Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Difference a Day Makes

Most of the day yesterday, there wasn't a lot of snow. It did start flying when we headed off to a fish supper, with a fair coating on the roads. The view of the woodpiles yesterday had some snow.

But a slightly different view do the same wood piles shows a bit more snow this morning. It must have kept snowing through the night. I love it!

Why yes, Hubby does prefer to cut wood as we go. Why do you ask? Even a winter hospital stay over 25 years ago didn't cure him of last minute wood cutting.

Luckily the boys are old enough to cut. Younger son would have it all cut up, except his chainsaw was broken until after really cold weather hit. Hopefully next year, we will have it cut and stacked early.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Grandkids are Great

Even after being mad at Grammy for refusing to pick up his blocks for the umpteenth time after he deliberately dropped them out of his reach, my Little Farmer is a little love.

And he loves his big sister pretty much as well.

She thinks he's ok too.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Freyja Fun

After the cast on woes with the persistent twist was solved the Freyja has been banging right along.

I feel rather excited to know that Ann, from Mason Dixon Knitting, not only got her yarn from Reykjavik like I did, but she also got the same Winter Blue Heather. Our two sweaters will be siblings! My cardigan has grown slowly. As I am using 4.5 stitches per inch on size 6 needles for my sweater, and she is using the pattern with 3.25 stitches per inch, on size 10.5. If she hasn't passed me yet, she soon will.

As you can see here, I have almost two inches completed. The back is even longer, with two sets of short rows, and another yet to come. I hope the crocheted edging will help keep this edge from curling. So far this has been plain knitting, for a few more inches until the waist shaping starts.

I am having fun knitting this. I am just putting the color work part out of my mind for a while. It's a whole body and pair of sleeves away. Then will come the dreaded crocheting.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Purple Period of Lent

It seems strange that the color of royalty, regal purple, is also the color used for the quiet, reflective periods of the church year, Advent and Lent. Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of Christ and runs through the four Sunday's before Christmas. Lent is the time before Easter when we prepare our hearts and souls for the events leading up to Good Friday and culminating in the great Resurrection of Easter Sunday.

Of course in Victorian times, in the historical novels, as women left off full mourning for loved ones, they got rid of the black, but started half mourning, in grays and purples. There was some mourning being done. In the same way now, as we view our lives, with our pride and lack of being all we should be, our sinfulness if you will, there is a touch of mourning for what we should be during these times.

This year, as I start my journey exploring my future in the Catholic Church, Lent feels more real and important. I am still learning what is I am to become. But I am trying to throw off some frivolousness this year,

As my Lenten discipline I am turning to my reading: No novels during this period. Poetry is allowed, and non-fiction. (Finishing "Spoon River Anthology," and my Kindle version of the lost "Cleopatra" on my apps. The Emmaeus Road for hard copy book.). I did that in the past, and really felt it did me a lot of good.

In addition this year, I am avoiding reading any of the political blogs I follow. Other blog topics are allowed, and I can watch the news, but no reading commentary until after Easter. That could even help my blood pressure!

May you have a reflective and growth filled Lent.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Knitting On

While our knitting group awaits confirmation of a new permanent location, we are meeting at another spot.

Sorry Cindy. I couldn't quite get you framed.

A new meeting place was needed when I left my previous church, and turned in my key. Hopefully next week we can find a quieter place, with less food.

Not everyone made it tonight, but we still managed to get a bit of knitting finished. In spite of the rowdy middle school aged girls sports team sitting behind us.