Friday, July 26, 2013

Favorite Things Friday

Dear Mom,

Tomatoes. Freshly picked from my vegetable garden.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Doctor is In

Dear Mom,

48,944 stitches

9.34 feet ( not counting the fringe)

It is DONE.
And The Young Lady loves it, making it all totally worth it.
I used the pattern found Here, and modified it by slipping the first 3 stitches of every row, purlwise, thus creating a little tube for hiding all the yarn ends. Much neater and faster this way, than weaving all those ends in after all that knitting. 

Kim, who is now knitting something for herself that is not 9 feet of garter stitch.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Not a paid endorsement

Dear Mom,
My dear sweet Olive, the best puppy ever, my tetherball-loving, devoted, fireplug of a dog is afraid of LOUD noises. Very afraid. Hide under the bed for hours afraid. The poor dear. And before hiding herself away, we could literally see her quaking and shivering from across the room.  Sad and pitiful. 

I was worried about what our July 4th celebration might do to Olive.

We needed help.

Having heard about the Thundershirt,  I decided it was worth trying.

It works! The theory behind the Thundershirt is similar to swaddling a baby, and while it does not completely eliminate the fear, Olive is able to endure fireworks and loud claps of thunder without shaking and shivering or hiding under the bed. She sticks close to her mama, but calmly. And now that she knows her Thundershirt, she is very cooperative when I put it on her.

And remember the Underdog Theme song?
 There's no need to fear! THUNDERSHIRT is here!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Dear Mom,
Our nearly idyllic summer is evident in the produce I am harvesting from the vegetable garden. On Saturday I went out to check things, as I do daily, and found green beans that had either grown over night or had been hiding themselves under the healthy, bushy plants.  I easily picked over a pound of beans and could probably pick another pound today.

I have also been experimenting with growing potatoes. My potato tower did not do so well last year, but it wasn't a good summer for growing anything. I decided to ignore last year's poor showing and try again. This time I planted in the ground, in my compost bin ( a potato tower of sorts) and in a flower pot. The seed potato bag said the taters would be ready for harvesting when the vines yellowed and started to wither. That pretty much described the condition of the vines in my compost bin, so after harvesting the beans I overturned my compost can and was thrilled to discover the most beautiful red potatoes! I was scrabbling through that dirt like Scarlett O'Hara did in when she was starving and found a carrot in the soil. - Right before she declares that she will "never go hungry again". I could almost hear music playing in the background.
this is not my hand
this hand belongs to Brother
I will let the potatoes keep growing in the ground and in the big flower pot- the vines there haven't started to die back yet. Needless to say, we had potatoes and green beans for dinner Saturday night!

I found a very delicious recipe in a special publication by Taste of Home magazine. This issue is dedicated to Diabetic cooking. I purchased my copy late in the spring and don't know if it is still on the newsstands. I tried out this green bean recipe last night and it was delicious. I filled my plate and made it my entire dinner.

Green Beans Provencale

1 lb. fresh green beans
4 green onions, sliced
2 T. minced shallot
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 t. fresh rosemary, or 1/2 t. dried rosemary, crushed
1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 c. grape tomatoes, halved
2 T. minced fresh basil, or 2 t. dried basil
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper

Place beans in a steamer basket and steam in a large pot of boiling water for 4-5 minutes or until crisp tender.
In a large skillet, saute the onions, shallot, garlic and rosemary in olive oil until vegetables are tender. Add the beans, tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Saute 2-3 minutes longer, or until heated through.


Friday, July 12, 2013

Favorite Things Friday

Dear Mom,
I think it might be nice to try posting some of my favorite things on Fridays. It might be places, stuff, something from my week, or things from the past.
This week- one of my favorite places ( maybe even The Favorite Place)- my back porch.  Perfect for knitting, spinning, napping, visiting, relaxing, reading, sipping. My Heaven on Earth.


Thursday, July 11, 2013


Dear Mom,
Cross "Never Winning Anything From A Blog Contest" off my list. Because last week I won a button give- away!
The charming hand-crafted buttons from Fastenation Studio arrived and I am delighted with them. Actually, I could not choose between two sets, so chose one set as my prize and purchased the second set.

It was difficult to get a photo of these sweet yellow buttons. They are perfectly named "Sunshine Girls". Look closely and you will see a happy girl on the buttons. These would be adorable on a little girls sweater, but they are so cute that it might break my heart to give them away. I may just have to put them on a sweater for me.....and smile every time I look at them.
These buttons should get some credit for waking up the designing knitter in me. I've been distressingly uninterested in /uninspired by my knitting. (Part of the responsibility for this may be the current project on my needles- eleventy-two miles of striped garter stitch - a Dr. Who scarf for the Young Lady. All I can say is, Thank heaven for the stripes. Stripes are the only thing marking my progress.  I suppose eleventy-two miles of garter stitch is good for cleansing the pallet. ) Anyway, I woke up over the weekend with an Idea percolating...

Oh. I have lots more to say! But little time to say it and do a halfway decent job keeping up with everything else. And the grass is waving at me in the refreshing cool breeze this morning. Off to take a ride on John, Dear.
More later.