Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Books, Knits, Turtles and a Champion

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

Stephen King

I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. The weather was picture perfect here in NJ.
I was sick most of the week and weekend with a nasty cold. I tested for covid three times and all negative. But I felt lousy!!! I rested up by reading a new library book, enjoying some time in my new hammock chair, and knitting on my Pressed Flower Shawl for our #flowermal2022.

I finished up my Hitchhiker Shawl so I took a quick selfie wearing it. Selfies are so awkward!
I loved knitting this. I want to make another one as soon as I finish my pressed flower shawl.

Turtles! Chase had fun all weekend in his kayak fishing and catching baby turtles.
What was NOT fun was the GIANT snapping turtle that was hanging out in the yard!!! It was HUGE. It's in the bucket photo. It will be going to live somewhere else far from our kids and pets!

And we have a champion in the house! So proud of our youngest and his teammates. They played three straight games on Memorial Day and took home the championship. This is the first tournament that he has won and it was very exciting! Proud of them all. They're a great group of kids and very fun and easy to root for.

Glad it's a short work week this week. It's starting to get very busy around here with upcoming graduation for my 18 year old and "5th grade" celebrations for my youngest. There seems to be something on the calendar for almost every day. All on top of work and life! Ah!

Hope you have a nice week :)


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Summer "Flower Themed" Make-Along!

It's almost summer!!! Finally! Everything is more fun with friends, so we are starting a summer make-along with a flower theme. We hope you can join in the fun.

Dates: Memorial Day thru Labor Day

Theme: Knit or crochet anything with a flower theme! 

Use the hashtag #flowermal2022 on instagram to see what others are making! 

And of course win some prizes :)

I am knitting the Pressed Flower Shawl.https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pressed-flowers-3 (photo above). I am knitting it with leftover LionBrand Fisherman wool and the pink color is from Green Mountain Spinnery.

 I may also make the Wildflowers & Honeycomb socks https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wildflowers--honeycomb-socks

There are so many pretty flowery patterns on Ravelry. The options are endless!

We hope you can join in the fun. 


Friday, May 20, 2022

Walk Around the Farm


Finally!!! It's nice out! Took a quick walk around the farm for lunch and took a few pictures. 

Hope you enjoy :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The storms blew through and left us with this beauty.

Summertime is so close!!!


Monday, May 16, 2022

This and That

Hi! Thought I would do a "this and that" post of the weekend.
Sawks loves to "help" me knit and cook....

Baseball was cancelled to due to rain on Saturday and I took advantage of some extra time and made a yummy and super simple appetizer. I got a block of feta cheese (with basil and sun-dried tomatoes) and put it in the middle of a small cast iron skillet. Then I surrounded the cheese with cherry tomatoes. Drizzled olive oil, sprinkled with some salt and baked for 20ish minutes at 350 degrees. It's delicious!
Served with pita chips.

Have you watched Yellowjackets on Showtime?!?!?!? WOW!
I couldn't get enough of this. I can't wait for season 2. There are so many storylines wide open!

On Sunday morning I took Wade and Chase out for a little outing. Wade and I love to read and we wanted to take a trip over to Thunder Road Books to spend his gift card I gave him for Christmas. But first a stop for pork roll and cheese at Dalton's bagel shop. The perfect way to start a day!

This was my first visit to Thunder Road Books in Spring Lake, NJ. I loved it! They have a great selection for everyone. It was hard to resist buying something for myself.

I loved this children's book. The illustrations were so pretty. I thought this color combo would make a pretty knitted project.

While I was browsing these two started to color in the kids section. 
It was very cute to see them act "little again".
Wade got two books and we were on our way to get some flowers to plant.

We headed to Lanza's Nursery which is a few houses down from us. I got some plants and flowers for the house. It FINALLY felt like spring on Sunday.

I love this silly cat so much! He was very happy to be outside with us as we planted and got the garden and flower beds cleaned up.

Miss Claire, the chicken, even hung outside with us. Felt so good to be outside and not be cold.

Chase found a tiny baby turtle on the porch. We don't know how it got there! Guessing it was in one of our new flower pots.

I'm very happy about my new flowerbed. My dad tilled it for me and I planted some wildflower seeds I had purchased in Pittsburgh when picking up our son from college. I hope they grow!

Hope you are all having a good week and enjoying the nicer weather.
It's supposed to rain very hard in a few hours here. It will water my new seeds and plants!