LOTS and LOTS of lettuce. I told Jo-Ann we should get an effing rabbit already.

Planting: New perennials out front. Some lupine and shasta daisies and lavender.

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Wishing: I could stowaway in Hannah’s suitcase on Sunday when she leaves for Oxford. Everyone describes it as living inside the world of Harry Potter. She’s going to have a marvelous time and I’m very happy for her. And also incredibly jealous.

Dreading: The days at the end of Hannah’s trip when she’s in Iceland. By herself. Oy.

Celebrating: The Fourth of July. I think I shall make this pie.

What’s going on in your world right now?

Wednesdays Are For Knitting: Mary’s Birthday Socks

Forgive me knitters, for I have sinned.

It has been 131 days since I last posted a pair of finished socks on this here blog.

I know.

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Here we are, though, with a pair of birthday socks for my awesome sister-in-law, Mary.

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Mary is a gardener extraordinaire and I thought the colors of this yarn would be perfect for her. I was right – she loves them!

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It’s my basic picot edge pattern, nothing new or fancy.

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But knit with lots and lots of birthday love.

Ten On Tuesday

I was thinking the other day about how much I love our house. Dale is probably reading this and saying, whaaaat? Because I do sometimes complain about the lack of closets and the one bathroom but mostly, I love our house. I thought it might be fun to make a list about the things I love about our house and so, today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Things I Love About My Home.

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  1. The color. This was something I wouldn’t have said until last year when we changed it from faded blue siding to beautiful white siding.
  2. The windows. They all have grids since this last work we had done and I think they go great with our colonial style house.
  3. The new carpet in our living room. It’s so soft! I love walking on it with bare feet. We also recarpeted the bedroom and the den – hooray.
  4. Our little den. It’s tiny but I love the crank out windows and it’s the perfect spot for hanging out and reading.
  5. The woodstove. There is nothing like the heat of a wood burning stove for creating atmosphere and coziness.
  6. The deck. I spend as much time as possible out here when the weather allows. It’s like adding an extra room to our small house and it’s the perfect spot for entertaining.
  7. My flower garden. I have several perennials I moved from my old house when I married Dale. This year I bought a few new plants and I’m expanding perennials to the front yard, too.
  8. Our furnishings. I love our dining room set and sideboard, the couch in the den, our white metal framed bed and our antique kitchen table, just to name a few things.
  9. The artwork. There are pictures I have taken, paintings by Dale’s brothers, antlers and folk art and more, all carefully curated by yours truly.
  10. My craft room. I waited a long time to have a space of my own. It’s wonderful to be able to leave projects out, especially quilts and other sewing things, and not have to pick everything up like I did when I was sewing in the dining room. Plus – lots of space for yarn and more!

I hope you all love your homes and I can’t wait to read why. If you wrote a post for today please include a link below. If you want to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email please click here.


Weekending, Birthday Style

As I’m sure many of you suspected, we went away for the weekend to celebrate Dale’s birthday. We are so fortunate to have friends who are very generous and willing to share their cottage on West Island with us. Since we have been to the island last they sold their other place and moved to a new one. We adored their other house so we were very curious to see the new one – we knew something about it had to be really special in order to entice them to make the change.

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And we were right. That view is spectacular. Sitting on their deck and watching the sunset play across the water was such a treat.

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There were other treats, too. Treats like birthday cupcakes.

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And watching a wedding take place across the way. The couple drove back to the reception, which was right down the street from us, in an 1932 roadster, with the bridal party in convertibles and the wedding guests in a school bus. How fun is that?

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Other treats including bike rides and beach visits.

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Cocktails and lobster rolls and great music at the local watering hole.

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Games and music and hikes across the rocks and the wonderful satisfying feeling that comes from spending uninterrupted time with the one you love.

I can’t think of a better way to have celebrated Dale’s birthday.

Happy 64th Birthday, Dale!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Eye Candy Friday for this breaking news: It’s Dale’s birthday today. Okay, it’s not really breaking news since I told you about it yesterday but it is an interruption of my usual Friday post.

First, the photo mosaic. All pictures of Dale taken since his last birthday.

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And second, the perfect song for today.

When I’m Sixty Four

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

You’ll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you

I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight
If it’s not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck & Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?
Ho!

And third, my answer.

YES, I will still need you, feed you, love you and cherish you, forever and always.

Happy Birthday, Dale. And here’s to 64 more!

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