Wednesdays Are For Knitting: In the Wildwood Socks

Hold on to your handknits because, for the first time since February I have a pair of finished socks to share with you. Yes, production is down. It’s a hobby, not a job.

wildwood socks 1 for carole knits

These are a lovely pair of picot edge socks knit with my favorite sock yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper.

wildwood socks 2 for carole knits

The colorway is called In The Wildwood and I absolutely love those bright stripes of hot pink, lime green and chocolaty brown.

wildwood socks 3 for carole knits

They’ll just be hanging out, hopefully for many many months, until it’s cold enough to need them.

Finished socks. A very good thing.

Ten On Tuesday

Mary came up with a great topic for this week’s Ten On Tuesday: 10 Ways to Help a New Mom. We all know one, I’m sure – in fact, my new neighbor is about to become a new mom – and I bet we can come up with some truly helpful ideas. Let’s go.

landon in basket close up for carole knits

  1. Drop off a meal. Something simply that can be reheated is my preference.
  2. Ask her what you can do to be helpful. And then do it.
  3. Offer to run errands. A trip to the drugstore or the grocery store so that she doesn’t have to take the baby out can be a lifesaver.
  4. Offer to take her to run errands. You drive and sit with the baby while she goes into the store because maybe she wants to pick out her own stuff but is overwhelmed at the prospect of handling a newborn while shopping.
  5. Help with the housework. Run around with a dust cloth or the vacuum cleaner so that she doesn’t have to do it.
  6. Bring flowers. Post partum blues are no joke (I had them, albeit briefly) and flowers can bring some cheer to anyone feeling down.
  7. Hold the baby. This one may be purely selfish on my part but it gives the mom a chance to take a shower or just relax for a few minutes.
  8. Don’t overstay your welcome. Seriously – get in there, do something useful, and get out.
  9. Bring her a care basket of things for herself. Some nice lotion or soap, maybe a super soft pair of socks or a magazine to flip through. She’s been inundated with gifts for the baby, no doubt, but could probably use something that’s just for her.
  10. Don’t be hurt if she says no, not right now. But then check again at another time.

Writing this list brought me right back to that time when Hannah was a newborn. I was so overwhelmed and had no idea what I was doing. My mom was such a help to me and I couldn’t have gotten through that time without her. Let’s hope that our lists give all of us the opportunity to make a new mom feel special.

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Weekending

This here collage sums up my weekend pretty well.

may 13 weekend collage

On Friday I delivered a welcome basket to my new neighbors. I included some homemade chocolate chip cookies, a candle, and a little plant. I also included a note with our phone numbers. We’ve since spent a bit more time chatting with them and I think this young couple are going to be great to have around.

Friday evening included our usual Friday night snacks and catching up.

On Saturday morning Hannah took me out to breakfast. It was part of my Mother’s Day gift and we had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and the company was terrific.

Late afternoon it was warm and Dale and I got the deck furniture set up and enjoyed some cold beer in the sun.

On Sunday we took a walk in the woods, primarily to observe the Great Blue Herons nesting. We did see a bunch of heron along with a beautiful oriole and lots of violets and other wildflowers.

We ended the weekend with a nice late lunch out and then some quality TV time.

How was your weekend?

Eye Candy Friday

Waterlogue 1.2.1 (66) Preset Style = Vibrant Format = 6" (Medium) Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Medium Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Auto Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Medium Water Bleed = Average Brush = Natural Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Narrow Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Light Options Faces = Enhance Faces

Eye candy of the watercolor version – the cherry tree outside the COA this week, ready to burst with blossoms. I really do love spring.

I also love the weekend and here it is! Woot!

Weekending. But Not Really.

In my continuing effort to play catch up, I’m going to talk about last weekend. Yes, I realize it’s Thursday and the new weekend is practically upon us but that’s just how we roll around here. So, last weekend. My photos, I’ll warn you now, are all of food. Sorrynotsorry.

pickled eggs for carole knits

Friday afternoon I made a big ole jar of pickled eggs for Dale. The Instant Pot makes the best hardboiled eggs and they peel so easily that this only took minutes. I just use 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water and plenty of salt and I let them sit in the fridge for about 2 weeks before we eat them. So much better than store bought and a lot cheaper, too.

friday night snacks for carole knits

Friday night, of course, we had our usual Friday Night Snacks. (Yes, that’s an event and therefore it deserves to be capitalized.) Cheese and salami, olives and marinated mushrooms, along with a martini for me and beer for Dale. It’s my favorite night of the week, I will tell you that. We wind down from the week, catch up and chat, and spend the entire evening together, listening to music, sometimes (rarely, honestly) watching TV, and most nights dancing at least once or twice.

Saturday morning I had some time to myself and I spent it reading and puttering, meditating and journaling – you know, the stuff you do when it feels like you have all the time in the world to do it.

caprese pizza for carole knits

That there is my Saturday lunch – leftover flatbread pizza that I made on Saturday night. I used store bought naan and topped it with fresh mozzarella and some roasted tomatoes and fresh basil along with plenty of cracked pepper. Deeeee-lish.

We spent Saturday afternoon building a raised garden bed together. It was my Mother’s Day present as I really want to grow our own tomatoes and basil this year since our CSA has been discontinued. We had fun doing it, too! No pictures but I can tell you that it’s 4×8 and made of pine and perfectly level. It’s right outside our kitchen door and I’m very excited to get started but it’s still a little early here yet for planting.

mothers day breakfast for carole knits

Sunday was Mother’s Day and Dale, much to my surprise, made me breakfast. It wasn’t breakfast in bed since I’d been up ages before him but it was sunny enough to be breakfast on the deck and I like that better anyway. It was wonderful and a real Mother’s Day miracle! Hannah and Jess came over for the afternoon and we had such a pleasant time. We snacked and chatted and drank wine and played banangrams. It’s so nice when your kids turn out to be people you like to hang out with, isn’t it?

That, my friends, is last weekend in a nutshell.

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